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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

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Ratings: 439 |  Reviews: 229
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can at 42 degrees into a pint glass.

A: It pours a nearly transluscent (cold haze) copper color with a finger of eggshell white head that has decent retention and laces well for such a seemingly light bodied beer.

S: Mild hoppiness, citrus, pale malts; it smells like an IPA/APA blend.

T: Juicy and sweet citrus, light hoppiness, a little banana, and pale malts. I wish more APAs were this citrusy.

M: It has a medium-light body with considerable effervescence and a very clean finish.

D: It's certainly one of the better APAs out there and pretty inexpensive. I'll be visiting this one again.

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Photo of stompwampa
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale has a very "beer" look, smell and taste all around. It reminded of the first time my dad slipped me a taste of his beer as a kid.

Now that I'm older, I don't hate the taste...but that typical "beer" taste is what this beer is like.

It's not fabulous and it's not horrible.

It poors dark golden color with a minimal white head that faded fast.

It has a light hoppy smell, perhaps a slight hint of citrus.

The taste is, again, hoppy at the finish. A slightly bitter aftertaste makes this a good, enjoyable beer. It's heavier than than the macro beers on the market, but really there's nothing too special about it. There are plenty other beers out there that taste like this one.

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Photo of mynie
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
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 welldigger888
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into shaker style pint glass. Nice white head of about 3/4" that disapated leaving descent lacing down glass, Crystal clear golden straw color.
Not much in the way of aromas on this brew.A little hop and yeast but faint at best.
The flavors are well balanced for me, the bready malt and lite hopping work well. Though I would prefer bigger on both accounts.
Seems a little thin, very little oily hop.
Could drink many of these, particularly at $1 a can.

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

Like all of the other Steven's Point brews that I have tried the Pale Ale appears to be watered down, the best part of this beer is the smell, it has an aroma of hops and fresh fruit. The taste and mouth feel is very average for this style of beer, and because it is so watery it is very drinkable. Overall, this beer is very average and I probably will not purchase it again.

Post Script: The appearnce could have been due to what I served the brew in, I initially poured the brew into a goblet which resulted in no head. However, I poured the remaining beer into a tall slender pilsner glass and the appearance was much more inviting, the head also lasted much longer. What you serve beer in really does make a difference!! .

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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 generallee
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label is light on info as there is no freshness date or abv%.

Appearance: Its body has a deep golden hue with an average just off white head on top. It's a slow fading head and a wispy covering hangs on till the last sip make some slick lacing on the way down the glass.

Smell: The aroma is simple but nice and has a mild mix of citrusy lemon and pine like notes.

Taste/Palate: Its medium body has a balanced mix of citrus and piney hop flavor with pale maltiness. The palate is light and refreshing and the finish has light hop bitterness fading quickly off the tongue.

Notes: It's not a big crazy beer but it will hit the spot if you are looking to put a few down and chill.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
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 jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
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 megahurts4
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
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 alleykatking
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can...

A- Poured a orange amber color. One and a half finger white head shows light retention. Whisps of foam on the top of the beer. Ringy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet caramel malts on the front end of the beer with a light grainy aroma. Citrus hops on the backend of the aroma. Short and simple...

T- Sweet malts in the caramel flavor. The middle of the beer has showed a light watery flavor with some grainy off flavor. Citrus hop in the backing of the beer with a light caramel malt backing again.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer but high for the style. Malts and light hops left on the palate with more caramel malts left in the aftertaste. Flavors are mostly clean and crisp. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer is a average drinker flavor and aroma wise. The ABV is low enough to drink a lot of this. I would see doing this maybe during the summer months or when it was on sale though.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - lightly hazed yellow color with a white head that thinned out leaving some lacing.

S - earthy, bitter aroma.

T - nothing too exciting in this APA, sweet malt and lingering bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

D - it's a decent Pale Ale that I might have again.

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Photo of riversider76
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a one finger white head. Great retention and very nice laceing. Aroma is of piney hops,with hints of fruit and bready malts. Body is light crisp and very carbonated.Taste is bready up front with a hoppy frinsh. Another solid one from Point!

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Photo of feelmefoam
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cascade Pale Ale pours a light golden-wheat color (thanks to Bud-Light for giving me that phrase) with a finger of white head that sits atop the beer, eventually leaving some decent lacing around the glass as it sinks.

Pretty nice smell on the pale ale, it's got a light citrus aroma backed up by some sweeter pale malts and a bit of buttery smell, too. Pretty fragrant, too, so that's a plus.

The flavor is where the beer starts to take a hit. There's really just not enough there. It starts out with some light pale malts, but then it just sort of leaves it at that. There's a TINY bit of hop flavor in the end, but it's pretty hard to detect. For this to be a competitive APA, it needs to amp up the taste a little.

The mouthfeel is decent, it's light and effervescent, pretty smooth, but could use just a little more body to it if you ask me. Still, not bad, and it gives the beer a nice crispness.

All in all, the only thing this beer needs is some more flavor. It started out well then sort of fell off a bit. It's still a decent beer, but it definitely needs some more OOMPH in the flavor department.

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Photo of beer2day
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
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 woosterbill
3.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear medium-amber body with a big 3" head of rocky white foam. Good retention and tons of fine spiderwebs of lace. Lovely.

S: Resinous hops + pale malt. Kinda weak.

T: The toasty malt really dominates, with the hops holding off until the aftertaste. Dull, but not terrible.

M: A little thin, but well-carbonated.

D: More hops would be nice, as the malt gets a trifle overbearing for a pale ale.

Notes: With a name like Cascade, I was expecting something more along the lines of SNPA - fruity, floral, and truly bitter. Instead, Point delivers a thoroughly boring touch of moderate maltiness. Not the worst beer I've had from them, but it reinforces my inclination to avoid their beers in favor of the far better options available in WI.


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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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 morimech
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been hesitant in trying this beer as I have not enjoyed my other experiences with this brewery. Now I see that they are canning this beer and now that I have tried it and enjoyed it, I will be looking for it in cans.

Golden color with a large white head that had excellant retention. The head slowly settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Quite a bit of the Cascade hops in the aroma with their citrus, piney notes. The malt gives a little bit of biscuit qualities. Hoppy flavor as well. Seems more piney than citrus. The malt is a little weak and that hurts the score of an otherwise solid APA. Slightly astrigent in the finish as well. This beer would benefit a lot with just some more malt. The body is fairly light and is nicely carbonated that gives a gentle texture. Very easy to drink and features the Cascade hops in aroma and flavor. Cannot wait till I can buy this beer in cans. Very good value.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
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 Mardukk
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with an off white head an some lacing.

Smells of grapefuit hops and a slight adjunct sweetness.

The taste is dominated by the grapefruit tasting hops. The malt is thin in the mix which I would prefer a bigger malt backbone. The hops really assert themselves in the nice dry finish.

This is light bodied for the style. The carbonation is light and well done. The dinkability is high due to the thin body a lack of off tasting flavors.

Overall, not a bad APA just a bit thin in the body.

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Photo of cnally
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer in a can! The wave of the future.

This APA pours a really pale amber, bordering on a dark yellow. A mildly fizzy white head produces no lacing.

Aroma is very adjuct-ish, a little corn, yeasty, very little hop character.

Flavor is slightly bitter, shallow but very satisfying with its mildness. Comes off without much depth. Here's the bitter, finish bitter, but the flavor is so appealing it makes up for it.

Creamy crisp feel, good carbonation.

Out of a can this is awesome. It's packaged that way, right? So maybe we need to drink it that way.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour - light amber almost golden in appearance with plenty of tiny bubble floating upwards creating a half inch of thick, bubbly, white head.

Aroma - light grassy or hay notes along with orange and lemon, a bit of an iced tea smell and some green, green citrusy hops. Not a huge pungent hop aroma but nice nonetheless. Its balanced by a good dose of caramel-y malt.

Taste - light, crisp and hoppily refreshing. A nice dose of sweetness follows a mildly abrasive hop bitterness. Very light on the tongue, almost like a "light IPA" in mouthfeel. Super smooth going down and ridiculously easy drinking. Nothing off-putting about this brew, just a simple pale ale in a can that provides your mouth with some happiness.

Overall - solid brew. Nice hop flavor and ridiculously easy going down. This is a great beer to have in the cooler or in your backpack when you're hiking or playing disc golf. Simple yet very enjoyable.

Would I buy more of it? - I think I would. This one and their Nude Beach Summer Wheat. Sheer drinkability makes this a worthwhile investment.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good pale ale and I'll definitely have it again when I see it. I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at George Keeley's on Manhattan's upper west side. It was very clean and refreshing with good straw/copper color, the perfect amount of carbonation and a very nice aroma that had a good balance of malt and hops.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dansteino for keeping a variety of beers stocked.
Poured into my Delirium tremens tulip.

A: Pours a gorgeous, clear gold color with one finger of slightly off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving full, but thin lacing everywhere.

S: Smells grassy and lemony. Some hints of malt.

T: Taste is similar with some added pine notes.

M: A little bit dryer than I would like, but otherwise good.

D: Pretty easy to drink. I'd prefer other beers first though.

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Point Cascade Pale Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 439 ratings
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