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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

172 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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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
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mithrascruor

California

4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 01:37:51 | More by mithrascruor
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 03:25:53 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 18:49:31 | More by Phyl21ca
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 12:25:11 | More by thagr81us
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zeff80

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 18:16:52 | More by zeff80
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 06:23:03 | More by SFLpunk
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JLeege

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- hazy burnt orange in color, nice frothy off white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell- a lot of citrus, mostly grapefruit, a bit of pine. This smells real nice.

Taste- Wow, thats a lot of hop presence, resinous. Grapefruit again, a little earthy as well. Pine on the back end. I know this is showing off the HOP, but there is really no balance of malt that I am detecting.

Mouthfeel- creamy body, medium carbonation.

Drinkability- This was the best of the bunch. But I was still not a big fan.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 00:26:55 | More by JLeege
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eclaycamp

Kansas

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Making a run at some of the Mikkeller Single Hop series tonight. On a recent trip I was able to find the Nelson Sauvin, Cascade, Centennial, and Simcoe. As a fan of hops in general and IPAs in particular I'm hoping that this will not only be fun, but educational as well.

11.2 ounce bottle. We're onto Centennial, third in my tasting tonight. The color and pour is similar to others in the Single Hop series, though the head appears to be a bit more bubbly and pockish than the others. Once again the color can best be described as a ruddy orange, with a sudsy head that leaves very nice lacing. Just from an appearance standpoint, these have been some of the best IPA's that I've seen. Really just the prototypical IPA "look" with a nice copper color and a perfectly portioned head. Mild to medium carbonation levels in this one. Complex aroma that is similar to Cascade - I think of grapefruit again - but this one has more of a grassy note. Once again there's some sweetness there that I have to assume comes from the malt backbone - it's been a similar smell and taste throughout the series, so at this point I'm comfortable saying it is indeed the malt. The malt comes out more with the first drink - maybe it's my palate taking a beating from all the hops, but I'm definetally getting more malt character than I have with others in this series. I guess the lesson to be learned is that Centennial is a bit of a subdued hop, especially when constrasted against some of the other bold and assertive hops to be found in this series. I get more of an unsweetened green tea type flavor with this beer than I have with others, and there's a really pronounced floral note. I'm not a flower guy, but it's kind of, oh I don't know, lavender maybe? Has the sweetest finish out of all of the IPAs I've had so far.

This IPA isn't assertive at all. It's a much more delicate affair that strives to achieve balance with the malt profile. Subtlety is the name of the game here. If you give the beer a chance it may just surprise you, as there's a complex array of floral, citrus, and grassy things going on. Out of all the Single Hop series, I think this particular example does a nice job highlighting the caramel and toffee sweetness of the malt profile. Pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 00:10:25 | More by eclaycamp
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the BSF bar, GBBF 2010, coming in a slim, long-neck 330ml brown bottle at 6.9%abv.; BB 23/12/2011, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a black-tea-ish dark amber hue, slightly translucent; the dark beige froth builds up to a huge soufflé head to sustain, supported by rather lively streams of fizziness.
S: just like an American IPA, the flowery, piney, citric and almost perfumy notes of hops are nicely intertwined with cara-malts' sweetness, resulting in a mildly longan-fruit-ish fruitiness overall. Well-integrated are all the elements on the nose, yet the overall impression is not unlike that of the Nugget hop version I tried yesterday. The hops are so bold, against a rich malt body, that it's hard to discern b/w the two (or should I have compared them side-by-side?).
T: a lucricating swallow of aromatic black tea-ish malts, caramel, sweet dried berry-fruits (raisiny) and slightly sour-ish citrusness gives way to the lightly spicy, flowery, woody and citric-tannic hoppiness (like a hybrid of Styrian Golding & Cascade) that exerts a deepening wave of bitterness in good time. The finish, though getting increasingly bitter bit by bit, is really not as bitter as the Nugget hop version, but just as aromatic & mildly tannic with much tea-ish & longan-fruit shell-ish aroma to linger.
M&D: smooth, mildly carbonated, medium-bodied, against a delicious and easy-drinking flavour profile, this Centennial version is as balanced in flavour (the sour-ish hops balancing off the sweet malts) as assertively hoppy in impact (tis the aim, I take it), probably having the best of both worlds. Effortlessly likeable, to me - I could easily have a couple of this beer in one sitting~~

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 19:57:40 | More by wl0307
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Tone

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, earthy hops, sweet malt, spice, and slight wheat. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, earthy malt, slight floral, and slight spice. Overall, good apperance, aroma, body, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 13:50:43 | More by Tone
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benclimbs

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at st. james infirmary reno.

super interesting series from a great brewer. pours golden pale with a beautiful thick head and some nice lacing.

smell is thick, not citrussy, some nice pine character, with rich fruitty goodness in there. smells pretty epic actually.

taste is very east coast/euro ipa in the sense that it isnt hop-dominated, but then it kicks with a brutal, but kind bitterness. more fruit and light brown sugar malts compliment the hops.

overall its a very nice ipa - very interesting to taste just centennials, not nearly as noticable as cascades, subtle, bitter and nice.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 02:26:17 | More by benclimbs
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champ103

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes in a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: The aroma is a little light. Some citrus hops and sweet toffee is dominate. A light lingering grapefruit bitterness.
T: Light and thin hops up front. Some light citrus flavors. Mostly a grainy, sugary, sweet malt flavor. I am not a hop head at all, but this is thin on the hops even for me.
M/D: A light to medium body. Thin and watery. Easy to drink. I finished my pint with no problem.

Not a bad IPA. Though nothing special. Just a little thin IMO. You can do a lot worse, but Mikeller has done much better in their single hops series.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2010 03:40:17 | More by champ103
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Norfawkers

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful. Deep copper with thick, fomay, beige head.

Smell: Faint through the foam, but past that- floral, hoppy, with a sweet malt back.

Taste: Interesting- piney, woody, earthy, not overpowering; complex.

Mouthfeel: Flavor sticks in your mouth; very well balanced; slightly bitter throughout.

Drinkability: Tastes like a northwest IPA (as one might expect). Excellent- very drinkable and well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 20:41:35 | More by Norfawkers
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 22:32:12 | More by pokesbeerdude
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 16:51:11 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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jrallen34

Illinois

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

I had this on tap at Plan-B in Copenhagen.

Medium see through copper, off white head that is very creamy, good retention, great lacing...Aroma is very sweet hops, come caramel, but fresh wet hops on the finish...The taste is super matly, almost too malty with a light floral hop finish. As you swallow it is very bitter, ok feel.

This is pretty decent, easy to drink, tasty, not a world beater.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2010 02:06:32 | More by jrallen34
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love Centennial single hop Ipa's but this one is in the next tier down from the others. Pours a hazy brown to amber with creamy head that retains well. Nose is a bit light in aromas, but has some bright grapefruit. Palate offers some toffee sweetness with zesty grapefruity hops that are prominent but not big or really assertive. Some sharpness unto the finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 03:28:18 | More by yemenmocha
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange colour with thick white head. Smells of floral and citrus hops with some faint caramel malt. Taste has a mild bitterness, but lots of hop flavour. A very nice IPA, but it lacks something for me. Great carbonation level and I finished the beer before I even realized.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 23:11:30 | More by kwjd
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Local Option in Chicago, side by side with the East Kent Goldings version. The Centennial was much darker than the EKG version, making me suspect a higher proportion of darker malts in the bill. Very hazy with a thick off-white head.

The beer smelled citrusy and piny, all the great things Centennial is capable of, but maybe not as strong as I'd liked. Or maybe the caramel malts beat the hops dominance down too much. Yeah, probably that. This gave the aromas of Centennial but also caramel malts.

The flavor was a little bit of a let-down, at least compared with the EKG. At first I tasted grapefruit or orange zest, but it was tempered nearly immediately by malty sweetness, although the aftertaste was pretty bitter. This was maybe a little thicker bodied than the EKG, again I think the base beer (minus the hops) is not identical, which is kind of a shame.

The steep price ($9 per pour) stopped me from wanting another, but otherwise it was enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2010 00:37:46 | More by TurdFurgison
Centennial Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.