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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

103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 194
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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Photo of sfprint
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

exp: Oct 6, 2013

A: Massive soda head. but little rising carbonation. Just a bit of haziness, a medium maple syrup color with a drop of yellow/green.
S: Very nice! Sweet piney Christmas, quite similar to Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. Very nice but only moderately strong.
T: Christmas-y but not so wowing. Tame,
M: soft with a sting at the end.
O: A decent IPA. Nice spicy qualities, but not mind blowing. (407 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - pours a cloudy, red/orange color, lacing crawls up the glass, head recedes quickly

smell - sweet centennial hops, very aromatic

taste - resinous and dominant centennial hops, not as strong as the tomahawk single hop, i think this is a more balanced variety of hop, finish leaves a hop aftertaste

mouthfeel - medium, some body, consistent carbonation

drinkability - the beer is delicious and a great way to taste the centennial hops but the 1 variety fatigues the mouth after a session with a bottle (515 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 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 Arenbeer
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to abrand for this one!!

12oz bottle into a Snifter Glass

A- Pours a cloudy dark orange amber with a fluffy 2 finger white head that leaves some pretty decent lacing.

S- Citrusy floral hops hit you up front with a sweet fruity base that reminds me of oranges, tangerines, and maybe some mango or lemon. A very sweet and inviting IPA no doubt.

T- Earthy piney hops once again compliment the pale malts. A great amount of fruitiness also comes out and a slight yeasty flavor. I have to say this is a very clean tasting IPA and very fresh.

M- Medium-light body with a strong bitterness that hits the toungue pretty strong. Also a decently dry finish that makes you want more and more.

Overall this is a very crisp, clean, full flavored IPA. I highly reccomend it. Thanks again Andy!!

SkÅL! (801 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 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 benclimbs
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of JLeege
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of PhxHorn
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (456 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 Xul
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of DoktorZee
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 333ml bottle into a tulip. The cap had a best before date of 26/04/14 on it (or at least thats what I presumed it was)!

A - it pours a cloudy orange amber, with a fuzzy, thick lacing that hangs around for about 3 minutes then ends with a thin rim around the edge of the glass. Very little lacing left on the edge of the glass.

S - a little more subtle than I would have expected; it hits some floral and citrus notes but also has a slight bready malt notes as well. The floral > citrus on the nose.

T - initial attack is a lemon, juicy hops bitterness; the juiciness tends to follow the initial attack and endures for a while along with some residual bitterness. The finish is only mildly bitter, and the malt tends to show itself slightly near the end. Still remains balanced.

M - mouthfeel is medium to medium-high body with moderate carbonation. No obvious oiliness or alcohol warming. Finishes fairly juicy but not rich.

Overall it's an interesting single hop beer; less of the traditional IPA citrus (orange/lemon) and more of a floral character on the nose, and then lemony and juicy on the finish. Solid. (1,133 characters)

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

cap dated 23/11/11
red orange pour with a pillowy head that actually dissipates faster than any of the other single hops ive had.
smells like big boozy sweet centennial hops. grapefruit, wildflower, musk... its deep when you really stick your nose in there.
it really appears to me to be more of a awesome smelling hop than an awesome tasting hop. it doesnt taste bad by any means, it just loses some of that deliciousness i instantly got on the nose.
honestly after im about half way done with it i lose alot of interest. it just starts to become mediocre. worth trying to smell, not so much for flavor. (606 characters)

Photo of eclaycamp
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (2,269 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dee at Bobby's Liquors for suggesting this one!
Poured from the 11.2-oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Orange like copper body with prolific off-white, soap-foam head. A decent amount of sediment in the body.

N: Lots of grapefruit and a hint of pine.

T/M: This one has a great bitterness to it with a delightful hit of grapefruit that gives way to earthy pine flavors. The malt compliments this IPA better than it does others in the Single-Hop series. There is a slight soapy flavor to the beer and I am not sure where it comes from. The body is medium/light.

Overall, I really like this beer. I am stoked that I am currently growing my own Centennial hops so that I can feature them in an awesome IPA this year. (720 characters)

Photo of Norfawkers
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (420 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 ratedz
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes...

I was interested in trying all 10 of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers, so after I got my hands on a bottle of each, I tried one variation a night for 10 consecutive nights back in August. I really enjoyed examining the subtle differences that the different hops give the beers.

I had this on tap at the Flying Saucer back in May at their second anniversary party, well before I bought any of the Single Hop Series beers in bottles. I remembered liking it when I had it that day, so I was looking forward to having it again. The scent is mostly piney, but there are some citrus undertones as well as the sweet toffee-like backbone. Those same three ingredients are the main focus of the taste as well, although I can't say one dominates more than the others. I picked up pine needles, grapefruit bitterness, and the sweet malts at different times in every sip. Every sip finished slightly bitter and dry. I always enjoy centennial IPAs and this one is no exception. The flavors are well balanced and if price was not a factor, I would definitely buy this one again (1,086 characters)

Photo of TheBeerCarl
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer has an orange-amber body and pours with a yellow-white head that has good lace and retention.

S: This has one of the most prominent noses of all the single hops with a registerable amount of caramel and floral notes backed up by heat.

T: This IPA has a rich caramel sweetness balanced well by light bitter and earthy hop character.

M: The beer rolls on the palette with medium body and a carbonation that compliments the hoppy character.

Overall this is one of the best single hop IPAs in Mikkeller's lineup but compared to other IPAs it is just decent. (569 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 berebrando
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kevin and I sampled this beer after collecting all ten (simcoe, cascade, warrior, nelson, nugget, amarillo, tomahawk, chinook and centennial). We sampled them, one after the other, to compare the hop varietals. These notes are primarily focused on the hop flavors of each beer and should be used in comparison to one another. This review is one in a series of 10... and then there is "10".

Top of bottle: 23-12-11
Date of tasting: 10-17-10

Hop notes:
Brandon: very crisp and bold pine notes. good hop aroma. background citrus flavors, but nothing very significant.

Good beer. By the way, my bottle says 6.9% ABV (614 characters)

Photo of coryking
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.. (604 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 woodjm
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first experience with an American IPA brewed across the pond. Also my first single hop experience (which was really the reason I bought it). Pours a nice amber color with bright white head. Smell is as much malty as it is hoppy. Taste is slightly bitter with a much thicker, stickier body that I expected. Mouthfeel was lively and I wouldn't call this the easiest drink in the world, but certainly and enjoyable one! (419 characters)

Centennial Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
87 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.