Founders Centennial IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
65 IBU

Added by beernut7 on 08-13-2002

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Photo of bwan15
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: a beautiful, deep burnt orange....decent, dirty blonde head that leaves sticky, bubbly legs all over the glass once it's settled down.

Smell: Hoppy manure and a bit of clean hay. A delicious, doughy malt character blossoms through the nose as it warms. 

Taste: Hopped to perfection. The bitter, pungent hops are favored over the sweet, grainy malt flavored in just the right amount. The hops have an almost minty etherealness to them, but the malt sparkles throughout, glimmering here and there even in the aftertaste. The burp is a delightful minty hop. 

Mouthfeel: like most of founders brews, exquisitely balanced and full bodied. Never overstays it's welcome, and after each swallow there is a pleasant astringency tickling the tongue and keeping the palate thirsty for more. 

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Photo of DarrellK66
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I just finished a keg (1/2 barrel) of this beer. Took me about 3 months and never changed taste or appearance. This is my favorite beer. This, in my opinion, is the best beer ever made. The taste is piney, bitter, floral, resin, and oily. Complex yet simple. The smell is piney and floral. Large head on tap pour that last forever. Lots of lacing. HUGE taste. Most of my friends did not like it. They are lager bud light types. If you don't like this beer, it's not the beer it's the style, you won't like any IPA's. They are not for everyone. The beer snobs however will testify that this is one of the benchmarks that is easily obtainable. Excellent beer!

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

A perfect IPA in my book. Everything you would expect and more. Drinkability is almost endless. I could drink this everyday. Just enough hops to get your attention but still very well balanced with the malty sweetness. I've never had a bad beer from Founders, but this is definately the best. Recently found it on tap at Miles Road Winking Lizard. WOW!

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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 josanguapo
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Saveur-Biere. In Teku glass. Playing Darksiders 2. Very oily, with an amazing resinous taste, feeling and aroma that makes you want to enjoy it slowly, sip by sip. A shame when finishes.

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Photo of RedDieselBrewing
5/5  rDev +21.7%

The guys were at the Irish Craft Brewing festival in Dublin yesterday, I came back to this one several times. Well balanced between the malts and hops without either being overpowering.

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Photo of Acks
4.99/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Caramel amber color, cloudy and dense.

S: Smells amazing, a full aroma of hops and caramel.

T: A lot of flavor, a perfect blend of hops with some added caramel flavoring.

M: Heavy, rich, and appetizing without being overally carbonated. Can't go wrong here.

O: Extremely good, lives up to what an IPA should be.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served lightly chilled in an American pint glass. I've had countless bottles of this before but never got around to reviewing it. A very frothy two-finger tan head forms, and remains above 1cm untill beer is completed. Clear and copper in color.You can instantly smell the citrusy/piney aromas that the centennial hops give off through the bubbling head. Amazing in flavor. Begins with a wave of sweet toasted malt, and is overcome by the pleasent centennial hops. Bitter, yet smooth. It has a somewhat thick mouthfeel for an IPA. Not that this is bad at all. Leaves a clean feeling in your mouth. Drinkability is high. I will continue to purchase this beer for as long as it's available to me. This is easily on of my favorite beers, and IMHO, one of the best IPAs out there.

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Photo of techlady
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't know what it is about the Founders IPA, but I find it really appealing. It has more character than most IPAs, and is a little softer and mellower than most. Rather than the hard edge of some IPAs, it has richness. I would have it with an aged steak--or, in my case, a small filet mignon--topped with a thin slice of Maytag Blue cheese..

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Photo of Mibeerfan239
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i love this ipa. the smell of the freshly poured head is strong and an exact introduction to the taste. great balance of hop bite, full flavor and mouthfeel.

it can easily be consumed 2-4 in a session. but, drink it quickly after purhcase. shelf life is not very long.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.96/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

Founders centennial IPA

Tasted July 25th 2011 (from notes)

A - copper, two finger head white head and some nice lacing

S - Very sweet yeast, nice malt backbone, tons of flowers, pineapple, citrus and tropical fruits. Sugar, a bit of salt and velvety

T - tons of grapefruit, pineapple, nice sweet malt, sweet yeast, floral hops, slightly earthy, wood and some pungency

M - some what chewy, medium acidity, well balanced, nice bitterness, tons of flavor and nice complexity

D - one of the best ipas I have ever had. Tons of flavor, easy to drink and just enough alcohol. Perfect for any everyday IPA

Fin thought - at 7.2% and an awesome flavor and very refreshing. This beer rules! Thank God for trading!

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Photo of PatDreadful
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pored from a 12 oz bottle into my DFH chalice. Bottled 11/13/2011.

Appearance: Beautiful dark October orange with light caramel edges. A vigorous pour yields a nice 1 finger head with barely any lacing.

Aroma: Simply amazing! Oranges, lemons and a mild woodiness hit you up fron with a faint sweetness that brings it all together.

Taste: Perfect! Hops serve as the backbone but never overpower. The citrus hits you up front with a woody finish as the malt ties the entire package together.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mid carbination. Simply put, smooth as can be as the ABV is completely hidden.

Easily in my top 10 IPAs. TRY IT!

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Photo of jwinship83
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Very dark orange with a slight white head. Solid lacing, LOTS of sediment.

S-Strong odor of pine/citrus hops.

T-Citrus. Strong bitter hop finish. just what im looking for out of an IPA

M-Nice moderate feel and pretty smooth. perfect carbonation level.

D-A great overall beer that is easy to drink and would be hard to pass up another couple. fantastic year round selection. its something youll find in my (beer) fridge all year.

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Photo of WorksforBeer
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oh, if only I could get this regularly... I've always been a fan of Stone Brewery products, but when I just happened across Founder's All Day IPA, I was a convert, but their products are hard to find in my area. I found a 12-pack of Centennial IPA on an out of state trip, where the Founder's app on my phone convinced me to try it. Everything you'd want in an IPA, with the right balance of hops and malt. I like Founder's products so much I'm going for a tour of their brewery.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Clear orange-amber with a tan head.

Smell: Mango cam at me first followed by floral hops. Then peach and grapefruit.

Taste: Floral hops is first followed by the mango mango. Peach and grapefruit on the end.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, slightly coarse yet still smooth. Has a very nice light dry finish.

Overall: I am totally blown away by this IPA! The citrus and hops are so well balanced and flavorful. Medium bodied. Just an oustanding brew. Cheers.

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Photo of inilegna
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass. What a beautiful IPA. Nice orangey brown with an inch thick head.

I get amaretto and butter on the nose, with a hint of earthy-ness, like sweet finished compost. The malt also comes through really creamy, adding to the amaretto scent.

Smooth mouthfeel, very light feeling. Goes down very smooth, almost too smooth.

The flavor is amazing -- huge amaretto cookie, a little butterscotch, and very nice mild bitterness.

Sweet and pleasant, could easily drink a few of these without much effort!

Overall, a really nice IPA -- not too hoppy, not too complex -- just smooth, sweet, and seductive.

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Photo of schmidtn
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice amber color with a thin white collar that remained for a good time. Left some nice lacing on the glass.

Strong hops, lighter malt.

Taste of this beer rocks, hops is not lost and there is enough malt to satisfy. Balanced.

Carbonation level is perfect for this brew and the malt dissipates to leave a nice clean feel.

This brew is quaffable. Could become a staple product in my house. A nice product.

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Photo of Bulabeers
4.91/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: copper colored beer with a half of finger of white head. This was served on tap.
S: Centennial hops, sweet caramel malts
T: Centennial hops, caramel, kiss of alcohol
F: Medium bodied brew
O: Centennial hops or die

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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not your panty-waste micro/macro brewery IPA catering to those who wish to be "stylish" by drinking an IPA, but a full-bodied India Pale Ale with a hoppy kick and the ABV to match. Easy on the nose and biting on the tongue with cloudy disposition. All in all a very good brew.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Founders Centennial IPA has a thick, cream-colored head, a clear, amber appearance, with some stray bubbles, and some lacing strings left behind. The aroma is of sweet, juicy, herbal hop oil, and sweet, bready malt. Taste is of all these things, with a bursting juiciness, nice, not harsh, bitterness, pepper, and possibly an onion note. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Founders Centennial IPA finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and rather drinkable. This is so wonderful!


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Photo of GoldHorde
4.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a solid American IPA. I would give this to someone who wanted to know what an American IPA style is like. Bouquet has the nice sharp hop and the flavor follows suit. Appearance was light amber and clear with nice carbonation. Perfect balance of body to hop - with the edge given to the hop as it should be with this style.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic IPA smell of strong citrus orange like qualities with some pine leafy smells and some candy sugar like smells in there as well. You get the hop bite on the beginning and then the sweet almost chewy candy sugar malt which goes excellent with the citrus herbal pine hops on the finish. It also ends dry but not too dry. The bitterness from the hops is definitely there but isn't that strong considering this has an amazing sweet malt taste to it.

The sweet malt taste and even the hop taste kind of reminds me of some other IPA's I've had mostly Heavy Seas Loose Cannon and maybe some of Lagunitas beers mixed in with a little bit of Stone (because I know they like to use that Centennial hop) For being a single hopped beer it has plenty of kick and flavor. The malt bill is really what makes it shine. Who knows maybe they made the malt sweet and candy like because of only having one hop variety in there. Whatever they do they do it good and this beer is on the top of the list when it comes to IPA's.

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Photo of chinning
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first beer review, so please bear with me...

I had this beer in a bottle, so I can't say much about appearance. This beer is very hoppy, with a distinct citrus aroma. After the first bottle, my impression was WOW! This is the most outstanding IPA I have ever had! After the second, third, fourth... I was even more convinced! For an IPA, this beer goes down extremely well. Go get some!

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This a beer that tastes as good as it looks and smells.
Its pleasant bitterness (a weird word combination, I know) is exactly why I have an unhealthy addiction to IPAs.
Centennial certainly lives up to its reputation.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy orangish color with a small, off white head. Lacing surely eveident.
Bottle conditioned.
Earthy, sweet and floral notes hit the nose fast. I know just from the smell that this is one special beer.
Taste is malts, caramel sweetness accentuated by copious amounts of hops.
Hint of orange rind, full malt balance and a "whisp" of alcohol leads this into an amazing beer.
One of the best!

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