Cascade Blueberry Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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3.99/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
08-25-2013 03:55:11 | More by MighHighBrewer
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
08-20-2013 04:36:16 | More by superspak
4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
07-29-2013 11:50:39 | More by tectactoe
Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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