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Cascade Lakes IPA - Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

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Cascade Lakes IPACascade Lakes IPA

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BA SCORE
79
okay

24 Ratings
THE BROS
56
awful

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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"For those hop lovers out there, this is the beer for you. It is a traditional American Style I.P.A. featuring a significant amount of Northwest hops balanced with a hefty grain bill. If this beer doesn't make your taste buds scream hops then we don't know what will."


Grains: 2-Row, Munich, Crystal, Carapils
Hops: Chinook, Amarillo
Original Gravity: 1.060
Final Gravity: 1.014
I.B.U.'s: 65
Alcohol: 6.0

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-19-2002)
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-23-2013 00:26:25 | More by bluckbeyes
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shelby415

Oregon

3/5  rDev -11%

02-12-2012 08:21:29 | More by shelby415
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NWer

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass at the brewery in Bend. Perfectly clear golden yellow appearance. No head. Often the case at bars. Taste is mildly hoppy up front with a flowery finish. Very smooth.
I enjoyed this beer a lot and am puzzled by the low ratings.
Try it and decide for yourself if you get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 19:35:45 | More by NWer
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I remember this as being one of the first orangeish ipa's I had back in the day. Mild aroma, combination of malt sweetness, bubblegum yeast and bitter hops.

Taste, really muddled, not massively hopped by any means, but the chinooks can sometimes really bitter up a beer. Amarillos must be used sparingly, as I did not pick them up in the aroma, and I pretty much think that is Amarillos only place in a beer for the most part. Really delivers the bitterness, but would like either more hop mouthfeel, or a better caramel presence instead of what seems like a lager/pilsner type of malt bill from this one. The hops are definitely not piney, and I guess grapefruit would be the go to cliche simply based on the bitterness.

I like the price though, which is always worth a .5 on the overall score.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 21:20:32 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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djbreezy

Washington

3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a standard pint glass.

appearance - gold, average head and lacing

smell - some citrus hops and malt

taste - grapefruit and citrus hops, pale malts, fairly well balanced

mouthfeel - medium body, good carbonation

overall - much better than i expected considering the rating and reputation, didn't really disappoint

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 23:04:59 | More by djbreezy
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RJLarse

Washington

2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought a bomber of Cascade Lakes IPA in an Oregon grocery store. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color and is crystal clear. Small white bubbly head, is unremarkable.

Smell is faint, but a sweet citrus aroma, lemon blossoms and oranges.

The taste is a bit off. There is as strong pine bitterness upfront, and then an odd grain flavor like corn or rice. It just doesn;t have that citrus punch you might expect, and the grain is more than oe would expect from the style.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, perhaps a bit thin and watery, but not bad.

All in all a drinkable IPA, but an unremarkable one. I doubt I'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 01:02:35 | More by RJLarse
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. See-thru gold with a haphazardly constructed head of some small, some large bubbles. OK retention and lacing.

Nice nose, lightly malty with strong pine and, to a smaller degree, grapefruit and sweeter citrus. Perhaps a few stray floral notes. Tastes pretty much the same, although the aggressive carbonation seems a bit over the top, taking the edge off everything but the piney bitterness. On the bright side, the malt profile is fairly crisp and lightly sweet. It seems like it could easily be better with a few tweaks, and actually, it’s not a bad take at all on a piney IPA. Too many excellent options in Oregon for this one to be memorable, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 19:34:21 | More by PDXHops
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Elimination

Oregon

2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look is a golden copper, strong white head, very fluffy

smell very faint hops, green apple, a bit of barely, wheat bread and a bit of corn

taste: the corn taste comes up strong, almost like sucking on a corn cob....very little hops at all, bitterness is low. has a subtle sweetness that is almost enjoyable

mouthfeel is semi nice, strong bubbles, a medium thickness.

drink is ok, not something i would normally get but was only a 2 buck bomber so i picked it up

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 02:17:43 | More by Elimination
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velmalikevelvet

California

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 22oz-er into chilled mug.

Poured an almost-clear yellow gold with a creamy, bubbly but limited (~1/2") head which dissipated quickly leaving little trice on the surface or the glass.

Aroma is a heady yeast that hits immediately, but is replaced almost immediately with a buttery scent. Not overly aromatic.

High-hopped out front with loads of grapefruit, but leaves a fairly bitter aftertaste, probably due to the massive 90 IBU count.

Light in the mouth, with that lingering bitterness, probably best suited to hot weather & spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 00:42:25 | More by velmalikevelvet
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy gold with a tight, quarter inch head of white. Spotted lacing and a partial skim coat throughout the glass.

Aromatics are laced with sappy pine, grapefruit, cut grass, and tangerine. A trace of biscuity malt in the background. Earthy, hoppy, and very fresh.

Medium bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel. Slightly chaulky with a hint of tacky honey.

Bright, citrusy hops lead off the palate along with light, husky malt to balance. Grapefruit pulp, spruce dew, and gummy resins.

Finishes with a lingering, solid bitterness, warming alcohol, and plenty of grapefruit and pine.

This ones drinking really fresh and will be drained quickly. Nice job.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 23:01:04 | More by brewandbbq
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Ranbot

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Docer for this 22oz bomber. Poured into a imperial pint glass. Nice golden body. An aggressive pour created only ~1/2 inch of white head that quickly subsided. Some minor lacing. Nice citrus hop aroma with a touch of pine. The taste is mostly citrus hops followed up with some floral and pine notes. More pine as it warms up. The mouthfeel is light with moderate to low carbonation for an IPA (probably why there wasn't much head either). The body is light and easy to drink. I think I'd like a little more carbonation in this, but otherwise, is a good well-rounded and very drinkable IPA. There's nothing here that amazes me, but nothing turns me away either. I could see this being a nice go-to beer if I lived near the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 03:08:38 | More by Ranbot
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Docer

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a 22oz. bottle from Whole Foods to try.

- Nice light copper, and straw yellow clear color... fizzy white head down to a bit of lacing and a hefty ring.

- Fantastic fresh hop aroma... really loving the smell. Reminds me of the scent of that first crisp fresh beer in life. Piney and zesty hops with a slight sweet malt base... light pale...

- Fantastic hops again in the flavor... zesty, pine, light citrus... I think they used my favorite hops here. Certainly a fantastic hoppy ale and one I will certainly buy again. Quite a nice surprise. Slightly sweet caramel and sugar... perfectly balanced and fresh.

- Slightly syrupy, medium to light bodied... little chewy and drying due to bitterness.

- Huge drinking points. I could easily go through a tone of this stuff if I had it. Tasty, and great to drink. I highly recommend this brew. Wish I could brew it.

**** edit

After some more purchases, this brew came across as an extract brew to me... it really had a big extract taste to it, and hit the wrong spot with me.... therefor my review got edited and lowered.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 00:56:47 | More by Docer
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sunny Sunkist orange with radiant goldenrod trim. Although almost no tiny bubbles can be seen rising within the crystal clear liquid, the pale beige cap is at least three fingers in size. The upper surface is covered with hundreds of glassy bubbles that leave thick sheets of shotgun-blasted lace all over the upper portion of the pint glass.

The nose almost reaches that same level of quality. The Chinook and Amarillo hops (both good choices) need to be more pungent given the style. Apricot, orange and grapefruit ride along on a lightly toasted barley malt base. Not bad at all.

India Pale Ale is a pretty good India pale ale and is probably my second favorite Cascade Lakes beer to date (20 Inch Brown). It helps if you're a committed hophead since all 65 IBUs are present and accounted for. As always with IPAs, fresher is better if you can manage it.

It doesn't taste like there's a 'hefty grain bill', as the label reads. It tastes like malt sugars are jackhammered into near oblivion by alpha acids. Still, crystal and Munich malt provide a toasted breadiness and light nuttiness that gives the beer another dimension on top of the white grapefruit pith assault. A juicy peachiness is present as well.

In the end, I'm not groovin' on the flavor profile enough to go with the bigger score. Close, but no cheroot. Better than average is a good way to describe the mouthfeel. In terms of size and creaminess, it's closer to an IPA than an APA, so that's something.

Cascade Lakes India Pale Ale is one of those offerings that *almost* deserves higher taste and drinkability scores simply because it's abrasively hoppy. Brute force is always good in a beer of this style, but it needs something more to push it over the top.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 13:48:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden color, topped by a half-inch of creamy white head that lasts for a good long while. Aroma of slighlty sweet pale malt, fruity hops, and just the faintest whiff of some adjunct malt. Palate is moderately bitter up front, with notes of citrus and biscuit malt. Finish is a nice, lasting hoppy bitterness, though not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is just a touch thin and dry for the style, but is not distracting or out of place in any way. Certainly not the best northwest IPA I've had recently, but a decent one nonetheless, and definitely worth the ~$3 price it's been going for lately.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 07:19:37 | More by ElGordo
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Spikester

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large off white head clear amber body and plenty of lacings. Nice fruity citrus hop aroma. Taste is bitter citrus grapefruit orange hops with a good amount of sweet malts. A bit subdued for a modern IPA which made for an easy session. Mouthfeel was a bit thin but carbonation was fine. Alcohol was well hidden. Overall not a bell ringer but enjoyable anyway.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 23:20:26 | More by Spikester
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear tepid unappealing yellow/gold with a voluptuous rocky yellow-tinged head. It has impressive retention, and leaves behind some nice lacing. negative score for the color, plus for the head.

aroma is malty... smells line an english ipa. malt forward, a bit of caramel, a bit of vanilla. smells pretty decent, although not picking up a whole lot of hops.

whoah. there the hops are. bitter, herbal and pine hops. some funky vegetable hopping. a few off flavors on top of a heavy pine base. the malt is practically hidden. an intense "pure" bitter finish lasts seemingly indefinitely.

mouthfeel is fair. a bit over carbonated creates a bit of sharpness. a bit thin, a bit slick, a bit light. not bad, but not memorable.

I had high hopes for this one. maybe I like the redesigned label. maybe I'm a fan of the brewery because I like the name monkeyface porter. Maybe the hops are getting to me. but all in all, I definitely didn't like the beer, and struggled to finish this one. no more.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 08:49:19 | More by djeucalyptus
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

had this one on-tap at CL's Lodge in Bend.

Nice orange amber color with slight haze. Big head.

Flavor and aroma are hops, but it's rather sedated. Not getting much malt in there, certainly not a balance. Somewhat watery in the mouthfeel. Grainy finish and aftertaste. It is as sharp as an IPA should be, but its really thin, with a light body. I don't get the sticky resiny goodness that PacNW IPA's are known for. Based on the hops used (Amarillo/pearle) this also isn't an attempt at a traditional english IPA, not really sure where Cascade Lakes is going with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2008 02:07:41 | More by SurlyDuff
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite a whopping 90 IBUs (an egregious sum in my view) Cascade Lakes IPA is not agonizingly bitter. The aroma is bitter and exotic, but not overly so. The head is white and collapsed, the lace tight and solid.

There are two things this beer could use. One is a proper name. Calling this IPA “IPA” is like naming your dog “Dog”: a functional reference for certain, but a little short on imagination.

The second thing this beer could use is a touch more aromatics. Perhaps something a bit more floral. Just a thought.

Otherwise, everything is well accounted for here. This is a soft, creamy ale; surprisingly light gold and clear. The bitterness is abundant enough to please ardent hopheads, but not so overpowering as to frighten away your curious friends and neighbors.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2004 08:37:43 | More by RedDiamond
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

IPA was served at the Cascade Lakes Lodge in Bend. In the glass, the beer was a rich golden color, and was topped by a thick and creamy but strangely yellowish head. The nose was nicely complex, letting off a well-done spicy-herbal and citric hop bouquet that was supported by an good maltiness. The taste, however, was dissapointing. This beer aims to be a bigger, robustly hopped IPA, with an immediately spicy bitterness that lacks the proper malt support (which is odd considering the nice malt in the nose). A light citric note developed in the robustly (over)-bittered finish. The problems with this beer would likely be remedied with a bigger malt base. The mouthfeel also suffers from the lack of maltiness, being too thin for such a big IPA, though it was fairly smooth. The drinkabliity also suffered from the lack of balance.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2004 01:49:44 | More by HiroProtagonist
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at The Lodge, Bend ,Oregon.
The beer is a slightly orangy tinted dark golden in colour, slightly hazy.Good sized white head.
Quite a spicy aroma to this one,,apparently they used pearle and amarillo hops.
The taste starts quite sweet and malty for an IPA then the "grapefruit" flavour appearce then after that its all bitterness and nice.
Quite refreshing on the palate..dry finish.
Quite a nice balanced IPA definatlly not PNW style..but good none-the-less.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2004 19:34:01 | More by Reidrover
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beerguy101

California

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium copper color, very large head. Malty and very hoppy. Very flavorful. Smooth taste. Malts are slightly sweet. Hops are flavorful and slightly spicy, in the middle range of hoppyness for an IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2003 02:26:08 | More by beerguy101
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.33/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz short brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Over-carbonated which make the head insane looking after the overflowing froth subsides. The hazed tawny hue is raw in appearance.

Smell: Juicy fruitiness with some citric hop and a huge yeasty bite in the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Placid pale maltiness only shows a sweetness and some grain in the end. The residual dextrins beef up the body a bit. A biting yeast couples with the hop bitterness to make an odd mix. Some ale fruitiness hits middle to end. There is more yeast in the finish and it becomes bothersome on the palate.

Notes: I have had this on tap before but the bottle version just does not do anything for me … especially the over carbonation and the excessive yeast flavour.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2003 17:02:54 | More by Jason
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Gusler

Arizona

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another big head beer from the Northwest, this time a Cascade Lakes IPA, excessive in size, frothy, beige, and the lace after a lustrum of dissipation is a nice covering sheet. Light hop floral tones first up, followed by the malt sweetness, fresh and clean to the senses; start is also quite sweet, laden with malt, the top average in feel. Finish has a perky hop spicy bite, the acidity moderate, the aftertaste dry and quite long lasting. Decent IPA, more reminiscent of the English than American IPA, but that’s not a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 17:32:17 | More by Gusler
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of this IPA was a medium to medium-dark golden color, with a bit of haze. The head was frothy and abundant, with top-notch lacing! Nose displayed lots of grapefruity hoppiness...quite welcome! Very smooth, floral hop flavor throughout, from start to finish, with a very good mouthfeel. This bier hit the spot very nicely!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

417

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2002 16:06:34 | More by Bierman9
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