Cascade Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Cascade Single Hop IPACascade Single Hop IPA

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

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.

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Photo of fourplayed
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a tulip glass

color is a med dark orange / brown hue, pours with a good thick 3 finger head.

Aroma is very,very mild, difficult to get a sense of what the taste buds may come to expect. Very mild hops, malts and sweetness....

I was surprised this was so mild, Not much taste. again very lite on all the ingredients. not much to wake up the taste buds.

In the mouth it's a bit light for an IPA. goes down very easy. no complaints. Carbonation is good.

Overall it's not what I'd try again. Just too tame in all the flavors/ingredients. But, for someone trying this style of beer for the first time it could be a good place to start!

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Photo of osusullins
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has a very soft nose. The taste of this beer was a little disappointing as I was hoping for more of that hop bite, but that is my fault for creating the expectation. The hops are presant, just not overpowering. The malt comes through more than the hop in my opinion. This beer was ok, but definitly not one of Mikkeller's best.

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Photo of cdrogers
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Chilled overnight and let stand on the counter for about 15 minutes to knock the chill off before serving.

A: Very nice pour, golden in color. Excellent, I mean excellent, creamy and silky head. Looked almost like a whip cream on top.

S: Definitely a lot of citrus notes coming from this. Lots of grapefruit.

T: Hop, hop, hoppy. Not a lot of bitterness with the cascade hops in general, but definitely an IPA. Nice bitter.

M: Wasn't bad at all in the mouthfeel. Nice and light across the board.

D: Not something I could drink everyday, but it was an exceptional beer. I'm a fan of the IPA's, but not as a regular style. I would definitely recommend this and buy it again and again, if it only lasted that long.

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Photo of gtn80
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Novare Res.

Incredibly well balanced IPA. The hops don't throw off a ton of aroma which was surprising.

Bitterness is very present, but not harsh. The bitterness lingers on the palatte and stays as an aftertaste.

Hops were very floral, not much citrus flavors.

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Photo of DPFRD
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber with a milky head.

S- Bready and hoppy with a slight malt sweetness.

T- Hops run the same game across the board giving a very even experience sip to swallow. Not very intense.

M- Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

D- Not bad, but the cascades weren't flexing too much muscle on this beer. Very average IPA. At the price, it was a bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of chefkevlar
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A beautiful caramel colored liquid with an inch or so of fluffy just-slightly tan head

S: The smell is a balance between caramel from the malts and a citrus/floral aroma from the hops

T: At first the flavor is sweet, with a the citrus/floral aromas providing complexity. The finish is dry and slightly bitter though, and the bitterness stays in your mouth for a while, but it is not unplesant. Overall the flavor is very well balanced

M: A medium body is lightened by generous carbonation

D: This was an enjoyable beer, but at around $5 a pop not one that I can afford to drink in quantity

Overall: As part of the single hop series, an interesting way to be able to learn the flavors of different hops. Although relatively expensive it was a worthwile purchase for the educational value alone

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Photo of berebrando
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kevin and I sampled this beer after collecting all ten (simcoe, cascade, warrior, nelson, nugget, amarillo, tomahawk, chinook and centennial). We sampled them, one after the other, to compare the hop varietals. These notes are primarily focused on the hop flavors of each beer and should be used in comparison to one another. This review is one in a series of 10... and then there is "10".

Top of bottle: 08-01-11
Date of tasting: 10-16-10

Hop notes:
Kevin: Calcium finish, balance by slightly more bitter, more smell (than simcoe), butterscotch, smokey, dry and bitter
Brandon: Oranges past their prime. pine needles.

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Photo of al3
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A - hazy amber, huge top, some lacing

S - lemony citrus, honey, nice floral hops, very clean

T&M - Malt upfront with a unique flavor that I can't quite place. Next is herbal/bitter hops with a long and DRY finish.

D - not at this price.

Overall, an interesting, in your face beer, that does not back up the cost.

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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 spratmi
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy orange-copper color with a thick three finger head. Nice rich foamy lacing remained on the sides of the glass throughout the tasting.
S: Faint hints of sweet caramel malt and citrus hops with very little else.
T: The first sip yielded notes of caramel malt and lemony citrus bitterness. The citrus hops built and became more dominant throughout the tasting, but there was a noticeable caramel aftertaste.
M: This beer had a medium bodied mouthfeel with light-to-medium carbonation.
D: A fairly decent and drinkable beer, although this was not my favorite Mikkeller Single Hop IPA (Simcoe).

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Photo of headlessclown
4.54/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into 25cl Heineken glass
Date on bottle: 23/12/11

A: Generous 3-4 cm white head that slowly dissipates to leave medium lacing. Amber colour with a hint of haze, but not a lot.

S: Good balance between citrus (orange?) notes and floral hops rounded out by the malt. Not overpowering and very pleasant.

T: Taste backs up the smell, with citrus and malt followed up by the hop bitterness - but again, not overpowering. Taste becomes more evident as the drink warms up.

M: Moderately creamy and easy to swallow. I couldn't feel any carbonation towards the end as it warmed up.

D: A good example of its type, and one of the better Mikkeller Single Hop beers I've had. Feels more drinkable than 6.9% ABV. I already want another one. A tad pricey but I'd certainly go back to it again.

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Photo of tturaiders
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. The beer is amber/dark orange with a decent sized head on it. The head retains itself for a good amount of time and you see some decent lacing as it recedes. The aroma consists of citrus, hops, a bit of sweet fruit, and a hint of malt and caramel. When drinking it, you taste hops and some sour fruit right off the bat. I also picked up a slight malty and earthy flavor and it finishes a little bitter. The carbonation seems to work well with the beer.

All in all, it wasn't bad. I liked the smell of the beer but the bitterness lingered a bit longer than I would like. I did enjoy the single hop aspect, though.

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Photo of FiddleTilDeath
4.55/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from 12oz bottle - half inch of head dissipates to a thin layer with aesthetic lacing. Appears clear - a pleasant, soft, orange.

S - Sweet pale malts are noted but overtaken quickly by the resinous hops, which are also quite floral and citrusy.

T - The full flavor of the cascade hops is on parade here. The initial bitterness is tempered by delicious tangerine/grapefruity flavor notes. This is a Zen hop experience and as so, aggressively hopped. Just enough malt for this to work - not necessarily well-balanced, but on par for a single hop IPA. Aftertaste is enjoyable and longlasting. It includes some earthy and woody vanilla that increases as the beer warms. The yeast flavors add to the depth and, wait... hop overload... Piney, resiny, bitter citrus dominates. Deep.

M - Mouthfeel just rocks. Carbonation is slightly above average. Hops are almost to the point of feeling chewy, but stop just short of being over the top.

D - For a homebrewer or beer geek, this is Cascade heaven - just enough malt and insane cascade depth without being completely overhopped, this is riding the tight-rope of balance way on the edge. I want to drink more and faster but the price makes me sip slowly to enjoy every drop. Easily quaffable but so packed with flavor anything but sipping is just crazy. I wish this was available cheaper and in 6 packs! Great series from Mikkeller, I think Warrior is my favorite so far. After this beer, 21st Ammendment IPA was very mild; if you must drink another beer after this, make sure that it is bold!

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Photo of jjubinvi
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Table & Vine in West Springfield, MA 6/10/2011. Bottle poured into my Stone IPA tulip glass and appears to be from the second/"newer" batch judging from the lable.

A: Dark gold/Auburn, nothing special. Impressive head with good retention throughout.

S: Hmm..smells good, nowhere near as powerful/in your face as expected. Definitely get pine (kinda smells like pine/forest after a good rain..) with some grapefruit in the background. Definitely above average hear, but again, nothing spectacular.

T: Good bitterness upfront and in the finish, with the malt making an appearance midway through. Taste follows the nose with bitter pine dominating and grapefruit following up behind. On the whole, nice, well defined flavors.

M: Appropriate for the style, nice level of carbonation and good weight.

Overall, without respect to price/value/etc., this is a very good IPA. Refreshing, tasty, and nice to be able to analyze and pick out some of the Cascade notes. Unfortunately, Mikkeller is not sending these to me for free and at $6 for 11.2oz I would not purchase again. With that being said, it is definitely worth a try, wish I could pick up a six pack for $12-$16!

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