Centennial IPA
Founders Brewing Company

Centennial IPACentennial IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #113
Ranked #2,305
4.15 | pDev: 10.36%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Centennial IPACentennial IPA
Notes: Get ready to bask in the glory of the frothy head’s floral bouquet. Relish the citrus accents from the abundance of dry hopping. This one’s sweet, yet balanced. Malty undertones shake hands with the hop character for a finish that never turns too bitter.

65 IBU
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jettjon from Florida

4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz can into a Perfect Pint glass, it’s a transparent coppery orange color with minimal precipitation beneath a towering pillowy head with good retention leaving lots of clingy lace behind as it recedes. Nose of delicious sweet floral notes like orange blossoms, bitter (floral?) hops and a bit of hot alcohol vapor. In the mouth, the same sweet floral hops presence dominates, delivering a satisfying flavor perfectly balanced between sweet orange nectar and pink grapefruit like bitterness. Mouth is adequately quenching and satisfying with a nice carbonated bite that accentuates the hops. Overall quite delicious, though I’d question the classification as an IPA as this one is edging into American DIPA territory with its assertive flavors and 7.2% ABV.

May 24, 2020
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rex_4539 from Greece

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear amber color, one finger off white head, messy lacing, good carbonation.

S: Tropical fruits, hops.

T: Hoppy, bitter, piney. A true West Coast IPA.

F: Medium bodied, full flavored.

O: A signature West Coast IPA.

May 20, 2020
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Lobsterlover12 from Michigan

4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my go to beer. I feel it's got the best taste of any of the IPA's I've tried. Slightly piney, slightly citrusy, and very hoppy. Delicious! Also, it's the best value for the money. $15.99 for 15 cans is hard to beat with a beer of this strength. But best of all, it doesn't give me a headache like many other craft beers do. I'd like to see an ingredients list, but can't locate one.

May 19, 2020
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned 4/24/2020 and poured into a Spiegelau. First beer. Has a big beautiful head and leaves frothy lacing as it recedes. Has a pretty copper color. The smell is equally awesome as I get sweet malt and hops. Wife says it smells like honeysuckle. Taste is good. Reminds me more of a West Coast Style with lots of hops and some hop bitterness. It's not overpowering and leaves a bitter residue on the tongue. It maintains a light mouthfeel that's very easy to drink and overall an above average American IPA I wish was a little crisper.

May 18, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: pours an amber body with a white head with excellent retention and lacing
S: sweet, floral and citrus notes with a subtle, toffee undertones
M: sweet, citrus notes; juicy hop taste with a sweet, burnt toffee finish
M: medium bodied and silky smooth
O: solid IPA; great taste, great feel, great balance between hops and malts.

May 09, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Noticed I never took notes on this one, so why not when we have all these haze bois. This is a great way to switch it up. Can. Nice khaki white head with great retention and lace. Clear copper color. What a beut.

Pine, floral notes, resin, grapefruit citrus. Bready/biscuity malts with some caramel. Nice bitterness/stickiness. I am in heaven.

This beer has stood the test of time. Still drinks amazingly after all these years. I love the hazies, but for less than $2, this is a winner in my book.

May 08, 2020
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ericco7290 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 15 pack, but maybe should have gotten two, given that it's quarantine and this is such an excellent beer!

Look: A clear amber color with a light head

Smell: Smells of pine, citrus and mild soap

Taste: Sharp hoppiness and oh so refreshing!

Feel: Rich yet soft, it goes down smoothly and you keep wanting more

With hazy IPAs all the rage, it was great to have a classic IPA like this! This beer reminds me why I fell in love with IPAs in the first place.

Apr 28, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 3/4/20 . Let warm to 45F.

Pours a clear coppery orange, with substantial light orangey-tan head , that leaves sheets of lacing.

Smell is caramel , tangerine rind, a fresh woody+earthy aroma, and a very light bit of bread crust.

Taste is pine, dried orange rind, , a bit of grapefruit , light spiciness,light bread crust, with a little rye-bread-crust-like sour tang. High-side-of-middlin' bitterness , that lingers awhile after finish.

Feel is medium, initially barely-oily and lightly creamy, with very fine, sharp carbonation bite coming in about 1/3 of the way, and lingering a little past finish.

Overall well-done, and enjoyable. The kind of beer where the 2nd one is just as good as the first. (7.2% ,so don't lose track on #. ;) ) I would suggest letting it warm up a bit . Quite a noticeable difference in taste and feel between a cold one and a cool one. I much prefer the warmer version. Fresh out of the fridge, it was in the 3.6-3.7 range for me.

Apr 19, 2020
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3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

15 pack on sale (canned)

Rich color, the aroma was on point, the taste had a bit of an awkwardly powdery after taste at the end. I was expecting a hoppy taste however was greeted with a different taste instead. Would like to taste less of the ashy after taste but overall this beer does the trick.

Apr 16, 2020
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graysonslamsbrews from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

L: Pours a deep copper, almost amber. True white head with retention and laces the glass... Popped a half chub pouring this beauty.
S: Malt depth. I don't know how else to put it. Not super pronounced, but bready and slightly floral with alcohol poking through.
T: Sharp, piney bitterness through the whole thing, which can overpower the intracices a bit. Malts are sweet, and super pronounced. Hops are floral, and second to the malt flavors.
F: This is a heavy beer at 7.2%. A thicc body with at least 2 c's. Definitely not a slammer, unless you're looking to end up in one.

This beer is crazy good. To be clear, it is not a "hey, I'll have a few with the boys and then pick up my kids at school" kind of beer, nor is this beer a good introduction to IPAs. But to the connoisseur, this thing is a winner.

Apr 13, 2020
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petec9686 from Connecticut

3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just picked up a 15 pack because it was on sale.

It is good. Definitely sessionable, but I would like it better if they backed off the malt a little. The malt is so strong that it really steps on the hop bite. And that shouldn't be the case if you are marketing something as an IPA.

So, I guess my only real issue with this perfectly drinkable beer is in the naming.

Mar 15, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap:

Pours a hazy dark orange/light amber color with a frothy white head that retains around the circumference of the glass and laces well.

Aroma isn’t very strong but contains citrus, hops, a bit of pine, and some floral notes.

Taste pretty much follows the aroma but the floral notes are much more present. Malty sweetness balances out the floral tones and the hops. Finish is fairly dry.

Feel is a bit on the heavy side for an IPA in my opinion, but the high carbonation is nice.

Overall, yet another great showing from Founders. I am to to point now where if I visit a restaurant and see Founders on tap I automatically try it.

Mar 14, 2020
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entheos from California

2.93/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

So disappointed that this beer looked and smelled so good only to turn out that it’s equivalent to the burnt toast of beer. Founders does so much better!

Feb 27, 2020
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another outstanding brew from Founders. Pours a hazy orange color with full head. Scent is hoppy and full of citrus, which the taste confirms. Light mouthfeel and an aftertaste that starts sweeter and finishes with hops

Feb 26, 2020
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4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Super smooth. Outstanding malt hop balance. Similar to 90min IPA, but more sophisticated. Founders never fails to please. What a great brewery! Love it!

Jan 22, 2020
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Chris-547 from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This IPA was my first entry into the craft IPA world, and at first I wasn't impressed. But after several months of trying new brews, I figured I would see if my palate has changed. And I can safely say this is now one of my go-to beers. When poured into a snifter, the head was poured well, and dissipated rather slowly compared to other recent beers. The initial impressions on taste were the piney punch coupled with the crisp grapefruit aroma, which combined to make a refreshing taste, and a easy drinking IPA. I highly recommend anyone trying it out

Jan 08, 2020
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Nass from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I like the bottle label artwork, great use of color. The pour is copper colored in the nucleated IPA glass. The taste is malty, hoppy, & mild grapefruit. The bitterness of this beer shows up more closer to the finish. Cheers! B

Jan 05, 2020
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jdurey from Korea (South)

3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad IPA but for the price there are much better, especially those from Ballast Point, Stone, or Sierra Nevada. Founders does the heavy beers really well, but I’ll look elsewhere for an IPA, considering the price.

Dec 15, 2019
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GregBlatz from Ohio

3.16/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper, clear with light tan head that fluffs and sticks.

Grassy hop smell, alcohol and sweet malt

Old school hop flavor, singular in sharpness. A gritty and grassy hop flavor. Malt is strong in caramel. Alcohol heat is in there as well. Bitterness listed at 65ibu but with the sweetness it is kind of hidden. Bitterness does come through long after the finish.

Cloying sweetness from the malt does mask the hops and bitterness. I know a lot of IPAs these days skip specialty malts to allow the hops to shine, this one does not. I guess I would prefer middle ground.

I would love this to be a little lighter on the malt and alcohol. It is a 1 beer sipper beer. Very good as always from Founders just a little too old school even for me.

Nov 22, 2019
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sjdevel from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look---hazy deep copper... A decent head at first but dissipated quickly...carbo was ok after head receded
Smell---pine sap...mango...malt
Taste---rich caramel and hops...quite earthy...some pine and tropical fruit
Feel---medium bodied and oily...Low carbo
Overall---decent IPA...not my favorite but good...a bit too earthy....maybe I am just not a fan of centennial hops so much...good though...reminds me of of Sierra Nevada's celebration

Nov 08, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can from Brewers Haven. Finally nailed this one down, been on my list for a while. Worth the wait. Clear amber with one finger frothy head, fades to patches of tightly beaded bubbles. Woody, caramel aroma, some piney astringency. Taste tunes in to hops a bit more with a nice bitterness, mouth coating, lingering. Caramel malts support the hoppy bite with a little sweetness. Lovely feel and palate. Classic IPA deserving of its reputation.

Nov 05, 2019
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Beech105 from Missouri

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into pint glass. Deep amber color and off white head. Good amount of hops with a malty taste. Wasn't expecting this to be as good as it is. Very solid ipa.

Oct 06, 2019
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4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In my opinion the best tasting 7ish abv. ipa that I've enjoyed. It has it all, look smell feel, but overall taste. It is delicious! This is my go to, end of the day, spirit lifter. I LOVE it.

Oct 03, 2019
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woodyswenson from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely delicious the packaging isn't a lie this beer is a perfect balance of hops and malts. It has a very grapefruit aroma and taste balanced with tasty malts. My only fault is it is a lil thick for my tastes but the taste and abv makes up for it in everyway.

Sep 12, 2019
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Centennial IPA brewed by Founders Brewing Company, with an ABV of 7.20% This American IPA pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color of this IPA is a deep amber color with a nice off white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to this side of the glass well. The smell is Rich with hop bitterness mixed with earthy grians and malts. So far Centennial IPA is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. Lots of deep hop bitterness at first. Then a super nice smoothness from the earthy grains and malts. The body of this IPA is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has super nice balance to it. It is really hard to pick up on the 7.20% ABV on this brew, it is just that smooth. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Hoppy, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Centennial IPA a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity too.
Founders Brewing Company, did a super nice job with this American IPA.

Aug 13, 2019
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