Centennial Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

Centennial Single Hop IPACentennial Single Hop IPA
BA SCORE
3.88/5
196 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,429
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
196
pDev:
10.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of kojevergas
2.71/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap and green label acquired at KnB wines for $6.49 and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. I'm celebrating a success at work. Expectations are high; Mikkeller is me favourite brewery but his brighter beers tend to pale in comparison (excuse the pun) to his darker ones.

Served straight from the refrigerator and consumed cold. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a luscious six finger beige/light khaki colour head of great frothy smooth cream, good thickness, and fantastic retention (we're talking a solid seven or eight minutes). Great clingy lacing as it recedes. Body colour is a dark murky dull nontransparent copper. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Dig the head, don't dig the body.

Sm: Fresh floral centennial hops. Cream. Clean malts. Toasted malt character. Caramelization. Some tangy fruity note - maybe tangerine? A touch earthy. Notable grapefruit zest. Somewhat dry. A mild strength aroma. Generally appealing. No yeast or alcohol are detectable.

T: Clean, caramel, light toffee, pale malts, and toasted malt character. A bit of earthiness blended with a touch of grapefruit zest. Tangerine, sure. It's also somewhat oily. The notes don't ring distinct, but sort of blend together. A bit imbalanced in this regard. Hop bitterness is minimal. Lacks a solid body or foundation. A bit dirty. I don't like the earthy character at all. Built okay. Not particularly fresh.

Mf: The finish is quite light and tingly compared to the earlier acts. Smooth and wet all around. As thick as it needs to be. A bit too light. Structurally imbalanced. Doesn't suit the flavour all that well.

Dr: Drinkable but unimpressive, especially at this price range (and for this brewer). Mikkeller is capable of far better. A passable IPA, but fairly pedestrian. I wouldn't get it again. That said, it's probably about as good as a single hop IPA can be with centennial. As an experimental brew, or as an educational lesson in hops, it's a success. Unrefreshing. I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of scottiethebody
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of gutbuster
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of justinlaz
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, with an updated label, one strewn with new-agey hop imagery.

This beer pours a hazy, dark apricot amber hue, with two fingers of tight, foamy, silky pale beige head, which leaves a few grotesque arches of lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bitter grapefruit pith and orange peel, sweet toffee and caramel malt, a bit of more astringent pine resin, and a soft dark fruitiness. The taste is biscuity caramel malt, tart orange and lemon citrus rind, a mildly sweet orchard fruitiness, and some further herbal and edgy pine hop notes.

The frizzy carbonation is a tad catchy on the palate at first, but evens out well enough, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit halting in its smoothness. It finishes just barely off-dry, as the hops are still hitting on all of their multi-toned cylinders.

It's not surprising to see why this particular hop is so prevalent in American-style IPAs - it is such a workhorse, providing citrus, pine, and herbal bitterness - in aroma and flavour. Maybe the fruitiness suffers a bit, but, hey that's what friends and co-mingling are for.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of AlexChillton
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Pahn
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of soccerfancooch
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Josievan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my favorite of the 3 single hoppers ive had. pours hazy golden color with a massive fluffy white head that lasts. it absolutely reeks of bitter hops, english style pale ale smell, with some malt present, but this is much more hop forward in the nose than either the cluster or mt. hood versions. flavor is more bitter too, resinous and sticky, really fresh. this is delicious. well balanced but not crisp at all, very drawn out flavor experience. hops first and last, delicate malts and floral yeast in between. feel is the same as the others, medium body, fair carbonation, easy drinking. i wish these were cheaper, but i will continue to try them all as an educational endeavor. so far this is the winner

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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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting single hopped beer. Whereas it does seem muddled, there are some nice earthy pine tones with a salty and citric tone. Interesting indeed. I think you have to take these single hopped beers for what they are: experiments and a learning lesson. I have had single varietal wines that provide the same "one-dimensional" experience, but are still nice. This is along those lines.

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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.

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Centennial Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 196 ratings
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