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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 BMoney575
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 2-25-07

Pours a nice bright orange with a quickly dissipating head and lacing that follows the level of the beer down.

Smell is of floral hops, small amounts of citrus and pine.

Taste is good, a lot of hop complexity without being too bitter, but with an earthy aftertaste that keeps this beer from being better.

Mouthfeel is very good, a little syrupy, what you want in an IPA.

Drinkability is good, earthy aftertaste wears on after awhile.

Overall, not the best American IPA I've had (aftertaste), but I'll chalk that up to personal taste and rate it on the other characteristics.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up the Centennial IPA at the Undercover Market in Athens, OH.

Appearance: copper-dark orange color with a small, 1/4" off-white head on the pour
Smell: yes! i love it; tons of hops; that great hop smell you get from fresh hops when you homebrew
Taste: awesome; very hoppy :) ; not very balanced; maybe a hint of citrus
Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied
Drinkability: its a little thick, so two in a row might be tricky, plus the hops assault your tongue; great to have one to start off the night like i'm doing right now though

Overall, a quality beer. I'll grab some more of this next time I see it.

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

Poured clear, copper with lots of visible carbonation. The pour generated an enormous, frothy, sticky tan head with relentless retention.

Nice balance of sweet malt and fresh, aromatic Centennial hops in the nose. Some peppery alcohol is also present.

This is surprisingly smooth and crisp. It begins with a strong malt backbone and transitions nicely into fresh, hoppy flavor. There are some white pepper, spruce, sourdough and rye notes before ending in a citrusy, bitter finish. This may not be the hoppiest beer that I've ever imbibed but it is a sublimely, balanced IPA with no shortage of bitter kick.

Medium/full body with a clean mouthfeel.

Drinkability gets kicked up several notches for the balanced flavors and well-masked alcohol. I could session these all night.

Another solid offering from one of the premier micros in the U.S.

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Photo of markgugs
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter glass

A: A brilliant, almost sparkling orange color with a medium amount of particles floating. Very little off-white head, dissipates quickly, leaves some decent lacing though.

S: Wow does this smell amazing! Juicy, ripe citrus hoppiness dominate, but not at the expense of solid butterscotch sweetness.

T: Wow, even better! The hops are massive! Juicy citrus flavor dominates, backed up with a tasteful sweetness that lingers just long enough and leaves no overly bitter finish. Delicious!

M: Lip-smacking goodness, this beer is perfectly carbonated, amply creamy, and makes my mouth water with each sip.

D: Instantly drinkable, eminently thirst quenching beer. I would buy this every chance I get.

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Photo of far333
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy apricot colored with a ridiculous 5 inch head that shot up to the sky and sloooowly settled to lumpy, frothy whipped cream, slowing down my attack on this beer while I wait for it to sit down.

Pithy aroma of zesty lemon, sweet corn, and flowery hops.

Flavors of grainy malt, ripe fruits, light brown sugars, caramel, toffee, and flowery-grassy hops. More malt than I expected, but it's tasty. Sweetness lingers, and morphs to a grapefruit rind tingle.

Full mouthfeel, smooth and creamy, but finishes with a carb tingle.

Smooth, enjoyable, drinkable. Good session beer if you want several with lots of flavor and character and just a bit of kick.

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Photo of david131
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange/ bronze liquid. Very pretty white head maintains itself.

S- Nice citrus and piney hops. I get a hint of vegetable earthiness to the aroma as well. Not too much malt in the back either, seems to be on target.

T- A good flavor. It kind of reminded me a little of a Naked fruit antioxidant drink, only more bitter. A lot of fruit came through in the flavor. A little bit of vegetable earthiness came through as well- reminded me of fresh cut green beans. Interesting.

M- Pretty smooth in the mouth. The carbonation seems to be at a perfect level for the style.

D- Pretty easy to put away. I read somewhere that this was a "rich man's Two Hearted." I don't think they knew what they were talking about, but this is good none-the-less.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this IPA pours a light hazy brown, very scant carbonation and half finger thin pure white head

S - big floral hops aroma with some piney angles to the nose with faint citrus notes present as well, there is also some inherent but unplaceable sweetness

T - this takes a second, then a nice hoppy flavor hits, similar to the aroma, floral and piney, but this hoppiness is on its own, no sweet balancing backbone, decent

M&D - rather thin bodied, but decent flavor, nice hoppiness, but too thin for me, and missing so background sweetness, im not trying to tell them how to brew, just thats what ive come to expect and enjoy with my IPA's. the flavors are great to me, but something is missing

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

On tap poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy golden orange in color. A white two fingered head breaks down rapidly into floating islands of bubbles. Remaining head clings to sides of the glass. Nice lacing.

S: Soft floral cirus hops. Pine sap. Fresh baked bread. Earthy.

T: Very clean. Floral citric hops are followed by a subtle pine hop prick on the tongue. The malts perfectly balance this beer. Caramel malt presence with a herbal or tea like finish.

M: Creamy and sliky smooth. Medium carbonation. Slickness is left on the palate.

D: Pleasantly refreshing and very clean. Each sip begs for the next. I cound not drink a six pack in one evening...but I will try!

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Photo of xav33
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Centennial IPA
12 oz bottle
Recent brewing, hopped into 01/07
Medium pour in a tulip glass

Poured a hazy orange amber with an average somewhat diminishing white head leaving a tiny ring of lacing. Lotsa bonus thick floaties.

Smelt of strong bittersweet lemon and ruby red grapefruit, with moderate sweet pineapple, barley sugar.

Taste was upfront strong bitter crisp green grass and fresh vegetation and biting barley with moderate citrus sweetness followed a strong bitter spruce and mushroom yeast with moderate sweetness on a long green finish. Palate was medium bodied, oily, fizzy, light alcoholic warmth and strongly astringent, (in no way a flaw in this case).

Overall, this is one of the most vegetal tasting IPA. Reminds me of fresh garden veggies. Also reminds me of the first time I tried to eat whole hops. Brilliant.

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

On tap at Glass Nickel Pizza served in an American Pint Glass. Goes down good with garlic cheese bread.

Appearance: Permahazed, bronzed amber, with a creamy head. Plenty of bubbles.

Aroma: Grapefruit and Pine. Both, big and bold. Very juicy and aromatic. Easy to smell from a foot or more above the glass.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bitter but not blistering, it seems to make the whole mouth come alive without numbing it to tropical fruit parfait found within this beer. I get mangoes, pineapple, and nectarine just to name a few. Sweet pale malt is there. Medium to full bodied, smooth, creamy, and yummy.

Drinkability: Quite good. I down this puppy pint after pint whenever I go to eat at Glass Nickel.

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

Quick dying head that leaves light lace on the side of the glass. Cloudy as expected from a bottle fermented brew. Orange amber in color

Lots of fresh hop aroma. Can also detect high-alcohol oiliness in the smell. Very traditional IPA aroma.

Superb body with above average carbonation--full tasting. Largely bitter hop in flavor. The malt is present but it dissipates quickly. The bitterness lasts long after the swallow.

A very good IPA in the most traditional manner. Very worthy of a flight with other top notch IPA's.

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

Into a pint glass, pours a lovely copper with golden hues around the edge, nice whitish head that shrinks to a good film and pretty decent lacing down the glass. Need more head? give it a swirl. Aroma is intensely piney and citric, not much room for any malts in here. Taste is kind of the same, an agressive resinous pine hopping with citrus battling for attention, very woody and raw feeling, but not, while a faint bready caramel malt cries in the corner of the room, alone and weak. Mouth is full, smooth and creamy, with good carbonation and a nice, dry finish. A hell of an IPA, very drinkable, I want more, but friggin expensive.

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Photo of Phatz
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a light amber brown with a splash of sunshine orange in the color, mostly transparent. Creamy thick off-white head measures two finger and has great retention. The rings of lacing start at the top and last the whole way down my glass. Impressive.

Smell: It has a gently assertive hop presence in the nose. You know it there but it is pleasing in all respects. Pine lemon and pineapple are present with a sweet sugar glaze drizzled over as well.

Taste: Toasted caramel malt and bold pine hops oils balance perfectly to make a absolutely ideal hoppy IPA flavor, IMO. Smooth butterscotch and caramel follow the grapefruit and pepper but the aftertaste is long lasting minty pine. Terrific.

Mouthfeel: Clean bitterness and well rounded body slide smoothly and easily across the palate.

Drinkability: PERFECT! The warming alcohol presence is restrained at optimal levels, as well as the bitterness and everything aligns for an ultimate drinking beer for a hophead or any IPA loving BA.

Hope this is helpful.

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

Bottle date unknown, just a notch on the bottom right of the label.

Pours clear copper, with a tight, white head of a half inch.
The fine beads of foam settle slowly into the glass, revealing some strings and dots of lacework.
Aromatics are floral, pungent, and grassy. Loads of tangerines, peaches, freshly mown grass, and powdered candy. A smidge of malt is a mere afterthought.
Mouthfeel is creamy and crisp, with a light puckering quality from a resinous bite.
The pallet is hop-driven and crisp, with lots of fruit.
Citrusy and piney, with pixie stix powder and a firm, smooth bitterness.
Shades of marmalade and candied grapefruit come forward as it warms, and finishes juicy but drying.
Another great Founders brew.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love Founder's beers, Red Rye and Black Rye in particular. This IPA was not one of my favorites, as it is extremely grassy-tasting, reminiscent to me of Bell's Hopslam.

It pours a red color with an abundant white head. It smells vaguely sour (at least for an IPA) with a cut-grass smell. The flavor is hoppy, but not in a sweet, citrusy, floral, or piney way. Instead, this hoppy taste is slightly sour and tastes a bit like cut-grass, like Bell's Hopslam. I didn't particularly care for this approach to an IPA, although I can see how others might feel differently.

Mouthfeel was good...fine bubbles which denoted the feeling of softness and sophistication.

I won't be drinking this beer again, yet I would recommend it just because it is a bit unique.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy coppery orange with all kinds of little things floating around in there. It also leaves some nice lacing. Aromas of citrus hops especially in the form of grapefruit. There is also a little caramel in there too. Taste is more of the same with a lot of citrusy, oily hops and some sweet caramel. The high alcohol is pretty hidden making this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a bright orange-red color with lingering off-white head and good lacing thru the entire glass. Aroma was floral and grapefruit/citrus. Flavor was more citrus, and the finish was smooth, slightly bitter, and very hoppy. A good beer.

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

Appears to be a great beer!

Deep copper... very bright. Smallish head, but great lacing.

Aroma is full of floral notes and hoppy sweetness. Gummy... lavender... spicy... Oh so nice...

smooth on the palate... a smallish touch of burn on the way down the throat.

More balanced than I was expecting... a nice sweetness up front and a good bitter back-end. Lingering bitter in the mouth. Piney.

I like this beer.

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

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep cloudy copper/orange color with a small white head. Not much retention, little lacing.
Big citrus aroma, mainly of orange and light touches of grapefruit with a big and very prominent toasted caramel malty backbone.
Acidic citrus orange type flavor up front that is a bit tart, similiar to tart orange juice with some lemon flavor in it. The tart character fades to a toasted maltiness that contains some sweet flavors. Almost a toffeeish malt flavor. Pretty well balanced.
Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected for a big abv IPA like this. Carbonation is a little on the light side IMO, but not too bad.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a lightly hazy, deep red-amber color and is topped by a frothy, yet thinnish, tan colored head that starts out about half a finger thick. The aroma is predominantly hop focused with leading, sweetish grapefruit like note. At times it even smells like candied orange peel, or even orange spice cookies. A bock drop of sweet caramelized malt character accentuate the citrus hop notes. There is also a touch of toasty, biscuit-like notes that add a hint of dryness to the nose.

The taste is tart up front, but more from the hop character than anything. A solid biting bitterness leaves a tingling sensation on my tongue. The beer seems to taste a bit murky for some reason, though I am not entirely sure yet if this is a bad thing or not. Dusty biscuit-like malt notes and a crystal malt character are in evidence as well. Actually the murky notes seem to stem from the malt character; it is just a bit much for this to work as a pure celebration of the Centennial hops. Not a bad beer certainly, but it could use some bright, clean, sweet malt notes to accentuate the hops a bit more. While the aroma ran towards the sweet side of the citrus hop spectrum, the flavor has more of a tart edge to it. Again it is a grapefruit note that dominates, but there is a touch of sour orange and perhaps even a slight tangerine note. A solid beer, and one which I certainly enjoy drinking.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Short fat twist off brown bottle. An illustration of two angels praying to the hop gods, in what looks like a painting style you'd study in an art history class. ...Pours a hazy bright copper with very little head retention and a tiny bit of lacing. What can I say about the aroma? IT'S AWESOME like burying my face is fresh hop leaves, centennials are probably my favorite hop. This brew is loaded with them, aroma is full of that juicy, bitter sweet, grapefruit rind that I love in a good IPD/DIPA. There is definitely enough sweet caramel detected through the hops. Smells like an awesome DIPA really! Full bodied, with a slight slippery texture and a little tingle from carbonation. Chewy caramel malt sweetness up front and a huge juicy-sweet cent hop flavors in the middle, floral, grapefruit. I expected a huge hop bitterness but the levels are just right for the style. The finish is very good, pleasant floral notes and a dry grapefruit rind bitterness that is quite mild but lingers. Awesome aroma and flavor, well balanced, smooth drinking despite ABV, really a good IPA.


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Photo of HopDerek
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep amber/copper color, unfiltered with a good foamy head that slowly fades, leaving good lacing. Smells primarily of citrus with some malt and pine. Taste is citrus up front, mainly grapefruit, followed by some maltiness, almost a bubblegum hint, and then pine. Medium in body with nice light carbonation throughout, very smooth. An excellent IPA, not too dry, nor too overly hoppy.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle that had the dating system based on the location of a notch on the top or bottom of the main label. Was a hazy copper color. Had a good head that settled into a thin film and lacing. The mouthfeel was solid. The aroma was obviously heavy on the hops and had some pine in the background. The taste was classic American IPA and one of the best I've tried in the style. Starts strong and never lets up. Can taste it long after you've taken the drink. Really enjoyed this one and wishe it was available back in Texas. (4, RR, T, Y)

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my DFH pint glass a medium amber with two fingers of off-white head. Hoppy aroma with the usual grapefruit/citrus notes. Hops are dominant from start to finish, but only slightly. I'm not feeling the malt. Very little balance that I could detect. Does the centennial denote the type of hops used? If so, where did they get this crop from? I'm not getting the signature fruity pebbles/froot loops qualities that I so much enjoy from this hop varietal. This beer does have a nice medium body and carbonation though. I would not seek this out but would drink it on occasion.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer wasn't aged for a 100 years was it? Wrong centennial. The pour is a very nice coppery color. Not paying attention, there was sediment added to the beer so it did come out cloudy. The head was a white frothy color that remained through the whole tasting.

The nose is hoppy with a citrus centennial appeal. Mostly the nose has a grapefruit nose with some lighter fruity note at the top. Some malty background and also some feint bubblegum phenolics as well. A nice hoppy aroma.

The taste continues with the hops playing more of a noticeable flavor then the malt. The hop taste has a good bitterness with a zing to it and a hint of earthiness in the back ground. The finishing hops have more of a grapefruit essence with a somewhat piney backing. Good balance between the two. The malt is more noticeable then the nose indicated with notes of caramel, honey and biscuit flavors coming out and blending well with the hop flavors. A very nice taste indeed.

The body has a mid feel to it and very easy to drink considering the ABV. A somewhat oily taste but still remains lick-smacking good. The bubblegum isn't an off flavor but does blend well. Overall this is a good beer and well worth a high praise.

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