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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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5,939 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,939
Reviews: 1,719
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 198
Gots: 524 | FT: 11
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 dukedevil0


3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at the '09 KBS release after feeling like I needed to take something home when I missed out on cases of KBS.

A: Pours a yellowish-orangy amber with white head that settles and great lacing.

S: citrusy hops and sweet malt scents, much more of the hops though...bitter bite finish

T: similar to the scent except some more maltiness in the flavor, wish this wasn't the case

M: super creamy for an IPA

D: very drinkable, alcohol isn't there in the flavor, but the taste leaves something to be desired in my opinion...wish it were sweeter

Serving type: growler

03-16-2009 03:45:58 | More by dukedevil0
Photo of sonicdescent


4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders has yet to disappoint. Let's see if we can continue that streak!

Pour is a very nice red gold with thick offwhote head and phenominal lacing.

Smell isn't complex so much as not and good citrus and resiny hops.

Taste is similar to smell bit nuanced, it seems as if it changes flavors as the drink progresses. I may actually prefer this to their dipa. Citrus, grapefruit, pine all come together nicely.

Mouth is medium bodied but feels thick for an IPA which is a good thing in my book. Carbonation is where it should be, in the medium high range.

Very drinkable and now that we can get founders, maybe a new go to sessioner!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 03:17:40 | More by sonicdescent
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Founders IPA....

Appearance-light gold to brown color, heavy frothy head.

Smell-very hoppy, many different types it seems, the hops dominate the aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel-again hops dominate, very flavorful different profiles of pine and fruit, not too harsh, a little burn but well balanced and a lot of flavor.

Drinkability-hides the alcohol fairly well, flavorful and drinkable.

Overall-great IPA, the kind that I really enjoy drinking, very hoppy but not a smashing flavor profile either, great job.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2009 18:35:45 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of chaz410

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle purchased with the Charlotte Beer Club.
Body is light brown and has a very large white froathy head.
Smell is pretty much nothing but centennial hops.
Taste is still mostly centennial hops, light malt profile and good citris and piney notes from the hop.
Pretty drinkable from hop heads but not for everyone.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 03:40:40 | More by chaz410
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold with a thin, quickly dissapating head.

Fruity, flowery nose with a hint of butterscotch - but no diacetyl.

Very smooth and creamy on the hit, building to a moderately bitter finish. Not dry enough for my personal taste. Very little citrus in the finish, maybe a hint of sour grapefruit.

The alcohol could actually stand to come down a bit to make this a good session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 00:45:04 | More by beer2day
Photo of timbro81


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to graphicbreak for the opportunity. Pours a light copperish color topped by a really nice head that shows great lacing down the glass, good carbonation too. Smells of really juicey big citrus notes (grapefruit, pepper, and pineapple?) Fantastic. Taste is just as impressive. Many of the same descripters with a bit more of some spicey/peppery notes. Medium to light body, carbonation softens out on the palate. Would relly like to sample this gem on tap. Hop heads won't be dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 02:52:58 | More by timbro81
Photo of treyrab


3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad to see Founders finally make its way out to Pittsburgh. I saw this for the first time and wasted no time picking it up. Poured into my tulip glass tonight...

A: Pours a thin, hazy rusty copper with absolutely no head. This is very hazy...tons of chill haze...with not even a disk of head. No lacing either.

S: Smell is pure hoppiness. Spicy centennial hop smell and not as much grapefruit or orange citrus aspects as I would have thought. Some cascade I think would have gone a long way with this beer. But I suppose for a Centennial IPA, this smells as such.

T: Very spicy centennial hops. Spicy orange in the taste with slight orange and lemon zest. Not much malt backing to this, as it is a pure Centennial hop bomb. This needs some more complexity.

Overall, a good IPA on a warm night. Not as complex as I would have preferred, but I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 01:31:34 | More by treyrab
Photo of waltonc


3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Hazy cider vinegar color with huge puffy white head.
S/T: Smells and tastes of strong grapefruit from those centennial hops. I think there's some malt flavor in here somewhere, but it's tough to discern beneath the crazy hoppiness. Not very sweet in comparison to a Hopslam or 90 Minute, but not too dry either.
M: Medium body, high carbonation, just a tad sticky.
D: As with any real hoppy beer, I don't find this very drinkable, though it's pretty good for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 04:08:48 | More by waltonc
Photo of czfreeman


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very excited to see Founders in the store here in SC. Centennial is one Ive been looking foward to after sampling the stellar Breakfast Stout.
Pours out a amber hued tone of golden brown. After an aggressive pour, an absolutely perfect head of fluffy golden perfection is produced, leaving copious lacing. This truly is one of the best heads Ive ever seen on an IPA. POuring out the rest only yields more of this goodness, I must mark high on this one
Smells of rich malty hoppy deliciousness is wafting my way. Strong citrus bursting with a Cascade-Amarillo hop overload. The 7.2% ABV lends plenty of bite, sticky tangerines, grapefruits, peppercorns, biting arugula/basil herb notes are appreciated as well. A light biscuity vanilla bean aroma provides a light, but bracing balance to this hopheads delight.
Centennial is now exploding on my palate. A wave, Cascade(pardon the pun) washes over my mouth. The mouth-encapsulating hop explosion brings citric fruits, peppery herbs, toasted biscuity malts, and a highly spiced clove/phenolic finish. Absolutley a hopheads delight.
Mouthfeel is full, yet biting, and drying all in one. This is a greatly crafted hoppy delight that this hophead is enjoying the hell out of.
Founders is moving up my ranks with every new brew I try by them. I have a Double Trouble and a Backwoods Bastard waiting in the ranks to seal them in my fridge drawer forever.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 02:21:20 | More by czfreeman
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pintglass.
Very light orange in color with a yellowish head and lace.
Tastes very fruity for an IPA, and Ive had my share. What an interesting hop profile. Bitter but mainly fruit oriented, with a huge Pineapple flavor which is uncommon for this style. Well balanced with a nice malt backing.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.
Can't really bring myself to drink this too fast, good to the last drop. Glad to see it in the Pittsburgh market.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 20:30:49 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of drtth


4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in standard shaker. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazed dark copper cooler with a 1/8" light tan creamy head which recedes quickly leaving light lacing around the glass. Sipping leaves some patches of lacing. Later in the beer, small patches of foam on the surface and the ring around the glass is all that is left and the lacing is an patch of foam that slides back down into the beer, and scattered speckles.

Smell: The aroma is fresh, floral and citrusy (e.g., lemon zest) with a nice herbal character and the light caramel malt in the background.

Taste: Lots of lemony citrus followed by semi-sweet caramel malt. The flavors are well-balanced with a nice interplay between the citrus/herbal hops and caramel malt in each sip.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with light but persistent carbonation. The finish is lightly carbonated, medium bodied with medium length bitter finish.

Drinkability: An excellent, well made IPA with definite but not overpowering flavors. Quite complex and I could easily drink several of an evening. I will definitely be returning to this beer in the future as opportunity presents.

Note added 13 Jan, 2010: This is easily on my short list of favorite IPAs. This one just works for my tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2009 11:10:02 | More by drtth
Photo of FtownThrowDown


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color. There are lots of "floaties" lingering in the beer.
Smell is hoppy. Taste is a juicy hoppyness with some grassy hops showing up in the background. This has a really good taste working for it. It's fairly smooth on the palate and refreshing. For a IPA it's not cloying or tiring after a few. This would make a good sessionable IPA. May have to keep some of these on hand.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 19:08:27 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Hazy unfiltered orange brown color. Could not get a good head on this not matter how hard I tried. That said, not much retention or lacing.

4.5 S: Really nice aroma. Big citrus smell. Pineapple sticks out like a muthafucka, something I've never experienced in an IPA. Also some grapefruit and floral hops. Gonna have to dry-hop with Centennial sometime. Malt character is sweet.

4.0 T: Damn good taste. Not overloaded with hop flavor (which is what I usually like) but just so well balanced it doesn't matter. Pineapple flavor isn't there, but the grapefruit is along with some other citrusy tones. Bitter on finish. Malts lend a sweet balance.

4.5 M: Medium-heavy body. Clean and crisp, yet very silky.

4.0 D: Very good. Hopefully one day I can get another bottle and a head will form.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 03:51:11 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of PerzentRizen


4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one fine IPA that I have the privilege to sample thanks to a trade with Pudge43 (excellent beer trader here).

Poured into a Duvel tulip this beer is a muldled brown to dark copper in color. Poured with a 1/2 inch head which reduced to a fine lace which remains (off white in color).

The aroma is dry and fresh. I can imagine a cool breeze and the smell of springtime in the air.

Taste is extremely dry and just like the aroma is of fresh hop moderately citrus in the front followed by light sweetness in the mouth which subsides to a tartlike citrus aftertaste...absolutely delicious.

The mouthfeel is ligher than I expected at 7.2% abv but is nearly perfect for the style. Not too oily, not too thin...just about right.

You could probably drink this all day; I know I could. As you finish one it begs for a repeat and you know you will have to follow it by an IPA or APA with similar notes because perfection demands perfection. You are forced to either have another Centennial or upgrade (which will inevitably be extremely difficult) - best to grab another Centennial. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 18:32:29 | More by PerzentRizen
Photo of cagocubs


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this IPA..

Poured a beautiful amber/copper with a gigantic head that laced and retained. One solid looking beer. Nice citrus and earthy scent. Grapefruit was the first thing I noticed. Nice and hoppy taste with great mix of citrus. Smooth mouthfeel with great coating and yes, I could drink this all day...very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 06:17:28 | More by cagocubs
Photo of SykDoc


4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a healthy copper tone with translucent appearance due to sediment. A several inch off-white head forms with slowly decreases to a full covering.

The smell is, as expected. A nice combination of citrus and pine, courtesy to the hops. The citrus combo seems to be fairly grapefruit.

The is another nice combination of hoppy citrus and pine. It leaves a good level of dryness and is not overwhelmingly bitter.

The mouthfeel demonstrates a medium/full body with a reasonable level of carbonation. The way this feels on the tongue is very good and it leaves a nice dry, bitter sensation at the finish.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer and should I be able to get my hands on it at the store or be offered it, I certainly wouldn't turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 03:57:57 | More by SykDoc
Photo of darklordlager


3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange-bronze, with a giant off-white head that stays for a long time

Smell is of ripe citrus fruit and a bit of earthiness lingering in the background. A bit of alcohol is detectable.

Taste is of sweet malt with bitter highlights. Definite earthiness lingering throughout, with Alcohol being very noticeable. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated--a little too much for me.

Just not digging this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 00:17:28 | More by darklordlager
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders Centennial IPA is a 7.2% IPA dry-hopped and unfiltered. This sounds great!

The looks is pretty good with a cloudy body and a 1" white head above a orange toned body.

Aromas are grapefruit and pineapple with a slight caramel malt in the background.

The taste is sweet up front with a slight caramel flavor. Then, a wave of grapefruit bitterness hits the tongue and leaves plenty of flavor sitting there. Wow! I like this. It does have a tobacco thing in near the end along with some mint.

The mouthfeel is fluffy up front and prickly carbonation as it sits.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 18:18:42 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of gatornation


4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another great beer from founders... this pours a golden/orange hue with outstanding lacing thru out... malt hop balance is outstanding.. pine citrus and spice aroma with a just right dry bitter finish a perfect ipa i could drink a sixer in an evening but dont 7.2 abv. founders brewery is fast becoming a favorite of mine.... if u like ipa's find this one

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 20:52:09 | More by gatornation
Photo of twbrewer


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Has a deep amber color,1" thick tan head.Great lacing.

S-Amazing smell!Clean sweet,earthy hop aroma.

T-Again amazed,similar to the smell.Nice bitterness with a hint of malt in the finish but the hops prevail.

M-Medium bodied with great carbonation.Good malt back with a wonderful dry hoppy finish leaving your taste buds wanting more.

D-Very easy drinking beer,even with the higher abv its easy to keep drinking more.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 06:36:52 | More by twbrewer
Photo of tempest


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-cask at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. I'm not usually a fan of hoppy beers on cask, but this must be the exception that makes the rule. This was a smooth, relatively balanced IPA. There was a big hit of citrus punch, not too sharp, and very drinkable. There's also a tasty, mellow caramel and bread malt profile in the background. Man, this stuff is tasty.

Serving type: cask

02-11-2009 02:19:45 | More by tempest
Photo of indiapaleale


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a peachy, auburny, orangey coloir that is very clean. Nice thin fluffy head with some decent lacing.

Ohhh the smell. Love it. Smells of fresh citrus, lemon peel, grapefruit. Such intense hop aromas come from this beer. Absolutely one of the best smelling bottled IPAs (IMHO).

Taste is sweet, tart, powdered sugar followed by a blast of lemon zest, grapefruit juice and pure hop bliss.

There is a nice balance of sweet and bitter that makes this beer incredibly drinkable.

Founders you never cease to amaze me with sheer quality of your beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 02:58:18 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of phantomwyse


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Salt in Byram with dinner Saturday night, immediately went out and bought a six pack the next day.

A: Caramel-amber colored body with a one finger head of creamy off white. Languid unfiltered particles held in suspension in stark comparison to the fast moving carbonation streaking past and up the sides of my pint glass.

S: Highly floral and thick, juicy pine aromas greet the olfactory receptors followed by a wave of lush grapefruit. Biscuity Graham cracker malts slam into the hops and stop them at the end of the inhale.

T: Ultra pine character lead into a slightly lemon like citric presence. Big biscuity malts help subdue the rampant hops. Sweet, yet still fantastically bitter, at the back end.

M: Medium bodied, chewey, and juicy. A great combination.

D: Centennial hops had great flavor without being overbearing, although this is a nicely balanced brew regardless. Slightly deadly ABV for a regular IPA, but it's so good, who cares.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 23:55:40 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of stewart124


4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

slightly hazy copper in color with one finger of white head. Lots of citrus in the nose with a strong floral background. Smells fresh!

The taste has bite. Plenty of malts to balance it out. This has a chewy biscuity character that finishes with a caramel sweetness. Lots of piney spice from the hops. Almost peppery. This IPA has loads of fruit character also. I'm leaning towards pear and apple.

Super drinkable. Very mellow in body and goes down smooth. "Drink it in. It always goes down smooth." And I could.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 02:14:15 | More by stewart124
Photo of marcobrau


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep gold to light amber with a bit too much carbonation, but settles down fairly quickly leaving a rocky off-white head that leaves plenty of lacework down the sides of the glass. Very complex hop aroma. There's fresh citrus, honey and marmalade. This beer has a bit of toasted malt up front that mixes well with the hops before a smooth malty middle followed by an assertive hop bitterness in the finish. The bitterness sticks around and builds a bit with each sip. Seems much rounder than a bottle I had a few months ago. Overall, an engaging IPA I'll probably return if I don't get around to an attempt a brewing a clone.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 03:44:00 | More by marcobrau
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