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Old 03-06-2013, 02:48 AM   #11
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Somebody - brewingtv, maybe - once called cascade the green bean casserole of hops. They may have been right, but green bean casserole has its place. It tastes good, but it ain't trendy.


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Old 03-06-2013, 02:54 AM   #12
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I just brewed a Maris Otter / Cascade SMaSH this evening.

1.064 OG, 53 IBUs, S04 yeast at 57-60F (I'm out of US05 at the moment -- or rather it is all busy right now in two other fermenters). Should be awesome, was getting tons of grapefruit aroma during the boil, and I'll be dry hopping twice with Cascade as well.

The haters can go drink BMC if the don't like it.


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Old 03-06-2013, 03:02 AM   #13
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I love that they are "out of style" - makes it so you can get them for $10 a pound. I go through about 2 lbs per year. One or two "sierra nevada pale ale" clones, and then I mix them in a lot with Centennial and Citra in some IPA's I brew. Another year or two and they won't be as "cliche" as citra and some of the other new hops...
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:50 AM   #14
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I just brewed a Maris Otter / Cascade SMaSH this evening.

1.064 OG, 53 IBUs, S04 yeast at 57-60F (I'm out of US05 at the moment -- or rather it is all busy right now in two other fermenters). Should be awesome, was getting tons of grapefruit aroma during the boil, and I'll be dry hopping twice with Cascade as well.

The haters can go drink BMC if the don't like it.
I did the same using MO and Cascade with a 60 IBU, fermenting right now and a definite grapefruit aroma to it
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Somebody - brewingtv, maybe - once called cascade the green bean casserole of hops. They may have been right, but green bean casserole has its place. It tastes good, but it ain't trendy.
That analogy is perfect. I can't stand the generic green bean dish that is done for holidays. This is not the fault of the green beans. Handled in a different way they can be sublime.

I would suggest that if one is bored of Cascade a person should look to their own imagination rather than fault a wonderful hop.
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Really like Cascade, esp in tandem with Centennial.
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:18 AM   #17
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My last IPA was a Chinook, Cascade, Centennial and Citra mash. You could definitely taste the spice of the Chinook but the Cascade and Centennial added that citrus grapefruit taste with an extra kick from the Citra at the end. I think Cascade is a perfect dual use hop for when you are working with one of the "C's" to help give it that clean crisp citrus note.

I think the amount of use and attention it's had over the last couple decades just shows how great of a hop it is. I'm sure it just cycles along with whatever else is in style. With Citra being such a big one lately I think it's brought Cascade back in the spotlight just for it's complimenting flavors.

Now another one I've used a few times, Warrior, would be interesting to try with Cascade in place of Citra. I think the Cascade could be bittered and added at the end for a more subtle note than the Citra. Who knows, I love it and plan to use it in my beers when the need arises
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:30 AM   #18
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For me, Cascade has been used as a bit of a "filler" hop. I use it to round corners and fill in gaps in the profile of my IPAs and APAs that are sorta kinda left by the other American hops. To temper the pissy character of Simcoe or the over the top tropical fruit of Citra. Makes the beers more rounded and complete tasting, in my opinion.

That being said, if you don't enjoy SNPA, you can go kick rocks.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:36 AM   #19
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I live in the UK and in my short experience of brewing, and experimenting in US hops cascade seem to be my favourite and they also always sell out in the LHBS.
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:23 PM   #20
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I like Cascade because...



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