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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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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 194
Photo of sfprint
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

exp: Oct 6, 2013

A: Massive soda head. but little rising carbonation. Just a bit of haziness, a medium maple syrup color with a drop of yellow/green.
S: Very nice! Sweet piney Christmas, quite similar to Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. Very nice but only moderately strong.
T: Christmas-y but not so wowing. Tame,
M: soft with a sting at the end.
O: A decent IPA. Nice spicy qualities, but not mind blowing.

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Photo of edrachman
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened this up for a side by side tasting with the East Kent Golding (EKG) version. Had a stamp on the top listing a date(in the future?) of 23/12/11.

Pours a light transparent amber with foamy head which lingers. (slightly deeper amber than the EKG). Smells very hoppy with some good bitterness. Very sweet flowery scent with a bit of citrus fruit.

Solid IPA taste, but the point of the beer is the hops. The hops have a slight citrus background, but the bitterness is up front -- but not in a bad way. It seems like very good hop to use in an IPA.
Its a very carbonated beer - a little more than my taste, and after drinking the whole bottle, the hopiness began to fade a bit. Its definitely a drinkable beer, but I probably wouldn't buy again unless doing another side by side tasting.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Seems like a good beer for review #600:
My favorite in the single hop series thus far. Big vibrant copper pour leading to a stable sizeable head that didn't dissipate easily.
Aroma, pungent, yet restrained tangy.

Taste, similar to the aroma. Good amount of the citrus hop feel to it, ample bitterness, malt bill just enough to hold up, but stays away from being 'balanced' so the hop can shine. Nothing over the top, just a good beer for a hophead. Price was a little much, but I can't deny this is a good beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting single hopped beer. Whereas it does seem muddled, there are some nice earthy pine tones with a salty and citric tone. Interesting indeed. I think you have to take these single hopped beers for what they are: experiments and a learning lesson. I have had single varietal wines that provide the same "one-dimensional" experience, but are still nice. This is along those lines.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Next in line from single malt series...blah blah you know the drill. Appearance is almost the same perfect deep murky orange and enormous head as all the others, with an exception. This one has a small amout of sedimentation going on so I have to knock some points off for unseemliness.
Mouthfeel is the same creamy smoothness with a bit too much carbonation as all the others.

Finally, we have a single hop that isn't subtle. This one has an assertive nose of grapefruit peel with other citric players and a tremendously large floral perfume kick in the pants. Solid bittering finish on the taste balances the caramel malt quite nicely while the floral perfume accents everything to an acceptable level of complexity (for a single hop IPA, that is)

Centennial seems to be the most evenly rounded single hop IPA I've had so far. Good core bittering, good floral, good citric. However it is lacking in earthy, tropical fruit, and grassy hop characteristics, which other varieties can add to the party.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnished amber colour with modest off-white head; retains a thin crown and leaves some nice trails of creamy lacing. Slight sedimenty haze in the body with a steady but slow carbonation. Good IPA.

Smell is quite malty as well as hoppy. Strong caramel cakey aroma but a very strong, and beautiful - like Hugh Jackman *sigh* - hop aroma. Very citric, with a tang to it, and lots of peppery spice, lemongrass and coriander on there. Floral as well, with crushed rose petals and kaffir lime. Damn, man, melikes these Centennial hops very much.

Taste is a bit less immediately charming. Not a lot of noticeable malt, but hops dominate early with a very large lemongrass flavour, quite minty and herbal that gets slightly fruity on the mid; lime notes and a touch of paw-paw. Slight peppery spice on the back that runs quite fresh and light, but with a sting in the tail. There's kind of a mouthwashy cleansing quality to it, but it goes hand in hand with a sharp bitterness.

A little bit lighter in the body than I expected, makes way for a bit of carbonation texture, but not much. Quite enjoyable.

It's intriguing and pleasant enough, but I'm thinking I prefer my Centennial as an aroma hop.

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Photo of jsh420
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

cap reads 23/12/11

pours dark copper with a big pillowy/chunky 2 finger head with good retention and left lacing all down the glass

smells of mostly grapefruit but also some orange in there

taste - wow i am so suprised - this beer in no way tastes anything like Bells 2hearted or Founders Centennial - there are no floral flavors anywhere - this beer reminds me of Blvd Single Wide Ipa - all bitter grapefruit and orange upfront with a good amount of sweet malt backbone on the end

mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation that gives it a very dry finish

drinkability - while its an ok tasting brew i dont think i would ever buy this again since it reminded me of a beer i can buy for $7 a sixer and this was $5 a 12oz

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with a light tan head and lots of floating debris.
The aroma is a bit subdued with candied fruit up front and hints of grapefruit and pith.
I get a honey taste first followed by a mild grapefruit flavor and juiciness and a long-lasting and bitterly drying, piney finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and sticky.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle poured into a tulip glass. A murky orange-brown amber brew with a finger of frothy beige head that breaks quickly but leaves ample lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet malts but with more robust hops than some other Mikkeller single hop IPAs, grapefruit and orange rinds, a whiff of pine needles or menthol cough drop, and a persistent sweetness like cotton candy. Indeed, this is simultaneously sweet and resinous, a solid showcase for this hop, which often translates onto my palate as "grapefruit-orange cotton candy", citric and fruity yet with an interesting sweetness as well. The sweetness deploys itself early and the citrus rinds late, along with some black tea tannins, green grass, and pine more assertive than on the nose. The malts are prominent but not dominant, delivering a toffee biscuit vibe. This is a tasty IPA, better balanced than some of the other Mikkellers that skew rather malty. The robust hopping gets top bill but the malts are solid in support.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having had the vast majority of these single hops, I agree that they were a good idea for the brewer's experience in taming the hop as well as the novice drinker like myself. The pour generated a cloudy golden body with a lasting great white head, that left a lace trail in my Sam Adams glass. I smelled orange and tangerine. The mouthfeel was a little astringent, smoothed by creaminess, they tamed this one. It was satisfying by itself, however I would want more hop complexity and variety to make a more everyday drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy lightly dirty amber color ale with a nice fluffy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of citrus and piney notes are quite dominant. Taste is also dominated by citrus notes with light resin notes as well with light caramel malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well done though not necessarily my favourite hops when presented on its own.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark orange/light amber with solid 1" rocky white head which yields semi-rings and spots. Brown floaties drift down to the bottom.

N: Pine with herbal and floral notes. Slight sweetness. Citrus barely there.

T: Mellow resiny pine and slightly dank with some yeasty flavors.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly bitter (56 IBU) and dry with a lingering piney finish.

O: Probably an older bottle or not cellared properly since it seems "aged" and should be consumed fresher even though it was purchased from a refrigerated cooler.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a light copper orange/red with a huge head. A gentle pour produced 2 inches of foam. Smells lightly of citrus, and tastes like either a mild IPA or a solid-as-a-rockhoppy pale ale. If it's true that these take a bit to get to the US, I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. Grapefruit rind, plus a big dose of aspirin bitterness on the finish. Even with the big head, the carbonation was right on. Very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pleasant orange-amber colour, with a frothy and solid head off yellowish-white foam. Lacing is superb. Head is fine and creamy. Body looks slightly weak, but otherwise it's a damn fine looking IPA.

Slight pineapple notes on the nose, quite sweet and fruity. Minimal citrus sharpness, and a round, soft base that keeps its subtle. Quite pleasant.

Taste is initially sharp with a biting marzipan character, before the sweet hops come through to clear it out with fruity bitterness. It's a really pleasantly soft hop character that mingles nicely with the biscuity malt character that forms the base. Very clean on the finish, although the languid body keeps it going for a while. Very pleasant.

A very nice IPA, and probably one of the better ones in the series. Nicely balanced and very nicely realised. A good, and extremely drinkable example.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know... It's old. But it's been in my fridge for over 2 years. (first batch)

A: Pours out a perfect amber with one full finger of off-white head. The foam takes a bit of time to settle, and there is a decent amount of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is really malty with a soft floral undertone and a touch of pine hops in the background.

T: It starts out sweet and floral and those flavors linger all the way through to the finish. The back end is big pine bitters.

M: Medium bodied beer. There is nothing too outrageous as the flavors dance on the palate, but it dries up significantly as the beer moves off. The bitters linger of a bit afterward.

O: This is a really nice single hop beer. I'm loving the mix of floral and malt characteristics. The finish is really bitter, but I'm ok with it. Solid beer, even with age on it.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 333ml bottle into a tulip. The cap had a best before date of 26/04/14 on it (or at least thats what I presumed it was)!

A - it pours a cloudy orange amber, with a fuzzy, thick lacing that hangs around for about 3 minutes then ends with a thin rim around the edge of the glass. Very little lacing left on the edge of the glass.

S - a little more subtle than I would have expected; it hits some floral and citrus notes but also has a slight bready malt notes as well. The floral > citrus on the nose.

T - initial attack is a lemon, juicy hops bitterness; the juiciness tends to follow the initial attack and endures for a while along with some residual bitterness. The finish is only mildly bitter, and the malt tends to show itself slightly near the end. Still remains balanced.

M - mouthfeel is medium to medium-high body with moderate carbonation. No obvious oiliness or alcohol warming. Finishes fairly juicy but not rich.

Overall it's an interesting single hop beer; less of the traditional IPA citrus (orange/lemon) and more of a floral character on the nose, and then lemony and juicy on the finish. Solid.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. Bottle cap is stamped 23/21/11.

Appearance: rich amber hue with just a touch of haze to the body. Head is three fingers of pillowy ivory foam; a solid looking beer.

Smell: big biscuity, malty aroma with a citrusy hop aroma. The overall effect is one of sweetness; I actually rather like it.

Taste: again, malt flavor is big here. It's less biscuity than the aroma, too, which I like. Hops are somewhat citric in the beginning and slightly funky toward the end, and add a rough bitterness. There's still a sweetness here, too. I like it, mostly, but it is not my favorite IPA; it's a little rough around the edges.

Mouthfeel: medium body with decent carbonation yields a pretty good mouthfeel. Not creamy, but the tingliness complements the bright, bristly hops.

Drinkability: rarely do I rate a beer's drinkability lower than its flavor. In this case, however, I have to: I see what the brewer is going for, and in that respect the beer is pretty successfull. I just don't happen to love it.

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Photo of kwjd
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange colour with thick white head. Smells of floral and citrus hops with some faint caramel malt. Taste has a mild bitterness, but lots of hop flavour. A very nice IPA, but it lacks something for me. Great carbonation level and I finished the beer before I even realized.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Local Option in Chicago, side by side with the East Kent Goldings version. The Centennial was much darker than the EKG version, making me suspect a higher proportion of darker malts in the bill. Very hazy with a thick off-white head.

The beer smelled citrusy and piny, all the great things Centennial is capable of, but maybe not as strong as I'd liked. Or maybe the caramel malts beat the hops dominance down too much. Yeah, probably that. This gave the aromas of Centennial but also caramel malts.

The flavor was a little bit of a let-down, at least compared with the EKG. At first I tasted grapefruit or orange zest, but it was tempered nearly immediately by malty sweetness, although the aftertaste was pretty bitter. This was maybe a little thicker bodied than the EKG, again I think the base beer (minus the hops) is not identical, which is kind of a shame.

The steep price ($9 per pour) stopped me from wanting another, but otherwise it was enjoyable.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The single hop review series continues with Centennial. Only Citra left before I have to grab a few others..
I am leaving the text exactly the same as previous, because it is the same beer visually.
Yep, looks like the others Great creamy off white head with decent structure. Quickly settles once it decides to go leaving the skeleton of whipped egg whites floating atop the beer. Clumpy lacing everywhere. Tan/Amber color. **I do note the head had better retention than the Simcoe version. Admittedly have no idea what would cause that, but it’s true.
Aroma is floral and somewhat grassy. Sometimes I use vegetal to describe something, but here I’ll just say green. Nice though.
Fan of the aroma more than the flavor. While I noted balance on the Simcoe, this seems like a single note. Taste a little more of the malt notes here as there seems to be less overall fruit. Very grassy, green.
The bitterness doesn’t linger as much and almost gives you the perception that the beer is a little thin. I am not saying the body is… (it’s NOT) but it almost ends a touch flat.
It’s not bad, but I wish I consumed this one before the Simcoe.. Wanted to end on a high note.

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Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a three-finger, tan head of foam. A long lasting head eventually receded and left sticky trails of lace.

S - The nose was mostly pine needles. Some citrus aromas, but not much else.

T - Good burnt toast maltiness with a bitter piney hop presence. Some orange and other tropical fruit flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a high quality IPA, but not the best of the series.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from my local store. They have almost everything you could ask for. I got hoptimum there just a few days ago and now i get to choose from their selection of Mikkeller brews. No bottled on date available on the bottle, but on the cap there is a bb date of 23/12/11. Kinda out of order.

A- Pours a nice amber color, maybe a little closer to the brown. It gives rise to a nice light tan head that is thick and solid, which stays around for about 3-4 minutes or so. Its a little hard to se through, no opaque but hazy is a better way to describe it. A bit of carbonation coming from the etchings on my glass.

S- Fruity and bitter. I get a lot of the hops coming through. A nice orange a grapefruit flavor that have combined with the hops. A nice malt background, not all to noticeable, but just enough.

T- A bitter punch right in the mouth. It definitely lingers for awhile before heeding to a nice malty character in the end. Finishes dry and strong with hops. I too a drink about 2 minutes ago and i still have this syrupy hop resin on my tongue.

M&D- A really high drinkability. A little bit on the malt side for me but all in all a great IPA. It goes down smooth and has a full flavor and feeling.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours darker amber with a big off-white head. Some lace.

Big pine and toasted malt aromas. Some earth and overbrowned bread crust in the nose.

Big beer in a little bottle. Piney hops intermingled with the bitterness of dark toasted malt. Overdone brown breadcrust, some spiciness, real earthy notes up front and stay there. I want a hint of sweetness, and I might get a juicy bit somewhere, but it doesn't last. Finish is basically a flavor footrace to the the endline. Malt, hops, complexity, etc. Good brew, but the bitterness has a harshness that gives you no respite.

Medium body, tacky in the mouth, with some good mouth coating goodness.

I dug this one, even if it screams one and done for the night. I couldn't do one after the other. Complex but a real palate wrecker.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudy amber orange with a dense light cream colored dense head. Fantastic lacing, strong retention. Head still ~1/3 of an inch throughout the entire life of the beer!

S - Lots of bready caramel sweetness, some nice sweet apple/mango/grapefruit hops aromas. Slightly resinous.

T - Slight caramel and a dry crisp bitterness upfront, the sweet/citrusy fruits follow up and linger well into the aftertaste which finishes on a slightly piney kick. Breadyness is apparent throughout. Bitterness lingers.

M - Lighter than medium bodied, decent carbonation, very drinkable.

O - Pretty tasty for sure, very simplistic but well balanced.

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Photo of coryking
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the International Tap House Mikkeller Single Hop night.

Recipe from Mikkeller:

6.9% ABV
67% Pilsner, 11% Cara, 11% Munich II, 11% Oats
Hop additions were at 60 minutes, 15 minutes, whirlpool, then dry hopped for 100 IBUs.
1056 yeast
Started at 1.063, finished at 1.010

Since the malt in all of these beers are the same, Im going to focus just on the hops...

Floral, citrusy aroma, with some nice melons blended in. This is juicier than some of the other single hopped beers. Carries over into mangoes and grapefruit rind. More pleasant floral and citrus bitterness than the others. Nice..

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