Centennial - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 21
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 06-12-2013

The master Nunzino from the Hop Head Farms school has allowed Centennial to grow into a formidable shadow warrior. This hop has tons of clean floral, pine, and citrus notes. As always, it's best consumed fresh.
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Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a dense white head which leaves heavy lacing. Nose starts with ripe green herbal centennial hops. This is intertwined by a graham crack malty base with plenty of caramel as well as dryness on the nose. Taste features fruity hops that range from notes of grapefruit and melon to pine and more resinous bitter notes. The mid palate has a nice sweet grainy profile, this all comes together with a very dry finish that leaves little lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is moderate with high level of carbonation. It is unfortunate to say this is the first I have tried from the Ninja series, but it is certainly a tasty brew.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 149.

Appearance - Burnt orange amber. Small white head. Thin collar.

Taste - Grapefruit. Some orange. Very grapefruity though. Malty caramel. Astringent strange aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very malty. Bitter. Booze? Some astringent flavor.

Overall - Not impressed by this series so far.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent apple juice colored body with a quarter inch of off white head. No lacing.

The pine smacks me in the face. It's extremely fresh and woodsy. Lighter notes of orange and caramel.

Holy hell it's bitter. Resinous pine dominates. The caramel malt adds light support but it is weighted heavily on the bitter side.

Full and creamy mouthfeel. It is slightly astringent.

Another great ninja from Pipeworks. Definitely the most bitter and abrasive, but still awesome.

Photo of Jaycase
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #149

a: Slightly hazy dark copper. Thick, frothy white head

s: some orange. juicy citrus hops. sweet caramel malts

t: piney hops & pine resin are dominant. Most bitter ninja I've had. Seem to be some citrus notes but they seem to be watered down to me.

m: light carbonation with a very dry finish. medium body

o: This is like Stone RuinTen jr to me - piney hop bitterness extraordinaire. However, Stone is much better to me overall. If you can't find RuinTen then this one should satisfy your dry & bitter DIPA needs.

Photo of emerge077
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy saturated orange, sheets of lace coat the glass, lasting foam on the surface.

Floral, resiny hop aroma, stinky dankity-dank.

Resiny and medium bodied, light malt sweetness before the bitter resinous hop oils take over and hang on long into the aftertaste. Leafy dandelion greens, orange peel, earthy and green, lots of chlorophyll happening. Overall it's a nice IIPA, gets a little boozy towards the end as it warms.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch #149 (bottled 6-12-13). Poured in to an oversized snifter.

A - Translucent, cloudy golden orange colour with one finger of off-white head.

S - Massive grapefruit and pine aromas with some orange zest and a touch of caramel sweetness.

T - Sharp bitterness accompanies big grapefruit, pine and orange zest flavours. A touch of honey/caramel malt sweetness but this is far from a balanced beer.

M - Medium body. Sticky and resinous. Light carbonation.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Powerful strong and all kinds of bitter. Raul checked the label to see if it was brewed by NASA because its got a lil rocket fuel tinge to it. I mean, like when Raul opens up all 8 cylinders on his Impala when he is speeding away from his baby mama's...vrooom!

It's good like that and it's bad like that. Raul is stoked that he is gone from that four headed beast, but at the same time, he burned about $10 worth a petrol just to hightail it out of there.

Raul approves and disapproves of the Ninja at the same time.


Photo of mfnmbvp
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Handwritten Batch #244-246 printed on the label. Another one in the Pipeworks Ninja single hop beers, although they've now changed the label and names of the beers, so my bottle's label says only Pipeworks Centennial. Expectations are high based on Pipeworks' good reputation.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a beautiful, fiery, burnt sienna orange with some tiny specks of sediment floating about. Aggressive pour conjures about a finger of soapy white head that goes down quick.

S - Smell is very nice and true to the series. Very floral & herbal, earthy, ripe fleshy peaches, some cream, and indistinct tropical fruitiness. Very nice.

T - Like the others, it is a nice balance between the floral and herbal hoppiness with the smooth creamy malts. Some alcohol heat on the finish.

M - Extremely smooth and creamy, especially for such a high abv beer. Leaves the mouth feeling sticky, bitter, and resinous.

Overall, a nice addition to the Ninja family, althought I wish they had kept the old label. This might have been my first centennial single hop beer, and it was a nice showcase. Definitely recommended, although I'm not sure it would be a contender for repeat drinking.

Pipeworks Centennial Ninja ---4/5.

Photo of rlee1390
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Deep blood orange, almost ruby one finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Earthy pine, dirt along with malt and caramel.

T-Starts with sweet caramel and other malt. Ends with nice bitterness and lots of pine, dirt and earthy notes. Balance could improve.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonated and a tad bit of hops

O-The balance wasn't what it should have been and was lacking a real hop punch you expect from a DIPA.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber courtesy of clewis901 pours a hazed dark gold color with a creamy cap of tan head. Nice lacing and decent retention.

Big hop aroma of piney-tropical fruit, alcohol and a strong malt backdrop. Smells pretty juicy and hop-laden for sure.

Taste is resinous as hell with super dank earthy hop and malty flavors. The bitterness is huge. The malt is toasty and sweet, but the hops do more than enough to keep it from being cloying. Its really easy to drink for such a big beer. Mouthfeel cant get much better and the alcohol is well integrated. Good stuff.

Photo of stortore
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, half each into a snifter and teku, batch #594.

Nice color, a little hazy. small head on pour, coats the glass a little throughout. Smells great- hoppy, fruity, lots of grapefruit, some orange and lemon. Great flavor, very hop forward. Grapefruit carries through, a lot of bitterness. Getting some pine. Fair amount of malt, but it does not seem to tamp the bitterness much. Not sweet. Good body, sticks to the tongue.

I like this beer a lot, I think it's underrated when compared to other PW DIPA's, although that's an impressive lineup. This one is worth your $$'s.

Photo of Etan
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz into a cervoise.

A: Pours a murky light caramel color with a nice egg shell head.

S: Moderate orange peel, grapefruit, lightly peppery, a bit of caramel maltiness, vanilla.

T: Taste is substantially drier. Heavy oily bitterness, pine, leafy, hint of bready malt and grapefruit pith.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: The taste here is dominated by a harsh bitterness, and there isn't really any residual sugar to balance it out. Not my favorite of the series.

Photo of MNishCT77
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL; unknown bottling date but Batch #"244 245 246"; poured into a modified pint glass at the Pabst Brewhouse Hot in Milwaukee, WI and drank over an hour

A: 2/3 - orange-brown coloration; initial frothy white rocky head settles into a 1/4 finger glass lacing; moderate alcohol legs

S: 8/12 - an admixture of citrus-forward Centennial hops, caramel malt and alcohol; the aroma, however, is overall muted for me leading to the major point detractor

T: 14/20 - as accompanying the aroma, there is an admixture of classic Centennial notes - bright citrus fruit with some floral and earthy components; however, there's is a soft sweetness that develops over the flavor profile and unfortunately sits too long into the aftertaste and ruining a desired dry finish on a hop forward imperial IPA; otherwise, there are no gross flaws

M: 3/5 - moderate body; thick, sticky hop oils and alcohol coat the tongue; low carbonation

O: 15/20 - after being blown away by the Citra Ninja last night, I was expecting something amazing and turned up disappointed on this one; putting it all together, it tastes like the sweeter, boozier uncle of Bell's Two Hearted; I certainly prefer the latter to this one and would steer one towards the Citra Ninja if given the chance; thankfully, the price point on this is forgiving ($10.99/22 oz.)

TOTAL - 32/50

Photo of Nugganooch
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber – Batch 153
Notes from 07/26/13 - Sierra Nevada Balloon glass

Received in trade from Pidzik12 – Thanks Paul! Stoked on my very first Pipeworks brew.

A: Dark caramel amber body that is slightly opaque in nature. Nice thick topper of heavy khaki cream with ample hang time and some wavy lacing that adorns the glass.

S: Big skunky pine nose!!! Very floral with some citrus undercurrents. This is just sapping with sticky dank nuggs. Pungent hop aromas eventually give way to some light plumy esters and hints of malt sugary sweetness. Really nice and hoppy.

T: More big juicy hops come forth in the flavor. Incredibly resinous with sappy pines and some herbal spice. Like skunk weed man. There is a nice fruity twist of pineapple and spiced grapefruit midway with a floral accented finish. The malt is not shy at all however providing a fair caramel sweetness and spiced bready anchor to all dem hops. The beer has an upper level of perceived bitterness and the alcohol is incredibly well masked at 9% ABV. Very dank and juicy with a long lingering effect. Ninja kick!

M: On the heavier side of a moderate body there is a lightly full feeling from the malts. Creamy texture overall with a nice peppering bitterness to the palate. There is some drying in the finish but this one lands a little on the wetter side when everything is said and done. Lingering with hop oils and residual sugars.

D: This is a really nice and juicy DIPA that is incredibly hoppy yet well balanced by the firm malt presence. A great showcase of Centennial hops. Very nice diverse flavors coming from a single hop brew.
Would love to get my hands on the Citra and Simcoe Ninjas now!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

What better way to follow up that massive steak than with a Centennial-heavy IPA? This stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit rind, mild mint, light parsley, Belgian candi sugar, and light candied orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with an addition of mild greens and more bitter rind than anything. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid IPA, a bit on the bitter-rind-y side for my particular tastes, but a solid IPA nonetheless.

Photo of brewskis
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber, almost brownish color with a finger length of an off-white head that goes away slowly and leaves behind a thick ring of lacing. Decent carbonation coming off the glass. Smells like centennial hops should. Tons of floral, some resinous pine, a tropical fruit that I can’t put my finger on, some grapefruit, and lemon. Also get a hint of toffee and light breadiness. Tastes like it smells. Starts with some hoppy grapefruit and floral notes. Then the middle brings lots of malts to balance the increasingly big hop flavors. Big notes of toffee and breadiness. The finish brings more grapefruit, lemon, floral, tropical fruit, toffee, little breadiness, and lots of resinous pine. Just a tinge of alcohol, but it is well integrated into the beer and goes well with the astringent hop flavors. The astringent pine and floral are the two flavors that coat the mouth and linger on the palate. High medium body that’s very creamy from the malts and oily, resinous, and sticky from the hops. Well balanced with a great showing of the centennial hop, which is becoming standard for Pipeworks.

Photo of KFBR392
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: burnt orange color. Very light head on the pour. Medium lacing.

Smell: bright sweet aroma. Mangos, straw, lemon, with a very rounded sugary aroma. The aroma is light but oh so wonderful.

Taste:the a very bitter hop front. Slightly sour but still provides a lot of lemony hoppy flavor. The aftertaste continues to be waves of bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: very smooth, low carbonation makes for a sweet drinking experience.

Overall:its bottled yesterday, massively enjoyed today. Pipeworks continues to kill it with the ipas

Photo of vic21234
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a snifter straight from the fridge. Batch number reads 244 245 246.

A- Pours a dark, cloudy amber with a small amount of white colored head which fades to the sides of the glass, leaving some sticky lacing.

S- Lots of piney resin on the nose for me, not much else, but a very strong hop character.

T- The smell carries over into the taste as expected. Lots of pine, along with floral notes.

M- Medium to heavy, almost syrupy, bitter and hoppy with a dry finish. Alcohol is noticed but masked fairly well.

Another nice DIPA from the NvU series of Pipeworks, but probably lower on the totem pole for my Pipeworks reviews due to the thick syrupy texture.

Photo of homebrew311
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a dense white head which leaves heavy lacing. Nose starts with ripe green herbal centennial hops. This is intertwined by a graham crack malty base with plenty of caramel as well as dryness on the nose. Taste features fruity hops that range from notes of grapefruit and melon to pine and more resinous bitter notes. The mid palate has a nice sweet grainy profile, this all comes together with a very dry finish that leaves little lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is moderate with high level of carbonation. It is unfortunate to say this is the first I have tried from the Ninja series, but it is certainly a tasty brew.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper, mostly transparent, but with some haze. Moderate head, quick fading, mild lacing.

S - Big pine, some lemon, a bit of grapefruit pith, honey and floral elements.

T - Like the nose, with pine and lemon citrus, a bit of pith, solid honey note. Close is a hard bitter hit, with a slow fade.

M - Brisk, but the bitterness is powerful, and results in some tingling and major drying. I had to take a break mid-drink to allow my palate some space to recover, but I still think, for the explosive qualities of hop, the feel is not atypical.

O - A very fine IIPA, but quite hard on the palate, making it a one-and-done drinker. There is almost no sign of the big ABV, and the honeyed malts do keep things from going too far, so this is one I'd have again, but be sure you want a big, bitter, hop-forward, no compromise IIPA when you pick this one up.

Photo of GJ40
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Archer Liquors in Chicago in a hotel wine glass.

Golden with great clarity and a think, rich head. Nice citrusy, piney aroma. Firm but not powerful. Rich hoppy flavor with citrus notes, complex hop oils and a distinct bitterness. Creamy. The 9% alcohol is there but not overwhelming in any way.

This was my first beer from Pipeworks. I look forward to more.

Photo of MattLatuchie
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Doesn't have the racy citrus flavors that Simcoe/Citra/Cascade Ninja's have, but makes up for it with rustic maltiness. The malty character combined well with some of the upfront citrus notes. Reminded me a lot of Jack's Abbey 2nd Anniversary IPL.

Photo of rudzud
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. Batch # 244 245 246 (bottled on 11/11/13)

A - Pours a nice just about crystal clear copper hue with a nice two finger off white head that fades to leave light side lacing and a nice creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of light centennial hops, light resinous pine and maybe a flash of grapefruit. An awful lot of caramel malts though. Not getting much alcohol.

T - Taste is better. Lots of resinous pine and grapefruit zest. Decent amount of honey here and some caramel malt. Nice lingering bitterness that knocks down the caramel malts some.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, good bitter finish. Alcohol is hidden nicely.

O - Overall, I'm going to have to check the batch to see how old this is as it is a bit too malt heavy for my liking. It's tasty, and a nice beer, but leaves me wanting more. Kind of odd that it is this malty for being this fresh.

Photo of bschinelli
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz Bomber into a pint glass

A - Pours a hazy light blood orange with really white foam that settles quickly to a layer of tight bubbles with some splotchy lacing.

S - I get a lot of pine and resin with a hint of orange peel.

T - Here the pine and resin are dominant. Some orange and maybe grapefruit? Very clean and bitter with the resin oil staying on the tongue after the dry, bitter finish.

M - Light in the mouth, not a lot of malt sweetness, but just enough carbonation.

O - A very good beer, if you like bitter DIPAs. I liked it and will and would buy it again.

Photo of emyers
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Batch #

Appearance: Pours a cloudy medium amber color with a 2-finger beige head. Much darker than I was expecting.

Smell: Huge centennial hop aroma on this one. Pine, citrus, grass. Malt definitely comes through as well with strong caramel malt notes, although it takes a while before it works through the hop onslaught. My only issue here is the grassiness, which tends to happen with large quantities of centennial hops, but that may just be a personal preference issue. Still pretty impressive in the aroma department.

Taste: Similar to the smell, really brings the centennial hops. Big time pine and citrus hop flavors, which are once again backed up by a pretty hefty caramel malt bill. Hop bitterness comes in right at the first taste and lingers throughout. No real alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Definitely full-bodied (especially as far as IPA's go, imperial or otherwise). Medium carbonation. Tons of hops - the bitterness really clings to the palate and doesn't let go.

Overall: Another fine installment of the ninja/unicorn series. This one isn't my favorite, but then again centennial hops were never my favorite. Still a great DIPA and highlights the hops very well.

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