Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-30-2013 11:11:47 | More by tectactoe
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3.8/5 rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
A - Slightly cloudy, pale straw highlighted by gold.
S - Very, very sour white grapes.
T - Refreshingly vinous with sweet grape jam. Tart up front with an unpleasant fake grape jelly aftertaste. Referred to as 'cotton candy' in the tasting notes. 'Sweet bubblegum' would be another possible description. Chardonnay character is evident in terms of minerality and acidity.
M - Lovely carbonation with a light-medium mouthfeel.
O - For some people this might be a good beer but I did not care for the cotton-candy/fake grape sweetness at all. Alcohol was very smooth however. A miss for me. I would not be very happy if I'd payed for a bottle rather than a taster.
Serving type: on-tap
04-21-2014 03:09:40 | More by abeeronthebeach
3.4/5 rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Cork and caged bottle from Tipples. 2013 Project. Pours clear golden colored with some spritzy white head that goes away quickly. Aroma of slight sour vinegar, oak, grapes, citrus peel, and maybe even some Brett. Flavor is lightly tart, dry with some oakiness, and an interesting bit of grape sort of like grape soda rather than grape juice. Hmmm. Some vinous notes as expected. Medium bodied from the sweetness, but rather spritzy with the carbonation. Cascade managed to make a $31 beer taste like Dave Chappelle's Grape Drink. Not drain pouring this since its not completely offensive and cost that much, but what the eff? Seriously what a ripoff.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 00:06:41 | More by BMMillsy
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: Crystal clear golden body with a massive fizzy head that recedes rapidly. A small ring remains with a constant column of bubbles rising in the middle of the glass.
S: Big acidic white wine aromas at first, followed by sweet peach and lemon juice. A little oak and spiced cider emerge as it warms. Reminds me of a fruitier Sauvignon Blanc. Fantastic nose.
T: Tart white wine is again the major player. Granny smith apple, honeydew melon, and tannic vanilla sweetness from the oak as well. Pleasant wine-like evaporative alcohol character as well. Lacks the depth and complexity of the nose but still delicious.
M: Dry and effervescent. Spritzy carbonation leads into a tannic mouth parching finish.
O: Just a fantastic beer. While the taste didn't completely live up to the nose, this was a fantastic example of what is possible when the lines between beer and wine are blurred. Nice work Cascade.
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2014 02:50:28 | More by More_betterness
Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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