Founders Centennial IPA | Founders Brewing Company

8,246 Ratings
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 ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a small, off-white head.

Smell: Pale malts set against a backdrop of lemons and pithy grapefruit.

Taste: Meager malts and sweetness that jumps right into a pile of citrus. Quite lemony, even a bit citric. Full, sharp hop bitterness. Long, resinous finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A respectable IPA. It's plenty bitter, so it's got that going for it.

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Photo of cookin420
3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip.

Light amber in color with a yellow tint to the head. Unimpressive head but it lingers and remains thick around the edge of the glass. Runny coating of lace. Pretty hazy but still very attractive.

Smells like floral hops. Centennials have a slightly metallic aroma.
Moderately tart and only hints of malt.

Taste is a somewhat of an assault. Pretty intense but not all that bitter. Malt is underlying and outshined.

Mouthfeel is acceptable with near perfect carbonation. A bit thin leading to an undermalted effect.

A solid IPA but a bit harsh to quaff. Centennials need an accompanying hop, but this is fairly well done as an example of a single hop Cent. IPA.

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Photo of maximum12
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from the great state of Wisconsin as a single I wish I had another.

Pours with almost no head & an off-orange color. Smell is awesome. The taste - hops, hops, hops, but the bitterness is well-masked & not nearly as aggressive as some of my favorites like Hopslam or Furious. The smell is much less subtle, the taste seems a little less 'extreme'.

M&A is good. The alcohol is present when it starts to warm up my tummy, not so much on the tongue. Very smooth. I could see bottles of this disappearing in one sitting without noticing much.

Really, really good IPA. Also my first Founders brew, which has left an excellent impression & an unfulfilled yearning for more. Oh, why did I only buy a single? Why, gods, why!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured hazy orange honey, not much head or lace.

S - Oily, hoppy citrus, light biscuit type bread.

T - Light malt, cracker like, taken over by orange and grapefruit bitter finish.

M - Medium body, medium coating and carbonation.

D - I like this one.

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

A- Pours a hazy, peachy orange with an excellent 2 finger, creamy head which looks amazing.

S- Smells very sweet, citrusey fruits, a bit perfumey.

T- Taste starts off very biscuity and moves to a orangey, grapefruit hoppiness at the end. Pretty significant bitter finish.

M- Medium viscosity, perhaps a tad too much carbonation.

D- Very drinkable IPA. Reminds me a lot of Leatherlips IPA. A nice change of pace from west coast ipas.

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Photo of Atron67
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- 12 oz bottle with a screw top green lable like in the picture. poured into a tulip glass

A- poured an almost brown amber with a reasonable sized off white fluffy head. clear body, slight tinge of red up to the light. as the head fell a thin film remained and a light lacing was left behind

S- grassy piney flavors, hoppy, delicious smelling. malt is also present which isnt surprizing for a 7.2%'er but is nice and balancing. no sweetness really noticable. just a good dry hopped scent.

T- starts of with a nice thick feeling maltiness which almost instantly turns into a building hop bitterness which is pretty damn good. the bitterness caps off about mid way through then the dry-hop flavors start kicking in, citrusy, piney charachter comes out and then fades into a nice lingering light bitterness that reminds me of what was just there and makes me want to drink more. might become my standard IPA its pretty good and always around

M- pretty full body, medium/high carbonation, lingering mouthfeel

d- awesome

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

A_Pours a slightly hazy orange brown with a nice two finger fluffy head. Staying power and lacing are both fantastic.

S_Clean smelling with a nice grapefruit and tangerine hop kick. Slightly biscuit-like malt.

T_Grapefruit hops in the front and back with a nice slightly sweet, mostly bread like malt in the middle. The aftertaste is a really nice white grapefruit.

M_Medium bodied with a tight bracing carbonation which is really needed because there is a certain oily mouthfeel. This is the way it should be done as it is real well rounded but allows the hops to coat the tongue without completely drying out the mouth.

D_This is an absolute killer IPA. I would love to have this around the house on a regular basis.
Thanks to pimpp for this one.

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

Bottle courtesy of demitriustown. Thanks for this awesome beer!
Slightly hazy reddish amber color with a creamy offwhite head atop. Smell is light, fruity hops mostly with a citusy focus. Taste is somewhat bright, and fruity with a good hop character. Some citrus flavors and an appropriate malt backing. Good mouthfeel and carbonation level round this one out into a really classic and well done IPA. Very fresh tasting and quite drinkable.

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Photo of jeremyd365
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured burnt orange and pretty hazy with a medium head.

S - Very hoppy with a bit if citrus.

T - A pretty strong hoppy taste with a bit of a bitter finish.

M - Thick and only slightly bubbly.

D - This is a very drinkable IPA and would definitely recommend.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - 1 finger white head. Bronze with sunset orange highlights. Hazy but not opaque...obviously unfiltered. Lacing all over the glass.

S - Flowery, citric hoppiness. Not overly complex, just clean, pure hops.

T - Wonderfully tea-like affects. Not overly bitter but definitely not shy. Clean and easy drinking. Leaves a heavy/oily finish. Quality, if not slightly (and I emphasize slightly) boring.

M - Perfect? Perfect. Medium carbonation, heavier body. Thick but not syrupy.

D - Perfect? Nearly. This is a staple IPA for us Michiganders.

I drink this nearly as much as Two-Hearted.

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

12 oz. stubby with no visible freshness date; unfiltered, with 46 IBUs. According to Founders website, the BJCP has chosen this brew as a benchmark for the American IPA style. It pours a toasted orange/amber color, with low carbonation and two fingers of off-white head that sticks quite well. Caramel and citrus in the nose (most notably orange and grapefruit), with spicy hops and maybe a touch of nuttiness. Very similar on the palate - hefty citrus backed by lots of malts - with a large, but manageable bitterness, and just a touch too much malt sweetness for my liking. Very dry, medium body imparts lots of coating hop oils that last and last. Definitely an IPA worth checking out.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first Founders brew I've ever had and I'm looking forward to this.

Wow, this is one beautiful IPA! Coppery orange with a fluffy white head.. This is darker than many IPAs I've had.

Ok, two for two. Those hops are extremely pungent in the aroma. I feel like I've stuck my head in a barrel of sap covered pine needles. Aroma seems a little stronger than Two Hearted.

Sort of a strange taste sensation with this one. An earlier post mentioned a tea aspect and I think that's a good analogy. The hoppy bitterness comes really late on this one. I was expecting a super juicy hop blast that never really came, just the late bitterness. Its not a bad thing but Two Hearted is simply tastier.

Overall, I enjoyed the brew but maybe not quite as much as I thought I might. Still, worthy of a good score.

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

Finally, my first beer from Founders. Beer pours out a caramel/amber color. A decent head, although it disappeared rather quick, good lacing though. Smell was earthy with a hint of citrus and maybe a touch of alcohol. Taste was outstanding, the hops come through nicely. The beer was also pretty smooth with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is also excellent, I wish I had another one. I'm looking forward to trying more beers from this brewer.

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

12oz. stubby brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into al pint. Founders dating system is retarded.

A: Pours an orangy amber with good clarity. 1 1/2 fingers of off white head forms on the rocky side but holds nicely. Good lacing throughout.

S: The Centennial's are so damn powerful. Very fruity and acidic with lots of peppery pine. Some sweet malts pop out in the back just a bit.

T/M: Bitterness is at a comfortable level. The citrus seems to be covered up just a little bit by the strong spicy pine character. I love the pine but it needs to be in balance with a good citrus flavor(IMHO). Nevertheless, tasty. Malts play a nice role in this; sweet, malty, bready. Near the end and through the finish, the bitterness steps up a bit more and dries the tongue.

D: Tasty, drinkable(7.2%? Really?), and different from the others. Founders might be my favor brewery.

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Photo of LeftonJackman
4.76/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

part of the WTofB at the Winking Lizard

A:Amber pour, thin head
S:Hops, pine, citrus... Wonderfully complex. Almost flagship for an American IPA
T:Grapefruit, melty caramels. Great hoppy presence.
M:Very much a live, present mouthfeel. Not overpowering.
D:Surprisingly drinkable for an American IPA with 7.2 abv. Will enjoy again!

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Photo of HardTarget
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Dry hopped and unfiltered, nothing else.

Aroma: I'm pretty sure those are hops. Given the name; Centennial hops. There is a bready sweet base under them as well, and a perfumed alcohol note.

Appearance: Copper orange with a thin dirty head that collared and laced.

Flavor: Hops come with grapefruit rind and earthy leaf. The malt is pretty subtle but keeps the total flavor from going too bitter. There is a firm tea element as well.

Mouthfeel: Oily texture, moderate body, low to moderate carbonation.

Overall Impression: Nice IPA. The tea element got a little old, but I liked the hop level and the lower carbonation helped drinkability.

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Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber with lots of particles in suspension, good head.

Smell: Citrus aroma.

Taste: Kind of surprised me how balanced this was. A good malt backbone with enough grapefruit hops for bitterness. Did get a little grapefruit rind dryness at the end.

Drinkability: Pretty good beer but not readily available in Minnesota. For a centennial hop bomb Two Hearted is more readily available.

Picked up a single of this to see how it compared to Two Hearted. There must be something about centennial hops that just doesn't sit well with me. I like citrusy hops and lots of bitterness, but beers that are dominated by centennial just don't make the next level with me. It's still a pretty good IPA and I wouldn't turn one down.

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Photo of ROMER79
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours copper in color with a off white head that disappears after a few sips. The smell was a mix of pine, lemons, and possibly even oranges. You can taste these flavors with hints of caramel in between. Fruity but not too fruity and the caramel adds nice balance to the flavors. Very easy to drink. A wonderful American IPA.

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Photo of JustinOSU99
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper in color, with small head but decent lacing.

S: Sweet malt up front, with definite hop presence coming in after. Spices and floral smells. Hint of oranges, banana, melon.

T: Wow. Quite different. Lots of malt taste, with a creamy follow-up. Malts also tend to dominate the finish. Highly carbonated, with a bitter finish, but very tasty.

M: Sits in the mouth nicely. Creamy with carbonation that helps quench.

D: Tasty and gives a nice buzz with the 7.2% A good IPA

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

Poured into a Schlitz chalice.

Living in Michigan, it becomes evident quickly that we have a really great beer state. Bells, Dark Horse, Dragonmead, Kunhnenn's. and Founders.

I am consistently impressed with Founders and this time is no different. A gorgeous looking pour - crisp, golden amber with minimal head that leaves a little lacing. This well hopped brew has a heavy pine nose with subtle hints dark sugar. The taste is balanced - a nice hoppy punch in the front with a sweet malty backbone. The mouthfeel is rich and almost syrupy, very nice for this style. Easy drinking here - not as good as Two Hearted, but right up there. Another great one from Founders. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz from jdoncbus ... 2 bottles received in trade.. My trading partner is enjoying one .... mine is in my New Belgium snifter.. Big thanks.

2 finger chunky head dies back fast leaving rings of lace above an orangey/amber brew with a significant hop haze.

Slightly citrusy aroma .. light pale malt .. sorta perfumy .. Steven says he's getting pine... definately an unmistakeable IPA aroma.. but sorta weak for somebody like me (PNW IPA guy.).

Good bitter backbone with a nice touch of toasted malt .. citrusy hop flavors .. mild yeasty fruitiness .. finish tends to drop off fairly quickly. The body is good for the style and the carbonation just keeps coming... could use a touch more sweetness to string the palate along.. again a fairly dry finish.

Nice IPA.. Big thanks to jdoncbus .. This is only the 2nd time I've had this beer and this one tasted a whole hell of alot fresher... OOOPS.. HOP BURP. Thanks John.

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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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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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