Centennial IPA
Founders Brewing Company

Centennial IPACentennial IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #143
Ranked #2,863
4.14 | pDev: 10.39%
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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Olfactorytaster from Minnesota

3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks nice and smells nice when pouring, but has a bitter taste on first sip and the aftertaste is even more bitter. It is one of the least enjoyable IPA's I've had. The taste is what I describe as a "burnt" hop taste. Old and bitter and sour. If you really enjoy a bitter and sour IPA, this one is for you. Not for me.

Nov 17, 2021
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper with an eggshell colored head that leaves gobs of lacing behind. Huge aroma of pine, grapefruit and citrus. Flavors follow, with smome malty sweetness, medium bodied, great carbonation. This is a beer I always keep in the fridge.

Sep 22, 2021
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Shiredave from New York

4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not exactly a fresh can, 10-20 brew date.
Just a beautiful glass - deep amber nearly garnet red in the shade with an off white head of dense sticky foam. Large smears and glyphs of lace cling all around the glass , great retention of a creamy ring of thick froth.
The aroma is all in the name. Classic centennial hop nose of conifer needles in a damp forest, rich caramel malt sweetness and a mild citrus and floral side bar. The smell fill the room.
This beer reminds me of SN Celebration every time I have it. Never had them side by side but it would be a great battle of the Red IPAs. I remember this being a bit more malt forward than this example- again - not quite fresh. There is good balance and the caramel / crystal malt flavors come through but the hop bite beats it back from mid swallow to finish. Rich malt up front loses ground to the crushed pine and grass hop flavors and bitterness. It could use a little grain complexity and malt balance - maybe this 19.2 oz can for the mass market is ultra filtered and some life has been stripped away from ... what it was when brewed in smaller batches.
Body is a bit thin and lacks some sweetness and mouth feel but still a very tasty and satisfying IPA for me.
The finish is long and grassy, a slight warm from a tickle of alcohol with good hoppy burps.

May 21, 2021
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blazerkor from Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It smells really sweet and a bit floral.  Much more like some lager than an IPA.

It is an IPA. It's a tame IPA but still an IPA. Up front it's sweet and malty but then a lot of bitterness comes in.

The mouthfeel is very thin and there's a lot of suds.  It finishes with floral notes and a good amount of long lasting clean bitterness.

Overall it's a subtle but really good IPA.  I give it a solid 5.1 out of 6.

May 11, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

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

Pours amber with a 1 inch cream colored head, which lasts. Moderate lacing to the end.

Aroma of pine, grapefruit, tangerine, floral.

Taste is spruce, grapefruit zest, tangerine, resinous.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry, resinous finish.

Another outstanding IPA from Founders.

May 04, 2021
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Stratz from California

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Orange amber in color, 2 finger head
Smell: Rose, citrus, pine
Taste: sweet caramel balanced with bitter pine
Feel: much lighter than expected
Overall: Very good IPA; nice price

Apr 18, 2021
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xDavex from Indiana

5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer, great taste, not too heavy for a 7.2‰, easily drinkable, price point is always amazing for the abv. My go to IPA, I would go as far as to say my bar for IPA's.

Apr 07, 2021
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BigIronH from Michigan

3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nose is all citrus. I don’t know a ton about hops but obviously centennial is the least bitter of the bunch because this beer completely lacks that bitter hop flavor present in most IPA’s. Not a bad thing, just different. Malt adds a nice feel to it. I enjoyed this one but I probably won’t buy it again because I tend to enjoy a more bitter hop profile. The flavor is a bit one sided and mostly provides citrus notes which is not really what I’m into.

Apr 03, 2021
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is the third in my, currently 3-day long, intentional chase to bolster my Beers Of Fame list... now at 164. I suppose drinking this easy-to-find ale (released 19 years ago) gives away my bias: that I venture a lot less into the IPAs than most.

This also suggests I've been missing something. Drinking Centennial also gives me cause to speculate another theory about something I appreciate in moderation: that single hope ales like Centennial are both difficult for the brewer and the drinker. For the brewer, too many single hop brews require them to blend the malts better to meet the narrow range of what a single hop does. (So to keep it simple, the brewer blends the hops to meet the requirements of the malts.) On the other end, drinkers don't get the variety of sensations of multiple hops -- yanking our buds from sweet to bitter -- and, instead, have to work with our buds to appreciate a narrower range of differentiation.

All that said for a purpose... Centennial achieves what too few single hop brews achieve: it gives a variety of sensation from one hop, the Centennial. That, at least, is my theory. What think you ?

Mar 21, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sample from bottle at Vectura-messe. Orange colour. Aroma of crystal malts and orangey American hops. Sharp hoppy flavour throughout. Not particularly impressed by this one.

Mar 20, 2021
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misteil from Ireland

3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: two finger white head with excellent retention, beer is a lovely cloudy dark amber to bronze colour, with slow moving carbonation within.

smell: nice aroma, caramel and biscuity malt, orange, hint of lemon sherbet, mango, papaya, quite floral and herbal and mellow, hint of pine, nice.

taste: a very solid ipa, nice balance of malt and hip flavour, caramel and biscuit, lot of orange and orange pith, pink grapefruit, lemon, nicely sweet, mango, floral, medium to high bitterness on the finish, good stuff.

feel: medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue, very drinkable for 7.2%, hides that strength

overall: just a very solid ipa from founders, nothing spectacular but quite good, would certainly session it if it weren’t so strong.

Feb 26, 2021
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Rjintwincities from Minnesota

4.76/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I must admit I was reluctant to try this beer because I don't like the (All day Ipa) they make, it tastes regenerated like it was from a syrup they added water to if you know what I mean. Anyways.. Centennial was on sale at my local grocer so I gave it a try and to my utter amazement it actually hit all the key notes I was looking for! Taste is a tad bitter but not to much, almost on the perfect. Carbonation was perfect, aftertaste was (that tastes like I want more) the only problem I have is the ABV. It's a FULL IPA with the taste of a session ipa. Just saying things could get a little outta' hand if you try to make a session night out of a 15 er' but All and all I give it a solid 4.75 on the RJ scale, it would be 5 if not so high on the abv

Feb 02, 2021
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Whyteboar from Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent amber color as is so typical of the traditional Michigan IPAs and ha a nice 2 finger off white head.
Aroma is crisp and clean, but I can not discern either centennial hops or the malts used. Just crisp and clean.
Taste seems to be a throwback to earlier days of IPA lore - no extra anything, just hops and malts in a gentle dance of mutual support and flavor.
The feel is lighter than the abv (7.2) would make one think, so it's easy drinking, and the balance of flavors make it too easy to drink quickly.
OA, I enjoyed this, but I seldom hanker for a basic Midwest IPA these days, and if I do, I'll grab a Two Hearted.

Jan 21, 2021
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

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

A dark copper color with a small off-white head that left a little bit of lace.
Aroma of citrus, sweet malt, a little bit of pine.
Taste of grapefruit, caramel, light pine.
Not too hoppy.

Jan 16, 2021
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

look, it's fine but not really up my alley. decent offering.
L: from the bottle. Looks like they have a new design. It's spiffy.
S: nice mixture of citrus, pine, floral. strong point.
T: might come across as "balanced" to some palates. To me it's a bit bland. pretty hoppy, with some sweetness and citrus. more hoppy as it warms. i like it hoppy, so ok. quite a bit of sweetness. the combo doesn't work for me that well.
F; surprisingly sticky
O: it's good but not great for me. maybe better for you.

Jan 11, 2021
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highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally trying this after drinking it’s Michigan cousin for years. Pours a handsome, deep copper gold with a modest head and some lacing. Smells like bready malt, hops and citrus fruit. It has a very distinctive flavor profile. It’s malty, hoppier than u think because of the smoothness and balance with tangy citrus and a little floral as well. Similar to Two Hearted but maltier and not as dry with a little more complexity. I’ll have to drink more of these and do a side by side AND drink it out if the can to tell u which I
like best. For 15.98 a 15 pack at WalMart you just cannot beat it, cheers!

Dec 11, 2020
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CBlack85 from South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a deep amber/orange color. Slightly cloudy, with an off white foamy head that lasts until the beer is halfway gone. Lots of lacing.

The aroma is maltier than I expected. There is alot going on here, malty & toasty, but still a considerable hop presence. Citrus is dominant among the hops, but there are some floral and piney notes as well.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, maltier than I would expect. More balanced than most modern IPA's, the big punch of hops is metered by the sweetness of the malts. Quite a nice beer, but doesn't really stand out among the pack.

very sticky mouthfeel, stickiness increases as the beer warms.

Overall, not a bad beer, but not as good as I had hoped

Dec 09, 2020
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JohnFred4 from New York

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: the best part, orange brown

smell: mineral pine

taste: mango, pine, caramel, a bit of bread malt but really not much

feel: a bit syrupy

overall: not much in the way of malt but it's not overwhelmingly hoppy. if i knew how to distinguish say, mosaic from centennial, i'd probably enjoy it more, but it's a great ipa on its own

Dec 04, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber appearance with a touch of cloudiness, an average size off white head and good lacing. Hops in the forefront of the aroma while some sweeter malts lurk in the background. There is an ebb and flow between the resinous, piney bitter flavors and a more modest citrus profile all propped up by a solid malt backbone. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel leading to a long lasting finish. Well deserved kudos for its standard bearing qualifications.

Nov 20, 2020
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VicCooper from Ireland

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Expectations are high, let’s dig in, what’s in this 12 Fl.oz. can?

Top: forms a 1.5” cream head, slow retention. Soapy on the sides, foamy in the middle.

Colour: copper, with a tiny haziness.

Smell: grainy sweet malts, biscuits, raisins and a well noticeable bittering hop scent.

Taste: malty, some caramel malts, raisins, decent bitterness and already dry. Some citrus and a hint of pines in the background. Medium+ carbonation, medium body, lasting, dry finish.

Summary: a decent IPA, reminds me of Lagunitas (as in hop profile and smell) but this one is executed way better. I expected more details, to be honest. As I read in an other review, a 15 pack is only 15$, and for that price, it’d be a crazy good deal. Unfortunately in Ireland it’s 2.50€, and to me it’s not interesting enough for this price. The competition in this price range is brutal, and puts this IPA into the “good, good, but nothing special” category.

Oct 29, 2020
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Judgie from Indiana

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisiting an old favorite due to my love of Centennial hops and needing a fix due to an abundance of Oktoberfests during the last 6-8 weeks. Poured from a can "canned on 08.04.20", so not as fresh as I would like. Still, this pour is a beautiful clear amber continuously bubbling a thin light lacing. Smell is piney, pungent hoppiness. Taste follows with just a tad of harsh grassy age flavor. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. This beer is refreshing in the warm weather and warming in the cold. 15 packs at $15.00 is an added bonus.

Oct 21, 2020
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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium tan with reddish tinged 3F head settles to nice floppy foam topping after a slow descent. Nice lace from the top. Dark amber about 70% transparent.

Nose hints at caramel malt, brown sugar, and the light scent of the grocery store produce dept., but primarily it's the malt.

Taste is nice brown sugar and roasted caramel malt. The hops are light and offer a tang to complement the malt. The beer finishes lightly bitter in a black coffee kind of way. Reminds me a lot of Deschutes Fresh Squeezed but with less sweet malt and no real citrus notes. Subsequent tasting reveals a more pronounced piney resin that is not so agreeable.

Mouthfeel is medium body and carbonation. Nice clean tang on the roof of the mouth and light bitterness make this enjoyably balanced and just right for me. Need more tastings with this beer as it is a bit of a chameleon.

It took me a while to put this on my list but I am glad I did. Really nice IPA and now in my personal top 5 IPAs.

Oct 12, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle at 45 degrees into a pint glass,

Look: Pours a dark bronze, opaque color that is yet bright and vibrant.. Good to moderate amount of foamy head that lingers. SRM of 14+ (4.50)

Aroma: The aroma is heavy and resiny of dank citrus rainforest floor. Strong resinous blueberry and blackberry. Citrus, nectarine, ripe pineapple/grapefruit, and melon. Honey and wet piney, sweet grapefruit. Some stonefruit. A bit of rubber fishing lure. Also some wet herbs, onion, and slightly bitter cardboard atop some caramel malts. (4.25)

Flavor: Flavors of dank citrus nectar and blueberry. Citrus, nectarine, and berry initially. Mostly tangerine, nectar, apricot, & melon/berry. I even get some chocolate behind that (possibly from the blueberry). Mild tea. A decent bitterness evolves, but it is followed by strong caramel and candied berry that predominates. It is aided by a wet cardboard and dry herbal staleness. Not off-putting tough. A delicious toasted cocoa and berry malts underneath--appropriate for a northern Michigan winter. Sweeter than I would expect, but pleasantly so. (4.50)

Feel: This beer drinks syrupy like motor oil, but in a good way. The mouthfeel is heavy, absolutely delicious. Not sessionable by any means. The beer is well carbonated but heavy, creamy, and oily for an IPA. This hides the alcohol well. (4.25)

Compared side by side to Sierra Nevada's Torpedo IPA: This one has a slightly more heavy candied tropical flavors than citrus. Slightly darker color and heavier bodied. More resinous. More dark tangerine fruit and tropical flavor but is equally enveloped by the hoppy, bitter finish. Nearly indistinguishable.

Compared to Sierra Nevada's 2019 Celebration Ale 3/25/20: Nearly identical in appearance. Stronger aromas. More tropical, nectarine flavors with a larger caramel body. Less pine and citrus. Heavier and sweeter, but more similar than I would have thought.

Compared to Two Hearted IPA 5/14/20: Pours a darker color. Similar aromas, but slightly more malty and less fruity.
Compared to Two Hearted IPA 8/28/20: Pours a darker color. Very similar aromas but slightly less zesty. Slightly more resinous, maybe more stonefruit and less chocolate. Slightly more bready. But man these are difficult to differentiate.
1/25/21: Similar aromas. Milder. More earthy orange and berry. Less grapefruit, peach, and caramelized pineapple. More cocoa too. Earthier and more malty.

Compared to Sierra Nevada's Torpedo IPA 6/28/20: Pours a slightly darker color. Stronger and sweeter aromas of apricot, chocolate, and earthy resin.

Compared to Jai Alai 9/20/20: Pours darker color. More resinous and sweet stonefruit, chocolate, and less citrus, orange, tangerine, juice. More pale pine and cardboard here too at the expense of less juice. Similar bitterness/sweetness profile. Both are pretty sweet. Winner: Hard to call.
11/25/20: More caramel, cocoa, resinous orange and stonefruit aroma. Less tangerine and juiciness. A stronger bitterness overall.

Compared to Deschutes' Fresh Squeezed IPA 2/15/21: Similar color. More earthy caramel, spice, pine, and dark sweet berry.

Compared to Walnut River's High Beam IPA 3/8/21: Darker color. Maltier aroma. More earthy, dank berry flavor. Less orange juice and mango. Heavier and sweeter.

Overall: This is an excellent heavy-handed American IPA. Strong, heavy, and flavorful. Maybe the Tripel of IPAs. It tastes imperial without being imperial Dank and resiny. Sweeter on the back-end, with strong berry and some toasted (maybe cocoa?) malts. Malt sweetness is definitely appreciable. A little cardboard characteristic, but it's actually pretty good. Slightly less bitterness than I would expect, but drinks perfectly smooth & creamy. Its a heavy creamy, darker, oily, and danker IPA with tropical and stonefruit flavors. One of the best. (Final Rating: 4.42)

Sep 21, 2020
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gavagai from California

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting ipa. There is a heavy malt-backbone, similar to what one would expect from a strong ale. It might have been too sweet if not for the hop presence, with a distinctive dry-hopped piney bitterness, which balances the beer. This beer blurs style distinctions and is quite memorable, and backs up the originality with a deliciously balanced flavor.

Sep 19, 2020
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Rickmeister from Virginia

5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite IPA , better by a smidgeon than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Maybe even one of my favorite beers period. What a great beer, really smooth and flavorful with the right amount of carbonation. Obviously, hops dominate the flavor but with a sweet, grainy malt flavor

Sep 15, 2020
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