Centennial Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Centennial Single Hop IPACentennial Single Hop IPA

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87
very good

102 Reviews
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Reviews: 102
Hads: 191
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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 plfahey
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,126 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lucky number 7 in the single hop series. Poured into a pint glass.

Fat two and a half finger slightly off white head. Hazy amber in color. Takes awhile to die down to a nice layer of foam on top.

Smells of bubble gum, pineapple, tropical fruits, and some funkiness.

Citrus (orange rind/juice), tropical fruits (pineapple), and a hint of bubble gum. Lots of resin bitterness too. Rustic bread malts.

Medium bodied with higher end of medium carbonation. Nice hop bite on the end.

Easy drinking. (497 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (860 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, earthy hops, sweet malt, spice, and slight wheat. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, earthy malt, slight floral, and slight spice. Overall, good apperance, aroma, body, and blend. (394 characters)

Photo of steve8robin
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried 2 others from the series. Time to give this one a go. It is said that you can never go wrong with an "C" hops. Let's see...

A: A nice clear, deep ruby red with a tiny off white head that fades quickly to a lace atop the brew. Decent.

S: A very nice sweet citrus scent upfront with a mild floral scent in the middle. A very nice sweet scent on the back. Very good!

T: A bitter hop upfront with a quick sweet citrus in the middle. A watery hop on the back. Good.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A nice clean sweet finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a great IPA. Definitely one of the best in the series so far that I've tried. Give this one a go if you like IPA's that have a nice bitterness as well as a nice sweetness. (740 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge amount of foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: Smelled of floral hops, a bit of citrus and some malt. Not as sharp as some of Mikkeller's other IPAs.

T: Tasted of citrus, floral hops, malt, a slightly earthy quality, and an acidity. Well-balanced. Typically tart.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another highly drinkable IPA from Mikkeller. (498 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tulip glass.

a - pours a cloudy, orange color with lots of yeast still in suspension. gave me a huge, three finger, rocky, tan head that calmed to a thin cap and stayed put. leaves intricate lacing patterns stuck to the sides of the glass that range from small puffs at the top to a full sheet at the bottom.

s - flowery and slightly spicy. notes of sour apple and carmel.

t - subdued herbal hop character with lighter fruity notes. lemon, green apple, maybe some grape. biscuity malt base. tart but still sweet. light bitterness carries through into the finish and fades away slowly.

m - firmly medium in body with a good amount of carbonation. feels just right for this brew.

o - a fine beer and quite enjoyable. maybe my second favorite out of the series so far. if it weren't $6 a bottle, i'd buy this often. (819 characters)

Photo of Xul
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of woodjm
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first experience with an American IPA brewed across the pond. Also my first single hop experience (which was really the reason I bought it). Pours a nice amber color with bright white head. Smell is as much malty as it is hoppy. Taste is slightly bitter with a much thicker, stickier body that I expected. Mouthfeel was lively and I wouldn't call this the easiest drink in the world, but certainly and enjoyable one! (419 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-translucent amber with white head and lacing
S-piney hops are very prevalent with a little bit of malt
T-alot like it smells. Piney hops strike the nose and are present throughout.
M-medium bodied and smooth with a bitter after taste
D-very drinkable. Done with bottle in no time (283 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently discovered this line of single hop IPAs from Mikkeller and thought, what a great way to experience the individual hops.

Pours a bright copper, clear with a white, uneven head. It just sits there, somewhat rocky and wavy. Great lacing. Looks awesome.

Aroma is loud citrus, pineapple, grapefruit backed up by vinous pine. The pine is more of a foundation, more "woody" than pine, I guess. Not a tinge of alcohol detected.

Great taste. Off balanced for sure, but so be it. Citrus dominates with the woodiness coming at the end. Soft malt ties in well behind the biting citrus enough to kill any juiciness.
Dry and biting. Love it.
Drank it effing quick. Darn good. (677 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky copper color with persistent head. Aroma is a bit fruity and also has a lot of pine. Taste follows with dank, earthy hops and a solid bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Overall a very nice IPA that showcases the Centennial hop very well. (251 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Coppery amber slightly hazy, big fluffy head.

Smell: I get malty, bready biscuit with a pine hop, citric and a subtle but distinct marmalade citrus sweetness.

Taste: Biscuits and grapfruit-citrus hop, slightly sweet and caramelly. Strong malt presence wanes and citric, grassy bitterness emerges on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent brew, I enjoyed it and would have a couple more by all means. (462 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served as a part of a flight of three Mikkeller single hop IPAs. It has a great copper color with amodest tan head of medium bubbles. It settled down to barely a skim of foam on top of the liquid, but left behind a good lace coat. The aroma is mostly forest-like pine hops, but there is also a it of sweet malt to the nose. The beer starts out slightly bitter, but it grows in intensity until there is a very bitter aftertaste. The hops here are pine like. The coat that is left behind gives the impression of dry and rough hops. Personally, I would prefer to see more bitterness up front in this beer, not just in the finish. Despite this opinion, I still find the beer tasty. It has a medium body and a sweet and bitter coat. It's a good mouthfeel for the style and fairly similar to other members of the single hop IPA series. It's pretty drinkable. It isn't my favorite of the series (that title still goes to Tomahawk), but I certainly wouldn't pass one of these up. (995 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $7. 23/12/11 printed on the cap.

A: Dark copper with a good three fingers worth of head, dense and rocky, excellent spots of lacing, nice clarity, overall a nice looking beer.

S: A lot more pine than I had expected, crushed spruce needles really come to mind, smells incredibly resinous. Lots of strong piney undertones, and a few other hoppy scents. Not bad though.

T: Strong bitterness, the centennial seems to be a little more suited for the bittering purpose. There are some nice piney profiles as well, but the pressing bitterness somewhat stuns the tongue and masks a few flavors. Now that I try the centennial on its own, I can definitely recognize it in other beers I've had. Has a slightly minty taste to it as well. Very herbal. This is pretty damn tasty.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, a little on the dry side. Not bad at all.

D: Once again, another nice single hop beer, definitely a learning experience. I don't think the centennial really stands on its own all that well. The bitterness of the beer is spot on, however the other aspects of it just fall a little short. (1,160 characters)

Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent golden brown with a large off-white head. The nose is pungent, floral with a touch of citrus. The taste is bitter, spicy, pungent, floral and just a touch of citrus. In comparison to the cascade single hop beer, this is far more bold and the hops edge forward ahead of the malt instead of the other way around. This really screams American IPA to me, which suggests that I have been drinking a lot of beers with Centennial in it. Am appreciating the education. Mouthfeel is nice, good carbonation with a medium body and a small amount of stickiness. I am not sure if I am rating the hop or the beer, but I preferred this to the cascade variety with this malt bill. (684 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 (706 characters)

Photo of uustal
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, hazy orange/amber with a two-finger fluffy white head. Citrus zest and floral aroma. Flavor begins with semi-bitter citrus notes. Really nice grapefruit zest and a bit of orange peel as well. Floral characteristics and some more bittering to finish. Nice showcase of the centennial hop. Certainly don't miss the hop flavor while sipping on this beer. (364 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Plan-B in Copenhagen.

Medium see through copper, off white head that is very creamy, good retention, great lacing...Aroma is very sweet hops, come caramel, but fresh wet hops on the finish...The taste is super matly, almost too malty with a light floral hop finish. As you swallow it is very bitter, ok feel.

This is pretty decent, easy to drink, tasty, not a world beater. (396 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery orange with tangerine trim and a pale caramel colored crown that filled about half the glass on the pour. Soft divots appear in the upper surface during the descent, while finely speckled sheets of lace cover most of the available surface.

There is nothing quite like the Centennial hop. Each sniff is a small explosion of grapefruit zest, backed by toasted and slightly earthy malt. The word 'small' was used because the beer isn't quite aromatic enough or brightly hoppy enough. Mikkeller has to be kidding with a 'best by' date of December 23, 2011.

Centennial Single Hop IPA is a solid drinker that is a dead ringer for 2-3 month old Bell's Two Hearted Ale, a beer that has entered my glass more often than any other over the past several years. Actually, the hops are slightly more toned down than that, although they're still mighty tasty.

Again, the bottom end is a balancing amount of toasted bready and steely caramel-like malt. The top end is the unmistakable grapefruit and pine resin flavor of the Centennial hop. Single hop IPAs are almost always simple. And the best ones are simply delicious.

No complaints about the body/mouthfeel. It has enough size, is smooth-edged, and has carbonation that is energetic, but not aggressively or annoyingly so. Solid all around.

Centennial Single Hop IPA is yet another Mikkeller American-style ale success story. This version can't hold a candle to the Simcoe IPA, but it's easily as good as the remainder of the series. Only Cascade, Amarillo, Tomahawk and Nugget to go. (1,537 characters)

Centennial Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.