Point Cascade Pale Ale | Stevens Point Brewery

Point Cascade Pale AlePoint Cascade Pale Ale
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ADR on 03-07-2002

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Ratings: 439 |  Reviews: 229
Photo of becktone
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes 4-29-09

Done horizontally with Firehouse American Pale Ale

Eye: In color this one is a copper hued gold. Overall nice look with the exception of the head. It collapses almost as soon as it forms. Now its just an extremely thin film covering the beer. Head formation and retention could really use some work.

Nose: Well the name has it right, cascade on the nose all the way. Citrusy and floral supported by a strong malt backbone. Some caramel comes through in the malt character. Simple aroma but fairly weak. I'd say its right on, something a bit stronger would be nice though. It doesn't blow my socks off, but this is what I'd expect from a good APA.

Tongue: Some hop bitterness and citrus tones right upfront. NIce support from malt here, as in the aroma some caramel tones come through and then the general malt flavor is there to support. Flavor dissipates a little too quick, but while its there its pretty nice. Slight metallic tang. The only problem I've with this beer is that it has no finish, no lingering flavor. It hits the palate with a nice cascade flavor supported by crystal malts then just turns to water. Its on the right path but I think it needs work. The flavor just seems so die too quick.

Feel and Drinkability: My main issue with this beer is its finish, it really doesn't have one, or perhaps the finish is super wet....something drier might let the flavor linger instead of washing it away. The flavor appears then is gone. The feel is a little to light, the carbonation is light, but that really doesn't help or hurt the beer, it would work either way. But the body of the beer itself is too thin, too watery. Instead of turning to ashes in my mouth it turns to water. It's definitely an easy drinker but I'll be waiting a while to purchase this one again. I'll give them a few years. Hell, for just about the same price (I think its a few cents more) you can get SNPA.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

*from notes*

Pours an uncommonly nearly dark golden color. Medium bodied head that sticks to the edges of the glass well.
There is a slight hop profile to our aroma with a dry malt bit.
Taste is fairly crisp, lightly hoppy profile, a bit dry.
Finish isn't particular, though crisp and smooth.
Pretty drinkable.

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

Appearance: Nice looking amber hue, with lots of bubbles rushing to the top to produce a white soapy looking head.

Aroma: Earthy hops and a hint of some citrus in there.

Taste: The hops taste a lot cleaner and smoother than I would've thought based on the aroma. The citrus is a nice grapefruit bite in the finish. The two compliment each other very nicely.

Mouthfeel: A good feel with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable brew with a great balance of citrus and nice clean hops. Not as overpowering as many other Pale Ales out there, and a very worthwhile choice.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear orange-gold color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit and pine with a nice malt backbone. The taste leans a little more toward the malt side, but is quite balanced overall. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice APA that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*Sweet, I found my review on my hard drive.

Appearance- A generic pale orange to light copper tone. The head was thicker then other APA's I've enjoyed. Moderate carbonation.

Smell- Moderately of Sweet Hops and Pine Notes

Taste- Tasty, Glorious Hops which are present through the middle of the sip and then the flavor shifts to a little sweet malt.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Very smooth and with a rapidly fading finish. Very palatable. Not really expensive, so there is also value in that.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, I was splitting my time on the evening I tasted this with Stone IPA, so that really isn't fair to this beer. That being said it stood up fairly well. For a relatively cheap beer, I was surprised at the depth of flavor and this was extremely drinkable. A very nice hop-forward pale-ale. I agree with the other reviewers who see this as a nice option to bridge a newbie from industrial swill to craft brewing. I wouldn't take a 6er to a craft brew club meeting, but I would take one to a friends house to have out by the grill.

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Photo of katan
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Right after my last review her water broke. This is my first review with the new baby - gotta welcome her right.

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a light brownish color. Very very clear. Highly filtered. Lots of carbonation on the inside which supports the strong white head formation. Head is well retained.

S - Light hop aroma of cascade hops. Some small amount of yeast hiding behind it that is providing a small amount of counterbalance.

T - Starts off with flavors of roasted malts - which then transitions into a light hop finish and malt sweetness. A fairly balanced beer- IBUs not out of control. Finishes with a bitter hit that is stronger than any of the tastes while drinking the beer. Aftertaste is surprisingly sweet.

M - Moderate to thin palette - carbonation is not well translated to the tongue. I suppose thats a good thing. Little cloying aftercoating.

D - Light on the stomach and moderate in ABV. A fairly easy drinkable brew.

Not one thing truly outstanding, but all around a very solid PA. And for the price ($4.99/sixer) you can't go wrong.

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Photo of hodgsongreg
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's good. There's not much more to say than that. It's a pale ale, tastes and looks like one, if you have too many, it behaves like one. Make sure to chase it with food or a toothbrush because it will leave you with breath that might chase away anyone with whom you might share air.

Again, it's good.

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Photo of Frosty80
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: clear golden brownSmell: slight amounts of hop, malt and roast in balanceTaste: same as aroma, with a slightly more bitter finishMouthfeel: low-med body with moderate carbonationNotes: great pale to get somebody off of budweiser and into more flavor.

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

Pours a deep golden color with a nice white head that leaves lacing down the glass.

Smell is a sweet butterscotch and maybe a slight hop.

Taste is very smooth and somewhat sweet. Little butterscotch. Nice mouthfeel that with very little carbonation and a heavier than average pale. Very drinkable and a nice session beer.

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

Poured into a shaker glass.

Pours a light copper with a pillowy, meringue head that lasts quite a while. Very persistent thick veil of lace that sticks after every sip.

Aroma is of floral hops, not too astringent or bitter but very present. Malt aromas are there, biscuity and bready with a touch of clover honey and sugar.

Flavor is sweet rolls and candied butter. Hops are fresh tasting and don't hint at an over boil, very nicely hopped even if some would say weak. The hop flavor has no extra esters that usually turn me off when a brewer attempts a hop bomb. A little dustiness is detected in the finish, which is most likely the yeast coming through. Malt is very nice crystal with a touch of light roast, very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium, with adequate carbonation, a little thin, but this isn't a IPA either, so it fits the beer very well.

Very nice Pale, for the price and availability here in WI, I would recommend a try.

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Photo of WakeandBake
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a soapy looking white head. Decent aroma of hops and sweet malts. Taste is much less malty than the aroma. Bitter hop notes dominate. This is fine but balance is virtually non-existent. Needs better body or more malt to balance that out. Other than that, the palate was a little on the light side.Ok for the price. Meh

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Photo of jeremyd365
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orangey amber with seemingly high carbonation. The smell is a solid citrusy hop--yum! It's medium-thin in the mouth and the bitter hop is already apparent. The flavor is also a delicious, solid hop. This is a solid pale yet mild enough I might recommend to those macro lovers looking for something crazy. This might be a decent start. Another fine brew by the folks at Point!

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Photo of colts9016
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Color is amber with tints of red
Nose: Grapefruit, pine, floral and hints of malt.
Taste: Heavy grapefruit, and pine. Light on the malts and hints of floral.
Body: Medium not watery
Finish: A bit disappointing I thought it should a bit bitter for a pale ale.
Overall: A good pale ale not great

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Photo of kickapoodude
3.96/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

This is a Pale Ale built for riding the lawn mower. Unlike most Pales, I like it served very cold. It is light yet delightfully hoppy and fresh. One of my favorite Point Brews. Once again, it will beer more accesable to the less beer savvy friends and it will hopefully open thier eyes to something new. This is a gateway beer.

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Photo of Squelch
2.67/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light Amber colored, slightly cloudy, Thick off white head that leaves medium lacing.

Smell: Little hop aroma. smells mainly of malts. Hops smell citrusy.

Taste: Astringent. needs more malt backbone and a bit more flavor hops. almost tastes soapy

Mouthfeel: Very nice perfect medium body.

Drinkability: This beer was ok. Nothing to write home about. This could be much better with some more specialty malts for more malt flavor and a bit more hop flavor. Sounds like their sparging technique needs some work to help with the astringency.

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Photo of dnichols
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was served a 12 ounce capped bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: It poured a clean and clear light copper body with a lot of carbonation and a dense one finger off white head.

S: It had muted aromas of sweet lightly toasted malts and hints of pine hops.

T: It had a well balanced smooth and sweet profile that was dominated by the toasted malts, sweet light sugars with very recessive spices.

M: It was light bodied with moderate carbonation and a sweet clean finish.

D: It was a nice flavorful beer that would make a good session beer.

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Photo of BeenJammin
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Good bronze color with a nice head but not much retention
S - Pretty good cascade hop aroma. Not much complexity here.
T - I like the hop flavor that this has. There are some sweet malts here but again it is not too complex.
M - Light and maybe too much of a watery feel.
D - Has really good drink-ability in my book.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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 SilentSabre
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured up a nice copper orange colour like 100's of othere APA's, but it had a really nice creamy thick head that stayed around for a while. Smell is what'd you'd expect from a beer called cascade pale: plenty of tasty hops. Flavour is excellent having enough hops to substantiate its name, but an almost equal amount of sweet malt to even it out. Mouthfeel is solid but light making this very drinkable. A very nice beer, indeed

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Photo of coldmeat23
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 40 degrees

Nice clear amber color with a small head that leaves a filmy ring. Decent lacing.

Cascade hop spiciness dominates the nose. Nice yeasty bread notes. Slight malty sweetness peeks through.

Citrusy hop notes. Mostly lemon and grapefruit. A little bread taste with malt notes come up from underneath to look around.

Nice easy-drinking brew here. Smooth and creamy yet crisp and refreshing. Very nice feel.

Excellent session beer. Drinkability is very good.

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Photo of LarrBear
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pleasant subtle scents of hops and lemon upon opening bottle. Pours amber with a decent enough amount of head, a bit over one-finger thickness, that disappears a bit too quickly. Nice flavors of hops, with an after-taste of lemon and raisins. I prefer a more powerful hops kick than this brew packs, but it is an extremely drinkable, well-balanced APA.

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Photo of schanker21
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A- Pours a clear amber color with a one finger white head that dissipates slowly and leaves no lacing.

S- Smells of cascade hops and bread, with the bready smell being the stronger one.

T- Bready taste up front followed up by cascade hops. Bread taste lingers on the palate. Not an overly strong taste, but well-balanced and good.

M- A little light on the carbonation. I think it's a little bit flat and that takes away from what was otherwise a pretty good beer.

D- Nevertheless, still an easy one to drink and one that I would not balk at buying again.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Darkish golden body with a good finger of head that stayed around for about half the glass.

S - A little sweet with mild lemon and pine

T Much like the smell. Good hop taste throughout lemon pine and a little malt under the hops. Finishes very clean and dry.

M - Very good carbonation

D - Very drinkable in fact I had a few more than I was really planning on having.

C - This is one of my favorites from Point Brewery. It is available almost every place in central Wisconsin and at a very drinkable price.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a golden amber with one finger head and respectable retention. Leaves nice lacing.
S-Grain, bread, light malt, cascade hops, grapefruit, orange, grape, tangerine, fig.
T-Much of same as aroma. The graininess detracts from the overall experience, but there is a nice blend of fruit sensations throughout the palate that adds to the complexity, and balances well.
Mouthfeel is good---light-to-medium-bodied, robust carbonation.
D-I'm not a fan of the grainy character, but it's not a bad session brew.

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