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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,206 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,206
Reviews: 1,734
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 207
Gots: 628 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
65 IBU

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-13-2002)
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Photo of exonthebottle


4/5  rDev -3.4%

orange with a light head
hops and citrus smell
malts then hops pretty good tasting beer
medium feeling nice base to it
nice beer to drink not sure if I would get this too often though since their Rye IPA is better beer in my humble opinion.

enjoy it

08-03-2010 19:34:46 | More by exonthebottle
Photo of Snamnoum

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Appearance - clear radiant honey orange minimal head with lace luster lace

Smell - green piney hops, malt, some alcohol and citrus

Taste - sweet malt upfront followed immediately by piney hops. IMO not a ton going on here. Pretty straight forward not that complex but well executed and pretty well balanced malt and hop profile.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - very drinkable but I doubt I'll be getting this again. In a market saturated with IPA's there's just better ones out there. I enjoyed this beer but there are better IPAs for the money.

08-03-2010 18:40:59 | More by Snamnoum
Photo of larryi86


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

12 oz. bottle dated 2/16/10 poured into a snifter

A- A hazy orange/amber color with a one finger white head

S- Hops, citrus, pine, and a hint of sweet malts.

T- Citrus hops up front, nice malt taste in the middle, and a bitter hoppy finish. Well balanced.

M- Smooth, refreshing, medium body.

D- Easy to drink and very enjoyable, just a solid IPA.

08-03-2010 00:26:45 | More by larryi86
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1%

I had off the tap at d.b.a. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- There are lots of small bubbles and a brown, clear look. Good foamy head that leaves a good deal of lace.
S- It has a nice soapy, sweet apple scent.
T- There's a nice sweet hop taste that comes through at first. And a biting spiciness. I think there is some apple or watermelon, or some sweet fruit, in there as well. Very good.

07-28-2010 17:18:10 | More by Amalak
Photo of hopheadjuice


3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 4/26/10

Gorgeous golden orange murky pour with a fast rising head, lacing all down the pint glass as i sip.

Very distinct scents from this particular IPA. Very bold rustic malts giving way to a citrusy clean aroma of hops, some hops have faded in the three moths of this beers life.

Hops stayed around in the taste with a 1 2 punch of earthy and citrus bitter hops. The malts in this beer give it a very bold sweet assertiveness, very malty.

Almost creamy mouthfeel with somewhat small carbonation to meddle the flavours. slightly dry acidic finish

Drinkability is pretty well for a 7.2% abv. If i were to do a blind tasting of 10-20 IPA's i would be able to pick this one out easily. Very distinct flavor that i will need to come back to explore when a bit more fresh.

07-25-2010 16:40:57 | More by hopheadjuice
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +7%

Pours with a nice fluffy head. It has some nice lacing and decent retention. The color is a mix of gold and copper.

Smells great, load of grapefruit, sweet candied pineapple, pine and malt.

Loads of hops on the palate. Pine, grapefruit citrus all backed up by a mild but somewhat balancing malt bill.

07-25-2010 05:36:36 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of steve8robin


3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

Got this one on a whim. 12oz bottle...

A: Sweet medium honey color with a small white head that quickly fades to a lace atop the glass. Good.

S: Nice blend of bitter hops and sweet malts. Some citrus and grapefruit blended in. Good.

T: Earthy bitter hops upfront with a hint of sweet matly blend on the backend. Some bready citrus grapefruit. Decent.

M: Medium body leaving some good flavors on the palate. Very good.

D: Goes down so easy. A hint of hop makes this a little difficult, but not too bad at all. Very good.

All in all, this one was a good surprise. This one is not bad at all. Not amazing, but still a solid brew. Not worth hunting, but definitely try if you have access.

07-25-2010 04:52:48 | More by steve8robin
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1%

Poured a golden-amber hue, with two fingers of white head, good head retention, and great lacing. Modest visible carbonation. The nose picked up grapefruit, orange peel, pine, lemon, earthiness, and bitter hops. The taste began on a citrus note, evolved to a more balanced malty/pine note, and then finished on a dry bitter peel note. Standard yet good flavor progression for a respectable ipa. Good smooth, modestly carbonated, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Good session ipa.

07-22-2010 20:51:34 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of mklinger

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1%

Bought two weeks ago at Green's in Atlanta. Poured into an imperial pint glass. A 1 inch head formed of large sized bubbles but with a stiff, rocky consistency. Color is a pale copper that is quite hazy (not surprising for an IPA). Overall, a pretty average looking beer.

Aroma is nice but not as assertive as I was expecting. Strong fruit & citrus aroma. A bit floral. One can't help but compare it to Two-Hearted Ale though (another all Centennial hop IPA), and it just isn't as inviting aroma-wise.

Flavor is much better though. Strong, extremely assertive floral hop flavor that quickly blends into a malt presence. This has a more malty presence than TWA and a quite impressive bitterness in the finish. It may be the same hop variety as TWA but this is a really different beer. Less refined but really nice and assertive. The taste of this beer is much better than the appearance or the aroma led me to expect.

The maltiness of this beer makes it feel full bodied but in lots of ways it's fairly thin and easy to drink. This is a nice IPA that's high on bitterness & hop flavor. A robust IPA. Quite nice.

07-20-2010 23:06:13 | More by mklinger
Photo of HosP


4.1/5  rDev -1%

Picked up in a pick 6 and poured into a 12 oz Pint glass.

A: Pours a amber color, clear. Small head, but left lots of lacing down the glass.

S: More of a malt smell, almost bready, grainy. Faint hints of a citrus hops to it.

T: Good balance. Hops give it more bitterness while malts balance out with a bread taste. Go well together.

M: Medium body with fair amount of carbonation. Bitterness stays with you the longest but not to long.

D: Very drinkable beer. The alcohol does become more present as it warms, but isn't a bad taste. Still a very good beer that easily would put into a pick 6 anytime.

07-17-2010 04:42:30 | More by HosP
Photo of pvsob


3.63/5  rDev -12.3%

A- Light orange/brown color with a one finger head (off-white). Hazy from being unfiltered. Some lacing.

S- Floral and fruity hops along with some pine. Has a nice malt and earthy aroma as well. Very subtle and balanced. Some alcohol comes through as it warms.

T- Begins with a sweetness from the malt that transitions into a dull hop bitterness. Finishes with very little bitterness and a little warming alcohol.

M- Super creamy mouthfeel with very little carbonation. The smooth, creamy feel is definitely my favorite aspect of this brew.

D/O- A pretty average and forgettable IPA in my opinion. Besides the freaking awesome mouthfeel on this one, there's not much else for me to enjoy. My bottle was less than 3 weeks old so I don't think the hops could have faded in that amount of time. There's better IPAs out there so I probably won't be revisiting this one anytime soon. If it available, give it a try, you might dig it. Cheers.

07-16-2010 19:57:28 | More by pvsob
Photo of jwhancher


4.55/5  rDev +9.9%

What else can be said that hasn't been said already? Amazing beer. Pours a copperish amber. Great hop aroma of piney citrus. Smells of mango, pineapple, and pure hop zest. Taste is equally great, but what I really enjoy is the firm balance between malt & hops. A very drinkable brew; although I'm not sure how many I could finish before falling off my bar stool. The 7.2 ABV sounds slightly formidable but it really doesn't show after the first couple of pints. Splendid beer! A great hophead pleaser if needed.

07-15-2010 21:13:41 | More by jwhancher
Photo of Aenema


4.1/5  rDev -1%

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy reddish orange / amber topped with a thin beige head that leaves behind full lacing.
Smell - Pine, caramel malts.
Taste - Pine, some resin, and some grapefruit with a backbone of caramel and toffee malts. Well done.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - Enjoyable, easy drinking beer. Great IPA flavor without overbearing bitterness or sweetness, thereby preventing any palate fatigue.
I'd like to give a 4.25 for taste and a 4.25 for drinkability.

07-14-2010 03:58:19 | More by Aenema
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +12.3%

Bottled 10/24/2009

A- Hazy amber, crazy amount of carbonation bubbles rushing to the one and a half finger cream head.

S- Typical IPA smell mandarins, pine, grapefruit, mangos and very faint strawberries.

T- The hop bitterness held up very well! Piney, but a nicely balanced malt taste is predominant in the back end and a nice peach like aftertaste.

M- Juicy, slight bite from the carbonation.

D- Oh man I could drink this ALL DAY LONG!

I can't believe how well the hops held up after nine months! you can tell they have faded but this beer is still amazing!

07-14-2010 02:42:53 | More by korguy123
Photo of madjr80


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Moderate hop aroma with a sweet flowery after taste. Plenty of foam in the glass. A nice cloudy unfiltered appearance. It is really craft beer at its finest. This beer is surprisingly sessionable, even though it is realatively high in alcohol (7.20). This is an overall outstanding beer.

07-11-2010 21:56:11 | More by madjr80
Photo of deereless


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Finger thickness of head with decent retention, light amber in color - 4.00, S: Tons of bubble gum and tropical fruit - I picked up papaya primarily as well as a melon-like sweetness, very floral and inviting, all around one of the nicest and hoppiest aromas I've experience on an IPA in some time - 4.75, T: A sharp but not an obtrusive bitterness, dry grain and very mild alcohol burn, grapefruit pith and pine sap, some caramel in the back of the beer, balance falls a little to the side of hops but that's not a problem in my book - 4.00, M: Creamy and medium mouth feel - 4.00, D: A very drinkable IPA, amazing nose - 4.00

07-08-2010 00:32:10 | More by deereless
Photo of Arithmeticus


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

A: clear amber, white head that dissipates relatively quickly
S: beautiful bouquet with resonance of grapefruits and flowers
T: hops dominate the taste; light spicing; fills mouth nicely
M: body not too watery, not too syrupy; pretty much what you would expect in an IPA
D: unlike many IPAs, invites re-drinking time and again

Overall, a very good, solid IPA from a brewery that consistently delivers.

07-07-2010 19:44:13 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of DrMalt

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%

On tap @ Haute Dish in Minneapolis

Pours an orange/copper colour with a sturdy off white head. Good lacing.

Lots of aroma hop in this IPA

Great flavour profile-citrus, piney but some hot peppery flavours in finish

Good mouthfeel but had a hot touch to it?

Excellent drinkability. Had this beer before in a bottle but didnt review it then.

07-06-2010 05:47:53 | More by DrMalt
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1%

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass. No best by date.

A - Golden color with good clarity and a small off white head. Nice lacing.

S - Piney and grassy hops.

T - Citrusy and piney hop flavors with just enough toasted malt and alcohol. This beer has nice, balanced flavors.

M - Creamy and silky with a moderate carbonation.

D - A great hoppy beer. What's not to love?

07-03-2010 12:18:31 | More by GJ40
Photo of DefenCorps


3.68/5  rDev -11.1%

Eric shared this fresh growler fill today. Thanks, man!

Pouring clear amber with a dense white head, this beer has great head retention and decent lacing. The nose really is conflicting. I really enjoy the citrus pith and orange peel character with a moderate floral component, but the English malt backbone (further searches on the interwebs reveals a Marris Otter base), doesn't quite work with it. Unique in balance on the hop front, this isn't as explosively floral as some other all-Centennial beers I've had.
The palate opens with a moderate blend of caramel and more clean sugar, with some hop bitterness. While this isn't sweet per se, the malt does carry some sweet flavors in. Hop flavor is light to moderate, with moderate orange and floral components. Sweet, smooth finish with some bitterness that's mildly grassy. Medium-light in body with excellent carbonation and a great finish, this feels surprisingly smooth on the palate. At first, I didn't enjoy it, but I ended up drinking over a pint of it.

07-03-2010 04:40:12 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of jsanford


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

A - Copper penny with an off-white head and big gloopy lacing.

S - Grapefruit and piney hops. Maybe just a touch of pineapple.

T - More grapefruit and pine with a slightly sweet malt backbone. Grassy.

M - Medium bodied with great carbonation. Slightly oily (a good thing).

D - Could easily drink a few of these if not for the ABV. Great, rock-solid IPA from Founder's, one that always has a place in my fridge.

06-29-2010 04:34:19 | More by jsanford
Photo of armock

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of citrus and pine hops

T - Just like it smells starts off with grapefruit citrus the piney hops finish it off

M - this beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - While this isn't a session beer I could definitely drink more than I should of these in a sitting with the great taste that it offers worth picking up sometime to try

06-28-2010 18:05:16 | More by armock
Photo of bamadog


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

You know, you really can't ever go wrong with Founders. I'm really glad to live in an area that gets such solid distribution of their amazing beers. The review is from notes taken on 6/25/2010 and poured from the growler to a pint glass. Split with beerman207 and a couple other folks who were present for the awesomeness of this beer.

Appearance: Pour is a solid coppery color and starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger off-white head that fades to a thin and uneven skim; body is very clear and shows moderately strong carbonation; nice wall of foamy lacing is left on the back of the glass and just a few spots and streaks are left holding on to the front.

Smell: Wonderful bitterness that is full of grapefruit and slightly pine-like stickiness; sweet malts that have a hint of a bubblegum sweetness to them. Nose is quite potent, as would be expected from Founders.

Taste: Quite a bit of robust flavors and this beer does not disappoint -- lots of the bitter grapefruit hops that have that bit of sticky pine-like quality to them; nice sweet malts that really do carry that hint of bubblegum sweetness to them and this makes for a great drinkable beer; it's very straightforward drink and you know exactly what you're getting.

Mouthfeel: Body is of moderate weight and the carbonation, while present, is rather soft; a stickiness that starts out thick and moist becomes dry and cottony by the end; a wonderful bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is really an all day kind of beer - wonderful flavors and a body that isn't overly heavy provide for a very refreshing beer... The only downfall to sipping on this one from morning to night would be the 7.2% ABV, while it's not especially high or back breaking, after a couple you definitely feel it.

06-26-2010 16:28:11 | More by bamadog
Photo of suretolose


3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A very dark amber. Much darker than most IPAs I have had. Has a nice head that goes away quickly.
A strong smell of hops and a hint of orange on the aroma.
Taste is again strong on the hops and a taste of the pithy part of an orange that leaves a long lasting bitter aftertaste. A little too bitter for my liking. If you wait a little bit after taking a sip you do feel like you just ate an orange.
Pretty good.

06-24-2010 21:15:00 | More by suretolose
Photo of Bendurgin


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured this into my tulip. Looks a nice amber color with about an inch of frothy off white head with big bubbles. Good retention on this guy. Little pockets of visible carbonation are apparent on the side. Smells great, a nice floral bouquet of piney hops and citrus. Is that pineapple I smell? Not quite as juicy as the smell led me to believe, but a delicious hop flavor none the less. I would love to taste more of that outstanding citrus I got in the nose, however, it's not absent, just not a prevalent as I was led to believe. Pretty good mouth feel but a little bit syrupy. The carbonation is perfect though. 7.2 seems a little bit of a high abv for an IPA like this, but I'm not scared off by something like that, I just think I would only have one in a sitting. Also, the how syrupy this is detracts a little bit and it isn't as refreshing as I want from the style.

06-24-2010 19:48:12 | More by Bendurgin
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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