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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

607 Ratings
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Ratings: 607
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 203
Gots: 167 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Smurf2055 on 01-30-2012)
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doughanson78

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

01-05-2013 03:35:18 | More by doughanson78
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Cascade Brewing Blueberry Ale
2011 Project.

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a lively pinkish/ruby color with some purple hues. Nice and deep. There is a nice 1 inch pink head that forms that is of medium density. It has some stickyness to it and recedes somewhat slowly. (4.5)

Starts off like a SweeTart. Nice acidity and blueberry sourness with some blueberry skin notes. Some slight sugary aromas mixed in with the tartness and some nice wood notes. (4.5)

Flavor starts off with slight blueberry jam sweetness mixed in with some earthy blueberry skin notes. Then there is a sharp spike in tartness that comes up. Nice notes of earthy notes and funk from the yeast and the wood. Well rounded for the style, with all the flavor profiles evenly balancing each other and not overwhelming. Crisp and chalky with a nice dry finish. (4.5)(4.0)

Great brew from Cascade. A yummy take on the fruit sours. Nice chalky and earthy with some good fruit sweetness and tartness and some slight balsamic notes. (4.0)

01-05-2013 01:13:18 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Krebsy

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-04-2013 16:53:52 | More by Krebsy
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%

750mL bottle poured into taster - 2012 project - thanks jeremy

Pours a purpley-blue color with a light haze. Thick, voluminous white head fades out completely, leaving little lacing or film.

Acidic fruit notes in the nose with blueberry and toasted oak. Funky yeast and wheat, soft sweetness. Light touch of alcohol.

Decent blueberry flavor right up front, soured with funky yeast and fruit skins. Decent amount of oak, light vinous character. Slightly vegetal note creeps through on occasion. Juicy, sour blueberry continues into the finish.

Lighter medium body, dry and bubbly on the tongue. Decent enough feature of the blueberry, but doesnt quite stack up to their other fruited wild ales (Apricot, Kriek, etc).

01-04-2013 12:53:56 | More by xnicknj
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

Bottle acquired for me by ChrisPro - thanks! 2012 Project. Served in a tulip at Nora's place. Cork was a bitch to get out and necessitated a corkscrew.

A - White foam quickly dissolves to nothing. Hazed purple-blue body.

S - The aroma is heavy on oak and lactic sourness, with notes of blueberry skin and lemon, as well as a hint of sulfur. Not bad, but way too much oak for my tastes. Alcohol is well-concealed as I would have pegged this closer to 5-6%.

T - I like the taste better, as there's more blueberry presence and malt sweetness to balance the oak. There's some nebulous fruitiness that I'm not sure I'd immediately associated with blueberries, and a moderate dose of lactic sourness to round things out.

M - Dry, medium body, with moderate carbonation. There's a faint trace of the mid-level ABV and moderate acidity that is surprisingly restrained for Cascade.

D - Not bad, but I think Cascade makes a number of stronger offerings. I probably should have drank this immediately, as the blueberries seem to have lost some potency over the last 9 months. Reminds me a little of Upland's Blueberry lambic. Easy to drink in any case; we had no problem polishing off the 750ml bottle.

01-03-2013 16:40:55 | More by MasterSki
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-02-2013 04:06:32 | More by millerbuffoon
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emilylee

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-01-2013 22:50:18 | More by emilylee
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coz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-01-2013 22:22:39 | More by coz
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BillHilly

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-01-2013 00:24:59 | More by BillHilly
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jsilva

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-31-2012 23:16:05 | More by jsilva
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +7%

Presentation: 2012 Project. 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass. Nice sized pop when removing the cork.

Appearance: Dark red/purple with about a finger's worth of a light purplish pink head. Lots of carbonation streaming through the glass. The beer is slightly hazy but some light does pass through. A thin layer of head sticks around the whole time leaving lots of lacing on the glass. Really impressive head retention and lacing for a sour.

Smell: Tart acidic sourness, blueberry flesh, red wine grapes, slight funk and oak

Taste: Hits you right up front with tart sourness. Middle of the mouth transitions to more sweet juicy blueberries, red grape, red berries. Sour dry finish, very slight oak. Sourness lingers in the finish for a bit. Aftertaste is just lots of fresh blueberries.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied, moderate carbonation, soft creamy mouthfeel. Sourness is definitely present but not to a mouth puckering degree.

Overall: This is my first blueberry sour and I was really impressed. Sourness complemented the fruit character very well. The blueberries are definitely the star of this beer but not overpowering. Extremely drinkable. Alcohol is hidden very well. This would be a great beer to introduce to any wine enthusiasts you're trying to convert to craft beer. My only real complaint would be the lack of barrel character and high price tag.

If this were cheaper and easier to obtain I'd probably keep a bottle of this around at all times.

12-31-2012 04:30:06 | More by Jonada
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-30-2012 17:08:50 | More by HopsHopenstein
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flagmantho

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2012 project at 7.66% ABV.

Appearance: moderately dark reddish-purple hue of blueberry flesh with a light haze and a good effervescence. Quite beautiful. Head poured a thick finger of frothy purplish foam which didn't have great retention.

Smell: tart and wild lambic-y aroma with a nice, fresh blueberry/huckleberry character. Very nice.

Taste: beautifully lovely blueberry right up front, followed by a slightly funky brett-like character which add a balancing earthy tone to the bright acidity which strikes through the whole process. Just lovely.

Mouthfeel: lightish body with a big carbonation and concomitant creaminess, although it's a bit ephemeral. Hard to build a big mouthfeel with such an attenuated brew, but still quite satisfying.

Overall: very tasty and drinkable, with a complex wild character and refreshing fruit flavor. I'd definitely have this again.

12-28-2012 22:45:44 | More by flagmantho
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Duff27

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-26-2012 21:21:55 | More by Duff27
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +8.2%

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's an dpoured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a glorious blueberry juice hue. It really looks like the liquid which stains my fingers every year when I pick. Atop this is a light violet hued head of creamy two fingerness that slumps down to a nice solid one finger head leaving nice side lacing. Wonderful.

S - Smell is top notch as well. Some nice funk notes and faint barrel with the star being fresh blueberries. Nice fruit and skin. Like dropping my head in to a bucket of fresh picked blueberries and taking a long, deep breathe.

T - So, the initial taste is delicious, tart and sour blueberries. Its so outstandingly blueberry here. There are some faint raspberry undertones, perhaps due to the tartness of the drink, with some nice light funk and barrel notes. The lingering finish, for me, is slightly unpleasant, otherwise this would be a solid 5.

M - Nice bright carbonation, almost too much for my tastes. The mouthfeel as it warms though gets almost slightly sticky for me, especially lingering in my mouth.

O - Overall, this is a very, very delicious beer. Incredibly pleased I was able to get a bottle as this was just top notch. Wish more breweries would make blueberry based wilds. Well done Cascade.

12-26-2012 06:19:57 | More by rudzud
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fehrminator

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

12-26-2012 01:41:04 | More by fehrminator
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Split a 750ml of the 2012 project, 4 ways poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a beautiful reddish blueberry color, really looks like blueberry juice with a little over half a finger of pinkish head, a few spots of lacing... Looks delicious.

S: oak and fresh blueberry, the more the beer warms the more the fleshy blueberry aroma comes out... Smells very nice... There's a nice touch of tartness in there as well, nice nose.

T: a bit more tartness then i got in the nose, the blueberry really comes through in the finish, there is almost a bit of raspberry mixed in with the blueberry skins,
Very tart an tasty.

M: crisp creamy moderate carbonation, medi bodied with a dry finish an a lingering mouth picking tartness.

O: a great sour, really like the way they made this one work overall, great balance between the sour and the blueberry. Really enjoyed this.

12-25-2012 06:07:07 | More by PeterIngemi
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tugg407

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-25-2012 02:46:42 | More by tugg407
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

750 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a cloudy purple color, topped with a finger of creamy pink head that leaves lots of dense lacing.

S- Nice tartness and some blueberries, the blueberry aroma is leaning more towards juicy blueberry flesh than skins.

T- Lots of tannic and dry lactic acidity, balanced with a huge, juicy blueberry flavor. The blueberry flavor is really delicious and complements the sour, lightly funky elements really nicely.

M- Light-bodied, nice moderate to high carbonation, has a nice dry finish.

O- A really nice fruited sour, as usual a delicious offering from Cascade, I'll be looking forward to getting this again next year.

12-24-2012 10:35:58 | More by WillCarrera
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for this beer! Thanks Hollis!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: light bluish purple bodied beer with a thin cap of white head that drops to a ring quickly.

Smell: light berries and oak notes. mildly tart nose.

Taste: berries and lemons have a fruity tartness to this beer. mild to moderate tartness. Oaky and earthy beer that has really nice balance.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer has a fantastic palate thats easy to drink.

Overall: Another winner from cascade! They really do brew fantastic sours!

12-23-2012 06:17:52 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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JasonSiedman

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-22-2012 01:50:02 | More by JasonSiedman
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theGlasstronaut

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-20-2012 17:28:24 | More by theGlasstronaut
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huskermike12

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-20-2012 16:04:30 | More by huskermike12
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adkieffer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-17-2012 22:52:18 | More by adkieffer
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tigervette

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-17-2012 19:35:28 | More by tigervette
Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 607 ratings.