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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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740 Ratings
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Ratings: 740
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 207
Gots: 202 | FT: 22
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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Ratings: 740 | Reviews: 127
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Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Photo of travisdiener32
1.52/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

$30 going down the drain, a shame

Photo of gjoker321
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of standardcherry
4.42/5  rDev +7%
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!

Photo of dogfishandi
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Amazing.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out mostly a purple color. Looked like it was more of a puree of different fruits, as this one looked like it was aged on blueberries and raspberries. Aroma, nice lactic tartness, not massively sour, but nice, good, displayed the fruit aroma decently, again, not necessarily something distinctively blueberry, but definitely fruity.

Taste, one of the milder Cascade efforts in terms of sourness, but the fruit was there. Nice light wheat body. Absorbs the fruit nicely. I really took a long time out by the pool on a near 100 degree Father's Day to drink this, let it warm up, was quite nice.

Thoroughly enjoyable.

Had it again in late 2012, that batch, might be even better than the one I wrote the review for.

Photo of mahak213
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Project

Appearance- Really pretty blend of purple and red, with a big pinkish head that fizzled away quickly, but left a thin cap that stuck around for a while.

Smell- Big lactic punch up front, followed by a fairly generic berry sweetness, and some funk. I can't necessarily pick out blueberry, but it smells delicious none-the-less

Taste- Awesome. Obviously it's nice and sour like all the cascade stuff, but it has an almost candy like sweetness to help balance things out. Big berry notes throughout. Finishes with some lemon and more berry. If there were a blueberry sour patch kid, this is what it would taste like.

Mouthfeel- Light mouthfeel, pretty big carbonation. Finishes on the dry side

Overall- Cascade comes through again. Really good stuff, even though it doesn't come cheap, it's definitely worth picking up or ordering from their site.

Photo of 01001111
3/5  rDev -27.4%

I'm typically a big fan of Cascade's sours but this one had a very strong phenolic flavor (band-aids) which almost ruined it for me.

Photo of jeonseh
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle drank at NWI tasting group night

A - Dark raspberry with a haze to it. One finger white head that settled down to foam on the sides

S - Tart blueberry and raspberry with light funk, white vinegar, and lemon

T - Tart sweet tarts with light raspberry and blueberry. The raspberry takes over initially. There is a light lactic acid and funk to it as well. There is softness in the flavors overall. The tartness lingers on in the finish

M - Lots of carbonation for this beer that leaves a slight dry finish.

O - Solid sour with a good fruit presence to it and tartness that almost makes you pucker. The one sad part was that I didn't get as much blueberry as I did raspberry.

Photo of lnashsig
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My new love affair with Cascade begins. This is the third of theirs I have tried, including Noyeaux, and Apricot. Poured from bottle into Jester King farmhouse glass. Pours a violet/red hazy color, a thin line of head circles the rim of the glass. Aroma- vinegar funk mixed with rose petal and a blueberry wafty ending. Reminds me of smelling smashed fresh blueberry, no artificial flavors detected. Aroma is amazing. Taste- some tart flavors, but not puckeringly sour. The fruit is very present, I get more of that raw blueberry flavor without the sweetness. Very dry finish with some barnyard funky aftertaste. I was expecting this to be much more sour but this is really a celebration of the blueberry flavor that stays true to it without becoming cloying, sweet, or artificial. As it warms, more of the funk comes out. I get a little bit of band aid on the end- it's not distracting but you can tell that Brett worked a little in here. Nice mouthfeel- I swear I might have had some blueberry pulp in there, maybe some seeds. Good carbonation. I really like this beer- I think its an excellent example of a fruit beer but it has a ways to go before it obtains fruit lambic like sourness and acidity.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer, along with every Cascade beer I've had is very good. None have impressed me nearly enough to warrant the price tag that goes with them.

Arrogant price not at all reflected on my score. Solid American Wild Ale.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep purple color with a with a fizzy white head on top that reduces pretty quickly leaving a thin cap on top. Nice foamy lacing around the edge.

S: Definite blueberry flavor on the aroma mixed with a little bit of red berries as well. Some bread mixed in as well. Slight tartness on the aroma as well as some faint white grapes and a little green apple.

T: Sour with lots of berry flavor upfront, blueberries and a bit of blackberry. Slightly lactic with bits of oak/wood

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation, rather prickly.

O: A very easy drinking sour, nice blueberry flavor. Another great offering from Cascade.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sam for this one. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Hill Farmstead tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger coarse white head with poor retention. Beer is a beautiful, clear purple. No lace. Great color but everything else is a touch lacking.

Nose is blueberry pulp, some oak, and a light fruit tartness. Some wafting, plastic-y funk lingers in the background but doesn't really assert itself. Mildly aromatic. Solid.

Opens fruity and sweet. Blueberry presence is mellow and mixed with a lactic tartness towards the middle. Blueberry skin with some cobwebs, wet oak, and plastic at the end. Finish is an accented, tart yeast presence. Aftertaste of wood and spice. Tasty.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and effervescent in the mouth and crisp and clean going down. Finishes accented and slightly messy with a light, lingering, dry aftertaste. Really good.

Blueberry isn't a fruit that imparts a great deal of flavor into sour beers. Nevertheless, its presence is felt in this one and gives the tartness some nice character. A solid beer overall and one I'd rank on par with some of the other American Blueberry sours out there.

Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, reviewed from the Yard but have had numerous other servings elsewhere

appearance: served in an unbranded 12oz chalice, really a wild looking beer - a bright blueish-purple body, ruby hues, light off-white lace

smell: acidic and funky, tart blueberry, oak, floral

taste: i've also found the translation from blueberry to beer to be a little less seamless than some other fruits (cherry, raspberry, etc) - i'm not sure why this is, and maybe its just my palate. the cascade version is very acidic and packed with sour blueberry flavor. Perhaps its that the flavor seems to be derived more from the skin than the flesh of the fruit, which gives a more concentrated tartness and less true blueberry flavor. Either way, this is another winner, but is a class below the other bottled offerings

mouthfeel: lactic tartness, high acidity

overall: The blueberry is a tricky fruit - see for yourself

Photo of hooliganlife
3.31/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

thanks to shep for this

pours a deep pinkish purple with a nice inch of so of deep pinkish head.

lots of oak on the nose, some faint tart berry.

again, very heavy on the oak. lightly sour. blueberry is faint to non existent. the oak dominates, at times i was picking up a burnt plastic flavor.

moderate carbonation with a light mouthfeel. some dryness.

this just never really won me over. i love cascade and everything has been rock solid but this just was lacking for me.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 project.

Appearance - Deep purplish red. Small off white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Blueberry isn't all that distinct, but I get it. Green and vegetal blueberry. Oak. Acidic.

Taste - Blueberry is more pronounced. Still green. Tons more oak. Malty with some stone fruit flavors. Sour.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium low carbonation. Not too sour.

Overall - I've had this beer multiple times, but somehow never reviewed it. Quality sour as always.

Photo of thagr81us
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a part of cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Shared by cmrillo at his own party! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a ruby red pink with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, blueberry, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, blueberry, wood, tart, and sour. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. It was stated at the tasting that since Steve Kim wasn’t here, which meant no one brought the Blåbær, that this one would have to do. While it was definitely not on the same level it was definitely a very nice brew that was on par with it and Upland’s version. This one was a lot easier to get as well which makes me wonder why I didn’t buy a case of these when I had a chance. An absolute must try if you have not done so already and if you have, you already understand.

Photo of morimech
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 Project
A bit of a gusher after popping the cork. Guess I did not have the bottle chilled enough. It settled down quickly however. Pours a reddish purple color with one finger of head that held on for a few minutes before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Has a fruity funky aroma. Cannot say it is distinctly blueberry, but mixed berries. One of the more funky smelling Cascade fruit beers that smells like very ripe cheese.

Tastes of berries but surprisingly not strong blueberry. Moderately acidic but the funk of the aroma did not carry over to the flavor. Also quite dry with some oak notes.

Rather thin body. The carbonation is also low which might have been lost during the initial gushing.

Smelled very good but it did not carry over to where it really counts. Also surprised by the lack of actual blueberry flavor.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Cascade directly. Split with my brother-in-law.

Appearance – Pours a blue, purple color with about a finger of quickly dissipating off white head that leaves very little lacing.

Smell – Slight blueberry, hints of sourness, lactic, oak, tannic, must.

Taste – Kind of an off flavor up front. Not as much blueberry as hoping, slightly sour and tart though again not as much as I expected. A nice oak and wood flavor, mixed with grassy musty notes.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, finishes a bit dry.

Overall – Not as good as I was hoping to put it plainly. Less actual flavor than other Cascade sours. I hope some age will help this beer out.

Photo of CooperEllis
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one hit all the right marks for me. In rating to style, I'm docking slightly for the lack of funky/sour in there but for a personal preference, I would take this over many higher rated Wild Ale's but can see where the detractors detract.

C&C 750ml into wine glass. From JohnGalt1, cheers.

Raspberry color with a whispy white head that fizzles.

Strong fruit in the nose, some tartness, almost no sweetness, delightful if a touch one-note.

Again, the taste was strong on the tart fruit, almost no sweetness and robust on the palate but there was something missing. Unsure if it's just because the flavors are subtle and so I missed what was there but the mild citrus and berry flavors complimented each other and were well balanced.

My bottle was quite carbed and that played a bit on the tongue with a good deal of fizz initially.

(182nd)

Photo of TWStandley
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from the bottle into a taster glass. 2012 vintage.

Appeared a purply-red color with a one finger white head that dissapeared quickly.

Smelled funky - fresh blueberries, lemons, orange zest.

Taste was a bit less heavy on the blueberries than anticipated but very fresh tasting. Definitely sour.

Mouthfeel was light and bubbly.

Overall a solid blueberry sour.

Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Aaron for sharing this one! Quick review from written notes.

Served in a small tulip glass, it has a sanguine wine-like appearance, with no foam on the surface. Purplish red coloration.

Berries and Bretty bandaid aroma, with a light fruit sweetness in the periphery.

Super acidic and sour, puckering with light acetic sharpness, and a very dry finish. Salivary glands work into overdrive. Medium bodied with light carbonation, almost like sparkling juice. It's drinkable and satisfies the sour fix, though it's a little one-dimensional overall.

Photo of Rutager
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear cranberry-red with lots of bubbles rising and a 2 finger pale pink head that lasts a while.

Smell. Blueberries and sour red berries, pears and apples.

Taste. Sour! Nice tart berries and fruit. A little bit of oak in the end. Yum!!

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium+ fine and lively carbonation.

Overall. Great sour beer! It has a bit of a sweet tartz candy thing going on. I'd gladly drink it again many times.

Thanks ArchEnemyBrew

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Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.