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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: 386
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | 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 Erdinger2003


1.78/5  rDev -48.1%

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.

04-25-2006 01:32:50 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of pweis909


3.5/5  rDev +2%

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.

04-14-2006 00:44:11 | More by pweis909
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


3.63/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

02-18-2006 18:42:28 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of hero27


3.85/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

02-17-2006 05:34:03 | More by hero27
Photo of nicksta


4.05/5  rDev +18.1%

The appearance is a beautiful deep gold/copper that is slightly cloudy with a weak frothy head that dies quick, and it has little lacing. A pity that lack of frothy head brings it down.

The smell is above average with hints of citrus.

The taste is really good, slight citrus, just a hint of adjunt sweetness, just a kiss of bitter hops to balance, and a slight aftertaste I can't pinpoint. Maybe a hint of caramel? Overall a very well balance beer, but unfourtunately it could be more defined.

The mouthfeel is excellent a little light, but other than that it is great.

The drinkabilty is great. A good session beer, or if you want you could easily down a sixer of this. Taste carries some bite so it doesn't get a five.

It is fairly cheap, and overall really great. It beats out Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for my favorite APA, so far.

01-22-2006 03:01:38 | More by nicksta
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%

The beer pours a gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pale and carapils malt scent along with a citrus hop aroma; Cascade hops of course. The taste is decent. It has a powerful Cascade hop flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. It's a little light on the malts; therefore leaving it thin and unbalanced. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent American pale ale. If it had some more malt content it would really be good. Unfortunately, it doesn't so it's just above average.

01-09-2006 21:43:35 | More by WesWes
Photo of karst


3.83/5  rDev +11.7%

Visiting a brewclub member to drop off some Three Floyds Robert the Bruce.
we shared my favorite style - OPB (Other People's Beer) A fresh locally available bottled APA. We brew this style often.

Pours clear gold orange with the lively effects of strong carbonation throwing up a 3 fingered head that fully laced the monogramed Pint glass of my host. Very nice appearance.

Following a on-tap Dopplebock and Grand Cru, I was stuck by the powerful aromas of dry hoppedCascades and sweet malts, floral esters.

Flavor was very good. Body nearly medium - OK for style. I am heading over to Rolla's Chef's pantry for my own sixer.

01-08-2006 20:23:06 | More by karst
Photo of walleye


3.3/5  rDev -3.8%

from the bottle. poured a nice amber with a white head head that left a small amount of lacing. aroma the yeast and hops took the front seat on this one than the malts came in followed by a mild spiceyness. flavor caramel and hops, pine citrus, malts with a slight bitterness to it. a very refreshing and easy to drink beer.

01-03-2006 20:27:48 | More by walleye
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.8/5  rDev +10.8%

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow gold color with a 1/4" white head of small bubbles. The head actually stuck around for a while. There are quite a few bubles stuck to the side, and a whole bunch of bubbles rising to maintain the head.

Aroma: There are lots of hops in this beer! The hops are really citrusy, and I would be inclined to believe that it is just Cascades.

Taste: The flavor is much milder than the aroma would suggest. This is a mild beer from the malt standpoint, but the bittering hops is in balance with the bill. It finishes balanced with maybe a tad of sweetness.

Opinion: This is a pretty refreshing beer. I like how the balance is in check, and it tastes like the water used is appropriate for the style (no Sulfate edge). It is a pretty refreshing light pale ale.

12-31-2005 21:51:38 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of jimbotrost


3.73/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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


2.88/5  rDev -16%

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.

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


2.63/5  rDev -23.3%

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?

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


3.63/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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


3.6/5  rDev +5%

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

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


2.55/5  rDev -25.7%

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.

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


3.23/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

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


4.15/5  rDev +21%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

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


2.83/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

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


4.2/5  rDev +22.4%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

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


3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

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

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


3.55/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

04-10-2005 05:40:34 | More by whynot44
Point Cascade Pale Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.