Cascade Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Cascade Single Hop IPACascade Single Hop IPA

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Reviews: 162
Hads: 237
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 dogfishandi
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Kraken
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of timtim
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of headlessclown
4.54/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of FiddleTilDeath
4.55/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of gfreed
4.8/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Cascade Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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