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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

188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2006

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Photo of jplopez21
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of JDM44
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Liverocks
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of beersvh23
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of IWannaEatFood
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jdhasse
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Josievan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Centennial Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.