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 cdizinno
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass.

A: Orange amber color. Clear with a nice off-white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Floral and citrus, some mango and mild piney undertones.

T&M: Seems to be much more bitter than the label indicates - 38 IBU. Medium bodied, smooth and exactly as it smells. Floral, citrus, and mildly piney.

This Cascade is not great by itself. However, Cascades are used in Ruination and many others that have become my favorite IPA's. These single hopped beers are a really good wake up call to the fact that the mixture of hops, along with malts and other ingredients, makes a big, big, big difference as to the end result.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.36/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33cl brown glass bottle served into a Beck's flute in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of nice cream lacing, good thickness, and good retention. Dark clear transparent colour.

Sm: Heavy cascade hops, ester hops, and light cream. A strong aroma. '

T: Overdone bittering hops spoil the beer. A barley foundation and a rough malt tone. Well balanced for the style but not for my tastes. Simple and bad.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with entirely too much coarseness on the climax.

Dr: I won't have it again, especially at the high price. Low quality and mundane.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large wine glass.

A: Copper-orange in color with a white one-finger head that lingers for awhile and then eventually dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Medium citrusy hoppy aroma. Not overwhelming but very pleasant to the nose

T: Clean and crisp hoppy citrusy flavor. The malt is surprising equal to or more than the hops which is a little unusual for an ipa. Dry smooth finish. Alcohol is present in the flavor but blends in nicely.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: I like the concept of the single hopped beer. Cascade might not be the best option but I enjoyed this beer anyway. Looking forward to trying the others.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly opaque dark orange in color with one of the largest fluffiest craggy heads I've ever seen in an IPA.
However the nose is dissappointing faint on the floral hops. I'm not certain if this is a characteristic of Cascade hops to be extremely subtle or if my bottle is too old. Anyway, mostly malt smell with faint florals at the tail end.
Taste starts out with a subtle citric hit over the top of a standard caramel malt, resolves rapidly into a smooth, even flowery bitterness with a tiny tinge of grassy notes. All the things I wanted to see in the nose are in the taste, but not as amplified as I would have preferred. I am starting to suspect that it is simply in the nature of Cascade hops to be subtle and lurk in the background of a malt, enhancing it indirectly with the florals and the bittering in the finish.
Mouthfeel is a bit too spritzy but thats my only complaint.

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Photo of jera1350
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep rusty color with a one finger cap of light tan foam that hangs around and generates some clingy lace.

Lots of caramel malt like the others in the series with a light zesty citrus hop scent that is also earthy. Would like to see more prominence from the cascades though.

Hmm, nice bit of citrus at the back, but I have to say the hops are more earthy and spicy and kind of subdues the citrus notes. Caramel malt presence as well. Grapefruit peel lingers in the aftertaste.

Smooth and soft from the spot on carbonation. Medium body with some warm alcohol.

I had higher hopes for this being that it was Cascade, but I just get too much spice and earthiness from the hops rather than the bright citrus. Still a decent IPA that is plenty hopped up.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep orange with a thin tan head.

S - Sweet caramel malt. Can't really find any hop notes. Bit of a mineral aroma. Very light citrus but you have to search hard to find it.

T - Sweet caramel with a bit of citrus. Some candied fruit citrus but I am guessing that is more from the sweetness of the malt.

M - Medium body with light carbonation.

D - Too many of these single hop beers are malt forward. Not a great example of cascade.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a deep dark orange body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles supporting a creamy head of light tan.

S- The caramel malt flavor dominates with a fruity quality to it and a mineral note in the finish. This has the aroma of unhopped Liquid Malt Extract.

T- A yeasty spice note with a green pungent note in the finish is soon challenged by a caramel sweetness that grows as the beer warms. There is an herbal green quality that lingers.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a big fizz that combines with the hop bitterness in the finish. There is a soft alcohol heat noted in the finish.

O- Not sure if this was the correct label for this beer I didn't find any signs of Cascade hops or an IPA in there. It was all just bitterness from hops which was only hindered by the big fizz that made it more bitter. The sweet caramel malt was nice.

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

Got a few of these bottles the day they arrived in Madison.

Pours golden brown, like a malty IPA often does. The nose is a pretty even melding of light pine and citrus hop flavor and malt sweetness. More malt in the taste than hops. That very light, caramel malt mixes with a slightly piney, maybe just a touch of citrus hop flavor. Not particularly bitter with a lingering sweetness. Lower key than expected. Feels more like a DIPA in the mouth than an IPA. Aggressive, but not inappropriate carbonation. This is pretty good, but I probably should have opened it with the other few I bought. Probably more interesting as an experiment and a learning experience than as a beer itself. That said, it does seem well crafted, just done by someone who doesn't love big hop flavor.

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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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep auburn, what I don't understand about the Mikkeler single hop series, is that the colors of the beer are all different? I thought it was the same beer, except the hops were different? Hops don't lead to such a pronounced difference in appearance do they?

Good aroma, typical grapefruit high bitterness to this one. Zesty. Standard taste, bitterness overwhelms the slightly sweet malt flavor, hoppiness stays prickly, a definite companion with spicy food. Carbonation is good. A pretty standard ipa, generously hopped, malt sweetness, caramel.

As usual, the price point on Mikkeller's single hop series is way above what is reasonable thereby hurting its overall score. Almost $6 for a single hop cascade. . . or $7 for a 6pack of SN beer using cascade hops? Seriously.

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Photo of SupaCelt
2.64/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a bit of Munich malt orange hue. Not much head and scant lacing. Light on carbonation.

The nose is all malt. Loads of crusty caramel abound. Cascades are virtually nonexistant.

The taste again is malt forward. Caramel and nearly cloying sweetness with just a faint bitterness from the low alpha acid Cascades and a twinge of spicy muted pepper.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy and begs to support more intensity and to have more complexity thrown into it.

Not impressive really. About 2.8 stars. It is astounding that it doesn't flaunt a gorgeous bouquet, and the malt heaviness is a bit overpowering. Not sure if this thing died out on the shelf before I purchased it, but for $5.99 for 11.2 ounces it is a bitter disappointment. Wasn't expecting much in the way of complexity from a single hop IPA, but this one proved to be far less interesting than hopefully presumed. Strengthens my stance on avoiding imports apart from Belgian Trappistenbier and Unibroue.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy amber color. Produced a minimal off-white head that went down to bubbles.

(S)- A floral aspect to it with honey-like notes and lemon citrus.

(T)- Again, bitter, but has some citrus and floral spice characteristics. Some citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very bitter, yet floral with some malt sweetness and citrus.

(D)- Not bad, but I am starting to see that these single hop beers are very straightforward and not complex at all.

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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 bigfnjoe
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a dark, cloudy orangeish brown with a robust 3 finger white head. Lacing is decent, but I *hate* the way the beer looks...most of the Mikkeller single hops are real cloudy like this, and I don't like it at all

S- the hops smell really sweet and juicy, and the smell is pretty strong and nice...kind of reminds me of Jello. Nevertheless, it's awesome.

T- a little sweet. Not overwhelmingly so. A touch of bitterness in there too. It's a little mild, but what I'm getting is very good

M- man, this is pretty thick...but then again, aren't all the single hops? I have no idea what I've rated each one, but this is a little thick for a single IPA

D- it's a really good beer. Totally drinkable. After drinking this, I've realized that I apparently really like cascade hops

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

Pours a quite earthy burnt orange colour with metallic sheen. Head is huge and beige - surprisingly dark, really, sinking nicely on top with little craters and sparse webbing on the sides. Some trails of lace left behind. In black and white this beer would look incredible, but I think it's a tad dark for the style.

Smells cascadey. Ooh yeah. Lots of sweet caramel malt underlying the big hop notes. Masses of different levels of citrus coming off that. Sweet tangerine is dominant, with lots of tart lemon zest, a tartaric sherbety note as well as some beautiful tropical pineapple as well. Fruity zesty hop notes at their very best. Let's face it, Cascade aroma hops are just a winning formula.

Taste is nice, but not as nice as the nose. Light caramel malt note on the front, with a touch of brown sugar. Hops are noticeable early with a citric rind bitterness and touches of pine resin. Whispers of tartaric character and more earthy soil-like notes on the back. It's all very tasty, but the bitterness really rides the mouth like a bitch after it's all over. Reminds me why I tend to use cascade in conjunction with other hops for bittering. Flavours are lovely but there's something a bit dirty about that aftertaste.

Good body, holds itself well and slips down nicely if a little dry.

Yeah, Cascade in an IPA. It just works. I know it, you know it, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø knows it too, and hear he shows why.

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Photo of bfields4
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy copper body. Nice frothy head.

caramel and malty sweetness. I was expecting much more hops.

Bready and sweet caramel in the taste as well. Not a lot of hop flavor. A bitter bite at the end, but that's about all I'm really getting.

Really not a lot of hop presence in the aroma or the taste. Maybe i have an older bottle.

I love the concept of these beers. I wish I could try them all side by side fresh.

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

best by date 23/12/11
rather nice red orange color with big fluffy pure white head. it sits. and sits. and sits.... and when it finally goes down, it opens up a little bit of orangey/tangerine/grapefruit scents. i wish it were just a little more pungent, but its still pretty nice.
i think the tangerine actually takes the lead here on taste, and even leaves a film of orange fruit prickly on the tongue. although taste is good, its still missing a particular punch.
minutes after finishing a sip, the hop punch still lingers in the back of my throat, it definitely leaves a lasting impression.
i almost feel like im drinking orange soda, although i havent had it since i was a kid... its got just enough sugary sweetness, like having sugar on your grapefruit in the morning.
overall kind of a mixed bag for me. its got good and mediocre qualities, just didnt totally hit the mark.

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into a mug.

Appearance: cloudy, rich orange hue with a finger of fizzy foam in a tannish, slightly orange hue. This beer looks like it's got some body and flavor.

Smell: sweet, citrusy and mellow aroma. It really does smell like Cascades on a sweet malt backbone. Pretty good.

Taste: decent malt flavor with the nice citrusy hops enveloping it. Unfortunately, it's got a bit of a rough-around-the-edges feel to it; this is something that most single-hop IPAs I've had seem to share.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a pretty decent level of carbonation. This is actually a nicely creamy beer, especially for an IPA.

Drinkability: this beer isn't perfect, but I think its pros tend to outweigh its cons. Aside from the price, I'd have this beer again.

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

Seemingly, this pours darker than many of the others in the series, a deep burnished amber/copper colour, with a slight haze. Head is as full and boisterous as expected, though, and it leaves a good deal of clumpy lacing. Looks tasty enough, but, like I said, surprisingly dark.

Nose is, yep, full on with cascade, giving some piney citrus along with a dollop of sherbet or fairy floss sweetness. Quite zesty all up, and despite the colour in the body, the nose is all hops. Minimal contribution from the malt. Smells good.

Taste is perhaps a little more touched by the malt. At least, it has a very extended back palate that is redolent with sweet and very lightly toasted grain characters. But before this, the cascade comes through to impart a very piney and rather buoyant citrus bitterness on the mid. As it dies away, and the malt comes through, that classic Mikkeller character of slightly nutty marzipan gets the limelight, but here the grain notes start to overwhelm it rather early.

Feel is prickly and sharp on the front, although the body drops out quickly and then stays on in a lingering thinness to the back.

Cascade's a great hop, so it lends a certain panache to any beer. That being said, I'm not sure this does a fantastic job of showcasing it. So while this is a very pleasant beer to drink, I feel as though more could have been done with it.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. "on sale" for $2.99 at DeCicco's, in Ardsley, NY. 08/01/11 on the before dating? If so this one should still be in pretty good shape, according to the lets see.

Pours hazed and murky very dark amber. The head is light tan and staying. Goes to a nice looking tiny buble film, and low sheeting and slippery moderate lacing.

Muted dusty hops in the nose.

Hopped up ale. Bitter, smokey, gritty and quite dry. Cascades feeling their oats here. Even though I know this is not the freshest sample, the hops are up front, potent and flavorful. Enjoyable take on a very popular American style.

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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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