Cascade Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Cascade Single Hop IPACascade Single Hop IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS
Denmark
mikkeller.dk

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium. 1st batch 7.00%, 2nd batch 6.90% ABV.

Ingredients: Water, malts (pilsner, cara-crystal and munich), hops (cascade) and yeast.

Added by weeare138 on 04-07-2006

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Ratings:
243
Reviews:
166
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.15%
 
 
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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy dark amber-orange in color. It poured with a two finger high beige head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a half finger high layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of tangerine hops in the nose along with some hints of caramel malts.
T: Like the smell, flavors of tangerine really stand out in the taste and linger through the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness. It is difficult to detect any flavors of caramel from the malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this wasn’t quite as good as some of the other beers in the series, I enjoyed the aroma and taste of the Cascade hops because the tangerine really stands out from other types of citrus that are normally encountered such as grapefruit.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, honey gold on the brownish side with a slight head that leaves a fine coat of lacing.

The aroma is that of resin, although a bit grassy and crisp, with a light, toasted malt. There is surprisingly little citrus.

There is light bitterness with a modest lingering finish and light caramel.

A full body with a hint of alcohol, soft carbonation, and soft texture.

This was enjoyed as part of a self training exercise to distinguish hop varieties, but it would still make a fine component to a meal. Refreshing.

Sampled from a Harp Nonic, alongside Amarillo Single Hop.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Making a run at some of the Mikkeller Single Hop series tonight. On a recent trip I was able to find the Nelson Sauvin, Cascade, Centennial, and Simcoe. As a fan of hops in general and IPAs in particular I'm hoping that this will not only be fun, but educational as well.

11.2 ounce bottle. I'm of the opinion that Cascade is one of the most well known - and well used - hops in the American craft beer scene. Pours a copper color with some light haze. Smallish half inch head with some decent lacing and mild carbonation levels. Aroma is somewhat soapy (in a good way) with notes of fresh grass and grapefruit. I actually pick up on some light malt sweetness in the nose. Medium bodied mouthfeel with some nice carbonation. Taste is almost completely unexpected, with the grapefruit notes carrying directly over. Lots of different things going on in this one. It's sweeter than you expect, with some nice malt characteristics shining through. The hops lend a very floral and very fruity note to the affair. Very long and very dry finish.

It's hard to believe that this beer has the same malt and yeast profile as others in the series. It tastes completely different. Cascade is a very fruity, particularly grapefruit, experiance. It's almost a sweet beer at times but it finishes quite dry and somewhat bitter. Probably not an IPA I would drink every day of the week but an interesting experience nonetheless. It's nice to see a hardworking hop like Cascade be featured independentally. Worth drinking for the educational value alone.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. "on sale" for $2.99 at DeCicco's, in Ardsley, NY. 08/01/11 on the cap....best before dating? If so this one should still be in pretty good shape, according to the manufacturer..so lets see.

Pours hazed and murky very dark amber. The head is light tan and staying. Goes to a nice looking tiny buble film, and low sheeting and slippery moderate lacing.

Muted dusty hops in the nose.

Hopped up ale. Bitter, smokey, gritty and quite dry. Cascades feeling their oats here. Even though I know this is not the freshest sample, the hops are up front, potent and flavorful. Enjoyable take on a very popular American style.

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Photo of dciBA
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

poured a hazy orange into my snifter. thin head that hangs around for a while. smells like a fresh grapefruit, with some sweet malt in there too. taste is pretty hop forward without being overwhelmed with bitterness. grapefruity, citrusy and a touch malty. finish is dry with a little bitter hops at the tail end. body is average at best, maybe a little too thin. A little more carbonated than I expected, but that isn't a drawback. The flavors and smell really come out as this one warms. Overall a good solid IPA, just don't expect to get your socks knocked off with hopiness.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at Sheffield's.

The 2011 Bachelor Party Extravaganza hits the bottle on VDubb86's orders. It pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises greens, light grapefruit zest, light mandarin orange, caramel, and flowers. Yup, this was definitely brewed with Cascade. The taste brings in more of the same, with the hops coming through a bit stronger: the greens and grapefruit are sharper, and a nice bitter bite nips in the back. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a solid IPA, one that certainly seems to show off what Cascade hops can do.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today. My buddy and I split all 9 single hop Mikkelers they had on.

Mildly hazy orange-amber with a dense white head with great retention and lacing, this is a great looking IPA (as were the 8 others)

The aroma is rather disappointing with some citrus, particularly grapefruit and candied orange. The palate opens with a moderate hop character with plenty of candied orange and some grapefruit. Bitterness is moderate and the finish has a definite resiny character that I absolutely love. With low sweetness, this beer has a mild astringency. Still, this is solid

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Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A yellowish amber color with tiny particulate throughout and a pretty decent white head with plenty of lacing. My take from the nose is just mellow caramel malt with a yeasty herbal hop. Nice. The flavor brings a nice tangy grassy hop over a grainy rye bed. Very nice but relatively simple. Medium-light bodied with mild but satisfactory carbonation. A mellow, medium feel that makes for a very drinkabe IPA.

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Photo of beerdepartment
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to glass straight from cellar.

Compared side by side to East Kent Golding single hop IPA also from Mikkellers; overall, East Kent was preferred. Following notes are comparative to East Kent Golding but pertain to Cascade:

Appears darker and redder than its companion. Somehow reddish tone is what I have come to know as a classic IPA look.

Fragrance is creamy, with soft flower, caramel, and familiar citrus.

Tastes bitter and crisp over medium body, with a raisin flavor giving weight.

Carbonation gives pronounced bite.

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Photo of cvfish
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a golden orange color that produced a fluffy white haed which had decent retention and good lacing

S - The aromas produced by this beer were very underwhelming, got the usual malty scents accompanied by citrus

T - The taste of this beer had a bready malt start, which was followed by a bitter citrus, like a grapefruit, finish

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a resinous medium body with a light amount of carbonation

D - This was not my favorite of Mikkeller's Single Hop series, but I was able to grasp the absolute taste of the Cascade hop and appreciate it

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's pit the Cascade Single Hop versus the Nugget, Warrior, and Simcoe versions.

Appearance: Pours out cloudy, burnt orange body with a full inch of lasting, off-white foam.

Smell: Delicately toasted malts with notes of cookies and grains with a heady, sharp scent spicy, zesty lemon and lesser floral hints.

Taste: Lightly toasted base maltiness with a touch of dry caramel and crumbled cookies, though with only a light, restrained amount of sweetness. The Cascade hops serve up a taste of citrus, particularly lemons, along with some damp, dew-covered flower petals. Medium-high bitterness. Finishes dry, crisp, and with some continued bitterness into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: I certainly enjoy the concept of a single hop series to really enjoy all the various vibrant nuances and characteristics of the particular hop varieties utilized. While this was previously done by Bison, I had no love for the base beer used, so I quickly abandoned the idea of following that series. I'm diggin' this though!

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Photo of Xul
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber, capped by a one to one and a half finger, frothy off-white head. Retention is good and it leaves some light lacing down the glass.

S: Strong citrus up front with grapefruit and a lot of lemon, along with some oranges. Floral hops lie behind the citrus, followed by a light caramel malt base and some hints of honey.

T: A bit more hop heavy than the nose, with the citrus remaining strong and herbal/floral hops taking on a bigger role. Less lemony, more grapefruity, and a lot more peppery. Finishes long with a resinous bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, feels creamy but not overly so.

D: The long finish doesn't exactly make it one to quaff, but it's well put together and not hard to drink.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Today I get to review not one but two Millekker single-hop IPAs. This one is in a brown bottle with a slightly more orange but nonetheless clinical-looking label than the Simcoe. The cap is printed 08/01/11 (or 11/10/80 but that doesn't make sense). I again opt for the belled Belgian beer glass as to keep the field level.

The color is almost identical to the Simcoe. Maybe it is slightly less turbid but the same deep amber and tan head greet me.

The smell is also much the same. Sweet and floral and full of tang. A solid grain bill creates the underpinnings and a nice yeast strain adds spiciness and depth.

The taste is amore (though I meant to type 'more' I will stick with the typo) I mean more piny and just as pleasing. I do note the hops are apparently higher in AA as there is a distinct bitterness that somewhat overtakes the yeasty balance. More citrus also seems present.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter perhaps but not much and the carbonation is the same natural wonderfulness that I enjoyed in the last single-hop IPA I had.

The extra bitterness reduces the drinkability slightly but the marks for said will remain high as the depth and quality beg to be imbibed.

I love this brewery and their wares. When I find more I will enjoy it.

Slainte.

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Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a one and a half finger head of brownish-white foam on top of a copper-brown body. Decent retention and moderate lace.

S - Pine and light grapefruit, balanced by brown, toasty malt with some caramel and brown sugar.

T - Pine hop flavors and strong bitterness up front. Good malt backbone with caramel and dry toasty malt.

M - Smooth, moderately thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Soapy bitterness with a strong pine flavor. Lots of malt but not enough to balance the sharp hop character. The hops are assertive, but somewhat one dimensional.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33 cl can purchased at Mikkeller & Friends Bottle Shop in Denmark. I haven't been a huge fan of the Mikkeller single hop series because they are so malty. It just didn't work for the Mosaic and Citra versions. But it works quite a bit better with the more piney, bitter hops such as Cascade. A bit like a classic West Coast IPA.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours an amazing orangish brown color with a huge three finger billowy white head that's has great retention and lacing.
S= not as pungent as I would have expected. Lots of grapefruity citrus qualities is what I'm getting. Smells good but muted.
T= very grapefruity but sweet grapefruit not bitter grapefruit. Really citrus like and herbal.
M= smooth and crisp.
D= refreshing and delicious

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at gingerman.

Deep authoritative orange with a frothy head and thick lacing. Had a very balanced hop profile. Quite tasty. The bass beer under the hops is solid but nothing special, but that's expected for a taste experiment like this brew. Glad I tried it. Came recommended between the 4 hop offerings on tap for the series. A touch watery but a super smooh drinker!

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Photo of robear
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My bottle was found in the back of my cellar and is somewhere between 3-4 years old. I drank a few of the single hop when they were around a year old and the age was not kind to them.

This was a different story. Poured off 4-5 ounces of clear red ale before a tiny bit of hop/yeast residue started pouring in.

The flavor is very tricky- definitely drinking like a sharp, stronger red ale. A ton of sweetness and very little hop character, but you do get some very subdued Cascade character. If you've got old ones from this series, give them a shot.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy and barely translucent dark coppery brown with a thick, frothy and rather persistent pale tan head. Aroma is more yeasty than hoppy, and has malty, earthy and fruity hints. Flavor has hoppy, malty and yeasty tones with nutty and earthy hints and just a touch of fruity sweetness. Full-bodied texture has a strong tingle that leaves behind a pleasant hoppy and woody fizz.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep amber color with very limited and minimal lacing, clear.

S - Pungent grapefruit hopping, bold pine aroma, tangy ripe orange citrus, mild spicing and a minimal malt presence. The aroma definitely favors a strong citrus presence. The smell is good, but I was hoping for a little more boldness. The smell is good, but light. I wish it had a more "in your face" presence.

T - First impression is a near perfect balance between malt and hops. The biggest surprise for me is the much bigger than anticipated malt flavoring which wasn't as apparent to me in the nose. The sweet malt and hop bitterness hit the tongue in perfect unison and stay together throughout the entire sip all the way to the proverbial bitter end. Moderate grapefruit bitterness and nice pine presence. Well done. I'm very amazed at how well balanced this beer is considering the ingredients. Finishes dry and the grapefruit bitterness lingers with an occasional sweet zing of malt.

M - Medium heavy body, it's actually "thick" for an IPA.

D - ABV is very well hidden. I would be satisfied drinking this particular Mikkeller creation all night and not grow tired of it. Nicely done.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an amber brown with a half finger of head and did leave a little bit of lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was pretty sweet from the malts with slight casade hop aromas and slight citrus notes. On the palate the hop bite was a little more punchy with a decent malt backbone and had some citrus accents as well; pretty basic flavor. The brew was medium in body with a good of carbonation which had a slight sweet but hop bitter finish. It drank really good but I have to say IMO the tomahawk single hop is the tastiest. I'm still glad I had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trying this side bye side against Warrior Single Hop.

Pours a golden orange color. Two finger rocky head that dies down to a nice layer of foam on top. Does not retain quite as well as Warrior. Lots of lacing left behind.

Smells of some spice (peppery), a slight orange/pineapple hop scent.

Tastes of slightly of orange, pineapple, bitter resin, a peppery spiciness and an interesting dank flavor. Big daddy IPA definitely uses Cascade hops.

Mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated. A bit dry. Nice hard hop bite at the end.

Decent drinkability, but intentionally one dimensional in flavor making me want to move on.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange color with a large white head. The aroma is orange, with some of the pithy orange character as well. The flavor is caramel malt, orange and other citrus. The finish is nice and bitter and there is some pine in there as well. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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

330ml bottle, 6.9% ABV.

This beer pours a murky, darkly burnished amber hue, with a teeming amount of dense, rocky, foamy head, which leaves a few layers of striated cloud lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of bitter citrus rind - orange and tangerine - some sharp grapefruit pith, piny, floral hops, and a crisp, crackery graininess. The taste is sweet caramel and biscuit malt, tangy orange cream, a twinge of grapefruit oil, which gets immediately tramped on by some surging herbal pine hop notes, all underlain by a soft boozy warmth.

The carbonation is nice and lifting, quite structurally sound, the body a placating medium weight, and rather unencumbered in its smoothness. It finishes sweeter than I would have imagined, the caramel and biscuit malt duo hanging tough, though the Cascade hop's many irons aren't cold just yet.

A rather tasty incarnation of this ongoing (in terms of shipments to my hood, I suppose) single hop series, if I must say. Bitter fruit and malt, well in balance, as this particular hop is evidently capable of carrying the whole show.

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Cascade Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.65 out of 5 based on 243 ratings.
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