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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

183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 99
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 wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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~~

wl0307, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of Tone
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Tone, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of benclimbs
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

benclimbs, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

champ103, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Norfawkers
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Norfawkers, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

pokesbeerdude, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

jrallen34, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

yemenmocha, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of kwjd
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

kwjd, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

TurdFurgison, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BEERchitect, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent and effervescnt orange/amber, capped by a frothy, two finger off-white head. Retention is very good and as the beer is consumed, moderate lacing is left down the glass.

S: Strong, juicy citrus is the predominant note. Lots of orange and grapefruit, along with some light notes of apricot on the fruit side. Moderate floral notes back up the citrus, with some very low key earthiness.

T: Floral and pine hops take over the dominant role on the taste side, creating a very different flavor than what the nose indicated. Some citrus notes lie in the background but are fairly subdued. The malt base barely shows through, and with little unique character. Finishes with a with a ton of pine resin that sticks in the mouth.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation, would be better with more bubbles.

D: Drinkability suffers a bit from the heavy body, but still goes down easy enough.

Xul, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of delap009
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! I had this beer for the first time last night. I had it in a punt glass that I never rotated. It retained a zebra strip pattern until we left the table.

Supreme aroma! Dip your nose into the glass and you can smell the hops as if your at the farm of the inception. One of the most natural earthy smells I have ever experienced.

Color was basic, yet exactly what I'd expect and prefer. Taste was a balance that rivels Stone Ruinition. Nothing was over the top and it whisked accross the tounge like a silky wave of happiness.

Needless to say I am a fan. Great work out of Denmark and good work of Stone getting a keg

delap009, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
4.1/5  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.

billshmeinke, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge amount of foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: Smelled of floral hops, a bit of citrus and some malt. Not as sharp as some of Mikkeller's other IPAs.

T: Tasted of citrus, floral hops, malt, a slightly earthy quality, and an acidity. Well-balanced. Typically tart.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another highly drinkable IPA from Mikkeller.

avalon07, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of coryking
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the International Tap House Mikkeller Single Hop night.

Recipe from Mikkeller:

6.9% ABV
67% Pilsner, 11% Cara, 11% Munich II, 11% Oats
Hop additions were at 60 minutes, 15 minutes, whirlpool, then dry hopped for 100 IBUs.
1056 yeast
Started at 1.063, finished at 1.010

Since the malt in all of these beers are the same, Im going to focus just on the hops...

Floral, citrusy aroma, with some nice melons blended in. This is juicier than some of the other single hopped beers. Carries over into mangoes and grapefruit rind. More pleasant floral and citrus bitterness than the others. Nice..

coryking, May 28, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Slatetank, May 21, 2010
Photo of drpimento
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man, these guys had a great idea doing the sinlge hop line of IPAs. Wonder why more breweries dont do this. Anyway, Poured a huge thick tan foamy frothy head that lasted for a little while before settling down to a light cover with some lace. Color is an almost clear copper amber. Aroma is heavy caramel, burnt sugar, hop, yeast, fruit, leather. Flavor is similar to aroma along with a little pipe tobacco and pine. Outstanding body and carbonation. Finish is like flavor and medium in length. Definitely a session brew.

drpimento, May 14, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently discovered this line of single hop IPAs from Mikkeller and thought, what a great way to experience the individual hops.

Pours a bright copper, clear with a white, uneven head. It just sits there, somewhat rocky and wavy. Great lacing. Looks awesome.

Aroma is loud citrus, pineapple, grapefruit backed up by vinous pine. The pine is more of a foundation, more "woody" than pine, I guess. Not a tinge of alcohol detected.

Great taste. Off balanced for sure, but so be it. Citrus dominates with the woodiness coming at the end. Soft malt ties in well behind the biting citrus enough to kill any juiciness.
Dry and biting. Love it.
Drank it effing quick. Darn good.

Mebuzzard, May 08, 2010
Photo of PhxHorn
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a light copper orange/red with a huge head. A gentle pour produced 2 inches of foam. Smells lightly of citrus, and tastes like either a mild IPA or a solid-as-a-rockhoppy pale ale. If it's true that these take a bit to get to the US, I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. Grapefruit rind, plus a big dose of aspirin bitterness on the finish. Even with the big head, the carbonation was right on. Very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

PhxHorn, May 03, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

ToasterChef, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of ADZA
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another single hop IPA geez i love these,anyways the brew pours a redish/amber hue with really nice carbonation that leaves a two finger dense head which slowly subdues to a layer of creamy froth across the top of the beer and the resinous lacing is everywhere,the aroma is quite a nice mix of piney,citrus hops and toffee malts,and the taste is even better with a nice evenly carbonated mouthfeel with tastes of toffee,caramel and it finishes with a little bitter kick but not much at all and this IPA is definately very moreish,overall for me this is definately right up there with the best single hop IPA's and will buy again for sure.

ADZA, Apr 22, 2010
Centennial Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.