Founders Centennial IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA
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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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Served in a clear pint glass, this IPA is a good one.

Once poured it had a nice foamy head and left a good amount of lace.

A familiar golden orange color, cloudy with very little effervesences.

Floral citrus nose.

Round mouthfeel with a good balance of lemon and grapefruit flavor.

A nice strong dry bitters finish.

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Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle. Bottling date is "02/12/13."

Pours an amber sunrise color complete with a decent 1.5 finger head of foam that settles down to about a half finger that sticks around. Lacing is pretty decent, although there aren't too many bubbles on this thing. Pretty viscous, especially considering the style at hand relatively average ABV. Every swirl produces a ton of extra carbonation. Pretty solid, especially as this is my first (real) IPA from Founders.

The aroma consists of classic West Coast meets East Coast IPA aspects, with piney, grapefruit hops melded with a strong malty toffee/caramel backbone. In fact it's unfortunate that I've having this so late in the game, as the hops are already showing signs of deterioration, but there's an undeniable earthiness that lies here, as well as a sharp, astringent syrupy sweetness aided by the hops. The dried hoppy aspect is already dying down by now, but it's still noticeable, with highly present citrus rinds. Not as vibrant as I like East Coast style IPAs to be, but I'm partially blaming age here. No booziness, not too much of an overwhelming sweetness. Definitely enjoyable.

The flavor turns out to be equally enjoyable, and continues to combine both aspects of IPAs from either coast. Right at the front, there's large bittered citrus rinds, consisting of blood oranges, lemons, and grapefruit. Lots and lots of grapefruit, in fact. The aftertaste tasted just like the same astringent aftertaste after munching on real, juicy grapefruit. Very earthy, in fact, with slightly astringent hops that compliment the caramel profile quite well. It does get progressively sweetened as time goes on, and definitely far maltier than expected, but the hops are still present enough to provide substantial flavor and fruitiness to the whole thing. Quite syrupy, although age is definitely to blame there. Carbonation seems to have ceased a bit, but it's impressive how long it has held on. Bitterness melds here and there from the grains and hops, but it's actually quite balanced, and definitely would be really refreshing if it weren't for so much of the dried hop aspect. Not a bad take on the style at all.

After initial disappointments with their pale ale and All Day IPA, it seems Founders delivers the goods here in terms of hoppy paled ales with this one. Definitely a lot more like a East Coast IPA in terms of delivering a lot of earthy, malty syrup, but it's dank and fruity enough on the hoppy side to hold interest the whole way through. I could definitely have a bunch of these in a row, just like SN Torpedo. Hope I can try this fresher one day, as I'd imagine the pine would really jump out then. Recommended a try.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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