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Point Cascade Pale Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADR on 03-07-2002

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Ratings: 420 | Reviews: 224
Reviews by kegger22:
Photo of kegger22
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale was an amber color with a half inch off-white head that had little retention.

A nice grapefruit citrus aroma, not to much in the way of malt.

The taste was a surprisingly good blend of hops and malt, with the hops leading the way. There was also the expected grapefruit, but it was somewhat muted due to the buttery flavor.

The mouth feel was medium bodied, oily and moderately carbonated.

The drinkability was good, flavor and lower ABV helped here.

For what seemed like a lower end craft beer this APA was fairly good, not my favorite perhaps, but quite drinkable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Minimal vanishing white head leaves thin top layer on a transparent, light squash colored beer. The aroma is classic Cascade citrus and pine.

This is a tangy one. The malt (vienna?) makes token contributions that come off as nutty while the hop flavors of citrus, lupulin, and soft resin, tumble around eachother.

Mouthfeel is mid bodied and snappy with a quick wave of carbonation adding gusto to a very dry finish. This is a really drinkable, cheap, dependably fresh pale and I reccomend it.

Photo of generallee
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label is light on info as there is no freshness date or abv%.

Appearance: Its body has a deep golden hue with an average just off white head on top. It's a slow fading head and a wispy covering hangs on till the last sip make some slick lacing on the way down the glass.

Smell: The aroma is simple but nice and has a mild mix of citrusy lemon and pine like notes.

Taste/Palate: Its medium body has a balanced mix of citrus and piney hop flavor with pale maltiness. The palate is light and refreshing and the finish has light hop bitterness fading quickly off the tongue.

Notes: It's not a big crazy beer but it will hit the spot if you are looking to put a few down and chill.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Since I enjoyed Point Special (it's a cheap beer and beats macro's) I decided to try this. Very pale appearance with a pleasant almost ginger aroma. Low to moderate head is gone in the blink of an eye. The taste is crisp and surprisingly bold. I will buy this again.

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A former neighbor who returned to his native Wisconsin, and brought a few bottles of these to Kentucky, on his annual visit.
Pours into a pint glass a clear, sparkling, goldenrod color, with a small offwhite head that retains well and deposits some island chain lacing.
Aroma is citrusy grapefruit and aromatic spruce, without any suggestions of malt.
Mouthfeel has lively carbonation, a light medium to medium body, and has a mild, but apparent, resinous hops bite.
Taste is dominated by grapefruit and pine sap. Malt notes seem to be pale ale malt, with slight sweetness, but no caramel. Carbonation is a bit overdone. Hops become even more assertive toward the finish, with negligible malt character to balance. Pine bitterness on the finish, with a lemonrind aftertaste.
Very enjoyable, overall. An ideal choice for a session ale.

Photo of MisterDeeds
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice looking amber hue, with lots of bubbles rushing to the top to produce a white soapy looking head.

Aroma: Earthy hops and a hint of some citrus in there.

Taste: The hops taste a lot cleaner and smoother than I would've thought based on the aroma. The citrus is a nice grapefruit bite in the finish. The two compliment each other very nicely.

Mouthfeel: A good feel with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable brew with a great balance of citrus and nice clean hops. Not as overpowering as many other Pale Ales out there, and a very worthwhile choice.

Photo of deebo
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pale golden with lots of carbonation, tight white head that does not last long, minimal lacing.
S-Upfront sweet pils type malt with some citra hops present.
T-Well balanced pale ale, some malt upfront with citrus hops then taking over giving a slight bitter finish.
D-Above average for the style, well balanced and easy to drink.
O-Not an overly hoppy beer, fairly drinkable. Not a huge fan of this style but this is a very nice beer, probably won't be liked as much by the hop heads.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%

A 355ml bottle; BB Oct 2014. Purchased from a B&M store a little while back. This UK import is simply called Point Pale Ale, but the label states that it is brewed with Cascade.

A: Rich amber hue with faint sediment and intense carbonation. Large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before settling as a surface layer.

S: Aroma of caramel malt with hints of mild pine, grass/hay, subtle spice, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves. A metallic twang in the background. Subdued.

T: Caramel malt with a restrained hoppy character and a mild bitterness. Mild pine resin, faint weed, grass/hay, a twinge of citrus, spice, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a hoppy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Bit too fizzy.

O: It's OK though nowt special. Looks alright, but the aroma is lacklustre. Flavour is a tad better - decent hop/malt balance for a pale ale. So-so body. Goes down alright but not one I'd go out of my way for again.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light auburn color, nice clarity, you can tell its from a bigger brewery sometimes by that reason alone. Nice .85" of head on it, white in color, flimsy lacing and retention, but ultimately, she was a looker even if some minor issues not approaching the designation of being a flaw. Aroma, yeah, definitely cascades, even if you wish there was more to it. Really a classic type of impression, unmistakable with the grapefruit and pithy fruitiness.

Taste, I've had these from all different ages. It actually holds up pretty well, C hops are pretty sturdy, unlike a lot of the newer proprietary hop styles. A small amount of caramel, and a bitterness that seems like it brings something a little different in a DFH kind of way, like tea or something even more exotic that you can't put your finger on. A little mild spiciness, a nice touch. Above average carbonation. Solid bitterness that usually the big guys try and stay away from. Malt body is thinner and allows the Cascades to come out despite not being used with a heavy hand. Finished dry, its a reasonably priced alternative.

Not knocking socks off, but a solid representation of a pale ale. It might make some converts too, its really right in that vein.

Photo of ADR
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a nice filtered amber. Too carbonated, the head is tall but fizzy. A little less body than I like and the hops seem more bitter than fruity or floral. Pretty standard but you can sometimes get 'em for a good price in the midwest.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a light copper crystal clear body with a big thick mass of bubbles that form a head. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The slightly sweet smell of malt has a faint note of piney hops in the background.

T- The dry malt flavor has hints of biscuit and a ginger/pine hop note with a dry honey finish. Not a lot of ale fruitiness but some good flavors of hops and malt.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tiny fizz finish.

D- The flavor of dry malt and a good depth to the hops makes this beer great for a session candidate. I just bought this beer last week so is it really retired?

Photo of lumberjerk
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to glass. A clean and clear amber color.

Aroma is typical for the style. Not too heavy in any one direction.

As for taste, again, this one doesn't stray too far from the style. Hoppy and decently flavorful. Nothing standout, but not bad. Has a very sharp bite at the beginning of the sip.

Overall, middle of the road. Nothing I'd go out of my way to buy, but something I could have again.

Photo of mightyhef
2.56/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance-clear amber color
Smell- light cascade aroma with citrus..
Taste light hop taste up front with light citrus follow up...a hint of a malt finish but like evereything else, you have to search for it..
Drinkability- comfortable, airy light ...typical midwest pale ale...not bad but nothing to write home (or to the Bros) about
Overall- eh...metza metz

Photo of SMark
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass at 42° from a 12 ounce bottle with somewhat of a numbering system on the neck. There was approximately 1 ½ fingers of a nice foamy head which left the desirable lacing as it subsided. The beer was clear and golden in color.

Hops were the first noticeable bouquet smelled from above the glass. This continued with the second and third attempt to notice anything else. It seemed that I might be smelling sweetness but I will chalk that up to a hint of malt.

There was a slight bitterness attributable to the hops. Some slight prickly carbonation and malt added to the taste.

This beer was nothing special in the mouth but could be well classified as very comfortable. Nothing off and an enjoyable experience were there for the taking.

A rather pleasant beer and some enjoyable hops to keep it sliding down were evident. This probably will not be my last Stevens Point beverage to consume.

Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Golden hued, leaning towards amber with a stark white crown of ample retain and stickiness.
A dewy lime leaf and lime peel hoppiness great the nose, with notions of grass. Ummm..yeah, it's Cascade. Malts add floured dough.
Begins with that same flour and bread dough. It's firm, but not very deep. But it works as a template for the hops. Just the slightest neo-natal caramel embryonic development, then, the morning-after hop pill. Full of lime piece, fruit, and leaves, and stems. With a flagellating grassiness and further citric grapefruit and orange. This is a bold study in Cascade. It's lacking somewhat in malt structure, but it reaches a point where it hardly matter.
It should be noted that this in not overly hoppy either. But the focus rests squarely upon then. The body is light, the carbonation upped. It is a feat to drink 12oz of this in more than 5 minutes.
I've overlooked this too long. For $5 a sixer, this gets both "budget drunk" and "permanent fridge space" status.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice finger of white foam stays put for a decent amount of time, and leaves some wet lace on the glass after a few sips. the brew itself reminds me of dark urine (I'm not trying to slam this beer...I work in a hospital laboratory, and I see all shades of urine so sometimes when I see a beer, I think of what maladies someone might be suffering from if they peed this color, and this one is screaming "dehydration" and "kidney failure"). Sorry.

S - Deep sweet hops. I don't know that I've ever really thought of hops as sweet before, but that's what comes to mind. A bit of pine comes through too, along with a syrupy molasses malt "backbone."

T - Big time Sierra Nevada comparisons come to mind with the big wad of cascade hops all up in yo face. Piney as hell with hints of mandarin orange and a biscuity malt base. This is a very "Northwestern" style APA, and that's the way I like 'em!

M - This is actually quite full in body....almost to the point of thickness. Carbonation is prickly and lively, and the finish is all about the dry hop notes. Pine forest city!

D - This is a damn good pale ale! I'm really surprised that this is such a good beer after being less than impressed with some of this breweries other offerings. A poor man's Sierra Nevada? I'm not sure...this might actually upset the classic and popular SN!

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Point Cascade Pale Ale pours a clear orange-amber body beneath a creamy head of off-white that holds well and leaves walls of lace about the glass. The Cascades come through in the nose, although they're not bright and juicy. It's pleasantly hopped, but not bold, and some gently piney and grassy notes round it out. In the flavor, the resinous character of the hops comes through just as equally strong as the citrusy side, and they ride along steadily atop the biscuity and bready malt base. The mouthfeel is a touch slick and oily, with a medium-body and very-fine bubbled, median carbonation. It's backed by a solid bitterness, and it finishes dry with a lingering bitter and resinous edge. Overall, it's a nice enough, enjoyable American pale ale that fits well within the category, but lacks anything that would make it stand out or shine.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Very defined cascade hop aroma. It's dry hopped with cascades and it's clear that they weren't stingy about it. Not overpowering like those >60 min IPAs I keep seeing. Appearance: Looks like beer Flavor: Cascade taste is very evident. Mouthfeel: Modest but tasteable body. Right amount of carbonation makes the beer go down smooth with a good cascade finish

Photo of socon67
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours orange with a decent white foam on top. Not much lacing however.

S - Citrus smell, perhaps a touch of pine. The hops are noticed on the back end. What I didn't enjoy was a perceived lack of balance.

T - Decent flavor. Refreshing taste to it.

M - Light bodied feel, but enough components to make you enjoy what you are drinking.

O - A decent gateway beer, this is good when you don't want to crush your taste buds but want a beer with a subtle amount of hops and flavor.

Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, taken from the fridge of a friend while dogsittin. Not sure if this is truly retired or not as I am not too familiar with this brewery outside of drink Point Special's at the Plaza here in town

appearance: pours into a pint glass...clear and light amber body, watery, beige foam with light lacing

smell: light but skunky hop aroma, not much complexity to the nose

taste: actually not too bad...nice mild hoppy flavour, light sweet malt in the background...better than i expected from point but still a middle of the road APA, worth a shot!

mouthfeel: medium, fairly smooth

drinkability: pretty solid

Photo of hodgsongreg
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's good. There's not much more to say than that. It's a pale ale, tastes and looks like one, if you have too many, it behaves like one. Make sure to chase it with food or a toothbrush because it will leave you with breath that might chase away anyone with whom you might share air.

Again, it's good.

Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in Oklahoma.

Pours an effervescent apricot with 2 fingers of creamy beige head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Slight citrus hops & honey malt

T: Lemony hops, grainy bread, honey malt & slight pineapple flavor up front. Grapefruit, dryness & a bit of dates as this warms. Finishes dry, spritzy, & crisp

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & good balance

Drinks good, a solid, not great APA, sessionable enough

Photo of chiapete
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured with off white foam to about a finger high, faded quickly. slight lacing.

gold, yellow , clear color.

started with a harsh feel but softened after first drinks.could feel at front and sides of tounge.

light toasty smell, hoppy , slight grassy aroma.

goes down throat smooth.average beer, but would try this one again

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on October 19, 2006. Pale amber hued golden, with a froth of off-white. Delicate aroma of west coast hop tinged malt sugars. Flavor is a somewhat thin-bodied sweet hop sugars, gentle and wafting. The sweet orange cream Cascades meld with light malts. The body doesn’t really bother me, as it’s perfect for drinking and not particularly watery. Not distractingly thin. There are some cheap corn fusels and distant off-notes that hold this one back. But, the nice long parching hop smack, in apple, provides balance. For the price and for sessions, a good choice.

Photo of bashiba
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice crystal clear amber color with minimal lacing or head.

Smell is a very toasted bread and malt smell, no hop odor at all. Its a good smell, just not at all what I expected for the style.

Taste is strongly malt dominated. Very strange for an APA. A nice bit of toasted caramel malts with a slighty light fruit flavor, just a bit of hops in the end, but overall a malt dominated flavor.

Mouthfeel is sligthy oily and thin.

Overall a decent beer, just doesn't really fit the style, closer to a amber ale than an APA.

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Point Cascade Pale Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.