Cascade – Know Your Hops

Know Your Hops - Cascade

Know Your Hops – Cascade


  • Alpha Acids: 4.5% – 7%
  • Beta Acids: 4.8% – 7%
  • Cohumulone: 33% – 40%
  • Total Oils: 0.7mls – 1.4mls
  • Myrcene: 45% – 60%
  • Caryophyllene: 3.5% – 5.5%
  • Humulene: 8% – 13%
  • Farnesene: 3% – 7%
  • Substitutions: Amarillo, Centennial
  • Orgin: Oregon

Cascade is a well known aroma hop that was developed by the USDA breeding program in 1956 and first released in 1971. Cascade provides a middle of the road strength in aroma that has a unique, recognizable floral/citrus/pine scent with a bit of a spicy character.

Perhaps the most widely used hop variety in America, Cascade has become the defining hop for American Pale Ales and has become a staple of the craft brewing industry.

Due to its high amount of myrcene oil, Amarillo makes a fine companion or substitution for Cascade giving off similar aromatic qualities. Centennial has also been substituted with success.

Cascade has proven to been a poor storage variety and they are best used fresh, losing up to 50% of its original alpha acid content after 6 months in storage at 68F.

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