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Founders Centennial IPA - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

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1,853 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,853
Hads: 7,601
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 360
Gots: 1,525 | FT: 14
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 car2052
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to tulip glass.

A: Nice cloudy burnt orange with a small tan head.
S: Fresh grapefruit peel. Light aromas of peach, pineapple, and fresh grass.
T: Nice malty sweetness up front. Middle of the taste is fruity with a grapefruit-like bitterness. Ends nice and crisp.
M: Medium. The unfiltered aspect makes it a bit creamy.
O: Nice pretty balanced beer. I was hoping for a more hoppier beer, but maybe I had an old bottle. Still pretty good.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: burnt orange/caramel color that has a slight chill haze. 1.5 finger solid off-white head. looks like its almost strong enough to rest a coin on

s: big shot of tropical fruits upfront. juicy pineapple, apricot and passionfruit. a nice sweet malt presence underneath the hops. a very tiny brown sugar note in here as well. at the end is a fresh cracker aroma as well. great aroma on this

t: not quite as juicy as the nose. there is a mixture of pineapple and bitter grapefruit that you pick up on right away followed by a nice sweet caramel which helps to immediately balance out the initial bitterness. towards the end it is slightly herbal - like tea leafs. there is a mild residual bitterness that lingers in the mouth

m: medium mouthfeel, with a normal carbonation level for an IPA

o: really good stuff here. bitter, sweet, and refreshing. it has a nice transition of flavors that work well together and leave you wanting another sip. definitely recommend this one. if you like bitter beers you'll enjoy this, and if you don't i believe you still can enjoy this as well

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Photo of jDuncanLord
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nicely balanced and mellow lunchtime IPA. Healthy orange color, not overly intense. Very mellow on the nose but then again I'm nursing a cold today so take that for what it's worth. Bit of citrus and pine in the flavor.  Reasonable lacing. Medium mouthfeel. Medium to light booze. Tastes a lot like a more mellow implementation of a Racer 5.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: A clingy 1” finely bubbled white foam collar perches atop a hazy copper amber pour.
S: Piney, earthy hops with fruit and citrus.
T: Big tropical fruit flavors and melon drive a fairly dry palate to an assertive but very pleasant lingering bitter finish. The bitterness is more botanical than pithy or citrus rind. This is a hop driven beer supported by some light biscuit in the background.
F: Rich, creamy testure makes for a very soft palate and lightens the body to medium.
O: The rich, creamy texture and assertive bitterness make this beer a delight to drink.

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Photo of ScrewBud
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L - medium Amber, quick dissipating head
S - nice dank earthy hop resin
T - nice blend, something I can't put my finger on in the aftertaste
F - clean refreshing
O - wouldn't call it world class, but not a bad beer. Taste didn't quite live up to the smell...

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Great color out of the growler. I found this at a rsndom liquor store on tap. I was pretty excited to find this on tap. Unfortunately the lady pouring it didn't seem to know how to get it in the growler. I got it home and it was pretty flat. The smell was good and it did taste great. I just wish it wasn't flat

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m trying a variety of different beers today and this 7.2% ABV IPA happens to be among the mix. I am glad to be reviewing this one, because I tried it years ago before I was into reviewing and now I have the opportunity to attempt to describe it in all its glory. Founder’s is a great brewery and you should try this one and also their All Day IPA.

Look-Pours a pretty clear amber color with copper hues in the light. The head is almost nonexistent due to the sugar content, but leaves a slight lacing on the glass.

Smell-It has a nice malty aroma with plenty of earthy resinous hops that appear in the nose. It has been awhile since I got these aromas on the nose instead of the tongue. The resin comes through nicely and maybe a caramel and amber malt tinge to it also.

Taste-The flavor has more of a malt profile than the nose picks up on. The hops sneak up on you after a while and are mostly piney and earthy, but somehow it is unique and not like every other brew. I think they manage a hop variety that is high in resins and pine which somehow play well with the malts to make for a drinkable variety that is sufficiently distinct from every other IPA.

Mouthfeel-I get a strong sticky and syrupy feel that forms a nice coating on the tongue.

Overall-If you don’t pay attention then it might seem run of the mill, but for those advanced drinkers, you will appreciate the nuances of this one.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Almost clear, dark golden, copper big fluffy white head. Aroma, alot of sweet malt, citrus hoppy, grass. Medium to full body, creamy smooth mouth feel. The taste is sweet caramel, fruit, mango, tangerine, orange. The finish is bitter with grapefruit. Very nice balanced and well made.

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Photo of lakemarkham
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great: pours amber with a finger of head. Nice shine when the light comes through.

Aroma is a nice balance of malt and hop, with a bit of an earthy smell going on. When you take a sip, the malts hit first, followed by something sort of piney, a nice crescendo to caramel, and some slight hoppy bitterness as the taste dissipates. The hop is prevalent here, but there's not so much that it's unenjoyable (not going to please the extreme hop bandwagonners, however).

The feel is nice and rich, giving you a satisfying experience without weighing you down. A bit heavy for an IPA, but that's what makes it better than most. I would not mince my words if there were only one more of these in the cooler. This is a Damn Good Beer.

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Photo of CraigS119
3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Smells of candied fruits, piney/resiny hops, and orange-citrus. Taste is much more resin/pine than fruit-forward (heavy chinook for bittering?) and very bitter tasting for 65 ibus. Bitterness at the end almost has a butyric acid quality, which is not fun. Would probably pass on this unless in the mood for an exceptionally bitter IPA to accompany a cheese plate. 3/5

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Photo of kevanb
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, dated 7.3.2015, poured into a 2014 Founders KBS snifter glass.

The beer pours a bright copper color, orange hues, nice clarity with a light haze and a big, foamy off white head that has good retention and spotted lace. The aroma is nice, resinous hop profile, piney, earthy, sappy, sticky, lightly spicy with a big blast of sticky caramel and amber malt sweetness. The flavors showcase more of the malt profile than the nose led on, sticky, sweet, thick and smooth before the hoppy flavors sneak out from underneath. Lots of pine, grassy, raw hops, a bit of citrus rind, light acidity with nice bitterness that lingers well. The mouthfeel is good, coating, smooth, full bodied without being heavy, lively carbonation that isn't too prickly and a dry finish.

Verdict: A good IPA from Founders, certainly an American staple, but a bit heavy and one dimensional for me. Lots of pine and citrus rind and for someone who loves a piney beer, this will be a homerun, but my palate leans towards something that's a bit fruitier, brighter and more delicate. Still, this satisfies my hop cravings time after time, at a great price point.

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Photo of jsantana09
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Great flavor off the bat which turns into a piney bitter taste that lingers for a while. Dry with some malty sweetness. Not the most bitter beer I've had but more than the 65 IBUs would have you think. A very fine IPA.

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Photo of Jack_Frost79
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't have Founders in Maryland. Was in NY for a conference and bought a 6 of this at a place near the hotel. Blew my mind. I'm not one of those "I never give out a 5 because it doesn't exist, etc." Ok, ok, maybe it's not perfect, but I am going to award a 5 or 2. Out of about 375 beers, I have given about six 5s. This is one of them.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, Brewers Droop, Bristol - Pours clear amber with a medium white foamy head. Strong carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - sweet fruity, citrus, grapefruits, light hoppy. Taste - Zesty, malty with dry light finish. Lovely balanced, smooth drinking IPA.

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

Centennial is not my favorite hop but Founders does a good job with this one. Floral, sweet malts, pine, grapefruit, citrus rind. Very drinkable. Don't get any of the 7.2% at all.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a amber/orange color.

Overall: A very smooth IPA. They balance the beer with just the right amount of sweet malts and bitter hops. Nothing is overwhelming here. Highly recommended. Try it.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a goldish amber with one finger of off white head. Retention and lacing are solid.

S: Citrus, orange, mango, grapefruit, sweet bread, and pine like hops.

T: Earthy hops, citrus, orange peel, sweet malts, floral hops and grapefruit on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, mid- to high carbonation, crisp and bitter on the finish.

O: A great IPA that stands out among the crowd. A great beer that enjoy on the regular.

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Photo of breakingbland
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hops are the main player here (of course), but the malt backbone contributes just the right amount of malty sweetness for a perfect balance. As the beer warms, the malt becomes deeper and richer and gives the beer a bit the character of a porter.

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Photo of 98green
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Being in Michigan, I've had this a few times but it wasn't memorable. Recently I bought a 12 pack of cans just to have some stock IPA in the fridge to mix in during a session. That got me to discover how malt forward this one is. I tend to complain that some IPAs don't have enough malt backbone, but this one goes too far the other way for me. And not in that sweet way you get from a heavy IIPA. It is a rock solid brew, but one in a night is plenty for me. I need something a bit "cleaner" in profile after one of these.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice IPA of a somewhat transparent amber/orange color and a small beige foam with some bubbles.
Smell is extremely hoppy and fruity (notes of grapefruit, orange, papaya and banana).
Taste is a bit more complex; somewhat crispy and malty with grainy notes. Fruits and hops are still there but are not in highlight.
Body is kind of light and carbonation appropriate. Alochol is strangely hidden - probably by the bitterness that is at high and nice level.
That's a good IPA, but let's not exagerate.

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Photo of CDTDubstep
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big fan of IPAs but picked this up curious to see founders take on the style. What a pleasant surprise, this is the best IPA I've had yet. Malty goodness with a strong hop presence that isn't at all overwhelming like many of the style. Phenomenal.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma is hops, underlying malts and some citrus and earthiness. The flavor is relatively balanced between the hops and malts, although it does lean towards the hops. Among the easiest drinking IPAs out there, a very solid IPA overall.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Look: Comes in a semi-hazy reddish brown color with a finger of off white head that leaves rings of lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Ruby red grapefruit and pine, and a bit of floral and malt.

Taste: Ruby red grapefruit juice and pine cone upfront. The caramel malt body is heavy, but when fresh, the hops keep the sweetness in check. Finishes semi-dry with a piney aftertaste and a touch of alcohol warmth. Hopped exclusively with Centennial, this is comparable to Bell's Two Hearted Ale, but that is more citrusy and juicy where this is more dry and piney. This actually tastes closer to Sierra Nevada Torpedo.
My only minor gripe is that I would prefer the alcohol be a bit more hidden.

Feel: Medium-bodied, dry and resinous, moderate carbonation.

Overall: This isn't my favorite IPA in the world, but it's still pretty good for what it is. Definitely worth buying if you're in the mood for a nice piney IPA.

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Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A fine IPA. Not as good as Stone's but its up there. Full of flavor that lasts, dry mouthfeel, and a very nice dark golden color. Give this one a shot

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Photo of Pdemaras
2.44/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I just tapped a keg of Centennial today, and not impressed with it at all. It is one dimensional with little aroma, and moderate lingering hops at the end. I have read some other reviews about the delicate malts giving way to the hops. I couldn't disagree more. It didn't "give way," it simply wasn't there to begin with. Because of this, Centennial is at best just another bland beer trying to make up for that with an obscene amount of dry hopping. IBU of 65? It sure seems to finish higher, but I guess when it has nothing else going on, 65 would be about right. Looks like a perfect candidate for my "Kill The Keg" discount program.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,853 ratings.