Centennial Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Centennial Single Hop IPACentennial Single Hop IPA

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 101
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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Photo of delap009
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! I had this beer for the first time last night. I had it in a punt glass that I never rotated. It retained a zebra strip pattern until we left the table.

Supreme aroma! Dip your nose into the glass and you can smell the hops as if your at the farm of the inception. One of the most natural earthy smells I have ever experienced.

Color was basic, yet exactly what I'd expect and prefer. Taste was a balance that rivels Stone Ruinition. Nothing was over the top and it whisked accross the tounge like a silky wave of happiness.

Needless to say I am a fan. Great work out of Denmark and good work of Stone getting a keg

Photo of drpimento
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man, these guys had a great idea doing the sinlge hop line of IPAs. Wonder why more breweries dont do this. Anyway, Poured a huge thick tan foamy frothy head that lasted for a little while before settling down to a light cover with some lace. Color is an almost clear copper amber. Aroma is heavy caramel, burnt sugar, hop, yeast, fruit, leather. Flavor is similar to aroma along with a little pipe tobacco and pine. Outstanding body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and medium in length. Definitely a session brew.

Photo of Norfawkers
4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful. Deep copper with thick, fomay, beige head.

Smell: Faint through the foam, but past that- floral, hoppy, with a sweet malt back.

Taste: Interesting- piney, woody, earthy, not overpowering; complex.

Mouthfeel: Flavor sticks in your mouth; very well balanced; slightly bitter throughout.

Drinkability: Tastes like a northwest IPA (as one might expect). Excellent- very drinkable and well crafted.

Photo of ratedz
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes...

I was interested in trying all 10 of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers, so after I got my hands on a bottle of each, I tried one variation a night for 10 consecutive nights back in August. I really enjoyed examining the subtle differences that the different hops give the beers.

I had this on tap at the Flying Saucer back in May at their second anniversary party, well before I bought any of the Single Hop Series beers in bottles. I remembered liking it when I had it that day, so I was looking forward to having it again. The scent is mostly piney, but there are some citrus undertones as well as the sweet toffee-like backbone. Those same three ingredients are the main focus of the taste as well, although I can't say one dominates more than the others. I picked up pine needles, grapefruit bitterness, and the sweet malts at different times in every sip. Every sip finished slightly bitter and dry. I always enjoy centennial IPAs and this one is no exception. The flavors are well balanced and if price was not a factor, I would definitely buy this one again

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 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 todrown
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark orange/amber color, huge thick foamy head--sort of like a rootbeer float. great lacing!

S: citrus hops, a lot of malt, melon/bitter apple

T: great balance of flavor, fruity malt, piney hops towards the end

M: nice carbonation level, smooth on the palette, dry finish, great mouthfeel

I really enjoyed this beer. it might not be hoppy enough for some, but I enjoyed the balanced, malty taste.

Photo of ADZA
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another single hop IPA geez i love these,anyways the brew pours a redish/amber hue with really nice carbonation that leaves a two finger dense head which slowly subdues to a layer of creamy froth across the top of the beer and the resinous lacing is everywhere,the aroma is quite a nice mix of piney,citrus hops and toffee malts,and the taste is even better with a nice evenly carbonated mouthfeel with tastes of toffee,caramel and it finishes with a little bitter kick but not much at all and this IPA is definately very moreish,overall for me this is definately right up there with the best single hop IPA's and will buy again for sure.

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

Likely my favorite in the Single Hop Series. The high fragrance and flavor of the hops combined with the soft bitterness of its acids make for a great balance without compromise.

Like all other Single Hop beers, this one has the classic hazy orange/rust color with great head formation of lightly yellowish foam, great staying power, and an ordinate amount of lacing. A good look though a bit much on the haze.

Aromas of citrus dominate the firm caramel malt backdrop. Leading the way are scents of grapefuit, orange zest, and pineapple. Soft resins of pine and fresh cut grass give a bit of complexity, but this beer is all about the citrus notes.

Flavors of those caramels malts are quickly swamped by the ruby red grapefruit, fresh orange zest, and softer pineapple flavors. Juicy and inviting, these Centannial hops are very seductive and alluring. Balanced by the bitterness of 70 IBU's, the beer finishes decidedly bitter and dry.

While creamy and firm early, the beer soon gives way to a dry hoppy finish with moderate alcohol and minty warm/cooling.

As expected, the Centennial hops prove its 'all-purpose' job with ultimate aroma and flavor of citrus but with the bitterness that rivals the most aggressive beers, except with smoothness and roundness.

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

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

This beer had the strongest of all the pine aromas. This was also one of the most bitter beers. I really like this hop personally but seriously, this was a great great IPA. Drinkability high, mouthfeel good, the bitterness and the pine play well together.

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

appearance - pours a cloudy, red/orange color, lacing crawls up the glass, head recedes quickly

smell - sweet centennial hops, very aromatic

taste - resinous and dominant centennial hops, not as strong as the tomahawk single hop, i think this is a more balanced variety of hop, finish leaves a hop aftertaste

mouthfeel - medium, some body, consistent carbonation

drinkability - the beer is delicious and a great way to taste the centennial hops but the 1 variety fatigues the mouth after a session with a bottle

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 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 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.

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

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper-orange color. Off-white head with some light lacing.

Smell: Light aroma full of caramel and grapefruit.

Taste: Flavorful, starting out pretty light with some florals, with caramel coming in, and eventually some bitter grapefruit by the finish. Aftertaste is mostly bitter, but not astringent.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV, no alcohol in flavor.

Not the most IPA-like, but I like the flavor and it is fairly complex. These are pretty pricey for what they are, though, so I probably won't stock up on them, however.

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

A: Pours a clear amber with a puffy off-white head that laces deep into the glass. Looks like every other ale in Mikkeller's Single Hop Series.

S: Aromas of pine, herbs, and citrus dominate the nose. It smells like other beers that use Centennial hops to great effect. Really nice.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuits, and cream from the malt mingle with pine, spruce, peppermint, lemon, grapefruit, pomelo, and bitter orange flavor from the hops. The finish is herbal and fruity with a satisfying mix of pine, citrus, and biscuit flavors. Like the other IPAs in this series, the flavors of the hops are demonstrated in a no-frills fashion that really lets their subtleties stand out.

M: Medium-bodied and fairly dry, but with a bit of chewiness that is not inappropriate for the style. Fairly drinkable.

O: So far, this is my favorite in this series. The flavors of the hop varietal really stand out and are contrasted wonderfully by the malty notes. Really well done.

Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head that lingers around a bit.

Smell: grapefruit, some grass, and a hint of earthiness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, hint of pineapple, and a mild floral bitterness create a flavorful and well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with some light dryness late. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: this beer was very easy to quaff as the hop profile created an extremely enjoyable and easy drinking beer.

Photo of mpensworth
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber with nice 2 finger head. Great lacing.

S - Citrusy hops, lots of grapefruit aroma.

T - Really nice hop flavor, big on the citrus. Finishes nice and dry bitter.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, bitter and dry back end.

D - Pretty good, I could probably drink 1 or 2 in a night and then swap to something else. Overall a great tasting IPA.

Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010, coming in a slim, long-neck 330ml brown bottle at 6.9%abv.; BB 23/12/2011, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a black-tea-ish dark amber hue, slightly translucent; the dark beige froth builds up to a huge soufflé head to sustain, supported by rather lively streams of fizziness.
S: just like an American IPA, the flowery, piney, citric and almost perfumy notes of hops are nicely intertwined with cara-malts' sweetness, resulting in a mildly longan-fruit-ish fruitiness overall. Well-integrated are all the elements on the nose, yet the overall impression is not unlike that of the Nugget hop version I tried yesterday. The hops are so bold, against a rich malt body, that it's hard to discern b/w the two (or should I have compared them side-by-side?).
T: a lucricating swallow of aromatic black tea-ish malts, caramel, sweet dried berry-fruits (raisiny) and slightly sour-ish citrusness gives way to the lightly spicy, flowery, woody and citric-tannic hoppiness (like a hybrid of Styrian Golding & Cascade) that exerts a deepening wave of bitterness in good time. The finish, though getting increasingly bitter bit by bit, is really not as bitter as the Nugget hop version, but just as aromatic & mildly tannic with much tea-ish & longan-fruit shell-ish aroma to linger.
M&D: smooth, mildly carbonated, medium-bodied, against a delicious and easy-drinking flavour profile, this Centennial version is as balanced in flavour (the sour-ish hops balancing off the sweet malts) as assertively hoppy in impact (tis the aim, I take it), probably having the best of both worlds. Effortlessly likeable, to me - I could easily have a couple of this beer in one sitting~~

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Good looking beer comes out an amber/brown/orange color. A little hazy, slightly hazier than the other Mikkeller Single Hop beers I've had, lots of little particles floating around. HUGE foamy head after a hard pour. Big bubbles in the head that take their time, but eventually most go away, good lacing. A good looking IPA.

Smell is good. Not as aggressively hoppy as I expected, but well balanced in the aromas. Citrus is the big hop aroma here, primarily citrus zest. Good malt backbone sort of a natural sweetness to it, slightly roasted/toasty flavors.

Taste is very good, not too many surprises here, exactly on par with the smells. Grapefruit sticks out a little more, citrus bitterness and a hint of sweetness like a clementine. Good toasted malt backbone in the flavor as well.

Moutfeel is really good. Smoother and cleaner feel than I expected, it goes down really easy, surprising since it didn't appear filtered. Has a nice bitter finish as well. This beer is very drinkable too. Probably my favorite Single Hop beer from Mikkeller thus far, but I have a few more to go.

Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap as part of Mikkeller Mayhem at the Brick Store.

Pours similar to the others - a light hazy amber with a small cream-colored head that receded slowly with minimal lacing.

Not surprisingly for a C hop, it's all about the juicy citrus in the nose with pineapples and grapefruits emerging, complemented by a bit of toasted caramel. Still, the pungent citrus dominate the nose.

The taste isn't quite as big as the aroma suggested. There is a bitter citrus kick up front with grapefruit and oranges. The malts are present but don't get in the way of the hops too much.

The mouthfeel is sticky with citrus hops, seems a little fuller than some of the others with strong carbonation.

I was looking forward to this one and it didn't disappoint. Not as good as the Nelson or Chinook for me but still in the top half of the 10 single hop IPAs.

Photo of benclimbs
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at st. james infirmary reno.

super interesting series from a great brewer. pours golden pale with a beautiful thick head and some nice lacing.

smell is thick, not citrussy, some nice pine character, with rich fruitty goodness in there. smells pretty epic actually.

taste is very east coast/euro ipa in the sense that it isnt hop-dominated, but then it kicks with a brutal, but kind bitterness. more fruit and light brown sugar malts compliment the hops.

overall its a very nice ipa - very interesting to taste just centennials, not nearly as noticable as cascades, subtle, bitter and nice.

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Centennial Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.