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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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Reviews: 132
Hads: 794
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 206
Gots: 210 | 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:
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 UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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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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 StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of largadeer
3.84/5  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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  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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Photo of kojevergas
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BOTTLE: 750ml brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork purchase from Cascade earlier this year. Label design is appealing. "2013 project."

7.75% ABV. Reviewed live as a fruited sour ale per the label. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served cold into a tulip in high altitude Castle Rock, CO and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Fizzy and pink. Thin. Not real creamy or frothy. Vigorous and effervescent. The head rolls towards the sides of the glass, lending the beer a nice cascading effect (apt given the brewery). Retains well - for about 4-5 minutes, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Clear vibrant brilliant sanguine red. Clean, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a great looking sour ale, but it could be better - a blue body colour for example would be more striking, and the head could certainly be thicker and fuller, and could have a softer consistency.

AROMA: Berries and currants dominate, with blueberry noticeable in there - but not as pungent as would be ideal. It's a powdery aroma, with the berry juice bleeding into the blonde malts. The blueberry is surprisingly fresh considering this beer's age. Oak is subtle and lends the aroma a nice wooden character, but don't expect any rich white oak or toasted characteristics; it's quite a neutral oak character. It's not as tart as I hoped for, and the lactobacillus-induced sourness is maybe a 4-5/10 in terms of intensity. Also, this aroma doesn't evoke a truly spontaneously fermented or particularly wild ale, instead coming off sterile and clinical. Lambicus wild yeast and more intricate bacteria would be beneficial.

Overall, it's an inviting aroma of above average strength. I wish it were more sour, more tart, and more arresting.

TASTE: Boasts a wonderful blueberry presence which is fresh, juicy, and refreshing. Sadly, the tartness and sourness I hoped for (characteristics experienced in abundance in Cascade's Kriek) just aren't quite there...it's only a bit tart and the sourness is - at best - a 4/10.

The oak really develops as the beer comes to temperature, emerging most prominently in the third act, where it becomes so wonderful it almost eclipses the tastiness of the blueberries. The oak lends the flavour profile a natural cohesion, and helps make the beer feel like more of a gestalt whole.

Blonde malts bend to the will of the juicy berry notes - which aren't limited to blueberry but which I lack the expertise to properly identify - easily allowing themselves to be imposed upon. Blonde malts were a great choice for this sour - neutral enough to let the sourness take center stage - but flavorful enough to add needed depth of flavour.

A hint of apple cidre vinegar. A kiss of vanilla as the beer warms. There's a faint jammy sweetness which is lovely, but might oppose the sourness of the beer...which brings me to the balance: it's a very well balanced brew, but more sourness and intensity of flavour would really help the overall flavour profile come off better. And with that jammy sweetness, it could easily tolerate more sourness and tartness. Blueberry is tough to execute, and Cascade has largely succeeded - but take a page out of Cantillon Blabaer's book and commit to the blueberries. It's nicely lactic, but they could go bigger there.

TEXTURE: What really works here is the soft, comforting, powdery mouthfeel, which refreshes the palate and make this hard to put down. Quenching, smooth, wet, and perfectly medium-bodied, with slight overcarbonation and apt thickness.

This texture is near perfect for the style, and compliments the taste beautifully. If only the flavour profile offered more intricacy for the mouthfeel to support.

OVERALL: 7.33% is high for a fruited sour, but you wouldn't notice it drinking this fine fruited ale. Drinkability is off the charts. Blueberry is a tricky note to implement, but Cascade has largely succeeded here. I just long for more tartness and sourness, and would like to see more complexity/intricacy, and subtlety. More than just a modest amount of lactobacillus is needed to create a great sour. If there are any notes for Cascade here, it's more bacteria, more wild yeast, more berries, more intensity. All in all, a tasty sour that - while superb - just isn't worth its unreasonable pricetag. Extremely drinkable. Definitely try this once.

The oak in the third act is a real treat, and makes this a truly special beer. Definitely a highlight. Wow.


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Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a purplish/ruby with tiny amounts of white head. Next to zero head retention & lacing
S: Blueberry, woodiness & vinegar

T: Follows the nose, some tartness & dryness up front, a little raspberry as well. More sourness/tartness as this warms, a little vinegar, blueberry vinaigrette, & dryness as this warms. Finishes tart & sour with blueberry vinegar notes & so dry

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, a little sticky. Carbonation picks up when warmer

Very good example of the style with a nice bit of drinkability, Good, but not over a dollar an ounce good...

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a merlot with a ring of rim bubbles. No lace.

Sour nose with a faint aroma of blueberry.

Very sour. Reminds me of a blueberry mead I made once. Very low carbonation but the body is neutral. Long sour aftertaste.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 02/11/12 notes. Big thanks to drabmuh and Thorpe429 for sharing a growler of this one. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep, reddish-purple color with one to two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks really cool.

s - Smells of blueberries, sour, tart dark fruits, light funk, acidic, and some oak and vanilla. Smells a lot like blueberry pie; I really like it.

t - Tastes of blueberries, lightly sour dark fruits, oak, acidic, citrus, vanilla/cream, and light floral/earthy notes. Taste is not as sour as the nose, but it is still very nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Easy to drink beer.

o - Overall I thought this was an awesome beer. Not quite as sour as some of Cascade's other offerings, but if you like their stuff and blueberry based beers this is a must try. Smells exactly like blueberry pie, with light sourness to it. Looking forward to getting a bottle of this in the future.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very tart fruity ale from a large shared bottle.
More genetic frruitiness until the aftertaste when the blueberries come out more clearly.
Too funky for me

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Photo of drabmuh
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2011
Served into a snifter

A: Bright pinkish with a light purple hue cast through the body. Fairly clear with a short lived white head that settled into an extremely thin ring. No lacing.

S: Very brett forward (more than expected), hay, lemongrass, and touches of blueberry flesh intertwined. A lot less focused on the actual fruit, and more on the barnyard funk qualities.

T: Like the nose, funky brett is up-front and carries through to the back of the palate where it's finally met with notes of blueberry. Faint blueberry flesh, oak and more hay finish it out.

M: Nicely carbonated, a bit fizzy but no feel of thinness. The brett and fruit keep things lively. Stylistically appropriate.

This was a disappointment. I didn't expect as much brett funk, but did expect more blueberry. The proportions of these two seemed reverse of what they should have been. OK, but certainly far behind other Cascade sours I've tasted.

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Photo of stakem
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked and caged offering. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a hazed ruby color with a faint white bubbly cap resting atop. A swirl revives a nice finger or so that displays fair retaining powers.

The aromatics include a noteable amount of blueberry, it is impressive considering how fainty blueberry can be in beer after it ferments mostly away. It displays a familiar cheesy aspect though found in other blueberry wilds. It has a bit of a pitted earthy character about it that I enjoy because of how natural it seems.

The taste is tart with a lemony lactic aspect that is pretty sold in the profile. It displays almost a meaty funk and mild fruity quality thats very nice but not really immediately identifiable as blueberry.

This is a medium bodied brew with a pleasant amount of tartness and natural flavoring that is mildly tannic. The blueberry inclusion was felt more in the nose than anything which is understandable. Id have this again if the opportunity presented itself.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a recent tasting. Acquired in a trade with Thorpe429 & drabmuh.

The beer is bluish purple colored and clear with a light purple head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. A mouth watering appearance.

The aroma is just sublime. Blueberry pie with subtle notes of vanilla and a nice tartness. A beer to sniff and savor as long as your willpower can last.

Blueberries come through nicely. Mild acetic and lactic quality. Not nearly as sour as many other Cascade offerings, but refreshing and tart.

Creamy and smooth. A light sweetness from the berries offers balance.

Overall, I am quite pleased to hear this will be released in bottles. I look forward to having this again.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel DC for DC bottle share. From notes.

A real nice wonderful glowing pink and red body. Head is a good pink to purple with a nice whispy top and maintains a nice faint collar. Very nice looking brew.

Nose has a little sense of clean wet feeling, but it's a noticeable funky fruit of blueberry and cherry senses, mixing in with some good mild black pepper. Quite nice.

Palate hits with a little bit of low acidity, and the mid palate really hits with the mix of fruit hinted on the nose. Wet carbonation feel, with some of the flavors only returning on multiple sips. A bit fleeting flavor wise. There's a little bit of sense of sour, and some light grain in the back.

Overall pretty nice but mostly the appearance and the nose is the mose impressive part.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks for the sample Halcyondays! Cascade Blueberry brings tart and oak character commonly found in other Cascade sours, although this one doesn't hit you with a salivating pucker. The fruit as well doesn't seem to pop out of the beer, and while I did like it, this doesn't hit the same crescendo as other beers in its family.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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