Founders Centennial IPA | Founders Brewing Company

Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA
BA SCORE
89.1%
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4.13 w/ 8,358 ratings
Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
65 IBU

Added by beernut7 on 08-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,580
Reviews:
1,998
Ratings:
8,358
Liked:
7,446
Avg:
4.13/5
pDev:
10.41%
Alströms:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
428
Gots:
2,143
Trade:
11
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Ratings: 8,358 |  Reviews: 1,998
Photo of G-R-Fracassa
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong, delicious amber from the holy teats of Freya. Could be a little more golden and a little crisper but a damn fine IPA for all occasions; comparable to Two Hearted Ale but slightly stiffer and often cheaper.

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Photo of StraightCs
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For an ale with a moderately high ABV, Centennial is as easy to drink and enjoyable as session IPA, which can get you in trouble ordering a third. An orange to copper color should clue you in that this IPA is full of pine, brown sugar, caramel, and tangerine flavors. Nice amount of suds with intricate lacing as you empty the pint. I brew with Centennial hops at home and am assuming the name reflects a single hop used for both bitterness and aroma.

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Photo of koolpenguin
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was my go to IPA back in Michigan. I could drink this pretty much everyday and enjoy every sip. I have been enjoying other IPA's down in Arizona but find it hard to taste one that comes close to this as a great everyday beer.

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Photo of artf
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBorsato
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Plonk
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akirakcat
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is quickly becoming a go-to beer for me when I can find it. Unlike many other IPAs, it pulls off a strong but balanced flavor profile.

The reddish copper color isn't much to speak of, but the aromas hit hard right away: so much pine it's almost as good as smelling trees; caramel; orange and tangerine. This is roughly the same order in which I found the tastes to hit me as well: resiny hops; caramel, brown sugar, and biscuit malts; a light and zesty bitterness. Nice oily, but smooth and balanced feel.

This is not just a medium-intensity IPA. It suggests a strong double, a citrus zinger, and a Sam Adams all in one glass. The interplay is quite tasty, not to mention impressive for what I assume is a single-hopped brew. And somehow, on top of all this, it's dinstictive.

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Photo of Dada100
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heddar33
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eng_lee
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of campanova
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JayGarrison
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of csmrx7
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great "old school" IPA.

Copper color, great head, reasonable aroma, but a great balanced bitterness and malt backbone.

All the great character that made Centennial such a popular hop.

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Photo of Amb3do
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wmcgar01
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jagada
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of neenerzig
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz can into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear copper color with a huge, slightly off-white head that's well over an inch this when first poured. This head has excellent retention. Good lacing here too. Aromas of some lightly toasted, slightly biscuit malts along with a big floral and citrus hop presence. The taste is pretty similar, with lightly toasted, somewhat bready, caramel malt sweetness that gives way to a nice floral, citrus, and piney hop bitterness. Good balance of flavors here. This is not overly bitter the way some IPAs are. And don't get me wrong, I enjoy very hop bitterness forward IPAs a lot too that are very aggressively hoped, but I also can appreciate a good IPA that takes a more refined, balanced approach with the its flavor profile. And that is the case here. Has a crisp, slightly oily, yet smooth and decently frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Has a clean finish and a just slightly dry aftertaste. An excellent beer all around here.

Eric

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Photo of Shortbox81
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RyanPollock
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lance_Pearce
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajm5108
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden brown, creamy heady with a clingy lace. Aroma is inviting, soft floral hops folded with layers of orange citrus. Taste is along the lines of a very old school west coast IPA - biscuity malt (fairly sweet), fair amount of alpha oils dancing around, vague remnants of those citrus flavors from the nose, vinuous hops. Finishes chewy instead of bitter. All-around good beer, but lacks complexity and a little malty for my own preference.

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Photo of briantullis1
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of keith40
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12Oz can stamped 5/22/17. Nice caramel color and some citrus on the nose. Tastes include malt and citrus hops. Some grapefruit bitterness on the finish, but well balanced to make a refreshing and easy-to-drink beer. Purchased at Windmill Liquors.

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Photo of Squire123
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful clear deep amber gold color with bountiful cap and good lacing.

Aroma of a floral garden located in the midst of a citrus grove. There's a touch of conifer in the background but that may be my imagination. There is a muted heavier presence which I presume is the malt.

Surprisingly malty on entry. I say surprising because I was really expecting a hop first hit but that didn't happen until the liquid nectar hit the back of my tongue where hops sprang forth is a most pleasant way. Hop muscles are being flexed but it's more like runners than wrestlers, a light, smooth flowing of hop flavor that builds up to but does not cross over inter bitterness. I could drink this all day but at 7.2% don't know how far I'd get.

Full bodied malt texture that is substantial without being heavy and enough carbonation to keep things balanced.

Perfect swing and a hole in one, this is an outstanding brew. Complex, well crafted, beautifully balanced, think I'll have another.

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Photo of Gerred
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 89.1% out of 100 with 8,358 ratings
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