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Cascade The Vine - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade The VineCascade The Vine

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579 Ratings
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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 179
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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Floydster

California

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 19:35:07 | More by Floydster
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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

06-09-2013 03:32:06 | More by scottfrie
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Overlord

California

2.83/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks chewy! Now, fly casual!

Pours a hazy, sediment-y burnished amber/orange. Big off-white head.

Smells ... off. Strangely medicinal and herbally. Ugh. There is some muted funk/horse blanket to it, and there is a vinous quality to the smell.

If I focus real hard on the flavor, I get a fantastic, really great vinous, grape-y, acidic undertone. Actually reminds me a bit of consecration. Unfortunately, there is an awful, medicinal herbal taste that is a constant presence. It even lingers as an aftertaste. I'd think I had an off bottle, but other people have noted it as well.

Quite disappointing. There's a base of a really good beer, but something has definitely gone off kilter.

Nice mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 08:14:36 | More by Overlord
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 01:41:34 | More by mdaschaf
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nickd717

California

3.9/5  rDev -8%
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+.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 01:38:35 | More by nickd717
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Another huge thank you to hopsbreath for yet another bottle!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Produced a nice white cap of froth with decent retention. Some lace.

(S)- A bright apple, grape skin, lemon & lime fruity yet lactic acidity and sourness. Subtle bits of dry oak and very mild yeast characters. I love the lactic fruit profile of this.

(T)- Similar to the smell in alot of ways. That same bright sour and lactic fruit profile. More dry oak comes through with bits of funk in a damp wood sense. Nice acidity.

(M)- A mild carbonation level. I do like the balance of this with the fruit, oak, and sour lactic bits. Honestly, it is a bit thin feeling; not as mouth coating as some in the style can be like, though this does help add a crispness to it somehow.

(D)- This is a solid to great wild ale with an incredible drinkability and crispness to it. Not over the top in any way, but showcases everything very well in the style equally; harmonious.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 04:00:40 | More by sweemzander
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to get pliers to get out the cork. My God was that baby super glued on, or what?

Pours with a wispy white head that vanishes immediately. The beer is a very bright brass color with perfect clarity. There are strings of carbonation that rise to the surface.

The aroma is quite funky. Lots of earthiness and I think I'll pull out the horse blanket comment. Green Apple and some oak is present as well.

Really quite nice, Green apple and more green grapes in the flavor. The oak is very present as well. Quite fruity and refreshing. Certainly some sour notes, but not nearly as funky as the aroma led you to believe. As it warms I get some of my favorite toasted nut flavor. Some nice vinous notes. I simply can not believe the abv is 8+%. Totally hidden.

Really light and refreshing. Carbonation is prickly on the tongue.

Nice beer

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 21:26:43 | More by Reagan1984
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harrymel

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

04AUG12 at barrel house. This vintage made with Muscat grapes.

Light yellow nearly still in appearance. Smells vinous, green apples, oak, some vinho verde, lime mist and a bit of leaves muddled into vodka soda. Flavor is too much like the grape - like a shitty wine intensly soured. Like a moscato that failed to make sure sanitation was meticulous when stunting a fermentation to retain residual sugars. A disappointment for me. Medium bodied with low carb and wet finish. I did not care for this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 06:30:59 | More by harrymel
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Rutager, 2011 vintage.

Orange with light lacing and retention. Nose has some sweaty socks, white grape, white wine, oak, fruit and lighter fleshed fruits like peaches and apricots. Taste is lightly sour sweeter malt, white grape, apricot and nectarine. Medium full feel, and a gentle effervescence. Delightful.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 22:45:56 | More by liamt07
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claspada

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle, abv is listed as 8.33.

Pours a moderate golden color with a small thin white head that vanishes almost instantly. Attempts to agitate some bubbles and or head are futile.

Aromas begin with some lactic and acetic sourness as well as a grape skin. A bit of funk and more generic fruit sweetness. Sour tart and vinous oakiness emerge more as it warms.

The taste loses the grapey character and has more of a mild fruit flavor to go along with some oak. Then you get some more of the lactic and acetic characteristics. Chardonnay white grape vinous flavors permeate and dominate the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium to low carbonation. The heft of this sourbscreams for some more carbonation to balance the fruity sweetness. Finish is dry but not overly so with good sourness.

Overall I enjoyed it's beer but I have to say honestly it is my least favorite of any of the numerous beers I have had from Cascade. A bit too sweet, even for this slightly older edition; could use a year more or so to dry and sour more. From what I have heard and read the best edition is the original because it has aged and it properly balanced with sweet and sour.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 19:16:41 | More by claspada
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bobby8405 for the share.

A - It pours a lightly hazed golden-caramel hue, and is capped by a fizzy, crackling, and short-lived head.

S - The nose is surprisingly sweet and juice-like. Notes of white grape juice, apples, pears, peaches and buttery Chardonnay come to mind; acetic, lactic, and funky notes are surprisingly subdued.

T - The flavor is much akin to the nose, proffering golden orchard fruit, buttery oak and very light funk. I am surprised at the tameness here, in terms of acidity; I was expecting something more akin to their Kriek or Apricot in terms of tartness and funk.

M - The feel is silky and softly effervescent; I like.

O - Not the best Cascade, but no slouch either.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 17:51:27 | More by ktrillionaire
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rye726

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours sandy brown with a silky tan head. Excellent lacing and retention.

Interesting noe has herbal spices, white wine grapes, oak, tart apples and subtle manure/horse blanket presence.

Taste is quite vinous with sour tropical fruits, white wine, wood, caramel malts and again just a bit of barnyard funk.

Crisp body is well carbonayed. Nice dry, acidic finish.

Another great sour from Cascade. Superb balance, drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 02:15:53 | More by rye726
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours reddish in color with a white fizzy head.

S - Sour/tart fruity notes, acidic, some floral notes as well.

T - A nice fruity taste mixed with the white grapes pretty up front. Not as sour as I'd like, but not too bad, nonetheless.

M - Fizzy, medium, smooth finish. I really like the mouthfeel on this one, almost perfect.

D - I'm not as inclined to go back for another as compared to some of the Bullfrog and RR sours, but it's not like I'm going to turn down another glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 02:58:10 | More by Sean9689
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Arbitrator

California

3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by... me. Thanks Arbi. You're a good man.

A: Pours a cloudy orange-amber body in the glass, topped off by a half-finger of off-white head. It retains for maybe 30 seconds, receding in loud snaps and fizzles into a light cap and collar on the brew. Some lacing during sips, but nothing sticky.

S: Hard to miss the grapes and oak on this one. They're backed by lactic sourness and a bit of brett funk. What's unusual about this is that there's a strong spice component, like nutmeg and cinnamon, that reminds me of pumpkin pie minus the pumpkin. Craig pointed out that there's a general aroma of sweet yams. I'm inclined to agree.

T: Begins with some white grape sweetness, green apples, and caramel. It's lightly funky and strongly sour throughout. The biggest flavors are near the finish, which is drying and astringent through tannins and spice. Nothing super-complicated here, and it's a bit lacking in bacterial development / complexity (even attenuation -- lots of sugars here).

M: Light-bodied, with spritzy (is that a word? Mozilla doesn't like it) carbonation. Well-disguised ABV at 9%. Impressive.

D: I enjoyed it, but in the spectrum of sours I've had, it's near the average point. The spices are interesting, but they don't quite work with the grapes. From the description of what went into this beer, it seems like I should pick up more flavors than I do. At $20 a pop I'd go with one of the other Cascade beers or just a Russian River sour.

Note: it really astounds me that I pick up brett in this beer, as Curtis seemed very insistent on not using that in his beers. Is this accidental?

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 08:16:15 | More by Arbitrator
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cascade Brewing
The Vine '11
750ml
Snifter

A: Pours a cloudy, hazy light orange yellow color. Bright white light rim of head. Turns into just a ring around the edges. Nicely carbonated (good cork pop and hiss).

S: The normal suspects: tart green apples, white grapes, lactic acid, etc. Some of that Tripel aspects for sure.

T: Up front you get that sourness on the tip of the tongue. It's not overly aggressive. It's Gueuze like but not on the same bone dry level. There is still some sweetness left in there. I get the green apple and white grape, the usual. I also get some other fruit notes like citrus and pineapple. Finish is dry but not as dry as some others. Not a crazy white wine or champagne.

M: Medium bodied.

O: A-

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 13:56:45 | More by inlimbo77
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aerozeppl

New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks dmeadows.

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a minimal amount of white head. Good looking beer but nothing to make it stand out.

S: The grapes are right up front. Really smells like a white wine with a touch of sourness thrown in. A little bit of apple came through as it warmed up.

T: Tons of light fruit. Not tart but quite a bit of that overipe fruit taste I normally associate with a saison. As it warmed up I got a little bit of tartness and the oak came out a bit more.

M: Very light body with prickly carbonation.

D: Very nice beer. Reminded me of a poor man's Cuvee de Castleton which is still impressive. No hint of the 9.2% ABV at all though all their beers hide the ABV quite well.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 22:26:59 | More by aerozeppl
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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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Phelps

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with tlay10 during a tasting on the fourth of July. Thanks Tyler!

Looks: mostly hazy light brown-orange. A light khaki head recedes to a ring that leaves great gobs of lace.

Smells: very nice. White wine, oak, sour lemon, limes.

Tastes: like the nose. A light lemon tartness is followed by a bit of grape sweetness and finished with a bright burst of tart brett. The oak backbone provides a nice, woody finish.

Feels: overpowering. Medium-bodied, with a low-ish carbonation and a tanginess that completely takes over the mouth.

Drinks: uncontrolled. The Vine has pleasing flavors, but the sourness gets just a bit out of hand.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 01:31:08 | More by Phelps
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cascade Brewing The Vine
2011 Project

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice bright golden color with some nice pale straw colors. There is a nice half-inch white head that forms that recedes fairly quickly. (4.5)

Aroma is delicious fruity tartness with some slight woody funk and some barnyard notes mixed in with earthy grain. There is some nice slightly sweet apple and pear aroma as well as some nice vinous notes. There are some slight yeasty phenols to the nose as well. (4.5)

Wow. Nose doesn’t indicate the complexity of the flavor or how delicious it is. The brew starts of quite vinous with some nice sweetness and grape skin tartness. There is some nice fruit juice notes and sweetness that starts things off. Malty grain notes are present with some grain. Then some nice sharp grape tartness comes up quick and blends well with the sweetness. There are some mild woody notes present but these are more apparent in the nose. The flavor is quite dynamic and lively and balances nicely between the sweetness and the tartness. There are some slight spicy clove notes and some peppery notes similar to a Saison or a Tripel mixed in with the brew. The sweetness becomes slightly sugary as the brew warms up and the spice notes and grape tartness balance this amazingly. Body is light and refreshing. Great crisp and bubbly carbonation. Clean dry finish. (4.5)(4.5)

Amazing brew. Cascade to me can do very little wrong. The blend of grape sweetness and tartness with the wild yeast notes (funk, spice, slight phenols) is amazing and perfectly complimentary to each other. (4.5)

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 02:13:04 | More by JoEBoBpr
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 01:16:06 | More by SpeedwayJim
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aasher

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've really wanted to try anything from Cascade for awhile. Luckily one of my old college roommates, who has since relocated to Portland, was nice enough to send me this bottle as well as a bottle of Vlad the ImpAler. This beer looks beautiful. It poured a cloudy and murky bright apricot orange. The head appeared ravenous and acidic as the poofy off white head appeared to consume itself and leave only a few traces left to lace the glass. It smells of Golden Delicious apples and freshly cut pears. It begins tart before finishing with the pear like sweetness. It's one of the most appealing Wilds that I've seen and smelled yet. The flavors are tart and musty. It has barnyard without having the funk, which is very interesting. It has some light white wine aspects. It's really quite diverse and it finishes rather dry. It drinks medium bodied with excellent crispness and kind of sucks the saliva from your mouth after awhile but it does leave behind some slight tartness and sweet pear. This is a very good wild. It's really tempting me to try the Vlad sooner rather than later.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 03:34:55 | More by aasher
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Gobzilla

California

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 08:43:14 | More by Gobzilla
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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 Purple Drank. 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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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle. Bottle was a bit hard to open and gushed mildly all over my back door which prompted mothman to run up frantically waving a glass in my face yelling "I have a glass!" No need though as the initial carbonation out of the bottle subsided. Poured a murky golden amber color with a tight white head. Very sharp tart aroma with vinegar and acetone notes along with some tart fruit aromas. Light mouthfeel and a bit more carbonated than I would have liked. Fairly nice sourness with a nice sweet fruit finish. Lots of white wine like characteristics. Oaky finish as well. Pretty good but would like to see this a little more sour.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 14:33:16 | More by kbutler1
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Spider889. Woah, this was a long time want and I didn't even know you had this. Thanks Chris!

Appearance
My glass was quite cloudy, but the first few glasses of the bottle were much more clear. The color is a light yellow-gold. The head is very fast and crackly. There is no retention as the bubbles disappear like a puff of smoke.

Aroma
Fantastic aroma. Its light and tart and very fruity. It smells like its going to be quite refreshing. There is a faint toasty base below the sweet fruits and tart grapes.

Taste
Very fruity. This beer is a wonderful combination of sweet and sour. I almost want to dip some deep fried chicken in here. The sourness is quite minimal, it allows the lovely fruitiness to shine. Golden grapes mixed with pears and crab apple.

Mouthfeel
This is a fairly light and crisp beer. The sourness isn't fully puckering, and dryness is easily manageable.

Overall
Another damn fine sour by Cascade. Its nearly amazing that this beer is what could pretty much be considered their flagship, or standard offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 18:30:10 | More by MbpBugeye
Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 579 ratings.