Cascade Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Cascade Single Hop IPACascade Single Hop IPA
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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.

Added by weeare138 on 04-07-2006

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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 emsroth
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Expensive but worth it for the education.

App: fluffy tan head over a cloudy amber body

Smell: very distinct. I would say the strongest aroma is over ripe strawberries. A bit of resin.

Taste. Subdued malt fades into Fruity hops. A bit of ruby red and a berry after taste. End with a firm, dry bitterness and a touch of caramel malt.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber with a good head and good retention, leaves clouds/chunks of lacing.

Big aromas of malt and floral hops.

Taste is malty with a floral, fruity hoppiness typical of Cascade hops.

Body is medium with good level of carbonation, giving this a creamy mouthfeel.

A very drinkable brew showcasing the Cascade hops variety. Have yet to compare with other hop varieties in the Mikkeller series, but this is very well done and at 6.9% ABV, very drinkable.

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

A; Poured a deep orange color with good carbonation leaving a nice white head

S: Nose is sordove faint, some floral notes and grains

T: Has a subtle floral note, I was expecting more floral notes but a decent amount of hop oils in it. Toasted notes, nice malts backbone but not enough Cascade in this for me, not warrant the price! Hop bite mid to end.

M: hop bite present, good carbonation and a bittnerness and a light booze sting.

D: Ok but not worth the bucks!

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stadard pint glass a hazed,murky burnt orange with tight formed 1/2 finger clingy white head that never really completely settled leaving globs of lace behind.Light citrus in the nose along with some sweetish caramel malt,the cascades wich are a good aroma hop seem a bit subdued really.Again on the palate there is a bit of a citric quality and light resin but its intertwined with a hefty caramel/biscuit malt base.Its a decent beer but not a real showcase of cascade hops in my mind.

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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 yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour with a hazy amber-golden color and enormous head. Oodles of carbonation just streaming up from the bottom. Nose has a clean, bready quality. Palate offers not much malt but a heavy dose of citrusy hops and some herbal qualities towards the end. Finish is rather long and herbal.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cascade, c'mon down...

Pours a dark burnt orange and acorn color. White head builds up to about 3 fingers, sticky rocky and very good lacing. A touch cloudy.

Aroma seems strong at first, but just a quick bite in the air grabs my attention. Hops for sure. Some light malt and caramel. Vine and wet earth are begging to get out of citrus umbrella.

Taste follows the nose. Citrus, persimmon, flower stem or dandelion, faint caramel. A bit metallic and piney on the finish. Great bite and feel.
great drinking

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

The Cascade Single Hop gives credit to the hop that made American Ales famous. It's good to see them celebrated in such an exclusive way.

Citrus, citrus, and juicy citrus, the nose is chocked full of ruby red grapefruits, fresh cut grass, and soft orange zest. The hops bounce off of the caramel base malts is convincing and vibrant fashion.

Grapefruit flavor is unmistakable. The beer takes on a fresh citrus, sharply acidic, and clean bitter flavor because of the showcase of Cascade hops. The malt's only role is to give a timid complexity and creamy base to support the hops. A long but smooth bitterness leaves the impressions of lemon grass and mint on the back of the tongue.

Creamy, clean, and crisp the hop bitterness gives a sharp and clean cup-off from the malts for a very refreshing and thirst quenching finish.

Though the Cascade hops are on proud display, the simple hop profile leaves the beer a bit one-dimensional. The smooth bitterness of the hop acids make me want the complexity of deeper bitterness.

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

A: Pours a cloudy gold amber with an ample fluffy off-white head.

S: Somewhat muted, although this evokes homebrewing for me.

T: Overall, this is a clean IPA. The bittering backbone of Cascade comes across much more than any aroma hop characteristics. The finish is more bitter than some of the other hops sampled. If there is any real disappointment, it is only when matched up against some of the other single-hop varieties.

M: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

D: Again, on its own, this is a fine IPA and the only obstacle to drinkability is the price.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this along with all other 9 single hop beers from mikkeller at the same time, thanks to HombreWing for sharing! Poured chilled from the 12 oz into a pilsner glass.

A -The color is light golden amber with good clarity and an off white head with good retention -the lace sticks to the glass

S -Smell has mild herbal/grapefruit combo, almost vegetal, but not quite grassy. The smell has light lemon notes but mild aroma in the scheme of things

M - The feel is balanced yet spiced with a mild sweet start and bitter middle with more of a drying astringency as it finished

T - A flavor that is good, but has a slight herbal quality, the malt sweetness brings out more lemon from the hop with slight astringent flavors like the oils are creating a slightly vegetal and citrus combo it makes for an interestting flavor, not necessarily great but holds your interest

D - I would have to say this was one of my least favorite of the ten single hop beers Mikkeller put out. I don't think the cascade is a bad hop, it just needs something else in the way of flavor to make it seems balanced and its astringency stood out here

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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.


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

sampled this one at brasserie V, sampled side by side with the single hop nelson sauvin and east kent golding

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a la chouffe glass - hazy copper amber body, light white ring

smell: distinctively cascade - grassy, floral green hops, pine, bitter citrus

taste: cascade is one of my favorite hops - nice pine bitterness, orange peel, lush citrus. consensus of both tasters was that this was the 2nd best of the 3 noted above, behind the nelso sauvin single hop

mouthfeel: stinging cascade hops, nice bitterness

drinkability : good

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Photo of Florida9
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, dank orange in color. Pours with a huge, tight-foamed head with excellent retention and sheets of lacing.

S: Strong aroma of grapefruit, herbs, and grass.

T: This is where this beer loses me: Intensely grassy and strongly herbaceous. Parsley. A mild bitterness that grows, but then fades. "green."

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Slightly chewy and sticky.

D: Would you like some beer with your hops? This one tastes like they put hops and beer in a blender and then strained the resulting liquid - just too green and grassy for my likings.

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

This one pours a red copper color with 2" of foam, leaving thick lacing all the way down. The appearance is the best thing about it. Aroma is a bit weak, and the orangy hoppy flavor is on the weak side as well. Very drinkable, but there could have been more to 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 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 neorunner
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled this beer on draft with an almost full line-up of the Single Hop series (Amarillo, Cascade, Chinook, East Kent, Nelson Sauvin, Nugget, Simcoe, Tomohawk, Warrior. No Centennial.) at Max's Taproom in Baltimore on 4/24/10.

Definitely a much stronger hop, this hits you in the face. Spice and earthy notes are apparent alongside some citrus flavors with this Single Hop. Not the best pairing for the malt profile of this beer, but it would be near impossible to have a wort match perfectly with 10 different types of hops. Leaves a lingering bitterness and dry cotton feeling in the aftertaste.

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Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours an orange amber color with OK head retention and fairly decent lacing. It smells pretty similar to the amarillo version (which I just sampled), with pepper, some hoppy bitterness and a touch of malt. Might be a bit more malt aroma then in the Amarillo. On the palate, however, this beer is very different. The is a bit maltier and sweeter, and I get something of a celery salt flavor as well. It's also not quite bitter on the finish, and unlike the amarillo, I get some alcohol on the finish. Still a nice beer, but I think I prefer the amarillo. Mouthfeel is a bit fuller as well, and drinkability, while still pretty good, suffers a bit from the sweetness and heat from the alcohol.

Very interesting to sample these Mikkeller IPA's side by side.

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Photo of capra12
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed solo served out of an East End pint glass.

Appearance: cloudy and brownish orange, with frothy 1 finger head.

Smell: This reminds me of a freshly peeled lychee, and green fruit, with a bit of green petals.

Taste: This open rather green with an interesting piney hop that turns into a bitter hop which carries into the after taste. Little of the nose makes it into the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation, rather coarse.

Drinkability: A bunch of these single hoppers from Mikeller turn out to be One and Dones for me. I recommend this to those who want to try cascade hopping in their brews.

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Photo of drpimento
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Damn good single hop IPA! Poured with light tan thick foamy frothy head and lots of lace. Color is a very cloudy medium amber. Aroma is mainly cascade hops and backed with malt and a little burnt sugar plus the fruitiness of the hops. Flavor's about the same. Not as easy drinking at the warrior was. A little more fruity. Good body and carbonation. Finish is cascade and has some length.

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

I bought this to further my knowledge of hop aromas and flavors and this did not disappoint. It smelled hoppy but odd, floral? The taste had a muddy hoppiness to it, very earthy and I was instantly reminded of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Celebration, they must use a ton of cascade in those beers. I think these beers are good for showcasing hops and being educational but I'd never buy one more than once. Not to mention they are expensive.

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Photo of Overlord
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Whoa. Expected a lot more from this hop.

Pours orange. Large white foam head. Smells ... soapy and of bitter pine. Actually, just bitter ... kind of like pine rinds.

Taste is just straight-forward, bracing bitterness. Really no fruit, and calling it "pine" is stretching. Just palate blasting bitterness.

A chore to drink, no malt.

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