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Point Cascade Pale Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

Point Cascade Pale AlePoint Cascade Pale Ale

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Ratings: 356
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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Sunny amber-orange with equal contributions from each. The edges are brighter yet and are a fetching shade of bumblebee yellow. The cap is cream in color with a pastel yellow tint. It deposits better than average lace in the form of a thick collar and a few squiggles higher up the glass.

Point Cascade Pale Ale has a classic Cascade hop aroma: brightly lemony and grapefruity. Very little malt peeks through, which is just as well since I'm sure the beer was meant to be a Cascade showcase. It's a little lacking in terms of strength and makes me wonder whether enough hops were used. I'm amazed to learn that it's actually been dry-hopped. It sure doesn't smell like it.

I like the flavor just fine, there just isn't enough of it (even for an APA). There isn't enough pale malt on hand and there's precious little flavor contribution from what is present. As a result, the bitterness of the hops isn't effectively countered by malt sugars. More hop flavor and less hop bitterness would have been great.

I feel like a broken record sometimes, but this is another example in which a simple lack of ingredients just cannot be overcome. The mouthfeel is between light and medium. It's a good fit for the flavor profile, I guess, but it doesn't otherwise make an impression.

It shouldn't be that difficult to make a good Cascade-hopped pale ale; plenty of brewers have done it. I could drink Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale by the gallon and not give it a second thought. Therein lies the problem. It's pleasantly drinkable, but I'm not likely to remember the experience once this bottle is gone.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 23:44:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up this can at whole foods yesterday and was very, very pleased with it overall. served cold and consumed on 08/17/2010.

nice clean amber pour with loads of carbonation coming up to the surface to form a nice little head of white that was about an inch or so high. nice lacing coming down the sides of the glass as well. aroma is nice and tight, clean piney hop notes give way to grapefruit, light lemon grass and a decent touch of simple malts. crisp, clean, and completely drinkable flavor has me from the first sip. really easy to put down and i could see myself easily drinking 4 or five. nice sharp bite of hops on the front which mellows into a very well balanced and lightly sweet buttery flavor, but keeps it all very, very light. nice light nd slightly dry finish seals the deal for me.

overall about as solid as they come, really just very, very nicely done.

Serving type: can

08-19-2010 01:04:32 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid, fare, pale ale that proves to be super clean, but lacking much memorable character. A brightly colored golden / amber hue gives off a lot of carbonation and forms a nice withstanding head. A crisp, cracker-like malt character provides the base for both the aroma and flavor. A strong Cascade hop flavor and aroma soon gains intensity and eventually dominates the beer. The hops give a firm grapefruit / orange rind flavor and mouth cleansing bitterness while the yeast gives some peaches, appricot, and pineapple esters. None of the yeast or malt contributions stand out, but the hops ride just above all other flavors, albeit one-dimensional. The beer attenuates well, maybe too well leaving a light grain flavor and thinness on the mouth. Carbonation lightens the beer and gives a light carbonic bite. Finishes dry, fleeting and with a moderate hop lingering. Nice beer, but maybe forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 02:09:18 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours golden orange with a bit of a white head. The nose really doesn't have too much Cascade for a beer with the prototypical American hop in its name. More bread notes with some light caramel and nuts. The taste is the same--there's a slight bitterness and faint notes of citrus, but not much beyond that. Moderate body and carbonation. Nothing really special about this.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 11:18:24 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is a pale yellow color and has a very slight amount of haziness. There is a light amount of carbonation and a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of pale malts in the nose.
T: There are flavors of bready malts and hints of caramel in the taste; the hops only contribute a very mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink, but there's nothing very interesting about the taste that would really want me to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 19:57:58 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Ever so slightly hazed, golden-copper with a wispy, white head that, while achieving some initial loft, soon settles out.

Smell: Aroma smelling of pale malts, damp waterlogged toast, (very light) caramel, stone fruits, citrus, and dried grasses.

Taste: Simple pale malts with a light degree of sweetness and supporting toasty, grainy accents. Very soft touch of apricot fruitiness. Dusky citrus, floral character, modestly resinous and with an underlying grassiness. As it warms, it picks up tastes of caramel and basic tea. Fitting amount of bitterness to counter to relatively light maltiness. Drying and lightly bitter for the quick, curt finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Makes for simple, easy drinking, but doesn't exactly express the punchy character of other APA's or even really exhibit the true full potential of the namesake hop. Still, for simple, easy drinking, it does its job sufficiently.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 21:12:49 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Been sellin' this guy for a while now and have yet to actually try him. This changes now: It pours a clear tawny straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild caramel, blunt pine, and a touch of cilantro. A hint of orange zest floats about here and there as well. The taste brings in more of the same, though the orange comes through better now, more individually than a random face in a crowd. Pretty decent balance, actually. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a nice, well-executed pale ale. Nothing spectacular or noteworthy, but one that I could easily see drinking plenty of if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 19:50:23 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 13:02:50 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is clear, peachy/ golden, sufficient snow white foam stands above.
Aroma is big, fresh hoppiness, pure Cascades, apricots, peaches, sweet, floral, just a teenchy touch bitter, but not much. Aaaah, ...that's nice!
Taste is niceness again, very smooth on the palate, little bitterness, sweet, caramel-y at times. Starts as an American IPA, finishes English, really. Body is medium at best, finish dries up quick at the end.
This won't put Sierra Nevada out of business, but if it's a nice, inexpensive, tasty-enough, locally brewed pale ale you want, by all means look here.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 03:47:20 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, tea, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with sweet flavors of citrus, tea and caramel. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in to provide a good balance. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, even though there's nothing that really stands out about this beer, it's a nice beer to drink for a while.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 21:31:02 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single from Mariano's, Julian date code "2441" on the neck, 244th day of 2011 = Mid August. Possibly 4 mos. old :(

Pours into a tulip in a mellow way, generating a finger or two of creamy white foam with maximum stickage, it absolutely coats the glass with lace. Head retention is also excellent. Body is brilliantly clear, jewel tone golden orange that catches the light nicely.

Floral aroma, slight grassiness and pale malt sweetness.

Similar mild hop derived flavors, floral and grassy notes, light and easygoing. Thin and light bodied, vague hop bitterness, grassy aftertaste. Not especially sweet, finishes slightly dry. Pleasant pale ale, thankfully not overly sweet, though it's a bit thin feeling. Hot weather quencher for hop novices, and anyone that enjoys a lightly hopped pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 01:40:12 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 02:40:55 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pale and carapils malt scent along with a citrus hop aroma; Cascade hops of course. The taste is decent. It has a powerful Cascade hop flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. It's a little light on the malts; therefore leaving it thin and unbalanced. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent American pale ale. If it had some more malt content it would really be good. Unfortunately, it doesn't so it's just above average.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 21:43:35 | More by WesWes
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zeff80

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden orange color with a small, bubbly, off-white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of caramel and floral notes. It had a mild hop aroma.

T - It had a mild spicy, bitter hop profile with touches of citrus. It had a sweet burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a somewhat sticky feel. A light to medium bodied brew.

D - This is an okay pale ale. For some reason it just seemed a little artificial to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 20:01:24 | More by zeff80
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
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?

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 20:24:16 | More by rhoadsrage
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Wasatch

Utah

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, malty, very slight citrus. The taste is sweet, malty/hoppy, with some citrus thrown in. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty APA, glad to have a chance to try it out, my first from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 21:36:12 | More by Wasatch
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I asked indiapaleale, "Hey, CAN you Point me in the right direction on my CANQuest?" and he replied, "Sure!" in spades, if you CAN dig it. This is the fourth of four attempts to get the Point on my part.

From the CAN: "Stevens Point Brewery Brewing Excellence Since 1857. Point ^ Well Made."

My pour netted me two foamy fingers' worth of egghell- white head that actually held in nicely in the face of today's heat and humidity. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a mildly citrus-hoppy smell underlain by a faint sweetness. Not bad for the style and probably pushing the upper limits of what they are used to making at their brewery. Mouthfeel was medium and now the hops were much more evident on the tongue. Definite grapefruit-citrus hops! Finish was pleasantly crisp, dry and totally refreshing on this summer day. Nice lacing throughout.

I now get the Point and so should you! I would readily put this in my cooler if I could get it on a regular basis.

Serving type: can

06-27-2010 18:28:25 | More by woodychandler
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Stevens Point Cascade Ale

Pours a golden orange in color, small off white head forms and little lace. Cascade hops in the aroma, floral and somewhat citrusy. Faint hop flavors and caramel malt backing. Fairly bland, watery, carbonation is ok thin body. Nothing exciting.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2011 17:29:42 | More by Stinkypuss
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz extra that made the trek from Wisconsin to Boise by my understanding yet beer deprived coworkers. Poured into a shaker pint... while still grooving to the Cowboy Junkies.

Lite amber topped by an eggshell head that disappears quickly... uninspiring.

Aroma is Cascade through and through... a little caramel malts peak in here and there.... pretty good but still not what I would expect from a Cascade showcase.

Very drinkable.. sorta palate cleansing after the brews I've had tonight... just enough malts to balance the citrus flavors.... ending on a lingering Cascade finish.

Overall, a little watery.. could definitely use more body.. but still a descent American Pale... Given Steven's Point Cascade (if I had access) and Sierra Nevada Pale... I would pick SN every time.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 09:46:03 | More by JohnGalt1
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dirtylou

Washington

3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 04:40:50 | More by dirtylou
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Tone

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, orange/golden color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of hops, pine, and some slight pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of hops, pine, slight grass, and some pale malt in the background. Overall, a dry pale ale that is a little weak in body.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 04:46:05 | More by Tone
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, faint hops and a bit soapy. In the taste, small pine like hops and a bit minty even. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, small hop in the aftertaste. OK, but eh! for a pale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2011 14:34:36 | More by OWSLEY069
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Point Cascade Pale Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.