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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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very good

103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 194
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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 cjacobsen
2.67/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.71/5  rDev -30.2%
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.


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Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of jeffaz02t
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of JLeege
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of drtth
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Although there was a date code on the cap, I couldn't figure out how to decode it, but decided to gamble on a single bottle.

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a hazy dark amber color with a light tan head that soon recedes to an island of foam, a thin ring, and some patches of lacing on the side of the glass. Sipping leaves scattered patches of foam. Once the beer is close to the bottom of the glass its clear that there's a fair amount of sediment that contributed to the initial hazy appearance.

The aromas are mostly caramel malt with touches of grapefuit zest.

The flavors include sweetness from the malt, lots of sweetness with some grapefruit zest and a light touch of bitterness. Over time the cumulative effect of the malt sweetness becomes a bit cloying.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and the carbonation is very light. The finish begins about midway through as the sweetness from the malt gives way to a touch of bitterness and an almost dry ending.

Overall I'm not all that impressed with this beer. The combination of uncertainty about the age of the beer and the minimal hop presence amidst the malt favors pretty much guarantees I'll not be doing a repeat on any of the IPAs coming from Mikkeller.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of cvm4
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of rarbring
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a copper amber color with pretty good head retention and good lacing. The nose is interesting, consisting of dry citrus, wet leather, and a hint of malt. On the palate, I'm just not digging this all that much. There is some noticeable alcohol, which blends oddly with the wet leather and malt combination. At least for me, this beer could use a lot more hoppy bitterness to balance the rest of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is pretty good... the beer is medium bodied wiht a fairly long, moderately bitter finish.


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Photo of SLeffler27
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
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 :-)

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love Centennial single hop Ipa's but this one is in the next tier down from the others. Pours a hazy brown to amber with creamy head that retains well. Nose is a bit light in aromas, but has some bright grapefruit. Palate offers some toffee sweetness with zesty grapefruity hops that are prominent but not big or really assertive. Some sharpness unto the finish.

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Photo of berebrando
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kevin and I sampled this beer after collecting all ten (simcoe, cascade, warrior, nelson, nugget, amarillo, tomahawk, chinook and centennial). We sampled them, one after the other, to compare the hop varietals. These notes are primarily focused on the hop flavors of each beer and should be used in comparison to one another. This review is one in a series of 10... and then there is "10".

Top of bottle: 23-12-11
Date of tasting: 10-17-10

Hop notes:
Brandon: very crisp and bold pine notes. good hop aroma. background citrus flavors, but nothing very significant.

Good beer. By the way, my bottle says 6.9% ABV

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Photo of dcmchew
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I appreciated HombreWing sharing these single hop beers one after another, very interesting side by side to say the least.

A - The color is a medium amber with subtle copper highlights, small off white head w/ tight bead and lace is well clinging

S - the smell is citrus in the mild orange peel aspect w/ lots of vegetal notes in the aroma - the closest thing I can think of is celery but bell pepper and very sweet herb notes fill out the nose too

M - A mildly spicy but more dry and astringent than I prefer with some fruity tange but the finish is tannic with some puckering and alcohol

T - Taste is like the feel and nose with moderate citrus tang, but very mild and the vegetal taste is dominant over any other flavor, mild lemon peel astringency with a drying effect on the palate. The herbal/vegetal taste is overwhelming in this

D - I liked the beer in general, just feel it was not as flavorful and pleasant as some other beers with centennial in them, perhaps this hop benefits from blending for my palate -I would probably use this hop sparingly as a homebrewer based on trying this beer

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Centennial Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.