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Hopsmack | Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

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14 Reviews
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by beertunes on 09-28-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
58
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
14.58%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 58
Photo of stevoj
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Not the kick you’d expect, but a nice dry, tart hop finish. Beautiful pour, thick creamy head. Hop scent halfway at between grapefruit and pine resin. Taste and palate come on dry, slightly chalky, mildly tart. Interesting hop profile.

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub.

Look: medium amber body with an exceptional off-white head; excellent lacing.

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

Near medium was silky smooth body with lively carbonation but seemed a tad too thin..

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Photo of RizanTastingBeer
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to large tumbler.

Color/Look: Light Amber, orange-hued. Moderate clarity. Very thin and quick-dissipating head.

Aroma: Strong Cantaloupe and tropical fruit (papaya), some citrus and very light catty and piney notes. No discernible malt aroma

Taste: Very high perceived bitterness. Strong cantaloupe, mango, papaya, orange zest and grapefruit. Low levels of pine/resin and "dank" (fresh grass and marijuana) which come out more in the finish; which is bitter and slightly boozy. Malt qualities are subtle but enough to give it a backbone; consisting of light caramel and fresh bread/biscuit (qualities typical pale 2-row with additions of crystal).

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-light body. Finishes crisp and lightly astringent.

Overall: A very hop forward American IPA with unusually large (and quite pleasant) melon flavors. High on bitterness and alcohol. I'd like to drink it alongside a melon and cheese medley or salad.

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Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle:

Pours golden amber with a creamy thin head that leaves lacing.

The smell is tropical/citric - mango, orange/tangerine, a hint of pineapple and grapefruit.

The taste is of juicy tropical/citric citra hops - mango/orange, some grapefruit. Just enough caramelized sweetness ties the hops together and keeps them juicy without being too bitter. Refreshingly dry, fruity finish.

Hits medium bodied - Smooth.

A very nice, tasty, IPA that shows the fruity citra hops well while keeping enough balance.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer is cloudy, with a one finger head that diminished quickly. Amber/orange color. The aroma is pleasant, tropical and citrus. The flavor is the same, but even better of course! A hop forward IPA with citrus notes and a floral sweetness. The mouthfeel is resinous, with a bit of pepper as the aftertaste. Overall a fine IPA that is worth checking out.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a 6 pack purchased at total wine .
ABV 6.4 is printed on the label (not the 7.50 that is listed here) No bottling info.

Pours a fairly clear golden yellow body with a white head. Good retention, good lacing.

Wow, the smell really jumps out at me . Very prominent . Citrus with some tropical fruits

Taste follows with a nice little bitter finish

Feel is light and crisp

The smell was off the charts and the best thing about this beer. I wonder if the fact that I'm in my winter beer mode (porters, stouts,and winter warmers) made me appreciate this IPA a little more. I will try this again in summer if it's available then. On 2nd thought I just might pick up another 6 pack next week. This beer impressed me.

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Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Handsome orangey golden color with a modest foam in the New Belgium snifter. Light but pleasant scent of flowers. A touch of honey with the light malt flavor. Plenty of carbonation in the mouth. A little on the sharp side.

The hop flavors are slightly fruity with a melon hint. Not particularly bitter. The hops and malt seem to harmonize in a low-key but satisfying way. Very drinkable and mellow IPA. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Chuck's 85th St. Market in Seattle.

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Photo of woemad
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle given to me as a gift by a coworker for volunteering to do something she was assigned to do, but felt she couldn’t due to an injury. I joked that she could repay me with a beer. She took me at my word, and got me this and a bottle of Ice Harbor IPA on her next foray to Total Wine. There’s no obvious freshness date on the bottle or the label. I’ve had nothing from this brewery before.

Poured a hazy shade of golden amber, with a thick and creamy off-white head. Lots of lace.

Bitter, citrusy and piney hops in the nose. Smelled like an old-fashioned PNW IPA.

Not as bitter in the taste as in the aroma, but the hops still lead the charge, just at a little lower amplitude than the nose led me to expect. The hop flavor is a little more herbal and tealike than I was expecting, but not to an unpleasant degree. Decent malt backbone.

Medium bodied, with a slightly oily mouthfeel. The carbonation seems a little low, though not enough to make it difficult to drink.

Certainly the price was right. It’s a decent IPA, and certainly easy to drink on this ridiculously hot day, but nothing that would inspire me to rush out and buy more, either, as both my favorite local IPAs still come out ahead.

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Photo of solsurfer
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad new IPA. I was surprised at the overall taste. Definitely a NW IPA strong hop notes to start but not a bitter finish at all. Smooth and palatable. Not a session beer by any means but a great new addition.

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Photo of Moose90
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served into pint glass.

A – Pours a bright orange color with a nice white head, lacing left behind is nice as well.

S – Smells of sweet pale malts as well as nice bright tropical hop notes, bitter.

T – Tastes of sweet citrusy hops and bitter piney notes as well, balanced with a solid pale malt backbone.

M – Light-Medium in body, crisp and clean finish.

O – Nice overall, not extremely complex, but that's okay, very nice IPA here.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber color with a two-fingered head; pretty impressive lacing job

Smell: Floral and tropical fruit tones - pineapple, papaya and lychee; a hint of strawberry

Taste: Perhaps a little bit of shortbread malt underneath but this is a showcase for the Citra hops, bringing bright tropical fruit and berry flavors that build through the finish; a touch of residual bitterness in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am guessing this was re-formulated from the 2012 version, reducing the ABV and changing the hop bill; whatever was done, the result is quite pleasing

Thanks, JohnGalt1, for the opportunity

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Photo of bilbobrewer
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I stumbled on Cascades' 20th Anniversary IPA a couple months ago and enjoyed it, and this one seems interesting...Citra!

Pours clear, darker gold. A thin head, no lacing to speak of. Big, piney nose. Taste reminds me of Laurelwood Workhorse IPA, but this has a slight bit more resin bite. Somewhat oily on the tongue, but not much astringency (Note: the label and Cascade website say 6.4% abv, this Ba website says 7.5%...fix it!)

Nicely citrusy as advertised, and I'll buy it again (....but a 'no' to the knuckle tatts).
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Had it again July1/16. All good. My rating stays as is.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I loved the different hops present in the smell and taste, but would have liked a little more bitterness. Lots of grapefruit and lemongrass, and overall a really good offering from cascade

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Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lightly hazy orangeish gold color with 1/2 inch of off-white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma had bigger citrus hops upfront with a solid malt base and a few floral notes in the back. On the tongue, the beer started out pretty much the same, but those hops were much more prominent, and the malts were relegated to a minor role. A tasty brew.

The body was good, full and even, without the harsh bite you sometimes find. Drinkability was very nice, you could easily have a few of these. Overall, a nice take on the style, a good brew that's worth a shot if you see it.

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Hopsmack from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
3.84 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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