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Point Cascade Pale Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | 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:
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(Beer added by: brakspear on 06-04-2004)
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Photo of Squelch
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light Amber colored, slightly cloudy, Thick off white head that leaves medium lacing.

Smell: Little hop aroma. smells mainly of malts. Hops smell citrusy.

Taste: Astringent. needs more malt backbone and a bit more flavor hops. almost tastes soapy

Mouthfeel: Very nice perfect medium body.

Drinkability: This beer was ok. Nothing to write home about. This could be much better with some more specialty malts for more malt flavor and a bit more hop flavor. Sounds like their sparging technique needs some work to help with the astringency.

Squelch, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of dnichols
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was served a 12 ounce capped bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: It poured a clean and clear light copper body with a lot of carbonation and a dense one finger off white head.

S: It had muted aromas of sweet lightly toasted malts and hints of pine hops.

T: It had a well balanced smooth and sweet profile that was dominated by the toasted malts, sweet light sugars with very recessive spices.

M: It was light bodied with moderate carbonation and a sweet clean finish.

D: It was a nice flavorful beer that would make a good session beer.

dnichols, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of BeenJammin
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Good bronze color with a nice head but not much retention
S - Pretty good cascade hop aroma. Not much complexity here.
T - I like the hop flavor that this has. There are some sweet malts here but again it is not too complex.
M - Light and maybe too much of a watery feel.
D - Has really good drink-ability in my book.

BeenJammin, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Wasatch, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of SilentSabre
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured up a nice copper orange colour like 100's of othere APA's, but it had a really nice creamy thick head that stayed around for a while. Smell is what'd you'd expect from a beer called cascade pale: plenty of tasty hops. Flavour is excellent having enough hops to substantiate its name, but an almost equal amount of sweet malt to even it out. Mouthfeel is solid but light making this very drinkable. A very nice beer, indeed

SilentSabre, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 40 degrees

Nice clear amber color with a small head that leaves a filmy ring. Decent lacing.

Cascade hop spiciness dominates the nose. Nice yeasty bread notes. Slight malty sweetness peeks through.

Citrusy hop notes. Mostly lemon and grapefruit. A little bread taste with malt notes come up from underneath to look around.

Nice easy-drinking brew here. Smooth and creamy yet crisp and refreshing. Very nice feel.

Excellent session beer. Drinkability is very good.

coldmeat23, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of LarrBear
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pleasant subtle scents of hops and lemon upon opening bottle. Pours amber with a decent enough amount of head, a bit over one-finger thickness, that disappears a bit too quickly. Nice flavors of hops, with an after-taste of lemon and raisins. I prefer a more powerful hops kick than this brew packs, but it is an extremely drinkable, well-balanced APA.

LarrBear, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of schanker21
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A- Pours a clear amber color with a one finger white head that dissipates slowly and leaves no lacing.

S- Smells of cascade hops and bread, with the bready smell being the stronger one.

T- Bready taste up front followed up by cascade hops. Bread taste lingers on the palate. Not an overly strong taste, but well-balanced and good.

M- A little light on the carbonation. I think it's a little bit flat and that takes away from what was otherwise a pretty good beer.

D- Nevertheless, still an easy one to drink and one that I would not balk at buying again.

schanker21, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of dbtoe
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Darkish golden body with a good finger of head that stayed around for about half the glass.

S - A little sweet with mild lemon and pine

T Much like the smell. Good hop taste throughout lemon pine and a little malt under the hops. Finishes very clean and dry.

M - Very good carbonation

D - Very drinkable in fact I had a few more than I was really planning on having.

C - This is one of my favorites from Point Brewery. It is available almost every place in central Wisconsin and at a very drinkable price.

dbtoe, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a golden amber with one finger head and respectable retention. Leaves nice lacing.
S-Grain, bread, light malt, cascade hops, grapefruit, orange, grape, tangerine, fig.
T-Much of same as aroma. The graininess detracts from the overall experience, but there is a nice blend of fruit sensations throughout the palate that adds to the complexity, and balances well.
Mouthfeel is good---light-to-medium-bodied, robust carbonation.
D-I'm not a fan of the grainy character, but it's not a bad session brew.

BoitSansSoif, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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

russpowell, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this brew on tap at HopLeaf in Chicago.
Pours clear amber with no lasting head. Smell was lightly hoppy and smooth. Taste was extremely thin and watery. Barely any hop flavor, or maltiness to this. Body was weak and flavor was equally as unimpressive...

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of Chugmonkey
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a nice intro to Cascade hops for drinkers not familiar to them. It hits the nail on the head for a pale ale. You get a nice whiff of the unmistakable Cascade aroma when pouring. Very drinkable as all Point beers seem to be. If you are a hophead you will not be impressed. But overall a very refreshing pale ale with pure unmistakable Cascade aroma and flavor. I think they did a good job on this brew.

Chugmonkey, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

BEERchitect, May 26, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
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!

pmcadamis, May 23, 2008
Photo of shadow1961
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale pours a finger of creamy foam over a clear
honey colored brew. The nose is a little malt and a bit of sharp herbal hop.
Carbonation is regualr and steady. The flavor is light malt up front and a crisp
herbal finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp as well, with a bit of grassyness in the
aftertaste. This seems just a tad light for an APA- it kind of feels like what you might
get hopping up a cream ale. That's not a criticism- this is actually a really nice, drinkable

shadow1961, May 21, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is pale yellow with ok carbonation. The head is smell off white and lace some lace.

The smell is medium earthy hoppy.

The taste follow, a pedestrian pale ale. Not bad tastes just nothing out of the ordinary. The malt is good lightly toasted and nice.

The mouthfeel is ok, good body and the carbonation is ok.

The drinkability is ok, not a bad starter brew. Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, May 11, 2008
Photo of OKCNittany
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: One finger white head with minimal lacing. Clear orange body.

S: Light aroma of citrus hops and pale malt.

T: Good dose of citric and bitter hops, but the malt doesn't quite measure up. Good, but not great.

M: A bit thinner than medium body with fairly soft carbonation. Smooth and slick. Dry finish with nice hop bitterness.

D: Sessionable, but I wish it was bigger and a bit more balanced.

OKCNittany, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of sacfly
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz, twist off. No date. Part of a mix 12 pack.
Pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a frothy off white head. Aroma is a bit musty, with a hint of citrus hops in the background. Reminds me of older hops that have started to oxidize. Taste is lackluster with more musty tones mixed with some grain husks. Mild sweetness and faint pine hops. Medium to light body. Aftertaste is mildly astringent with a bit of the hop bitterness thrown in. I'm hoping this is an old bottle that has lost something over time. But with no date, I can't be sure. The only thing I have to go on is that a local beer store just got it in last month. Should not be too old...

sacfly, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of BigRedN
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last beer of a mixed six pack I put together to try the three Point beers that I recently noticed had made their way to Nebraska.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is an orangey-copper color. Like the other Point beers it is completely clear. My pour produced a nice white head about a half inch in height. Faded to a partial cover and ring around the glass that leaves a llittle lacing.

Smell: Aromatic hops. I assume that the name Cascade Pale Ale is derived from the use of Cascade hops. The scent is floral, with a little piney aroma as well.

Taste: A bit of caramel malt, followed by bitter hops. Piney/resiny with a bitterness that lingers for a while. It seems a bit acidic as well.

Mouthfeel: Leaning toward medium bodied (medium light I'll call it) with ample carbonation. A crisp beer with a touch of a lingering hop bitterness on the tongue. Finishes dry.

Drinkability: The more flavorful of the three Point beers I have been able to try. However, the extra flavoring and ABV put this a notch below the other Point beers for drinkability and there are better APA's available (and for less $$).

BigRedN, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold color. Very fizzy, but no head at all.
Surprisingly nice smell. Nice balanced smell of hops with a finish of citrus and grapefruit.
Nice taste. Not very hoppy for a pale ale. Strong grapefruit taste, slightly sour.
Mouthfeel is carbonated, but not much feel to it at all.
Drinkability is good. Not incredibly hoppy, but the graepfruit taste will get to you after a couple.
Goes well with a light salad with some citrus in it.

BDIMike, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of mightyhef
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
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

mightyhef, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of chiapete
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
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

chiapete, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I suppose this is Point's best effort. Not bad - irremarkable.Clear amber. Some head that dissipates and a tiny bit of lace. Cascade aroma and flavor, but not too fresh. However, I believe this to be an older sample. Body's not too bad, but it's a litle over carbonated. Fairly clean. Ok finish. Could do a lot worse on the other hand I wouldn't mind another. Cheers!

drpimento, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of printer1
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. It was a hard pour as I do with most Pale Ales. Brought about a large head that quickly receded to about 2 fingers, then slowed.
Very clear, very light amber. Carbonation quickly reduced to just the bubbles from the etched bottom of the glass. Smell is weak. Some hops, citrusy, but slightly sour.
Taste is nice for a beer of this price, a definite slightly bitter citrus presence.
Mouthfeel is pretty thin, watery.
There is more hop flavor here than I expected. While it is a little weak, I'm buying it at 4.99 a sixer. This is pretty good for under 5 bucks.

printer1, Feb 20, 2008
Point Cascade Pale Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.