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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: 132
Hads: 797
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 21.74%
Wants: 206
Gots: 210 | 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 standardcherry
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of HomeBrewed
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
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!!

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of aasher
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of draheim
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
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

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Etan
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.