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 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 korguy123
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New label release into tulip. No date.

A- Hazy muddied copper pour. Two finger eggshell head that lingers momentarily. Lacing just sheets and holds on for life.

S- Sweet malts with a spicy presence that melds with the alcohol. Floral with a touch of citrus.

T- Pine and floral add to the sweet malts. Very one dimensional. Booze is not as noticible as some of the others from the series.

M- Medium to thin bodied. Slight carbonation with a touch of alcohol warmth. Sticky on the lips.

O- Good beer, slightly bland. In all honestly all the ones I've had from the series have tasted the same, or VERY similar.

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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 rodbeermunch
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Something weird about how these single hop beers can be so varied in their color, I've never seen differing hops make the beer a different color. Dark amber color on this one, kinda weird to have something so dark for a single hop showcase.

Lots of bitter grapefruit aroma, old school Cascades in full effect. Where I thought there was gonna be excess malt on this one, the high bitterness cuts right through it, if not offering much in the way of flavor beyond that. Ample hopping on this one, carbonation on point. Ultimately, this beer costs almost as much for 12oz as you can get for 72 oz of SNPA, the real Cascade hop legend (although not a single hop beer).

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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 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 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 spratmi
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy orange-copper color with a thick three finger head. Nice rich foamy lacing remained on the sides of the glass throughout the tasting.
S: Faint hints of sweet caramel malt and citrus hops with very little else.
T: The first sip yielded notes of caramel malt and lemony citrus bitterness. The citrus hops built and became more dominant throughout the tasting, but there was a noticeable caramel aftertaste.
M: This beer had a medium bodied mouthfeel with light-to-medium carbonation.
D: A fairly decent and drinkable beer, although this was not my favorite Mikkeller Single Hop IPA (Simcoe).

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

I'm slowly making my way through Mikkeller's single hopped IPAs. First the Warrior, now the Cascade. Poured into a pint glass

A: This is one of the more interesting pours I've seen for an IPA. It has a large, lasting head with a bit of lacing. The Casacade is slightly opaque and you could visibly see some sediment settling as the head dissipated.

S: The hops hit you quickly and strong. There is also a hint of malt, but you have to look for it.

T: If the beer tasted like it smelled, it'd be great. It's rare for me to say this, but this beer needs something to offset the bitterness. There's an odd lemon taste at the end of each sip that makes the beer seem a bit off.

M: The carbonation stands out as being too high.

D: I enjoyed seeing what the Cascade tastes like alone, but I probably won't be buying this beer again.

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Photo of Gmann
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty blood orange color with a huge tight dense khaki colored head that slowly dissipated leaving some chunky ass lacing. The aroma is dry, if that is possible, citrusy but on the lemon and lime side; overall kind of a tart aroma. The same tart lemon and lime hop flavors follow in the taste. Definitely some asprin like dryness. Seems to be the anti-juicy hop brew. Can't say that I enjoy this hop flavor, seems to be more appropriate for drying and bittering. The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation, lightly malt sweet followed by the drying/bittering hop finish. By far the least flavorful of the single hop brews by Mikkeller, the only nice thing it doesn't have that double IPA sweetness that the others seem to have.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

tulip glass.

a - pours a hazy, deep copper and gave me a thin cap of off white head that calmed to a film right away. no lacing.

s - toasted malt, vinous dried fruits, slight earthiness. not getting any of the citrus that people associate with cascade hops.

t - strong, resinous, mouth puckering bitterness dominates the palate. some dark fruity notes, mostly prunes but maybe some fig as well. caramel malt character comes out as it gets warmer. was not prepared for just how intense a flavor this one has.

m - heavier side of medium, feels slightly gooey. adequate carbonation.

o - this one was a little hard to drink. enjoyable, just not for the faint of taste bud. i got way different characteristics from this beer than other people; maybe i got an old bottle?

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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 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 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 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 philipquarles
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber with a decently-sized taupe head. Grapefruity, citric hops with some resinous character as well. Malt is nearly completely masked. Tastes quite bitter, with a stony/mineral character. Less citric and more piney flavors. Full bodied and well carbonated. Clearly well crafted, but cascade hops are apparently not my thing. Tried to rate it taking that into account.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy dark golden color with off-white head. Aroma has earthy hops and cardboard. Taste follows with the cardboard and some generic hop bitterness, seems oxidized although it's from a can. Medium body and carbonation. Overall I am really disappointed by the new single hop canned series.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours out a slightly hazy bronze/orange with 3 fingers of egg shell white foam that showed great retention and copious,chunky lacing.

S-Very floral with notes of rose and rosemary,light jammy citrus,pale malts and a slight note of candi sugar.

T-Moderate grapefruit,light pine,earthy herbal/grassy hops with a touch of hop sweetness.

M-Light/medium bodied with kind of a singular note.Not the most complex with moderate bitterness.

O-Slightly above average.

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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 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 beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a murky rustic orange with a 3 finger dome head that was cream-eggshell white in color. The head was sudsy, calving around the edges, moderately lasting and left broken streaky trails for a lacing.

S: grassy with dominant grapefruit and lemon peel scents. An underlying breadiness was also noted here, medium in strength but overall was nothing to really write home about.

T: The flavor seemed thin upon the first sip from the pilsner malting. Lightly toasted malt from the munich gives a decent dry crispness but ultimately it is the pilsner malting that gives this a weak backing. The hopping is generous, dry and grassy with grapefruit peels and a juicy lemon helping combined with pine and dry orange grinds. There is a decent spiciness as well with a toasted grains and dry pine on the finish but ultimately the malting was lacking here.

M: thin, a bit watery and lacking substance. Not a lot of carbonation detected with a decent lacing of dried lemon peels coating the tongue. Overall the thin body hurts this here.

D: easy, only because of the thin body which emphasized the hoppiness but didn't compliment it. Much better examples out there, of the single ipa batches I think this is the weakest by mikkeller and you wont be missing much here. Definitely opt for their warrior, it would be money better spent.

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