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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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BA SCORE
83
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232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
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 Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sammy, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +9.6%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy dark amber-orange in color. It poured with a two finger high beige head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a half finger high layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of tangerine hops in the nose along with some hints of caramel malts.
T: Like the smell, flavors of tangerine really stand out in the taste and linger through the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness. It is difficult to detect any flavors of caramel from the malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this wasn’t quite as good as some of the other beers in the series, I enjoyed the aroma and taste of the Cascade hops because the tangerine really stands out from other types of citrus that are normally encountered such as grapefruit.

metter98, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second batch. Orange like the label, with butterscotch borders and a pale caramel crown that filled more than half the pint glass on the pour. The foam is fluffy-sticky and hangs around forever. Extensive sheets of shotgun-blasted lace look mighty fine too.

The nose isn't as bright or as bold as it could be, but there's still several fingers of foam in the way. The hops are citrus fruity and slightly cheesy, with a side order of toasted malt. This is probably the least aromatic ale in this series to date.

For whatever reason, Cascade Single Hop doesn't have the oomph that the other beers have. The malt occupies too much of the spotlight, which is never a good thing in an IPA. It's still good stuff, but it's my least favorite so far. Looks like the Simcoe beer won't be bested.

Some think Cascade hops are overused. I respectfully disagree. This is a fantastic hop when used correctly. Here we have a huge bottom end of toasted and slightly earthy malt, with somewhat blunted top notes of grapefruit and orange peel. Warming brings just enough improvement for the next highest taste score to be considered... but not chosen.

The mouthfeel is a little lacking. It starts out okay, then loses its mojo at the midway point of the mouthful. Carbonation that isn't fully committed is the most likely reason why.

Mikkeller deserves kudos for giving us hop fanatics a chance to taste exactly what certain varieties bring to an otherwise identical American-style IPA. Cascade Single Hop isn't the best of the lot, but it's still pretty good beer that is worth a single bottle purchase.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale witha large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hops with a dry finish. Taste is somewhat astringent with some notes of citrus and a bitter finish. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting but kind of confirm that Cascade is a hops that is better used as part of a mix but too harsh by itself.

Phyl21ca, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Cascade Single Hop gives credit to the hop that made American Ales famous. It's good to see them celebrated in such an exclusive way.

Citrus, citrus, and juicy citrus, the nose is chocked full of ruby red grapefruits, fresh cut grass, and soft orange zest. The hops bounce off of the caramel base malts is convincing and vibrant fashion.

Grapefruit flavor is unmistakable. The beer takes on a fresh citrus, sharply acidic, and clean bitter flavor because of the showcase of Cascade hops. The malt's only role is to give a timid complexity and creamy base to support the hops. A long but smooth bitterness leaves the impressions of lemon grass and mint on the back of the tongue.

Creamy, clean, and crisp the hop bitterness gives a sharp and clean cup-off from the malts for a very refreshing and thirst quenching finish.

Though the Cascade hops are on proud display, the simple hop profile leaves the beer a bit one-dimensional. The smooth bitterness of the hop acids make me want the complexity of deeper bitterness.

BEERchitect, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 GRG1313
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark clear and bright orange amber with an amazingly thick and firm off white/white head. Gigantic pineapple/green apple nose. Very inviting although some might even find it "too fruity." I find very inviting. Almost smells like Jolly Rancher green apple-you'll either like it or you won't!

Mouthfeel is rich and nice but, unfortunately, flavors are just not appealing which affects mouthfeel, whether you like it or not.

Flavors are bitter brown sugar, bitter fruit and big but "flabby" and not real appealing. Probably a flavor profile beer that will be better with food.

Finish of burnt grapefruit/grapefruit and pine resin.

GRG1313, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

spycow, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's pit the Cascade Single Hop versus the Nugget, Warrior, and Simcoe versions.

Appearance: Pours out cloudy, burnt orange body with a full inch of lasting, off-white foam.

Smell: Delicately toasted malts with notes of cookies and grains with a heady, sharp scent spicy, zesty lemon and lesser floral hints.

Taste: Lightly toasted base maltiness with a touch of dry caramel and crumbled cookies, though with only a light, restrained amount of sweetness. The Cascade hops serve up a taste of citrus, particularly lemons, along with some damp, dew-covered flower petals. Medium-high bitterness. Finishes dry, crisp, and with some continued bitterness into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: I certainly enjoy the concept of a single hop series to really enjoy all the various vibrant nuances and characteristics of the particular hop varieties utilized. While this was previously done by Bison, I had no love for the base beer used, so I quickly abandoned the idea of following that series. I'm diggin' this though!

ChainGangGuy, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at Sheffield's.

The 2011 Bachelor Party Extravaganza hits the bottle on VDubb86's orders. It pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises greens, light grapefruit zest, light mandarin orange, caramel, and flowers. Yup, this was definitely brewed with Cascade. The taste brings in more of the same, with the hops coming through a bit stronger: the greens and grapefruit are sharper, and a nice bitter bite nips in the back. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a solid IPA, one that certainly seems to show off what Cascade hops can do.

TMoney2591, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

biboergosum, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

RblWthACoz, May 23, 2009
Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a one and a half finger head of brownish-white foam on top of a copper-brown body. Decent retention and moderate lace.

S - Pine and light grapefruit, balanced by brown, toasty malt with some caramel and brown sugar.

T - Pine hop flavors and strong bitterness up front. Good malt backbone with caramel and dry toasty malt.

M - Smooth, moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Soapy bitterness with a strong pine flavor. Lots of malt but not enough to balance the sharp hop character. The hops are assertive, but somewhat one dimensional.

nickfl, Sep 25, 2009
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.

Kegatron, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this along with all other 9 single hop beers from mikkeller at the same time, thanks to HombreWing for sharing! Poured chilled from the 12 oz into a pilsner glass.

A -The color is light golden amber with good clarity and an off white head with good retention -the lace sticks to the glass

S -Smell has mild herbal/grapefruit combo, almost vegetal, but not quite grassy. The smell has light lemon notes but mild aroma in the scheme of things

M - The feel is balanced yet spiced with a mild sweet start and bitter middle with more of a drying astringency as it finished

T - A flavor that is good, but has a slight herbal quality, the malt sweetness brings out more lemon from the hop with slight astringent flavors like the oils are creating a slightly vegetal and citrus combo it makes for an interestting flavor, not necessarily great but holds your interest

D - I would have to say this was one of my least favorite of the ten single hop beers Mikkeller put out. I don't think the cascade is a bad hop, it just needs something else in the way of flavor to make it seems balanced and its astringency stood out here

Slatetank, May 21, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Cascades are some of my favorite hops to brew with overall. This beer had a slight citrus aroma to it and an overall mild bitterness. I was expecting more in the way of hop flavors other than just bright bitterness but I didn't get it. Drinkability is fine and mouthfeel are fine.

drabmuh, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +9.6%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale, crystal, and bisquit malt scent along with a mild Cascade hop aroma. It's bitter, yet well balanced with a bready malt character. The taste is decent. It has a very weird taste. The malts are present, but the hops are super powerful, creating an almost soapy character. There is also an earthy taste in the finish. It's almost like a burnt, Scottish Ale taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good IPA. I'm a little put off from the burnt aspect, but the hop character is strong. Also, I'm a big fan of the single hop IPA's.

WesWes, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
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Cascade Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.