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Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade The VineCascade The Vine

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BA SCORE
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586 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%


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:
"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%

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 02-07-2009)
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

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
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BMMillsy

Florida

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
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More_betterness

California

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
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SHODriver

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 04:55:11 | More by SHODriver
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MarcWP

Arizona

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Russian River wine glass.

Pours a hazy light yellow with fizzy white head that bubbles out to nothing leaving behind the sight of rising bubbles immediately bursting when reaching the top.

The aroma on this stands out. Big fruity grape is the dominant character, not unlike grape bubblegum. A fruity white wine also present with subtle oak tannins. No funk apparent on the nose. Mostly lacto work, possibly pedio

On the palate you get more of the same with fruity grape, Pinot Grigio, some vanilla from the oak, and just straight oak tannins.

Mouthfeel is overall where it should be for the style but I feel like the flavors here call for a fuller body.

So while this is a great beer I think it can get a bit one note. As is the case for me with Cascade in general. This may be the last Cascade I buy. The price point on their beers just doesn't seem to back up what they deliver. Either that or they need to do 375's at half the price. Cascade, learn to work the brettanomyces,,, please. Not wanting to be over critical as it's a pleasant beer, but not top tier or close for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 23:41:55 | More by MarcWP
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smakawhat

Maryland

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
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magictacosinus

California

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
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smitty4657

California

3.18/5  rDev -25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 04:46:56 | More by smitty4657
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy orange, highly carbonated to start but it dies off after a while.

S-Grapes, grapes. Lots of them. Some wood/oak as well.

T-Grapes everywhere. Amazing. Good deal of oak and wood. Good balance, earthy/grassy notes as well.

M-Lighter, good deal of carbonation, crisp and dry finish.

O-One of the better grape based sours I've had. The grape flavor was large and in charge but in nice balance with the other flavors. A solid sour.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 17:18:23 | More by rlee1390
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 750ml bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in South Attleboro, MA. Bottle said 2012 Project.

A - Golden and quite clear with no head whatsoever. There were some bubble clinging to the glass but not enough to rise.

S - Strong white grape juice.

T - White grape juice with some green apple. A mild tart/sour quality (too mild for me) and a slight sweetness. It seemed a little under attenuated to me.

M - A moderate consistency and a very low carbonation.

O - An interesting venture toward the wine world which I might have liked more had I never had Cantillon Vigneronne.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 02:43:50 | More by GJ40
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The Vine has a delicate pale colour but an intense, torchlight glow and the density of a London fog. Even its head is fluffy and cottony (at least for a short while). It is unexpectedly bright and cheery for something that's slumbered 18 months in the darkness of a wooden barrel.

Smelling the beer is akin to taking a knife, cutting a slit right down the center of a lemon and wedging your nose right up into the middle of it and taking a great big deep breath; it fills the lungs with rousing citric acidity and zippy tartness.

A glass of lemonade and apricot juice squeezed from a wood barrel with grass clippings thrown in - that’s the image that comes to mind while sipping this bright and beautifully flavoured marvel of a beer. It also has an underlying of dry, acidic white wine and oaky vanillin flavour as well as fleshy citrus, peppy tang, subtle sweetness and refined funk - it has e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g!

I've learned from experience that few styles (and even fewer brands) can hold up to extended time in the cellar. Anything that's undergone lactic fermentation and oak-aging, however, tends to do well; this 2011 Vintage was opened at the end of 2013 and it's still drinking masterfully. I'd wager another 2 years wouldn't hurt one bit.

There's one reaction The Vine evokes sip after sip: a loud Lil Jon-like "YEAH!" Blending and souring three or four varieties of ale and then further barrel-fermenting with the juice from white wine grapes is what I'd call a pretty high-risk/high-reward experiment - Cascade hit the jackpot.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 04:37:38 | More by biegaman
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not as intense as I wanted it to be, nor as sour. pale cloudy yellow color, smallish white head without much retention. smells like artificial purple grape candy when I really sniff hard, but smells just like a sweeter sour when I don't try so hard. wheat malt, grape must, and lactic acid are all evident. I taste a lot of oak in this, sweet and earthy, and it pairs well with the sweetness of the grapes. however, the fruitiness takes a lot away from the sour properties, which really only come in as acidity on the finish. not a lot of tartness or funk or pep to this, and it feels a little dull as a result. it could stand more carbonation too, to lighten up the fruit. I think the concept is good and the flavors are good, if a little muted, but the overall product is in need of a refinement. it is a full step or two below the elite sours on the market, but still a quality brew. this bottle had a little age on it, so maybe it hasn't held up super well. will need to try fresh to compare.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 21:27:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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nataku00

California

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, 2011 project, poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with half a finger of head that disappears immediately. No lacing or foam on the beer, but plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is green grapes, astringent grape skin, green apples, lactic acid with lemon juice and white wine vinegar sourness.

Taste follows the nose, green grapes and apples, with some lactic acid, mild lemon and vinegar flavors. Very dry on the tongue, with some lingering grape skin.

Lighter side of medium body with soft but ample carbonation. There is a bit of alcohol warmth after a few sips, but fairly easy to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 01:36:06 | More by nataku00
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morimech

Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 20:17:12 | More by morimech
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pkalix

California

4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

hazy golden, very effervescent with a super cool grain of energized bubbles rising to the surface and breaking the tension explosively.
hard snort is a musty vinegar, soft smells produce a juicy gobstopper jawbreaker candy aroma bringing back awesome memories of youth.
taste is all tart! sour apple juice, apple cider vinegar, but not much else. kind of musty flavor. also getting that gobstopper candy flavor in the back...
overall, okay. seems a bit thin. seems a bit musty. some nice juice notes to it. on the BA scale it's easy 4s.... I love the effervescence, I like the appearance; the flavor doesn't completely follow through... also, my bottle says it was aged for over a year and is 8.85% . . . .
nor is it as dark as the glass in the picture....

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 01:33:40 | More by pkalix
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tectactoe

Michigan

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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emerge077

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 15:47:28 | More by emerge077
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 project 8.85% ABV

Appearance: Pours a dark yellow honey color with less than a finger of head that dissipates nearly instantly. No retention or lacing. Body is moderately hazy.

Smell: Aroma is dominated by concord grapes (could almost mistake it for straight grape juice), along with just hints of lactic sourness and oak.

Taste: Follows the aroma pretty closely. Tart white grape dominate. There's some very mild lacto character. Sourness is very low. In a blind taste test I very well could have mistaken this for champagne.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with mouthfeel bordering on watery. Carbonation is low. Finishes semi dry.

Overall: This was really disappointing. I would still call it "good," but it doesn't live up to the standard of most other Cascade sours. Given the price point I would skip this.

***Disclaimer***
While this is the first time I've reviewed this beer, I have had it once previously (2011 project) and remember liking it considerably more than this bottle. This could just be an off bottle, or perhaps this years batch didn't turn out how Cascade intended. If you can find a 2011 (or other vintage), I would recommend giving it a try, but this one I'd pass on.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 00:55:40 | More by Jonada
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Version

A - Has a golden body with a fizzy white head and is slightly opaque. The head dissipates very quickly to just a ring around the glass.

S - White grapes are definitely present, sugar esters, oak and light tartness. To me, the nose is a bit sweeter than I was expecting. But, it's still very enjoyable and pleasant.

T - Oh yeah! The taste does not follow the nose. And that's a good thing. A wallop of tartness that has hints of vinegar. Afterwards, I'm getting white wine and green apple flavors. As it warms, I'm getting some oak characters as well.

M - Crisp, not overly carbed and on the medium side of light bodied.

O - I imagine this is not easy to brew and they pulled off a genius sour beer. Kudos!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 00:48:01 | More by cvm4
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metter98

New York

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color with some hues of orange and faint hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a thin collar around the edge.
S: Moderate aromas of grapes are present in the nose - its feels like you are standing next to a wild grape vine in the late summer when the smell of ripened grapes is present in the air.
T: The taste starts off with flavors of sourness and oak and transitions into flavors of grapes that linger into the finish and lend a bit of sweetness. No alcohol is noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting beer that tastes both sweet and sour. It's quite drinkable because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Notes: 2012 vintage, 8.85% abv

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 16:54:17 | More by metter98
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dirty blond hazy appearance with a thick head that wanted to gush but dissipated and calmed down quickly once I got in the glass. head left a thin film in the glass.
aroma was of cheese, feet and slight vinegar.
taste was much more complex as it warmed up a bit. hitting my palate with a barrage of green apples, grape sweetness and oaky/tannin flavors. not nearly as sour as I anticipated but it really allows all the flavors to come forth and be displayed. it is definitely acidic but soft at the same time witch enables the grapes to really shine.
mouthfeel is thin but right where it should be. almost to much carbonation but it settles down allowing it to be pretty drinkable. I drank the 750ml by myself although I did have some heartburn. solid and would purchase again

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 02:42:27 | More by MRsojourner
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was super stoked to try this, the 2012 version to be exact. Popped the cork with little fanfare, honestly was a bit worried it wouldn't be carbed up enough.

Poured with a beautiful frothy head that hung around for a while. LIghter than I expected, a straw like color.

Smells of straight white grapes and a hint of sourness.

Taste follows the smell with white grapes dominating, a hint of funky sourness, and some white oak.

Mouthfeel was good, a bit too carbed for my personal preference, and I believe it made the fruits stand out a bit more.

Overall a decent beer. Not my favorite offering from cascade, but I have another bottle to lay down to see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 18:42:20 | More by taylor714914
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to crushedvol for this one…

A: Pours a dark yellow with some orange/red hues with quite a bit of pure white head. The foam settles fairly quickly, leaving a solid bubbly ring along the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is tart and sour, a bit stinging, but nothing too outrageous. I get mild vinegar, grape skin, mild spice, and mild grain. This beers smells nice.

T: The beer starts off bright and sour with grape skin, yeast, and a touch of vinegar. It’s puckering, but not overly sour. As it moves to the middle, you get that familiar Cascade flavor. The beer thins out in the finish, and get light and slightly dry.

M: Light bodied beer. It’s tart and refreshing to start, mellows out in the middle, and finishes slightly dry.

O: This is a really nice sour. It’s not super intense (like Apricot or Kriek). It’s just right. It’s something that I’d love to try again in the future. Super drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 14:42:42 | More by trxxpaxxs
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theveganbrewer

Oregon

4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 19:50:03 | More by theveganbrewer
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scottfrie

California

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. 750ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a slight hazy golden with a finger of bubbly white head that slowly faded into a fuzzy film and collar leaving wispy lace down the glass.
S: Lightly tart, lightly dry notes of white grapes and woody dry oak, vinous white wine, slight golden fruit, and slight peach.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of white grape, vinous oak barrel, and golden fruits in the finish. More fruit develops as it warms, and I get a hint of mint and bubblegum yeast.
M: Clean but not as dry or crisp as I was expecting. Medium-fuller body, fizzy active bubbly carbonation. The foamy carb adds some lightness to the mouthfeel.
O: Really solid wine barrel sour, smooth but not as dry as I like nor as crisp. Really enjoyable flavor though.

Serving type: bottle

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