Cascade | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pipeworks Cascade has been growing and nurturing his infamous high alpha kick and aromatic abilities at Master Nunzino's Hop Head Farms. Hop Head Farms is where the strongest, most able hops go to enhance and punch up their Unicorn battling abilities. When you can snatch the ale from the shelves, you will be ready to drink, Grasshopper. Remember grasshopper, drink early, drink often, drink early, drink often, oh yeah, and wax on. And off.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.98/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Tulip

A) Hazy orange, copper color, with a two finger head that is white with an orange hue.

S) All citra fruits Orange, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, mango and sweet candy. All most can taste the rainbow.

T) same as smell hops profile is wonderful. Malt bill I'm sure is the same as Citra ninja and SImcoe ninja very similar biscuit and bread doesn't take away from this hops bomb.

M) Thick coats the mouth with hop goodness. Medium amount of carbonation too.

O) Pipeworks has this series nailed. Very similar to Clown Shoes Galatica but this one is a hair better. It's juicy and chewy soooo good!

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Photo of pkalix
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark orange, nice head on top. smell is absolutely beautiful with a dark chocolate-candy orange aroma right off the top. those candies are awesome! this is awesome how it smells just like it.... otherwise, sweet biscuit-malt....
bitterness from the hops, but still getting some of that dark chocolate- candy orange taste from the aroma. can taste some of the alcohol in it, but it melds well with the malt and hops.
overall, a very nice brew. I had never heard of Pipeworks but their stuff is very good...

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Photo of beardown2489
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

look: 4.5| smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy orange. two fingers head. Beautiful beer.

S: Tropical fruit flavors, citrus flavors, orange mainly. Some grapefruit. Cascade showing off.

T: Taste follows the nose. Tropical fruit, like grapefruit, kiwi, tangerine, followed by a pleasant bitter finish. Sweet malt is expected, which I love. Pipeworks knows the balance I like in a DIPA.

M: Perfectly carbonated. Sweet and Hoppy. Leaves a sticky sweetness. I yearn for more.

O: Pipeworks is ALWAYS showing off. This beer reminds me that this community is so obsessed with the next big thing. Right now that's Citra, Simcoe and Austrailian hops. But classic Cascade is just fine with me. I love this beer. Amazing. Doesn't hurt that it's a few days old.

Fresh, local beers always taste better.

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Photo of timc100
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 119 - bottled 2 days ago

A: Blood orange - slightly hazy. Nice tangerine-tinged beige head.

S: Incredibly dank and fresh cascade hopped beer. There is the cascade earthy spiciness with a rich pipeworks fruitiness found in all these NvU beers. With a vigorous swirl musty overripe pineapple, mango, strawberry and tangerine jump out of the glass. A very nice astringency and super fresh pine. There is a solid caramel backbone

T: Seamless blend of fruits and hops. Juicy tangerine, mango, orange juice, sweet grapefruit - a strawberry sweetness as well. Incredible - well balanced with the cascade spice.

P: Sticky, full, refreshing - feels great.

O: Another great installment in the ninja unicorn series, and an interesting look at cascade hops

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Photo of mjohnson17
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange with a nice two fingers of head. Good lacing.

S: Tropical fruit, citrus, lemon and oranges. Smells sweet with a bit of bitterness. Nice character of Cascade hops.

T: Taste follows the nose. A nice upfront burst of sweet tropical fruit, like oranges, lemon, kiwi, followed by a subtle bitter finish. The malt is really much sweeter than expected, which may have led to more fruity, sweetness.

M: Smooth buttering, perfectly carbonated. A bit sweet and leaves the mouth coated with a sticky sweetness.

O: Another great Ninja series beer. Personally my favorite of the series has been Simcoe, but Cascade is closely behind, slightly edging out Citra. This is an easy sipper for almost 10% with a nice sweet/bitter mix. Well balanced, although leaning more on the sweeter end.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazed bright orange color. Active carbonation and and once of white head. Little lacing.

It's bursting with juicy tropical mango, lemon, and grapefruit aromas. The mango is ripe and sweet.

True to the ninja way it's a hoppy beast. Fresh and sugary mango and grapefruit. Light bready malt. The finish is long and tastes like a mouthful of skittles. It gets fruitier as it warms.

Mouthfeel is full, juicy, and sticky. Clean.

This one runs a close second to it's citra kin. A+

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Photo of shand
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cascade Ninja pours a very hazy orange color with a small head. The aroma offers a big citrus kick, with some piney notes and sweet malts. The taste is sweeter than the nose, with the more candied aspects of the hops coming out in a big way, along with earthy and spicy characters. There's also sweet malts and a nice alcohol kick. Big grapefruit peel on the finish.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours slightly hazy and amber in color with a one finger white head that has good retention.

Smell has some great bright citrus aromas, slight hints of grapefruit and sweet juicy orange hop aromas. Sweet caramel malt and butterscotch like yeast give this a great candy like midsection that compliments the juicy hop aromas nicely.

Taste is great, more juicy orange like hop flavors forward in the taste along with a semi sweet rich caramel malty body. Finish has more citrus hop flavors along with a mild amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Smooth medium body along with a moderate amount of carbonation keep this very refreshing. There is a good amount of hoppy oils that let the juicy flavors last throughout the entirety of the brew.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden amber orange with a frothy single finger head of off-white foam.

Tons of tropical fruit notes, dried orange, melon, and bready-biscuity malt sweetness.

Melon, orange zest, biscuity, candied malts, and caramel.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, tropical, fruity, sweet, dry finish.

Overall, much more tropical than I would have expected, very sweet, but tons of hops resin to dry out the palate.

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Photo of stortore
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bomber into a Pipeworks snifter.

Pours a nice looking orange/amber, a little hazy. Not much of a head or lacing. Smells of dank, citrusy hops- more orange to me, than grapefruit. Smells a little bit sweet as it warms. Taste continues the citrusy hops with a strong, malty backbone. Also get some floral hop flavor and a little mustiness. Some bitterness when it hits the tongue, not so much on the back end. Seems pretty sweet overall, and that's right up my alley. Very smooth, well carbonated.

Another above average DIPA from Pipeworks. A great single hop showcase and one you should try.

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Photo of Rope
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Burnished orange, slight haze, and a nice foamy cream head.

Pleasant grapefruit, with a smooth coconut/vanilla sweetness. Definitely a cascade bite lacking in the current trend of IPAs.

It starts out much creamier than I expected, but that makes the pleasant bitterness akin to Cascade hops all the better.

Thick, but the hop makes it feel astringent. Could use a little more bubble.

Cascade is one of the first hops I was able to identify, and it has a nostalgia quality. This, like most of Pipework's beers, is a well done representation.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a plastic cup.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotches of lacing. Hazed orange juicy body - guessing this got agitated on the CTA, as Pipeworks' beers usually have nice clarity to them.

S - A great aroma of juicy citrus, some zesty pine, mild tropical hints, over top of a sugary and doughy malt backbone with a hint of biscuit to it.

T - The taste doesn't quite match the heights of the aroma, but it's still a nice blend of juicy orange flesh, mild earthiness, and doughy and biscuity malts. Surprisingly low bitterness, although a restrained amount crops up late.

M - Medium-full and juicy body, pleasant mid-low carbonation, and a dry, crisp finish. There's a bit of warming alcohol that's surprising for a Pipeworks beer, as usually I don't get any.

D - So Cascade isn't the most sexy hop these days, but Pipeworks has crafted a pretty tasty beer all the same. Doesn't quite reach the heights of Citra Ninja, but a beer I'd happily purchase again or order on-tap.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with light ruby red color with accents of orange and brown. Half a finger of carbonation on the pour which subsided and was not present while drinking. Below active carbonation active while drinking.

Smell: Ripe orange peel and juicy citrus on the front. The body is full of pine and resin. Grass, prairie grass, and earthy tones ride throughout. So much of what you would expect from an imperial Cascade brew.

Taste: Tropical fruit touch hits the palate immediately. Heavy orange and citrus mixes in well with the medium bitter pine. Orange peel and some zesty leafy greens make the palate dance for a long time after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Bright fruit mixes well with the heavier bitter hop accents. Superbly drinkable.

Overall: Pipeworks at their best. This one is probably the second best of the Ninja series (now formerly Ninja series). Earthiness balances well with the big hoppy tones.

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Photo of Hendry
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnished deep orange hue, 1 finger ecru head dissipates quickly leaving behing some nice lacing.

Aroma is a pine and sweet malt blast, resinous fumes. Citrus? Not so much, but the cascade hops have a mighty malt bill to wrestle with, so I would say the hops are present but muted.

Taste is rich and malty, with a resiny pine blast finishing the job. The word "citrus" is quite overused to describe IIPAs, and in the case of Cascade Ninja, I'm not getting it at all.

Mouthfeel is a heavy medium, oily, chewy and quite resinous. Dank wet hops give this a richness, carbonation is on the low side and it becomes a sipper.Not anywhere near dry or crisp, you feel the booze in your throat as the 9.5% abv reveals itself without even attempting to hide.

I can see the appeal to those who are into the sweeter syrupy IIPA (i.e. Permamnent Funeral,Dreadnaught), but not really my cup of tea. The truly hop forward Vermont IIPAs have spoiled me pretty thoroughly, and have set the bar really high for other offerings to really blow me away.

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Photo of joe1510
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
S&A Liquors - Crest Hill, IL

Cascade Ninja is rather dark. Dirty copper to be exact with an orange hue when backlit. The opacity is such that all you can see through the body are indistinct shadows. The head is white and pure, just a finger in height on the pour before dipping to a thick ring. Spotty but sticky lace decorates the glass.

Ruby grapefruit and peppery pineapple have fingerprints all over this beer. Orange marmalade and a squeeze of lemon also come into play with faint forest floor hidden deep within. The malty backbone is fairly substantial which adds to the sweetness of that orange marmalade aspect. Good depth for a single hopped beer.

There is not much difference between the flavor and smell of Cascade Ninja. Sweetened grapefruit is first and foremost with orange marmalade and peppery pineapple following behind. The peppery character adds a nice spice, it's fruity but spicy at once. The malt backbone is large and mostly caramel. There's a big sweetness but it's balanced by spicy alcohol and big hop additions.

There is some sticky sweetness up front but the body quickly evens out. For some reason this Ninja doesn't drink as sweet or feel as sticky as some others I've had. The finish is dry, which alcohol fumes and hops seem to accentuate. The alcohol is welcomed though and adds a spicy character.

Weighing in at 9.5% Cascade Ninja is bigger than I usually reach for when drinking IPAs. Most in this weight class have to much sweetness for my liking. The guys at Pipeworks did a good job of drying this version up and it's refreshing seeing some of the old varietals like cascade being highlighted. Citra Ninja gets all the talk but I think I prefer Cascade Ninja. Two cents.

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Photo of vic21234
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch # reads 239 240 241.

A- Pours a cloudy orange with a small amount of off-white head that quickly fades to the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet citrusy and floral notes on the aroma, mostly consisting of grapefruit. Very nice smelling beer.

T- Nice grapefruit and mango hop notes up front give way to some spicy malts.

M- Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, hoppy and bitter. This beer is easy drinking for 9.5% ABV.

Overall I feel this is another great DIPA by Pipeworks, they really know what they're doing with hops.

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Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fairly cloudy dark, rusty, orange in color. Forms a moderate sized light tan colored head. Decent retention. Light lacing.

S: Very sweet and bready, almost like, well, sweetbread (not the offal, the pastry). There is a bit of citrus in the mix as well, but there really is just a lot of sweetness. Practically candy like.

T: Well, the sweetness follows over into the taste, but thankfully there are some other flavors to help balance it out. Grapefruit, pine, kumquats, and tangerine. A mix of citrus and pine, with the citrus being the more dominant. A bit of pine resin on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, lower carbonation, moderate bitterness.

O: Yeah this one is just too sweet for my tastes. Not a bad beer by any means, but the sweetness is a little overdone and there isn't a whole lot to balance it out.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a dark caramel with a 3" off-white head. Big trails and clumps of lacing remain on the glass.

S- caramel, toast, orange, citrus rind, some spice and pine.

T- caramel and toasted malts, bitter citrus rind, spicy, earthy and bitter pine hops.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slick, syrupy and with some creaminess.

O- good edition to the NvU series but my least favorite of the bunch so far. Noy as citrusy as the others and that's my thing.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #s 239-241

a: caramel amber. 1.5 finger frothy white head.

s: Citrus (grapefruit, mango, orange, pineapple)

t: Follows the smell, citrus (orange, mango, grapefruit) hop blast with some pine intermixed . Juicy. Sweet maltiness to close out. seemingly low bitterness

m: medium low carbonation & medium body. syrupy. juicy.

o: One of the better DIPAs in the (formerly known as) Ninja series. Taste doesn't quite match the aroma. Drinks all of its 9.5%. Solid but not memorable.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is an orange color with a 1.5 finger white head.
Aroma is pine and sweetness. Lots of apricot and melon. Some malt also.
Flavor is pine, citrus,big apricot jelly flavors and mouth malt backbone to balance it out.
Perfectly bitter and quite a complex beer.
Mouthfeel is not too dry. Bitterness lingers on the back end.
Another great offering by pipeworks.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Robbie and Adam for this one. Batch #119.

A - Hazy bright orange with half a finger of cream coloured head.

S - Grapefruit, pine and orange rind with a honey/caramel malt sweetness in the background.

T - A big bitterness with grapefruit, pine and orange zest flavours with a fairly big honey malt sweetness.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Treebs
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a PW snifter. Batch 119.

A: Pours a dark amber color with some light ruby tones highlighting the body. A yellowish head forms on the pour and recedes to a frothy ring. Sticky lace is left down the glass.

S: Earthy and dirty. Some mild onion. Dank pine with a healthy mix of juicy grapefruit. Bread malts with a touch of sweetness.

T: Much like nose, but much more sweet. The onion is toned down to a mild note in the periphery. Pine needle with some orange pith bitterness. Citrus grapefruit with a sweet bread malt, almost like Hawaiian bread.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Earthy and sweet with a clean finish.

O: Not my favorite DIPA from the PW crew. It was solid and drinkable, but I would have like a touch more fruitiness.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Handwritten Batch #240 written on the back label. Another variety of hop for another beer in the ninja series, although they have no changed the label and omitted the word 'ninja' from the label. I wish they'd kept the old label, but such is life and beer. Expectations are high based on Pipeworks' reputation for great beers.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a nice bright burnt sienna orange colored body with two fingers of fluffy creamy off-white head. Looks pretty damn nice; on par with the rest in the series. Some nice scattered lacing.

S - Smell is on par with the others also; it has that classic ninja smell to it. Tropical floral hops, peaches, grapefruit, apricots, some cream, some soapiness, hint of spicy rye heat, and just a hint of caramel malt to balance things out.

T - Taste is more dirty and earthy than it is floral, but still nicely tropical and fruity. Bitter grapefruit hops, pine resin, peaches, earth, caramel malt, some peppery rye, & mild alcohol heat on the end.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, and ends bitter and resinous on the palate.

Overall, a worthy addition to the ninja family, albeit probably not my favorite. More dirty and earthy than some of the others, but it still has that classic ninja feel to it. 9.50% abv is well masked, but there is still a hint of heat. In all, it's another worthy offering from Pipeworks.

Pipeworks Cascade Ninja ---4/5.

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Photo of jeonseh
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange with a hazy body. Lemon accents. Nice white head on it.

S - Orange and pine with a slight citrus presence. Lots of wet and resiny hops to it. Slighty medicinal and wet grass

T - Strong bitter and grapefruit hops that give it a strong bitter bite to it. It definitely has a wet grassy and fresh hop flavor to it. The hops remain on in the finish.

M - Thick resiny hops remain on the tongue. Medium body with a light stickiness to it

O - Big, thick and resiny beer with a good bitter kick to it. One of the wettest beers I've had that highlights the cascade hops well.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bomber into tulip.

A: very cloudy. pours a pinkish hue. head is bubbly and slightly off-white. good retention. tons of sticky lacing.

S: minor oxidation. smells fruity. significant malt presence. not getting blown away by the cascade hops here.

T: pretty fruity. pear, melon, grapes. decent amount of caramel. especially in the finish. similar to the nose, really not blown away by the hops which is a bit of a shame. regardless, not a bad flavor.

M: good carb. medium/full body.

D: good, not great. really a bit disappointed seeing the hype around the ninja brews. wish I was more taken. I gotta give this a pass mostly based on price point and hype.

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