Cascade Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by mrfrancis:
3.2/5 rDev -12.3%
A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a puffy, lingering white head.
S: Strong aromas of lemon, lime, and orange are present on the nose. The malty aromas of biscuits and caramel displayed by most of the other beers in this series are oddly absent here. A little one-dimensional.
T: Notes of lemon, lime, bitter orange, kumquat, caramel, herbs, and biscuits flit across the palate, failing to leave much of an impression. The finish is muddled with a jumble of citrus and herb flavors.
M: Medium bodied, firm, and dry. If this beer tasted better, it would be far more drinkable.
O: I'm seriously disappointed by the fact that none of the flavors really separated for any length of time. As a result of this, this ale seems unbalanced and a bit insubstantial. Not bad, but definitely a missed opportunity.
11-11-2011 03:30:53 | More by mrfrancis
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3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured into a stadard pint glass a hazed,murky burnt orange with tight formed 1/2 finger clingy white head that never really completely settled leaving globs of lace behind.Light citrus in the nose along with some sweetish caramel malt,the cascades wich are a good aroma hop seem a bit subdued really.Again on the palate there is a bit of a citric quality and light resin but its intertwined with a hefty caramel/biscuit malt base.Its a decent beer but not a real showcase of cascade hops in my mind.
07-09-2010 20:34:08 | More by oberon
4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
A 12oz bottle with drink by 8/1/11 on the cap. In a pint glass the beer was a hazy amber with a thick tan head. Good retention. It had a pungent citrus aroma, with some sweet malt. Taste of grapefruit and malt. Well-balanced, nice beer. Could be a good session beer, but the price of $7.00 per bottle would preclude drinking a lot of these.
11-01-2009 12:23:37 | More by lordofthewiens
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
11.2 ounce bottle. "on sale" for $2.99 at DeCicco's, in Ardsley, NY. 08/01/11 on the cap....best before dating? If so this one should still be in pretty good shape, according to the manufacturer..so lets see.
Pours hazed and murky very dark amber. The head is light tan and staying. Goes to a nice looking tiny buble film, and low sheeting and slippery moderate lacing.
Muted dusty hops in the nose.
Hopped up ale. Bitter, smokey, gritty and quite dry. Cascades feeling their oats here. Even though I know this is not the freshest sample, the hops are up front, potent and flavorful. Enjoyable take on a very popular American style.
12-17-2010 02:34:56 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev +9.6%
Pours an orange color with a large white head. The aroma is orange, with some of the pithy orange character as well. The flavor is caramel malt, orange and other citrus. The finish is nice and bitter and there is some pine in there as well. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.
02-10-2010 17:30:00 | More by Mora2000
4.35/5 rDev +19.2%
Reviewed from notes consumed 08/18/09
Poured from a 12oz bottle into an over-sized wine goblet. Firm pour evokes a thin rocky 1/4 inch of off white head. Head sticks around and leaves a spotty lace. Color is a very dark brownish cloudy orange.
Nose- Heavy over ripe citrus, orange, and grapefruit feature. Carmel, some spice. Tangerine and vanilla.
Pallate- Fantastic. Wonderful caramel, some biscuit. The Cascade hops feature. Bright floral citrus, grapefruit, lemon, some tangerine. Sharp and pronounced bitterness in the finish. Finishes dry with a bit of sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated, dry.
Drinkability- Good, but a little pricey at $5 a bottle
09-23-2009 00:17:53 | More by Kraken
4.3/5 rDev +17.8%
11.2 oz bottle poured into a standard pint. 20/12/11 on cap. had this side by side with the chinook single hop.
pours out a orange almost bordering on brown, pretty cloudy. big beautiful frothy off white head. great retention and some really nice lace.
has a nice balance, hops are not in your face like the chinook. grapefruit citrus is there but not super noticeable. hop resins are noticeable however. balanced by a sweet caramel malt, grains, and a little alcohol heat.
has a very nice balance of grapefruit citrusy hops, resiny sharp bitterness, sweet caramel/ slightly biscuity malts, and alcohol heat. lots of bitterness in the finish.
medium to almost heavy in body, lots of resins and oils attacking the palate after each sip. perfect amount of carbonation.
i wish these came in six packs and werent so expensive, because these are some great tasting, highly drinkable ipas.
a great learning expierience this was, a great idea to try as many as you can side by side. ill be searching for more. out of the 2 i had, the chinook was better IMHO, but they were both delicious! try em if you can!
10-28-2010 23:52:35 | More by dogfishandi
3.23/5 rDev -11.5%
Pours a deep auburn, what I don't understand about the Mikkeler single hop series, is that the colors of the beer are all different? I thought it was the same beer, except the hops were different? Hops don't lead to such a pronounced difference in appearance do they?
Good aroma, typical grapefruit high bitterness to this one. Zesty. Standard taste, bitterness overwhelms the slightly sweet malt flavor, hoppiness stays prickly, a definite companion with spicy food. Carbonation is good. A pretty standard ipa, generously hopped, malt sweetness, caramel.
As usual, the price point on Mikkeller's single hop series is way above what is reasonable thereby hurting its overall score. Almost $6 for a single hop cascade. . . or $7 for a 6pack of SN beer using cascade hops? Seriously.
06-08-2011 15:49:32 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
Single bottle from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.
Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of faint citrus hops with a bitter aroma backed by sweet malts.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front followed by faint citrus hop flavors. The bitterness hits earlier than in most IPA's - about midway through the sip - and carries on until the end.
Mouthfeel is good. Nice thickness and carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could drink a few of these.
Overall this is a no-frills IPA that's on the lighter side of the flavor profile. Worth a shot.
04-17-2009 00:35:09 | More by glid02
3.08/5 rDev -15.6%
Enjoyed at the International Tap House Mikkeller Single Hop night.
Recipe from Mikkeller:
67% Pilsner, 11% Cara, 11% Munich II, 11% Oats
Hop additions were at 60 minutes, 15 minutes, whirlpool, then dry hopped for 100 IBUs.
Started at 1.063, finished at 1.010
Since the malt in all of these beers are the same, Im going to focus just on the hops...
Light citrus aroma. Not what I was expecting. Low overall perception of bitterness. Has a drying effect the others dont seem to have. Tastes of mostly a dirty, light spicy, somewhat citrus jumble. Not nice
Used many times in a homebrew, but will now exclusively use it as a whirlpool and dry hop addition...
05-28-2010 15:12:25 | More by coryking
3.18/5 rDev -12.9%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a deep dark orange body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles supporting a creamy head of light tan.
S- The caramel malt flavor dominates with a fruity quality to it and a mineral note in the finish. This has the aroma of unhopped Liquid Malt Extract.
T- A yeasty spice note with a green pungent note in the finish is soon challenged by a caramel sweetness that grows as the beer warms. There is an herbal green quality that lingers.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a big fizz that combines with the hop bitterness in the finish. There is a soft alcohol heat noted in the finish.
O- Not sure if this was the correct label for this beer I didn't find any signs of Cascade hops or an IPA in there. It was all just bitterness from hops which was only hindered by the big fizz that made it more bitter. The sweet caramel malt was nice.
06-22-2011 21:35:54 | More by rhoadsrage
4/5 rDev +9.6%
330ml bottle, 6.9% ABV.
This beer pours a murky, darkly burnished amber hue, with a teeming amount of dense, rocky, foamy head, which leaves a few layers of striated cloud lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.
It smells of bitter citrus rind - orange and tangerine - some sharp grapefruit pith, piny, floral hops, and a crisp, crackery graininess. The taste is sweet caramel and biscuit malt, tangy orange cream, a twinge of grapefruit oil, which gets immediately tramped on by some surging herbal pine hop notes, all underlain by a soft boozy warmth.
The carbonation is nice and lifting, quite structurally sound, the body a placating medium weight, and rather unencumbered in its smoothness. It finishes sweeter than I would have imagined, the caramel and biscuit malt duo hanging tough, though the Cascade hop's many irons aren't cold just yet.
A rather tasty incarnation of this ongoing (in terms of shipments to my hood, I suppose) single hop series, if I must say. Bitter fruit and malt, well in balance, as this particular hop is evidently capable of carrying the whole show.
08-21-2012 03:53:32 | More by biboergosum
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
12 oz bottle. Expensive but worth it for the education.
App: fluffy tan head over a cloudy amber body
Smell: very distinct. I would say the strongest aroma is over ripe strawberries. A bit of resin.
Taste. Subdued malt fades into Fruity hops. A bit of ruby red and a berry after taste. End with a firm, dry bitterness and a touch of caramel malt.
07-19-2010 23:45:12 | More by emsroth
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
A decent IPA, shared with Milos et al. Orangey body with an attractive small white head. Citrus aromas. The taste is on the higher IBU side, some orange. I have had more enjoyable beers employing cascade hops. Still decently drinkable without shredding the palate. A palate cleaner.
03-11-2010 12:43:11 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +9.6%
sampled this one at brasserie V, sampled side by side with the single hop nelson sauvin and east kent golding
appearance: served in a la chouffe glass - hazy copper amber body, light white ring
smell: distinctively cascade - grassy, floral green hops, pine, bitter citrus
taste: cascade is one of my favorite hops - nice pine bitterness, orange peel, lush citrus. consensus of both tasters was that this was the 2nd best of the 3 noted above, behind the nelso sauvin single hop
mouthfeel: stinging cascade hops, nice bitterness
drinkability : good
05-08-2010 20:49:00 | More by dirtylou
2.75/5 rDev -24.7%
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. It's got a date stamp of 11/1/08 on the cap. Jeez, I didn't think this bottle was that old, as I had just bought it back in May.
Pours a murky orange amber, with a big foamy head of eggshell colored froth. Retains with about a 1/2 finger, with a good flareup that leaves pretty robust looking lacing back. The aroma is floral, with some spice, and a more earthy and herbal feel to the hops. Tropical citrus and some caramel malts are identifiable behind it. There just isn't a lot of pop here in the nose.
The taste starts with spicy, and a bit piney, bitterness, that is backed by much sweeter notes of citrus, caramel, and bread. Like the aroma, this is pretty herbal feeling at first. The hops give off a pithy presence in the backend, and pretty much run rampant past the finish, with an out-of-control spicy bitterness that REALLY dries this out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied at first, with a beyond silky feel, as this gets downright watery feeling at times. Some heat starts to come out as this warms, mixing with the intense bitterness of the finish, and pretty much cutting down the drinkibility for me.
At first I thought maybe the fact that this was an older bottle was going to hurt this (which I think it did in the aroma) but the age here was the least of this beers worries. Unbalanced flavors, too much warmth showing, and a watery body didn't do this any flavors. A disappointment, especially considering the hefty $7 a bottle price tag.
08-24-2009 12:15:14 | More by Kegatron
2.95/5 rDev -19.2%
This has a very soft nose. The taste of this beer was a little disappointing as I was hoping for more of that hop bite, but that is my fault for creating the expectation. The hops are presant, just not overpowering. The malt comes through more than the hop in my opinion. This beer was ok, but definitly not one of Mikkeller's best.
10-28-2011 05:54:55 | More by osusullins
4/5 rDev +9.6%
Cap date 23/12/11. Served from bottle into a COAST imperial pint. Poured a hazy red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout. THe aroma was comprised of malt and cascade hops (duh). The flavor followed the nose pretty much with a nice subtle hop bite at the end. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a very nicely balanced IPA. The malt selection here went really nicely with the flavor from the cascade hops. Making this one very drinkable and smooth. This is a definite must try.
09-15-2010 12:21:18 | More by thagr81us
3.33/5 rDev -8.8%
Pours a dirty blood orange color with a huge tight dense khaki colored head that slowly dissipated leaving some chunky ass lacing. The aroma is dry, if that is possible, citrusy but on the lemon and lime side; overall kind of a tart aroma. The same tart lemon and lime hop flavors follow in the taste. Definitely some asprin like dryness. Seems to be the anti-juicy hop brew. Can't say that I enjoy this hop flavor, seems to be more appropriate for drying and bittering. The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation, lightly malt sweet followed by the drying/bittering hop finish. By far the least flavorful of the single hop brews by Mikkeller, the only nice thing it doesn't have that double IPA sweetness that the others seem to have.
06-05-2009 04:31:06 | More by Gmann
Cascade Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.