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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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7,137 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,137
Reviews: 1,837
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 300
Gots: 1,137 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 7,137 | Reviews: 1,837
Photo of sjstraub
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of busterwhite
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice copper/orange with a two finger head.

Smells of pine, grass and an earthy aroma.

Grassy, earthy, and bitter. Did not taste as good as it smelled.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall this was a little too bitter and grassy for my taste.

Photo of DaveBlack
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy, amber colored beer. not much of a head, but some lacing on the edges of the glass.

S: Big aroma coming off of it. Citrusy, floral hops dominate, and underneath there is a nectarine smell.

T&M: Not quite was I was hoping for. The mouthfeel is thick and slightly oily, which matches the taste of the beer. Initially the beer tastes good, with a sweet, caramel malt flavor overridden by the pungent, floral hops. It tastes good, until the aftertaste which is too much, too floral. Tastes like getting perfume in your mouth. Just pungent and chemical, and incredibly off-putting.

O: I had high hopes for this beer, and it almost got there, but the finish is just too much. I can see why some people would like it, but I just don't fall into that camp.

Photo of dexterk1
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is light copper or dark amber. Smells hoppy. You can tell from the smell that is an IPA. Very pleasant odor overall. Mouth feel is very good. Taste is very good. Beer is overall well balanced. Citrus is present and is strong. Hops do not make the beer unbearably bitter. Nice finish! Definitely one of the best (if not the best) IPAs I have had.

Photo of rodney45
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: burnished hazy copper. soft pearl head that lasts a short while.

S: Pretty hoppy, smells like mango and apples lost in a sea of hops.

T: A dominant bite of citrus are the first notes that hit the palate. curants and nectarine along with apple and mango notes make up the depth of the hop arrangement. Malt exists as a lingering flavor companion, but only as an aftertaste. It also has a hint of red pepper, like the red pepper from a pizza store, on a scicilian slice.

D: Not heavy, but bitter, like an ipa should be. This is a fine, albeit a little overtly hoppy, example of the style. Drinks like a double IPA, but thats the new domestic trend.

O: This is one of my first beer from founders, and if they keep it up, they could be a top guy in my book. This IPA is a mid level beer in terms of complexity, but not so much as to be a turn off to newer drinkers to the style.

Photo of ummswimmin
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a fan of Founders, and I'd heard about Centennial IPA for quite awhile as a very good example of an American IPA.

I poured this beer into the lucky tulip glass as I do with almost any hoppy beer.

It looks like a good example. You get the coppery color, decent foam, and light residue.

The smell is great. There is a ton of citrus. You also get some floral hop aroma.

The taste is excellent. The balance is spot on. There is a pretty good amount of citrus presence. The bitterness is there, but it wears off a few seconds after each sip.

I agree with the people recommending this beer. This is an excellent American IPA.

Photo of doughanson78
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass at Shoeless Joe's in Chicago.

A: Orange with a slight haze. Half finger white head with alrightretention and good lacing.

S: Not a big aroma. Light citrus and pine. Little caramel.

T: Caramel upfront. A piney earthy bitterness. The bitterness lingers well.

M: Light bodied. Medium high carbonation. Slick and very dry.

O: A good IPA. Nothing special. But a nice everyday beer.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12-ounce bottle into a DFH pint glass.

A: Bright, hazy, orange gold with plenty of carbonation building up to a two-finger head of rocky, dense, off-white foam. Leaves some chunky, fizzy lacing behind.

S: Fruity with bold spices and the whiff of alcohol. Citrus fruits, grapefruit rind and minty, herbal hops leap out of the fruity phenol aroma.

T: Bright, sweet and juicy up front with a smooth and fruity malt profile that flips over to all hop resins. The citrus fruits, banana and peppery spices are dried out with acidic and grassy hop resins. Leaves an earthy, spicy and slightly boozy aftertaste in its wake.

M: Smooth, slightly creamy and clean up front, with a little chew and plenty of sticky hop resin in the finish.

O: A solid, bold, citrusy and refreshing IPA from Founders, even at a robust 7.2% ABV. West Coast citrusy flair with enough bold spices and fruity malt body to give a nod to the English. I dig this IPA quite a bit.

Photo of MrTopher
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks BRIAN… Just another solider I got to enjoy thanks to a friends road trip.

A – Pours a hazy straw color, maybe more like the skin of a tangerine or at least in between the two colors. Has a decent 2 finger head that is off white and leaves a generous lacing on the sides of the glass.

S – More malt than hop, it’s a dry malt smell with a little sweetness. There is some floral hops also, but they are subdued.

T – Very nice balance of hop and malt, the hops are floral and a little grassy, the malt is sweet and mild also a little yeasty notes as well.

M – A little on the thick side, but not terrible. Carbonation was balanced also.

O – Decent stuff didn’t love it or hate it. I’ll stick with my good old west coast IPAs, but Harvest is my favorite IPA from Founders, one of the best fresh hopped beers I’ve had!

Photo of JDizzle
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Looks darker than I thought, but clean.

Smells of big hops and a nice malt scent.

Taste is a big hop explosion that carries through the finsh with a tiny malt backbone that takes away from a bad bitter finish. Hops are piney and citrusy. A solid go to that is worth the $. Seems to have more than 65 IBU's!

Mouthfeel is dry with a nice finish that doesn't pucker the mouf. Carbs are just right. ABV is not detected at all.

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale bronze appearance. Nice foamy head. Tight bubbles that persist for as long as it takes to drink it. Good balanced aroma and taste. Flowery up front, hops in the middle, a pleasant hoppy bitterness at the back end with a mellow sweetness to cleanse the palate. An excellent representation of the style.

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

A: Beautiful hazy gold-copper with a thick off-white head and very light lacing.

S: Delicious hops with an aroma that is floral, resinous, and with a hint of citrus. Also can smell a faint sweet malt background.

T: Hops up front with a sweet middle and a bitter grapefruit finish.

M: Medium body that's smooth with medium-high carbonation.

O: A fantastic, complex, and delicious IPA. A solid embodiment of the style.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a conical pint glass.

Appeaance: Slight Cloudy amber 1/4 inch white head...settles pretty quickly. Not bubbly which is a good thing.

Smell: Slight pineyness maybe with a hint of malted caramel. Will stick inside of you, don't worry its a good smell you don't want it to leave.

Taste: Slight bitterness, stays with you for a bit and leaves. Doesnt have the longevity of some other fine IPA's but still incredibly delish.

Mouth:Medium carbonation, goes down smooth with hints of pine all over the place.

Overall: Definitely worth keeping in stock in your fridge but not my top 5 IPA. Worth keeping for EVERY IPA fan out there.

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

A- pours a medium amber color with a finger of white head. Great retention and wonderful lacing.

S- dry biscuity malt up front. Very floral hop aromas with a big cut grass character. Notes of citrus yellow grapefruit peel and a touch of earth.

T- floral hop flavors up front. Citrusy yellow grapefruit and lemon zest in the middle. Nice soft dry maltiness on the finish with a solid hop bitterness. Lingering hop flavor long into the aftertaste.

MF- slick prickly mouthfeel with a light medium body and good carbonation.

D- good drinkability

overall a very good IPA that showcases the centennial hop beautifully.

Photo of bobhits
2.67/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Orange with a touch of red in the hugh. There are some bubbles rising up. A 1 finger head that's leaving more lacing that expected but not anything special. The head stays well and looks very nice and creamy.

Bready sour dough like bread notes finished with citrus aromas. This is surprisingly intense and tasty.

Odd, founders has nearly figured out the Dogfish Head malt mess. They however here are still keeping the hops in balance with the malt (IPA balanced) by a subtle hair. A touch of spice in the hops here. The hop and malt mix is good but it isn't great. They seem to contrast a touch poorly. I'm not sure what is off here. Still a lot of flavor and very enjoyable.

Well carbonated, medium body (a bit high given only 6.7) and frankly this doesn't drink that easy.

Well this is an overrated beer. That said it is pretty tasty to this IPA loving bastard. It just doesn't reach those elite levels. This beer has intense flavors. I think the intensity is popular but it is intense to be intense and the flavors just don't mesh.

Photo of 9InchNails
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper with a lot of noticeable carbonation. A really nice frothy off-white head that formed later in the pour. As it settles, nice lacing forms on the glass.

Citrus hops and sweet caramel mostly on the nose. Quite a pleasant smell.

Sweet caramel, citrus, pine, slight grapefruit a bready doughy taste towards the end but with a lingering bitter hop finish.

Carbonation is medium to approaching prickly on the tongue. Light to almost medium body. Easy to drink for a relatively high abv.

Overall, a nice IPA that shouldn't be overlooked. Sweet and bitter with more of a lingering bitterness at the end. It's easy to drink as well, I'm on my third bottle. Give this a try if you see it -- it's definitely worth it.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Friar Truck's in Savoy, IL.
Bottled on date of 2011-06-27.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a burnt tan head, about 1.5cm tall, decreases over a few minutes and leaves a bit of lacing. Head eventually becomes a ring around the glass with an island or two. Body is a cloudy, burnt tan or amber color.

Aroma is of tangerines and assorted citrus: some grapefruit, tart orange.

Floral and pine hop flavors are abundant, also some mixed grapefruit and orange citrus. Bitterness at the end with malt sweetness poking through the hop clouds. Alcohol is apparent in the middle and end, not particularly well-hidden.

Medium-bodied with similar carbonation. No harshness on the palate. Finish dry with a slight burn from the alcohol.

This was a good IPA, plenty of flavor, but the ethanol burn and obviousness was a bit of a let down. Perhaps this isn't so apparent when fresh, but that only means the hops are covering up the weakened malt body on this one.

Photo of indesertum
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

quarter finger head. dissipates quckly. hazy amber brown

nice hop aromas on the nose. grassy, piney

pretty unique malt characters. rich, bready, sweet, kinda like kashi 7 grain cereal. good balanced bitterness at the end. nice carbonation.

good ipa, but not a favorite

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber with a big bubbly head that slowly recedes. Decent lacing after each sip. Lots of floral scents including lots of grass and lemon rind.

The taste is very unique. Lots of citric, grassy and floral flavors from the centennial hop up front but the real star of this beer is it's sweet side. Starts with a lemon tartness that is mellowed out with honey and caramel and a modest hop presence to balance things out. The sweet side of the beer is literally lip licking good.

Can't be compared to a lot of other ipas I've had but definitely a good unique brew.

Photo of mjvos
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear amber with a small amount of head that eventually eases off to a thin glaze over the surface.

Pleases the nose with a good amount of citrus and pine smells.

Tastes of sweeter malts gracefully combined with hops and lingers just long enough.

It is crisp and goes down fairly smooth, and it does not leave the mouth with any unpleasant aftertastes.

Overall, this is a pleasant and enjoyable IPA to drink. It is a go-to beer of mine, and it always seems to hit the spot.

Photo of quirkzoo
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Norsebrew for leaving the extra bottle at my place after our tasting. Bottled 2/25 and reviewed 10/23. Almost 8 months old but that didn't seem to hurt the brew that much.

Pours a deep amber with 1 finger of sticky head that reduces to a thin layer that persists. Aroma is strongly citrus. Lots of grapefruit with a sweet floral/tangerine undertone, almost like the sweet scent of flowers on a citrus tree (my parents use to have a lime tree and this beer smells like when that tree was in bloom). As I continue to let the beer open up I get a touch of alcohol on the nose but nothing overpowering. Taste is strong but not overpoweringly bitter. The hops are still there but aren't as present as on the nose. The citrus is balanced with a touch of malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is clean with active carbonation. Overall, this is a really nice IPA, I only noticed halfway through drinking it that it is almost 8 month old so I would be interested to try it fresh but it must have been well taken care of because the hop aroma and flavor was still very pronounced.

Photo of Tucquan
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-10-22 at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Had this again on 2015-02-24 in Campbelltown, PA at the Brass Rail.

A - Mostly-clear copper with a 1.5-inger off-white head

S - Citrus, pine, light malt.

T - Caramel malt, tart citrus and pine followed by a mellowing, slightly toasty caramel malt sweetness. Moderately-strong bitterness lasts a nice amount of time on the aftertaste. To me, the citrus/hop flavors are even more forward on-tap than in the bottle.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation give a smooth, crisp feel.

O - Quite enjoyable. I liked it better on-tap than bottled.

Photo of langm12
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - Transparent Amber. Big frothy 2 finger white head with good retention.

S - Subtle nose. Citrus and floral notes. Some hops.

T - Lots of bitter hops and citrus up front, but sweet malts come through quickly. Really wonderful balance. Alcohol is very present all the way through.

M - Medium body and very smooth.

This is what IPAs are all about. Very good.

Photo of Keithstone44
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: crystal clear amber, with a solid 2-finger head that leaves behind some admirable lacing

S: Floral notes and citrus dominate, some malt-sweetness follows

T: Citrus from the hops is very evident in the beginning; the bitterness pairs nicely with the malt.

M: Medium-bodied and nicely carbonated, The alcohol is barely detectable

O: Artfully-made brew. Founders proves they are adept at conquering any style

Photo of paperbackfoster
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark but very clarified deep amber/burnt orange. Head comes up to two fingers, lingers at one, and dissipates to a solid sheeting that's still pretty substantial.

S - A bit light on the aroma side. Delicate spice over grassy hop and a tinge of yeast.

T - Caramel and toasty barley lay down a base for resinous hops with a rye-like spice character. Big hops here, from that bitter hit up front to an herbal, lightly floral finish. The body carries a lot of hop character as well, lending an acidic brightness.

M - Lively. Moderate carbonation and dry, acidic IPA character are nice on the tongue.

Overall - A very enjoyable IPA. Near to the heart of the style, perhaps a bit unembellished, but completely balanced and drinkable. The bitterness and mouthfeel are spot-on, and the hop character is comforting in its lack of extremes. The beer develops nicely as you finish the glass, the hops building on each other on the tongue for a deeper flavor.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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