Cascade Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Cascade AleCascade Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

190 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 20
Gots: 10 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002

Alc. by Vol.: 4.5%
IBUs: 28

145 calories per 12 oz serving
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Ratings: 190 | Reviews: 106
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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.

More User Reviews:
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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.

Photo of appenzeller
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Magpie14
3.92/5  rDev +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!

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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Photo of tempest
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- I was greeted with a slightly hazed golden colored brew, with a nice looking frothy head, that settles down a little too quickly into a puffy film, with an extra puffy ring sitting around the glass. Carbonation is average looking, while it lumbers its' way to the top of the liquid. As I've found with the other brewery offerings, this one has an excellent amount of lacing that clings to the glass. Very nice looking beer!

S- This is such a nicely balanced beer aroma wise! There isn't any real dominating smell here....just well placed malt on the front, and some modest spiced hop bitterness on the finish, with just a hint of citrus rind to tart it up a bit.

T- Now this is a superbly tasting beer...everything is so well balanced that my palate is in heaven! There's just the right amount of malt sweetness, that has a honeyed quality to it. This is followed up by a balancing blend of very mild tart lemon rind and bittering hop cones. Just all around, there is such a pleasant flavor to be tasted here!

M- Medium/light bodied with a decent amount of palate scrubbing carbonation keeps the mouthfeel just a little underwhelming. Would like to see the bubbly tinkered with just a bit to make it a little more creamy, but oh well!

O- A very fine product indeed! If this was available in my area, I could see this quickly becoming a go-to beer for me. Great on it's own or as a marinade/meal beer, this really hits the spot. I highly recommend this and will seek it out whenever I'm in the good ol' USA!

Photo of Padron4KM
2.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Best by date of may 09, so it's a couple of months "past".
Pale orangy yellow, nice tight, creamy beige head.
Light aroma of caramel malt and even lighter grassy hops
Flavor is barely-there-caramel, with a mild spicy hop finish.
Hard to believe this came from Deschutes. Yes it's "old" but it shouldn't have faded that fast.

Photo of Spikester
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Once Deschute's flagship ale it has been eclipsed by Mirror Pond Pale for one. It is a fine introduction to the Pale Ale style and the 4.5%abv makes it a great session brew. No flaws, just less punch than many Pales of the modern era. A bit hard to find even in Oregon. When looking for a tasty easy drinking Pale give this a try. (11-17-2008)
Update (9-04-2010) This is a fine session beer and reminds me of some of the better English style Pale Ales. If you are a fan of such brews give it a try. If you are in the mood for an American West Coast style Pale Ale I would recommend the Deschute's Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From a bottle. Website says 145 calories FYI.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a ragged white head that fades quickly. Little lacing on the glass.

Smells of some clean floral hops and a little citrus.

Tastes of mostly of a light floral taste with some pale malt notes behind it. Very light in the taste department and could be a bit more robust, comes across a little bland. I prefer their Mirror Pond to this as it is more flavorful.

Mouthfeel is light and airy. Too thin.

A very mediocre pale, just wish it had more oomph to it. I feel like some of the underlying ideas are good, I just want to actually be able to taste them. This is very light and thin.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.... These are probably the first bottles of the Cascade Ale that I've had in a long while... I remember it being much more hop forward...

The brew pours pale orange with a short lasting white head and little retention... nose is pale malts with some minor floral hops and just hints of citrus...

Flavor is better but ... only slightly.. nicely done sorta husky pale malts and decent background hoppiness ... light floral hops and minor citrus...

Easy drinking .. yummy... smooth.. digging it, but the mild aromas and flavors are a bit too light in the middle of winter.

3.5/3/3/3.5/4

Photo of franksnbeans
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a mildly hazed gold with a creamy head atop. Smells a little sweet, slightly floral, a tiny bit of spice. Taste as it smells along with a touch of honey. Very smooth and light in the mouth. This an amazing thirst quencher. Doesnt have any blow you away flavor but thats not its purpose.

Photo of Gusler
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really strange thing happened as I was revising my master beer list, I found that I’ve never had a “Cascade Ale”, got the polo shirt, got the label, got a T-Shirt, I’ve even got a leather coaster, how the hell could I have overlooked this great beer?

As it set in the glass sparklingly clear amber color, the head behemothic in size, spumous in texture and the color a winsome light tan with the lace a satin sheet lying upon the glass. The aroma of Tettnang and Saaz hops greets your senses first, followed by the malt sweetness, citrus crisp and fresh, what a treat for the old schnozzle, front is ambrosial, rich in malt with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is Delightful in its acidity, the hops flowery and pleasant, very dry aftertaste, and a treat long over due for this lover of Deschutes.

Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Deschutes Brewpub, Portland, Oregon.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a floral and grassy hops and a pale malt.

The taste consisted of round malts and a lingering hop spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a nice herbal APA.

Photo of zacharius
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a thin head but is sufficiently carbonated. You will be very refreshed by drinking this beer. It would be a great beer for the summertime. It has no detectable aroma hops but you get surprised a good dose of bitterness and hop flavor. This is an easy drinker, a great session beer. Good use of hops gives it a earthy/citrus hop flavor but not so much bitterness that you can't drink quite a few.

Photo of Fabric8r
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Clear light orange/dark yellow color. Two fingers of whippy/creamy head with good retention and a good amount of lacing..

3.0 S: Light on the nose. Not really much going on in the hop department, but there is a faint grassiness. No sign of citrus, which is strange for a cascade beer. Malts are light on aroma too, but stand out more than the hops. Caramel sweetness and graininess.

3.0 T: A mix of grainy and bready. A decently strong bitterness, but not too much hop flavor. Perhaps a touch of grassiness. Crystal malts and not much else.

3.0 M: Medium body. Could be creamier and a tad bit too much carbonation.

3.0 D: I'm simply not impressed by this beer. Weak on hops, weak on malts, no sophisticated flavor profile.

Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Las vegas NV for 1.69

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation and there is some fair/good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, breads/grains, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is a bit of a grassy and grainy taste. It ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - This one reminded me a bit of the Alaskan Amber beer. It's very crisp and refreshing and would be a good session beer for the warmer weather.

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Cascade Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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