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Nov112013

CASCADE PALE ALE

Cascade Pale Ale. Cascade Brewery is the oldest continually operating brewery in Australia. It was established in 1824 in South Hobart, Tasmania by ex-convict Peter Degraves. Sadly, today it’s a large commercial brewery owned by the Fosters Group.

In September 2013, Cascade announced it would be revamping its beer range. This included the launch of a new release called Bright Ale and the deletion of Cascade pure from the range.

In a cynical attempt to tap into the booming craft beer market, Cascade made changes to its packaging and labelling.  The Tasmanian Tiger logo has been replaced by a picture of the brewery and it's now packaged in brown bottles rather than green. The bottles will remain 375ml, however they are in a classic style and shape in an apparent nod to bottles from yesteryear. The new bottles are also embossed with the company's founding date '1824' and Hobart Tasmania to emphasis the company’s heritage.

In a last desperate attempt to look like craft beer they have changed the bottles to crown seals from twist tops. To put salt in the wounds, the relaunched range will only be available in wanky four-packs and lame 16-pack “cases”.

I digress… the beer, Cascade Pale Ale, is actually a lager rather than a pale ale. The beer was originally an ale when the brewery was established however, but over time the recipe has changed to a lager. We all know an ale sounds more manly than a lager so the name was kept. It’s a classic Aussie lager coming in at 5% ABV and is hopped with Pride of Ringwood from Tasmania. 

The new slim bottle makes it look like it’s only 330mL. It has a standard commercial lager appearance - yellow, clear with no head. Sweet malt flavour with a crisp and refreshing finish. There is no metallic aftertaste, unlike a lot of Aussie lagers.

Classic Aussie beer chicken.

 

5/10

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