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Cascade Blueberry Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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702 Ratings
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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 203
Gots: 182 | 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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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.

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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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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.

Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.