Founders Centennial IPA | Founders Brewing Company

1,964 Reviews
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 LJSchoppert
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep, clear amber with a finger of light head
The aroma is sweet malt with some spice to be found
Hits the palate with sweet, toasty malt and some grassy hops that turn to pine later
Carbonation is gentle, overall mouthfeel is creamy and a little sticky
Overall an excellent example of the style. Very slightly too sweet for my preference though.

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Photo of MiddleBeery
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. Always pours a thick, frothy head, and has a complex, fruity palette that keeps the taste of the hops without any sort of over-bitterness, but still with a bite. The body is surprisingly crisp and refreshing for a double IPA, and won't leave you feeling super full. Good for any time of the year! Founders always has well-rounded, tasty beers.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an awesome dark, creamy meringue head about a finger thick

Smells great, like the IPAs you'd spend $20+ for a 4 pack/ Sugary sweet odoriferous eminations from the pint glass.

Taste is superb, absolute honey soaked bitter fruits. every sip is a forkful of bitterness dunked into a jar of honey. What a fantastic balance

If this isn't world class nothing is. Fantastic

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Photo of beergoot
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, copper-tinged body; thick, sculpted, creamy head. Notes of pine and citrus hop aroma; bread crust and toasted grain notes, too. Semi-sweet malt taste with a low-key hop bitterness; pear and red apple fruit suggestions. Medium-heavy body; some glassiness and smoothness.

This beer was bottled 08/26/16. It delivers a well-rounded, balanced blend of gentle malt sweetness with a bold yet not overly aggressive hop presence. Pretty spiffy...

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Photo of Marius
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

35cl bottle. Clear amber pour with a thin off-white head. Grapefruit, lemon zest, a hint of pine and some caramel, behind a harsh green hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a soft-ish texture and a bitter-sweet caramel and hops aftertaste.

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Photo of therica
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly top of the class IPA.

A = golden amber, very active white foamy head and plentiful lacing.

S = grassy malts, some hints of citrus, light hops florals.

T = somewhat dry and grassy, some light sweetness, light citrus, and decent hops bite - a sort of trilogy of great traits.

F = dryness yet not really astringent.

O = a great overall intersection of balanced IPA characteristics. On the downside it didn't seem to go with anything I tried to eat with it! Oh well.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decently bitter, but certainly leaning towards the sweet side of the IPA spectrum, not that that's a bad thing - - - Flavors of caramel and graham crackery malt upfront. Mid-palate, dry flavors of hop resin and spicy grapefruit peel. Hints of lemon. Vanilla and orange sherbert on the finish.

Sugary and sweet. Feel is hearty and rich. Full bodied with light carbonation. Dry.

A great IPA. It's generous malt bill and modest hop profile make it a nice introductory beer to people new to the style. However some drinkers with super high hop tolerances might find this one a bit too sweet.

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Photo of jeffadow
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber, with a bout a finger of lasting, slightly tan head. Crisp, hoppy smell. Slightly oily mouthfeel and a bit of alcohol warmth. Very mild bitterness and a present but not intense hoppy flavor, crisp and apple-y. Lasting malt and sweetness on the finish.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I was expecting too much from this beer..maybe I bought a bad batch. In any case, I was not impressed. Color is a very dark amber with a decent sized, off-white head when poured into a pint glass. There is virtually nothing on the nose. Slight smell of citrus hops and very very faint scent of bread malt. I was expecting hops on the taste but really didn't get anything. For some reason I tasted a hint of peanut butter of all things. Granted, this is my 2nd beer of the night (1st was a Bear Republic Racer 5, which i thought was far better..) so that could have an impact. The Centennial IPA is very drinkable, however, and the 7.2% ABV is really masked well. Suffice it to say, I will probably not be rushing out to buy another 6-pack as there are far better examples of IPAs out there.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance: Dark orange/brown with a huge amount (4 fingers) of beige head that dissipates slowly.
Smell: Citrus hops plus some caramel
Taste: Perfectly balance bitterness from hops with malty sweetness. No unpleasant aftertaste at all. This is what a world-class IPA should taste like.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, full-bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall: One of the best IPAs that I have tried thus far.

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This a beer that tastes as good as it looks and smells.
Its pleasant bitterness (a weird word combination, I know) is exactly why I have an unhealthy addiction to IPAs.
Centennial certainly lives up to its reputation.

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Photo of drmeto
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

-pours a clear amber with a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-peach marmelade,mango,nectarine,orange,tangerine,grapefruit,herbal,cinnamon
-finishes dry
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol detectable
A great IPA.

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Photo of jonb5
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Third of a litre at Craft Beer Kontor.

A: Mahogany, clear, large thick head, left lots of lacing around the side of the glass.

S: Heavy on the citrus hops, had a New Zeeland and Pacific Northwest like aroma.

T: A burst of strawberry and grapefruit against a strong malt backbone, finished with some rye, not boozy at all.

M: Medium to heavy body, not hugely carbonated, smooth.

O: Another very good IPA, not much more to say.

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

Dark amber bordering on ruby. Lots of beige head. Smells of lemon and pepper. Well balanced between malt and hops, with a smooth mouthfeel. Tastes of apple cider with hints of citrus and caramel.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

L: Pours a hazy, deep orange/amber with a 1-finger head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing.

S: Balanced nose w/ citrus hops and pine and some sweetness w/ malt and caramel. Not as in-your-face as some IPAs.

T/F: Citrus hops flavor upfront, with some malt backbone to even things out, and a nice bit of of bitterness at the end. Medium body, not too heavily carbonated. Overall, a very balanced flavor.

O: Very tasty IPA! I would definitely get this one again. The alcohol can sneak up on you with this beer, so maybe not too many in one session.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours deep Amber orange, thin off white head lasts, spotty lacing. Toasty malt aroma with some piney notes. Tastes like it smells, toasted bread with big piney bitter hops, citrus peel. The bitterness continues to build thru the swallow. Thin to medium semi-slick feel and a crisp dry finish. Solid west coast style IPA.

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Photo of Nimbus_
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: A very hazy, dark orange. A foamy, white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Strong aromas of earthy and floral hops, and a little bit of citrus and malt at the beginning. The really cool thing was that the scent changed as I drank this beer. About half way down the scent switched to be more caramel dominate. The citrus was still in the background the whole time.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. The first few sips were full of malt and citrus flavors. Really tasty. Then about half way down, as the caramel came out in the smell, it also came out in the taste. From half way until the end of this beer, the caramel flavor dominated the beginning of each sip. The finish was citrusy and dry the entire time. More of an orange citrus than anything else.

Feel: Surprisingly light. Light carbonation, which I always prefer. A slightly creamy mouthfeel overall, but still refreshing and crisp. Definitely a nice dry finish, but not too dry. It's a very balanced mouthfeel.

Overall: This beer has a lot going on, even for an IPA. The aroma, taste, and mouthfeel are all so balanced and done so well. Unfortunately, the 7.2% ABV doesn't make it very sessionable. I highly recommend this beer to pretty much anyone, and it's a must-drink if you love a good balanced IPA.

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Photo of teromous
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't see a date listed on the can.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a very hazy caramel orange and brown color. The head is very thick and fluffy. It is a yellow tobacco stained color. I can make out hazy shadows through the beer. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma: It has a nice pine aroma.

Taste: There is a sweet caramel taste with a bit of a bready touch to the beer. The hop flavors are muted pine and a touch of mint. The finish is a bit more of that sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bitterness with a nice dry finish. The beer has a lot of caramel flavor which makes it feel like it is going to be thick or syrupy but it is not. It is very clean with a nice dry finish. The only downside is the bitterness feels a bit muddy but the overall drinking experience of this beer is very good.

Overall: It is a good East Coast style IPA with a good deal of sweet caramel flavor and a kick of pine and a moderate bitterness. It isn't bad but I don't feel that it is memorable. I probably wouldn't pick it up again but it would work as a good substitute for some of my other, more favored, East Coast style IPA's.

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Photo of blindherd
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tried this last week based on a Recommendation from a local cicerone. The Malt was a little more upfront than the Hops and the taste was overall GREAT! I will definitely be picking this one up again.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at World of Beer in Baltimore.

Dark copper color, darker than the usual IPA I've seen. Smells and tastes very malty as well, but paired very nicely with centennial hops. This is pretty heavy as well, not something you'd want to drink much of, and at 7.2% abv, that's a good thing.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy Amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Faint smell of hops and honey maybe.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops with a hint of Malts and honey like sweetness.

Overall: Good IPA. I would have this one again.

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Photo of Bulabeers
4.91/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: copper colored beer with a half of finger of white head. This was served on tap.
S: Centennial hops, sweet caramel malts
T: Centennial hops, caramel, kiss of alcohol
F: Medium bodied brew
O: Centennial hops or die

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Photo of ByronDBeer
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark copper, some brown. Some head, not much, yellow tint in head
S: Floral hops, strong clean hop smell.
T: Some wood, pine. Very strong malt, similar to dogfish 90. Fresh hops but not too floral. A bit bitter in the end to show the hops.
F: Very smooth and drinkable, no excess carbonation.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 4-8-16. Shaker.

A: pours a dark copper with 2 fingers light tan, thick and foamy head. Ample carbonation clings to the sides of the glass. Rings on the glass side are epic.

S: fragrant; very sweet citrus, grapefruit rind, malt, sugar.

T: drier arrival than the nose lets on, not sweet at all. Some mild hoppiness on the arrival, a moderate citrus, which quickly transitions to a thick bready and ever so slightly sweet middle. The hops do present themselves with a little mild bittering on the end.

M: solidly midweight. Well carbonated, but not excessively so. Some residual slickness, but not much lingering hop character.

O: this is a really easy-drinking IPA. If what you are looking for is the definition of IPA, this is it. But it is comfort beer; it breaks no new ground. Would be s good fall season IPA. Reminds me of GL Burning River.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Amber in color. Pours with nice head which takes awhile to fade.

Smell: Orange and lemon citrus with an earthy aroma. Berry type of aromas.

Taste: A lot of lemon right upfront. Which fades to a hop bitterness at the end.

Feel: Very full bodied. Creamy almost.

Overall: Founders has always been a favorite of mine. no idea why it took so long to try this one.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 8,244 ratings.
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