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Cyclops IPA | Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

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Cyclops IPACyclops IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States
cascadelakes.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
"For the hop lover in us all, we present Cyclops IPA.
The substantial gravity is met by a cornucopia of 5 hop varieties, which yield striking flavor and aroma, that results in one of the more balanced and aromatic IPA offerings you’ll wrap your hands around."

Grain: 2- Row Pale malt, Crystal and Munich
Hops: Warrior, Willamette, Liberty, Cascade and Centennial

Added by Reidrover on 11-19-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,699
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
90
pDev:
18.55%
Bros Score:
3.15
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
23
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of BirdieBoy76
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shortbox81
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mild IPA, not quite the usual bite others are known for from this region. Light amber in color with thin head. Aroma is subdued hops, taste is caramel malt with a tiny hops nip at the tail end. Some lingering bitterness on the palate. A good started IPA for someone not used to the style.

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Photo of Tone
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, citrus hops, slight hop resin, alcohol, earthy malt, and slight pine. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, hop resin, floral hops, alcohol, earthy malt, slight sweet malt, and pine. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewpub.

Look: deep amber body with a very good, off-white head; excellent lacing.

Mild aroma features hops that provide some tropical fruit notes.
Flavor: follows the nose.Moderate+ bitterness. Moderately strong and bitter for style.

Medium body and lively carbonation.

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Photo of Joycesehablabeer
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dangerously drinkable. Tasty. Wasn't amazed at the first sip, but was so happy with it by the end of my 10oz pour and had to have more.
Not the best scent, but a smooth and enjoyable taste. Maybe good for a party filled with IPA drinkers who have a variable style preference? I think it would be a crowd pleaser.

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Photo of ivantheiceman
2.82/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance was a nice medium gold color and it was somewhat hazy. When it was poured it has a 1/4inch head and it dissipated pretty quickly.

nice hop aroma with some sweet notes in it and a mild fruit hits the nose.

The initial taste is also very sweet. Second are notes of bitterness and some tart fruits. I get some grapefruit notes as well. The balance of the beer is very nice, not too hoppy and not too sweet.

The mouthfeel is very nice, it feels very bubbly on your tongue. Medium body on the tongue not too thin and not chewy.

Overall impression is that it was a very nice beer. Nice balance between sweet and bitter. With the 7.5 alcohol percentage it has no boosey or harsh notes within it. I would rate the beer 3/5 because I would have liked a better hop aroma on the start and again a better hop character throughout.

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Photo of Smak_Hermann
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Artroom123
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of vladdswrath
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden amber. Lightly carbonated and leaves only a small one knuckle head,even after an aggressive pour. Smell is low key, but pleasant; a sweet malt and florals, with just the slightest clip of citrus at the end. In much the way you would expect an IPA to taste, (going sweet and then crashing into burning alcohol and an abrupt snap of bitterness to pull you out of it) the sweet smell is cut off by the citrus aroma that is brief and fades quickly. Taste is full of character, much danker than expected but still sweet and buttery. It feels like it has more carbonation than the pour indicates, but otherwise it is smooth and creamy. I think I like this one a lot more than most, judging by the ratings. This thing is delicious! You guys are nuts...

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Photo of casapy
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bhyndthebottle
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pretty good with a head that lasts. Smell is ok, but flavor is better. Only slight aromatics . Flavor is nice with malty lightly bitter and creamy finish.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours hazy and orange/amber in color with a finger of sandstone head that fizzles quickly, resulting in a near barren, flat surface with a razor thin ring of suds encircling the edge of the glass. Spotty lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Heavy caramel malts are obvious; hops come in with a bit of floral and citrus quality. Light lemon-like sourness.

Taste - Follows the nose for the most part. Malts are almost too prevalent, as Heavy caramel, hints of butterscotch and a light breadiness can be found thoughout the profile. Hops do push through mid-taste with floral and citrus character to give this a slight hop edge, delivering a bittersweet finish that hits on orange and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel - On the heavier side of medium with moderate carbonation. Almost a lightly creamy texture that goes down nice and smooth.

Overall - Nothing spectacular or original, but I'm a sucker for caramel heavy IPA's. This one doesn't quite have the bright or aggressive hop profile of other caramel heavy IPA's that I prefer, like say Deschutes Inversion, but it's still a nice, drinkable brew for me. Odd that the bottle I'm drinking says 7.1% ABV while the default picture (and under brew description) says 6.9%; they must have tweaked the recipe at some point.

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into pint glass

Smooth caramel malt provides a base for piney hop notes; a touch of spice; smooth profile with a pleasant mouthfeel to boot; nothing mind-blowing, but enjoyable

While there are more favorable options out there with regard to the style, I agree that the current BA score (78/100) doesn't quite reflect the quality of this particular beer.

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Photo of ilikepaleale
2.12/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

All I taste is malt......very little hops in the aftertaste at all. To me the smell and aftertaste is similar to the New Belgium beers which to me are very malty tasting and leave kind of a "dirty" (like soil) aftertaste. This is more of a pale ale at best.

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Photo of Vipin
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MadeInOregon
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of bilbobrewer
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

IMO, this beer is a lot better than the reviews here indicate. If I had seen the rating here before buying it, I probably never wouldn't have, which would have been a mistake. I've had some really BAD IPAs that are scored in the high-80s here. Go figure.

It isn't a world-beater, but it's true to the style. Pours clear. The head dissipates a little quickly, but the beer leaves a decent lacing on the glass. The nose isn't too hoppy, but the taste is hoppy, resiny, and smooth. Very drinkable...... could see downing 4 or 5 of these quite easily, so at 6.9% abv congrats on that great bit of brewing skill. A good brew, I'd gladly have it again.

Good info on the label. A Brewed On or BB date would be a good addition.

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Photo of JohnIrving
1.56/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a gold color from the bomber in to a shaker pint glass. A weak aroma of citrusy hops. Taste is the same. Watery body. Lightly hopped. 6.9% abv is hidden. The watery light body and hidden abv encourages fast drinking, so this one can bite you. Overall, a disappointment.

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Photo of MikeDAdams
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of Beerasaurus
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Varls
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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Cyclops IPA from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 90 ratings
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