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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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Ratings: 234
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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Ratings: 234 | Reviews: 162
Photo of speter
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy gold amber with an ample fluffy off-white head.

S: Somewhat muted, although this evokes homebrewing for me.

T: Overall, this is a clean IPA. The bittering backbone of Cascade comes across much more than any aroma hop characteristics. The finish is more bitter than some of the other hops sampled. If there is any real disappointment, it is only when matched up against some of the other single-hop varieties.

M: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

D: Again, on its own, this is a fine IPA and the only obstacle to drinkability is the price.

Photo of coryking
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the International Tap House Mikkeller Single Hop night.

Recipe from Mikkeller:

6.9% ABV
67% Pilsner, 11% Cara, 11% Munich II, 11% Oats
Hop additions were at 60 minutes, 15 minutes, whirlpool, then dry hopped for 100 IBUs.
1056 yeast
Started at 1.063, finished at 1.010

Since the malt in all of these beers are the same, Im going to focus just on the hops...

Light citrus aroma. Not what I was expecting. Low overall perception of bitterness. Has a drying effect the others dont seem to have. Tastes of mostly a dirty, light spicy, somewhat citrus jumble. Not nice

Used many times in a homebrew, but will now exclusively use it as a whirlpool and dry hop addition...

Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Photo of meeekyh
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Today I get to review not one but two Millekker single-hop IPAs. This one is in a brown bottle with a slightly more orange but nonetheless clinical-looking label than the Simcoe. The cap is printed 08/01/11 (or 11/10/80 but that doesn't make sense). I again opt for the belled Belgian beer glass as to keep the field level.

The color is almost identical to the Simcoe. Maybe it is slightly less turbid but the same deep amber and tan head greet me.

The smell is also much the same. Sweet and floral and full of tang. A solid grain bill creates the underpinnings and a nice yeast strain adds spiciness and depth.

The taste is amore (though I meant to type 'more' I will stick with the typo) I mean more piny and just as pleasing. I do note the hops are apparently higher in AA as there is a distinct bitterness that somewhat overtakes the yeasty balance. More citrus also seems present.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter perhaps but not much and the carbonation is the same natural wonderfulness that I enjoyed in the last single-hop IPA I had.

The extra bitterness reduces the drinkability slightly but the marks for said will remain high as the depth and quality beg to be imbibed.

I love this brewery and their wares. When I find more I will enjoy it.


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

sampled this one at brasserie V, sampled side by side with the single hop nelson sauvin and east kent golding

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a la chouffe glass - hazy copper amber body, light white ring

smell: distinctively cascade - grassy, floral green hops, pine, bitter citrus

taste: cascade is one of my favorite hops - nice pine bitterness, orange peel, lush citrus. consensus of both tasters was that this was the 2nd best of the 3 noted above, behind the nelso sauvin single hop

mouthfeel: stinging cascade hops, nice bitterness

drinkability : good

Photo of Florida9
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, dank orange in color. Pours with a huge, tight-foamed head with excellent retention and sheets of lacing.

S: Strong aroma of grapefruit, herbs, and grass.

T: This is where this beer loses me: Intensely grassy and strongly herbaceous. Parsley. A mild bitterness that grows, but then fades. "green."

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Slightly chewy and sticky.

D: Would you like some beer with your hops? This one tastes like they put hops and beer in a blender and then strained the resulting liquid - just too green and grassy for my likings.

Photo of PhxHorn
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a red copper color with 2" of foam, leaving thick lacing all the way down. The appearance is the best thing about it. Aroma is a bit weak, and the orangy hoppy flavor is on the weak side as well. Very drinkable, but there could have been more to it.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trying this side bye side against Warrior Single Hop.

Pours a golden orange color. Two finger rocky head that dies down to a nice layer of foam on top. Does not retain quite as well as Warrior. Lots of lacing left behind.

Smells of some spice (peppery), a slight orange/pineapple hop scent.

Tastes of slightly of orange, pineapple, bitter resin, a peppery spiciness and an interesting dank flavor. Big daddy IPA definitely uses Cascade hops.

Mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated. A bit dry. Nice hard hop bite at the end.

Decent drinkability, but intentionally one dimensional in flavor making me want to move on.

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

On tap at Max's today. My buddy and I split all 9 single hop Mikkelers they had on.

Mildly hazy orange-amber with a dense white head with great retention and lacing, this is a great looking IPA (as were the 8 others)

The aroma is rather disappointing with some citrus, particularly grapefruit and candied orange. The palate opens with a moderate hop character with plenty of candied orange and some grapefruit. Bitterness is moderate and the finish has a definite resiny character that I absolutely love. With low sweetness, this beer has a mild astringency. Still, this is solid

Photo of neorunner
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled this beer on draft with an almost full line-up of the Single Hop series (Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook, East Kent, Nelson Sauvin, Nugget, Simcoe, Tomohawk, Warrior. No Centennial.) at Max's Taproom in Baltimore on 4/24/10.

Definitely a much stronger hop, this hits you in the face. Spice and earthy notes are apparent alongside some citrus flavors with this Single Hop. Not the best pairing for the malt profile of this beer, but it would be near impossible to have a wort match perfectly with 10 different types of hops. Leaves a lingering bitterness and dry cotton feeling in the aftertaste.

Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an orange amber color with OK head retention and fairly decent lacing. It smells pretty similar to the amarillo version (which I just sampled), with pepper, some hoppy bitterness and a touch of malt. Might be a bit more malt aroma then in the Amarillo. On the palate, however, this beer is very different. The is a bit maltier and sweeter, and I get something of a celery salt flavor as well. It's also not quite bitter on the finish, and unlike the amarillo, I get some alcohol on the finish. Still a nice beer, but I think I prefer the amarillo. Mouthfeel is a bit fuller as well, and drinkability, while still pretty good, suffers a bit from the sweetness and heat from the alcohol.

Very interesting to sample these Mikkeller IPA's side by side.

Photo of capra12
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed solo served out of an East End pint glass.

Appearance: cloudy and brownish orange, with frothy 1 finger head.

Smell: This reminds me of a freshly peeled lychee, and green fruit, with a bit of green petals.

Taste: This open rather green with an interesting piney hop that turns into a bitter hop which carries into the after taste. Little of the nose makes it into the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation, rather coarse.

Drinkability: A bunch of these single hoppers from Mikeller turn out to be One and Dones for me. I recommend this to those who want to try cascade hopping in their brews.

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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this to further my knowledge of hop aromas and flavors and this did not disappoint. It smelled hoppy but odd, floral? The taste had a muddy hoppiness to it, very earthy and I was instantly reminded of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Celebration, they must use a ton of cascade in those beers. I think these beers are good for showcasing hops and being educational but I'd never buy one more than once. Not to mention they are expensive.

Photo of Overlord
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Whoa. Expected a lot more from this hop.

Pours orange. Large white foam head. Smells ... soapy and of bitter pine. Actually, just bitter ... kind of like pine rinds.

Taste is just straight-forward, bracing bitterness. Really no fruit, and calling it "pine" is stretching. Just palate blasting bitterness.

A chore to drink, no malt.

Photo of ADZA
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gotta admit i love these single hop IPA's from Mikkeller and i am a big fan of the cascade hop so here goes,it pours a light copper hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves a creamy two finger head and nice sticky lacing everywhere,the aromas are piney hops dipped in honey and a tinge of malt,it has a nice easy sessionable mouthfeel to it with tastes of piney hops,honey,malts and it finishes with a slightly bitter finish,overall i have to say i was expecting so much more from this brew being one of my fav hops and even tho it is easily drinkable i just dont think the cascade worked well on its own in this brew but you have to try it so you can make your own assertion.

Photo of champ103
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber/reddish color. A two finger white head forms with decent retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Not much here. Light pine and grapefruit. Some malty sweetness lingers. Pretty generic.
T: A stronger bitterness is present, but no real hop flavor. A sweetness, and an odd woody flavor linger.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Sticky and oily. Not hard to drink, but one is enough.

Decent, but a little to simplistic. Cascades are not my favorite type of hops, but there is little character of any kind here. Again, not bad, but uninspired.

Photo of cdrogers
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Chilled overnight and let stand on the counter for about 15 minutes to knock the chill off before serving.

A: Very nice pour, golden in color. Excellent, I mean excellent, creamy and silky head. Looked almost like a whip cream on top.

S: Definitely a lot of citrus notes coming from this. Lots of grapefruit.

T: Hop, hop, hoppy. Not a lot of bitterness with the cascade hops in general, but definitely an IPA. Nice bitter.

M: Wasn't bad at all in the mouthfeel. Nice and light across the board.

D: Not something I could drink everyday, but it was an exceptional beer. I'm a fan of the IPA's, but not as a regular style. I would definitely recommend this and buy it again and again, if it only lasted that long.

Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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!

Photo of jsh420
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle cap read 08/01/11

pours murky amber orange with a 2 finger pillowy chunky head that had good retention and left lacing all over the glass

smells of citrus and a little evergreen/xmas tree - also has malt

taste is a bit rough - bitter sour citrus hops with some xmas tree mixed with sweet malts

mouthfeel is ok - very carbonated medium body

drinkability is so so - glad i tried this one but its not for me

Photo of plaid75
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a murky copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a full cascade citrus and a touch of ester.

The taste consisted of a juicy citrus hop and featured a light caramel and subtle ester.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very good single hopped IPA.

Photo of GarrisWH
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy, orange/amber with a large, sticky, off-white head that slowly recedes, leaving some pretty nice lacing behind.

S - Floral and citric hops with a bit of grassiness, backed up by ample bready malt. Not bad, but the hops could be a bit more in the forefront.

T - Citric and floral tones as well as some sweet, tropical fruit (pineapple comes to mind) followed by moderately sweet, bready and toasty malt flavors. Moderate level of bitterness. Somewhat grassy quality to the hops as well. Finish is fairly dry, and some of the citric and floral flavors as well as a touch of toasted malt carry into the aftertaste. More hop-forward than the nose let on.

M - Light bodied with a fairly low carbonation. Feels just a little bit too watered down to rate too high in this area.

D - Overall, I enjoyed this one. Nice showcase of the qualities of the cascade. There are other IPAs I would pick up before this in the future, but its worth a try, if only to single out hops and learn more about their individual characteristics.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of DosBeerigos
1.6/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

C. Cloudy
H. Orange
N. Sweet, nice balance of hops and malt, subtle pineapple

Wow, well once again I felt like I should contact Glade Plug-ins on this beer. The noise was soo sexy I was actually really excited about trying this beer. It had a perfect balance of malt and hops on the noise and let off a subtle scent of pineapple, and I love pineapple. I put my mouth up to the glass tilted my head up and let that lovely scent of beer hit my senses and POW...I was attacked by straight malt and then possibly the worst after taste I have ever experienced. It tasted like dirt or smoke or something, but it won't go away. The bottle says that it is an American Style IPA well I think that Belgium should stick to making their beers and not American Style. Cause Our IPA's don't taste like SHIT! THIS ONE SURE DOES.
Score;1.99 (id give it lower but it smelled like heaven)

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