Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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Reviews by cbros:
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Serving type- 750 mL bottle poured into a flute glass.
A- Pours a beautiful rich deep orange color. The head starts of with a nice 3 finger white lace that only goes a finger and has stuck around throughout the beer. There is a nice cling to the glass and a very evident carbonation activity. Overall a very nice looking beer, one of the best ones I have reviewed.
S- The nose starts off with a tart that becomes a little muted by the presence of the grape notes.
T- This is one sour tasting beer. It backs up into some grape tartness. This taste masks the high ABV found in this beer. There is also a hint of funkness that I am unable to accurately describe.
Picked a bottle of this up at the local bottle shop. This is a good beer and I look forward to trying other offerings from Cascade.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2010 22:24:03 | More by cbros
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3.96/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2012.
A deep apricot orange body, with some nice yellow hues along the edges. Lots of noticeable carbonation coming up in the middle, but not as frequent as some of the best lambics I've had. No head presented when pouring, and just barely the thinnest pencil head of a collar getting repopulated while sitting.
Nice fruit aroma. Soft apples, and juicy grape, lots of cidery action and senses. An interesting faint caramel sweetness and soft vanilla as well. Clean.
Palate comes a bit wet, but with playful carbonation. Very light bodied flavors of tart apple and grape. Cider and crisp juice on the palate with much of the flavor in the front of the mouth. Minimal tartness and a lacking sense of any depth though. There's a hint of mild funk on the aftertaste though that brings more enjoyment.
Overall it's a neat beer, but it's lacking a bit and may be past it's prime. It's fruit composition though is nice, but it also reminds me a bit too much like cider which I am not the biggest fan of. Still decent.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 19:18:51 | More by smakawhat
3.84/5 rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured as part of the Cascade flight at Provisions. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a 9oz tulip glass. Keep in mind that I love all wine, and have been really excited with any concoction that infuses the both of them.
Amber-orange in color, with some golden tints overall - as expected, this is quite cloudy, and of all of the Cascade beers I had in one night, this one has by far the best head retention and strongest display of bubbles. Could it be due to the high residual sugars in the grapes? Regardless, this looks really nice and elegant in light of its simplicity.
The aroma is quite fantastic, and fans of drier, more acidic white wines (such as myself), as well as farmhouse beer lovers, will find themselves quite happy with this at the nose. Notes of melons, guava, peaches, pineapple, lavender, as well as a light grape-like note, followed by some wet hay, slightly grassy notes that meld well with brief oak spices - vanilla and baking soda come to mind. Definitely sweeter than I expected, and while it isn't really tart, it isn't very funky either. I'm guessing that the grapes that were pressed in the juice were likely to be combination of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and maybe some Riesling? Either way, the main flavor profile definitely recalls the more delicate fruit and floral notes from those varietals, and it's definitely unique in its own right, and most certainly not one-dimensional.
The flavor, nevertheless, is a bit of a letdown by comparison - it's actually far sweeter on the palate, and while the initial flavor is a fruit and grape must heaven, it falls flat rather quickly in the aftertaste. The primary notes of melon, pineapple, and guava are still there, some pear and green apples fully flourishing on the palate soon after. Starts slightly dry (with some hints of mineral, such as cold stones), and then reduces itself to a toasted barley character with some toffee and baking spices from the oak, and lets itself go completely. It's constructed quite well, but the slightly thinned body of the beer (as well as the increasingly spritzy carbonation) makes this a good but slightly underwhelming process throughout. It's a great palate cleanser, but it lacks a finishing drive that makes the initial flavor very wonderful.
Never fear, however, as this would still pair excellently well with all kinds of food, especially a variety of cheeses that immediately spring to mind - goat cheese, maybe smoked Gouda. This an excellent beginner's venture into grape must infused beers, but I've certainly had more that were far more complex, and more importantly, more that had a stronger, acidic grip that complimented the grapes and showcased the power of the yeast and barley backbone that makes the beer. Worth a try, but don't break your back to get one.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 23:30:10 | More by magictacosinus
Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.