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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,535 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,535
Reviews: 1,753
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 227
Gots: 758 | FT: 12
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 twiggamortis420
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a bottling date of 02/05/11 courtesy of brees6221. Pours surprisingly dark, copper color almost with a massive cap of white head. Lacing is ridiculous.

Hops are very citric, with some pine and tropical thrown in for good measure. Caramel and biscuit make up the malt aroma.

Hop flavors stand out for me more than bitterness, consisting of pine and lime pith. Malts are not sweet, really, but have a caramely aspect and some toast. Mouthfeel is smooth and nice, not a surprise knowing it is a Founder's product. It is one of those IPAs that is hop-leaning, but yet has plenty of malt backing that doesnt get too much in the way. They complement each other...thats the phrase I was looking for. Very drinkable...my bottle is a few months old, I'd love to taste an uber-fresh tap pour of this sometime.

twiggamortis420, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep copper body with an antique white head the is creamy and last for a good bit. There is a gentle carbonation gliding to the surface.

S- The juicy citrus hops come through with pine notes to follow and an orange hard candy hop aroma that finishes.

T- The green citrus hop flavor has some woody green notes to follow. There is a pale malt note with some light toasted malt hint underneath. As the beer opens up there is a soft caramel sweetness that fades to a woody bitterness of hops that lingers for a bit.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft alcohol warmth in the finish.

O- This is a solid tasty IPA with some good depth and hops character and nice support from the malt. It is a bit high in alcohol to have more than one as it goes down pretty smooth.

rhoadsrage, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of cthulu81
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a too long drought of Centennial, it finally is back in stock and it is fresh(awesome addition of bottling dates Founders!)! Gleams a lovely rich burnished gold in the glass with a fluffy ring of lacing topping the noble pour. There is a sharp, peppery, herbal aroma with the tell-tale grapefruit citrus of delicious centennial hops thrumming just under the surface. Ahhh, just as good as I want to remember it being- a medium body of balanced malt that is enrobed in sharp, grassy, piney bitterness that culminates in a bountiful mouthful of grapefruit rind, cilantro, mild peppercorns and a supportive clover honey sweetness. A medium body and clean finish give this beer sessionable drinkability. Thanks for finally getting some Centennial back in NoVa Founders. And just a few days before my birthday too. Yum.

cthulu81, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 4.6.11

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark orange with a slight tan head.

S - Slight citrus tones, and sugar sweet malts.

T - Malty sweet, with a hoppy pine finish.

D - Drinks smooth, but way sweet.

O - Way too sweet for me. Not what I look for in an IPA.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of threeviews
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chalice (courtesy of Chimay)

A- Pours a dark golden colour with a small head (that may be due to an insignificant pour) but it did not last long...less than 1 minute

S- Citrus with hints of pine and malt...very enjoyable and in-line with what a great American IPA is all about.

T- Pine is the first flavor to hit followed by citrus. The finish is quite long, malty and a bit heavy (especially as it warms up)

O- I think this is a great brew, but would like it consistently cold to eliminate the syrupy finish. I will however, recommend this brew to anyone who appreciates a bold american IPA/Double IPA. If this is the only American IPA on the market, this would be my staple...go and try it!

threeviews, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of jifigz
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have already had a few glasses, so forgive me if my review is a little skewed.

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Lovely orange/copper color. The head that formed was rather small but it didn't want to go anywhere, so that's always a good sign. Beautiful lacing occurred the entire time while draining the glass.

S: Citrus-like hop aroma very noticeable as well as a decent malt base. Many other fruity esters are there to be deciphered as well.

T: Delicious. Very spoiled fruit-like sour twinge with a bitter note from the hops as well. The malt sweetness that remains is nicely balanced with the hops. This is a good one. The aftertaste is a dry feeling with the main taste notes lingering.

M: The beer is medium bodied and rather creamy. It goes down really, really smoothly.

O: I love the rich spoiled fruit flavors that are present in this beer. This is some good stuff. The ABV is right around perfect in my opinion and well masked with wonderful flavor. This seems to be a rather complex tasting IPA. It is easily one of my favorites and my first offering from Founders. I must find more of their beers and give them a try. A great IPA.

jifigz, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice creamy yellow beer with a thick white creamy head that leaves nice lacing and good retention. The nose is full of floral and citrus. Loads of grapefruit, orange zest, sticky pine. Lots of centennial hops, grassy and floral elements. The taste has a crisp cut with citrus notes and lime zest. Great IPA.

JayS2629, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this for a second time and found it to be a lot better the second time around. This pours out as a nice yellowish gold color with a decent looking white head on it. The smell is heavy with pine and some citrus. The taste is wonderful, it's very strong with hops and just relentless on the tastebuds. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light but still has a great body to it. Very good beer!

Knapp85, May 31, 2011
Photo of JAYAR1
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


JAYAR1, May 31, 2011
Photo of match1112
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

looks like most others of this type in the glass, except this one had a big three finger head that stuck around for a while with good lacing. smell was like a big bouquet of hops, citrus, floral, pine all mixed well with lots of malt to balance. taste follows te nose on this one, tastes like it smells, which is awesome. this one wasnt overly dry or bitter, cant wait to finish off this six pack.

match1112, May 30, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of 05/16/11. Pours a translucent light amber color with a half inch of white head. Fair amount of lacing. Great hoppy aroma. Floral, piney and some citrus hops. Taste is piney and floral. Nice bitter bite to it. Piney bitterness at the end. Nice amount of dryness to this beer. Nicely drinkable and a good balance of bitter hops. Overall, this is a really good IPA worth buying often.

PicoPapa, May 30, 2011
Photo of tigerbass
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been on a hop kick in my mind, but seem to have been drinking anything but hoppy beer lately so I picked up a 6 pack of this to celebrate Memorial Day sunday.
Pours a nice golden amber color with just a little head, less than a finger for me.
The aroma was not strong, but of very fresh hops lightly squeezed in your hand. Some mild citrus and pine if you thought about it.
Very nice and hoppy in the mouth, and a nice alcohol and citrus burn in your throat as you swallow it. A GOOD burn that is.
This is what I am after in an IPA and Founders as always delivers! There is really nothing I dislike about this IPA AT ALL! Very, very good.
I would love to try this on draft, so looks like a road trip will be happening this summer!

tigerbass, May 29, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive amber-orange. Substantial head. Thick and detailed lacing. Superlative!

Delicious and mouth-watering aroma of sweet citrus, floral, and pine notes.

Taste comes across with strong pine hoppiness, with a slow slide into the firm malty backbone. There's a lingering bitterness, too. Thick mouthfeel.

Quite a delicious IPA, and one I'll be picking up again for sure.

secondtooth, May 28, 2011
Photo of haddon
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark orange-amber. The head is dark cream with a thickness that is long-lived. lacing coated the tulip long after the beer was gone.

serious IPA from the nose. pineapple & orange peel all over the place. very nice.

grapefruit, zested lemons & grass dominate the flavor. if you ever wonder what Centennial hops taste like, here's your standard. there is a sweet malty backbone that mutes the bitter bite and brings a very nice balance.

medium to almost full body. creamy and heavy for an IPA but I ain't complaining.

Founders just keeps cranking out the hits. Centennial IPA is a great sample of a class of beer that doesn't feel like it has to go over the top. could drink this a while without getting palate fatigue (almost like a great pale ale brings with drinkability).

haddon, May 28, 2011
Photo of daveytheformer
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

into a nonic pint

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a thick off white head.

Smells like pine, citrusy hops, and flowers. Lots of lemon and grapefruit.

Tastes crisp and bitter in a light pleasant way. Some more pine and citrus as well as a light caramel malt aftertaste blending perfectly with the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with great carbonation.

Overall is really good and I could certainly see buying 6 packs of this if it were available to me.

daveytheformer, May 27, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz pint glass at the Rattle n Hum.

Centennial IPA pours a crystal clear amber-to-orange, depending on how well lit it is. There's a little bit of white foam topping the beer, and it sticks around for a quick minute before leaving a solid amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The nose is surprisingly sweet, but once I get past that the requesite grapefruit citrusy aromas shine through. There's big caramel up front with each sip, despite being brewed in Michigan this beer's get both feet planted on the east coast side of the US IPA map. From there a brief interlude of bitterness leads to the citrusy close. This part tastes a bit off to me though, it's a very harsh grapefruit flavor. It's what I'd imagine would happen if someone wasn't paying attention and zested a bunch of the pith in with the grapefruit skin while cooking. Unsurprisingly, the body is more to the full side for the style, not nearly as bone dry as some of its west coast counterparts. The carbonation admirably cuts through that to let the hop flavors pop. I don't know if it's the particular hop combination/schedule that Founder's uses or what, but the hop profile just rubs me the wrong way. Probably not an IPA I'd reach for again if others were available.

axeman9182, May 27, 2011
Photo of Tripphop
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange glow in the light, the color is a hazy reddish orange. A fine carbonation rises and sits for a few minutes, no lacing in the glass, but a layer of tiny bubbles float during the whole beer. Aromas are of hop and apricot. Flavor is hop forward but nicely balanced, big citrus fruits and apricot with a light but refreshing bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a pleasant lingering citrus hop flavor. Very tasty brew, always in the fridge.

Tripphop, May 25, 2011
Photo of blackcompg
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I popped off the cap, and took a deep whiff... ohhh hop me sideways...

Appearance - Poured into a 12oz beer glass - a good, fluffy cumulus head, almost 2 fingers, the head is a very lite orange eggshell, comes down to a beautiful dense cap within the first few minutes. The beer is a brilliant, slightly hazy orange amber color, with orange-red hilites as you turn the glass. The first few sips are leaving beautiful lace rings for each tilt of the glass.

Smell - Semi-sweet grapefruit, slight pine, and just the slightest malt sweetness...really a great smelling IPA, all these gorgeous hoppy smells filling the nostrils, now time to taste...

Taste - Wonderful, refreshing, delicious! At 65 IBU's there is just enough bitterness, not harsh in the least, hops are perfectly asserted. This IPA is harmonized so perfectly...I've had other IPA's that start out slightly tart, then malty sweet backbone, then the hops pull the carpet out from underneath you...but rather than a progression, this happens nearly all at once. It starts out semi-sweet grapefruits with very muted malt, then the bright tingling of carbonation as the grapfruit goes from the fruit to the peel. You are left with smooth bitter hops on the back of the tongue, and traces of grapefruit juice in the corners of the mouth...now repeat ;)

Mouthfeel - This is the perfect mouthfeel - slight creaminess, very clean finish, slight dryness mixed with slight juiciness between sips...how do they do it? Not a heavy beer at all, this is Really nice.

Overall - Let me take you through the sip... The smell of almost ripe yellow grapefruits fills your nostrils...as you tip the glass, you see the brilliant bright orange ale peaking through the shimering eggshell cap...there is very well defined sticky lacing after every sip (I counted 10 distinct lace stripes on my glass when finished!)...grapefruit juice with slight malt background, tingling carbonation, grapefruit peel, clean, dry finish with spots of grapefruit juice, slight warming from the 7.2% ABV, the first bottle goes quickly, and you realize you have fallen in love with arguably one of the greatest looking, smelling, tasting IPA's around. If you read my other reviews, it's obvious that I'm pretty darned fond of Founders products, and their Centennial IPA is flawless perfection in my opinion - I can't recommend this one enough, two thumbs way up :)

blackcompg, May 25, 2011
Photo of BrewerB
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately hazy orange color with a thin white Moderately intense fruity hops skewing towards grapefruit. Light notes of grainy malts tucked away in the back. Clean fermentation. Slight presence of alcohol. Modestly grainy malt backbone supporting a fruity tangerine hop character. Bitterness is clean and moderate level. Medium-long, dry finish with a lingering bitterness and fruity hops. Medium-light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

BrewerB, May 24, 2011
Photo of EnJeiBee
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It poured slightly hazy and had an amber hue. A thin white head formed which left decent lacing

S - A slightly tangy hop aroma is well balanced by a caramel malt backbone

T - Very balanced hop character

M - Thicker on the palate than I expected, but enjoyable and highly carbonated

O - Your textbook AIPA. It doesn't stand out from the crowd, but doesn't disappoint either

EnJeiBee, May 24, 2011
Photo of sidetracked
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Founders.

Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Nice lacing.

Smell is floral hops with some pine and citrus aspects. Bready malts balance it out a bit.

Upfront taste is hoppy and bitter--floral, pine and lemon. Some caramel, bready malts in the middle. Hoppy finish echoes the initial taste. Lingering bitterness.

Medium body with a light creaminess. Medium carbonation.

Enjoyable and easy to drink with a good hop presence and moderate bitterness.


sidetracked, May 24, 2011
Photo of aasher
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is dated 5/9/11, a whole 9 days ago! I had one three days ago and it was the best Centennial I've had yet so I HAD to get another one. Founders dating their bottles with new ink just made drinking their beer even more exciting.

This beer pours a very clean bronze in color with a one finger off white head. This beer wreaks of Centennial hops with a light creamy malt finish. It is so sharp and succinct and does exactly what it's meant to. The flavors are a nice middle ground between the fresh hoppiness and the caramel malts. The hops are just perfect and the beer finishes crisp, not drying out the palate at all. It drinks perfectly and has nice carbonation. This beer is top notch. I wish other people didn't realize that.

aasher, May 19, 2011
Photo of morehoppps
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served On-Tap at a local Old Chicago.

A: The bartender was a gentle gal, poured a nice 16 oz pint with a very small head. The color was a reddish-amber with a fair amount of carbonation rising from the bottom.

S: The smell was that of a pretty balanced IPA. The hop aroma dominated, however just by smelling you can tell there is a nice caramel malt backround.

T: Very balanced "Ale", however, maybe too balanced to be an exeptionally hoppy, or sometimes overly hopped, IPA. The hop flavor is very good, a nice citrussy, springy, earthy flavor. The malt is nice too, but together they kind of equal out to a somewhat boring beer.

M: A little on the thick side. Full-Bodied for an IPA, Medium-Bodied At Least. Decent amount of carbonation, but could have used more to counter balance how thick it is.

O: This is a good beer, but it's just not my favorite IPA out there. I plan on picking up a bottle sometime, maybe the keg was getting old. Who knows, overall though I wouldn't advise against this beer, it just didn't overly impress.

morehoppps, May 19, 2011
Photo of Bodart
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass. Nice dark orange color with nice foamy head and carbonation. Smell some citrus and pine aroma. Good tasting ipa with considerable hop bitterness and malt presence...a bit of citrus there too. Nice balance of hops and malt. I have sampled many india pales ales and this is one of the better ones....not the best...but very respectable. This is a good solid ipa and I won't hesitate to drink it again.

Bodart, May 18, 2011
Photo of kjc51478
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Appearance is amber color with light, off-white head that has good lacing.

S: Aroma is heavy citrus with a slight caramel sweetness and floral hop notes.

T: Taste has prevalent citrus flavors especially grapefruit and lemon with a sharp, piney hops throughout.

M: Palate is light to medium-bodied, slightly watery, lively carbonation, and a bitter finishing.

O: A very good IPA.

kjc51478, May 17, 2011
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,535 ratings.