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

Murky copper color with persistent head. Aroma is a bit fruity and also has a lot of pine. Taste follows with dank, earthy hops and a solid bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Overall a very nice IPA that showcases the Centennial hop very well. (251 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 13/9/12

A dark amber, looks thick with just enough clarity to see a little carbonation but I think there's more then I can see because of the massive three finger beige head, great retention and my glass is covered in spider web lacing with a few thin rings going through the webs

S big citrus and toffee with some biscuit, faint pine but more tropical citrus and caramels then anything

T lime rind is added too the nose with just a little brown sugar, pretty nice not a whole lot going on but simple can be good

M medium-full with a creamy feel from the bubbles and fairly slick after the fact

O solid stuff and one of the better ones I've had from the series, I can see why this hop is put in so many beers. this one isn't lacking in any areas and went down in minuets

on its own its pretty good but a little straight forward, I love this series and still need too track down a few as I want too try them all. (951 characters)

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

Moderately hazy amber colour with a big, creamy tan head. Good head retention and lots of lacing. Good.

Bright and hoppy. Surprisingly smooth for a C-hop with a rounded orange and mandarin note. Light mango. Very nice.

As in the aroma this is smooth and creamy with a citrussy palate. Nice rounded tropical fruit and mandarin notes. Moderate bitterness.

Medium body with moderately low carbonation. Fine.

A really nice IPA that shows off Centennial in a non-aggressive way. (477 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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. (986 characters)

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright citrus hops with good amounts of somewhat harsher pine aromas. Backing everything up are sweet malts and very mild amounts of leafy hops.

Tastes good. A combination of pale and caramel malt flavors kick things off and are overtaken quickly by loads of hops - the pine has a bit more sway in the flavor profile than it does in the nose. Citrus hop flavors are still present in good amounts, coming in midway through the sip, and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this wasn't quite the citrus/grapefruit bomb I was expecting however it's not all bad as the added complexity was nice. Worth a shot. (942 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows piny resin and grapefruit, along with a fair bit of crystal malt.
Aggressive pine and resin as flavours, with some sweet clean malt balancing things out a little. The bitterness seems a bit sharp and almost solvent-like.
Nice mod-high carbonation. (290 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 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 gford217
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap as part of Mikkeller Mayhem at the Brick Store.

Pours similar to the others - a light hazy amber with a small cream-colored head that receded slowly with minimal lacing.

Not surprisingly for a C hop, it's all about the juicy citrus in the nose with pineapples and grapefruits emerging, complemented by a bit of toasted caramel. Still, the pungent citrus dominate the nose.

The taste isn't quite as big as the aroma suggested. There is a bitter citrus kick up front with grapefruit and oranges. The malts are present but don't get in the way of the hops too much.

The mouthfeel is sticky with citrus hops, seems a little fuller than some of the others with strong carbonation.

I was looking forward to this one and it didn't disappoint. Not as good as the Nelson or Chinook for me but still in the top half of the 10 single hop IPAs. (844 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (1,202 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 trxxpaxxs
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know... It's old. But it's been in my fridge for over 2 years. (first batch)

A: Pours out a perfect amber with one full finger of off-white head. The foam takes a bit of time to settle, and there is a decent amount of lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is really malty with a soft floral undertone and a touch of pine hops in the background.

T: It starts out sweet and floral and those flavors linger all the way through to the finish. The back end is big pine bitters.

M: Medium bodied beer. There is nothing too outrageous as the flavors dance on the palate, but it dries up significantly as the beer moves off. The bitters linger of a bit afterward.

O: This is a really nice single hop beer. I'm loving the mix of floral and malt characteristics. The finish is really bitter, but I'm ok with it. Solid beer, even with age on it. (856 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

cap reads 23/12/11

pours dark copper with a big pillowy/chunky 2 finger head with good retention and left lacing all down the glass

smells of mostly grapefruit but also some orange in there

taste - wow i am so suprised - this beer in no way tastes anything like Bells 2hearted or Founders Centennial - there are no floral flavors anywhere - this beer reminds me of Blvd Single Wide Ipa - all bitter grapefruit and orange upfront with a good amount of sweet malt backbone on the end

mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation that gives it a very dry finish

drinkability - while its an ok tasting brew i dont think i would ever buy this again since it reminded me of a beer i can buy for $7 a sixer and this was $5 a 12oz (728 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.25/5  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. (749 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.9/5  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. (288 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudy amber orange with a dense light cream colored dense head. Fantastic lacing, strong retention. Head still ~1/3 of an inch throughout the entire life of the beer!

S - Lots of bready caramel sweetness, some nice sweet apple/mango/grapefruit hops aromas. Slightly resinous.

T - Slight caramel and a dry crisp bitterness upfront, the sweet/citrusy fruits follow up and linger well into the aftertaste which finishes on a slightly piney kick. Breadyness is apparent throughout. Bitterness lingers.

M - Lighter than medium bodied, decent carbonation, very drinkable.

O - Pretty tasty for sure, very simplistic but well balanced. (653 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Cap dated 23/12/11

A: Pours a wonderfully hazy tangerine color with a four fingers of light khaki colored head features amazing retention (a thick dallop of creamy foam lasts until the very end of the glass). Tons of lace is left behind.

S: Huge aroma of citrus and pine. Delicious! Also noticed a bit of cinnamon. Excellent fragrant aroma!

T: Not quite as piney as the aroma, but there's a bunch of lemon, tangerine, and clementine.

M: Quite dry and bitter. Extremely sticky and astringent. Finish is very long lasting.

D: Very drinkable IPA and an excellent addition to this ambitious series. (653 characters)

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

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA

A - Amber-copper with a creamy white head.
S - Caramel malt and bitter grapefruit hops.
T - Sweet caramel malt, candied orange peel and grapefruit.
M - Creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
D - Good drinkability, solid, well-crafted IPA. (293 characters)

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