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): 6.90%

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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy dark orange in color with a 1" fluffy head that lingers around a while.

Smell: fruit sweetness and some softer grapefruit tones are easy to detect.

Taste: caramel, plum sweetness, grapefruit, some soft pine tones, and a biting bitterness make up a nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Relatively short aftertaste despite the biting bitterness.

Drinkability: nice IPA that hits the spot. Easy to consume and a few could be had in a session.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark clear and bright orange amber with an amazingly thick and firm off white/white head. Gigantic pineapple/green apple nose. Very inviting although some might even find it "too fruity." I find very inviting. Almost smells like Jolly Rancher green apple-you'll either like it or you won't!

Mouthfeel is rich and nice but, unfortunately, flavors are just not appealing which affects mouthfeel, whether you like it or not.

Flavors are bitter brown sugar, bitter fruit and big but "flabby" and not real appealing. Probably a flavor profile beer that will be better with food.

Finish of burnt grapefruit/grapefruit and pine resin.

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Photo of ToddT
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly cloudy pale copper color topped with a large off white head. Head lasts forever and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Sweet notes of pineapple and grapefruit. Not an overpowering hop bomb in the nose.

T- Bitter right off the bat, more than what I expected based on the aroma. Grapefruit and lemon up from followed by a little biscuit malt. Finish is all hop bitterness, tart and somewhat astringent.

M- Medium in body slightly viscous but not oily. Carbonation is medium as well. Finish is dry and quick with a little bit of oily residue.

D- Pretty drinkable if you're a fan of IPA's, if not it won't be for you. No real hint of the 6.9% ABV except at the finish.

Pretty singular in taste, I wish there was a little more going on in the flavor profile. Nice showcase of cascade hops, but be sure you like that flavor before you try to down one.

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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 scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Super three finger head with lots of cragginess and cathedral lacing. Thus recedes to a thick film o' foam throughout the whole bottle of beer. Holy lemony lime-ade. Very super citrus juice aroma with some strong amber biscuit dough. The taste starts with lemon and grapefruits rinds. The middle reveals hints of pineapple. The finsh gives the biscuits in the overn some spotligh, but this beer is all about hop bitterness and flavor. The palate is super citrus and bitter. The finish is particularly bitter, but satisfying. This beer is quite unique and interesting to taste, Seeing as how they use only one hop. I can't wait to try the others.

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Photo of Kraken
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes consumed 08/18/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an over-sized wine goblet. Firm pour evokes a thin rocky 1/4 inch of off white head. Head sticks around and leaves a spotty lace. Color is a very dark brownish cloudy orange.

Nose- Heavy over ripe citrus, orange, and grapefruit feature. Carmel, some spice. Tangerine and vanilla.

Pallate- Fantastic. Wonderful caramel, some biscuit. The Cascade hops feature. Bright floral citrus, grapefruit, lemon, some tangerine. Sharp and pronounced bitterness in the finish. Finishes dry with a bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated, dry.

Drinkability- Good, but a little pricey at $5 a bottle

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's nice to see more Mikkeller beers here in Orange County. 330 ml bottle from Hi-Time, on to the beer:

Like my beer from earlier in the night, this beer fills up with a lot of foam into my glass. The color is bronzish orange, with the head on top staying on top thick and lush. The nose is hoppy. Well duh! More of a simpler hoopy aroma in a straightforward grass/pine mold.

Not to my surprise, it is hop dominant, with little malt showing up. Some hop juice most reminiscent of grass is the first thing to come to mind. Then comes more grass. And pine. There's a very subtle bread malt underneath all those hoppy flavors.

I'm glad to come across the single-hopped series from Mikkeller. I'm also glad they decided to put this beer in 330 ml bottles, because a larger format might be more than I'd like in a sitting. Worth a try.

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Photo of erz316
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle with 08/01/11 on the cap, poured into guinness tulip pint glass.

A - big three finger head, which has a light cream colour, perhaps it is a bit orange, pretty creamy for a non-stout. the body is a deep amber colour, a nice good orange-brown, maybe a bit of copper. head retains very well, and leaves a generous layer as the base covering; lacing is normal.

S - the only real note is the hops, and it isnt very complicated or strong. the most I can get out of it is a slight grapefruit pith flavour, and a bit of malts which add some sweetness. there also might be some orange peel or oil in the mix. on the whole not a very impressive display.

T - despite the weak nose the beer is quite tasty. sure as hell should be at 5 bucks a bottle! initial is almost cider like, I dont know what the hops are doing but it is nice. the cider like bitterness soon fades into the hoppy reality of the cascade order. its a slight grapefruit bitter, but mostly it is just hop bitterness. the finish is slightly sweeter, but the lack of much change rushes one into the aftertaste pretty quickly, which is a simpel grapefruit taste with slightly dry alcohol somewhere in the far background.

MF&D - the mouth is very weird, its big and carbonated but in such a way that all the beer turns into foam in my mouth, making this odd 'cloudy' feeling. I like it. there is so much carbonation the brew almost feels a bit grainy, as if the bubbles were giving the liquid a tactile texture.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Cap date is 08/01/11, best by date?

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey copper brew. Frothy head isn't going anywhere fast, with plentiful chunky lacing. Aroma is lemony and tart, slightly earthy. Taste starts sweet, goes citrus almost right away, then spreads into a more general bitterness through the close. Mouthfeel is pretty good, and drinkability is as well. This one needs a little help, I think, to be special.

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Photo of Dotcubed
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After having a ridiculously cold Fat Tyre Sunday at one of the local Red Srone's I thought this would make up for it.

It's been in the fridge for a while, maybe a few weeks.

Poured it into my Sam Adam's glass & quickly notice it foaming.
Generous amount of head, I had to stop with almost 2 inches of beer left. Pleasant looking orange color. Really good foam.

Fresh smelling, citrusy. Fresh tangerine rinds. Hint of grapefruits.

Clearly an IPA made for the IPA pallet. Crisp, bitter pungency that feels like liquid grapefruit rind. Some malt in the end that hint at biscuits.

Medium light body that has has sticky lace.

I'd like to see how this changes over several years; the cap is dated 08-01-11.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bunch of gems at Bruisin this past weekend and this was another one of them. The chance to try three solid and very different versions of a style with each is having only a single hop variety is something too good for me to pass up. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/23/2009.

Appearance 4.5 - Again, the pours on all of these are just stellar. Nice amber color, very clear with a huge head of white on top that really only gradually fades, never getting down much lower then about an inch, really very well done.

Aroma 4 - Lots of grapefruit notes that were cut with a nice bready backbone. I would have thought it would have been a bit more blunt but I still thought it worked very well in the end.

Taste 4 - Started with a clean and crisp hit of citric hops but it was mellowed far too fast on me but a nice touch of bready tones. Decent overall but I really just thought it could have had a little bit more of a pungent touch to it. I still would not turn it down and it did seem to work.

Feel 4.5 - Awesome feel again. All three of the ones I tried this weekend all were about the same. Rich carbonation, nice medium body that was not too thick nor too light. Really held up very well, and were just done about as spot on as I could have asked for. Rich, clean, crisp.

Drinkability 4.5 - Again I could have easily had another one of these as soon as I finished the first one. Very high drinkability here.

Overall - Solid as could be. They really hit a home run with these releases for sure. I will continue to go after them as they are just really solid all around IPA's from start to finish.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. It's got a date stamp of 11/1/08 on the cap. Jeez, I didn't think this bottle was that old, as I had just bought it back in May.

Pours a murky orange amber, with a big foamy head of eggshell colored froth. Retains with about a 1/2 finger, with a good flareup that leaves pretty robust looking lacing back. The aroma is floral, with some spice, and a more earthy and herbal feel to the hops. Tropical citrus and some caramel malts are identifiable behind it. There just isn't a lot of pop here in the nose.

The taste starts with spicy, and a bit piney, bitterness, that is backed by much sweeter notes of citrus, caramel, and bread. Like the aroma, this is pretty herbal feeling at first. The hops give off a pithy presence in the backend, and pretty much run rampant past the finish, with an out-of-control spicy bitterness that REALLY dries this out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied at first, with a beyond silky feel, as this gets downright watery feeling at times. Some heat starts to come out as this warms, mixing with the intense bitterness of the finish, and pretty much cutting down the drinkibility for me.

At first I thought maybe the fact that this was an older bottle was going to hurt this (which I think it did in the aroma) but the age here was the least of this beers worries. Unbalanced flavors, too much warmth showing, and a watery body didn't do this any flavors. A disappointment, especially considering the hefty $7 a bottle price tag.

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Photo of corby112
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden amber/copper color with a two finger frothy off-white head with good retention that slowly fades into lasting cap. Sporadic chunks of soapy lacing cling to glass.

Crisp floral citrus hop nose with medicinal cough syrup notes. Light and dark fruit notes(cherry, raisin, plum) and slight alcohol astringency. Not very pleasant at all.

Slightly bitter up front with earthy/floral hops with a slight citrus touch. Weird spiciness that I can't quite figure out and a the unpleasant medicinal notes from the aroma are very prominent. Syrupy mouthfeel with alcohol astringency with fruity notes of dark cherries, plum, raisin and fig. There are way too many flavors going on here, most of which take away from the pleasantness of the hops.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle.

poured a cloudy amber with a huge, four finger high, off-white head that settled into a finger high craggy head that stuck around.
splotchy lacing

nose of citrus and honey a bit of pine. very sweet.

some biscuity, carmel sweet malts, piney cirtic hops, some earthiness. Fairly blunt taste, not much depth. Perhaps a bit of an green apple and cinnamon after taste (?)

rather full mouthfeel. foams up, fairly light carbonation. very smooth, dry finish

This is a decent beer. Can't say it's worth the hefty price tag though. I would however like to sample all the Mikkeller Single Hop IPA's side by side.

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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 NewGeneric
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one with a friend a few days ago. Poured an amber color with slightly offwhite head that faded slow and left good lacing. Smelled of floral/earthy hops and malt. Tasted of earthy hops, caramel malt, and toasty flavors. Fizzy and slightly dry mouthfeel. Drank fairly nicely.

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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 WYVYRN527
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another new arrival I couldn't resist trying... The beer pours a hazy orange with a thick, white head that takes a few minutes to settle. Lacing is good, but dries and crusts almost the entire glass exposed. The smell is grassy and floral, with some astringency as well. Flavors are nearly the same as the smell, only more apparent. It begins slightly sweet and malty at first, but it's soon masked with hops. Piney, floral, and has slight hints of citrus. The mouthfeel is ok, being a medium bodied brew. As much as I love this hop varietal, and other beers by Mikkeller, this one just didn't quite do it for me.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle. Pours a dirty orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of floral hops and lots of sweet tropical fruits. Awesome. Flavor of bitter grassy hops initially with some piney hops and a sweet fruity finish. I have enjoyed all of the Mikkeller Single Hop series thus far and this just might be my favorite. Yum!

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a hazy amber with a cloudiness added by the yeast. Has a billowy white head that builds pretty quick like a Belgian gold brew. Aroma has a citrus hoppiness to it thanks to the cascade, also a thick sweetness is there indicating a lot of malts. Taste has good body, not too thick, with a nice bitterness to it, but like a lot of foreign stabs at the style, this brew has a sort of spiciness to it. Despite some nice maltiness, the bitterness overwhelms here, coating the tongue with oils. Also has a musty character that adds to the flavor giving it a unique taste, though I don't know if this comes from the long journey or is a deliberate flavor.

A nice beer that takes a solid stab at the style and produces something unique and not like most American IPAs. But if you want a cascade hop experience, I'd go with Anchor Liberty Ale.

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Photo of popery
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an interesting exercise in tasting a single hop variety, but it's not really an incredible IPA on its own merits. That said, there's nothing wrong with the look. It's a dusky amber beer with an off-white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is light caramel with a metallic note and the strong spruce-grapefruit rind flavor of the Cascade hop. The flavor is similar: a resiny, bitter and instantly recognizable hop flavor with a simple caramel malt backbone. I'm not usually one to say this, but I wish this IPA was a bit less bitter. It's not horribly biting, but the hop flavors get a bit lost in the bitterness. On the other hand, that might just be the flavor of this strong, American hop varietal.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale witha large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hops with a dry finish. Taste is somewhat astringent with some notes of citrus and a bitter finish. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting but kind of confirm that Cascade is a hops that is better used as part of a mix but too harsh by itself.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very nice golden-orange color with a massive and dense beige colored head that lays down some thick lacing as it slowly recedes. Retention is decent, but not overly impressive.

S: Not very strong, but it's got a tart citrus aroma with a bready malt presence underneath.

T&M: Woah, the flavor's really odd. It's got a slightly citrus start with some bready malt. A good bit of grapefruit flavor initially. The finish is where things get, quite honestly, bad. There's this harsh metallic/hairspray flavor that comes in and gets drying and odd. Body is medium and the feel is slightly resinous and a bit chewy. Perhaps a bit undercarbonated.

D: Well, it's alright. Better flavor would improve the score here. I definitely respect Mikkeller's attempt to create a single-hop IPA, but I think that, given how successfully so many other brewers use Cascades, there could be a better product.

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Photo of theghost3
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber/orange with a 2-finger yellow/beige head. Minimal lacing.

The scent is mainly grassy, bitter, faint citrusy hops with a slight roasted malt flavor. The taste is muted; bitter grassy/herbal hops with a hint of sour lemon flavor. The roasted hops are there too. Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated with some stickyness.

I had high expectations for this IPA because the Mikkeller Warrior & Simcoe IPAs. Plus, the fact that this was a Cascade hop-only IPA gave it even higher expectations. Unfortunately, the flavor & scent just didn't live up to those expectations.

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Cascade Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.65 out of 5 based on 242 ratings.
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