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Cascaderade | Sudwerk Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sudwerk Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The name's inspired by the Cascade hop, of course, and this one's were grown in Yakima Valley. Hop lineup? "Cascade, Perle, Falconers. And more Cascade." Lagers aren't supposed to taste like this. At least, that's what one curmudgeonly dark corner of your head might say while the rest of you gets the hop tingles. Sudwerk's Cascaderade is a dank, juicy, generous take, while the lager fermentation means there's less fruitiness to get in the way of the Cascade additions.

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by travolta:
Photo of travolta
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Appearance: A beautiful clear, pale amber color. Quite nice, dense and rocky head with great lacing.

Nose: Cascade and a malty smash, with corn, lemon and chives.

Taste: A little dry at first until the malt kicks in. Crackers and hop oils, orange rind, and a finish of citrus.

Notes: Great head on this, very clean, quite nice.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Suds
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This brew is an orange-ish, hazy liquid. The aroma is seriously hoppy....it is like smelling a bag of cascade hops from the local homebrew shop. It is hard to get much else. The taste is a little lightly dry balanced. Flavorful finish. Nice.

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Photo of KoG
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Some citrus & grass, breadyness once warm

T: Grassyness, grapefruit rind & a little aspirin up front, a little breadyness too. Grassyness & woody hops along with breadyness & pears as this warms. Finishes with grassy hops, dryness & woody hops, plus a little pine

MF: Medium body with firm carbonation, okay balance

Drinks okay, but not too impressed by this, their other IPL is much better

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Photo of McStagger
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Fairly aggressive pour was a bad idea. Almost three fingers of head. Dissipation is rapid. Bubbles are vigorous enough to be heard. Excellent lacing. Beer is darker than anticipated. Almost bordering on an orange amber. Excellent clarity. Carbonation is moderate to lively, with bubbles rising to the surface at a good pace.

S: Definitely getting the Cascade. Leafy, woody hop aroma. Some citrus in there, mainly grapefruit. Very distinct grain presence. Subtle hints of stone and tropical fruit. Smells clean...lacks the malty sweetness that most IPA's carry.

T: Small burst of hop bitterness up front. This bitterness lingers throughout the experience. Mid palate picks up a unique fruitiness that I only seem to find in IPL's hopped with New World varieties (Fathom IPL). Almost like candied lime. Some citrus, then the piney, woody bitterness reasserts and continues through the finish. Finishes with tangerine fruitiness, grapefruit skin, pine needle and more of the candied/spiced lime zest.

M: Light. Malt doesn't play much of a role here, but the carbonation doesn't appropriately lift the beer like one would expect in a lager. Granted, the higher alcohol probably makes this more difficult, but it is noticeable.

O: Decent take on the style. Will not purchase again at 7.99 a bomber.

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Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled piney and citrusy with toasted caramel. Bitter, piney hop bite with some citrus and sweet caramel.

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Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gordavidson
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit hops and a moderate amount of bitterness. The grapefruit lingers through the finish. Underlying hints of pilsener malts are also noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean, and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer exhibits nice aromas and flavors of hops while retaining the underlying properties of a pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of kudos200
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of kflorence
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a copper amber with plenty of foamy head atop. Carbonation is above average with big bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. Head retention is pretty decent and there is ample lacing on the edges of the glass. Sweet and tangy on the nose with lots of citrus, pine and a little bit of floralness. Some sweet, creaminess from the malts linger in the background. Sweet and earthy up front, but quickly turns grassy and bitter as it sits on the tongue. Grapefruit rinds and grass on the finish, which lingers. Medium bodied, this one packs a bit of chewiness with lively carbonation.

Overall, a pretty one dimensional beer that comes off a little overly bitter -- especially since it's a tongue coater. Normally I'm a pretty big fan of Cascade hops, but I think I'm starting to tire of hop abuse. It's like an IPA without the malt balance. For me, this wasn't overly drinkable either, as my stomach didn't seem to appreciate the acidity. If you're into one-dimensional, bitter hop bombs, you're sure to love this one. Otherwise, skip it for something more complex.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cletusdog
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful big foam uprising on the dark orangey brew in the Duvel tulip. Such a pleasant sudsy mouthfeel enhanced by the malty body and a slight oiliness. Big aromas of flowery hops, tangerine peel, and orange blossoms.

This starts out with a great balance among the resiny tang, the sweet malt, and the bitterness. So drinkable but interesting. Distinct tangerine taste. After some pleasantries exchanged, this gets down to being very hoppy, sharp, and bitter. But it's more rewarding than a lot of hoppy beers. It's surprising how the hops seem to swell up into massive flavors.

It really doesn't take much sipping before this seems like any other IPA. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Best Damn Beer Shop in San Diego.

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Photo of smithj4
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Awesome name. Poured a clearer, dark yellow. I smell a ton of Cascade hops, sweet malt and pungent Lager yeast. Flavor is very hoppy. Very floral, piney and citrusy. It's a bit too sweet for my taste and the Lager yeast is very vocal on the finish. The hop/yeast/malt combo sorta clashes. This is a beer that tastes best during the first sip then quickly depreciates. Body is fuller than I would have expected. Interesting but definitely a bottle I would share.

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Photo of danxbar
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that smells pretty good but the hop flavors are fairly subdued.

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Photo of dertyd
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of sendbeer
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Muthacack
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I originally had this on tap during the summer. It was most likely dry hopped in the keg and had a little more dank hoppiness to it which I preferred. Over the past month I have been seeing bottles of this pop up and I decided to pick it up tonight. 22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. No date was on the bottle but I know it was pretty fresh.

A- Crystal clear pour with no yeasty sediment. A nice creamy two finger head that dissipated quickly. It poured a nice light amber color but I could still see through the glass.

S- I can pick up the cascade hops first and just a bit of the malts follow. I really wanted more aroma here

T- Fairly balanced, but for a lager it is fairly bitter. In addition to the cascade hops, the bottle shows that perle and falconers are used. I really taste the falconers and the cascade. The malts are really light and not overpowering. The taste is mainly of the hops but it left me wanting a little more.

M- Low carbonation for a lager but it seemed suitable for this beer. For a 6.6% beer, this was pretty dry and easy to drink.

O- The beer looked great but I think it could have used a little more hop punch. I probably wouldn't buy this again unless I see it on tap again.

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Cascaderade from Sudwerk Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 62 ratings