Cascade Ale
Deschutes Brewery

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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #219
Ranked #40,791
3.65 | pDev: 13.97%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Cascade AleCascade Ale
Notes: Alc. by Vol.: 4.5%
IBUs: 28

145 calories per 12 oz serving
Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 193 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here comes a beer that is so down the middle it really is the equivalent of Eric Wilson's character on Idiocracy: average in every facet.

It has a little bit more heft to the appearance than BMC AAL yellow, and the aroma has the mildest amount of hop and ale yeast aspect going for it, but it makes sure to never come across bitter, thick, viscous, flavorful at any point. Those light floral descriptors with lightest ever pale malt and 2 row toasting.

Burner beers.

Apr 24, 2016
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Paincane from Georgia

3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden clear body is capped by creamy off-white head & nice lacing.
S: Floral, citrusy hop nose with caramel toffee malt notes.
T: Citrusy hop & caramel malt flavors blend together nicely in this well-balanced ale. Hop profile diminished over time.
M: Smooth body with good carbonation.
O: Good brew that is no longer in production. This bottle was from 2011.

Jan 26, 2014
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught at the Daily Pint in Santa Monica, California. Expectations were high given the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of decent cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper. Non-opaque.

Sm: Floral hops, subtle fruit esters, some orange peel, and cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Orange peel, clean malts, floral hops (light), some cream, crisp full barley, and citrusy notes. Very clean. Full bodied. Pleasant but simple. Not complex or very subtle. Some layering. The emphasis here is on drinkability. It's decently balanced and built alright.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch overcarbonated. Too thick. Too smooth. Too creamy for the flavour profile and style.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable - especially for Deschutes. I wouldn't get this again unless no other better options were available. It's decent, but not good. Fans of the style will enjoy it in a general sense, but it isn't worth writing home about. Definitely one of Deschutes' worse offerings.


May 20, 2012
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spinrsx from Canada

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Las vegas NV for 1.69

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation and there is some fair/good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, breads/grains, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is a bit of a grassy and grainy taste. It ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - This one reminded me a bit of the Alaskan Amber beer. It's very crisp and refreshing and would be a good session beer for the warmer weather.

May 01, 2012
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Portland pub on 4.26.12.

A - Served a light orange-yellow with a small to medium light tan head.

S - Pretty mild here. I had to really pull to get much of anything. Lemons and wheat are all i really got.

T - Lemons and wheat are it. Light all-around.

D - Light body and average carbonation.

O - Pretty mild here. Sessionable for sure. A good finish for me.

Apr 29, 2012
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dirtylou from New York

3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

appearance: nice label, per usual from deschutes. served in my wicked hilliards can-pint. acutally a really gorgeous beer - medium orange body, fluffy white cap

smell: light grassy hops, some toasted grain, hay

taste: Hey, a blonde ale. I guess I bought this sixer by accident - what's a guy to do with 6 blonde ales? The deschutes version fits their bill - by all means solid, by no means spectacular. Simple toasted grain, light grassy hops, some caramel, salt.

mouthfeel: pretty big for the typically minimalist style, light bitterness

overall: a fine blonde ale, for whatever thats worth

Mar 31, 2012
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.... These are probably the first bottles of the Cascade Ale that I've had in a long while... I remember it being much more hop forward...

The brew pours pale orange with a short lasting white head and little retention... nose is pale malts with some minor floral hops and just hints of citrus...

Flavor is better but ... only slightly.. nicely done sorta husky pale malts and decent background hoppiness ... light floral hops and minor citrus...

Easy drinking .. yummy... smooth.. digging it, but the mild aromas and flavors are a bit too light in the middle of winter.


Jan 10, 2012
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Deschutes, Portland, OR

Poured a clear golden brown with a small white head that didn't stick around too long. Bready aroma, grassy, herbal hoppage. Similar taste: bready malts, mildly sweet, good mix of herbal and floral hop qualities. Crisp finish. Light-medium body, not extraordinarily flavorful, but still fairly drinkable overall.

Jan 05, 2012
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gabedivision from New York

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tulip glass.

Pours a clear light orange/yellow with a 2 finger head that thins to a tight lice around the top of the glass. Lemon and fresh cut grass on the nose, earthy, and grassy with a delicious buttery malt backbone. Again buttery malts on the tongue, grassy hop feel, a slight "funk" and lemony zest on the finish. Touches of fruit found throughout, some citrus some pear. Light on the body, full of carbonation, very easy drinking. This is a decent blonde, its got a lot of flavor and average characters. I could only assume that this beer would hit the spot on a summer day at a bbq.

Jan 05, 2012
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MsRif from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Deschutes in Portland, OR. Poured a very clear straw yellow color. Thin white head that dissipated quickly, leaving only a ring of bubbles. Had an aroma of light earthy hops and grass. Not much on the nose. Taste was floral, grassy and slightly citrusy. Very crisp, clean and refreshing.

Light in body with hardly any noticeable carbonation. Unfortunately, I just found this brew to be too light in taste and body though it was hardly bad, just not great. Probably would not have again.

Dec 27, 2011
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harrymel from Washington

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by: 28DEC11

A: golden ale with brilliant clarity and a fleeting finger of white foam falls to a cap and rim of the same. Spotty lace.
S: Smells sweet and slightly floral. Very simple and crisp.
T: Nice grain flavor with some bitter tone and good, subtle floral character again.
M: thin with moderate carb. Semi dry finish.
O: really a spot on Blonde with the drinkability I desire and subtly to offer intrigue. Totally wish this was more regularly distro in my area as I would purchase more often.

Dec 22, 2011
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Alchemist pint glass.
BBD 12/8/11

A: Pretty clear yellowish orange color. Basically only a little white head. Some carbo bubbles off the bottom of the glass.

S: I get some citrus and pine hops. But mostly I took away breadiness.

T: Much like the label says, you get some nice hop bit on the tip of the tongue. Mostly citrus. It is nicely balanced in the malt bill. And the finish is clean and refreshing. A nice summer fall thrist quencher.

M: Light and easy drinking.

O: I'll go with a solid B on this one. It's perfect for a hot summer day for sure.

Nov 07, 2011
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Kranders from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really solid pale ale that had a nice hit of hops behind the beer. It was crisp and refreshing as you'd expect in a pale ale, but as the name suggests, you get a bit of noticeable hops throughout the beer that really give it some added complexity and round out the whole beer.

Oct 29, 2011
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours out a semi hazy light brown color. Head is off-white, thick and foamy. Retention is good and lacing is present.

S - Pleasant floral hops up front which then turns a bit citric and a tad bitter. Picking up hints of orange, lemon, grass, maybe some faint honey and grains. Fairly complex nose.

T - Very light taste. Some soft citric hops and honey coupled with weak malts and some grassy characters. Not as good as the nose implied.

M - A bit on the light side. Could use a more body. Carbonation is ok though. Just needs more volume.

O - Not a bad drinking Blonde. A definite session.

Sep 15, 2011
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biboergosum from Canada

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

This beer pours a slightly foggy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, creamy off-white head, which leave some chunky island arch lace in places around the glass as it settles. It smells mildly of lemon citrus and grassy hops, over a lesser biscuity graininess. The taste is soft bready malt, lightly tugging lemon-oriented citrus hops, and a bit of leafy earthiness. The carbonation is on the low side of moderate, the body aspiring to middleweight rank, with nothing really detracting from a basic smoothness. It finishes practically dry, and a little fruity, the leafy citrus hops seeing to that.

As an APA, this is not too bad. However, as the BA-dictated blonde ale style, this is the shit - a nice light ale, just hinting of what is possible in greater Cascadia, hops on stand-down, but not lacking presence, if that makes sense. Anyways, a good 'ol Yankee session ale, if I ever saw one.

Aug 27, 2011
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp, malty aroma has a decided overtone of fresh apple. It pours a lovely clear golden amber with a thick, fluffy white head. Malty flavor has a fruity and slightly sweet undertone and a bit of yeast, as well as a slight, edgy metallic tang that actually adds to the flavor. Texture is rather fizzy and well-rounded, leaving a pleasing finish. Recommended to all lovers of golden ales.

Jul 16, 2011
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sommersb from Tennessee

3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-13-2011
Freshness: Best by date of 07-19-2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Sam Adams perfect pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Slightly hazy, light orange to dark golden color, with 2 fingers of off white head. Low amount of lacing and small amount of bubbles seen.

S: Aromas are not strong; the dominant smells are of citrus or lemony hops. Some grass smells as well.

T: Crisp, the taste has hop bitterness but is balanced well by caramel malt flavors.

M: Thin to medium body, with medium amount of carbonation. The aftertaste is lightly bitter.

O: A refreshing beer; a good summer brew that I would recommend.

Thanks to Cyberkedi for this one

Jul 13, 2011
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vkv822 from Oregon

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a clear dark golden with a frothy off white head.

The aroma is of light citric hops with quite a bit of bready malt backing.

The taste follows the nose, light citric hops and quite a bit of biscuity malts.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

A decent pale ale, though a bit lacking of hops for my liking and just a bit lackluster in general.

Jul 11, 2011
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ChrisCage from Canada

4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- I was greeted with a slightly hazed golden colored brew, with a nice looking frothy head, that settles down a little too quickly into a puffy film, with an extra puffy ring sitting around the glass. Carbonation is average looking, while it lumbers its' way to the top of the liquid. As I've found with the other brewery offerings, this one has an excellent amount of lacing that clings to the glass. Very nice looking beer!

S- This is such a nicely balanced beer aroma wise! There isn't any real dominating smell here....just well placed malt on the front, and some modest spiced hop bitterness on the finish, with just a hint of citrus rind to tart it up a bit.

T- Now this is a superbly tasting beer...everything is so well balanced that my palate is in heaven! There's just the right amount of malt sweetness, that has a honeyed quality to it. This is followed up by a balancing blend of very mild tart lemon rind and bittering hop cones. Just all around, there is such a pleasant flavor to be tasted here!

M- Medium/light bodied with a decent amount of palate scrubbing carbonation keeps the mouthfeel just a little underwhelming. Would like to see the bubbly tinkered with just a bit to make it a little more creamy, but oh well!

O- A very fine product indeed! If this was available in my area, I could see this quickly becoming a go-to beer for me. Great on it's own or as a marinade/meal beer, this really hits the spot. I highly recommend this and will seek it out whenever I'm in the good ol' USA!

Jun 15, 2011
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a standard one finger head, the head is white in color and has mostly big bubbles, some small bubbles though. The head is dissipating pretty quickly, and it's only leaving ok lacing. The body is a dark orange, with hints of yellow, for sure an interesting look for a pale ale, it looks a lot like apple juice really. The beer is pretty cloudy, it's hard to even see the carbonation coming up from the bottom, let alone something on the other side of the glass. The carbonation looks pretty good, maybe a little bit on the low side but we will see about that. Overall a good appearance, but it looks more like a blonde than a pale ale. Fruit and hops are present on the nose, frankly this smells all too similar of there Organic Ale. The smell is very small all around, but what I can smell is - fruit, hops, small malt. The malt smell is not too appetizing, doesn't smell like the best malt ever. Overall it doesn't really smell like a pale ale, not nearly enough hops, not nearly enough smell, and on top of all of that it smell way too much like the Organic Ale, don't have extremely high hopes here. Wow, that's a disappointing beer, this is hands down the worst beer I have ever had from Deschutes, they are usually a very VERY solid brewery, I almost never have any complaints from there beer, but WOW. First of all I don't even know how you can call this a pale ale, there are almost no hops here at all. Secondly the taste all over is just...not good, it tastes like a 12 oz glass of water mixed with 1 oz of decent beer. The hops and malts are so distant and second in line to the water it's ridiculous. It looked like apple juice when I poured it and frankly it kinda tastes like apple juice now, there is some fruit, and that fruit combined with the watery flavor....just makes me think juice. Obviously not good juice because this isn't a very good taste. I keep expecting the flavor to improve when I take more sips, but no, WOW, not a good beer. Tastes overall is watery, slightly fruity, barely hoppy, barely malty; just kinda tastes like sour carbonated water. Mouthfeel is ok, the carbonation is way too low, the body isn't bad, it's big enough to support the style. The carbonation though is just way too low, it tastes like water and other than the body, it feels like water. I might sometimes give this a 3.5 for mouthfeel because it's got a body too it, but not today, not with the carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's not a great tasting beer, so the only thing it has going for it is that it's light. Overall, I didn't think I would ever have a bad beer from Deschutes, but this is for sure one of them, wow. Watery, plain, thin, not very good at all.

Ok, after doing some research on the Deschutes website, I found out that this is not a pale ale, it's a blonde, so who ever posted this beer messed up big time. With this new information I understand the flavor a little bit more, but it's not enough for me to change this beer rating, it's still not up to par with anything else Deschutes puts out.

May 29, 2011
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womencantsail from California

3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Eureka!Burger Claremont

A: The beer pours a rather pretty looking golden amber with a fluffy white head which leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

S: Unfortunately, the beauty doesn't translate to the more important factors of the beer. Smells sort of funky and overly herbal. There are some light floral notes along with toasted bread.

T: The flavor is a bit better. Mildly sweet with some bread and hints of toast. Intensely herbal hop flavor with a decent floral quality to it. Mild bitterness, but it doesn't really seem to add anything to the beer.

M: Light to medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Really disappointing from Deschutes. I would pass on this beer.

May 04, 2011
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nectar14 from California

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12 oz bottle:

A: Pours a medium gold color with fluffy white head. Good lacing and just a tiny bit of haze. Looks like a darker pilsner.

S: Shy on the nose. Faint hint of grain, floral hops, and a whiff of citrus-- lemon. The scents are clean, though, and inviting.

T: Not aggressive. Mainly faint malt, pale crystal malt flavors, and a bit of floral/ green hops piqued by strong carbonation. Finishes with a very pleasant balance of hop bitterness against non-sweet malt flavors. Again, quite clean. Hops are supporting, not dominating.

M: Light weight. Some might say watery, but I think a thinner body in this beer fits. It allows the carbonation, clean malt, and balanced hop flavors to come through and stay refreshing.

Overall- Very nice beer, and a style that I think is often overlooked. It may be easy for beer afficionados to discard this as an adjunct lager look-alike, but it's an important beer, a quality beer with a role to play. It's like equal parts American Pale Ale, Kolsch, and European lager... I think the classification as an American Pale Ale gives the wrong impression. Best on a warm day, accompanying picnics or ballgames. Don't expect to be bowled over, but expect a nice beer.

Apr 13, 2011
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billab914 from Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Cigar City pint glass. It poured a lighter amber color and somewhat hazy as well. it started with a moderate, white, frothy head filling the top half inch of the glass. It left some decent lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a grainy, toasty, sweeter malt presence to it. I get a little hoppiness to it but not much. Pretty light overall, but not bad. Could have used some more hop flavors to it.

The taste also has the sweeter, grainy and toasted malts to it throughout the flavor. Like the aroma, the hoppiness is barely there. It's pretty light on flavor overall for the style.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a pretty easy drinking beer, but it lacked in the flavor category. My preference would have been a little more hop flavors to make it interesting and to balance out some of the grainy sweetness. The flavors reminded me somewhat of an American light lager, only with ale characteristics. It was easy to drink, but pretty average overall for the style.

Mar 20, 2011
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Kiwano from New York

2.54/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Orange slightly tan color - thin head that dissipates shortly

S - not much to smell not impressed here

T - a bright bitter hint - kind of like pith on a grapefruit- some citrus - the bitter is on top of the flavor and stays through the entire time - very light tasting

M - light - tiny bubbles for carbonation - keeps it active

D - light but the bitterness and flavor aren't deep enough for me. - could be refreshing during the summer but I wish it had more flavor besides the bitter hint

Mar 08, 2011
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busternuggz from California

3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Slightly hazy goldenrod color with a 1/4" foamy white head. Leaves some clingy, soapy lacing. The head recedes to a thin layer quickly.
The smell reminds me of an orange herbal tea, muted but pleasant.
Big orange zest up front on the taste with more herbalness in the middle. Finishes nicely dry with some pine and just a touch of astringency, grassy aftertaste. Not too full flavored but what's there is nice.
Light bodied and dry with nice carbonation, slightly effervescent. Makes it light and refreshing, different and nice.
Nice and light but with some interesting character. This would be a great summer beer.

Jan 14, 2011
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