Cascade Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by SupaCelt:
2.65/5 rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Pours with a bit of Munich malt orange hue. Not much head and scant lacing. Light on carbonation.
The nose is all malt. Loads of crusty caramel abound. Cascades are virtually nonexistant.
The taste again is malt forward. Caramel and nearly cloying sweetness with just a faint bitterness from the low alpha acid Cascades and a twinge of spicy muted pepper.
Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy and begs to support more intensity and to have more complexity thrown into it.
Not impressive really. About 2.8 stars. It is astounding that it doesn't flaunt a gorgeous bouquet, and the malt heaviness is a bit overpowering. Not sure if this thing died out on the shelf before I purchased it, but for $5.99 for 11.2 ounces it is a bitter disappointment. Wasn't expecting much in the way of complexity from a single hop IPA, but this one proved to be far less interesting than hopefully presumed. Strengthens my stance on avoiding imports apart from Belgian Trappistenbier and Unibroue.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2011 00:54:09 | More by SupaCelt
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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.