An American Standard — Cascade hops are an all-American hop developed in the 1970s by the USDA whose primary use can be tasted in the American Pale Ale style. They are primarily used as an aroma hop in the last half of the boil. Cascade is often described as having a citrus quality like tangerines, oranges or grapefruits. Cascade forms the backbone for the American Pale Ale and American IPA styles. In addition, they are resistant to downy mildew ( a parasitic microbe that threatens vine crops) and are a great choice for dry hopping.


  • Typical Use : Aroma
  • Alpha Acid : 4 to 8% AAU
  • Origination : USA
  • Commercial Examples : Exemplified in Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Characteristics : Floral, Spicy, Citrus Fruit
  • Styles : American Pale Ale, American IPA
  • Similar Hops : Centennial, Amarillo (higher AA)