Founders Centennial IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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

A batch from 2007 tested, wonderful. Look at the head on that beer! On draught right at the source it is amazing like most of the Founders beers. A great IPA, a solid IPA, without trying to over-achieve. If you have not heard of Founders, get your butt to go get some! An interesting hint of nut smell in the aroma, like peanut, to be specific.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Sam Adams ultimate drinking glass. Has classic IPA orange/gold appearance, not completely clear. Some sediment on bottom of bottle. Really full, white head, that fades to 1/8" after a couple of minutes. Its smell is a strong hop smell, but not overwhelming, but you know you are smelling an ipa. On first taste has full strong flavor, warms my palate. Throughout the glass it keeps its full flavor, not a beer that fades as you drink it. Overall a very good IPA that tends to be a bit more filling than most american IPA's, definitely not thin or weak.

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

Pours a nice slightly clouded orange amber. Nose is perfumed hops, but not a blast to the nose. Nice and even, but firm. Flavor is very nice. Hops are there, but this is no bomb. Just gives a solid hit to the mouth. Lots of pine-y hops. Feel is decent. A bit thinner on the liquid than I would have expected, but a good level of carbonation. Overall very drinkable. I would be down for trying this on tap, or even better, on cask.

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3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to pils glass, aggressive pour.
A - One finger head, lasts about a minute with good lacing. Warm hazy copper color, some fine sediment (unfiltered beer).
S - Felt that beer had a muted smell, really had to be concentrated on to be appreciated. Smelled like a smaller version of other IPA's
T - Sweet start with grapefruit fruiteness and hop bitterness. Did not notice a signifigant malt presence. Slightly grassy, tame flavor. Good never the less. Good mild hop bitterness that lasts long after the beer is gone.
M - Pleasant tingle on the tongue, smooth drinking beer.
All in all this was a very enjoyable beer. This is tamer than other IPA's that I have tried. I could drink a few without being too worn out. I look forward to trying other Founders varieties.

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

I have yet to have a bad beer from this brewery and this beer is no exception. Pours a hazy orange with a nice thick head and good lace. The aroma is floral and citrusy with a bit of bready malt as well. This is not an especially bitter IPA, but it has loads of citrus/flower flavour from what must be a large, late kettle addition of its namesake Centennial hops. Bready flavours dominate in the malt department wich are obviously there in a suppoting role only. The body is rather light and dry wich seems to help the hop character shine. I would like to see a little more malt complexity, but that is just my opinion. If the brewer wanted more malt in this beer it would be there. Nicely done.

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

So many good beers these days and you can even buy them in Trader Joe's, which is where I got this. Substantial head on this as I poured it out, pleasant amber colour, quite clear. Nice resiny, hoppy aroma. Interesting layered flavours of hop (of course) and malt, a hint of caramel, fairly dry. Notable alcohol level. Certainly one to keep around.

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

Poured into a pint glass pours a amber color with a serious head that leaves nice fat lace and amazing head, beauty to look at. Smell is a bit piney with hints of sweet background, also a bit of tweed and lemon grass. Taste is a bit malty but very smooth with a nice hop bitterness that is tangy and tarty on the palate, this was a nice beer that went down smooth and I truly enjoyed drinking it. Awesome I am glad I was able to bring this back with me.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to pint glass from bottle smuggled from Michigan. It appears to have handled the journey well. Pours a hazy, golden with decent rocky head but head has somewhat poor retention. Particles in suspension and some lacing as well. Smell is crisp and clear and full of hops, there is some underlying malt but mainly hops. Taste is, as expected, nice and hoppy. A good IPA example, strong hops with a touch of malt. Moderate carbonation leads to a medium mouthfeel and an hoppy oily aftertaste, almost a little too much for my liking. Overall a good beer and strong offering from Grand Rapids best.

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Photo of kenito799
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Selected by tizzod for my midwest beer fest 11/07. No date on bottle.

Hazy orange-amber. Head recedes, some spotty lacing. Aroma has very nice grapefruity and floral hoppiness, but there is a funky edge that may be due to lack of freshness, I don't know. Maybe I will edit when I try a fresh sample in the future, but for now it detracts. Thankfully, the flavor does not seem to be affected. Very delicious and balanced, perhaps a touch on the sweet side, but the hops have a nice malty counterpoint. Smooth. Not the best or most complex IPA but good.

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Photo of Solomon420
3.21/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TheManiacalOne for allowing me to try several East Coast IPAs...I have been drinking a lot of West Coast IPAs, and wanted a nice change in flavors (also was interested in seeing how the geographical differences affected the same style beer).

A: poured into the imperial pint glass with a beautiful honey amber hue, and a 1-2 finger off white head. Almost a picture perfect pint of this classic style.
S: light crisp floral aroma, slight hint of citrus/grapefruit. I was a bit disappointed that the hops was not more apparent in the nose...perhaps one of the difference in the ECIPA compared to the WCIPA that I am used to.
T: ever so slight tinge of hops, nice backbone of malty goodness, slight grapefruit aftertaste. Again, a bit disappointed in the lack of the IPA flavor I expected. Good so far, but not great
M: bubbly freshness, a slight lasting aftertaste, however overall a solid IPA.

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Photo of zdk9
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange. Two fingers of light foamy head that clumps and crumbles, revealing strong sheets of lacing.

S- A lot of sweetness in the nose, almost candylike- like a fruity butterscotch chew.

T- Quite a bit of carmel along with some grapefruity hops that meld as they progress down my tongue into slightly evergreen tones. Malt presence is strong- I would almost say this is a malt forward beer. Perhaps a bit of age has taken the hops out a bit? Still good thought.

M- About average syrupyness, nothing special to this mouthfeel.

D- A solid IPA with a good amount of sweetness. This has a balance that is different from the balance you would expect out of an IPA.

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Photo of ajr24
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at SPTR (South Philadelphia Tap Room)

poured into the pint glass an exceptional deep orange/gold with a substantial head that dissipated into a nice top coat which left great lacing.

The smell was invigorating with fresh hops, fruity and spicy, a little bit biscuity, too.

I could taste the hop blend, fruits and spice, too. Maybe a little bit of vanilla hidden in with a biscuity taste. Also hidden well was the high ABV.

Mouthfeel was great for the ABV and the characteristics from the smell. Needless to say this was a highly drinkable IPA. Very glad SPTR had this one on tap.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
3.12/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not really impressed by this. I love IPA's and i have had the pleasure of trying some other founders beers, but this one didn't work for me. Color was deep amber, small creamy white head with a little bit of lacing. Smell was mostly hops, a little sweet but some earthiness to it as well. Taste was really off--there was some sweetness in front with a dry bitterness from the hops behind that just didn't jive well. Not that either of those things are bad per se, but in this beer, or at least my bottle, they didn't work together. Pretty drinkable, especially for being over 7%, but I didn't really want another.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-amber-brown with a large cream white head that leaves some lacing behind

S: A large blast of pine and citrus hops.. pretty straight forward, but solid

T:The hops everpresent in the aroma can be found in the first blast of flavor before the softer malts leave their mark. Not much as far as bitterness goes, but there is a nice hop finish

M: Light body with lots of carbonation

O: Enjoyable and easy for a hop fan to drink...

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Photo of Magpie14
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden color with a sort of cooper tint. It is slightly hazy in the glass and looks rather impressive...looks tasty. Head is thick and cream colored, full of aroma!

Smell: smell of hops and more hops! Big floral/pine hop scent with a sweet hint of oranges and lemon.

Taste/mouthfeel: has a big hoppy bite and slight sweet character. The sweetness has a roasty malt and caramel flavor. But wow! it has that whomp of a hoppy grapefruit/pine bite. Floats nicely in the mouth and goes down very agreeable.
All around a solid brew! Man, this one of the better IPAs around town.

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

Appears a honey crimson amber damn these effin' Michiganer's why do they get all of the fanfuckintastic IPAs, large white head clings to every inch of the glass that doesn't get inhaled by my gullet. Aroma pure Centennials no false advertisement here just grapefruit upon grapefruit peel much like our good friend Two Hearted. Aroma yes I will compare this to that Bell's brew, because this is in the same category and caliber with the same single hop. Grapefruits are delicious especially in hop form, sugary malt components flow freely damn those are some fresh hops. Flavor such drinkable components such as the grape fruit pith and peel damn what a great hop with the sugary mild biscuit hop combo I could live on this IPA so tasty and zesty at that. Mouthfeel is mellow with even carbonation and slick oily carbonation, one fine medium bodied brew that delivers the way it should. Drinkability is equal with Bell's Two Hearted this is the street version that I prefer on it's own and Bell's Two Hearted pairs better with cuisine. If that all makes sense I'm game for whatever.

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Photo of HombreWing
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Eyes: Deep orange...bright ...huge billowing head ..leaves a lace

Nose: not a strong hop presence but a noticable piney-ness

Tongue: Sweet malt, some of it toasty. The hops balance and flavor this ale nicely but not overly

Texture: smooth ....medium to full bodied

Mouth-happiness: Another Founders ale that I could do all night.

IPA is relatively a simple ale ....and this one was done the way it should be.

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

A murky brown, copper colored beer with a thick creamy wooly head that collapses after a couple of minutes.

Smell is hoppy with citric notes which remind me of oranges and has a resinous smell. There is an unfresh edge to the smell which is a bit "green".

Taste is very bitter and hoppy with the fruity citric notes of lemon and is somewhat resinous. Maltiness is low and does not have the biscuity sweetness that a lot of IPAs have. Nevertheless this beer has a nice balance, but balance leans towards bitter and hop.

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

Purchased at Merchant's Fine Wine in Dearborn last week. This poured honey golden in the glass, clear with a thin off-white head. Slow but steady stream of small bubble carbonation looks inviting. The head quickly spreads out to thinly coat the surface with a good ring and lacing. Smells very hoppy, banana, cantaloupe, vanilla, spice. Taste is dry with a flash of tartness, bitter, hoppy impressions are pronounced but not over the top, a nice drinking IPA. Mouthfeel was smooth with a lingering ginger-hoppy aftertaste. A swirl produces a regenerated head until the end of the glass. The 7.2% alcohol is well hidden in the mix. I found this to be comparable to the better IPA's I've tasted and I'll try to grab a six pack next time along with the other Founders products, the Bells, the Jolly Pumpkin and Dragonmead offerings - to name but a small sampling of what Merchant's in Dearborn offers.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly translucent medium amber colored body that pours with 3 finger foamy white head. Head slowly dwindles to 1/2 finger and leaves some lacing behind in the glass. Body is slightly foggy but almost transparent.

S-Smell is good but pretty basic. A big dose of piny hops and an underlying presence of citrus.

T-Upfront is a nice balance of piny and citrus hop flavor with a subtle dose of sweet malt in the background. The finish is all refreshing piny hop flavor. Piny hop flavor and a slight sweet maltiness linger. This brew has absolutely no hop bitterness.

M- High carbonation and fairly light body. Decent-but nothing special.

D- I had this awhile back on tap and really enjoyed it so I bought a bottle of it to take home and review. This is really a nice IPA that is all about hop flavor. One I will surly have again.

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

Pours an amber orange color with a clear body. Head is an off white creamyness with excellent lacing. Smell is toasted, caramel malt that has a lot of sweetness in the aroma. I also pick out some herbs and a little pine as well. Taste is initially lightly sweet then finishes with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is oily and creamy, with some light carbonation.

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

This is a really nice brew. Beautiful appearance, very pillowy head and lacing all the way down the glass. You have to wash it out before pouring another. Very smooth with some high octane laden malts up front, cooling down with a nice variance of hop flavor. Very drinkable, reasonably priced! I forgot how good founder's beers are. This one is a beauty!

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Capone's in Norristown, Pa.
Appearance: A redish amber body with a small head that leaves rather fast and provides little lacing.
Smell: Random citrus hops, nothing to out of the ordinary.
Taste: Strong citrus and floral taste.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp.
Drinkability: Decent.
Don't drink and reivew.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I figured what better way to celebrate my 200th review than with a Centennial IPA from Founders. This is the third of a mixed six pack that my wife brought back from a trip to Grand Rapids. Bottoms up.

Poured from the bottle into my DFH barrell pint glass, the Centennial is a nice, opaque, bright bronze copper color with a fat two-finger head that settles into clumps and leaves a lot of lace in its wake. The cloudiness eventually subsides and the beer settles a pretty clean copper color. The nose is creamy (can a nose be creamy?) and bursting with piney, grapefruity hops. There is also a caramel scent, and a clean floral character as well. The faintest alcohol smell exists as well, but it is mostly drowned out by the pine and citrus. The taste is fantastic. Smooth and chewy malts up front, with a crisp caramel-like sweetness. Dry, piney taste kicks in mid-way and dominates until the finish. The hop bitterness lingers for a long while, which I love. Mouthfeel is super smooth up front, crisp and clean and ultra dry in the finish.

This is an excellent beer. The brewers have done an excellent job masking the decent alcohol content, and have delivered a suprisingly smooth dry-hopped IPA. This is a great beer all around, and I'm glad to have had it for my 200th review. Haven't had a bad beer yet by the folks at Founders. Cheers.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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