So, an update: This beer (with modified hopping) just took 1st place in its category (out of 29 entrants) at the MidwinterHBC
in Madison, WI. I'll have to wait about a week to get the judges' comments, but I'm pretty damn pleased.
Over the past year, I got some interesting feedback from two veteran Irish beer drinkers. One said, "It's as good as anything you can get in a pub in Dublin;" while the other one made a face and said, "There's something odd about the taste." I reckoned that Cascade hops weren't what he expected to find.
This time I played it straight, with 1.5 oz EKG at 60, and the other half ounce at 10 minutes. The malt bill stayed the same. Oh yeah, I used 1084 yeast.
So yeah, it's a fairly standard recipe. But it works!