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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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Reviews: 1,936 | Ratings: 8,100
Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moving up the latter in the Founders world, this 12 ounce bottle makes its way into my residence. On to the beer:

A clean copper body shines below a half-inch of somewhat creamy head which dissipates into a patchy lace. I smell something hoppy, and those Centennial hops are making me smile. I get healthy hits of lemon, citrus, grapefruit and a smack of honey. It somehow gets better, especially now in the era of grapefruit IPA's and Mosaic hopped ales. This ale holds a great hoppiness without going too far. The tastes of lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, leading to a somewhat sweet and citric finish finds a way to keep luring me in. It doesn't features a bitter aftertaste, and is really smooth going down.

Centennial IPA delivers an outstanding, honest IPA flavor. Now that I can buy it in California, I will be drinking some more in the future!

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

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a dark orange brown color. Smells of floral hops, slightly onion, large citrus, along with some pine. Taste reflects the smell. Initial floral bitterness goes into a slight pine flavor, finishing with a crisp citrus bitterness. Feel is above medium, letting this feel like a juice. Ample carbonation, not flat at all. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that's tasty.

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Photo of RickyS
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color. Not very abundant head. Cloudy and no visible carbonation. Aroma: mango, passion fruit, apricots, floreal and earthy at the same time. Malts. Hops not very pronounced on the nose. Taste: there is some sweet component getting along with the hop bitterness with a very dry finish. Nutty notes. The taste follows the aroma. Nice beer.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: medium to dark golden color with a slight amber tint, thin white head, thin lacing
S: bitter grapefruit/lemon
T: citrus, malt, pine, bitterness that lingers a bit in the aftertaste
F: mouthfeel has an oily smoothness, medium body & carbonation

Not the first time I've had this, and like before it doesn't disappoint (like nearly all of Founders' beers). Very solid IPA.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden copper color with thick tan head that lasts a few minutes then dissipates to about a quarter inch with good lacing.

Smell floral and citrus notes grapefruit sweet smell little bit of pine.

Taste I get some grapefruit and hops little bitter citrus flavor well balanced.

Feel little bitter somewhat dry feel but smooth.

Overall a very balanced IPA I enjoyed.

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Photo of drgonzo767
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, less than a month old so pretty fresh. Pours a nice darkish amber color. Smells of pine, orange, and malt. So very complex in taste, obvious as an IPA but malt balance is excellent, a nice hop hit but not overly resin like or citrus, more of an orange thing going on. There is a bread/biscuit thing going on, and some spice. The outstanding thing is just the balance of it all and the complexities that open up as it warms. Mouthfeel is perfect, not thin but not palate ruining. This beer really hides its higher ABV. I have had poorer examples of this, freshness is the key to retaining the hop and malt balance. IMO one of the best beers in the US if gotten fresh.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a dark orange with an off white creamy head, lots of tiny bubbles densely packed in the head, good amount of lacing and carbonation, little hazy, not much head retention, looks solid.

A: Resin, pine, citrus, sweet malty aroma, not getting any alcohol on the nose, more pine forward than citrus forward, pretty straightforward aroma.

T: First impression is that this is not overly hoppy or malty, very balanced. Citrus, floral, some pine and resin, hit of hop bitterness, finish is dry with a hint of grapefruit peel in the aftertaste.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O: A very drinkable IPA, balanced, the ABV is well-hidden in the beer. A solid IPA that I would reach for again. I would like it a little fresher but at 5 weeks its holding up pretty well.

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Photo of Savan
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light auburn hue of some sort with pretty thin head that lingers long after poured. Has a citrus scent about it.. not as much going on as I would of hoped for from such a esteemed brewery. Taste is that of a well balanced IPA will say... like suggested on label , never to bitter. (also not to unique.... good but not unique). there is a pine like taste and a citrus finish . Not what i was hoping for but overall not a bad beer.

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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not your panty-waste micro/macro brewery IPA catering to those who wish to be "stylish" by drinking an IPA, but a full-bodied India Pale Ale with a hoppy kick and the ABV to match. Easy on the nose and biting on the tongue with cloudy disposition. All in all a very good brew.

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

L:amber red with over 3 inches of head and very little lacing.
S: citrus, pine, and tea.
T: crisp taste, i get the citrus with a bitter finish at the end.
F:the bitterness feels good on the tongue.
O:this is a very enjoyable ipa, very smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.Pour is a copper color.Smell is citrus,pine with maybe a touch of grapefruit.Taste is citrus and hoppy .I like it very much.I would buy it again.

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

When poured has a honey-ish color..

Smells citrus-y and piney. Very pleasant!

Taste is a smooth balance of hops and malts. Nothing bold in either direction.

Mouth-feel is perfect for this type of beer - not too thin!

This is one of my go-to beers. I always have a couple in the fridge. I consider this to be balanced but many of my friends consider it a malt-bomb. Another word to describe the taste is floral.

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Photo of Jrallen329
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: burnt Amber in color aggressive poor from 12 oz can into glass 2 in of head
Aroma: big citrus with a hint of piny hops
Taste: follows aroma with a hint of biscuity malt finished nicely with a crisp smooth hoppy bite
Great beer would buy again comparable to ballast points sculpin

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.17/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Paid $1.39 for this beast at a local supermarket.

It pours a honey colored body with a large fluffy 3 finger head. The lace left behind is thin but plenteous. Opacity is about 70%.

Sweet aromas of brown sugar, powdered sugar, honey, and onion. A bit of garlic and malt as well. Could do without the onion/garlic.

Taste is just ok. Lots of dull pine, day old citrus rinds, sticky resin, and a touch of powdered sugar. Behind that is a full on assault of onion, and garlic powder.

Feel is adequate but not great. Semi-creamy, medium bodied, fair carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall this was a disappointment. Didn't care for it, wouldn't have it again. Founders has done better and there's certainly better IPA's out there. This came across overall as uninspired and dull...and I've got a headache now.

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

Founders Brewing Company - Centennial IPA. 7.2% ABV. 12oz can poured into snifter. Canned on 10/16/15.

Look: Has a deep copper hued body, with a half finger white head.

Smell: Has a good balance of pine and earthly aromas, and some citrus fruits with dank hops emerging underneath.

Feel: Medium bodied, and heavily carbonated; almost feels like a soda.

Taste: Up front is some bitter hops, and dank piney resin. Some citrus fruit, caramel, and some biscuity malts appear on the back end, and all create a nice equilibrium into the aftertaste.

Overall: Great balance of ingredients going on here, nothing is too overpowering, but there enough to be pleasant. This was, however, a bit old for an IPA (about two months), so I may have not experienced the full spectrum of this beer. Will try a fresher one sometime and update.

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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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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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