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:
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Added by ADR on 03-07-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Offa
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm finally reviewing this from handwritten notes from Dec. 2012. It was from a bottle, deep gold with small white head steadily shrinking to foamy ring and wisps.

Aroma was nice citrus, grain, apple, orange flower, hint of pine/light grapefruit.

Taste was light, crisp, citrus, pine hints, grain, cracker, hint of apple, dryish with nice light bitterness, lingering and just dominating a light sweetness. Simple but very nice, well-balanced, highly drinkable with enough character to stay interesting, nice engaging feel.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Lighter amber shade of pale, solid 1" of white head. Classic c hop bitter aroma. Grapefruit all over it.

Taste, c hops dominate. A little bit of herbal component, bittersweet toasted caramel malt. Well carbonated. For what is pretty much a regional macro, this is a decent c hop bitter pale ale that what it lacks in complexity, it makes up for in standard reliability.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
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 Pegasus
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Hazy medium golden color, with a large, somewhat coarse off-white head, prominent Belgian-style lacing, and an abundance of suspended, fine particulate. Slight, slow-rising carbonation is also present.

Aroma: Cascade hops are, as the name suggests, quite prominent in the aroma, there is an abundance of pale malt as well, but the hops dominate.

Taste: Opens with solid, clean pale malt and somewhat forward Cascade hops. Soon after the taste opens, the hops rise to dominance, although the pale malt is never totally vanquished. The taste closes with hops forward, but also a clean bread malt presence in the background.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, fairly full, with abundant, but soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A nice example, very drinkable and refreshing.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I could find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear pale yellow color with less than one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of bubbles remained, there is moderate lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: grapefruit, pine and bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially grapefruit citrus then a piney hop profile.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good pale ale but is very close to being an IPA with the piney hop profile. There are better options available for this style so I would probably not seek this out again.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 2/18/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, pineapple, pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish fora good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Suds
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is an everyday pale ale. It has a golden color and a thin white head. The aroma is a mix of west coast hops and malt, although more subdued than I would like. The taste is clean, crisp, and semi dry. Some malt bites in the taste and hop balance. Medium to light in body. Average.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cascade Pale Ale pours a golden color with a large fluffly white head. There is a nice crisp aroma, with subtle hints of hops. The taste is also very crisp, nice mellow hints of hops, and just a touch of sweetness. Good body and good feel. Overall its a very nice pale ale, light, easy to drink, and enjoyable.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.6/5  rDev +4%

Poured from a bottle into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy, medium caramel amber with nice one finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Mild aroma of caramel malt and lightly piney and grassy hops, slightly vegetal. Flavor is also mild; light grassy, slightly floral hops, sweet bready malt, citrus; finishes with light grassy hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. A light, modestly hopped pale ale that's not trying to break any boundaries. Hop and malt flavors are nicely balanced, but nothing really stands out. Pleasant with a meal, but not one I'd seek out.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%

A 355ml bottle; BB Oct 2014. Purchased from a B&M store a little while back. This UK import is simply called Point Pale Ale, but the label states that it is brewed with Cascade.

A: Rich amber hue with faint sediment and intense carbonation. Large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before settling as a surface layer.

S: Aroma of caramel malt with hints of mild pine, grass/hay, subtle spice, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves. A metallic twang in the background. Subdued.

T: Caramel malt with a restrained hoppy character and a mild bitterness. Mild pine resin, faint weed, grass/hay, a twinge of citrus, spice, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, followed by a hoppy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Bit too fizzy.

O: It's OK though nowt special. Looks alright, but the aroma is lacklustre. Flavour is a tad better - decent hop/malt balance for a pale ale. So-so body. Goes down alright but not one I'd go out of my way for again.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: slight haze; bronze colored; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin cap; no lacing;

S: more like noble hops than cascade;

T: follows the nose; a little lemon rind in the lightly bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; crisp;

O: nothing stands out one way or the other expect that I couldn't find the cascade anywhere;

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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.94/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottled and purchased from bargain supermarket B&Ms
Pours a golden body with quickly diminishing white head that pretty much disappears
Muted citra aroma and flavour

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Photo of Hergestridge
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Stevens Point American Pale Ale is very good and one of the best American Ales I've enjoyed.
The bitterness is good without being "sour" . The mouth feel is cool with a slight floral taste. Well done and my Wisconsin Friends!! ! You do Beer Proud! And My Chiropractor is from there.. so extra credit! ! ! !

Carry on Citizens!

Serving type: can

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Photo of bmwats
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hand glass.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Tons of rising effervescence. Craters slowly, like a root beer float. Plenty of beer ring lacing, and a persistent blanket of foam.

S: Light pine resin, light honey, and sourdough, and a bit of dish soap.

T: Hops, grapefruit pith, and construction paper.

M: Light body. Crisp character. Bitter finish.

D: Sessionable.

Atmosphere is really good. Lots of effervescence, large frothy head, and persistent lacing. Nose is piney sourdough, with a little bit of honey. Hops with citrus and a bit of a papery character. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of jwc215
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of Winter Variety Pack:

Pours golden amber with a thin, wispy head. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of mild citrus and pine with some sourbread dough.

The taste is of dough with a touch of sweet and sour. Mild hops give a citric bitterish touch in the soft finish.

It is light-bodied, but not too thin or watery. It has medium to ample carbonation.

It is a no-frills, no-thrills, straight to the point (no pun intended - well, maybe a bit) balanced, easy-drink pale ale.

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Photo of arc3636
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A - golden coppery, very clear with some wide head

S - not much stands out, a few sour notes

T - mild and balanced, exactly what an APA should be. Caramel malt and piney hop flavors.

M - average, sweet aftertaste

O - nothing spectacular here, but a solid drinkable pale ale

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Photo of Omnium
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a really nice clear light gold color, two finger soapy white head, real nice lacing around the glass.
S - Very faint grapefruit and pine hop aroma, big time cracker and biscuit malt, some other random spices i cant pick out.
T - The malts are big here, and the spice from the hops is over the top, you get some of the fruit flavors that cascade can lend, but they're faint.
M - Soapy, spicy and bitter.
O - Bad display of cascade hops, thats for sure. An OK pale on a hot day at best.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a rather uneventful pale ale. Decent hop influence, but nothing overly boisterous. Pine seems to be most prevalent. Hop spices are a bit more than mildly spicy. Carbonation seems slightly high. Pretty easy to drink though. A nice drinker. Would be easy to drink more than a few.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.4% ABV,

A - Shimmering golden honey in color, fine particles float through this beer that pours with a formidable off white head. Rocky lace leaves a silhouette of mountains on the glass as it's consumed.

S - Not quite bursting with a Cascade aroma, this pale ale takes a subtle, not-so-dry hopped approach to the pale ale with its pale maltiness and trace finish of citrus rind and pine woodsy character - disappointing considering the potential Cascade hops can add to the aroma.

T - Lemon citrus rind and pine needle show a bit more life from the Cascade hops this beer contains but their subtlety certainly doesn't push past the pale and caramel malt to any level of acceptance for a hop head.

M - Starting smooth and drinkable, Cascade Pale Ale turns dry and faintly bitter, remaining just as drinkable as it lingers on the palate.

O - I can see how Cascade Pale Ale might have been hoppy "back in the day" but by today's standards this mellow, though easily drinkable pale ale doesn't come close to measuring up. Between the faint aroma and lack luster flavor, if it's hops you're looking for, Point's Cascade Pale Ale is one you can skip. Try their Beyond The Pale IPA instead.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is below average and a short ring of irregular lacing is left.

3.25 S: Not a lot going on in this, but it's still pleasant. Floral and lightly citrusy hops. Mild neutral malt sweetness. Clean.

3.25 T: Taste is pretty much the same as the nose. Not a lot to say. Neutral malt, mild bitterness, and lightly floral and citrusy hop flavor.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess.

3.0 D: Pretty much average all around. Not bad, just average.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold with a half finger of white head

Smell is a lemon grassyness, spice, light citrus, caramel malts

Taste is light bitter citrus, bready malt, earthy, spicy hop, grains

Mouthfeel is classic pale ale, clean, crisp, carbed up.

Good Stuff, not great stuff, but for $10 a 12 pack you can really do no wrong here!

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Photo of TheSSG
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a nice, soft, white head that collapses into an open-celled inch high cushion. Leaves a touch of lacing behind. Bright, citrus hop aroma. Radiant, clear, gold color turns to a nice hazy turbidity as the hop bits are swirled from the bottom of the bottle. Starts bitter with a grapefruit/citrus rind note to it. The malt pops through for just a bit, but then the bitterness comes back to linger in the finish atop the biscuity malt.

A very watery mouthfeel. Overall, the flavor isn't bad (I actually enjoy the flavor), but the mouthfeel is less than satisfying. It's really, really thin...to the point that it pretty severely lowers my liking of this one (one of the RARE times mouthfeel has shifted my dramatically).

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Photo of OliverBlaze
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall this is an enjoyable pale ale. Easy to drink and very mild over all. Very distinct piney hop presence. It's a good beer to enjoy on a hot summer day. Although it may be quite average, it gets the job done when you are craving the pale ale taste for an incredibly affordable price.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This pours a hazy, golden yellow color with a foamy, off white head. There is a pretty simple aroma of hops and citrus, nothing too fancy. The taste is a fairly simple ale that finishes with a little bitter. There are hints of grains, citrus, and lemon zest as well. It drinks easy, it’s local, but it’s nothing all that special unfortunately.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
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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