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 Fuggles. It was first released in 1971 and has become a hop widely used in the creation of American pale ales.
Cascade was introduced to British hop production in 2002, even though it 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 hop delivers very similar flavours to its American cousin, with aromas of orange, lychee and grapefruit with floral notes, 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 UK Cascade high to satisfy demand!
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.
If you love a bit of experimenting with your brews, UK Cascade is an excellent hop to try. It provides a very stable taste range that most beer drinkers are familiar with, but you can push it a little further to add even more of an intense flavour depending on how you use it.
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 will create beautiful fruity notes in some beers and 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.
“Our recent experience of using UK Cascade was typical of what we’ve come to expect from Brook House Hops, and proof that British hops can be just as exciting and flavourful as anything else when properly cared for. On opening the bag the aroma was amazing, the hop cones were fresh, bright green, and resinous, we had to double-check we hadn’t been sent US Cascade by mistake!“ – The Brew Shack
Where are UK Cascade hops grown?
UK Cascade hops are grown on our farm in Herefordshire, a region known for its beautiful scenery and mild climate. The area is also famous for its delicious beer, and many of the hop growers are themselves brewmasters who use the Cascade hops to make their own special recipes. There are several large hop farms in the region, but we are the only ones with state-of-the-art processing facilities that supply brewers directly from the farm.
What are Cascade hop rhizomes?
Cascade hop rhizomes are the rootstock of the Cascade hop plant, which is a type of perennial vine that is used to produce hops, a type of lupulin-containing spice that is used in beer brewing.
Cascade hops are a popular variety of hops because they impart a citrusy flavour and aroma to beer. They are also known for their good resistance to disease and pests.
What are good substitutes for Cascade?
There are a number of good substitutes for Cascade hops, depending on what traits you’re looking for in your beer. If you want a hop with similar aromatics, try using Chinook or Centennial hops. Both of these varieties have high alpha acid levels, so they’ll provide a good bitterness to your beer. If you’re looking for a more subtle flavour, Willamette hops might be a better option.
Aroma Profile: Orange, Floral, Grapefruit, Lychee
Style Guide: American Pale Ale, IPA, Witbier, Barley Wine
If you’re new to choosing and using hops we have a handy Hop Substitution chart to help you find the right flavours or alternatives to what your recipe requires.
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