Cascade First Harvest Ale - 2013

Formerly brewed at Cascade Brewery (CUB)
Style: American Pale Ale
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


on tap


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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Once a year, the first green Willamette & Cascade hops of the season are harvested to supply only enough for a single brew. Within hours, the fresh green hops are combined with new season pale malt, our exclusive yeast culture and pure Tasmanian water to create Cascade First Harvest Ale. This is a traditional top fermented ale with a prominent leafy aroma and a spicy citrus finish resulting from the fresh hops. These herbaceous tones are balanced by a rich and robust maltiness.

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DavidAust (275) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2015
Having to rate this from memory as it is now retired. So I will simply say that I had this at the brewery whilst on holidays and liked it so much, that upon returning to the mainland, I ordered a case as soon as it was available. Great beer, reminiscent of an IPA but not as potent. Hops, fresh hops and more hops.

vinhol (346) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2014
On tap at kilsyth club bad micro aroma deep amber in colour white head taste is ok simlar to fat yak but for an annual release a little too boring

StevieT (2039) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2014
Meh, not that great, not that bad. I won’t be buying it again in a hurry, but if I had to drink it I wouldn’t cry.

Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2014
Light amber, faint crackery hop. A bit of toasty character but with not much hop. Ok macro amber but that’s below my expectations.

Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2013
Pours a clear amber colour with a white head. Aroma is malt, some light fruit and mild hops. Taste is light sweet with a light bitter finish. OK.

Crit (4105) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2013
Sparkling amber,fast fading beige head.Salty stale beer nose,malty hints.Lightly skunked start,mild metallic hop finish I know this bottle is several months old, so this may not be a fair rating

gnoff (11145) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2013 First rating
Draught at Belgian Beer Cafe Eureka, Southbank - Melbourne, on July 30, 2013.
Clear copper color, big white head. Malty, hoppy, bitter taste. Medium mouthfeel, high bitterness. Resin aftertaste. Sweet, malty, hoppy scent.

Draught at Cascade Visitor Centre, South Hobart. As part of a tasting paddle after the brewery tour. Sampled on August 8, 2013.
Info that it was made May 15th, 2013.
Clear deep golden color, white head. Hoppy, fruity, bitter taste. Bitter, fruity aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Sweet, malty, a bit fruity sent.

mattyhennessy (377) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2013
2013 batch on tap at the brewery. Made with fresh hops, which is reflected by taste. A strong hoppy aftertaste released strong citrus flavours and hop bitterness. Some lemon and grapefruit. Dark yellow in colour, light bodied with medium carbonation. A better effort for a large brewery like Cascade.

KeefOz (1953) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2013
2013 Limited Release. Poured a clear dark amber colour with a two-finger light beige coloured foamy head that collapsed slowly and provided soap suds like lacing. Medium carbonation as seen by lots of small to medium bubbles forming trails. Aroma of slightly sourish malt. Taste initially of malt sweetness followed by a mild hops bitterness, much like many other macro-brewery lagers. Light body, bordering on watery. Long mildly bitter finish. Worth trying once.

Niksko (635) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2013
2013 Vintage. On tap. Pours a dark amber with a good deal of foamy white head. Nose is grapefruit hops and some floral notes. Taste is lemon, grapefruit, some residual malty sugar and a crisp biscuit finish. Body is watery and thin. The aroma is passable but the taste is just boring and generic. Honestly, I’m not sure who they’re targeting with this beer. It’s the sort of thing that has potential, but after trying it once I now know to never have it again. They could have built a sort of cult following with this one, but instead they put in their standard level of effort ie. none.

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