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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,360 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,360
Reviews: 1,745
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 210
Gots: 697 | 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 JohnQVegas
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours a cloudy light copper, with a small, fluffy off-white head that settles into a long-lasting cap. Lots of lacing in this one.

Nose is quite citrusy, with a rind-like bitterness underneath.

Taste starts off with a heavy citrus sweetness, moving from that to a slightly astringent bitterness that counters an even more intense citrus sweetness, like candied oranges. Finish is moderately long, lightly bitter, with some gorgeous sweet citrus notes peeking through a bit further into it. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel is lively but restrained, tingly, slick, full body.

Rich, intense IPA, but with a balance that makes it deceptively drinkable.

JohnQVegas, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of tittymcj
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this IPA with William Pang (Queens, NY).

This one poured a very hazy orange-gold color, with pretty thin, bubbly head and minimal lacing.

The smell is almost exclusively citrusy grapefruit hop bitterness. There is a faint but noticeable bread-malt smell somewhere in there, but it is overpowered by the hops.

The taste is very interesting. Much of the flavor is of bread, with hints of the citrus/grapefruit hops. Much of the end-taste is the bread.

Medium bodied, but very fluid. Lots of biting hop bitterness and not much carbonation in the mouth.

Good drinkability. Not too heavy, not a ton of alcohol, but a little hoppy to drink extensively.

tittymcj, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of zerofear13
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sitting here next to Joel Johnson, sharing the bottle.

Pours out a light miirky copper color, very carbonated as the bubbles have been active for quite some time now. Strong citrus, grapefruit smells from the hops. And not surprisingly a bit on the hoppy, bitter side in balance. Actually, quite bitter compared to other IPAs that have that hop flavor, and the floral smells, but not much in the way of lasting bitterness. Extremely smooth and crisp taste. Good mouthfeel. Doesn't really have any telling signs of its 7.2% alcohol.

Good beer. Give it a try. My one concern is that it's very like other IPAs and after a couple dozen of these grapefruit-notes hoppy IPAs, they might all start to blur together in memory.

zerofear13, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of albern
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a thick and chewy IPA that has a very nice biscuity backbone and is very well balanced. The beer pours a clear, quite carbonated, orangey amber color, the color tone is a tad on the ligher side, with a nice foamy white head and lots of lacing and retention. The nose on the beer is very floral, sweet malts, an orange burst or so, some leafy hops, lots of florals, did I mention that!

The taste is quite full bodied, a tad sharp and acerbic, lots of sweet malts, liqueur like sweetness, a nice biscuity malt and graininess underneath, a nice biting grapefruity tart hop flavor. The flavor comes in two segments. There is a definite grainy and bready malt consistency and this segues into more acerbic hop bite. the malts do penetrate into the finish a bit, but the hop bite and the ABV are really in the finish of the beer. There is also a slightly drying floral quality in the finish as well. The ABV comes through in the end, and it turns a bit boozy, but not overly so. The aftertaste is quite pronounced, with perhaps a bit too much of the ABV.

albern, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of xfactor9600
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a hazy copper orange color.

S: Tons of fresh hops. No other discernible aromas.

T: Similiar to a SN Celebration Ale in taste, but not as bold. Lots of hops again, but overall a nice drink.

M: Undercarbonated, but manageable.

D: Overall really like it. It reminds me of Celebration which is my favorite beer in the fridge right now.

xfactor9600, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The standard Founders-style stubby bottle with a twist-off top, poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a golden honey-tinted copper body with a miniscule shading of haze and a three finger-deep cap of stiff white foam. The head recedes quite slowly, deflating into a convoluted rocky-top, sticking fine, webby, broken sheets of lacing on the glass.

The aroma drips with evergreen sap and brown sugar with a swat of tangy floral citrus. A pungent hop-zip of lime-laced pine screams "Centennial, Baby!!!" Hell yeah!

The taste is crisp and citrusy with juicy orange-limeade and a soft, sweet maltiness that slams headlong into a potent wall of sticky, pine-resiny bitterness. The collision lingers in the mildly-drying aftertaste, with caramel malt tickling the tongue as a blended bitter note of evergreen and citrus rind oil work the palate over, doing all they can to stamp out the sweetness.

The drink is medium-bodied with a sizzle of near-perfect carbonation and great mouthfeel, and brings just a bit of warming to the drinker's belly. A really fine drink, and another winner from Founders!

cvstrickland, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of gyllstromk
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light red or brown. The nose is shy and seems a little light on the hop side. Bready malt notes are much more apparent. Hints of dark fruits. The taste seems similarly underhopped. I'm getting the earthy hop notes but not the floral or citrus notes I prefer. More sour than bitter. Feels wetter, crisper, and lighter than the usual IPA. A nice IPA but not bold or exciting, and at 7.2% ABV I prefer a little more action.

gyllstromk, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Really nice looking hazy copper color. Poured with a finger of white head with excellent lacing.

S: Bold hop nose. Not floral at all. Smells like fresh hops. Really pleasant. A little bit of the grains in the back but this beer is all about the hops.

T: Almost tastes like a dry hopped to death pale ale. This is a hop bomb for sure. Finishes dry. Kind of one dimensional but isnt that what IPAs are all about?

M: Little bit sticky medium body. A tad under carbonated.

D: Really good stuff. Drank a bunch of this and Two Hearted on vacation. Some nights they were running neck and neck. Great beer.

aerozeppl, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased from Jungle Jim's by a friend of mine during Thanksgiving. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a nice copper color with a finger thick off-white head that settles down quite a bit but has ok retention. The head that remains leave good lacing on the glass as the beer is consumed. Would give it a 5 if it had better retention.

S: A beautiful citrus hop aroma is noticeable before you even get close to the glass. A very nice smell, but not really complex or special in any way.

T: A bit of a caramel malt flavor mixes in well with a load of pine hop notes (which surprises me with the citrus aroma). It surprises me this isn't considered an Imp IPA. It packs quite a hop punch. I would prefer a little more balance, but its a good beer.

M: It has a medium body and quite a lot of carbonation. The carbonation is very astringent but that seems to work along with the bitter taste. The finish leaves the mouth slick from the hop resins.

D: For hopheads, the drinkability of this one is quite high. However, there are a quite a few examples that go down a bit easier than this one.

GatorBeerNerd, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to gdfan47 for this hookup in a recent trade. Much appreciated!

Pours a deep orange with a nice 2-finger white head on it. Nice retention and lacing. Looks great. Smells of lemony citrus with some grassy hop notes.

Mouthfeel is a little weaker than other IPAs I've had recently. Slick and watery feel to this. Some hoppy bitterness, but not as much as expected. Good amount of citrus flavor, with just enough maltiness to balance this pretty well. Good drinkability due to the balance. Recommend.

Onenote81, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Thick foamy head, and lots of it. The beer is a copper color, with lots of activity in the glass. Typical head retention/lacing.

S- Very aromatic and heavy on the citrus. A lemon/Buddha's Hand type smell. This is very sweet smelling.

T- The hop taste is definitely different then most IPA's I've tried. The hops are clean and crisp. A big piny taste, very lemony. This is a palate killer to say the least. Very tasty though.

M- Feels good in the mouth, but my tongue is taking a beating.

D- Easy to drink, would be a good beer to session.

Wetpaperbag, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of kwakwhore
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear coppery pour with an off white head which has great retention. Nice sticky lacing on the grass.
Citrus hoppy scents mix with a sweet malt perfume
Really sharp hoppyness up front, some peppery accents with a lasting bitter character, a pretty hoppy beer even for an American IPA. West coast brewers take notice, you have a challenger. Not much going on in terms of malt here. What's there is definitely understated.
This is one hell of an IPA, an assertive, brash, smack you in the face IPA. Very tasty, very easy to drink. Founders hasn't been in NC for long, but it is a most welcome addition to the scene.

kwakwhore, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of Grandwazoo
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful burnt orange with a smallish head (Better head would give this a 5)

Nice blast of fresh hops mixed with roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of lemon marangue (that last description should make the wife hot!)

Loads of hops and lemon with enough malt richness to add flavor and balance. Sour on the tongue then mellows into a malty middle -- still not too sweet --that closes with hops tartness. Very smooth and flavorful.

Grandwazoo, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Earth Bread + Brewery. Pours a clear orange/amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit. Flavor of resinous citrus hop oils, lots of hop oils. Also some crystal malt with a bitter finish. Very tasty and delicious.
8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of mirish72
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We are just starting to see Founders around here, and for that we are very happy. If you see this beer and are thinking of trying it, do it.

This beer is one of the best IPA's I have tasted in a while. It has a nice amber but cloudy color and an incredible hoppy aroma, from the first sip you are in for something special.

It has a somewhat bitter aftertaste, but nothing that lingers. It is a bit stronger than typical IPA's and almost seems like a double IPA.

I picked up a six pack and haven't seen it since, I don't think they can keep it on the shelf.

mirish72, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of BigMike
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a thick lacey head that hangs around for a while.
Aromas of pine hops, light citrus, and noticeable malts.
Flavors of caramel, citrus, pine, and a slight bitterenss. bitterness.
Very drinkable and very tasty.
I'm a fan of most beers from Founders.

BigMike, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of PirateUlf73
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Reddish amber in color, with a nice white head, which retained fairly well.

S: Very hoppy, mostly of the citrus and pine variety. I also detected a hint of sweet malt, but the hops are running the show.

T: Delightful hop bouquet. Lemony and grapefruit citrus tastes, as well as earthy grasses and some pine as well. Malt manages to sneak in a little bit in the middle, but the hops return again to whisk it away. Very bitter.

M: Medium body and very adequately carbonated. Hops leave a lingering, bitter aftertaste.

D: Very nicely balanced. I would almost call this a good session IPA, but the alcohol content is just a smidge to high for that. Still, very drinkable indeed.

A very nice example of what a good American IPA should be. Hops everywhere, yet still very drinkable. I'll have to get this in a sixer next time. In terms of my latest mix-a-six, that makes it four down and two to go.

PirateUlf73, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of Biggness
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy reddish amber with a 1 fingered head and nice lacing. The smell is nice and rich of sweet sugary citrus hops as well as malt. The taste is very well constructed... sooo close to a 5 but I will go with a 4.5. A wonderful malt base to this IPA, which I am more and more learning to yearn for with my IPA's and of course this beer has a nice citrus hop finish to it, there is also some hints of caramel in this beer. The mouthfeel has a slight dry aftertaste and the carbonation is a little low, BUT it is very nice and creamy. A higly drinkable brew I will look for it next time I am up in Michigan.

Biggness, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden amber that has medium head which is retained throughout the tasting

Smell: small grapefruit, small sweet fruit

Taste: I get grapefruit and some melon with an extreme bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: smooth and light

Drinkability: I am not an IPA guy, but this is a way above average IPA..It is very complex in taste and if I were in an IPA mood, this is what I would go for...certainly one of the best in the style that I have tried

tigg924, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strangely I've never reviewed this beer before, but I've had it plenty of times over the last 4 years. I'm now drinking poured from a 12 oz bottle: The beer is copper colored and just a little hazy, with a thick white froth that leaves dry lace on the glass. The smell is hoppy in a citrus way, maybe a little spice too. The taste is grapefruity and very peppery, lots of spice bite. As usual Founders is very solid.

TurdFurgison, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of corey0212
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear brassy/coppery color, foamy beige head fades slowly into a sudsy layer, nice lacing on the glass. Bright grassy/citrus hop aromas. Very hoppy tasting IPA, bitter grapefruit, and a nice bready/grainy finish to balance things out. Medium-bodied, lots of lingering hop flavors, and ridiculously drinkable. This is a great IPA.

corey0212, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of tubbnik
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As always with D/IPAs, left out to warm about 15 minutes before opening. Bronze color in glass with decent initial head which fades after a couple of tilts. Bitterness up front with pine and citrus aspects following. Slightly thin mouth feel. A little astringency / sourness after a few sips but it takes nothing away from its drinkability. Could have a few in a sitting. Have had better from Founders.

tubbnik, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of KeefD
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper orange color with a big two finger head that slowly recedes into a lasting cap, leaving some very generous lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles coming up from this one. Sediment was left in the bottle, but some little specs made their way through. I could smell the bitter citrus fruit hoppiness as I was pouring it into the glass. Very nice grapefruit and orange aroma. Taste is not outrageously bitter, but a good smack of bitter orange peel and grapefruit rind coats the tongue and sticks around well after the swallow. Very good hop flavor and not too much caramel malt to get in the way. Decently balanced. Medium bodied, lots of carbonation. goes down very smooth. This was a good IPA and something I would certainly drink again, but not in my top 5.

KeefD, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of JRed
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orange with frothy white head that leaves behind a little lacing. This brew has a great aroma of tropical fruit, wet grass, a faint note of biscuit, with some pine coming through as well. Highly drinkable beer for a higher than average ABV and the taste balances the alcohol very well. Pine flavor, oily hop character, citrus, rind, mango, and a touch of mint aftertaste shines through. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Refreshing, this a great ale for any season. Definitely worth trying over and over again.

JRed, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of SeanRedd
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Toffee covered wood, wood soaked in whiskey, whiskey aged on oak. Citrus and sharp, summer fruits zest atop the sticky, chewy malt foundation. Aromas of pine and peel. Outstanding balance with the hops jumping in front; just what an IPA should be. Clingy oil that turns to juice, with a particle lace. Their absolutely right, never finishes bitter; at least no bitter than hop heads care for. One of the best IPAs I have had in some time.

SeanRedd, Dec 27, 2008
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,360 ratings.