Cascade Blueberry Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
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4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2013 11:50:39 | More by tectactoe
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml bottle (2012) poured into an Idle Hands tulip.
A - Pours a deep purple-y blueberry hue. A finger of fizzy head quick builds and fades equally as fast. Leaves behind a fizzy, bubbly, loose collar and no lacing. If you told me I was looking at a Welch's grape soda I would believe it.
S - Lots of musty aromas here. Richly funky with lots of woody aspects as well. Blueberries come thru with more force than I expected giving a thick blueberry and some spicy, fruity notes maybe giving some cinnamon and light apple-y touches. Overall has a sweet and somewhat sugary impression.
T - Given the aroma especially, this is surprisingly tart and sour. Lactic acidity up front and thru to the finish. Sweet tarts, lemons, citric acid. Blueberry flavor comes thru but is subdued compared to the aroma which isn't very surprising given the difficulty in bringing out their subtle flavors. Marginal sweetness to cut thru the acid just a bit. I'm also getting a bit of a spiciness which I am perhaps transforming in my mind subconsciously into cinnamon and maybe a graham cracker crust for a bit of a blueberry pie effect. Woody flavors blend in nicely to round things out and provide a bit of an offset to the fruity acidity. Mildly funky...noticeable and nice, but a bit more would be desirable.
M - Somewhat thin body, highly tart and acidic giving a dry overall impression. There is just a hint of sweetness that just gets overpowered towards the finish. Very mildly funky and not as fruity as the aroma might have indicated on first smell. Carbonation is lively, medium level that effervesces high above the surface of the glass on each pour...very tingly on the tongue.
O - Very good sour beer. I was especially interested in trying this being a blueberry lover and already a fan of Cascade sours. Would have liked a bit more flavor character from the fruit...the sour overpowered the fruit and lost some of the dimension the fruit could have yielded. Definitely wouldn't mind having this one again.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2013 23:34:13 | More by portia99
Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.