Founders Centennial IPA | Founders Brewing Company

1,954 Reviews
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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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decently bitter, but certainly leaning towards the sweet side of the IPA spectrum, not that that's a bad thing - - - Flavors of caramel and graham crackery malt upfront. Mid-palate, dry flavors of hop resin and spicy grapefruit peel. Hints of lemon. Vanilla and orange sherbert on the finish.

Sugary and sweet. Feel is hearty and rich. Full bodied with light carbonation. Dry.

A great IPA. It's generous malt bill and modest hop profile make it a nice introductory beer to people new to the style. However some drinkers with super high hop tolerances might find this one a bit too sweet.

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Photo of jeffadow
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber, with a bout a finger of lasting, slightly tan head. Crisp, hoppy smell. Slightly oily mouthfeel and a bit of alcohol warmth. Very mild bitterness and a present but not intense hoppy flavor, crisp and apple-y. Lasting malt and sweetness on the finish.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I was expecting too much from this beer..maybe I bought a bad batch. In any case, I was not impressed. Color is a very dark amber with a decent sized, off-white head when poured into a pint glass. There is virtually nothing on the nose. Slight smell of citrus hops and very very faint scent of bread malt. I was expecting hops on the taste but really didn't get anything. For some reason I tasted a hint of peanut butter of all things. Granted, this is my 2nd beer of the night (1st was a Bear Republic Racer 5, which i thought was far better..) so that could have an impact. The Centennial IPA is very drinkable, however, and the 7.2% ABV is really masked well. Suffice it to say, I will probably not be rushing out to buy another 6-pack as there are far better examples of IPAs out there.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance: Dark orange/brown with a huge amount (4 fingers) of beige head that dissipates slowly.
Smell: Citrus hops plus some caramel
Taste: Perfectly balance bitterness from hops with malty sweetness. No unpleasant aftertaste at all. This is what a world-class IPA should taste like.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, full-bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall: One of the best IPAs that I have tried thus far.

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This a beer that tastes as good as it looks and smells.
Its pleasant bitterness (a weird word combination, I know) is exactly why I have an unhealthy addiction to IPAs.
Centennial certainly lives up to its reputation.

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Photo of drmeto
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

-pours a clear amber with a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-peach marmelade,mango,nectarine,orange,tangerine,grapefruit,herbal,cinnamon
-finishes dry
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol detectable
A great IPA.

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Photo of jonb5
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Third of a litre at Craft Beer Kontor.

A: Mahogany, clear, large thick head, left lots of lacing around the side of the glass.

S: Heavy on the citrus hops, had a New Zeeland and Pacific Northwest like aroma.

T: A burst of strawberry and grapefruit against a strong malt backbone, finished with some rye, not boozy at all.

M: Medium to heavy body, not hugely carbonated, smooth.

O: Another very good IPA, not much more to say.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber bordering on ruby. Lots of beige head. Smells of lemon and pepper. Well balanced between malt and hops, with a smooth mouthfeel. Tastes of apple cider with hints of citrus and caramel.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

L: Pours a hazy, deep orange/amber with a 1-finger head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing.

S: Balanced nose w/ citrus hops and pine and some sweetness w/ malt and caramel. Not as in-your-face as some IPAs.

T/F: Citrus hops flavor upfront, with some malt backbone to even things out, and a nice bit of of bitterness at the end. Medium body, not too heavily carbonated. Overall, a very balanced flavor.

O: Very tasty IPA! I would definitely get this one again. The alcohol can sneak up on you with this beer, so maybe not too many in one session.

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

12 oz bottle. Pours deep Amber orange, thin off white head lasts, spotty lacing. Toasty malt aroma with some piney notes. Tastes like it smells, toasted bread with big piney bitter hops, citrus peel. The bitterness continues to build thru the swallow. Thin to medium semi-slick feel and a crisp dry finish. Solid west coast style IPA.

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Photo of Nimbus_
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: A very hazy, dark orange. A foamy, white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Strong aromas of earthy and floral hops, and a little bit of citrus and malt at the beginning. The really cool thing was that the scent changed as I drank this beer. About half way down the scent switched to be more caramel dominate. The citrus was still in the background the whole time.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. The first few sips were full of malt and citrus flavors. Really tasty. Then about half way down, as the caramel came out in the smell, it also came out in the taste. From half way until the end of this beer, the caramel flavor dominated the beginning of each sip. The finish was citrusy and dry the entire time. More of an orange citrus than anything else.

Feel: Surprisingly light. Light carbonation, which I always prefer. A slightly creamy mouthfeel overall, but still refreshing and crisp. Definitely a nice dry finish, but not too dry. It's a very balanced mouthfeel.

Overall: This beer has a lot going on, even for an IPA. The aroma, taste, and mouthfeel are all so balanced and done so well. Unfortunately, the 7.2% ABV doesn't make it very sessionable. I highly recommend this beer to pretty much anyone, and it's a must-drink if you love a good balanced IPA.

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Photo of teromous
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't see a date listed on the can.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a very hazy caramel orange and brown color. The head is very thick and fluffy. It is a yellow tobacco stained color. I can make out hazy shadows through the beer. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma: It has a nice pine aroma.

Taste: There is a sweet caramel taste with a bit of a bready touch to the beer. The hop flavors are muted pine and a touch of mint. The finish is a bit more of that sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bitterness with a nice dry finish. The beer has a lot of caramel flavor which makes it feel like it is going to be thick or syrupy but it is not. It is very clean with a nice dry finish. The only downside is the bitterness feels a bit muddy but the overall drinking experience of this beer is very good.

Overall: It is a good East Coast style IPA with a good deal of sweet caramel flavor and a kick of pine and a moderate bitterness. It isn't bad but I don't feel that it is memorable. I probably wouldn't pick it up again but it would work as a good substitute for some of my other, more favored, East Coast style IPA's.

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Photo of blindherd
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tried this last week based on a Recommendation from a local cicerone. The Malt was a little more upfront than the Hops and the taste was overall GREAT! I will definitely be picking this one up again.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at World of Beer in Baltimore.

Dark copper color, darker than the usual IPA I've seen. Smells and tastes very malty as well, but paired very nicely with centennial hops. This is pretty heavy as well, not something you'd want to drink much of, and at 7.2% abv, that's a good thing.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy Amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Faint smell of hops and honey maybe.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops with a hint of Malts and honey like sweetness.

Overall: Good IPA. I would have this one again.

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Photo of Bulabeers
4.91/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: copper colored beer with a half of finger of white head. This was served on tap.
S: Centennial hops, sweet caramel malts
T: Centennial hops, caramel, kiss of alcohol
F: Medium bodied brew
O: Centennial hops or die

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Photo of ByronDBeer
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark copper, some brown. Some head, not much, yellow tint in head
S: Floral hops, strong clean hop smell.
T: Some wood, pine. Very strong malt, similar to dogfish 90. Fresh hops but not too floral. A bit bitter in the end to show the hops.
F: Very smooth and drinkable, no excess carbonation.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 4-8-16. Shaker.

A: pours a dark copper with 2 fingers light tan, thick and foamy head. Ample carbonation clings to the sides of the glass. Rings on the glass side are epic.

S: fragrant; very sweet citrus, grapefruit rind, malt, sugar.

T: drier arrival than the nose lets on, not sweet at all. Some mild hoppiness on the arrival, a moderate citrus, which quickly transitions to a thick bready and ever so slightly sweet middle. The hops do present themselves with a little mild bittering on the end.

M: solidly midweight. Well carbonated, but not excessively so. Some residual slickness, but not much lingering hop character.

O: this is a really easy-drinking IPA. If what you are looking for is the definition of IPA, this is it. But it is comfort beer; it breaks no new ground. Would be s good fall season IPA. Reminds me of GL Burning River.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Amber in color. Pours with nice head which takes awhile to fade.

Smell: Orange and lemon citrus with an earthy aroma. Berry type of aromas.

Taste: A lot of lemon right upfront. Which fades to a hop bitterness at the end.

Feel: Very full bodied. Creamy almost.

Overall: Founders has always been a favorite of mine. no idea why it took so long to try this one.

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Photo of vinicole
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy marmalade orange. Thin frothy head.
Rich aroma of orange and earthy resinous pine.
A really good balance of citrus hops with sweet malt and a nice bitter bite at the finish.
Soft feel. Medium body. Alcohol is very well hidden.
Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Riff
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker glass. Deep, dark amber color with a white foamy head about a finger in width. Smells mostly of pine and a little bit of bread. Tastes of bread with a little bit of bitterness and fading into orange citrus and a bit of pine towards the end. Body is light to medium with a good amount of carbonation. Flavor lingers for a little while afterwards. Overall a pleasant IPA, nothing outstanding but quite solid. Certainly one for the rotation though nothing I'd go out of my way to find.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 04/08/16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – floral with some hints of pine
Head large (Maximum four cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy but compact, diminishing to three mm frothy ring and nearly complete frothy layer
Lacing excellent – wide rings of tiny to small bubbles, rings connected by short legs
Body – medium orange, hazy
Flavor – lightly bitter and citrusy, malt comes through, well balanced, slight floral aftertaste with a moderate hang time.
Palate – medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

A very tasty IPA, more floral than I like but still very drinkable. Even though this is “just” an IPA, at 7.2% ABV it is approaching DIPA territory.

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

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Photo of LouZ
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

This is a definitively malt-forward IPA. Founders left the hops in Yakima, but drinks smooth and is still pretty good minus the hop presence. I would drink again. Very sessionable.

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Photo of charlzm
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on May 21st, 2016 from a bottle dated 02/25/2016. Poured into one of those fancy-schmancy Sierra Nevada pint glasses.

Beer is a slightly hazy orange color. A somewhat vigorous pour generates a two finger off-white head that hangs around for a long time but provides little sheeting.

Aroma is primarily citrus zest (sweet orange or tangerine?) and also a little herbal, a touch soapy and a dash resiny. The whole affair is somewhat subdued, however. Granted, this bottle is almost 90 days old, but I was still expecting more.

Flavor is slightly sweet up front with a dash of crystal malt. Then, hops, seguing from the slightly sweet to bitter like citrus rinds. Not a very complex flavor, but if it's hops you crave, you've come to the right place. Might be a little old-fashioned compared to newer IPAs out there, but solid and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is ever-so-slightly creamy with a touch of dryness on the finish: the best part of drinking this beer to me.

Overall, I can see why this has been a standard go-to for over a decade. I don't love it, but I would gladly drink it if we meet again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent orange colored pour with 1/2" of white head and nice lace down the side of the glass. Aroma dropped those citrus, tangerine and grapefruit notes.

Taste is solid, wave after wave of the Centennial hop. Ages nicely compared to proprietary hops, this will stand strong still 100 days after bottling. Good format, good price. Pretty standard in its approach, does everything well above average. Not quite world class, but definitely one of the better regional ipas made.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 8,203 ratings.
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