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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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BA SCORE
92
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667 Ratings
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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 206
Gots: 176 | FT: 21
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting courtesy of wethorseblanket.

Pours a slightly murky red with a white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour and tart blueberries and some funky aromas. Taste is the same with a very sour finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good sour beer with a nice blueberry presence.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to barleywinefiend for snagging this growler and getting it to drabmuh and I, thus setting up the Cascade sour tasting. Served in a Cascade Barrel House goblet.

Pours a beautiful deep blue with some hints of violet. Nice white head with a bit of faded blue mixed in. Fantastic coloring. The nose carries a bit of acidity paired with really bright, fresh notes of blueberry and accompanying skin. Very light earthiness there as well.

The blueberry aspect continues through the flavor. There's so much depth just from the blueberries. Such a great berry to use with a sour and, in my opinion, far superior to the typical choice of raspberry. I was ecstatic to hear that Cascade was going to be releasing bottles of this. Behind the blueberry, there is moderate acidity.

The body is crisp with clean acidity and a dry, sour finish. Good carbonation. This is an impressive beer and one that I hope becomes a regular offering in Cascade's fruited sour rotation.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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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.

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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

So many bottles being poured from a basket... Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly cloudy magenta topped by a finger of lightly off-pink foam. The nose comprises light funk mixed with sweet Concorde grapes. That might sound odd, but it is rather pleasant. The taste brings in more of the same, though now a strong current of tart blueberry flowing through the proceedings. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very enjoyable beer, one that doesn't bludgeon with the sour, but also doesn't leave you wanting more. Good times.

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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light fizzy head fades almost instantly, purple and chestnut reddish brown rosy color.

Nose great blueberry, fresh big plump blueberries, light wild funk, mild sweetness with touch of blueberry pie, tart blueberries as well,

Taste more fresh plump blueberries, thick juicy blueberries, blueberry pie filling again, nice sour flavor and tart berry, light stem like green flavor, just a hint of funk. Nice overall sourness and not too sour, some acidic flavor. Finish is drier and long sour flavor, nice blueberry and tart fruit lingering, light vanilla toasty oak finally coming through on the finish, little flemmy, nice acid.

Mouth is med bodied, little carb, little acidic bite.

Overall quite nice, great fresh and tart blueberries, great sour flavor.

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Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.