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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
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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like these "Single Hop" beers that Mikkeller is producing,I hope to try the whole line.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull hazed copper/bronze with a tight one finger off white head atop that settles into a creamy mass after awhile.Muted citric aromas with a bit of leaf,honestly I think I have an older bottle,would like to get a fresh one.Flavors are of grapefruit and pine although they dont pack a huge punch,again maybe because of the age?There is a noticeable sweetish malt base but the hops are the show here.Again I think I have an older bottle,but I still was able to get a decent hop effect.

Photo of merlin48
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a clear dark amber body with a tall and creamy beige head. Head holds well and becomes pitted and rocky, lacing the glass with some lavish splotchy patches.

Aroma opens with floral hops,like orange blossoms. Pink grapefruit and pine needles compliment the florals to produce a very inticing nose.

Medium body is well carbonated.

Taste has lots of grapefruit, some grassiness, a hint of pine, and lots of floral hop bitterness. Solid biscuity caramel malt notes provide a sturdy body. Finishes with a lingering grassy and grapefruit bitterness.

Wow! This is one exceptional American IPA to come from Scandanavia, or anywhere for that matter. Reminds me a lot of Bells Two Hearted. Hope I get to try the rest of the single hop series.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jkwalking05 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong orange citrus with some grapefruit notes. The flavor is orange citrus with some pine notes mixed in. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Seems like a good beer for review #600:
My favorite in the single hop series thus far. Big vibrant copper pour leading to a stable sizeable head that didn't dissipate easily.
Aroma, pungent, yet restrained tangy.

Taste, similar to the aroma. Good amount of the citrus hop feel to it, ample bitterness, malt bill just enough to hold up, but stays away from being 'balanced' so the hop can shine. Nothing over the top, just a good beer for a hophead. Price was a little much, but I can't deny this is a good beer.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright citrus hops with good amounts of somewhat harsher pine aromas. Backing everything up are sweet malts and very mild amounts of leafy hops.

Tastes good. A combination of pale and caramel malt flavors kick things off and are overtaken quickly by loads of hops - the pine has a bit more sway in the flavor profile than it does in the nose. Citrus hop flavors are still present in good amounts, coming in midway through the sip, and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this wasn't quite the citrus/grapefruit bomb I was expecting however it's not all bad as the added complexity was nice. Worth a shot.

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

Enjoyed at the International Tap House Mikkeller Single Hop night.

Recipe from Mikkeller:

6.9% ABV
67% Pilsner, 11% Cara, 11% Munich II, 11% Oats
Hop additions were at 60 minutes, 15 minutes, whirlpool, then dry hopped for 100 IBUs.
1056 yeast
Started at 1.063, finished at 1.010

Since the malt in all of these beers are the same, Im going to focus just on the hops...

Floral, citrusy aroma, with some nice melons blended in. This is juicier than some of the other single hopped beers. Carries over into mangoes and grapefruit rind. More pleasant floral and citrus bitterness than the others. Nice..

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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having had the vast majority of these single hops, I agree that they were a good idea for the brewer's experience in taming the hop as well as the novice drinker like myself. The pour generated a cloudy golden body with a lasting great white head, that left a lace trail in my Sam Adams glass. I smelled orange and tangerine. The mouthfeel was a little astringent, smoothed by creaminess, they tamed this one. It was satisfying by itself, however I would want more hop complexity and variety to make a more everyday drinkable IPA.

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 MrKennedy
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle thanks to Platinum Liquor, poured into a Mikkeller tulip glass.

Pours a predominantly amber colour, with some orange around the edges. Has a large rocky head of beige foam that strip-laces a bit before turning into a perimeter ring around the edge.

Smell is initially of tangellos and mandarin. Then it turns to sweet melon and then candied fruit salad.

Taste is sweet with a hefty dose of malt there along with a bit of fruit and pine.

Mouthfeel has differing waves of bitterness, at times, very soft and at others it does hit home. More on the oily side of things.

As a package, it is a relatively easy drinking IPA that has some great points to it, wedged in between some run of the mill. Would drink again if in need of a hop fix.

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.

Photo of cjacobsen
2.67/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(A) Poured an earthy brown with an orange color. Decent enough white head.

(S) Semi-sweet, hop notes but very light and not very prominent.

(T) A bit more bitter with a decent balance to it. It's got most of what it offers in the post taste.

(M) Still a little flat but still full of body.

(O) I had all 5 single hopped beers in a row and experienced them all at once. I noticed the appearance were all the same throughout each bottle and there were minor differences with each other them. The biggest difference came in the taste. It's quite apparent why most hops are blended with other hops in the brewing process as a single hop usage doesn't quite cut it. These were fun to try, but I wouldn't set out on a quest to find these.

Photo of thagr81us
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap date 23/12/11. Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured a hazy red-orange with a three finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and a sweet hop note from the centennial hops. The flavor was of malt, centennial hops, and pine. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very nice and crisp IPA. This has been my favorite of the Single Hop series from Mikkeller thus far. It was perfectly balanced with a nice hop bite on the followthrough. Very nicely done IPA and a must try.

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 jsh420
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

cap reads 23/12/11

pours dark copper with a big pillowy/chunky 2 finger head with good retention and left lacing all down the glass

smells of mostly grapefruit but also some orange in there

taste - wow i am so suprised - this beer in no way tastes anything like Bells 2hearted or Founders Centennial - there are no floral flavors anywhere - this beer reminds me of Blvd Single Wide Ipa - all bitter grapefruit and orange upfront with a good amount of sweet malt backbone on the end

mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation that gives it a very dry finish

drinkability - while its an ok tasting brew i dont think i would ever buy this again since it reminded me of a beer i can buy for $7 a sixer and this was $5 a 12oz

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy lightly dirty amber color ale with a nice fluffy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of citrus and piney notes are quite dominant. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes with light resin notes as well with light caramel malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well done though not necessarily my favourite hops when presented on its own.

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

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA

A - Amber-copper with a creamy white head.
S - Caramel malt and bitter grapefruit hops.
T - Sweet caramel malt, candied orange peel and grapefruit.
M - Creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
D - Good drinkability, solid, well-crafted IPA.

Photo of eclaycamp
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Making a run at some of the Mikkeller Single Hop series tonight. On a recent trip I was able to find the Nelson Sauvin, Cascade, Centennial, and Simcoe. As a fan of hops in general and IPAs in particular I'm hoping that this will not only be fun, but educational as well.

11.2 ounce bottle. We're onto Centennial, third in my tasting tonight. The color and pour is similar to others in the Single Hop series, though the head appears to be a bit more bubbly and pockish than the others. Once again the color can best be described as a ruddy orange, with a sudsy head that leaves very nice lacing. Just from an appearance standpoint, these have been some of the best IPA's that I've seen. Really just the prototypical IPA "look" with a nice copper color and a perfectly portioned head. Mild to medium carbonation levels in this one. Complex aroma that is similar to Cascade - I think of grapefruit again - but this one has more of a grassy note. Once again there's some sweetness there that I have to assume comes from the malt backbone - it's been a similar smell and taste throughout the series, so at this point I'm comfortable saying it is indeed the malt. The malt comes out more with the first drink - maybe it's my palate taking a beating from all the hops, but I'm definetally getting more malt character than I have with others in this series. I guess the lesson to be learned is that Centennial is a bit of a subdued hop, especially when constrasted against some of the other bold and assertive hops to be found in this series. I get more of an unsweetened green tea type flavor with this beer than I have with others, and there's a really pronounced floral note. I'm not a flower guy, but it's kind of, oh I don't know, lavender maybe? Has the sweetest finish out of all of the IPAs I've had so far.

This IPA isn't assertive at all. It's a much more delicate affair that strives to achieve balance with the malt profile. Subtlety is the name of the game here. If you give the beer a chance it may just surprise you, as there's a complex array of floral, citrus, and grassy things going on. Out of all the Single Hop series, I think this particular example does a nice job highlighting the caramel and toffee sweetness of the malt profile. Pretty damn good.

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy deep amber-orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that settled down but has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose; smells of oranges stand out in particular although there are also some notes of grapefruit.
T: Like the smell, there are flavors of citrus hops in the taste, which also has notes of caramel malts and pine resin. There is a medium amount of accompanying bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: There's an excellent balance between the hops and the underlying malts in the taste, which makes this beer quite drinkable. The alcohol content is also well hidden.

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

A: Pours a translucent and effervescnt orange/amber, capped by a frothy, two finger off-white head. Retention is very good and as the beer is consumed, moderate lacing is left down the glass.

S: Strong, juicy citrus is the predominant note. Lots of orange and grapefruit, along with some light notes of apricot on the fruit side. Moderate floral notes back up the citrus, with some very low key earthiness.

T: Floral and pine hops take over the dominant role on the taste side, creating a very different flavor than what the nose indicated. Some citrus notes lie in the background but are fairly subdued. The malt base barely shows through, and with little unique character. Finishes with a with a ton of pine resin that sticks in the mouth.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation, would be better with more bubbles.

D: Drinkability suffers a bit from the heavy body, but still goes down easy enough.

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 JLeege
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- hazy burnt orange in color, nice frothy off white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell- a lot of citrus, mostly grapefruit, a bit of pine. This smells real nice.

Taste- Wow, thats a lot of hop presence, resinous. Grapefruit again, a little earthy as well. Pine on the back end. I know this is showing off the HOP, but there is really no balance of malt that I am detecting.

Mouthfeel- creamy body, medium carbonation.

Drinkability- This was the best of the bunch. But I was still not a big fan.

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 Arenbeer
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to abrand for this one!!

12oz bottle into a Snifter Glass

A- Pours a cloudy dark orange amber with a fluffy 2 finger white head that leaves some pretty decent lacing.

S- Citrusy floral hops hit you up front with a sweet fruity base that reminds me of oranges, tangerines, and maybe some mango or lemon. A very sweet and inviting IPA no doubt.

T- Earthy piney hops once again compliment the pale malts. A great amount of fruitiness also comes out and a slight yeasty flavor. I have to say this is a very clean tasting IPA and very fresh.

M- Medium-light body with a strong bitterness that hits the toungue pretty strong. Also a decently dry finish that makes you want more and more.

Overall this is a very crisp, clean, full flavored IPA. I highly reccomend it. Thanks again Andy!!

SkÅL!

Photo of GbVDave
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Cap dated 23/12/11

A: Pours a wonderfully hazy tangerine color with a four fingers of light khaki colored head features amazing retention (a thick dallop of creamy foam lasts until the very end of the glass). Tons of lace is left behind.

S: Huge aroma of citrus and pine. Delicious! Also noticed a bit of cinnamon. Excellent fragrant aroma!

T: Not quite as piney as the aroma, but there's a bunch of lemon, tangerine, and clementine.

M: Quite dry and bitter. Extremely sticky and astringent. Finish is very long lasting.

D: Very drinkable IPA and an excellent addition to this ambitious series.

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