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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
outstanding

602 Ratings
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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 202
Gots: 167 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-17-2013 06:02:03 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

12-16-2012 21:17:29 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

04-10-2012 03:58:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-15-2012 03:38:55 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

02-12-2012 16:37:39 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

08-06-2014 22:56:34 | More by nmann08
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +4.1%

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

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

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-05-2014 06:02:03 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-16-2012 17:39:05 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-01-2012 00:05:49 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-11-2012 22:28:52 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-01-2012 01:09:06 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-10-2013 00:04:43 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

07-17-2013 06:40:53 | More by GRG1313
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-07-2013 01:41:38 | More by jaydoc
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

01-08-2013 01:28:22 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

01-08-2013 22:54:46 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

07-08-2013 14:56:20 | More by emerge077
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largadeer

California

3.85/5  rDev -7%

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.

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

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-18-2013 14:17:29 | More by JAHMUR
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-23-2013 04:39:32 | More by SocalKicks
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

07-08-2014 17:11:48 | More by WVbeergeek
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

Bottle acquired for me by ChrisPro - thanks! 2012 Project. Served in a tulip at Nora's place. Cork was a bitch to get out and necessitated a corkscrew.

A - White foam quickly dissolves to nothing. Hazed purple-blue body.

S - The aroma is heavy on oak and lactic sourness, with notes of blueberry skin and lemon, as well as a hint of sulfur. Not bad, but way too much oak for my tastes. Alcohol is well-concealed as I would have pegged this closer to 5-6%.

T - I like the taste better, as there's more blueberry presence and malt sweetness to balance the oak. There's some nebulous fruitiness that I'm not sure I'd immediately associated with blueberries, and a moderate dose of lactic sourness to round things out.

M - Dry, medium body, with moderate carbonation. There's a faint trace of the mid-level ABV and moderate acidity that is surprisingly restrained for Cascade.

D - Not bad, but I think Cascade makes a number of stronger offerings. I probably should have drank this immediately, as the blueberries seem to have lost some potency over the last 9 months. Reminds me a little of Upland's Blueberry lambic. Easy to drink in any case; we had no problem polishing off the 750ml bottle.

01-03-2013 16:40:55 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

For me, this was the star of the Cascade tasting night. Not quite a Blaeber but who else can pull that off?

Beer is blue / purple with a whitish / off whitish head, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, blueberries, mild sourness, mild lactic, just an awesome smelling beer.

Beer tastes nice, like blueberries with a mildly lactic creaminess and tart finish. The fruit is great in this beer, a really nice beer overall and sweet balanced well with the sour. I'd have this again.

02-15-2012 16:10:04 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

06-10-2013 12:45:00 | More by jlindros
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Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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