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Cascade Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Cascade AleCascade Ale

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188 Ratings

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
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:
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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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a standard one finger head, the head is white in color and has mostly big bubbles, some small bubbles though. The head is dissipating pretty quickly, and it's only leaving ok lacing. The body is a dark orange, with hints of yellow, for sure an interesting look for a pale ale, it looks a lot like apple juice really. The beer is pretty cloudy, it's hard to even see the carbonation coming up from the bottom, let alone something on the other side of the glass. The carbonation looks pretty good, maybe a little bit on the low side but we will see about that. Overall a good appearance, but it looks more like a blonde than a pale ale. Fruit and hops are present on the nose, frankly this smells all too similar of there Organic Ale. The smell is very small all around, but what I can smell is - fruit, hops, small malt. The malt smell is not too appetizing, doesn't smell like the best malt ever. Overall it doesn't really smell like a pale ale, not nearly enough hops, not nearly enough smell, and on top of all of that it smell way too much like the Organic Ale, don't have extremely high hopes here. Wow, that's a disappointing beer, this is hands down the worst beer I have ever had from Deschutes, they are usually a very VERY solid brewery, I almost never have any complaints from there beer, but WOW. First of all I don't even know how you can call this a pale ale, there are almost no hops here at all. Secondly the taste all over is just...not good, it tastes like a 12 oz glass of water mixed with 1 oz of decent beer. The hops and malts are so distant and second in line to the water it's ridiculous. It looked like apple juice when I poured it and frankly it kinda tastes like apple juice now, there is some fruit, and that fruit combined with the watery flavor....just makes me think juice. Obviously not good juice because this isn't a very good taste. I keep expecting the flavor to improve when I take more sips, but no, WOW, not a good beer. Tastes overall is watery, slightly fruity, barely hoppy, barely malty; just kinda tastes like sour carbonated water. Mouthfeel is ok, the carbonation is way too low, the body isn't bad, it's big enough to support the style. The carbonation though is just way too low, it tastes like water and other than the body, it feels like water. I might sometimes give this a 3.5 for mouthfeel because it's got a body too it, but not today, not with the carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's not a great tasting beer, so the only thing it has going for it is that it's light. Overall, I didn't think I would ever have a bad beer from Deschutes, but this is for sure one of them, wow. Watery, plain, thin, not very good at all.

Ok, after doing some research on the Deschutes website, I found out that this is not a pale ale, it's a blonde, so who ever posted this beer messed up big time. With this new information I understand the flavor a little bit more, but it's not enough for me to change this beer rating, it's still not up to par with anything else Deschutes puts out.

Photo of womencantsail
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
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 nectar14
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12 oz bottle:

A: Pours a medium gold color with fluffy white head. Good lacing and just a tiny bit of haze. Looks like a darker pilsner.

S: Shy on the nose. Faint hint of grain, floral hops, and a whiff of citrus-- lemon. The scents are clean, though, and inviting.

T: Not aggressive. Mainly faint malt, pale crystal malt flavors, and a bit of floral/ green hops piqued by strong carbonation. Finishes with a very pleasant balance of hop bitterness against non-sweet malt flavors. Again, quite clean. Hops are supporting, not dominating.

M: Light weight. Some might say watery, but I think a thinner body in this beer fits. It allows the carbonation, clean malt, and balanced hop flavors to come through and stay refreshing.

Overall- Very nice beer, and a style that I think is often overlooked. It may be easy for beer afficionados to discard this as an adjunct lager look-alike, but it's an important beer, a quality beer with a role to play. It's like equal parts American Pale Ale, Kolsch, and European lager... I think the classification as an American Pale Ale gives the wrong impression. Best on a warm day, accompanying picnics or ballgames. Don't expect to be bowled over, but expect a nice beer.

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 Kiwano
2.54/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Orange slightly tan color - thin head that dissipates shortly

S - not much to smell not impressed here

T - a bright bitter hint - kind of like pith on a grapefruit- some citrus - the bitter is on top of the flavor and stays through the entire time - very light tasting

M - light - tiny bubbles for carbonation - keeps it active

D - light but the bitterness and flavor aren't deep enough for me. - could be refreshing during the summer but I wish it had more flavor besides the bitter hint

Photo of busternuggz
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Slightly hazy goldenrod color with a 1/4" foamy white head. Leaves some clingy, soapy lacing. The head recedes to a thin layer quickly.
The smell reminds me of an orange herbal tea, muted but pleasant.
Big orange zest up front on the taste with more herbalness in the middle. Finishes nicely dry with some pine and just a touch of astringency, grassy aftertaste. Not too full flavored but what's there is nice.
Light bodied and dry with nice carbonation, slightly effervescent. Makes it light and refreshing, different and nice.
Nice and light but with some interesting character. This would be a great summer beer.

Photo of gkunkle
4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured a light copper color with a small head that didn't last very long. The smell contained citrus hops and some grain notes, the smell is pleasing but not assertive. The taste is where this beer really stood out and that's what counts right? Cascade ale starts with a little bit of citrus hop then transitions to some light malts. Mouthfeel is refreshing, and carbonation is playful. This is the best blonde ale I have yet tasted and I like it, it ranks among the great craft lawnmower beers. It strikes a balance between flavor and simplicity that is perfect for a hot summer day. Th low ABV also makes is a perfect candidate for a session on a warm evening.

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

A: pale orange small head with nice lace

S: I get malt sweetness citrus and a bit of yeast

T: if you look for the hops in here you can find them but its mostly malts coming to play its got a bit of a aftertaste that I could do with out.

M: light mouth high carbonation

D: yea you can drink this but aftertaste bugs me

overall: not a bad brew maybe I got an old 6 pack who knows, I always like the stuff this brewery puts out so.

Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Split a bottle with beerman207 that I received in a recent trade. Review is from notes taken on 2/27/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light orange and coppery color and starts with a 1/2 inch loose white head that fades quickly to a thin skim that is incomplete; body is slightly hazy and shows very little and slow moving carbonation; very loose oily washes and spots of lacing are left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nice citric hops (orange and grapefruit) are right up front and there is a light and toasty graininess in the back. Pretty simple and straightforward - smells "crisp."

Taste: Very similar to the nose -- straightforward and simple with the citric hops that are reminiscent of orange and grapefruit; the light toasted grains are there as well; overall, it kind of reminds me of a hopped up version of GLBC Dortmunder Lager (which is not a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination).

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is stronger than it looks and is potent, but not sharp; a very dry sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth as well as the insides of the cheeks; quite a dry a finish and it's clean as well.

Drinkability: Very solid. I could drink this all day, especially in the warm summer as it would be quite refreshing; nice flavors and a crisp and lighter body with a low ABV would allow this to be sessioned.

Photo of birdypowder
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay so you're headed down to the Willamette to catch some pro wakeboarding action and you want to bring some Deschutes beer. You don't want the intense hop attack from the Inversion, Pale is a good choice but you want to kick back several beers and you're bringing some friends who aren't big craft beer drinkers. What do you do? Bring some Cascade Ale and please everyone. The refreshing session beer from Deschutes nudges you with several pleasant flavors and aromas instead of punching you in the mouth and saying "This is what hops taste like!" Most everyone will like it.

Some slight malt sweetness and mild grain aromas mix with the citrus and floral aromas from the hops. Slightly grassy?

This slightly hazy brew has a beautiful light copper and orange color with some red tones mixed in...but you're drinking by the river out of a bottle so you won't get to enjoy these. The head is clean sheet white and moderate in size but it settles down too quickly leaving only mild lacing.

As the bottle advertises, there is a pleasant citrus kick towards the end. There is some delicious malt in the middle but not much up front. Just when you think you've found some caramel flavors they go away. Refreshing with a very clean finish.

Photo of Bookseeb
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance has a dusty copper tone with a thin head that dissipates leaving no lace. Smell of faint malt and light fruity hops. Tastes somewhat like a macro brew with corn, but with obvious malt, light caramel with a nice low hop background. Mouthfeel is a light medium with with good carbonation. Not what I expected from Deschutes, but would probably make for a good summer session beer.

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 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 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 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 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 velosuds
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by date 11/04/09.

A-Pours a medium amber with 2+ finger, off-white uniform head and average lacing.

S-Citrusy, herbal hops and a mild sweet fragrance.

T-Well balanced. Fruity hops with nice subtle malt presence. Very crisp and clean.

M-Very smooth and well carbonated.

D-A good, but not great APA. A thirst quencher. Would be easy to down a sixer of these on a hot afternoon since only 4.5% ABV.

This would make a great introduction to craft beer for those accustomed to only Bud, Miller, and Coors. Light and crisp, but with flavor. I think it does what the brewer sought. Probably not hoppy enough for most craft beer enthusiasts, but I like it better than Mirror Pond Ale.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a orange-yellow with a finger of fizzy white head that quickly dissolves into a wispy layer. The aroma is grassy, herbal hops with some touches of honey and caramel malt. The flavor is sweet malt upfront and followed by a soft grassy hop bitterness. Its light bodied with lively carbonation. If there is one word to describe that flavors of this beer it would be "cereal." Its a refreshing beer and definitely nice on a hot summer day but I would reach for it otherwise.

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 Gatch
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very consistent and clean beer. A fresh scent of malty goodness with a good hop presence. Great drinkability. Typical pale ale characteristics but with that fresh, Northwest taste that you would expect from a brewery in Oregon. Not only that, but everything you would expect from Deschutes; a fresh, never-let-you-down, quality beer. Still haven't had anything from this brewery that has been disappointing.

Photo of merryjoulton
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous golden yellow with a thin filmy head, retains well and laces great. Smell is light, fruity, citrusy, not too hoppy but kinda sweet. Taste is very light, mostly malts and the hop profile is very mellow. Makes for a very mild brew. Mouthfeel is fine, maybe a little watery but that works great for this situation. Drinkability is good. I could see this as having appeal as an alternative to BMC, its very light, clean and crisp.

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 ThePortlander
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: A bright golden color, with a white lacy head.

S: The smell was a bit faint to me, but noble hops could be detected, as well as light citrus notes.

T: The taste is where the flavor opens up. Light caramel malt plays against the light, but present noble hop bitterness. There's a bit of citrus and spice in the finish, which lingers nicely on the palate. The body is light to medium, and nicely carbonated.

D: A wonderful APA, one of my favorites come summer. So refreshing, and just complicated enough to remain interesting.

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