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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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229 Ratings
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 sweemzander


3.1/5  rDev -15.1%

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy amber color. Produced a minimal off-white head that went down to bubbles.

(S)- A floral aspect to it with honey-like notes and lemon citrus.

(T)- Again, bitter, but has some citrus and floral spice characteristics. Some citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very bitter, yet floral with some malt sweetness and citrus.

(D)- Not bad, but I am starting to see that these single hop beers are very straightforward and not complex at all.

03-19-2011 00:08:14 | More by sweemzander
Photo of beerdepartment


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

Bottle to glass straight from cellar.

Compared side by side to East Kent Golding single hop IPA also from Mikkellers; overall, East Kent was preferred. Following notes are comparative to East Kent Golding but pertain to Cascade:

Appears darker and redder than its companion. Somehow reddish tone is what I have come to know as a classic IPA look.

Fragrance is creamy, with soft flower, caramel, and familiar citrus.

Tastes bitter and crisp over medium body, with a raisin flavor giving weight.

Carbonation gives pronounced bite.

01-26-2011 23:16:03 | More by beerdepartment
Photo of bigfnjoe


4.13/5  rDev +13.2%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a dark, cloudy orangeish brown with a robust 3 finger white head. Lacing is decent, but I *hate* the way the beer looks...most of the Mikkeller single hops are real cloudy like this, and I don't like it at all

S- the hops smell really sweet and juicy, and the smell is pretty strong and nice...kind of reminds me of Jello. Nevertheless, it's awesome.

T- a little sweet. Not overwhelmingly so. A touch of bitterness in there too. It's a little mild, but what I'm getting is very good

M- man, this is pretty thick...but then again, aren't all the single hops? I have no idea what I've rated each one, but this is a little thick for a single IPA

D- it's a really good beer. Totally drinkable. After drinking this, I've realized that I apparently really like cascade hops

01-16-2011 01:19:04 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of laituegonflable


4.33/5  rDev +18.6%

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.

01-12-2011 03:24:43 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of bfields4


3.05/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

01-01-2011 23:23:10 | More by bfields4
Photo of DPFRD


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

A- Amber with a milky head.

S- Bready and hoppy with a slight malt sweetness.

T- Hops run the same game across the board giving a very even experience sip to swallow. Not very intense.

M- Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

D- Not bad, but the cascades weren't flexing too much muscle on this beer. Very average IPA. At the price, it was a bit of a disappointment.

12-20-2010 06:23:12 | More by DPFRD
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

best by date 23/12/11
rather nice red orange color with big fluffy pure white head. it sits. and sits. and sits.... and when it finally goes down, it opens up a little bit of orangey/tangerine/grapefruit scents. i wish it were just a little more pungent, but its still pretty nice.
i think the tangerine actually takes the lead here on taste, and even leaves a film of orange fruit prickly on the tongue. although taste is good, its still missing a particular punch.
minutes after finishing a sip, the hop punch still lingers in the back of my throat, it definitely leaves a lasting impression.
i almost feel like im drinking orange soda, although i havent had it since i was a kid... its got just enough sugary sweetness, like having sugar on your grapefruit in the morning.
overall kind of a mixed bag for me. its got good and mediocre qualities, just didnt totally hit the mark.

12-19-2010 21:52:04 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
Photo of flagmantho


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from 330mL bottle into a mug.

Appearance: cloudy, rich orange hue with a finger of fizzy foam in a tannish, slightly orange hue. This beer looks like it's got some body and flavor.

Smell: sweet, citrusy and mellow aroma. It really does smell like Cascades on a sweet malt backbone. Pretty good.

Taste: decent malt flavor with the nice citrusy hops enveloping it. Unfortunately, it's got a bit of a rough-around-the-edges feel to it; this is something that most single-hop IPAs I've had seem to share.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a pretty decent level of carbonation. This is actually a nicely creamy beer, especially for an IPA.

Drinkability: this beer isn't perfect, but I think its pros tend to outweigh its cons. Aside from the price, I'd have this beer again.

12-18-2010 18:31:26 | More by flagmantho
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

Seemingly, this pours darker than many of the others in the series, a deep burnished amber/copper colour, with a slight haze. Head is as full and boisterous as expected, though, and it leaves a good deal of clumpy lacing. Looks tasty enough, but, like I said, surprisingly dark.

Nose is, yep, full on with cascade, giving some piney citrus along with a dollop of sherbet or fairy floss sweetness. Quite zesty all up, and despite the colour in the body, the nose is all hops. Minimal contribution from the malt. Smells good.

Taste is perhaps a little more touched by the malt. At least, it has a very extended back palate that is redolent with sweet and very lightly toasted grain characters. But before this, the cascade comes through to impart a very piney and rather buoyant citrus bitterness on the mid. As it dies away, and the malt comes through, that classic Mikkeller character of slightly nutty marzipan gets the limelight, but here the grain notes start to overwhelm it rather early.

Feel is prickly and sharp on the front, although the body drops out quickly and then stays on in a lingering thinness to the back.

Cascade's a great hop, so it lends a certain panache to any beer. That being said, I'm not sure this does a fantastic job of showcasing it. So while this is a very pleasant beer to drink, I feel as though more could have been done with it.

12-18-2010 10:56:40 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

11.2 ounce bottle. "on sale" for $2.99 at DeCicco's, in Ardsley, NY. 08/01/11 on the cap....best before dating? If so this one should still be in pretty good shape, according to the manufacturer..so lets see.

Pours hazed and murky very dark amber. The head is light tan and staying. Goes to a nice looking tiny buble film, and low sheeting and slippery moderate lacing.

Muted dusty hops in the nose.

Hopped up ale. Bitter, smokey, gritty and quite dry. Cascades feeling their oats here. Even though I know this is not the freshest sample, the hops are up front, potent and flavorful. Enjoyable take on a very popular American style.

12-17-2010 02:34:56 | More by Billolick
Photo of number1bum


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a pretty clear amber color with two fingers of light beige head. Makes a mess of stick on the sides and keeps a thin but full lace.

Smell has a tropical fruitiness and a bit of orange, but doesn't have the citrusy aromas I'd expect from cascade. It's bready with some caramels sweetness, but not as hoppy as I expected. It is within the best by date, which is January 2011, but is nothing special.

Like the nose the taste just doesn't have the hoppy flavors I love about cascade hops. Some modest citrus flavors, orange primarily, with very modest bitterness. It's a touch on the sweet side with some caramel and honey notes. Subtle breadiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth, but without the dryness or crispness of the simcoe single hop I had earlier.

I have to admit I'm really not wild about this one. It's a decent IPA but nothing special, and not as good as the Simcoe or Tomahawk, the latter of which is easily the best of the 3 that I have had. Would like to try a fresher bottle or on draft. Even though this is not past its best by date it just doesn't pack the hoppy flavors or aromas I expected.

12-16-2010 02:48:32 | More by number1bum
Photo of Brent


4/5  rDev +9.6%

As a huge, no, make that gigantic, fan of Cascade hops, I had great expectations of a massive, grapefruity hops overload with this beer. Perhaps I unfairly detract from this beer and should appreciate the judicious use of hops, but if you are going to go with a single hop varietal, it should shine. Here, the Cascade was prominant, but a bit muted overall - with a bigger malt presence to the beer than I would expect for an IPA.

12-03-2010 15:49:18 | More by Brent
Photo of Haybeerman


4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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.

11-24-2010 22:49:12 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of beerdrifter


3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

Picked this up at an awesome beer store outside Ghent, Dranken Geers. Hazy light copper-orange pour with a huge, foamy off white head and great lacing. The nose is somewhat subdued and average. Spicy and citrusy, but not nearly as big as the others in this series. Lots of earthy pine and citrus in the taste, but the sweet caramel malt backbone is much more prevalent here compared with the other single hop IPA's. I'm tasting bitter orange peel with hints of pineapple. Nice crisp, dry, bitter finish. Definitely improves as it warms. I found the other single hops I've had so far much more drinkable. A decent offering, but for sure my least favorite in the series thus far.

11-19-2010 18:21:02 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of ratedz


3.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Reviewed from notes...

I was interested in trying all 10 of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers, so after I got my hands on a bottle of each, I tried one variation a night for 10 consecutive nights back in August. I really enjoyed examining the subtle differences that the different hops give the beers.

Pours an amber brown color with an off-white head. A lot of caramel maltiness in the nose. There are some light floral scents in there too. The taste backs up the aroma...the malty sweetness hits the tongue first followed by the floral and some citrus flavors. A slight bitterness is evident as the beer goes down. I definitely feel that this IPA leans more towards showcasing the sweetness of the malts instead of the cascade hop. Not a bad IPA, but I think I have enjoyed most, if not all, of the other Single Hop beers more.

10-29-2010 22:44:13 | More by ratedz
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4.3/5  rDev +17.8%

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!

10-28-2010 23:52:35 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of SFLpunk


4.22/5  rDev +15.6%

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Cap dated 23/12/11. Purchased from Bruisin Ales in Asheville, NC.

Pours a somewhat hazy deep mahogany reddish brown with thick creamy off-white head that has great retention and leaves LOTS of lacing. Nose is oh-so-West Coast. Pine pine resin/sap, lots of grapefruit both yellow and pink and some dry/earthy notes. Caramel sneaks in and mingles about as well. Smell is very bright and definitely what I'd describe as "hoppy." (More so than the East Kent Golding).

Palate is crisp and snappy with hop bitterness and some pleasant astringency. Reminds me of soap in some way - not in a bad "soapy" way but something is there with the grapefruit. I guess it just really tastes "clean" if that makes any sense. Lots of bitter grapefruit and some feathery Douglas fir-like earthiness. Fairly long finish for an IPA.

This is a great single hop. I've really enjoyed this series for its educational merits, but this one is quite pleasant to drink and I wish I had two bottles...or three...

10-22-2010 03:18:53 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of berebrando


3.43/5  rDev -6%

Kevin and I sampled this beer after collecting all ten (simcoe, cascade, warrior, nelson, nugget, amarillo, tomahawk, chinook and centennial). We sampled them, one after the other, to compare the hop varietals. These notes are primarily focused on the hop flavors of each beer and should be used in comparison to one another. This review is one in a series of 10... and then there is "10".

Top of bottle: 08-01-11
Date of tasting: 10-16-10

Hop notes:
Kevin: Calcium finish, balance by slightly more bitter, more smell (than simcoe), butterscotch, smokey, dry and bitter
Brandon: Oranges past their prime. pine needles.

10-17-2010 20:49:11 | More by berebrando
Photo of fourplayed


3.1/5  rDev -15.1%

from a tulip glass

color is a med dark orange / brown hue, pours with a good thick 3 finger head.

Aroma is very,very mild, difficult to get a sense of what the taste buds may come to expect. Very mild hops, malts and sweetness....

I was surprised this was so mild, Not much taste. again very lite on all the ingredients. not much to wake up the taste buds.

In the mouth it's a bit light for an IPA. goes down very easy. no complaints. Carbonation is good.

Overall it's not what I'd try again. Just too tame in all the flavors/ingredients. But, for someone trying this style of beer for the first time it could be a good place to start!

10-11-2010 22:04:53 | More by fourplayed
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.65/5  rDev 0%

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.

10-10-2010 11:43:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of CampusCrew


3.65/5  rDev 0%

appearance: pours amber orange verus red. low head and rentention.

smell: nice caramel smell as expected. earhty hops, not citrus

taste: decent bitterness, but a nice malty, and caramel flavors, subtle sweet, some apple flavor, nice balanced IPA

mouthfeel: medium body

drinkability: hmmm I expected better, but still solid

10-04-2010 22:59:01 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

Had on tap at gingerman.

Deep authoritative orange with a frothy head and thick lacing. Had a very balanced hop profile. Quite tasty. The bass beer under the hops is solid but nothing special, but that's expected for a taste experiment like this brew. Glad I tried it. Came recommended between the 4 hop offerings on tap for the series. A touch watery but a super smooh drinker!

10-03-2010 00:13:02 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of gtn80


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap at Novare Res.

Incredibly well balanced IPA. The hops don't throw off a ton of aroma which was surprising.

Bitterness is very present, but not harsh. The bitterness lingers on the palatte and stays as an aftertaste.

Hops were very floral, not much citrus flavors.

09-27-2010 14:08:20 | More by gtn80
Photo of gfreed


4.83/5  rDev +32.3%

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.

09-22-2010 14:11:23 | More by gfreed
Photo of Gobzilla


4/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured an amber brown with a half finger of head and did leave a little bit of lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was pretty sweet from the malts with slight casade hop aromas and slight citrus notes. On the palate the hop bite was a little more punchy with a decent malt backbone and had some citrus accents as well; pretty basic flavor. The brew was medium in body with a good of carbonation which had a slight sweet but hop bitter finish. It drank really good but I have to say IMO the tomahawk single hop is the tastiest. I'm still glad I had the opportunity to try it.

09-20-2010 21:06:39 | More by Gobzilla
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