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Cascade Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good
107 Reviews
Cascade AleCascade Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
192
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
19.06%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 192
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 inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Kranders
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
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 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 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 Cyberkedi
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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 sommersb
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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

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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 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 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 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 nectar14
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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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 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 busternuggz
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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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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 appenzeller
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with good clarity, decent carbonation forming lots of champagney bubbles. Moderate white head with aggressive pour leaving some lacing.

Smell is bready, flowers, hops--not strong scents.

Taste starts malty, follows up with a very slight hops kick, this is a very light beer that goes down easily.

Even in the Pacific Northwest where you can find Deschutes beer in your average gas station, you don't often see Cascade Ale. Still, this is a quality beer as you'd expect from Deschutes. For someone who doesn't like pilsners or light lagers, but wants a session beer, this is a good option.

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Photo of JamisonM
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pale orange small head with nice lace

S: I get malt sweetness citrus and a bit of yeast

T: if you look for the hops in here you can find them but its mostly malts coming to play its got a bit of a aftertaste that I could do with out.

M: light mouth high carbonation

D: yea you can drink this but aftertaste bugs me

overall: not a bad brew maybe I got an old 6 pack who knows, I always like the stuff this brewery puts out so.

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Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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 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 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.

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

Appearance:
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.

Taste:
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 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 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 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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Cascade Ale from Deschutes Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.
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