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 dreadnatty08
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an intensely turbid, light amber color. Lots of hops floatings around in this one (don't think it's yeast). Big old white foamy head forms. This one is a hoppy bastard. Plenty of grapefruit in the aroma. It really is like opening up a hop sack. Centennials are much higher in AA than cascade but smell almost identical. Not a whole lot of malt profile coming through in the nose, a slight crystal malt toastiness, but not much else. On the palate, this is one of the most beautifully crafter IPAs. The hops make a pronounced impression with their flavor and aroma but without a biting bitterness. This one is almost too malty, making it slightly out of balance for my taste; I would like to see some more bite to it. Carbonation is quite low, almost like cask, very nice. I prefer hoppy beers like this to be lower in carbonation than most commercial varieties. Anyway, this is a damn good IPA, perhaps the best beer I've had from Founder's and one I wish was local.

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

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a huge stiff orange hued head that resists fading. A bunch of lacing, some 3D.

The smell is really sweet malt with a huge orange citrus aroma.

Full bodied, the mouth feel is a wonderful balance of the initial hop bitterness and highly carbonated nature with a sweet malty backbone.

A grassy pine flavor is nicely balanced with a sweetness from the malt.

A real good drinker. The 7.2% ABV is hidden well. Money.

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

Pours a nice copper with a decent initial head that fades somwehat quickly and leaves some good lacing. The smell is piney hops and light grain. Orange citrus rind develops as well. The taste is smooth and very well balanced. Piney hops, some light waxiness, orange and grapefruit rind, and a medium bitter finish are all evident. The mouthfeel is very liquid and refreshing, not too thick or grainy at all. Nice dryness. This one is very balanced with lots of flavor and easy drinkability. A very nice example of the style.

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Photo of peabody
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a light amber/orange and very clear with just a small amount of white suds.
Smell is grapefruit and orange peel with and an aroma from some very nice hops.
Taste is very dry grapefruit with orange and cherry. That is where the bitterness ends cause of the sweet aftertaste. Carmel sugars abound here.
Mouthfeel is a little oily but not as much as a better IPA.
Good session brew here. Founders has some gems and some turds, this is in the middle there somewhere.

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

On-tap poured into a pint glass

A- Poured a rich amber to copper color. About a 1" frothy head and lots of lacing. Appeared light on the carbonation.

S- Mostly grassy and piney hops with some sweeter malts and slight hoppy citrus sneaking through.

T- A pretty good blend of malt sweetness and more of the grassy and piney hops that were present in the scent.

M- Very smooth, but slighty thinner than expected. Again a little light on the carbonation.

D- A very drinkable American IPA. Definitely something I can go back to when I want to drink more than one in an evening. A great beer to have with a meal. It paired quite nicely with the BBQ during lunch.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Reed415 and bozebus17 for this one.

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich copper hue with a fluffy two finger off-white head that slowly dies down to a nice layer. Stickiness is all over, really enjoy how this one looks...doesn't let go one bit. Smell is a mild piney hop scent with a bit of alcohol in the nose. Not overpowering by any means. Taste is very complex. A bready pine hop (if that makes any sense) flavor up front that fizzles to a dry pale malty hop flavor (once again, if that makes any sense). I really like how much flavor this one has, it's all over the place but in a good way, all the flavors are very enjoyable. Pretty full bodied for this style with a good amount of bubbles. Quite drinkable, I could easily put a few down in one sitting. The bit of alcohol on the tongue does take away from the drinkability though. I've loved every beer from Founders and look forward to more. I feel this one is too much in the shadow of KBS. Centenial IPA deserves more love!!!

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

Another quality selection from Founders. This American IPA pours a cloudy burnt amber hue with an off-white head that leaves great lace.

Qualities of the aroma include citrus (orange/lemon), some malty yeast, and well pronounced hops. Fairly common characteristics for an IPA but certainly above average.

Great hops flavor but remains balanced without being overwhelming. Some honey, pine, and spice. The finish is sweet with a lingering hoppy bitterness. Very mellow and drinkable but no sacrifice in flavor what-so-ever.

The texture is smooth and pleasant, allowing me to focus on the well balanced flavors. Velvety finishing mouthfeel.

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

looks like your "normal" american ipa, a hazy orangey amber in the glass with creamy off-white head and lacing. very nice aromas of resiny citrus and sweet two-row malts. also some toffee and bread dough notes. for a 7.2% beer i expected more malt presence and body. this has just a hint of sweetness before the hop bitterness takes over. medium long finish. barely medium-bodied and alcohol is undetectable despite the listed abv. drinkability suffers from the can get more body, flavor, and aroma from an alpha king which weighs in at 6% abv, but i would not be disappointed to see this beer more readily available.

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Photo of mdm46410
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This IPA pours a slightly hazy golden/amber with a thin beige head that quickly turns into a slightly transparent layer of tiny, fizzy bubbles. Very light lacing. Aroma is a huge fruity, caramel hop experience. Grapefruit notes dominate, along with some orange and pine. Slight hint of alcohol. Is this a double IPA? The aroma had me thinking I was in for a taste bud assault, but this is an IPA with balance. Nice malty taste of caramel, then you taste the citrusy hops. This is what I want an India Pale to taste like. I love my doubles, but this is a beer that you could actually eat a meal along with. Medium-body with light carbonation. Quick, slightly bitter finish. Excellent!

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

Appearance: It's clear and a copper color. Head is foamy and about one and half fingers. Retention is good and lacing was thicker than I expected.

Smell: It's somewhat light on the nose. There are definitely some light citrus notes present (mostly grapefruit). Hop presence is certainly noticeable and a bit piney. A bit of toffee malts are noticeable, as well.

Taste: Initially, grapefruit provides a sweet taste. Not overly sweet. Hops are nicely dry and bitter. It's decently balanced by the toffee malts, though it remains ultimately hoppy and bitter. Very good beer for a hot day.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied, carbonation is excellent, and at 7.2%, it's perfect. Very drinkable. I think I could happily sesson this. I really don't think it's that strong. Overall, very nice offering from Founders. Check it out.

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Photo of sstackho
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a light-medium gold with quickly fading head - a bit cloudy, so it gets an extra point for that. Aroma is of very nice hops, but isn't particularly strong. Ah, but the first taste is particularly strong! Very nice filling of the mouth and a bold assault on the tastebuds (of the good kind). Nice and hoppy, and not too piney. </me looking up what Centennial hops are supposed to be like> Yes, from the sounds of it, these are the type of floral hops that are up my alley. Nice beer!

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Photo of number1bum
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to BeerTruth for this one.

Pours a rich amber color with a light tan head that fills to the top of the pint glass. Beer is hazy and there's a bit of sediment even though I kept most of it in the bottle. Retention is almost a little chunky and the beer maintains a thin film to the bottom of the glass, with significant stick holding on to the sides.

Smell is very fruity, lots of citrus (grapefruit in particular), as well as some caramal malt and bready aromas. Taste is mostly the same with quite a bit of bitterness, but also more toasted malt flavor than caramel malt sweetness. The bitterness lasts long into the aftertaste. My only complaint is that I'd like a bit more malt sweetness to balance that bitterness, but this is very tasty nonetheless. It's medium-bodied and the hops make it oily and creamy on the palate. Very high quality IPA overall.

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

Purchased a growler of this from the brewery to enjoy at home. Pours a dark hazy golden color with a nice white head that sticks around for a bit. Smells of plenty of nice hops. Taste is also full of hops with some slight floral flavor, but not overwhelming. There is a bit of malt taste as it goes down, and it goes down easy but full the entire time. A bit of sweetness as it finishes and makes for a great session IPA.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey color with tons of sediment in it, far more than even my homebrew.little head or lacing even with it being an IPA, Smell is dominate with floral hops, oranges, and other citrus scents. Taste is hops first and foremost, very well done, a nice balance with the subtle maltiness. Mouthfeel is full and robust, very well done as well. very good IPA and it was pretty cheap aswell, can't go wrong.

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Photo of malcontent
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Dark orange with slight haze and impressive lacing after the head recedes. Relentless streams of bubbles rise to feed what remains of the head. Nice.

Smell is a knockout; like sitting beneath a pine tree with a glass of grapefruit juice. Delicious.

Wonderfully herbal and pine-y. Citrus is not nearly as prevalent as the nose would indicate and there is a caramel quality that creeps up mid-taste. Bitter finish is bracing and undeniably refreshing.

Surprisingly thin relative to the scent and taste (one would almost expect a DIPA), which in turn makes it a wonderful session brew. Which reminds me of the alcohol; totally undetectable at over 7%. Skillful brewing to be sure.

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

Dark golden copper with yellower edges. Slight haze (this appears to be bottle-conditioned. Robust, rocky, billowy, light khaki head, with patchy yeast stains. Nose is full of candied fruit and toffee malts, all nicely balanced with pungeant resins, pineapple, and citrus hops. Very pleasant.

Toasted malt and big citric hop bitterness right out of the gate. Tongue is already numb! Slight cookie and fruit malt get lost mid-palate amidst acidic, citrus-pine-resin hop bitterness. Not as balanced as the aroma would lead you to believe. Juicy citrus bitterness in the finish with lasting mint and numbness. Dry. Medium-bodied with a slight minerally feel. Tongue-bruising, but that's not a bad thing if you like in-your-face IPAs.

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Photo of bozebus17
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper. With an aggressive pour it yields a large foamy white head. I'm one who's not afraid to pour a bit of yeast in, it's healthy! The head thins out as I drink this IPA but does hold on for the duration. Lacing is definitely there but not heavy.

Smells of hops and a citrus grapefruit like scent. Not an extremely strong nose but definitely enticing.

Flavor is what this beer is all about. The hops aren't overly bitter at all but they are there with the grapefruit flavor that is evident in the scent. This is actually a really balanced IPA with a very strong malt backbone. The finish is pretty dry, something that surprised me.

Mouthfeel is slightly chewy yet it doesn't overpower. Carbonation seems low and it suits this beer, it is very creamy. I'd love to try this one on cask. Centennial goes down dangerously easy for the 7.20% abv. I could easily drink a few of these, although I probably shouldn't.

Overall this is an awesome IPA. If you expect overpowering hops this one isn't for you. I would drink this one anytime. I can't believe it's taken me this long to review it since it is right in my backyard. Highly, highly recommended! Possibly the best IPA I've had. Delicious.

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

Thanks to BlackAngus for hooking me up with this via BC2!

Pours a cloudy copper/amber, thick white head forms, nice lacing, super retention. Smell is really piney, some nice floral/citrus notes, bit of caramel, bread, fruits, nice balance. Taste is very bitter up front, toffee, bit of chocolate, bread, citrus/grapefruit, floral, fruits, quite bitter, bit of of balance, but nice flavours. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation. Nice complexity of hop flavours, slightly weak in the finish and maybe a bit unbalanced with the bitterness, but a nice drink! Thanks Josh!

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

12oz. bottle.

Hazy amber color. Bottle says "dry hopped & unfiltered" - oh yeah! Lots of floaties. Medium sized, creamy, ivory colored head.

Scents of pine and alcohol up front. Bread dough and caramel peek through, but they are pretty well buried.

Taste is grapefruit, balanced with a honeyed biscuit. Some peaches in there also. Alcohol again makes an appearance. Finish has a little pepper.

Medium + in body. Medium carbonation. Fairly dry and a bit grainy in texture.

A very good IPA. I just got back from San Diego, and this beer measures up nicely. The appearance is a bit rough, but it is as advertised.

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Photo of beerphan
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> nonic
no date

Pours a clear slightly ambered orange. Considering the cap just exploded off the bottle, the small orange tinted head surprizes. I was expecting to see 80% foam. Oh well, the carbonation appears slight, and lacing is in pangean clumps.

Nose: Citrus acid, mostly pine and orange rind, with a clever thick malting tone outback.

Nice thick mouth start smooth and finishes bitter. Some citrus fruits are quickly overcome by a nice malt slap to the face. Finishes with an earthy almost astrigent bitterness, which mellows out to a smooth burn with some warming.

Well balanced and thick. Quite drinkable, and i also experienced a few centinnial hop burps that tasted pleasantly fruity!

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Photo of Naerhu
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber body with light honey color at the edges, tight 1 cm head.
S - - Pineapple, cedar,
T - Light malt and huge floral taste. Huge bitterness initially which lacks any balancing maltyness.
M - Very surprisingly light and everscent, with tight, fine carbonation.
D - This would be a decent session beer.

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Photo of ericj551
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Founders Centennial IPA pours a slightly hazy orange copper with a nice foamy head. Aroma is big citrusy hops, sweet orange mostly. Flavor is at first a hint of malt sweetness that pokes through just long enough to be noticed before it is completely covered by the huge bitterness and hop flavor. Tons more citrus, still mostly orange, hints of bitter orange peel as well. This is what I want when I'm in the mood for an IPA, nice and hoppy without being over the top.

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Photo of ChazMania
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled, received in trade. This is a great single IPA. Pours a nice cantalope type color and the aroma is jumping. The flavor is big, really big for a single. Citrus with tad of malt and nice lightly creamy texture. Dang, I wish Founders had distribution out here, this is good! Got to try their Devil Dancer triple soon!

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

Sent to me from Sudsdog,split a 12 oz bottle with WVbeergeek poured into a Mad Elf tulip glass out on the deck.

Hazy,orangy/reddish color. Light tan head with good retention and suspended yeast particles.

Clean,grassy,very citrusy with some grapefruit notes. Nice,pleasing aroma.

Citrusy,some grapefruit,hops dominate the palate, just enough carmelly maltlyness to nicely balance the taste with some burnt notes in there. A nice clean,sharp,snappy hop bite leaves a citrus rind aftertaste.

Medium body,smooth,creamy slightly cloying with a mouthwatering juicyness.
Very easy drinking,feels nice on the palate. Above average IPA not the best, but very memorable. Would like to drink this one again a lot more than a half bottle next time. An IPA worth a try!

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Photo of techlady
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't know what it is about the Founders IPA, but I find it really appealing. It has more character than most IPAs, and is a little softer and mellower than most. Rather than the hard edge of some IPAs, it has richness. I would have it with an aged steak--or, in my case, a small filet mignon--topped with a thin slice of Maytag Blue cheese..

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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