Founders Centennial IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
8,262
Reviews:
1,966
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.71%
 
 
Wants:
415
Gots:
2,086
For Trade:
11
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Ratings: 8,262 |  Reviews: 1,966
Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma of draft IPA, hop leaf and malts, and grapefruit. Simple, citrus juicy. Not astringent rather fruit, melon, juicy fruit gum. Some lace. Initially very large head. A nice smooth drink. Easy mouthfeel, body on the light side. Very very drinkable.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head with a thin rim of retention. Hazy to cloudy crimson with gold hues body. Lots of lacing.

S: very nice floral, citrus and oaky aroma. pretty much perfect.

T: Nice mildly citrusy, woody and floral hop taste. This beer gets all of the flavoring out of the centennial hops used.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: about as good of a centennial hopped beer I have had.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the 4th Anniversary event at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, citrus fruit, and malt. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a mapleleaf red with a blooming white head. smells really hoppy from every angle, and a bit of amber malty sweetness as well., but only mild. taste is not as punchy as the smell, but this is a strong beer. sweet rather than bitter from all the hops, and very well balanced for such a bold ipa. effervescent carbonation makes it dance in the mouth and the centennial hop crispness provides a quick but memorable finish. went really well with a grilled angus burger covered in brie cheese and caramelized onions. hides its 7.2% alcohol very well.

edit: just had this from the bottle, and its in another class. i bumped taste and overall from 4 to 4.5 because this is amazing. not sure if i got a bad keg, old lines or what, but this beer pops off from the bottle. the flavor is like drinking a friggen christmas tree, so bright in flavor and feel, and there is a really oily fresh hop character that was absent in the draft version. just fantastic stuff, and my review of the tap pour does no justice to how good this really is in bottled (or other tap) form. super bitter, the malt sweetness is totally gone, and this is the most perfect highlight of the centennial hop on the market. wow.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this for a second time and found it to be a lot better the second time around. This pours out as a nice yellowish gold color with a decent looking white head on it. The smell is heavy with pine and some citrus. The taste is wonderful, it's very strong with hops and just relentless on the tastebuds. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light but still has a great body to it. Very good beer!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured clear amber with just a trace of head.
S: Very aromatic with smells dominated by the infusion of hops.
T: Flavors of hops and piney oils dominate the taste, but are well-balanced and not completely overpowering. The finish is a bit dry.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate.
D: Relatively easy to drink; the alcohol content is well masked.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As far as IPA's go, this one is a bit more balanced than most, having many moments throughout the session where it's indistinguishable whether the bold citrus hops gain precidence or the medium caramel malt govern.

The single 'Centennnial' hopped beer has a tremendous hop fragrance, flavor, and bitterness. A huge burst of fresh oranges, perfume, and candy-crusted confectionate malt aroma swirl into a complex and whimsical aura above the glass.

The look almost doesn't matter because of the intesity of aroma and flavor. But the beer has a simple and staple look with a medium golden-sunkist color, good head formation, fair retention, and a mild dry-hop haze. It looks like a lot of other IPA's.

Although the look is quite average, the outstanding aroma transfers to an outstanding taste. Juicy ripe orange-hop flavor set the tone as secondary notes of grapefruit, pineapple, appricot, and mangos dance on the periphery. Quite tropical fruit dominant with the hops and sublte esters. Confectionate sweetness gives a light caramel, powdered sugar, sweetheart candies that seem to evaporate in the mouth. The balance is both bold and delicate. No frills, just greatness.

The body is exquisitly drinkable with a lightly efforvescent tone that is effortless to drink. Initially creamy and rounded, but whisps away with a sweetly powdery, dry texture. Bittered late for great balance, and perhaps a little extra kick with an orange zest, grapefruit acidity.

Generally the single-hop beers are a great exercise in understanding hop flavor but usually suffer with a lack of depth and complexity. This beer does no such thing. An abundance of fruit juices, acidity, and variety offers a new flavor in every sip. IPA's just don't get better.

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3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a visit to Michigan a few weeks ago. Seraphim abound...

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of foamy light beige head, which leaves a decent array of bubble-wrap lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of muddled bitter citrus, bready caramel malt, and further earthy hoppiness. The taste is tropical fruit, restrained caramel malt, softly bitter citrus peel, and leafy, earthy hops. The carbonation is on the down low, the body medium weight, a wee bit zippy in the way of the hop, but nonetheless generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt subsumed by a burgeoning, if a bit late, overarching citrus/pine bitterness.

A drinkable enough IPA, but kind of lacking in the zazz, the verve, the je ne sais quoi, if you know what my West Coast lurvin' gob is talkin' 'bout...

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle 01/20/2012. 7.2%. 65 IBUs. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Antwerp Beer Passion Weekend 2011 stemglass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery - though I often find American breweries make IPAs poorly.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm slightly over the course of consumption. I'm a firm believer most IPAs are best served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of beige colour, nice soft cream, great thickness, and excellent retention (5+ minutes) for the above average ABV. Colour is a murky nontransparent nonopaque dull copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Hops: slight oily piney hops and some more floral/citrusy hops. Bitterness is present underneath, but largely disguised by the dominant oily pine. Clean bright malts lie underneath. A mild strength aroma.

T: Too oily - especially from the open through the midpoint. Somewhat piney. Citrus and floral hops get lost in the mix. The bitterness punches through on the climax, destroying the balance. An ideal IPA balances its bitterness; this one does not. Clean malts lend it a decent foundation, but when the hops clear in the first half and the foundation is all that's left, the effect is not a good one. A vague weird ester comes through on the finish to ill effect. Some slight cream. Structurally imbalanced as well: the vast majority of the flavour is present after the midpont. Pre-midpoint, the beer feels empty and neglected. Overall, the oily quality just ruins the build for me. Somewhat complex, but not at all a subtle brew. The hop layering promised by the aroma is absent from the flavour profile.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but also wretchedly oily. A touch overcarbonated and slightly too thick to boot. Moderate on the palate; neither too heavy nor too light but not ideal.

Dr: Feels like a failed attempt. This IPA fails on two major counts: the hop bitterness isn't adequately balanced and the hop oil isn't controlled in the mouthfeel. At its best moments, it tastes like piney nectar. At its worst, oily hops compete with naked dull malts. I had high hopes because it's Founders, but my expectations were far from met. A disappointing offering from Founders. It's only my second beer from them, but I quite enjoyed the first. I look forward to tasting more of their offerings.

Best served cold.

Probably drinks best from a conical pint glass.

A bad candidate for aging.

C

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The clear amber colored liquid arrives at the bar topped by a couple of inches of foam that leave a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Grapefruit pith and pine with a hint of toffee

Taste: The toffee arrives up front and provides the backbone for the dominance of grapefruit pith and pine; crisp and clean with a bitter, citrusy finish though the malts persist underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation

Overall: My kind of IPA - lots of citrusy hop flavor and just enough backbone from the malt

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Photo of oline73
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle was purchased at the brewery and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours amber in color with a half inch white head. Some head remains throughout.

Smell: I first notice citrusy hops with mild floral notes, after that comes sweet caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mildly dry finish. Carbonation is on the low side, but definitely not under carbonated.

Taste: Hops dominate initially with hints of citrus peel and herbs. There are also mild floral notes. Sweet caramel malt then shows up and mixes with the hop bitterness quite nicely. The hop bitterness remains throughout the finish of each sip.

Drinkability: This is a very good IPA. I would definitely be willing to drink a few of these in a sitting, and will come back to it in the future.

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Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks exquisite...tons of creamy foam and spindly webs of lace. Rings form as the glass is drained.

This IPA seems to have a bigger bready pale malt presence than others. Hop aroma is floral and subdued. A funky grain aroma competes a little with the cleanliness of the hops.

Flavor is bready and crackery, less bitterness than I was expecting. Centennial seems to be the steady, even-keel hop to the more brash and in-your-face varieties. The malt is equally showcased, adding body to the middle, with a drying finish. Aftertaste is clean and lightly herbal. It would be easy to have several in a sitting.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (courtesy of Hogtownharry): Poured a deep hazy amber color ale with a huge slightly off white foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of citrus hops is clearly detectable but nice semi-sweet malt presence provides good balance. Taste is also quite strong on citrus hops with nice malt base. Body is above average and I really enjoyed the low filtration level.

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Photo of largadeer
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy but clear, amber-colored. The head falls flat a bit quicker than I'd like, but it does leave behind a bit of wispy lace.

Smell: Very citrusy; lemon, grapefruit and a bit of orange. Pretty hop-oriented with little discernable malt presence beyond a hint of honey-like sweetness.

Taste: Pale bready malts appear first, laying the foundation for bold hop flavors of grapefruit and lemon rind. A touch of caramel sweetness appears briefly before being swept away by the bittering hops. The finish reveals a moderate spicy hop smack, nothing too sharp; just right for an easy-drinking IPA.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and semi-dry while still maintaining a respectable malt backbone. Excellent balance; any more malt and this would be too sweet for me.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 8,262 ratings.
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