Cyclops IPA - Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
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3.58/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
09-04-2013 05:05:26 | More by mactrail
3.5/5 rDev +2.9%
A: Poured a transparent deep orangish color with good carbonation leaving a decent white cap, light bubbles and moderate lacing
S: Smells of a fruit bouquet and thats about it
T: I swear they stole recipes from Deschutes. Deschutes tends to throw in copious amounts of Crystal and Pale malt which are very distinguishable. The hop bill provides some initial bitterness which lingers coupled with some light citrus fruits. The finish is a bit sweet, lightly slick.
M: Medium bodied, well carbonated with lts of lingering bitterness, not harsh but present
O: Not bad. I would probably drink again.
09-12-2012 01:49:40 | More by barleywinefiend
3.45/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a fairly typical (for a PNW IPA) orangeish-gold-amber color with just under an inch of white head that had OK retention and good lacing.
The aroma featured a good combination of citrus & floral hops, with some weed notes and a touch of pine at the back. There was just a bit of malt showing through the background. On the tongue, hop profile was mostly pine and citrus, with the other hops having a lower presence. There was a faint grain taste. A pretty typical PNW IPA.
The body was also fairly typical for the style, although a bit thin for my personal taste. Drinkability was very good, the beer went down smooth and finished easy. Overall, a fairly typical PNW IPA, in a good way. This beer is probably above the average and one I'll have again. This beer is certainly worth your time when you see it, and if you're a serious hop head, you'll probably want to trade for a bottle (or 2).
05-14-2012 19:03:07 | More by beertunes
3.43/5 rDev +0.9%
Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Cyclops IPA is dark gold with a white head leaving nice lace.
Smell is citrus hops and caramel, orange marmalade.
Taste is also fairly hoppy, nice citrus, not overly pungent, smooth bitterness. A little iced tea note from the crystal malt.
Mouthfeel is on the oily side, medium bodied.
Drinkability is pretty good, it's a solid IPA, but the orange marmalade is a little one note, I'd like to see more complexity from the hops. Decent though.
12-20-2011 04:58:11 | More by ccrida
3.83/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
05-26-2012 03:52:59 | More by LiquidAmber
4.11/5 rDev +20.9%
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.
11-16-2013 03:13:29 | More by drpimento
3.88/5 rDev +14.1%
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
11-19-2011 03:50:50 | More by Reidrover
3.14/5 rDev -7.6%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #77 (June 2013):
LOOK: Hazy gold, clingy foam head
SMELL: Ripe stone fruit, bready, musty
TASTE: Crisp carbonation, smooth, slick, malty sweet, bready, toasty, caramel, faint citrus, orange marmalade, herbal; grainy, dry finish
In a beer world seemingly dominated by IPAs, this one falls short of what most might expect: a pronounced hop character. Label boasts, “a cornucopia of five hop varieties, which yield striking flavor and aroma,” however, it’s really more of a Pale Ale, and an average one at that.
11-27-2013 22:17:13 | More by BeerAdvocate
3/5 rDev -11.8%
Took a chance on this one to share at my nieces OSU graduation get together. It didn't disappoint nor overwhelm.
Overall had a nice pour, good head, not very strong on the nose. Hops came through as a bit grassy, floral.
First taste hops a little bit up front, but again not overwhelming-more in the piney meets citrusy area. I prefer a bit more. Got a a fairly balanced mix of hops to malt, but a little lite on the mouthfeel and hops. Pretty good, just a tad thin for my preferences.
Overall, I would drink it again. As a cheaper option than many of the other bombers offered up at the store, I'd probably buy it again.
06-18-2012 19:17:55 | More by 2beerdogs
3.55/5 rDev +4.4%
22oz bomber, no dates.
Deschutes tulip glass.
A: Pours a slightly hazy bright orange color. Not a lot of head. Only about a quarter finger of bright white head.
S: Smells of mild grapefruit and cat pee astringency. I get a good amount of pale malt breadiness in there as well.
T: Up front you get some hop bite, but it's by no means a bitter hop bomb that I was expecting. It's more of a fruit hop: grapefruit and peach, than pine. The malt really takes over this beer in the middle of the mouth. Don't know if that is intention or age. You get a lingering hope dryness on the back end.
M: Light to medium bodied.
O: Overall, I have to go B- on this one. Is it bad, no. But it really tastes more like a pale ale to me, and no where near the best pale I have had recently either.
04-02-2012 20:33:14 | More by inlimbo77
Cyclops IPA from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.