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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Photo of RedDiamond
1.67/5  rDev -53.9%
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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Photo of Kiwano
2.54/5  rDev -29.8%
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 -29.3%
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 -25.1%
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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Photo of Bookseeb
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
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 Beerandraiderfan
2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
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 -19.3%
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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Photo of MLegendre
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
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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Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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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Photo of womencantsail
3.04/5  rDev -16%
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 -15.5%
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 -15.5%
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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Photo of BeerManDan
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color when poured was amber with a reddish hue. The smell of hops and and malts filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste was of a mild piney hop with a hint of a slighty tart spicey flavor. Not overly tart with a mild finish on the palate. This is a good hot sunny day quincher!

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Photo of billab914
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Tucson, AZ

Poured with a finger of foamy white head. Bright gold color with a hint of orange as well. Quite a bit of vibrant carbonation.. Slight haze, but mostly clear.

Aroma is lighter then I expected. A touch floral with a touch of pepper. A touch doughy as well.

Flavor is much more mile and muted then I had imagined. A light dough cracker flavor. Finishes very dry and clean.... Mild sweetness in the middle. Wow, I have to say this is a bit of a disappointment.

Body is quite light and the carbonation is also very minimal.

Quite drinkable, but not very exciting...

It's OK. I am a big Cascade fan, but this didn't quite fill the bill...

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Photo of vkv822
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.15/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a ragged white head that fades quickly. Little lacing on the glass.

Smells of some clean floral hops and a little citrus.

Tastes of mostly of a light floral taste with some pale malt notes behind it. Very light in the taste department and could be a bit more robust, comes across a little bland. I prefer their Mirror Pond to this as it is more flavorful.

Mouthfeel is light and airy. Too thin.

A very mediocre pale, just wish it had more oomph to it. I feel like some of the underlying ideas are good, I just want to actually be able to taste them. This is very light and thin.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
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
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. Best by 10/26/06 - whoops. Might have to re-review some day.

Slightly hazy, yellow-orange color. Small white head. Appears still & lifeless.

Aroma was fruity & tropical. Bananas and melons. Some yeast and honey. Citrus also.

Taste had minimal sweetness. Some crackery flavor, salty crackers at that. Faint taste of alcohol. Some nice grassy/herbal hops at end which stuck around a bit in the aftertaste.

Light in body, with low carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall, not too impressed. Easy to drink, but a bit lacking in the flavor department. I'll have to try one fresh, as the other Deschutes products have been very good.

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Photo of tobyandgina
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After pouring, a thick frothy head, creamy in color and slowly diminishing.
Lacing was spare.

Beer color was nice. A little sparkly, clear, light amber.

Smell was very light. Kind of like straw or cereal, but almost non-existent. Not very hoppy.

It has a light palate, thin and slightly flat.

This brew is drinkable in that it goes down easy. Just not a whole lot of great flavor. Not one of Deschutes' best.

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Photo of Shaw
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cascade Ale is a golden, crystal-clear ale with an off-white head.

A light malt aroma with just a hint of hops is noticable upon pouring. This ale has quite a biscuit flavor with herbal notes from the hops. It's more on the malty, rather than hoppy, side at first; the hops become more apparent as you drink more.

I wonder if the "hint of carmel malt" as noted on the label creates this ale's taste? It reminds me of a golden lager.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.

Pours a orange-yellow with a finger of fizzy white head that quickly dissolves into a wispy layer. The aroma is grassy, herbal hops with some touches of honey and caramel malt. The flavor is sweet malt upfront and followed by a soft grassy hop bitterness. Its light bodied with lively carbonation. If there is one word to describe that flavors of this beer it would be "cereal." Its a refreshing beer and definitely nice on a hot summer day but I would reach for it otherwise.

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