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

Got this on trade from jwinship83.

A - Pours Cloudy amber with a nice thick foamy head that stays throughout.

S - Bold, pungent hop smell up front. Interlaced hints of roasted malts,syrup, and alcohol.

T - Such a smooth and balanced IPA. Hops have a minimal bite (even for dry hops) that isn't overbearing, they give such a quality taste (maybe it's because this brew is unfiltered). An excellent subtle malt finish. It's hard to decipher all of the taste due to it's smoothness.

M - Slightyly carbonated, and not sticky. Coats the palate nicely, not to sticky.. again so smooth.

D - High drinkability, I could have a couple of these due to the relaxed hop bite,mouthfeel, and smoothness of this IPA. The 7.2% ABV is well hidden.

This brew is also unfiltered, so expect some debris in your glass. An outstanding American IPA!

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Photo of Neilio
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first beer I had by the Founder's Brewery. I was blown away by this. The reddish amber color with about a two finger head looked so good I thought I could taste it already. The smell was very floral, almost like pot. The taste was exceptional. Very well balanced, not overly hoppy. The moutfeel was great too. Not too acidic nor bubbly. I would definitley drink a bunch of these at parties, bars, or w/e else you could find good brews. One of my new favorites.

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

A: It poured a cloudy, ruby tinted orange body with a sticky off white head. The head was just over one finger and lingered before settling to an even cover over the liquid. There was initial dense lacing that fell down the side of the glass leaving clumps sticking to the side of the glass.

S: A bold citrus hop profile hits the nose even before the beer is poured. Beneath the hops were nice aromas of toasted malts flavored with caramel.

T: It was a complex blend of hops and malts. The hops dominate giving off flavors of tart grapefruit and sweet pineapples. The malts were sweet and creamy. It was like drinking a caramel covered pink grapefruit (if that were possible, I'd try it!). There was little bitter bite to this IPA giving it a nice sweet-tart flavor.

M: It was a medium bodied beer with a creamy feel on the tongue and modest carbonation. It finished tart and clean.

D: I enjoyed the great balance struck between the malts and hops. Given the moderate ABV and great flavors this is a nice beer to take long into the night.

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

Thanks for dob for this Michigan treat!

A-2 inch head on clear amber/copper body, streaming carbo bubble from bottle of Sam Adams imperial pilsner glass. Very nice looking!
S-Citrus/grapefruit and a nice pine aroma.
T-Pine and cirus hope flavor on a fairly seet malt base. As warm, more floral and caramel come through.
M-Nice mouth feel, slightly oily and full in mouth
D-I'm a fan. Could drink quite a few. Not quite a top flight IPA but one I would seek out again.

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

Pours Amber-golden with slight sediment suspended in the brew. The descent sized white head fades fast to a lacing. Aroma is citrus, hops, and a slight sweet pine character. Flavor is not as bitter as the aroma leads you to believe thanks to the dry hopping. Sweet malt balanced with hops makes the finish a lot cleaner than some IPAs out there. This is up there with one of my favorite IPAs. Well done

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper with a rocky head and floaties. Excellent lacing.

S - Pine and fresh grapefruit for the most part. Bit of crisp apple and light toasted graininess.

T - Pine and apples again. Sweeter than expected, but with a big bitter finish. Very hoppy.

M - Creamy and very smooth.

D - Solid IPA. Worth getting again.

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

A- Bright rust colored; clear as a bell into my 7 oz. snifter. Head is 1/8" and sticky; very oily and clingy. If a beer could 'look hoppy', this one does. The lacing runs down the glass in thick spotty zones of bubbles.

S- Very fruity hops, cherries, grapefruit, and pineapple aromas are what I sense on first sniff. I also smell licorice, deep caramel, and nuts.

T- The inital taste is not as bitter as I thought it would be. Very malty, sweet with rich caramel, toffee, and roasted almonds. The hops kick in later on and provide a nice balance. The aftertaste is quite dry considering how sweet it starts. Complex IPA in my opinion.

M- Oily in the mouth and decently high carbonation.

D- As a beer of higher ABV than a true "session beer", this one is still quite drinkable. However, after 2 or 3 of these babies, you better be close to the bed.

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Photo of Rainintheface
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A: hazy copper of medium hue. moderate carbonation and minimal head

S: aroma is quite nice. melony, citrus, orange peel, strong malt sweetness and floral

T: sweet malt upfront, followed by orange and melon. piney hops round it out.

M: MF is good, maybe a little thin. carbonation is a little light.

D: Pretty solid. Goes down easy

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Photo of Slynger
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, hazed, rusty orange color with a creamy lid of off-white fuzz.

Nice hoppy nose is full of grapefruits, pineapples, and flowers.

Flavor is an ever so slightly mirror of the nose. Caramel malty base with juicy fruits and flowers. Modestly bitter with a creamy carb to the medium-full body.

Not as great as I was expecting, yet still good. I am wondering if my bottle was a little past prime. Definitely will have again in the future.

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

A: Poured a clear, dark, coppery-amber with a 1 finger frothy light beige head that displayed good retention and left light streaky trails on the way down. Upon close inspection there was a slight chill haze present.

S: The nose was sweet, sugary grapefruit pulp and pine providing a nice aromatic sense.

T: fresh grapefuit with some sweet caramel and pine. A light dry floral citrusy hopping is found midway in the palate. The hopping is moderately strong and bitter, with a nice dry grassiness to is as well Very smooth with a sweet and bitter flavor and finishes with a hefty helping of dry hops.

M: light, oily and had a soft carbonation with a light dry hopping of bitter citrus and pine oils gracing the tongue.

D: Light and sweet enough to be enjoyed as a summer time ipa, yet bitter enough to appease the hopheads. Six pack worthy and a sweet and bitter ipa that is sure to please.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is on the darker end of the IPA spectrum. Pours a dark amber, with a rocky off white head. I must admit, I seem to like the darker, malty versions of IPA's a bit more than the lighter.

Aroma is pine hops, with a little citrus in the backround. Smells very good, and my mouth is watering in anticipation.

Good, bitter hop flavor hits you right off. Much like the aroma, it's pine, and some citrus. But there is a pleasant herbal flavor that I can't really define. There is almost a minty quality here. And the malt flavor is more than adequate, although I was expecting a bit more backbone. Just another case of judging the book by the cover I guess! Actually, as this warms up, the malt seems to become more pronounced. Maybe I was right all along. Very good IPA, and not a cookie cutter clone of anything else. No taste of alcohol either, which considering the ABV, is impressive.

Mouthfeel gets somewhat chewy as it warms, and a medium dry finish.

Overall a very good IPA, and like I said before, it kind of makes its own way and doesn't seem to play by the rules. I like it immensely.

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Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I see a dark amber copper color with a decent off-white head and meager lacing. It brings on a mild malty sweet nut aroma with a slight herbal hops. A mouthful of this brew brings out a good midland feel and decent carbonation. The flavor captures an apple malt foundation with a light pine hops presence. Very decent IPA with some appreciable nuances and excellent drinkability. Recommended.

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

Bought this puppy as soon as I saw it.

I finger foam head, golden amber color with honey highlights.

Typical beautiful hop smell, malty sweetness to it as well

Was expecting a bigger taste, this was mild and very pleasant.

Resiny good aftertaste.

Could drink a case of this and not get bored...

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Photo of throwitallaway
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Acquired in a trade with dschuster03. Thanks homie! Decanted from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden color with a huge white head, which fizzles away into a thin layer of foam. The aroma is muted, with suggestions of piny hops and a bigger malt backbone. Taste starts with piny pops and then a big caramel, malt background. This beer is medium bodied and would be highly drinkable if I liked it more. Unfortunately, I find this beer to be slightly boring. I prefer my IPAs with more hops and less malt. Still, not bad.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.93/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose. Flavor is sweet malt but this is an IPA and the hops kick in for a bitter finish. $2.25 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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

Wonderful orange hazy pour with little to no head and little lacing. Very nice floral hop smell. grassy hop with citrus hints. Flavorful floral hop start with little malt back bone. Kind of sweet going down with a nice mild dry finish. Very tasty. I think I could drink a few of these.

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

The beer is poured with a nice inch and a half head with very good retention and lacing; the copper colour and carbonation make the beer look good. Hops overpower the beer in the nose, which is to be expected, and it has a nice fruitiness behind it as well. The taste of the beer is quite surprising; it has a citrus bitterness with a nice sweet malt to it, incredibly tasty. The beer is too carbonated, but other than that the mouthfeel is fine. Incredibly drinkable, I'm surprised it's 7.2%!

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Photo of Ben4881
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Centennial IPA
Founders Brewing Company

Got in a trade from drxandy. Thanks!

Centennial pours out a translucent amber color with orange highlights, some of which are almost yellow. A generous off-white head emerges with decent retention and spotty lacing.

This beer has a rather faint odor for an IPA. Citrus grapefruit hop aroma is definitely the strongest.

The taste begins with piney bitterness up front with a tongue-numbing bitterness in the finish. Hop flavor is present throughout the experience. Malt is almost nowhere to be found. The aftertaste is dry and delightfully bitter. I may have liked to taste a little more balance, but I do enjoy the flavor.

Centennial has a light to medium body with ample carbonation, very nice for this style.

Excellent bitterness and a light body make this beer very enjoyable and drinkable. 7.2% ABV is on the hefty side for an IPA, yet the alcohol flavor is very well hidden. Overall, this beer is quite solid.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a hazy dark orange color with a one and a half finger off-white head. Very fine particulate is visible when closely inspected.

Aroma is grapefruit, pine, caramel malt, and some spiciness.

Taste is citrusy, piney, and under the juicy hops is a caramel malt backbone. At only 46 IBUs, this is and incredibly balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and very smooth drinking. Perfect level of carbonation.

Now this is one drinkable IPA. Very similar in flavor to Two-Hearted Ale, but it's actually much smoother. I'm gonna have to start getting this stuff more often.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 8,147 ratings.
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