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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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715 Ratings
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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 205
Gots: 189 | 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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Ratings: 715 | Reviews: 123
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of aasher
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of stakem
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of bennetj17
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
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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4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of draheim
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
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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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.