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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,202 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,202
Reviews: 1,734
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 207
Gots: 626 | 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 camp0474


3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with tan frothy head. Good lacing

S: Citrus and piney hops with sweet malts.

T: Citrus - grapefruit - and pine hops with caramel sweet malt. Sweet and bitter balanced. Crisp taste.

M/D: Light-Medium Body and medium carbonation. Solid balance makes this very drinkable.

No surprise here...another solid beer from Founders.

05-07-2010 01:15:49 | More by camp0474
Photo of Jpatrix


3.65/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured froma bottle to a pint glass.
AP - Dark Amber/Copper color. Light CO2 leaves a small head that leaves a light ring on the glass.
AR - Heavy hop aroma hits you between the eyes with a rich malt undertone.
FL - Hops hit you right up front. A direct American IPA example. Citrus undertones smooth out the hops and leave a pleasant finish.
MF - Lightly astringent aftertaste.
D - A drinkable IPA but not on my toplist.

05-05-2010 00:06:28 | More by Jpatrix
Photo of kirkpjr


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Reviewed from notes. 4/28/10

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful copper amber color with 1 finger of head. Nice spotted lacing.

S: Citrus and tangerine hops. Also some grapefruit. Little malt present in the nose.

T: Grapefruit and citrus follow in the taste. Very bitter.

M: Resinous hops and moderate carbonation.

D: Great example of the style. Could drink this any day.

05-03-2010 23:27:32 | More by kirkpjr
Photo of herman77


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Bright golden orange with a tiny bit of off-white head that dies off to a film and collar. Slight haze to it. Tons of sticky lacing everywhere.

S: Mainly citrus hops, grapefruit and oranges with some pine and carmel malt. Slightly subdued nose though.

T: Follows the smell to a T. Excellent malt backbone with nice fresh tasting citrus hops, very clean and exceptionally smooth.

M/D: Medium to lighter body. Average carbonation, nothing too special here. Drinkability is excellent for an IPA since its so well balance and the hop flavor is awesome, not too bitter or overpowering.

Founders has done it again for me.

05-01-2010 20:31:02 | More by herman77
Photo of bartle

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Bottle picked up from a recent road trip to the Mid-West.

Pours a crystal clear rusted orange, with an egg shell head. It looks awesome. The head retains and laces all the way down.

I'm digging the aroma of dried candied tropical fruit. A lot of bitter grapefruit, some tangerine, pineapple and together it almost has a touch of bubblegum blended in with the caramel malts they remain present and aromatic. Somewhere in there I sense something that seems almost ginger like. Super floral. I love centennial hops.

The flavour is fronted by a nice bitter bite of grapefruit, pine intertwined with notes of mint and a touch of grass. It's full out bitter. The malt is there to give it a nice sweetness but it has that amazing pine/ herbal finish that centennial hops give. This is pretty intense. Super juicy and pretty dry for an IPA.

Nice mouthfeel for the style. It's a touch thin, though with the dryness it really adds to the drinkability of this one. Great carbonation, just moderate enough to give it a bit of pep.

I can see me wanting more of this very soon.

04-27-2010 21:03:31 | More by bartle
Photo of divineaudio


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

12 oz undated bottle into a pint glass.

color is a deep amber to copper, much richer than i expect from an ipa. a hard pour forms one finger of off white head that dissipates quick. the ring left in the glass produces some thin, leggy lacing though.

really nice floral hops and citrus fruit in the nose. taste follows with a substantial malt backbone and a pleasant bite from the hops. i'm picking up notes of grapefruit, toffee and pine resin. like any good ipa the bitterness lingers, but isn't overpowering here. pretty well balanced and a little more complex than most.

mouthfeel is a little thick for an ipa, but still smooth with the right amount of co2. has a bit of a chewy quality.

drinkability is good and goes down easy. maybe not a session beer, but certainly delicious and to style. to me this comes across as being just a little bit better in each category than most of the ipa's i have had.

04-27-2010 05:39:47 | More by divineaudio
Photo of honestdave


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured a 12oz bottle into one of my favorite pint glasses.

A: Decent half inch head of creamy foam. Golden amber color with hazy hue - characteristic of an unfiltered ale. Nice.

S: Fresh bread, slight citrus nose.

T: Excellent hoppy bitterness, but very smooth and balanced.

M: Medium body with just enough carbonation for my liking.

D: Good drinkability for a 7.2 ABV. The warm alcohol does nothing to keep me from drinking this one down in relatively short time.

Summary: Very good ale that I will certainly buy again. I could drink several of these at a time.

04-26-2010 21:18:43 | More by honestdave
Photo of Ezone024


3.55/5  rDev -14.3%

looks awesome, crystal clear bubbly and copper. thick spongy aromatic head that gives off sweet malts, flowers and a little hint of citrus.

Taste is BIG and earthy. bitter edges of pine and sweet malts, a little boozy.

fine crafted brew. on the heavier side of ipa. a little tough to drink a few.

04-26-2010 20:54:55 | More by Ezone024
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Fluffy white foam, clear amber. Lacing..not so much.

Pine, floral, citrusy hops.

Hop profile is well done on this..a lot of the citrus profile comes through, with a malt backing that balances out well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat creamy. It's well carbonated as well.

Good drinkability.

04-26-2010 10:48:20 | More by kshankar
Photo of irishking1977

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

General note: How does anyone review a beer, describe it in a negative way (completely hate it) yet give it an A-. Just a thought. Onto my honest review:

A: Pours a copper/dull gold with a creamy, rocky white head that leaves a ton of lacing. Very nice looking.

S: Pretty good balance of hops malt and pine. More so than some IPAs.

T: Sweet and bitter simultaneously. Good balance of both. For an IPA, hoppiness and bitterness doesn't linger on the palate as long as usual. Not a bad thing, just different. Doesn't negatively affect my opinion of the beer, but could negatively affect the opinion of others.

M: Highly carbonated, somewhat oily and creamy.

D: Pretty drinkable in comparison to some IPA's, which are known more for their flavor and complexity, than for their sessionabilty. (not a word). Even so, this one is definitely full of flavor, and pretty drinkable as well.

04-23-2010 02:31:34 | More by irishking1977
Photo of DrDemento456


4/5  rDev -3.4%

A - very nice amber but expected more haziness since it is an IPA. Nice thick lacing and great head.
S - Bittersweet hops and slight caramel malts. Very good!
T - Belch! Is this flavored with west coast hops because I can taste soap! I really wanted to love this but I couldn't.
M - Very creamy and hoppy.
D - Well I guess IPA's aren't really my thing and west coast hops seem to hate me as well. Have it again? Pass...

04-22-2010 03:32:59 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of berpwillie


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

pours a very hazy copper color with a good inch of fluffy off-white head. lots of carbonation but it's kind of hard to tell because the beer is so hazy. citrus-piney hop smell and taste with a very bitter aftertaste. extremely tastey beer. probably the quickest beer i ever drank that didn't invole a beer bong or beer drinking game. seeing that i only had one to drink it was probably a stupid idea, but i couldn't help myself. very very good

04-19-2010 19:50:35 | More by berpwillie
Photo of albertjr21

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

A: A clear amber-to light rust color that sits under an aromatic off- white to cream colored head of medium density that leaves little to no lacing but does remain at a thin layer throughout.

S: A light cornucopia of garden citrus from this first pint of a freshly filled growler--maybe some hints of grapefruit and red berry.

M: An overall good balance between sweet and dry mixed with a nice pleasant carbonation.

T: Robust yet smooth and refreshing with a dry but pleasant caramel aftertaste.

D: Despite ABV, I am still able to much appreciate the above into pint number two. Cheers!

04-17-2010 21:44:30 | More by albertjr21
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

A: Very nice amber color that is perfectly clear. the carbonation level is very nice with rising bubbles and a good head. Head retention and lacing could be better.

S: Some nice herbal and floral notes, a bit like fresh cut grass, and then a solid caramel back bone. It is actually very nicely balanced

T: Again very fresh cut grass tasting hoppiness which is very pleasant. Some other earthy notes too and a very nice caramel sweetness. Normally I prefer hop forwrad IPAs but this one worked for me

M: Nothing too rough here, but there is a tough of heat and some cloyingness

D: I think i benefited from having a very fresh version of this as any bit of age would be a deterant to some of the fresh flavors.

04-16-2010 02:54:26 | More by mikey711
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +1%

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin white head that doesn't retain well. The smell is significantly better, with a huge piney, floral, juicy, and citrusy hoppy character upfront, along with some biscuit and caramel, fruity esters and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma with a big centennial blast upfront (citrusy, piney, resiny, etc.), followed by some caramel sweetness, fruity esters, biscuity malt, and an alcohol wallop. The mouthfeel is on the thick/oily side, and drinkability is good for the style/ABV. Really good IPA here, maybe a bit one dimensional with only Centennial hops used, but still rather extremely tasty.

04-13-2010 03:05:37 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of BigIrishman

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

Appearance: Pours red/orange and very clear. Fluffy white head.

Smell: Citrus is just bursting from this beer. There is an underlying sweetness here too. Unlike many citrus bombs where all you can taste is a conglomeration of fruits, this one is very characteristic. There are oranges/mangoes/nectarines. As it warms I'm also getting some earthiness.

Taste: Very fruity initially. There is some orange and mango that meet you up front and a malty backbone that really finishes this beer nicely. The slight bitterness at the end is erased by that maltiness.

Mouthfeel: There is a nice stickiness, and creaminess to this brew. This beer also has a fairly crisp and light body for as flavorful a beer as it is.

Drinkability: While this brew is extremely good, palate fatigue may be an issue. Two of these is probably good for me, but I'm definitely going to enjoy them.

04-12-2010 23:54:01 | More by BigIrishman
Photo of dasenebler


3.78/5  rDev -8.7%

I remember drinking this IPA two years ago and loving it, so here's the official review.

Bottled 12/14/09. Pours a rich amber with a creamy off-white head.

Aroma is full of spicy hops, with a distinct floral fragrance.

Robust flavor profile indicates this IPA is on the malty end of the spectrum. A ton of toasted and caramel malt is balanced by the 65 IBUs and juicy hop flavor. In the end though, this beer doesn't quite satisfy my hop fix. It's too balanced and doesn't fulfill my expectations of a beer labeled "Centennial IPA." I want my ass to get kicked by citrusy American hops, but what I get is an insanely drinkable 7.2 percent ABV brew. This is a really nice beer, just not what I was expecting.

04-12-2010 23:00:18 | More by dasenebler
Photo of SuperSpy


4.1/5  rDev -1%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Rich amber, fairly clear, an eggshell colored, 1-inch head. A very good looking beer.

S - Grapefruit and a general citrusy hop aroma. Some pine resin and earthy hop tones. An excellent aroma.

T/M - Full-bodied, lots of American hops. Plenty of grapefruit and pine. Hoppy, earthy, citrusy, smooth, delicious.

D - If you like citrusy American hops then you will love this beer. It's that simple.

04-11-2010 21:37:32 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of HopNuggets


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear amber with a 1 finger head that dissipated to a covering that leaves spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Upfront pine with some of the not so aggressive citrus notes such as oranges and maybe even some peach.

T - Grapefruit upfront with some orange and earthy notes following and then the bitterness kicks in. A little alcohol warmth at the top of the throat after the sip is put down.

M - Very smooth with a good amount carbonation.

D - Very drinkable for an IPA at 7.2% ABV and 65 IBUs.

04-10-2010 23:11:50 | More by HopNuggets
Photo of phiberoptik


4.47/5  rDev +8%

Wow... I like this ALOT.

It pours amber, which was darker than I expected compared to most IPAs Ive had.

I cant pinpoint what Im smelling but it smells floral, sweet, and GOOD.

This is so smooth and goes down exceptionally well. Sweet and hoppy without the bitterness or sting of the higher IBU beers. Extremely well balanced.

This beer is just great to drink. Founders lives up to their reputation with this one. I see why its rated what it is.

04-09-2010 21:21:44 | More by phiberoptik
Photo of thatsright

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +14%

Pours clear amber, good head retention with lacing

The smell is immediately that centennial pungent resiny pine

The taste is exceptional- more resin with a finely balanced hop vs. a crisp malt and a clean bitter finish. Hides the high ABV dangerously well

creamy mouthfeel

I am so glad to have stumbled on this today! One of the more complex and balanced IPA's out there

04-09-2010 04:57:15 | More by thatsright
Photo of travduke

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

Appearance: Amber body with a nice two finger head with excellent retention. Even better lacing.

Aroma: Lot of pine hops right up front. Citrus in there aswell. Sweet malt. Typical IPA aroma.

Taste: Really well balanced with the resiny hops and nice malt. This is really delicious, probably my favorite single IPA.

Feel/Drink: Mouth is nice and drinkability is great. This is really delicious.

04-09-2010 02:28:53 | More by travduke
Photo of bark


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

The colour is brown-amber; the liquid is clear. The finger thick head is warm off-white, it leaves some lacing.

The smell is the smell of a classic quality American IPA: Mellow sweet flavours are blended with citric notes of grapefruit and lime with hints of dough and a tart touch of lemon juice.

The taste is hoppy with a fine base sweetness. Elegant bitter flavours with notes of grapefruit, dough, roasted nuts and bitter almonds. The body is medium to large. The aftertaste got clean bitter flavours, fruity notes of matured bananas, apricots and grapefruits and a touch of dry leather.
Warming alcohol, sweet cookies and a distinct bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong with very small yet very fresh bubbles. The liquid is semi-smooth with out any stickiness.

04-07-2010 18:20:08 | More by bark
Photo of traviserickson


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

A: Ruby and amber body with an off-white, finger thick head. Brandy colored with minor lacing.

S: Hop dominant, as expected. Citrus with a a roasted malty base.

T: Solid malt base with a large hop bill layed on top. Very well balance. Bitter citrus aftertaste, again the grapefruit aroma is matched with the taste. This beer shows of the 65 IBUs nicely, I would have pinned it as much higher.

M: On the thicker side for an IPA, warming with a mild alcohol flavor: 7.2 ABV on the strong side for this style.

Overall: It's a very well balanced IPA well worth the $9 for a sixer.

04-07-2010 15:06:18 | More by traviserickson
Photo of metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

A: Poured clear amber with just a trace of head.
S: Very aromatic with smells dominated by the infusion of hops.
T: Flavors of hops and piney oils dominate the taste, but are well-balanced and not completely overpowering. The finish is a bit dry.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate.
D: Relatively easy to drink; the alcohol content is well masked.

04-04-2010 02:55:45 | More by metter98
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