Founders Centennial IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA
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4.13/5
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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
65 IBU

Added by beernut7 on 08-13-2002

BEER STATS
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#1,641
Reviews:
2,004
Ratings:
8,416
pDev:
10.41%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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Ratings: 8,416 |  Reviews: 2,004
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great hop flavor for an IPA. Nice balance with only a hair more than subtle piney-ness. Pours a slightly orange tinged brown. Centimeter thick head laying on top of the beer. Taste is slightly sweet and biscuity at first. Then quickly followed with the hoppy bitters. Lots of dandelions and grass also in the flavor. Mouthfeel is a nice tight body with the flavoring tat just dances across the tongue. Just a bit of heat towards te center before it cools down and the hops ease this beer into pleasant sublmission.

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Photo of karengarys
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours nice deep amber, hazy. It leaves little head.

Smell is very bright citrusey, and floral and sweet.

Taste is nice. Rich. Full. I don't like over the top pine hop flavor like many IPAs have - and this does NOT have that. The flavor is mostly of dry lemon peels, honey, grass and oil/butter. It does NOT wreak of alcohol as many others do.

Mouthfeel is dry but sparkely and creamy.

Finish is nice and clean.

I really recommend trying this. I love the formula these guys have come up with. Usually I don't like IPAs, but the hop choice in the Founders Centennial just hits the spot for me. Recommended!

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Photo of alewarrior
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a keg of this stuff in my kegerator. 106 bucks no deposit. dont ask. Anyway, pours a nice copper-gold color, nice head that goes down to about a quarter inch and stays and stays, not really like the bottled stuff, it is on tap, but I feel i have the gas just right.
The nose is an incredible flowery, citrus,grassy, I love IPAs.
Taste is hop,malt malt more grassy citsury hops, nice thick mouth feel.
This is a good IPA, not to drying, not to shake your head bitter, just right. Highly recommended, founders has not let me down yet.

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

A dark hazey copper beer. Has a very big eggshell white head with nice lace. There is a sweet fruity hop boquet with a light flowery background in the aroma. The front of the tongue gets treated to a nice nut like sweetness while the back of the tongue gets good balance of bitterness from some grapefruit and spicey hop notes. With some coffee and tea like hints in the finish.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale amber color with a nice white head. The aroma erupts from to bottle the second it is opened. Fruity, grassy, and hoppy. The taste is rather mellow for an IPA. Still it is nice and hoppy without being bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and juicy. Overall, this a a very wonderful brew.

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Photo of Ricochet
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IPA's. Had a few, tend to be the good ol' pale ale with more hops, well DUH! I wouldn't know a good IPA from a Good Pale Ale...well, not exatly, because I've tried this. I was going to give it average for the dark amber appearence and typical head but it had floaties! It smells a bit more fruity, but not much more. Mouth is again, having just reviewed a very good pale ale, good for an IPA.

Taste? This has every element of an excellent pale, with extra hops, and that makes this kick. You know how an IPA should be, and when it excells, you know how that should be too.

Drinkability? Well, this is an IPA and well, I love it, but price/value isn't great, still this is an excellent beer in a sampler and great as a starter before going to darker beers.

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Photo of sopor
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper-brown witha creamy head that looks like it will stick around forever. Some sediment. Head dissipates to film but leaves nice lacing on my pint glass.

I can smell biscuity malt and sweet hop bitternes before I even finish pouring.

This beer is one of my favorites for many reasons. My favorite malt flavors plus heavenly hops make this beer my first choice when I am at the brewery looking for a pint, which I unfortuantely don't do enough...

Hop bitternes hits right away when this precious liquid "carresses" my tastebuds (it can be a rather violent carress). Hops are not to powerful as to overpower the slightly sweet and biscuity malt profile. This beer warms my throat on the way down.

A moderate body with refreshngly light carbonation.

Very drinkable by me!

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Photo of karst
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed by Karst after mowing grass.

Poured a dark copper with 2 or 3 finger of creamy white foam that left rings and solid lace on the side of the 0.5 L Rastal WeiBbier glass. Good beading kept the head for the duration.

Aroma of fresh hops from the dry hopping. Some caramel malts. Great fresh hop flavors with out strong bitterness. Malts provide a moderately sweet balance. Extremely nice body and dextrinous mouthfeel from start to finish. Warming brings out a little of the well hidden alcohol along with the caramel/ toffee malts that can only come from quality continential barley. Most drinkable approaching greatness. A must try!

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Photo of ClearDog
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance -- Nice rich amber color. Very nice creamy head.

Smell -- Hoppy and clean. Very pleasant.

Taste -- Great hop taste! Clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel -- Creamy with light carbonation around the tongue and back of the mouth.

Drinkability -- Very drinkable. One of my favorite IPA's. Very hoppy yet creamy and not too dry. The hops stand out nicely.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass a slightly hazy golden amber with a low off-white head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty and fruity with some citrus and grassy hop aromas that were pleasant and not overpowering.

The flavor was very well done with a nice citrusy and slightly grassy hop bittering and flavor that balanced well with the caramel malty flavors. The flavor was fruity, but not overly so and the beer was well thought out. The hop flavor in the beer just keeps on giving, but never seems out of step or overly harsh.

The finish was dry with lasting hop flavors and bittering into the afteraste with malt backbone keeping the bittering from overpowering in the end. The body was medium and well done. A darn nice IPA.

12 ounce bottle purchased at Riley's in Madison, WI.

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Photo of Brian700
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an orangish copper color with a nice white head. The head slowly fizzles down a little bit but doesn't completely disappear.

The aroma is predominately hoppy, there is some citrus and estery nose in there as well.

The taste is nice and bitter with citrusy hops coming through pretty strong. This is blended with esters and malt flavor.

The mouthfeel is decent. Medium body and good carbonation

I think this is a very drinkable beer and it also has 7.2 ABV, no complaints there.

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

I have heard nothing but good things about this beer. Let me just say that I am not disappointed. Centennial pours a nice amber-copper color with a nice white head. Bubbles ascend nicely throughout the glass. Lace is minimal. The smell is sharp and hoppy. Citrus and floral smells help to complete the boldness of the aroma. The initial nose intake is most impressive. The tase is very hoppy, but well-balanced. Citrus flavors (grapefruit) are evident. There is also a nice, bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full and lowly carbonated. There is a bitterness that remains, but not so sharp as to preclude an overall balance. Overall, this is one of those beers that is smooth enough to be a session brew, but too strong unless you want to get into trouble. It has good flavor, high, but not noticeable, alcohol content and is unbelieveably well balanced. In a way this is a bit dangerous in how easy it it to tip back.

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Photo of nomad
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-golden toned light amber a bit hazy. The head is typically decent though not always retained well, and for some reason this beer never has much carbonation. I'd blame it on twist top bottles or is it intended?

Smells of a strong fruitiness, some from esters and the rest from a soft caramel foundation that is quite nice. Strong leafy American hops with as much raw, dank herb as tight citrus scent. A little restrained, though, in volume.

Taste is a smooth roll of thick, but not sticky, light caramel with nice fruity tones layed on top, slowly riding into a firm punch of hop flavors: orange, sweet lemon, wet herbal notions, and a surprisingly soft hint of raw leafiness. Not too bitter in the finish, but then again I've yet to catch this on draught so I may be experiencing older bottles. Regardless, a smooth beer due to very low carbonation and a large residual sweetness that almost envelops the hops mid-pint. Mouthfeel is soft and round, pushing too much toward full.

Could an IPA be too balanced? Great hop flavors, though, and an easy drinker though not a shockingly hopped ale.

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Photo of bashiba
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy amber color with just a big of white head with some retentention.

Smell had a light grassy hop odor with a touch of pine.

Taste was a nice light crisp hop flavor with a very piney flavor, with a touch of toasted maltiness. Not quite as hoppy I would have liked, but the flavor was still pretty good.

Mouthfeel was clean, crisp, and slightly dry.

Drinkablility is pretty good on this one, a ver mild and easy drinking IPA for sure.

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Photo of klewis
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours dark golden with a big frothy two-finger head with sustaining power. Lots of sticky lace, and very fine sediment floating throughout the beer.

Smell: A little lacking here - it took a few sniffs to be able to recognize anything. Aromas of floral hops, bubble gum, and citrus.

Taste: A touch of hop flavor and bitterness is present, but it's balanced with very strong malt sweetness. I don't feel that this taste is characteristic of your typical IPA. but it is very complex and very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation, very smooth and totally excellent.

Drinkability: This beer does not seem to fit the typical mold of an IPA. With that said, however, it is very easy to drink and a very good beer.

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Photo of rousee
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oh man, what a beer !! Founders is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. I wish I could try some of these other MI brews like Bells and Kuhnhenn but I don't trade or at least not yet.

This is from a bottle.The hoppiness and amazing iPA characteristics are noticed as soon as the bottle is opened. I am hesitant to guess what variety of hops is being used.---Ok here goes--something quite similar to DFH 60 min :amarillo, simco, and warrior--this one has the real bitey one in strong effect which I really enjoy. If you like IPAs, you will be amazed at the on-tap freshness and overall potency of the hop bite for a bottled beer. This is not hops for the sake of adding hops as so many micros were a few years ago.

Here are some specific tasting notes---some of the nicest sweet malt tempered by some really strong hops. Cedar and woody elements present. Very smooth considering the hoppiness. Founders--you guys are the mac !!!

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

Nice golden orange color. Ok carbonation level. Big hop aroma. Quite citrusy. Big hop flavor-quite bitter. A very slight trace of residual sweetness. Good mouthfeel-has a pucker effect going for it. Overall a decent beer. Comes off as a Mad Hatter IPA from New Holland clone though better all around. 45 minutes apart they must be on the same wave length or something. Good effort. Thanks to crjmellor for the sample.

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Photo of LarryV
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A citrusy aroma greets the nose despite the lackluster head. In fact, there was really no head to speak of, just a light dusting of fine white lacy bubbles. Color is an almost opaque amber-orange.

The medium body leaves a lot of lacing down the glass. Taste is predominantly hops, but the sweet malt backbone comes through just enough to balance things off. A slight underlying taste of orange in the finish. Quite a nice IPA with a very creamy mouthfeel. I'd definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy amber-brown with a surprisingly thin white head. The foam broke down very quickly leaving no real lacing to speak of...

The smell was very promising - plenty of Centennial hops in this one with a strong nose of cut grass and grapefruit rind. No other notes to speak of but when you've got Centennial what else do you need? (okay, so I'm biased but hopefully with this review you'll know what you're in for)

The taste follows suit - lots and lots of hops, all of it good. Strong but not too harsh. Quite a green, leafy taste here; it seems like they've used fresh hops in this one. A tad on the bitter side but not beyond what you'd expect from an IPA. Sadly, no real malt notes that were worth mentioning but again, with all these yummy hops, it's not really missed.

The brew is nice and light bodied with plenty of fine carbonation as you'd hope for. It's got something of a bitter aftertaste and does leave your teeth feeling like the enamel's being eroded. (Again, to a hop-head this is probably a good thing) The aftertaste is a bit 'raw' again feeling more like they've used very green hops so it's not really a complaint.

I'm a big, big fan of Centennial hops so I'm inclined to really like this brew. It was SN Celebration Ale that got me firmly hooked on IPAs and if you like that flavor you'll probably like this beer as well. Unfortunately the taste isn't quite as well balanced between malt and hops, disqualifying it (in my mind) from being an outstanding beer but it's really quite good...

[This was part of the "Midwest Beer Barge" trade with TikkiGodxxx - many thanks for giving me the opportunity to taste some fine Midwest Ales!]

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Photo of Ellbert
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A nice copper color with a white head. The head was only a centimeter even with a vigurous pour. Slight haze with yeast and possibly hop particles.

Smell: Mostly hops. There are hops all over this. A very spicy and floral hop aroma which is beautiful. A sweet smell comes through also but is hard to detect what it is with the hops.

Taste: Sweet and tart. A spicy hop flavor takes over everything. A chewy molasses aftertastes helps balance everything. A little unbalanced. I know that IPA's are all about the hops but I think this could use a little more malt to back it up.

Mouthfeel: A little thin on the mouthfeel. Nice tight carbonation makes it interesting along with the oily hops. Other than that I feel it is a little watery.

Overall a decent brew. Not the best IPA I have had but it is a decent one.

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Photo of nortmand
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like I might be the 100th reviewer. Go Founders!
Pours orange-red with a very slight haze. Very little head, but that may be pourer (i.e. me) error, so I split the difference.
Dry hops! is the definitive smell of this brew. Beneath the citrusty hop presence is a bit of sweet, supportive caramel. Awesome smell to this masterpiece.
Citrusy sweet flavor that ands in a grapefruit bitterness and a nudge of alcohol burn for good measure. Smell is slightly better, but taste is a definite 5 and there is no 5.5 for smell, so...
Slight, natural carbonation supports the silky smooth character of this brew as it glides across the tongue.
OK, between Devil Dancer and this, these folks have the art of the IPA figured out. Congrats to them for making probably the best balanced brew I've ever tasted. Sometimes balance is boring, but sometimes, there's a beer, well, its the beer for its time and place. It fits right in there.

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish gold in appearance out of the bottle. Smell is wonderful of very piney hops. Head rises two fingers and is very white and pillowy in appearance. First sip reveals a slightly grapefruit hops profile with a very soft water background. This makes the mouthfeel creamy. This makes the second Founder's beer I've found with this creamy mouthfeel. A trademark of theirs perhaps with the local water? A little too bitter to be extremely high in drinkability. A very good beer. Founders is deserving of some good publicity.

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Photo of fizzyfred
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is almost amber with a nice head in the glass. The aroma is of an abundance of floral and citrus hops. The taste is lots of upfront bitterness with a nice balance flavor on the way down. Lots of malt sweetness gives this a very balanced taste, even more so than the Founder's Pale Ale. I would say it is medium bodied and the nice texture sweetness really balance out all the hops. I enjoyed this one.

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

Pours a deep burnt orange with a fluffy white head that leaves this sheets of lace as it settles,I love in your face hoppy aroma big pine and spruce along with some lemon pith makes the mouth water.Big hoppy piney flavors hit ya right off the bat along with some lemon rind but a nice caramel maltiness really intermingles well with the big piney,citrusy hop.Big and hoppy but extremely well balanced the alcohol is well hidden making it to easy to drink.Very nice.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This a solid fridge-stocking beer for all ocassions. An excellent amped-up IPA from founders. It pours out a beautiful copper gold with a lacing, sticky, white head. The aroma is packed full of hops. I would assume that they dry-hopped the hell out of this one. The taste is nice a citrusy with strong bitterness, but a nice small malt backbone to balance it out. The finish is very dry and a tad too much. I would like to see what this beer would be like with a different bittering hop. With a pretty decent abv at 7.2, this one is deceptively dangerous, but a great casual beer. Although this is a great one to have in the house, those who are not hop heads may not appreciate or enjoy this selection.

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