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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,955 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,955
Reviews: 1,794
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 262
Gots: 969 | FT: 13
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-13-2002

65 IBU
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Photo of titosupertramp
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BaconIsLife for bringing this back from a recent trip.

A: Aggressive pour yields maybe a finger of off white head. Nice, clear amber color. Head leaves behind a thin film with large bubbles around the rim. Good, spotchy lacing around all edges of glass.

S: The malts are actually what I noticed first out of the bottle. Bready, toast and a little caramel. Hops are pine and citrus. The citrus seems more orange than grapefruit to me.

T: Hops are more assertive in the taste. Again, pine and citrus, fairly bitter, but the malts help balance things. Bready, caramel. Finishes with a good mix of the hops and bread characteristics.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Not as dry as I would have anticipated.

O: Pretty drinkable due to the hop/malt balance, but the alcohol does show up just slightly in the taste/mouthfeel which slows things down a little. Overall, this is a very nice IPA that I wouldn't turn down.

Photo of DCon
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO. Poured into a clear Pint Glass and has a Keg Date of 2-17-11 (have had in bottle but wanted to review again!)

Appearance-Pours a depp, orange colored body with 2 fingers of off white head. Has great retention as it stays a thick head and the lace is nice as well. Many carbonation bubbles run throw the beer.

Smell- Smells as if it has citrus hops and a huge fruit background with lemon involved. There are tons of malt as well.

Taste- Has a huge amber/malty upfront taste and then a mild citrus touch. Very sharp and bitter on the backside but is enjoyable!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Nice average carbonation, and not much taste on the palate afterwards. Easy, Smooth, Refreshing IPA.

Overall- Enjoyed with a Chicken Pesto pizza and a great choice to mix these two! It is a bitter IPA that has a ton of hops but also drinkable. Will be promoting to anyone who enjoys IPA's but doesn't want a kick to the head!

Sessionable Rating- 4.5/5

Photo of notchucknorris
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this back from a trip out to Cincy. I'd heard a ton about it, so I had to give it a try.

A: Darker in color than I expected. Smallish white head.

S: Some fairly subtle grapefruit and citrus hops. Not quite as big as I was expecting.

T: This was a solid IPA, it just didn't blow me away. Had some nice citrus hop flavors and was well balanced. Good, but nothing I'd move to the Midwest for.

Photo of soze47
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this one a few times, but wanted to review it after finding a bottle that was born only three weeks ago. I won't get it any fresher unless I go back to Grand Rapids.

Appearance: Clear orange with ruby highlights. Nice head on the pour, but it didn't stick around too long.

Aroma: This is an amazing smell. You get the pine and grapefruit that you'd expect from this brew's namesake hops. The malt is substantial enough that you get caramel and bread notes. The malt bill helps bring out the fruity aspects of the hops. As it warms, the nose gets much sweeter.

Taste: Nice balance between hop bitterness and hop flavor. Centennial hops are some of my favorite because of the dual pine and citrus qualities. The pine notes contribute a good spiciness when combined with the somewhat high ABV for the style. The citrus hits on a couple levels with nice fruity sweetness coming through on the draw and grapefruit rind bitterness in the linger

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is a medium bodied beer for sure and somewhat heavy for an IPA. The carbonation is persistent enough to keep this one from being cloying. Big enough to limit the amount you'll want to drink. This is big for the style and it feels that way as you drink.

Overall: Really a great beer to highlight this hop. The malt enhances all the best nuances and ideal flavors. You can tell that Founders took great care in how to tease out the various characteristics. Really a pleasure to drink this it is so fresh.

Photo of jsulko
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a dark gold color with a decent off white head that shrinks quickly

Smell is citrus grapefruity hops

taste has the citrus fruit flavor has with a hop bite aftertaste in the finish that is not overpowering.

This ranks as one of my favorite "regular" IPA's and is a decent value. Will be revisiting this one.

Photo of grub
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

growler purchased at the brewery april 28/2011 and kept refrigerated. sampled may 6/2011.

pours crystal clear deep amber with a small dense cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves a fine network of intricate lace.

aroma is excellent. citrus and pine. tangerine, orange, grapefruit. bit of blood orange. whole wheat bread, perhaps with just a hint of toasting. faint cracker and biscuit. caramel. light alcohol.

taste is great. a beautiful citrus blend. orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and blood orange. pine. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. light cracker and biscuit. light caramel and toffee. medium bitterness level. light alcohol. just a touch of herbal and woody character.

mouthfeel is great. medium body with a drying character from the hops. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. this is definitely one of my favourite american ipas, and my favourite from michigan. great hop depth. excellent balance. really, everything i look for in an american ipa.

Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Poured clear, honey color with a dissipating white head. Aroma is of grass and citrusy hops. Bitter hops right up front in the taste, with piney citrus notes coming through, and mild malts in the background. Light-medium mouthfeel with some bitterness in the aftertaste; overall nicely drinkable.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slow to emerge 1/8" head which dissipated completely. Hazy orange in color. Smell is hoppy with cedar and citrus. Taste includes those too but is much milder than smell would indicate. Perhaps the sample I picked up was old but then again the hops tasted fresh so I don't know. To me this fell somewhere around the 75 percentile of American IPAs.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold with nice head that doesn't immediately die off. Aroma of grapefruit rind and lemon merangue pie.

Flavor is very crisp and refreshing. Wonderful hop bite supported by a faint, buttery malt creaminess underneath. Nice finish that hangs around and leaves you ready for more.

Look up ``American IPA'' in the dictionary. You'll find this. 'Nuff said!

Photo of FanofHefe
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes, catching up on a few older favorites today.

From bottle it has clear, light amber body and nice two-finger off-white head. Nice retention and rings of lacing down the glass.

Wonderful smell of hops. Some citrusy grapefruit up front followed by pine and grass. A little sweet malt on the back end.

Delicious taste that blends all the aromas very well. Near perfect balance of the bitter hop flavors with the sweeter malt notes.

Medium to light mouthfeel with a bit of oily finish from the hops. Very drinkable and nearly "sessionable." Great brew.

Photo of abrand
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at local restaurant served in a pint glass

Pours a orangish amber color with a nice cloudy head. Good clarity and color is bright. Head has really good retention and lacing. Smells of fresh fruits, hops, and plenty of floral notes. Really good smelling beer. Taste is delicious and smooth. Lots of sweet citrus fruits and a bitter hoppy finish. Very sessionable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and good carbonation from the tap. I will definitely look to get this anytime I see it on tap.

Photo of foogerd
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Tanned orange colored body with a decent sized white head with great retention and lacing.

S- Freshly cut grass and cracked pine with a bit of breads.

T- Hops manage to be pretty forward without overtaking the senses. Hop character is mostly grassy and herbal with a bit of citrus in the mix. A candylike presence of sugars balance out the bitterness with a light bready quality.

M- Smooth and light syrupy like with moderate carbonation.

O- One of the best IPA's Ive tasted. This is a must try for IPA lovers.

Photo of lovindahops
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Founders Brew!!! I have never had the chance to have a brew from this amazing brewery

A- centennial pours a clear, light amber brew with an excellent head of foam. As the foam resides, there is a decent amount of lacing for the brew

S- Now this is balance! There is a clear oily pine resin scent that essentially explodes up the glass. Almost simultaneously, there is a caramelized malt scent. Again, literally balanced

T- a good centennial hop slap that has bitterness all over the taste. The malty flavor is around at the end of the brew and even lingers with bitter, bitter flavor. Again, the balance is incredible for this brew

M- crisp on the tongue. The taste is literally sharp and lingering with the bitterness

D- OK I get it. I understand why everyone is so big on Founders. This is a brew that is totally geared on balance. The bitterness is so delicious that you can keep enjoying this brew. OK.... I NEED FOUNDERS TO COME TO SYRACUSE!!!!

Photo of vfgccp
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at a free Founders tasting. Special thanks to Big Z’s in Huntington.

A – Medium honey body with a white head.

S – Bright green hop character. Grass. Mildly dusty. Soft orange citrus note.

T – Big, woody-bitter note right up front. Dry, grassy funk mid profile. Light malt, honey, and peppery-booze on the backend.

M – Light body with a clean, green bitter finish. Ok carbonation.

Photo of jgreenearrow
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a translucent amber brown with a fluffy inch thick head that dissipates slowly. A 1/4' head remains throughout the glass with lacing on the sides.

S: Sweet malts and pine tones dominate the nose accompanied by some orange citrus notes.

T: Sweet malts and some syrupy alcohol at the start. Strong piney flavors enter in the middle. The pine really become prevalent as the beer warms. Some sweetness of citrus hops are also present in the middle with bitterness in the finish.

M: This beer has a medium bodied feel on the tongue with ample carbonation. Some slight syrup texture on the tongue as well.

Overall, this is a good beer. The flavors of the beer are quite complex with the sweet malt being met by pine and citrus hops accompanied by bitterness. More pine notes are present in the flavor of this beer than probably any that I have had. But, it works.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at U.S. Beer Company; poured into a 16oz plastic cup.

A: Pours reddish-caramel with a bit of off-white head.

S: Smells of medicinal hops, with a grapefruit back and a tad of caramel.

T: Hops pop up immediately and follow through. Sweetness from the malt is there, but it finishes with a dry bitterness.

D: Goes down easy and hits the spot. Refreshing and smooth.

Overall: A very nice example of a no-coast IPA. This one is crisp, easy drinking, and everything you'd expect from an American IPA.

Photo of ElGallo
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a big snifter. Bottled on 3/28/11. Appearance is copper, like a watered-down snifter of brandy.

Smells of caramel malt, mild hops, biscuit, and bland citrus. Taste is strong on the malt, light on hop bitterness. Some residua bitterness in the mouthfeel. Good overall flavors and a solid go-to beer. Not the best I've had from Founders, but all of their offerings are very good.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger foamy white head with good retention. Beer is a clear deep orange. Lacing is stringy and spotty with some patches and good cling. Attractive and particularly deep color for an IPA.

S: Nose is moderately aromatic. Citrus, pine and grassy hoppiness. Also some lactose notes mixed in. To style but nothing that really sticks out.

T: Opens citrus and grassy hop bitterness with some pine freshness mixed in. Sappy and slightly sticky towards the middle with a nice citrus sweet balance. More citrus at the end with some cane sugar and an accented hop finish. Aftertaste is a fresh, piney bitterness. Very refreshing and balanced.

M: Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Bubbly and crisp in the mouth with a slight dryness. Finish is dry with an aftertaste that coats the palate and lingers. Very nice. Stickiness is a welcome addition at the finish.

O: An incredibly balanced IPA, Centennial is crisp, easy to drink, and very delicious. Really the epitome of its style. Well worth seeking out.

Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured red-orange with a one finger bone white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and subtle pine. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice IPA. The flavors on this one were quite well balanced. The aroma was very nice too and kept you coming back for more. The citrus was very forward on this one, but very enjoyable. Get this one on your palate now if you have not before, if you have, you already know what I'm talking about.

Photo of thebrood1987
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic IPA smell of strong citrus orange like qualities with some pine leafy smells and some candy sugar like smells in there as well. You get the hop bite on the beginning and then the sweet almost chewy candy sugar malt which goes excellent with the citrus herbal pine hops on the finish. It also ends dry but not too dry. The bitterness from the hops is definitely there but isn't that strong considering this has an amazing sweet malt taste to it.

The sweet malt taste and even the hop taste kind of reminds me of some other IPA's I've had mostly Heavy Seas Loose Cannon and maybe some of Lagunitas beers mixed in with a little bit of Stone (because I know they like to use that Centennial hop) For being a single hopped beer it has plenty of kick and flavor. The malt bill is really what makes it shine. Who knows maybe they made the malt sweet and candy like because of only having one hop variety in there. Whatever they do they do it good and this beer is on the top of the list when it comes to IPA's.

Photo of Kinsman
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge foamy and sticky head sits on top of a clear copper colored body. Plenty of head retention with a nice lace left behind.

Big aroma with sweet caramel and biscuity malt aromas at the base which are overlaid by a pungent citrusy hop aroma.

Delicate malt presence provides some sweeter qualities coupled with a notable grapefruit flavor make for a delicious IPA. Finishers with a bit of a bitter kick that comes across as a bit rough around the edges.

Mouthfeel is has a sticky and resinous hoppiness to it and a medium body feel. Overall, a top notch IPA but I served this one a bit too warm for my liking. Letting the next ones chill a bit longer I'm sure I'll find them more refreshing.

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice IPA, tasty and well balanced.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Label with an illustration of harvest angles raising their hands up over brewing ingredients and a green background. Notes bottling date (02/28/11? semi covered by the top label… ), IBUs (65), and Alc. by Vol. (7.2%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Minimally hazy deep gold pour with a nice frothy white head. Medium retention, good surface memory and lacing.

S - Notes of citrus, grapefruit and hint of pale malts.

T - Taste follows without any stridency, nice hoppy notes of citrus, light malty sweetness.

M - Medium-light body, with fair carbonation and a soft finish.

O - Nice flowing IPA.

Notes: Pretty nice IPA, maybe not an offering that Founders will be remembered for but this is quality and sits in the top bracket of IPA offerings. It had been a while since I had this one, and while not fresh of the bottling it still feels rich and worthy.

Photo of jables7
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- this beer has a beautiful orange/amber color. it literally stared me in the eye and dared me to drink it.

S- the centennial hops give this ipa a great nose. the grapefruit essence enters your brain through your nasal cavity and engulfs your brain. a great smelling beer

T- not many beers can stand up to the balance and intensity of this one. it brings tears to my eyes in such a good way. grapefruit without a doubt

M- a decent representation of the style but paling in comparison to the other categories.

O- this beer is exactly what an american ipa should be. it showcases the centennial hop and assaults the senses in a remarkably good way. hell of a beer.

Photo of emmasrue1
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smooth, great cold. drank in a stein and the aroma and mouth taste was excellent. would buy again.
I also tried Crudmudgeon and this was so much better. I would recommend this beer any time of the year. I like the tidy bottle also.

It is a very respectable beer and one of Founders best.

Photo of azdback
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite Surly pint glass. Bright burnt orange. Clear and very bubbly. The head is forming with large bb sized bubbles. The head is all of two fingers and straw to bright white in color. The head is also very frothy and luscious. Lace looks like she's gonna stay for a drink.

Smell is mild citrus and pine. Some sweetness from the malts and a bit of yeast or bready smells.

The taste is sweet and malty. The taste of a bitter fruit like a yellow grapefruit, but sweet also. As it warms I get more of a tangerine taste. Quite nice!!

Mouth is very nice. Nothing to complain about. It is a well crafted IPA all the way to the end. Rich and silky. Not a bit of water and some alcohol warms the belly.

Overall I enjoyed this offering from the brewery that is more famous for their Stouts. Nice to know they are not a one trick pony. Thanks to HandsomeBrew for this extra. Recommended!!

Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,955 ratings.