Cascade Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Cascade Single Hop IPACascade Single Hop IPA

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235 Ratings
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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: weeare138 on 04-07-2006

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.
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Photo of DosBeerigos
1.6/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

C. Cloudy
H. Orange
N. Sweet, nice balance of hops and malt, subtle pineapple

Wow, well once again I felt like I should contact Glade Plug-ins on this beer. The noise was soo sexy I was actually really excited about trying this beer. It had a perfect balance of malt and hops on the noise and let off a subtle scent of pineapple, and I love pineapple. I put my mouth up to the glass tilted my head up and let that lovely scent of beer hit my senses and POW...I was attacked by straight malt and then possibly the worst after taste I have ever experienced. It tasted like dirt or smoke or something, but it won't go away. The bottle says that it is an American Style IPA well I think that Belgium should stick to making their beers and not American Style. Cause Our IPA's don't taste like SHIT! THIS ONE SURE DOES.
Score;1.99 (id give it lower but it smelled like heaven)

Photo of Reagan1984
1.82/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I'm a big Cascade fan so this should be interesting.

Frothy/Creamy 3 finger head that shows decent retention. Clumps of lacing. Slightly hazy amber colored beer with some orange/brown tones.

The initial smell is quite disappointing. Some fusel alcohol, a bit of yeast and the slightest fruit note. No floral aroma at all.

Wow, this literally tastes like some homebrew I used to make.

Way too much alcohol. If this is listed as an American IPA, then this is not very good. Dead Hop bitterness dominates. Some yeast tones and again some alcohol flavor. No freshness at all, no floral, citrus or pine hop notes.

Almost powder like, sharp bitterness at end.

Not very good at all. I paid $6.99 for this? Makes you sick when a bomber of Arrogant Bastard is $4.99....

Never again.

Photo of jdhilt
2.36/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a five finger white head that fades very slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Grapefruit hop nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor follows the nose with grapefruit hops, any malts are way in the background, lingering bitter after taste. Good IPA, but not for me. $7.00 for a 330ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Photo of kojevergas
2.36/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle served into a Beck's flute in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and good retention. Dark clear transparent colour.

Sm: Heavy cascade hops, ester hops, and light cream. A strong aroma. '

T: Overdone bittering hops spoil the beer. A barley foundation and a rough malt tone. Well balanced for the style but not for my tastes. Simple and bad.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with entirely too much coarseness on the climax.

Dr: I won't have it again, especially at the high price. Low quality and mundane.

Photo of Brabander
2.36/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this bottle from the Cracked kettle in Amsterdam. Poured it in my dutch beerglas from the 'halve zool' beer. Starts good with a very nice head and a nice ambercolour beer. No carbonation at all? When i look very close; yes there is some! The first smell and sip are not very good. The smell is reasonable but the beer tastes not very nice. There is a strange aftertaste which has to do with the head. Not a good start for my first beer from Denmark. Better luck next time.

Photo of SupaCelt
2.64/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Photo of JohnQVegas
2.71/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours a murky dark copper, head is thick and reminiscent of very dense soft foam. Off-white. Solid walls of lacing, but kind of weird.

Nose is citrusy, grapefruit, and quite soapy. Soapiness gets toned down after the head settles a bit, and it's all smooth citrus with a bit of a caramel backing. Then the soap comes back, lots of it. Weird.

Taste is astringent up front, pungent, slightly antiseptic. Acrid bitterness lingers on the tongue. Some caramel sweetness that lingers as a biscuity dry malt note. Weirdly vegetal, totally off. Undrinkable.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, a bit creamy, a bit too crisp, and the super sharp bitterness just dominates.

Drinkability is horrible.

Photo of corby112
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden amber/copper color with a two finger frothy off-white head with good retention that slowly fades into lasting cap. Sporadic chunks of soapy lacing cling to glass.

Crisp floral citrus hop nose with medicinal cough syrup notes. Light and dark fruit notes(cherry, raisin, plum) and slight alcohol astringency. Not very pleasant at all.

Slightly bitter up front with earthy/floral hops with a slight citrus touch. Weird spiciness that I can't quite figure out and a the unpleasant medicinal notes from the aroma are very prominent. Syrupy mouthfeel with alcohol astringency with fruity notes of dark cherries, plum, raisin and fig. There are way too many flavors going on here, most of which take away from the pleasantness of the hops.

Photo of Kegatron
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of albern
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the worst beer I've had from Mikkeller, which typically makes really nice beers. It is also a lousy interpretation of the style, if in fact they were aiming for a nouvelle type IPA. The beer was just bitter, uninteresting, hard to enjoy, and harsh throughout. It had very little bready notes underneath, it was a tad thin except for the acerbic hop tastes. There were no fruity, estery, piney, or orangy hop notes, and I mean nothing to recommend the hop. It just was leafy and harsh. It completely lacked balance and was just a beer not worth going back to. I will continue to purchase Mikkeller based on their other offerings, but not this one.

Photo of osusullins
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of JLeege
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- same hazy burnt orange color as I have gotten in the other single hops. small quick disipating head on this one

Smell- citrus and pine again.

Taste- mostly citrus, grapefruit/pineapple. Some pine.

Mouthfeel- this one is a bit thin

Overall- this one alright, from the three I have tried this single hop series wasnt all that great for me. Its a cool idea but I think an american brewer would do better with this format.

Photo of Seanibus
2.99/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Like all the others in this series, this is a curious, interesting, useful, and not entirely pleasant beer. It is interesting as a reference beer - understanding what cascades will do as both bittering and aroma hops. But it is not a beer I will come back to as a daily drinker.

Pours a hazy copper with lots of carbonation and a good, white, dense head that comes with nice, sticky lacing. The aroma is slightly sour and industrial, a bit overripe; like an overripe floweror fruit. The flavor is strong and floral, quite overrripe, some pine, some flower, with a weird homebrewish sourness in the back.

This is not a great beer.

Photo of paco1029384756
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly cloudy orange color with two fingers of sticky white head that lasts for a decent amount of time.

Scent of sour citrus, sweet fruit, leafy, spicy hops, and faint caramel. It has some qualities that would make it good, but it unfortunately falls quite short with the tartness.

Taste of spicy, grassy hops, earth, dry sugar, some caramel, and sour fruit. As the scent let on, there is a distinct sourness here as well, taking away from what would otherwise be considered a good beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and fairly tight with a noticeable dryness, one of the only redeeming qualities, but not enough to save it.

Photo of bfields4
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy copper body. Nice frothy head.

caramel and malty sweetness. I was expecting much more hops.

Bready and sweet caramel in the taste as well. Not a lot of hop flavor. A bitter bite at the end, but that's about all I'm really getting.

Really not a lot of hop presence in the aroma or the taste. Maybe i have an older bottle.

I love the concept of these beers. I wish I could try them all side by side fresh.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know... It's old. But it's been in my fridge for over 2 years (first batch).

A: Pours a fairly translucent redish orange with about a half finger of off-white head. The foam settles fairly quickly leaving only a rocky ring around the glass.

S: The nose is sweet malt, a touch of spice, and just a dab of light cirtus. There is almost a berry quality to this beer.

T: It starts out sweet and subdued. There is only a mild about of bitterness, and the berries are there. The finish is pine bitterness.

M: Medium bodied beer. Nothing lingering.

O: This beer is pretty forgetable. It's not good, but it's not bad. It's just straight middle of the road.

Photo of fourplayed
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a tulip glass

color is a med dark orange / brown hue, pours with a good thick 3 finger head.

Aroma is very,very mild, difficult to get a sense of what the taste buds may come to expect. Very mild hops, malts and sweetness....

I was surprised this was so mild, Not much taste. again very lite on all the ingredients. not much to wake up the taste buds.

In the mouth it's a bit light for an IPA. goes down very easy. no complaints. Carbonation is good.

Overall it's not what I'd try again. Just too tame in all the flavors/ingredients. But, for someone trying this style of beer for the first time it could be a good place to start!

Photo of jdubjacket
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Green's on Ponce on Saturday and cracked it open after work. Poured a hazy amber color with a very strong head. Smell is hoppy, obviously, and slightly musky. Tastes is incredibly bitter and musky. Very little malt backbone on this one to counter the hops. Did not like this one as much as I thought I would.

Photo of sweemzander
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy amber color. Produced a minimal off-white head that went down to bubbles.

(S)- A floral aspect to it with honey-like notes and lemon citrus.

(T)- Again, bitter, but has some citrus and floral spice characteristics. Some citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very bitter, yet floral with some malt sweetness and citrus.

(D)- Not bad, but I am starting to see that these single hop beers are very straightforward and not complex at all.

Photo of coryking
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the International Tap House Mikkeller Single Hop night.

Recipe from Mikkeller:

6.9% ABV
67% Pilsner, 11% Cara, 11% Munich II, 11% Oats
Hop additions were at 60 minutes, 15 minutes, whirlpool, then dry hopped for 100 IBUs.
1056 yeast
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...

Photo of Overlord
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Whoa. Expected a lot more from this hop.

Pours orange. Large white foam head. Smells ... soapy and of bitter pine. Actually, just bitter ... kind of like pine rinds.

Taste is just straight-forward, bracing bitterness. Really no fruit, and calling it "pine" is stretching. Just palate blasting bitterness.

A chore to drink, no malt.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a barely clouded amber with a massive creme head on a too firm pour. I mean huge head. Nose is like hairspray with citrus and pine tones. Flavor is the same. Bleck. Let someone have a taste and they said it tasted like a bad version of Houblon Chouffe and I concur. Feel has a thick and almost syrup like body. I didn't really enjoy this. Sure it's great to try a single varietal IPA, but at these prices, there needs to be much better delivery. Can't suggest it, unless you are absolutely dying to try something along this line.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(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.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another new arrival I couldn't resist trying... The beer pours a hazy orange with a thick, white head that takes a few minutes to settle. Lacing is good, but dries and crusts almost the entire glass exposed. The smell is grassy and floral, with some astringency as well. Flavors are nearly the same as the smell, only more apparent. It begins slightly sweet and malty at first, but it's soon masked with hops. Piney, floral, and has slight hints of citrus. The mouthfeel is ok, being a medium bodied brew. As much as I love this hop varietal, and other beers by Mikkeller, this one just didn't quite do it for me.

Photo of champ103
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber/reddish color. A two finger white head forms with decent retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Not much here. Light pine and grapefruit. Some malty sweetness lingers. Pretty generic.
T: A stronger bitterness is present, but no real hop flavor. A sweetness, and an odd woody flavor linger.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Sticky and oily. Not hard to drink, but one is enough.

Decent, but a little to simplistic. Cascades are not my favorite type of hops, but there is little character of any kind here. Again, not bad, but uninspired.

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83 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.