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Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
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766 Ratings
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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 278
Gots: 227 | FT: 19
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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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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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.

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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!

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Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.