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 yemenmocha
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.
Pours hazy golden with white head that dissipates to a thin rim lace. Nose has peach, peach pit, and light prickly citrus. Palate is light bodied, lemony citrus, not a lot of balancing malt, and goes down very easy. Highly drinkable, but not a lot to write home about.

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Photo of atsprings
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp bubbly orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is. . .surprise! citrusy cascade hops. The taste is like a light IPA, crisp citrus hops slightly overpower the sweet malts, more so than you'd expect in an APA, but it's all toned down from an IPA. The beer is very light, crisp and refreshing with decent carbonation. This is a very enjoyable Pale Ale.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a regular shaker glass. Orange - dehydrated piss color - white head. Mellow aromas of hop, malt and honey. A nice and brigh tasting ale. A bit hoppy, but not even close to over the top. Malty aftertaste. Smooth body. Great mouthfeel. Quite an easy drinker, very nice, perfect for a balmy summer's eve.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orangish color with an off-white head. The aroma is bready malt with hints of lemon and citrusy hops. The taste is sweet malt up front with some citrus and a quick and mild bite from the hops in the finish. The drinkability is sky high, an American session beer at its finest. I could consume quite a few of these in one sitting. Overall, I am a big fan of this one. It is quite tasty and the low ABV makes it highly drinkable. Not an overly complex APA when compared to some of the others, but very well crafted. Another solid beer from Deschutes! Recommended!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A reasonable pour produces a three-finger thick, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a lightly hazed, copper color that shows a bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite hop focused with a mixture of grapefruit, herbal pine and sweet citrus zest. The aroma ends with a nice, crushed malt aroma of toasty grain, light biscuit and crushed saltine cracker notes. It somehow almost smells dough-like at times.

Bright hop flavors of grapefruit greet my taste buds at the first sip. There also appears to be some very faint plastic-like phenolics here, which I thought I sensed in the nose but then dismissed as I couldn't actually imagine something like that being here. This phenolic note is very faint and I could be convinced it is something to do with the hop character; either way though it adds a bit of something off to the over all experience. Citrus notes are definitely the dominant flavor here though and there is a soft malt character to help support things along. Sweet, clean grain notes, a touch of cracker-like malt and a bread-like almost dough-like flavor towards the finish. The finish has a nice, lightly biting hop bitterness to it that actually starts to be noticeable towards the middle of each sip. This is quite light bodied and drinkable, though it is not any where near watery.

An interesting beer that would be quite a bit better if it did not have that slight off note to it. It is very quaffable and would be a great beer when I wanted something a little more characterful than a Pilsner, but with the same quaffability.

Purchased: Plaza liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6pack of this at the local Safeway. Pours a slightly orange amber color, fine white head settles very quickly. Smells fairly floral and fruity, but not overly so. Taste is faint dried fruit and just the right amount of hops. Mouthfeel is initially somewhat fizzy, but fades nicely leaving very little aftertaste. A quality, low abv brew. I would much rather have this over any Macro out there. It would be a great beer to use to introduce your BMC drinking buddies to the wonderful world of craft beer.

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

Poured light orange-yellow and clear, almost like a pilsner, and highly carbonated (I opened this one after the UPS man dropped it off, though, so it may have been shaken on the trip). Biscuit malt, sweet and subtle hop balance.

Given the name, I was expecting something that really punched me in the face with citrus, but the aroma was actually pretty tame. I was kind of disappointed, but this is a pretty drinkable beer and good for warm weather. Unfortunately, we in the Granite State still have 3-feet of snow on the ground, so I was hoping for something bigger. That's context, though, and has nothing to do with the quality of this brew.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium yellow color, with a huge thick white head that just keeps coming, even with the gentlest of pours. Smells faintly of malt and yeast. Tastes of yeast and bread, some malt, a little bit of citrus, and a moderate amount of bitterness. Carbonation was somewhat lacking. Very drinkable, though.

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Photo of beeritron
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Until I saw the BA style description saying this beer is an APA, I had thought of it as a summer style ale. Either way, here's my review.

Cascade Ale flows from the bottle a hazy golden/orange color with a minimal head that diminishes quickly. Thin spots of foam are apparent with a ring of head just inside the glass, however, there is no lacing left down the sides of the pint. The smell is slightly sweet, similar to a cereal like Sugar Smacks. Very light hop aroma with a citrusy note that is more like orange than the classwic grapfruit character. There is also a hint of spice and coriander in the nose just after the sweet smell diminishes. A sour smell is also noticeable. The taste reminds me very much of a witbier: a sweet, malty taste at the start of the swallow followed closely by a sour taste that leads into a dry spicy finish. The hop flavor is good with enough bitterness to balance the beer nicely. It is certainly not nearly as aggressive as many other APAs on the market. The mouthfeel is light with a healthy dose of effervesence, giving Cascade a very refreshing feel. Drinkability is good - very nice, not too heavy. I thought it surprising to find this beer in the winter months since it seems more akin to a summer ale you would crack after a long hot day of yardwork; or maybe lounging next to the pool!

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Photo of tempest
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one needs to warm up a bit. Do not drink straight from the fridge, it resembles a macro (albeit a good one). I guess for a relatively low-alcohol pale ale this isn't bad. The malt is a mix of sweet biscuits and grainy honey. The hops are mild, but nice with a gentle citrus rind character. The aroma is a creamy orange and light caramel that oddly reminds me of Franziskaner.

I guess the take home is that this isn't bad for a lighter APA. Very sessionable, might be interesting on cask.

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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 cswhitehorse
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cascade comes in a dark bottle with rendering of the beautiful environment of Central Oregon. The brew is a pale orange with a sudsy head that disappears quickly. The smell herbal odor to it along with a hopiness. The taste is clean and refreshing. It hangs around in the lower half of the mouth. A very crisp American ale definitely most enjoyed on a hot and sunny day.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a mildly hazed gold with a creamy head atop. Smells a little sweet, slightly floral, a tiny bit of spice. Taste as it smells along with a touch of honey. Very smooth and light in the mouth. This an amazing thirst quencher. Doesnt have any blow you away flavor but thats not its purpose.

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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 objectivemonkey
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow orange, decent starting head to a thin film, little to no lacing. The aroma is kind of thin but a good smattering of citrus and floral qualities to the hopping, a thin pale malt somewhere in there. The taste is a bit of a let down, but is actually rather thirst quenching in a real beer kind of way (see: not beer flavored water). There is another smattering of citrus and pale malt, hop bitterness is almost nonexistent, almost no after taste. But for what it is (a thirst quencher... their own words), it isn't too bad. That said, the mouth is (you guessed it) a bit thin, watery, decent carbonation though. Drinkable? Well, I finished this beer (and review) in about 5 minutes, which means two things; one, that its easy to throw down a few (dozen); and two, that I'd actually want to. Overall, decent beer, rather simple, but quite drinkable.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Before I start I just thought I would relate that this style is not one of my favorite styles, although given the right circumstances any beer could be the right style for my mood
Presentation - Opened with a gentle woosh. Poured cold into a goblet from a 12oz brown bottle w/ best by date of 6/26/07.

A - Poured a hazy bright amber w/ a white foamy two finger head. Limited amounts of lace remain on the inside of the glass's walls.

S - A tart citrus hop scent, like orange marmalade stands out. A lite spice and honey character mingle in the background.

M - Mellow and herbal qualities with gentle layers of carbonation allowing the light pine finish to linger after the swallow.

T - A superbly refined ale with sweet and summery flavors. This could be a year round quencher for me if it wasn't out of the area. Nuances of hop tastes do their magic. This is so crisp and refreshing I think this an all around great session ale, a real tongue pleaser!

D - Have one, have five, you won't regret it. You will be glad you tried this ale. It is so quaffable and well made w/ care IMO. Attention to details sum up this pale ale well. It seems simple, but scratch the surface- the details all around make this the one you want.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

05/22/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by date imprinted on the label. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Medium golden colored pour. About a 3/4 inch head forms upon pour, settling on a light rim. Mild lace streaks remain.

Smell- Pretty good and pungent pine and grapefruit hops nose with a medium toasted malt background. Smells lightly bready.

Taste- Hops taste different. Like grapefruit, but like a unripe white grapefruit. Pretty bitter and a stinging taste. A toasted malt base shares the spotlight, if not having a little more play than the hops. Fairly well balanced with an odd and interesting hop bite.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation level with a light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not a bad pale ale. Could even pass as an IPA. Unusual hoppy flavor make it an interesting try.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little off-white fizzy head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, hoppy, spicy, and some caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, slight spice. The finish is slightly bitter and dry. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad APA.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, warm shade of golden with a single finger of creamy white head. Aroma of light, crisp malt and a touch of zesty, fruity hops. Palate is tasty and straightforward - lightly sweet malt balanced by pleasant, slightly tangy hops. A mild biscuity taste lingers after the swallow. Body is light, crisp, and clean. A good, simple beer for the warmer months.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle this one poured a nice clear gold with a moderate white head and good lacing. Nose was of malts and hops,with a little flowers. Mourhtfeel good, and flavor shows citrus. Finish was crisp and clean. Good beer. I will buy this again.

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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 xoqx
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deschutes original Cascade Ale is a fantastic session beer. Its taste is malty and bright and fantastic. The color is clear golden with a nearly white head whose retention I had a hard time assessing due to the fast-drinking nature of this beer ┬ľ and I drink beers slowly. The smell is brewerish; a fresh worty smell, very malty. The taste is so light malty sweet with just the right reining by the bitterness of the cascade hops. The finish is medium-short and clean, and the mouthfeel is crisp and just barely creamy. This is an extremely drinkable beer. Rock solid.

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Photo of goschool
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Westwood Brewing Company. The bar that's equidistant between Father's Office and Third Stop, both of which are way better. My beerfly is coming soon.

The appearance is clear gold with a respectable white head. The nose has orange and floral hops. If you think this is a dumb, beyond overdone concept, you're wrong. It's creative in its simplicity. The brewers use citrusy Cascade hops and pale malts, which are unexpectedly sweet, yet they don't end up with a ubiquitous, boring West Coast brewpub pale ale. I think the all Cascade bill gives this beer it's originality. Add some Chinook and some Centennial hops to the recipe and it'll bore me.

This isn't the most intense brew, but it's a solid, light and refreshing session ale.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours to a bright and clear gold color. The head was medium and shrank to a right. Lace is minimal.

The smell is a soft blend of pale malts and a light bit of hops. The taste starts with pale malts, which are joined by some light floral flavors. Hops come through in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly light and the drinkability is good.

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