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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

181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2006)
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

afsdan, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderately hazy amber colour with a big, creamy tan head. Good head retention and lots of lacing. Good.

Bright and hoppy. Surprisingly smooth for a C-hop with a rounded orange and mandarin note. Light mango. Very nice.

As in the aroma this is smooth and creamy with a citrussy palate. Nice rounded tropical fruit and mandarin notes. Moderate bitterness.

Medium body with moderately low carbonation. Fine.

A really nice IPA that shows off Centennial in a non-aggressive way.

dgilks, Apr 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

barnzy78, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Xul
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Xul, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Mebuzzard, May 08, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

wordemupg, Sep 14, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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

brew3crew, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of divineaudio
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

divineaudio, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Tone
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Tone, Aug 17, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

avalon07, Jun 05, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

steve8robin, Aug 14, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

metter98, Feb 19, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

gford217, Mar 28, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

benclimbs, Aug 11, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

billshmeinke, Jun 12, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

AndyAvalanche, Nov 28, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

mpensworth, Mar 22, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +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.

plfahey, Feb 28, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +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~~

wl0307, Aug 19, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

merlin48, Nov 06, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

GbVDave, Apr 10, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Gavage, Sep 29, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

mithrascruor, Sep 24, 2010
Centennial Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.