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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 ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light, soft APA with subtle but enjoyable floral and citrus hop characteristics on the aroma and taste...a nice sweeter sugar cookie like maltiness complements well (although this is subtler than it sounds written down).

I like how this one comes together...very drinkable...nice flavor....light side of medium bodied...feels close to the right weight....perhaps a bit thin....a nice drinker...

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Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
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 gonger
3.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured beer from bottle into pint glass.

A-Nice amber color. about a half-inch head that lasted a few minutes. Left decent lacing in the glass.

S-Weak, nothing distinctive.

T-Satisfying, but again, weak, a little watery. Improved as the beer warmed in the glass a bit.

M-Good. Typical of style. But a little thin
Drinkability-Yeah, I'll probably have another.

Overall- Decent, but a little disappointing. Too much water, not enough 'beer'

This is an edit after my third tasting.

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Photo of biggred1
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light coppery amber with a finger of white foam that leaves a few scraps of lace on the glass. Piney cascade hops and pale malt make up the mild aroma. Decent hop bitterness with a touch of pale malt. This beer is a little undermalted and could use a little more fruity hop flavor as well. The body is on the lighter side of medium with crisp carbonation. A decent lighter APA. Good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
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 kegger22
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stevens Point Cascade Pale Ale was an amber color with a half inch off-white head that had little retention.

A nice grapefruit citrus aroma, not to much in the way of malt.

The taste was a surprisingly good blend of hops and malt, with the hops leading the way. There was also the expected grapefruit, but it was somewhat muted due to the buttery flavor.

The mouth feel was medium bodied, oily and moderately carbonated.

The drinkability was good, flavor and lower ABV helped here.

For what seemed like a lower end craft beer this APA was fairly good, not my favorite perhaps, but quite drinkable.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass the beer is crystal clear golden yellow. A full three fingers of fluffy white head fill the the top of my glass. After settling thick webs of lace are left behind.

The aroma is a nice mix of hops and sweet malt. The citrus notes from the cascade hops are very pronounced. The nose is very well put together in this one.

The flavor seems to be dominated by malt for sure. The hops struggle to cut through. Leaving only a touch of harsh bitterness in the finish. Damn, fooled again by a great nose.

Medium to light body. Loads of carbonation.

Overall another beer with a great bark and no bite. Drinkabilty suffers with the harsh bite in the finish.

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Photo of GordonQuid
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to the average pint glass.

Clear golden with a white fluffy half inch head and ample lace.

Smells of fresh malt and cascade hops. Not over the top but rather subdued.

Tatse is simple and well blended cascade hops and quality fresh crystal malts.

This is a good beer for the summer time season or for the craft beer drinker who doesn't appreciate anything too over the top. As a home brewer I love Cascade hops i would have loved to taste more of it but thi sis no Cascazilla but rather a quality quaffer.

For anyone out there who wants to sample some descent offerings at a great price pick yourself up some Steven's Point mix pack at $9.50 a twelve. You can't go wrong for a quality session pack of beers.

"Simple" goodness.


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Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour a light copper taste with a 1 finger head that dissipates to a beige ring with minimal lacing..the smell is citrus/hops and malts some grass and some peat..the taste is good for this pale ale it has flavor it has balance the malts are there as are the hops..this pale ale is above average for sure considering its $3-$5 less than most pale ale on the shelf..its not one ill buy often but if the wallet is thin this is the best bang for the buck in pale ales

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Photo of boojea
1.76/5  rDev -48.5%
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 dstc
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a big off-white head. Head falls fairly slow. Pretty good lace.

Rather clean smell but hops are noticeable. Bit musty maybe?

Mild hop flavor with some sweet malts coming through. Bit sweet but over all rather mild.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.

Average brew by point but better than most big brewers.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Very defined cascade hop aroma. It's dry hopped with cascades and it's clear that they weren't stingy about it. Not overpowering like those >60 min IPAs I keep seeing. Appearance: Looks like beer Flavor: Cascade taste is very evident. Mouthfeel: Modest but tasteable body. Right amount of carbonation makes the beer go down smooth with a good cascade finish

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Photo of Duxx
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Honey colored with a trace of haze. Minimal head that faded quickly ("gone in 60 seconds") but did leave sporadic lacing on the glass. It looks like pale ale should look! I dinged it for not enough head retention.

S: Significant hop aroma. Definitely, Cascade hops as advertised! I personally like cascade hops so that's a plus in my book. Must be dry hopped. Yep! Checked the website and they confirmed it is dry hopped.

T: Definite bitter hop note with floral, pine, and citrus notes--again cascade hops. Not much malt sweetness to counter act the hoppiness. Not much taste in the finish only the hop bitterness in the back of the throat.

M: Just about right for this style. Not too thin, not too thick. A little over carbonated for me.

D: If you're a hop head or in the mood for hops of an IPA then this is a good one for you.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.42/5  rDev -29.2%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
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 zeff80
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
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 airtocap
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 6 pack of 12 oz. bottles at a grocery store in Green Bay to satisfy an urge for a good pale ale while on a vacation road trip. I had hoped to find a good hoppy IPA but it is late in the year up here for that and settled for this.

Unfortunately all I had was a plastic hotel room cup so I poured up an 8 oz. serving. It poured a copperish amber color with a small foamy head that quickly dissipated to a very light to non-existent lace. The aroma was nothing spectacular but not unpleasant. The hop bitterness is quickly subdued by a malty mouthfeel and a lingering bitter aftertaste.

This beer is not very well balanced for my taste but is still very affordable ($5.99/6 pk.)and though it wasn't quite what I expected, it is still a very drinkable American Pale Ale. As far as APAs go it is hard to beat Ft. Wayne Indiana's Warbird Brewery "Warhawk" APA for decent hoppiness in an APA. I will try this again at home with my favorite snifter and give it another review if warranted.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A spring amber color with a thin but decent head. A bouquet of flowers and citrus (Cascade Hops) with a touch of toasted malt. Light to medium bodied as it moved across the palate. There is a nice balance to this beer. The cascade hops in the flavor profile are offset by just enough caramel in the malt. The hop level in this brew is pleasantly drinkable, but perhaps subdued to card-carrying hopheads.

It worked for me.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pristine golden-amber brew. Light tan head, remains finally as a sparse bubble layer.

S-Ripe with citrus-pine hoppiness, pretty much appropriate for the name. Als, a bit of butterscotch.

T-As in the aroma, quite thick with piney hoppiness. The hops is not too heavy, but it does certainly overpower the maltiness. Citrus hops comes out midway and mixes nicely with the toasty, sweet malt. Hop bitterness is assertive, but balancing.

M-Medium-high carbonation is perhaps a hint too much. The lighter-moderate body moves easily within my mouth and allows the light hoppy flavors to shine.

D-Quite drinkable, both as a session brew and as a tasty brew to sit and enjoy on its own. Moderately complex, while also smooth and tasty. Probably the best brew I've yet enjoyed from Point.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of Ragingbull
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark gold or light amber in color with a moderate amount of prickle and a wispy head of lace. The nose is hoppy with some sweet malt notes woven in. The attack is hoppy with a smooth flavor of malt and a relatively clean finish. Mild bitterness comes out in the aftertaste. This is a pretty simple beer, but simple can be good sometimes.

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Photo of bgreg3
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love my APA's

Standard color for a pale, orangish brown, with a foam head that doesn't get to high, but it forms a nice ring around the mug and keeps slight foam on the top.

Smells like a good balance of malt and hops probaly cascade hops (duh its in the name) But there is a gentle smell of fruits like apricots and grapefruit.

A nice combo of hops and malt , neither one dominates the other until the end where the hops have their way for a small hoppy finish, very pleasing , I also taste slight grapefruit and maybe some peach in there, just like the smell.

MF-Medium body with slight carbonation, makes for a pretty drinkable beer, drink it slow to enjoy it to its full potential though.

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Photo of Strix
2.53/5  rDev -26%
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 climax
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty clear orange/amber with A modest head which faded except around the sides in which it clinged.

Nose was citrus hops, mostly earthy and lemons. Sweetness from the malt was there, it just didn't hurry to balance.

I did like the flavor. Refreshing hops gave citrus and soapy notes, while some sweet malt, bread, and caramel surfaced late in the profile and escalated as it warmed.

Body was fairly light. Feel was sticky, while the carbonation gave a nice crisp bite.

An easy drinking refreshing beer with enough hop profile to keep it swingin, the best from Stevens Point so far IMO.

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Photo of Tone
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Point Cascade Pale Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 439 ratings
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