Founders Centennial IPA | Founders Brewing Company

8,315 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 jkblr
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 5/22/17 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 7.2% ABV. The beer pours a bright reddish copper color with abundant khaki head and good lacing. Lacing coats the glass and a full film of head remains as the beer is consumed. The aroma is old school pine and citrus mixed but a bit muted by modern IPA standards. The taste is malt sweetness up front with citrus and pine coming in for the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with plentiful carbonation. The finish is mostly dry with a little hop oil & residual malt sweetness keeping it from being totally dry. Overall, very good. This is a beautiful, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of PMarcy78
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of durwood64
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spoda1983
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Founder's Centennial IPA at pub in Foggy Bottom, Washington DC, ABV 7.20%, IBU 65. My daughter poured it for me.

Look: semi-clear orange/amber with a thick white head.

Aroma: bready, caramel, and citrus

Taste: A little sweet, caramel, fruity, mango, orange, and pine, moderate bitterness, very well balanced, excellent.

Feel: light to medium, crisp

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Photo of Rufus1
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark medium amber/orange. One finger head that dissipates quickly. Rim with good lacing. Floral hops on the nose. Some citrus. Maybe grapefruit? First sip is mild hops up front with little malt influence. Smooth medium in the mouth with good carbonation. A surprisingly easy to drink IPA. Very smooth. Maybe even sessional. A fine example of a good IPA.

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

Photo of Btip1969
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of muchos
3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 5/8/17. Enjoyed on 6/10/17.
L. Clear dark amber to light brown, big frothy head which laces the glass.
S. Mostly malty caramel and toffee, a little spicy/minty.
T. Piney, caramely, smoky, a bit of bitter citrus pith in the middle to aftertaste. Not bad, but the flavors aren't working too well together for me either​.
F. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Resin-y in the aftertaste
O. Not exactly refreshing, no real identity beyond that. Nothing to write home about, even at $20 including tax for a 15 pack. Cheers!!!

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Photo of Fowdy
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful rich unfiltered amber with one finger of off-white head. Some lacing with good retention.

Smell: Bready at first with some citrus coming in.

Taste: Good balance of hops and malts. The citrus is a bit muted but the hops are near perfect. Bitterness is good at 65.

Feel: Smooth crisp IPA with good carbonation.

Overall: I've never seen an unfiltered IPA before. I wish more breweries would make one. This is a good beer.

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Photo of SuomenAmerikkalainen
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rdc67
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CNoj012
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a deep amber color that almost resembles caramel. There is lots of chill haze and a two finger, dense, foamy off white head. Retention is excellent and there are many hanging rings of lacing left around the glass.

The smell is orange, citrus, pine, herbal earthiness, as well as sweet and bready malts. Very well balanced.

The taste is the same. Again very flavorful with a good deal of balance. The hops are the star, but are supported wonderfully throughout by the malts.

Feel is medium, but the crisp and dry finish helps it come across as a bit lighter.

Overall this is a very good beer. Reminds me of Two Hearted in that it's a hop forward beer with a huge dose of classic hop flavor, but is balanced well by the malts without coming across too sweet or malt heavy.

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Photo of thingsBEER
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmd88
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drstalker
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aleigator
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean coppery amber color with a froth, medium sized white head.

Smells like classic Centennial hops, utmost fruity of ripe oranges, coated up by lemon zest and a good amount of toffee malts. A herbal whiff enriches the orange impression, which is highlighted on the nose throughout.

Drinks soft and refreshing with a steamlined, thirst quenching hop dryness during the finish. This puts many new wave ipas to shame in regards of how well this is build, with a simple, but intriguing and well working hop profile.

Orange covered malts upfront, which soon develop a crisp, herbal hop dryness, getting soothed by sweet caramel malts from the get go. The beer turns dryer and more herbal during midpalate, with a sparkly effervescent undertone muting the malts. Finishes sweet on the malts with a touch of earth and a long lasting, prominent lemon dryness, enhanced by an orange hull note.

Wow, this is drinking incrediby great. Fruity, sweet and hoppy dry, this hits every mark I could expect from a classic Ipa. Clean and utmost smooth on the palate, this reminds me of a well made german Bock, in terms of not being able to stop drinking, once started. The late earthen undertone does a lot to my perception of the beer, since it strengthens both, hops and malts, creating the most subtle and well working gateway to create an intense, harmonious flavor profile.

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

Pretty good but was expecting more due to all the great reviews.
S: Light, fruity, floral, piney nose.
T: Unique flavorful taste to match the nose. A little spice and bitter finish.
O: Balanced, just like the bottle says. But I've had lots of balanced IPA's lately and I find myself wanting something bold. Don't get me wrong though, his is a good IPA.

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Photo of Neversatisfied1980
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eammon1920
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dhofrenn
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andrewh995
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an clear orange ambers color with an off white head. Smells of citrus, hops, and some floral notes. Tastes of bitter hops, orange, floral notes, and some sweetness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. This is a fantastic IPA.

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Photo of melikeymybeer
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured tan/orange with a medium white head and nice lacing.
Taste is citrus up front, predominant malt over hops (my preference)
Very clean feel and highly drinkable.

One of my favorite IPAs

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Photo of Eric_T_07
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 8,315 ratings.
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