Cascade Ale | Deschutes Brewery

107 Reviews
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 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.

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 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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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 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 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 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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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 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 merryjoulton
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous golden yellow with a thin filmy head, retains well and laces great. Smell is light, fruity, citrusy, not too hoppy but kinda sweet. Taste is very light, mostly malts and the hop profile is very mellow. Makes for a very mild brew. Mouthfeel is fine, maybe a little watery but that works great for this situation. Drinkability is good. I could see this as having appeal as an alternative to BMC, its very light, clean and crisp.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Solomon420 for this!

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin white lasting head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is grainy with orangey citrus.

The taste is of light grain, some dough, some citrus with a touch of herbal bitterness in the crisp finish.

It is light-bodied, pretty crisp and refreshing.

With the name "Cascade Ale", I was thinking that this was going to be different than it was. I wasn't "disappointed" as I realized early on into the drink that it was named for the area, not the hop (though that might be used in it). It's a low-keyed, mild pale ale. It's a nice enough "thirst quencher" and the taste is nice enough, and balanced, though mild.

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Photo of ThePortlander
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: A bright golden color, with a white lacy head.

S: The smell was a bit faint to me, but noble hops could be detected, as well as light citrus notes.

T: The taste is where the flavor opens up. Light caramel malt plays against the light, but present noble hop bitterness. There's a bit of citrus and spice in the finish, which lingers nicely on the palate. The body is light to medium, and nicely carbonated.

D: A wonderful APA, one of my favorites come summer. So refreshing, and just complicated enough to remain interesting.

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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 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 olmatty
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a tall, bright white, sudsy head with poor retention, light lacing and a pale amber liquid

Smell- Very light scent of malt and hops. Honestly, not much of either.

Taste- Clean, light malt pervades, but is quickly overtaken by lemony and refreshing hops.

Mouthfeel- Light and bubbly

Drinkability- Easy drinking and refresing without being boring. I can see many of these going down on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of Spikester
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Once Deschute's flagship ale it has been eclipsed by Mirror Pond Pale for one. It is a fine introduction to the Pale Ale style and the 4.5%abv makes it a great session brew. No flaws, just less punch than many Pales of the modern era. A bit hard to find even in Oregon. When looking for a tasty easy drinking Pale give this a try. (11-17-2008)
Update (9-04-2010) This is a fine session beer and reminds me of some of the better English style Pale Ales. If you are a fan of such brews give it a try. If you are in the mood for an American West Coast style Pale Ale I would recommend the Deschute's Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From a bottle. Website says 145 calories FYI.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden orange and a bit on the hazy side. No head, just a ring of foam and sporadic dabs of lacing

S: mild earthy hops, citrus sweetness and whiff of malts

T: malty, sweet floral hops, very fresh and clean beer. Malts help give it a hefty touch and keep things tight. Hop profile is very mild

M: nice vibe I am getting from this one. Very light and fresh with mild carbonation. Savory lemons in the finish

D: a sterling brew, great all around APA. Anytime of the year drinker!

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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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Cascade Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.62 out of 5 based on 192 ratings.
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