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 metter98
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is a pale yellow color and has a very slight amount of haziness. There is a light amount of carbonation and a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of pale malts in the nose.
T: There are flavors of bready malts and hints of caramel in the taste; the hops only contribute a very mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink, but there's nothing very interesting about the taste that would really want me to try this again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid, fare, pale ale that proves to be super clean, but lacking much memorable character. A brightly colored golden / amber hue gives off a lot of carbonation and forms a nice withstanding head. A crisp, cracker-like malt character provides the base for both the aroma and flavor. A strong Cascade hop flavor and aroma soon gains intensity and eventually dominates the beer. The hops give a firm grapefruit / orange rind flavor and mouth cleansing bitterness while the yeast gives some peaches, appricot, and pineapple esters. None of the yeast or malt contributions stand out, but the hops ride just above all other flavors, albeit one-dimensional. The beer attenuates well, maybe too well leaving a light grain flavor and thinness on the mouth. Carbonation lightens the beer and gives a light carbonic bite. Finishes dry, fleeting and with a moderate hop lingering. Nice beer, but maybe forgettable.

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Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single from Mariano's, Julian date code "2441" on the neck, 244th day of 2011 = Mid August. Possibly 4 mos. old :(

Pours into a tulip in a mellow way, generating a finger or two of creamy white foam with maximum stickage, it absolutely coats the glass with lace. Head retention is also excellent. Body is brilliantly clear, jewel tone golden orange that catches the light nicely.

Floral aroma, slight grassiness and pale malt sweetness.

Similar mild hop derived flavors, floral and grassy notes, light and easygoing. Thin and light bodied, vague hop bitterness, grassy aftertaste. Not especially sweet, finishes slightly dry. Pleasant pale ale, thankfully not overly sweet, though it's a bit thin feeling. Hot weather quencher for hop novices, and anyone that enjoys a lightly hopped pale ale.

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Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden orange color with a small, bubbly, off-white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of caramel and floral notes. It had a mild hop aroma.

T - It had a mild spicy, bitter hop profile with touches of citrus. It had a sweet burnt toast maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a somewhat sticky feel. A light to medium bodied brew.

D - This is an okay pale ale. For some reason it just seemed a little artificial to me.

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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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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 NeroFiddled
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Point Cascade Pale Ale pours a clear orange-amber body beneath a creamy head of off-white that holds well and leaves walls of lace about the glass. The Cascades come through in the nose, although they're not bright and juicy. It's pleasantly hopped, but not bold, and some gently piney and grassy notes round it out. In the flavor, the resinous character of the hops comes through just as equally strong as the citrusy side, and they ride along steadily atop the biscuity and bready malt base. The mouthfeel is a touch slick and oily, with a medium-body and very-fine bubbled, median carbonation. It's backed by a solid bitterness, and it finishes dry with a lingering bitter and resinous edge. Overall, it's a nice enough, enjoyable American pale ale that fits well within the category, but lacks anything that would make it stand out or shine.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, tea, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with sweet flavors of citrus, tea and caramel. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in to provide a good balance. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, even though there's nothing that really stands out about this beer, it's a nice beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Ever so slightly hazed, golden-copper with a wispy, white head that, while achieving some initial loft, soon settles out.

Smell: Aroma smelling of pale malts, damp waterlogged toast, (very light) caramel, stone fruits, citrus, and dried grasses.

Taste: Simple pale malts with a light degree of sweetness and supporting toasty, grainy accents. Very soft touch of apricot fruitiness. Dusky citrus, floral character, modestly resinous and with an underlying grassiness. As it warms, it picks up tastes of caramel and basic tea. Fitting amount of bitterness to counter to relatively light maltiness. Drying and lightly bitter for the quick, curt finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Makes for simple, easy drinking, but doesn't exactly express the punchy character of other APA's or even really exhibit the true full potential of the namesake hop. Still, for simple, easy drinking, it does its job sufficiently.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sunny amber-orange with equal contributions from each. The edges are brighter yet and are a fetching shade of bumblebee yellow. The cap is cream in color with a pastel yellow tint. It deposits better than average lace in the form of a thick collar and a few squiggles higher up the glass.

Point Cascade Pale Ale has a classic Cascade hop aroma: brightly lemony and grapefruity. Very little malt peeks through, which is just as well since I'm sure the beer was meant to be a Cascade showcase. It's a little lacking in terms of strength and makes me wonder whether enough hops were used. I'm amazed to learn that it's actually been dry-hopped. It sure doesn't smell like it.

I like the flavor just fine, there just isn't enough of it (even for an APA). There isn't enough pale malt on hand and there's precious little flavor contribution from what is present. As a result, the bitterness of the hops isn't effectively countered by malt sugars. More hop flavor and less hop bitterness would have been great.

I feel like a broken record sometimes, but this is another example in which a simple lack of ingredients just cannot be overcome. The mouthfeel is between light and medium. It's a good fit for the flavor profile, I guess, but it doesn't otherwise make an impression.

It shouldn't be that difficult to make a good Cascade-hopped pale ale; plenty of brewers have done it. I could drink Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale by the gallon and not give it a second thought. Therein lies the problem. It's pleasantly drinkable, but I'm not likely to remember the experience once this bottle is gone.

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Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in Oklahoma.

Pours an effervescent apricot with 2 fingers of creamy beige head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Slight citrus hops & honey malt

T: Lemony hops, grainy bread, honey malt & slight pineapple flavor up front. Grapefruit, dryness & a bit of dates as this warms. Finishes dry, spritzy, & crisp

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & good balance

Drinks good, a solid, not great APA, sessionable enough

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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 TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Been sellin' this guy for a while now and have yet to actually try him. This changes now: It pours a clear tawny straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild caramel, blunt pine, and a touch of cilantro. A hint of orange zest floats about here and there as well. The taste brings in more of the same, though the orange comes through better now, more individually than a random face in a crowd. Pretty decent balance, actually. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a nice, well-executed pale ale. Nothing spectacular or noteworthy, but one that I could easily see drinking plenty of if given the opportunity.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I asked indiapaleale, "Hey, CAN you Point me in the right direction on my CANQuest?" and he replied, "Sure!" in spades, if you CAN dig it. This is the fourth of four attempts to get the Point on my part.

From the CAN: "Stevens Point Brewery Brewing Excellence Since 1857. Point ^ Well Made."

My pour netted me two foamy fingers' worth of egghell- white head that actually held in nicely in the face of today's heat and humidity. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a mildly citrus-hoppy smell underlain by a faint sweetness. Not bad for the style and probably pushing the upper limits of what they are used to making at their brewery. Mouthfeel was medium and now the hops were much more evident on the tongue. Definite grapefruit-citrus hops! Finish was pleasantly crisp, dry and totally refreshing on this summer day. Nice lacing throughout.

I now get the Point and so should you! I would readily put this in my cooler if I could get it on a regular basis.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
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 jwc215
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
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 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 Tone
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, orange/golden color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of hops, pine, and some slight pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of hops, pine, slight grass, and some pale malt in the background. Overall, a dry pale ale that is a little weak in body.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%

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 tone77
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is also a bit on the hoppy side, some mild malts, finishing bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, malty, very slight citrus. The taste is sweet, malty/hoppy, with some citrus thrown in. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty APA, glad to have a chance to try it out, my first from this brewery.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pale and carapils malt scent along with a citrus hop aroma; Cascade hops of course. The taste is decent. It has a powerful Cascade hop flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. It's a little light on the malts; therefore leaving it thin and unbalanced. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent American pale ale. If it had some more malt content it would really be good. Unfortunately, it doesn't so it's just above average.

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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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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz extra that made the trek from Wisconsin to Boise by my understanding yet beer deprived coworkers. Poured into a shaker pint... while still grooving to the Cowboy Junkies.

Lite amber topped by an eggshell head that disappears quickly... uninspiring.

Aroma is Cascade through and through... a little caramel malts peak in here and there.... pretty good but still not what I would expect from a Cascade showcase.

Very drinkable.. sorta palate cleansing after the brews I've had tonight... just enough malts to balance the citrus flavors.... ending on a lingering Cascade finish.

Overall, a little watery.. could definitely use more body.. but still a descent American Pale... Given Steven's Point Cascade (if I had access) and Sierra Nevada Pale... I would pick SN every time.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Thick white head that simply will not dissipate! Tons of lacing all over the place.

(S)- Bright lemony hops with a light malt background.

(T)- Again, bright lemony citrus with hops. Fairly sweet maltiness in the background as well.

(M)- Crisp and smooth for sure. Subdued hop strength but still evident enough. Rather sweet for a pale ale.

(D)- An easy drinking pale that will satisfy most. A little off balanced, but still enjoyable enough for me. A good run of the mill pale ale.

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