Centennial Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Centennial Single Hop IPACentennial Single Hop IPA

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87
very good

102 Reviews
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Reviews: 102
Hads: 191
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%
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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Reviews: 102 | Hads: 191
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of plfahey
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Reddish-copper in color with a tall, densely packed, beige head with tiny bubbles. Head retention is high with nice lacing, and the clarity is moderately high as well-perhaps just a bit of chill haze.

Aroma-The aroma hopping is somewhat disappointingly light, but what is there is complex and quite elegant. Perfumy lemon, orange, and pine notes. Lower notes of pineapple and other tropical fruit. Malt is almost non-existant in the aroma, but I'm not complaining too much. I just wish there was a bolder aroma to it.

Flavor-Here's the bold hop character I'm looking for. Lightly fruity with orange and lemon up front, before bursts of pine and resin punch in with moderately high hop bitterness. Dry in the finish, with a touch of lemongrass to compliment the pine notes.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation.Dry bitterness and a touch of warmth linger on the palate, but there's no astringency in the mouthfeel at all.

As I said above, I'm a little disappointed with how low the aroma is on this one, but everything else is in place, and it tastes great. (1,126 characters)

Photo of todrown
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark orange/amber color, huge thick foamy head--sort of like a rootbeer float. great lacing!

S: citrus hops, a lot of malt, melon/bitter apple

T: great balance of flavor, fruity malt, piney hops towards the end

M: nice carbonation level, smooth on the palette, dry finish, great mouthfeel

I really enjoyed this beer. it might not be hoppy enough for some, but I enjoyed the balanced, malty taste. (404 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tulip glass.

a - pours a cloudy, orange color with lots of yeast still in suspension. gave me a huge, three finger, rocky, tan head that calmed to a thin cap and stayed put. leaves intricate lacing patterns stuck to the sides of the glass that range from small puffs at the top to a full sheet at the bottom.

s - flowery and slightly spicy. notes of sour apple and carmel.

t - subdued herbal hop character with lighter fruity notes. lemon, green apple, maybe some grape. biscuity malt base. tart but still sweet. light bitterness carries through into the finish and fades away slowly.

m - firmly medium in body with a good amount of carbonation. feels just right for this brew.

o - a fine beer and quite enjoyable. maybe my second favorite out of the series so far. if it weren't $6 a bottle, i'd buy this often. (819 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,147 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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). (737 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber with a puffy off-white head that laces deep into the glass. Looks like every other ale in Mikkeller's Single Hop Series.

S: Aromas of pine, herbs, and citrus dominate the nose. It smells like other beers that use Centennial hops to great effect. Really nice.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuits, and cream from the malt mingle with pine, spruce, peppermint, lemon, grapefruit, pomelo, and bitter orange flavor from the hops. The finish is herbal and fruity with a satisfying mix of pine, citrus, and biscuit flavors. Like the other IPAs in this series, the flavors of the hops are demonstrated in a no-frills fashion that really lets their subtleties stand out.

M: Medium-bodied and fairly dry, but with a bit of chewiness that is not inappropriate for the style. Fairly drinkable.

O: So far, this is my favorite in this series. The flavors of the hop varietal really stand out and are contrasted wonderfully by the malty notes. Really well done. (967 characters)

Photo of MrKennedy
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle thanks to Platinum Liquor, poured into a Mikkeller tulip glass.

Pours a predominantly amber colour, with some orange around the edges. Has a large rocky head of beige foam that strip-laces a bit before turning into a perimeter ring around the edge.

Smell is initially of tangellos and mandarin. Then it turns to sweet melon and then candied fruit salad.

Taste is sweet with a hefty dose of malt there along with a bit of fruit and pine.

Mouthfeel has differing waves of bitterness, at times, very soft and at others it does hit home. More on the oily side of things.

As a package, it is a relatively easy drinking IPA that has some great points to it, wedged in between some run of the mill. Would drink again if in need of a hop fix. (753 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The single hop review series continues with Centennial. Only Citra left before I have to grab a few others..
I am leaving the text exactly the same as previous, because it is the same beer visually.
Yep, looks like the others Great creamy off white head with decent structure. Quickly settles once it decides to go leaving the skeleton of whipped egg whites floating atop the beer. Clumpy lacing everywhere. Tan/Amber color. **I do note the head had better retention than the Simcoe version. Admittedly have no idea what would cause that, but it’s true.
Aroma is floral and somewhat grassy. Sometimes I use vegetal to describe something, but here I’ll just say green. Nice though.
Fan of the aroma more than the flavor. While I noted balance on the Simcoe, this seems like a single note. Taste a little more of the malt notes here as there seems to be less overall fruit. Very grassy, green.
The bitterness doesn’t linger as much and almost gives you the perception that the beer is a little thin. I am not saying the body is… (it’s NOT) but it almost ends a touch flat.
It’s not bad, but I wish I consumed this one before the Simcoe.. Wanted to end on a high note. (1,179 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a copper amber color with pretty good head retention and good lacing. The nose is interesting, consisting of dry citrus, wet leather, and a hint of malt. On the palate, I'm just not digging this all that much. There is some noticeable alcohol, which blends oddly with the wet leather and malt combination. At least for me, this beer could use a lot more hoppy bitterness to balance the rest of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is pretty good... the beer is medium bodied wiht a fairly long, moderately bitter finish.

Mehhh... (563 characters)

Photo of steve8robin
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of uustal
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, hazy orange/amber with a two-finger fluffy white head. Citrus zest and floral aroma. Flavor begins with semi-bitter citrus notes. Really nice grapefruit zest and a bit of orange peel as well. Floral characteristics and some more bittering to finish. Nice showcase of the centennial hop. Certainly don't miss the hop flavor while sipping on this beer. (364 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of seeswo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of cjacobsen
2.67/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(A) Poured an earthy brown with an orange color. Decent enough white head.

(S) Semi-sweet, hop notes but very light and not very prominent.

(T) A bit more bitter with a decent balance to it. It's got most of what it offers in the post taste.

(M) Still a little flat but still full of body.

(O) I had all 5 single hopped beers in a row and experienced them all at once. I noticed the appearance were all the same throughout each bottle and there were minor differences with each other them. The biggest difference came in the taste. It's quite apparent why most hops are blended with other hops in the brewing process as a single hop usage doesn't quite cut it. These were fun to try, but I wouldn't set out on a quest to find these. (736 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a pale amber color. Produced a decent foamy tan to orange color head. Minimal lace.

(S)- A dry piney profile with hints at orange citrus and lemon.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Mild orange and lemon citrus with bitter pine and caramel malts.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Bitter, but piney and a decent citrus presence.

(D)- A decent IPA. Very bitter and very straightforward. (471 characters)

Photo of edrachman
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened this up for a side by side tasting with the East Kent Golding (EKG) version. Had a stamp on the top listing a date(in the future?) of 23/12/11.

Pours a light transparent amber with foamy head which lingers. (slightly deeper amber than the EKG). Smells very hoppy with some good bitterness. Very sweet flowery scent with a bit of citrus fruit.

Solid IPA taste, but the point of the beer is the hops. The hops have a slight citrus background, but the bitterness is up front -- but not in a bad way. It seems like very good hop to use in an IPA.
Its a very carbonated beer - a little more than my taste, and after drinking the whole bottle, the hopiness began to fade a bit. Its definitely a drinkable beer, but I probably wouldn't buy again unless doing another side by side tasting. (792 characters)

Photo of HOPPYKC
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from my local store. They have almost everything you could ask for. I got hoptimum there just a few days ago and now i get to choose from their selection of Mikkeller brews. No bottled on date available on the bottle, but on the cap there is a bb date of 23/12/11. Kinda out of order.

A- Pours a nice amber color, maybe a little closer to the brown. It gives rise to a nice light tan head that is thick and solid, which stays around for about 3-4 minutes or so. Its a little hard to se through, no opaque but hazy is a better way to describe it. A bit of carbonation coming from the etchings on my glass.

S- Fruity and bitter. I get a lot of the hops coming through. A nice orange a grapefruit flavor that have combined with the hops. A nice malt background, not all to noticeable, but just enough.

T- A bitter punch right in the mouth. It definitely lingers for awhile before heeding to a nice malty character in the end. Finishes dry and strong with hops. I too a drink about 2 minutes ago and i still have this syrupy hop resin on my tongue.

M&D- A really high drinkability. A little bit on the malt side for me but all in all a great IPA. It goes down smooth and has a full flavor and feeling. (1,213 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (860 characters)

Photo of jeffaz02t
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Burnt orange hue, slight haze. Nice thick head at pour, goes down to a thin layer. Decent lacing.

S: bready malts, caramel, bitter grapefruit.

T: Bitterness right away, then it breaks into a caramel sweetness, then again the bitterness takes over in the end; the bitterness lingers on for quite a while after each sip. This is good, not great.

M: Medium, pretty carbonated.

D: I just do not think this IPA is that drinkable. It is decent, but slightly rough, so to speak.

Notes: I do not regret trying this beer; I will not be a repeat customer though. I will move on to the next of the Single Hop IPA series. (621 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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 (283 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (530 characters)

Centennial Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.