Cascade - Pipeworks Brewing Company
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3.39/5 rDev -19.1%
9.5% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with orange branded pry-off pressure cap and uninteresting label art acquired from my long-time trade partner Duff27 and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in low altitude Austin, TX. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current 93 rating. Unfiltered. Reviewed as an imperial IPA since the label clearly identifies it as such. Batch #239 240 241.
Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a three finger wide head of pale khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Has a fairly soft complexion and a pretty even consistency. Some soapy lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is excellent for the high ABV - 10+ minutes - and longer than I can wait to try this beer. Digging the head.
Body colour is a clear translucent clean copper gold of above average vibrance. Appears well-carbonated. No floating yeast particles or sediment is visible. I'm a bit surprised at the beer's clarity given how emphatic the label's description of the beer is that it's unfiltered.
Overall, it's a pretty standard/predictable appearance for an imperial IPA. Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws here. I'm optimistic.
Sm: Has a nice caramalt presence as well as ample amount of pale malts, which lend the beer a notable sweetness that counters the hoppy bitterness nicely (at least here on the aroma). It's spicier than anticipated - allspice I guess? Hopwise, I get some grapefruit character, plenty of floral hop character, and a kiss of resins. Overall, it's a bit more biscuity and malty than most good imperial IPAs I've had, so I am bit concerned. This hop profile doesn't really cater too closely to my personal tastes; I'm not finding heavy resins, oils, citrus, and nectary character. But the grapefruit seems nice enough.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I don't find any off-notes.
An inoffensive aroma of mild strength.
T: Has a lovely subtle grapefruit punch. Some of my concerns were unfounded; the maltiness is nicely executed here and never quite feels too sweet. Pale malts, caramalt, maybe some biscuit and/or crystal malt. Has a good firm foundation, but the malty build does distract from what should be the highlight - the hops. There's plenty of floral hop character, a kiss of spiciness, some herbal hop character, and some mild resins. Unfortunately, it has just a hint of that stale orange juice note I despise in an IPA; it's pretty faint, so it's tolerable, but it does bother me - especially as the beer warms.
I do like the flavour profile in general, but I'm a bit surprised at its simplicity. There's some interesting subtlety here - especially where the grapefruit is concerned - but it lacks complexity and intricacy. Still, who knew a brewery could actually go for grapefruit carefully, rather than shoving it down your throat? Pipeworks could teach many a west coast brewery a lesson in imperial IPA brewing. That said, the balance isn't quite up to par. It's a cohesive build, but isn't gestalt.
Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.
I'm surprised the hopheads are flocking to this one as much as they are (or would be assumed given its current 93 rating) - the hops aren't as prominent as you'd expect in a beer of this style.
No yeast character or overt alcohol comes through. I don't pick up on any off-flavours.
Mf: Medium to full-bodied. Good thickness. Has a good weight on the palate. A bit overcarbonated. Fairly filling. Lightly sticky. It's got a pretty decent presence on the palate. The texture is well suited to the taste in a general sense, but there's definitely room to tinker with the mouthfeel in order to truly elevate the best flavours. For starters, it's slightly coarse - which doesn't suit it too well - and it's a bit too wet. The result is an unrefreshing mouthfeel which has too much edge for this relatively mellow flavour profile.
Not astringent, oily, creamy, gushed, hot, or boozy - though there is some alcohol warmth.
Dr: Absolutely a drinkable imperial IPA, but far from the best in its class. I'd get it again if I was in the right mood and came across it naturally, but I'm not convinced it's worth seeking out. More pretty good work from Pipeworks. Constructively, the ABV could be better disguised.
I'm really glad I got a chance to try this. Huge thanks to Duff27!
02-09-2014 01:02:31 | More by kojevergas
3.53/5 rDev -15.8%
bomber into tulip.
A: very cloudy. pours a pinkish hue. head is bubbly and slightly off-white. good retention. tons of sticky lacing.
S: minor oxidation. smells fruity. significant malt presence. not getting blown away by the cascade hops here.
T: pretty fruity. pear, melon, grapes. decent amount of caramel. especially in the finish. similar to the nose, really not blown away by the hops which is a bit of a shame. regardless, not a bad flavor.
M: good carb. medium/full body.
D: good, not great. really a bit disappointed seeing the hype around the ninja brews. wish I was more taken. I gotta give this a pass mostly based on price point and hype.
11-30-2013 05:08:50 | More by Jimmys
4/5 rDev -4.5%
A - Orange with a hazy body. Lemon accents. Nice white head on it.
S - Orange and pine with a slight citrus presence. Lots of wet and resiny hops to it. Slighty medicinal and wet grass
T - Strong bitter and grapefruit hops that give it a strong bitter bite to it. It definitely has a wet grassy and fresh hop flavor to it. The hops remain on in the finish.
M - Thick resiny hops remain on the tongue. Medium body with a light stickiness to it
O - Big, thick and resiny beer with a good bitter kick to it. One of the wettest beers I've had that highlights the cascade hops well.
06-02-2013 04:52:20 | More by jeonseh
Cascade from Pipeworks Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.