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Cascade Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Cascade AleCascade Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

188 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 18
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 4.5%
IBUs: 28

145 calories per 12 oz serving

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Fabric8r:
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2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With the name Cascade, I was expecting an overly hopped brew using cascade hops, but that was just my expectations. Not much hop use, as I expected, couldn't smell any, but could taste a little bit. Nothing special to write about. Still, this is a good beer, and will buy more if it is on sale.

Fabric8r, Apr 22, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown with a simple yet inviting label, purchase before date clearly marked.

Appearance: A creamy bubbly white head sits on top of this golden hued brew that has a faint chill haze to it.

Smell: Sweetish noble herbal hop, faint citric and light malt aromas in the nose.

Taste: Smooth with a light to medium body, a nice malty flavour of grain, sweetness and some breadiness (caramel?) is up front. Then comes an adequate hop bitterness that leaves a slightly lemony / spicy finish with hints of herb in the taste which lingers for a while with some grain.

Notes: A very well crafted ale, excellent use of hops and very refreshing.

Jason, Apr 13, 2002
Photo of GarrettB714
4/5  rDev +10.2%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Thrasher
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A mellow gold with light fizzy head, leaving a ring and some lace. Lemony aroma with some citric hops and clean yeast. The beer is relatively simple, with light malts combined with a reasonable amount of hops, but neither ends up dominating. The hops are crisp up front, with a slight citric tartness and some spicy herbalness, but they move to the side almost instantly and make room for the mellow malts. Elements of bread-crust and a very faint butter quality. A fine, crisp golden ale, good for sipping cool during warm weather, but not particularly exciting. Non-BAs should really enjoy it. It's reminiscent of a fresh, good, refreshing European pilsner lager, but I'd like to see US brewers, West Coast brewers especially, actually attempt an authentic lager instead of this ale approximation. Perhaps this is not fair to Deschutes, who until recently did offer a pilsner during summer months, but have got rid of it to make way for their new summer seasonal, Twilight Ale.

Thrasher, May 03, 2004
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A disappointing beer from Deschutes. It just is so plain in every aspect. This is an introductory level craft beer. Not bad, but not doing anything. Looks like a notch above yellow fizzy, smell is bland. Taste, more of the same, totally lacking that Deschutes hop character in so many of their other ales.

Mouthfeel, there isn't any depth at any stage, I guess its kind of drinkable since it doesn't overload your palate.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 24, 2009
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3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy paler-than-amber color, big 1/2 inch white head. Lace is pretty non-existant -- cloud like haze. Lightly hoppy aroma, in the unripe orange range. Flavor hits a middle brown sugar gear, malt seems to reign from the beginning to end in a consistant staement. Hoppiness seems lightly citrus but balances somewhat weakly for an American Pale. All in all, an OK beer -- in the world of major flavor, kind of unremarkable. I'd give it session status.

Source: Liquid Solutions

ADR, Aug 18, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

WaydeRafnel, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

acurtis, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +10.2%

ste5venla, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of switzer
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

switzer, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of watermelonman
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours to a bright and clear gold color. The head was medium and shrank to a right. Lace is minimal.

The smell is a soft blend of pale malts and a light bit of hops. The taste starts with pale malts, which are joined by some light floral flavors. Hops come through in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly light and the drinkability is good.

watermelonman, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of heather625
4/5  rDev +10.2%

heather625, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

This beer pours a slightly foggy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, creamy off-white head, which leave some chunky island arch lace in places around the glass as it settles. It smells mildly of lemon citrus and grassy hops, over a lesser biscuity graininess. The taste is soft bready malt, lightly tugging lemon-oriented citrus hops, and a bit of leafy earthiness. The carbonation is on the low side of moderate, the body aspiring to middleweight rank, with nothing really detracting from a basic smoothness. It finishes practically dry, and a little fruity, the leafy citrus hops seeing to that.

As an APA, this is not too bad. However, as the BA-dictated blonde ale style, this is the shit - a nice light ale, just hinting of what is possible in greater Cascadia, hops on stand-down, but not lacking presence, if that makes sense. Anyways, a good 'ol Yankee session ale, if I ever saw one.

biboergosum, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of appenzeller
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with good clarity, decent carbonation forming lots of champagney bubbles. Moderate white head with aggressive pour leaving some lacing.

Smell is bready, flowers, hops--not strong scents.

Taste starts malty, follows up with a very slight hops kick, this is a very light beer that goes down easily.

Even in the Pacific Northwest where you can find Deschutes beer in your average gas station, you don't often see Cascade Ale. Still, this is a quality beer as you'd expect from Deschutes. For someone who doesn't like pilsners or light lagers, but wants a session beer, this is a good option.

appenzeller, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Magpie14
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden orange and a bit on the hazy side. No head, just a ring of foam and sporadic dabs of lacing

S: mild earthy hops, citrus sweetness and whiff of malts

T: malty, sweet floral hops, very fresh and clean beer. Malts help give it a hefty touch and keep things tight. Hop profile is very mild

M: nice vibe I am getting from this one. Very light and fresh with mild carbonation. Savory lemons in the finish

D: a sterling brew, great all around APA. Anytime of the year drinker!

Magpie14, Nov 12, 2008
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

mhenson42, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of ElGordo
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, warm shade of golden with a single finger of creamy white head. Aroma of light, crisp malt and a touch of zesty, fruity hops. Palate is tasty and straightforward - lightly sweet malt balanced by pleasant, slightly tangy hops. A mild biscuity taste lingers after the swallow. Body is light, crisp, and clean. A good, simple beer for the warmer months.

ElGordo, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

appearance: nice label, per usual from deschutes. served in my wicked hilliards can-pint. acutally a really gorgeous beer - medium orange body, fluffy white cap

smell: light grassy hops, some toasted grain, hay

taste: Hey, a blonde ale. I guess I bought this sixer by accident - what's a guy to do with 6 blonde ales? The deschutes version fits their bill - by all means solid, by no means spectacular. Simple toasted grain, light grassy hops, some caramel, salt.

mouthfeel: pretty big for the typically minimalist style, light bitterness

overall: a fine blonde ale, for whatever thats worth

dirtylou, Mar 31, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orangish color with an off-white head. The aroma is bready malt with hints of lemon and citrusy hops. The taste is sweet malt up front with some citrus and a quick and mild bite from the hops in the finish. The drinkability is sky high, an American session beer at its finest. I could consume quite a few of these in one sitting. Overall, I am a big fan of this one. It is quite tasty and the low ABV makes it highly drinkable. Not an overly complex APA when compared to some of the others, but very well crafted. Another solid beer from Deschutes! Recommended!

cjgator3, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one needs to warm up a bit. Do not drink straight from the fridge, it resembles a macro (albeit a good one). I guess for a relatively low-alcohol pale ale this isn't bad. The malt is a mix of sweet biscuits and grainy honey. The hops are mild, but nice with a gentle citrus rind character. The aroma is a creamy orange and light caramel that oddly reminds me of Franziskaner.

I guess the take home is that this isn't bad for a lighter APA. Very sessionable, might be interesting on cask.

tempest, Dec 11, 2007
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Glibber, May 19, 2013
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed golden color with brown and orange tints. White head.
Aroma of malt and hops with a floral tone.

Taste shows a caramelly malt flavor in balance with the somewhat citrus and floral hop presence. Slight fruitiness. Finishes nicely.

Good body and mouthfeel for a beer of only 4.6% ABV.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a solid pale/golden ale, but not nearly as tasty as their Mirror Pond Pale Ale IMO.

PhantomVodoo, Jul 02, 2003
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

EBeckett3, Aug 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Beertracker, Dec 13, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

GRG1313, Sep 26, 2014
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Cascade Ale from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.