Centennial Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Centennial Single Hop IPACentennial Single Hop IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
196
Reviews:
103
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
6
For Trade:
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the better single hop beers in their series. Copper in color, looks like your standard pale ale or ipa, 1/2" white head. Aroma hits those familiar citrus tang notes.

Taste is through and through a Centennial hopped beer. Bitter, grapefruit, toasted pale and crystal malts. I kind of wish they would have went a little lighter in the malt base for this to allow for more of the hop variety in each one to stand out a little more.

Good beer, terrible price structure. Liked, but would not bang again for that reason.

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Photo of Soloveitchik
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leginsh
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drtth
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Although there was a date code on the cap, I couldn't figure out how to decode it, but decided to gamble on a single bottle.

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a hazy dark amber color with a light tan head that soon recedes to an island of foam, a thin ring, and some patches of lacing on the side of the glass. Sipping leaves scattered patches of foam. Once the beer is close to the bottom of the glass its clear that there's a fair amount of sediment that contributed to the initial hazy appearance.

The aromas are mostly caramel malt with touches of grapefuit zest.

The flavors include sweetness from the malt, lots of sweetness with some grapefruit zest and a light touch of bitterness. Over time the cumulative effect of the malt sweetness becomes a bit cloying.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and the carbonation is very light. The finish begins about midway through as the sweetness from the malt gives way to a touch of bitterness and an almost dry ending.

Overall I'm not all that impressed with this beer. The combination of uncertainty about the age of the beer and the minimal hop presence amidst the malt favors pretty much guarantees I'll not be doing a repeat on any of the IPAs coming from Mikkeller.

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Photo of BRB1978
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with a light tan head and lots of floating debris.
The aroma is a bit subdued with candied fruit up front and hints of grapefruit and pith.
I get a honey taste first followed by a mild grapefruit flavor and juiciness and a long-lasting and bitterly drying, piney finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and sticky.
Decent.

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Photo of Waggman
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdr
4.59/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dimitar11
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle poured into a tulip glass. A murky orange-brown amber brew with a finger of frothy beige head that breaks quickly but leaves ample lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet malts but with more robust hops than some other Mikkeller single hop IPAs, grapefruit and orange rinds, a whiff of pine needles or menthol cough drop, and a persistent sweetness like cotton candy. Indeed, this is simultaneously sweet and resinous, a solid showcase for this hop, which often translates onto my palate as "grapefruit-orange cotton candy", citric and fruity yet with an interesting sweetness as well. The sweetness deploys itself early and the citrus rinds late, along with some black tea tannins, green grass, and pine more assertive than on the nose. The malts are prominent but not dominant, delivering a toffee biscuit vibe. This is a tasty IPA, better balanced than some of the other Mikkellers that skew rather malty. The robust hopping gets top bill but the malts are solid in support.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Iparedman
3.92/5  rDev +1%

Photo of beersdmf17
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of delgotit99
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of hoop454
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of seedyone
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

09/08/11 at RnH, NYC. As one who normally avoids anything that has hops in the title, I saw this & figured with all the hype around the Mikkeller name, I'd give it a shot.

I have had some surprisingly pleasant experiences with some of the Firestone Walker stuff & that led me to believe that I might be dissing the baby with the bathwater...literally. If the folks at FW could manage some seriously upfront hops that didn't offend my delicate sensitivities, then why not Mikkeller?

My trust was not misplaced. Not only did I find this to be a most enjoyable taste, but it sent on a quest to find more "single hop" brews, if for no other reason than to know my enemy.

At the time of this writing, some 3 years after the fact, the acute impressiveness has been muted somewhat, but one thing is for sure, it convinced me that in the right hands hops need not be offensive. I guess one could say I was a "hop-ist" but have seen the lite.

I still find hop abuse to be both silly & offensive (I hate wasting money on undrinkable, non-refreshing mistakes) but at least now, once I find a brewer I can trust I'll dabble.

Thanks Mikkeller.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of leitmotif
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of JDM44
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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Centennial Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.88 out of 5 based on 196 ratings.
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