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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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Photo of tturaiders
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. The beer is amber/dark orange with a decent sized head on it. The head retains itself for a good amount of time and you see some decent lacing as it recedes. The aroma consists of citrus, hops, a bit of sweet fruit, and a hint of malt and caramel. When drinking it, you taste hops and some sour fruit right off the bat. I also picked up a slight malty and earthy flavor and it finishes a little bitter. The carbonation seems to work well with the beer.

All in all, it wasn't bad. I liked the smell of the beer but the bitterness lingered a bit longer than I would like. I did enjoy the single hop aspect, though.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled bottle into my Uprising chalice at Novare Res. It has an opaque, dark orange appearance. There is a thin white head. There is no visible carbonation, but it is a dark beer, so any rising bubbles may be hidden from view. The aroma is surprising. I can smell sweet malts and some fruity hops. They work very well together. It has a crisp, dry bitter flavor. It's very hoppy! It starts out bitter, then bitter flavors return anew in the finish. Not surprisingly, there is a bitter aftertaste as well. It actually tastes slightly creamy at first. It has a world class level of flavor. It has a lighter medium body. It's hard to tell if the tickle I feel on my tongue is due to the carbonation or the bitter hops. It feels good either way. I find it to be very drinkable for a bitter beer. I wouldn't want an entire 4/6 pack, but I could easily finish this bottle. With just these 12 ounces, I won't get tired of the bitter hops.

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.

Photo of billyshears
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy orange/amber, slight head.
S: Hop spice and citrus; some biscuit malt.
T: Earthy hops with some spice. Decent malt but clearly not the headliner. Some citrus-type sourness to it. dry finish with a harsh lingering bitterness.
M: Ample carbonation; medium bodied. Swish it around and it really froths up.
D: It is what the label says. This makes me realize Cascade hops needs a little help from his friends. It's good as a tool for training the palate, but not an IPA I'd turn to again.

Photo of paco1029384756
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly cloudy orange color with two fingers of sticky white head that lasts for a decent amount of time.

Scent of sour citrus, sweet fruit, leafy, spicy hops, and faint caramel. It has some qualities that would make it good, but it unfortunately falls quite short with the tartness.

Taste of spicy, grassy hops, earth, dry sugar, some caramel, and sour fruit. As the scent let on, there is a distinct sourness here as well, taking away from what would otherwise be considered a good beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and fairly tight with a noticeable dryness, one of the only redeeming qualities, but not enough to save it.

Photo of dciBA
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

poured a hazy orange into my snifter. thin head that hangs around for a while. smells like a fresh grapefruit, with some sweet malt in there too. taste is pretty hop forward without being overwhelmed with bitterness. grapefruity, citrusy and a touch malty. finish is dry with a little bitter hops at the tail end. body is average at best, maybe a little too thin. A little more carbonated than I expected, but that isn't a drawback. The flavors and smell really come out as this one warms. Overall a good solid IPA, just don't expect to get your socks knocked off with hopiness.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of timtim
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i don't know... maybe this is a beer that has inconsistancies from bottle to bottle or maybe beer distributor to beer distributor because mine is really looking and smelling wonderful. love the beer 101 series. muddy, murky, burnt-orange with an off white head that really holds and leaves webby lace all over. very nice. nose is like smelling a tagerine flavored grapefruit in a pine forest all on top of some rather caramelly, biscuity malt. looks like with the exception of the hops, all the other ingredients are the same, but this one seems to exhibit more caramel and less bread/biscuit. taste is damn good actually too, and even though the hops play the main stage for sure, there is definitely a lot going on behind them, and not only do we get a lesson in hop varietal, we get a good feel of what role the malt and yeast play as well. plus, it all retain a tiny bit of balance. good one mikkeller. very bitter finish that leaves the taste of grass and grapefruit on the palate for a while. tons of fun. stop hating. these guys make great beer.

Photo of Brabander
2.36/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this bottle from the Cracked kettle in Amsterdam. Poured it in my dutch beerglas from the 'halve zool' beer. Starts good with a very nice head and a nice ambercolour beer. No carbonation at all? When i look very close; yes there is some! The first smell and sip are not very good. The smell is reasonable but the beer tastes not very nice. There is a strange aftertaste which has to do with the head. Not a good start for my first beer from Denmark. Better luck next time.

Photo of albern
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the worst beer I've had from Mikkeller, which typically makes really nice beers. It is also a lousy interpretation of the style, if in fact they were aiming for a nouvelle type IPA. The beer was just bitter, uninteresting, hard to enjoy, and harsh throughout. It had very little bready notes underneath, it was a tad thin except for the acerbic hop tastes. There were no fruity, estery, piney, or orangy hop notes, and I mean nothing to recommend the hop. It just was leafy and harsh. It completely lacked balance and was just a beer not worth going back to. I will continue to purchase Mikkeller based on their other offerings, but not this one.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light amber with strong carbonation and a nice 3 inch head.

S: Pungent grassy aroma with strong citrus as well. Some faint caramel malts too.

T: Strong and slightly harsh bitterness. Grapefruit and some pine. Fruity and malty with caramel flavors really coming out. Finishes slightly harsh.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Moderate carbonation.

D: A pretty standard IPA. Tastes a little homebrewish. I love cascades, which makes this a treat for me. Others may not be as happy with this though.

Photo of rpstevens
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of brdc
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting idea, with the same base beer and a single, different hop which allows you to "study" the differences between each hop variety. I just wish they had added some infromation about the "base beer".

We are trying four on the same night, starting with cascade and warrior.
Both pour a nice, dark golden, warrior a bit hazier than cascade, which is fairly clean.
Very nice, fluffy and long lasting light brown head, very good lacing (nobody seems to beat belgians when it comes to lacing). Beautfiul presentation accross the border.
Toasted, caramel malts form the base for a flowery, citrusy hoppiness that is not complex, but very pleasant. The aroma on the cascade is definitely more intense, with a predominant citrusy note; the warrior is interestingly more flowery, less intense, and the malts are more noticeable.
The flavor follows suit; light caramel cookie base, with a predominantly hoppy taste, citrusy particularly on cascade, and significantly more bitter here than the warrior.
Both are medium bodied.

A very interesting experiment, in a very good beer.

Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm trying the Cascade immediately after the Warrior version.

Bountiful starting head that leaves extensive lace on the glass. Hazy orange-amber color.

A relatively malty version of an American IPA. The hop is milder than most. Nice balance.

I find this to be a better tasting (due to an increased complexity) from the Warrior version. But this improvement is diminished by the lighter body. Overall, it's a pleasant and remarkably drinkable IPA.

Photo of Murchmac
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes: Im reviewing mostly for the points now.

Big white foamy head, beautiful dark amber/brownish very carbonated

sweet, some malts

Malt at first very bitter hops, citrus, resinous.

Reminds me of the pacific northwest A little expensive for what it is. I like the idea of the single hop brews, but this one was just ok. Dont spend your money on it.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with drink by 8/1/11 on the cap. In a pint glass the beer was a hazy amber with a thick tan head. Good retention. It had a pungent citrus aroma, with some sweet malt. Taste of grapefruit and malt. Well-balanced, nice beer. Could be a good session beer, but the price of $7.00 per bottle would preclude drinking a lot of these.

Photo of Reagan1984
1.82/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I'm a big Cascade fan so this should be interesting.

Frothy/Creamy 3 finger head that shows decent retention. Clumps of lacing. Slightly hazy amber colored beer with some orange/brown tones.

The initial smell is quite disappointing. Some fusel alcohol, a bit of yeast and the slightest fruit note. No floral aroma at all.

Wow, this literally tastes like some homebrew I used to make.

Way too much alcohol. If this is listed as an American IPA, then this is not very good. Dead Hop bitterness dominates. Some yeast tones and again some alcohol flavor. No freshness at all, no floral, citrus or pine hop notes.

Almost powder like, sharp bitterness at end.

Not very good at all. I paid $6.99 for this? Makes you sick when a bomber of Arrogant Bastard is $4.99....

Never again.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a murky rustic orange with a 3 finger dome head that was cream-eggshell white in color. The head was sudsy, calving around the edges, moderately lasting and left broken streaky trails for a lacing.

S: grassy with dominant grapefruit and lemon peel scents. An underlying breadiness was also noted here, medium in strength but overall was nothing to really write home about.

T: The flavor seemed thin upon the first sip from the pilsner malting. Lightly toasted malt from the munich gives a decent dry crispness but ultimately it is the pilsner malting that gives this a weak backing. The hopping is generous, dry and grassy with grapefruit peels and a juicy lemon helping combined with pine and dry orange grinds. There is a decent spiciness as well with a toasted grains and dry pine on the finish but ultimately the malting was lacking here.

M: thin, a bit watery and lacking substance. Not a lot of carbonation detected with a decent lacing of dried lemon peels coating the tongue. Overall the thin body hurts this here.

D: easy, only because of the thin body which emphasized the hoppiness but didn't compliment it. Much better examples out there, of the single ipa batches I think this is the weakest by mikkeller and you wont be missing much here. Definitely opt for their warrior, it would be money better spent.

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

Appearance: hazy dark orange in color with a 1" fluffy head that lingers around a while.

Smell: fruit sweetness and some softer grapefruit tones are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, plum sweetness, grapefruit, some soft pine tones, and a biting bitterness make up a nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Relatively short aftertaste despite the biting bitterness.

Drinkability: nice IPA that hits the spot. Easy to consume and a few could be had in a session.

Photo of GRG1313
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of ToddT
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Super three finger head with lots of cragginess and cathedral lacing. Thus recedes to a thick film o' foam throughout the whole bottle of beer. Holy lemony lime-ade. Very super citrus juice aroma with some strong amber biscuit dough. The taste starts with lemon and grapefruits rinds. The middle reveals hints of pineapple. The finsh gives the biscuits in the overn some spotligh, but this beer is all about hop bitterness and flavor. The palate is super citrus and bitter. The finish is particularly bitter, but satisfying. This beer is quite unique and interesting to taste, Seeing as how they use only one hop. I can't wait to try the others.

Photo of Kraken
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes consumed 08/18/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an over-sized wine goblet. Firm pour evokes a thin rocky 1/4 inch of off white head. Head sticks around and leaves a spotty lace. Color is a very dark brownish cloudy orange.

Nose- Heavy over ripe citrus, orange, and grapefruit feature. Carmel, some spice. Tangerine and vanilla.

Pallate- Fantastic. Wonderful caramel, some biscuit. The Cascade hops feature. Bright floral citrus, grapefruit, lemon, some tangerine. Sharp and pronounced bitterness in the finish. Finishes dry with a bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated, dry.

Drinkability- Good, but a little pricey at $5 a bottle

Cascade Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.