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Point Cascade Pale Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

Point Cascade Pale AlePoint Cascade Pale Ale

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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.87%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brakspear on 06-04-2004)
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Photo of bmwats


3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Tons of rising effervescence. Craters slowly, like a root beer float. Plenty of beer ring lacing, and a persistent blanket of foam.

S: Light pine resin, light honey, and sourdough, and a bit of dish soap.

T: Hops, grapefruit pith, and construction paper.

M: Light body. Crisp character. Bitter finish.

D: Sessionable.

Atmosphere is really good. Lots of effervescence, large frothy head, and persistent lacing. Nose is piney sourdough, with a little bit of honey. Hops with citrus and a bit of a papery character. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 04:24:58 | More by bmwats
Photo of jwc215


3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of Winter Variety Pack:

Pours golden amber with a thin, wispy head. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of mild citrus and pine with some sourbread dough.

The taste is of dough with a touch of sweet and sour. Mild hops give a citric bitterish touch in the soft finish.

It is light-bodied, but not too thin or watery. It has medium to ample carbonation.

It is a no-frills, no-thrills, straight to the point (no pun intended - well, maybe a bit) balanced, easy-drink pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 16:35:25 | More by jwc215
Photo of arc3636


3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - golden coppery, very clear with some wide head

S - not much stands out, a few sour notes

T - mild and balanced, exactly what an APA should be. Caramel malt and piney hop flavors.

M - average, sweet aftertaste

O - nothing spectacular here, but a solid drinkable pale ale

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 23:37:06 | More by arc3636
Photo of Omnium


3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a really nice clear light gold color, two finger soapy white head, real nice lacing around the glass.
S - Very faint grapefruit and pine hop aroma, big time cracker and biscuit malt, some other random spices i cant pick out.
T - The malts are big here, and the spice from the hops is over the top, you get some of the fruit flavors that cascade can lend, but they're faint.
M - Soapy, spicy and bitter.
O - Bad display of cascade hops, thats for sure. An OK pale on a hot day at best.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 15:30:57 | More by Omnium
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a rather uneventful pale ale. Decent hop influence, but nothing overly boisterous. Pine seems to be most prevalent. Hop spices are a bit more than mildly spicy. Carbonation seems slightly high. Pretty easy to drink though. A nice drinker. Would be easy to drink more than a few.

Serving type: can

08-12-2013 03:14:45 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.4% ABV,

A - Shimmering golden honey in color, fine particles float through this beer that pours with a formidable off white head. Rocky lace leaves a silhouette of mountains on the glass as it's consumed.

S - Not quite bursting with a Cascade aroma, this pale ale takes a subtle, not-so-dry hopped approach to the pale ale with its pale maltiness and trace finish of citrus rind and pine woodsy character - disappointing considering the potential Cascade hops can add to the aroma.

T - Lemon citrus rind and pine needle show a bit more life from the Cascade hops this beer contains but their subtlety certainly doesn't push past the pale and caramel malt to any level of acceptance for a hop head.

M - Starting smooth and drinkable, Cascade Pale Ale turns dry and faintly bitter, remaining just as drinkable as it lingers on the palate.

O - I can see how Cascade Pale Ale might have been hoppy "back in the day" but by today's standards this mellow, though easily drinkable pale ale doesn't come close to measuring up. Between the faint aroma and lack luster flavor, if it's hops you're looking for, Point's Cascade Pale Ale is one you can skip. Try their Beyond The Pale IPA instead.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 13:53:37 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is below average and a short ring of irregular lacing is left.

3.25 S: Not a lot going on in this, but it's still pleasant. Floral and lightly citrusy hops. Mild neutral malt sweetness. Clean.

3.25 T: Taste is pretty much the same as the nose. Not a lot to say. Neutral malt, mild bitterness, and lightly floral and citrusy hop flavor.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess.

3.0 D: Pretty much average all around. Not bad, just average.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 02:18:37 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of nickapalooza86


3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold with a half finger of white head

Smell is a lemon grassyness, spice, light citrus, caramel malts

Taste is light bitter citrus, bready malt, earthy, spicy hop, grains

Mouthfeel is classic pale ale, clean, crisp, carbed up.

Good Stuff, not great stuff, but for $10 a 12 pack you can really do no wrong here!

Serving type: can

06-22-2013 04:11:44 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of TheSSG


3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a nice, soft, white head that collapses into an open-celled inch high cushion. Leaves a touch of lacing behind. Bright, citrus hop aroma. Radiant, clear, gold color turns to a nice hazy turbidity as the hop bits are swirled from the bottom of the bottle. Starts bitter with a grapefruit/citrus rind note to it. The malt pops through for just a bit, but then the bitterness comes back to linger in the finish atop the biscuity malt.

A very watery mouthfeel. Overall, the flavor isn't bad (I actually enjoy the flavor), but the mouthfeel is less than satisfying. It's really, really thin...to the point that it pretty severely lowers my liking of this one (one of the RARE times mouthfeel has shifted my dramatically).

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 01:53:53 | More by TheSSG
Photo of OliverBlaze


3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall this is an enjoyable pale ale. Easy to drink and very mild over all. Very distinct piney hop presence. It's a good beer to enjoy on a hot summer day. Although it may be quite average, it gets the job done when you are craving the pale ale taste for an incredibly affordable price.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 05:39:30 | More by OliverBlaze
Photo of Lemke10


3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This pours a hazy, golden yellow color with a foamy, off white head. There is a pretty simple aroma of hops and citrus, nothing too fancy. The taste is a fairly simple ale that finishes with a little bitter. There are hints of grains, citrus, and lemon zest as well. It drinks easy, it’s local, but it’s nothing all that special unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 05:05:36 | More by Lemke10
Photo of jsisko01


4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, dark golden color with a half inch head that leaves a great lacing behind. It looks so crisp.

Smell - Malts, hops, citrus, and bread.

Taste - Very malty with a strong kick of hops up front. Very floral tasting. The hops are strong but I can sense a little bit of citrus in the background but that's it.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - This is a pretty good pale ale. A little stronger than most.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 04:29:17 | More by jsisko01
Photo of Jparker37


3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into an Imperial pint.

A - A shade darker than golden with great clarity. Head is smaller and white and fizzles to a tiny cap of foam. No lacing.

S - Citrus hops are easy to spot. Some nice aromatic biscuit malts play nicely.

T - Has a solid graininess to the entire taste, great backbone. Hops have a nice citrus (pineapple, melon) flavor to them, pretty bold and focused. Bitterness is pretty moderate and gentle. Refreshing/crisp finish with some lasting hop flavor.

M - Medium to medium-light body, medium carbonation, dry.

O - I picked up a 12 pack of cans and this is the lone survivor. The cascade hops bring a cool twist to the flavor. Great stance with malts as well. This is the perfect on-the-go pale ale, I like to get this beer for when I sneak some beer on the golf course to avoid overpriced macrobeer.

P.s. Appearance does not matter when drinking straight from the can

Serving type: can

12-12-2012 00:22:05 | More by Jparker37
Photo of albertjr21

New York

3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, brew pours a very clear and pale yellow gold under a thin but persistent head. Aroma of grassy pungent pine hop gets straight to the point in a sweet and somewhat herbal nose. Perhaps some lemon and mango in the smell and taste as well. A refined balancing act of the cascade hop and toasted malt flows mellow on the palate in classic APA style. During one's journey through the universe of Imperial IPAs and other multi-hop monsters, it's nice to take several steps back once in awhile and enjoy something like this.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 23:30:35 | More by albertjr21
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 18:15:44 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Point Cascade Pale Ale is a very clear, sparkling, golden ale that's topped with a dense, off white foam that has great retention. It has a bright, citrusy hop aroma with a hint of caramel in the nose. It's medium bodied with a chalky finish. It has a nice citrus peel bitterness and almost sweetness with the caramel flavor. It's simple and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 17:36:28 | More by yesyouam
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour with a finger of head with some retention and little lacing.

S - Scent is rather mild, but some sweet citrus hop notes with hints of caramel on the finish.

T - Again, a tad mild, but a solid citrus hop flavour does dominate. The malts are rather mild and unadventurous offering up hints of milky caramel and toffee.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet on the finish.

O - A decent pale ale, but nothing mind blowing. The hop presence is light and crisp, making it quite drinkable, so it would certainly be a sessionable pub ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 01:21:10 | More by andrenaline
Photo of Jerry906


3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

average is all that can be said here,
A: average pale color with no distinct color

S: is the only thing that stood out to me as the aroma is very pleasant.

T: is average in the realm of pale ales not overpowering easy to drink

M: smooth not creamy no after taste

O: An average beer good if looking to drink only one or two on a lazy afternoon

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 02:10:40 | More by Jerry906
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft


3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've lived within a hundred miles of this brewery for most of my life, and I thought it was about time that I tried some of their brews. This one poured out of a bottle a light caramel color with about an inch of eggshell head that fairly quickly fell to a lace that stuck around and clung a bit. Good clarity and moderate effervescence. The nose is nice but fairly faint: I'm getting some pine and herbal hop notes, but not much aroma to speak of. The taste is hop-forward, with pine and citrus right out of the gates. It's a bit more carbonated than I think it needs to be, but that wasn't altogether distracting. Some sweet, just slightly corny malt flavor presents itself midway through the taste. The close is fairly clean and has more of the pine notes.

I enjoyed this beer. As far as pale ales go, it has nice balance and solid hop flavor, which is really what I'm most concerned with. For what it delivers, you really can't top the taste for this price around here. I could see enjoying this with a wide range of foods and in all kinds of weather. Well worth picking up if you're a hop head living on a budget in Wisconsin.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 00:06:06 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
Photo of barnzy78


3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. I had this one way back in my early craft days & loved it. Needs a review though. Pours golden with a touch of orange. Head is bubbly and white, ok retention, and no lacing to speak of. Aromas are fruity with citric hops, faint maltiness. Tastes are also citric with notes of grapefruit, grassy, mild caramel and slight toasted grain, refreshing, with a modest bitter finish, slightly soapy and astringent. Balance is good for a pale ale. Mouth-feel is thinner than I'd hope for. Nothing specacular here, but I do have an affinity for cascade hops. However, this is not as good as I remember.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 22:34:27 | More by barnzy78
Photo of Mattamue


2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into a pint. No date on bottle.

a Cool light tan. Thin bubbly head dissipates quickly. Bubbly lacing, grayish white, slips down the glass during tasting. Regular carbonation.

s Floral hops, muted. Very clean smell. Hard to detect a toasty malt, but it is there.

t Moderate bitter on the tip of the tongue. Easily reclines to the middle as the taste finishes, but does not grow any bolder. Slight citric aftertaste.

m Watery light feel. The taste is easy to finish.

o Not what I was expecting from a pale ale. Watered down IPA. Could not detect much malt. Would purchase a different pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 22:29:45 | More by Mattamue
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Clear lemony yellow color with two fingers of soapy head with decent lacing left behind after about a minute. Pretty nice looking beer!

S. Floral bouquet and caramel malt. That's all.

T. Lemon peel, biscuit malt, herbal and grassy hop finish.

M. Medium textured heft to the body, refreshingly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 00:31:46 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of RobinLee


3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass. Part of sampler box.

A: Clear, golden, kinda like honey. Bubbles rise steadily.

S: Maintains a sweet, fruity note without missing the hops.

T: Hoppy, fruity, slight bit of wheat, citrusy.

M: Medium. Pleasantly sharp carbonation. Like drinking a beer flavored soda. Very long finish- I was tasting it after 2 other beers.

O: Pretty good pale ale. Keeps the hops without being inaccessible by those unfamiliar to the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 08:12:46 | More by RobinLee
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Cascade Pale was had in a nonic pint.

Appearance- The bright white foam builds to a finger width with a smooth and bubble bursting cap. It recedes rather fast and leaves some whispy fizz lingering on the lid.

This body is a transparent, glowing, gold-amber with a steady stream of carbonation visible.

Smell- The nose is soft with some honey malt, slightly piney and grassy hops, and a little bit of lemon zest. This is decent, all it needs is more heft to be great.

Taste- Some bitterness, grassy hop and a slight wheat are hitting the palate in a swirl of lightly played flavors. The biscuit malt that begins to mingle hides some sweet citrus, just lightly passion fruit and lemon.

The finish has a lingering grassy, bitter feel with a little bit of wheat. The flavors are all subtle but mesh really well and build one on top of the other.

Mouth feel- A decent medium body that errs on the side of slick, instead of creamy. However, it manages to have a long finish.

Overall- This pale ale is very balanced and offers just enough hop bitterness to keep it interesting. However, at times, the malty wheat gets too much attention, when it would be nice if the flavor hops could come to the front.

The feel is also a little too slick, and not quite creamy enough. Point's Cascade Pale Ale offers some soft and complimentary flavors and good drinkability. Enjoy one or two on a lazy afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 04:02:44 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of PeterMacKellar

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Rather clear and a nice color. This particular one was, to me, a bit under-carbonated and head disappeared quickly.

S - Good smell, with touch of honey-ish sweetness and slight hop scent.

T - Very smooth, but almost too smooth to have any residual flavor more than a second after sipping.

M - Good, smooth feel. No adverse aftertaste/feeling.

O - I enjoyed the beer and think it's a good pale ale, but I don't think I'd actively reach for another one if there were other pale ale options available.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 02:41:41 | More by PeterMacKellar
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Point Cascade Pale Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.