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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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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 207
Gots: 171 | FT: 20
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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4.5/5  rDev +9%

tugg407, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

WillCarrera, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of JasonSiedman
4.5/5  rDev +9%

JasonSiedman, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of theGlasstronaut
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

theGlasstronaut, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of huskermike12
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

huskermike12, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of adkieffer
4.5/5  rDev +9%

adkieffer, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of tigervette
4.5/5  rDev +9%

tigervette, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of AxesandAnchors
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

AxesandAnchors, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

t0rin0, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of teddyarrowhead
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

teddyarrowhead, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

mdaschaf, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Adamostella
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Adamostella, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of FalconA
4.5/5  rDev +9%

FalconA, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

ThePorterSorter, Dec 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

danieelol, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

inlimbo77, Dec 10, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

jmarsh123, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Shmeal, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Auracom
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
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)

Auracom, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

gregmoscetti, Dec 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

metalgdog, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev -3.1%

sliverX, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

dogfishandi, Dec 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

strongaf, Nov 26, 2012
Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.