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Centennial Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

Centennial Single Hop IPACentennial Single Hop IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

169 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%


Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 21:42:23 | More by cvm4
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 19:51:55 | More by Reagan1984
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 01:41:23 | More by steve8robin
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uustal

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, hazy orange/amber with a two-finger fluffy white head. Citrus zest and floral aroma. Flavor begins with semi-bitter citrus notes. Really nice grapefruit zest and a bit of orange peel as well. Floral characteristics and some more bittering to finish. Nice showcase of the centennial hop. Certainly don't miss the hop flavor while sipping on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 03:33:02 | More by uustal
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 03:44:17 | More by WastingFreetime
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 20:29:22 | More by brewcrew76
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seeswo

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 23:20:47 | More by seeswo
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cjacobsen

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 17:59:35 | More by cjacobsen
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 00:05:03 | More by sweemzander
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edrachman

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 01:52:13 | More by edrachman
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HOPPYKC

Kansas

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 22:57:26 | More by HOPPYKC
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metter98

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 03:44:36 | More by metter98
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jeffaz02t

Arizona

3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 20:30:22 | More by jeffaz02t
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 03:51:05 | More by brew3crew
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 05:24:49 | More by Sammy
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Kkottonmouthkngz

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 01:26:06 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
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JackieTH

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 18:27:38 | More by JackieTH
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woodjm

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 15:15:43 | More by woodjm
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flagmantho

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 06:54:02 | More by flagmantho
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 23:48:38 | More by merlin48
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ratedz

Kansas

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 22:41:00 | More by ratedz
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 05:53:51 | More by laituegonflable
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berebrando

California

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 23:19:21 | More by berebrando
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 11:41:25 | More by Gavage
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 11:18:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
Centennial Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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