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.

Added by weeare138 on 04-07-2006

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Ratings: 244 |  Reviews: 167
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 jdubjacket
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Green's on Ponce on Saturday and cracked it open after work. Poured a hazy amber color with a very strong head. Smell is hoppy, obviously, and slightly musky. Tastes is incredibly bitter and musky. Very little malt backbone on this one to counter the hops. Did not like this one as much as I thought I would.

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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 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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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a barely clouded amber with a massive creme head on a too firm pour. I mean huge head. Nose is like hairspray with citrus and pine tones. Flavor is the same. Bleck. Let someone have a taste and they said it tasted like a bad version of Houblon Chouffe and I concur. Feel has a thick and almost syrup like body. I didn't really enjoy this. Sure it's great to try a single varietal IPA, but at these prices, there needs to be much better delivery. Can't suggest it, unless you are absolutely dying to try something along this line.

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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 WYVYRN527
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another new arrival I couldn't resist trying... The beer pours a hazy orange with a thick, white head that takes a few minutes to settle. Lacing is good, but dries and crusts almost the entire glass exposed. The smell is grassy and floral, with some astringency as well. Flavors are nearly the same as the smell, only more apparent. It begins slightly sweet and malty at first, but it's soon masked with hops. Piney, floral, and has slight hints of citrus. The mouthfeel is ok, being a medium bodied brew. As much as I love this hop varietal, and other beers by Mikkeller, this one just didn't quite do it for me.

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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 mrfrancis
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a puffy, lingering white head.

S: Strong aromas of lemon, lime, and orange are present on the nose. The malty aromas of biscuits and caramel displayed by most of the other beers in this series are oddly absent here. A little one-dimensional.

T: Notes of lemon, lime, bitter orange, kumquat, caramel, herbs, and biscuits flit across the palate, failing to leave much of an impression. The finish is muddled with a jumble of citrus and herb flavors.

M: Medium bodied, firm, and dry. If this beer tasted better, it would be far more drinkable.

O: I'm seriously disappointed by the fact that none of the flavors really separated for any length of time. As a result of this, this ale seems unbalanced and a bit insubstantial. Not bad, but definitely a missed opportunity.

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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 beersdmf17
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.25/5  rDev -11%

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 leitmotif
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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Cascade Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
3.65 out of 5 based on 244 ratings.
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