Centennial Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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2.68/5 rDev -30.9%
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.
10-16-2012 05:41:34 | More by kojevergas
2.7/5 rDev -30.4%
(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.
03-26-2011 17:59:35 | More by cjacobsen
3.03/5 rDev -21.9%
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.
11-24-2012 09:21:00 | More by TheBeerCarl
3.13/5 rDev -19.3%
A: Burnt orange hue, slight haze. Nice thick head at pour, goes down to a thin layer. Decent lacing.
S: bready malts, caramel, bitter grapefruit.
T: Bitterness right away, then it breaks into a caramel sweetness, then again the bitterness takes over in the end; the bitterness lingers on for quite a while after each sip. This is good, not great.
M: Medium, pretty carbonated.
D: I just do not think this IPA is that drinkable. It is decent, but slightly rough, so to speak.
Notes: I do not regret trying this beer; I will not be a repeat customer though. I will move on to the next of the Single Hop IPA series.
02-14-2011 20:30:22 | More by jeffaz02t
3.15/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
09-03-2010 00:26:55 | More by JLeege
3.2/5 rDev -17.5%
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.
10-23-2011 07:48:30 | More by MrKennedy
3.2/5 rDev -17.5%
11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!
(A)- Pours a pale amber color. Produced a decent foamy tan to orange color head. Minimal lace.
(S)- A dry piney profile with hints at orange citrus and lemon.
(T)- Similar to the smell. Mild orange and lemon citrus with bitter pine and caramel malts.
(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Bitter, but piney and a decent citrus presence.
(D)- A decent IPA. Very bitter and very straightforward.
03-19-2011 00:05:03 | More by sweemzander
3.23/5 rDev -16.8%
A: Pours a copper/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes in a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: The aroma is a little light. Some citrus hops and sweet toffee is dominate. A light lingering grapefruit bitterness.
T: Light and thin hops up front. Some light citrus flavors. Mostly a grainy, sugary, sweet malt flavor. I am not a hop head at all, but this is thin on the hops even for me.
M/D: A light to medium body. Thin and watery. Easy to drink. I finished my pint with no problem.
Not a bad IPA. Though nothing special. Just a little thin IMO. You can do a lot worse, but Mikeller has done much better in their single hops series.
08-05-2010 03:40:17 | More by champ103
3.25/5 rDev -16.2%
11.2 oz brown glass pry-top. Cap stamped 23/11/12/.
Pours a bit darker brown than I remember the Nugget, Simcoe, Amarillo and Tomahawk being. Fairly clear with off-white head that has good retention.
Nose has wonderful fruit notes: fresh figs, orange blossom, lime, and lots of high flower notes. Yellow pine pollen maybe?
Palate: Sparkly with hop bitterness, then releases into a nice honeyed malt character. Maybe a little tired in the malt category. Hops are very floral again, and very bitter on the back of the palate. Some earthy herb notes crop up with some pine resin.
Notes: Great aroma hop, not sure about leaving it solo on the palate, though. Good bitterness, just doesn't show a lot of hop flavor.
09-11-2010 06:23:03 | More by SFLpunk
3.35/5 rDev -13.7%
cap dated 23/11/11
red orange pour with a pillowy head that actually dissipates faster than any of the other single hops ive had.
smells like big boozy sweet centennial hops. grapefruit, wildflower, musk... its deep when you really stick your nose in there.
it really appears to me to be more of a awesome smelling hop than an awesome tasting hop. it doesnt taste bad by any means, it just loses some of that deliciousness i instantly got on the nose.
honestly after im about half way done with it i lose alot of interest. it just starts to become mediocre. worth trying to smell, not so much for flavor.
12-22-2010 01:26:06 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
3.4/5 rDev -12.4%
Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.
The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a clear light amber topped by a finger-and-a-half of off-white foam. The nose comprises light toffee, light greens, flowers, and light lime. I'm not sure if things were just faint or if there was just a kinda sad aroma here (there is a difference, trust me...). The taste holds notes of dark greens, toffee, light powdered sugar, very light black pepper, and very light cilantro. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a very lightly syrupy feel, and an almost dry finish. Overall, a generally alright IPA, but this one is thus far the weakest of the Single Hop brews I've yet tried (I'm up to seven or eight now).
11-09-2011 04:30:14 | More by TMoney2591
3.4/5 rDev -12.4%
A - Cloudy amber with a big billowy head that remained for some time.
S - Bready malt, sweet caramel and grapefruit.
T - Big bitterness right away followed by sweet caramel that quickly transitions back to a lingering bitterness with notes of grapefruit and orange pith.
M - Medium body with almost prickly carbonation. Lingering bitterness.
D - Haven't tried a Mikkeller single hop yet that is enjoyable. Hope they get better. Two Hearted a much better example of the Centennial hop.
06-25-2011 20:29:22 | More by brewcrew76
3.48/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
04-08-2012 13:40:14 | More by rarbring
3.48/5 rDev -10.3%
A - Poured this beer from a bottle. It left a good two finger head which took it's time getting down to the beer. Clumps throughout the copper amber body of the beer.
S - Hint of citrus with malt, leather and floral notes.
T - Pretty malty for an IPA. I thought it could use more hoppiness to balance out the citrus/floral notes.
M - Has good feel to it and doesn't disappoint. Doesn't seem thin at all to me but has a nice body to it.
O - I felt underwhelmed by this beer. It left me wanting for more.
09-24-2011 21:42:23 | More by cvm4
Centennial Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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