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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,423 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,423
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 218
Gots: 717 | 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 bound4er
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Really frothy, big off-white head that hangs around for a good portion of the beer. Amber colored with some haziness. Sports some of the heaviest lacing I have ever seen. Very inviting from an appearance standpoint.

S - For an IPA, I get an uncommon hit of malt and earthiness upon smelling with hops playing a secondary role. The malts are bready and yeasty - the hops mostly pine. A shot of booze fills things out.

T - Nice combination of malt breadiness and piney hops. The hop bitterness expands across the top and sides of my palate and linger.

M - Medium bodied with a perfect amount of warming alcohol and moderate carbonation.

D - This beer really disappeared quickly. I find it highly drinkable and very well balanced. If anything, I think it needs a bit of a citrus hop kick to balance out the pine, but that's a minor quibble. I'd actually label this beer as fairly unique when compared to other IPA's. It is a nice change of pace from the super hop forward IPA's out there. Founders is a damn fine brewery.

bound4er, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was massive, slightly murky copper with a huge creamy head and some of the thickest lacing i've seen in some time. great retention

slightly floral with a touch of pine. light malts.

nice solid bitterness that is very balanced. light floral and citrus undertones. malts are fairly hidden but balance this out. finish is very grapefruit like.

nice carbonation, has a bit of bite that adds to the hop explosion.

solid IPA all the way. i had this 2 days old on tap and that was pretty intense but this is more mellow so im assuming its a tad older. solid all the way though. one of my favorite IPA's

hooliganlife, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of blackenmn
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance and Smell-Poured a nice thick, consistent, very bright orange with a small frothy white head which laced the lass well. Definitely some carbonation hiding in the middle of this. The smell was powerful. Hard hitting piney hops with some definite deep citrus with some lemon and very subtle pineapple like sweetness in back.

Taste and Mouthfeel-Taste was full of citrus and pine. The pine took over when the hops hit. Left a strong lingering bitterness between sips. Very hoppy with a good complexity too it. Definitely not one dimensional in flavor or feel, had some citrus almost subtle toffee like sweetness which kept the pine from being too overwhelming.

Drinkability-I could drink a few of these without a doubt. Nice hoppy one without being too overly sweet or bogged down.

blackenmn, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of TLove
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz to glass tumbler.

Solid offering. 7.2% ABV strong throughout. The most surprising component is the strength of bitterness in the otherwise light 65 IBU for the IPA type.

A pale, reddish-orange tint with a 1/2 finger head and moderate lacing. The smell is overwhelmingly bitter and sour hops. There are definately some sharp Cascade dry, whole hops in there and a slight sweetness from some lime, avocado, lemon, and green raisin. The syrupy complexity has a surprisingly bitter hop structure for a beer with a mere 65 IBU's. Pungent and complex.

The finish is thin, stringent, and very dry. There is a touch of softness and minimal carbonation. The bitterness follows though to the end. Smooth finish and syrupy sweetness on the back end.

TLove, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazy copper color with an attractive white head with has excellent retention and amazing sticky lacing.

The nose is an expert blend of hops and malts. The ultimate balance, a great smelling IPA. An amazing marriage of earthy and floral hops.

Taste is a lot like the smell, a great blend of citrus and earthy hops that go along great with the malt backbone. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice bitter after taste. A good carbonation level rounds it out. Great drinkability for an IPA.

Overall, this is a good representation of a widely represented style. Definitely above average. However, with so many great examples of the style out there, I doubt I would get this again. There are so many IPA's out there that are better (and probably cheaper) than this and I will reach for those. Still a good beer, no doubt.

Mistofminn, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of cdkrenz
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper body with a rich, three inch, pale tan head.

S - Aroma of citrus, hops and an inkling of tobacco.

T - Perfect hops to start and they carry through to a rich, bitter finish.

M - Smooth and silky throughout, which is interesting in an IPA.

~ This brew is sure to please anyone that's a fan of great hops flavor.

cdkrenz, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper orange color with a nice white 2 inch head that has some major sticking properties.

Aroma is a nice blend of hops, malts, and earthy tones.

Taste alot like it smells. The hops hit you first, but the earthy and malty flavors rush in to make this a full flavored Ipa experience with a lingering bitter finish. Reminds me a bit of Great Divide Titan, but this is a bit more hoppy.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with a nice lingering bitterness accompanied by moderate carbonation.

I could definitely drink a few of these, but still, this is not your ideal session beer.

Morey's Bottom Line: A nice big bitter Ipa from the East Coast. The fresher the better. Would definitely purchase again, but I actually find Double Trouble to be more drinkable and all around better beer despite the higher ABV.

Morey, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of allboutbierge
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely wonderful IPA...probably the best Ive ever had.

Appearance has almost an golden apple juice color with a big white head letting off a rich crisp bouquet full of grapefruit and pine. Little floral note. Flavor is crisp and very rich in its bitterness...no sourness at all. Just tons of grapefruit and pine. Nice balance brought on by the toasty malts, finishes pretty grassy. An exceptional IPA that doesn't burn taste buds but carries a bitterness that doesn't bore after a few pints.

allboutbierge, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of HisDorian
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have been looking forward to this one for a few days.

Poured from bottle into an oversized tulip glass. Giant head, but great aromas coming off of it. I let it sit for about 6 minutes before I returned.

Still had a 2 finger head, and amazing amounts of lacing for about 3 more fingers. Citrus and pine from the hops immediately in the nose.

First sip is definitely a mild pale. Not a hop bomb, but very well balanced. A touch of carmel and a nice body to back up the grapefruity pine.

Nice decent presence in my mouth. Not too thin, not too chewy, and extremely sippable. I could see myself easily getting carried away with this beer.

All in all, it's a super smooth pale ale, that's extremely drinkable. Great balance, color, body, and everything else. Just a good all around beer.

I do believe I'm going to pick up a pack of this soon. :-)

HisDorian, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of bret27
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App: Deep full amber, little head, not amazing, but nothing wrong.

Smell: Hops of the centennial kind. Citrusy, floral, little pine, earty sweetness.

Taste: Hops and malt, very well balanced imo, Good malty background. Definite full sweetness hiding behind the hops. Hops taste is same as smell but more pronounced pine, citrus+bitterness lingering.

Mouthfeel: Full body, dry finish.

Overall: Not a blast of any one component, but solid overall in every category. I saw a note that it was used as a benchmark in BJCP judging for ipa's, which makes sense because its just a good example of an all-around ipa.

bret27, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the Sam Adams glass.

A - Pours a beautiful strong copper color with an off-white head that is pretty dense and is about 1.5 inches tall. The head has great retention.

S - Nice piney and grapefruit smell. There is also some nut and bread hints to the nose that blends in nicely with the piney smell.

T - Nice initial sweet malt taste that quickly is seized by the grapefruit acidity and dryness. There is also an immediate piney hint right before the grapefruit comes in. The hop character is extremely appealing.

M - Medium to light bodied with some nice crispness and great balance with CO2.

D - Very drinkable, ABV not too high.

JoEBoBpr, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I've had this on tap,with 100% centennial whole leaf hops in a randall. Now time to review the last beer in my variety pack.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a extremley thick white heading that left soapy looking rings after every little sip.

Smell is very crisp and hoppy. Some caramel malts kick in along with some earthiness.

Taste is very hoppy and bitter but not overwhelming. Amazing hop taste off that bat. Light caramel malts give it an extra push and makes this even more enjoyable.

Leaves a slight hoppy oiliness in the mouth. medium bodied and a very crisp feel. Goes down smooth and bubbley with a long ligering in hops.

Drink is very good easy a session beer and a definite taster.

TheFightfan1, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a slightly hazy gold with about a finger of fine bubbled white head. Nice citrusy hop aroma with some bready malt. The hops jump right out at you, but they are backed up with a solid malt base. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Long drying finish from the hops. Pretty drinkable for such a hoppy beer. I can see this one becoming a regular in my rotation.

homebrewhawk, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of dfillius
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Aggressive pour yields 3/4 finger of white foam with okay retention. Cloudy gold-amber liquid with bits in suspension. I should've been lighter on my pour. :-(

S: Alcohol, some hop, oxidation, sherry notes?

T: Nice malt balance with sweet finish as bitterness kicks in. Really nice! Alcohol is missing. Pleasant Centennial flavor and bitterness with floral and citrus. Some wet cardboard :-(

M: Mouth watering, pleasantly bitter.

D: Tasty and enjoyable. I think this one was slightly oxidized or old. I'd love to have another and buy a 6 pack of fresh stuff!

dfillius, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of ndillon45
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

D-lish-us. Pours dirty brown with heavy carbonation present. Very thick, overflowing head. Aroma is right down my alley. I sunk my nose into this one was not disappointed one bit. However, I did sneeze about 10 times after fully engulfing my nostrils into the head. But the taste is outstanding. Feels great in the mouth and I wouldn't hesitate to drink this all night long, although that may not be so wise. Personally, I really love this beer.

ndillon45, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of beerad666
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

The color is a light brown almost copper color with some light golden highlights. I've seen the head be large and small on this and this time it was rather large about three to four fingers. Outstanding lacing on this guy, sticking to the glass till the last hoppy sip. The hop aroma hits you as soon as it begins to pour. With strong citrus and piney notes. The smell of a great IPA right there! The hops hit you with every drink of this beer. The depth is there too not overly complex but it isn't just a lot of hops, it has a good amount of malts with the pine and citrus. A great beer all around and something that I routinely find myself drinking.

beerad666, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of TheViolator666
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with twist-off cap poured into pint glass.

A: Pours light brown/golden color. Leaves a thin white head and some nice light and thin lacing.

S: Surprisingly, there is a huge malt aroma. The citrusy and piney hops almost take a back seat the malt.

T: Centennial hops! Big pine flavor, with piney aftertaste as well as a definite malt sweetness. The malts are caramelly and earthy, and the hops are mostly pine with a bit of lemon zest. There is an alcohol burn as it goes down. Very well balanced.

M/D: The alcohol could be more well hidden, but the body of this one is very well done.

I think I have a grasp on centennial hops now! Overall, not an IPA for the folks that like Hop bombs, definitely a well balanced beer.

TheViolator666, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of Casey10
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

aquired as extra from heliosphann thanks for this one !!

A - Copper orange hue with a light head

S - Faint not alot here slight orange smell

T - This is were this one takes off nice and tart smooth orange flavor slight peppery feel really nice ipa.

M - Citrusy, tart, warms the mouth with the hops flavors really kicking in.

D - Wow I wished I had regular access to this as I would make this a staple as it was very good.

Casey10, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of Lolli1315
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orangeish color and a little hazy. Maybe a finger of head, the lacing is excellent at well. Pretty reminicent of what a good IPA should look like.

S- Citrus flavors come through strong. The and orange and lemon are very prevalent and dominate the smell. Yeasty/bready smell very faint. A spice from the hops comes through at the end.

T- The citrus hits you first, but the bitterness smacks you quickly afterwards. Nice switch between the two tastes with the dry bitter finish being quite enjoyable for an IPA.

M- Moderate carbonation and thin mouthfeel. The type of beer I would like to wind down a summer afternoon with.

D- Wasn't crazy about the drinkability at the first sip of this beer, but after a couple drinks it was hard for me to put this beer down.

Notes: This will most likely be rotating with Two Hearted when I buy IPA's.

Lolli1315, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of DoubleDeadGuy
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite IPAs. Great taste, great drinkability. This tastes like what an IPA should taste like. Very pleasing to the palate. Can drink more than one in a sitting. I've had it on tap too and it's one of the few beers that tastes the same on tap or in a bottle. What more can be said?

DoubleDeadGuy, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of jdklks
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a nice, transparent bubble-laden amber color with a huge puffy white-tan head. looks good. smells good. citrusy, piney, hoppy. the usual smells from an ipa, but perhaps less intense with an added malt presence.

taste is good, but a little underwhelming. more malty than expected or desired (though it was apparent in the smell). a citrus fruit (esp. orange) sweetness up front. bitter hops through the middle and into the aftertaste, though late aftertaste is of sweet malts.

great mouthfeel and great drinkability. definitely sessionable on a hot summer night.

jdklks, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of jdubjacket
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked one of these open on a lazy Sunday.

Pours a beautiful copper color with little head and only some lacing.

Smell is incredibly hoppy. Not as much citrus as I was expecting. A little bit of fruit.

One of the hoppier beers that I've had in a while. Hops come up and punch you in the face and hang around with a bitter aftertaste. Some malt presence back up the beer.

Overall, a decent IPA and I'm glad I got to try it, but there are better, more balanced IPA's available.

jdubjacket, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first venture into Founders Beer. I hope to do a lot more. This was a good IPA. I have to say to begin, this is not my favorite IPA, but I would definitely drink it again. This beer has this apple-ish flavor. It pours dark yellow, slightly hazy but mostly clear. Thin head, doesn't quite cover the top of the beer. Aroma was strong to begin and fell away as the head fell away. This is a very drinkable IPA, bitterness builds as you drink it. Never overwhelming.

drabmuh, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky amber pour with a huge 3 finger head that camps out forever and leaves nice lacing. Smell is musty earthy hops and caramel, and the taste is not much different. Seems like its lacking freshness, but no date code = fair game. There isn't really much to say about this beer, just your average IPA, not very complex or noteworthy

alcstradamus, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of OlRasputin989
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy, copper colored brew with an off-white head. leaves decent lacing

S: citric fruitiness and flowerlike, with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, and pine with a hint of malty toastiness.

T: oranges and lemon pepper up front. finishes with flavors of wheat toast, spicy pine, and a detectable malty sweetness

M: medium body with a lively carbonation. finishes with a light bitterness in consideration of the IBUs and the alcohol content

Overall, more than pleased with this purchase. Good nose on this one. A very good example of AIPA. This is my first beer from this brewery. I will be buying more.

OlRasputin989, Aug 16, 2009
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,423 ratings.