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Cascade Blueberry Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Blueberry AleCascade Blueberry Ale

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132 Reviews
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Reviews: 132
Hads: 801
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 205
Gots: 207 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.33% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Smurf2055 on 01-30-2012

This NW style sour ale blends wheat and blond ales that were oak aged in barrels for six months, then additionally aged four months on fresh blueberries. Huge herbal notes of dense blueberries in the nose give way to hints of oak and a dusty floral note. Rich earthy notes of dark fruit on the palate lead to a tart finish that dries out to a base note of blueberry skins.
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Photo of AltBock
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Corked and caged 750ml bottle with a dark blueberry blue label of a barrel sitting on a cart in front of barrel lid with 2 hop vines on side. Are they trying to say that this beer is barrel aged? Message received. Below the barrels is the vintage year. This bottle is from 2012. Off to the left is a description of the beer and the brewery's address.

When poured into a Ommegang Tulip, this Blueberry Wild Ale actually looked like crushed blueberries. It had that pink almost blue color that you get when you eat blueberries. This pinkish beer had a ruby red center. On top of this blueberry juice...I mean Ale was a 1/4 to 1/2 an inch pink almost blue head of foam. It had great retention! It receded just a touch and stayed with this beer until the last drop of beer was gone. On its way down, it left behind quite a few sticky streaks of pink/blue colored lace.

The aroma was sour and tart with a strong blueberry presence. Who would have guessed that. It was more tart than sour and lightly funky. I caught a whiff of that barnyard funk. Behind the blueberries was a touch of tart white grapes and a whiff of oak. That sums it up for the aroma. It didn't contain a wide range of aromas, but what was there was pretty good.

If you think this beer is going to taste like blueberry juice, you're going to be disappointed. Don't let the color of this beer fool you. This beer was filled with lightly sour and tart ripe blueberries. It wasn't more sour than tart and it wasn't more tart than sour. They were equal in the taste. There was a small barnyard funk presence in here as well. Behind the blueberry wall was a a few white grapes and a drop of oak. Like the aroma, don't expect a large variety of tastes.

This was a light to medium bodied Wild Ale that had good carbonation and a lightly sour, tart, and acidic aftertaste. This aftertaste only contained blueberries, white grapes, and touch of dry oak. This sour aftertaste doesn't linger. Your saliva can extinguish the sour aftertaste.

Like every other Cascade beer I've had, this beer is not on the cheap side. A beer of this quality can't be cheap to make and it shows it. Other than that, if you like blueberries and sour beers, you might want to open your wallet to this beer. It is certainly a unique beer.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cascade Blueberry pours with a somewhat indistinguishable color; some hybrid between ruby and indigo and orange that I can't really come up with a name for. The body is completely translucent, and the puzzled, white head wastes no time in dissipating to a small ring, outlining the beer at the edge of the glass.

The aroma is a fantastic display of fruity sweetness, sharp acidic notes, a ton of musk, and maxed out levels of funk. Blueberry and blackberry and a hint of black cherry skins, more preservative and jam-like as opposed to the syrupy, concentrate kind of fruitiness. Pure and juicy, rather than fake and muddled; always a good sign.

Musky to the core, Cascade Blueberry exhibits levels of funk that might fool you into thinking this bottle actually came from Belgium. Some wet wood and oak, musk, and damp cellar qualities mesh perfectly with the acidic tartness and faint, underlying sweetness of the fruits in this brew. The 7.33% ABV goes completely unnoticed - completely buried by the fruity onslaught.

It doesn't disappoint in flavor department, either. The first sip brings forth quite a bit of tart blueberry, alongside some softer notes of apple skins, cherries, and blackberries. Just a berry orgy taking place on your tongue, splashing in pools of citric acid and sweetness. Tart, sweet, acidic, and quenching, all at once.

Woody, musky, yeasty-funk is more apparent in the latter half of the sip, making for a pleasantly dry finish that tones down the acidic sharpness, tartness, and mild sweetness of the blueberries excellently. This beer is pretty thin and carbonated heavily, making for a dry, sharp, and crisp mouth feel.

Yet another damn good sour from Cascade. I'm somewhat partially to blueberry stuff, as blueberries are higher up on the list of fruits and fruit flavors I really enjoy. Blueberries tend to get lost in some sour ales, but not here. Wonderfully fruity, heavily tart, and painfully acidic, this beer will make any sour fan go nuts.

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear purplish red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high pink head that died down, leaving patches of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of blueberries are present in the nose along with notes of oak and hints of sourness.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of blueberries and has notes of oak barrels and hints of sourness. Despite all of the fruity flavors, no sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the the dominant flavors of blueberries, which appear to be natural and not of the artificial variety.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of travisdiener32
1.52/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

$30 going down the drain, a shame

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Photo of gjoker321
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat unpleasant phenolic band-aid aftertaste dominates the finish turning a very delightful and delicate beer the wrong direction.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of freshflesh
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of standardcherry
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful purple/red color with a small white/purple-ish head that quickly dissipates. Lots of carbonation though, the cork popped out with barely any pressure.
S: Apple cider vinegar was the first thing that popped into my head. Followed by tons of blueberries and oak. Lots of sourness. Smells almost like sour candy. A bit of funkiness at the end.
T: Sour blueberries! I love this! Orange, lemons, lactic acid. I would have guessed there were also raspberries and cherries in here. Light oakiness and not as sour as I had expected coming from Cascade. Very tasty though.
M: Light bodied with high carbonation. Pleasant sourness, not overwhelming. A bit of a dry finish.
O: Great beer. I've loved everything from Cascade so far and this is one of my favorites. I will seek this out again for sure!

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. "2012 Project"

Pours a really nice deep purple color, pretty opaque cloudy. A short lived big purple/ pink head that fizzed away shortly after the pour. Lots of carbonation visible rushing to the top.

A bit of funk is almost overtaken by some grape like vinious notes, some berry as well but not necessarily blueberry. A bit of sweettart. Some acidity noticeable as well. As it warms it becomes a bit more lactic funk with maybe some actual blueberry showing.

More sour/ acidic than the aroma suggested, lingers on the palate after each sip. Sweet tart candy, lots of berry flavors with a bit of red grape. Some lactic and maybe even Brett funk, but the fruit and acidity seem to take center stage in the taste.

A very nice high amount of carbonation, a fairly light feel, and a good amount of tartness make for a drinkable sour. Lots Of sweet tart flavors make this taste like candy in a bottle.

A very nice sour. It lacks a bit of the funk I'm used to in a cascade sour, but non the less very enjoyable.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011 Project)

Acquired via online purchase

Deep purple and light blue with a moderately sized, somewhat persistent light purple head that leaves streaks of lacing bubbles down the glass.

The aroma was quite funky initially and at colder temperatures: an earthy, barnyard, and body funk. But as the beer warmed and after some disturbance, the fruit shined through nicely and was complemented by the funk.

The flavor is quite exceptional, especially as it nears room temperature. The vibrant, juicy blueberry character is paired with moderate sourness and earthy, barnyard funk. Quite lovely, and incredibly drinkable.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.


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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.6/5  rDev -13%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.