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Cascade Blueberry Ale - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Blueberry AleCascade Blueberry Ale

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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.67%

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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Photo of sweemzander


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

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Big thanks to Matt for sharing!

(A)- Pours a deep burgundy red to purple color. Plenty of white froth that dissipated quickly. Some lacing left behind.

(S)- A robust dry oakiness up front. A faint whiff of a Brett-like manure smell. Behind that is some really nice juicy dark berry (blueberry) fruits.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A good combo of dry funky oak, juicy and sour fruits. Its not overly complex, but what is in the glass is damn tasty in more of a harmony.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. It just has a nice balance between sour fruit, dry oak, and funk in several forms.

(O)- Just further proof to me that Cascade has easily one of the top 3 or 4 sour programs in the states. This was the more recent batch of this and I see no reason why I would sit on it further since the fresh fruit is what makes this so good right now.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 20:34:01 | More by sweemzander
Photo of TMoney2591


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

So many bottles being poured from a basket... Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly cloudy magenta topped by a finger of lightly off-pink foam. The nose comprises light funk mixed with sweet Concorde grapes. That might sound odd, but it is rather pleasant. The taste brings in more of the same, though now a strong current of tart blueberry flowing through the proceedings. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very enjoyable beer, one that doesn't bludgeon with the sour, but also doesn't leave you wanting more. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 01:28:22 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of nlmartin


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage served in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is blue purple. The head was a creamy purple and stayed around as a light foamy speckling on the beers surface.

S- The beers aroma has a lemony bluberry mix initally. This gives way to an acetic / lactic and musty funk.

T- The beers flavor leads with lightly acidic notes giving way to a berry flavor. Not sure if its blueberries but it doesnt taste chemical or off so I am going to roll with blueberries. The blue berries come out as the beer warms up. Nicely executed oak tones play with musty and funky, sweet and sour notes.

M- The beer is very effervescent light bodied layered in acidity from lightly acetic notes all the way to puckering moments. Very refreshing.

O- Nicely done! The beer is funky and soured but never goes into a stomach churning experience. This beer was very refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 10:26:55 | More by nlmartin
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Pours out looking like plum skin, half inch of head. The head sticks to the top of the brew until the end. It leaves small spots of lace behind.

The starts with sour fruit and wheat. I can't tell if the fruit is blueberry from the smell. Pretty plain.

The taste takes off quick with sour blueberry, wheat and pale malts. A hint of floral hops and a touch of oak finish it off. Very smooth going down.

Haven't been disappointed yet by Cascades sour brews. This is no exception. I just wish I could find some to cellar too. That's half the fun of rare beer tasting.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 04:00:29 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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)

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 01:13:18 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of xnicknj


3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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).

Serving type: bottle

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


3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 16:40:55 | More by MasterSki
Photo of Jonada

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 04:30:06 | More by Jonada
Photo of flagmantho


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 22:45:44 | More by flagmantho
Photo of rudzud


4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 06:19:57 | More by rudzud
Photo of PeterIngemi


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 06:07:07 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of WillCarrera


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 06:17:52 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of mdaschaf


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep purple color with a with a fizzy white head on top that reduces pretty quickly leaving a thin cap on top. Nice foamy lacing around the edge.

S: Definite blueberry flavor on the aroma mixed with a little bit of red berries as well. Some bread mixed in as well. Slight tartness on the aroma as well as some faint white grapes and a little green apple.

T: Sour with lots of berry flavor upfront, blueberries and a bit of blackberry. Slightly lactic with bits of oak/wood

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation, rather prickly.

O: A very easy drinking sour, nice blueberry flavor. Another great offering from Cascade.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 05:57:14 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yet vibrant rose color with a thin white head that fades quickly. The nose is a also a quite vibrant and tart blueberry, which I feel is distinct and true to the fruit. However, the taste isn't nearly as distinctly blueberry. It's an initial rush of sourness that fades quickly into something sweet fruity. It has an amazing mouthfeel that has just the right amount of sourness, lingering fruit, and residual dryness. This is an enjoyable beer that I'd definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 23:40:59 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of inlimbo77


4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2011 Project
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours a pretty deep purple/pink color. Initially about a half finger of slightly off white head. Good carbonation. Great pop on cork. Tiny bubbles greet the ring of foam around edges of glass.

S: With a swirl, I am definitely still pulling that blueberry on the nose. Also getting an almost strawberry hint. Along with the normal tart acidic, white grape, green apple, etc smells. Some lemony notes. Doesn't smell overly sour.

T: Right in the tip of the tongue, you get that prickle of tart sour funk. Love Cascade. As it moves to the middle of the mouth, you do get that distinct blueberry flavor. Most certainly hanging around, but probably not as pronounced as when fresh. Definitely pull that oak, with the rounded mouth coating and drying finish. Well done.

M: It's a light medium bodied brew. High carbonation makes it easy to drink. Prickly on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 16:28:02 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of jmarsh123


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

Pours deep red with some blue/purple tint. A bit of a fluffy pink head that recedes soon after the pour. Residual bubbles cling to the side of the glass although lacing is minimal.

Berry lemon fruit notes in the aroma, although I doubt I'd pick out blueberry if I didn't know. A bit funky, but typical Cascade lacto sourness and a good amount of oak.

Lots of berries in the flavor along with a good puckering sour profile. A lot of oak as well as it finishes dry and tart and the sourness lingers on the tongue.

Light bodied with high carbonation levels.

Really enjoyed this one. I split the 750, but could have easily downed the whole thing myself. Very puckering without ever getting too sour and some good bright berry/fruit flavors. Ordered a few more of these after how much the girlfriend and I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 16:10:38 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of Auracom


4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask serving straight out of the barrel at Cascade's barrel house. 2 oz. served in a taster tulip on November 29th, 2012.

A - Really similar to Black cap raspberry reserve, but with a softer, soapier head. Good retention and lacing to boot.

S - Hooray for blueberries! Rich, plentiful, and sweet. Touch of the barrel underneath and even some spice.

T - Moderately sweet blueberries, fairly vineous, light acidity and tartness.

M - Medium body, low carbonation because of the serving method (which is completely fine), and semi-dry finish.

D - Another favorite of the day. Could probably drink this non-stop, seeing as blueberries are just about my favorite fruit (should have put a disclaimer at the front of the review)

Serving type: cask

12-05-2012 23:09:37 | More by Auracom
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. "2012 Project"

Pours a really nice deep purple color, pretty opaque cloudy. A short lived big purple/ pink head that fizzed away shortly after the pour. Lots of carbonation visible rushing to the top.

A bit of funk is almost overtaken by some grape like vinious notes, some berry as well but not necessarily blueberry. A bit of sweettart. Some acidity noticeable as well. As it warms it becomes a bit more lactic funk with maybe some actual blueberry showing.

More sour/ acidic than the aroma suggested, lingers on the palate after each sip. Sweet tart candy, lots of berry flavors with a bit of red grape. Some lactic and maybe even Brett funk, but the fruit and acidity seem to take center stage in the taste.

A very nice high amount of carbonation, a fairly light feel, and a good amount of tartness make for a drinkable sour. Lots Of sweet tart flavors make this taste like candy in a bottle.

A very nice sour. It lacks a bit of the funk I'm used to in a cascade sour, but non the less very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 19:29:08 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of cbeer88


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed blind courtesy of Blind BIF. 750ml cork and cage poured into Delirium snifter.

Bottle uncorks with a very loud pop.

Appearance: Color is close to cranberry juice, just with a slight shade of pinkish tint and a bit of cloudiness. Nice fluffy pink head that does recede quickly. Lacing is minimal, but bubbles reside at the edges and in the middle throughout the beer thanks to nucleation point.

Smell: Fruity berry-like notes - seems closest to raspberry but could be strawberry? Maybe a mix? Slight tart scent, a bit of barnyard funk, and oak round out the nose.

Taste: Sour, but not mouth puckeringly so. Dominant taste is of berries, but I'm struggling to pinpoint exactly which one. Some nice complexities that one would expect to find in a wild ale - hay, grass, wheat. Definite oak profile that lingers on the backend.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, moderately carbed.

Drinkability: Quite high, it's a sour so you probably don't want to drink it all day, but I have no problem polishing off the 750 by myself.

Overall: This is a very nice easy drinking sour. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 19:33:27 | More by cbeer88
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sam for this one. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Hill Farmstead tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger coarse white head with poor retention. Beer is a beautiful, clear purple. No lace. Great color but everything else is a touch lacking.

Nose is blueberry pulp, some oak, and a light fruit tartness. Some wafting, plastic-y funk lingers in the background but doesn't really assert itself. Mildly aromatic. Solid.

Opens fruity and sweet. Blueberry presence is mellow and mixed with a lactic tartness towards the middle. Blueberry skin with some cobwebs, wet oak, and plastic at the end. Finish is an accented, tart yeast presence. Aftertaste of wood and spice. Tasty.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and effervescent in the mouth and crisp and clean going down. Finishes accented and slightly messy with a light, lingering, dry aftertaste. Really good.

Blueberry isn't a fruit that imparts a great deal of flavor into sour beers. Nevertheless, its presence is felt in this one and gives the tartness some nice character. A solid beer overall and one I'd rank on par with some of the other American Blueberry sours out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 23:54:53 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from a tasting on 8/15. thanks to dtmets84 for bringing this one out.

a - really attractive deep maroon with a thin head.

s - deep blueberry with some sour notes.

t - really tasty, some hay and funk intermingled with some blueberry.

m - nice body. great feel. fairly tart.

o - overall nice good blueberry notes with just a bit of funkiness.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 02:06:28 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of ShanePB


3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2011
Served into a snifter

A: Bright pinkish with a light purple hue cast through the body. Fairly clear with a short lived white head that settled into an extremely thin ring. No lacing.

S: Very brett forward (more than expected), hay, lemongrass, and touches of blueberry flesh intertwined. A lot less focused on the actual fruit, and more on the barnyard funk qualities.

T: Like the nose, funky brett is up-front and carries through to the back of the palate where it's finally met with notes of blueberry. Faint blueberry flesh, oak and more hay finish it out.

M: Nicely carbonated, a bit fizzy but no feel of thinness. The brett and fruit keep things lively. Stylistically appropriate.

This was a disappointment. I didn't expect as much brett funk, but did expect more blueberry. The proportions of these two seemed reverse of what they should have been. OK, but certainly far behind other Cascade sours I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 13:42:30 | More by ShanePB
Photo of harrymel


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Barrel house, 04AUG12, from notes

Nice pretty blueberry juice color with some pink tinted white rimming of foam. Nose is blueberry, sour vinous grains, surprisingly grassy and back country with hints of hay and soil. Flavor pulls out a good sharp, astringent sourness with strong blueberry flavors and a good full bodied feeling with low carb and an off dry finish. A good beer. I would buy a few bottles if available. I think I prefer the Apricot over this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 06:05:23 | More by harrymel
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cascade's Barrel Room in Portland, OR.

Pours a candy-like red-blue hue with some slight haze and a solid weight behind it. Head is firm, slightly filmy ring of white. Looks solid enough all up, although there are detracting things about it.

Aroma: well, blueberry... Blueberry, blueberry, blueberry. Very pronounced and strong, and not all that complex. No, I lie: there are characters of rosé, and a clean, fresh brightness to it beyond the pips and pith of blueberry skin, along with an apparent tartness. Pretty light and clear overall, and not overwhelming.

Light, clear entry as well, with some sharp acid developing into a cleanness mid-palate that swoops into earthier territory later, giving blueberry skin and a clean, light finish. It's a bit less complex than I expected, even though the nose didn't suggest huge complexity. The feel, which is very light, doesn't help.

Overall, though, it's a drinkable and pleasant brew. The crisp acidity is not overwhelming, and it's smooth enough and bright enough to keep it interesting. I think it was one of the low-lights of the visit, however.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 02:46:21 | More by lacqueredmouse
Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.