Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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6,865 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,865
Reviews: 1,767
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 252
Gots: 878 | 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 adamette
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at the brewery yesterday during my visit there into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Copper translucent body with creamy head with great lace left on the glass after repeated sips. 4.0

S Muted hops to the nose, some malt to balance them out. 4.0

T Hops, malt sweetness, very nice balance. This, along with Crooked Tree from Dark Horse, is one of the best IPAs that I have had. 4.5

M Full with hops, malt competing for supremacy. The great balance of sweet malt and bitter hops is tremendous. 4.5

D Good drinkability which, for me, is not always the case in an IPA. 4.0

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

Pours a hazy orange with sticky, aromatic head. The nose is powerful but balanced between the big, fresh hops that one would expect of this style but also a strong but overly sweet maltiness. The taste is remarkable. The hop/malt balance that was on the nose persists on the palate, with a fascinating interplay of citrus and resinous hops, each of them strong but neither overwhelming, with caramelly and other malts; not a bad amount of yeastiness, neither. Finishes long with an orange zest and notes of sweet and sour. Highly drinkable both alone and with a heap of grub.

Photo of Tee76
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: light orange color with an amber hue, nice creamy head and good lacing.

S: Citrus and pine are the forerunner with hint of biscuit/malts

T: Well balanced with a taste of citrus/pine.Has a sweet but bitter aftertaste

M: Very smooth with a light to medium body

D: A good IPA that goes down nicely and easy to drink. I'd buy this again

Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle in Washington DC.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas with a solid pale malt backbone.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust pale malt flavors up front are soon overtaken by loads of citrus, tropical fruit, and floral hop flavors. Midway through the sip the grainy pale malt flavors reappear and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more of these.

Overall I was more impressed with this beer on tap than I was the bottle version, however that may be a result of the freshness. Still, both versions are worth a shot but if you see it on-tap I recommend you be more inclined to order one.

Photo of WeedKing4
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jul 31, 2009 Updated: Sep 26, 2009
So I got a fresh batch in two six packs. And I have to say, this is not the same beer I had in Detroit back in July. It was bottled in the end of August, but its a clear amber colour. Not hazy or orange or unfiltered at all. What a disappointment. I was so looking forward to this again. My previous bottles had no bottled date on them, so they must have been at least 6+ months old. These are less then a month, and it tastes identical to Southern Tier IPA. Which is a decent beer, but its an average IPA. Big disappointment on this one. What did you do Founders?

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to projectflam86 for the chance to sample this brew!

A - attractive hazed honey w/ a silky ivory colored velvet-like head that shimmers like a halo over the body of the beer.

S - pungeant smell of dank and sticky "killer nugs" and big whiffs of tangerine, mango, peaches and apricot. Not to be overlooked are boatloads of expressive floral and citrus hops. This is one hell of a nose.

T - exceptional! the hops bitterness is kept in balance by a huge does of fruity and malty sweetness. they play together well and produce a harmony of flavors.

MF - smooth and creamy, almost velvety-feel that never gets to sticky or oily

D - balance is the key to this beers success. In every sense: smell, feel and taste.

Photo of devilben02
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into my favorite snifter leaves a a cloudy gold/orange color with a thick, cloud-like head. The aroma is mildly sweet and floral. There are both floral and citrus notes in the flavor, and although it is fairly well-balanced, the hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is bright and refreshing despite the big, bitter flavor. A solid IPA.

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

IPAs are probably my favorite type of beer and the availability makes it even better. For me the more hops the better. This IPA has a nice hoppy flavor but not as hoppy as I prefer.

Make sure to pour this beer because it is unfiltered. I like unfiltered beers because I feel that you can lose some of the flavoring from a filtered beer. But unfiltered IPA are still a little new to me. (The only other one I've ever had was Crooked Tree) The beer has a nice reddish/ orangish hew to it. There is a nice amount of head that remains until the beer is gone.

The beer has a nice sent of hops to it. You can smell where this beer is from. Taking a smell of this beer and you can imagine the hop fields and all. Speaking of hops the beer is definitely a west coast IPA due to the nice refreshing citrus taste. There is a subtle maltiness to it, which creates a grapefruit flavor, but not in an overwhelming sense. It has a nice bitterness to it but finishes smooth, perfect for drinking at anytime I feel, even though it has over 7% alcohol.

It is a good IPA, I've had better, but then again I'm a hophead so this beer doesn't live up to those standards but is still enjoyable. Again this beer is unfiltered so make sure to pour it.

Photo of rickmick
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Wow, what a beautiful beer. A full head rises, then quickly dissipates. Tons of lacing. The beer is ever-so-slightly cloudy, and a nice mix of brown, red, and yellow colors. Simply gorgeous. Nice hop aroma too.

The taste is fantastic, and very similar to a SN Torpedo IPA. Very bitter and hoppy up front, then a smooth finish with hints of toffee and vanillla (I think). Tastes great.

Mouthfeel is a little watery, but perfectly (that is, lightly) carbonated.

I could drink a lot of these. Nearly as high an ABV as Ruination, but much more drinkable.

Photo of paulieatworld
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a stemless tulip glass with two inches of ivory head that dissipated within a minute or two. leaves heavy lacing along the glass with striations that create some beautiful patterns on the top of this tawny-ruby body. tight bubbles remain on the top as the drink progresses making for an all out beautiful ale.

this ones super fragrant. lots of citrus and pine but some subtle dark fruits and sweetness linger - almost like wafts off a belgian triple.

taste is damn good. i prefer super aggresive west coast ipa's and this one lacks the crispness and the bite. what it lacks in west coast aggressiveness it makes up in elegance.
super delicate hop intricies and an incredible creamy smooth body. like an outstanding english ipa with high heels and a sexy dress.

i just can't find a founders beer i don't like. if i had to be uber-critcal i would wish this one wasn't quite so heavy. but...

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

Golden orange with amber highlights. Whitish 2 fingers of creamy head. Nice laces.

Sharp hop nose with citrus, pine, and resinous hop oils. Small toasty bready malts.

Grapefruit and resinous pine upfront and in the aftertaste. very bitter and tasty. sweet toasty bread that balances it just enough. slight alc bite.

med body. smooth and sticky

very drinkable and delicious. Great hoppy IPA that pushes toward double, without being overly aggressive.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with one and a half fingers of white head.

Scent of bitter juicy hops, tropical fruit, caramel and grain. balanced very well.

Taste is identical to the scent, bitter and juicy hops start with some grain, caramel and tropical fruit flavors. One of my favorite IPAs.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth with good carbonation

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

Thanks CDKrenz for this latest offering!
Poured into a pint glass this beer has a wonderful deep burnt orange color with a nice frothy 1/2 inch head that left sticky lacing all the way down the glass while being sipped. The aroma is of orange, floral hops, a sweetness similar to caramel, and some pine. The taste first hits your lips and gives you some of the floral hops, the citrus gives a little pucker, and the finish is deep bitterness. This is a tasty beverage. It is medium to light body, with a softer carbonation. Really with I had a sixer of this brew. Excellent!

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

12 oz bottle, last of a six pack.

Appearance: Nice clear orange. One finger of head in my perfect pint glass. Lacing is spotty, but nice and sticky.

Smell: Very grassy and earthy (dirt- in a good way) with some light floral aroma and biscuity malt.

Taste: More grass and earth, though citrus flavors (grapefruity) come through more in the taste than the smell. Nice malty balance and a slightly bitter finish. This thing smells and tastes like the outdoors.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is appropriate. Its about right for the style. Crisp, goes down easy.

Drinkability: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Its not the most complex or interesting IPA, but does nothing wrong. This is a solid beer for drinking, not for tasting and mulling over. Good stuff.

Photo of heliosphann
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz shorty with pry-off cap. Served in a Pint glass. Less than a month from when it was bottled according to the dating system.

A: Finger head of marshmallowy fluff. Pours a nice orange-red that's semi-transparent. Nice active carbonation and really nice lacing.

S: Wet, fruity hops are big on the nose. There's a earthy, floral notes in there as well. Some sweetness from the malts and a little bitterness to round things out.

T: Just like its name, big juicy Centennial hops are up front with a nice solid malt backbone. There is some sweetness and some bready flavor. A small amount of bitterness lingers towards the finish. The hop/malt balance is what really makes this work.

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth and creamy for a IPA. Carbonation is perfect. This is a real treat.

D: A very drinkable IPA. I personally could session this (and do). The 7.2% ABV is hidden very well.

I find myself picking these up quite frequently since Founders initiated their bottled on dates, and pry-off caps. Another winner from Founders, Cenennial is truly a kick ass East Coast style IPA. I think I'm going to go grab another one...

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

Pours a nice dark copper color. Nice finger of head with sticky lacing. Has a nice floral aroma. Pine and grapefruit there also. Grapefruit and pine upfront. Nice peppery zing to go along. Nice sticky mild sticky sweetness on my lips. A real nice bitter finish. Just enough but not overpowering.

Very nice aroma and taste. This isn't really a session with 6.8%, but I could slow sip this beer all night and enjoy the hell out of them.

Photo of drewd
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of my favorite IPA's. Pours a golden dark brown, maybe a hint of red. Nose is a mild floral/pine combo, but taste is definitely pine-heavy. Hoppy but not overly so, and is balanced out though by some nice carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. Head lingers for the entire glass. Very drinkable considering its ABV. Another great beer from Founders.

Photo of bound4er
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Really frothy, big off-white head that hangs around for a good portion of the beer. Amber colored with some haziness. Sports some of the heaviest lacing I have ever seen. Very inviting from an appearance standpoint.

S - For an IPA, I get an uncommon hit of malt and earthiness upon smelling with hops playing a secondary role. The malts are bready and yeasty - the hops mostly pine. A shot of booze fills things out.

T - Nice combination of malt breadiness and piney hops. The hop bitterness expands across the top and sides of my palate and linger.

M - Medium bodied with a perfect amount of warming alcohol and moderate carbonation.

D - This beer really disappeared quickly. I find it highly drinkable and very well balanced. If anything, I think it needs a bit of a citrus hop kick to balance out the pine, but that's a minor quibble. I'd actually label this beer as fairly unique when compared to other IPA's. It is a nice change of pace from the super hop forward IPA's out there. Founders is a damn fine brewery.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was massive, slightly murky copper with a huge creamy head and some of the thickest lacing i've seen in some time. great retention

slightly floral with a touch of pine. light malts.

nice solid bitterness that is very balanced. light floral and citrus undertones. malts are fairly hidden but balance this out. finish is very grapefruit like.

nice carbonation, has a bit of bite that adds to the hop explosion.

solid IPA all the way. i had this 2 days old on tap and that was pretty intense but this is more mellow so im assuming its a tad older. solid all the way though. one of my favorite IPA's

Photo of blackenmn
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance and Smell-Poured a nice thick, consistent, very bright orange with a small frothy white head which laced the lass well. Definitely some carbonation hiding in the middle of this. The smell was powerful. Hard hitting piney hops with some definite deep citrus with some lemon and very subtle pineapple like sweetness in back.

Taste and Mouthfeel-Taste was full of citrus and pine. The pine took over when the hops hit. Left a strong lingering bitterness between sips. Very hoppy with a good complexity too it. Definitely not one dimensional in flavor or feel, had some citrus almost subtle toffee like sweetness which kept the pine from being too overwhelming.

Drinkability-I could drink a few of these without a doubt. Nice hoppy one without being too overly sweet or bogged down.

Photo of TLove
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz to glass tumbler.

Solid offering. 7.2% ABV strong throughout. The most surprising component is the strength of bitterness in the otherwise light 65 IBU for the IPA type.

A pale, reddish-orange tint with a 1/2 finger head and moderate lacing. The smell is overwhelmingly bitter and sour hops. There are definately some sharp Cascade dry, whole hops in there and a slight sweetness from some lime, avocado, lemon, and green raisin. The syrupy complexity has a surprisingly bitter hop structure for a beer with a mere 65 IBU's. Pungent and complex.

The finish is thin, stringent, and very dry. There is a touch of softness and minimal carbonation. The bitterness follows though to the end. Smooth finish and syrupy sweetness on the back end.

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

Pours a light hazy copper color with an attractive white head with has excellent retention and amazing sticky lacing.

The nose is an expert blend of hops and malts. The ultimate balance, a great smelling IPA. An amazing marriage of earthy and floral hops.

Taste is a lot like the smell, a great blend of citrus and earthy hops that go along great with the malt backbone. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice bitter after taste. A good carbonation level rounds it out. Great drinkability for an IPA.

Overall, this is a good representation of a widely represented style. Definitely above average. However, with so many great examples of the style out there, I doubt I would get this again. There are so many IPA's out there that are better (and probably cheaper) than this and I will reach for those. Still a good beer, no doubt.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper body with a rich, three inch, pale tan head.

S - Aroma of citrus, hops and an inkling of tobacco.

T - Perfect hops to start and they carry through to a rich, bitter finish.

M - Smooth and silky throughout, which is interesting in an IPA.

~ This brew is sure to please anyone that's a fan of great hops flavor.

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

Pours a slightly hazy copper orange color with a nice white 2 inch head that has some major sticking properties.

Aroma is a nice blend of hops, malts, and earthy tones.

Taste alot like it smells. The hops hit you first, but the earthy and malty flavors rush in to make this a full flavored Ipa experience with a lingering bitter finish. Reminds me a bit of Great Divide Titan, but this is a bit more hoppy.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with a nice lingering bitterness accompanied by moderate carbonation.

I could definitely drink a few of these, but still, this is not your ideal session beer.

Morey's Bottom Line: A nice big bitter Ipa from the East Coast. The fresher the better. Would definitely purchase again, but I actually find Double Trouble to be more drinkable and all around better beer despite the higher ABV.

Photo of allboutbierge
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely wonderful IPA...probably the best Ive ever had.

Appearance has almost an golden apple juice color with a big white head letting off a rich crisp bouquet full of grapefruit and pine. Little floral note. Flavor is crisp and very rich in its sourness at all. Just tons of grapefruit and pine. Nice balance brought on by the toasty malts, finishes pretty grassy. An exceptional IPA that doesn't burn taste buds but carries a bitterness that doesn't bore after a few pints.

Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 6,865 ratings.