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: 192 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of Thrasher
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A mellow gold with light fizzy head, leaving a ring and some lace. Lemony aroma with some citric hops and clean yeast. The beer is relatively simple, with light malts combined with a reasonable amount of hops, but neither ends up dominating. The hops are crisp up front, with a slight citric tartness and some spicy herbalness, but they move to the side almost instantly and make room for the mellow malts. Elements of bread-crust and a very faint butter quality. A fine, crisp golden ale, good for sipping cool during warm weather, but not particularly exciting. Non-BAs should really enjoy it. It's reminiscent of a fresh, good, refreshing European pilsner lager, but I'd like to see US brewers, West Coast brewers especially, actually attempt an authentic lager instead of this ale approximation. Perhaps this is not fair to Deschutes, who until recently did offer a pilsner during summer months, but have got rid of it to make way for their new summer seasonal, Twilight Ale.

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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 jtfest
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised at how cloudy this brew was -- almost apricot colored with virtually no head. The aroma was light and grassy, with just a faint hint of malt. The taste is very light, slightly sweet, and easy drinking, but nothing that knocks your socks off. There's a light bitterness in the aftertaste, and the mouthfeel is medium to thin -- about a right match for the taste. It would be a good session beer, but if you're trying to impress people, there are better choices out there. On the other hand, it may be a good 'transition' beer for your microbrew-impaired friends.

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Photo of Gusler
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Shaw
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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 BeerResearcher
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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 ADR
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy paler-than-amber color, big 1/2 inch white head. Lace is pretty non-existant -- cloud like haze. Lightly hoppy aroma, in the unripe orange range. Flavor hits a middle brown sugar gear, malt seems to reign from the beginning to end in a consistant staement. Hoppiness seems lightly citrus but balances somewhat weakly for an American Pale. All in all, an OK beer -- in the world of major flavor, kind of unremarkable. I'd give it session status.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color, small head. A medium bodied ale. Mild malts, floral/herbal hops. Malts are slightly caramelized and slightly sweet. Hops are floral. Good balance. Nice flavor. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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

Hazed golden color with brown and orange tints. White head.
Aroma of malt and hops with a floral tone.

Taste shows a caramelly malt flavor in balance with the somewhat citrus and floral hop presence. Slight fruitiness. Finishes nicely.

Good body and mouthfeel for a beer of only 4.6% ABV.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a solid pale/golden ale, but not nearly as tasty as their Mirror Pond Pale Ale IMO.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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 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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Photo of zacharius
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a thin head but is sufficiently carbonated. You will be very refreshed by drinking this beer. It would be a great beer for the summertime. It has no detectable aroma hops but you get surprised a good dose of bitterness and hop flavor. This is an easy drinker, a great session beer. Good use of hops gives it a earthy/citrus hop flavor but not so much bitterness that you can't drink quite a few.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I feel bad panning a brew that a friend carried with her halfway across the country, just for me. Maybe I got a bad bottle?
Foamy white head, deep bronze color, and ...what the?!? little yeasty floaties! I didn't see that coming.
Fresh, sea-foamy nose, a little floral, but not much else. On the tongue, rather flat. Hops are hiding, if they're there at all. Another boring session ale, I'm sorry to say. Sweet and sour finish. An overall bland beer.

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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 ZAP
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid pale ale...refreshing and easy drinking...nice floral hop aroma, and taste..not overwhelming but clean and crisp. Not much malt evident, but it does seem balanced so it must be there. Smells wonderful...taste isn't as strong on the hops as I'd hoped based on the smell, but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Cascade Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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