Centennial IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Centennial IPACentennial IPA
8,533 Ratings
Centennial IPACentennial 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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As far as IPA's go, this one is a bit more balanced than most, having many moments throughout the session where it's indistinguishable whether the bold citrus hops gain precidence or the medium caramel malt govern.

The single 'Centennnial' hopped beer has a tremendous hop fragrance, flavor, and bitterness. A huge burst of fresh oranges, perfume, and candy-crusted confectionate malt aroma swirl into a complex and whimsical aura above the glass.

The look almost doesn't matter because of the intesity of aroma and flavor. But the beer has a simple and staple look with a medium golden-sunkist color, good head formation, fair retention, and a mild dry-hop haze. It looks like a lot of other IPA's.

Although the look is quite average, the outstanding aroma transfers to an outstanding taste. Juicy ripe orange-hop flavor set the tone as secondary notes of grapefruit, pineapple, appricot, and mangos dance on the periphery. Quite tropical fruit dominant with the hops and sublte esters. Confectionate sweetness gives a light caramel, powdered sugar, sweetheart candies that seem to evaporate in the mouth. The balance is both bold and delicate. No frills, just greatness.

The body is exquisitly drinkable with a lightly efforvescent tone that is effortless to drink. Initially creamy and rounded, but whisps away with a sweetly powdery, dry texture. Bittered late for great balance, and perhaps a little extra kick with an orange zest, grapefruit acidity.

Generally the single-hop beers are a great exercise in understanding hop flavor but usually suffer with a lack of depth and complexity. This beer does no such thing. An abundance of fruit juices, acidity, and variety offers a new flavor in every sip. IPA's just don't get better.

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

Nice colouration, deep orange, and a big head...trademark Centennial. Smell is floral and hoppy all the way, some vague hints of malt in the background, but the hops are front and centre.

Taste, a fairly classic AIPA take here. The hops in this case are strongly floral in character, and mix well with a bready/yeasty aspect from the malts. I think I wouldn't find this beer as balanced as I do if I wasn't familiar with Founders Devil Dancer, but with that comparison, the hops factor in Centennial is fairly subdued though still quite tasty.

Mouthfeel, what one would expect for the style. The beer is heavily hopped, so you get good hop bitter tingles in the mouth. Nothing unexpected though. Drinkability: quite good, never an issue with this beer.

Overall: This is Founders "standard" take on the IPA style, and is the much lower octane option in comparison to Devil Dancer. I enjoy both of them.

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Photo of TechMyst
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FRESH: sure
PURCHASED @: binny
COST: $2
HEAD: 1/2" disapating to sheen layer
LACE: beautiful medium formations stick
COLOR: murky orage between translucent and opaque
AROMA: sweet hops
MOUTHFEEL: med.; foamy
PALATE: oily/resinous eventually slick and oily
TASTE: Hop bee-sting; lager finish somehow...?
COMMENTS: nicely balanced; refreshing; up there w/ DFH and 2xHeart

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber orange with a giant off white foamy head. A very nice looking IPA. The smell is a great combination of citrus hops and bread yeast. The "bisquity" aroma along with tangerine/grapefruit hops are like the bakery and produce aisles of a grocery store. The taste is creamy with hop bitterness and some citrus flavor. Not as much of the citrus as the smell,but still a very good flavor. The m/f is light and hides the high alcohol well making this a very drinkable IPA. Cheers.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to tyrawlings for the bottle.

Appearance: Bright red-orange body, nice looking head, streams of carbonation.

Smell: Very big hops in the nose, sweet and resinous. Pineapple, oranges, cotton candy. What a fantastic nose. The hops are showcased perfectly.

Taste: Not as intensely hopped as the nose. Now that I check the bottle I see it is dry hopped, and that makes sense. The hops are strong, but it is more balanced than I was anticipating.

Drinkability: Body is a little undercarbonated. Other than that, I will reall enjoy this bottle of beer.

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Photo of macster
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color producing an enormous, fluffy soap bubbly-like head. Great head retention and lacing throughout the glass. Classic Centennial hop nose dominates with a crisp blast of pine and fresh orange rind. Some mild caramel malt notes sneak their way through in the aroma also. Lively carbonation on the tongue followed by a pleasant slick, slighly oily mouthfeel. Extremely well balanced flavor profile between the malts and hops. Flavor starts out with a notable creamy caramel candy sweetness, but quickly transcends to a crisp, lip-smacking, citrusy hop resin moderate bitterness. Nice long bitter-sweet finish on the back of the tongue. An admirable American IPA!!

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

Hazy orangish copper color with a nice 2 finger pale yellow head that is full of foam and retains well.
Smell is citrus hops.
Taste is hop dominated which is expected for the style. I get a hint of alcohol in the finish.
Nice slick oily mouthfeel with a hoppy bitter bite.
Very drinkable. Great IPA from Founder's.
I think I have Derbert to thank for this beer. If I am wrong please beermail me and let me know.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours with a huge head, alarmingly huge! Tons of sticky laceing that just won't go away. Very dark and cloudy orange.

S- Citrus hops, sweet orange, and slight roasted malt.

T- Moderately high carbonation, lots of citrus hops, mostly orange, then lemon, grapefruit. Resiny pine and slight grassy notes too. This is all about hops. There's malt there to be sure, but it can't make it's way through the hops.

M- Slick and oily.

D- Very nice hot day brew. Carbonation makes it filling.

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear, rusty brown with a good sized and reasonably long-lived head. 48 deg F. Strong grapefruit aroma. Taste of citrus and resin which fairly coats my mouth, with a lingering pine needle finish. Fairly thin mouthfeel. Hides its alchohol well given that it is at the high end of standard IPAs. Excellent mild bitterness offset by the fruit-malt backbone. Aroma 10; Appearance 2; Flavor 15; Mouthfeel 3; overall 7 (37/50).

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is strong, very hoppy and complimented by notes of citrus and caramel.

T: The taste is extremely balanced from start to finish. The combination of hops bitterness, caramelized malt and citrus sweetness blend together excellently. The hops flavor is the slightly more dominant one and comes out a little bit in the after-taste, but that’s to be expected.

M: Very smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean & dry finish.

O: This beer has all of the elements to be the one that you stay with all night long. It’s very tasty, has a good kick, not-too-filling and is another one of those beers where you just keep craving the next sip.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Coppery brown, non-clarified. Head reduced quickly but left a nice ring and a few wisps. Fairly still inside the glass.

S: Lightly fruity, gentle citrus, some caramel and pine cone.

T: Interesting brew. Begins out right caramely, with some hints of honey and butterscotch. Moves towards pineapple, cooked strawberry and some apricot. Pine pops up, sappy and rich with some woody cone characteristics. Mingling of orange and grapefruit citrus coast this beer to conclusion. Finishes floral and sweet.

M: Medium body, nice carbonation.

D: This is a "wow" beer. I cracked this expecting just another IPA and boy was I surprised. Consider me a fan.

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

This one poured into the glass a hazed dark copper color. The head was a finger of tight beige foam. The lacing was thick and stuck around for the duration.

The smell was somewhat fruity, sweet caramel malt, grapefruit citrus, and somehow had a stout-like creamy milkiness to it.

The taste was sweet malt, pine and grapefruit, alcohol makes itself known. The grapefuit lingers in the aftertaste.

The body was about medium with a fairly mild carbonation. The mouthfeel was creamy, with grapefruit lingering.

It was less hoppy than I had expected. Pleasant, overall very enjoyable and very drinkable.

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

Cloudy orange-amber with an offwhite head that laces down the glass. Honey-yeasty subnotes to a citrusy hop aroma. Clearly (unclearly?) unfiltered - diggin' it.

If I were in a bar and this were on cask I'd go to this one all night long. Great coarse leafy citrusy (I could list adjectives for a while here...) spicy hoppiness dominates over a honey-caramel maltiness and solid bitterness. Finishes with a mouth-encompassing, refreshing hoppiness. The hoppiness almost has the same tongue-numbing effect as good licorice. Medium mouthfeel helps the drinkability.

I love the way this beer showcases every aspect of this hop. Thanks to FBG Tip Top for the bottle!! :thumbup:

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Photo of blackie
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: A roughish pour gives a 0.3" khaki head that soon recedes. The beer is a medium amber in color.

smell: Mmmm sweet, floral hop nectar. Juicy, green hops dominate, with some sweet caramel malts lagging behind. Notes of tropical fruits (grapefruit, overripe passionfruit), kiwi, and some sugary tree fruits are found. Smells great.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium or just under; and the body is a slick, heavier medium. Could use a litte more carbonation to back up the full body.

taste: Great blend of caramel malts upfront just edged out by a sweet, dripping green hop flavor. Some pear and tropical fruits are found. The hop bitterness, for an IPA, is light to moderate...increasing in strength into the finish. Quite good, and almost 4.5 worth, but something holds it back for me...the great aromas of the nose don't quite manifest themselves fully on the tongue.

drinkability: Pretty easy, though the body keeps it from being as drinkable as I would expect an IPA to be.

Single bottle from Woodman's and smuggled back to NC from Madison. The notch is on the far right side of the label...so that's what? a bottling date of June?

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

12 oz bottle>Pint glass

AP: Clear golden amber with rusty red hues. Very bubbly and active. nice foamy, slightly off-white head, good retention.

smells: Extmely hoppy nose, with fresh green and sweet hops.

Taste: A nice full dry hop taste, a mellow bitterness lingers. Very robust malt, but still dominated by a wheaty-mild hop flavor. This hop flavor is pretty complex, being dry hoppy with a mild bitter ending.

Feels: a wonderful dry hop feel, but very active with a decent bite. The foamy head and lacing around the glass adds a smooth effect.

This one was a pleasant suprise, one of the most original tastingIPA's i've had this summer...and I've had a few!

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Photo of bjoyce12
3.17/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had my hopes up for this one, after all the Founders hype I've read on BA. Overall disappointing. Average in every way. Nice appearance, somewhat citrusy aroma, but tasted very flat. Nothing stood out. No undertones; nothing malty nor hoppy.

I guess if this is a choice among other swill beers, then take it, but if you have other options, don't bother with this.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper/orange color. Not a great head but nice sticky spiderweb lacing. Lots of pine in both the smell and taste. Very sharp piney resin taste. Strong finishing bitterness. Somewhat oily mouthfeel. 7.2% is well hidden. Overall a solid offering. What i would expect from a brewery with a rep like Founders. Didn't dissapoint at all.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (courtesy of Hogtownharry): Poured a deep hazy amber color ale with a huge slightly off white foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of citrus hops is clearly detectable but nice semi-sweet malt presence provides good balance. Taste is also quite strong on citrus hops with nice malt base. Body is above average and I really enjoyed the low filtration level.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

nice copper orange with some rising bubbles and a fluffy layer of white head that leaves thin rings of lace.

dynamite hoppy aroma. grassy, floral notes at first, but sweeter elements of grapefruit, peach, and pineapple come out more as the beer warms. touch of sugary malt as well.

stiffly hoppy, weedy taste. finishes very hoppy with an oily bitterness and the barest hints of sweet fruits. medium carbonation and a decent drinkability, though the palate's ruined for anything else.

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Photo of MDekker
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at Founders, 12oz in a tall pilsner glass. Dark orangish in color, it didn't have much head. I was hoping for more. The aroma was heavenly - flowery, fruity, and hoppy. Yum. It tasted like, well, an IPA - slightly sweet to start, with a lingering, satisfying bitter finish. Especially good after downing an old ale first. It was mostly well-balanced, but felt just a little watery and the carbonation was just barely irritating. Overall, it drank easy and I could have had more.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Orange dirty russet hue with a 2 finger fluffy head that reduces to a thin cap, but comes right back with a gentle swirl. Lots of lace is left down the side of my pint glass.

S - Citrus, pine, pepper, and OFF brand bug-spray. That sounds like a bad thing, but that bug spray smell really brings back memories of camping as a kid. So I like it. This is really leafy and a bit spicy in it's hop profile.

T - Sweet Gran's biscuit malt backbone with overtones of mandarin orange, tangerine, and peach. A wonderfully fruity and citrusy hop flavor.

M - Moderate carbonation, perfect balance between sweet, bitter, and dry. Nothing spectacular, but feels good in the mouth.

D - Extremely quenching and balanced. This is a great example of what an IPA should be...extremely balance, while still focusing on citric piney hops. Outstandingly drinkable. Perhaps THE most drinkable IPAs IMHO (I have a hard time sessioning IPAs due to the bitterness...I love them for that bitter flavor, but I usually can't bring myself to drink three or four of them...but I could drink a sixer of this!)

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.16/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden orange with decent clarity and passing retention. Two fingered white head, dense in consistency, leaving light but sticky lacing. Weak american hop nose, some citrus and pine needles, nothing else. Toasted two-row sweetness upfront, followed by a hint of butterscotch. Semi-dry aftertaste; grassy with citrus hop notes. Medium carbonation and light-medium body. The mouthfeel turns buttery but not quite slick near the end. Finishes pretty clean by IPA standards, and very drinkable. The flavor is simple and balanced, but also timid. Good choice for a session ale, but not the best choice if you are looking for a hop bomb.

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

My favorite IPA, and I've tried many. Smell and taste are both complex, much more than just hop's bitterness. Sorry, Im not going to use a bunch of fruit, vegetable or farm smells to describe the brew. I don't believe it's helpful to someone else with completely different smell and taste buds. I will repeat, that the smell and taste are complex and much more than bitterness.

Good as this is in bottles, it is even better on draft at their beer pub as you would expect.

I read that the brewery is expanding capacity, and that may mean wider distribution. For all you IPA fans, that will be especially good news.

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

A - Pours a nice darker golden yellow, nice carbonation, small head, nice lacing throughout the drink.

S - Scents of hops, citrus, and slight caramel.

T - The taste is just awesome of sweet hops.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. Glad to have had a chance to check this one out, very tasty.

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Photo of mynie
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Eagle River Liquor in Fulton, Illnois: The best beer store no one shops at.

Excellent pint glass pour sticky honey orange with a gigantic, retentive head that laces and laces and oh my goodness it is so pretty.

Smells of big, layered hops. Orange, grapefruit, fresh flowers, dried roses, and brown sugar. Wonderful!

The nose comes through perfectly in the taste! Starts with a bittersweet, floral hop, that moves into the more bitter and sour citrus and grape fruit middle and segues almost perfectly into a strong brown sugar caramel malt. The balance is damn near perfect.

Yet another excellent beer from the folks at Founder's. The perfect balance makes this one of the easiest-drinking IPAs I've ever come across.

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Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 8,533 ratings