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

11.2oz bottle from the Potsdam IGA for 6$

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with a huge size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes and there appears to be some particles floating around.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a higher amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also some raisin/apple like flavours and some buttery notes with a touch of grapefruit. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a bit of a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - There's some sort of code on the cap of the bottle, but it doesn't seem to translate into any sort of bottling date. The fact that there is stuff floating in this one leads me to believe it is past it's prime. It basically tasted just like the Amarillo but with a touch more bitterness. I don't think I'll buy any more mikkeller ipa's until I can figure out their dating system.

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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 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 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 DoubleJ
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's nice to see more Mikkeller beers here in Orange County. 330 ml bottle from Hi-Time, on to the beer:

Like my beer from earlier in the night, this beer fills up with a lot of foam into my glass. The color is bronzish orange, with the head on top staying on top thick and lush. The nose is hoppy. Well duh! More of a simpler hoopy aroma in a straightforward grass/pine mold.

Not to my surprise, it is hop dominant, with little malt showing up. Some hop juice most reminiscent of grass is the first thing to come to mind. Then comes more grass. And pine. There's a very subtle bread malt underneath all those hoppy flavors.

I'm glad to come across the single-hopped series from Mikkeller. I'm also glad they decided to put this beer in 330 ml bottles, because a larger format might be more than I'd like in a sitting. Worth a try.

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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 weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to egajdzis & hopdog for this...
Another American IPA from our Danish friends using a hop from the good 'ol USA.
Appears a hazy, cider toned brown with a small off white head.
Smell is of citrusy orange hops, and very American.
Taste is of sweet hop resin and light traces of caramel.
Mouthfeel is ok with the sugary citrus sweetness settling on the front of the tongue.

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

Had this one with a friend a few days ago. Poured an amber color with slightly offwhite head that faded slow and left good lacing. Smelled of floral/earthy hops and malt. Tasted of earthy hops, caramel malt, and toasty flavors. Fizzy and slightly dry mouthfeel. Drank fairly nicely.

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

This beer is an interesting exercise in tasting a single hop variety, but it's not really an incredible IPA on its own merits. That said, there's nothing wrong with the look. It's a dusky amber beer with an off-white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is light caramel with a metallic note and the strong spruce-grapefruit rind flavor of the Cascade hop. The flavor is similar: a resiny, bitter and instantly recognizable hop flavor with a simple caramel malt backbone. I'm not usually one to say this, but I wish this IPA was a bit less bitter. It's not horribly biting, but the hop flavors get a bit lost in the bitterness. On the other hand, that might just be the flavor of this strong, American hop varietal.

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

This beer pours a light copper with burnt orange highlights, which produces a creamy, dense and sticky head.

Its aroma is extremely fruity, with a malt undertone. Fresh pine transforms to tropical fruits like pineapple along with apricot, orange and red apple.

The taste is bitter from the very first sip, with some malt, then an explosion of pineapple, orange and apple, unripe banana then earthy, herbal hop flavor on back with a hint of tobacco in the bitter finish.

It has a smooth mouthfeel with a medium body, very refreshing and a good straightforward hop character with nice even malt.

This is not really a pine or grapefruit bomb that most IPA's embody, but it has some great hop profile.

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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 gtn80
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Novare Res.

Incredibly well balanced IPA. The hops don't throw off a ton of aroma which was surprising.

Bitterness is very present, but not harsh. The bitterness lingers on the palatte and stays as an aftertaste.

Hops were very floral, not much citrus flavors.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into tulip 20/5/13

A murky brownish amber with lots of streams of bubbles feeding a two finger tan foam that's dense and retains very well leaving a few pencil thin rings followed by loads of random lace

S lots of caramel, a little orange peel with some herbal tea and bread, smells like an aged IPA even though this just landed, I suppose it could've taken a while to get here, I think I could pick De Proef yeast out of a line up at this point

T more of the same really, some pine and more rind but still loads of caramel and grains, almost as if the malt has more going on then the hops

M medium-full and creams up from the bubbles, a little left behind on the gums and rind lingers on the finish

O not my favorite from this series and from such a popular hop I was expecting more, the look was the highlight

I'm not sure I like the malt and yeast profile they use for all these single hops, I'm also uncertain of the age of this "new release" with the printing on the cap being smudged and it tasting a little old. Still decent but I've had far better from Mikkellers single hops lineup

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Photo of JoePat
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hop haze amber with a light kaki to off white head that pours thick and slowely dissipates.

The aroma is of perfectly clean, citrusy twange grape fruit. I cannot stress the grape fruit enogh! As it warms you get light notes of caramel from the malt.

The flavor is a balanced IPA with some flowery citrusy hops and a nice malty back bone. Nothing really special in the flavor and it leaves a bitter dryness on your tongue afterwards.

The mouthfeel is clean and smooth with a tognue tickeling carbonation and bitterness in the end.

A pretty average beer. Not exreamly drinkable but by no mean hard to put down. Judging from this beer I love the aroma of Cascade, don't get a whole lot I like from the flavor and the bitterness is a great balance with malt

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