Centennial Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
01-28-2011 05:24:49 | More by Sammy
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
02-19-2011 03:44:36 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
09-29-2010 11:18:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
09-17-2010 18:49:31 | More by Phyl21ca
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
Likely my favorite in the Single Hop Series. The high fragrance and flavor of the hops combined with the soft bitterness of its acids make for a great balance without compromise.
Like all other Single Hop beers, this one has the classic hazy orange/rust color with great head formation of lightly yellowish foam, great staying power, and an ordinate amount of lacing. A good look though a bit much on the haze.
Aromas of citrus dominate the firm caramel malt backdrop. Leading the way are scents of grapefuit, orange zest, and pineapple. Soft resins of pine and fresh cut grass give a bit of complexity, but this beer is all about the citrus notes.
Flavors of those caramels malts are quickly swamped by the ruby red grapefruit, fresh orange zest, and softer pineapple flavors. Juicy and inviting, these Centannial hops are very seductive and alluring. Balanced by the bitterness of 70 IBU's, the beer finishes decidedly bitter and dry.
While creamy and firm early, the beer soon gives way to a dry hoppy finish with moderate alcohol and minty warm/cooling.
As expected, the Centennial hops prove its 'all-purpose' job with ultimate aroma and flavor of citrus but with the bitterness that rivals the most aggressive beers, except with smoothness and roundness.
06-22-2010 02:47:48 | More by BEERchitect
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
I really like these "Single Hop" beers that Mikkeller is producing,I hope to try the whole line.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull hazed copper/bronze with a tight one finger off white head atop that settles into a creamy mass after awhile.Muted citric aromas with a bit of leaf,honestly I think I have an older bottle,would like to get a fresh one.Flavors are of grapefruit and pine although they dont pack a huge punch,again maybe because of the age?There is a noticeable sweetish malt base but the hops are the show here.Again I think I have an older bottle,but I still was able to get a decent hop effect.
04-28-2010 21:08:12 | More by oberon
3.4/5 rDev -12.4%
Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.
The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a clear light amber topped by a finger-and-a-half of off-white foam. The nose comprises light toffee, light greens, flowers, and light lime. I'm not sure if things were just faint or if there was just a kinda sad aroma here (there is a difference, trust me...). The taste holds notes of dark greens, toffee, light powdered sugar, very light black pepper, and very light cilantro. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a very lightly syrupy feel, and an almost dry finish. Overall, a generally alright IPA, but this one is thus far the weakest of the Single Hop brews I've yet tried (I'm up to seven or eight now).
11-09-2011 04:30:14 | More by TMoney2591
3.93/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
09-11-2010 18:16:52 | More by zeff80
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
330ml bottle, with an updated label, one strewn with new-agey hop imagery.
This beer pours a hazy, dark apricot amber hue, with two fingers of tight, foamy, silky pale beige head, which leaves a few grotesque arches of lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of bitter grapefruit pith and orange peel, sweet toffee and caramel malt, a bit of more astringent pine resin, and a soft dark fruitiness. The taste is biscuity caramel malt, tart orange and lemon citrus rind, a mildly sweet orchard fruitiness, and some further herbal and edgy pine hop notes.
The frizzy carbonation is a tad catchy on the palate at first, but evens out well enough, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit halting in its smoothness. It finishes just barely off-dry, as the hops are still hitting on all of their multi-toned cylinders.
It's not surprising to see why this particular hop is so prevalent in American-style IPAs - it is such a workhorse, providing citrus, pine, and herbal bitterness - in aroma and flavour. Maybe the fruitiness suffers a bit, but, hey that's what friends and co-mingling are for.
08-16-2012 02:00:35 | More by biboergosum
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
05-09-2012 05:15:35 | More by RblWthACoz
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.
Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.
This beer had the strongest of all the pine aromas. This was also one of the most bitter beers. I really like this hop personally but seriously, this was a great great IPA. Drinkability high, mouthfeel good, the bitterness and the pine play well together.
03-26-2010 18:18:59 | More by drabmuh
3.73/5 rDev -3.9%
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
05-21-2010 14:38:51 | More by Slatetank
4/5 rDev +3.1%
my favorite of the 3 single hoppers ive had. pours hazy golden color with a massive fluffy white head that lasts. it absolutely reeks of bitter hops, english style pale ale smell, with some malt present, but this is much more hop forward in the nose than either the cluster or mt. hood versions. flavor is more bitter too, resinous and sticky, really fresh. this is delicious. well balanced but not crisp at all, very drawn out flavor experience. hops first and last, delicate malts and floral yeast in between. feel is the same as the others, medium body, fair carbonation, easy drinking. i wish these were cheaper, but i will continue to try them all as an educational endeavor. so far this is the winner
05-30-2012 20:22:33 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev +3.1%
Thanks to jkwalking05 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is strong orange citrus with some grapefruit notes. The flavor is orange citrus with some pine notes mixed in. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
06-13-2010 23:45:53 | More by Mora2000
4.22/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
09-29-2010 11:41:25 | More by Gavage
2.68/5 rDev -30.9%
11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap and green label acquired at KnB wines for $6.49 and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. I'm celebrating a success at work. Expectations are high; Mikkeller is me favourite brewery but his brighter beers tend to pale in comparison (excuse the pun) to his darker ones.
Served straight from the refrigerator and consumed cold. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a luscious six finger beige/light khaki colour head of great frothy smooth cream, good thickness, and fantastic retention (we're talking a solid seven or eight minutes). Great clingy lacing as it recedes. Body colour is a dark murky dull nontransparent copper. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Dig the head, don't dig the body.
Sm: Fresh floral centennial hops. Cream. Clean malts. Toasted malt character. Caramelization. Some tangy fruity note - maybe tangerine? A touch earthy. Notable grapefruit zest. Somewhat dry. A mild strength aroma. Generally appealing. No yeast or alcohol are detectable.
T: Clean, caramel, light toffee, pale malts, and toasted malt character. A bit of earthiness blended with a touch of grapefruit zest. Tangerine, sure. It's also somewhat oily. The notes don't ring distinct, but sort of blend together. A bit imbalanced in this regard. Hop bitterness is minimal. Lacks a solid body or foundation. A bit dirty. I don't like the earthy character at all. Built okay. Not particularly fresh.
Mf: The finish is quite light and tingly compared to the earlier acts. Smooth and wet all around. As thick as it needs to be. A bit too light. Structurally imbalanced. Doesn't suit the flavour all that well.
Dr: Drinkable but unimpressive, especially at this price range (and for this brewer). Mikkeller is capable of far better. A passable IPA, but fairly pedestrian. I wouldn't get it again. That said, it's probably about as good as a single hop IPA can be with centennial. As an experimental brew, or as an educational lesson in hops, it's a success. Unrefreshing. I wouldn't recommend it.
10-16-2012 05:41:34 | More by kojevergas
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
09-18-2010 03:25:53 | More by lacqueredmouse
Centennial Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.