Cascade Hops

Cascade HopsOne of the most popular aroma-type hop varieties for American ales is no other than Cascade hops…

If you throw this hop towards the end of the boil or dry hop with it, you will get a beer with some citrusy, flowery and spicy characteristics…

The citrusy characteristic can resemble a bit of a grapefruit flavor…

Here’s some of the most useful characteristics of this variety:

Alpha:Beta Ratio: 1
Alpha Acids:
4.5 – 7.0%
Beta Acids:
4.8 – 7.0%
Co-Humulone: 33 – 40% of alpha acids

Total Oils: 0.7 – 1.5 mL per 100 grams
Myrcene: 45 – 60%
Humulene: 10 – 16%

The citrusy characteristic of this beer makes it perfect for American hoppy ales like pale ales and IPA’s. Some also take advantage of the citrusy somewhat grapefruity characteristic to brew Belgian Witbiers.

Some possible substitutions primarily for the citrusy characteristic of this hop could be Amarillo hops, Centennial hops and Ahtanum hops.

A good beer recipe where I’ve used Cascade hops is my American Amber Ale.

American Amber ale (Extract Version)
5 lbs Briess Pilsen DME
12 oz Caramel Malt 120 °L
8 oz Caramel Malt 40 °L
8 oz Carapils

1 oz Centennial hops (60 min)
.5 oz Cascade hops (30 min)
.5 oz Cascade hops (15 min)

Wyeast 1450 – Denny’s Favorite 50

American Amber ale (All-grain Version)
7.75  lbs 2-row pale
12 oz Caramel Malt 120 °L
8 oz Caramel Malt 40 °L
8 oz Carapils

1 oz Centennial hops (60 min)
.5 oz Cascade hops (30 min)
.5 oz Cascade hops (15 min)

Wyeast 1450 – Denny’s Favorite 50

RO Water
1 tsp Calcium Chloride

Mash @ 152 °F