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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

187 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2006)
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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.

brewcrew76, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent golden brown with a large off-white head. The nose is pungent, floral with a touch of citrus. The taste is bitter, spicy, pungent, floral and just a touch of citrus. In comparison to the cascade single hop beer, this is far more bold and the hops edge forward ahead of the malt instead of the other way around. This really screams American IPA to me, which suggests that I have been drinking a lot of beers with Centennial in it. Am appreciating the education. Mouthfeel is nice, good carbonation with a medium body and a small amount of stickiness. I am not sure if I am rating the hop or the beer, but I preferred this to the cascade variety with this malt bill.

seeswo, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

cjacobsen, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

sweemzander, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of edrachman
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

edrachman, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of HOPPYKC
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

HOPPYKC, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of metter98
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
Photo of jeffaz02t
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

jeffaz02t, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
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 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.

Sammy, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA

A - Amber-copper with a creamy white head.
S - Caramel malt and bitter grapefruit hops.
T - Sweet caramel malt, candied orange peel and grapefruit.
M - Creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
D - Good drinkability, solid, well-crafted IPA.

jsanford, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Kkottonmouthkngz, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of JackieTH
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Coppery amber slightly hazy, big fluffy head.

Smell: I get malty, bready biscuit with a pine hop, citric and a subtle but distinct marmalade citrus sweetness.

Taste: Biscuits and grapfruit-citrus hop, slightly sweet and caramelly. Strong malt presence wanes and citric, grassy bitterness emerges on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent brew, I enjoyed it and would have a couple more by all means.

JackieTH, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of woodjm
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first experience with an American IPA brewed across the pond. Also my first single hop experience (which was really the reason I bought it). Pours a nice amber color with bright white head. Smell is as much malty as it is hoppy. Taste is slightly bitter with a much thicker, stickier body that I expected. Mouthfeel was lively and I wouldn't call this the easiest drink in the world, but certainly and enjoyable one!

woodjm, Dec 09, 2010
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.

flagmantho, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of merlin48
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
Photo of ratedz
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes...

I was interested in trying all 10 of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers, so after I got my hands on a bottle of each, I tried one variation a night for 10 consecutive nights back in August. I really enjoyed examining the subtle differences that the different hops give the beers.

I had this on tap at the Flying Saucer back in May at their second anniversary party, well before I bought any of the Single Hop Series beers in bottles. I remembered liking it when I had it that day, so I was looking forward to having it again. The scent is mostly piney, but there are some citrus undertones as well as the sweet toffee-like backbone. Those same three ingredients are the main focus of the taste as well, although I can't say one dominates more than the others. I picked up pine needles, grapefruit bitterness, and the sweet malts at different times in every sip. Every sip finished slightly bitter and dry. I always enjoy centennial IPAs and this one is no exception. The flavors are well balanced and if price was not a factor, I would definitely buy this one again

ratedz, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

laituegonflable, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of berebrando
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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

berebrando, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Gavage
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
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 mithrascruor
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
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 18, 2010
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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap date 23/12/11. Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured a hazy red-orange with a three finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and a sweet hop note from the centennial hops. The flavor was of malt, centennial hops, and pine. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very nice and crisp IPA. This has been my favorite of the Single Hop series from Mikkeller thus far. It was perfectly balanced with a nice hop bite on the followthrough. Very nicely done IPA and a must try.

thagr81us, Sep 15, 2010
Centennial Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.