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Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
94
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796 Ratings
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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 279
Gots: 227 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.73% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 02-07-2009

"This Northwest Style Sour Ale is a blend of soured Triple, Blonde Quad and Golden ales that have been refermented with the fresh pressed juice of white wine grapes. The beer spent more than six months of lactic fermentation and aging in small oak barrels. 9.2% ABV" - Raccoon Lodge website

ABV seems to vary, between 8.33-9.73%
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Ratings: 796 | Reviews: 189
Reviews by ptykozoon:
Photo of ptykozoon
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing light orange, strong white head with excellent retention and lacing.

Smell is fruity and funky. Picking up a citrus, lemon/grape characteristic. Picking up a small amount of oak.

Taste is the aforementioned smells, with the oak adding a nice dimension along with a fruity sweetness that offsets the sour. Very tasty, if a bit on the mellow side compared to the Russian Rivers I usually drink, but this beer has it's own place and holds its own nicely.

Mouthfeel is good, pungent carbonation and pang from the contrasting flavors make this fun to drink.

Drinkability is excellent. I love this beer, will buy again definitely.

More User Reviews:
Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%

2013 project. 9.30% ABV. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire (unbranded, gold) cap over a cork purchased directly from Cascade and served into a Lost Abbey teku in high altitude Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

This is a mess to pour - the cork was impossible to remove by hand, so I tried pliers - which broke the cork in half. A churchkey removed the cork, but beer quickly surged out, spilling over my bar. Definitely seems overcarbonted especially when you consider it's been aging over a year at cellar temp.

HEAD: Pours a two finger wide off-white colour head - fizzy and violent as hell - which reduces inside 1 minute, though for about half of that it's only fizzing on one side....odd.

After completely disappearing, the head rekindles itself, fizzing back into life for 2 minutes more (still on only one side of the glass) before dying again - completely of its own volition. I've never seen anything like this.

No lacing sticks to the sides of the teku.

BODY: Body is a vibrant lively brilliant gold with blond and copper hues. The carbonation bubbles are magnificent in this colour of body. You could photograph this beer for a magazine cover; it looks incredible. I can't wait to try it.

That said, it does seem direly overcarbonated. But it's a unique appearance - both in terms of head and (admittedly less so) the body. It's definitely alive, but no yeast particulate is visible.

AROMA: Lovely. Gorgeous blond malts, impeccable white oak tones, white grapes with an ideal sweetness/dryness balance, golden malts, Belgian pale malts, clean crisp full evocative barley, a kiss of juicy fruity hop notes, and marvelous wild yeasts as well as bacterial notes - lactobacillus sure (albeit seemingly not as much as in Cascade Kriek), and ample sourness - about a 6-7/10. There are also some barrel sugars and grape skin notes. I also find a note redolent of pinesol, which works surprisingly well here.

This amazing aroma reminds me of the best Belgian blond sours I've encountered. Really incredible stuff; I'm dying for the first sip. It's mild in strength, but boy is it evocative. The dryness/sweetness balance seems ideal.

TASTE: Blond malts, golden malts, and Belgian pale malts comprise the easily influenced neutral foundation. White grapeskin enters in the early second act, bolstered by the building presence of lacto-induced sourness as the second act progresses. Wild yeasts and bacterial notes complement the lactobacillus well, evoking a truly alive, wild brew.

The moderate tartness of the grape coupled with the intrinsic grape flavours doesn't really fit into this flavour profile as well as I anticipated given the aromatics, but it doesn't feel out of place per se - perhaps just a bit too intense. In a beer so subtle, those notes are noticeably dominant, and while they don't break the cohesion of the beer, they do distract from the gestalt build as a whole.

Disappointingly, the sourness is a relatively mild 5-6/10 in terms of intensity. Cascade's other more sour beers (e.g. Cascade Kriek) offer more depth of flavour, but this beer has good flavour amplitude and duration.

The guiding oak tone throughout the beer is lovely, and bolsters its already impressive cohesion. The neutral barrel sugars found in the aroma are largely absent here, though I do think the beer's balance errs a bit too far on the sweet side. Dryer grapes might fix this minor issue.

What shocks is the absence of alcohol presence, which is damn impressive at 9.30%; how does Cascade produce these high-alcohol sours without seriously compromising balance?

Overall, it's a very likeable flavour profile with some excellent elements, but doesn't quite come together the way a world-class beer would.

TEXTURE: Crisp, overcarbonated, and smooth, with a perfect balance of dryness/wetness. Medium-bodied. Towards the back end, it's fairly smacky on the palate, but I'd love more of that along with more sourness. Thickness is apt for the flavour profile. Fairly acidic.

Good overall presence on the palate. This texture supports the flavour profile well and feels naturally complementary, but it's not a perfect marriage of texture to taste; it could be improved.

OVERALL: As it warms, I do pick up some neutral barrel sugars and some lambic-esque cereals/grains right on the finish, which aren't particularly welcome. This is a very drinkable enjoyable sour from Cascade, and the discerning drinker will be impressed by how well it hides its ABV. That said, Cascade brews world-class beers, but this isn't one of them. A good-but-not-great sour that isn't worth its high pricetag outside of its state of origin, The Vine is a beer I doubt I'll return to but that might be incredible with serious age on it. More solid work from one of the USA's best sour producers.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Doug for cracking this bottle! The Vine pours a semi-translucent, golden-amber hybrid color, murky and obtrusive looking with a bone-white, Alka Seltzer head that leaves faster than it forms. All that's left behind is a fairly thin, foamy white collar that separates the beer and the glass at its circumference... No lacing left behind on this one.

Welches white grape juice to the dome; like a lunch-time treat that mommy packed and you didn't notice until noon. Sweet, white grapes, seriously edging on straight grape juice territory with a bit of sharp, acidic "skin" notes, mild tannin, and a bit of wet oak - the only things there to remind me that this is indeed a beer and not a juice. Overall, it smells sweet, with only a touch of underlying tartness from the semi-vinous and semi-juicy grapes.

Thankfully, the flavor is a little more tart, as I wasn't exactly looking for a Juicy Juice, here. Tart white grapes, giving off that effervescent, yet heavy white wine feeling, still with a solid backbone that involves a great deal of juiciness. Some seemingly red grape flavors sneak their way into the mix, but perhaps those are just a product of the oak barrel aging itself; vinous, dry oak in the finish, and the littlest bit of musty, basement funk.

The finish is quite dry, and that's to be expected. It's not a gum line receding type of dryness, but it'll definitely suck the moisture from your palate if you let it hang around for too long. Dry oak and finishing white grape skins are the only recognizable things left after each sip runs its course. It's like a sour, mildly funky and purposely oak-y version of that straw-yellow drink we all used to love as a kid. Medium bodied, heavy carbonation and a prickly, dry mouth feel.

I really enjoyed this one. I'm actually not the biggest fan of artificial grape flavor, so it was good to have the raw authenticity of the grapes come through full force... it was a beautiful thing. This was an excellent beer, and definitely something I'd like to snag a few more bottles of, if given the opportunity. I think over time, it'll grow even more sour and even more badass. Chalk up another "W" for the guys in Portland.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. It was part of a great tasting that included seven bottled Cascade sours.

The beer pours a hazy medium-yellow with a white head. The aroma is white wine and ginger ale. The flavor is heavy on the white wine with some herbs including rosemary and ginger. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to jpmclaug for this bottle!

pulled this from the cellar poured into a bulb style glass. no date listed.

pours out a hazy golden light orange color with a fizzy white head that quickly faded to just a very thin ring and then eventually nothing. the beer has a very nice color, but the head was just a bit of a letdown.

powerhouse lactic, acidic, barnyard funk in the aroma with a nice wine like white grape behind that. some alcohol and hints of pear, apple, and lemon citrus. enticing to smell and quite a bit of complexity shows.

that big lactic, acidic, sour, barnyard funk balances the white wine grape flavors very nicely. alcohol is definatly apparent but by no means overpowering. bits of lemony citrus and tiny hints of apple and pear. light nuances of the belgian blonds, and tripel base beers are noticable under the funk and fruity grapes. very nice complexity. one of the more complex beers ive ever tasted, but this doesnt necessarily mean the most delicious, although very good (if that makes sense to you)

big sour acidic mouthfeel, body is fairly medium to heavy, fizzy sparkly champagne like carbonation that settles out with much swirling and sniffing.

i wouldnt really go after another bottle of this again, but still highly recommended IMHO and definatly worth a try. if offered this however, i would absolutly never refuse, this is a very nice beer and it makes me even more intrigued to get a hold of some more offerings from cascade. i love what this brewery is doing and the time and skill that goes into this beer is astounding. drinkability wise, one bottle to the head is no problem, i could even go for second; a sessionable sour almost. gave a my GF a small pour and she enjoyed this as well. this was drank while watching DFH's brewmasters and i couldnt help but think "DFH aint got nothin on cascade as far as EXTREME beers go!" hahaha.

Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Zwanze Day 2011
Bottle Share
Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Light golden yellow with a thin white head. Spots of lacing left down the glass.

Sweet, candied grapes play the dominant role in the aroma. There's also a touch of wood and just the faintest hint of alcohol.

Sweet grapes are dominant in flavor as well along with a hint of wood and earth and a mild sourness. Simple, yet very tasty.

Thin to medium bodied. A pleasure to drink.

A tasty, simple, grape sour. I would love to try this one again.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A darker yellow that somehow is pretty vibrant. Amazing aroma, salivation inducing, white grapes, mild wood aromas. Keeps the funk out.

Hugely sour, definitely has the white grape presence to it, amazing at hiding the alcohol. The blended parts of a tripel and quad are really overcome with the grape juice and sourness. Must be all kinds of different bacteria strains to get it this sour and yet stay complex and immensely enjoyable. Grape, lemon, green apple, maybe some peach or nectarine round out the fruit flavor from it.

If you like your shit sour as an ex, this is your beer. Heavy sour at like a 9:1 ratio to sweet. This is a must for a sour and white wine fan.

Only $5.50 a glass at the brewery/pub make this even better all around.

EDIT: Just drank my first 2011, still very good, but not phenomenal like the last three years/batches. Hopefully just needs some age, but it didn't seem to have the vibrancy of other years. Prior rating was 4.5/4.5/5/5/4.5

Photo of glid02
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by a generous soul - thanks to whoever you are!

Pours a hazy purplish-brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dark malts with good amounts of lightly tart raisin, fig, and plum aromas. Also present are solid amounts of Concorde grapes.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of tart plum and sweet Concorde grape flavors. Midway through the sip the sweetness subsides a bit and the fruit flavors skew more toward raisins and prunes. The fruit flavors carry through to a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could easily have another.

Overall I was a very big fan of this beer - I love the flavors of American grapes (Concorde, muscadines, and scuppernongs) and I find that it's difficult to accurately get that flavor in a beer. This beer succeeds completely and has additional complexity from other dark fruits and the malt bill. Well worth a shot.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 750mL bottle into a Belgian tulip.

The pour produces a fizzy loud head that rushes upwards but quickly dissipates. The body is dark golden with excellent clarity and a strady, robust carbonation. Quite elegant. 4.5

It's a tad funky and earthy, tart and faintly acidic. There's some orchard fruit aroma that joins a potent white grape juice smell. 4.25

Very close in taste to what the nose hinted at: white grape juice, white wine, plum, apple and cherry. Orchard meets winery. The taste lingers like a crisp apple and a sip of white wine. 4.5

There's excellent consistency from smell to taste to feel; it's funky, earthy, tart and vinous. The carbonation is mellow and the brew drinks crisply before finishing dry. 4.5

Outstanding. I'd serve this to any sour fan and still get many a wine-drinker to enjoy it.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark yellow/brownish color with a small off-white head, slightly fizzy. The head leaves behind a thin layer on top. Nice lacing on the sides.

S: Nice sourness on the aroma with plenty of white/green grapes. There is a bit of must/barnyard/brett with some faint oak as well. The sourness comes out a bit more as it warms along with a bit of green apple.

T: Very tasty, nice blend of grapes, green apples, and a little pear with a nice tart/sourness. Not as funky as the aroma, very faint bretty component in the flavor profile. The oak shines through a bit more as it warms.

M: Light to medium bodied, nice tart/sourness. A nice level of carbonation, made it very easy to drink.

O: Another solid wild from Cascade. This along with Sang Noir were fantastic. Look forward to trying their other beers.

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nebulous bleached white head is the coronet on this crisp and strongly golden ale.

S: Grapes, cotton candy, and a faint acetic note and funk.

T: A wave of puckering sour, strong and commanding sweetness, white grape juice and peel, mild acetic flavor and a murmur of funkiness.

M: The sweet quality provides a heavier body than some other wilds, appropriate carbonation.

D: While I like the sweetness, it's hampering the long term drinkability. Could be a little more sour to balance this out. I will finish the bottle but this would be something nice to split.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JohnGalt1 for sending me an incredible box, which contained this and much much more.

Pours a clear orange color with amber tints and a white head that reduces quickly leaving a broken ring around the surface. Ample carbonation can be seen in the depths of this one.

Nose is very very winelike. Lactic notes, oak and certainly noticeable grape presence. Some slight spice is detectable, but not prominent.

Wow! This is a very interesting beer to say the least. Quite complex. Opening notes are very crisp and fruit-like. Grapes are clear and present in the flavor, but not cloying or overbearing. An Oaky dryness starts early and only increases up to the finish. The lacto notes are not quite as balls out as many would like, but i think they compliment the overall state of this beer quite well. Very dry finish, leaves sweet white grape juice flavor lingers, but again, not cloying or too sweet in the least. There is indeed a touch of a spice profile that is most prominent here after the finish.

Mouthfeel is right where it oughta be with ample carbonation. It is the tiniest bit viscous for the style, but for this beer i find it appropriate. Very dry beer.

Drinkability is very strong, especially for the suprisingly high abv. A pretty refreshing beer, really. A wine lover would eat this up i would bet.

Overall an impressive beer from the Cascade series. Alot of people might slam this because it isn't the most sour palate thrashing beer around, but make no mistake, this is a very well crafted and delicate beer, and is certainly a tart brew. I would be willing to bet the brewer acheived almost exactly what they wanted to with this. There is great balance between tart dryness and white grape flavor. I would love to have another bottle of this to see how it does with a bit of age. An interesting beer, and one i would certainly drink again.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one's been sitting in the fridge for entirely too long. Corked and caged 750ml bottle from the most recent release shared with schen9303. Poured into a crystal snifter.

A: Cascade's corks probably rival Bullfrog's in terms of frustration level experienced when trying to open them. 10 minutes of struggling creates a nice loud POP but no gushing beer! Pour creates a nice 1.5 finger foamy white head with poor retention that dissipates quickly into a thin ring around the top of the glass. Beer is a semi-clear golden orange. Lacing is non-existant.

S: Oakiness and white grape tartness invades the nostrils. Incredibly aromatic and refreshing. A bit of yeastiness in the background as well as earth and quite a bit of funkiness. Very appropriate though a bit one-dimensional.

T: Moderately tart opening with an oaky and funky background. Grapes are apparent in the sweetness as my palate gets used to the sour. Light, refreshing, and inviting. Just the tiniest bit of yeasty bitterness at the end signals that this one still has a bit of time to mature. Finish is more grape and earth. Aftertaste is not really present.

M: Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Lively yet gentle on the palate. Appropriately bone dry with a finish that seems to suck all the saliva right out of my mouth. Aftertaste is clean and tart.

D: I feel like this is the perfect example of the Cascade wilds that I've had up to this point. Very one dimension but so tasty, with a perfect mouthfeel and incredible drinkability. The Vine almost seems like a better, sweeter champagne and I could go at this one all day. I can't wait to break out another bottle and pick up some more. Definitely worth the price of purchase!

Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle; split

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice, a dark golden body with a thick creamy 1.5" white head

smell: extremely vinous - unique in that white grapes are utilized, oak, belgian triple yeast

taste: Cascade's lineup seems pretty heavy on the darker sours, so this is a little bit of a curveball for them. Vinous white whine notes - oak, white grape, light acidity, earthy. Pear, green apple, belgian spice

mouthfeel: lighter, tart

overall: solid as always from cascade - perhaps a little less spectacular than some of the other bottled offerings

Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from City Beer in SF.

A - Pours hazy golden in color with a fluffy white head.

S - Aroma is very nice, fairly tart and lactic with white white, oak, and fruity esters.

T - Lactic tartness, white grapes, oak, sour green apple, and citrus. Alcohol noticeable but not too much for the ABV.

M - Palate nice and fairly acidic with medium body and somewhat high carbonation.

D - Above average. This beer is pretty good overall, but not the best from Cascade. A bit expensive at $20+.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear orange body. Nice white head.

Smell - Lots of grapefruit juice. Light acidity. A bit citrusy.

Taste - Sweet grape. Immediately sour. Oak. Starts to get a little acetic in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Sweet and sour. Well carbonated.

Overall - Tasty. I've had this a number of times and I'm not sure why I never rated it.

Photo of thagr81us
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured a hazy yellow orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and a sour note only. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, and subtle apple. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent example of the style in my opinion. It had a very nice flavor and good aroma going on here. I really enjoyed the fact that there wasn't really a funk to this one and just sour notes. Hope to try more offerings from Cascade in the future as this one set the bar pretty high. This was the favorite of my buddy and I of the nine sours/wild ales we tasted and reviewed this weekend.

Photo of Gmann
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with a short soapy head that quickly dissipated into nothingness. Some carbonation bubbles are floating to the top so I know its not flat.

The aroma is tart and funky. Big oak aroma with tart lemon and unripe green grape skins. Has a general floral note to it.

The oak is noticable but quite mild in the flavor. Light lemon flavors with white grape juice. A bit of a peppery note in their as well. The malt is unassuming and is just there so we can call this a beer. A nice tart punch with some sour notes.

Though the beer looks flat, but there is a prickly carbonation. The body is light and coupled with the carbonation, this beer is quite crisp and easy to drink. The tart does not linger and its quite clean on the palate.

This is a crazy drinkable brew. Nice oak flavors but nothing too bold. Its sweet and tart and very clean. I could drink a bunch of this if not for the high ABV.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rare sour beer on tap at the brewpub for $5 a glass at their Summer Solstice Celebration. 2009 vintage. How could I pass this up!

The slightly murky golden meyer lemon body has a nice wispy white ring of foam that clings to the side of the glass just atop the liquid body. No lacing is apparent but that is typical of the style. The murkiness makes it slightly better looking than average. 3.5/5

Smell is definitely soured grapes and a heavy touch of wood. Some musky blanket that spent a little time in a stable resounds as an echo. 4/5 because of the grapey uniqueness.

Strong tart grapes dominate the palate. Lots of smoked wood and vanilla are in abundance as well. This beer truly blurs the lines between beer and wine. Regrettably I don't have a better palate for wine or I think I would better be able to appreciate this beer. As it stands, I believe this might be the most enjoyable sour I have ever tasted to date. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel and drinkability are super at the 8.3% ABV. 4.5/5. This is a really fine beer that I am so glad is fairly easily accessible for me. Even at the fairly pricey point of $16 a 750 I will be buying a few of these for future consumption and ordering this on tap at future visits to Cascade.

Photo of morimech
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Project 8.85%ABV

Very effervescent, acts like champagne or sparkling wine. Can hear the CO2 leaving the beer in the glass. Lost a little to the counter top and sink. Clear golden color with a large head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Not much lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of Sweet-Tarts, funky barnyard, horse blanket, and grape juice. Sure have not smelled a beer like this before.

Tastes like a funky Sweet-Tart. Even the finish is Sweet-Tart. As the palate grows accustomed to the flavor, more of the funky qualities come out. Finishes clean and slightly dry with a slight oaky quality. Sort of an infected pinot gris and chardonnay blend. Could be refreshing if it was not such a large beer. No sign of the alcohol despite its large ABV.

Feels very light bodied due to the alcohol and very active carbonation. Works with this flavor profile.

I guess I should not be surprised by the flavor considering the addition of grapes into the barrel. Probably a beer that would improve with aging.

Photo of smitty4657
3.2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Little disappointed by this one - 2012 vintage - feel like it needs some age. There is a decent grape nose but the taste was overwhelmingly like Dimetapp and fruit juice. Might have been a bad bottle. Nice pour and smell though, as expected from Cascade.

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured In: Snifter Glass
Ordered directly from the brewery.

Appearance: Poured from a 750mL bottle, caged and corked. The pour is a cloudy dark carrot orange and amber color. The beer was starting to gush out of the bottle, so I immediately poured it into my snifter. A finger of head was produced, with moderate head retention. As I drink the beer, the lace comes and goes. When it does show up, it forms in thick sheets.

Smell: The nose picks up a hint of funky horse blanket, but it isn't the primary component. It smells dry and tart. The lactic fermentation should show itself well on the palate. Otherwise, the rest of the nose is fruity; tart green apples and grapes make up the rest. As the beer warmed up a small dose of alcohol came through on the nose, but, again, very minimal. This beer has an extremely pleasant nose. With every sip I can't help but take a big whiff.

Taste: The palate starts right out with a tart, astringent and lactic flavor. The malt flavor doesn't really present itself throughout any of the tasting. It's really just a backbone to the fruit and sour flavors. From the haziness of the beer, I'd suspect that some wheat was used, as well as some German malts.

The next flavor to show up is some tart fruit; it's a mixture of grapes and green apples. Again, a very nice combination of flavors on the palate. The finish of the beer isn't dry, it still has some fruit and malt sweetness to finish it out. The aftertaste of the beer actually does bring out some citrus flavors. Dare I say, a little bit of grapefruit lingers on my teeth and gums. Out. Standing.

Mouthfeel: A very well carbonated beer. The beer is gently carbonated making it easy on the tongue. It has a thin to medium body.

Drinkability: This is a weekend beer for sure. The feel, aroma, and palate are all fantastic. This is winner number two from Cascade. I'm surprised their beers have so few reviews.

Photo of BrewsoBrewco
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Belgian Tulip.

A- A really nice golden hue. Nice white head. Pours heavy and then quickly dissipates. Leaves a nice white lace around the edges of the glass.

S-Funkmaster general. Nice brett smell. Get's all the horse blanket wet hay goodness. The grapes really come through too. It's the smell that would happen if Brett was unleashed in a winery. Grapes and funk. Sounds good to me.

T- Nice sour tinge but nothing overly sour or tangy. Really works well. The grapes impart a sweetness. It really balances out well. Starts sour finishes sweet. It happens in really great proportions. Nice job.

M-Light. it is a very light body sour. Thin in the mouth with not much lingering mouth feel. The sour twange hangs around and leave a great after taste.

O- I really like this. The beer is not over bearing and isn't trying to be too much. the grape meld great and fit in so well. And 9% it doesn't taste at all. I think more along the lines of a gueze with the body something 5-6%. I would drink this all day. Good job again Cascade. i Can't wait till we meet again

Photo of Neffbeer
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the local for a try. It pours clear and golden with a small foamy head that quickly vanishes leaving no lacing. The smell kicks off with some funky barnyard that gives way into grapes, fruit and oak. The taste is very tart up front (nice vinous/grape flavor) with the funk in the nose not as pronounced as I would have expected. It is really smooth. Great citrus fruit flavors surface mid palate and it finishes oaky and dirty. Definitely a dry finish. The mouthfeel is pleasant but I really thought this beer might have a bit more of a bubbly character. It comes off a little flat. Even with the lack of head and carbonation this beer is fantastic. The flavors are well crafted and I will easily finish off the rest of this bottle myself. Cheers!

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3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris & Sharon for sharing their Portland bounty!
Quick review from written notes.

Dull hazy orange with a thin ring of foam around the edges. Spotty lace when swirled, that sinks back into the beer without a trace.

Concord grape aroma, reminiscent of Welch's grape jelly or concord grape juice (the "communion wine" of my youth). Light acetic sharpness behind that.

Moderately tart, big concord grape flavor, vitamin C tablets, drying aftertaste. Trace acetic and lactic acidity. Medium bodied and spritzy carbonation. Fairly one-dimensional, continuing my overarching main gripe with Cascade's wild ales.

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Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 796 ratings.