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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
good

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 KickbacksSteve
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 sammo
4/5  rDev +9.6%

sammo, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of bluesplit63
3/5  rDev -17.8%

bluesplit63, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of philipquarles
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber with a decently-sized taupe head. Grapefruity, citric hops with some resinous character as well. Malt is nearly completely masked. Tastes quite bitter, with a stony/mineral character. Less citric and more piney flavors. Full bodied and well carbonated. Clearly well crafted, but cascade hops are apparently not my thing. Tried to rate it taking that into account.

philipquarles, May 04, 2009
Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev +9.6%

IanSpindler, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Beervana
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Beervana, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours out a slightly hazy bronze/orange with 3 fingers of egg shell white foam that showed great retention and copious,chunky lacing.

S-Very floral with notes of rose and rosemary,light jammy citrus,pale malts and a slight note of candi sugar.

T-Moderate grapefruit,light pine,earthy herbal/grassy hops with a touch of hop sweetness.

M-Light/medium bodied with kind of a singular note.Not the most complex with moderate bitterness.

O-Slightly above average.

StlHopHead77, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

FadetoBock, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of rogerdandy
4/5  rDev +9.6%

rogerdandy, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of saintwarrick
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a hazy amber with a cloudiness added by the yeast. Has a billowy white head that builds pretty quick like a Belgian gold brew. Aroma has a citrus hoppiness to it thanks to the cascade, also a thick sweetness is there indicating a lot of malts. Taste has good body, not too thick, with a nice bitterness to it, but like a lot of foreign stabs at the style, this brew has a sort of spiciness to it. Despite some nice maltiness, the bitterness overwhelms here, coating the tongue with oils. Also has a musty character that adds to the flavor giving it a unique taste, though I don't know if this comes from the long journey or is a deliberate flavor.

A nice beer that takes a solid stab at the style and produces something unique and not like most American IPAs. But if you want a cascade hop experience, I'd go with Anchor Liberty Ale.

saintwarrick, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a golden orange color that produced a fluffy white haed which had decent retention and good lacing

S - The aromas produced by this beer were very underwhelming, got the usual malty scents accompanied by citrus

T - The taste of this beer had a bready malt start, which was followed by a bitter citrus, like a grapefruit, finish

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a resinous medium body with a light amount of carbonation

D - This was not my favorite of Mikkeller's Single Hop series, but I was able to grasp the absolute taste of the Cascade hop and appreciate it

cvfish, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of rpstevens
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a smuttynose tulip. The pour is an dark amber body with an orange glow around the edges. The head is thick and foamy white that leaves behind small traces of oily lacing.

The smell is fairly malty, a bit of a let down. There is some nice citrus and pine aroma, but it's definitely buried under too-much-malt.

The taste is sweet malts at first, caramel and graham, but they quickly move to a sharp, pungent orange peel citrus. Not as hop-forward as I normally appreciate, but I also don't know how old this bottle is....

The beer is medium bodied, well carbonated and the alcohol complements the flavors well. If this weren't so malty it would be a good IPA, but as it is it's pretty average and definitely not worth $7/bottle. Glad I tried it though, it's an interesting idea.

rpstevens, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to khiasmus for picking this one up for me.

Pours an orange-amber color with three fingers of towering white head. The foam retains well and leaves gobs of sticky lacing on the glass.

Very fragrant American IPA aroma. Tons of citrus...oranges, lemons, pineapple. The lemon zest probably stands out the most. There's also a noticeable faint malt background.

The same components of the nose appear in the taste, but it's not as appealing. Very resinous, lemony flavor. Some sweet malt flavors, as well. Long-lasting bitter finish.

Body is on the lighter side of medium. Smooth drinker. High carbonation, but it's not overdone. Slight astringency in the back of the throat.

Not bad. $6 for an 11.2 oz bottle will keep me from going back, though.

Gyle41386, May 12, 2009
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

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
Photo of divineaudio
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

tulip glass.

a - pours a hazy, deep copper and gave me a thin cap of off white head that calmed to a film right away. no lacing.

s - toasted malt, vinous dried fruits, slight earthiness. not getting any of the citrus that people associate with cascade hops.

t - strong, resinous, mouth puckering bitterness dominates the palate. some dark fruity notes, mostly prunes but maybe some fig as well. caramel malt character comes out as it gets warmer. was not prepared for just how intense a flavor this one has.

m - heavier side of medium, feels slightly gooey. adequate carbonation.

o - this one was a little hard to drink. enjoyable, just not for the faint of taste bud. i got way different characteristics from this beer than other people; maybe i got an old bottle?

divineaudio, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of theghost3
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber/orange with a 2-finger yellow/beige head. Minimal lacing.

The scent is mainly grassy, bitter, faint citrusy hops with a slight roasted malt flavor. The taste is muted; bitter grassy/herbal hops with a hint of sour lemon flavor. The roasted hops are there too. Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated with some stickyness.

I had high expectations for this IPA because the Mikkeller Warrior & Simcoe IPAs. Plus, the fact that this was a Cascade hop-only IPA gave it even higher expectations. Unfortunately, the flavor & scent just didn't live up to those expectations.

theghost3, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of gfreed
4.83/5  rDev +32.3%
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.

gfreed, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 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.

SupaCelt, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very nice golden-orange color with a massive and dense beige colored head that lays down some thick lacing as it slowly recedes. Retention is decent, but not overly impressive.

S: Not very strong, but it's got a tart citrus aroma with a bready malt presence underneath.

T&M: Woah, the flavor's really odd. It's got a slightly citrus start with some bready malt. A good bit of grapefruit flavor initially. The finish is where things get, quite honestly, bad. There's this harsh metallic/hairspray flavor that comes in and gets drying and odd. Body is medium and the feel is slightly resinous and a bit chewy. Perhaps a bit undercarbonated.

D: Well, it's alright. Better flavor would improve the score here. I definitely respect Mikkeller's attempt to create a single-hop IPA, but I think that, given how successfully so many other brewers use Cascades, there could be a better product.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat murky copper orange color with a 1.5 finger head that lasts just a little while before fading away and leaving a medium amount of lacing.

Aroma reveals some clear citrus notes along with a malty tone that was a little more dominant than expected.

Taste reveals a mild bitterness with some grapefruit and lemon upfront, caramel malt in the middle and an earthy finish. I couldn't decide if I particularly liked the taste at first but over time it grew on me and ultimately I found it fairly pleasing.

Medium body with the right amount of carbonation. Overall I found this one to taste a little weird from the first sip but by the time I was half through, I realized how much I was enjoying it. Not one I'd be picking up again but a fun experiment as I continue down the Mikkeller Single Hop line.

Vengeance526, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of Sunn
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Sunn, Apr 14, 2013
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.

jdubjacket, Apr 29, 2009
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.

bfields4, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of ToddT
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly cloudy pale copper color topped with a large off white head. Head lasts forever and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Sweet notes of pineapple and grapefruit. Not an overpowering hop bomb in the nose.

T- Bitter right off the bat, more than what I expected based on the aroma. Grapefruit and lemon up from followed by a little biscuit malt. Finish is all hop bitterness, tart and somewhat astringent.

M- Medium in body slightly viscous but not oily. Carbonation is medium as well. Finish is dry and quick with a little bit of oily residue.

D- Pretty drinkable if you're a fan of IPA's, if not it won't be for you. No real hint of the 6.9% ABV except at the finish.

Pretty singular in taste, I wish there was a little more going on in the flavor profile. Nice showcase of cascade hops, but be sure you like that flavor before you try to down one.

ToddT, Sep 29, 2009
Cascade Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.