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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,420 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,420
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 218
Gots: 718 | 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 junker18
2.6/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I really want to like this one. Smells and looks so good. Definite pine aroma, and initially I get a solid malt sweetness balanced by the citrus (but the alcohol isn't as well hidden as some might suggest). But then the citrus changes, almost like instead of getting the zest, I got the really pungent white part between the zest and the flesh. And I can't shake the aftertaste that reminds me of a bad cigar. It lingers too.

junker18, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this one from a previous review that appears to have been either a bottle that had issues... or perhaps I did!

A: Somewhere between a bronze tone and sunset orange. White, foamy head is about a finger high and leaves a bit of frothy topping behind.

S: Quite an intense citrus scent - grapefruit, orange, tangerine. Some herbal hints, and a soft touch of caramel. A nice focus on the centennial hops, with a nice balance to complement them.

T: Pungent hops, a touch of spiciness, and a soft caramel. A nice, solid flavour profile.

M + D: Sparkling, with a medium body. I could smell this for some time, but it ends up being too tempting and eventually it's gone. That means more is in order!

Proteus93, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid IPA with nicely assertive citrus hops notes that mellow into a moderate bittering as the beer progresses. The higher abv is well integrated in the flavor profile and a bit deceptive - lulling you into thinking several of these in a session would be a good idea.

Brent, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of NCSUdo
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle

A: Deep, hazy copper under an inch worth of white head. Excellent lace and retention.

S: A very nice citrus hop aroma, grapefruit and orange, with a mix of a more piney hop thrown in there. Some caramel maltiness rounds out a very nice aroma.

T: Sweet, malty up front before turning into the expected hops and bitterness. Hops are a bit less citrus like in the taste department, more towards the pine side. Bitterness is pretty big in the back of the mouth. There is a bit of candied citrus fruit character at the start, mixed in with the initial sweetness. This is AIPA taste perfection.

M/D: Body is medium, slick and oily, carbonation is medium. Drinkability is really nice. A superb AIPA that could be enjoyed all day long. Excellent beer.

NCSUdo, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of Ragingbull
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber or copper in color with a rim of foam around the edges and light lacing on the surface. Hoppy nose that is extremely pleasant. Hop forward attack with nice malt tones in the flavor. A little thickness in the mouthfeel, but pretty standard on the mouth. Strong hops finish. The hops intensifies as it dries in the mouth. A little sharp towards the finish.

Ragingbull, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of nc41
2.13/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I tried. I really tried to like this brew, but I just don't like it. Looks great, pours like a champ, nice color great lasting head. And that's the best part. Where's the nose? I don't get a thing here. Bitter to the end, but not much else IMO, a one trick pony. A little boozy, I can taste the alcohol, and the finish leaves a lot to be desired. I'm fighting drinking this six, but I won't buy it again there are too many others out there to taste or buy. Too bad a great brewery IMO missed the mark, or maybe they hit it. It's a tribute to Centennial, so maybe it's a me thing.

nc41, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of Riverwarrior
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S = Huge pine and grapefruit peel aroma.

T = Blast of pine which dominates all other flavors. There is a caramel wave that comes near the end that really gives it a balance. No alchohol detected. The finish is actually a semi-dry, mellowed bitterness that lingers.

MF = Body is about medium with carbonation being low. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall, this is a very welcomed IPA that has loads of flavor without going overboard and being one dimentional. Highly recommended.

Riverwarrior, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of djeucalyptus
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks again to marvin213, my Founders hookup. this one pours rich and bright golden orange with tons of fine suspended particulate. a thin half-finger head of an off-white/light cream color fades quickly and leaves behind arcs of lacing down the glass.

aroma of caramel and honey with crisp pine, orange, and grapefruit hops. pineapple and pear and a few other tropical fruits intermingle with the honey notes. smells solid.

taste is primarily pine, and significantly hoppier than the notes. the fruit notes are all but gone, and pine, grapefruit pith, and a bit of caramel malt makes its way through. pine definitely dominates. pure hop tartness, bitterness, and citric acidity. For a display of centennial hops, it's good, but for an IPA, it's a bit lopsided.

mouthfeel is solidly hoppy (as if I was surprised). medium body, actually a smidgen on the thin side, with slightly sharp carbonation that carries across the spiciness and bitterness of the hops. the pine bitterness lingers.

drinkability is solid. I'm enjoying this one, although it's definitely hop-forward, almost overwhelmingly so. A beautiful display of centennial hops, and an enjoyable brew all around. I'd definitely drink a few more if I had regular access.

djeucalyptus, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of rugerj
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a caramel/amber color with a thin head that fades quickly. Nice lacing left in glass. Smell is floral and thick, pine aromas followed by citrus and grapefruit, some hints of sweet caramel malt. Taste is of citrus/grapefruit and piney hops followed by a nice caramel malt sweetness that help add balance to the beer. Sight alcohol is present in the flavor after the beer is swallowed. Nice full mouth feel but not overly done, carbonation was spot on.

A really good IPA that is a great representation of what a Centennial IPA should be.

rugerj, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of Strix
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours translucent amber with decent head.

Smells nice, pine and citrus.

Flavorful and balanced. Citrus and piney hops accentuate a crisp, bready background. Not extreme, but very pleasant.

Medium mouthfeel, slightly resinous.

Great drinkability. I could have a couple of these without even noticing I finished them.

Strix, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of br3wmeister
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a huge fluffy light tan head that floats atop a dull copper colored beer. The head holds strong and leaves nice lacing.

S- Piney and citrus hops make a big presence in the smell also some grassy notes present. Some nice sweetness and earthy spice make a nice addition to the aroma.

T- Great mixture of sweet vanilla like malt and bitter spicy hops. This beer starts with a bite then you get waves of sweet malt, then more bitter dry hops to finish things off.

M- Dry bitter bite up front then some sweet juiciness and back to dry bitter.

Overall this is a well balanced and full flavored IPA. The malt profile is almost perfect and the hops are still in the spotlight. This is a great beer that I would not mind having around for all occasions.

br3wmeister, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of firkinhophead
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

purchased this in Alexandria, apparently only minutes after it was 1st released in Va. Since I am just visiting, i had no idea. Can't wait to see this in Ga.

pours a hazy, powdery amber with a rather anemic looking head of fat soapy bubbles around the edges.

aroma of grapefruit and pineapple hit me before I get my nose anywhere near it. Very tropical, with none of the resiny aroma of a West coast IPA. Some apple cider notes and candied ginger, too. Nice.

taste is a good balance of fruity sweetness and grapefruit bitterness. Some caramel malts but very little toastiness. A tad grainy. You might say "bitty." Gradually rising bitterness washes the sweetness away leaving a juicy, lingering finish.

mouthfeel is fairly light, but not watery. Carbonation seems low, but enough to brighten up the sweet edges.

The is a super-refreshing IPA that doesn't try to knock you over with a hop assault. Just some pleasant bitterness and sunny, fruity cereal grains. A great summer beer.

firkinhophead, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark amber with a decent-sized head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Pine and grapefruits. Exactly what you want an IPA to smell like.

T: Pine needles and bitterness. A hint of sweet malt in the background. Finishes bitter.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: A very nice IPA. I'm glad to see Founders available in DC/VA, and I'm looking forward to trying more of their products.

BarrelO, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz twist-off bottle into pint glass.

Mostly clear honey color with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Solid rings of lacing.

A good amount of sharp citrusy aromas, on top of a slightly sweet malt base.

Somewhat sweat grains that also impart a bit of toastiness. The hops are full of grapefruit, and a little bit of sharp herbal flavors. Full bodied.

Short review, but certainly a solid IPA. Plenty of bitter and flavorful hops and a good balancing malt base. Recommended.

BeerSox, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of AtlasBrew
2.45/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Color: Copper with a nice off-white head that fades quickly

Aroma: Citrusy and floral hops, hint of roses.

Flavor: Sweet malt, citrusy flavor upfront, then a weird dose of roses! What the F@$K! Fading to a nice bitterness. Full-bodied.

Overall: Aaaaa, I'm not sure I like this either, that rose flavor is really throwing me off. It's not my favorite IPA, of that I'm sure.

AtlasBrew, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of gabeerfan
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy honey-amber with a thick, pillowy off-white head that takes a long time to go away.
Very hoppy aroma. You can smell the grapefruit 6 inches away from your face. Just hints of sweetness in the aroma.
Flavors are pretty similar. Grapefruit hops hit first with some grassy/piney bits in there too. The malty sweetness is more apparent, but is still a bit player. Lightly toasted biscuit with honey.
Medium-light bodied. Resiny from the hops. Good carbonation.
Drinkable. Good flavors, but maybe a little hot for drinking more than a couple in a night.
I like this beer. Probably one of the better IPA's I've had in a while.

gabeerfan, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of TheNightbird
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber in color, with a slight haze. With a nice head that last a few minutes.

S- Centennial hops is the main smell. The aroma is mainly floral and citrus with a hint of carmel malt.

T- The Centennial hops continue into the taste. Not overly bitter. Carmel malts and grain are in the background.

M- Smooth mouthful with not too much carbonation.

D- Pounded a whole growler in one sitting.

TheNightbird, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light orange into my nonic with a creamy white head. Light hops, citrus, floral on the nose. Taste is fresh, citrus/hops, very crisp. Light on mouthfeel, floral/citrus on the palate with a smooth/clean finish. The 7.20 ABV is well-hidden I could could easily drink several more pints. Will revisit very soon.

Sean9689, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of sarahspat
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When this beer is at its best, it's definitely one of my all-time faves, but it seems like this one varies more than Founders other beers. When it's good, though, it's sooo good. This review is based on one of the best pints of Centennial IPA that I have ever had.

It was served to me today at Founders with about an inch of frothy white head. The liquid is a dark amber color with some orangish hues to it.

Strong, sweet flowers dominate the nose and play a large role in the taste as well. Also present in the taste is a bit of piney bitterness, citrus fruits, and a nice caramel malt backbone to support all of those glorious hops. The finish is very bitter, and what I want to call crisp. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, which is fine for the style; moderate carbonation. This is one tasty, tasty brew. Very drinkable, but it does make you thirsty. I kind of wish it could taste this good all the time. Not that it's ever really not good... this pint was just exceptional. Nice job, Founders.

sarahspat, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of farrago
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thin, eggshell white head, mild retention, lacing more visually impressive. Strong haze to the zinc orange color, overall closer to red than yellow, hardly any fade around the rims. Very good penetrating power to the nose but it's more remarkable for its balance, on one side the pink grapefruit, dried flowers, green corn husk and pine, on the other scone, mocha, malt powder, whisper of apricot or red apple fruit scents. Medium-bodied, very sturdy and has broad shoulders although in no way, shape or form trying to over-impress. Has more of a sour nip than bitter bite, keeps control of the pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus as well as any greenness in the hops. Cocoa and milk chocolate powder pair up with scone to biscuit flavors and golden raisin, fig to apricot fruit. The carbonation possesses pleasing activity but the bubbles are fine and don't truly scrub. Determined to last through the finish. As in the nose, balance and integration over scattershot complexity.

farrago, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of ruination
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time trying a Founders beer, and opted for the Centennial IPA. Great styled bottles if that counts for anything. Pours nice, with a nice head. Has a nice aroma, very subtle. I was expecting the beer to be hoppier with a stronger bouquet because it is an IPA, but was still pleasantly surprised with the taste. Overall I enjoyed this beer. I thought it was one of the better IPA's I have had recently. Would recommend this to anyone who is an IPA fan.

ruination, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of youngblood
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Town Ale House.
Pours a rusty amber with a nice fluffy white head on top. Smells very nicely of citrus and flowers. Very pleasant indeed. Nice soft malt backbone here with citrus and fruit overtones hanging all around. Very light on the tongue, super drinkable.

youngblood, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of whitehouse50
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Andy's in a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden amber color with about a 1 inch white head.

Aromas of citrusy hops and maybe some hints of grapefruits. Very pleasant nose.

Taste is very citrusy and a little piney. Aftertaste is a little bitter but not too much. Overall its pretty hoppy for an IPA but but the delicious cutrusy hops are worth it.

M & D, This is a medium to full bodied IPA with a good drinkabilty. This almost reminds me a little of DFH 60 minute (draft version) because of the hops but I think this one might be better.

whitehouse50, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of DoctorDog
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. No indication of freshness on the bottle.

A- Slightly golden/slightly copper. Pours with ~1 finger of off white head, which fades to a thin cap, leaving random streaks of lacing as consumed.

S- Good burst of grapefruit hoppiness. Slightly metallic scent emerges shortly after pouring, which will prove to be somewhat detracting throughout consumption.

T- Grapefruit and a bit of herbal bitterness. Very light malt sweetness on the finish. Alcohol is well blended. Slightly metallic bitterness builds in the middle of tongue during consumption.

M- Moderately high carbonation with a medium feel. Crisp on the front, and very dry on the finish. Slightly astringent.

D- OK. Mediocre nose and taste for an IPA. Still fairly easy drinking, though mild astringency could reduce it's "drinkability" in short order.

Future outlook: OK, but a bit of a disappointment. I fear (without knowing) that perhaps this bottle was not fresh enough to be an adequate representation of this brew. Founders is a good enough brewery for me to give the benefit of the doubt and see if that is indeed the case.

DoctorDog, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of nms1987
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm doing head to head of Two Hearted and Founder's Centennial IPA since they are both IPAs from Michigan and both are hopped with exclusively (i think) Centennial hops.

Both are dark, hazy gold/tawny. Two hearted is maybe a little ligher in color. Both pour nicely.

Both have nice IPA noses. Founder's nose might be a little more spicy and pungent but not necessarily better smelling. Two Hearted's nose might be called "floral".

Two Hearted is a lovely beer. Sharp piney hops up front but with a lovely body.
The Founder's is very nice as well but it is somewhat marred by an odd aftertaste. Again, it might slightly hoppier but that doesn't mean it is as good. Despite the same hops, and the beers do taste very similar, the two beers have their differences. I think I've got to say that two hearted is better.

nms1987, Mar 31, 2009
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,420 ratings.