Liam Deegan

Beer Review: Mikkeller Cascade Single Hop IPA

In American IPA, Reviews on September 14, 2010 at 10:33 pm

This is another beer from the Single Hop series from Mikkeller.  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.

The assertive quality of the beer will pair well with pungent cheese.  A good goat cheese will do well with this beer, the carbonation will lift the cheese off the palate and the flavors will blend well.  I also would love to try this with a prosciutto Panini or another salty meat would contrast well with the flavors in this beer.  Another good match would be something like Chilean seabass with some mango chutney or pico de gallo and some chiles.

Style: American IPA

ABV: 6.9%

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