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Centennial Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Centennial Single Hop IPACentennial Single Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2006

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Ratings: 189 | Reviews: 100
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle poured into a tulip glass. A murky orange-brown amber brew with a finger of frothy beige head that breaks quickly but leaves ample lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet malts but with more robust hops than some other Mikkeller single hop IPAs, grapefruit and orange rinds, a whiff of pine needles or menthol cough drop, and a persistent sweetness like cotton candy. Indeed, this is simultaneously sweet and resinous, a solid showcase for this hop, which often translates onto my palate as "grapefruit-orange cotton candy", citric and fruity yet with an interesting sweetness as well. The sweetness deploys itself early and the citrus rinds late, along with some black tea tannins, green grass, and pine more assertive than on the nose. The malts are prominent but not dominant, delivering a toffee biscuit vibe. This is a tasty IPA, better balanced than some of the other Mikkellers that skew rather malty. The robust hopping gets top bill but the malts are solid in support.

Photo of seedyone
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

09/08/11 at RnH, NYC. As one who normally avoids anything that has hops in the title, I saw this & figured with all the hype around the Mikkeller name, I'd give it a shot.

I have had some surprisingly pleasant experiences with some of the Firestone Walker stuff & that led me to believe that I might be dissing the baby with the bathwater...literally. If the folks at FW could manage some seriously upfront hops that didn't offend my delicate sensitivities, then why not Mikkeller?

My trust was not misplaced. Not only did I find this to be a most enjoyable taste, but it sent on a quest to find more "single hop" brews, if for no other reason than to know my enemy.

At the time of this writing, some 3 years after the fact, the acute impressiveness has been muted somewhat, but one thing is for sure, it convinced me that in the right hands hops need not be offensive. I guess one could say I was a "hop-ist" but have seen the lite.

I still find hop abuse to be both silly & offensive (I hate wasting money on undrinkable, non-refreshing mistakes) but at least now, once I find a brewer I can trust I'll dabble.

Thanks Mikkeller.

Photo of dcmchew
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber, a bit hazy, one finger light beige head, decent retention.
Smell of grapefruit, sweet oranges, caramel, faint tropical fruit and peach, not too strong pine, faint biscuit, some floral honey. I expect lots of fruity goodness, maybe some extra sweetness.
Hop punch in the front, a bitter pine resiny steamroller. Fruitiness is very faint, leaving some grapefruit and faint peach to show itself, even the caramel biscuity malts are hard to detect, though some sugary sweetness is felt, especially in the aftertaste. Middle and finish pumped with green leafy notes, grass, hop oils, dried flowers, very bitter.
Medium body and carbonation, nice sweet and bitter combo, even if not so equal.
A bit too rough and sacrifices some of the nice Centennial flavours. A solid rugged AIPA.

Photo of schoolboy
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one weird bottle of ale I have here. I will certainly by more to see if it was supposed to be that way?? As I was pouring I noticed a whole mess of dead yeast or something. Lots of it. And it is kinetic - alive and moving all over. Otherwise the appearance is pretty nice - an orangy brown ipa color with a beautiful monster head.

The aroma is a medium strong hoppy. Nice. The taste is a nice balance of very flavorful stuff - malts and loads of hops. A bit bitter and dark like a Scottish or something, but nice.

The aftertaste is a nice lingering tang on the tongue.

It's cool that this is a Belgian brewer coming full circle and doing an American style, and they did it well. I need to find out about all the crud floating around - there really was a lot - I should have been more careful with my pour.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark orange/light amber with solid 1" rocky white head which yields semi-rings and spots. Brown floaties drift down to the bottom.

N: Pine with herbal and floral notes. Slight sweetness. Citrus barely there.

T: Mellow resiny pine and slightly dank with some yeasty flavors.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly bitter (56 IBU) and dry with a lingering piney finish.

O: Probably an older bottle or not cellared properly since it seems "aged" and should be consumed fresher even though it was purchased from a refrigerated cooler.

Photo of CHickman
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber copper color with a huge foamy 2 finger tan head that didn't move and faded very slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and foamy rings as it goes down. A fine looking IPA with tons of tiny bubbles in the head, collapsing like the Grand Canyon as it dissipated – another looker from Mikkeller.

Smells of grapefruit, orange peel, toffee, caramel, pineapple, sweet citrus hops, light malt, wheat bread, brown sugar, piney hops/pine cones, maple syrup, mango and light booze; the Centennial hop makes for a great smelling beer: this is so potent it smells like fresh hop juice in the glass.

Tastes as good as it smells, but the malt is not the backbone but the initial flavor which then gets washed away by the grapefruit, orange peel, citrus hops, pineapple, mango or even starfruit, piney hops/pine cones, grains, brown sugar, caramel, tea leaf, grass, tobacco leaf, candy like Razzles or Skittles, wet wheat bread and very light booze like a rum shot; so complex and sweet for a single hop, it is very tasty, with nice balance oddly enough, and waves of citrus hop flavor that make the sweetness slightly bitter and yet delicious.

Mouthfeel is smooth with mild fizzy carbonation, a medium chewy body and a bitter citrus finish that is fruity and sweet; the hop flavor never lets up but is not aggressive, making for an excellent American IPA.

This was an expensive 12 oz bottle, but so well made and flavorful that it justified the cost ($7 per 12 oz bottle). A very high recommendation for any hophead.

Photo of heygeebee
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

From Jim's. No BB.

Pours hazy amber, two finger head dies to filmy spotty lace.

Aromas are of citrus, and also like a creamy smooth apricot. Words not easy on that one!

Taste is smooth, I suspect storage may be an issue, not too much hop bite going on here, until almost the very end when it catches up. Again the smooth sweet apricot/passionfruit notes come through. Makes you understand the component hops of other beers. Nice idea.

Mouthfeel a let down, not enough carbonation for style.

Well made nice, nice distinct flavours. No way does it taste nearly 7% tho :-)

Photo of sfprint
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

exp: Oct 6, 2013

A: Massive soda head. but little rising carbonation. Just a bit of haziness, a medium maple syrup color with a drop of yellow/green.
S: Very nice! Sweet piney Christmas, quite similar to Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. Very nice but only moderately strong.
T: Christmas-y but not so wowing. Tame,
M: soft with a sting at the end.
O: A decent IPA. Nice spicy qualities, but not mind blowing.

Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer has an orange-amber body and pours with a yellow-white head that has good lace and retention.

S: This has one of the most prominent noses of all the single hops with a registerable amount of caramel and floral notes backed up by heat.

T: This IPA has a rich caramel sweetness balanced well by light bitter and earthy hop character.

M: The beer rolls on the palette with medium body and a carbonation that compliments the hoppy character.

Overall this is one of the best single hop IPAs in Mikkeller's lineup but compared to other IPAs it is just decent.

Photo of DoktorZee
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 333ml bottle into a tulip. The cap had a best before date of 26/04/14 on it (or at least thats what I presumed it was)!

A - it pours a cloudy orange amber, with a fuzzy, thick lacing that hangs around for about 3 minutes then ends with a thin rim around the edge of the glass. Very little lacing left on the edge of the glass.

S - a little more subtle than I would have expected; it hits some floral and citrus notes but also has a slight bready malt notes as well. The floral > citrus on the nose.

T - initial attack is a lemon, juicy hops bitterness; the juiciness tends to follow the initial attack and endures for a while along with some residual bitterness. The finish is only mildly bitter, and the malt tends to show itself slightly near the end. Still remains balanced.

M - mouthfeel is medium to medium-high body with moderate carbonation. No obvious oiliness or alcohol warming. Finishes fairly juicy but not rich.

Overall it's an interesting single hop beer; less of the traditional IPA citrus (orange/lemon) and more of a floral character on the nose, and then lemony and juicy on the finish. Solid.

Photo of kojevergas
2.71/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap and green label acquired at KnB wines for $6.49 and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. I'm celebrating a success at work. Expectations are high; Mikkeller is me favourite brewery but his brighter beers tend to pale in comparison (excuse the pun) to his darker ones.

Served straight from the refrigerator and consumed cold. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a luscious six finger beige/light khaki colour head of great frothy smooth cream, good thickness, and fantastic retention (we're talking a solid seven or eight minutes). Great clingy lacing as it recedes. Body colour is a dark murky dull nontransparent copper. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Dig the head, don't dig the body.

Sm: Fresh floral centennial hops. Cream. Clean malts. Toasted malt character. Caramelization. Some tangy fruity note - maybe tangerine? A touch earthy. Notable grapefruit zest. Somewhat dry. A mild strength aroma. Generally appealing. No yeast or alcohol are detectable.

T: Clean, caramel, light toffee, pale malts, and toasted malt character. A bit of earthiness blended with a touch of grapefruit zest. Tangerine, sure. It's also somewhat oily. The notes don't ring distinct, but sort of blend together. A bit imbalanced in this regard. Hop bitterness is minimal. Lacks a solid body or foundation. A bit dirty. I don't like the earthy character at all. Built okay. Not particularly fresh.

Mf: The finish is quite light and tingly compared to the earlier acts. Smooth and wet all around. As thick as it needs to be. A bit too light. Structurally imbalanced. Doesn't suit the flavour all that well.

Dr: Drinkable but unimpressive, especially at this price range (and for this brewer). Mikkeller is capable of far better. A passable IPA, but fairly pedestrian. I wouldn't get it again. That said, it's probably about as good as a single hop IPA can be with centennial. As an experimental brew, or as an educational lesson in hops, it's a success. Unrefreshing. I wouldn't recommend it.

C-

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows piny resin and grapefruit, along with a fair bit of crystal malt.
Aggressive pine and resin as flavours, with some sweet clean malt balancing things out a little. The bitterness seems a bit sharp and almost solvent-like.
Nice mod-high carbonation.

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 13/9/12

A dark amber, looks thick with just enough clarity to see a little carbonation but I think there's more then I can see because of the massive three finger beige head, great retention and my glass is covered in spider web lacing with a few thin rings going through the webs

S big citrus and toffee with some biscuit, faint pine but more tropical citrus and caramels then anything

T lime rind is added too the nose with just a little brown sugar, pretty nice not a whole lot going on but simple can be good

M medium-full with a creamy feel from the bubbles and fairly slick after the fact

O solid stuff and one of the better ones I've had from the series, I can see why this hop is put in so many beers. this one isn't lacking in any areas and went down in minuets

on its own its pretty good but a little straight forward, I love this series and still need too track down a few as I want too try them all.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, with an updated label, one strewn with new-agey hop imagery.

This beer pours a hazy, dark apricot amber hue, with two fingers of tight, foamy, silky pale beige head, which leaves a few grotesque arches of lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bitter grapefruit pith and orange peel, sweet toffee and caramel malt, a bit of more astringent pine resin, and a soft dark fruitiness. The taste is biscuity caramel malt, tart orange and lemon citrus rind, a mildly sweet orchard fruitiness, and some further herbal and edgy pine hop notes.

The frizzy carbonation is a tad catchy on the palate at first, but evens out well enough, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit halting in its smoothness. It finishes just barely off-dry, as the hops are still hitting on all of their multi-toned cylinders.

It's not surprising to see why this particular hop is so prevalent in American-style IPAs - it is such a workhorse, providing citrus, pine, and herbal bitterness - in aroma and flavour. Maybe the fruitiness suffers a bit, but, hey that's what friends and co-mingling are for.

Photo of MacQ32
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudy amber orange with a dense light cream colored dense head. Fantastic lacing, strong retention. Head still ~1/3 of an inch throughout the entire life of the beer!

S - Lots of bready caramel sweetness, some nice sweet apple/mango/grapefruit hops aromas. Slightly resinous.

T - Slight caramel and a dry crisp bitterness upfront, the sweet/citrusy fruits follow up and linger well into the aftertaste which finishes on a slightly piney kick. Breadyness is apparent throughout. Bitterness lingers.

M - Lighter than medium bodied, decent carbonation, very drinkable.

O - Pretty tasty for sure, very simplistic but well balanced.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my favorite of the 3 single hoppers ive had. pours hazy golden color with a massive fluffy white head that lasts. it absolutely reeks of bitter hops, english style pale ale smell, with some malt present, but this is much more hop forward in the nose than either the cluster or mt. hood versions. flavor is more bitter too, resinous and sticky, really fresh. this is delicious. well balanced but not crisp at all, very drawn out flavor experience. hops first and last, delicate malts and floral yeast in between. feel is the same as the others, medium body, fair carbonation, easy drinking. i wish these were cheaper, but i will continue to try them all as an educational endeavor. so far this is the winner

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Becoming a beer geek means learning the flavors and aromas of different hop varieties, and this is a great way to do it: a single hop IPA. Starting with Centennial, since it seems to be a widely used hop strain in the U.S. beer scene.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy amber, almost tawny in the light. Big bubbly head, creamy and thick; leaves lacing absolutely everywhere. Not sure why it’s hazy, but it’s still a great look – especially with its inch of foamy retention.

S: Juicy and just fairly piney, the centennial hops thicken up the nose more than expected. There’s that definite resin quality to it, but not without the main tone of fruits: apple butter, blackberry jam, fresh mango, mandarin, and a very mild hint of grapefruit make up the bulk of the creamy profile. Malts are caramel-esque, but they have an odd licorice character to them, as well; it’s almost like cinnamon apples in a plastic freezer bag, only they’ve been sitting in there so long they’ve begun to smell like the bag. Odd, but not too distracting from the main intent of this beer.

T: Still some plasticy tastes on the front end, but the hops quickly reveal themselves in fine form – a pop of acidic citrus rind, mandarin pulp, apricot, and spicy pine (not exactly tongue-scraping, but bitter). Tastes a bit like spiked cider, since the malts come in with a taste of cinnamon breads and sweet apple, along with a pervasive caramel grain overtone and sour mash whiskey taste. Not your ordinary American IPA, to be sure, especially in its bready yeast, bottle-conditioned state. The aftertaste is a bit more of the plastic tastes, but with a grassy, straw-like dryness that lingers for a moist second.

M: Wet, smooth, and thick, like a barleywine instead of a pale ale. It lays like bread, slick and chewy.

O: What Mikkeller has here is an American IPA that leaves a lot to the malts, though it is supposed to be hop-heavy. It’s good, but I don’t know if I’d want to try anything else in this series due to the plasticy, artificial tastes of the malts.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting single hopped beer. Whereas it does seem muddled, there are some nice earthy pine tones with a salty and citric tone. Interesting indeed. I think you have to take these single hopped beers for what they are: experiments and a learning lesson. I have had single varietal wines that provide the same "one-dimensional" experience, but are still nice. This is along those lines.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, honey gold on the brownish side with a big head that coats the glass with lacing.

Smells of hop pellets, quite pleasant and grassy. Also found was pine straw.

Bitterness is upfront on entry and kicks in from middle to finish. The finish is bitter and long, though not strong. Aside from grapefruit there is little else detected.

Medium body with effervescent carbonation, light alcohol. Some astringency and palate-coating.

This was enjoyed as part of a self training exercise to distinguish hop varieties, but it would still make a fine component to a meal.

Sampled from a pint glass alongside the Bravo Single Hop IPA.

Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderately hazy amber colour with a big, creamy tan head. Good head retention and lots of lacing. Good.

Bright and hoppy. Surprisingly smooth for a C-hop with a rounded orange and mandarin note. Light mango. Very nice.

As in the aroma this is smooth and creamy with a citrussy palate. Nice rounded tropical fruit and mandarin notes. Moderate bitterness.

Medium body with moderately low carbonation. Fine.

A really nice IPA that shows off Centennial in a non-aggressive way.

Photo of rarbring
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy amber, an off-white rather small head, some lacing and some curtains.

The smell has a whiff of toffee, but mainly grape-fruit, pine and resin.

The taste has a sweet caramel start, fresh bread, grape-fruit juice, then a seed and peel bitterness.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, a good body, slightly dry.

A rather nice, well-balanced, clean and good american IPA, especially for being a single hop.

Photo of peacebone116
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dee at Bobby's Liquors for suggesting this one!
Poured from the 11.2-oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Orange like copper body with prolific off-white, soap-foam head. A decent amount of sediment in the body.

N: Lots of grapefruit and a hint of pine.

T/M: This one has a great bitterness to it with a delightful hit of grapefruit that gives way to earthy pine flavors. The malt compliments this IPA better than it does others in the Single-Hop series. There is a slight soapy flavor to the beer and I am not sure where it comes from. The body is medium/light.

Overall, I really like this beer. I am stoked that I am currently growing my own Centennial hops so that I can feature them in an awesome IPA this year.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know... It's old. But it's been in my fridge for over 2 years. (first batch)

A: Pours out a perfect amber with one full finger of off-white head. The foam takes a bit of time to settle, and there is a decent amount of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is really malty with a soft floral undertone and a touch of pine hops in the background.

T: It starts out sweet and floral and those flavors linger all the way through to the finish. The back end is big pine bitters.

M: Medium bodied beer. There is nothing too outrageous as the flavors dance on the palate, but it dries up significantly as the beer moves off. The bitters linger of a bit afterward.

O: This is a really nice single hop beer. I'm loving the mix of floral and malt characteristics. The finish is really bitter, but I'm ok with it. Solid beer, even with age on it.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another down in the single hop series. Poured in a Bruery chalice.

Body is amber. Poured slowly and carefully, this produced a big tan head and has good retention and lacing.

Nose is quite fruity, mainly notes of orange, a hint of mint, floating above the usual malt notes.

Nice light, fresh fruit notes of orange and lemon on the frontpalate, with some malt sweetness midpalate, then a big piney, bitter hop finish. The bitterness lasts awhile in the long finish. It is interesting that Centennial can do all this on its own.

Body is medium as is the carbonation producing a slightly fizzy/slightly creamy mouthfeel. Finish is somewhat dry.

This is one of the highlights in the series that shows what Centennial can accomplish in a beer. Interesting and very drinkable.

Photo of plfahey
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Reddish-copper in color with a tall, densely packed, beige head with tiny bubbles. Head retention is high with nice lacing, and the clarity is moderately high as well-perhaps just a bit of chill haze.

Aroma-The aroma hopping is somewhat disappointingly light, but what is there is complex and quite elegant. Perfumy lemon, orange, and pine notes. Lower notes of pineapple and other tropical fruit. Malt is almost non-existant in the aroma, but I'm not complaining too much. I just wish there was a bolder aroma to it.

Flavor-Here's the bold hop character I'm looking for. Lightly fruity with orange and lemon up front, before bursts of pine and resin punch in with moderately high hop bitterness. Dry in the finish, with a touch of lemongrass to compliment the pine notes.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation.Dry bitterness and a touch of warmth linger on the palate, but there's no astringency in the mouthfeel at all.

As I said above, I'm a little disappointed with how low the aroma is on this one, but everything else is in place, and it tastes great.

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Centennial Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.