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Cascade Blueberry Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 788
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 206
Gots: 206 | 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 Chriscrundwell12
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(2012) 750 ml bottle poured into a 3 Fonteinen wine glass.

A- one finger bubbly white head, very thin, dissipates quickly, decent carbonation, pours a reddish purple color, very attractive looking beer.
S- The aroma, is funky but nothing too crazy, slight notes of blueberry, but i think i only pick that out because i know its made with blueberries. Hints of oak as well.
T- The taste is kind of disappointing. I feel like its missing something. The funkiness is mellow, get more oak in the taste, slight blueberry, but not very fruit forward, medicinal taste to it, some sour lemon. Interesting.
M- Medium mouthfeel, coats the palate, dry finish, decent amount of carbonation.
O- Im not too impressed with this beer. Its not bad, definitely can appreciate it, but i was hoping for something more. Hopefully the other variants i have are more enjoyable.

I had to come back and add this to the review. As it warms up, and the more i drink it the more the blueberry comes out. Still not as sour as i would of hoped for, but it still is young. I like it more the more i drink it. (1,081 characters)

Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,675 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,540 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
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. (1,986 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (2,004 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of thebigredone
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant dark pinkish-red with a nice finger of head that quickly dissipates. Love how this beer appears.

Nose is dominated by sour oak, with a touch of funk and a minimal whiff of blueberry.

Taste is quite nice, changing each sip. In some different order, I'm always getting some oak, a hit of tartness, a touch of funk, and then a mild blueberry. Not as heavy on the sweet blueberry as I was expecting, more of a tart, unripe blueberry.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, the acidity does not scorch the tongue, and the carbonation is right on.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. I continue to be a fan of American sours with their cleaner, sharper sour notes than their Belgian counterparts (at least in my experience). Not as heavy on the blueberry as I would have preferred, but I would certainly be happy to drink this again. (837 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage. Tasted 8 June 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly murky deep reddish amber with shades of purple. Half-finger of pinkish head, okay retention and lacing, but that's what I expect from a sour. Plenty of visible carbonation.

Smell is a lovely light blend of blueberry skins and delicate acidic sour. The two elements work together so well; sour and sweet, big surprise that that's a winning combination.

Taste is much more powerfully blueberry, but the sour is still there. It tilts toward heavy sweetness, maybe a bit too much like blueberry juice. The sour starts out clean and clear, but becomes a bit muddy in the finish. Those criticisms, though, are only chips from a very solid whole. The base provides a stage, essentially disappearing to let the stars shine.

Feel is just as it should be for a fruit sour. Medium-light body, fizzy carbonation, lasting maybe a hair longer than I want it to.

This is a fantastic fruit sour. Well-balanced, and showcasing both the blueberries and sour in complementary ways. Something about Cascade's sours really resonates with me, and this is another big hit. (1,126 characters)

Photo of RoninTK3
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Seanniek91 for sharing this one! Poured from a 750ml into a snifter.

A - Dark blue/purple with some fine lacing.

S - LOTS of blueberry. Smells like a blueberry tart or jam. A bit tart and funky.

T - Tart, but not overwhelmingly so. Lots of blueberry and a bit of funk, especially in the aftertaste. Very easy drinking.

M - Light with medium carbonation. Doesn't linger.

This is my first experience with Cascade and I'm certainly excited to try more. I've had a lot of sours that really make you pucker lately, and I love them, but this is nice and balanced. More in the realm of Raspberry Tart than My Blueberry Nightmare. (637 characters)

Photo of Seanniek91
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 750 ml C&C bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

Appearance- Very nice purpleish/red with bubbly off-white head that has left great lacing.

Smell- Smells like blueberry jam! Wheaty yeast, tart blueberries. super fruity and beautiful.

Taste- Funky yeast and sweet blueberries. Light sour, with a light malt backbone. Finish is blueberry lemonade.

Mouthfeel- Nice medium carbonation with tons of little bubbles. Easy drinking and medium tartness.

Overall- A nice sour from Cascade. Would be great for beginners and veteran sour fans alike. (562 characters)

Photo of Jfriz25
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Beautiful reddish purple color with a bubbly pink tinted head. It changes color depending on how the light hits it; really pretty beer.

Smell- Huge woody oak note dominates with a touch of vanilla. Tart blueberry with a little alcohol and a bit of that Cascade smell that runs through a lot of their beers.

Taste- The wood comes through but I don't get any of the vanilla, just a dry oaky thing. Tart blueberry, like the small ones that really are mouth puckering. Good amount of sour.

Mouthfeel- Big pop when I opened the cork and a little foam came out. Lots of carbonation coupled with a medium body coats the tounge with delicious blueberry.

Overall- I really liked it but not quite as much as I was hoping I would. I love blueberry and wanted a touch more fruit flavor but overall it was a very solid brew. Love that a couple more are a click away if I want them. (884 characters)

Photo of theveganbrewer
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. It's one of the best from Cascade and it's usually pretty easy to find. I really like that I can actually taste the blueberry and know that it's not some fake flavoring, that they're real blueberries in there, and a ton of them! Great beer. (256 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 Project
A bit of a gusher after popping the cork. Guess I did not have the bottle chilled enough. It settled down quickly however. Pours a reddish purple color with one finger of head that held on for a few minutes before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Has a fruity funky aroma. Cannot say it is distinctly blueberry, but mixed berries. One of the more funky smelling Cascade fruit beers that smells like very ripe cheese.

Tastes of berries but surprisingly not strong blueberry. Moderately acidic but the funk of the aroma did not carry over to the flavor. Also quite dry with some oak notes.

Rather thin body. The carbonation is also low which might have been lost during the initial gushing.

Smelled very good but it did not carry over to where it really counts. Also surprised by the lack of actual blueberry flavor. (872 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged 2012 bottle poured into tulip 12/6/13 big cheers towards Rutager for sending me the bottle

A hazy bright ruby maroon liquid with plenty of bubbles feeding a huge 3 finger pink foam that leaves a thick partial ring of lace, love the color of this one

S cheesy funk and a little oak, lots of blueberries and some tart raspberry and strawberry jam, the funky notes come out as it warms and maybe just a little lemon

T toned down version of the nose with less fruity notes and more oak, I'm liking the flavor but the nose was amazing

M lighter side of medium, lots of bubbles almost prickly, quite sour with slight tannins and a little slick at the same time, finishes quit dry with a funky oak finish

O not sure how this one lasted over a month just sitting in my fridge, strange how I get lots of fruit the didn't brew with, no booze at any point and its going down fast

very nice sour, funky and earthy but I think it could use just a little more fruit but its a very minor complaint. This one's working well with this warm June afternoon, maybe a little to easy to drink. (1,103 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of Rathakem
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Purple - looks just like my blueberry syrup in color. Head fades to a small layer on top

S- Blueberry, wow! Some funky barnyard smell, combines for a pleasing aroma. Tasting partner referred to it as smelling like a sour patch kid.

T- Great balance between fruit and funk. Big blueberry flavor, a little oak on the side.

M- Light, dry not overly carbonated feel, sour gives it a little pucker.

My first Cascade, and I think I picked a good one to start with. Great overall beer, and looking forward to grabbing another. (527 characters)

Photo of mahak213
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Project

Appearance- Really pretty blend of purple and red, with a big pinkish head that fizzled away quickly, but left a thin cap that stuck around for a while.

Smell- Big lactic punch up front, followed by a fairly generic berry sweetness, and some funk. I can't necessarily pick out blueberry, but it smells delicious none-the-less

Taste- Awesome. Obviously it's nice and sour like all the cascade stuff, but it has an almost candy like sweetness to help balance things out. Big berry notes throughout. Finishes with some lemon and more berry. If there were a blueberry sour patch kid, this is what it would taste like.

Mouthfeel- Light mouthfeel, pretty big carbonation. Finishes on the dry side

Overall- Cascade comes through again. Really good stuff, even though it doesn't come cheap, it's definitely worth picking up or ordering from their site. (862 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lucked out and found this one after I missed out on it a few months before. Shared at our Saison/Sour tasting on 05/04.

A- Purple pour into a tulip and the body is quite dark overall. Almost no light comes through and a nice pink, foamy head forms to about one finger. Low-end head retention but nice blankets of lace. A very nice color.

S- The sweet and tart aspects of blueberries come in big time, noticed instantly upon pouring. Some tart lemony feel as well, probably some wild bugs. Funky barnyard and acetic hints.

T- Good tart fruit feel with a massive blueberry feel, all aspects of the fruit. A nice acetic acid/vinegar feel which I love in Wilds, it goes great with the berry, lemon, grape and oak flavors present. A good balance and it reminds me of a great tart basket of fresh blueberries. Pretty sour as far as Wilds go. Generally funky.

MF- Light uber dried out body that feels like most authentic Belgian Lambics I have had. Big sour grips the palate over time. Lower end carbonation.

Massive fresh blueberry flavor in this beer with a great sour and wild ale feel. Better than some of the lambics that come from Brussels and you could trick me if you blind poured it for me. Great tart fruit flavor lingers. (1,230 characters)

Photo of AltBock
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Corked and caged 750ml bottle with a dark blueberry blue label of a barrel sitting on a cart in front of barrel lid with 2 hop vines on side. Are they trying to say that this beer is barrel aged? Message received. Below the barrels is the vintage year. This bottle is from 2012. Off to the left is a description of the beer and the brewery's address.

When poured into a Ommegang Tulip, this Blueberry Wild Ale actually looked like crushed blueberries. It had that pink almost blue color that you get when you eat blueberries. This pinkish beer had a ruby red center. On top of this blueberry juice...I mean Ale was a 1/4 to 1/2 an inch pink almost blue head of foam. It had great retention! It receded just a touch and stayed with this beer until the last drop of beer was gone. On its way down, it left behind quite a few sticky streaks of pink/blue colored lace.

The aroma was sour and tart with a strong blueberry presence. Who would have guessed that. It was more tart than sour and lightly funky. I caught a whiff of that barnyard funk. Behind the blueberries was a touch of tart white grapes and a whiff of oak. That sums it up for the aroma. It didn't contain a wide range of aromas, but what was there was pretty good.

If you think this beer is going to taste like blueberry juice, you're going to be disappointed. Don't let the color of this beer fool you. This beer was filled with lightly sour and tart ripe blueberries. It wasn't more sour than tart and it wasn't more tart than sour. They were equal in the taste. There was a small barnyard funk presence in here as well. Behind the blueberry wall was a a few white grapes and a drop of oak. Like the aroma, don't expect a large variety of tastes.

This was a light to medium bodied Wild Ale that had good carbonation and a lightly sour, tart, and acidic aftertaste. This aftertaste only contained blueberries, white grapes, and touch of dry oak. This sour aftertaste doesn't linger. Your saliva can extinguish the sour aftertaste.

Like every other Cascade beer I've had, this beer is not on the cheap side. A beer of this quality can't be cheap to make and it shows it. Other than that, if you like blueberries and sour beers, you might want to open your wallet to this beer. It is certainly a unique beer. (2,279 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

stubby chalice at the brewpub with some NC State NCAA action

Bright blue-purple - looks rad, with a light head. Dense blueberry aromas with a concentration of deeply flavored skins. Lots of acid on the nose, tart and puckering on the palate. Not pulling a ton of oak at first, but more as it warms. Deeply fruited with the familiar Cascade acidity. (349 characters)

Photo of standardcherry
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful purple/red color with a small white/purple-ish head that quickly dissipates. Lots of carbonation though, the cork popped out with barely any pressure.
S: Apple cider vinegar was the first thing that popped into my head. Followed by tons of blueberries and oak. Lots of sourness. Smells almost like sour candy. A bit of funkiness at the end.
T: Sour blueberries! I love this! Orange, lemons, lactic acid. I would have guessed there were also raspberries and cherries in here. Light oakiness and not as sour as I had expected coming from Cascade. Very tasty though.
M: Light bodied with high carbonation. Pleasant sourness, not overwhelming. A bit of a dry finish.
O: Great beer. I've loved everything from Cascade so far and this is one of my favorites. I will seek this out again for sure! (814 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a light purple color with some ruby highlights when held to the light. A light violet head leaves some thin tracks of lace.

S: Oak mixed with a tart blueberry aroma. Some unripe raspberries, cranberries, and just a hint of cinnamon. Just a hint of woody funk as well.

T: Opens with a nice tart hit of blueberries. Some lemon zest, apple cider vinegar, raspberry puree, some green apple and some unripe blueberries on the finish. Not as sweet as I was expecting, which was actually a good thing. A light, prickly carbonation and a bit of dryness on the finish. (570 characters)

Photo of Beerandboards
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

A - dark rose/violet color. Pour produces about an inch of loose white head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing.

S - light vinegar, apple cider, berries, funkiness and wet hay on the back end which increases as it warms up.

T - punch of medium sour up front, then some raspberry which smoothes out into a blueberry flavor and some strawberry. As with the nose, there is funk on the back that increases in nature as it warms up.

M - high carbonation feel, even with the lack of head. Nice light mouth feel. Only (small) complaint is an increase in syrupy feel as it goes along.

O - I really liked this beer. It's about 2 years old at this point, which I think did it well. The blueberry definitely isn't prominent, which may have to do with the age, but the balance of berry flavors as well as the funkiness are very well blended. Very enjoyable, elegant almost. I would definitely pick this up again, limited only by the price, which is too high. (972 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle drank at NWI tasting group night

A - Dark raspberry with a haze to it. One finger white head that settled down to foam on the sides

S - Tart blueberry and raspberry with light funk, white vinegar, and lemon

T - Tart sweet tarts with light raspberry and blueberry. The raspberry takes over initially. There is a light lactic acid and funk to it as well. There is softness in the flavors overall. The tartness lingers on in the finish

M - Lots of carbonation for this beer that leaves a slight dry finish.

O - Solid sour with a good fruit presence to it and tartness that almost makes you pucker. The one sad part was that I didn't get as much blueberry as I did raspberry. (684 characters)

Photo of lordofstarside
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml to a goblet

Pours a thick deep purplish red with some pink hues on the side when held against the light. a finger of purple tinged head receded pretty quickly to a nice thick ring around the glass, visibility is low. Carbonation is pretty high, it foamed up into the neck of the bottle when I uncorked it for a few minutes until I poured it. All in all good color and I'm liking how frothy the top has stayed, good lacing too

Smells of tart blueberry, apple, cherry, oak, currents, vinegar, lib yeast funk, and some sweetness from the malt with a splash of alcohol.

Taste is close with the nose, sour blueberry and grape, along with a host of other fruits including apple, cherry, pear, apricot, and a touch of citrus. Turns a bit sweet at the end with the malt, but for the most part stays sour all the way through

Feel is consistent, moderately acidic and leaving the mouth salivating. A bit on the mild side in terms of sourness leaves it pretty drinkable

Overall a run of the mill cascade brew, nothing stands out against their other sours, however stands out against most other breweries. It's a bit over priced for how much a bottle goes for, but would be ideal to bring to a tasting or bottle share (1,218 characters)

Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.