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Point Cascade Pale Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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Point Cascade Pale AlePoint Cascade Pale Ale

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Ratings: 401
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 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
Photo of SMark
3.35/5  rDev -2%
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.

SMark, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of pershan
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a clear, golden amber with a thin white head into a 12-oz pilsner glass. A bit "tinny" flavor, with not much hop flavor or bitterness, and a rather dry, astringent finish. From the name, I was expecting a bigger hop presence, so the taste was a bit disappointing. The beer didn't have any real significant off-flavors, but also didn't really have anything to make it stand out.

pershan, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had never seen another beer by Point besides the Point Special, so when I saw this in the mix and match I had to pick it up. Poured a 12oz bottle into my trusty Chimay Chalice. Poured a nice orangey amber with a 1 inch off white head that disappeared while I went to the bathroom. Aroma is hops. There is mostly a piney smell with a bit of citrus fruits thrown in. Taste has more flavor then I expected (I was thinking Point Special). It was surprisingly stronger on the hops. I wish that there was more malt in it to balance it, because the hops weren’t strong enough to carry the beer. Mouth feel is light with a bit of a dry finish. A very drinkable brew especially for its price.

hwwty4, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

JohnGalt1, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of bigeyedfish
2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. My roomate brought back a bunch of beers from Wisconsin that I'm finally getting to drink.

To be honest, it looks like an average beer. Some head, about an inch or so that reduces pretty quickly to nothing. A lot darker than I expected it to be; kind of a dark orange, almost like a more light-penetrable Oktoberfest. Nothing to change the world over.

Not a whole lot going on in the nose. Some pine needles, but that's about it. I spent 3 or 4 minutes trying to get something else from this nose; I think this is just one of those beers with very little going on.

Not really a good tasting beer. To be honest, there's even less taste than there is smell. It isn't crisp like [the benchmark for all Pale Ale's] Sierra Nevada; there isn't a drink by date, so it may just be old, although I'm not quite sure, since there's still some hop bite there.

Mouthfeel- you won't get bitter beer face.

Yeah, you can drink it all night, but I don't see why you would. Not much of anything going on, and kind of a downer. Oh well. I think 82 is 5 or 6 points too high for this beer, this honestly tastes like a 77 point beer. But what do I know.

bigeyedfish, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a nice white head that has ok retention and leaves a little lacing. Aroma is caramel, pine, fruit, and citrus. For as much caramel is in the aroma, you would expect this beer to have a much stronger malt profile than it does. There is a faint maltiness and that is it. Mostly hops here. Sharp citrusy and slightly piney. I enjoy hops a lot but this beer needs a little more malt. The hops are not flavorful enough on their own to make this beer anything special Mouthfeel is medium light and dry. An OK APA that I do not plan on purchasing again.

hckyfn9999, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of splat215
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful golden brown, nice head, great carbonation

S - Strange scent here, metallic, soapy, hoppy - not good

T - Subtle hopping - light taste

M - Thin, somewhat watery. Good texture and smooth

D - Above average, could have quite a few of these

splat215, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of ianrca19
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden bronze. Big caramel head with a sweet, malty hop scent that disappears disappointingly quickly. Crisp and bitter, light body. Very light fruity notes. Lots of piney hops buzz all over your mouth- almost like an IPA. Long piney, then grainy finish. Very light, crisp and refreshing overall.

ianrca19, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of cdkrenz
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light golden orange with 1.5 inches of white foamy head. This is a good looking pale ale.

Smell - Crisp and clean scent. There is a little bit of a hoppy smell.

Taste - It has a nice, robust hoppy flavor. The flavor is crisp and offers a clean finish.

Mouthfeel -The brew has a watery texture and the flavor is concentrated toward the middle back of my tongue.

~ Hangin' with friends or following nice long bike ride, this brew comes through.

cdkrenz, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle to a yellowish red with medium off-white head and okay lacing. Aroma is a nice hoppy floral-citrus, and thre mouithfeel slightly carbonated and tingly. Flavor was mostly floral hop, with a touch of malt entering in as the beer warmed.

A nice enjoyable summer beer.

kimcgolf, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of uwmgdman
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The Point Cascade Pale Ale pours a deep golden color with hints of copper and brilliant clarity. A thin white head developed on an aggressive pour and quickly diminished to a few thin patches. The aroma is moderately-high citrus hop aroma, a medium sweetness, and a bit of toasted malty character. The flavor has a medium-low toasty malt presence, just a hint of sweetness, and a moderate floral, citrusy hop flavor. The bitterness is moderate and beer finishes rather clean with a mild hop flavor that lingers for a few seconds. The carbonation is medium-high and body is medium to medium-light giving this beer a very high drinkability. Overall I was quite impressed with the brew! The aroma has a nice hop bouquet and a little maltiness to boot. The flavor and finish are quite nice, and for the price I have to recommend this beer to anyone, especially if you’re looking to have more than one or two.

uwmgdman, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of Atron67
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a clear darker amber with medium tannish head that faded pretty quickly with light lacing
S- Loads of Piney cascade hops make up the majority of this smell, perfect for this style and delicious smelling
T- a good malt balancing which is followed up by the cascade the bitterness hits strong at the end, stays for a little while then cleanly fades
M- a sharp carbonation and medium body provide a good base for the beer
D- a solid Pale ale wihch is strong enough to keep my hop head happy

Atron67, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear light amber color with less than a finger white head that faded quickly.

Smelled of citrus fruit and sweet malt.

The mouth feel is medium and it is lightly carbonated.

The flavor is slightly bready of yeast and banana. A little off.

Glad that i had the opportunity to try this one.

jjayjaye, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of dickroop
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ale was a pale bronze with a weak head. The nose was promising but not strong. There were earthy hops, a little indistinct as to any exact character. (Cascade, ya think, maybe? I couldn't tell...)

Flavor was mostly caramel malt with weak, non-distinct hops. The bitterness seem to include some off-flavors. There were also some sour tones. Perhaps this bottle has spent too much time on the shelf.

The mouthfeel was malt-sticky. It was a pretty well balanced brew, drinkable but boring.

dickroop, May 28, 2007
Photo of afinepilsner
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Point Cascade Pale Ale was a golden orange color with an off-white head. The head had good retention and some left some lacing. The aroma was citrusy cascade hops with a touch of light malt. The taste was citrus hops as well with a nice mild bitterness and dry finish. It was just medium-light in body with good carbonation. Drinkability was good. It's a easy drinking, decent tasting pale ale that can be found at a fairly low price. Worth a try.

afinepilsner, May 20, 2007
Photo of Brewfan
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Russian River pint glass.
Big slightly off-white fluffy head with decent retention. Lace clung in clumps to the side of the glass.
Very clean, orangy-amber body with a steady rise of carbonation.
Hoppy nose with pine and some definite malt coming through later. Grapefruity and grassy. Slight metallic undertones. Copper?
Not as hoppy as I would have expected or hoped for. The hops don't overtake the palate, but neither does the malt. It's rather one-dimentional. Middle of the road on both ends.
Light body and finishes on the drier side.

Brewfan, May 14, 2007
Photo of lakeviewmike
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am basing this review on a head-to-head comparison with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Both beers were poured from a bottle into pint glasses. I didn't check the freshness date on either bottle but they were purchased from a very good, high traffic liguor store so I assume both were reasonably fresh.

The appearance of both beers was nearly identical. Color was the same, orange-gold, clear light bubbles. The head and retention on the SN was slightly better.

The smell and taste were nearly indentical. I couldn't tell them apart. Nice grapefruity, tart but balanced flavor.

I tend to think that a good pale ale is practically the most drinkable beer around and Point Cascade is very drinkable.

I went into this thinking that I would easily prefer SNPA to Point. I hadn't had a Point PA for a while and have really enjoyed SNPA lately. I was pleasantly surprised. At $5.29 a six pack versus $6.99 for SNPA, why not drink Point!

lakeviewmike, May 07, 2007
Photo of Cresant
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this undated brown bottle into a pint glass. The clear body was a light bronze/golden color. The head is white and brittle, large crispy bubbles fade quickly.

Smell was less than fresh grains. Faint floral hops.

Taste was lightly malty with a lingering bitterness that peaks at the end. Sweet up front, mildly bitter end. Underwhelming.

Mouthfeel was well carbonated but on the thin side in body.

Cresant, May 06, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

NeroFiddled, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent pale ale, but not much to it. IT was given to me extra in a trade with david eddie. This APA is drinkable and sessionable, but a little boring. The head isn't very good either. I wouldn't mind having more of these, but I would pick something more interesting. Decent mouthfeel, clings decently and is fairly crisp. Overall, this beer isn't bad, in fact it's easy to drink. However, I like a little bit more to my beers. The malting just isn't there. The cascade hopping is there, and not too strong, but it needs some balancing flavor to make it more interesting.

Eh, worth a try.

jasonjlewis, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of happygnome
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: darker golden color quarter inch worth of white head that disapears fast leaving a touch of lacing
s: kind of a sweet hop aroma very inviting
t: the hope presence comes out in this one more so than in many other apa's ive had, i like it its very refreshing
m: medium bodied beer thats not overly carbonated which is nice

overall i enjoyed this beer, imo it is the best of steven's point

happygnome, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of slyke
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cascade Pale Ale pours gold in color with a thin white head that faded quickly. The aroma is pretty neutral, but there is a faint note of the Cascade hops. The taste is a also fairly neutral with more hops notes than a beer from the biggest breweries, but it pretty tame when compared to other beers of the same style. The mouthfeel is thinner than I expect from this style, but there is a pronounced finish. Drinkability is average on this one. It will not be my new beer of choice, but it would be a decent hot weather beer for people who like some hops in their lives. Give this one a try.

slyke, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of chuckm
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I remember the Point specials I had in college and was excited when I saw this offering locally. While I won't drive to Wisc. to get more it is a beer which doesn't try to do to much. If you want an APA with less bitterness (and flavor) than the style is renowned for look for this,at the price I paid (8.99 a 12 pack) I can't complain but I was hoping for a little more from a brewery I've a soft spot for in my heart.

chuckm, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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

dirtylou, Jan 21, 2007
Point Cascade Pale Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.