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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,964 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,964
Reviews: 1,795
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 265
Gots: 972 | 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 mikey711
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nice amber color that is perfectly clear. the carbonation level is very nice with rising bubbles and a good head. Head retention and lacing could be better.

S: Some nice herbal and floral notes, a bit like fresh cut grass, and then a solid caramel back bone. It is actually very nicely balanced

T: Again very fresh cut grass tasting hoppiness which is very pleasant. Some other earthy notes too and a very nice caramel sweetness. Normally I prefer hop forwrad IPAs but this one worked for me

M: Nothing too rough here, but there is a tough of heat and some cloyingness

D: I think i benefited from having a very fresh version of this as any bit of age would be a deterant to some of the fresh flavors.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin white head that doesn't retain well. The smell is significantly better, with a huge piney, floral, juicy, and citrusy hoppy character upfront, along with some biscuit and caramel, fruity esters and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma with a big centennial blast upfront (citrusy, piney, resiny, etc.), followed by some caramel sweetness, fruity esters, biscuity malt, and an alcohol wallop. The mouthfeel is on the thick/oily side, and drinkability is good for the style/ABV. Really good IPA here, maybe a bit one dimensional with only Centennial hops used, but still rather extremely tasty.

Photo of BigIrishman
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours red/orange and very clear. Fluffy white head.

Smell: Citrus is just bursting from this beer. There is an underlying sweetness here too. Unlike many citrus bombs where all you can taste is a conglomeration of fruits, this one is very characteristic. There are oranges/mangoes/nectarines. As it warms I'm also getting some earthiness.

Taste: Very fruity initially. There is some orange and mango that meet you up front and a malty backbone that really finishes this beer nicely. The slight bitterness at the end is erased by that maltiness.

Mouthfeel: There is a nice stickiness, and creaminess to this brew. This beer also has a fairly crisp and light body for as flavorful a beer as it is.

Drinkability: While this brew is extremely good, palate fatigue may be an issue. Two of these is probably good for me, but I'm definitely going to enjoy them.

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

I remember drinking this IPA two years ago and loving it, so here's the official review.

Bottled 12/14/09. Pours a rich amber with a creamy off-white head.

Aroma is full of spicy hops, with a distinct floral fragrance.

Robust flavor profile indicates this IPA is on the malty end of the spectrum. A ton of toasted and caramel malt is balanced by the 65 IBUs and juicy hop flavor. In the end though, this beer doesn't quite satisfy my hop fix. It's too balanced and doesn't fulfill my expectations of a beer labeled "Centennial IPA." I want my ass to get kicked by citrusy American hops, but what I get is an insanely drinkable 7.2 percent ABV brew. This is a really nice beer, just not what I was expecting.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Rich amber, fairly clear, an eggshell colored, 1-inch head. A very good looking beer.

S - Grapefruit and a general citrusy hop aroma. Some pine resin and earthy hop tones. An excellent aroma.

T/M - Full-bodied, lots of American hops. Plenty of grapefruit and pine. Hoppy, earthy, citrusy, smooth, delicious.

D - If you like citrusy American hops then you will love this beer. It's that simple.

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

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear amber with a 1 finger head that dissipated to a covering that leaves spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Upfront pine with some of the not so aggressive citrus notes such as oranges and maybe even some peach.

T - Grapefruit upfront with some orange and earthy notes following and then the bitterness kicks in. A little alcohol warmth at the top of the throat after the sip is put down.

M - Very smooth with a good amount carbonation.

D - Very drinkable for an IPA at 7.2% ABV and 65 IBUs.

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

Wow... I like this ALOT.

It pours amber, which was darker than I expected compared to most IPAs Ive had.

I cant pinpoint what Im smelling but it smells floral, sweet, and GOOD.

This is so smooth and goes down exceptionally well. Sweet and hoppy without the bitterness or sting of the higher IBU beers. Extremely well balanced.

This beer is just great to drink. Founders lives up to their reputation with this one. I see why its rated what it is.

Photo of thatsright
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber, good head retention with lacing

The smell is immediately that centennial pungent resiny pine

The taste is exceptional- more resin with a finely balanced hop vs. a crisp malt and a clean bitter finish. Hides the high ABV dangerously well

creamy mouthfeel

I am so glad to have stumbled on this today! One of the more complex and balanced IPA's out there

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

Appearance: Amber body with a nice two finger head with excellent retention. Even better lacing.

Aroma: Lot of pine hops right up front. Citrus in there aswell. Sweet malt. Typical IPA aroma.

Taste: Really well balanced with the resiny hops and nice malt. This is really delicious, probably my favorite single IPA.

Feel/Drink: Mouth is nice and drinkability is great. This is really delicious.

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

The colour is brown-amber; the liquid is clear. The finger thick head is warm off-white, it leaves some lacing.

The smell is the smell of a classic quality American IPA: Mellow sweet flavours are blended with citric notes of grapefruit and lime with hints of dough and a tart touch of lemon juice.

The taste is hoppy with a fine base sweetness. Elegant bitter flavours with notes of grapefruit, dough, roasted nuts and bitter almonds. The body is medium to large. The aftertaste got clean bitter flavours, fruity notes of matured bananas, apricots and grapefruits and a touch of dry leather.
Warming alcohol, sweet cookies and a distinct bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong with very small yet very fresh bubbles. The liquid is semi-smooth with out any stickiness.

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

A: Ruby and amber body with an off-white, finger thick head. Brandy colored with minor lacing.

S: Hop dominant, as expected. Citrus with a a roasted malty base.

T: Solid malt base with a large hop bill layed on top. Very well balance. Bitter citrus aftertaste, again the grapefruit aroma is matched with the taste. This beer shows of the 65 IBUs nicely, I would have pinned it as much higher.

M: On the thicker side for an IPA, warming with a mild alcohol flavor: 7.2 ABV on the strong side for this style.

Overall: It's a very well balanced IPA well worth the $9 for a sixer.

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured clear amber with just a trace of head.
S: Very aromatic with smells dominated by the infusion of hops.
T: Flavors of hops and piney oils dominate the taste, but are well-balanced and not completely overpowering. The finish is a bit dry.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate.
D: Relatively easy to drink; the alcohol content is well masked.

Photo of Stunner97
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- thing white lacing along the the top of the surface, no carbonation to be seen, nice amber red color,

Smell- very slight malt and nice citrus and fresh hop smell, grapefruit and floral hope smell

Taste- sharp citrus hops and a long bitter finish, very nice hop flavor with a very slight twinge of malt, nicely and strongly hopped but it doesn't cross the line as to becoming to bitter, long enjoyable finish

Mouthfeel- creamy and smooth with very little carbonation, very nice feel

Drinkability- Highly drinkable thats for darn sure, I find this to be an excellent example of what i expect from an IPA, the finish is fantastic and the balance is very much what I enjoy, walks that fine line of what I look for as being strongly hopped but with still a balance to leave me wanting more then one, definitely a beer I will have many more times and recommend as a great example of the style

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

A - deep orange that is quite hazy. I think this one's unfiltered. Lively looking. Nice creamy white head that laces well and has moderate retention.

S - Very good. Citrus, orange rind, pine, and some grapefruit zest. Hops!

T - Awesome. Starts with nice hop bitterness and piney orange rind and finishes with some roasted chocolate malt. Interesting and innovative.

M - Very nice. Moderately bodied with medium carbonation.

D - I could drink a few of these. One of the more solid IPAs I've encountered.

Photo of niklas0770
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark orange to coppery colored, kind of murky liquid with a nice looking ½ finger lid on top of it. Looks very inviting

The smell is just excelent. Lots of dry hops, a some what floral sweetness, some butter, some more hops...

The taste is just what the smell suggested. The hops hits you like a hammer only to be rounder off with a creamy feel and the taste of butter and sweet summer fruits. It finishes off with a bitter taste of hops and lemon peel.

The mouthfeel is very soft and creamy. The carbonation is quite low and there's a dry feeling at the end. Very refreshing.

How I wish I didn't buy more than two bottles of this one...

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

12oz bottle Duvel snifter

A: Burnt orange, white frothy head. Minimal lacing.

S: Citrus hops, grassy, some pine.

T: Nice hop punch up front, smooth malts. Really basic, but good. Finishes surprisingly dry, not much of a lingering anything

M: Thick, not too thick.

D: Always something good from Founders. This drinks easy, and is pretty cheap too.

Photo of Pabs311
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a somewhat hazy amber-orange color, with a beutful white head that leaves way to some good lacing.

S- piny, citrus hops are front seat here with a good backbone of malt present chracterized by caramel and pale malts.

T- same chracteristics as the aroma here, but not as pronounced with the hops. piny, citrus in flavor with a very nice malt backbone. balanced, but maybe a bit to balanced.

M/D- medium bodied, good carbonation. very nice drinkability. i would like to see a little more hop pnch in the flavor but an all around very pleasurable IPA.

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

Appearance: Centennial IPA pours a golden-orange mahogany. The generous head gives a clear indication of lots of hops.

Smell: The aroma is primarily of hops, but plenty of malt is clearly present as well.

Taste: Mmmm, just how an IPA should taste! It's undoubtedly hoppy, but not at the cost of balance. These hops add flavor more than bitterness. A malty caramel sweetness also makes an appearance.

Mouthfeel: Thin-to-medium-bodied, and not as sharp as some IPAs, which is a good thing.

Drinkability: The low bitterness of this beer makes Centennial an IPA one could visit a few times a session.

Notes: How's another example that Founders really knows how to brew 'em, regardless of style. Nearly every Founders beer I've tried ranks high in its respective style, Centennial included. I really dig balanced, malty IPAs, and this is one of them.

This bottle is well over six months old, so I'm sure it's lost some of its punch. That's alright, since I generally most enjoy the mellower IPAs anyway. Still, I'd like to try some fresh Centennial to see how much of a kick it has.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Who says the Midwest can't make a heavy hopped West Coast style IPA? Give em this.

Beautiful orange pour, minimal lacing, but frothy head, great tangerine hop aroma.

More of that in the taste. Yum. Hop forward dry hopped big time. Holds up throughout the bottle, decent price, for such a high quality IPA. Lots of brewers would charge you for a .22 of this, what Founders charges for a 6er. Nice.

Photo of GoldHorde
4.89/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a solid American IPA. I would give this to someone who wanted to know what an American IPA style is like. Bouquet has the nice sharp hop and the flavor follows suit. Appearance was light amber and clear with nice carbonation. Perfect balance of body to hop - with the edge given to the hop as it should be with this style.

Photo of nickadams2
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_ Hazy deep orange with a bone white head. Nice lacing.

S_Citrus , pine and hops.

T_ Hoppy grape fruit and pine up front. Strong citrus. Slight malt comes through on the backend.

M_ Sticky and full bodied. Nice carbonation.

D_ Easy to drink. Good go to IPA.

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

Founders Centennial IPA purchased at Boo's in Columbus, Ga.
Poured into a DFH shaped pint.
appearance: hazy, dark orange.
smell: No doubt we have an IPA. Hoppy, citrusy.
taste: nice balance. The hops threaten bitterness, but the malts sneak in to offset.
Nice creamy mouthfeel and for 7.2%, this masquerades as a session brew.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I've been hearing about Founders coming to New York for weeks and have been looking forward to the introduction since it was announced. The Centennial was the first one I tried and I wasn't quite as impressed as I hoped to be. It was a good IPA but not as hoppy or characterful as I had hoped. After I tried the the other three varieties and loved them so much I will definitely try this again. If my opinion changes, I'll repost.

Photo of AmberMan22
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my nonic glass.

Beautiful dried-apricot color, rocky, creme-colored one+ finger head. Looks gorgeous.

Smell is deceiving, but I'll get to that in a minute. Pale malt really shines through, some orange peel, pine, hoppy spiciness -- hop bitterness comes over the top of it all though.

The smell doesn't prepare for how bitter this really is. As the beer warms, it becomes a little more subdued, giving way to the nice maltiness below, but when poured cold it is a shocker.
That being said, the malty backbone provides an excellent base for the hoppiness to play on...very tasty.
Alcohol is clearly prevalent here though, no doubt about that.

Mouthfeel is solidly medium-bodied, carbonation is tame and appropriate.

Drinkability... the mouthfeel is really too heavy to drink a lot of this, plus the 7.2% ABV makes this tough to drink more than a couple of, not to mention the price.

Certainly a great IPA, always worth a try and probably a rebuy.

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

Pours a dark translucent amber with a good, fine-bubbled off-white head. Aroma is hoppy with fruity and malty undertones, quite tempting. Flavor is strongly hoppy and fairly bitter but not too strongly so. Lively, tingly, fizzy texture leaves a nice hoppy finish. Recommended to all hop lovers.

Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,964 ratings.