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

191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Denmark

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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Ratings: 191 | Reviews: 101
Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of CHickman
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber copper color with a huge foamy 2 finger tan head that didn't move and faded very slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and foamy rings as it goes down. A fine looking IPA with tons of tiny bubbles in the head, collapsing like the Grand Canyon as it dissipated – another looker from Mikkeller.

Smells of grapefruit, orange peel, toffee, caramel, pineapple, sweet citrus hops, light malt, wheat bread, brown sugar, piney hops/pine cones, maple syrup, mango and light booze; the Centennial hop makes for a great smelling beer: this is so potent it smells like fresh hop juice in the glass.

Tastes as good as it smells, but the malt is not the backbone but the initial flavor which then gets washed away by the grapefruit, orange peel, citrus hops, pineapple, mango or even starfruit, piney hops/pine cones, grains, brown sugar, caramel, tea leaf, grass, tobacco leaf, candy like Razzles or Skittles, wet wheat bread and very light booze like a rum shot; so complex and sweet for a single hop, it is very tasty, with nice balance oddly enough, and waves of citrus hop flavor that make the sweetness slightly bitter and yet delicious.

Mouthfeel is smooth with mild fizzy carbonation, a medium chewy body and a bitter citrus finish that is fruity and sweet; the hop flavor never lets up but is not aggressive, making for an excellent American IPA.

This was an expensive 12 oz bottle, but so well made and flavorful that it justified the cost ($7 per 12 oz bottle). A very high recommendation for any hophead.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of schoolboy
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one weird bottle of ale I have here. I will certainly by more to see if it was supposed to be that way?? As I was pouring I noticed a whole mess of dead yeast or something. Lots of it. And it is kinetic - alive and moving all over. Otherwise the appearance is pretty nice - an orangy brown ipa color with a beautiful monster head.

The aroma is a medium strong hoppy. Nice. The taste is a nice balance of very flavorful stuff - malts and loads of hops. A bit bitter and dark like a Scottish or something, but nice.

The aftertaste is a nice lingering tang on the tongue.

It's cool that this is a Belgian brewer coming full circle and doing an American style, and they did it well. I need to find out about all the crud floating around - there really was a lot - I should have been more careful with my pour.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.8/5  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.

Photo of heygeebee
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

From Jim's. No BB.

Pours hazy amber, two finger head dies to filmy spotty lace.

Aromas are of citrus, and also like a creamy smooth apricot. Words not easy on that one!

Taste is smooth, I suspect storage may be an issue, not too much hop bite going on here, until almost the very end when it catches up. Again the smooth sweet apricot/passionfruit notes come through. Makes you understand the component hops of other beers. Nice idea.

Mouthfeel a let down, not enough carbonation for style.

Well made nice, nice distinct flavours. No way does it taste nearly 7% tho :-)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, honey gold on the brownish side with a big head that coats the glass with lacing.

Smells of hop pellets, quite pleasant and grassy. Also found was pine straw.

Bitterness is upfront on entry and kicks in from middle to finish. The finish is bitter and long, though not strong. Aside from grapefruit there is little else detected.

Medium body with effervescent carbonation, light alcohol. Some astringency and palate-coating.

This was enjoyed as part of a self training exercise to distinguish hop varieties, but it would still make a fine component to a meal.

Sampled from a pint glass alongside the Bravo Single Hop IPA.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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 BarryMFBurton
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Becoming a beer geek means learning the flavors and aromas of different hop varieties, and this is a great way to do it: a single hop IPA. Starting with Centennial, since it seems to be a widely used hop strain in the U.S. beer scene.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy amber, almost tawny in the light. Big bubbly head, creamy and thick; leaves lacing absolutely everywhere. Not sure why it’s hazy, but it’s still a great look – especially with its inch of foamy retention.

S: Juicy and just fairly piney, the centennial hops thicken up the nose more than expected. There’s that definite resin quality to it, but not without the main tone of fruits: apple butter, blackberry jam, fresh mango, mandarin, and a very mild hint of grapefruit make up the bulk of the creamy profile. Malts are caramel-esque, but they have an odd licorice character to them, as well; it’s almost like cinnamon apples in a plastic freezer bag, only they’ve been sitting in there so long they’ve begun to smell like the bag. Odd, but not too distracting from the main intent of this beer.

T: Still some plasticy tastes on the front end, but the hops quickly reveal themselves in fine form – a pop of acidic citrus rind, mandarin pulp, apricot, and spicy pine (not exactly tongue-scraping, but bitter). Tastes a bit like spiked cider, since the malts come in with a taste of cinnamon breads and sweet apple, along with a pervasive caramel grain overtone and sour mash whiskey taste. Not your ordinary American IPA, to be sure, especially in its bready yeast, bottle-conditioned state. The aftertaste is a bit more of the plastic tastes, but with a grassy, straw-like dryness that lingers for a moist second.

M: Wet, smooth, and thick, like a barleywine instead of a pale ale. It lays like bread, slick and chewy.

O: What Mikkeller has here is an American IPA that leaves a lot to the malts, though it is supposed to be hop-heavy. It’s good, but I don’t know if I’d want to try anything else in this series due to the plasticy, artificial tastes of the malts.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $7. 23/12/11 printed on the cap.

A: Dark copper with a good three fingers worth of head, dense and rocky, excellent spots of lacing, nice clarity, overall a nice looking beer.

S: A lot more pine than I had expected, crushed spruce needles really come to mind, smells incredibly resinous. Lots of strong piney undertones, and a few other hoppy scents. Not bad though.

T: Strong bitterness, the centennial seems to be a little more suited for the bittering purpose. There are some nice piney profiles as well, but the pressing bitterness somewhat stuns the tongue and masks a few flavors. Now that I try the centennial on its own, I can definitely recognize it in other beers I've had. Has a slightly minty taste to it as well. Very herbal. This is pretty damn tasty.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, a little on the dry side. Not bad at all.

D: Once again, another nice single hop beer, definitely a learning experience. I don't think the centennial really stands on its own all that well. The bitterness of the beer is spot on, however the other aspects of it just fall a little short.

Photo of steve8robin
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown glass pry-top. Cap stamped 23/11/12/.

Pours a bit darker brown than I remember the Nugget, Simcoe, Amarillo and Tomahawk being. Fairly clear with off-white head that has good retention.

Nose has wonderful fruit notes: fresh figs, orange blossom, lime, and lots of high flower notes. Yellow pine pollen maybe?

Palate: Sparkly with hop bitterness, then releases into a nice honeyed malt character. Maybe a little tired in the malt category. Hops are very floral again, and very bitter on the back of the palate. Some earthy herb notes crop up with some pine resin.

Notes: Great aroma hop, not sure about leaving it solo on the palate, though. Good bitterness, just doesn't show a lot of hop flavor.

Photo of JackieTH
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.2/5  rDev +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.

Photo of cvm4
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served as a part of a flight of three Mikkeller single hop IPAs. It has a great copper color with amodest tan head of medium bubbles. It settled down to barely a skim of foam on top of the liquid, but left behind a good lace coat. The aroma is mostly forest-like pine hops, but there is also a it of sweet malt to the nose. The beer starts out slightly bitter, but it grows in intensity until there is a very bitter aftertaste. The hops here are pine like. The coat that is left behind gives the impression of dry and rough hops. Personally, I would prefer to see more bitterness up front in this beer, not just in the finish. Despite this opinion, I still find the beer tasty. It has a medium body and a sweet and bitter coat. It's a good mouthfeel for the style and fairly similar to other members of the single hop IPA series. It's pretty drinkable. It isn't my favorite of the series (that title still goes to Tomahawk), but I certainly wouldn't pass one of these up.

Photo of brew3crew
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Good looking beer comes out an amber/brown/orange color. A little hazy, slightly hazier than the other Mikkeller Single Hop beers I've had, lots of little particles floating around. HUGE foamy head after a hard pour. Big bubbles in the head that take their time, but eventually most go away, good lacing. A good looking IPA.

Smell is good. Not as aggressively hoppy as I expected, but well balanced in the aromas. Citrus is the big hop aroma here, primarily citrus zest. Good malt backbone sort of a natural sweetness to it, slightly roasted/toasty flavors.

Taste is very good, not too many surprises here, exactly on par with the smells. Grapefruit sticks out a little more, citrus bitterness and a hint of sweetness like a clementine. Good toasted malt backbone in the flavor as well.

Moutfeel is really good. Smoother and cleaner feel than I expected, it goes down really easy, surprising since it didn't appear filtered. Has a nice bitter finish as well. This beer is very drinkable too. Probably my favorite Single Hop beer from Mikkeller thus far, but I have a few more to go.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lucky number 7 in the single hop series. Poured into a pint glass.

Fat two and a half finger slightly off white head. Hazy amber in color. Takes awhile to die down to a nice layer of foam on top.

Smells of bubble gum, pineapple, tropical fruits, and some funkiness.

Citrus (orange rind/juice), tropical fruits (pineapple), and a hint of bubble gum. Lots of resin bitterness too. Rustic bread malts.

Medium bodied with higher end of medium carbonation. Nice hop bite on the end.

Easy drinking.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another down in the single hop series. Poured in a Bruery chalice.

Body is amber. Poured slowly and carefully, this produced a big tan head and has good retention and lacing.

Nose is quite fruity, mainly notes of orange, a hint of mint, floating above the usual malt notes.

Nice light, fresh fruit notes of orange and lemon on the frontpalate, with some malt sweetness midpalate, then a big piney, bitter hop finish. The bitterness lasts awhile in the long finish. It is interesting that Centennial can do all this on its own.

Body is medium as is the carbonation producing a slightly fizzy/slightly creamy mouthfeel. Finish is somewhat dry.

This is one of the highlights in the series that shows what Centennial can accomplish in a beer. Interesting and very drinkable.

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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.
Decent.

Photo of seedyone
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

09/08/11 at RnH, NYC. As one who normally avoids anything that has hops in the title, I saw this & figured with all the hype around the Mikkeller name, I'd give it a shot.

I have had some surprisingly pleasant experiences with some of the Firestone Walker stuff & that led me to believe that I might be dissing the baby with the bathwater...literally. If the folks at FW could manage some seriously upfront hops that didn't offend my delicate sensitivities, then why not Mikkeller?

My trust was not misplaced. Not only did I find this to be a most enjoyable taste, but it sent on a quest to find more "single hop" brews, if for no other reason than to know my enemy.

At the time of this writing, some 3 years after the fact, the acute impressiveness has been muted somewhat, but one thing is for sure, it convinced me that in the right hands hops need not be offensive. I guess one could say I was a "hop-ist" but have seen the lite.

I still find hop abuse to be both silly & offensive (I hate wasting money on undrinkable, non-refreshing mistakes) but at least now, once I find a brewer I can trust I'll dabble.

Thanks Mikkeller.

Photo of sfprint
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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 djbreezy
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - pours a cloudy, red/orange color, lacing crawls up the glass, head recedes quickly

smell - sweet centennial hops, very aromatic

taste - resinous and dominant centennial hops, not as strong as the tomahawk single hop, i think this is a more balanced variety of hop, finish leaves a hop aftertaste

mouthfeel - medium, some body, consistent carbonation

drinkability - the beer is delicious and a great way to taste the centennial hops but the 1 variety fatigues the mouth after a session with a bottle

Centennial Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.