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

A- hazy tawny orange-amber with one inch foamy off-white head and lots of drippy lace and some class-A retention. hops hops and more hops.

S- bitter orange and pine. spicy very fresh dry hopped aromas as well as a solid pale malt back, exotic wood, biscuit, and tropical fruit.

T- from the beginning it's a mouth numbing superfresh hop jamboree. i've had much more bitter, but the sheer freshness and herbaceous character of the hops imparts quite a medicinal feeling. high quality reefer, grapefruit, pine cone, pine tar, bitter lemon, in fact, a whole citrus melange, standing with a good share of malt accentuates the freshness and cleanliness of this beer.

MF- my first beer of the day and it make my mouth numb, so i had to drink it slow, but that's not really a bad thing. i felt like the hops were just to amazing for m y pitiful taste buds to handle. mid body and mid carb, resinous and medicinal at first with a very clean dry astringent finish.

D- every founder's beer i've had has been a knockout, next up will be red's rye.

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Photo of Homerbag
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to have the centenial for the 100th review.

Pours cloudy orange/amber with finger thick head that disappeared quickly.

Smells of citrus hops, not much else, but for an IPA there really shouldn't be much else there. Tastes excellent grapefruit hop takes center stage, not obnoixious, some alcohol present but in a pleasant way. Some caramel malt comes through at the end to balance things out. Feels clean and leaves a somewhat classic bitter IPA taste at the end.

This is a very good IPA. Founders has not let me down yet. I know there is a lot of hype from these guys, but it is because of classic beers like this.

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

L:Slioghtly off white one finger head. A pretty cloudy beer with a orangy type color.
S:Light peach/apricot. A pretty sweet caramel apricot as well. Bisquity pine needle floows.
T:Big breadyness. The grape fruit hops that come through stick to the roof of your mouth. A slightly sweet apricot sticks its head out.
M:Shapr fizz on the tp and tip of my tounge.
D:Really good IPA. Very well balanced with the roastyness and piney hops.

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

Pours a beautiful hazy amber hue with a rather thin off-white head. I can smell as I pour. I get huge scents of citrus, pine, sweet caramel malt. There is no doubt this beer had been dry-hopped. This is one of the better IPAs I've smelled. The first taste brings on big tastes of grapefruit and resinous pine, and then it backs off and then the sweet malt rounds everything out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. I do not detect any alcohol in the mouthfeel. The drinkability on this beer is very good. Not quite a session able beer at 7.2%, but it still holds up well.

Quintessential IPA. Well done Founders!

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Photo of riboflavin88
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is outstanding. A deep, hazy caramel color that reminded me much of apple cider. A nice ivory head that lingered with moderate carbonation. Made for a great mouthfeel. Smell and taste were dominant of citrus and spice, predominantly orange, tangerine, and coriander. A very drinkable beer that would be great with a mild fish dish, or even while watching the game. Highly recommended IPA.

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Photo of semihobo
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A moderate pour yields a dark peach head and a very hazy body. For a moment a maelstrom of sediment hangs in suspension before dispersing. A modest but stubborn puddle of lace tops it off.

Smell is mostly hops, with a strong note that is unmistakably cabbage. Grassy, herbal, with some citrus and a hints of sour and spice. The cabbage haunts me with every breath I inhale whilst drinking this beer.

Well-balanced for the style, the malt provides a canvas and then steps back. Taste is more resiny and bitter than expected from the smell, although other hop characteristics are present, notably apricot. Diverse hop profile. Fairly dry throughout with a filmy, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and matches the dry taste very well. Carbonation nips at the tongue playfully. Fluffy but full bodied.

Tasty, enjoyable, overall quite solid.

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

Poured a really attractive hazy straw-copper color with a short creamy ivory colored head. A few tiny carbonation bubbles wander their way to the surface. Leaves a decent amount of tightly woven fine lace.

Good juicy nose, with plenty of hoppy citrus, sweet pine, peach, and a hint of nuts.

A really well flavored IPA. More juicy hop flavors of grapefruit and pine resin, some lower medium bodied malt adds a bready soft sweetness that runs underneath. A little bubblegum sweetness is detected, but very mild, lost entirely in the broad wash of bitterness at the finish.

Nice well bodied IPA with great stickiness and oily feel balanced with a bright cleanliness. Nice feel of tingly carbonation.

I think this is a pretty strong and mostly well balanced IPA for its style. Full flavor and medium body certainly lend to nice drinkability, while the higher 7.2%ABV remains relatively hidden.

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Photo of AltBock
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. stubby bottle with a label on it that looks rather religious. It's a pea green colored label with 2 angels trying to hold up the word "Centennial," while the "IPA" is in the middle of them. Surrounding these angels are hops and barley. To the right of the picture is the refund values, address of the brewery, and the barcode. On the left side is just the US Government warning. I can clearly see the notch on the top of the label, but it only helps if you know Founders' bottling notch code off hand. I don't know their code, so that basically means I'm screwed on trying to date this bottle.

Appearance: When poured into a small Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifter, Centennial is a golden tangerine colored beer with traces of amber along the side. I finally caught a glimpse of the beer after the second pour. That's because the only thing to come out of the bottle was foam. It took about 4 to 5 pours to pour this little bottle of beer into a little glass. A massive head of foam can be a good thing to see, but there is a line where it can get annoying and I think this beer crossed over that line a couple of times.

Smell: After the massive head of foam receded to a point where I could actually smell the beer and not the foam, I discovered that it had a mild aroma fruity aroma filled with peaches, apricots, more fruits I couldn't identify off hand, toasted malts, cardboard infused with juicy fruits, and then all of this fruity aroma with a slight touch hops infused with more fruits. What can I say? This beer loved its fruits. It loved them so much that it tried to jam pack all of them into the aroma.

Taste: It started off gentle enough with just a dab of fruits and toasted malts. After that came a medium sized kick of pine, citrus fruits, and piny hops. That kick didn't last long. After that kick had faded, something weird came out of the background. It almost tasted like the beer was leaking juice. It was hard to tell what kind of juice, but it kind of tasted like it was leaking cherry juice. The taste wasn't as fruity as the aroma was, but it was still quite fruity. I'm just glad an IPA element like the pine and the citrus hops weren't completely covered up by all the juicy fruits.

Mouthfeel: It was a medium bodied beer with a quickly fading aftertaste of pine needles and citrus hops. Where was the fruit in the aftertaste? I guess they used up all of their fruit power for the aroma and taste.

Drinkability: I'm on the fence with this one. In one hand, I didn't care for the beer that much, but in the other, I wouldn't refuse another one if I had the chance. I guess if I was ever lacking fruits in my diet, I could just drink another one of these and my daily fruit content would be back on track.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear copper, with a nice white head that sticks well.
The aroma on this beer is great. I love centennial hops and I love the grapefruit aroma's that come with it.
Flavor is much more malty, this beer is very good, but the aroma and the flavor don't match up. This beer definatly has the hops in it, but I was expecting some more. Nice malty profile though and the background of hops is very good.
mouthfeel was nice and smooth, perfectly carbonated. I could easily sit and drink a few of these, it would be a nice beer to drink all night, it just falls a little short on the hop flavors and bittering qualities.

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

Poured into a pint glass from the 12 oz brown stubby bottle. The soft pour only yielded a 5/8" head of off-white foam. Head didn't last too long but it left some good rings of lacing. The beer is unfiltered orange in color. I love the micron sized particles hanging in suspension.

The nose on this one is full of grassy hops.

Taste: Very nice dry hopped flavor. You can almost taste the little hop particles! There is a nice toasted malt balance to this.... but the predominant taste is hops. Some woodiness hangs on at the end.

MF: A little on the thin side.... but appropriately carbonanted.

Drinkability: Heck yeah.... This is a s good IPA! Haven't found a loser from Founder's yet.

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

Again, I've found an IPA that is well worth not only having again, but stocking the refrigerator. Nice presentation from Centennial, a finger of froth with a cider orange body. Good nose, strong on hops--as with the very good taste--but subtle on the fruit, which comes out better in the taste, which was very good. Lots more fruit in the taste than the nose, with apples, orange peel, lemon, and grapefruit accosting the taste buds. Excellent.

This is something I'll be sure to grab again. The dense hops are well incorporated, front and center but smooth, with a sterling mouthfeel keeping the flavors in harmony. Very good brew.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a very nice looking, hazy, golden-amber color. Creamy, slightly off-white, 1 finger head that left a lot of very sticky lace in the glass.

S: Interesting aromas of toasted and bready malt, citrus-y hops, and roasted nuts.

T: Strong citrus hop flavors with an assertive toasted malt back bone. The hop flavors gradually shift towards the spicy/piney end of the spectrum as it warms and the nutty flavor becomes slightly more pronounced, as well.

M: Dry, bitter, oily, and juicy. Also noticed was a subtle tart fruitiness that comes on in the finish and stays forever.

D: This is an excellent and very sessionable AIPA. I've been revisiting this beer on and off for quite a few years and it never ceases to disappoint.

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

Poured from the bottle with a thick and creamy one inch plus head. Beer is of a rusty orange color. Smells of floral and citrus. Not very strong on hops. Has a nice citrus touch to it with a nice balance of bread and carmel maybe. A medium bodied beer. Lightly carbonated. Warms your insides nicely and settles real easy. A very pleasant and relaxing beer.

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

It poured a dark copper. The Centennial smelled of hops, with citrus accents. It tasted of citrus and hops upfront, bitter aftertaste of lemon peel. The mouth-feel was very light as it went down. This was my introduction to Founders and was very impressed. I will definitely seek out more of these in the future.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy red-orange copper colored with an initial half in of medium bubbled foam that dissipates to a light layer and ring that last to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is sweetly malty with plenty of hops. The taste is not as sweet as the aroma. This is more of a dry bitter flavor. Mouthfeel is full and the carbonation feels prickly. This is a good tasting beer and I will be including it in my regular rotation.

Edit: The original review was done as a stand alone to give every consideration to the beer but I would like to add that when drinking this beer with a curry dish that also had massive amounts of red pepper it cut through just fine and complimeted the meal very well.

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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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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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