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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Photo of KoG
4.69/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yet another great brew from Deschutes.

Golden body with a good head, but no lacing.

Smell is full of flowery and citric hops with a good malt canvas. Great balance, made my mouth water just smelling it.

Taste is well rounded and smooth. Good malt sweetness balances with citric hop flavor and finishes with a flash of bitterness. Grainy hop tinge stays on the tongue for a bit.

What a damn good APA, the best I've had yet.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
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!

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Photo of Crotor
4.51/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maybe I'm just a sucker for cask ale, but this was heavenly.

Poured a ghostly pale straw, with a beautiful, creamy, dense white head with some of the best lacing I've ever had the pleasure of seeing. As I sipped, it inched down the glass leaving graduated white collars - magnificent.

Creamy, frothy, silky, soft - all these descriptors come to mind when I first drank. A symphony in simplicity, this beer. Simple, clean, slight caramel malt with a softspoken dose of citrus hops. Presented this way, an ideal session beer.

Feels remarkable in the mouth... creamy smooth yet percolating, coating and caressing, but in the end it slides off clean, being undeniably light, dry, crisp, and exceedingly drinkable.

I never expected this from this beer. I'd written off Cascade Ale as a weak "transition" beer targeted at macro drinkers. Now I see it as a subtle session beer (something I'd like to see more of). I don't know how much of it was the presentation (cask) but I know that this was the finest pint of a 5 day beer road-trip.

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Photo of gkunkle
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured a light copper color with a small head that didn't last very long. The smell contained citrus hops and some grain notes, the smell is pleasing but not assertive. The taste is where this beer really stood out and that's what counts right? Cascade ale starts with a little bit of citrus hop then transitions to some light malts. Mouthfeel is refreshing, and carbonation is playful. This is the best blonde ale I have yet tasted and I like it, it ranks among the great craft lawnmower beers. It strikes a balance between flavor and simplicity that is perfect for a hot summer day. Th low ABV also makes is a perfect candidate for a session on a warm evening.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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 xoqx
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deschutes original Cascade Ale is a fantastic session beer. Its taste is malty and bright and fantastic. The color is clear golden with a nearly white head whose retention I had a hard time assessing due to the fast-drinking nature of this beer – and I drink beers slowly. The smell is brewerish; a fresh worty smell, very malty. The taste is so light malty sweet with just the right reining by the bitterness of the cascade hops. The finish is medium-short and clean, and the mouthfeel is crisp and just barely creamy. This is an extremely drinkable beer. Rock solid.

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Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Split a bottle with beerman207 that I received in a recent trade. Review is from notes taken on 2/27/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light orange and coppery color and starts with a 1/2 inch loose white head that fades quickly to a thin skim that is incomplete; body is slightly hazy and shows very little and slow moving carbonation; very loose oily washes and spots of lacing are left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nice citric hops (orange and grapefruit) are right up front and there is a light and toasty graininess in the back. Pretty simple and straightforward - smells "crisp."

Taste: Very similar to the nose -- straightforward and simple with the citric hops that are reminiscent of orange and grapefruit; the light toasted grains are there as well; overall, it kind of reminds me of a hopped up version of GLBC Dortmunder Lager (which is not a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination).

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is stronger than it looks and is potent, but not sharp; a very dry sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth as well as the insides of the cheeks; quite a dry a finish and it's clean as well.

Drinkability: Very solid. I could drink this all day, especially in the warm summer as it would be quite refreshing; nice flavors and a crisp and lighter body with a low ABV would allow this to be sessioned.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours an unusual foggy brass color. The off-white head sits proudly on top. A nice floral hop aroma lasts. The sweet malty aroma fades fast. The light to medium body has a light caramel sweetness to it. Amply hopped with a bit of spiciness and a light citrus bitterness. Lightly herbal and unfiltered with little bits of goodness floating about. Thanks to Genaro who brought this back from his Oregon trip!

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Photo of Gatch
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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 Muddybuddy
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer purs a very light gold color with a white head that thins quickly like a balding man's head.

Smell: Very light and estery smells emanate from this beer, leaving a smell like apple juice on your mind. Hops are apparent, but not overtly so.

Taste: Hoppy and apple like in my mouth, this leaves your thirst slaked. There is little malt flavor to this brew.

Mouthfeel: I was really suprised at how full this makes my mouthfeel. My experience with lighter ales has been that they are a bit dry for my tastes and to find one that wasn't is a real discovery.

Drinkablity: I can't wait for summer, because I'm going to drink a whole lotta this!

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown with a simple yet inviting label, purchase before date clearly marked.

Appearance: A creamy bubbly white head sits on top of this golden hued brew that has a faint chill haze to it.

Smell: Sweetish noble herbal hop, faint citric and light malt aromas in the nose.

Taste: Smooth with a light to medium body, a nice malty flavour of grain, sweetness and some breadiness (caramel?) is up front. Then comes an adequate hop bitterness that leaves a slightly lemony / spicy finish with hints of herb in the taste which lingers for a while with some grain.

Notes: A very well crafted ale, excellent use of hops and very refreshing.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought in the usual Deshutes brown 12 oz bottle.
Nice light amber appearance a small head dissspates real fast though it leaves some lacing.
the aroma while pleasant is not over whelming,,but i like it.
Nice crisp light hoppiness dominates the flavour though there is some sweet maltiness also.
Very good on the palte enjoyable
An exceptionally drinkable beer for me at least I can drink this all night.
NOtes: I read on the Deshutes Web site that this is quite a low calorie beer almost as light as a Bud Light..well its the best "light" beer I have ever tasted..brilliant.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cascade Ale was served from a 12 oz. bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was a clear and bright golden color, and was topped by a thin but persistant white head that left drippy sheets of lacing. The nose was fresh and lively with a nicely developed herbal-citric hop bouquet and a balancing bisquity maltiness. On the palate, a crisp and tasty orange-lime malt profile gains a light hoppy astringency on the way to a perfectly bittered, zippy citric finish. The medium body was suitably composed for the flavors and character of the beer. I found Cascade Ale to be very refreshing, balanced, and satisfying on a hot summer day.

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Photo of JBogan
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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 MobBarley
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is more akin to an English Pale, and that fact is taken fully into account in the following:

Pours an average-looking yellow/gold with plenty of carbonation and a decent white head that leaves a little bit of bubbly lace before disappearing quite quickly.

Aroma is mild and very floral with some biscuit underneath for a good balance.

Taste is quite good and balanced for a PNW brew. Sweet and slightly citric at first, some nice floral bitterness shows in the middle. The finish is good and dry and slightly fruity and metallic as well.

Mouthfeel is superbly refreshing if somewhat thin compared to many American Pales.

Drinkability is fantastic and this will end up in the fridge this summer quite alot.

Notes: Lacks the "Kapow" that we have come to know and (often) love from Deschutes and other PNW operations in their Pale Ales. Nevertheless, when judged upon its own merits, this is a tasty and unique Pale that just happens to be not as sexy as many would appreciate. Don't let this brew's underrated reputation scare you away from a superb summer beer.

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Photo of birdypowder
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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 Gusler
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really strange thing happened as I was revising my master beer list, I found that I’ve never had a “Cascade Ale”, got the polo shirt, got the label, got a T-Shirt, I’ve even got a leather coaster, how the hell could I have overlooked this great beer?

As it set in the glass sparklingly clear amber color, the head behemothic in size, spumous in texture and the color a winsome light tan with the lace a satin sheet lying upon the glass. The aroma of Tettnang and Saaz hops greets your senses first, followed by the malt sweetness, citrus crisp and fresh, what a treat for the old schnozzle, front is ambrosial, rich in malt with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is Delightful in its acidity, the hops flowery and pleasant, very dry aftertaste, and a treat long over due for this lover of Deschutes.

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Photo of velosuds
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by date 11/04/09.

A-Pours a medium amber with 2+ finger, off-white uniform head and average lacing.

S-Citrusy, herbal hops and a mild sweet fragrance.

T-Well balanced. Fruity hops with nice subtle malt presence. Very crisp and clean.

M-Very smooth and well carbonated.

D-A good, but not great APA. A thirst quencher. Would be easy to down a sixer of these on a hot afternoon since only 4.5% ABV.

This would make a great introduction to craft beer for those accustomed to only Bud, Miller, and Coors. Light and crisp, but with flavor. I think it does what the brewer sought. Probably not hoppy enough for most craft beer enthusiasts, but I like it better than Mirror Pond Ale.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 franksnbeans
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Gavage
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a thin one finger head that slowly falls. Some light lacing developed.

Smell: caramel and a mild floral bitterness was pleasant.

Taste: caramel, pears, red apples, and a bit of orange citrus were the main flavors. Bitterness was decent and not as up front as I would have liked.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Very short-lived aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this is a classic sessionable beer that has a nice flavor and is lower in alcohol.

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Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange tinted gold color with a small amount of yeast sediment floating around. Pours a thin bubbly white head. An herbal spiciness is noted on the nose. A really nice dry aspect to this brew. Just the slightest hint of caramel malt. Hops are not intense or overbearing in this beer, but they do provide the character. There is just a slight kick provided from the Saaz hops I believe. Easy drinking ale with some hop spiciness.

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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Deschutes Brewpub, Portland, Oregon.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a floral and grassy hops and a pale malt.

The taste consisted of round malts and a lingering hop spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a nice herbal APA.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orangish color with an off-white head. The aroma is bready malt with hints of lemon and citrusy hops. The taste is sweet malt up front with some citrus and a quick and mild bite from the hops in the finish. The drinkability is sky high, an American session beer at its finest. I could consume quite a few of these in one sitting. Overall, I am a big fan of this one. It is quite tasty and the low ABV makes it highly drinkable. Not an overly complex APA when compared to some of the others, but very well crafted. Another solid beer from Deschutes! Recommended!

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