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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,357 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,357
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 210
Gots: 696 | 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 VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep amber with a nice frothy milkshake head that it quite white. The beer laces quite well. Head retains exceptionally. Looks delicious.

S-Sturdy nose full of hoppy goodness. Floral and fruity. Quite pungent. Smells like a damn good representation of the style. Surprised its taken me so long to try this one.

T-Fine taste. Hops are big and bold but the beer is quite balanced as well. The intricacy of the taste is great. Grapefruit and floral hops hit hard then a few seconds after I get a strong grassy hop flavor that lasts. Malt is there as well, and featured more in the taste than the aroma. Beer becomes more balanced as it warms but the hop profile does not die with the temprasture increase.

M-Resinous and pretty slick. Nice carbonation. Medium bodied. Nothing wrong here.

D-Ah yes, quite drinkable. A flavorful beer but not too bold to take away from its drinkability.

VelvetExtract, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of velosuds
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Thanks to my son for bringing home from college.

A-Pours a hazy orange amber with almost a one + finger, off-white head with good retention and ample lacing.

S-Pronounced citrus and floral hops. Grapefruit is most prominent and then pineapple. There is also a faint sweetness from the malts, and spruce.

T-This is very well balanced. Hops are aggressive without being overpowering. Malt backbone in finish perfectly accentuates the hops. Citrus hops are again the most prominent taste profile, especially grapefruit. I just wish there was more of these flavors. Raise the IBUs to 75 (vs. 65) and match the malt profile and this would be nearly perfect.

M-Very smooth with perfect carbonation.

D-This is a very good IPA and I liked this better than Bell's Two Hearted Ale. I have never seen this available in the PNW and that is unfortunate. I want another.

velosuds, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy orange, small head (despite rough pour) but good lacing.

Smells piney and hoppy with grapefruit and floral backgrounds accenting a noticeable maltiness.

Now on the taste, I can definitely taste the malts on this one, which isn't usually the case for IPAs. Hops, grapefruit, pine, floral flavors are all present, but the malt balances more than many IPAs.

It's very smooth and rich, nice hop and carbonation tang, overall a great mouthfeel.

Drinks very well. A nice balanced IPA that's easy to drink. Easy going bitterness that doesn't overpower.

Value is pretty good. I think I paid like $8.75 for a sixer.

As a side note we added a bottle of this to some stew meat for the final boil and it was out of this world good!

AlCaponeJunior, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a Stone IRS tulip. Enjoyed many times but first time reviewing.

A: This pours a lightly cloudy, dark-orange color with two fingers of frothy, small-bubbled head that laces well.

S: The nose shows aromas of grapefruit and orange along with sweet caramel maltiness, and some piney and floral hoppy notes.

T: This is a citrus bomb - although not as much as Stone IPA or Two-Hearted Ale - with luscious notes of grapefruit and orange, mild floral hops, and sweet caramel for balance.

M: It is slightly oily and creamy with a medium body.

D: This is one of my favorite IPAs and is tough to beat when fresh.

bucklemyshoe, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Duff27
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Day 8 of the Twelve IP-ays of Christmas.

A- Murky copper color with a one fingered white head. Great lacing and head retention. Dozens of effervescent streams if you look closely.

S- Citrus. Pungent hop profile apparent.

T- Citrus, citrus, citrus...more specifically grapefruit. Damn refreshing.

M- Spot on carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- One of the best IPAs I've ever had the pleasure of having. Can't believe it took me this long to try...still haven't had an even "average" beer from Founders.

Duff27, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Lerxst
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade with Arvjunk. Thanks!

A-Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a one finger off white head that has fair retention but leaves lots of sticky lace.

S-Floral and citrus hops with hints of malt lingering faintly. Not complex, but very pleasant.

T-Follows the nose but the citrus takes the lead here. Hints of bready malt underneath.

M-Medium body, crisp carb bite.

D-Very drinkable IPA. Goes down smoothly and easily.

Lerxst, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Sam Adams glass, bottled on 6/7/10, and received from drabmuh in Secret Santa 2010. A hearty thank you, sir.

The first beer in a couple of days and after some hard driving is a beautiful thing, and this beer is fittingly pretty. I'm greeted with glowing golden rod with slightly deeper orange tones. The topping is a very sticky white head; not very retentive but the lacing is wonderful.

The age on this is why I've popped it first, but it's held up quite well. There is sweet caramel and a little bit of spicy malt, oily hops, pear, candied orange peel, and dried apricot.

More candied orange peel and apricots dash across the tongue, and they seem to have a trailer of sweet, spicy malt behind them. Low bitterness for an IPA with these stats. Tasty but not a palate wrecker. There is an earthiness that stops short of dankness, and I'll settle for saying its a heavy hit of hop oils.

Tickling carbonation, just enough to drop the hop bomb on your tongue. This seems to be quite a balanced, or shall I say malty, IPA; and so the body is moderate or more.

The low bitterness factor and overall hop yum makes this a real winner.

brewerburgundy, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of BamaViper1
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The Founders Centennial IPA pour a transluscent amber into the glass, creating an off-white head that clings to the glass. That head forms nice lacing along the edge of the glass.

The aromas that come from this beer are first and foremost made up of a beautiful Centennial hop pungentness. It contains an earthiness as well as hints of pineapple, citrus, and even a little bit of fresh-cut grass.

This beer tastes wonderful with lots of hops up front that mellow into a light breadiness. Malts peak through to help balance the acidity. The alcohol makes its presence known at the end while the finish is long and bitter.

The beer has good carbonation, making its medium body feel fuller than it is - it gives the beer more of a creamy texture, especially before the head dissipates.

The beer has everything I like in an IPA: lots of hop presence and acidity, a balanced center, and a nice, bitter finish. This makes the drinkability pretty high for this beer. Founders knocks it out of the park, again proving why it's one of my favorite breweries.

BamaViper1, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of Shrews629
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Mix of amber, burnt orange and gold in color. A slightly off white head that was thick with a ton of bubbles. Well above average retention and lacing. The beer was cloudy due to being unfiltered and some yellow highlights were hanging around at the bottom.

Smell - Very fresh, floral hops jump right out in the nose at first. A ripe grapefruit citrus breezes in after a moment. Even picking out a dry cracker like aroma. Very well balbanced and clean. Got a slight hint of a soapy smell. Just barely there.

Taste - Strong grapefruit citrus bursts through on the first gulp. Only a touch of alcohol follows. The bitterness is very prominent, but in a good way. A clean malty sweetness, maybe caramel, rounds out the flavor. Very good in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Dry and crisp. covers the palate in a very thorough way, leaving a lot behind. A bit of alcohol "heat" makes the mouthfeel most enjoyable.

Drinkability - A very good and enjoyable IPA. It's easily drinkable and worth a try in my opinion. I could easily make a night out of this even with the higher ABV. Probably couldnt' do this two nights in a row, but definitely a brew I wouldn't turn down if it was offered.

Shrews629, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cream off white head soap bubble like in character, about two fingers, with some minimum cloudiness in the body. Redish bronze apple juice color quality with minimal lacing.

Faint hops on smell, but also dry desert quality with alcohol, and some sour fermentation feel. Some toast but minimal.

As far as taste goes, a big grapefruit finish, however sweet in mid palate. Has a wet character very much like a wet hop ale, and masking a very high ABV quite nicely. Mellow aromatics and big grapefruit finish make drinkability quite good.

smakawhat, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of ArrogantBastage
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 Ounce bottle poured into a glass

A: Nice deep amber with a thick, white, dense head that dissipated to a thin skim on top of the beer. Lacing throughout the glass.

S: Spicy hops dominate the aroma giving way to citrus as the beer warms slightly.. Hard to detect anything beyond the hop aroma.

T: Intensely hoppy upfront with a slight malt sweetness detected. Hops linger in the finish for quite a while. Getting some peppery notes from the hops between sips.

M: Resiny and smooth. Nice carbonation level accentuating the spiciness from the hops.

D: Very drinkable and hard to stop at one. This is one of my favorite IPAs and I highly recommend this beer.

ArrogantBastage, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Mit
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a-pours a nice reddish gold colour with a decent head.

s-grapefruit hops all the way. Very mild malt element. Not smelling super balanced.

t-Citrus hops again all the way. Very earthy tasting. Something I have gleaned from Founders on a few occasions. Lots of earthy flavour.

m-you can tell this is a 7%er. For sure.

d-pretty drinkable if not for the higher ABV. I would buy lots of this if it weren't for the fact that I had to go to Michigan to get it.

Mit, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of bbkd3b
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured ye old brew into a pint glass for great justice.

A - Pours a beautiful golden copper, hazy thanks to the unfiltered status of the beer. Unfortunately, the 1-finger head vanished without much of a trace, leaving a small collection at the top of the beer to remind you of what once was. No lacing...

S - Surprisingly sweet at the first sniff, with a bitter, hop kick backing it up. Sort of like a pink grapefruit on the scent. Very subtle balancing, and an attractive nose for sure, with a little twist of spruce.

T - Mmm, friendly combination. Heavy citrus tones, like the grapefruit in the nose, come alive here, as does the hop combination. Very clean tasting, so to speak, without any heavy bitterness detracting from the flavors. Sure, more bitter as it warms, but the citrus is enhanced as well. Awesome job.

M - Smooth, creamy body with a crisp finish. Super-refreshing, and would make for a great summer drink (note to self).

D - For an IPA? About as good as it gets. Founders really nailed the style with this one. Great first experience with the company!

Overall/notes: Hey, first Founders brew! Not at all disappointed by this one. I'm surprised at how smooth this IPA turned out to be. Normally, I associate the style with a harsh, bitter kick, but this one went in another direction. Well worth purchase, will drink again.

bbkd3b, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Soonami
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders Centennial IPA is a beer that I've had in bottles before and was not impressed with. I felt that the bitterness was harsh and it was oxidized, but on draft (and form a growler), this is a FANTASTIC IPA. I guess this is probably a common phenomenon with very flavorul, hoppy beers that just don't keep well, which is probably why Pliny the Elder is hardly available outside of Northern California in bottle form--great IPA's do not travel well and suffer from storage.

This IPA has the best raw hop flavor of any beer I've had. I think that as a homebrewer, I am exposed to the best ingredients in raw and final form--this beer tastes and smells just like Centennial hops from a new vacuum sealed pack. It has that fruit loops aroma, with a woody depth and grapefruit punch. On the pallet, the hops provide great flavor of fresh peeled pomelo and juicy tangerines. The malt contributes a bit of caramel sweetness and solid body that makes for a luscious well-rounded beer.

Soonami, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of TheDTrain
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Hazy orange colored IPA bursting with a fresh aroma bursting with earthy, malts, pine, sugar, and hugh hops. Taste is very hoppy and bitter. Great balance of malts, hops, pine, and citrus. Founders is quickly becoming the D-Trains favorite brewery.

TheDTrain, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange with a thin off-white head. Impressive lace array left by almost equally impressive retention. Aesthetically, I'm not a fan of unfiltered IPAs.

If you're going to name a beer Centennial anything, it better reek of Centennial hops. And this one does. Sharp, prickly piney grapefruit citrus dominate both taste and aroma. Ample caramel biscuity malt backup. While the caramel cake-esque is nice in and of itself, so much caramel detracts from the hops.

donkeyrunner, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of punkrkr27
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-copper pour with a small, lasting, loose off-white head. Nice wet, fruity citrus hop aroma with some moderate caramel and honey sweetness and some dry floral pine. The flavor follows through from the aroma and is very nicely balanced. No overly aggressive catty hop profile or cloying sweetness just a nicely well rounded and balanced IPA. There is a long dry, lingering piny bitterness on the finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a slightly aqueous finish.

punkrkr27, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a gorgeous clear and shimmering orange with a thin but reasonable head into my oversized snifter. Clean and crisp pine and hops on the nose. The taste is a hop bomb. It isn't as balanced as the nose would lead to believe. It's a very good IPA and one for the fans of a heavy hop flavor. It also leaves a nice clean but bitter and dry feeling in my mouth. The crisp tingle is from the ABV methinks and the brew is definitely not syrupy which I dig..but overall a bit too dry and a bit too hop heavy for what I look for in an IPA.

cosmicevan, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of machostacos
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautifully deep and slightly hazy orange-copper, effervescent with tiny bubbles racing toward the top of the glass with a big fluffy beige head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving a thin, soapy film on the beer. Tons of thick, spotty lacing. Just a gorgeous looking beer.

The aroma is just...wow. I'm lucky to live so close to Founders as I was able to pick up a sixer of this at my local Meijer, and it is as fresh as you can get outside of their taproom. This freshness is incredibly apparent from the explosion of juicy hops that surrounds and envelops the senses. Obviously a showcase of the Centennial hop, this beer is gloriously piny, resinous, citrusy, earthy, fresh, sweet, and succulent, with a hefty malt presence that rounds out the aroma.

It tastes as good as it looks and smells. This IPA errs a little more on the malty side, though it lacks no bitterness. A bright tinge of bitterness and lively carbonation flashes across the tongue first, followed immediately by a strong wave of sweet, roasty malts that is intermingled with juicy citrus and earthy pine notes from the hops (it's like a tug-o-war in my mouth!) and finishes long and balanced with just enough bitterness to counteract the strong malt presence (which has that iconic Founders flavor that makes no mistake where this beer was lovingly crafted) which rounds out the palette in extraordinary fashion. The hop flavor and slightly dry bitterness lingers on after a sip. Not super complex - just an excellent balance and wonderful showcase of both the versatility of the Centennial hop and Founders' brewing prowess.

Mouthfeel is very full; rich, viscous (though not chewy - it's a hefty body but is necessary to carry the load of flavors this beer possesses), and a little oily. It coats the mouth wonderfully and has just the perfect amount of carbonation so that it keeps the full body from feeling too heavy. Probably one of the best-textured and balanced beers I've ever had the pleasure to drink.

Thanks to a very rich, lingering flavor and an ABV of 7.2% this is a beer that's best enjoyed in relatively small doses. It's also not the most complex beer out there (and it's not intended to be), so you really get Founders' point after the first one. They're just too damned delicious not to want another!

This may not be the best IPA out there, nor the most complex or mind-blowing, but in my opinion it is exactly what every IPA should be to a "T". Founders has outdone themselves again by producing essentially the quintessential IPA. Simply outstanding.

machostacos, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of jlandis
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orange copper with a thin white head. The aroma is full of bright refreshing citrus hops. There is also a pleasant sweetness that is very inviting. The flavor is moderately bitter with grapefruit, oranges and other citrus fruits. I love the American C hops! The body is moderate with subtle carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer! Coming off of Victory's Yakima Glory I'm just blown away by this one. So well rounded with enough hops and sweetness to keep it interesting! So far in my book Founders can do no wrong.

jlandis, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of CalhounJohn
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nicely flowing dark IPA. The depth of flavor was very notable and the flavor fit it very nicely. It's a very good IPA with a definite hopsy character, but not over powering. I have to think this was a good IPA, but not the best ever. It's a very versatile beer that would fit in with most any meal or event.

CalhounJohn, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of thedoubler55
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A-Pours an orangey hazy yellowish color, about a finger of head that laces nicely around the glass

S- One of the most fruity smelling IPA's I have had, very pleasant. Also some strong malts and hops.

T-That taste is somewhat bitter, but very subtle. Does not leave a bad aftertaste. Also some hint of caramel as well as tropical fruit.

M-Nice simple finish, and med bodied.

D-Founders never seizes to amaze me, I like this beer a lot. Definitely something I will have again.

thedoubler55, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of meatyard
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber/orange with a 2+finger white head that leaves nice, splotchy lace.

The smell is citrus, grapefruit mostly, and a light malt aroma after a big inhale.

Taste is similar to the aroma though the citrus hops are a tad below the aroma in it's citrus hit. The sweetness in the malt comes a bit more forward at the end.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium, medium carbonation and a little sweetness hangs on at the end.

Drinkability is good, this is a good IPA. It may not rub shoulders with the best IPAs but it's an IPA that isn't totally balanced and is really nice to have around when fresh. Not everyone will love it but it is better than most IPAs.

meatyard, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 2 finger head. Nice dark orange color. Very good retention. Pretty thick lacing.

S. Pretty nice hop aroma. Bitter hop smell. Some caramel malt. More of a piney hop smell.

T. Taste is a pretty even balance of caramel malt and piney hops. Sweet. Some more citrusy hops come out as it warms. This is a good IPA.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Pretty clean finish.

D. Easky drinking higher ABV IPA. This is a very solid beer. A bit more malt and piney hops than I personally prefer. Founders makes quality beers that is for sure.

siradmiralnelson, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Chaney
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the new Pizza Paradiso in Old Town Alexandria.

A: Poured a very dark golden, almost bronze color, with bubbly carbonation, and about a one inch head, which quickly dissipated to a mere sudsy froth.

S: Floral for sure, but more on the bitter side. The Centennial as opposed to Cascade (which I find more citrusy in nature) set this appart from the myriad of "Pliny the Elder" clones on the market.

T: Hop forward, bitter, but with a sturdy malt backbone. The balance was excellent and the citrusy "refreshing" quality was abundant. Nice crisp (yet somewhat bitter) finish.

M: The sweetness was subdued by the bitter aspects, the bubbly carbonation was sufficient, and the booze may have been in there somewhere, but frankly, I couldn't find it.

D: Maybe Founders will occasionally make a brew that I'm not a big fan of (eg. Devil Dancer), but one thing is for certain.... those cats sure know what they're doing!

Chaney, Nov 20, 2010
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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