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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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684 Ratings
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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 206
Gots: 173 | FT: 19
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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4.95/5  rDev +19.9%
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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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%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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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
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 684 ratings.