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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: 377
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brakspear on 06-04-2004)
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Photo of jimbotrost


3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle that seemed very fresh and crisp. The pour was of a medium copper with a slightly off white medium sized head. The hop was immediately noticed in the nose and very inviting. Flavor is balanced hop and malt, nice. Finish is dry and aftertaste lingers. Nice product from a nice regional brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 19:43:39 | More by jimbotrost
Photo of Rifrafboy


2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Since I enjoyed Point Special (it's a cheap beer and beats macro's) I decided to try this. Very pale appearance with a pleasant almost ginger aroma. Low to moderate head is gone in the blink of an eye. The taste is crisp and surprisingly bold. I will buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 18:42:51 | More by Rifrafboy


2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Body is honey golden in color that hosts a quick fading off-white head.

Nose has a nice wheaty hoppy feel with fruity citrus notes.

First sip cries for a much larger drink. This is no sipping beer. Very crisp clean and refreshing. Relatively uncomplex palate with a slightly hoppy lightly bitter finish. Bitter becomes more prominent as you drink more and the beer warms. This is most refreshing when ice cold. Remind you of anything?

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2005 21:59:55 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sunny amber-orange with equal contributions from each. The edges are brighter yet and are a fetching shade of bumblebee yellow. The cap is cream in color with a pastel yellow tint. It deposits better than average lace in the form of a thick collar and a few squiggles higher up the glass.

Point Cascade Pale Ale has a classic Cascade hop aroma: brightly lemony and grapefruity. Very little malt peeks through, which is just as well since I'm sure the beer was meant to be a Cascade showcase. It's a little lacking in terms of strength and makes me wonder whether enough hops were used. I'm amazed to learn that it's actually been dry-hopped. It sure doesn't smell like it.

I like the flavor just fine, there just isn't enough of it (even for an APA). There isn't enough pale malt on hand and there's precious little flavor contribution from what is present. As a result, the bitterness of the hops isn't effectively countered by malt sugars. More hop flavor and less hop bitterness would have been great.

I feel like a broken record sometimes, but this is another example in which a simple lack of ingredients just cannot be overcome. The mouthfeel is between light and medium. It's a good fit for the flavor profile, I guess, but it doesn't otherwise make an impression.

It shouldn't be that difficult to make a good Cascade-hopped pale ale; plenty of brewers have done it. I could drink Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale by the gallon and not give it a second thought. Therein lies the problem. It's pleasantly drinkable, but I'm not likely to remember the experience once this bottle is gone.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 23:44:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of HopHeadKen


3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, this was my favorite !

Again, somewhat overcarbonated with a lot of thick ivory head which soon settled.
Color is orange amber, but since brewery serves in plastic cups it is difficult to tell if hazy or clear.
Smell is Cascade hoppy; Flavor is well balanced malt and hops,
with a nice cascade hop aftertaste that you would expect from a pale ale.

In my opinion this is better than your average Pale

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2005 16:30:26 | More by HopHeadKen
Photo of Vancer


2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hey, nice looking label – too bad the brew didn’t match it! No bottled date could have been old, which would explain the lack of flavor in this one. It was an amber pour with a quickly dissipating head. Weak aroma of hops, maybe a touch of malt down in there. The bland, dry, grainy taste did nothing for me – even had a lingering bitter earthly finish.

Would not drink these during a session, SNPAs, Schlafly or Boulevard, please.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 12:57:03 | More by Vancer
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty good APA. Poured out to a clear golden color with a nice white foamy head and some minor traces of lace around the glass. Odors of hops were very present, as was a weak molasses scent. Flavor was very palatable, with hops being very solid, and notes of citrus and pine, while not having an acidity that was overpowering. Finished crisp and clean. Not an amazing beer, but a good representation of the style. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 01:09:54 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of cokes


4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Golden hued, leaning towards amber with a stark white crown of ample retain and stickiness.
A dewy lime leaf and lime peel hoppiness great the nose, with notions of grass. Ummm..yeah, it's Cascade. Malts add floured dough.
Begins with that same flour and bread dough. It's firm, but not very deep. But it works as a template for the hops. Just the slightest neo-natal caramel embryonic development, then, the morning-after hop pill. Full of lime piece, fruit, and leaves, and stems. With a flagellating grassiness and further citric grapefruit and orange. This is a bold study in Cascade. It's lacking somewhat in malt structure, but it reaches a point where it hardly matter.
It should be noted that this in not overly hoppy either. But the focus rests squarely upon then. The body is light, the carbonation upped. It is a feat to drink 12oz of this in more than 5 minutes.
I've overlooked this too long. For $5 a sixer, this gets both "budget drunk" and "permanent fridge space" status.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 20:49:10 | More by cokes
Photo of merlin48


3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A former neighbor who returned to his native Wisconsin, and brought a few bottles of these to Kentucky, on his annual visit.
Pours into a pint glass a clear, sparkling, goldenrod color, with a small offwhite head that retains well and deposits some island chain lacing.
Aroma is citrusy grapefruit and aromatic spruce, without any suggestions of malt.
Mouthfeel has lively carbonation, a light medium to medium body, and has a mild, but apparent, resinous hops bite.
Taste is dominated by grapefruit and pine sap. Malt notes seem to be pale ale malt, with slight sweetness, but no caramel. Carbonation is a bit overdone. Hops become even more assertive toward the finish, with negligible malt character to balance. Pine bitterness on the finish, with a lemonrind aftertaste.
Very enjoyable, overall. An ideal choice for a session ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 17:18:28 | More by merlin48
Photo of karengarys


2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Point? again, never heard of it, I'll give it a try.

Pours amber, leaving a bit of a fluffy head which dissipates within a few minutes, but also sticks to ghe glass a bit.. It is crystal clear.

Smells somewhat sweet with a little hop. Not a whole lot going on, but at least what is there is good.

Tastes a bit bland. it starts with a bit of dry hops, and turns to pine hops. That is about it. No balance with anything else at all, except maybe water, but that isn't balance.

Mouthfeel is similar to that of a miller or bud.

Finish is watery.

This is a rather boring beer. I'd take a pass, unless I'm looking for something for a drinker that is afraid of flavor and character.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 23:35:33 | More by karengarys
Photo of neonbrown82


4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone. 'Nuff said.

Appearance is a clear light ruby/amber with an attractive white head. Decently carbonated.

Smells like cascades... like SNPA.

Tastes slightly sweet and malty with a slight bite of cascades in the finish... like SNPA.

...and like SNPA, it is very highly drinkable. I'll have to do a side-by-side comparison some day, but as far as I can tell it is the exact same recipe.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 04:58:40 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Dark gold with a large, chunky, white head. Pungent fresh hop aroma, but lots of sweet malt too. There is also some fruity apricot in the aroma. The flavor is very well balanced between caramel malt and fresh American hops. While the hops taste very American, the malt is British in flavor. It's a nice change to drink an IPA for which you can taste the malt, and yet it doesn't wuss out on the hops either. That being said, while the flavor is nice, it's not amazing. Medium mouthfeel and decent drinkability. Pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 22:14:33 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of RBorsato


3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 5/11/05 at Bricks (Beer Bar) in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Golden in color with decent balance. Leans to the English malty style vs. American hoppy style. Fairly standard in terms of malt-hop balance but very flavorful. Medium bodied and smooth but not a table-pounder for the style...

Per Label: Since 1857

Per SP website: Dry-hopped.
Malts: Crystal, 2 row pale, and Munich malts
Hops: Yakima Cascade

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2005 17:33:14 | More by RBorsato
Photo of mentor


3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained from John’s Grocery in April 2005 and consumed the next evening. Finger and a half white (slightly yellow) head over a crystal clear hay-colored liquid. Smells freshly hopped. Cascade citrus with some rough grassy cohumulone. Fruits & malt sweet found only with searching. Apricot, which may in part come from the grapefruity hop. Taste starts smooth then jumps in with a nice citrusy hop flavor and gentle hop bitter. Fine carbonation bubbles form on the very back of my tongue as it goes down my throat, then tiny acrid bubbles form on the front of my tongue. No aftertaste…maybe just water. Overall, it could use a bit more sweet, malt, and fruity esters. Increasing these characteristics would probably require increasing the hopping, as the hops are presently in balance with the little that’s present (the hops are a bit strong for a pale ale, but I’m a hop-head, so it’s okay by me). Nice lacing on the inside of the glass. Md-thin body with mild carbonation (which is okay, any more would not be good). This would be a great session beer on a hot summer day. I would never turn one away, though I doubt I’ll seek another in preference over a beer I haven’t yet tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 01:44:32 | More by mentor
Photo of bnuttz


4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright golden color with a foamy white head. Smells of cascades, pure and simple. Piney and citrusy nose and flavor, some caramel malt backbone to balance out the hops. This is not a flavor overload like some pale ales, more on the lighter side, a beginners pale ale if you will. This is a solid beer though, very drinkable. A new (to me) cheap beer, that will make its way into my fridge much more often now that I am aware that a $5 per sixer beer can taste this good.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 01:18:42 | More by bnuttz
Photo of whynot44


3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, nice copper/amber color with a modest and fast disappearing head.

The aroma is caramel with a citric hops overtone.

The taste is also sweet caramel malt, a bit of toffee, and a decent dose of cascade hops for a nice grapefruit flavor that persists in the aftertaste.

Pleasant and very drinkable. Moderately priced, good combination.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2005 05:40:34 | More by whynot44
Photo of mac56


4.18/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful light-copper color with a decent head and some lace. Slight citrusy aroma. Definite Cascade hop taste, sort of like SNPA with a bit more molasses in the body. Very quaffable - I think this is a good session beer. "Point Special" has never knocked me out, so this and their darker offerings are very pleasant surprises.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2005 16:14:10 | More by mac56
Photo of GeoffRizzo


3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shimmering copper, worthy bubble-bath bright white head. Cascade hops, decent on-going floral aroma, pine and grapefruit peels. Bitter spicy hops (cascade) that clean the palate; thick, yet refreshingly medium bodied. Acidic, decent freshly peeled oranges and grapefruit tastings in the body. Sweet malts coupled with sweet&sour fruit and bubblegum. Not the world’s best APA, hop-heads may get the shakes, yet very thirst quenching and addictively quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 00:10:31 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear deep gold, almost amber color with a good 2 finger head and good lace. Smell is just OK. Some sweet malt detected followed bysome hop floralness, not much though. Taste is average for an APA. A sweet malt flavor that is imediately followed by some hop spicyness. Somewhat watery. Not a whole lot of body happening here. This would be a good introduction into the world of hops for the non hop head. Better than average drinkability due to its wateryness - it's just easier to drink due to its lack of high hop rate. I tend to savor a good pale ale, not guzzle it, this one easy to guzzle. Better examples are out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 01:06:00 | More by sabrills70
Photo of garymuchow


3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is pretty simple and straight Cascade aroma. Slightly sweet, flowery, citrus, clean and simple.
Brilliantly clear. Amber (brown, gold, orange). Thinnish head and off-white.
Again a rather simple and clean quality. Hops dominate concluding with a fairly long citrus bitterness that lingers some. Bits of sweetness up front and in the middle.
Very thin, almost watery. Adequate softness from carbonation.
A beginners version of this style. Has the pieces, just not bold, heavy or complex enough. I do like the bits of malty character.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 03:37:01 | More by garymuchow
Photo of TastyTaste


2.3/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Color is about right for an average pale ale. Medium brown, slightly copper, the head is a little small, though. Smell definitely sneaks in a little sweet floral hops scent, slight bubblegum flavors. Taste is definitely hopcentric, but there is a weird burnt plastic taste, present in some PA's I have had. Flavor isn't that great. There are many better pales in the world, and buy those.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 00:04:14 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Redrover


4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap while in Stevens Point last week. The beer was a nice copper/bronze with a well-formed white head. Fantastic lacing patterns.

The beer had a very nice nose of citrus, pine and spice. Very appetizing smell!

The taste was rock solid with a clear hop bite. Spicy goodness backed with what seems to be a substantial malt backbone. The malts add a nice sweet touch and make this beer well balanced. Taste remains solid as the beer warms. More pine resin taste at the finish.

The mouthfeel was very good. It is a nice balance of creamy and sharp. Drinkability is very good, perfect session or anytime beer.

I’m very glad that Point has reintroduced a pale ale. I liked their previous version, but this one seems better balanced with a bit more hop goodness.

Between this new offering from Point and the Pale Ales from Berghoff & City Brewing, Wisconsin now offers three decent Pale Ale choices from their regional breweries. On Wisconsin!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2004 17:53:22 | More by Redrover
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is clear, peachy/ golden, sufficient snow white foam stands above.
Aroma is big, fresh hoppiness, pure Cascades, apricots, peaches, sweet, floral, just a teenchy touch bitter, but not much. Aaaah, ...that's nice!
Taste is niceness again, very smooth on the palate, little bitterness, sweet, caramel-y at times. Starts as an American IPA, finishes English, really. Body is medium at best, finish dries up quick at the end.
This won't put Sierra Nevada out of business, but if it's a nice, inexpensive, tasty-enough, locally brewed pale ale you want, by all means look here.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 03:47:20 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of moulefrite


3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice pale ale at a great price! A good find indeed. The beer pours a lovely caramel/honey color and sports more than ample head and generopus lace. Aromas are spicy and fruity at once offering ginger and apple like fruit esters. The mouthefeel is good, yet a bit tired and in need of some more zip somehow. The taste is generous, well observed, and appreciated. Again spicy and fruity with malty goodness chiming in on the finish to balance things out. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2004 01:38:13 | More by moulefrite
Photo of brakspear


4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Point's newest offering (June 2004) that replaces the standard Pale Ale that the brewery dropped a few years ago. I was very pleased and surprised by this beer. For a brewery more known for its classic Midwest American lager, this pale ale has a nice taste of the west coast in its bloodlines. Not a true hop head beer by any means, but a very refreshing and Cascade hop flavored pale ale that breaks the mold from this brewery's other offerings.

It pours a nice clear golden/amber with tight carbonation bubbles forming a beautiful soft white head that lingers but does not lace.

The aroma is a generous blend of Cascade hop citrus with just a touch of caramel malt sweetness in the background.

The taste is a very balanced blend of crystal and munich malt sweetness and body with very well-rounded citrusy hop flavors. The bitterness is not in your face, but present in the background coming more to the fore as the ale warms. The ale also has a nice mouthfeel, perhaps due to the munich malts.

Overall this is a very nice and welcome addition to lineup from the Central Wisconsin brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2004 00:12:10 | More by brakspear
Point Cascade Pale Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.