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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,839 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,839
Reviews: 1,762
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 252
Gots: 857 | FT: 12
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 negroobserver
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C: Clear Golden Brown color.

S: HOPS! HOPS! HOPS! and more HOPS!!!! with sweet undertones.

T: Very hoppy with mild sweetness.

M: Medium body w/ moderate amount of carbonation.


HBDYWA?: 6/7 of 10


Great beer. My first time trying it and I'm very impressed. The future will reveal more.

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

I bought a single of this the other day because for some reason I always overlook this IPA, well not any more, lets see how it goes. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- Poured a nice looking light copper color with two and a half fingers worth of creamy white foam that faded to a thin ring that left a good amount of lacing.

S- The aroma is a nice balance between the pale malt backbone and the very citrus and piney hops.

T- The taste is very similar to the aroma with the pale malts sticking out at the start and offering a nice base for this beer. The malts are followed by tons of citrus fruits like grapefruits mixed in with a little bit of pine. The finish is crisp and bitter but not overly bitter.

M- Medium light bodied with nice carbonation.

D- For an IPA I consider this beer pretty drinkable, its not so bitter that it will scorch your taste buds and the flavors are on point and balanced well.

Overall this was a damn good IPA, no complaints here. The balance between pale malts and citrus hops was great and it did not finish overly bitter. I don't know why I overlooked this IPA but I damn sure wont do it again. Good beer founders, you guys always impress me.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.05/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

By far the best Founder's beer I have had, yet it still falls short of their ever present hype. Pours a pretty yellowish orange color with a thick white head and a little bit of lacing. Smells of some caramel malts, and a good amount of hops and maybe some citrus. Tastes of citrus/leafy hops, a little grapefruit, and then an explosion of malts (maybe a pale malt.) Far too sweet for an IPA. Mouthfeel is medium and has a little carbonation. Drinkability is medium.

Photo of beachbum1975
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is readily available to me and I generally have a sixer of it in my fridge at any given time. I can add nothing to the 1000+ reviews that have been posted for this beer already, but to add that it is a great beer and the key is to get it as fresh as possible.

Photo of mechamifune
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a slight copper hue into a tulip glass. A pretty healthy white head rises up and stays for most of the session.

Smell is not overpowering but still evident.... mostly notes of pine and citrus... pleasant.

Taste starts a bit hop forward and bitter, but eases through with more citrus as i progress. Nothing really stands out as far as an overpowering note, but it is pleasant overall, a relatively balanced IPA and very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is a little creamy and finishes slightly dry. Nothing stringent here, but nothing overly positive either, probably the weakest element of the beer just in that its so nondescript.

Drinkability is pretty high, as its not stringently bitter or overly hoppy. As far as regularly available IPA's go, i'd put it behind 2 Hearted, Stone IPA, and Coronado Islander IPA (and maybe a couple others that aren't popping into my head right now).... overall this is a upper echelon ipa (in terms of year round locally available beers) but there are still a few others i'd put ahead of it... if you are an IPA fan though I would give it a shot.

Photo of WAN2RIDE
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz pour into Dogfish Head contoured pint glass. Bottle date, yes a bottle date on a Founders weird I know, is 01/03/11 10 days old.

Pours a crystal clear honey brown with a one finger head that leaves nice spotty lacing as the level drops, and it drops quite fast with this beer.

Smell is a bit faint but is of light somewhat pale malts with a bit of Centennial hops citrus flower. Nice but I wish there were more.

Taste is very nice with a plewasant hop bitterness up front followed by a sweet hop flavor. Not the plethora of tropical flavors to be found in other Centennial hopped IPAs, but more of a citrus leaf/flower flavor with ever so slight green grass/leaf essence. A nice though ligher malt flavor than was indicated by the color. Lighter in roastyness not amount of flavor. Reminds me of the base malt in Founders Red's Rye without the rye bite. Extremely well balanced!

Mouthfeel is good for the style, lighter than some, well carbonated, but not watery at all.

Very drinkable, hops are not too lingering or overpowering nor is it too heavy.

I've had this beer many times, but this is by far the freshest and it really perks up being this young. It's hard not to compare it to the neighboring Bell's Two Hearted which is also a single hopped Centennial IPA. While I love the tropical goodness of Two Hearted and I would still (barely) rate it ahead of this beer, I think I would drink more of the Founders durinng a night out. It's the more balanced mature drink in my opinion. Leans a little more to what I percieve the english style to be as opposed to some of the american, completely unbalanced, hop monsters.
Excellent beer I highly recommend it!

Photo of devinoconnor
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

If you've never had Founders and see it on the shelves, buy it. It's one of the most solid brewers in the nation and their Centennial IPA is right in line with their solid reputation of brewing quality beers.

Pours of a rich dark yellow/brown flavor.

Smell is very hoppy, almost like smelling flowers.

Taste is very entertaining. Many different flavors hitting your mouth.

Have one and enjoy. Not a 2-3 beer sort of beer.

Photo of CPeterson
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- A copper golden brew that pours into a thick head leaving layers of lacing on the glass.

S -- Pine sap and citrus peel, tropical notes of mango and pineapple, a very subtle malt presence in the form of a faint whiff of caramel.

T -- Follows the nose and has a very well balanced profile, not overly bitter and not too sweet. Big and juicy with a solid hit of pine notes and citrus rind that fade into a short lived bitterness.

M -- Fairly resinous, sticky but not glue. Slightly drying from the hops, with a long lived linger.

D -- Excellent. This is a fantastic showcase of prowess by the brewer. Drink up!

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

founders centennial ipa

a 4-4.5 clear light to medium amber, short barely off-white head, occassional rings of lace toward the bottom of the glass. i prefer the unfiltered look. thankfully, the final pour introduces a little haze.

s 3.5-4.5 there may be just a single hop variety in use, but the aroma here is not so simple. somewhere between dried apricot, pineapple, orange and grapefruit rind; together with something like green tea and a crackery maltiness, also a slight white pepper spicy thing going on that might be part from the yeast and part the alcohol. unfortunately, it takes a dedicated nose to notice--the aromatics are way too subdued.

t 4 the bitterness is of a crisp, dancing on the tongue variety rather than the heavy build up of citrus i'm more accustomed to. the bitterness merges with a tealike ... astringency and mild seaweed saltiness. reminds me somewhat of Celebration. might be a little less residual malt sugar here, less bitterness, and more of a spicy alcohol sensation. for some reason the spicyness here evokes a young high quality tequilla. the flavors are not in your face to begin with and unfortunately do not hang on well even for a month.

m 3.5 for an ipa this size i would prefer a stickier body. the carbonation is good, albeit a little too prickly.

d 3.5-4 can't go far wrong with this one, but also can't go as far right as i'd prefer. for value (not factored into scoring), at 8.99 a 6er for this, Sierra Nevada Celebration (unless the flavors continue to strike me as a little off) or possibly Torpedo (should do a head to head with this one), both around two bucks less, may be the better buys.

Photo of mountsnow1010
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - amber with a nice head but weak lacing
S - Very floral with a citrus undertone
T - Nice hop profile - floral again and citrus with a nice malt backbone that kicks in halfway. I want to say I get hints of rose from this but my palate is not that discerning. A nice grapefruit bitterness as well.
M - Perfect carbonation. Coats the mouth with a hops flavor that lingers for a while - happy about that.
D - Could have two - three probably before getting bored or overwhelmed.

Good, but not great IPA. Would revisit. Would be nice to have on tap.

Bottled 11/29/10.

Photo of beerdown77
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a dark amber with 1-2 fingers of head. It has a hoppy smell that you might expect, but there is a malty smell that also comes out in the taste. I should have expected as much from an atypically dark IPA. The taste is hoppy and fruity that is followed by bitterness that lingers...but not unpleasant. It is fairly heavy bodied, so one or two of these will leave you wanting to change it up.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

congratulations on there big win.
An amber hued beer, cloudy and pours with a nice two finger foamy head. Well carbonated.
Aroma is fresh floral hops with a sutle malt presence.
A flavorful tasting beer with a hop taste of citrus and pine resin notes,
Malts take a back seat on this one with hops playing the staring role.
Mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery but is well balanced. A bit bitter in the aftertaste.
A good IPA for sure but nothing really outstanding in my opinon.

Photo of AdamBear
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-reddish amber, very thin white head

S-hops and berries, there's sort of a spoiled smell in it, medium strength

T-comes in with a medium aged-like hops strength and then an extreme bitterness. the after-taste is powered by this bitterness. this is not an IPA i'll be grabbing for

M-medium carbonation with a slightly dry finish

D-went down quickly and the tastes stay but not something I'll ever be ordering again. This is by far the worst i've had from Founders yet...but thats not saying a lot because everything else I've had was a gem.

Photo of TheBear11D
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a clear golden amber with a foamy light tan, nearly white head with lots of lacing.

Hops! Smells of pine hops with light roasted malts hanging around somewhere in there.

Certainly hoppy! Pine hops with a bit of citrus also present. Roasted malts are there, but hard to pick up.

Medium body with complimenting carbonation.

Quite a drinkable IPA that provides what an IPA should.

Photo of prg1976
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice clear amber pour with a frothy white head.

Smell is orange peel, a little pine. Good hoppy aroma.

Taste is clean and crisp citrus hops. Low malts, a lot of hops.

A little thin, but it's smooth and fairly well balanced.

Easy drinking, will definitely have a few of these.

Photo of inilegna
4.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass. What a beautiful IPA. Nice orangey brown with an inch thick head.

I get amaretto and butter on the nose, with a hint of earthy-ness, like sweet finished compost. The malt also comes through really creamy, adding to the amaretto scent.

Smooth mouthfeel, very light feeling. Goes down very smooth, almost too smooth.

The flavor is amazing -- huge amaretto cookie, a little butterscotch, and very nice mild bitterness.

Sweet and pleasant, could easily drink a few of these without much effort!

Overall, a really nice IPA -- not too hoppy, not too complex -- just smooth, sweet, and seductive.

Photo of sprucetip
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and is very active, copper/amber, with an inch of fluffy white head that doesn't fade immediately. Leaves specks of lacing here and there.

A nip of caramel malty sweetness lays the base for commensurate citrusy hops and boozy warmth. Not especially complex or powerful, but really enjoyable.

Medium bitterness throughout, underneath, with grapefruity hops, toasty and caramel malty flavors, with associated sweetness. Very well balanced, making the most of the ingredients' synergy.

Smooth, rich, medium body and viscosity. Doesn't finish dry, and remaining bitterness is mild.

I had to drink a 2nd one to get the review notes, because the first one went so fast! Super smooth and flavorful, though not overly complex. Near perfect balance and texture. A bit more in the nose would be nice... Really good work-a-day IPA! Sessionably smooth, despite the 7%+...Kinda reminds me of less aggressively hopped and sweeter/maltier Celebration Ale. Impressed. I'd have to say this one and Two Hearted are my two favorite Midwest IPA 6-ers. Strong work Michigan!

Photo of drpdaddy
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into SA perfect pint glass. Medium amber color with about 1 inch of head and then residual lacing. Its a nice looking beer.

Smells hoppy, nice citrus and grapefruit notes with a touch of malt evident in the nose.

Taste sweet malty notes with nice bitterness, some citrus but not nearly as much citrus as the nose implies. Overall the beer is nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel, is medium body with nice carbonation and no ethanol presence.

Drinkability is pretty good I could definately have a couple of these in one sitting.

Photo of gopens44
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear and copper with a nice big foamy head that does not disappear any time soon. Decent lacing and retention is an understatement.

S - Floral and earthy. Nothing but bold, happy hops in the nose.

T - Grapefruit, a little floral, and a touch grassy. Very well balanced with a slightly malty finish.

M - Highly carbonated yet smooth with very little aftertaste.

Nice beer indeed. I've had this some time back, but hadn't gotten around to reviewing it. Darn shame I waited as long as I did to revisit it, but it was everything I remembered. Good and tasty.

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

A - A red amber color. Decent head and lace retention on the glass.

S - Very hoppy. Amazing.

T - Sweet hops dominate. Not bitter at all. Very smooth. Hoppy hopppy hoppy. Wonderful.

M - Medium carbonation.

D - Very good. This is a great IPA and I will be purchasing it again. I am craving another one.

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

Medium amber color with good clarity. The head is restrained but does leave some decent lacing on the glass.

Nice resiny herbal hops on the nose, leads into a well balanced malt and hop palate. Juicy with some citrus and pine hops taking over the show. Malt is well integrated and does a great job in a supporting role to the hop star.

Nice lingering hop bitterness. Very drinkable for the alchohol level. Really solid offering and good example of the style.

bottled on 10/28/10 (2 months old)

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

I picked up Founders Centennial when passing through Mass.

Appearance is a burnt orange/amber color with a good sized head, its` lacing is nice. Smell has pine, grapefruit, orange, hops, all of it is very pleasant. Its taste contains much of the same, with more hops and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Centennial is light on the carbonation and has a pine & hops aftertaste that lingers. One or two of these drink easily. Glad that I finally tried this IPA.

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

a. nice orange color. couple fingers head leaves a sticky trace. it looks pretty, no doubt.

s. smell is hoppy, not crazy. (my friend's schlenkerla oak smoke beer on the table is resonating much stronger. exactly like bacon)

t. taste reminds me of alpha king, but subdued and subtler. its nice and hoppy with really complex sweet accents. but not as strong as i hoped.

m. nice rich feel, low carbonation.

d. very drinkable, not always interesting, but a good tasty beer. i definitely enjoyed it while it lasted.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at the VH WhirlyBall.

Somehow I've always skipped over this Founders offering, but I figured, here at WhirlyBall, watching my fantasy football teams fail me miserably, I'd finally give it a shot. It pours a clear amber-copper topped by a finger of slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, flowers, fake grape (sniff a piece of Bubble-Yum grape gum for a proper analogue), and caramel. The taste holds notes of sharp pine, grapefruit, and a nice flow of moderate toffee. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a finish that seems to want to be sticky. Overall, a very nice IPA, no real surprise coming from the people in Grand Rapids.

Photo of bosox941827
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz glass into imperial pint glass; poured cold and warmed as I tasted it
A - Actually "wowed" the appearance when I poured it; pours a quite dark amber/orange w/hints of brown. Pours cloudy with a one-finger head that dissipates to a thin foamy layer down the glass
S - I get mostly a sweet, bready biscuit off the nose; not much in the way of hops
T - First impression is honey-bread/caramel sweetness, which carries through to mid-palate; then blends and is replaced by a firm but not overpowering Centennial hop flavor (mild grapefruit, lemon rind); a touch of alcohol mixes in there as well. This is a fairly sweet beer, which I wasn't expecting. However, has a ong, dry finish, which is quite pleasant.
M - Very smooth; carbonation is *almost* creamy; long tongue-drying finish, that requests you take your next sip sooner than later!
D - Fairly good; could see the sweetness getting a bit cloying after a bit.
Overall a good IPA, but not world-class for me. Seem to get two extremes in same bottle - VERY sweet and very dry at the end. It is that rare beer that excels in both that gets 5's from me. Still recommended, however.

Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 6,839 ratings.