Cascade Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by SFLpunk:
4.22/5 rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Cap dated 23/12/11. Purchased from Bruisin Ales in Asheville, NC.
Pours a somewhat hazy deep mahogany reddish brown with thick creamy off-white head that has great retention and leaves LOTS of lacing. Nose is oh-so-West Coast. Pine pine resin/sap, lots of grapefruit both yellow and pink and some dry/earthy notes. Caramel sneaks in and mingles about as well. Smell is very bright and definitely what I'd describe as "hoppy." (More so than the East Kent Golding).
Palate is crisp and snappy with hop bitterness and some pleasant astringency. Reminds me of soap in some way - not in a bad "soapy" way but something is there with the grapefruit. I guess it just really tastes "clean" if that makes any sense. Lots of bitter grapefruit and some feathery Douglas fir-like earthiness. Fairly long finish for an IPA.
This is a great single hop. I've really enjoyed this series for its educational merits, but this one is quite pleasant to drink and I wish I had two bottles...or three...
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2010 03:18:53 | More by SFLpunk
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4.08/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
It is fascinating how such a ubiquitous hop can taste so different across beers as a function of the other parameters of brewing (malts, yeast, mash schedule, temperature, etc). This was not what I was expecting on the basis of many classic American pale ales and even other IPAs that feature Cascade prominently. 2nd batch bottle poured into an English pub glass. Pours a dark reddish honey/amber hue with ample beige head. The malt backbone on these Mikkeller single hop ales is quite hefty, with some dark Munich in there to add a lightly roasted sweetness. The malts come through to varying degrees across the beers (which is itself rather fascinating, unless maybe age is the main factor), and this exemplar is rather malty. Rich toffee and almost smoky molasses come across on both the nose and the palate, along with robust tangerine and grapefruit flesh/rind. If you ever have someone ask you how the heck one can taste tangerine in beer, direct them here. There is a decent dose of pine as well, faint chocolate and brown spice tea bag, and a rather chewy body coupled with fairly tame carbonation. I don't know. I dig the malts in these Mikkeller single hops, although they may yield pretty unique rather than "classic" hop flavor profiles, in combination with the yeast used. Cascade is rarely this much of a tangerine bomb and on this occasion the malts do not overshadow the star of the show (cf. Bravo). Sorry if this review reads like a brewing textbook. I will say that its a hoot to track down and compare these brews.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 00:13:30 | More by CalgaryFMC
Cascade Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.