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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Reviews: 228 | Ratings: 439
Photo of albertjr21
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, brew pours a very clear and pale yellow gold under a thin but persistent head. Aroma of grassy pungent pine hop gets straight to the point in a sweet and somewhat herbal nose. Perhaps some lemon and mango in the smell and taste as well. A refined balancing act of the cascade hop and toasted malt flows mellow on the palate in classic APA style. During one's journey through the universe of Imperial IPAs and other multi-hop monsters, it's nice to take several steps back once in awhile and enjoy something like this.

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

A light auburn color, nice clarity, you can tell its from a bigger brewery sometimes by that reason alone. Nice .85" of head on it, white in color, flimsy lacing and retention, but ultimately, she was a looker even if some minor issues not approaching the designation of being a flaw. Aroma, yeah, definitely cascades, even if you wish there was more to it. Really a classic type of impression, unmistakable with the grapefruit and pithy fruitiness.

Taste, I've had these from all different ages. It actually holds up pretty well, C hops are pretty sturdy, unlike a lot of the newer proprietary hop styles. A small amount of caramel, and a bitterness that seems like it brings something a little different in a DFH kind of way, like tea or something even more exotic that you can't put your finger on. A little mild spiciness, a nice touch. Above average carbonation. Solid bitterness that usually the big guys try and stay away from. Malt body is thinner and allows the Cascades to come out despite not being used with a heavy hand. Finished dry, its a reasonably priced alternative.

Not knocking socks off, but a solid representation of a pale ale. It might make some converts too, its really right in that vein.

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Photo of yesyouam
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Point Cascade Pale Ale is a very clear, sparkling, golden ale that's topped with a dense, off white foam that has great retention. It has a bright, citrusy hop aroma with a hint of caramel in the nose. It's medium bodied with a chalky finish. It has a nice citrus peel bitterness and almost sweetness with the caramel flavor. It's simple and bitter.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour with a finger of head with some retention and little lacing.

S - Scent is rather mild, but some sweet citrus hop notes with hints of caramel on the finish.

T - Again, a tad mild, but a solid citrus hop flavour does dominate. The malts are rather mild and unadventurous offering up hints of milky caramel and toffee.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet on the finish.

O - A decent pale ale, but nothing mind blowing. The hop presence is light and crisp, making it quite drinkable, so it would certainly be a sessionable pub ale.

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Photo of Jerry906
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

average is all that can be said here,
A: average pale color with no distinct color

S: is the only thing that stood out to me as the aroma is very pleasant.

T: is average in the realm of pale ales not overpowering easy to drink

M: smooth not creamy no after taste

O: An average beer good if looking to drink only one or two on a lazy afternoon

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

I've lived within a hundred miles of this brewery for most of my life, and I thought it was about time that I tried some of their brews. This one poured out of a bottle a light caramel color with about an inch of eggshell head that fairly quickly fell to a lace that stuck around and clung a bit. Good clarity and moderate effervescence. The nose is nice but fairly faint: I'm getting some pine and herbal hop notes, but not much aroma to speak of. The taste is hop-forward, with pine and citrus right out of the gates. It's a bit more carbonated than I think it needs to be, but that wasn't altogether distracting. Some sweet, just slightly corny malt flavor presents itself midway through the taste. The close is fairly clean and has more of the pine notes.

I enjoyed this beer. As far as pale ales go, it has nice balance and solid hop flavor, which is really what I'm most concerned with. For what it delivers, you really can't top the taste for this price around here. I could see enjoying this with a wide range of foods and in all kinds of weather. Well worth picking up if you're a hop head living on a budget in Wisconsin.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. I had this one way back in my early craft days & loved it. Needs a review though. Pours golden with a touch of orange. Head is bubbly and white, ok retention, and no lacing to speak of. Aromas are fruity with citric hops, faint maltiness. Tastes are also citric with notes of grapefruit, grassy, mild caramel and slight toasted grain, refreshing, with a modest bitter finish, slightly soapy and astringent. Balance is good for a pale ale. Mouth-feel is thinner than I'd hope for. Nothing specacular here, but I do have an affinity for cascade hops. However, this is not as good as I remember.

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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 WastingFreetime
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Clear lemony yellow color with two fingers of soapy head with decent lacing left behind after about a minute. Pretty nice looking beer!

S. Floral bouquet and caramel malt. That's all.

T. Lemon peel, biscuit malt, herbal and grassy hop finish.

M. Medium textured heft to the body, refreshingly carbonated.

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Photo of RobinLee
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass. Part of sampler box.

A: Clear, golden, kinda like honey. Bubbles rise steadily.

S: Maintains a sweet, fruity note without missing the hops.

T: Hoppy, fruity, slight bit of wheat, citrusy.

M: Medium. Pleasantly sharp carbonation. Like drinking a beer flavored soda. Very long finish- I was tasting it after 2 other beers.

O: Pretty good pale ale. Keeps the hops without being inaccessible by those unfamiliar to the style.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Cascade Pale was had in a nonic pint.

Appearance- The bright white foam builds to a finger width with a smooth and bubble bursting cap. It recedes rather fast and leaves some whispy fizz lingering on the lid.

This body is a transparent, glowing, gold-amber with a steady stream of carbonation visible.

Smell- The nose is soft with some honey malt, slightly piney and grassy hops, and a little bit of lemon zest. This is decent, all it needs is more heft to be great.

Taste- Some bitterness, grassy hop and a slight wheat are hitting the palate in a swirl of lightly played flavors. The biscuit malt that begins to mingle hides some sweet citrus, just lightly passion fruit and lemon.

The finish has a lingering grassy, bitter feel with a little bit of wheat. The flavors are all subtle but mesh really well and build one on top of the other.

Mouth feel- A decent medium body that errs on the side of slick, instead of creamy. However, it manages to have a long finish.

Overall- This pale ale is very balanced and offers just enough hop bitterness to keep it interesting. However, at times, the malty wheat gets too much attention, when it would be nice if the flavor hops could come to the front.

The feel is also a little too slick, and not quite creamy enough. Point's Cascade Pale Ale offers some soft and complimentary flavors and good drinkability. Enjoy one or two on a lazy afternoon.

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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 mrfrancis
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, glowing gold with a puffy white head that recedes a bit faster than I would have liked.

S: A bit coarse on the nose, with suggestions of biscuits and honey overwhelmed by pine, lemon, and orange scents.

T: A crisp entry gives way to notes of pine, lemon, biscuits, honey, minerals, bitter orange, tangerine rind, and lime notes. The finish is smooth and rounded with notes of lemon, lime, orange, and honey.

M: Light-to-medium in body and initially dry, though an oily, resinous quality gradually emerges, becoming particularly noticeable on the finish. As can be expected of most APAs, carbonation is crisp.

O: This is a quality APA. I wasn't expecting much when I purchased this, but now I'm glad I picked this one up. I can see myself buying this again.

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

12oz undated bottle into a pint glass.

Clear, vibrant golden yellow in color. One finger, foamy white head with decent retention and moderate lacing.

Nose is very mild-slight grassy, hay scents, along with just a little citrus.

Taste very much follows the nose. Grassy, lemon zest, easy-going hop bitterness. Not overpowering at all, nor would I expect it to be.

Mouthfeel is crisp, fairly carbonated. Light bodied with just a touch of dryness on the finish.

Overall this is a good beer. I would definitely look to this as an inexpensive session type beer. I could drink several of these in a sitting. Not outstanding, but a solid thirst quencher.

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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 minterro
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

6 pack in the U. P. hanging with a yooper... eh?

golden with bits of orange, decent fizzy head not much lacing.

Smell is pretty floral and a bit earthy.

taste: floral, citrus, and a little pine. not much of a malty background.

mouthfeel: low side of bodied and pretty heavy carbonation.

great beer if your looking for something on the cheaper side but not giving up a ton of taste.

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

Drinking Date: Nov. 27 2011

Glassware: Chalice

Appearance: A hazy orange-yellow hue with a bubbly white head that diffuses pretty quick.

Smell: Floral and piney aromas reach the nose first with a little citrusy sweetness in the background. Clean, refreshing smell.

Taste: Fresh floral hoppy flavor up front with mild bitterness and a little sweetness from the malt continuing throughout; Ends crisp and clean with just a faint piney aftertaste. Pleasing and intersting taste.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied with a slight oily/slick feel.

Overall: Good beer; no complaints. A solid brew with some depth of flavor and a feel of quality. Will purchase again.

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Photo of soju6
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper color with a moderate head and decent lacing.

S: Aroma is primarily citrus with a hint of sweetness.

T: Flavor of citrus, fresh grain and a bit of malt sweetness. Some bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp and quite smooth. Needs a bit more character.

O: Decent beer, good for a few. Nothing really outstanding about this beer, more of an average APA.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear beer, light golden color, with thin head. Minimal lacing but what there is sticks to the side of the glass well.

S: Good smelling beer. Very vibrant fruity scent and with minimal hops. Nice citrus scents as well.

T: From what I was smelling, I was expecting much more and was a little disappointed. It is not bad, but there is a minimal flavor profile. The taste is very short to. You get hit with a slight hop and citrus flavor then its gone, like the taste there is, just doesn't linger long at all.

M: Not a very bitter beer at all. Smooth and decent carbonation.

O: I like the taste, I just want MORE! I wish they would have been able to keep the taste lingering in my mouth longer. Decent beer though nontheless

Serving type: bottle

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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 socon67
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours orange with a decent white foam on top. Not much lacing however.

S - Citrus smell, perhaps a touch of pine. The hops are noticed on the back end. What I didn't enjoy was a perceived lack of balance.

T - Decent flavor. Refreshing taste to it.

M - Light bodied feel, but enough components to make you enjoy what you are drinking.

O - A decent gateway beer, this is good when you don't want to crush your taste buds but want a beer with a subtle amount of hops and flavor.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Not much lace produced from a frothy 1/2 inch head. Pale golden orange.

S: Very nice aroma. Good hops spice and light citrus/pine. A decent amount of savory malt.

T: At first a good fruity hop element that hangs on a mellow malt body. Not a lot of nuance but good enough.

M: Pretty well average but not bad.

D: Easy drinking, unremarkable pale. Decent.

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Photo of deebo
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pale golden with lots of carbonation, tight white head that does not last long, minimal lacing.
S-Upfront sweet pils type malt with some citra hops present.
T-Well balanced pale ale, some malt upfront with citrus hops then taking over giving a slight bitter finish.
D-Above average for the style, well balanced and easy to drink.
O-Not an overly hoppy beer, fairly drinkable. Not a huge fan of this style but this is a very nice beer, probably won't be liked as much by the hop heads.

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Photo of 6993bc
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was a nice, smooth beer with a heavy citrus flavor, seems like a grapefruit taste.

A- A milky orange color, with a good a thick head.

S-A citrus smell is a appearent, the smell is very subtle.

T-The bold taste was not there, like I had expected, the overpowering fruity flavor overpowered any bitters. Malty.

M- Full body taste.

Overall: This was a very average Pale Ale, the citrus flavors made it nice to drink on a hot summer day.

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Point Cascade Pale Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
3.47 out of 5 based on 439 ratings.
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