Founders Centennial IPA | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Centennial IPAFounders Centennial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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
Reviews:
1,924
Ratings:
8,056
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
21.65%
 
 
Wants:
394
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1,959
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,924 | Ratings: 8,056
Photo of Lonborgski
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured with a thick creamy head at a restaurant into a straight glass. Head dissipated slowly and left nice lacing.
Deep rust amber color. Beautiful in a glass.
Smell of earthy lemon and pine.
Crisp, clean, lemony bitter ipa. Well crafted but too bitter for me.

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Photo of zshaft
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I don't really understand the high ratings on this beer. pours nice with thin head and faint nose. taste taste I get some light pine and muted floral notes. some orange and grapefruit round it out with nice mouthfeel. clean finish. overall very average to me. not anything I would buy but nothing offputting either.

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Photo of Bluntlogic
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L - Foamy tan head that doesn't leave much lacing. A solid copper colored liquid with a clarity usually lacking in many dry-hopped beers.

S - The dry-hop gives an initial burst of aroma which soon gives way to a sweeter malty smell.

T - A very balanced flavor profile. Sweet with a solid citrus backbone. No aspect is overly dominant.

F - A somewhat light feel from the carbonation, but still far from watery.

O - An overall good beer that can be quite dangerous as nothing about it's flavor hints towards the 7.2% ABV lurking inside.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

**
09/02/2014
03/27/2015
Aroma is pine, floral, hops. Nice, soft.Look is Light orange. Small, but lasting.Taste is more pine, hops. Smooth. Lemon finish.Feel is crisp. Good carb. Very nice. My kind of IPA....which i've found is usually different than popular opinion.
**

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Photo of Zac88
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Usually I don't take the reviews to serious but I feel Founders beers deserve real review. Pours a nice amber caramel color with a light head. Smells of roasted caramel, maybe a little burnt maple syrup and a mild hop undertone. Upfront the taste is a rich roasted oak, dark roasted malt and a amber mild ale. Then the hops hit and take you back to what the beer is an IPA. I'm working my way into IPAs and I've got to say this is easily my favorite so far. It's not the basic plain IPA I've found most are. I would highly recommend this for someone wanting to relax around and enjoy a complexed beer. It looses some of it's flare as it gets hot tho.

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Photo of EMH73
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden-orange color with a half inch white head, fairly well retained a slight lacing. Smell is citrus hops with floral notes. Taste is citrus fruits--orange peel and grapefruit, a little malt and pine flavors. finishes moderately bitter . Moderately carbonated with a dry mouthfeel. Easy drinking IPA, another fine beer from Founders.

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Photo of jaehongcho
3.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy amber body with a thick cream head and very good lacing/head retention

S: Grapefruit forward with slight pine and lemon. It's apparent this is malty

T: The taste follows the nose with grapefruit and pine but the caramelly malt sweetness is more pronounced in the taste.

F: Medium body, appropriate amount of carbonation.

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Photo of mac31
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sweet, orange hued malty entry. Malts are robust without being syrupy. Bright, citric hops. Grapefruit rind and lemon are what I get. Big, hoppy bitterness without the big cohume bite you'd expect from such a hop forward beer. The hop bitterness smacks you across the palate than falls off fast. There are modest resinous notes that linger, coupled with the cereal grain notes in the finish. The hops are both lightly spiced and lightly floral. A great complement of orange hue malts combined with the citrus from the Centennials that make up this beer. A wonderful balance is struck in this offering. Light bodied. Dry finish. Carbonation and hops seem to embellish one another, but carbonation is appropriate. Super drinkable, gone before you realize it. A well, well crafted IPA. A must grab IF fresh. Check the bottled on date before purchasing. Cheers!

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful. A thing to behold. Great Amber color, lasting frothy head. Wonderful floral. Chewy fruit, slight citrus, burst of pepper, and great, dry finish. Must get again.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/gold with a hearty foamy white head. A great deal of lacing is left behind. Piney, resin, and dank hops form a hoppy, earthy aroma. Taste follows suit with earthy notes of resin, piney, and slightly dank hops. Mouth feel is smooth and filling. Good average thickness consistency. Overall, a solid IPA. A little more on the bitter, biting side of IPAs, but still good.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of pbass0
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is my introduction into Founders. It's not a bad beer, it is just kind of muddled as far as it's flavor. It goes down light and is pretty smooth for 7%+. But besides that it's kind of a let down. My beer was brewed on 11/27/15, but is a few months on a moderately high alcohol beer really going to make that much of a difference?

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Photo of XCaliBrew
3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was in a rut, I wanted a sixer of something good, but not to pricey. Racer 5 looked to be the go to, but, I hesitated and put it back. At a different place I saw Founders Centennial IPA, having never had this, I bit and bought it.

The pour was quick and a bit lackluster. The head was slightly foamy, and soap-sudsy-white that disappeared almost as soon as I blinked my eyes. The color is an inviting mid-copper tone. Smells are slight pine and malt.
The taste is almost exactly the same, thought the hoppiness does not linger as much as a hop head would like.
Being a Cali person, I'm far more partial to West Coast IPAs. So, this leaves a bit to be desired, but I wouldn't ever turn it down if offered. It's just not my cup of brew. NEEDS MORE HOPS! but, it's a good balance, because I actually like malty beers from time to time, and this offers a nice glassful.

Again, solid, but, not wooed.

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

This is drinking beer because it comes in 6 packs that are not overpriced. This blows away Two Hearted (IMHO), is bette than Stone IPA, Tornado, etc.

I really like this beer cause it's cheap and just showed up in Los Angeles a few weeks ago.

This is very good (if not the best) mass marketed craft IPA beer.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep Amber color with a bit of head. Nose of orange, malt, floral, and pine. Taste of malty hips with notes of citrus and hops with a malty finish. It's a good beer but not as good as Founders other beers. Will drink again but not as hoppy as I expect an IPA to be.

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Photo of brewaddict
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours a hazy amber with a thick cream head and good lacing
S - I get notes of lemon, grapefruit, slight pine, and fresh hop
T - The taste is grapefruit and pine. This is very hop forward with a solid sweet malt back
F - Medium body, nice
O - This is an excellent ipa with great balance I can see similarities to a popular dipa's

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Photo of taters21
4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hell yeah! Pours a burnt orange with about 3 fingers of lively carbonated, off white head.
Smells sharply of citrus, grapefruit, caramel, lemongrass.
Starts with light pine , then some grapefruit, then a good herbal bitterness in the middle, ending in a creamy residual bitterness, not at any point would I call the taste malty, this beer means business.
Mouthfeel I moderate to creamy, awesome for an ipa.
Overall, phenomenal, this beer is a prime example of not judging a book by it' cover, it blows me away.

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Photo of princessbay710
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The look is dark, almost no lacing. The smell is light and refreshing, tropical almost, which is misleading because the taste is a bit too malty for me. Not what I imagine when I hear Centennial IPA. The bitterness tingles the under sides of the tounge, making the taste a bit more captivating as you drink on. The mouth feel keeps you coming back.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle that I can't find a date on, straight copper beer, copper white head with a little lacing. Little to no smell, but if it's there it's a light malt. Taste is straight malt too. That being said, it's a good clean malt. And a light bodied, crisp finishing beer. I don't know if it expired or maybe I'm just missing what all the hype's about. Gonna have to chalk it up as a do-over. Just an average malt bomb without even a large ABV to reward the drinker. That being said, it's still pretty decent.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moving up the latter in the Founders world, this 12 ounce bottle makes its way into my residence. On to the beer:

A clean copper body shines below a half-inch of somewhat creamy head which dissipates into a patchy lace. I smell something hoppy, and those Centennial hops are making me smile. I get healthy hits of lemon, citrus, grapefruit and a smack of honey. It somehow gets better, especially now in the era of grapefruit IPA's and Mosaic hopped ales. This ale holds a great hoppiness without going too far. The tastes of lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, leading to a somewhat sweet and citric finish finds a way to keep luring me in. It doesn't features a bitter aftertaste, and is really smooth going down.

Centennial IPA delivers an outstanding, honest IPA flavor. Now that I can buy it in California, I will be drinking some more in the future!

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Photo of Reema
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a dark orange brown color. Smells of floral hops, slightly onion, large citrus, along with some pine. Taste reflects the smell. Initial floral bitterness goes into a slight pine flavor, finishing with a crisp citrus bitterness. Feel is above medium, letting this feel like a juice. Ample carbonation, not flat at all. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that's tasty.

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Photo of RickyS
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color. Not very abundant head. Cloudy and no visible carbonation. Aroma: mango, passion fruit, apricots, floreal and earthy at the same time. Malts. Hops not very pronounced on the nose. Taste: there is some sweet component getting along with the hop bitterness with a very dry finish. Nutty notes. The taste follows the aroma. Nice beer.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: medium to dark golden color with a slight amber tint, thin white head, thin lacing
S: bitter grapefruit/lemon
T: citrus, malt, pine, bitterness that lingers a bit in the aftertaste
F: mouthfeel has an oily smoothness, medium body & carbonation

Not the first time I've had this, and like before it doesn't disappoint (like nearly all of Founders' beers). Very solid IPA.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden copper color with thick tan head that lasts a few minutes then dissipates to about a quarter inch with good lacing.

Smell floral and citrus notes grapefruit sweet smell little bit of pine.

Taste I get some grapefruit and hops little bitter citrus flavor well balanced.

Feel little bitter somewhat dry feel but smooth.

Overall a very balanced IPA I enjoyed.

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Photo of drgonzo767
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, less than a month old so pretty fresh. Pours a nice darkish amber color. Smells of pine, orange, and malt. So very complex in taste, obvious as an IPA but malt balance is excellent, a nice hop hit but not overly resin like or citrus, more of an orange thing going on. There is a bread/biscuit thing going on, and some spice. The outstanding thing is just the balance of it all and the complexities that open up as it warms. Mouthfeel is perfect, not thin but not palate ruining. This beer really hides its higher ABV. I have had poorer examples of this, freshness is the key to retaining the hop and malt balance. IMO one of the best beers in the US if gotten fresh.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a dark orange with an off white creamy head, lots of tiny bubbles densely packed in the head, good amount of lacing and carbonation, little hazy, not much head retention, looks solid.

A: Resin, pine, citrus, sweet malty aroma, not getting any alcohol on the nose, more pine forward than citrus forward, pretty straightforward aroma.

T: First impression is that this is not overly hoppy or malty, very balanced. Citrus, floral, some pine and resin, hit of hop bitterness, finish is dry with a hint of grapefruit peel in the aftertaste.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O: A very drinkable IPA, balanced, the ABV is well-hidden in the beer. A solid IPA that I would reach for again. I would like it a little fresher but at 5 weeks its holding up pretty well.

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Founders Centennial IPA from Founders Brewing Company
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