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Cascade Blueberry Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Blueberry AleCascade Blueberry Ale

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BA SCORE
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505 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.67%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: Smurf2055 on 01-30-2012)
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blackie

Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

stubby chalice at the brewpub with some NC State NCAA action

Bright blue-purple - looks rad, with a light head. Dense blueberry aromas with a concentration of deeply flavored skins. Lots of acid on the nose, tart and puckering on the palate. Not pulling a ton of oak at first, but more as it warms. Deeply fruited with the familiar Cascade acidity.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2013 03:15:25 | More by blackie
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cascade's Barrel Room in Portland, OR.

Pours a candy-like red-blue hue with some slight haze and a solid weight behind it. Head is firm, slightly filmy ring of white. Looks solid enough all up, although there are detracting things about it.

Aroma: well, blueberry... Blueberry, blueberry, blueberry. Very pronounced and strong, and not all that complex. No, I lie: there are characters of rosé, and a clean, fresh brightness to it beyond the pips and pith of blueberry skin, along with an apparent tartness. Pretty light and clear overall, and not overwhelming.

Light, clear entry as well, with some sharp acid developing into a cleanness mid-palate that swoops into earthier territory later, giving blueberry skin and a clean, light finish. It's a bit less complex than I expected, even though the nose didn't suggest huge complexity. The feel, which is very light, doesn't help.

Overall, though, it's a drinkable and pleasant brew. The crisp acidity is not overwhelming, and it's smooth enough and bright enough to keep it interesting. I think it was one of the low-lights of the visit, however.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 02:46:21 | More by lacqueredmouse
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the barrel room back in June.

The beer pours a lovely red rose color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is just gorgeous in this beer, as I pick up considerable blueberry, wine, vanialla and rose petals. On the palate, this beer is every bit as impressive, with the blueberry really dominating the flavor profile, but with undertones of light wine, light vanilla and light sour. The beer is at most medium bodied, but with a long finish of sour and blueberry. Alcohol is pretty much unnoticeable.

Just an all around excellent beer... one of the better wild ales I can recall ever tasting.

Was fortunate enough to try the experimental precursor to this beer (the van der jon berry), but IMHO, this is clearly superior to that beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2012 17:01:28 | More by johnmichaelsen
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KDawg

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from tap into a tulip. Pours a nice cherry color with a nice small head.

Very berry driven aromas with tones of fresh picked berries, blueberries, and some violet aromas. Very aromatic and delicious.

Very silky medium feel and excellent flavors of tart berries, blueberries, violets and a touch of oak as well.

Almost a kriek and very tasty. Yet another great offering from cascade.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2012 01:45:29 | More by KDawg
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dirtylou

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 23:29:10 | More by dirtylou
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sukwonee

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Malt & Vine, Redmond, WA.

A: Purplish reddish bluish color ^^ Relatively small head, no lacing.

S: Not sure why, but there wasn't much smell to this. Some fruit, some funky yeast,,, but not a whole lot.

T: Delicious! Sour, tart, and refreshing! Blueberry is not overpowering (which is awesome), but it's definitely there.

M: Feels like drinking champagne. Medium to high carbonation, light-to-medium body.

O: It was what I expected and more. I will have to seek Cascade's other sours soon!

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2012 03:30:50 | More by sukwonee
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largadeer

California

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish-purple topped by a lasting white head. Great looking beer. Tart blueberry skin aroma, mildly sour with a little sweet blueberry flesh. Palate is balanced, mildly sour with a pleasant lacto character backing up tart and sweet blueberry notes. It's more skin than flesh. Very clean, light finish. Refreshing and enjoyable, but not overly complex. Thankfully doesn't have the stomach churning lacto character of many Cascade sours.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2012 20:55:18 | More by largadeer
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kscaldef

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: brilliant red with hints of purple. Light head recedes to a ring of bubbles. Lots of lacing.

S: Dusty blueberry and a bit of acetic edge. Gets my mouth watering pretty quickly.

T: Moderately tart opening, nice berry flavor with some herbal notes.

M: Drier than most Cascade sours, and I'm enjoying that. Medium carbonation and a good linger.

O: Very tasty and highly drinkable. Acidity levels aren't over the top, just enough to make it clean and refreshing. Fruit comes through nicely as well. This ranks up among my favorites from Cascade.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 20:14:08 | More by kscaldef
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nataku00

California

3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a fluted glass. Beer pours a nice reddish purple, mostly clear with a thin film of a head. Some decent carbonation visible, small bubble floating up quickly.

Nose is blueberry, sweet and fruity, a touch of earthiness, and maybe some light lemon.

Taste is sweet blueberry, concord grape, light tartness from lemon citrus acidity. More sweet than sour to be honest. Finish is fairly dry and clean.

Light body with nice carbonation. Beer is very refreshing and easy to drink, but more like a juice drink than a wild ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 04:32:14 | More by nataku00
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jethrodium

California

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at City Beer Store. Pours a reddish amber with small white head that settles to ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is big lactic with some blueberry sweetness, some light funkiness as well as a light buttery note. The initial taste is big blueberry with some sweetness as well as a sharp lactic tartness. The finish has a touch of butterscotch. Medium body. Medium carbonation. A bit on the sweeter side and very tart.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 21:57:22 | More by jethrodium
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Smurf2055

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Chuck’s 85th market. Pours a medium blue/purple color with little head. Smell is funky and sour, plenty of blueberries. Taste is very tart and dry. Plenty of juicy blueberry packed in. Great sour, but can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re getting in to.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 10:22:20 | More by Smurf2055
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i havent had a ton of beer from cascade, but one takeaway from the ones i have had, is that these guys may well be the king of fruit. their apricot is just divine, and this blueberry is just as well done. deep dark purple in color, all from the fruit, i can see a probable blonde beer base underneath, but the stain from the berries is deep. a nose thats more sour than it is fruity, with lots of mellowing oak and then the fruit punch complex of the blueberries, which are as tart as they are sweet. the flavor follows a similar format, sourness first mostly on the front end, before the fruit ramps up. the berries do add some sugar that isnt all the way fermented out, which i like, because its a nice balance to the sourness. i think the true flavor of the blueberry here is as authentic and prominent as the apricot, although i think the apricot it a better beer, the use of fruit and brewing expertise on display is the same. jammy middle before the wood softens the finish. its earthy and summery and reminds me of a place i would like to be, out in a blueberry patch in august gorging myself until my face and hands are stained purple. a special beer, the best blueberry beer ive ever had by leaps and bounds.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 15:37:04 | More by StonedTrippin
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a teku glass. 2012 project

pours a dark purple with a nice finger inch white fizzy head that dissipates quickly. smell is a tad sour with some fruit...blueberries for sure. taste starts out fairly tart but does dissipate quick. the fruit takes over and there is a good blueberry flavor to this one though it doesnt linger on the palate. slight sourness at the back end. pretty good! medium carbonation, medium bodied. pretty tasty...recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 00:14:28 | More by Axnjxn
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml of the 2012 Blueberry project. Thanks to ChefBergo for extra'ing me this one. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 2/6/2014.

App- Pinkish-dark red body, one finger white head, good retention, good lacing. The pinkish-red hue on this beer is interesting; it's almost like a red wine.

Smell- Tons and tons of blueberry accompanied by oak and vinegar. Smells decently sour, 5/10 perhaps.

Flavour- Disappointing. Mostly a mustiness, funkiness accompanied by oak and vinegar. Don't get a ton of blueberries here like in the nose. Kind of watery.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thin bodied, good carbonation, but otherwise a bit watery and thin. Aftertaste is mostly this musty funkiness, not so much blueberry.

Overall- Certainly not the best that Cascade has made. I do not recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 04:42:23 | More by Stevedore
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a cork & caged brown 750 mL bottle with "2012 Project" marked on the label. Poured into a standard 16 oz tumbler glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep magenta purple with a fair amount of haze to the body. Enough particulate to make for an uneven distribution of color. Dark, bruise-like purple in some places, and lighter notes in others. Atop the body sits an fizzy head about a half-finger thick, the color of white with just a slightly violet hue to it. The head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a rim of foam around the edge of the glass and a bit of bubbly film across the top.

Smell - Nice tart notes of blueberry, pinot noir must and red grapes, as well as some more pungent characteristics of oak barrel tannins and funk, providing a nice balance of acetic sharpness and more luscious fruit tones, like fresh-made preserves.

Taste - More of the same in the taste, with the jam presence becoming more aggressive and giving undertones of blackberry to compliment the tart presence of the blueberry. Musty barrel wood and a slight hint of vinegar work to provide some punch to the fruitiness. I'm rarely disappointed with sour-tasting beers that make use of blueberry's natural tartness and this one is no different.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and high carbonation that provide for an effervescent, prickly feel to the beer. Enables the beer to avoid being taken over by the sweetness of the fruit used.

Overall, another fantastic one from Cascade. In my limited experience, they are really good at knocking out the "single fruit" sour beers like this one and the kriek (cherry) and apricot. Blueberry is especially great because of the unique look it imparts on the beer from the coloring as well as the natural tartness of blueberries. I'm only a tad curious to know how this one might've tasted closer to the bottling date, but based on how good it is a year old, I'd gladly take a bottle of any vintage that was offered.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 05:31:23 | More by LambicPentameter
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours out the color of smashed blueberries, with a very nice head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Tart and citric with undertones of blueberry

Taste: Citrusy and lactic, with blueberry tones developing in the middle and lingering in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Cascade has a way with sour fruit beers; always enjoyable to try them

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 01:31:20 | More by brentk56
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy reddish purple color with a small off white head. The aroma has a nice blueberry fruit character, mildly tart, woody, mild acidity, some earthy notes and light funk. The flavor is moderate blueberry fruit, wood, lightly acidic, mildly tart with some earthy qualities. This is not overly sour and doesn’t have the massive fruit punch of a Belgian Red, but this is still tasty and definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 13:07:13 | More by jbaker67
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scottfrie

California

4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage poured into snifter.

A: Pours a clear cranberry juice color with a fizzy, very short lived, slightly pink head that faded to a fuzzy collar.
S: Fruity notes of blueberries, blackberries, and citrusy lemon juice. Slight earthy must in there as well.
T: Citric acid mixed with fresh blueberry flavor. Very delicious. Earthy damp basement in the finish, lingering lactic acid aftertaste with a touch of berry sweetness.
M: Drying, full mouthfeel, clean and tart with a light acid bite. Tons of light carbonation.
O: Probably the best blueberry I've had with the best example of blueberry flavor imparted in a beer. More flavor came through than expected, well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 03:25:33 | More by scottfrie
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 00:14:48 | More by Alieniloquium
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dar482

New York

4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours in a purple reddish color. Never quite seen a beer with this coolor.

The flavor has a blueberry juiciness along with musty notes and some oak. It smells a bit tart.

The flavor follows with lots of tartness of lemons and a strong citric note and it moves onto a berries, a bit of blueberry. There's a woody drying on the end along with a funky mustiness.

A nice drinking sour.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 03:34:07 | More by dar482
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(2012) 750 ml bottle poured into a 3 Fonteinen wine glass.

A- one finger bubbly white head, very thin, dissipates quickly, decent carbonation, pours a reddish purple color, very attractive looking beer.
S- The aroma, is funky but nothing too crazy, slight notes of blueberry, but i think i only pick that out because i know its made with blueberries. Hints of oak as well.
T- The taste is kind of disappointing. I feel like its missing something. The funkiness is mellow, get more oak in the taste, slight blueberry, but not very fruit forward, medicinal taste to it, some sour lemon. Interesting.
M- Medium mouthfeel, coats the palate, dry finish, decent amount of carbonation.
O- Im not too impressed with this beer. Its not bad, definitely can appreciate it, but i was hoping for something more. Hopefully the other variants i have are more enjoyable.

I had to come back and add this to the review. As it warms up, and the more i drink it the more the blueberry comes out. Still not as sour as i would of hoped for, but it still is young. I like it more the more i drink it.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 05:19:01 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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MighHighBrewer

Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. Served via tulip glass on 8/24/2013

A: Pours a deep purple color with a slight ruby red hue. To my eye, it looks almost exactly like concord grape juice. Very dark - you cannot see through the glass at all. The beer pours with a 1/4-inch head that stays with you throughout your session - very nice. Lacing is excellent.

S: Underwhelming. Fruity notes dominate - mostly green apple and blueberry. In the background, oak and horse blanket funkiness are there. Honestly though, the nose is not very strong on this beer...which has been my experience with Cascades.

T & M: Sour citrus notes hit you right on the tongue - lemon and sour apple mostly - along with a hint of balsamic. The blueberry comes in mid-sip...kind of lingering in the background. The finish brings on the oak and a bit of mild funkiness. The finish is exceptional on this beer - very dry but with the appropriate amount of fruit that makes you want to go back for more. Carbonation on my bottle was a bit high for my taste. I'd reduce it about 5%.

O: This is a great sour, but not my favorite from Cascade (Apricot). The blueberries add an incredible visual flair to this beer, but not much else. I was underwhelmed with their presence in the aroma and taste of the beer. I wish I could taste the blueberries more, but the acid kinda blows them out. In a blind taste test, I'd have a hard time believing anybody would identify this as a blueberry beer. One other minor complaint I have is the carbonation level. It was a bit too high on this beer for my taste, which is odd considering I didn't find that with the Apricot. Overall, a highly recommended sour but not the best Cascade does.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 03:55:11 | More by MighHighBrewer
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours lightly hazy ruby red color with a 1-2 finger foamy light pink head with decent retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass, with tons of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big tart blueberry, green apple, cherry, pear, raspberry, pepper, hay, funk, oak, clove, leather, red wine, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of blueberry notes with fruity/spicy yeast and barrel presence; and big strength. Taste of tart blueberry, blueberry skin, green apple, pear, raspberry, pepper, hay, grass, oak, clove, funk, leather, red wine, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of blueberry, apple, pear, raspberry, pepper, oak, clove, hay, funk, red wine, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of blueberries with fruity/spicy yeast and barrel notes; with a fantastic balance of malt/acidity and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp, prickly, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Blueberry sour ale! All around great complexity and balance of blueberry with fruity/funky yeast and oak character; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the moderate acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 04:36:16 | More by superspak
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 11:50:39 | More by tectactoe
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (2012) poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a deep purple-y blueberry hue. A finger of fizzy head quick builds and fades equally as fast. Leaves behind a fizzy, bubbly, loose collar and no lacing. If you told me I was looking at a Welch's grape soda I would believe it.

S - Lots of musty aromas here. Richly funky with lots of woody aspects as well. Blueberries come thru with more force than I expected giving a thick blueberry and some spicy, fruity notes maybe giving some cinnamon and light apple-y touches. Overall has a sweet and somewhat sugary impression.

T - Given the aroma especially, this is surprisingly tart and sour. Lactic acidity up front and thru to the finish. Sweet tarts, lemons, citric acid. Blueberry flavor comes thru but is subdued compared to the aroma which isn't very surprising given the difficulty in bringing out their subtle flavors. Marginal sweetness to cut thru the acid just a bit. I'm also getting a bit of a spiciness which I am perhaps transforming in my mind subconsciously into cinnamon and maybe a graham cracker crust for a bit of a blueberry pie effect. Woody flavors blend in nicely to round things out and provide a bit of an offset to the fruity acidity. Mildly funky...noticeable and nice, but a bit more would be desirable.

M - Somewhat thin body, highly tart and acidic giving a dry overall impression. There is just a hint of sweetness that just gets overpowered towards the finish. Very mildly funky and not as fruity as the aroma might have indicated on first smell. Carbonation is lively, medium level that effervesces high above the surface of the glass on each pour...very tingly on the tongue.

O - Very good sour beer. I was especially interested in trying this being a blueberry lover and already a fan of Cascade sours. Would have liked a bit more flavor character from the fruit...the sour overpowered the fruit and lost some of the dimension the fruit could have yielded. Definitely wouldn't mind having this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 23:34:13 | More by portia99
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Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.