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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,262 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,262
Reviews: 1,737
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 210
Gots: 654 | 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 kbnooshay

New York

4.47/5  rDev +8%

A- Poured a fairly clean orange amber color with a very small off-white head. Lots of carbonation is sticking to the glass.

S- Aroma is spectacular and rich. It is floral, citric, caramel sweet and malty with an awesome breadiness.

T- Near perfect for what i expect from an IPAs flavor. More hoppier than malty but its treated with a delicate balance so all flavors are appreciated. Perhaps the 65 IBUs could be higher and this could still be balanced I am not sure. But I love the balance here. Breadlike but not quite yeasty. Fruity and never too bitter.

MF- Feel is slick and oily. Gets kind of drying towards the end.

D- I would have no problem drinking 2 or 3 of these. A model IPA.

08-14-2010 06:57:21 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of cpo

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%

Excellent IPA compares favorably with some of the best such as Stone, and Southern Tier. Dark amber color. Well balanced flavor. Hoppy, but not overlwelmingly so. Very smooth for an IPA with an ABV this high. I highly recommend trying it on draft if you can find it.

08-10-2010 01:54:09 | More by cpo
Photo of mempath


4.47/5  rDev +8%

whew....expensive case...$45! but so far very worth it for this variety...

looks like a great IPA but would love to see more lacing....excellent head that settles fairly fast...deep apricot color

a really pungent, yet thickly 'mellowed' nose of hop...viscous smelling if that makes sense. but i expect this to be luscious....i sense their is a malt stowaway helping out...amazing

taste is simply smooth, pungent, oily, delicious....can't believe the ABV...mouthfeel almost matches the balance of the nose....

again, for the ABV, quite drinkable. at 7.2%, a scary, lovely sessioner for hopsters

08-09-2010 18:07:42 | More by mempath
Photo of scottyshades


4.18/5  rDev +1%

A: Pours a gorgeous transparent amber color with a perfect fluffy cap. Good retention.

S: Flowery, spicy, honey, and lots of rye

T: Similar to the nose. Very earthy and flowery hops. Not bitter at all, and balanced quite nicely by a semi-sweet malt backing

MF/D: Medium body, pungent flowery hop finish.

Mobile review

08-08-2010 23:02:02 | More by scottyshades
Photo of EgadBananas


3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

Thanks to Trevor (advent) for this!

Bottled 12/07/09, poured into a tulip.

Pours a pale copper color that looks wonderful. Nice, white, soapy head that creates a nice amount of filmy laces.

May not have been the freshest, but still had a good amount of citrus, pine, bitterness and resiny sweetness.

Citrus explosion on the taste, with lingering bitterness, with a wonderful bouquet of floral notes. Had this have been only a few weeks or so old, I think this would cross the exceptional mark.

Sits a tad heavier than most. Still great, but a bit more crispness would have been wonderful. Had this have been a DIPA, the feel would be spot on.

Great drinkability. Wish I had more than 1!

08-07-2010 22:15:20 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Another Founder's beer that I could have sworn that I reviewed. I must have been too distracted whenst drinking this fellow.
This is a lively beer. Aromas are fresh, striking and inviting. The flavor profile is heavy with citrus hop goodness. This is one of those IPA's that make me think that I never need another kind of IPA. Carbonation is just right so as to keep the serving refreshing from start to finish.
Very tasty stuff. Full bodied with lingering hop bitterness, some fruity malt characters... if an IPA could come out of my faucet I would not mind if it was this one. Reminds me quite a bit of the Sculpin IPA I had not too long ago. Similar characteristics.

08-04-2010 02:14:22 | More by ommegangpbr
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
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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