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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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Reviews: 127
Hads: 786
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 3.13%
Wants: 206
Gots: 205 | 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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Reviews: 127 | Hads: 786
Photo of GuzzLah
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a hazy deep red-purple and a light pink head. A little lace. No bubbles.

S - sour fruit, oak and a very mild lacto aroma. The aroma is soft overall compared to three other Cascade fruit sours I recently tried. The blueberry isn't obvious in the aroma, it just smells fruity.

T - the blueberry is more evident in the flavor, but I'm not sure I'd peg it for blueberry, if the label didn't say so. No lacto in the flavor.

M - light-medium body with lively carbonation. Good tartness, but this is the least sour Cascade I've tried.

O - it was a pleasure to drink, but not quite as enjoyable as Cascade Kriek and Apricot. (631 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel DC for DC bottle share. From notes.

A real nice wonderful glowing pink and red body. Head is a good pink to purple with a nice whispy top and maintains a nice faint collar. Very nice looking brew.

Nose has a little sense of clean wet feeling, but it's a noticeable funky fruit of blueberry and cherry senses, mixing in with some good mild black pepper. Quite nice.

Palate hits with a little bit of low acidity, and the mid palate really hits with the mix of fruit hinted on the nose. Wet carbonation feel, with some of the flavors only returning on multiple sips. A bit fleeting flavor wise. There's a little bit of sense of sour, and some light grain in the back.

Overall pretty nice but mostly the appearance and the nose is the mose impressive part. (802 characters)

Photo of lnashsig
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My new love affair with Cascade begins. This is the third of theirs I have tried, including Noyeaux, and Apricot. Poured from bottle into Jester King farmhouse glass. Pours a violet/red hazy color, a thin line of head circles the rim of the glass. Aroma- vinegar funk mixed with rose petal and a blueberry wafty ending. Reminds me of smelling smashed fresh blueberry, no artificial flavors detected. Aroma is amazing. Taste- some tart flavors, but not puckeringly sour. The fruit is very present, I get more of that raw blueberry flavor without the sweetness. Very dry finish with some barnyard funky aftertaste. I was expecting this to be much more sour but this is really a celebration of the blueberry flavor that stays true to it without becoming cloying, sweet, or artificial. As it warms, more of the funk comes out. I get a little bit of band aid on the end- it's not distracting but you can tell that Brett worked a little in here. Nice mouthfeel- I swear I might have had some blueberry pulp in there, maybe some seeds. Good carbonation. I really like this beer- I think its an excellent example of a fruit beer but it has a ways to go before it obtains fruit lambic like sourness and acidity. (1,202 characters)

Photo of HomeBrewed
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I don't do many reviews, but this is my first Blueberry Sour and felt it necessary. Simply amazing brew!

A: Pours a beautiful dark red, light purple color. Slight head that fades quickly. My mouth is watering.

S: Amazing! Fresh blueberries and funk! Smells very sour and acidic.

T: Wow! Funky, sour and fruity...everything I expect from Cascade. Bubbly and delicious. I usually sip beers like this over an hour or so, but I might have a hard time with this one.

M: Efervescent and bubbly. Brilliant tingly sensation on the tongue. Very standard for the style.

D: Perfect as Cascade's always are. Alcohol is pretty much undetectable.

O: Another wonderful Wild from America's best Wild Ale brewery. Simply amazing!! (721 characters)

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to flute

A: blue and purple in color with lots of cloudiness and semi transparent with a white to purple fluffy head looks like blueberries

S:well you can definitely smell the oak in there and there is definitely done funk but not a lot however no blueberries

T:it is sweet and tart with plenty of blueberry flavor that really comes out but not in to much of a fruit juice way. There is a little bit of sourness but mostly tart flavor here the funk doesn't come out much but it's in the background a little

M: smooth with a little but of oil to it goes down very easily. To complement this the carbonation is very light like champagne.

O: this is my first cascade and I have to say wow this is one of the best beers I've ever had. I love the sweet tart flavor without being over the top and it is crazy drinkable very impressed highly recommend (859 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 batch courtesy of BrewerB in a recent box. Thanks Brian!

This beer pours a light bodied, very bright red grape reddish purple with a highly active, one finger slightly pink head. The nose is bright and tart. It instantly hits you with fresh blueberry juice, a healthy dose of dry Brett, and a nice level of acidity. The slightly sweet blueberry character works well with opposing, bretty funk. It smells much more authentic than the 2011, which I found to be too sweet and artificial. The flavors are instantly dry and tart with a lot of Brett to pair with the blueberry, which has a great blueberry muffin aspect. The acidity is perfect and provides a nice level of sourness. It drinks light with a healthy amount of carbonation. It leaves both ends of the flavor spectrum in the after taste, which is unique and fun to experience. Overall this beer was very enjoyable and I really, really enjoyed it. I'm glad that this beer changed significantly from 2011. I would definitely snag this one again if possible. (1,017 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked and caged offering. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a hazed ruby color with a faint white bubbly cap resting atop. A swirl revives a nice finger or so that displays fair retaining powers.

The aromatics include a noteable amount of blueberry, it is impressive considering how fainty blueberry can be in beer after it ferments mostly away. It displays a familiar cheesy aspect though found in other blueberry wilds. It has a bit of a pitted earthy character about it that I enjoy because of how natural it seems.

The taste is tart with a lemony lactic aspect that is pretty sold in the profile. It displays almost a meaty funk and mild fruity quality thats very nice but not really immediately identifiable as blueberry.

This is a medium bodied brew with a pleasant amount of tartness and natural flavoring that is mildly tannic. The blueberry inclusion was felt more in the nose than anything which is understandable. Id have this again if the opportunity presented itself. (998 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep reddish color, almost purple. Has a thick, whitish-pink foam that is long lasting. This nearly looks like a fine Kriek but a bit darker perhaps. Light fruitiness in the aroma with hints of Brett and light oak. Nice, but a bit weak in intensity.

Sweet and sour fruit flavor up front, with a building tartness in the finish. Subtle blueberry character, and nice Brett sharpness without being too funky. Not real heavy on the oak. The alcohol seems pretty well in check despite this beer landing in the 7%+ range. The label suggests serving at 40 degrees F, but as it warms it keeps getting better, so I would suggest drinking it at a slightly warmer temp. In fact, it almost develops a red vinous character and much more complexity after sitting awhile. The mouthfeel has an airy lightness with a fine and zesty carbonation like a subdued champagne.

Overall a fine sour but I wouldn't call it amazing. Something I could certainly drink alot of though, if it weren't for cost and availability. Recommended. (1,012 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Corked & caged 750ml poured into a white wine glass - split with the wife.

A: Mostly transparent deep red with purple hues...pinkish head gathers and settles quickly but leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Sour and tart aromas with a good dose of lemon peel. Some fruity notes, bordering on sugary with a jammy essence. Blueberries are detectable.

T: Follows the nose, with lacto sour and lemon. Tart notes of blueberry are there but seem buried; raspberry flavors intertwine as well. Oakiness is very light IMO...sour tartness is not as pronounced as I thought it would be, and the flavor profile isn't as strongly fruity as I had hoped.

MF: Creamy body; tart but not overly so, with a good amount of carbonation. Oak seems to be apparent here.

O: Didn't blow me away. Really wanted more blueberry and more puckering sourness. Even the lacto character wasn't as strong as I had figured it would be. Still good, just not great. (932 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL (2012 project) into a tulip. Cork comes off w/ an explosive pop. Pours a cranberry/ruby red w/ a 1-inch fizzy head, lively carb.

Aroma is tart, fruity, a little vinous. Light and crisp on the nose.

Taste is sour and fruity, vaguely reminiscent of a Flanders red ale. Plenty of dry oak too. There's a general sense of berry, but not just blueberry. This could have strawberry and raspberry too.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light, dry, refreshing. Vigorous carbonation tickles the palate.

Overall another interesting, well-executed fruit sour from Cascade. (556 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy pink, two finger head with a pinkish hue.

S-Blueberry, funk, some oak, and lots of blueberries.

T-Great balance of oak. blueberry and funk. Grass. More tart than sour.

M-Light and highly carbonated.

O-Better than the strawberry. A good sour, they seem to be making good ones. (288 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 1/19/13

Appearance: Deep purple - seriously, this is purple - big, light 'urple head - very impressive head retention and cap - brilliantly carbonated, leaves nice globs of lacing - seriously, it doesn't get much prettier than this

Smell: Tart blueberries and a ton of funk - damp, musty barynard - blueberries, heavy on the berry skin - a light touch of vinegar - nicely sour and tart, with a lot of lactic weirdness - some pale malts serve as a base

Taste: Tart blueberry skins and funk - heavy on the blueberry, as it should be, with some sourness - some hints of blueberry yogurt past its expiration date (yup, I would know) - tart, with some woody notes - wet, damp musty - lightly sweet, nicely balanced by the tartness - personally, I would prefer some crispness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, gloriously carbonated, smooth, wet and damp, could be a lot cleaner in the finish

Overall: Blueberries, you win

I think I am beginning to understand to understand a pattern with Cascade sours. They are damp. Like a dirty, wet, water-damaged basement. This is good, but the level of musty is a bit too much. Regardless, this a lovely beer. (1,194 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazed purple/reddish. Head is light purple, bubbly, and slightly creamy. Drops to.a small wispy cap with a decent collar. Moderate carbonation. Blueberry juice.

Smell: Obliterated, macerated blueberry. Flesh, skin, and tart juice. Underlying citric tartness. Floral and earthy. Some nice touches of oak. Woody and so very fruity. Crazy amounts of blueberry flesh. Powdery and light.

Taste: Powdery flowers. Blueberry flesh and juice. Some powdery, mildly yeasty funk. Citric acid and fresh tart blueberry. Lacerated fruit flesh. Sweet fruitiness. Some nice layers of oak. Woody and light. Lightly earthy. Blueberry skin in the back. Legit tart blueberry magic wrapped in a solid oak blanket. Some hay.

Mouthfeel: Body runs on the lighter side of medium. Moderate carbonation and a touch of dryness.

Overall: Colors that rhyme with urple? Light urple?

Macerated blueberry magic. Tart and light and fruity. Could use a bit more tart funkiness, but it's solid. (1,004 characters)

Photo of joefuzz
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2012 bottle
Pours dark pink/purple with a slightly pink head.
Smells of huge barnyard funk upfront with some pleasant blueberry pie notes.
Taste is tart upfront that leads to a smooth sweet blueberry aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a fairly high amount of carbonation.
Trying to look for something wrong with this beer and just can't find it...absolute perfection (381 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought from the brewery online. My bottle says this is 7.66 abv.

The pour reveals a cloudy amber red liquid with a pinkish head of foam. A persistent head with some great lacing.

The nose is dominated by 2 things..aromas of Oak, number 1, and blueberries, number 2. Sour blueberries.

The sour blueberry taste is not overwhelming, actually on the mild side. The oakiness compliments the blueberries nicely with some light notes of a vinegar like sourness. Not an over complicated American Wild, I can appreciate its simplicity though I do wish the blueberries were more assertive.

On the low side of medium bodied with a lightish zap of carbonation, it has a good mouthfeel.

Overall, I like. I did expect to like it more than I did. (736 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2012 project, into a Maine Beer Company wine glass.

A: Pours a reddish-purple color with a thick light purple head. Looks good, good retention.

S: Heavy horseblanket brett aroma with some sweet blueberry (jam-like) notes underneath. Sweaty and fruity.

T: Starts off with some oaky and slightly earthy tartness, not too strong. Smooths out on the palate with light notes of wet hay and blueberry and vanilla. Strong lactic character all the way through. Dry and tannic in the finish.

M: Creamy feel, between light and medium-bodied.

O: Very tasty. The lactic character threatens to make the beer one-noted, but assertive flavors from the wood and fruit balance things out. (690 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (891 characters)

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. (622 characters)

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. (881 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (624 characters)

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) (1,027 characters)

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). (722 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (1,196 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (1,505 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (927 characters)

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