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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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684 Ratings
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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 206
Gots: 173 | FT: 19
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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3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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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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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.

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Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 684 ratings.