Hopsmack - Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 7
Hads: 30
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: n/a
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: beertunes on 09-28-2012

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Reviews: 7 | Hads: 30
Photo of woemad
3.61/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle given to me as a gift by a coworker for volunteering to do something she was assigned to do, but felt she couldn’t due to an injury. I joked that she could repay me with a beer. She took me at my word, and got me this and a bottle of Ice Harbor IPA on her next foray to Total Wine. There’s no obvious freshness date on the bottle or the label. I’ve had nothing from this brewery before.

Poured a hazy shade of golden amber, with a thick and creamy off-white head. Lots of lace.

Bitter, citrusy and piney hops in the nose. Smelled like an old-fashioned PNW IPA.

Not as bitter in the taste as in the aroma, but the hops still lead the charge, just at a little lower amplitude than the nose led me to expect. The hop flavor is a little more herbal and tealike than I was expecting, but not to an unpleasant degree. Decent malt backbone.

Medium bodied, with a slightly oily mouthfeel. The carbonation seems a little low, though not enough to make it difficult to drink.

Certainly the price was right. It’s a decent IPA, and certainly easy to drink on this ridiculously hot day, but nothing that would inspire me to rush out and buy more, either, as both my favorite local IPAs still come out ahead. (1,219 characters)

Photo of solsurfer
3.49/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad new IPA. I was surprised at the overall taste. Definitely a NW IPA strong hop notes to start but not a bitter finish at all. Smooth and palatable. Not a session beer by any means but a great new addition. (214 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.72/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served into pint glass.

A – Pours a bright orange color with a nice white head, lacing left behind is nice as well.

S – Smells of sweet pale malts as well as nice bright tropical hop notes, bitter.

T – Tastes of sweet citrusy hops and bitter piney notes as well, balanced with a solid pale malt backbone.

M – Light-Medium in body, crisp and clean finish.

O – Nice overall, not extremely complex, but that's okay, very nice IPA here. (459 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber color with a two-fingered head; pretty impressive lacing job

Smell: Floral and tropical fruit tones - pineapple, papaya and lychee; a hint of strawberry

Taste: Perhaps a little bit of shortbread malt underneath but this is a showcase for the Citra hops, bringing bright tropical fruit and berry flavors that build through the finish; a touch of residual bitterness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am guessing this was re-formulated from the 2012 version, reducing the ABV and changing the hop bill; whatever was done, the result is quite pleasing

Thanks, JohnGalt1, for the opportunity (680 characters)

Photo of bilbobrewer
4.21/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saw this in Fred Meyers. I stumbled on Cascades' 20th Anniversary IPA a couple months ago and enjoyed it, and this one seems interesting...Citra!

Pours clear, darker gold. A thin head, no lacing to speak of. Big, biney nose. Taste reminds me of Laurelwood Workhorse IPA, but this has a slight bit more resin bite. Somewhat oily on the tongue, but not much astringency (Note: the label says 6.4% abv, this Ba website says 7.5% ,and the Cascade website doesn't even have this beer listed as of today...get to work, guys.)

Nicely citrusy as advertised, and I'll buy it again (....but a 'no' to the knuckle tatts). (620 characters)

Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.06/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I loved the different hops present in the smell and taste, but would have liked a little more bitterness. Lots of grapefruit and lemongrass, and overall a really good offering from cascade (188 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lightly hazy orangeish gold color with 1/2 inch of off-white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma had bigger citrus hops upfront with a solid malt base and a few floral notes in the back. On the tongue, the beer started out pretty much the same, but those hops were much more prominent, and the malts were relegated to a minor role. A tasty brew.

The body was good, full and even, without the harsh bite you sometimes find. Drinkability was very nice, you could easily have a few of these. Overall, a nice take on the style, a good brew that's worth a shot if you see it. (631 characters)

Hopsmack from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
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