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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

181 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2006)
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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.9/5  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.

trxxpaxxs, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +3.1%

bonbini26, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

schnarr84, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of ajzy
4/5  rDev +3.1%

ajzy, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of brewcrew76
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

brewcrew76, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of jplopez21
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jplopez21, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of CHickman
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy amber copper color with a huge foamy 2 finger tan head that didn't move and faded very slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing coating the sides and foamy rings as it goes down. A fine looking IPA with tons of tiny bubbles in the head, collapsing like the Grand Canyon as it dissipated – another looker from Mikkeller.

Smells of grapefruit, orange peel, toffee, caramel, pineapple, sweet citrus hops, light malt, wheat bread, brown sugar, piney hops/pine cones, maple syrup, mango and light booze; the Centennial hop makes for a great smelling beer: this is so potent it smells like fresh hop juice in the glass.

Tastes as good as it smells, but the malt is not the backbone but the initial flavor which then gets washed away by the grapefruit, orange peel, citrus hops, pineapple, mango or even starfruit, piney hops/pine cones, grains, brown sugar, caramel, tea leaf, grass, tobacco leaf, candy like Razzles or Skittles, wet wheat bread and very light booze like a rum shot; so complex and sweet for a single hop, it is very tasty, with nice balance oddly enough, and waves of citrus hop flavor that make the sweetness slightly bitter and yet delicious.

Mouthfeel is smooth with mild fizzy carbonation, a medium chewy body and a bitter citrus finish that is fruity and sweet; the hop flavor never lets up but is not aggressive, making for an excellent American IPA.

This was an expensive 12 oz bottle, but so well made and flavorful that it justified the cost ($7 per 12 oz bottle). A very high recommendation for any hophead.

CHickman, Apr 13, 2013
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 wethorseblanket
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark orange/light amber with solid 1" rocky white head which yields semi-rings and spots. Brown floaties drift down to the bottom.

N: Pine with herbal and floral notes. Slight sweetness. Citrus barely there.

T: Mellow resiny pine and slightly dank with some yeasty flavors.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly bitter (56 IBU) and dry with a lingering piney finish.

O: Probably an older bottle or not cellared properly since it seems "aged" and should be consumed fresher even though it was purchased from a refrigerated cooler.

wethorseblanket, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Kirk
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Kirk, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of thinwhiteduke
3/5  rDev -22.7%

thinwhiteduke, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of DCon
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

DCon, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of BeerOps
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

BeerOps, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of schoolboy
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one weird bottle of ale I have here. I will certainly by more to see if it was supposed to be that way?? As I was pouring I noticed a whole mess of dead yeast or something. Lots of it. And it is kinetic - alive and moving all over. Otherwise the appearance is pretty nice - an orangy brown ipa color with a beautiful monster head.

The aroma is a medium strong hoppy. Nice. The taste is a nice balance of very flavorful stuff - malts and loads of hops. A bit bitter and dark like a Scottish or something, but nice.

The aftertaste is a nice lingering tang on the tongue.

It's cool that this is a Belgian brewer coming full circle and doing an American style, and they did it well. I need to find out about all the crud floating around - there really was a lot - I should have been more careful with my pour.

schoolboy, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of SLeffler27
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, honey gold on the brownish side with a big head that coats the glass with lacing.

Smells of hop pellets, quite pleasant and grassy. Also found was pine straw.

Bitterness is upfront on entry and kicks in from middle to finish. The finish is bitter and long, though not strong. Aside from grapefruit there is little else detected.

Medium body with effervescent carbonation, light alcohol. Some astringency and palate-coating.

This was enjoyed as part of a self training exercise to distinguish hop varieties, but it would still make a fine component to a meal.

Sampled from a pint glass alongside the Bravo Single Hop IPA.

SLeffler27, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of heygeebee
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

From Jim's. No BB.

Pours hazy amber, two finger head dies to filmy spotty lace.

Aromas are of citrus, and also like a creamy smooth apricot. Words not easy on that one!

Taste is smooth, I suspect storage may be an issue, not too much hop bite going on here, until almost the very end when it catches up. Again the smooth sweet apricot/passionfruit notes come through. Makes you understand the component hops of other beers. Nice idea.

Mouthfeel a let down, not enough carbonation for style.

Well made nice, nice distinct flavours. No way does it taste nearly 7% tho :-)

heygeebee, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Cramerican, Dec 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

artoolemomo, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.78/5  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.

WastingFreetime, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Becoming a beer geek means learning the flavors and aromas of different hop varieties, and this is a great way to do it: a single hop IPA. Starting with Centennial, since it seems to be a widely used hop strain in the U.S. beer scene.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy amber, almost tawny in the light. Big bubbly head, creamy and thick; leaves lacing absolutely everywhere. Not sure why it’s hazy, but it’s still a great look – especially with its inch of foamy retention.

S: Juicy and just fairly piney, the centennial hops thicken up the nose more than expected. There’s that definite resin quality to it, but not without the main tone of fruits: apple butter, blackberry jam, fresh mango, mandarin, and a very mild hint of grapefruit make up the bulk of the creamy profile. Malts are caramel-esque, but they have an odd licorice character to them, as well; it’s almost like cinnamon apples in a plastic freezer bag, only they’ve been sitting in there so long they’ve begun to smell like the bag. Odd, but not too distracting from the main intent of this beer.

T: Still some plasticy tastes on the front end, but the hops quickly reveal themselves in fine form – a pop of acidic citrus rind, mandarin pulp, apricot, and spicy pine (not exactly tongue-scraping, but bitter). Tastes a bit like spiked cider, since the malts come in with a taste of cinnamon breads and sweet apple, along with a pervasive caramel grain overtone and sour mash whiskey taste. Not your ordinary American IPA, to be sure, especially in its bready yeast, bottle-conditioned state. The aftertaste is a bit more of the plastic tastes, but with a grassy, straw-like dryness that lingers for a moist second.

M: Wet, smooth, and thick, like a barleywine instead of a pale ale. It lays like bread, slick and chewy.

O: What Mikkeller has here is an American IPA that leaves a lot to the malts, though it is supposed to be hop-heavy. It’s good, but I don’t know if I’d want to try anything else in this series due to the plasticy, artificial tastes of the malts.

BarryMFBurton, May 30, 2012
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 CityofBals
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Poupae
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Poupae, Feb 09, 2014
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.

SFLpunk, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of joepais
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

joepais, Dec 29, 2011
Centennial Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.