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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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Reviews: 162
Hads: 237
Avg: 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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Reviews: 162 | Hads: 237
Photo of berebrando
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of fourplayed
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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

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.

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

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

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of gtn80
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of gfreed
4.8/5  rDev +31.5%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap date 23/12/11. Served from bottle into a COAST imperial pint. Poured a hazy red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout. THe aroma was comprised of malt and cascade hops (duh). The flavor followed the nose pretty much with a nice subtle hop bite at the end. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a very nicely balanced IPA. The malt selection here went really nicely with the flavor from the cascade hops. Making this one very drinkable and smooth. This is a definite must try.

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

This beer pours a light copper with burnt orange highlights, which produces a creamy, dense and sticky head.

Its aroma is extremely fruity, with a malt undertone. Fresh pine transforms to tropical fruits like pineapple along with apricot, orange and red apple.

The taste is bitter from the very first sip, with some malt, then an explosion of pineapple, orange and apple, unripe banana then earthy, herbal hop flavor on back with a hint of tobacco in the bitter finish.

It has a smooth mouthfeel with a medium body, very refreshing and a good straightforward hop character with nice even malt.

This is not really a pine or grapefruit bomb that most IPA's embody, but it has some great hop profile.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went to the GingerMan in Midtown Manhattan and was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were running a Mikkeller special featuring seven our eight single hop ipa's as well as some other interesting specialties. I have loved these beers when I've had, i believe, all of them at one time or another in bottles. On draft, in a flight of multiple single hops, comparing them side by side demonstrates why some hops are better for bitterness and others for aroma and flavor. I recently had a flight of Cascade, Chinook, Tomahawk and Warrior.

Cascade: As might be expected, great aroma and flavor but not as much bitterness as you'd like in an IPA. Very enjoyable and one that I'll get again.

Chinook: The chinook, which is typically a bittering hop, is a sentimental favorite of mine. Although it doesn't offer the same citrusy aroma of many West Coast finishing hops, it is an all around good beer and maybe my favorite.

Tomahawk: Not as bitter as the Chinook but a little more aromatic as well. Very good flavor and and that i might venture for again.

Warrior: The weakest of of the bunch, I thought, but perhaps the most well balance of the four. Some good bitterness, some good aroma, some good flavor. I'll get this again.

Any of these is worthing getting if you see them in bottles or on tap.

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Photo of JLeege
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- same hazy burnt orange color as I have gotten in the other single hops. small quick disipating head on this one

Smell- citrus and pine again.

Taste- mostly citrus, grapefruit/pineapple. Some pine.

Mouthfeel- this one is a bit thin

Overall- this one alright, from the three I have tried this single hop series wasnt all that great for me. Its a cool idea but I think an american brewer would do better with this format.

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Photo of JoePat
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hop haze amber with a light kaki to off white head that pours thick and slowely dissipates.

The aroma is of perfectly clean, citrusy twange grape fruit. I cannot stress the grape fruit enogh! As it warms you get light notes of caramel from the malt.

The flavor is a balanced IPA with some flowery citrusy hops and a nice malty back bone. Nothing really special in the flavor and it leaves a bitter dryness on your tongue afterwards.

The mouthfeel is clean and smooth with a tognue tickeling carbonation and bitterness in the end.

A pretty average beer. Not exreamly drinkable but by no mean hard to put down. Judging from this beer I love the aroma of Cascade, don't get a whole lot I like from the flavor and the bitterness is a great balance with malt

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.27/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a decent head. Wonderful aromas of sweet juicy orange and grapefruit with just the right touch of sweet malt to balance the hops. Tastes of spicy orange up-front followed by a blast of grapefruit pith and pine. Very nice! Dry and spicy in the mouth, this is a delicious beer- quite bitter and drying in the finish. I love the idea of these single hop beers, and even better I've really enjoyed the excellent execution. Kudos!

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Making a run at some of the Mikkeller Single Hop series tonight. On a recent trip I was able to find the Nelson Sauvin, Cascade, Centennial, and Simcoe. As a fan of hops in general and IPAs in particular I'm hoping that this will not only be fun, but educational as well.

11.2 ounce bottle. I'm of the opinion that Cascade is one of the most well known - and well used - hops in the American craft beer scene. Pours a copper color with some light haze. Smallish half inch head with some decent lacing and mild carbonation levels. Aroma is somewhat soapy (in a good way) with notes of fresh grass and grapefruit. I actually pick up on some light malt sweetness in the nose. Medium bodied mouthfeel with some nice carbonation. Taste is almost completely unexpected, with the grapefruit notes carrying directly over. Lots of different things going on in this one. It's sweeter than you expect, with some nice malt characteristics shining through. The hops lend a very floral and very fruity note to the affair. Very long and very dry finish.

It's hard to believe that this beer has the same malt and yeast profile as others in the series. It tastes completely different. Cascade is a very fruity, particularly grapefruit, experiance. It's almost a sweet beer at times but it finishes quite dry and somewhat bitter. Probably not an IPA I would drink every day of the week but an interesting experience nonetheless. It's nice to see a hardworking hop like Cascade be featured independentally. Worth drinking for the educational value alone.

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Photo of chefkevlar
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A beautiful caramel colored liquid with an inch or so of fluffy just-slightly tan head

S: The smell is a balance between caramel from the malts and a citrus/floral aroma from the hops

T: At first the flavor is sweet, with a the citrus/floral aromas providing complexity. The finish is dry and slightly bitter though, and the bitterness stays in your mouth for a while, but it is not unplesant. Overall the flavor is very well balanced

M: A medium body is lightened by generous carbonation

D: This was an enjoyable beer, but at around $5 a pop not one that I can afford to drink in quantity

Overall: As part of the single hop series, an interesting way to be able to learn the flavors of different hops. Although relatively expensive it was a worthwile purchase for the educational value alone

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Photo of headlessclown
4.54/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into 25cl Heineken glass
Date on bottle: 23/12/11

A: Generous 3-4 cm white head that slowly dissipates to leave medium lacing. Amber colour with a hint of haze, but not a lot.

S: Good balance between citrus (orange?) notes and floral hops rounded out by the malt. Not overpowering and very pleasant.

T: Taste backs up the smell, with citrus and malt followed up by the hop bitterness - but again, not overpowering. Taste becomes more evident as the drink warms up.

M: Moderately creamy and easy to swallow. I couldn't feel any carbonation towards the end as it warmed up.

D: A good example of its type, and one of the better Mikkeller Single Hop beers I've had. Feels more drinkable than 6.9% ABV. I already want another one. A tad pricey but I'd certainly go back to it again.

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Photo of emsroth
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Expensive but worth it for the education.

App: fluffy tan head over a cloudy amber body

Smell: very distinct. I would say the strongest aroma is over ripe strawberries. A bit of resin.

Taste. Subdued malt fades into Fruity hops. A bit of ruby red and a berry after taste. End with a firm, dry bitterness and a touch of caramel malt.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber with a good head and good retention, leaves clouds/chunks of lacing.

Big aromas of malt and floral hops.

Taste is malty with a floral, fruity hoppiness typical of Cascade hops.

Body is medium with good level of carbonation, giving this a creamy mouthfeel.

A very drinkable brew showcasing the Cascade hops variety. Have yet to compare with other hop varieties in the Mikkeller series, but this is very well done and at 6.9% ABV, very drinkable.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A; Poured a deep orange color with good carbonation leaving a nice white head

S: Nose is sordove faint, some floral notes and grains

T: Has a subtle floral note, I was expecting more floral notes but a decent amount of hop oils in it. Toasted notes, nice malts backbone but not enough Cascade in this for me, not warrant the price! Hop bite mid to end.

M: hop bite present, good carbonation and a bittnerness and a light booze sting.

D: Ok but not worth the bucks!

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stadard pint glass a hazed,murky burnt orange with tight formed 1/2 finger clingy white head that never really completely settled leaving globs of lace behind.Light citrus in the nose along with some sweetish caramel malt,the cascades wich are a good aroma hop seem a bit subdued really.Again on the palate there is a bit of a citric quality and light resin but its intertwined with a hefty caramel/biscuit malt base.Its a decent beer but not a real showcase of cascade hops in my mind.

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

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber, capped by a one to one and a half finger, frothy off-white head. Retention is good and it leaves some light lacing down the glass.

S: Strong citrus up front with grapefruit and a lot of lemon, along with some oranges. Floral hops lie behind the citrus, followed by a light caramel malt base and some hints of honey.

T: A bit more hop heavy than the nose, with the citrus remaining strong and herbal/floral hops taking on a bigger role. Less lemony, more grapefruity, and a lot more peppery. Finishes long with a resinous bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, feels creamy but not overly so.

D: The long finish doesn't exactly make it one to quaff, but it's well put together and not hard to drink.

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

Beautiful pour with a hazy amber-golden color and enormous head. Oodles of carbonation just streaming up from the bottom. Nose has a clean, bready quality. Palate offers not much malt but a heavy dose of citrusy hops and some herbal qualities towards the end. Finish is rather long and herbal.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cascade, c'mon down...

Pours a dark burnt orange and acorn color. White head builds up to about 3 fingers, sticky rocky and very good lacing. A touch cloudy.

Aroma seems strong at first, but just a quick bite in the air grabs my attention. Hops for sure. Some light malt and caramel. Vine and wet earth are begging to get out of citrus umbrella.

Taste follows the nose. Citrus, persimmon, flower stem or dandelion, faint caramel. A bit metallic and piney on the finish. Great bite and feel.
great drinking

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Cascade Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
83 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.