Point Cascade Pale Ale | Stevens Point Brewery

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Point Cascade Pale AlePoint Cascade Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ADR on 03-07-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Point Cascade Pale Ale has a thin, off-white head and a clear, golden appearance with lots of streaming bubbles and minimal lacing. The aroma is mostly lightly-toasted barley malts and a trace of hop spiciness. Taste, however, is mostly hoppy and citrusy, but there is a good amount of bready maltiness, so one can say that this is a balanced pale ale. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Point Cascade Pale Ale finishes dry, crisp, and refreshing, with super drinkability. Overall, this is an excellent beer, and I think you should give it a try.


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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My local beer store recently started stocking this brewery, so this is my first sample from a mixed case I purchased.
Poured a brilliant golden-amber color with massive white puffy head.
Modest retention with promounced lacing.
Smell is very nice with inital strong notes of piney hops that slowly fade.
Taste is also strong for hops with a pleasnt balancing malt aspect.
A bit thin in the mouth but very enjoyable.
Great drinkability. If the rest of the beers from this brewery are as good as this one, this will be an enjoyable case.

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.29/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a cold 12oz bottle into a clean room temperature pint glass.

It poured a clear golden color with about a half inch of white head that quickly shrank down to a slight lacing floating upon the beer. Very little carbination was flowing through it.

A slight sweet smell of hops that is finished off with a lovely smell of spicey hops.

It has a slightly course feel that is at the same time light and easy to go down. It tastes very similar to the smell of malt and spicey hops but with a slight bite of bitterness near the end.

My weakness is Pale Ale and I could drink this one all day.

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Photo of TechMyst
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, it’s my 100th!!!
FRESH: made 9-4; consumed 11-23
COST: $10/12pack!
HEAD: Minimal
LACE: none
COLOR: yellow, w/ tinge of copper
AROMA: sweet floral hop
MOUTHFEEL: medium/ slight foam
PALATE: slick / oily
TASTE: Point is well made
COMMENTS: Better than expected, decent PA, highly hopped
Will I revisit this brew? Yes!

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Photo of chuckm
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I remember the Point specials I had in college and was excited when I saw this offering locally. While I won't drive to Wisc. to get more it is a beer which doesn't try to do to much. If you want an APA with less bitterness (and flavor) than the style is renowned for look for this,at the price I paid (8.99 a 12 pack) I can't complain but I was hoping for a little more from a brewery I've a soft spot for in my heart.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone. 'Nuff said.

Appearance is a clear light ruby/amber with an attractive white head. Decently carbonated.

Smells like cascades... like SNPA.

Tastes slightly sweet and malty with a slight bite of cascades in the finish... like SNPA.

...and like SNPA, it is very highly drinkable. I'll have to do a side-by-side comparison some day, but as far as I can tell it is the exact same recipe.

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Photo of mynie
4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a heady rust, translucent and sparkly pale.

Smells of mild, almost English malt and straight cascade malt. Simple, but wonderfully balanced.

Tastes like it smells. Light, rounded european malt that's a blend between biscuits and caramel, and this balanced excellently by a floral and citrusy cascade hops.

It's smooth and drinkable--a perfect can beer, excellent for biking or tailgating--but also deceptively complex and flavorful. And at 9 bucks a 12 pack, it's a goddamn steal.

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Photo of Atron67
4.19/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a clear darker amber with medium tannish head that faded pretty quickly with light lacing
S- Loads of Piney cascade hops make up the majority of this smell, perfect for this style and delicious smelling
T- a good malt balancing which is followed up by the cascade the bitterness hits strong at the end, stays for a little while then cleanly fades
M- a sharp carbonation and medium body provide a good base for the beer
D- a solid Pale ale wihch is strong enough to keep my hop head happy

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is clear, peachy/ golden, sufficient snow white foam stands above.
Aroma is big, fresh hoppiness, pure Cascades, apricots, peaches, sweet, floral, just a teenchy touch bitter, but not much. Aaaah, ...that's nice!
Taste is niceness again, very smooth on the palate, little bitterness, sweet, caramel-y at times. Starts as an American IPA, finishes English, really. Body is medium at best, finish dries up quick at the end.
This won't put Sierra Nevada out of business, but if it's a nice, inexpensive, tasty-enough, locally brewed pale ale you want, by all means look here.

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Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Golden hued, leaning towards amber with a stark white crown of ample retain and stickiness.
A dewy lime leaf and lime peel hoppiness great the nose, with notions of grass. Ummm..yeah, it's Cascade. Malts add floured dough.
Begins with that same flour and bread dough. It's firm, but not very deep. But it works as a template for the hops. Just the slightest neo-natal caramel embryonic development, then, the morning-after hop pill. Full of lime piece, fruit, and leaves, and stems. With a flagellating grassiness and further citric grapefruit and orange. This is a bold study in Cascade. It's lacking somewhat in malt structure, but it reaches a point where it hardly matter.
It should be noted that this in not overly hoppy either. But the focus rests squarely upon then. The body is light, the carbonation upped. It is a feat to drink 12oz of this in more than 5 minutes.
I've overlooked this too long. For $5 a sixer, this gets both "budget drunk" and "permanent fridge space" status.

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Photo of mac56
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful light-copper color with a decent head and some lace. Slight citrusy aroma. Definite Cascade hop taste, sort of like SNPA with a bit more molasses in the body. Very quaffable - I think this is a good session beer. "Point Special" has never knocked me out, so this and their darker offerings are very pleasant surprises.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice finger of white foam stays put for a decent amount of time, and leaves some wet lace on the glass after a few sips. the brew itself reminds me of dark urine (I'm not trying to slam this beer...I work in a hospital laboratory, and I see all shades of urine so sometimes when I see a beer, I think of what maladies someone might be suffering from if they peed this color, and this one is screaming "dehydration" and "kidney failure"). Sorry.

S - Deep sweet hops. I don't know that I've ever really thought of hops as sweet before, but that's what comes to mind. A bit of pine comes through too, along with a syrupy molasses malt "backbone."

T - Big time Sierra Nevada comparisons come to mind with the big wad of cascade hops all up in yo face. Piney as hell with hints of mandarin orange and a biscuity malt base. This is a very "Northwestern" style APA, and that's the way I like 'em!

M - This is actually quite full in body....almost to the point of thickness. Carbonation is prickly and lively, and the finish is all about the dry hop notes. Pine forest city!

D - This is a damn good pale ale! I'm really surprised that this is such a good beer after being less than impressed with some of this breweries other offerings. A poor man's Sierra Nevada? I'm not sure...this might actually upset the classic and popular SN!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up this can at whole foods yesterday and was very, very pleased with it overall. served cold and consumed on 08/17/2010.

nice clean amber pour with loads of carbonation coming up to the surface to form a nice little head of white that was about an inch or so high. nice lacing coming down the sides of the glass as well. aroma is nice and tight, clean piney hop notes give way to grapefruit, light lemon grass and a decent touch of simple malts. crisp, clean, and completely drinkable flavor has me from the first sip. really easy to put down and i could see myself easily drinking 4 or five. nice sharp bite of hops on the front which mellows into a very well balanced and lightly sweet buttery flavor, but keeps it all very, very light. nice light nd slightly dry finish seals the deal for me.

overall about as solid as they come, really just very, very nicely done.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this at Macadoodles in Joplin, Missouri.

Appearance- amber color, thick foamy head

Smell- hops, bit of malt

Taste- hops, very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, nice carbonation

Drinkability- Very good, I liked it a lot. I wish I could get some more right now.

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Photo of brakspear
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Point's newest offering (June 2004) that replaces the standard Pale Ale that the brewery dropped a few years ago. I was very pleased and surprised by this beer. For a brewery more known for its classic Midwest American lager, this pale ale has a nice taste of the west coast in its bloodlines. Not a true hop head beer by any means, but a very refreshing and Cascade hop flavored pale ale that breaks the mold from this brewery's other offerings.

It pours a nice clear golden/amber with tight carbonation bubbles forming a beautiful soft white head that lingers but does not lace.

The aroma is a generous blend of Cascade hop citrus with just a touch of caramel malt sweetness in the background.

The taste is a very balanced blend of crystal and munich malt sweetness and body with very well-rounded citrusy hop flavors. The bitterness is not in your face, but present in the background coming more to the fore as the ale warms. The ale also has a nice mouthfeel, perhaps due to the munich malts.

Overall this is a very nice and welcome addition to lineup from the Central Wisconsin brewery.

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Photo of lakeviewmike
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am basing this review on a head-to-head comparison with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Both beers were poured from a bottle into pint glasses. I didn't check the freshness date on either bottle but they were purchased from a very good, high traffic liguor store so I assume both were reasonably fresh.

The appearance of both beers was nearly identical. Color was the same, orange-gold, clear light bubbles. The head and retention on the SN was slightly better.

The smell and taste were nearly indentical. I couldn't tell them apart. Nice grapefruity, tart but balanced flavor.

I tend to think that a good pale ale is practically the most drinkable beer around and Point Cascade is very drinkable.

I went into this thinking that I would easily prefer SNPA to Point. I hadn't had a Point PA for a while and have really enjoyed SNPA lately. I was pleasantly surprised. At $5.29 a six pack versus $6.99 for SNPA, why not drink Point!

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Photo of gmfessen
4.09/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours out a golden copper color with a frothy head that dies down quickly; nice lacing that follows the beer down the glass. The smell is pleasant and dominated by the smell of the cascade hops...who'd have guessed. The beer is very well balanced, with the cascade giving the beer an excellent hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium, with a foamy carbonated consistency. Overall, this beer is pretty drinkable, being inexpensive and pretty tasty, an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light, soft APA with subtle but enjoyable floral and citrus hop characteristics on the aroma and taste...a nice sweeter sugar cookie like maltiness complements well (although this is subtler than it sounds written down).

I like how this one comes together...very drinkable...nice flavor....light side of medium bodied...feels close to the right weight....perhaps a bit thin....a nice drinker...

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.06/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really solid citrusy and hoppy aroma. The flavor leans more towards the citrus, but it still tastes great, and can stand with the more well-known pale ales.

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Photo of nicksta
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a beautiful deep gold/copper that is slightly cloudy with a weak frothy head that dies quick, and it has little lacing. A pity that lack of frothy head brings it down.

The smell is above average with hints of citrus.

The taste is really good, slight citrus, just a hint of adjunt sweetness, just a kiss of bitter hops to balance, and a slight aftertaste I can't pinpoint. Maybe a hint of caramel? Overall a very well balance beer, but unfourtunately it could be more defined.

The mouthfeel is excellent a little light, but other than that it is great.

The drinkabilty is great. A good session beer, or if you want you could easily down a sixer of this. Taste carries some bite so it doesn't get a five.

It is fairly cheap, and overall really great. It beats out Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for my favorite APA, so far.

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Photo of beer2day
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper gold pour with fluffy light cream 2-finger head. Good retention and sparse thick lace.

Bready nose. Weak pine hops, with slight herbal flavor.

Nice bright hop hit for an APA. Moderate malt body yields to a bready texture, surprisingly rich again for they style. Ever so slight tart cherries kick in towards the finish. Decent hop presence on the back end.

Nice session ale.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Point Cascade Pale Ale

Appearance: Light gold, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: Cascade hops and slight grain.

Taste: Delicious cascade hops, slight nutty-maltiness, and grain.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

This is very impressive. I really love the way this tastes. It has great balance and emphasizes the warmer flavors.

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Photo of Redrover
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap while in Stevens Point last week. The beer was a nice copper/bronze with a well-formed white head. Fantastic lacing patterns.

The beer had a very nice nose of citrus, pine and spice. Very appetizing smell!

The taste was rock solid with a clear hop bite. Spicy goodness backed with what seems to be a substantial malt backbone. The malts add a nice sweet touch and make this beer well balanced. Taste remains solid as the beer warms. More pine resin taste at the finish.

The mouthfeel was very good. It is a nice balance of creamy and sharp. Drinkability is very good, perfect session or anytime beer.

I’m very glad that Point has reintroduced a pale ale. I liked their previous version, but this one seems better balanced with a bit more hop goodness.

Between this new offering from Point and the Pale Ales from Berghoff & City Brewing, Wisconsin now offers three decent Pale Ale choices from their regional breweries. On Wisconsin!!!

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Photo of jsisko01
4.01/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, dark golden color with a half inch head that leaves a great lacing behind. It looks so crisp.

Smell - Malts, hops, citrus, and bread.

Taste - Very malty with a strong kick of hops up front. Very floral tasting. The hops are strong but I can sense a little bit of citrus in the background but that's it.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - This is a pretty good pale ale. A little stronger than most.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice looking amber hue, with lots of bubbles rushing to the top to produce a white soapy looking head.

Aroma: Earthy hops and a hint of some citrus in there.

Taste: The hops taste a lot cleaner and smoother than I would've thought based on the aroma. The citrus is a nice grapefruit bite in the finish. The two compliment each other very nicely.

Mouthfeel: A good feel with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable brew with a great balance of citrus and nice clean hops. Not as overpowering as many other Pale Ales out there, and a very worthwhile choice.

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