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Cascade Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Cascade Single Hop IPACascade Single Hop IPA

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83
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231 Ratings
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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium. 1st batch 7.00%, 2nd batch 6.90% ABV.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, cara-crystal and munich), hops (cascade) and yeast.

(Beer added by: weeare138 on 04-07-2006)
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Photo of gfreed
4.83/5  rDev +32%

Leave it to the Belgians to brew an American-style IPA and do it better than most American breweries. This is an outstanding beer for the things that it *is* as well as the things that it is *not*. Dark-copper color with a dense head that lasts forever-- you can write your name in it. Plenty of IPA-ish citrus and pine aroma but nothing over the top; some flowers around the edges plus there's a good dose of malt smell. Loads of little bubbles swirl from the bottom of the glass. The taste is simply outstanding: malty up front; good citrus tones with grassy edges and flowers tagging along just before the dry but not bitter finish. The abundant bubbles provide provide an excellent bite.

For my taste in AIPAs, the aroma, flavor and sharpness of this beer are perfect. It isn't stuffed with hops for the sake of being stuffed with hops, it isn't boozy and it isn't screaming for attention. If you like to numb your taste buds with ostentatious IPAs from the West coast, this beer will be terribly disappointing. Your loss.

gfreed, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of FiddleTilDeath
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%

A - Poured from 12oz bottle - half inch of head dissipates to a thin layer with aesthetic lacing. Appears clear - a pleasant, soft, orange.

S - Sweet pale malts are noted but overtaken quickly by the resinous hops, which are also quite floral and citrusy.

T - The full flavor of the cascade hops is on parade here. The initial bitterness is tempered by delicious tangerine/grapefruity flavor notes. This is a Zen hop experience and as so, aggressively hopped. Just enough malt for this to work - not necessarily well-balanced, but on par for a single hop IPA. Aftertaste is enjoyable and longlasting. It includes some earthy and woody vanilla that increases as the beer warms. The yeast flavors add to the depth and, wait... hop overload... Piney, resiny, bitter citrus dominates. Deep.

M - Mouthfeel just rocks. Carbonation is slightly above average. Hops are almost to the point of feeling chewy, but stop just short of being over the top.

D - For a homebrewer or beer geek, this is Cascade heaven - just enough malt and insane cascade depth without being completely overhopped, this is riding the tight-rope of balance way on the edge. I want to drink more and faster but the price makes me sip slowly to enjoy every drop. Easily quaffable but so packed with flavor anything but sipping is just crazy. I wish this was available cheaper and in 6 packs! Great series from Mikkeller, I think Warrior is my favorite so far. After this beer, 21st Ammendment IPA was very mild; if you must drink another beer after this, make sure that it is bold!

FiddleTilDeath, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of headlessclown
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%

33cl bottle poured into 25cl Heineken glass
Date on bottle: 23/12/11

A: Generous 3-4 cm white head that slowly dissipates to leave medium lacing. Amber colour with a hint of haze, but not a lot.

S: Good balance between citrus (orange?) notes and floral hops rounded out by the malt. Not overpowering and very pleasant.

T: Taste backs up the smell, with citrus and malt followed up by the hop bitterness - but again, not overpowering. Taste becomes more evident as the drink warms up.

M: Moderately creamy and easy to swallow. I couldn't feel any carbonation towards the end as it warmed up.

D: A good example of its type, and one of the better Mikkeller Single Hop beers I've had. Feels more drinkable than 6.9% ABV. I already want another one. A tad pricey but I'd certainly go back to it again.

headlessclown, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Rickythejeweler, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Pours a cloudy amber with a good head and good retention, leaves clouds/chunks of lacing.

Big aromas of malt and floral hops.

Taste is malty with a floral, fruity hoppiness typical of Cascade hops.

Body is medium with good level of carbonation, giving this a creamy mouthfeel.

A very drinkable brew showcasing the Cascade hops variety. Have yet to compare with other hop varieties in the Mikkeller series, but this is very well done and at 6.9% ABV, very drinkable.

Beerenauslese, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
4.5/5  rDev +23%

A: Hazy orange/amber color; some solids floating. Poured a 2 finger tan head with excellent retention to a dollop. Decanted lightly. Webs of thick laacing.

S: Pungent citrus and grapefruit. Sweet, bready caramel malt comes through as well. Very nicely balanced nose.

T: Malt more up front. Resiny citrus and grapefruit dominate the middle. Sharp bitter with resiny hops lingering a bit. Nicely balanced.

M: Medium to full body. Ample carbonation. Smooth, resiny and dry.

D: Very well-balanced without giving-in on hop or malt character.

Haybeerman, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of mbs11
4.5/5  rDev +23%

mbs11, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.43/5  rDev +21%

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a decent head. Wonderful aromas of sweet juicy orange and grapefruit with just the right touch of sweet malt to balance the hops. Tastes of spicy orange up-front followed by a blast of grapefruit pith and pine. Very nice! Dry and spicy in the mouth, this is a delicious beer- quite bitter and drying in the finish. I love the idea of these single hop beers, and even better I've really enjoyed the excellent execution. Kudos!

Georgiabeer, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%

Bottle. Pours a dirty orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of floral hops and lots of sweet tropical fruits. Awesome. Flavor of bitter grassy hops initially with some piney hops and a sweet fruity finish. I have enjoyed all of the Mikkeller Single Hop series thus far and this just might be my favorite. Yum!

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of drpimento
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%

Damn good single hop IPA! Poured with light tan thick foamy frothy head and lots of lace. Color is a very cloudy medium amber. Aroma is mainly cascade hops and backed with malt and a little burnt sugar plus the fruitiness of the hops. Flavor's about the same. Not as easy drinking at the warrior was. A little more fruity. Good body and carbonation. Finish is cascade and has some length.

drpimento, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of Kraken
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%

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

Kraken, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of timtim
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%

i don't know... maybe this is a beer that has inconsistancies from bottle to bottle or maybe beer distributor to beer distributor because mine is really looking and smelling wonderful. love the beer 101 series. muddy, murky, burnt-orange with an off white head that really holds and leaves webby lace all over. very nice. nose is like smelling a tagerine flavored grapefruit in a pine forest all on top of some rather caramelly, biscuity malt. looks like with the exception of the hops, all the other ingredients are the same, but this one seems to exhibit more caramel and less bread/biscuit. taste is damn good actually too, and even though the hops play the main stage for sure, there is definitely a lot going on behind them, and not only do we get a lesson in hop varietal, we get a good feel of what role the malt and yeast play as well. plus, it all retain a tiny bit of balance. good one mikkeller. very bitter finish that leaves the taste of grass and grapefruit on the palate for a while. tons of fun. stop hating. these guys make great beer.

timtim, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%

Pours a quite earthy burnt orange colour with metallic sheen. Head is huge and beige - surprisingly dark, really, sinking nicely on top with little craters and sparse webbing on the sides. Some trails of lace left behind. In black and white this beer would look incredible, but I think it's a tad dark for the style.

Smells cascadey. Ooh yeah. Lots of sweet caramel malt underlying the big hop notes. Masses of different levels of citrus coming off that. Sweet tangerine is dominant, with lots of tart lemon zest, a tartaric sherbety note as well as some beautiful tropical pineapple as well. Fruity zesty hop notes at their very best. Let's face it, Cascade aroma hops are just a winning formula.

Taste is nice, but not as nice as the nose. Light caramel malt note on the front, with a touch of brown sugar. Hops are noticeable early with a citric rind bitterness and touches of pine resin. Whispers of tartaric character and more earthy soil-like notes on the back. It's all very tasty, but the bitterness really rides the mouth like a bitch after it's all over. Reminds me why I tend to use cascade in conjunction with other hops for bittering. Flavours are lovely but there's something a bit dirty about that aftertaste.

Good body, holds itself well and slips down nicely if a little dry.

Yeah, Cascade in an IPA. It just works. I know it, you know it, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø knows it too, and hear he shows why.

laituegonflable, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%

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!

dogfishandi, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a murky copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a full cascade citrus and a touch of ester.

The taste consisted of a juicy citrus hop and featured a light caramel and subtle ester.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very good single hopped IPA.

plaid75, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

11.2 Oz bottle poured into pint glass side by side with the warrior version. Very similar huge frothy heads from a vigorous pour with long retention. Sticky, soapy lacing on both, maybe a bit more lacing on the cascade. Aroma is of juicy citrus and plenty of sweet malts. Taste is quite smooth with nice bitterness and a decent sweetness for balance. Little bit of spiciness and some unique flavor. I expected more of a pine/grapefruit bite from this hop but what the he'll do I know? Great ipa.

KickbacksSteve, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

Poured from a chilled bottle into my Uprising chalice at Novare Res. It has an opaque, dark orange appearance. There is a thin white head. There is no visible carbonation, but it is a dark beer, so any rising bubbles may be hidden from view. The aroma is surprising. I can smell sweet malts and some fruity hops. They work very well together. It has a crisp, dry bitter flavor. It's very hoppy! It starts out bitter, then bitter flavors return anew in the finish. Not surprisingly, there is a bitter aftertaste as well. It actually tastes slightly creamy at first. It has a world class level of flavor. It has a lighter medium body. It's hard to tell if the tickle I feel on my tongue is due to the carbonation or the bitter hops. It feels good either way. I find it to be very drinkable for a bitter beer. I wouldn't want an entire 4/6 pack, but I could easily finish this bottle. With just these 12 ounces, I won't get tired of the bitter hops.

ToasterChef, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

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...

SFLpunk, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%

I picked up a bunch of gems at Bruisin this past weekend and this was another one of them. The chance to try three solid and very different versions of a style with each is having only a single hop variety is something too good for me to pass up. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/23/2009.

Appearance 4.5 - Again, the pours on all of these are just stellar. Nice amber color, very clear with a huge head of white on top that really only gradually fades, never getting down much lower then about an inch, really very well done.

Aroma 4 - Lots of grapefruit notes that were cut with a nice bready backbone. I would have thought it would have been a bit more blunt but I still thought it worked very well in the end.

Taste 4 - Started with a clean and crisp hit of citric hops but it was mellowed far too fast on me but a nice touch of bready tones. Decent overall but I really just thought it could have had a little bit more of a pungent touch to it. I still would not turn it down and it did seem to work.

Feel 4.5 - Awesome feel again. All three of the ones I tried this weekend all were about the same. Rich carbonation, nice medium body that was not too thick nor too light. Really held up very well, and were just done about as spot on as I could have asked for. Rich, clean, crisp.

Drinkability 4.5 - Again I could have easily had another one of these as soon as I finished the first one. Very high drinkability here.

Overall - Solid as could be. They really hit a home run with these releases for sure. I will continue to go after them as they are just really solid all around IPA's from start to finish.

mikesgroove, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of Dotcubed
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%

After having a ridiculously cold Fat Tyre Sunday at one of the local Red Srone's I thought this would make up for it.

It's been in the fridge for a while, maybe a few weeks.

Poured it into my Sam Adam's glass & quickly notice it foaming.
Generous amount of head, I had to stop with almost 2 inches of beer left. Pleasant looking orange color. Really good foam.

Fresh smelling, citrusy. Fresh tangerine rinds. Hint of grapefruits.

Clearly an IPA made for the IPA pallet. Crisp, bitter pungency that feels like liquid grapefruit rind. Some malt in the end that hint at biscuits.

Medium light body that has has sticky lace.

I'd like to see how this changes over several years; the cap is dated 08-01-11.

Dotcubed, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%

maybe my favorite of the single hop series so far. this one has a strong woody taste to it, along with the bitter and just a tad of citrus. pours medium amber in color, maybe a little darker than a few of the others, with a frothy and thick lasting tan head. the nose is quite woody. not oak or pine, but something else, fresh and wet, with bold earthy hops and more yeast that americans are used to in their ipas. the taste reminds me a lot of founders centennial ipa really. its got that same robust pungent woody bitter hop complexion, which leads me to the conclusion that cascade and centennial hops are quite similar. someone correct me if im wrong here. finishes yeasty and bitter, like all good mikkeller beers in this style. feel is lush and full bodied, excellently carbonated, and a real joy to drink. i wish i has a 6pack of this, as its one id go back to again and again. woth the 6 or 7 bucks you pay for a single.

StonedTrippin, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of cdizinno
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass.

A: Orange amber color. Clear with a nice off-white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Floral and citrus, some mango and mild piney undertones.

T&M: Seems to be much more bitter than the label indicates - 38 IBU. Medium bodied, smooth and exactly as it smells. Floral, citrus, and mildly piney.

This Cascade is not great by itself. However, Cascades are used in Ruination and many others that have become my favorite IPA's. These single hopped beers are a really good wake up call to the fact that the mixture of hops, along with malts and other ingredients, makes a big, big, big difference as to the end result.

cdizinno, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a dark, cloudy orangeish brown with a robust 3 finger white head. Lacing is decent, but I *hate* the way the beer looks...most of the Mikkeller single hops are real cloudy like this, and I don't like it at all

S- the hops smell really sweet and juicy, and the smell is pretty strong and nice...kind of reminds me of Jello. Nevertheless, it's awesome.

T- a little sweet. Not overwhelmingly so. A touch of bitterness in there too. It's a little mild, but what I'm getting is very good

M- man, this is pretty thick...but then again, aren't all the single hops? I have no idea what I've rated each one, but this is a little thick for a single IPA

D- it's a really good beer. Totally drinkable. After drinking this, I've realized that I apparently really like cascade hops

bigfnjoe, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orangey color and a clear consistency. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head and some very good lacing.

S: Big, complex aroma of hops, malt, some yeast and a citrus element.

T: Tasted of malt, very bitter hops, and citrus. Nicely done, but the bitterness can be a bit much.

M: Highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light-bodied. As I said before, the hoppy bitterness lingers around a little too long in the aftertaste.

D: Even with some of the drawbacks, this is a drinkable beer. It's complex and holds your attention.

avalon07, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev +12%

Pours a cloudy orange-brown with a dense light tan head that leaves plenty of lace all down the glass. Also some floaties -- a fair amount of chunks in the glass.

The aroma is excellent, citrus and a little grassiness and some sweet malt.

The taste is surprisingly more complex than I was expecting. Some peppery spice, notes of orange juice and a little pine and grass as well. And there is a decent malt backbone as well throwing in a little caramel and toffee.

The mouthfeel is really nice, smooth and creamy and going down easy.

Overall, a quite refreshing and drinkable IPA.

SD-Alefan, Aug 31, 2014
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Cascade Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.