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Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 195
Hads: 829
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 277
Gots: 219 | FT: 17
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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Photo of Elendinn
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at The Bier Stein; served in a snifter.

A - pours a cloudy, honey-like amber with thick, entrancing plumes of carbonation that well up like an undersea sulfur vent, and a half-finger of dense, white head that retains well.

S - tart apple, cherry, orange, dry champagne or pinot gris (suggesting white grapes), and the requisite funk expected from the style.

T - brett funk, tart apples, green grapes, and champagne. Finishes with a hint of concord grapes; apple cider; faint wood; and bitter, Belgian yeast.

M - medium-bodied, with lots of carbonation at first, which suits the style well -- seems to dwindle significantly as the glass progresses, the beer beginnning to resemble a white wine.

D - stupidly drinkable. This is the kind of beer that just beckons you to chug it, which would, of course, be a travesty, as it deserves far more reverance than that. A "porch-sippin'" beer, to say the least, but, ultimately, much more than that; a thoroughly-complex and delicious masterwork. Incredible.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fredfest 2010 WWFD.

What more can be said about the Vine? its golden, sour, awesome, and ridiculous. Ron is a master of the barrel, and he will gladly show you the genesis of his genius. this beer is what other sour beers shoudl dream of being, for it will smack you with its citrusy summer sourness, while still whispering sweet nothings in your ear.

I camped by the keg, getting far more refills late in the evening that I should have. I returned for the last one, and the keg was killed. A beautiful lady offered me hers, she was not a fan. I asked her for her hand in marriage, her husband never heard. This beer will drive you to moments of maddened love and confused mornings.

Love the barrels sir, I love the barrels.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.

See-thru light amber with a tornado of fizzy carbonation up the middle of the glass. This feeds a frothy off white head that sticks around impressively and leaves sheets of lacing.

Loads of tart fruit in the nose- underripe white grapes, lemons, Granny Smith apples. Light wet hay funk, a bit earthy. Sweet oak lingers in the background.

Wonderfully flavorful. Starts with those tart white grapes and a bit of vinegar, then develops a small amount of apple sweetness, cloves and lemon juice. The oak meshes superbly with the tartness and fruit. At times it's a little funky, at other times hints of crisp graininess show up for a moment or two. A bit of sweetness somewhat akin to a gingersnap cookie at times. Seems to change from sip to sip, making it hard to pin down all the flavors. Challenging and extremely enjoyable.

Extremely flavorful, yet quite delicate. Smooth midswallow and dry at the finish, leaving nothing but a bit of white grape skin tartness behind.

Overall impression: This is my idea of a great wild ale- no nasty brett, but plenty of sour goodness and fruitiness with a touch of funk. I traded away my only surplus bottle, but I'll have to correct that mistake the first chance I get.

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Photo of theveganbrewer
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Cascade Brewing, I am lucky to live a few minutes from the Raccoon Lodge and get to try just about everything they release. This is one of their finest beers. It appears pretty dark, but it's so bright, sour, and refreshing. Love it.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

unlabeled bottle, unknown vintage

spiced sour blonde ale blended and aged in oak with an ale containing white grapes. insane. very light in color, like a straight lambic. less sour and funky than dry and tart, white wine is a great comparison. the grape produces more tropical fruit notes.. starfruit and kiwi most noticeably. there is a hint some bitter citrus too, i believe some sort of citrus peel is among the 'spices', although there is no obvious dry spicing. the beer finishes smooth though with the eventual emergence of more traditional sour beer flavor over the winey dryness. the alcohol is unimaginable, strangely, or perhaps its lost to the complexity of flavors. i need another bottle of this all to myself in order to savor and wrap my mind around. one of the best beers ive had in some time, head and shoulders above cuvee de castleton.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2011 vintage. Enjoyed 15 August 2012, reviewed from notes.

Appearance is typical for a sour: pale golden yellow, clear, with half-finger of white head that quickly fizzles out. The head gives that sizzly sound as it quickly dissipates.

Smell is a really smooth mellow lemony sour, combined with white grape an a light oaky aroma. The blend of the sour and the grape is incredible - perfectly flat, all the way across. Really gentle, delicate, and smooth aromas.

Taste is so freaking good. It's really two elements: that same lemony sour, and a relatively sweet white grape. But the two of them are integrated so well that I can't imagine it being any better. Elegant and complex despite its simplicity.

Mouthfeel has tingly carbonation, light body.

A super smooth, mellow sour. This beer wowed everyone, even my friend who wasn't really interested in trying a sour. Absolutely fabulous, pure, and clean. One of the stunning things is the complete lack of downsides. Just delicious. Right now I'm wishing I'd bought a case of it, instead of just a single bottle.

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Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So I let this one age a year. I was planning on longer but a funky mold was growing around the cork. Beer was great, still fresh, no off flavors just slightly more mellow. This is still one of my favorite beers from them, now if only they distributed this instead of those stupid fruity sours! I would pay the $50 for this.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy amber/brown with a nice cap of foam.

S- Fresh, raw, white grapes. Slight hints of tartness and mild citrusy tones.

T- Outstanding! More tart than the nose lets on, but exceptionally well-balanced. the flavor profile is actually somewhat reminiscent of a saison with mild lemony/pepper tones in the backgground, but the foreground is a wonderful melding of fresh and sour grape flavors.

M- Fine carbonation and light-bodied.

D- This is one of the best lambics I've ever had. Well-balanced and smooth.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very clear golden yellow with tiny white bubbles around the edges. some dusting in the middle of the glass

S: Aroma of tart lactic acid and oak barrel aging. Very sour and slightly sweet malt presence

T: Lactic flavors off the bat with a strong triple / quad blend of malt flavors. Riesling like flavors and grape juice flavors with a sweet candied sugar presence. Slight twang like sour bite at the end. Very complex and fruity as well as oaky, and mouth puckering. Lemon rind, and even a strong caramelized sugar flavor in here from the quad / triple blend. Overall a higher abv than I had thought until hopping on here to see it at 9%.

M: Medium body for the style, clearly a higher abv than most at this style. Lots of carbonation.

O: overall, a very flavorful and complex Wild Ale. Carbonation really shines for a beer at this high an abv, tons of sugary caramel flavors that blend to make this a well balanced wild ale with a lot to offer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks a lot to Ken for finding this on my wants and sharing.

The beer is light golden with a small white head. The aroma brings funk, stone fruits, yeast. Sour funk and apricots with a bit of a kick in the finish. Great feel with alcohol content well hidden. Light acetic finish. Pronounced apricots throughout. Very good.

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4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL bottle, corked and caged, to stemless wine glass. $15 per bottle at case price.

A: Very short lived head of two fingers, bright white and fizzy/foamy. Thin film and collar remain. The body is completely hazy with 85% opacity and is sun-struck, light creamy orange in color. Spare lacing loosely attaches after each tilt of the glass, but it slides back down promptly.

S & T: A combination of lactobacillus and white wine grapes hit the nose first. Both parties bring big, wafting aromas of equal prominence. The Vine takes some oakiness from the barrels during the year plus that it spent in lactic fermentation yet it is only moderately funky. Sweet on the palate, and even on the nose. Light to medium malts of bread and hay with a healthy amount of a floral/perfumey hop character. PEZ candy flavor.

M: I expected a bigger mouthfeel from a beer that spent over a year in lactic fermentation. This isn't to say that the mouthfeel isn't good...IT IS WONDERFUL, it just would have been better if it were livelier, fizzier and more sour.

D: Perhaps the easy going mouthfeel was the right decision by the brewers at Cascade since the drinkability is exceptional probably because of the restraint. There hasn't been a Cascade beer that I've had and not thoroughly enjoyed. Lots of successful brews coming out of one of my favorite breweries...

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Photo of glid02
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of 1000Bottles
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly coppered golden hue with a big velvetty light-tan head. Aroma is lightly tart, touch of grapes, bit of light caramel and a hint of oak. The flavor is very similar to a big Flanders Red, with a wonderful balance of malts and tarts, but with a grape presence replacing the cherries. Layers of flavors bouncing around and playing off each other include light caramel, grapes, biscuit, oak, tangerines and lemons. These are definitely some 'sour grapes' I am enjoying!

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Photo of korguy123
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip, courtesy of Rutager for the 2012 CANBIF.
The Cascade beers have always been a huge want of mine.

A- Slightly hazy gold pour with a never ending, finger width, tight bubbled, snow white head. The streams of carbonation coming from the bottom of this glass are mesmerizing. The head just moves with the beer, leaving little lacing.

S- Right off the bat you get a sweet juicy grape juice, followed by a nice tart grape and lemon aroma. Almost zero funk to this beer. The grapes are making my mouth water. There is a nice grass aroma and the oak really shines through. I'm getting a touch of vanilla as well.

T- Wonderful tartness to it, just full on white wine tart, than lemon followed by a nice sweet grape juice and finishing with a quick super dry finish. The funk is at a 3 right now.

M- Light and super bubbly. The carbonation is borderline champagne.

O- This is high rated and rightfully so, this really is a remarkable beer.

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Photo of Floydster
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewery with Ron and Curtis, thanks again for the awesome hospitality guys, reviewed from notes, color is a medium orange with some amber tones, one inch very bubbly white head that does not last long, not much lacing, aroma has white grapes, sour green apples, oak, grassy accents, white pepper, lactobacillus, herbal accents, apricots, and lemon juice, flavor starts off with a dry grape flavor, sour and sweet fruits in the middle, finishes wine-like with a big oak finish, a little minty as it warms actually, dry, slightly sweet, and tart mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, heavily carbonated, taste lingers with dryness, could drink the bottle for sure, no booze in the flavor which seems hard to believe for a beer over nine percent, smooth and full of unique fruit flavor, look forward to having again, grab a bottle when you can

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 version.

A: 1/2" white head that dissipated quickly over copper liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Oak, sour funk, yeast and white grapes.

T: An acidic sour funk that hits you in the corners of the mouth with wood, yeast and semi-sweet white grapes, pear and green apple fruit flavours in the finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation. Very smooth.

O: Very drinkable, so drinkable that my fiancee that hates 98% of beers liked this one. I just wish it wasn't so expensive.

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Photo of psiweaver
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty sour, its not super funky though thats probably because its so fresh, you could definitely taste the earthiness of the grapes. It pours a golden light brown color that is beautiful with a somewhat off white creamy head. Its not super complicated but in terms of being a very solid sour that has the potential to really grow into itself I certainly think that it can get there. Would love to try one with some age on it.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a snug little cork this one was! Wow, took about 5 minutes to remove, not using any tools of course. Poured from a cork and caged 750ml bottle. Pours a bright yellow, yet pale and clear color. Fills the glass closer to a goldenrod. A fizzy decent size head rises quickly and dissipates just as quick. Fizzy bubbles continue to rise as the beer sits. Very light fizzy lacing, that slides very quickly down the sides of the glass. Not a real looker this beer.

Aroma is full of tartness, funkiness, lemon zest, oak...reminds me of Captain Lawrence Cuvee de Castleton! This smells great!

Wow! This beer is delicious! So tart! Most Cascade beers I've had so far have been closer to a flanders style, so I guess that's what I expected. On the contrary, it's a great sour...much like a gueuze. Flavor is very, very tart...with tons of oakiness. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with good carbonation, and very low booze is noticeable, surprising for the ABV listed! Again, WOW! This beer completely surprised me and is delicious!

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a murky pale golden orange in color with pineapple yellow highlights that had almost no head and left almost no lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was very vinous consisting of a variety of grapes from what I can smell with acidic, citrus, fruity, oaky, and tart notes. The flavor was also filled with fruit like grapes, apricots, and apples but had oaky citrus accents alongside acidic funky notes to round out this delicious beer. The brew was light to medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet, acidic, fruity, funky, oaky, tart, and slight dry finish. It drank really good and was craving more after every sip. I will definitely seek out some more of this beer.

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Photo of Spider889
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have yet to try a Cascade beer that I didn't like. This is my favorite thus far...

Pours extremely clear with a tall white head. This receded quickly, but leaves leggy lace. The beer reminds me of a fine Riesling.

Lots of bretty funk in the aroma. A bit of white oak and juicy grapes. Overall a very clean aroma, quite crisp.

The flavor stats off with some bretty nuances. Then a bunch of tart white wine grapes come into play. Not overly sour or acidic, but it has the tinge of every such element in other American sours. This beer, however, is an extreme exercise in balance and restraint. The end product is phenomenal as a result. Despite my initial assumptions, there's almost no sweetness.

High carbonation, but is works well. A bit slick with a semi-dry finish.

Overall this is just a wonderful beer. White wine barrels/grapes must be some of the most subtle out there when it comes to imparting flavor in a beer. The fact that this beer tastes so much like a fine white wine is testament to the skill and craftsmanship taking place in Oregon. I will always welcome this as an extra, gift, or sample at a tasting.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

Poured into a DT tulip glass.

Great head and color. Light brown a bit cloudy. Wonderful aromas of grapes and sour lactic funk. This is areal palate buster. Vinous, lactic and sweet with every sip. White grape juice with an real emphasis on the tannins. Extremely drinkable. Quite thirst quenching.

Overall highly recommended. This beer stands up to any of the big highly touted grape based sour beers. I will definitely try to score some more of this one.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and hazy with a ridiculously nice looking head on top of it. About three fingers of tan came up over the top and settled down still to about a fingers worth after a few moments. Rich side glass lacing just stuck and clung to the glass with every swirl, really just pushing the envelope on this one. No visible sedimentation that I could see.

Rich notes of tart grape skins, cherries and loads of funk, some light spiciness and a decent touch of oak. lots of dark fruit, tart funkiness and a nice earthy, woodsy like smell blending together very nicely on this one. Silk like smoothness, and the finest carbonation bubbles, really well done in that regard. ;ots of sour in here right up front with frapes and light lemon like citrus taking over. Rolling through some nice notes of cherry then came over me. Decent funkiness in through the middle and the finish, but it was actually almost blended out by a cherry like sweetness and more hints at a sugary touch. A nice sipper none the less and I tried to cherish every last drop of this one.

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Photo of baconsausage
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unsure of the vintage of this straw colored gem light effervescent bubbles, without any discernable head. Faint, sweet, white grape juice aroma. Tastes like mildly tart sour grapes, a bit of grape skin, and some tropical fruit flavors. Not overly tart, nicely balances with the fruit flavors. Light and crisp, much like a dry sparkling white wine. Delicious beer I have wanted to drink for a while.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a tulip to a clear and bright orange with a small white head that is quick to fade into nothingness. Active carbonation can be seen constantly rising from the bottom of the glass.
S: smells of grapes, funk, sourness and some oak
T: Taste is sour with some nice grape flavors, funky barnyard and some oak. There's a slight chalkiness but definite sourness throughout. The swallow is more lactic sourness and a little band aid flavor
M: The body of this beer is on the lighter side of medium with very active carbonation and a drying finish
O: Overall this is a great beer. It's a little pricey and for the cost I would rather a different beer from Cascade. I'm happy to have tried it though.

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Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.