Cascade Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Cascade AleCascade Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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)
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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy rich golden amber with a hint of orange. The dark cream-colored cap is semi-dense with a finely pitting top and is beginning to lay down some nice lace; ultimately in thin concentric rings. The nose is equal parts floral-citric hops and pale malt and could be a mite more aromatic.

Cascade Ale is an easy drinking APA, but isn't as flavorful as it could be. Its biggest problem is that it's only modestly hopped and therefore allows the malt to play too big a role on the palate. The citrus fruit flavor is nice, there's just not enough of it.

An underwhelming amount of hop flavor is coupled with a minimal amount of bitterness, making this beer a good first step for those who wish to dip their toes into the hoppier styles instead of cannonballing into the deep end. The flavor also fades too quickly, hastened along by a too-thin body.

I want to like Cascade Ale more than I do. It isn't bad, it just lacks, well... everything. It seems to me that Deschutes could have done so much more with this one.

Photo of womencantsail
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Eureka!Burger Claremont

A: The beer pours a rather pretty looking golden amber with a fluffy white head which leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

S: Unfortunately, the beauty doesn't translate to the more important factors of the beer. Smells sort of funky and overly herbal. There are some light floral notes along with toasted bread.

T: The flavor is a bit better. Mildly sweet with some bread and hints of toast. Intensely herbal hop flavor with a decent floral quality to it. Mild bitterness, but it doesn't really seem to add anything to the beer.

M: Light to medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Really disappointing from Deschutes. I would pass on this beer.

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 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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Before I start I just thought I would relate that this style is not one of my favorite styles, although given the right circumstances any beer could be the right style for my mood
Presentation - Opened with a gentle woosh. Poured cold into a goblet from a 12oz brown bottle w/ best by date of 6/26/07.

A - Poured a hazy bright amber w/ a white foamy two finger head. Limited amounts of lace remain on the inside of the glass's walls.

S - A tart citrus hop scent, like orange marmalade stands out. A lite spice and honey character mingle in the background.

M - Mellow and herbal qualities with gentle layers of carbonation allowing the light pine finish to linger after the swallow.

T - A superbly refined ale with sweet and summery flavors. This could be a year round quencher for me if it wasn't out of the area. Nuances of hop tastes do their magic. This is so crisp and refreshing I think this an all around great session ale, a real tongue pleaser!

D - Have one, have five, you won't regret it. You will be glad you tried this ale. It is so quaffable and well made w/ care IMO. Attention to details sum up this pale ale well. It seems simple, but scratch the surface- the details all around make this the one you want.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I feel bad panning a brew that a friend carried with her halfway across the country, just for me. Maybe I got a bad bottle?
Foamy white head, deep bronze color, and ...what the?!? little yeasty floaties! I didn't see that coming.
Fresh, sea-foamy nose, a little floral, but not much else. On the tongue, rather flat. Hops are hiding, if they're there at all. Another boring session ale, I'm sorry to say. Sweet and sour finish. An overall bland beer.

Photo of Rifugium
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Deschutes, Portland, OR

Poured a clear golden brown with a small white head that didn't stick around too long. Bready aroma, grassy, herbal hoppage. Similar taste: bready malts, mildly sweet, good mix of herbal and floral hop qualities. Crisp finish. Light-medium body, not extraordinarily flavorful, but still fairly drinkable overall.

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, yet slightly malty scent with a very citrousy hop aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a light malt flavor with a thin citrous hop finish. It goes down really easy, but feels a bit weak. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good pale ale. It lacks complexity, but it drinks very well.

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Solomon420 for this!

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin white lasting head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is grainy with orangey citrus.

The taste is of light grain, some dough, some citrus with a touch of herbal bitterness in the crisp finish.

It is light-bodied, pretty crisp and refreshing.

With the name "Cascade Ale", I was thinking that this was going to be different than it was. I wasn't "disappointed" as I realized early on into the drink that it was named for the area, not the hop (though that might be used in it). It's a low-keyed, mild pale ale. It's a nice enough "thirst quencher" and the taste is nice enough, and balanced, though mild.

Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught at the Daily Pint in Santa Monica, California. Expectations were high given the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of decent cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper. Non-opaque.

Sm: Floral hops, subtle fruit esters, some orange peel, and cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Orange peel, clean malts, floral hops (light), some cream, crisp full barley, and citrusy notes. Very clean. Full bodied. Pleasant but simple. Not complex or very subtle. Some layering. The emphasis here is on drinkability. It's decently balanced and built alright.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch overcarbonated. Too thick. Too smooth. Too creamy for the flavour profile and style.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable - especially for Deschutes. I wouldn't get this again unless no other better options were available. It's decent, but not good. Fans of the style will enjoy it in a general sense, but it isn't worth writing home about. Definitely one of Deschutes' worse offerings.

C

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A reasonable pour produces a three-finger thick, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a lightly hazed, copper color that shows a bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite hop focused with a mixture of grapefruit, herbal pine and sweet citrus zest. The aroma ends with a nice, crushed malt aroma of toasty grain, light biscuit and crushed saltine cracker notes. It somehow almost smells dough-like at times.

Bright hop flavors of grapefruit greet my taste buds at the first sip. There also appears to be some very faint plastic-like phenolics here, which I thought I sensed in the nose but then dismissed as I couldn't actually imagine something like that being here. This phenolic note is very faint and I could be convinced it is something to do with the hop character; either way though it adds a bit of something off to the over all experience. Citrus notes are definitely the dominant flavor here though and there is a soft malt character to help support things along. Sweet, clean grain notes, a touch of cracker-like malt and a bread-like almost dough-like flavor towards the finish. The finish has a nice, lightly biting hop bitterness to it that actually starts to be noticeable towards the middle of each sip. This is quite light bodied and drinkable, though it is not any where near watery.

An interesting beer that would be quite a bit better if it did not have that slight off note to it. It is very quaffable and would be a great beer when I wanted something a little more characterful than a Pilsner, but with the same quaffability.

Purchased: Plaza liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of GClarkage
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

05/22/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by date imprinted on the label. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Medium golden colored pour. About a 3/4 inch head forms upon pour, settling on a light rim. Mild lace streaks remain.

Smell- Pretty good and pungent pine and grapefruit hops nose with a medium toasted malt background. Smells lightly bready.

Taste- Hops taste different. Like grapefruit, but like a unripe white grapefruit. Pretty bitter and a stinging taste. A toasted malt base shares the spotlight, if not having a little more play than the hops. Fairly well balanced with an odd and interesting hop bite.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation level with a light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not a bad pale ale. Could even pass as an IPA. Unusual hoppy flavor make it an interesting try.

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

Appearance: clear orange in color with a thin one finger head that slowly falls. Some light lacing developed.

Smell: caramel and a mild floral bitterness was pleasant.

Taste: caramel, pears, red apples, and a bit of orange citrus were the main flavors. Bitterness was decent and not as up front as I would have liked.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Very short-lived aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this is a classic sessionable beer that has a nice flavor and is lower in alcohol.

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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little off-white fizzy head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, hoppy, spicy, and some caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, slight spice. The finish is slightly bitter and dry. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad APA.

Photo of billab914
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Cigar City pint glass. It poured a lighter amber color and somewhat hazy as well. it started with a moderate, white, frothy head filling the top half inch of the glass. It left some decent lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a grainy, toasty, sweeter malt presence to it. I get a little hoppiness to it but not much. Pretty light overall, but not bad. Could have used some more hop flavors to it.

The taste also has the sweeter, grainy and toasted malts to it throughout the flavor. Like the aroma, the hoppiness is barely there. It's pretty light on flavor overall for the style.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a pretty easy drinking beer, but it lacked in the flavor category. My preference would have been a little more hop flavors to make it interesting and to balance out some of the grainy sweetness. The flavors reminded me somewhat of an American light lager, only with ale characteristics. It was easy to drink, but pretty average overall for the style.

Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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 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 Bighuge
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange tinted gold color with a small amount of yeast sediment floating around. Pours a thin bubbly white head. An herbal spiciness is noted on the nose. A really nice dry aspect to this brew. Just the slightest hint of caramel malt. Hops are not intense or overbearing in this beer, but they do provide the character. There is just a slight kick provided from the Saaz hops I believe. Easy drinking ale with some hop spiciness.

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.

Photo of beertunes
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 14oz glass. The beer poured a clean, clear honey-gold color with an inch of white head that dissipated quickly and left OK lacing.

The aroma was mostly grain with some gentle hopping in the background. The flavors were similar, with a nice smooth grainy finish, there was just a nice smooth coating hops on the finish.

The body was fairly typical for the style, smooth and easy to drink. Drinkability was very good, almost the match for big brother Mirror Pond.

Overall, a very nice Pale Ale, a pleasant change from the over-hopped versions that are just IPA-Light. Grab a sixer when you see it and you'll have your new lawnmower beer.

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Cascade Ale from Deschutes Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.