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Founders Centennial IPA | Founders Brewing Company

1,921 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 OWSLEY069
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, hops, definatly centennial hops. In the taste, piney centennial hops and a sticky sweetness in the end. A smooth, medium mouthfeel, and a piney hop aftertaste. Nice hops, although kind of light in the bitterness, a nice IPA.

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

Pours a 1 1/4 finger head with very good retention that sticks around for a nice while.

The smell is sort of perfumy but very grassy from the centennial hops. Some caramel malts come through underneath to balance.

Some pale and caramel malts provide a mild sweetness upfront that are quickly overpowered by a strong centennial hop bitterness. The centennial hops emit a sort of grassy/citrusy aroma with their bitterness. Grapefruit also comes through on this ipa as it does on a lot of ipas. The citrusyness and light body of the malt makes this an ideal summertime beer.

The mouthfeel has a good bit of carbonation and is fairly crisp. I love crisp bites with ipas as it has a tendency to accentuate my love for the hoppiness of the beer. I like hoppy beers to be crisp and malty beers to be creamy.

This is a nicely done IPA that I could drink all summer long. You definetely have to try this one.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a one-finger off-white head that fades rather quickly to a sticky ring. Not much lacing.

Smell is mostly floral and citrus hops.

Taste starts off with some bitter floral hops and a touch of caramel malt. Bitter citrus and oily pine notes lead into a dry finish with some noticeable peppery alcohol warmth.

Bitter and crisp medium-bodied mouthfeel.

A crisp and refreshing IPA. I wish this one was available in NH as I would love to make this a regular purchase. Very enjoyable.

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

I poured this one from a stubby 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This ale poured a nice orangey copper color with a 1/2 inch off white head. The head was a bit rocky (with an agressive pour) and quickly dropped to a thin sheen. There was a decent amount of carbonation release.

S= Wow this ale smelled good. It immediately gave aromas of citrus and pine hops and tons of biscuity malts. Incredible balance between the two.

T= This ale was full of juicy hop flavors. The graperuit, lemon, and piney notes danced over a solid backbone of malts. I found it incredibly balanced. This beer reminded me of the flavors found in a double IPA, without the heavy syrupy feel of a DIPA.

MF= On the heavy side of medium bodied, yet the carbonation level lifted it and gave it a crispness on the tongue.

D= This was an incredible IPA. The flavors, the balance, and the carbonation were all dead on. I will absolutely be buying more of this!!!

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Photo of nrbw23
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep copper color with a tan froathy head that leaves nice layered lacing down the glass.

S- Smells of citrus hops that a balacned with a sweet malts. Smells just like you'd expect.

T- Tastes of sweet bready malt towards the front that gives way to an awesome citrus hop explosion with a ton grapefruit mixed with a sugary sweetness. Also has a nice pine bitterness in the finish.

M- Mouthfeel is sticky, oily with a nice bitter finish. Feels great.

D- This is a very good and extremely drinkable IPA. Recommended.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear amber with a nice frothy white head. A little bit of lacing.

S-Citrus hops blend nicely with a solid malt presence.

T-Starts off with the sweetness of the malt. The hops kick in a bit later and provide a nicely bitter finish.

M-Pleasantly bitter but otherwise rather light.

D-Very drinkable, though a bit high in ABV to be very sessionable.

A nice IPA from Founders. Not spectacular in anyway but quite solid.


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Photo of oakbluff
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | 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 the C hop. Carbonation is medium and so is the body. Has some soapy, aspirin like aftertaste. Nice IPA.

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

Pours a clear dark copper with a 1/2 finger of creamy brite-white head. Full retention with a thick ring around the edges and a nice thing layer across the top that leaves a huge swathe of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is naturally fresh Centenniel hops that impart a bit of a piney edge but also more prominant floral notes and some spice. There is also the fresh feel of citrus and a strong base of malt sweetness underneath that rounds things out.

The taste is more of the caramel sweetness taking control up front that then melds into citrus tones, hop bitterness and spice, and a light piney punch. Nice but not nearly as assertive as the aroma was. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation and smooth feel on the palette. Finishes with a subtle bitter dryness that creeps along on the tongue.

Fresh, tasty, and quaffable, this is an all around solid American IPA from Founders. A bit more fresh hop feel in the taste would have gotten into another level for me but as it is, there's a lot worse choices out there.

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

On tap 7/18 @ old chicago in okemos
16oz mug, deep orange amber shade, white head fades

smells of delicious hoppiness, malts blended excellently, smells great

taste is a good bitterness, hop flavor is fantastic, malts play right behind giving a good follow through, piney, citrus, delicious

mouthfeel is crisp and bitter, easy to drink, great flavor, an excellent ipa - one of my favorites.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How to appreciate a exellent american IPA? I found out tonight that having a small quantity of exellent wine made my palate more sensible to this ale. I'll try it again on other beers to see if this happens again.

Pours a proper hazy orangish dark tan yellow. Big foamy head and quite effervecent (might just be the contrast from the still wine that makes me notice the carbonation more).

Awesome aroma of Centennial Hops and caramelised malts. Citrusy, apple-pear-apricot fuity, candy-like, awesome.

Flavor is much like the aroma, soft malt sweetness just complements nicely the onslaught of hop flavor and bitterness, It's quite good!

Its a great beer, drink lots of it.

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Photo of JasonA
2.95/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Recent trade, thanks john

Pours an amber/copper golden hue into my Saranac pint/pilsner glass. Translucent, a little transparent (unfiltered). Solid 2 fingers of lacing dropping to a single circle. Looks nice

Initial smell is of genious. Complete hop infusion boquet. Must have been instilled in the carbonation (dry hopped) as after the beer settles, I lose the smell. I had it at 5, but since I cant smell the yummies anymore, I dropped it to a 4. I dont get much else smell wise. ABV hidden well.

ABV hit intertwined with the hops. Nothing much to note. There is a bitterness at the end that is displeasing to me, almost of metal. While its hoppy, the after taste doesnt sit right. I wonder if this has something to do with the ABV, as it seems unbalanced. Id like to see a BoD for this brew as the unfinishing hop character makes me think it may have sat around for a while. But with the 7%, it may just be a balance issue.

As noted above, Im not fond of the finish. I almost dont want to taste it. WHile Im not the biggest IPA guy, I dont think real IPA guys want to finish this way.

Id like to say this may be a bad bottle, maybe old, dunno. THe most I taste of this brew, the more that finish tastes like sediment, even though there is no sediment in the bottle. As a HB, I know the taste of unfiltered, its not it.

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Photo of giblet
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

yum. for a hop head this is the bomb. a top 10. poured nice in the glass...careful it is unfiltered. nice orangish color. smell...hoppy. taste is hoppy but not kill you hoppy. nice balance with strong hops. some lace. this is a hop heads desire.

suckem up and movem out.


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

Got this in a great trade.
Poured a copper-orange with slight haze that leaves a nice sirty white head.
Smells and tastes of mild grapefruit lingering on the palate nicely. Bitterness is there but doesn't seem to overpower the taste, a nice balance of slight sweetness and bitterness that lingers on. Great malt profile.

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Photo of morimech
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a smallish head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Moderate amounts of lacing is left on the glass.

The nose is filled with citrus hop aroma. A sweet malt aroma lingers in the back.

Taste is upfront citrus hops. The malt is playing backup in this beer. It is there but rather subdued. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

Medium body with a wonderful rich texture that is soothing in the mouth. Just enough carbonation to keep things lively.

Strong hop flavors and bitterness. Well done IPA but the high ABV limits drinkability.

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Photo of gford217
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mymrnngjckt poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a small dense head that quickly leaves only a ring and a decent amount of lacing.

S: The smell is heavy on the citrus hops with grapefruit dominating the aroma up front before giving way to a sweet candied sugar malt backbone.

T: There is a sweet bready malt kick up front in the taste before giving way to the citrus hop explosion with lemon zest on top of the grapefruit mixed with a sugary sweetness. This gives way to a slightly piny bitterness in the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is sticky with hop juice but finishes with a very crisp bitter finish.

D: This is a very good and extremely drinkable IPA that is heavy on the light fruit hops, making it a great summer brew.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fluffy inch-thick head, excited bubbles moving swiftly up the liquid, copper-sunset gold, big and wavy lace strips...all the makings of a great IPA, looks-wise.

Aroma doesn't favor either hops or malt, but provides an equal balance of both. Kind of fruity, kind of candy-like. Grassy hops ride underneath the malt sweetness. Clean and quality aroma.

Big gooey malts hit first, with a controlled sugar sweetness, then those hops lay down long and wide on the tongue, and stay throughout the finish. They're piney, and certainly a huge part of the flavor, but they're balanced absolutely perfectly by the chewy caramel-like malt. Reminds me of many a Northwest IPA.

The big flavor is only helped by a gooey, creamy texture. Just enough carbonation prickles the tongue, but the slicker, mellower, rounder characteristics rule over anything else, making the whole experience even better for it.

Holy crap, this is an excellent IPA. There aren't many others that perform better...you can't go wrong here. Founders comes up with another mighty ale.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Very dark orange with a slight white head. Solid lacing, LOTS of sediment.

S-Strong odor of pine/citrus hops.

T-Citrus. Strong bitter hop finish. just what im looking for out of an IPA

M-Nice moderate feel and pretty smooth. perfect carbonation level.

D-A great overall beer that is easy to drink and would be hard to pass up another couple. fantastic year round selection. its something youll find in my (beer) fridge all year.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
2.96/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Had to pour aggresivly to get a head and then it was only about a 1/4". Took huge whiff and hop aroma was seriously lacking for an IPA. Tasted like an IPA, but could have used more hop all around. Was in good balance however. A nicely balanced beer makes it very drinkable. It complemented my spicy chicken fajitas very very well.

I was hoping for a little more all around hop punch in aroma and bitterness. Maybe a fresher one would deliver better. I will definetly try again, but this first one was a pretty average IPA.

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Photo of Lupe
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light amber color with golden hues and a slight haze. The small off-white head lingers before falling to a thin sheet and leaves little lace.

Full on floral hop aroma with lots of grass, an herbal character, and some tart citrus. Not much malt in the nose, just a hint of toasted grain & bread..

An absolute hop assault that is intense and strong but not overly bitter. Very floral and herbal with a big tea-like quality. Citrus shows up as well but the malt scarce. I was surprised the hops in this were too much for me since I've been into hoppy beers lately. I'm starting to realize I am not a fan of the flavor of Centennial hops. Way too floral for my liking and the alcohol peaks in a little too much.

Full bodied and nicely carbonated. Creamy but too thick in my opinion for an IPA. OK drinkability, higher if you're a Centennial fan, but too harsh for me.

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

Slightly hazy orange body,topped by a four finger slab of beige microbubbles. Good lacing.

Big inviting citrus aroma fills the room just pouring, no heavy sniff needed.

Solid semi sweet foundation. Lots of juicy citrus squishing through the mouth. Nice sharp bitter hop bite at the swallow. Mild tingly juicy aftertate lingers long.

Mouthfeel is not bad, could be a little firmer.

Drinkability so good the beer disappears too fast.

A very well done IPA. Welcome to NJ, Founders!

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

I have this one on tap. I love Founders.

I have a "rule" if you will about IPA's--for as much of a bite one might have it should have some forgivenss as well. This pours a wonderful rich amber with a decent 2-fingerish head. The citrus aroma is immediate. It hits the mouth with a crisp bite and ends clean, slightly malty. It doesn't leave a lingering after taste like some I've tried before. For those who love the very aggressive hoppy beers this might not be the "one" for them. For someone like me who wants something with a nice hoppy nip this is a great choice. Its balance makes it drinkable. Its ABV makes it the type where after the first I'm slightly happier than I was before and after the 2nd me feet tingle a bit.

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper amber - clear, though unfiltered - with a thin off-white head. A bit of lacing sticks.

The smell is of tangerine/oranges, grapefruit with pine/resin. It's a tad mustyish, in a good way.

The taste is hoppy - citric and resiny/piney - slight tea-leaf as it warms - with a firm sweet malty backbone - becomes almost toffeeish. Bitterish finish.

It just about reaches full-bodied with a syrupy character and mild carbonation. It's a bit sticky without a long lingering.

This is a nice IPA - love hop character. Alcohol well covered for abv. A very nice example of an American IPA.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, 20 ounce "tulip" shaped pint.

A - A very nice reddish tinted amber color. near two finger head of white foam that stays nicely.

S - Hop aroma starts in force as soon as the bottle cap is popped. A nice mix of citrusy aroma (grapefruit) along with some piny/grassy smells.

T - Very nice, and very different than what I expected. This IPA is actually quite well balanced with some sweet malt on the palate. The hops come into play with a nice citrusy kick, leading to a slight tea like flavor. Aftertaste leaves a tiny touch of bitterness on the tongue.

M - Nice and smooth. Medium bodied, just the right amount of carbonation.

D - An extremely nice, interesting American IPA.

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

A: Pours an almost completely transparent copper color with a small creamy head the color of banana flesh that leaves crazy lacing patterns all over the place as you tilt and sip.

S: Initial impressions was "damn, this is gonna taste good." Floral and citrus hops supported by a backbone of sweet melon-flavored malts that balance it out.

T: Some nice melon and other subtle aromas of sweet fleshy fruits up front as piney hops gradually present themselves before tingling every so gently on the finish.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, lower carbonation, superb.

D: All facets of this beer work really well together. I couldn't locate any areas that were truly lacking or let me down. All around a great, sweet, yet hoppy and tasty brew that leaves me craving another and wishing I picked up a second six pack.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz twist off stubby brown bottle poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy burnt amber that even after a vigorous pour only yields about a quarter inch head, but this is a Duvel tulip so there is a lot more ground for this head to cover, if I tried a narrower tulip glass I think this one might have looked a bit prettier.

S: Strong phenolic hop aroma initially greets the nose along with a sappy pine aroma as well but there lies deeper within the melon and grapefruit rind a very strong caramel malty sweetness. In fact, given time the phenols and medicinal hops give way to the malts the more and more you smell this and the more evenly balanced the aroma becomes, very nice.

T/MF: Upon the first actual sip the phenols and pine sappiness come back with a vengeance and lay sticky waste to the tongue. After that it becomes a bit harder to detect what else is happening, the malts make themselves present and a mild citrus bitterness is coupled along with it as well but they do not stand out as much or are clouded by the more bitter phenolic aspects of this beer. The mouthfeel is a bit more watery than I was expecting so I can only concede a good rating overall.

D: I think I was being tougher on this beer than I normally am with others, I guess I just expect more out of Founders than other beers I rate. This beer is still good but there are so many fantastic IPAs out there and this one falls into the above average category, I enjoy Goose Islands take on the IPA a bit more than this one.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,921 ratings.
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