Cascade Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Cascade Single Hop IPACascade Single Hop IPA

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234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 DosBeerigos
1.5/5  rDev -58.9%
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 FrankHammer
1.5/5  rDev -58.9%

Photo of Reagan1984
1.8/5  rDev -50.7%
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 Brabander
2.3/5  rDev -37%
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 jdhilt
2.35/5  rDev -35.6%
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
2.38/5  rDev -34.8%
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 CityofBals
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of 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.

Photo of JohnQVegas
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
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 Kegatron
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
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
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
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 corby112
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
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 osusullins
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
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 paco1029384756
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
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 Hellpop65
2.99/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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 bluesplit63
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of jdubjacket
3.03/5  rDev -17%
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 bfields4
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
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 coryking
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
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...

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Cascade Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.