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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-04-2002

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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 107
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1/5  rDev -72.5%

Photo of RedDiamond
1.67/5  rDev -54%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer makes me mad. It’s one of, if not the lightest beer Deschutes brews – a seemingly innocuous light golden ale. One might expect a modest, restrained, even timid beer with an all-around clean profile and just enough body to remind you it’s actually a beer. Cascade opts instead for a strong flavor and a strong aroma but in all the worst ways. Everything about this beer is foul and has more in common with rotten meat and mutagenic yeasts than the simple golden ale or special bitter it might otherwise aspire to be.

Cascade has nice lace and a hazed gumdrop yellow color. But it really bothers me that it takes a concerted effort to brew a beer this bad and a tragic ignominy to serve it on draught to customers at a world-renown brewpub. This beer is almost deliberately awful, from the strained, tannic mouthfeel to the puckering tartness and cruel finish. It speaks of an old mutagenic yeast strain that should have been retired generations ago. An outright embarrassment of a beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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 woemad
2.56/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $1.19.

Poured a transparent dark gold color, with a moderate sized white head. Moderate amount of lace dripping down the insides of my EWU pintglass. Lots of bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell is of mild floral hops and sweet malts. Although the neck-label states this has a “generous herbal hop character and just a hint of caramel malt,” the hops and malt seems to be evenly matched.

Taste is of mild hops and malts co-mingled, aling with a slight background flavor reminiscent of grapefruit. Tastes like this is supposed to be some sort of pale ale, perhaps an English version of a pale ale, but it comes across as a bit of a muddle between an English and an American, as if they decided to dumb down Mirror Pond rather than create an entirely new beer.

Relatively high amount of carbonation on this one. It’s a little too thin for me.

I was not impressed at all by this offering from Deschutes, normally one of my favorite breweries. I see no reason to have this again.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Best by date of may 09, so it's a couple of months "past".
Pale orangy yellow, nice tight, creamy beige head.
Light aroma of caramel malt and even lighter grassy hops
Flavor is barely-there-caramel, with a mild spicy hop finish.
Hard to believe this came from Deschutes. Yes it's "old" but it shouldn't have faded that fast.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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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2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A disappointing beer from Deschutes. It just is so plain in every aspect. This is an introductory level craft beer. Not bad, but not doing anything. Looks like a notch above yellow fizzy, smell is bland. Taste, more of the same, totally lacking that Deschutes hop character in so many of their other ales.

Mouthfeel, there isn't any depth at any stage, I guess its kind of drinkable since it doesn't overload your palate.

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Photo of Fabric8r
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With the name Cascade, I was expecting an overly hopped brew using cascade hops, but that was just my expectations. Not much hop use, as I expected, couldn't smell any, but could taste a little bit. Nothing special to write about. Still, this is a good beer, and will buy more if it is on sale.

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2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I conducted my own little blind taste test with all three of Deschutes Pale Ales. Here is the result for Cascade...

A: Gold in color big white pillowy head that disapates fairly slowly leaving a bit of lacing. Very impressive head, it's massive.

S: Pretty weak nose, fairly fruity and a bit grainy, but thats about it.

T: Hops are up front, but they are very, very light, and a bit sour... wonder if something went wrong with this bottle, I don't remember any of Deschutes beers ever being sour. There is a light presents of malt but not very much. Afterstaste is slightly bitter and a little sour. Reminded me of a lighter version of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which, I'm not that fond of either.

M: Pretty light, with a good amount of carbonation.

D: This would probably be a good beer to introduce to a newbie as it's very light in flavor and not very intimidating, but for those looking for a good flavorful pale ale, this won't deliver.

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2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
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.


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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of womencantsail
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Clear light orange/dark yellow color. Two fingers of whippy/creamy head with good retention and a good amount of lacing..

3.0 S: Light on the nose. Not really much going on in the hop department, but there is a faint grassiness. No sign of citrus, which is strange for a cascade beer. Malts are light on aroma too, but stand out more than the hops. Caramel sweetness and graininess.

3.0 T: A mix of grainy and bready. A decently strong bitterness, but not too much hop flavor. Perhaps a touch of grassiness. Crystal malts and not much else.

3.0 M: Medium body. Could be creamier and a tad bit too much carbonation.

3.0 D: I'm simply not impressed by this beer. Weak on hops, weak on malts, no sophisticated flavor profile.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: THICK creamy head (on hard pour) almost brimmed the glass, golden, slight haze, good lacing

Aroma: flowery, grapefruity, hint of toasty caramel malt, slightly metallic, soapy

Flavor: a very gentle hop tang and flavor balanced by a mellow maltiness, a sweet thread lacing in and out through the cascadey flavor, bitterness tip-toes in, there is an odd metallic (aluminum?) aftertaste, citrusy

Mouthfeel: light and crisp, decent carbonation

Overall Impression: Not too impressed with this one, a bit disappointed actually. The metallic aftertaste is off-putting. However, according to the notch on the label, it "expired" in May. So that may have something to do with it. Mirror Pond and Black Butte are still my favorite from this brewery.

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Cascade Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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