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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ADR on 03-07-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of boojea
1.76/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance - looked like a typical APA. The head died down almost immediately and left little to no lacing.

Smell - The Cascade hop aroma was overwhelmed by fusel alcohols. Apparently there must have been a problem during fermentation (hopefully only in this batch).

Taste - Nice splash of Cascade hops quickly blunted out by a mix of fusel/hot alcohol and astringency. I suspect the mash ph was too high and the mineral profile was not appropriate to round out the flavor (sulphate/chloride ratio). Overall horrible flavor.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly had a good mouthfeel but the astringency and horrible flavor detracted from it.

Drinkability - Aweful. This beer tastes like bad homebrew. Something that was fermented warm with too little yeast as well as improper water chemistry. I will never buy this beer again. It's not worth the calories.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
1.78/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearnce is lacking but at least it has a lacing. Nice pale ale color, but still seems lacking.

Smell is of light cascade hops with a very light and flowery accompanyment, hardly noticeable.

Taste has a pretty hoppey bite at first, and then the aftertaste is pretty hoppy as well. The only thing is that I can't taste any fruityness, but what I can taste is wateryness.

I feel only hard water.

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Photo of maxpower
2.06/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bright golden- copper in color, small foamy off white head, that doesn't last long. Weak citrus aroma of hops, some caramel malt flavors with a mild hop bite make this very easy to drink, has a strange off flavor, light and watery with a light stale bitterness in the finish, I didn't care for this one at all.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.22/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, faint hops and a bit soapy. In the taste, small pine like hops and a bit minty even. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, small hop in the aftertaste. OK, but eh! for a pale.

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Photo of JDV
2.3/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this brew on tap at HopLeaf in Chicago.
Pours clear amber with no lasting head. Smell was lightly hoppy and smooth. Taste was extremely thin and watery. Barely any hop flavor, or maltiness to this. Body was weak and flavor was equally as unimpressive...

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.35/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Color is about right for an average pale ale. Medium brown, slightly copper, the head is a little small, though. Smell definitely sneaks in a little sweet floral hops scent, slight bubblegum flavors. Taste is definitely hopcentric, but there is a weird burnt plastic taste, present in some PA's I have had. Flavor isn't that great. There are many better pales in the world, and buy those.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.42/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light-brown translucent color. The head is small and fizzy and dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell: Has a dry, grassy hop aroma to it. Smells like your typical APA.

Taste: For a pale ale, this is extremely light on taste. There is a significant amount of hoppy bitterness but it seems muted somehow. Kind of disappointing...

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, and over-carbonated.

Drinkability: A below average pale ale. Don't bother messing around with this one.

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Photo of budgood1
2.43/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out an apricot colour; slightly hazy with a frothy off white head. sticks and laces well. buttery diacetyl aroma....butterscotch and cascade hops. pretty straight forward. light fruity taste. more buttery and syrupy slickness in the malt profile and a citrusy bitter hop finish. light body. mouthfeel seems a touch watery and weak. one or two of these and it's time to move on to something with substance. again, one of those pale ales that would be an adequate summer quencher or a perfect beverage to wash down some spicy barbeque or some buffalo wings.

i'd like to try this again someday as i believe this bottle tasted old.

12 oz. bottle obtained as a x-mas gift.

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Photo of bigeyedfish
2.43/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. My roomate brought back a bunch of beers from Wisconsin that I'm finally getting to drink.

To be honest, it looks like an average beer. Some head, about an inch or so that reduces pretty quickly to nothing. A lot darker than I expected it to be; kind of a dark orange, almost like a more light-penetrable Oktoberfest. Nothing to change the world over.

Not a whole lot going on in the nose. Some pine needles, but that's about it. I spent 3 or 4 minutes trying to get something else from this nose; I think this is just one of those beers with very little going on.

Not really a good tasting beer. To be honest, there's even less taste than there is smell. It isn't crisp like [the benchmark for all Pale Ale's] Sierra Nevada; there isn't a drink by date, so it may just be old, although I'm not quite sure, since there's still some hop bite there.

Mouthfeel- you won't get bitter beer face.

Yeah, you can drink it all night, but I don't see why you would. Not much of anything going on, and kind of a downer. Oh well. I think 82 is 5 or 6 points too high for this beer, this honestly tastes like a 77 point beer. But what do I know.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
2.48/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

How many times do I have to thank beerwolf77.
12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a crystal clear golden with hints of yellow. A finger's worth of head that leaves decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S- At first whiff, I am catching a big, burnt aroma and I don't think is typical in a pale. A little bit of the cascade hops and a small amount of malts. The burnt aroma is very overpowering and hides everything else.

T- This beer seems pretty oxidized. Just a small amount of malt and nothing else really to speak of. Taste more like an adjunct than anything else.

M- Medium bodied with fair carbonation. Pretty smooth overall.

D- Something about this beer just isn't right. The flavor profile seems off and if this is common, there is no way I could see myself having more than one of these.

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Photo of Cresant
2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this undated brown bottle into a pint glass. The clear body was a light bronze/golden color. The head is white and brittle, large crispy bubbles fade quickly.

Smell was less than fresh grains. Faint floral hops.

Taste was lightly malty with a lingering bitterness that peaks at the end. Sweet up front, mildly bitter end. Underwhelming.

Mouthfeel was well carbonated but on the thin side in body.

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Photo of Strix
2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow, some head that fades to nothing.

Smell watered down, but a faint hint of hops and graininess.

Taste quite watered down, like someone took a regular pale ale and diluted it. Grainy, with a slight hint of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel watery (I think I mentioned this).

Eh. This didn't do it for me. A mere shadow of a pale ale, heavily influenced by a watery taste that pervades it. I hope for their sake that this bottle was old, I'll have to try it again sometime.

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Photo of mightyhef
2.56/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance-clear amber color
Smell- light cascade aroma with citrus..
Taste light hop taste up front with light citrus follow up...a hint of a malt finish but like evereything else, you have to search for it..
Drinkability- comfortable, airy light ...typical midwest pale ale...not bad but nothing to write home (or to the Bros) about
Overall- eh...metza metz

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Photo of teromous
2.57/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: A brilliantly clear beer, colored light gold, with a thin head of white foam. There isn't much head, and it doesn't stand long, but the rest of this beer looks very nice. There isn't much lacing, but it does stick to the side of the glass.

S: This beer has a strange scent to it...it's like apricot with a slight funk. I can't really describe the funk...but good or bad, it does add a unique character. This beer has a wealth of citrus scents ranging from the aforementioned apricot, to a light tangerine scent.

T: I really expected more flavor to pop out of this. It is very bland and not much comes out. Oddly, I pick up a hint of wheat and some pepper flavors. I get some hop flavor up front, but nothing in the middle or end of the drink.

M: The mouthfeel is very thin and bitterness is largely absent.

O: Overall I didn't think it was that great of a beer. It started out well, but finished off thin and empty. An American Pale Ale should make a statement. It should be large and well-rounded. This is like a dog that is all bark and no bite. Unfortunate.

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Photo of Vancer
2.58/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hey, nice looking label – too bad the brew didn’t match it! No bottled date could have been old, which would explain the lack of flavor in this one. It was an amber pour with a quickly dissipating head. Weak aroma of hops, maybe a touch of malt down in there. The bland, dry, grainy taste did nothing for me – even had a lingering bitter earthly finish.

Would not drink these during a session, SNPAs, Schlafly or Boulevard, please.

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2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Body is honey golden in color that hosts a quick fading off-white head.

Nose has a nice wheaty hoppy feel with fruity citrus notes.

First sip cries for a much larger drink. This is no sipping beer. Very crisp clean and refreshing. Relatively uncomplex palate with a slightly hoppy lightly bitter finish. Bitter becomes more prominent as you drink more and the beer warms. This is most refreshing when ice cold. Remind you of anything?

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Photo of Squelch
2.67/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light Amber colored, slightly cloudy, Thick off white head that leaves medium lacing.

Smell: Little hop aroma. smells mainly of malts. Hops smell citrusy.

Taste: Astringent. needs more malt backbone and a bit more flavor hops. almost tastes soapy

Mouthfeel: Very nice perfect medium body.

Drinkability: This beer was ok. Nothing to write home about. This could be much better with some more specialty malts for more malt flavor and a bit more hop flavor. Sounds like their sparging technique needs some work to help with the astringency.

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Photo of Mattamue
2.67/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into a pint. No date on bottle.

a Cool light tan. Thin bubbly head dissipates quickly. Bubbly lacing, grayish white, slips down the glass during tasting. Regular carbonation.

s Floral hops, muted. Very clean smell. Hard to detect a toasty malt, but it is there.

t Moderate bitter on the tip of the tongue. Easily reclines to the middle as the taste finishes, but does not grow any bolder. Slight citric aftertaste.

m Watery light feel. The taste is easy to finish.

o Not what I was expecting from a pale ale. Watered down IPA. Could not detect much malt. Would purchase a different pale ale.

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Photo of sacfly
2.79/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz, twist off. No date. Part of a mix 12 pack.
Pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a frothy off white head. Aroma is a bit musty, with a hint of citrus hops in the background. Reminds me of older hops that have started to oxidize. Taste is lackluster with more musty tones mixed with some grain husks. Mild sweetness and faint pine hops. Medium to light body. Aftertaste is mildly astringent with a bit of the hop bitterness thrown in. I'm hoping this is an old bottle that has lost something over time. But with no date, I can't be sure. The only thing I have to go on is that a local beer store just got it in last month. Should not be too old...

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Photo of Rifrafboy
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Since I enjoyed Point Special (it's a cheap beer and beats macro's) I decided to try this. Very pale appearance with a pleasant almost ginger aroma. Low to moderate head is gone in the blink of an eye. The taste is crisp and surprisingly bold. I will buy this again.

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Photo of karengarys
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Point? again, never heard of it, I'll give it a try.

Pours amber, leaving a bit of a fluffy head which dissipates within a few minutes, but also sticks to ghe glass a bit.. It is crystal clear.

Smells somewhat sweet with a little hop. Not a whole lot going on, but at least what is there is good.

Tastes a bit bland. it starts with a bit of dry hops, and turns to pine hops. That is about it. No balance with anything else at all, except maybe water, but that isn't balance.

Mouthfeel is similar to that of a miller or bud.

Finish is watery.

This is a rather boring beer. I'd take a pass, unless I'm looking for something for a drinker that is afraid of flavor and character.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours golden orange with a bit of a white head. The nose really doesn't have too much Cascade for a beer with the prototypical American hop in its name. More bread notes with some light caramel and nuts. The taste is the same--there's a slight bitterness and faint notes of citrus, but not much beyond that. Moderate body and carbonation. Nothing really special about this.

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Photo of PeterMacKellar
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Rather clear and a nice color. This particular one was, to me, a bit under-carbonated and head disappeared quickly.

S - Good smell, with touch of honey-ish sweetness and slight hop scent.

T - Very smooth, but almost too smooth to have any residual flavor more than a second after sipping.

M - Good, smooth feel. No adverse aftertaste/feeling.

O - I enjoyed the beer and think it's a good pale ale, but I don't think I'd actively reach for another one if there were other pale ale options available.

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Photo of bashiba
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice crystal clear amber color with minimal lacing or head.

Smell is a very toasted bread and malt smell, no hop odor at all. Its a good smell, just not at all what I expected for the style.

Taste is strongly malt dominated. Very strange for an APA. A nice bit of toasted caramel malts with a slighty light fruit flavor, just a bit of hops in the end, but overall a malt dominated flavor.

Mouthfeel is sligthy oily and thin.

Overall a decent beer, just doesn't really fit the style, closer to a amber ale than an APA.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Stevens Point Cascade Ale

Pours a golden orange in color, small off white head forms and little lace. Cascade hops in the aroma, floral and somewhat citrusy. Faint hop flavors and caramel malt backing. Fairly bland, watery, carbonation is ok thin body. Nothing exciting.

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