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

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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
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6
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Photo of CHickman
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another single hop IPA geez i love these,anyways the brew pours a redish/amber hue with really nice carbonation that leaves a two finger dense head which slowly subdues to a layer of creamy froth across the top of the beer and the resinous lacing is everywhere,the aroma is quite a nice mix of piney,citrus hops and toffee malts,and the taste is even better with a nice evenly carbonated mouthfeel with tastes of toffee,caramel and it finishes with a little bitter kick but not much at all and this IPA is definately very moreish,overall for me this is definately right up there with the best single hop IPA's and will buy again for sure.

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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 merlin48
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a clear dark amber body with a tall and creamy beige head. Head holds well and becomes pitted and rocky, lacing the glass with some lavish splotchy patches.

Aroma opens with floral hops,like orange blossoms. Pink grapefruit and pine needles compliment the florals to produce a very inticing nose.

Medium body is well carbonated.

Taste has lots of grapefruit, some grassiness, a hint of pine, and lots of floral hop bitterness. Solid biscuity caramel malt notes provide a sturdy body. Finishes with a lingering grassy and grapefruit bitterness.

Wow! This is one exceptional American IPA to come from Scandanavia, or anywhere for that matter. Reminds me a lot of Bells Two Hearted. Hope I get to try the rest of the single hop series.

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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 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.

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Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of GbVDave
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Cap dated 23/12/11

A: Pours a wonderfully hazy tangerine color with a four fingers of light khaki colored head features amazing retention (a thick dallop of creamy foam lasts until the very end of the glass). Tons of lace is left behind.

S: Huge aroma of citrus and pine. Delicious! Also noticed a bit of cinnamon. Excellent fragrant aroma!

T: Not quite as piney as the aroma, but there's a bunch of lemon, tangerine, and clementine.

M: Quite dry and bitter. Extremely sticky and astringent. Finish is very long lasting.

D: Very drinkable IPA and an excellent addition to this ambitious series.

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Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of schoolboy
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA

A - Amber-copper with a creamy white head.
S - Caramel malt and bitter grapefruit hops.
T - Sweet caramel malt, candied orange peel and grapefruit.
M - Creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
D - Good drinkability, solid, well-crafted IPA.

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Photo of rarbring
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy amber, an off-white rather small head, some lacing and some curtains.

The smell has a whiff of toffee, but mainly grape-fruit, pine and resin.

The taste has a sweet caramel start, fresh bread, grape-fruit juice, then a seed and peel bitterness.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, a good body, slightly dry.

A rather nice, well-balanced, clean and good american IPA, especially for being a single hop.

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Photo of Inglewood
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Pours a translucent golden brown with a large off-white head. The nose is pungent, floral with a touch of citrus. The taste is bitter, spicy, pungent, floral and just a touch of citrus. In comparison to the cascade single hop beer, this is far more bold and the hops edge forward ahead of the malt instead of the other way around. This really screams American IPA to me, which suggests that I have been drinking a lot of beers with Centennial in it. Am appreciating the education. Mouthfeel is nice, good carbonation with a medium body and a small amount of stickiness. I am not sure if I am rating the hop or the beer, but I preferred this to the cascade variety with this malt bill.

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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 OtherShoe2
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours darker amber with a big off-white head. Some lace.

Big pine and toasted malt aromas. Some earth and overbrowned bread crust in the nose.

Big beer in a little bottle. Piney hops intermingled with the bitterness of dark toasted malt. Overdone brown breadcrust, some spiciness, real earthy notes up front and stay there. I want a hint of sweetness, and I might get a juicy bit somewhere, but it doesn't last. Finish is basically a flavor footrace to the the endline. Malt, hops, complexity, etc. Good brew, but the bitterness has a harshness that gives you no respite.

Medium body, tacky in the mouth, with some good mouth coating goodness.

I dug this one, even if it screams one and done for the night. I couldn't do one after the other. Complex but a real palate wrecker.

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Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of jplopez21
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Poupae
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
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 :-)

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Photo of ajzy
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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