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Cyclops IPA - Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Cyclops IPACyclops IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

23 Reviews
THE BROS
73
okay

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Reviews: 23
Hads: 77
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Reidrover on 11-19-2011

"For the hop lover in us all, we present Cyclops IPA.
The substantial gravity is met by a cornucopia of 5 hop varieties, which yield striking flavor and aroma, that results in one of the more balanced and aromatic IPA offerings you’ll wrap your hands around."

Grain: 2- Row Pale malt, Crystal and Munich
Hops: Warrior, Willamette, Liberty, Cascade and Centennial
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 77
Photo of mactrail
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber color in the wine glass with a better than average foamy cap. Sudsy mouthfeel that lasts well. Just a whiff of something like Cascade hops, with the flowery and resiny notes.

The first sip is a little underwhelming since the hops are rather shy and it's on the murky side. However, it opens up into a sweet and tangy flavor. A pleasant spicy taste. The bitterness takes a while to appear, but it leaves a nice burn for the finish. Overall this is kind of soft and herbaceous, but then it turns sharper with some mineral flavors and the hoppy bite at the end.

If you're expecting a massive hoppiness, this could be considered to be an anemic IPA, but it's a warm and hoppy brew that turns out to be highly drinkable. It's just not a hop blast. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Pioneer Market in La Conner. Not a bad price. (828 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours hazy and orange/amber in color with a finger of sandstone head that fizzles quickly, resulting in a near barren, flat surface with a razor thin ring of suds encircling the edge of the glass. Spotty lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Heavy caramel malts are obvious; hops come in with a bit of floral and citrus quality. Light lemon-like sourness.

Taste - Follows the nose for the most part. Malts are almost too prevalent, as Heavy caramel, hints of butterscotch and a light breadiness can be found thoughout the profile. Hops do push through mid-taste with floral and citrus character to give this a slight hop edge, delivering a bittersweet finish that hits on orange and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel - On the heavier side of medium with moderate carbonation. Almost a lightly creamy texture that goes down nice and smooth.

Overall - Nothing spectacular or original, but I'm a sucker for caramel heavy IPA's. This one doesn't quite have the bright or aggressive hop profile of other caramel heavy IPA's that I prefer, like say Deschutes Inversion, but it's still a nice, drinkable brew for me. Odd that the bottle I'm drinking says 7.1% ABV while the default picture (and under brew description) says 6.9%; they must have tweaked the recipe at some point. (1,274 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy medium orange amber with a thin off white head that dissipates to a thick ring around the glass with lacing. Aroma of herbal hops, pineapple, sweet malt and a bit of citrus. Flavor is citrus with light fruit, floral elements. Finishes with light resinous hops and light fruit. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Flavor and hopping is somewhat subdued, but the fresh fruit and sweet malt backbone is unusual and enjoyable. This would be better with some more intense fresh hops flavor, but I enjoyed it as it is. Unusual enough that I will return to it. (611 characters)

Photo of djbreezy
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - transparent gold, white full head, medium lacing

Smell - citrus, flowery hops and sweet malts

Taste - mostly a balanced IPA, slightly hop forward. It the flavor profile of the hops are faint, floral and citrus notes

Mouthfeel - medium body, slightly oily

Overall - good hop flavor, could be a bit more pungent especially based on the brewery description (370 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Fred Meyer, Wilsonville. $3.79 Nice cloudy orange body with an absolutly lovelly head..thick,cream coloured and bubbly. Fine hoppy aromas..citric and flowery most powerful Taste is on the other hand a more resiny hop bitternesssweet at the end..semi sweet really..caramel malts..then another hop attack in the after taste Odd mouthfeel the hops seem to come in waves ..but its nice. Nice IPA (409 characters)

Photo of bhyndthebottle
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pretty good with a head that lasts. Smell is ok, but flavor is better. Only slight aromatics . Flavor is nice with malty lightly bitter and creamy finish. (160 characters)

Photo of muchloveforhops3
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into pint glass

Smooth caramel malt provides a base for piney hop notes; a touch of spice; smooth profile with a pleasant mouthfeel to boot; nothing mind-blowing, but enjoyable

While there are more favorable options out there with regard to the style, I agree that the current BA score (78/100) doesn't quite reflect the quality of this particular beer. (367 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served from 22 oz bottle...ordered through Letspour.
Poured in medium size Duvel glass...straw gold color with large head.
Aroma of lime, grass hops, slight sourdough bread.
Significant carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of grassy hops, white grapefruit rind, white pepper, white cranberry juice...let's give this 5 minutes...
Already...after 5 minutes there's a lingering head with lace, aroma of tropical fruit - cranberry, hops. Flavors have mellowed a tad in the spice realm, with the malts coming out stronger. Big and flavorful, not as bold as the Cyclop in the label design, but certainly not wimpy for an IPA. (617 characters)

Photo of cpolking
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly hazy orange copper in color. There is a short creamy and foamy head, that is off-white to light brown in color.

The aroma is sweetly and aromatically floral and grassy, citrus fruits and golden grains. I am intrigued by the aroma and can't wait to taste this.

The taste follows the aroma, this drinks like a dry-hopped lager or a hop forward American pale ale.

The finish is intensely bitter and dry, yet it drinks light and refreshing. It is hard to believe this is 6.9% ABV. Very nice. (519 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Geez I don't get all the ho-hum reviews of this- I really like it! Poured at a good temperature with a medium sized, foamy, cream-colored head that soon subsided to a light cover and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy orange amber with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is hops up front with resin, citrus, spice, malt in the background and a bit of wet cardboard. Flavor's much like nose with tang and hop on top a hint of sweet below. Body/carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, has some significant alcohol warmth, and is quite long. Very drinkable. (559 characters)

Photo of snohojimbo
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had reviewed this a couple years ago, and gave it a 3.75. Recently, while at a small store with a limited selection, they had 6-packs of Cyclops. So I got it, and was quite pleased. So I got it again and I really like this IPA. I think I had had it in a bomber the first time, maybe it was old, or who knows? So I will now give it a better rating! :) (352 characters)

Photo of Vancoubeer
4.21/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I felt like having and IPA and went for this one based on that brewers notes on the bottle and that it was an IPA rated at 65 ibus. It looks like it should. Its got that IPA color with some haze but not filtered to the max like some. Really nice white bubbles in the head. Looks tasty. The smell is awesome. Its not intense but there is that hint of the citrus you get from the hops and not bitterness. Really good dry hopping done on this to get the smell like this. However its very subtle bit its there. The flavor is as described. Hoppy but not in the bitter sense. It has a very balanced taste and all of the proper citrus flavors that should be there. Just the type I was hoping to purchase. It has a medium yet sticky mouthfeel due to the acidity from the hops that cleans your palate off waiting for more. Nice beer by a kind of small yet consistant local brewer. (871 characters)

Photo of bilbobrewer
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

IMO, this beer is a lot better than the reviews here indicate. If I had seen the rating here before buying it, I probably never wouldn't have, which would have been a mistake. I've had some really BAD IPAs that are scored in the high-80s here. Go figure.

It isn't a world-beater, but it's true to the style. Pours clear. The head dissipates a little quickly, but the beer leaves a decent lacing on the glass. The nose isn't too hoppy, but the taste is hoppy, resiny, and smooth. Very drinkable...... could see downing 4 or 5 of these quite easily, so at 6.9% abv congrats on that great bit of brewing skill. A good brew, I'd gladly have it again.

Good info on the label. A Brewed On or BB date would be a good addition. (738 characters)

Cyclops IPA from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.