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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,729 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,729
Reviews: 1,756
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 240
Gots: 828 | 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 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
Photo of atsprings
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Raleigh Times, 10 oz serving served a nice crisp dark orange with a decent khaki head that diminishes to a ring and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is slight Earthy pine and citrus hops, but not much there. The taste is a nice blend of pine hops with a touch of citrus and an enjoyable malt backbone providing nice balance. The beer is medium bodied with a nice lingering bitterness. This is one that is certainly enjoyable on draft.

atsprings, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of berserker256
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carmel-colored with a huge white/tan shaving-cream-foam-like head. It smells pleasantly hoppy but with a sweet contradiction. In other words, several aromas are present all at once... Hops, Milk Duds, Raisinettes, Chunky Bar. The bitter hoppyness is not as overpowering as with many IPAs and some chocolate and carmel flavors are blended in to create an awesome brew. I keep sipping to try to figure out what else I'm tasting and rings of lacing are left behind. Anyway, it has a nice almost creamy texture and lacks that crappy bitter aftertaste some IPAs have. This is great beer.

berserker256, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of gabe23
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, copper colored brew with a rocky white head, & a few suspended particles. Nice lacing that coats the glass.

S - Definite centennial hops aroma, though I don't pick up the strong grapefruit notes found in some other IPAs. The smell is almost more spicy than it is pungent with citrus. Very interesting and appealing.

T - Fruity, grassy hops to start. Things are quickly balanced out by a malty sweetness. Both flavors mesh well and neither is overpowering. The finish is bitter and slightly dry.

M - Fairly heavy, silky mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, well-balanced IPA. The ABV is a bit high for a session beer, but I could easily drink several of these. Nice effort from Founders.

gabe23, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lively carbonation pours over a three-finger head of the soapy, off-white variety that slowly dies and aggravates as I want to try this beer NOW! A rich hop smell, mainly citric notes but also a soft, butterscotchesque swet malt smell resides in there. Weird. A tad smooth and creamy for an IPA, with citric/floral hop notes in the taste tucked in a medium-body that goes down a little slick. Some caramel and roasted malts balance the beer and give it some sweetness and lead to a pleasant and not overbearing dry backbite. A quality IPA that is worth trying and I enjoyed sipping on this beer (don't normally consider IPAs sippers).

clayrock81, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of twelvsies
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite, go-to beers. Never get sick of it. Big orange color with a nice oily-looking shiny puffy head. Full of hop flavor - resiny pine at first and then citrus, fruit. Also a delicious creamyness to this beer, almost sweet with the malt. Really really well balanced. Despite being quite bitter up front the sweeter almost milkshake-like flavor comes through in the finish. Full and supple on the palate. I have a hard time not drinking several of these in a row. While it's not as coveted and rare as some, it's one of the best IPA's out there and I'm glad it's around often. In my fridge quite frequently. Love it.

Note: under the "Notes" section for this beer it says 46 IBUs but right on the bottle it says 65 IBUs... just sayin'...

twelvsies, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of cheapxceptbeer
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark for an IPA, a red color that seems to be a recurring theme in founders beer, nice head that dissipates into nice lacing, interesting looking IPA.

S- Faint smell of roasted malt, and piny hops, it does not seem to have much of an aroma comparing this to similar high quality breweries ipa's. This may not be fresh though because I am not used to such a weak smelling ipa, especially one with such good reviews.

T- A subdued IPA, hops are there but this is too balanced for me, maybe this has been sitting for a while, but I am not impressed, too malty, a delicious beer nonetheless. If it were not for the style I would rate this higher, as they do a great job of hiding the high alcohol content and I enjoy the flavor, it just isn't really hoppy and I guess thats what I expect from a craft brewer.

F- Very full mouthfeel, almost too heavy for this style, a beer that you almost chew, this beer does not fit the IPA moniker, and I don't mean that as a compliment.

D- After 1 I am starting to feel full, very in line with the other founders beers, this is part of a meal, not an accompaniment, good beer but having more than 2 would be a chore.

Overall I can't say I was dissapointed because it was a very tasty beer, but no hop kick like I'm used to

cheapxceptbeer, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of dukedevil0
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at the '09 KBS release after feeling like I needed to take something home when I missed out on cases of KBS.

A: Pours a yellowish-orangy amber with white head that settles and great lacing.

S: citrusy hops and sweet malt scents, much more of the hops though...bitter bite finish

T: similar to the scent except some more maltiness in the flavor, wish this wasn't the case

M: super creamy for an IPA

D: very drinkable, alcohol isn't there in the flavor, but the taste leaves something to be desired in my opinion...wish it were sweeter

dukedevil0, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders has yet to disappoint. Let's see if we can continue that streak!

Pour is a very nice red gold with thick offwhote head and phenominal lacing.

Smell isn't complex so much as not and good citrus and resiny hops.

Taste is similar to smell bit nuanced, it seems as if it changes flavors as the drink progresses. I may actually prefer this to their dipa. Citrus, grapefruit, pine all come together nicely.

Mouth is medium bodied but feels thick for an IPA which is a good thing in my book. Carbonation is where it should be, in the medium high range.

Very drinkable and now that we can get founders, maybe a new go to sessioner!

sonicdescent, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of TheDeuce
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Founders IPA....

Appearance-light gold to brown color, heavy frothy head.

Smell-very hoppy, many different types it seems, the hops dominate the aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel-again hops dominate, very flavorful different profiles of pine and fruit, not too harsh, a little burn but well balanced and a lot of flavor.

Drinkability-hides the alcohol fairly well, flavorful and drinkable.

Overall-great IPA, the kind that I really enjoy drinking, very hoppy but not a smashing flavor profile either, great job.

TheDeuce, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of chaz410
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle purchased with the Charlotte Beer Club.
Body is light brown and has a very large white froathy head.
Smell is pretty much nothing but centennial hops.
Taste is still mostly centennial hops, light malt profile and good citris and piney notes from the hop.
Pretty drinkable from hop heads but not for everyone.

chaz410, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of beer2day
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold with a thin, quickly dissapating head.

Fruity, flowery nose with a hint of butterscotch - but no diacetyl.

Very smooth and creamy on the hit, building to a moderately bitter finish. Not dry enough for my personal taste. Very little citrus in the finish, maybe a hint of sour grapefruit.

The alcohol could actually stand to come down a bit to make this a good session IPA.

beer2day, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of timbro81
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to graphicbreak for the opportunity. Pours a light copperish color topped by a really nice head that shows great lacing down the glass, good carbonation too. Smells of really juicey big citrus notes (grapefruit, pepper, and pineapple?) Fantastic. Taste is just as impressive. Many of the same descripters with a bit more of some spicey/peppery notes. Medium to light body, carbonation softens out on the palate. Would relly like to sample this gem on tap. Hop heads won't be dissapointed.

timbro81, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of treyrab
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad to see Founders finally make its way out to Pittsburgh. I saw this for the first time and wasted no time picking it up. Poured into my tulip glass tonight...

A: Pours a thin, hazy rusty copper with absolutely no head. This is very hazy...tons of chill haze...with not even a disk of head. No lacing either.

S: Smell is pure hoppiness. Spicy centennial hop smell and not as much grapefruit or orange citrus aspects as I would have thought. Some cascade I think would have gone a long way with this beer. But I suppose for a Centennial IPA, this smells as such.

T: Very spicy centennial hops. Spicy orange in the taste with slight orange and lemon zest. Not much malt backing to this, as it is a pure Centennial hop bomb. This needs some more complexity.

Overall, a good IPA on a warm night. Not as complex as I would have preferred, but I'm glad I tried it.

treyrab, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of waltonc
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Hazy cider vinegar color with huge puffy white head.
S/T: Smells and tastes of strong grapefruit from those centennial hops. I think there's some malt flavor in here somewhere, but it's tough to discern beneath the crazy hoppiness. Not very sweet in comparison to a Hopslam or 90 Minute, but not too dry either.
M: Medium body, high carbonation, just a tad sticky.
D: As with any real hoppy beer, I don't find this very drinkable, though it's pretty good for an IPA.

waltonc, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of czfreeman
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very excited to see Founders in the store here in SC. Centennial is one Ive been looking foward to after sampling the stellar Breakfast Stout.
Pours out a amber hued tone of golden brown. After an aggressive pour, an absolutely perfect head of fluffy golden perfection is produced, leaving copious lacing. This truly is one of the best heads Ive ever seen on an IPA. POuring out the rest only yields more of this goodness, I must mark high on this one
Smells of rich malty hoppy deliciousness is wafting my way. Strong citrus bursting with a Cascade-Amarillo hop overload. The 7.2% ABV lends plenty of bite, sticky tangerines, grapefruits, peppercorns, biting arugula/basil herb notes are appreciated as well. A light biscuity vanilla bean aroma provides a light, but bracing balance to this hopheads delight.
Centennial is now exploding on my palate. A wave, Cascade(pardon the pun) washes over my mouth. The mouth-encapsulating hop explosion brings citric fruits, peppery herbs, toasted biscuity malts, and a highly spiced clove/phenolic finish. Absolutley a hopheads delight.
Mouthfeel is full, yet biting, and drying all in one. This is a greatly crafted hoppy delight that this hophead is enjoying the hell out of.
Founders is moving up my ranks with every new brew I try by them. I have a Double Trouble and a Backwoods Bastard waiting in the ranks to seal them in my fridge drawer forever.

czfreeman, Mar 04, 2009
Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 6,729 ratings.