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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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Reviews: 1,945 | Ratings: 8,147
Photo of mirish72
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We are just starting to see Founders around here, and for that we are very happy. If you see this beer and are thinking of trying it, do it.

This beer is one of the best IPA's I have tasted in a while. It has a nice amber but cloudy color and an incredible hoppy aroma, from the first sip you are in for something special.

It has a somewhat bitter aftertaste, but nothing that lingers. It is a bit stronger than typical IPA's and almost seems like a double IPA.

I picked up a six pack and haven't seen it since, I don't think they can keep it on the shelf.

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Photo of BigMike
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a thick lacey head that hangs around for a while.
Aromas of pine hops, light citrus, and noticeable malts.
Flavors of caramel, citrus, pine, and a slight bitterenss. bitterness.
Very drinkable and very tasty.
I'm a fan of most beers from Founders.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Reddish amber in color, with a nice white head, which retained fairly well.

S: Very hoppy, mostly of the citrus and pine variety. I also detected a hint of sweet malt, but the hops are running the show.

T: Delightful hop bouquet. Lemony and grapefruit citrus tastes, as well as earthy grasses and some pine as well. Malt manages to sneak in a little bit in the middle, but the hops return again to whisk it away. Very bitter.

M: Medium body and very adequately carbonated. Hops leave a lingering, bitter aftertaste.

D: Very nicely balanced. I would almost call this a good session IPA, but the alcohol content is just a smidge to high for that. Still, very drinkable indeed.

A very nice example of what a good American IPA should be. Hops everywhere, yet still very drinkable. I'll have to get this in a sixer next time. In terms of my latest mix-a-six, that makes it four down and two to go.

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Photo of Biggness
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy reddish amber with a 1 fingered head and nice lacing. The smell is nice and rich of sweet sugary citrus hops as well as malt. The taste is very well constructed... sooo close to a 5 but I will go with a 4.5. A wonderful malt base to this IPA, which I am more and more learning to yearn for with my IPA's and of course this beer has a nice citrus hop finish to it, there is also some hints of caramel in this beer. The mouthfeel has a slight dry aftertaste and the carbonation is a little low, BUT it is very nice and creamy. A higly drinkable brew I will look for it next time I am up in Michigan.

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Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden amber that has medium head which is retained throughout the tasting

Smell: small grapefruit, small sweet fruit

Taste: I get grapefruit and some melon with an extreme bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: smooth and light

Drinkability: I am not an IPA guy, but this is a way above average IPA..It is very complex in taste and if I were in an IPA mood, this is what I would go for...certainly one of the best in the style that I have tried

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strangely I've never reviewed this beer before, but I've had it plenty of times over the last 4 years. I'm now drinking poured from a 12 oz bottle: The beer is copper colored and just a little hazy, with a thick white froth that leaves dry lace on the glass. The smell is hoppy in a citrus way, maybe a little spice too. The taste is grapefruity and very peppery, lots of spice bite. As usual Founders is very solid.

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Photo of corey0212
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear brassy/coppery color, foamy beige head fades slowly into a sudsy layer, nice lacing on the glass. Bright grassy/citrus hop aromas. Very hoppy tasting IPA, bitter grapefruit, and a nice bready/grainy finish to balance things out. Medium-bodied, lots of lingering hop flavors, and ridiculously drinkable. This is a great IPA.

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Photo of tubbnik
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As always with D/IPAs, left out to warm about 15 minutes before opening. Bronze color in glass with decent initial head which fades after a couple of tilts. Bitterness up front with pine and citrus aspects following. Slightly thin mouth feel. A little astringency / sourness after a few sips but it takes nothing away from its drinkability. Could have a few in a sitting. Have had better from Founders.

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Photo of KeefD
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper orange color with a big two finger head that slowly recedes into a lasting cap, leaving some very generous lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles coming up from this one. Sediment was left in the bottle, but some little specs made their way through. I could smell the bitter citrus fruit hoppiness as I was pouring it into the glass. Very nice grapefruit and orange aroma. Taste is not outrageously bitter, but a good smack of bitter orange peel and grapefruit rind coats the tongue and sticks around well after the swallow. Very good hop flavor and not too much caramel malt to get in the way. Decently balanced. Medium bodied, lots of carbonation. goes down very smooth. This was a good IPA and something I would certainly drink again, but not in my top 5.

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

Pours a pale orange with frothy white head that leaves behind a little lacing. This brew has a great aroma of tropical fruit, wet grass, a faint note of biscuit, with some pine coming through as well. Highly drinkable beer for a higher than average ABV and the taste balances the alcohol very well. Pine flavor, oily hop character, citrus, rind, mango, and a touch of mint aftertaste shines through. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Refreshing, this a great ale for any season. Definitely worth trying over and over again.

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Photo of SeanRedd
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Toffee covered wood, wood soaked in whiskey, whiskey aged on oak. Citrus and sharp, summer fruits zest atop the sticky, chewy malt foundation. Aromas of pine and peel. Outstanding balance with the hops jumping in front; just what an IPA should be. Clingy oil that turns to juice, with a particle lace. Their absolutely right, never finishes bitter; at least no bitter than hop heads care for. One of the best IPAs I have had in some time.

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Photo of BierFan
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a short 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: Small white head with a dark copper/amber colored body. Almost no carbonation, hazy body.

Smell: Pine and grapefruit peel.

Taste: Very bitter with more pine and grapefruit peel. Has a nice sweet malty backbone.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a fluffy thin but dense head. The smell brings up nice floral hops. The flavor is toasty and biscuity, with a good bitterness with grapefruity hops. It has It has a pleasant, clingy finish that highlights bitterness.

This is a solid, tasty IPA.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy goldenrod amber.

S - Sour but good. Sort of lemon fresh laundry detergentish, but in a good way. Just intense sour bitter earthy hoppiness.

T - Wow. A fantastic experience for an IPA, which isn't near my favorite type of beer. This beer is powerful, citrusy, sour, sweet, piney and really infiltrates the sinus as it flows down the gullet.

M - Thin bodied and well carbonated.

D - Very tasty, but leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste that might turn some off.

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Photo of eberkman
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Between this and Bell's Two-Hearted, I am convinced that Michigan matches at worst and very likely surpasses its West Coast counterparts.

This pours an aesthetically gorgeous deep golden orange with some haze. Looks like a Hawaiian sunset in a glass. Topped by a pillowy, rocky eggshell-colored head that never diminishes a millimeter, leaving a lattice of lacing clinging to the glass. Compelling aromas of floral, piney, fruity Centennial hops (I've rarely detected such complexity in a hop aroma) perfectly complemented by toffee and dark, sweet candied fruit in the malt. The taste is similarly complex with its tartness, bitterness and malt backbone and equally inviting. Really flawless on both accounts. Crisp, brisk mouthfeel with slight oiliness. Very drinkable but deceptively powerful at 7.2 pct ABV. I'd drink these all night if I never had anywhere to go.

I love this beer. Did I say that already? This is really a winner and is up there in my AIPA pantheon with Two-Hearted, Smuttynose Finest Kind and Racer 5.

This six-pack was worth the 11 bucks -- just wish it lasted longer.

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Photo of GordonQuid
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a freshly washed pint glass.
Poured a golden orange (pale amber) with some chill haze. Settled with a half inch white head, moderate lacing.

The smell is that of Centennial hops and fruity esters; citrus grapefruit. Enhanced with the dry-hopping technique used by Founder's. Excellent Amecan IPA aroma! This is what should be expected...

The taste is a good clean Centennial. For those that may not know the Centennial hop (This beer is named after it) is basically a Cascade hop on steroids! A much higher alpha acid than the Cascade at around 11-12 AAU's respectively where the Cascade is a modest 4-7 AAU's.
The Centennial hop offers perfection in an IPA with it's high alpha and aromatic attributes alike. You can taste the distinctive grapefruit characteritics definatly pronounced and pairs nicely with the american base malt and crystal malt making it more full in body.

I would like to suggest pairing this beer with some greek food. A good feta cheese smothered greek salad for starters folowed by some seared meat on a stick.

I love Amrican IPA's so I am biased when it comes to this style. With that said the drinkability this beer is dangerous at 7.2% ABV. Smooth and refreshingly delicious.

Enjoy and get it on!
-Gordon Quid

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

Bottle courtesy of DrDogbeer - thanks!! Poured into a 12 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a muted, opaque orange amber with a fluffy, solid, sticky one-plus-finger tan head. Retention on this one's great, and it leaves a nice, thick ring of lacing, waves and blots of sticky, bubbly lacing, and a thin, oily sheen of froth on the surface of this medium to even perhaps slightly-thick looking beer.

Aroma: Centennial hops are my favorite aromatic hop, and this beer reminds me why. They're sticky, resinous, pungent, intense; they have all the best - or at least, my favorite - actual aromatic characteristics of hops, from bitter, ruby red grapefruit peel to leafy, herbal mintiness to slightly spicy, crisp, fresh pine; and they let through just enough of the roasted, bready malt foundation on this one to remind you you're not drinking liquid hop juice. Wonderful smell on this one.

Taste: Slightly less varied than the nose, but nonetheless great. Bitterness is pretty high here - I'd wager 70+ IBUs - but it melds wonderfully with a spicy pineyness, intense, biting though not coarse, a dash of puckering citrus - far less than in the nose, strangely - mingles with a few tropical fruit notes, and plenty of that solid Centennial herbiness. A dry, biscuity malt foundation gets smacked around pretty hardcore here, but is detectable ... if you're looking for it.

Mouthfeel: Oily and smooth, with a fair amount of carbonation - too much, perhaps - that makes for a light and fluffy mouthfeel, counteracting fairly well the general thickness of this beer (at least, for an IPA) and the slickness imparted by all the hop oils.

Drinkability: I've yet to be disappointed by Founders, and though this one isn't as out of this world amazing as some of their brews, it's a definite winner: a solid, drinkable, not-entirely-unreasonably-abv%-leveled beer, and a must for anyone who's interested in being able to detect distinctive Centennial notes in future brews (I love single-hop IPAs). A must-have if you like bitter IPAs or Centennial hops.

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Photo of beergynt
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a 14 Oz goblet...

A - Hazy, deep orange/amber in color, medium pour resulted in a 2 inch head that settled nicely into a compact quarter-inch with a bulge in the middle, leaving sticky speckled lacing behind.

S - Very nice aroma... Smells very well balanced with a huge bouquet of citrusy hops (Grapefruit and maybe a little Passionfruit as well.) and a sweet malty backbone. Smell similar to some DIPAs I've tried in that it seems you get a little AVB heat in the nose that only enhances that malt/hops balance.

T - Hops immediately assault the tastebuds and the malt sweetness, while present, isn't nearly as noticable as it was in the nose... The Centennials dig in and stick around for a while as the sweetness comes and goes. The heat from the substantial ABV wafts into the nasal cavity and the back of the throat, creating a warmth that accentuates the hop bitterness nicely.

M - Perhaps my favorite element in ths beer was the mouthfeel. As with most Founders beers, the mouth is silky smooth. Enjoying that velvety touch even while the IBUs are bashing your tastebuds creates a nice yin-yang kind of thing.

D - A highly drinkable IPA, even with a slighly above style ABV. Flavor profile is similar to Bell's Two Hearted for me, but I find this one more drinkable, mainly because of that pleasing mouthfeel.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first impression is, how did they get this beer to be so translucent for an unfiltered IPA? Wow, fairly impressive. The beer is a deep amber color with plenty of orange tones. The slightest haze possible and just a scant few slowly rising bubbles. The head was thick and creamy. It showed some nice retention. Gobs of foam clung to the inside of the glass.

Aroma was fantastic. First and foremost the fresh hops and citrus notes. There is also a fresh malt/bread aroma and some spice.

Flavor is fantastic. Starts citrus, hoppy then moves to a wonderful malt flavor. Some bread like qualities. There is a sense of the malt that I love. Am I crazy to say this reminds me a little of Two Hearted? The Citrus punch and some spicy pepper comes back in towards the end. It finally starts to mellow out with some yeast notes and the hop lingering effect. Very nice.

Mouth feel is bright, lively and very refreshing. Make you want more. I am pissed I only bought one bottle. I hope they have more. This is one to have around.

Very drinkable and wonderful.

I want to try this on tap.

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Photo of cnally
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

founders centennial poured into a pint glass out of the bottle.

look is a reddish brown with a dissipated head.

scents of hops right up front. a very floral quality.

mellow flavor of hops and the slightest malt. a spicy hop flavor grows into the taste as it continues. not a very deep flavor, very underwhelming.

dry feel and a good carbonation texture.

overall, it's not bad nor great. doesn't deliver on giving a big hop flavor, but for its mellow taste, it is mildly satisfying. not much to this one, but not offensive.

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Photo of Lenny2884
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw orange with a monster fluffy white head. Amazing lacing throughout. Smells like raw wet hops just picked off the vine. They dry-hopped this till it screamed! Super citrusy flavors. Everything from grapefruit to pineapple, tastes like hop infused grapefruit juice. Real nice malt profile not only balances the citrus hops but enhances them as well. Bitterness seems lower than 46 IBUs and is very smooth and refreshing. No harsh hop bite at all. Good medium body with perfect carbonation. Overall, a super delicious IPA from Founders. I was a little skeptical at first smell. Thought it would be slightly harsh but boy was I wrong. Every sip gets better and better. Will definately purchase this again. Cheers!!

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Photo of aubuc1
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a tulip glass

pours a hazy orange with a very fluffy off white head

very bright smelling of grapefruit pine and sweet malt

bitter yet strong malt base makes the taste very balanced

kind of thin but big head makes up for this

very drinkable beer and i am glad to haven't gotten it as an extra in a trade

thanks to tadowdaddy for this

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Photo of Hophead101
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

drank on 10.13.08 at home. poured from bottle into wide mouth glass.

appearance has a great 3 finger head, thick and pillowy and off white. good lacing. color is nice hazy brownish orange. head stuck around for quite a while. smell had lots of citrus, mostly orange, also very crisp with decent hop tones as well.

good taste, good hoppy flavor, citrus shines through as well. nice tasting beer. the hoppiness makes a crisp mouthfeel that spreads throughout the mouth and provides a very nice balance.

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to pint glass. Had an amber hue and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head and very good lacing.

S: Lots of hops, mild malt and a piney quality.

T: Lots of hops, pine, citrus and some malt, Well balanced and tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer, with a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. Its flavor is very consistent and extremely easy to like. Also, this beer goes down very easy.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a finger of head that drops to a lace on top of the glass, but also leaves some spidery lacing on the side of my glass that's rather attractive. Head retention is low though, and The beer doesn't look particularly inviting.

From my honest and beer-hating sister, "it smells like a Christmas tree." I can get that, along with some pine resin... a decent American hop character that's fairly rounded but also unimpressive. A hint of malt in the back, but no real honey or bread notes, just a promise that the malt is there, somewhere.

Flavor doesn't deliver a lot on the malt either. Hops pretty much own this beer the whole trip, and while it's a good hop character, it seems rather one-dimensional.

It's smooth, medium-high carbonation, and a clean, light, and slightly astringent finish.

The drinkability of this beer is the high point. If you like hops, it's one you could just quaff all night. However, it's probably the most underwhelming offering I've had from Founders. Each of these scores is on the strong side of 3.5, but on the too weak side of 4. It's above average, but not world class by any means. Easily drinkable and a great one to get at a bar and enjoy a night with. However, as far as intangibles and complexity, this beer is fairly tame.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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