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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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of philbe311
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying this one out of the bottle after being a bit underwhelmed with it on tap... Loving both Founders and American IPAs, I figured I owed this one another chance...

A - A finger's worth of densely packed slightly creamy light khaki colored froth... Modest at best retention gives way to a rich creamy lacing and moderately thick creamy collar... The color is a slightly hazed muted amber... A mix of slightly larger individual sluggish carbonation bubbles and smaller moderate paced streaks... A nice bit of lacing clings to the glass... There is a slight glow to this very nice looking brew as well...

S - Near perfect harmony of the centennial hops and crisp malt back bone... There is a robust but not overpowering hop presence that is slighlty citrusy and slightly earthy in character... There is also a strong biscuity base with traces of light caramel... The two components play off one another very well and compliment one another perfectly... Excellent aroma...

T - The malt is first to tempt the sense... It's has a wonderful biscuity character with just the slightest hint of caramel... Next the hop rises to prominence and then begins to dominate... Starts with just a kiss of citrus, before turning neutral and intensifying on the finish... Not nearly as much balance on the palate as on the nose which is a slight disappointment...

M -Medium to full bodied... Dense... A bit sticky... Ultra smooth... Brisk carbonation... Start very lush and finishes a bit on the dry side...

D - I had a much better experience this time than I did on draft... A very solid very enjoyable American IPA and something worthy of the Founder's label... Surprisingly quaffable... While this isn't going to become one of my "go to" in the style class, it is something that I would gladly drink again and encourage all fan's of the style and the brewery to do as well...

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #223
Served On: 09/19/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 7.2%
Date/ Code: 04/17/12

This was in a mixed case picked up at North York Beverage in York, PA - Around $45.00.

Look: The beer poured a hazy orange color with some darker copper tones towards the middle. Head was a thin layer of off-white foam with tight bubbles. Carbonation bubbles seemed rather scarce.

Smell: A pungent hop resin with mango and peach. Aroma is similar to Fegley's Hop'solutely. The brew smelled way bigger than the labeled ABV suggests.

Taste: First up was a sharp tropical fruit that quickly gave way to a nice bitterness for the middle. The finish was fairly clean with some residual hop resin retuning along with a fruity aftertaste.

This was a very nice IPA but didn't quite have the complexity of; say a SN Torpedo or a Stone IPA. Still a solid brew - just not quite what I was expecting in an IPA from Founders.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.03/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled 07/03/12, and poured into a clear plastic hotel cup...

A - Pours a pretty clear golden orange color. 1 finger of off-white head leaving some spotty lacing behind.

S - Has more of a carmel malt aroma than a juicy hop aroma. Kinda surprised the aroma takes a backseat.

T/M - The hops are a little more prevelant on the tongue, but more as a bittering hop. Smooth and easily drinkable, but just missing a little something in the taste.Medium light mouthfeel.

O - I'm on the fence with this one. In my opinion, it's not hoppy enough to be an IPA, but a little too hoppy to be a pale ale. I refuse to believe that a 2 1/2 month old bottle can fall off and lose so much flavor and aroma. This one's ok, but wouldn't seek out again.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at 2012 Autumn Brew Review, from notes.

2-oz pour was a hazy orange with a half-inch of white head, and minimal lacing. Smelled slightly floral but strongly of citrus pith and resins. Taste was flavorful orange citrus pith, pine resins. Overall is moderately bitter on the palate. Medium body, creamy, nicely carbonated. Overall a nice flavorful IPA that benefits from dry hopping.

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3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Standard pour results in foamy two-finger head which slowly recedes and leaves pretty good lacing and a cap. Beer is dark copper and fairly clouded.

S: Piney hops predominate, a little bit of grapefruit, a little bit of malt. Pretty good.

T: Pretty hoppy, some malt and grain, a small amount of citrus but not as much as you might expect. Somewhat bitter on finish. Balanced, but not particularly complex.

M: Medium bodied, some carbonation, not as dry as you might expect from the hops and moderate alcohol. Not a quick drink, but pleasant.

O: Above average in all respects, but not outstanding. A good beer at a good value.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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2.69/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 8,416 ratings
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