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Founders Centennial IPA | Founders Brewing Company

1,920 Reviews
Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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

Received as an extra in a trade. Have done 15+ trades in the past 2 months and can not recall who included it. But I am grateful for the hopportunity :)

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark orange with a massive 3 finger off white head. Not quite syrupy but it looks chewy.

Smell: A multitude of hops dancing in front of your nose and causing excitement in my brain. Lots of citrus and floral representation to enjoy. A feast for the nose! Grapefruit, candied orange, and a touch of lemon zest are easy to pinpoint.

Taste: Taste is almost as good as the nose and completely hypnotizing in its own right. Bold blast of hops up front with a lemon dominant transition into a sweet malt profile. Honestly this transition is one of the nicest I've ever experienced in an IPA. Usually either the malt is to strong or too absent after the hop blast. In such typical situations I prefer a transition into less malt over one into more malt. However Founders Centennial IPA has blown me away.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: A touch chewy but the lush carbonation really helps. Its delicious and easy to kick back!

I'm lucky that I just found out that BuyRite in South Plainfield carries this as I will be coming back to it with an open mouth and eager palette.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint,mug,and snifter.Liked the mug best of the three.Slightly hazy orange/amber pour with 1-2 fingers of fluffy white head,plenty of lacing all the way down.Aroma is hoppy grapefruit,pine,and spice at first,as it warms you get more of the caramel malt. Flavor is very balanced,citrus,pine resin,and this chewy sticky caramel/honey thing going on in flavor and mouthfeel.The soft carbonation and a medium body make this go down way too easy . I waited to try this only because I can get it anytime,I'm going to keep some of this on hand from now on. Very Good !

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

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date.

Poured a dark golden to light amber with slight cloudiness and a quickly white dissipating head.

Strong citrus, grapefruit aromatics that promise a hoppy flavor.

While refreshingly hoppy, this is a very balanced IPA with a nice complement of malt flavor.

Light to medium bodied with a lemony, zesty flavor that lingers on the tongue.

This one hides its 7 % ABV very well. One could easily session a six pack. I have been impressed with every product I have tried from this brewery.

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

Appearance: Orange-brown, very hazy, slight effervescence. One-finger white foamy head on the top of the glass. The head sticks around and leaves significant lacing. Impressive.

Smell: Very prominent crisp hops up-top, slight citrusy sweetness underneath. Perhaps a bit overwhelmed by hops, but otherwise a pretty nice aroma for an IPA.

Taste: A pretty exceptional IPA. Rich with crisp hops that are very much on the top level of the beer, but somehow are not overwhelming to the flavor of the grapefruit underneath. A good beer for hop-lovers, less so for anyone else.

Mouthfeel: Thin, hoppy, low carbonation. Clean and smooth on the palate.

Drinkability: For an IPA this hoppy, it's very highly drinkable and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Douglas88
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to mmm///beer. Pours a slightly cloudy copper color with a medium white head. Lots of lacing. An awesome hop aroma; tons of grapefruit, some caramel, and just a ton of freshness. The taste is also very nice; a large hop presence, initially sweet citrus flavor that end up more piny and bitter. Some rich caramel malts too. The alcohol shows very little, and the mouthfeel is a medium fullness with a creamy character. Very nice. A top IPA for sure.

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Photo of flyphisherman
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Considered by Beer judges in American based beer competitions as "a benchmark of the IPA style", Centennial is definitely a logical place to start. In a time when every run of the mill brewery is begging for acceptance with their own versions of IPA, selecting from the literally hundreds of attempts is certainly a calculated risk.

What makes Centennial a stand out is its loyalty to the IPA heritage. The genesis of the IPA dates back to the late 18th century in Great Britain. Basically what defines them is a heftier amount of hops and a boosted ABV. When the Brits began targeting India, Australia and the Caribbean as importers of their beer, a realization was made: the natural acids, resins and tannins in the hop are anti-bacterial. And upping the hop ante only strengthened the preservative qualities- not to mention created a more robust and potent result. Tons of hops: Four times as many as conventional beers. It's the liquid equivalent of spicy food and the antithesis of mass-produced, mass-marketed macro-lagers.

The difficulty in understanding the subtleties of the style lies in all the different hop strains, the processing of those strains (whether dried, palletized or extractions), and how they are used. Namely, at what stages they are used, for example, many brewers "dry-hop" beers. A form of "cask-conditioning", brewers add a small amount of dry hops, among other ingredients, before the secondary fermentation, typically to improve bitterness and aroma. Usually, this is a good sign when selecting an IPA.

Surprisingly, the hop plant and cannabis are closely related. Both plants belong to the family Cannabinacea, and hail from Central Asia. Often people will remark of the similar aromatics, especially after tasting a beer that's been "dry hopped".

Centennial is a hazy beer that has spicy, floral, and fruity aromas up front. Appearance is resplendent: a thick pillowed head laces the glass like tree sap. The golden translucency is a beckoning site to behold. Mouthfeel is elegant and light. Just the simple act of glass to mouth is euphoric: the balance of elements is masterful and indeed deliberate. Instead of quenching your thirst, it tantalizes, making each sip more wistful than the last. And as it mellows and warms, the flavors seem to assimilate into a fervent crescendo of splendor. While other IPAs in the genre inundate the palette with stifling bitterness, the hop and malt herein spawn a synergistic symphony of citrusy spice and sweet buscuity malts. Founder's says they achieve some of this by the "abundance of dry hopping." Try pairing Centenial with spicy food like jerk chicken or a curry dish. A good rule of thumb is to pair beer with simple flavors, not complex layered ones.

Its real IPAs like this that gives the style such an esoteric or cult like following.

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

A- Clear amber color, a tad bit hazy which I really like. About a fingers worth of head. Leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass as the beer is consumed.

S- Citrus and Fruity scent with a background of earthy hops.

T- Delicious! Very strong citrus and earthy hop profile followed by a caramel malty taste. The hops were more than I expected from this beer, although they are not overwhelming. No alcohol taste in this beer.

M- Chewy resin like feel as the beer is in my mouth and as soon as I swallow it, it leaves a wonderful aftertaste. this. Feels quite thick

D- This is one highly drinkable beer due to the lack of the hint of alcohol. Probably could drink this as a session beer. A real Michigan treat!

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

Pours a very cloudy dirty dark orange. Minimal head with a few bubbles of lacing. Nose- hop perfume from the fragrant centennials and cadied caramel sweetness. Taste- caramel and cookie malth, woody hops with a some citrus. Finishes with a bitter zip of hops. Carbonation is medium and so is the body. Has some soapy, aspirin like aftertaste.

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

Unfiltered so a cloudy burnt orange in color even when held up to the light. A buttery toffee aroma accent the scents of grapefruity centennial hops, roasted malt and something that has this reporter thinking a dash of honey. A slight head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a slight film at the top of the beer along with a decent amount of lacing.
A sweet yet tart hop zing is the first thing noticed in the taste. Very much citrus-like with a bunch of earthy notes. The malts follow it up with a caramel sweetness smoothing out some of the zesty bitterness with creamy qualities. Here's an IPA that ends with a dryness that is something almost wet and tart. All in all PERFECTION!

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Photo of gdfan47
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i have had this beer before, i just popped one now for a review

first off this been was introduced to me as "the 2nd best ipa in the country next to Bell's two heart"

its really good, pretty low ibus and im a hops guy
but this one works

its very smooth and has a good head
awesome and well balanced

my only two gripes, the high abv makes it a hard session beer and it was a twist off... im a big believer in the anti oxidizing powers of the pop off(it also feels better on the lips) but im sure founders will change eventually they do everything else so damn well

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got 2 bottles of this delicious brew, one from tburkhart and one from jamal32, Thanks Tim and Thanks Jamie!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy orange/copper color with a beige head that left some lacing.

S - fragrant citrus hop aroma.

T - very well balanced brew, the citrus hop taste bites hard upfront but there is enough malt backbone to calm things down on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a creamy smooth feel.

D - goes down easy for a brew that's over 7% abv.

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Photo of Goliath
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy coppery color with a large two inch yellowed head on top. Good retention and some lacing.

The aroma is nice. A good hop profile, Citrusy and piney with a bit of malt sweetness to round it out. Slightly spicey as well.

The taste is pretty nice. A decent hop profile giving some piney and citrusy notes with a bit of bitterness on the finish. A fair amount of balance can be found in this IPA as it has a decent malt profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and gently but well carbonated.

Drinkability is high. It's a solid IPA, easy to drink, nice flavors, and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of tburkhart
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another solid brew from the good people at Founders!

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a light brown/copper with head that holds on to the glass like its life depended on.

Smells of hops, glorious hops! but not over the top hops.

In my opinion this beer is exactly what an American IPA is supposed to taste like. Very balance with the hops showing through.

The hops stick around on the palate for awhile, just enough to tell you they are there.

For a high abv beer this is a beer that I may drink a few of tonight and not realize it till morning.

Kudos to Founders

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Photo of bbothen
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange marmalade color with ticky & frothy 2 finger deep off white head. Sticky lacing as if there was glue mixed in the head. Looks fantastic.

Nose rocks you with IPA aromas. Big citrus hoppiness, tropical aromas, some earthiness. Juicy. Chronic like. I canlt wait to taste this baby.

Sweet caramel maltiness, tropical fruit salad, grapefruit, pineapple, pine needles, spruce, delicious. Nicely balanced

Smooth, creamy, medium full, low carbonation.

Session brew for me. A fantastic example of an American IPA. Will satisfy hop heads as well. I would drink this often if available to me.

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

Pours an expected shade of yellow, with a very nice head and good retention.
Smells fruity, citrus, and pine are in the mix from the dry hopping.
Tastes almost like grapefruit, pleasant bitterness not overwhelming well balanced.
Good mouthfeel, not to overwhelming, but solid.
I will buy this again in a few months.

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

Founders IPA is great and is what I like in an IPA.

Nice copper color when poured with a great head.

Hops flow from this beer along with a nice citrus aroma.

The taste is wonderful and hoppy, with hints of orange. Not overly bitter from the hops but they are definitely there.

Mouth feel is smooth and great.

I would have this almost every night if I could get it in Iowa. Felt good after one since it has a nice 7.2 ABV.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a hazy golden amber color with about a finger an a half of persistent bone white head. Some hop matter is visible. Aroma is piney, resiny, and slightly grapefruity hops with a considerable, though still secondary, caramel malt character. Taste is initially very hoppy then briefly malty before becoming intensely hoppy (pine) and solidly bitter. The finish is long and bitter and at times I'm able to detect a bit of alcohol in this brew. Mouthfeel is pretty good with medium body and carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I enjoyed this brew but I'm not really longing for another.

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Photo of lifebeer
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i found this one in the back of my fridge, the last of a six pack, notably not as fresh as the first five, with a somewhat muted hop character and yeast precipitate

a. this one pours a dark amber, mines a little yeasty, 4+ fingers of frothy, pillowy head

s. spiced yeast, citrusy and fruity

t. the spiciness is evident, followed by a slight bittering and refreshing finish, effervescent (highly carbonated)

m. light and a little on the thin side, but spot-on for the style

d. highly drinkable, could drink these in session format, although the alcohol might be slightly high

best for a warm summer or spring day on the porch

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Photo of jeffmonarch
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Light copper color with a really thick off white head. Really really thick head.

S - Hops, hops, hops and I think there are some hops in there.

T - Great hops. Sweet and piney. Crisp and clean with a slight bitter finish and aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. One of the best IPA's I've had.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass

Pours clear brassy copper / gold with two fingers of aggrssive foamy offwhite head. Sheets of lace coat the sides of my glass.

Scent is distinctly oranges, grapefruit and citrus, and fresh bread, and floral

Taste is strongly oranges and citrus hops, grapefruit hops, floral and slightly spicy. Even sweet sugary pineapple and tropical fruits! Sweet and oily. Hint of spice. White pepper? Mild bitterness. This is not a hop bomb with respect to bitterness though it is clearly packed with aroma hops and hop flavor.

Mouth is juicy and a bit oily, creamy and viscous medium - on the heavier side thereof.

Drinkability is fantastic.

Wow this is a fantastic IPA. Fresh and juicy, vibrant and colorful, eminently quaffable. WOW!

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Photo of SmithwicksNut
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: There was a strong floral smell, along with a sweet fruity almost orange smell.

Appearance: The appearance was coopler in color and cloudy. There was an excellent lacing that lasted throughout the glass. Along with that there was a nice white foamy head that also lasted throughout the beer.

Taste: The taste was exceptionally sweet. The hops taste sat very well in the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Was smooth and slight carmel with slight carbonation.

Drinkability: I can see enjoying a couple of these, in fact I did. The 7.2 ABV is very well balance and does not over-power the 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 orangemoustache
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amberish orange with a finger and a half of creamy yellow tinged head that leaves small amounts of misplaced lacing as it quickly drops to a paper thin covering. The nose is full of high quality ganja buds, citrus and pineapple and fresh cut pine stand out. The hoppy flavors are direct,but not forceful or overwhelming. A malty under current offsets the bold hops and offers a balanced brew that I think hop haters could even appreciate. A medium bitterness keeps this IPA cruising just the way I like,creamy and light,the finish is unique and one of a kind.

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

Pours with a cloudy orange glow. Good head , some lacing.

Grapefruit rinds dominate the aroma.

Pure hoppy bliss , more grapefruit, and a seemingly nice malty backbone round this out nicely.

Mouthfeel is thick , good carbonation.

A very nice American IPA.

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Photo of mashedpotatoes
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Floral, hop bursting, carmelly goodness. The unfiltered aspect is troubling as I don't tend to prefer beer that has garbage swirling around in it. I can excuse it because this beer is just so good. The smell is loud, hoppy and floral. The mouthfeel is a bit citrusy and dirty but not bad. Drinkability is average; you can't taste the alcohol but the thickness keeps this from being a chug beer.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,920 ratings.
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