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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

188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2006)
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Photo of thagr81us
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
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 JLeege
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of eclaycamp
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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~~

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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..

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

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.

Centennial Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.