Cascade Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Cascade Single Hop IPACascade Single Hop IPA

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

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It is fascinating how such a ubiquitous hop can taste so different across beers as a function of the other parameters of brewing (malts, yeast, mash schedule, temperature, etc). This was not what I was expecting on the basis of many classic American pale ales and even other IPAs that feature Cascade prominently. 2nd batch bottle poured into an English pub glass. Pours a dark reddish honey/amber hue with ample beige head. The malt backbone on these Mikkeller single hop ales is quite hefty, with some dark Munich in there to add a lightly roasted sweetness. The malts come through to varying degrees across the beers (which is itself rather fascinating, unless maybe age is the main factor), and this exemplar is rather malty. Rich toffee and almost smoky molasses come across on both the nose and the palate, along with robust tangerine and grapefruit flesh/rind. If you ever have someone ask you how the heck one can taste tangerine in beer, direct them here. There is a decent dose of pine as well, faint chocolate and brown spice tea bag, and a rather chewy body coupled with fairly tame carbonation. I don't know. I dig the malts in these Mikkeller single hops, although they may yield pretty unique rather than "classic" hop flavor profiles, in combination with the yeast used. Cascade is rarely this much of a tangerine bomb and on this occasion the malts do not overshadow the star of the show (cf. Bravo). Sorry if this review reads like a brewing textbook. I will say that its a hoot to track down and compare these brews.

Photo of wordemupg
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into tulip 20/5/13

A murky brownish amber with lots of streams of bubbles feeding a two finger tan foam that's dense and retains very well leaving a few pencil thin rings followed by loads of random lace

S lots of caramel, a little orange peel with some herbal tea and bread, smells like an aged IPA even though this just landed, I suppose it could've taken a while to get here, I think I could pick De Proef yeast out of a line up at this point

T more of the same really, some pine and more rind but still loads of caramel and grains, almost as if the malt has more going on then the hops

M medium-full and creams up from the bubbles, a little left behind on the gums and rind lingers on the finish

O not my favorite from this series and from such a popular hop I was expecting more, the look was the highlight

I'm not sure I like the malt and yeast profile they use for all these single hops, I'm also uncertain of the age of this "new release" with the printing on the cap being smudged and it tasting a little old. Still decent but I've had far better from Mikkellers single hops lineup

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows heavy grapefruit, citrus and resinous pine. Also a fair whack of caramel.
Aggressive flavours, with lots of grapefruit throughout. Some balancing clean malt. Pretty sharp, piny bitterness in the finish.
Could use a lighter body.

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.

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 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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle from the Potsdam IGA for 6$

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with a huge size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes and there appears to be some particles floating around.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a higher amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some raisin/apple like flavours and some buttery notes with a touch of grapefruit. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a bit of a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - There's some sort of code on the cap of the bottle, but it doesn't seem to translate into any sort of bottling date. The fact that there is stuff floating in this one leads me to believe it is past it's prime. It basically tasted just like the Amarillo but with a touch more bitterness. I don't think I'll buy any more mikkeller ipa's until I can figure out their dating system.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, honey gold on the brownish side with a slight head that leaves a fine coat of lacing.

The aroma is that of resin, although a bit grassy and crisp, with a light, toasted malt. There is surprisingly little citrus.

There is light bitterness with a modest lingering finish and light caramel.

A full body with a hint of alcohol, soft carbonation, and soft texture.

This was enjoyed as part of a self training exercise to distinguish hop varieties, but it would still make a fine component to a meal. Refreshing.

Sampled from a Harp Nonic, alongside Amarillo Single Hop.

Photo of beergoot
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid orange color with a very thick, sticky, white head. The head is long lasting and quite robust. Slight haze (yeast?)...

Citrus (orange-like) and flowery hop aroma with a touch of lightly toasted malt.

Mouthfeel is light to medium in body, wet and clean.

Taste is fairly light for the style. A touch of light malt and subtle orange taste. Bitterness fades in midway through with a lingering aftertaste.

Certainly a decent AIPA. A bit lightweight overall in character, yet definitely refreshing and easy drinking. Nicely balanced, unassuming, yet a pleasure to drink.

Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A yellowish amber color with tiny particulate throughout and a pretty decent white head with plenty of lacing. My take from the nose is just mellow caramel malt with a yeasty herbal hop. Nice. The flavor brings a nice tangy grassy hop over a grainy rye bed. Very nice but relatively simple. Medium-light bodied with mild but satisfactory carbonation. A mellow, medium feel that makes for a very drinkabe IPA.

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 Gushue3
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Hill Farmstead Tulip.

A 2 finger head with time big time retention forms above a nice orange body. Sticky foamy lacing is left around the glass

S Sweet caramel malt with citrus and a tiny pine note.

T Hefty malt backbone carries through to the end. Some piney hops with muted citrus. Hops have faded but still there and the balance is nice. Fruity, sweet finish that turns to bitter and lingers

M Medium mouthfeel with a medium to lower carbonation. Feels pretty creamy and nice

O good stuff. Scent and taste has died a bit but still tasty stuff.

Photo of divineaudio
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
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?

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a tasting glass at Bangers & Lace. Tettnanger, Palisade, Cascade, Galena, Super Galena, and Simcoe were all tasted side by side.

Appearance The appearance of the single hop series does not really vary from beer to beer. Each one is a golden caramel color with a fluffy whit ehead that displays good retention and leaves a web of lace down the glass.

Smell: There is a good amount of grapefruit and citrus in the aroma.

Taste: The flavor starts sweet, with a growing caramel slowly covering pieces of orange zest and juicy grapefruit. The finish is moderately bitter.
Mouthfeel: Like the others, this has a medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice beer. The issue with this series is that many hops are best stacked on top of each other to create a fuller taste profile. By isolating the hops the weaknesses of each variety come through.

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a puffy, lingering white head.

S: Strong aromas of lemon, lime, and orange are present on the nose. The malty aromas of biscuits and caramel displayed by most of the other beers in this series are oddly absent here. A little one-dimensional.

T: Notes of lemon, lime, bitter orange, kumquat, caramel, herbs, and biscuits flit across the palate, failing to leave much of an impression. The finish is muddled with a jumble of citrus and herb flavors.

M: Medium bodied, firm, and dry. If this beer tasted better, it would be far more drinkable.

O: I'm seriously disappointed by the fact that none of the flavors really separated for any length of time. As a result of this, this ale seems unbalanced and a bit insubstantial. Not bad, but definitely a missed opportunity.

Photo of korguy123
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New label release into tulip. No date.

A- Hazy muddied copper pour. Two finger eggshell head that lingers momentarily. Lacing just sheets and holds on for life.

S- Sweet malts with a spicy presence that melds with the alcohol. Floral with a touch of citrus.

T- Pine and floral add to the sweet malts. Very one dimensional. Booze is not as noticible as some of the others from the series.

M- Medium to thin bodied. Slight carbonation with a touch of alcohol warmth. Sticky on the lips.

O- Good beer, slightly bland. In all honestly all the ones I've had from the series have tasted the same, or VERY similar.

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 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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy and barely translucent dark coppery brown with a thick, frothy and rather persistent pale tan head. Aroma is more yeasty than hoppy, and has malty, earthy and fruity hints. Flavor has hoppy, malty and yeasty tones with nutty and earthy hints and just a touch of fruity sweetness. Full-bodied texture has a strong tingle that leaves behind a pleasant hoppy and woody fizz.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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.

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 ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large wine glass.

A: Copper-orange in color with a white one-finger head that lingers for awhile and then eventually dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Medium citrusy hoppy aroma. Not overwhelming but very pleasant to the nose

T: Clean and crisp hoppy citrusy flavor. The malt is surprising equal to or more than the hops which is a little unusual for an ipa. Dry smooth finish. Alcohol is present in the flavor but blends in nicely.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: I like the concept of the single hopped beer. Cascade might not be the best option but I enjoyed this beer anyway. Looking forward to trying the others.

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Cascade Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.