Cascade Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Cascade Single Hop IPACascade Single Hop IPA
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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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243
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166
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.15%
 
 
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Photo of number1bum
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clear amber color with two fingers of light beige head. Makes a mess of stick on the sides and keeps a thin but full lace.

Smell has a tropical fruitiness and a bit of orange, but doesn't have the citrusy aromas I'd expect from cascade. It's bready with some caramels sweetness, but not as hoppy as I expected. It is within the best by date, which is January 2011, but is nothing special.

Like the nose the taste just doesn't have the hoppy flavors I love about cascade hops. Some modest citrus flavors, orange primarily, with very modest bitterness. It's a touch on the sweet side with some caramel and honey notes. Subtle breadiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth, but without the dryness or crispness of the simcoe single hop I had earlier.

I have to admit I'm really not wild about this one. It's a decent IPA but nothing special, and not as good as the Simcoe or Tomahawk, the latter of which is easily the best of the 3 that I have had. Would like to try a fresher bottle or on draft. Even though this is not past its best by date it just doesn't pack the hoppy flavors or aromas I expected.

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

As a huge, no, make that gigantic, fan of Cascade hops, I had great expectations of a massive, grapefruity hops overload with this beer. Perhaps I unfairly detract from this beer and should appreciate the judicious use of hops, but if you are going to go with a single hop varietal, it should shine. Here, the Cascade was prominant, but a bit muted overall - with a bigger malt presence to the beer than I would expect for an IPA.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy orange/amber color; some solids floating. Poured a 2 finger tan head with excellent retention to a dollop. Decanted lightly. Webs of thick laacing.

S: Pungent citrus and grapefruit. Sweet, bready caramel malt comes through as well. Very nicely balanced nose.

T: Malt more up front. Resiny citrus and grapefruit dominate the middle. Sharp bitter with resiny hops lingering a bit. Nicely balanced.

M: Medium to full body. Ample carbonation. Smooth, resiny and dry.

D: Very well-balanced without giving-in on hop or malt character.

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

Picked this up at an awesome beer store outside Ghent, Dranken Geers. Hazy light copper-orange pour with a huge, foamy off white head and great lacing. The nose is somewhat subdued and average. Spicy and citrusy, but not nearly as big as the others in this series. Lots of earthy pine and citrus in the taste, but the sweet caramel malt backbone is much more prevalent here compared with the other single hop IPA's. I'm tasting bitter orange peel with hints of pineapple. Nice crisp, dry, bitter finish. Definitely improves as it warms. I found the other single hops I've had so far much more drinkable. A decent offering, but for sure my least favorite in the series thus far.

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Photo of ratedz
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes...

I was interested in trying all 10 of the Mikkeller Single Hop beers, so after I got my hands on a bottle of each, I tried one variation a night for 10 consecutive nights back in August. I really enjoyed examining the subtle differences that the different hops give the beers.

Pours an amber brown color with an off-white head. A lot of caramel maltiness in the nose. There are some light floral scents in there too. The taste backs up the aroma...the malty sweetness hits the tongue first followed by the floral and some citrus flavors. A slight bitterness is evident as the beer goes down. I definitely feel that this IPA leans more towards showcasing the sweetness of the malts instead of the cascade hop. Not a bad IPA, but I think I have enjoyed most, if not all, of the other Single Hop beers more.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a standard pint. 20/12/11 on cap. had this side by side with the chinook single hop.

pours out a orange almost bordering on brown, pretty cloudy. big beautiful frothy off white head. great retention and some really nice lace.

has a nice balance, hops are not in your face like the chinook. grapefruit citrus is there but not super noticeable. hop resins are noticeable however. balanced by a sweet caramel malt, grains, and a little alcohol heat.

has a very nice balance of grapefruit citrusy hops, resiny sharp bitterness, sweet caramel/ slightly biscuity malts, and alcohol heat. lots of bitterness in the finish.

medium to almost heavy in body, lots of resins and oils attacking the palate after each sip. perfect amount of carbonation.

i wish these came in six packs and werent so expensive, because these are some great tasting, highly drinkable ipas.

a great learning expierience this was, a great idea to try as many as you can side by side. ill be searching for more. out of the 2 i had, the chinook was better IMHO, but they were both delicious! try em if you can!

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Cap dated 23/12/11. Purchased from Bruisin Ales in Asheville, NC.

Pours a somewhat hazy deep mahogany reddish brown with thick creamy off-white head that has great retention and leaves LOTS of lacing. Nose is oh-so-West Coast. Pine pine resin/sap, lots of grapefruit both yellow and pink and some dry/earthy notes. Caramel sneaks in and mingles about as well. Smell is very bright and definitely what I'd describe as "hoppy." (More so than the East Kent Golding).

Palate is crisp and snappy with hop bitterness and some pleasant astringency. Reminds me of soap in some way - not in a bad "soapy" way but something is there with the grapefruit. I guess it just really tastes "clean" if that makes any sense. Lots of bitter grapefruit and some feathery Douglas fir-like earthiness. Fairly long finish for an IPA.

This is a great single hop. I've really enjoyed this series for its educational merits, but this one is quite pleasant to drink and I wish I had two bottles...or three...

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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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second batch. Orange like the label, with butterscotch borders and a pale caramel crown that filled more than half the pint glass on the pour. The foam is fluffy-sticky and hangs around forever. Extensive sheets of shotgun-blasted lace look mighty fine too.

The nose isn't as bright or as bold as it could be, but there's still several fingers of foam in the way. The hops are citrus fruity and slightly cheesy, with a side order of toasted malt. This is probably the least aromatic ale in this series to date.

For whatever reason, Cascade Single Hop doesn't have the oomph that the other beers have. The malt occupies too much of the spotlight, which is never a good thing in an IPA. It's still good stuff, but it's my least favorite so far. Looks like the Simcoe beer won't be bested.

Some think Cascade hops are overused. I respectfully disagree. This is a fantastic hop when used correctly. Here we have a huge bottom end of toasted and slightly earthy malt, with somewhat blunted top notes of grapefruit and orange peel. Warming brings just enough improvement for the next highest taste score to be considered... but not chosen.

The mouthfeel is a little lacking. It starts out okay, then loses its mojo at the midway point of the mouthful. Carbonation that isn't fully committed is the most likely reason why.

Mikkeller deserves kudos for giving us hop fanatics a chance to taste exactly what certain varieties bring to an otherwise identical American-style IPA. Cascade Single Hop isn't the best of the lot, but it's still pretty good beer that is worth a single bottle purchase.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: pours amber orange verus red. low head and rentention.

smell: nice caramel smell as expected. earhty hops, not citrus

taste: decent bitterness, but a nice malty, and caramel flavors, subtle sweet, some apple flavor, nice balanced IPA

mouthfeel: medium body

drinkability: hmmm I expected better, but still solid

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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 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 gfreed
4.8/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Leave it to the Belgians to brew an American-style IPA and do it better than most American breweries. This is an outstanding beer for the things that it *is* as well as the things that it is *not*. Dark-copper color with a dense head that lasts forever-- you can write your name in it. Plenty of IPA-ish citrus and pine aroma but nothing over the top; some flowers around the edges plus there's a good dose of malt smell. Loads of little bubbles swirl from the bottom of the glass. The taste is simply outstanding: malty up front; good citrus tones with grassy edges and flowers tagging along just before the dry but not bitter finish. The abundant bubbles provide provide an excellent bite.

For my taste in AIPAs, the aroma, flavor and sharpness of this beer are perfect. It isn't stuffed with hops for the sake of being stuffed with hops, it isn't boozy and it isn't screaming for attention. If you like to numb your taste buds with ostentatious IPAs from the West coast, this beer will be terribly disappointing. Your loss.

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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 thagr81us
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap date 23/12/11. Served from bottle into a COAST imperial pint. Poured a hazy red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout. THe aroma was comprised of malt and cascade hops (duh). The flavor followed the nose pretty much with a nice subtle hop bite at the end. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a very nicely balanced IPA. The malt selection here went really nicely with the flavor from the cascade hops. Making this one very drinkable and smooth. This is a definite must try.

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Photo of Lldeegan
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light copper with burnt orange highlights, which produces a creamy, dense and sticky head.

Its aroma is extremely fruity, with a malt undertone. Fresh pine transforms to tropical fruits like pineapple along with apricot, orange and red apple.

The taste is bitter from the very first sip, with some malt, then an explosion of pineapple, orange and apple, unripe banana then earthy, herbal hop flavor on back with a hint of tobacco in the bitter finish.

It has a smooth mouthfeel with a medium body, very refreshing and a good straightforward hop character with nice even malt.

This is not really a pine or grapefruit bomb that most IPA's embody, but it has some great hop profile.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went to the GingerMan in Midtown Manhattan and was pleasantly surprised to learn that they were running a Mikkeller special featuring seven our eight single hop ipa's as well as some other interesting specialties. I have loved these beers when I've had, i believe, all of them at one time or another in bottles. On draft, in a flight of multiple single hops, comparing them side by side demonstrates why some hops are better for bitterness and others for aroma and flavor. I recently had a flight of Cascade, Chinook, Tomahawk and Warrior.

Cascade: As might be expected, great aroma and flavor but not as much bitterness as you'd like in an IPA. Very enjoyable and one that I'll get again.

Chinook: The chinook, which is typically a bittering hop, is a sentimental favorite of mine. Although it doesn't offer the same citrusy aroma of many West Coast finishing hops, it is an all around good beer and maybe my favorite.

Tomahawk: Not as bitter as the Chinook but a little more aromatic as well. Very good flavor and and that i might venture for again.

Warrior: The weakest of of the bunch, I thought, but perhaps the most well balance of the four. Some good bitterness, some good aroma, some good flavor. I'll get this again.

Any of these is worthing getting if you see them in bottles or on tap.

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Photo of JLeege
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- same hazy burnt orange color as I have gotten in the other single hops. small quick disipating head on this one

Smell- citrus and pine again.

Taste- mostly citrus, grapefruit/pineapple. Some pine.

Mouthfeel- this one is a bit thin

Overall- this one alright, from the three I have tried this single hop series wasnt all that great for me. Its a cool idea but I think an american brewer would do better with this format.

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Photo of JoePat
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hop haze amber with a light kaki to off white head that pours thick and slowely dissipates.

The aroma is of perfectly clean, citrusy twange grape fruit. I cannot stress the grape fruit enogh! As it warms you get light notes of caramel from the malt.

The flavor is a balanced IPA with some flowery citrusy hops and a nice malty back bone. Nothing really special in the flavor and it leaves a bitter dryness on your tongue afterwards.

The mouthfeel is clean and smooth with a tognue tickeling carbonation and bitterness in the end.

A pretty average beer. Not exreamly drinkable but by no mean hard to put down. Judging from this beer I love the aroma of Cascade, don't get a whole lot I like from the flavor and the bitterness is a great balance with malt

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 Oz bottle poured into pint glass side by side with the warrior version. Very similar huge frothy heads from a vigorous pour with long retention. Sticky, soapy lacing on both, maybe a bit more lacing on the cascade. Aroma is of juicy citrus and plenty of sweet malts. Taste is quite smooth with nice bitterness and a decent sweetness for balance. Little bit of spiciness and some unique flavor. I expected more of a pine/grapefruit bite from this hop but what the he'll do I know? Great ipa.

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

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a decent head. Wonderful aromas of sweet juicy orange and grapefruit with just the right touch of sweet malt to balance the hops. Tastes of spicy orange up-front followed by a blast of grapefruit pith and pine. Very nice! Dry and spicy in the mouth, this is a delicious beer- quite bitter and drying in the finish. I love the idea of these single hop beers, and even better I've really enjoyed the excellent execution. Kudos!

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