Cascade First Harvest Ale | Cascade Brewery Company Ltd.

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Cascade First Harvest AleCascade First Harvest Ale

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Cascade Brewery Company Ltd.

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2002

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Photo of rec
3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 release. I didn't really know what to expect from this brew, except that I probably shouldn't expect a lot.

The pour was suprisingly appealing, with a mahogany crystal brown body and frothy head which laces delightfully, but dissipates entirely with haste.

Things unfortunately go a little down hill from here, with the aroma practically AWOL. Grassy hops and some interesting but mild cirtus notes embody most of what can be smelt.

The taste is resoundingly hop-centric, with some chewy, sweet biscuit malt and a certain metalic bitterness about it. There is some fruitiness tucked away there in the back, but the other dominant flavours don't leave much room for investigation or appreciation of them. Again, it's interesting, but far from balanced.

Mouthfeel is fine throughout tasting, with low carbonation which creates that chewy feel initially, but quickly thins out for a flat and uninspiring finish.

All in all it's not a bad brew, one I'm enjoying right this minute, and one I might even buy again. However, at $5 a stubby there are far, far greater alternatives available both locally and abroad.

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Photo of rjimlad
3.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 release. A beautiful colour beer which reminds me of old Oz beers from decades ago before being absorbed into macro swill. Its deep copper colour was clear and clean with little carbonation. I didn't get much in the way of aroma or head for that matter. The flavour is pretty typical with some nice malt and lengthy bitterness that puckers the mouth. There's a nice grapefruit taste that provides that bitterness but I got little else and think it's pretty one dimensional. I like it but Little Creatures PA is a vastly superior beer and much more interesting. First Harvest is competent and drinkable and well balanced but not that interesting.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.58/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber with a reddish hue , lightly carbonated with a off white dense laced well.
The smell is quite hoppy and fruity but nothing to pinpoint.It seems as though it just needs a bit of fine adjustment to bring out just a little something more.
It is really quite malty and tart with it , which makes for a stronger taste than the 5.5% that it is.
It is not watery or cloying and the bitter finish makes it nice to drink .
it is over priced whwn compared to other seasonal beers but is far better than many bottle shop offerings.
Get the price down and it would be a regular

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Photo of brendan13
3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage.

A - Amber colour with only a centimetre of head.
S - Grassy aroma with some citrus hints. Very mild biscuity malt.
T - Herb hop flavour hits first with some of the citrus flavours coming through as well. Could up the malt to balance it out a bit.
M - Quite light bodied and watery.
D - Drinkable but you gotta like your hops. For $3 it's a drinkable, tasty beer. Some other places are selling it for $5 a bottle, not worth it.
As has been said, if your gonna talk up your beer on your label you better back it up in the actual product.

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Photo of goatherder
3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Wow, this is about the best looking traditional Aussie stubby bottle I've seen. Gold edged labels and the words "2007 Limited Release" allude to something special within. It's nice having a genuine 375ml bottle these days - it fits perfectly in a schooner glass. The beer pours a pale copper colour. The bottlespeak "pure green hop brew" isn't reflected in the visual domain - the beer is not green and is brilliantly clear. A coarse, smallish white head quickly recedes to a persistant surface coating, somewhat reminiscant of a quality Kolsch.

Whiffs of passionfruit, melon and grapefruit dominate - sort of in a nice way but also sort of like a cheap tropical fruit drink. There is an initial sweetness in the mouth, which is quickly dominated by the solid bitterness. Unfortunately the sweetness remains through the finish in a dextrinous, almost cloying manner. Tastes like too much crystal malt to me - over the top for a beer this size (5.6% abv). The resiny hop flavour does make a welcome appearance in the middle though - a refreshing change from an Aussie macro brewer. The cloying dextrinous thing helps to boost the mouthfeel a little, but not in a pleasant way. This is a nice beer, but not one I could drink all night.

Overall, I quite liked this beer. I'm a bit of a hophead, and finding hoppy Aussie brews is difficult, so this kind of beer is a welcome addition to the bottlo. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Finite
2.15/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - amber with a 2/3 inch head which falls fairly quick to a thin layer of foam moderate amount of bubbles rise around the side of the glass. Little to no lacing

S - Sweet, honey-like caramel malt, pale malt, vienna malt? chemical, some alcohol, touch of buttery aroma, short malt aroma pretty hard to define, floral and fruity hop aromas.

T - More sweet malt flavours, bready, wholemeal, a little honey. Metalic Sharp hop bitterness, leafy green, dry a little grassy. Quite metalic flavour definatley not a smooth balance of flavour. I would be tempted to say I prefer standard Cascade. As the beer goes down theres a real ethanol twang that follows the hops and really affects the smoothness of the brew. Aftertaste is basic faint hop bitterness you would expect from an above average lager with more of that bready malt.

M - Low carbonation, thin on the palate, sharp, metalic, a little buttery in the aftertaste, chemical.

D - harsh, hard to down, metalic and chemical, alcohol is working against this beer not with it. Not tempting to have another.

This beer is a little stronger than the premium lager at 5.5% I dont know if that is it but there is a definate chemical flavour which destorys this beer. It affects the balance and stops what is a very nice malt range previlent in the smell from showing its potential. Dissapointing and honestly worse than the premium lager

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Photo of goodbyesoberday
3.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with almost no head, what's there vanishes quickly and has a big bead. A nice subtle hint of hop aroma, almost lemony fresh. Colour is mid-amber, falling short of reddish.

Hops and malt are pleasantly mild, not vanishingly so. Malt sits there quietly allowing the hops to take the forefront, leaving it quite refreshing. The flavour is mildly herbaceous, bitterness is adequately noticeable on the end, combined with the light tingle from the carbonation makes this a good thirst quencher. Just don't read the blurb on the label and expect a hop monster.

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Photo of hefevice
2.78/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (2005 version). Overhyped, overpriced and derated accordingly. Clear copper amber, only develops head if poured very hard and what head does develop disappears quickly. Aroma is almost absent, a little grassiness from the hops over a sweet malty base. Tastes unbalanced, grassy and somewhat bitter finish overwhelming anything else. Label claims "These herbacious tones are balanced by a rich and robust maltiness"...nup, sorry, missed out on both counts.

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Photo of ALEBOY
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has somewhat of a cult status in Australia and it is largely undeserved. It is made with wet hops on the first day of the Tasmanian hop harvest. I must say I was surprised by this beer as I was expecting nothing more than an Aussie lager style beer that had been made with ale yeast. It's not much more than that but it certainly is a drinkable beer. The flavour is somewhat like wet grass/hay but that is about the only remarkable flavour or aroma. I will most likely try next years batch ( 2004 ) but hopefully I won't have to pay it's undeserved price.

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Photo of rastaman
2.35/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Kind of like the premium lager (but obviously its an ale), but with darker malts, slight acidity and a bit drier though, i could drink it, but its a bit timid, and mineral watery, better on tap than from the bottle.

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