Cyclops IPA | Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

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Cyclops IPACyclops IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States | website

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
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
87
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
32.68%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 87
Reviews by sam_bliss:
Photo of sam_bliss
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass

A- Cloudy golden dark orange with a one inch head that dissipates slowly. Lovely color.

S- Not super strong-smelling. Piney hops and rich grains. A fresh, cool aroma prevails.

T- Lemony sour hop flavor over sweet, toasted malts. I taste less pine and more fruit than the nose suggested, including some fresh-squeezed orange juice.

M- Plenty of carbonation and bitterness leave a tingle on the tongue and cheeks even after the ale's flowed down the throat. Some alcohol burn is definitely present, but isn't recognizable until a few seconds after swallowing because the citrus flavors overpower.

O- Much more refreshing than some of the maltier IPAs. The citrus sour, grainy sweet, and bubbly mouthfeel combine to make it taste like the 7up (or maybe even Squirt!) of pale ales. Which, of course, is much much more pleasurable than actual artificially flavored lemon-lime corn syrup soda. I will buy this beer again, but not again on the first freezing day of November. It would be the perfect IPA to wait in the ice chest for the return from a late summer hike or paddle.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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 drpimento
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Geez I don't get all the ho-hum reviews of this- I really like it! Poured at a good temperature with a medium sized, foamy, cream-colored head that soon subsided to a light cover and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy orange amber with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is hops up front with resin, citrus, spice, malt in the background and a bit of wet cardboard. Flavor's much like nose with tang and hop on top a hint of sweet below. Body/carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, has some significant alcohol warmth, and is quite long. Very drinkable.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #77 (June 2013):

LOOK: Hazy gold, clingy foam head

SMELL: Ripe stone fruit, bready, musty

TASTE: Crisp carbonation, smooth, slick, malty sweet, bready, toasty, caramel, faint citrus, orange marmalade, herbal; grainy, dry finish

In a beer world seemingly dominated by IPAs, this one falls short of what most might expect: a pronounced hop character. Label boasts, “a cornucopia of five hop varieties, which yield striking flavor and aroma,” however, it’s really more of a Pale Ale, and an average one at that.

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Photo of virinow
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of BurdockBoy
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
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 WaydeRafnel
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of switzer
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Booner818
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Joycesehablabeer
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ilikepaleale
2.12/5  rDev -40.3%
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 DrunkenMonk
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy medium orange amber with a thin off white head that dissipates to a thick ring around the glass with lacing. Aroma of herbal hops, pineapple, sweet malt and a bit of citrus. Flavor is citrus with light fruit, floral elements. Finishes with light resinous hops and light fruit. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Flavor and hopping is somewhat subdued, but the fresh fruit and sweet malt backbone is unusual and enjoyable. This would be better with some more intense fresh hops flavor, but I enjoyed it as it is. Unusual enough that I will return to it.

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Photo of spicelab
2.27/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bomber purchased from the Buggy Stop, Redmond. Reviewed from notes.

Turbid amber with a two finger off-white head which leaves haphazard lacing. Head reforms nicely on swirling.

Fairly dim citrusy behind a dominant baked toffee and biscuity malt character. Pretty tame.

Caramel malts and candied orange verging on orange concentrate. A dose of earthy bitterness salvages things, but barely.

Medium body, moderate carbonation and a deceptive bitterness on the rear which would be satisfying if there were actually flavours for it to play off.

Don't know the age of this bottle, but it was purchased in the brewery's hometown, albeit from a convenience store. One of the more unremarkable IPAs I've had in a long while.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Varls
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Vipin
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Reidrover
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Fred Meyer, Wilsonville. $3.79 Nice cloudy orange body with an absolutly lovelly head..thick,cream coloured and bubbly. Fine hoppy aromas..citric and flowery most powerful Taste is on the other hand a more resiny hop bitternesssweet at the end..semi sweet really..caramel malts..then another hop attack in the after taste Odd mouthfeel the hops seem to come in waves ..but its nice. Nice IPA

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Photo of Andrew24
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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Cyclops IPA from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
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