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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: 407
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | 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 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
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer struck me as a very ordinary, yet very drinkable APA with some Cascade hop character.

Appearance is an attractive sparkling beer with white head and a red body.

Aroma was lightly of Cascade hops. Flavor is medium bodied (about as potent bitterness-wise as a Sierra Nevada), with a pretty good balance of malt and sweet hop character. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but not bad. I think this beer is extremely drinkable; I could have 4-5 more of these.

BeerBelcher, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My local beer store recently started stocking this brewery, so this is my first sample from a mixed case I purchased.
Poured a brilliant golden-amber color with massive white puffy head.
Modest retention with promounced lacing.
Smell is very nice with inital strong notes of piney hops that slowly fade.
Taste is also strong for hops with a pleasnt balancing malt aspect.
A bit thin in the mouth but very enjoyable.
Great drinkability. If the rest of the beers from this brewery are as good as this one, this will be an enjoyable case.

tgbljb, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of budgood1
2.4/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out an apricot colour; slightly hazy with a frothy off white head. sticks and laces well. buttery diacetyl aroma....butterscotch and cascade hops. pretty straight forward. light fruity taste. more buttery and syrupy slickness in the malt profile and a citrusy bitter hop finish. light body. mouthfeel seems a touch watery and weak. one or two of these and it's time to move on to something with substance. again, one of those pale ales that would be an adequate summer quencher or a perfect beverage to wash down some spicy barbeque or some buffalo wings.

i'd like to try this again someday as i believe this bottle tasted old.

12 oz. bottle obtained as a x-mas gift.

budgood1, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on October 19, 2006. Pale amber hued golden, with a froth of off-white. Delicate aroma of west coast hop tinged malt sugars. Flavor is a somewhat thin-bodied sweet hop sugars, gentle and wafting. The sweet orange cream Cascades meld with light malts. The body doesn’t really bother me, as it’s perfect for drinking and not particularly watery. Not distractingly thin. There are some cheap corn fusels and distant off-notes that hold this one back. But, the nice long parching hop smack, in apple, provides balance. For the price and for sessions, a good choice.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of Rennpferd
4.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a cold 12oz bottle into a clean room temperature pint glass.

It poured a clear golden color with about a half inch of white head that quickly shrank down to a slight lacing floating upon the beer. Very little carbination was flowing through it.

A slight sweet smell of hops that is finished off with a lovely smell of spicey hops.

It has a slightly course feel that is at the same time light and easy to go down. It tastes very similar to the smell of malt and spicey hops but with a slight bite of bitterness near the end.

My weakness is Pale Ale and I could drink this one all day.

Rennpferd, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of TechMyst
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, it’s my 100th!!!
FRESH: made 9-4; consumed 11-23
COST: $10/12pack!
HEAD: Minimal
LACE: none
COLOR: yellow, w/ tinge of copper
AROMA: sweet floral hop
MOUTHFEEL: medium/ slight foam
PALATE: slick / oily
TASTE: Point is well made
COMMENTS: Better than expected, decent PA, highly hopped
Will I revisit this brew? Yes!

TechMyst, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of psinderson
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear light copper with a thin head, minimal lacing.

Smell: Definite citrusy Cascade present with a mild spicy background. A little fruitiness and caramel present as well.

Taste: Mild sweetness up front quickly squashed by hops. Not very complex. Finishes with a lasting mild and pleasant bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium body lacking a bit in carbonation.

Drinkability: Decently drinkable as there's not much to call out.

psinderson, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of gmfessen
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours out a golden copper color with a frothy head that dies down quickly; nice lacing that follows the beer down the glass. The smell is pleasant and dominated by the smell of the cascade hops...who'd have guessed. The beer is very well balanced, with the cascade giving the beer an excellent hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium, with a foamy carbonated consistency. Overall, this beer is pretty drinkable, being inexpensive and pretty tasty, an enjoyable beer.

gmfessen, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of maltyone
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I had this beer I bought it at my local grocery market. It came in a twelve pack, and the cascade variety caught my eye.

I poured it in a glass, it poured a light amber color with a whitish head. The nose was slightly floral, but indistinct. The head dissipated as I drank until it almost disappeared.

The flavor is that of a plain lightish ale. The main flavor of course comes from the cascade hops, which lend a slightly bitter and flowery notes to the beer, but they are relatively mild in the continuum of hoppyness. The body of the beer is light, but not watery. There is enough substance to enjoy the flavor.

This is a very safe beer. By this I mean that it will not offend anyone. It is neither extraordinary, nor bad. It might be a good introduction for those who drink macro brews to the world of hopheads.

At ten dollars and change for a twelve pack (before tax) I find this to be a drinkable beer, and a good value. I like to have a few around the house for the times I run out of my favorites.

maltyone, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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?

rhoadsrage, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of Winter
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber in color with a white head. Nice biscuity malt aroma with floral Cascade hops. The mouthfeel is thin (not quite mediuim) with soft carbonation that pricks the side of the tongue. Toasted biscuit flavor. Piney Cascade hops follow. Maybe I'm used to too many American IPAs or over the top double IPAs, but the hop flavor here seems weakened. Still for a pale ale this is enjoyable enough. Taste is a little thin, but still a decent drinker.

Winter, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of xtremejammn
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

An excellent pale ale I must say, although a not very impressive taste it has many other above average features.

A: Although it's beutiful it's not quite perfect. Pours an average light brown color, but the bottle is the most eye pleasing part of the beer.

S: Smells like an average pale ale would smell, nothing remarkable.

T: I'm just not a fan of pale ales, but this has just a slightly below average taste to it that I find bearable and allows me to continue drinking it.

M: A good mouthfeel with almost no aftertaste to it. The only aftertaste is the pale ale flavor persisting in your mouth.

D: The drinkablility is the biggest feature of this beer, it goes down smooth and and not too rough, and gets my two thumbs up.

Bottom line: Although not the best I must say that this is an exceptional pale ale that is worth buying if your a fan (i'm not) of pale ales.

xtremejammn, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of znarf
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What can I say, this beer comes from the town where I was born! Not a bad pale ale from a brewer famous for its Polish flagship, Point Special Beer. This brew is not too bitter with a hint of hops. Finish is a bit on the pine side by my taste. Still very drinkable and worth a try, especially for $4.99 a six pack from Pick and Save!

znarf, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear golden with a creamy white head that dissipates to a thin sheen.

Smell is sweetly fruity and toasted malt. Very little hop.

Taste is similiar to the nose, with malty fruitiness dominating. Once again I am surprised that there is virtually no hops in this APA. Finish has a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is rather light, and a little watery.

Nothing to get excited about here. There are much better APA's out there.

Blakaeris, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of bashiba
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice crystal clear amber color with minimal lacing or head.

Smell is a very toasted bread and malt smell, no hop odor at all. Its a good smell, just not at all what I expected for the style.

Taste is strongly malt dominated. Very strange for an APA. A nice bit of toasted caramel malts with a slighty light fruit flavor, just a bit of hops in the end, but overall a malt dominated flavor.

Mouthfeel is sligthy oily and thin.

Overall a decent beer, just doesn't really fit the style, closer to a amber ale than an APA.

bashiba, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
1.78/5  rDev -48%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearnce is lacking but at least it has a lacing. Nice pale ale color, but still seems lacking.

Smell is of light cascade hops with a very light and flowery accompanyment, hardly noticeable.

Taste has a pretty hoppey bite at first, and then the aftertaste is pretty hoppy as well. The only thing is that I can't taste any fruityness, but what I can taste is wateryness.

I feel only hard water.

Erdinger2003, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of pweis909
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden brown, with a descent sized head. There is some promising hop and malt aroma, but I expected more hop flavor from an APA. The malt is lightly sweet, nice. The beer is slightly metallic tasting, initially. Not my favorite pale ale, but a nice effort from the Point.

pweis909, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Minimal vanishing white head leaves thin top layer on a transparent, light squash colored beer. The aroma is classic Cascade citrus and pine.

This is a tangy one. The malt (vienna?) makes token contributions that come off as nutty while the hop flavors of citrus, lupulin, and soft resin, tumble around eachother.

Mouthfeel is mid bodied and snappy with a quick wave of carbonation adding gusto to a very dry finish. This is a really drinkable, cheap, dependably fresh pale and I reccomend it.

JudgeRoughneck, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of hero27
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Clear golden color with lively streams of carbonation and a thin white head. The smell is interesting...at first I thought I picked up a bit of skunk..then it was bold Cascade hops..followed by some citrus fruits (orange peel, apricot, and lemon among others).. Not quite sure what to make of that. I was completely surprised by the taste..I honestly thought this was going to be a bland, mostly tasteless offering..considering this is the brewery that makes Point Special..ugh. But it tastes quite good..a combination of in-your-face Cascade hops and nice malt balance with some fruits thrown in as well. I definitely wouldn't mind sipping on a few of these in the summertime. Light body, but thirstquenching and fairly smooth..not to mention it's damn cheap at my local store. Overall, this is an unexpected treat and one I'm glad I tried.

hero27, Feb 17, 2006
Point Cascade Pale Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.