Centennial IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Centennial IPACentennial IPA
8,482 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 ghostwalker
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What could be more appropriate for my 100th review than Centennial IPA?

Reddish-orange body with suspended particles. Huge frothy off-white head.

Nose is a spicy but sweet slice of fresh grapefruit.

Flavor is spicy up front melting into sweet citrus. There is a light malt backbone, but the taste is hop-dominated. Really tasty and very good. The head is smooth and creamy and adds something to the wonderful flavor.

Mouthfeel is silky and creamy, for an IPA. Still, it has enough tooth-strippiness to maintain its reputation.

Drinkability is really, really high. I only have one, and am trying to make this one last, but it's a losing, (but delicious), battle.

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Photo of shbobdb
2.58/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Founders makes some truly amazing, inspired beers. This is not one of them.

It certainly *pours* looking good. The delicious amber of an IPA whose malt will make its presence known before cruel hops cut through it, delicately topped by a thick dishwater head.
But then you raise the glass to your nose . . . chalky? The citrus notes have to fight against a strange, earthy, chalky smell. I like noble hops, but this is not the fine summer's dirt of Hallertauer, this is the smell you get when you fall face-first into a puddle of mud.

Taste follows smell -- it is dominated by the strange chalky presence and the 7% alcohol makes itself more felt than it ought be.

I live in 3F country, so perhaps I am merely spoiled by their expert use of hops (I did have a fresh Dreadnaught yesterday) but this beer just wasn't that good.

Founders makes a lot of really good beers. Drink those, not this one.

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

Undated 12oz stubby with a twist off cap. Purchased at Cloverleaf in Southfield and poured into a pint glass.

Slightly hazed amber orange under a tall head of bleached bone. Very good retention with wispy rings of lace.

The nose is mostly grapfruit and pine with just enough malty sweetness underneath. Mouth watering.

Bold but not overpowering flavors of the centennial hops with just enough malt backbone to keep it teetering off balance. The taste is just like the nose in that the hops have a lot of juicy bitterness. Dry, almost puckering finish.

Good mouthfeel on this one, but it gets a bit too puckery in the finish. Otherwise this is a bold and flavorful version of the style that I highly reccomend.

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Photo of Chadbrew
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this via BIF Across America from Jay23, thanks.
Definitely an unfiltered beer here. Big beautiful head and a murky amber color.
It smells like Centennial hops, that's pretty much all I can smell. The flavor is really hoppy also, the initial sensation is of grapefruit and then the aftertaste is very piney. There is a residual bitterness that makes its presence known in between sips.
The body is big and chewy and you can tell it is very viscous just from swirling it in the glass, there is a ton of lacing.
I definitely enjoyed this and would certainly pick more up if given the opportunity.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle(rrom temp) a hazy medium gold with a large head of foam that slowly dissipated but was still around for the last sip from the glass. Nice.

The smell is all hoppy and spicy and just makes me go "ahhh". Great start. ;^)

The taste on first sip is all hoppy and bitter but that's almost immediately offset by a sweet malty "injection" that balances this brew *so* nicely. Wow. The finish is actually quite malty! I say...Wow again. This is one hell of a good American IPA...I'm super impressed.

Bottom line: This is an excellent IPA and what I'd consider a great compromise, if I can use that word in its most complimentary form, between the super hoppy American IPAs and the maltier examples of the style offered by our cousins across the pond.
I thoroughly recommend it!

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Photo of maddamish
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ap: Little to no head even with an aggressive pour. Spotty lacing. The color is an orangish brown.

Smell: Hops, overripe orange.

Taste: Grapefruit with a hint of orange. It seems they really wanted to "hop-up" this IPA and they did.

Mouthfeel: Perfect. A have partaken of some very watery IPA's lately and this is not one of them. Smooth and full of body.

Drinkability: I could drink these all night.

Good: I solid IPA that stands up there with the best of them.

Bad: Not as bold as some of the great IPA's but that can be a good thing if you are looking for something that is dialed down a bit.

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Photo of bearrunner44
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy tea-brown, with an orange tint. Huge head; my bottle practically exploded as I cracked it. Plenty of lacing.

Smell: Sticky hop aroma. Piney. Strong, but still soft on the nose. Lemony, grapefruity citrus twang.

Taste: Heavy, sappy hop flavor. Earthy, and just a little oily. Grapefruit citrus flavor provides sweet, tangy undertones. Zesty overall flavor. It finishes with an earthy, spicy alcoholic flourish.

Mouthfeel: Good, sturdy body. The bite of the carbonation matches up well with the citrus zest in the taste; lively.

Verdict: Heavy and earthy, yet light and sweet; this is a nice, complex IPA.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good IPA. Pours to a slightly hazed golden amber color with a thin white head. Lacing and carbonation are decent.

The aroma is very citric hoppy. Smells like it has a nice malt base to work with as well.

The taste is also very citric hoppy. Very grassy and herbal bitterness. Nice malty backbone. Not too thick and syrupy or crushed aspirin-like as many IPAs seem to be guilty of these days. Very nice.

The body is moderate to full. Not too sweet and sticky, not too bitter. Very good mix. Very enjoyable and highly drinkable. Founders has done it for me once again.

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Photo of bignick
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle @ Sunset Tap and Grille 3/26/06.

Wow, I am very impressed by this IPA. It packs a pucnh with its hop bite, but it is suitably balanced by a caramel-malt backbone. It has a sweet floral aroma, but the taste is very bitter and wonderful hops. I tend only to review beers that I like, particularly IPAs. Looking over the list of IPAs that I have liked, I would have to say that this stacks up with my favorites: Hop Ottin, Hop Devil, Southern Tier, Stone, etc.

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Photo of Crosling
3.12/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light gold in color. Moderate oxidation in the aroma, with a light hint of butter toffee, caramel and lemon zest and grapefruit, derived from the use of 100% Centennial hops. Flavor is lightly oxidized, with caramel and butter toffee and lemon zest from the Centennial. I’ve found that I haven’t been enjoying solely Centennial hopped beer lately, even Two Hearted.

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Photo of Derek
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Golden-bronze with plenty of yeasty bits. Off-white head, very little retention, but some nice lace.

S: Orange/citrus American hop odour with a little bready malt.

T: Hop flavour takes center-stage. It's balanced to the bitter side, but it is exceptionally smooth, and not the least bit harsh. I really like this hop flavour. It's a little more well-rounded (with some saaz-like spicyness as well), and it's not IN-YOUR-FACE like cascade. Some quality pale malt flavour manages to shine through. I would never have guessed the alcohol content was this high.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Slightly acidic feel. It's a little on the dry side (not at all syrupy or cloying).

D: Exceptional.

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Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, medium amber beer topped by a moderately dense, cream coloured head. Great retention and plenty of lacing. Powdery grapefruit and orange hop aromas with a balancing malt character. Solid bitterness that grows through the finish, but never becomes unbalanced. Malt is a bit toasty up front, but disappears behind the grassy grapefruit hop flavours that increase mid-sip. Finishes with a bit of hop resin that lingers for a while. Medium body, slightly creamy, with average carbonation. Overall, this is a well balanced IPA, highly drinkable. Thanks northyorksammy!

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Photo of aforbes10
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bronze/amber in color with a massive head. lots of sediment in the bottom that i chose not to pour into my glass (sometimes i like to, sometimes i dont). Wow, that's really a big foamy sticky head. Extreme floral hop odor. citrusy and fresh smelling. Taste is bitter, some maltiness. very hoppy but not overly so...hint of citrus (lemony?). very tasty. Fizzy, good body. nice mouthfeel for an IPA. Good drinkability. high alcohol well hidden. great example of an American IPA.

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Photo of bkett01
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Seems nicely carbonated and nearly overflowed with a 1.5" head which began to die down within a minute or two. Clearly should have left the last splash in the bottle as I can see all kinds of sediment throughout the deep amber color beer & even the head.

Upon smelling this beer, I could detect the hops, but unexpectedly was hit with a very malty smell along with it. Probably the maltiest smell I've come across so far in a high ABV IPA. Citrusy and floral notes rise over the malt.

The great balance of hops and malt subdue the 7.2% ABV. This is a well built beer, and although I was hoping for a bolder hop character, the taste is very smooth and pleasing. I detect citrusy and piney flavors up front with the deep roast malt flavor carrying into the aftertaste.

It has a smooth mouthfeel with typical carbonation. I look forward to the remainder of my 6 pack and would recommend this beer to any IPA fan out there with one piece of advice. Leave the last half or quarter inch in the bottle unless you want the sediment.

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

Founders Centennial IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a murky and hazy vibrant orange with a nice looking head. Great trails of sticky lace decorate the glassware.

The nose is floral with a beautiful and impressive aroma of hops, pure hops. Blasts of grapefruit, lime and oranges.

Grainy mouthfeel with a tangy hop sweetness. Lemon pledge hop bite with grapefruit tartness. I knew I really liked this beer after my first hop burp. Whoa.

This is a solid IPA and certainly worth checking out. Seriously drinkable at 7.2% ABV.

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

Aroma of draft IPA, hop leaf and malts, and grapefruit. Simple, citrus juicy. Not astringent rather fruit, melon, juicy fruit gum. Some lace. Initially very large head. A nice smooth drink. Easy mouthfeel, body on the light side. Very very drinkable.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours nutbrown, cloudy, with off white head. Head is thin butreluctant to disappear enitrely, thinly covering surface through most of consumption. Smells like hops, fresh and clean. Tastes hoppy, duh, then warming of alcohol and finishes soon after with a strong citrus rind bitterness. The bitter aftertaste is mostly gone in about 15 seconds.

Mouthfeel is fine, tangy and cleansing of previous flavors. Doesn't overpower food flavors, this is an acceptable amount of bitterness to pair with saucy Chinese (my current meal).

This is a slow drinking beer, but not quite complex enough to merit sipping. There's not much masking of the alcohol in this brew which both limits it's drinkability but contributes nicely to the flavor This beer is worthy of comparison to your favorite strong IPA.

EDIT: I've had this beer a few times since I submitted this review and its not as good as I remember it being. I don't choose it, there's much more going on in the world of IPAs than what this beer presents.

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Photo of blitz134
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge head, almost out of control. Took about 8 pours to get it all in there. Apricot colored body. Just off-white head. Slowly works its way down in lumps becoming as thick as mouse.

Piney citrus hops throughout. Very fruity, even some hints of lemon coming out. Feels like it cleanses the nostrils as I inhale the hop aromas.

Nicely balanced brew. Lots of caramel maltiness. Pine hops really dominate throughout. Only initially bitter then goes down smooth leaving only a hint of flavor upon the tongue. Sweetness pervades the senses a little longer. Finishes with a bit of earthyness. Lots of flavor for an IPA, with a bit more bitterness this could stand up to many DIPAs out there. A bit of alcohol sneaks its way in as well. Reminds me of a Stoudts DIPA but without the alcohol level and bitterness.

Full bodied. Coats the mouth well. A bit too much carbonation as evident by the overwhelming head. Drinkability is good. The flavor seems a bit up front. I'm a hop head but I don't see me having too many of these in a row. A good one per night IPA.

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

A: Pours a cloudy amber orange color with a one finger white foamy head.

S: Aromas of sweet fruity hops. Very refreshing smell.

T: Citrus or grapefruity taste with a slight bitter but floral ending. Well balanced and fresh that leaves you with a clean feeling. Carbonation is perfect and excites your tongue. The high abv is not noticeable.

M & D: Mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty high on this offering from founders. Very smooth drinking and refreshing IPA with a nice aftertaste and a bit of warming action in your belly. Would definately have this one again.

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

One of the better IPAs I've had in my short time on earth. Very similar in some respects to Bell's Two-Hearted, but comes up a little short by my own personal measure.

Pours an immaculate deep gold/copper in color, quite hazy with a creamy ans resilient head. Nose is incredibly hoppy, the centennials are certainly here in force as you'd naturally expect. Taste is quite similar, floral, juicy and strong hop character. There is a decent malt backbone, no doubt, but it's simply along for the ride, so to speak.

A very drinkable and likable IPA, I'm sure I'll be back for more.


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

Pours a dark orange almost brown with suttle tangerine highlights throughout leaving a thin beige lace that bubbles away quickly. The nose is lemon, orange rinds, that are sauteed in brown butter and the candied (Sugar added). The taste on the palate is balanced, it starts with a grapefruit bitterness, followed by a slight carbonation that brings with it some caramel sweetness then finishes with a fruity gummy candy taste.

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Photo of Bones54
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer of the month on-tap at a Winking Lizard. This is a quality brew!! I'm partial to IPA's, and this is another favorite. Strong hoppy presence, and the ABV does not override the taste.
The problem with IPA is that the stong hop presence makes it difficult to drink a lot of these without putting the tastes buds in shock. However this beer goes down smooth, be it the first or the fifth.

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Photo of heyitsbyron
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's in Madison for $1.59 (minus a 10% six-pack discount).

Poured into a pint/tulip glass. Left about 1cm of white head. The beer is a pretty hazy orangy rust color.

Whooaaa! Smells like hop juice! Pure, unadulterated floral/piney hops. Maybe a bit sweet too. Unfortunately, it doesn't smell like much else.

The taste was underwhelming based on the smell. It's hoppy, but I was expecting really really hoppy. Rather washed-out and one dimensional. I would classify it as "hop juice," but not very intense. A good bitter taste, but underwhelming.

Feels good in the mouth. Gently carbonated, medium body.

I could drink many of these, but it's a bit pricey and it's underwhelming for what it is. I don't object, as long as someone else pays.

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Photo of unklesyd
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having so many IPAs that the thought of another one just makes me bored, this is quite a pleasant surprise. Brought to me by a friend, unrequested, another nice surprise.

What really strikes me about this one is the outstanding blend of hops. I'd imagine that Founders must use more than "just" centennial hops in order to get a distinct peachy flavor. Nice citrus notes blended with an herbal undertone. Solid malt backbone with a hint of sweetness that helps to showcase the hops.

Very well done, something to get me excited about IPAs again.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazed copper with a thin light tan head. laces pretty well.
stinkin with hops. resinous floral grapefruit, an interesting fruity lime-like aroma, caramel malt. this is gonna be good.
excellently balanced flavor. lots of big but not overpowering citrusy hop flavor with the interesting lime demension in there too. clementine like sweet citrus in there and an array of other tangy fruit, lemonade, peach, a hint of pear. bitterness never overpowers the flavor here, like i said it's excellently balanced. the caramel underneath it all contributes.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with delicate, but lively carbonation. very smooth and easy drinking.
good drinkability the 7.2 abv doesn't show itself very much. i'm regretting getting just the single. a sixer is definitely in order for this beer. an excellent american IPA.

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Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 8,482 ratings