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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
243
Reviews:
166
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.15%
 
 
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4
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7
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Photo of champ103
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber/reddish color. A two finger white head forms with decent retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Not much here. Light pine and grapefruit. Some malty sweetness lingers. Pretty generic.
T: A stronger bitterness is present, but no real hop flavor. A sweetness, and an odd woody flavor linger.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Sticky and oily. Not hard to drink, but one is enough.

Decent, but a little to simplistic. Cascades are not my favorite type of hops, but there is little character of any kind here. Again, not bad, but uninspired.

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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 drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Cascades are some of my favorite hops to brew with overall. This beer had a slight citrus aroma to it and an overall mild bitterness. I was expecting more in the way of hop flavors other than just bright bitterness but I didn't get it. Drinkability is fine and mouthfeel are fine.

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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 jsh420
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle cap read 08/01/11

pours murky amber orange with a 2 finger pillowy chunky head that had good retention and left lacing all over the glass

smells of citrus and a little evergreen/xmas tree - also has malt

taste is a bit rough - bitter sour citrus hops with some xmas tree mixed with sweet malts

mouthfeel is ok - very carbonated medium body

drinkability is so so - glad i tried this one but its not for me

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Photo of plaid75
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a murky copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a full cascade citrus and a touch of ester.

The taste consisted of a juicy citrus hop and featured a light caramel and subtle ester.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very good single hopped IPA.

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Photo of GarrisWH
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy, orange/amber with a large, sticky, off-white head that slowly recedes, leaving some pretty nice lacing behind.

S - Floral and citric hops with a bit of grassiness, backed up by ample bready malt. Not bad, but the hops could be a bit more in the forefront.

T - Citric and floral tones as well as some sweet, tropical fruit (pineapple comes to mind) followed by moderately sweet, bready and toasty malt flavors. Moderate level of bitterness. Somewhat grassy quality to the hops as well. Finish is fairly dry, and some of the citric and floral flavors as well as a touch of toasted malt carry into the aftertaste. More hop-forward than the nose let on.

M - Light bodied with a fairly low carbonation. Feels just a little bit too watered down to rate too high in this area.

D - Overall, I enjoyed this one. Nice showcase of the qualities of the cascade. There are other IPAs I would pick up before this in the future, but its worth a try, if only to single out hops and learn more about their individual characteristics.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent IPA, shared with Milos et al. Orangey body with an attractive small white head. Citrus aromas. The taste is on the higher IBU side, some orange. I have had more enjoyable beers employing cascade hops. Still decently drinkable without shredding the palate. A palate cleaner.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
1.6/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

C. Cloudy
H. Orange
N. Sweet, nice balance of hops and malt, subtle pineapple

Wow, well once again I felt like I should contact Glade Plug-ins on this beer. The noise was soo sexy I was actually really excited about trying this beer. It had a perfect balance of malt and hops on the noise and let off a subtle scent of pineapple, and I love pineapple. I put my mouth up to the glass tilted my head up and let that lovely scent of beer hit my senses and POW...I was attacked by straight malt and then possibly the worst after taste I have ever experienced. It tasted like dirt or smoke or something, but it won't go away. The bottle says that it is an American Style IPA well I think that Belgium should stick to making their beers and not American Style. Cause Our IPA's don't taste like SHIT! THIS ONE SURE DOES.
Score;1.99 (id give it lower but it smelled like heaven)

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

Poured from a chilled bottle into my Uprising chalice at Novare Res. It has an opaque, dark orange appearance. There is a thin white head. There is no visible carbonation, but it is a dark beer, so any rising bubbles may be hidden from view. The aroma is surprising. I can smell sweet malts and some fruity hops. They work very well together. It has a crisp, dry bitter flavor. It's very hoppy! It starts out bitter, then bitter flavors return anew in the finish. Not surprisingly, there is a bitter aftertaste as well. It actually tastes slightly creamy at first. It has a world class level of flavor. It has a lighter medium body. It's hard to tell if the tickle I feel on my tongue is due to the carbonation or the bitter hops. It feels good either way. I find it to be very drinkable for a bitter beer. I wouldn't want an entire 4/6 pack, but I could easily finish this bottle. With just these 12 ounces, I won't get tired of the bitter hops.

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

A: Cloudy orange/amber, slight head.
S: Hop spice and citrus; some biscuit malt.
T: Earthy hops with some spice. Decent malt but clearly not the headliner. Some citrus-type sourness to it. dry finish with a harsh lingering bitterness.
M: Ample carbonation; medium bodied. Swish it around and it really froths up.
D: It is what the label says. This makes me realize Cascade hops needs a little help from his friends. It's good as a tool for training the palate, but not an IPA I'd turn to again.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly cloudy orange color with two fingers of sticky white head that lasts for a decent amount of time.

Scent of sour citrus, sweet fruit, leafy, spicy hops, and faint caramel. It has some qualities that would make it good, but it unfortunately falls quite short with the tartness.

Taste of spicy, grassy hops, earth, dry sugar, some caramel, and sour fruit. As the scent let on, there is a distinct sourness here as well, taking away from what would otherwise be considered a good beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and fairly tight with a noticeable dryness, one of the only redeeming qualities, but not enough to save it.

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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 Vengeance526
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat murky copper orange color with a 1.5 finger head that lasts just a little while before fading away and leaving a medium amount of lacing.

Aroma reveals some clear citrus notes along with a malty tone that was a little more dominant than expected.

Taste reveals a mild bitterness with some grapefruit and lemon upfront, caramel malt in the middle and an earthy finish. I couldn't decide if I particularly liked the taste at first but over time it grew on me and ultimately I found it fairly pleasing.

Medium body with the right amount of carbonation. Overall I found this one to taste a little weird from the first sip but by the time I was half through, I realized how much I was enjoying it. Not one I'd be picking up again but a fun experiment as I continue down the Mikkeller Single Hop line.

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

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale, crystal, and bisquit malt scent along with a mild Cascade hop aroma. It's bitter, yet well balanced with a bready malt character. The taste is decent. It has a very weird taste. The malts are present, but the hops are super powerful, creating an almost soapy character. There is also an earthy taste in the finish. It's almost like a burnt, Scottish Ale taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good IPA. I'm a little put off from the burnt aspect, but the hop character is strong. Also, I'm a big fan of the single hop IPA's.

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

i don't know... maybe this is a beer that has inconsistancies from bottle to bottle or maybe beer distributor to beer distributor because mine is really looking and smelling wonderful. love the beer 101 series. muddy, murky, burnt-orange with an off white head that really holds and leaves webby lace all over. very nice. nose is like smelling a tagerine flavored grapefruit in a pine forest all on top of some rather caramelly, biscuity malt. looks like with the exception of the hops, all the other ingredients are the same, but this one seems to exhibit more caramel and less bread/biscuit. taste is damn good actually too, and even though the hops play the main stage for sure, there is definitely a lot going on behind them, and not only do we get a lesson in hop varietal, we get a good feel of what role the malt and yeast play as well. plus, it all retain a tiny bit of balance. good one mikkeller. very bitter finish that leaves the taste of grass and grapefruit on the palate for a while. tons of fun. stop hating. these guys make great beer.

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Photo of Brabander
2.36/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this bottle from the Cracked kettle in Amsterdam. Poured it in my dutch beerglas from the 'halve zool' beer. Starts good with a very nice head and a nice ambercolour beer. No carbonation at all? When i look very close; yes there is some! The first smell and sip are not very good. The smell is reasonable but the beer tastes not very nice. There is a strange aftertaste which has to do with the head. Not a good start for my first beer from Denmark. Better luck next time.

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Photo of albern
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the worst beer I've had from Mikkeller, which typically makes really nice beers. It is also a lousy interpretation of the style, if in fact they were aiming for a nouvelle type IPA. The beer was just bitter, uninteresting, hard to enjoy, and harsh throughout. It had very little bready notes underneath, it was a tad thin except for the acerbic hop tastes. There were no fruity, estery, piney, or orangy hop notes, and I mean nothing to recommend the hop. It just was leafy and harsh. It completely lacked balance and was just a beer not worth going back to. I will continue to purchase Mikkeller based on their other offerings, but not this one.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light amber with strong carbonation and a nice 3 inch head.

S: Pungent grassy aroma with strong citrus as well. Some faint caramel malts too.

T: Strong and slightly harsh bitterness. Grapefruit and some pine. Fruity and malty with caramel flavors really coming out. Finishes slightly harsh.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Moderate carbonation.

D: A pretty standard IPA. Tastes a little homebrewish. I love cascades, which makes this a treat for me. Others may not be as happy with this though.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a smuttynose tulip. The pour is an dark amber body with an orange glow around the edges. The head is thick and foamy white that leaves behind small traces of oily lacing.

The smell is fairly malty, a bit of a let down. There is some nice citrus and pine aroma, but it's definitely buried under too-much-malt.

The taste is sweet malts at first, caramel and graham, but they quickly move to a sharp, pungent orange peel citrus. Not as hop-forward as I normally appreciate, but I also don't know how old this bottle is....

The beer is medium bodied, well carbonated and the alcohol complements the flavors well. If this weren't so malty it would be a good IPA, but as it is it's pretty average and definitely not worth $7/bottle. Glad I tried it though, it's an interesting idea.

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

Interesting idea, with the same base beer and a single, different hop which allows you to "study" the differences between each hop variety. I just wish they had added some infromation about the "base beer".

We are trying four on the same night, starting with cascade and warrior.
Both pour a nice, dark golden, warrior a bit hazier than cascade, which is fairly clean.
Very nice, fluffy and long lasting light brown head, very good lacing (nobody seems to beat belgians when it comes to lacing). Beautfiul presentation accross the border.
Toasted, caramel malts form the base for a flowery, citrusy hoppiness that is not complex, but very pleasant. The aroma on the cascade is definitely more intense, with a predominant citrusy note; the warrior is interestingly more flowery, less intense, and the malts are more noticeable.
The flavor follows suit; light caramel cookie base, with a predominantly hoppy taste, citrusy particularly on cascade, and significantly more bitter here than the warrior.
Both are medium bodied.

A very interesting experiment, in a very good beer.

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

I'm trying the Cascade immediately after the Warrior version.

Bountiful starting head that leaves extensive lace on the glass. Hazy orange-amber color.

A relatively malty version of an American IPA. The hop is milder than most. Nice balance.

I find this to be a better tasting (due to an increased complexity) from the Warrior version. But this improvement is diminished by the lighter body. Overall, it's a pleasant and remarkably drinkable IPA.

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

From notes: Im reviewing mostly for the points now.

Big white foamy head, beautiful dark amber/brownish very carbonated

sweet, some malts

Malt at first very bitter hops, citrus, resinous.

Reminds me of the pacific northwest A little expensive for what it is. I like the idea of the single hop brews, but this one was just ok. Dont spend your money on it.

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