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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,359 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,359
Reviews: 1,745
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 211
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 mynie
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Eagle River Liquor in Fulton, Illnois: The best beer store no one shops at.

Excellent pint glass pour sticky honey orange with a gigantic, retentive head that laces and laces and oh my goodness it is so pretty.

Smells of big, layered hops. Orange, grapefruit, fresh flowers, dried roses, and brown sugar. Wonderful!

The nose comes through perfectly in the taste! Starts with a bittersweet, floral hop, that moves into the more bitter and sour citrus and grape fruit middle and segues almost perfectly into a strong brown sugar caramel malt. The balance is damn near perfect.

Yet another excellent beer from the folks at Founder's. The perfect balance makes this one of the easiest-drinking IPAs I've ever come across.

mynie, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice little head that falls leaving lacing behind and a dark ruby color with sediment.

Smell is very fuity and hoppy with caramel.

Taste is very bitter and hoppy with sweet fruitiness of caramel and

Mouthfeel is nothing but bubbles in the mouth and a little smoothness.

Overall it's a little different, but worth a second try. Very enjoyable.

Erdinger2003, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of Cresant
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this 12 oz. into an IPA glass. An assertive pour created two fingers of off-white chunky head. Body was semi-transparent with "fish food" flakes of yeast swirling around. The color was an appealing orangy-amber.

The aroma was very nice. A yeasty floral citrus bouquet. As it warmed hints of alcohol appeared.

Taste was bold and fantastic. Hops. Large sweet grapefruit. Juicy combination of sweet and bitter. Fantastic.

Mouthfilling and mildly tingly.

I will find this one again!

Cresant, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of badbeer
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color with a white head that slowly falls but still sticks around and leaves nice rings of lacing around the glass. Good caramel backbone mixed with earthy and citric hops in the nose. Smell was very good, it just didn't jump right out at me. Earthy hops with caramel to balance it off, then a soft citric bitterness sets in for the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied. Damn good mouthfeel, maybe a little stickier or heavy and it'd be perfect for me. Doesn't get much better than this, a damn fine brew. I'll be picking this up again.

badbeer, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of MattBrooks
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with an orange-amber hue and a nice, rich frothy head. The nose was quite fresh with flowery hops wafting up from my pint glass. The taste was sharp and intense with classic hoppiness one would expect, and then golden spices surround the easy but lengthy finish. The hops are a tad bit over the top at first taste, and easier on the back end. I could see myself drinking 4 in a sitting, but probably not more due to its intensity. A damn fine brew and I'm glad it's finally in Mass.

MattBrooks, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of taez555
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured golden orange body with a white head.

Nose was insanely fresh. Cascade hops and then some. This beer as a nose almost smells like it's been dry hopped with a a randall. Very very very fresh dry hopped smell. Dry citrus hops with touches of caramel.

Medium bodied with a thick chewy taste from beginning to end. A nice round caramel taste. Hops are very fresh and very in your face but not overbearing at all. Citrus, citrus peel, pepper, grapefruit peel, almost some touches of rye. Bitterness is well balanced and large but not so over the top that it's distracting. Ends with a mild dry hoppy finish.

What a damn fine IPA. This beer is what the future of American IPA's is going to be. SNPA up one step. More please.

taez555, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a thick one finger head with a great thick foam retention through the entire beer. The bubbling was real slow and methodical to the top. Brussell's lacing was consistant and strong.
Color was a great IPA color of amber/copper/bread crust.

Smell- Zesty floral hops with some mildly sweet amber malts.

Taste- Starts with a mix of citrus and earthy hops. The middle is more devoted to hops than anything else. More of a grapefruit peel mix with some real light malt sweetness. The finish was a lightly roasted citrus peel with hintys of rye bread crust.

Mouthfeel- Real clean and fresh. A good bitterness with some well incorporated malts. The finish liongered long enough but didn't overstay it's welcome.

scruffwhor, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of trep
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky amber with tiny yeasties floating in suspension. Creamy vanilla head that leaves abundant lacing. A good bit of carbonation bubbles.

Very nice floral/piney hops aroma. That's about it. Maybe a little malt but not much.

Banana in the taste suprisingly. Hop and pine perfume stings your tastebuds. Very bitter initially that fades to give way to the malt and banana aftertaste. Finishes very clean surprisingly.

Mouthfeel is nice...medium body. A little too much carbonation, though. Not an incredibly balanced beer, but it's not really difficult to drink.

trep, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper in color and cloudy with a cream head that fades quickly. Strong piney hop aroma with a little grapefruit, sweet malts, and boozyness in the nose, although pineyness is most dominant. Taste follows these lines with a some lemony citrus up front, followed by a big piney hops that finish with some peppery alcohol. Medium in body, good malt content, finishes dry and tingles the tongue. Tastes towards the big end of the style spectrum, but very enjoyable.

hoppymeal, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of Freshie
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden amber color with nice creamy/frothy head.

Smells of pungent hops. As Ron Burgundy said "Stings the nostrils..."

Taste is strong floral/grassy hops, with some citrus. Some toasted malt characteristics comeout later. The oil hop texture lingers on the palate. Very good bite in the flavour. Very drinkable.

Yay American IPA's

Freshie, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of Avagadro
4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served lightly chilled in an American pint glass. I've had countless bottles of this before but never got around to reviewing it. A very frothy two-finger tan head forms, and remains above 1cm untill beer is completed. Clear and copper in color.You can instantly smell the citrusy/piney aromas that the centennial hops give off through the bubbling head. Amazing in flavor. Begins with a wave of sweet toasted malt, and is overcome by the pleasent centennial hops. Bitter, yet smooth. It has a somewhat thick mouthfeel for an IPA. Not that this is bad at all. Leaves a clean feeling in your mouth. Drinkability is high. I will continue to purchase this beer for as long as it's available to me. This is easily on of my favorite beers, and IMHO, one of the best IPAs out there.

Avagadro, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of wingman14
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a white head and gentle lacing. Smells of many hops and citrus, maybe some pine notes. Taste is very hoppy with a strong bitter finish. Aftertaste is mainly bitter hops with a strong coat on your tongue. The mouthfeel is impressive, a good balance of flavor, carbonation, and undertones. I am not a huge IPA fan but I am a huge founders fan. I couldn't help but try this one out and again founders hasn't disappointed. I would recommend this for any hop fanatic.

wingman14, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of WeisGuy
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - amber color with a huge fluffy white head, very nice lacing

s - a whole lot of citrus and hops, lots of grapefruit, alcohol present as well

t - just as the aroma would indicate, there is a whole lot of citrus and hoppy bitterness here, big grapefruit flavor, long lingering bitter finish, great combination of sweet and bitter, alcohol noticeable on the finish

m - lots of carbonation, fairly light feeling

d - fairly drinkable, the alcohol is detectible in the taste however, and the hops attack the palate aggresively

Very solid IPA, not my favorite, but a good one that's worthy of becoming a regular in my lineup. Very reasonably priced too.

WeisGuy, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of DuqTroops
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - orangish in color - large white head. very hoppy. needed to let it rest before drinking.

Smell - hop, hop, and more hop! very citrusy.

Taste - little or no malt to speak of, all I can taste are the hops, all of them.

Mouthfeel - bitterness after the taste, but still smooth.

Drinkabilty - not the best IPA I have had, too hoppy to consume a lot of.

DuqTroops, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of WeymouthMike
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with a big white head. Smells of sweet smelling hops and a taste to match with some carbonation but nowhere near overwhelming. I only picked up a single to try but this is something I would definetly pick up a six of in the future.

WeymouthMike, May 29, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Centennial pours with a ridiculously massive head. Slightly cloudy in the body, nice deep amber. Smell is outrageously citrusy, with pungent, acidic citrus notes keeping at bay any malt character. On the palate, it's more of the same -- very little malt to get in the way of the huge citrus hop bitterness, although there is a raw alcohol sweetness there. It's unbalanced by pleasantly so, as the hop flavors and hop bitterness that are here are quite good. This is not a smooth beer -- it's extreme all the way. A hophead's delight.

geexploitation, May 29, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark apricot with moderate carbonation. Head is thick and viscous, coating the side of the glass.

Smell is sweet caramel malt and mild fruitiness. Hop character is not as harsh as expected. Instead I'm greeted with smooth citrus hop that is fairly balanced with the malt.

Taste is similiar to the nose, but kicked up a notch. Flavors meld smoothly between the excellent hop and malt character. I haven't had an IPA with such subtlty like this before. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium full and buttery smooth.

This is an interesting IPA. Extremely smooth and easy to drink. Very nice.

Blakaeris, May 25, 2006
Photo of hoffman
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up with a nice two finger head that lingers and lingers if you let it sit you can see where the larger pockets of air break and leave indentions in the head. An amazing lace clings to the glass from top to bottom. The smell is nice, bright hops, foreward malts, and a nice grapefruity citrus aroma. The taste is also very nice, fruity up front, orange and lemon zest. Some piney notes in the middle, very nice, and a sweet herbal hop kick in the end...even the exhaust is bitter....nice. The mouthfeel was initially, I felt, too water but on second taste it is quite creamy if not a bit undercarbonated. Damn drinkable, and at over 7% abv, maybe a bit dangerous.

hoffman, May 23, 2006
Photo of SethB2
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer looks like an IPA. Hazy orangish color with a decent 1.5 finger head and very good lacing. Smells of grapefruit hoppiness with a very slight sweetness backing things up. Taste is good. A little different than I was expecting after the smell. Toasted bitternes with a sweetness that melds very well. Finishes a little on the dry side. Mouthfeel is decent as well as drinkability. Nice IPA.

SethB2, May 19, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves nice tan foamy two finger head with very nice retention, and some good lacing. Color is a hazy, almost cloudy orange-red-copper amber.

Smell - pine hops are very prominent. Slight aroma of citrus hops, also. Hint of bready, caramelly malt. Some alcohol also.

Taste - like the nose. It's pine, and more pine upfront. The malt is barely hanging in there. Finishing with more piney bitterness, and also slight alcohol spiciness and warmth. Dry, bitter pine aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - full, slick, drying, and bitter. Low carbonation.

Drinkability - this goes down easy, is a good beer and would be a good session beer.

ultralarry2006, May 12, 2006
Photo of jhammerly
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thaks to bkett01 for the trade.

After experiencing a volcano of suds after opening, I started to pour into a Imperial Pint glass, which quickly filled up two-thirds of the glass with a frothy foam head that took about five minutes to settle. Lots of lace clinging to the sides of the glass and a big, cloud-like clump of foam sitting on top of what remains of the head. Reminds me of a root beer float minus the ice cream.

I couldn't get a clean whiff of the aroma since I had to kind of let the beer trickle from the bottle so I wouldn't disturb the head anymore. I do smell a clean hop aroma that has notes of citrus. The hops seem a little subdued, not as bitter as expected (could be that I waited too long to try this one). Also has a little alcohol that lets you know that this is a strong brew, but doesn't flex a lot of muscle. A hint of grapefruit in the finish. Medium body that is pretty drinkable. I would really like to try this one again sometime soon. Even though this is a good beer, I don't think that I tried it at its best.

jhammerly, May 11, 2006
Photo of gmcfarre
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Sammy Smith pint glass.

A - Cloudy ruby tinted orange with good 1 inch head that rests at less than a cm. Lacing is moderate.

S - Lots of dry hops, slight malt, but nothing else is too noticeable.

T - Hops are predominant and mostly overpowering of anything else that may be lurking. Ok, maybe there's a touch of grapefruit and spice.

M - Strong hop bitterness, and that's about it.

D - I would prefer a more balanced IPA, but if just want a hop bomb this could be pretty tasty

Note: Consumed after trying a DFH 60 minute, and this was by far the hoppier brew (and less complex).

gmcfarre, May 09, 2006
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of mlh1227.

A - 1/2" off-white head that lasts about a minute and retains well as a cap. Very nice lace left all the way down the glass. The IPA is a slightly hazy orange color.

S - Big citrus nose full of ripe orange and lemon peel. There is also an extra floral characteristic in the nose here. Like walking through the floral department at the grocery store. Good whiff of some caramelly malts ties it all together.

T - Pine. Citrus in the front, earthy malts mid-palate, followed by a very nice bitter edge in the finish. Such a well balanced IPA. It is very smooth and doesn't lean to either extreme (hops or malt). I guess from the name that this is a single-hop IPA. I would not have been able to pick out a centennial hop if I tried, but after this I am a big fan!

M - Full bodied mouthfeel. Relatively dry in the finish. Bready and bitter in the end. Mid-level carbonation that is perfect in this beer.

D - The drinkability is outstanding! I know it is 7.2% but I would try like mad to session this one. Excellent! Thank you mlh1227!!

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

A: Orange. Some floaters at the bottom, with hazy body. 2 fingers of gorgeous, white head.

S: Damn, I can smell it from here (2 feet away). That's what Centennial hops smell like. Most pine with highlights of citrus.

T/M: Balanced fairly well with citrusy/piney hops. Malt
is sweet (slightly caramel) with good amount of hops sweeping it away. A little bit syrupy for a single IPA, but who's counting.

D: A little "hot" for an IPA, but maybe this is a 1 1/2 IPA. Love drinking it, but there is a lot of alcohol.

kdmorse, May 04, 2006
Photo of Vancer
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Founders winner! Hazy (unfiltered) grapefruit red, tan head, slight lacing. No bottle date – bummer.

Citrusy and malty in the aroma and taste. Somewhat raw and earthy notes as one quaffs ‘er down, along with a slight kick of floral hops.

Full bodied brew, crisp and really easy to sip on (ya better, the 7%+ will sneak up on you, not noticeable in the beverage). In fact, it really grows on you as you make it through a bottle or two.

A solid “dry hopped” brew.

Vancer, May 01, 2006
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,359 ratings.