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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

625 Ratings
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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 204
Gots: 168 | 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 danieelol
4/5  rDev -3.4%

danieelol, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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
Photo of jmarsh123
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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
Photo of Shmeal
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Shmeal, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Auracom
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
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
Photo of gregmoscetti
4/5  rDev -3.4%

gregmoscetti, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of metalgdog
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

metalgdog, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev -3.4%

sliverX, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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
Photo of strongaf
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

strongaf, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of dunix
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of cbeer88
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed blind courtesy of Blind BIF. 750ml cork and cage poured into Delirium snifter.

Bottle uncorks with a very loud pop.

Appearance: Color is close to cranberry juice, just with a slight shade of pinkish tint and a bit of cloudiness. Nice fluffy pink head that does recede quickly. Lacing is minimal, but bubbles reside at the edges and in the middle throughout the beer thanks to nucleation point.

Smell: Fruity berry-like notes - seems closest to raspberry but could be strawberry? Maybe a mix? Slight tart scent, a bit of barnyard funk, and oak round out the nose.

Taste: Sour, but not mouth puckeringly so. Dominant taste is of berries, but I'm struggling to pinpoint exactly which one. Some nice complexities that one would expect to find in a wild ale - hay, grass, wheat. Definite oak profile that lingers on the backend.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, moderately carbed.

Drinkability: Quite high, it's a sour so you probably don't want to drink it all day, but I have no problem polishing off the 750 by myself.

Overall: This is a very nice easy drinking sour. Would drink again.

cbeer88, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of AleApostle
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

AleApostle, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of JMRSN
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

JMRSN, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of bauermj
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

bauermj, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sam for this one. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Hill Farmstead tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger coarse white head with poor retention. Beer is a beautiful, clear purple. No lace. Great color but everything else is a touch lacking.

Nose is blueberry pulp, some oak, and a light fruit tartness. Some wafting, plastic-y funk lingers in the background but doesn't really assert itself. Mildly aromatic. Solid.

Opens fruity and sweet. Blueberry presence is mellow and mixed with a lactic tartness towards the middle. Blueberry skin with some cobwebs, wet oak, and plastic at the end. Finish is an accented, tart yeast presence. Aftertaste of wood and spice. Tasty.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and effervescent in the mouth and crisp and clean going down. Finishes accented and slightly messy with a light, lingering, dry aftertaste. Really good.

Blueberry isn't a fruit that imparts a great deal of flavor into sour beers. Nevertheless, its presence is felt in this one and gives the tartness some nice character. A solid beer overall and one I'd rank on par with some of the other American Blueberry sours out there.

SpeedwayJim, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of shoyoroll
4/5  rDev -3.4%

shoyoroll, Oct 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

TheBronze, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of Rjhami
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Rjhami, Sep 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

claaark13, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.4%

acurtis, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.4%

djrn2, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

drummermattie02, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev -3.4%

ObeMaltKinobee, Aug 27, 2012
Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.