Cascade Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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Cascade AleCascade Ale

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Alc. by Vol.: 4.5%
IBUs: 28

145 calories per 12 oz serving

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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 107
Reviews by ChrisCage:
Photo of ChrisCage
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
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!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Before I start I just thought I would relate that this style is not one of my favorite styles, although given the right circumstances any beer could be the right style for my mood
Presentation - Opened with a gentle woosh. Poured cold into a goblet from a 12oz brown bottle w/ best by date of 6/26/07.

A - Poured a hazy bright amber w/ a white foamy two finger head. Limited amounts of lace remain on the inside of the glass's walls.

S - A tart citrus hop scent, like orange marmalade stands out. A lite spice and honey character mingle in the background.

M - Mellow and herbal qualities with gentle layers of carbonation allowing the light pine finish to linger after the swallow.

T - A superbly refined ale with sweet and summery flavors. This could be a year round quencher for me if it wasn't out of the area. Nuances of hop tastes do their magic. This is so crisp and refreshing I think this an all around great session ale, a real tongue pleaser!

D - Have one, have five, you won't regret it. You will be glad you tried this ale. It is so quaffable and well made w/ care IMO. Attention to details sum up this pale ale well. It seems simple, but scratch the surface- the details all around make this the one you want.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle this one poured a nice clear gold with a moderate white head and good lacing. Nose was of malts and hops,with a little flowers. Mourhtfeel good, and flavor shows citrus. Finish was crisp and clean. Good beer. I will buy this again.

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Photo of Gatch
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very consistent and clean beer. A fresh scent of malty goodness with a good hop presence. Great drinkability. Typical pale ale characteristics but with that fresh, Northwest taste that you would expect from a brewery in Oregon. Not only that, but everything you would expect from Deschutes; a fresh, never-let-you-down, quality beer. Still haven't had anything from this brewery that has been disappointing.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance has a dusty copper tone with a thin head that dissipates leaving no lace. Smell of faint malt and light fruity hops. Tastes somewhat like a macro brew with corn, but with obvious malt, light caramel with a nice low hop background. Mouthfeel is a light medium with with good carbonation. Not what I expected from Deschutes, but would probably make for a good summer session beer.

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Photo of Jenray
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6pack of this at the local Safeway. Pours a slightly orange amber color, fine white head settles very quickly. Smells fairly floral and fruity, but not overly so. Taste is faint dried fruit and just the right amount of hops. Mouthfeel is initially somewhat fizzy, but fades nicely leaving very little aftertaste. A quality, low abv brew. I would much rather have this over any Macro out there. It would be a great beer to use to introduce your BMC drinking buddies to the wonderful world of craft beer.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to the trusty pint glass. This is a good looking beer clear and golden orange in color, nice fluffy white head with good retention and great lacing. Smell is a bit bland, some hops with a little citrus kick and some dry malt. Taste is pretty well balanced but unfortunatley that balance out to nothing. Some hops, some biscuity malt, but nothing too amazing. Mouthfeel is very light and watery. Overall not a bad beer, certainly an easy drinker but overall it just seems a little bland.

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Photo of Metaltildeath
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of franksnbeans
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a mildly hazed gold with a creamy head atop. Smells a little sweet, slightly floral, a tiny bit of spice. Taste as it smells along with a touch of honey. Very smooth and light in the mouth. This an amazing thirst quencher. Doesnt have any blow you away flavor but thats not its purpose.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cascade comes in a dark bottle with rendering of the beautiful environment of Central Oregon. The brew is a pale orange with a sudsy head that disappears quickly. The smell herbal odor to it along with a hopiness. The taste is clean and refreshing. It hangs around in the lower half of the mouth. A very crisp American ale definitely most enjoyed on a hot and sunny day.

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Photo of Spikester
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Once Deschute's flagship ale it has been eclipsed by Mirror Pond Pale for one. It is a fine introduction to the Pale Ale style and the 4.5%abv makes it a great session brew. No flaws, just less punch than many Pales of the modern era. A bit hard to find even in Oregon. When looking for a tasty easy drinking Pale give this a try. (11-17-2008)
Update (9-04-2010) This is a fine session beer and reminds me of some of the better English style Pale Ales. If you are a fan of such brews give it a try. If you are in the mood for an American West Coast style Pale Ale I would recommend the Deschute's Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From a bottle. Website says 145 calories FYI.

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Photo of JBogan
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice darker golden color with a thick creamy head which leaves moderate lacing. Pretty tempting looking beer.

Smelled malty with no sign of alcohol. Some hops present but not really in the foreground.

Mostly malty taste, but the hops are more prevalent than in the smell. Some citrus in here as well in the aftertaste. Not especially complex but pleasant.

Excellent mouthfeel. Medium to thick bodied, creamy, and a moderate amount of carbonation. Feels nice in the mouth.

This is a drinkable brew, one which is easy to knock down either with or without food. Reasonable priced and well made, this won't be the last time I have this. Good bang for the buck.

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Photo of Kiwano
2.54/5  rDev -30%
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

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 14oz glass. The beer poured a clean, clear honey-gold color with an inch of white head that dissipated quickly and left OK lacing.

The aroma was mostly grain with some gentle hopping in the background. The flavors were similar, with a nice smooth grainy finish, there was just a nice smooth coating hops on the finish.

The body was fairly typical for the style, smooth and easy to drink. Drinkability was very good, almost the match for big brother Mirror Pond.

Overall, a very nice Pale Ale, a pleasant change from the over-hopped versions that are just IPA-Light. Grab a sixer when you see it and you'll have your new lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Kranders
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of cfleisher
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured light orange-yellow and clear, almost like a pilsner, and highly carbonated (I opened this one after the UPS man dropped it off, though, so it may have been shaken on the trip). Biscuit malt, sweet and subtle hop balance.

Given the name, I was expecting something that really punched me in the face with citrus, but the aroma was actually pretty tame. I was kind of disappointed, but this is a pretty drinkable beer and good for warm weather. Unfortunately, we in the Granite State still have 3-feet of snow on the ground, so I was hoping for something bigger. That's context, though, and has nothing to do with the quality of this brew.

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Photo of birdypowder
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay so you're headed down to the Willamette to catch some pro wakeboarding action and you want to bring some Deschutes beer. You don't want the intense hop attack from the Inversion, Pale is a good choice but you want to kick back several beers and you're bringing some friends who aren't big craft beer drinkers. What do you do? Bring some Cascade Ale and please everyone. The refreshing session beer from Deschutes nudges you with several pleasant flavors and aromas instead of punching you in the mouth and saying "This is what hops taste like!" Most everyone will like it.

Some slight malt sweetness and mild grain aromas mix with the citrus and floral aromas from the hops. Slightly grassy?

This slightly hazy brew has a beautiful light copper and orange color with some red tones mixed in...but you're drinking by the river out of a bottle so you won't get to enjoy these. The head is clean sheet white and moderate in size but it settles down too quickly leaving only mild lacing.

As the bottle advertises, there is a pleasant citrus kick towards the end. There is some delicious malt in the middle but not much up front. Just when you think you've found some caramel flavors they go away. Refreshing with a very clean finish.

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Photo of seanwhite
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of merryjoulton
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous golden yellow with a thin filmy head, retains well and laces great. Smell is light, fruity, citrusy, not too hoppy but kinda sweet. Taste is very light, mostly malts and the hop profile is very mellow. Makes for a very mild brew. Mouthfeel is fine, maybe a little watery but that works great for this situation. Drinkability is good. I could see this as having appeal as an alternative to BMC, its very light, clean and crisp.

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Photo of photomike
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of busternuggz
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Cascade Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 193 ratings