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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ADR on 03-07-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Decent pale color has a very nice orange amber tint with a half inch of the foamy good stuff.

S - Smells pretty subdued but I do get a mild grain and slight pine profile. Farly sweet malts but also faint.

T - Not the best example of the style since it's kind of blah. The grain is there but doesn't do much for bitterness. Hops are there but only slightly pine like and not that great. I would say its passable.

M - Light to medium. Good body.

Overall I do have 3 more of these but to get them in a variety case for 26 bucks seems understandable for an average pale ale. Still cheap price is no excuse for cheap product.

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Photo of Beejay
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy an orange amber color, with a nice fluffy white head.

S: Nice pine aroma, and some subtle malt character.

T: A nice malt backbone, there is a little bit of hop flavor, mostly in the form of pine. But the hop character and and bitterness are fairly subdued.

M: Medium in feel with a good body. The carbonation is nice, and there is a touch of bitterness in the finish.

O: Overall nice, but not not very distinctive. Tasty, but forgettable.

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

A - Honey orange color with a small, bubbly, foamy, light, thin white head. Disappears fast leaving only a thin patch of lace.

S - Strong lemon and grapefruit aroma although it is more zest/rind than the juicy or pseudo-sweet aroma other IPAs have. A touch on the bitter side.

T - Starts with a strong bitter bite. This gives way to a strong, bitter lemon and grapefruit flavor. A faint bready malt background. Finishes more with the strongly bitter flavor.

M - Lighter body and fairly thin. Average carbonation. Somewhat drying finish.

D - Easy to drink although it is slightly unbalanced. Overall it is enjoyable to drink and I could have a couple in the night.

Notes: Not bad for a fairly cheap pale ale. It was slightly out of balance with the bitter citrus rind flavors. It was a refreshing summer beer and nice for a $10.99 12 pack of cans.

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Photo of mooselvlt
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Pours a clear, pale gold/amber color. Finger's worth of off white foam. Little retention with slight lacing

S - Malts & grain with a slight hint of hops in there, piney.

T - Just like the nose. Malts up front. Then a surprising amount of hop kick at the finish. I wasn't expecting the hops to be quite as prominent. Pretty darn good really.

M - Looking at it, I was expecting it to be very thin but again, a little surprised. Its actually more medium-bodied and has a nice slickness to it. Well carbonated too.

O - A really decent beer actually. Great, no. Good, yes. It does its job. I could see having a few of these this summer! Doesn't drain the wallet either! One of the better offerings fro Point I've had.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Point Cascade Pale Ale has a thin, off-white head and a clear, golden appearance with lots of streaming bubbles and minimal lacing. The aroma is mostly lightly-toasted barley malts and a trace of hop spiciness. Taste, however, is mostly hoppy and citrusy, but there is a good amount of bready maltiness, so one can say that this is a balanced pale ale. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Point Cascade Pale Ale finishes dry, crisp, and refreshing, with super drinkability. Overall, this is an excellent beer, and I think you should give it a try.


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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 OWSLEY069
2.22/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, faint hops and a bit soapy. In the taste, small pine like hops and a bit minty even. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, small hop in the aftertaste. OK, but eh! for a pale.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.22/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed gold in color, with a moderate head of white foam
Aroma-Faint citrus hop notes
Taste-Somewhat watered-down citrus hop flavor, like a grapefruit rind in a glass of water. Easy drinking, but not a pale ale to make you sit up and take notice. Would make a decent "starter" brew for a newbie craft beer drinker.

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Photo of sweett3k
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to local establishment after work to try some new brews. First I had a this pale ale. I visited Stevens Point, Wisconsin about 5 years ago. Beautiful place! My dad always be careful when you are in Wiscon-S-I-N because of the last 3 letters. This pale ale is just O.K. nothing special and a bit water down. The waitress presented this beer with no head, little carbonation and a nice copper color. Very light smell of malt and hops. Same on the taste a little hops and sour very water down. Very light and crisp.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale bronze with thin white film. Orange and sour grain on the nose. Biscuit and honey malts with lemony Cascade hops. Thin, crisp and tingly.

Straight forward, easy drinking and a bit dull. Something with Cascade in the name should at least remind me, if not quite live up to, SNPA. Wouldn't turn it away if it were 85 degrees, but no reason to revisit.

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Photo of ballz50401
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Date code on bottle: 0101 (1-10-11)

Appearance: Crystal clear golden amber. Some foam, but doesn't last. Good carbonation.

Smell: Slightly citrus, grainy malt character.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Grainy, straight foward malt. Earthly hop character. Nice balance and carbonation. Meduim/light body, refreshing.

Drinkability: Good drinking beer. Balanced, crisp, and refreshing. Hoping for more cascade character and a cleaner tasting grain profile.

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Photo of lumberjerk
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to glass. A clean and clear amber color.

Aroma is typical for the style. Not too heavy in any one direction.

As for taste, again, this one doesn't stray too far from the style. Hoppy and decently flavorful. Nothing standout, but not bad. Has a very sharp bite at the beginning of the sip.

Overall, middle of the road. Nothing I'd go out of my way to buy, but something I could have again.

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

Lately been through a smattering of DIPAs, and RISs and needed something a little more mellow. This one is a pretty good fit for what I was wanting. Color is a little darker than I would have thought, HUGE fast dissipating head. Smell of citrus very mild, low key. Taste of again the citrus and some bready malts. I like it.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up for a chili recipe that was made here at the house earlier this week. Had a few bottles left over from the 6-pack so I got a chance to see if this was worth putting in. It doesn't measure up to the other Pale Ale's that I've had but this went down pretty easily and was certainly not a bad beer to try.

This poured a light amber with a decent head and a good amount of lacing. There wasn't much of a hop presence here but it was there in the mouthfeel with light foral and citrus notes. Not a dry or a burning hop but just a slight amount of bitterness that lingered into the aftertaste. This was light in consistency as well but I didn't feel that it was watered-down or cheap. It may have been one of the easier Pale Ales that I've downed and would serve as a good introduction to the style for anyone that's never tried one.

When I looked on here, I was quite surprised that this had as much alcohol in it as it does. I could easily have a few in a sitting but this is not the type of Pale Ale that goes well with spicy or Mexican food. Rather, it's good on it's own but those laid-back times when you want to crack a beer open but want something above the BMC level. Once in a while, that's not a bad thing!

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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 -10.7%
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 +21%
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 +3.2%
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 -6.3%
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 +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 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 generallee
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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 -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 jeffjeff1
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
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 +16.1%
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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Point Cascade Pale Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
3.47 out of 5 based on 439 ratings.
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