Rooster Tail Ale | Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

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Rooster Tail AleRooster Tail Ale

Brewed by:
Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Rooster Tail Ale is the flagship beer of Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. First brewed on the system in Redmond in December 1994, this light bodied, golden style ale has become a Central Oregon favorite. A crisp clean finish makes this the perfect beer for all seasons!"

Grains: 2-Row, Vienna, Crystal
Hops: Cascade
Original Gravity: 1.050
Final Gravity: 1.010
I.B.U.'s: 30
Alcohol: 5.2

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2003

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by HiroProtagonist:
Photo of HiroProtagonist
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rooster Tail Ale was served at the Cascade Lakes “Lodge” in Bend. In the glass, the beer was a lightly hazy golden, and was topped by a nice thick n’ fine white head. The nose had a light cereal-like malty sweetness with suble citric notes...not much there. The taste was smooth, with a zesty citric cheerio-ish malt profile, a citric zip boost in the transition and a very nice balancing tang in the finsih. The body was full, creamy, and a little oily in feel...good but a little strange for the flavors. Overall a decent brew with a nice tangy aspect.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Two fingers of sudsy bubbly white head with good retention. Bright golden color has a perfect clarity. Smells of ripe pears and toasted sugar waffles with a citrus hop nose. Big on smoothness as crispness takes a back seat in the moderate body. Citric, piney, herbal trio of hop flavor and bitterness make themselves know right form the start. Nothing over the top but there is a presence. Malt flavor is fluffy with doughy biscuit overtones, a bit grassy with a hint of caramel. All the flavors seem to come together in the middle with a pleasing balance. Finishes off with a light malty sweetness, some grain and lingering herbal citric hop.

This beer has been around since 1994 and I am sure back then it was great stuff, thankfully for my palate it still seems that way. A no frills craft beer that easily can be considered a session ale @ 5.2% abv. Long live the simple craft beer!

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Photo of Thrasher
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A crisp golden ale with plenty of character and softness. Pours a hazy straw with clean white fluffy head and sparkling aroma of hops. The malts are mild, bolstered with yeasty bread crust flavors and a slight chewiness. Hops provide tautness and a mild citric element. More bitterness than many golden ales, and a light peppery spiciness that gives way to a cleansing finish. This beer tastes superbly fresh and crisp, and while it's not particularly complex or unique, it satisfies and is highly drinkable. The picture on the new yellow label is pretty dumb, though.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body Is a bright golden color, crowned by a finger's worth of creamy white head that subsides after a brief moment. Aroma of slightly sweet pale malt with some fruity esters and a whiff of honey and some faint, citrusy notes of hops. Palate is sweet up front with a nice balance between pale malt and mildly fruity hops. Notes of honey and mild apple provide interesting accents. Body is light and pleasant, although it could use a bit more carbonation. Still, this is a pleasing, thirst-quenching beer that's a good fit for a warm summer day.

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Photo of Spikester
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a clear glass tumbler.

Amazingly small head. Nice lacing.

This is no Ale IMO. I woud call it a full-bodied Pilsner.

Very enjoyable beer. I would class it as a session beer for sure. Think of it as MGD on steriods. Very well balanced in the hops / malt ration. The malt wins slightly with the hops carrying the after taste and finish.

Can't wait to try the keg version. Would buy again.

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Photo of tjcamm
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gusler
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a limpid golden amber color, the head impressive in size, the color a very light tan with a frothy texture. Nose is malt dominated with a touch of hops, citrus crisp, fresh and clean, a fair sniffer, with the start mostly malt as with the nose also lightly sweet. Finish has a pertinent acidity, the hops apropos to the style. A drinkable beer, but average is about the best I can do as a rating, needs a bit more body in my humble opinion.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fluffy white head that dissolves into a clingy lacing after a minute.

Gold color and crystal clear.

Starts crisp and smooth, then becomes a bit hoppy. Subtle pine and citrus, not overboard. A nice malt presence there too, but it is a bit woody/cardboard, not bad enough to stop drinking, but it's there.

As I've discovered from other CL's beers, they are very approachable and forgiving. Solid beers with good reliable quality. Nothing stands out, which unfortuatly makes it forgettable, but I would never pass up this or any of their brew's.

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Photo of hophopandaway14
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of velosuds
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased from local health food store for $1.35 on sale.

A-Pours a bright golden color with a one finger, off-white head which quickly dissipates and leaves virtually no lace.

S-Piney and citrusy hops and a biscuit-like malt aroma.

T-Somewhat nondescript. The bitter and floral hops provide some bitterness and there is a slight biscuit or bready malt flavor.

M-Very smooth and crisp. A light, clean golden ale.

D-A decent beer, but nothing to get excited about. Wouldn't turn it down if offered, but will not go out of my way for either.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at "The Lodge" , Bend ,OR. The beer is a slightly hazy, deep golden colour. Small pure white head, minimal laceing. Not a strong aroma..I can detect some hops but not much going on. Tastes actually like a slightly hoppy Golden Ale rather than a Pale..good malt and hop balance, but the hoppiness swings it in the end. Very nice on the palate..good. Quite a quaffable ale on tap..I hear its not so good in the bottle.

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Photo of Beerasaurus
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerguy101
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold color, medium head. A medium bodied golden ale. Fairly malty and somewhat hoppy. Lots of flavor. Bit of a hop bite for a golden ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. A little bit over carbonated.

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Photo of beernut7
2.24/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Interesting label scheme. Pours a very pale straw-colored ale with a creamy head. The aroma is floral and yeasty. A sharp yeasty flavor hints at old beer and/or improper storage. The malt presence is mild and a bit dry on top of a thin body. This is not an impressive form of an ale. I would not buy this again in a bottle.

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Photo of birdypowder
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Are you looking for an exciting complex microbrew from central Oregon? One that brings on a seemingly new experience every sip? Rooster Tail Ale doesn't do these things, nor was it designed to. It's a tasty little golden ale that can be sessioned without fear of intoxication and tongue numbing bitterness. It's refreshing, designed for summer.

Sweet malt delicious grainy-ness. Pears and apricots come to mind.

Small white head comprised of very small bubbles, dissipates very quickly leaving a thin layer of foam around the edges of the glass that sticks around for the whole experience. Little to no lacing.

Malty sweetness with a light hop kick helps this light to medium bodied beer go down smoothly. This is where it excels. The hops and malt in this beer marry together seamlessly, at least until the beer warms, and create a tasty drinking experience.

Very light and crisp with a lingering sweetness that fades to a very mild grainy finish. A bit papery upon warming.

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Photo of unclederby
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A simple golden ale. Poured into a pint glass a golden lemony color with a bit of haze. No head to speak of and little carbonation is perceptible. Aroma is biscuit-like with some crystal malt notes and a bit of herbaceous cat pee. Flavor displays more of the biscuity malt character and an herbal twang; light hops creep up on the finish and serve to dry things out more than add flavor. Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style with a grainy texture and serviceable carbonation... nice and crisp. This could make a nice session beer on a sweltering day but i'm not really going to go out of my way to pick it up either. It's just... eh.

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Photo of shelby415
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of RedDiamond
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cascade Lakes' flagship ale is billed as a “light bodied, golden style ale.” Often such descriptives are code for relatively weak and innocuous “crossover” beers intended for drinkers transitioning away from mass-market American lagers. When I encounter the catchphrases “light-bodied” or “golden”, I frequently shy away from the product or lower my expectations. Here my outlook was further diminished by Rooster Tail’s cartoonish mascot: an impassioned yellow uber-beast with the rippling torso of a male superhero, a bird-like red crown and tail, and the face of an angry rooster. All I asked for was a beer; I got an imperial pint of Superchicken.

Thankfully, my apprehensions were laid to rest by a beer that has ample body and character. Rooster Tail has a sassy malt profile; delicious and modestly sweet with notes of cherry and plum. It is easy drinking, well sustained, and notable among Cascade Lakes beers in that it trails substantial lace.

Comic book chickens I could do without. But this is nice beer. I’ll always remember it for being the brew I drank while the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden delicious apple peel with a few fine floaters that remain in suspended animation. The pour has produced an acceptable looking lid of oyster shell white that is firm enough to be persistent. Better than decent lace helps.

It's a good thing the label describes RTA as a 'golden-style ale' because ain't no way it smells like an APA. The whiff of toasted malt is probably Vienna (pale and crystal are also present). Unfortunately, the Cascade hops make little to no olfactory contribution. There isn't much here to make me want to tip up the glass.

Rooster Tail is a decent, balanced little golden ale, but that's as far as it goes. Since Cascade Lakes already has Bombshell Blonde and Pine Marten Pale, I'm not sure why this beer exists. Actually, a little more label reading tells me that this was CLBC's original beer and that they consider it their 'flagship ale'. Somebody must be drinking it.

Just enough earthy, toasted, nuttiness peeks through to bother my buds. Predominantly pale malt would have been the way to go. On the other hand, it probably wouldn't have mattered if more Cascade hops had been used. A modest bitterness (30 IBUs) doesn't really translate into much grapefruit flavor at all. More personality please.

The body/mouthfeel is appropriately light, edging toward light-medium, and is gently bubbled. Better that than overcarbonated. There must be more bubbles than previously thought since a few random burps are occuring.

As long as Cascade Lakes considers a beer this unexiting to be their flagship ale, they have no hope of entering the big leagues of American craft brewing. Maybe they like where they are in the grand scheme of things. That's fine too. Bottom line: Rooster Tail Ale is nothing to crow about.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label depicts a buff rooster, six-pack abs and chiseled pecs, surfing a mighty wave...or is he water-skiing? That's probably it...but to the beer...
Hazy yellow hue, very active insides, suspended floaties, held under a solid head of snowy white foam.
Nose is yeasty, citric, and slightly spicy...but, all-told, rather minorly stated.
Taste? Smooth, soft, just a bit fruity, swimming with tanglible yeast...I don't mind it at all, but it doesn't stand out in any direction that matters to me.
I think it hits the points it wants to, a creamy drinkability, and a smooth, just-so fruity taste. For that, it succeeds, but doesn't go beyond to become anything to really recommend. Body is light/medium, finish is actually rather long, fruity, tasty. Stands in as an admirable session ale, but I'd get bored on the quick.
Probably tastes great coming onto shore after showing some lame chickens who's top dog of the waves...I'd imagine...

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Rooster Tail Ale from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 20 ratings