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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

7,069 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 7,069
Reviews: 1,823
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 288
Gots: 1,076 | 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:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-13-2002

65 IBU
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Photo of emmasdad
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as an extra in a recent trade, and decided now was the time. Pours a nice medium golden color, with a decent white head. Nice aromas here, all citrus and piney hops. Not a whole lot more on the palate, and although this one claims 7.2 ABV, I'm not really getting it. Good, serviceable.

Photo of PDXHops
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler poured into an oversized snifter. A man-sized frothy head settles down in short order, but leaves a fair amount of patchy lacing.

The nose has much more bready malt than I recall from the bottled version. There is plenty of citrus/floral goodness and a touch of pine, which turns out to be the most assertive hop flavor. Good level of bitterness, although it finishes a touch watery. Problem with the keg, perhaps? Definitely not the scorchingly bitter brew I remember, although still quite tasty and enjoyable. The caramel presence and lack of sticky/resiny mouthfeel keep this in 'good, not great' territory (although I highly recommend the bottled version- see my other review).

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Slightly hazy orangish gold with a two finger thick creamy small bubble head that dissipates leaving lacing on everything it touches.

S. Fresh floral and citrus hops.

T. Bitter upfront with some bright acidity, a bit of malt sweetness to slightly balance-bitter but not overwhelmingly.

M. Medium body with a biting carbonation.

D. Good, but I wouldn't care for more than one in a sitting.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark copper color with a nice one finger foam head and sufficient lacing.

S: Ample amounts of citrus and pine hop scents with a nice blend of some bready/biscuit malt character.

T: An extremely well balanced beer. The hop flavors are present throughout but the malt character becomes prevalanet in the middle and the back end which takes some of the bitterness away.

M: Leaves a nice clean bitter taste on the palate.

D: A great IPA, certainly one I would seek out again. This IPA goes down really easy and smoothly.

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

On draft in the home bar...

Pours with a large off-white head over a deep amber colored body with a chill haze. Plenty of sticky lacing.

Plenty of pine and grapefruit in the nose, with a light smokyness in the back.

Incredibly smooth - glides across the palate. Flavors include sharp, sticky pine, grapefruit, caramel malt sweetness, and finishes with some sweet pineapple and toasted malt. Smooth, sharp, smooth.

This one is just a little thick/heavy for the style which affects drinkability, but oh so good overall.

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

Poured into a pint glass. It's slightly cloudy and amber with a nice sized head that does kind of recede quickly. There is some obvious carbonation going on here as well. Smells of blatant hops and some caramel and malt notes. There's obviously a lot of hops in the taste, but it's well balanced by the malt. Malt flavor is obviously present, but is muted enough to just balance the hops bitterness without overpowering it. It has a very nice medium body with slight creaminess. It's very drinkable. Probably my favorite IPA to have several of in one sitting.

Photo of DAllspaw
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep copper/orange with off white lacing. Great looking IPA.

smell is heavy on pine and a bit of orange, more than I've noticed other than Racer 5.

taste is great, heavy bitter start that you expect from IPA but more of citrus flavor along with the malt, again getting more orange than usual.

very solid all around IPA, Founders makes some great stuff.

Again in Jan 12- this is very substantial, more malt presence than I remember, biscuity and more floral in the aroma. A little peppery bite as well .
Really a great IPA, not sure there is much better.

Photo of SuperNova777
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 09/06/10

A:Pours a deep copper color with a solid fingers worth of eggshell head that falls nicely, really nice lacing down the glass

S:Smells of really fresh piney and citrus hops up front that invite you into another sniff. Also some semi-sweet malts as well.

T:At first the malts lead into the sip followed up by a hard hit of hops on the backend leaving resin on the palate. Bite of the hops lingers on far after the drink is down.

M:A semi-heavy body with good carbonation throughout.

D:Fours all across the board, A very session able IPA with a nice ABV that stills pack a nice punch of what it's all about..Hops. Another well done IPA from Michigan

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

This beer pours a light amber color giving off an almost orange hue when held up to the light. The head is a nice light kaki color and an agressive pour give a good 2-3 finger head.

It has a nice crisp grapefruit aroma just as a good american IPA should. I also get a hint of a sweet malt in the aroma as it warms but the hops are the big attraction is this beer.

The flavor has a great floral and citrusy hop presence held up by a nice light malt back bone. The bitterness is just at that threash hold.

The moughtfeel is a little dry from the bitterness but that is what makes this beer crisp.

Great beer and very drinkable. Just the right amount of flavor and not too strong at 7.2%.

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

A - Hazy orange/copper color with an average size, creamy, smooth, frothy, white head. Pretty good retention with a nice creamy layer of lace left.

S - Pale and just a hint of caramel malt provide a nice background to the hops. Pretty strong grapefruit, orange, and pine resin aroma. A touch of musty floral hops as well.

T - Similar to the nose. Some caramel and toffee malt flavors provide a background for the hops and a slight sweetness. Hops are pretty strong with grapefruit, citrus and pine being strongest. A bit of musty herbal/tea hops also are present. A touch of lemony citrus mid sip to finish. Not overly bitter.

M - Medium body with a very nice amount of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

D - Easy to drink, tasty and quite refreshing beer. Mouthfeel is just right and helps it go down even easier.

Notes: A nice, hoppy IPA that is refreshing and has a nice level of bitterness. Plenty of hop flavors that are pretty tasty. I would gladly keep drinking more of this. Solid example of an American IPA.

Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to a pint glass.
A: Hazy orange colored with a thin head.

S: Lots of hops here. Very strong citrus and pine scents.

T: Light bready malt followed by some a bitter citrus hop finish. I pick up some grapefruit as well.

M: Thin with medium-high carbonation.

D: Moderate. 7.2% could catch up quicker than expected.

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

A: clear amber, white head that dissipates relatively quickly
S: beautiful bouquet with resonance of grapefruits and flowers
T: hops dominate the taste; light spicing; fills mouth nicely
M: body not too watery, not too syrupy; pretty much what you would expect in an IPA
D: unlike many IPAs, invites re-drinking time and again

Photo of zimm421
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a copper color with a hint of amber coloring. Has a nice white head that sticks around for a while and leaves nice lacing.

Smells mainly of hops, a nice floral/citrus aroma, but also has some sweetness in the aroma. The taste has some nice bitterness to it, a good amount of citrus and some pine. The taste is well balanced, with a nice malt base to it. Not overly sweet or overly bitter, but there is a slight alcohol burn in the aftertaste; it's definitely not hidden well.

The mouthfeel is on the high side of medium, thicker than most IPAs. There's also a good amount of carbonation for an IPA, but nothing to turn me off. This is fairly drinkable, but the alcohol burn in the aftertaste isn't overly enjoyable. All-in-all a great brew.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Centennial contains a bronze body with golden orange hues and lively carbonation that erupts into a foamy, off white head, which leaves a trail of sticky lacing clinging to the glass.

Citrus and floral hop aromas waft from the glass with fresh grassy notes and hints of sweet malt in the background.

Floral and pine hop flavors are immediate with citrus lingering just behind and more grassy notes. The malt sweetness shows up mid-palate as well as a touch of spice.

This is a very smooth IPA; medium in body and medium to high in carbonation with just a touch of hop bite.

This is a fine example of the style with traditional character and very tasty. This is an easy beer to enjoy and puts its best foot forward.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees, Freezer chilled for approx 15 min. before pouring
Thanks to Lunch for throwing this one my way. I love Founders!

A lightly brown tinted orange colored liquid fills my glass. A one-finger head of white foam sits on top. The retention is good. The lacing is in disjointed strands, but sufficiently sticky.

Lots of hops in this glass. All pine-like along with great citrus and floral notes. A hint of rye-like spiciness and a sweet note, somewhat like honey.

A good dose of pine and citrus hops notes are right out front. Mid-palate, the malts start creeping in a little bit. Light caramel notes blur into honey sweetness, which blends with spiciness and a touch of a bitter bite, in the finish. Very nicely balanced, overall.

Medium-bodied with a light-to-medium level of carbonation. Very smooth and easy-to-drink. A nice hint of creaminess.

Very tasty and easy drinking beer, here. I wish that I could get this stuff all the time.

Photo of SeaUrchin
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

had this on tap for the first time last night, in a bottle i was not too impressed by it, thought of it as just another IPA but this was when i was going through a big DIPA and TIPA phase, recently went back to stouts and porters but it was the only beer at the bar we went to i had not tried on tap yet, so i figured id give it a shot

A - golden in color, light visible carbonation, finger and a half head, white in color, that hung around for the entire pint, left nice rings going down the glass

S - nice light hoppy scent but still very noticeable, slight citrus scent

T - first sip was just a slight hops in the beginning and a light citrus in the back, allowed pint to warm a bit while talking and taking a few sips here and there, once it warmed up a bit i got a much stronger hoppy flavor, id put it in the moderate hops taste, slight malty flavor in the middle and it lingered after i swallowed, and a decent citrus kick at the end that went nicely with the malty after taste

M - an almost sticky mouth feel after i swallowed, a very pleasant feel while drinking, slightly carbonated, not too watery but far from a think feel

D - will order again on tap and will give another shot in a bottle since i no longer drink DIPA and TIPA on a regular basis, dont think of it as a beer i will drink much over the fall and winter but next summer will be one of warm weather beers, had 2 more through out the night, so obviously i would have another

Pleasantly surprised by my experience with this on tap, if you were not a fan of it in a bottle i highly recommend trying it on tap

Photo of IronLover
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange, copper color with a heavy haze and a thin white head that reduces to a nice white cap. Very fresh smelling floral and citrus orange aromas. A very slight hint of biscuit malt too. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Starts out with hoppy orange character followed by a slowly intensifying malty middle. As soon as there seems to be a hoppy/malty balance there's an intense orange flavor that leads to a slightly bitter but dry finish. Lots of character in this very smooth and refreshing IPA.

Photo of jmich24
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Less than on month old.
Duvel Tulip

A: Very clear golden, with nice orange hues. One finger white head. Nice sticky lacing all the way down.
S: Cenntenial hops go figure, lots of subtle orange and floral notes, exactly what I expect from centennial hops.
T: Starts on the sweet side with lots or citrus especially oranges. Lots of flavor and aroma hops. Very smooth, well hidden ABV, mildly bitter for an IPA.
M: Fairly creamy and smooth nice for a IPA. Light lingering bitterness.
O: This was a very good IPA smooth easy drinking lots of citrus. I do prefer Two Hearted in the "head to head" Centennial matchup.

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

on tap at for pete's sake in philly

A -Golden auburn color with orange hues, delivers a finger high creamy off white head which retains nicely while drinking.

S - A nice bouquet of crisp, grassy, and piny hops burst from the nose, accompanied by some malt notes.

T - Clearly hoppy up front, along with a nice dash of citrus bitterness. A beefy malt backbone lays the foundation with some bready hints and toasted caramel. Wraps up with a dry, malty finish.

M - Medium body and stickier feel.

D - Goes down pretty smooth, the alcohol isn't overwhelming, decent drinking.

A nice IPA from Founders for sure. I like the Double Trouble more but still a solid beer you can always count on.

Photo of beergod1
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy orange Into a Duvel Tulip. There was an inch foamy head, that slowly made it's way down to about a quarter inch head that stayed all the way down. There were ring's of lacing that followed the head as I sipped. The scent was perfect for an IPA, very hoppy and spicy with some piney notes. A slightly sweet citrusy taste up front is balanced off nicely by a very nice bitter finish. There is about as good of a balance as one would want with an IPA. This is nice IPA, I only wish I bought more than 1 in a mix pack. I should have known it would be great coming from Founders.

Photo of zoso1967
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up a reddish amber with a frothy white head that leaves near perfect lacing. The aroma is wonderfully fresh and hoppy with plenty of grapefruity, and slightly pithy character. I also detect a healthy helping of caramel malt that gives the nose some sugary tropical like notes as well. The flavor is just as nice as the aroma and is full of grapefruit, pine, bitter pith and biscuity, slightly caramel malt. This beer is quite bitter, but also quite malty. It seems like the two opposites play off each other and improve the hop flavor as a result. Whatever the reason, this IS a tasty beverage. The body is medium, and a bit heavier than your run of the mill IPA, but not out of control. It is super smooth and the finish is well balanced. Very drinkable, and another contender on my list of go to IPAs.

Photo of bs870621345
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Second time trying, had a strange aftertaste the first time, but great the second time.

Pours with an inch and a half of white head and a honey color. This fades to a ring around the side that leaves lacing down the side.

Smells of fruit, pine and caramel.

Taste has a bitter bite with a caramel sweetness to balance. It is well balanced but leans slightly to the bitter side, as expected.

Mouthfeel is nice, prickly, but a little thick for an ipa for me.

Drinkability is high. Only have a single bottle, but I could drink more and each sip invites the next one.

Photo of mwagner1018
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice deep amber copper hue, layered lacing down the glass. Great frothy billowing off white creamy head, settles down to a light cap on the beer.

S- Fantastic floral hoppy aroma, mild aromatics of tropical fruits, and light spice character.

T- Nice bitterness up front, light earthy note, with a slight mineral character, nicely balanced, good fresh hoppiness, with a solid malt backbone.

M- Dry and crisp, enough malt to create a solid medium texture, clean finish.

D- Nice drinkable IPA, great flavor profile, good balance, very well crafted beer, definitely one that I will try again.

Photo of Reaper16
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sorry for the brief review; the beers are piling up in me and I don't have paper to take notes on.

12oz. bottle served into a mason jar

Pours a medium-dark amber color. Two fingers worth of off-white, dense foam collects on top. Solid, notchy lacing. A bit darker than I like for the style, but certainly a good-looking beer.

The hop profile is a lot danker than I expected out of all-Centennial. I don't know how old this bottle is, but these hops are earthy, musty, and very much like some kush. A nice, even amount of caramel malt and bread crust-flavored malt back up the hops

The hops taste even more dank than they smelled. This tastes a lot like the Founders Red's Rye in terms of dank hops but obviously without the rye interplay to balance things. Strong malt flavors help to even out the hops.

Decent carbonation level and appropriate sized body make for a nice mouthfeel. Drinkability is suspect to me. I'm a committed hophead, but the dankness of these hops are too one dimensional to be truly enjoyable.

This is a very solid IPA that largley misses the mark of that other, better all-Centennial IPA from Michigan (Bell's Two Hearted Ale).

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

12oz bottle poured into tulip aug20 2010

A copper in color with some very tiny suspended particles floating around, a thick thumbs width of head falls quickly and leaves several patches of lace

S some biscuit with lots of caramel and a little citrus and some booze after it warms

T a little more sweetness then I could smell and I pick up on some orange rind, good balance between the malt and hops neither overwhelming the other, the booze is pretty well concealed for 7.2

M thick and silky with just enough carbonation, this may be a high point in solid well rounded beer

D I would drink a few of these back to back and deal with the consequences as they arrive, a pretty solid well rounded brew

another thanks to irishkyle21 for sending this one my way I enjoyed it and will be looking for it in the future

Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 7,069 ratings.