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Point Cascade Pale Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brakspear on 06-04-2004

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Photo of LarrBear
3.52/5  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.

Photo of schanker21
3.75/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of dbtoe
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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 JDV
2.3/5  rDev -32.6%
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...

Photo of Chugmonkey
3.82/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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 shadow1961
3/5  rDev -12%
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

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Photo of OKCNittany
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of sacfly
2.79/5  rDev -18.2%
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...

Photo of BigRedN
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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 $$).

Photo of BDIMike
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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 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 drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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!

Photo of printer1
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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 pershan
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of hwwty4
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.02/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of bigeyedfish
2.43/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Point Cascade Pale Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.