Cascade Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by erz316:
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
bottle with 08/01/11 on the cap, poured into guinness tulip pint glass.
A - big three finger head, which has a light cream colour, perhaps it is a bit orange, pretty creamy for a non-stout. the body is a deep amber colour, a nice good orange-brown, maybe a bit of copper. head retains very well, and leaves a generous layer as the base covering; lacing is normal.
S - the only real note is the hops, and it isnt very complicated or strong. the most I can get out of it is a slight grapefruit pith flavour, and a bit of malts which add some sweetness. there also might be some orange peel or oil in the mix. on the whole not a very impressive display.
T - despite the weak nose the beer is quite tasty. sure as hell should be at 5 bucks a bottle! initial is almost cider like, I dont know what the hops are doing but it is nice. the cider like bitterness soon fades into the hoppy reality of the cascade order. its a slight grapefruit bitter, but mostly it is just hop bitterness. the finish is slightly sweeter, but the lack of much change rushes one into the aftertaste pretty quickly, which is a simpel grapefruit taste with slightly dry alcohol somewhere in the far background.
MF&D - the mouth is very weird, its big and carbonated but in such a way that all the beer turns into foam in my mouth, making this odd 'cloudy' feeling. I like it. there is so much carbonation the brew almost feels a bit grainy, as if the bubbles were giving the liquid a tactile texture.
Serving type: bottle
09-11-2009 04:16:58 | More by erz316
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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.