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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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Reviews: 1,921 | Ratings: 8,032
Photo of carlborch
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant amber, forming a two-inch creamy, and off-white head that persists. Moderate carbonation. Beautiful malt, citrus , and floral hop notes in the nose. Bitter and rich on the palate. Very nice bitter and malty lingering. Excellent IPA for hop-heads like myself, albeit not overpowering! I note honey, malt, biscuits, citrus (as in grapefruit pith) and bitter hops with a medium body. Highly moreish! At 7.2 ABV, this is not a session ale, and the warmth of the alcohol does peak through. Attractive Belgian lace forms readily!

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Photo of bwood06
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass

A - This beer pours a beautiful clear amber in color with a 2 finger off white head that has a bit of an orange tint to it. The head is frothy with a bit of creaminess and dissipates slowly. Beer is seems to be lightly carbonation with bubbles rising slowly to the top. 4.25/5

S - The aroma is much more malty than most pale ales that I have had. There is a bit of floral as well as citrus hops but there is also a rich sweet maltiness that acts as a backbone to the aroma. The floral hops comes across a bit more than the citrus with the citrus playing a bit of second fiddle to the floral. The maltiness showcases a bit of caramel. 4.25/5

T - Rich dark stone fruit (plums and dates) as well as a rich maltiness are right up front on the taste which transitions to a bit of citrus hops. The citrus here is not the typical grapefruit, but more along the lines of oranges and tangerines. The malt comes across somewhat as an Oktoberfest-esque sweetness/maltiness. A bit of caramel sweetness is present throughout. Along with the malt, there is a bit of a clover honey note throughout. An ever so slight spiciness is present as well. Bitterness on the finish is light but lingers somewhat. 4.25/5

M - Decent carbonation burn up front which transitions to a bit of a smoothness in the middle and a slight drying on the back end. Medium bodied. 4.25/5

O - Very nice balanced beer between sweet maltiness and bitter hops along with a nice complexity of flavors with obvious flavor transitions. The 7.2% abv really doesn't make a noticeable appearance in the flavor. The aroma complements the flavor nicely and provides a nice preview of the flavor. 4.25/5

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Photo of leadpaint76
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice 1 finger of head. Aroma is very nice with piney notes. Taste is awesome. You get the pine and a nice bitter hop bite. This would be a great beer to have while cooking on the grill. Please try if you have not yet. Have a great day my friends.

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

Served in a shaker pint glass. Amber color, creamy white head. I don't know how this one isn't classified as a DIPA, personally, it has many of the characteristics: strong and sweet malty backbone; plentiful honeyed floral and herbal hop notes; and a well-hidden ABV that sneaks up on you. I cannot stress what a sleeper this one is. It looks like just another IPA sitting on the shelf, with its muted label and almost generic name. The contents, however, are anything but generic.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

at a tasting: look was brown good head and lacing, smell of a hop centric straight IPA not much in citrus, taste was not much on any citrus notes but sweet malty and caramel, feel was deep and rich well carbonated

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Photo of RyanK252
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Founders pub glass

A: Pours deep golden orange amber with a creamy light tan head that hangs around for a while and leaves plenty of thick lacing.

S: Floral, pine, light citrus, faint herbal notes, a bit fruity, biscuity bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Floral, citrus, lemon, a little grapefruit, pine, a bit of spice, faint herbal and fruity notes, biscuity malt, and some caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Classic east coast style IPA.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. Beer poured with a brown-amber appearance, a thin head, and with some thin lacing on the sides. Really full aromas including a very malt mixed smell alongside a sweetness, like caramel, and a dark fruit flavor, like grapes or plums. Very sweet beer that follows the nose. Felt like a good mix of grapefruit alongside sugary malts. Good creamy texture for this drink allowing the drink to feel warm, boozy, and tasty. Overall, really excellent aromas and mouthfeel.

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Photo of inpherno
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 09/03/15, drunk on 11/11/15. Poured into pint glass.
Orange in color, with a floral citrus scent. Very balanced flavor profile, bright hoppiness yet sweet, with malty undertones. The head is nice and the feel pleasant on the tongue. Finishes clean & not too bitter. Overall the Centennial is a great example of an American IPA.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - golden orange body. White lingering head
S - fruit caramel
T - fruity, caramel, hoppy after taste
F - smooth, light but coats the mouth, perfect carbonation with good kick
O - great IPA! Best I've ever had!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden orange-yellow. Smells of floral and tropical hops. Taste is floral and fruity, with a slightly sweet malt taste. This IPA is not very bitter, and the hops aren't too aggressive. It goes down smooth with decent carbonation and a fair, medium body. Overall a good IPA if you want some fruity, floral hops without the huge bitterness commonly associated with IPA's.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look is orange Amber with a inch thick frothy head.

Aroma is herbal grassy. Lots of German hop notes with American piney running through.

Taste is herbal with a slight sweet lemon. Nice sweet malt to balance it.

Overall easy drinking IPA. Great for a Sunday.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 ounce bottle about one month old. An aggressive pour brings a huge white/light tan head that sticks around eventually leaving extensive lacing. Nice brown/orangish color. Aroma is hops, citrus, floral, and malt. Taste follows the smell. Very nice balance, not bitter, with a strong malt presence. More floral than citrus. The mouthfeel is oily and fairly thick. Overall this is a great, balanced IPA. More floral and malty than I usually look for, but a delicious beer I could drink all day. Another great offering from Founders.

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Photo of seagullbeer
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

out of a bottle
L- looks a nice amber with a great head. a little darker than run of the mill ipa.
S- nice general hop smell. not as interesting or specific as i was expecting. piney with some rounded malt smell.
T- Super balanced ipa. Very hoppy, very malty, sweet and smooth. I dislike sweet ipas, this is sweet but good none the less.
F- Well carbonated with nice creamy head. Not as viscous as it is sweet.
O- Pretty darn solid. It defines what I think of when I think IPA: hoppy, bitter, strong, flavorful, delicious. Definitely above average ipa but with all the amazing ipas these days it's nothing special. Not a lot of specific hop flavors rise above. Very well rounded.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear folder Amber with a thin white head that leaves much lacing. Little carbonation. A very floral, piney smell. A very balanced Carmel malt and citrus pine hop. One of the smoothest IPAs I've had. Excellent APA.

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Photo of That_Turtle
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Caramel body with rose head. Floral nose, sweet and mellow fruit on the tongue with pleasingly resonant bitter finish. Looking forward to the rest of the 6 pack.

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Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz that was bottled 8/31/15

Poured into glass, golden amber color with white head. Nice floral/citrus smell. Very smooth beer.

Definitely a beer worth revisiting and having again.

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Photo of schwansmantr
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not I repeat not a fan of Ipa style beer. With that said it did not get dumped down the drain. 7. 2 percent alcohol it's an unfiltered fairly clear caramel with a good 2 finger head. This has a slight pepper,hop and flower or herb smell. It has a medium mouth feel with a slight dry finish with a typical Ipa slight bitterness at the end. This is a very complex beer and with that being said I will give it a C simply because I think this is the first Ipa I have been able to finish and I am sure if your an Ipa lover you'll give it an A.

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

Poured from a can into a tulip. Canned 03/14/15.

L: Nice, foamy, off white head. Head quickly disappears. Golden amber color with a tinge of red.

S: Very sweet floral nose. Some earthy tones. Really nice smell overall.

T: Sweet and malty balanced with some grapefruit bitterness.

F: Smooth, but nicely carbonated.

Overall this is a knock out beer. Don't be a fool and buy just one.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty dark body- orange-amber. Plenty of delicate lace. Nose is hoppy orange but equally balanced by toasty malt. Flavor puts more emphasis on the citrus hops, but the malt are now caramel and still strong. Good bitterness, also great malt sweetness to oppose it. Medium body, kinda sticky, but smooth as well. The head lasts and lasts, which adds to the smoothness.
Great balance, great feel, everything was great.

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

12oz that was bottled 09/03/15.
Look: frothy head and color is as red a amber beers.
Smell: I got some citrus.
Taste: Very malty and I do get some bitter hops at the end. At tad too sweet for my liking.
Feel: Right amount of carbonation and pretty easy drinking.
Overall: Not impress at all. I'm starting to not like Founders IPAs. Overly malty!

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

in a dimple mug from the bottle

weak creamy head amber color, prominent lacing

very fragrant, immediate juicy citrus and warm malt, a little brown sugar almost

prominent but not painful bitterness, marries nicely with the malt, much less citrus than the nose would lead you to believe, some biscuit and a subtle sweetness, some pine in the bitterness, a bit tart in places but in a good citric way

watery, filling in the mouth

good, not great, a good IPA would be a good intro to the style for someone prepared for bitterness but new to IPAs, not too bitter, but bitter enough

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Photo of MACrist
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber/orange color. Poured straight into a pint glass with a nice foamy off white head. Medium carbed, small bubbles. Aroma (& flavor) reminded me generally of Bell's Two Hearted Ale. Pungent citrus-orange, pine, licorice, and generally sweet. Taste is just like aroma, sweetness is up front and there is a pleasant, not overwhelming bitterness at the end of the swallow that lingers. I want to a/b this with a Two hearted. Where I live a 6 pack of this is about $2 cheaper than Two Hearted, and this is very similar and very good as well. The bitterness really does linger, but I like it, not over the top. You really get a nice blend of sweet and bitter with this beer. I'd say the mouth feel is medium and a bit sticky. I'll make room in the fridge for this again, without question.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice. This was fruity and earthy for an IPA. Orange in appearance with a nice half inch head. Little lacing left behind. Very drinkable. Ended with a nice slightly bitter finish.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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

I'm not going to write a long winded review, but this beer is a real winner. It has a delicious balance of rich, almost charred malt, and a hop profile that is unique - but very tasty. Perfect amount of balanced hop flavors blend with the malts. I had this after FBS, and this beer was quite a bit better overall.

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Photo of hopulin_thriller
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on cask at World of Beer in Gilbert.

Poured a nice copper hue with a creamy white head. Lots of clingy lacing on the glass.

Lots of tropical fruit hops in the nose. Also some pine and grass in the nose.

Taste was hop forward with a piney bitterness up front and it was balanced by some nice malt sweetness. Finish is grassy hops.

This definitely hit the spot and having it on cask was a definite treat.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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