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Cascade I.P.A. - Amherst Brewing Co.

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Cascade I.P.A.Cascade I.P.A.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amherst Brewing Co. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-07-2003)
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Reviews by CrazyMacHarris99:
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%

Big thanks to Jagger for sending this growler as an extra in a recent growler swap!

This one pours a hazy, cloudy amber orange with a thick off-white head. The smell is a faint piney and citrus hop with a small hint of biscuit malts. The taste is much the same but the hops are showcased here. The first time I had this I got a very overpowering malt presence but I tried it again and the hops are overpowering the malt. The mouthfeel is thin but just what I was looking for in this refreshing IPA. Drinkability is also very good. Overall this was a little light for me. Its more like an overhopped APA to me but still a great offering.

-Crazy

CrazyMacHarris99, Sep 15, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of dpfeffer
5/5  rDev +30.2%

dpfeffer, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of DrewBest
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

DrewBest, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of asabreed
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Served in a pint glass at the brewery.

Appearance: A copper / amber color, and though admittedly it was filled pretty much to the top, there wasn't a lot of lacing or retention from the foam doing much.

Smell: A solid but not overwhelming sense of hops, good malty dark fruits, and grainy husks and earthiness.

Taste: The hops aren't overly bitter and work really well with the fruitiness of the malt. They both go well with the earthy and fresh graininess and husk flavors from the earthiness. Finish goes from bitter to sweeter and keeps changing throughout, which is nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, which was slightly surprising, with good carbonation overall.

Drinkability: A solid and fresh take on the Cascade style. Had we stayed longer, I could've had at least two more pretty easily.

asabreed, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

On tap at the brewpub. Aggressively carbonated yet light mouthfeel, minimum head with lace. Citrus taste is significant. This is perhaps the most drinkable of all their beers.All I can describe is an average American style IPA. Average for the style.

Sammy, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of fitzy84
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

Tried this one at ABC. When brought forth, it had a good glow appearance that was distorted from it's murky composition. It had a nice, thick aroma, well developed hop odor. It's taste was heavy with citrus, but its carbonation was very crisp. Overall, one of ABC's classic IPAs.

fitzy84, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of ColdOneKev
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

ColdOneKev, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of 80x2HopHead
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

80x2HopHead, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of erosier
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

L: Pours a nice amber color with a tall and thick white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, and nice sweet/bitter cascade hops. It's a bit citrisy and a bit piney.
T: Taste is very good for this IPA. The bittersweet citrisy piney hops go really well with the malty base.
M: Very crisp, refreshing, delicious.
D: Very drinkable IPA, liked this one alot.

erosier, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev +4.2%

I think that growlers get a little bit oxidized and lose head and retention. Retention is good though, and the lacing stays for a long time.

Pours a 1 finger head in my 32 oz. mug. Murky brown in color. Smell of pale and caramel malts with cascade hops. I believe I smell crystal malts as the dominant malt. Well balanced nose that is a little faint (probably from the trip.

There is some dry pale malt that comes out on the palate first, balanced by a slight caramel malting. It finishes with a one dimensional cascade hop bitterness. I think this brew could use another hop addition for the malting behind it or that It could use a lighter bodied malt backbone to accentuate the citrusy that comes from cascade hops.

Mouthfeel has a decent cling to the palate, but lacks a crisp and full body. Perhaps this was cask conditioned at one point.

Not a bad beer, needs a lighter maltiness or another hop to compliment the cascade. But that is a small flaw, not a big one.

This beer gets better as it warms, but my criticisms of it remain the same.

jasonjlewis, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of JG-90
4/5  rDev +4.2%

JG-90, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

Enjoyed on cask at the brewpub. Presented in a pint glass.

Frothy, thick 3/4" head, over a clear dark gold/amber brew. Aroma of pale malts and surprising little hops. Taste has a strong base of pale malts, and is quickly overcome by the flood of Cascade hops that must have been hiding from the nose. Goes down smooth like most of their casks. Mouthfeel and drinkability were excellent. Another ABC cask that I could and would drink this all day if I "had" to.

<edit> - 8 months later, without referencing this review, rated this brew within 0.1 of this review. Apparently this is still as great as it was. Check it out!

ppoitras, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

The ABC is a pretty nice place. This was the only beer I got to sample during my most recent visit, and I was glad to see it as a cask selection. Served cold. A nice light orange amber color with an inch of puffy off-white head on the top. Smell is a bit subdued, but I can pick up on some bitter hops. Taste is a tad watery for and IPA, but that also might be due to the cask conditioning. Tastes hoppy, yeah, but not as much as I was expecting. Kind of tastes more like an English ESB to me, which is fine. It's definately got a bitter dirty bite to the end of it, which is nice. Mouthfeel is of course very smooth and creamy from the hand pump. Mmmmm. Pretty drinkabe decent beer. I'll have to have it on tap sometime to compare the difference.

twelvsies, Dec 17, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

IPAchris, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Cask at the Brew pub.

Long engine pour yields upside down water fall with fluffy huge head big bubbles , murky amber reddish tan like color, nice lacing.

Nose dcnt hops with cascade light grassy and bit spicy with hint of fruit almost citrusy but not quite, hint of malty sweetness, a nice spicy grassy hop mostly in the background though.

Taste brings a nice cascade flavor, a bit of citrus with light spicy and grassy hops, lighter but decent biterness, light sweet fln uffy malts with a hint of caramel. Finish is drier with little sticky malt, nice ramping btterness and more spicy light citrus hops. Clean profile overall.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb for cask, nice soft cask like feel.

Overall not bad, very basic recipe that let the hops shine through well. Nice and clean tasty, and decent cask.

jlindros, Aug 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Remdog, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of sulldaddy
3.38/5  rDev -12%

Had this brew with dinner tonite. It came to me in a pint glass and was a hazy orange color. The surprise was the beer was cold! I thougth cask brews were normally room or cellar temp. The head was bright white and soft and fluffy. Great retention! Always about a cm throughout my drink.
The aroma is one dimensional with piney hops dominating.
First sip reveals a smooth soft carbonation as cask brews should be. Flavor is faint sweet caramel up front but is overtaken by sour citrus hops from middle to finish. This beer is smooth and easy to drink but could use a little more development on the flavor.

sulldaddy, Feb 15, 2004
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Ropowers3, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

"Light amber in color, medium body with a hoppy aroma and finish."

Modest head, but it leaves a coating of lace. Neutral amber color and cloudy.

Fresh hop cone aroma--spicy.

Solid malt start; gives way to a hop bitterness that lasts through the aftertaste. Below average in terms of richness, but it's not that distracting. Of the flight, this was my favorite offering.

smcolw, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of currysage1
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

Defintely not an IPA fan but this one struck me as something I would order again. Definately not an intense IPA as far as the hops go, but I like a balanced beer personally. Love the fact that they choose not to filter this product, allows other flavors to work off each other.

Pours a hazy murky amber color with a nice crowning of off white head, good lacing on the way down as well as head retention.

Smell is first off of grains not of hops but those come in very quickly. They are subtle, with nice spicy tones mixed with general fruitiness. Gives way to more malted grains.

Taste is wonderful lots of play between the ingredients, hops mingle nicely with malt. Fruits such as lemons and grapefruit mixed with peppercorns and dark brown bread.

Feel is good as well nice consistency, not overly carbonated.

currysage1, Jun 06, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

JMAC45, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%

poured a dark orange with murky body. rather flat... probably a mechanical issue.

this beer is unimpressive in the aroma, some hops detectable but not much else, and very light at that.

light body with a real fresh bitterness. very drinkable, especially when washing down a good meal. unfortunately, a little less substance than i usually seek out in my ipa's. not all that people make it out to be.. a disappointment.

goodbyeohio, Mar 21, 2005
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Cascade I.P.A. from Amherst Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.