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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: 25 | 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

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Beer added by: ADR on 03-07-2002

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Ratings: 419 | Reviews: 224
Photo of splat215
3.17/5  rDev -7%
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

Photo of ianrca19
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of uwmgdman
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of Atron67
4.19/5  rDev +22.9%
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

Photo of jjayjaye
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of dickroop
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Brewfan
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of lakeviewmike
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
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!

Photo of Cresant
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.57/5  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.

Photo of happygnome
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
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

Photo of slyke
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of chuckm
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

Photo of budgood1
2.43/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Rennpferd
4.29/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Photo of TechMyst
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
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!

Photo of psinderson
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Point Cascade Pale Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
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