Aroma Profile: Cascade has an intense, yet rounded, aroma with hints of citrus peels, tangerine, orange, floral, lychee and pine.
Alpha Acids 5.3-6.8%
Beta Acids 4.2-5.3%
Total Oils 0.7-1.2 mL/100g
Cascade is typically used as an aroma hop. However, it does also deliver a smoothly integrated bitterness too. Cascade, as most brewers know, was developed in Oregon, USA. It is a hybrid of Serebrianker and Fuggle. It was first released in 1971 and has become a hop widely used in the creation of American pale ales.
Cascade was introduced to Britain in 2002, well, into production in Britain at that time; Cascade had been on our shores for many years before that. It was developed from virus-free meristem stocks through Wye College, and it has now been growing successfully as a long, late-maturing hop here ever since.
The British Cascade delivers very similar flavours to its American cousin, but it is slightly less intense. It is quite a hardy hop, but it can be susceptible to aphids and rabbits love it, so we have to work hard battling rabbits in the spring to keep our crop of Cascade high!
The slightly subtler flavour of this version of the Cascade makes it the ideal hop for IPAs and American-style pale ales. Of course, the timings of adding this hop into the brew is essential to ensure you pull out all the flavours you want your beer to have, but there are a lot of possibilities with Cascade.
There are plenty of flavours that can make this hop sing in any beer. From subtle floral tastes to sudden bursts of grapefruit, this hop has it all and allows you to expand your beers in many different directions just by changing up the timings. So, once again, if you love a bit of experimenting with your brews, UK Cascade is an excellent hop for you. It provides a very stable taste range that we are all familiar with, but you can push it a little further to add even more of an intense flavour. There are a lot of things you can do with UK Cascade, particularly if you want to develop an extremely tasty IPA or American-style pale ale. It has created some beautiful fruity notes in some beers and some more subtle floral notes in others. It’s a versatile hop that a lot of brewers use to create a base aroma profile for some of the best craft beers on the market right now.