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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: 669
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 206
Gots: 175 | 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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Photo of Etan
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of nlmartin
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of PackerBacker
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of marine1975
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of doughanson78
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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)

Photo of Krebsy
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of xnicknj
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
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).

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of emilylee
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of coz
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BillHilly
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of jsilva
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Jonada
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of flagmantho
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.