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Cascade Strawberry - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 447
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 31.12%
Wants: 82
Gots: 77 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.39% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: beertunes on 05-29-2012

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Photo of 303beer
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just popped the cork on the 2014. Pours with vigorous carbonation. The color is somewhere between peach and strawberry with a bit of cloudiness. The nose is sour or tart but I'm leaning towards sour with hints of strawberry. The head is thin and white it formed a ring around the glass and is reluctant to leave. The taste is strawberry for a second then the pure sour kicks in. Oh my it's so clean and sour. Awesome. Just an awesome feeling on the tounge then the sour mellows back into the strawberry and you have a nice balance on your tounge. Great job.

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Photo of mactrail
2.51/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Cascade tasting room on Belmont. This is the 2013 project.

Smell is something chemical with extraterrestrial fermentation going on. Some kiind of Chinese medicine. I keep thinking of spar varnish. Color is tawny sherry with no foam.

Intense flavor from another universe. There is a totally bizarre light funk taste. The woody barrel taste seems to be the residual aftertaste of some kind of plastics industry. This is kind of fascinating in a horrifying way, but a few sips was the most I could manage.

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Photo of mynie
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours like you left a Fruit Roll Up in a glass of fizzy water--which is to say, not bad. Pinkish.

Smells nearly very good. Tart brett, rich strawberries, and then a super cool funkiness. High hopes, here.

And those hopes are dashed in the flavor. It's not bad. It's kinda good, once I get used to it. But it's a goddamn mess from start to finish. I think maybe they added vanilla to blot out some of the bacterial weirdness? Maybe? I dunno.

I like what Cascade does. Experimentation is great and sometimes it works out wonderfully. But I wish they didn't charge so much for the chance to sample it.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cascade Brewing Barrelhouse.

Pours a medium pink-reddish body, half finger white head with good retention, minimal lacing. Smells of authentic strawberry, and quite a bit of it. A bit of oak, slight leather, but for the most part it is full of strawberry aromas. Flavour is similarly strawberry forward; it was very present and hard to miss; but easy to enjoy. Strawberry, oak, a bit of leather. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and dry, refreshing, full of strawberries. Overall, one of the most authentic strawberry flavoured beers I've ever had. I liked this one a fair amount.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Upfront strawberry aroma with faint malt sweetness and oak

A: Orange-ish, pink color some clarity, but is a touch hazy with low head retention

T: Initial Strawberry flavor, leads into some oak and lacto with a slightly medicinal finish. The medicinal finish isn’t overpowering, but it does take away from the beer a bit.

M: Med-light bodied with medium carbonation – no noticeable alcoholic warmth on the finish

O: Bringing out the fickle aroma and flavor of strawberries is ridiculously difficult to master. While tasty, I’d easily drink other Cascade offerings. Every once in a while Cascade’s beers suffer from acetone. While this one isn’t as dramatic as Figaro was for City Beer’s 5th anniversary party some years ago – you can detect it in this one

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Such a fickle fruit, the strawberry embarks upon a sour and acidic ale that gets the finesse, floral and vibrant fruit out of its comfort zone. But Cascade's spontaneous inspired ale insists upon the fruit's use.

Carrying a rosy tint, the hazy golden ale floats a soft creme-laced head. Ahead of the strong perfume of strawberry, and drift of soured milk and earthen decay acts pungently upon the nose. But once the taste ensues, the slight sweetness and tartness interplay has a sweetheart candy demeanor.

With the sweetness dissolving quickly off of the tongue, the sourness, fruitiness and peppery flavors dance on the middle palate, carrying the taste of crabapple, lime, gooseberry, peach and pear- all of the extremely under-ripened variety. The strong acidity of rice wine vinegar has a saline roundness and an earthy balsa taste. The late spices of yeast are slight medicinal as the vanilla, pepper and peat carry a quick chloroseptic finish.

As the acidity has its way with the malt, only a short and wheaty finish remembers the malt and gives this light bodied ale a dry, palate-stripping quality. Yet its the vinegar-like sourness and tannin-rich astringency that allows the beer a powdery and acetic closure. Yet, the perisistant strawberry and sour milk character plague the aftertaste.

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Photo of coriswrasse
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer was one of my favorites from Cascade. so I gave it all 5's. they really nailed it in with this one. great carbonation and wonderful strawberry goodness from nose, to taste to finish.

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Photo of ecarl97
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

This could be an amazing beer but, the aroma of yeast is too overpowering. Once it hits your pallet, it delivers, but the smell is hard to get past.

Appearance: It is a beautiful light orange with a hue of pink.

Smell: Way too much yeast, its all I smell.

Taste: Carbonation, sweetness, tones of strawberry...delivers as an American Wild Ale.

Mouthfeel: Light and carbonated, my wife mentioned pop rocks.

Overall: Decent but the yeast aroma is too much. Its very chapstick, bandaid, medicine that I do not want to smell. This is typical of American Wild Ales, but this is over the top.

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Photo of Jonada
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a wine glass. 2013 project. 8.0% ABV

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish orange with 1 finger of a fizzy off white/eggshell colored head that settles quickly to a very thick ring. Body is very hazy but still translucent, with quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Smell: Strawberries (surprise!), with lesser notes of oak, wheat and slight spices. Straightforward and clean for the most part, but with a hint of a bandaid/medicinal character that I get in a lot of strawberry sours.

Taste: Medium/high acidic sourness. Strawberry mostly with hints of vanilla, oak and lacto, but all of those are much less prominent. Like the aroma there's also distinctive, what I can best describe as, bandaid character that comes out more in the finish and aftertaste. It doesn't completely override everything else, but it does take a bit away from the overall enjoyment.

Mouthfeel: Fully end of medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation borders on high. Alcohol is hidden reasonably well, but does begin to produce a warming sensation in the chest the most it's consumed.

Overall: Good, but definitely one of Cascade's weaker offerings. I'm beginning to think strawberries are just not a fruit that's meant to be brewed with as I've yet to try a great beer that uses them. As for this specific one, go ahead and try it if you're a fan of Cascade, sours or strawberries in general, but I doubt I'll be getting this again.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 project

Pours blood red orange, half a finger of foam dissipating almost immediately. Moderate carbonation, not bad lacing

Smells of strawberries, mint, oak, vinegar, leather, and alcohol. Smell is sort of off, sort of medicinal smelling

Taste follows. Tart strawberry, oak, and vinegar. Again there's a strange minty after taste, sort of metallic. Finishes with some booze

Feel is pretty sour, moderate body. It's sippable

Overall I feel the bottle is off. Still enjoyable, though

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

appearance: hazy red. fairly thick head on the pour.
smell: funky, fermented strawberry.
taste: just like the nose. Sour, tart strawberry and quite dry.
overall: My first Cascade. Very nice. This is amazingly drinkable, refreshing even.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Tasted 8 June 2014.

Pours a super-cloudy murky medium amber with light orange tints. About 1/2 finger of head, pretty good retention and lacing for a sour.

In the smell, I don't get much strawberry. I get vanilla and sour - an interesting combination. The vanilla is warm and expansive, the sour is tart and a fine complement to that richness. I am still looking for the fruit.

Taste is a little wacky. Very, very sour. About 80% sour, 20% ripe strawberry and vanilla warmth. Has that very acidic sour that many of Cascade's beers have - fortunately I like that, as it dominates the beer much more than I think it should.

Feel is medium-bodied, with prickly, singing carbonation. Lasting, tilts acidic/lacto even more in the finish.

Pretty darn tasty, but it tastes a lot like many of Cascade's other beers - the strawberry doesn't come through as clearly as I'd like it to. Very much a sour with a little bit of fruit. Not what I was expecting; it's still quite good, but in my opinion it's a stretch to call the beer "Strawberry".

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish orange, small head with large bubbles. The head quickly dissipates.

The smell is strawberry heavy, with the sour funk evident as well. I get lemon, oak, wheat.

Taste is quite sour, with the oak and strawberry flavors surprisingly evident.

The mouthfeel has medium carbonation, and medium body. A surpringly creamy body, likely from the barrel aging.

Overall, a tasty beer. A good level of strawberry sweetness without it being cloying. I was pleasantly surprised by this as a strawberry sour beer. My first Cascade beer, and I will readily seek them out in the future.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

very clever wild ale here, the addition of vanilla to the strawberry balances tartness and adds a cool wrinkle to it, makes it almost candy-like. i would say this one is a step or so below the level of the other fruit sours ive had from cascade. it doesnt come through as clean or as forward, the sourness is a little disjointed from the berry, and the overall beer has a little more residual sugar than i care for, at least in high doses. still, this pinkish red cloudy brew is a rare treat, and the layer of vanilla running through it is a nice touch, i think it brings out the creamy side of the strawberry, like a parfait or something. the sourness clashes just a little with that richness, with its astringent lactic tartness, trying to quicken the finish, but not quite getting there. age may fix that. strawberry is a fruit thats tough to execute well in beer, so its impressive to even get it as forward as it is, unmistakable for sure, but with a jammy sweetness that is one level too far for me. sits a little odd in the stomach as a result, but the vibrant carbonation and medium body are both soothing. i will have to revisit this one when i am not in a session of other incredible wild ales, it was lost in the shuffle a little bit, but a really tasty and unique use of strawberry overall.

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Photo of jklinck
2.66/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: very strong plastic phenol that dominates other aromas, I thought it would dissipate after a few minutes but was still very strong after having been open 15 minutes, after that there is a candy like strawberry aroma along with a some butyric acid (vomit)

Apperance: light amber in color, quite hazy, one inch thick head that was mostly small bubbles but dissipated after a few minutes

Flavor: flavor is very tangy upfront with the strawberry being very subdued but being becoming more prominent in the aftertaste, very low bitterness, both plastic and vomit from aroma aren't nearly as strong (very subdued), finishes very dry

Mouthfeel: medium light body, medium low level of astringency, medium high to high level of carbonation lending some carbonic bite

Overall: the plastic phenol in the aroma tanks this beers and I only drank half of a glass, very disappointing compared to other cascade offerings

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured as part of the Cascade flight at Provisions. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a 9oz tulip glass. I had never tried a strawberry infused beer before, and it was exciting to see this available.

Pours a pinkish color with some golden pale streaks at the edge of the glass. Cloudy, with a good deal of a fluffy white head that sticks around longer than the other Cascade beers I tried. Shows a good deal of effervescence as well - the yeast they're using for these beers really work their magic overall to resemble high quality Lambics. Pours exactly as I'd expect a beer of this kind to look - my only complaint is the high amount of cloudiness that slightly interrupts the jewelry-like beauty set from the color.

Smells terrific - an explosion of ripe strawberries and lactic sweetness right at the front, followed with a bit of funk and tartness. Strawberries are everywhere on this, alongside a variety of other red fruit - cranberries and light cherries immediately come to mind. Slightly floral as well, no doubt due to the oak barrels used (this is a blend of un-malted (?) wheat ales that are up to 12 months old), with notes of white orchids. Toffee, along with vanilla and cream sugar, make up the finish, but keep in mind that has a highly mineral, acidic backdrop.

Tastes delicious, and while's it's quite acidic, the strawberries and oak are really working their magic and taking this to its full potential. This tastes, to summarize, like a soured strawberry shortcake of sorts. Along with the vivid notes of sugar coated, under-ripe strawberries, there's also cherries, pomegranate, and rhubarb to add a degree of multi-layered fruitiness. Reminds me a lot of tutti-frutti, if it weren't for the soured notes. Slight white vinegar, green apple skin tartness, white pepper, and some honeyed notes at the finish. Other than lactic creaminess, this finishes with some vanilla and toffee notes that round things up nicely. Carbonation, as well as the yeasty fullness, is just right. It's definitely a bit on the sweet side, but if this were to be a dessert beer, it's one of the most intriguing dessert beers I've had to date.

Tasty stuff, and totally surpassed my expectations. The barrel spices and seemingly fresh tasting fruit make this wholly enjoyable. Strawberries seem to be one of the sweeter fruit one could use in a beer, but if you're a fan (as I am) it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of SeatsTaken
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Poured into a snifter. Hazy, straw color appearance with 1 inch of head.

Aroma: Lots of strawberry, spice rack and sour oak. The oak mixed with strawberry gives off a musty smell. It reminds me of my grandparents’ basement.

Taste: Deliciously sour and tangy strawberry. There’s a hint of lemon zest in the finish. Sour sour sour from start to finish with a slight pucker that disappears quickly.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation. The same sensation as club soda.

Overall: I thought this beer looked beautiful and tasted great, but the aroma was too off-putting to really enjoy it. I found myself trying to hold my breath before each sip. The musty smell ruins what should have been a great beer. Not sure if I would try this again.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle pulled from the basement for NYE... Pours a hazy orange with a definite twinge of pink... 3 finger head rises up quickly and drops back just as fast.

Nose is fresh berries and strong lactic presence... light oak... smells tannic.

Flavor is plenty tannic... berry is present, but lighter than I had hoped, should have opened this much sooner... lactic almost bile like flavor.

Light and very bubbly... heartburn in a bottle likely... but very tasty.


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Photo of draheim
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL (2012 project) into a tulip. Pours a hazy copper color w/ a 2-finger white head that settles to a collar and layer of light foam.

Aroma is tart, vinous, and chock-full of sweet strawberry goodness. Oak, lactic acid, and sweet ripe red fruit. I'm very impressed by the strength and clarity of the strawberry character here.

Taste is puckeringly sour almost to the point of vinegary, and I'm getting less of the strawberry than I picked up in the aroma. That's a little disappointing, I was hoping for a really nice fruity sweetness to counter the characteristic Cascade lactic acidity. Some oak and vinous notes, but everything seems overshadowed by the sourness. As it warms though, the sour grows more tart and the dry oak becomes more pronounced.

Mouthfeel is balanced and medium-bodied, prickly carbonation. Finishes dry and refreshing.

Overall another extremely sour Cascade fruit beer, this one possibly even more sour than most. I'm still enjoying it, but not as much as I'd hoped.

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Photo of dgilks
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy slightly peachy colour with a big white head. Good head retention.

Big berry flavour. Nice fruity aroma with some earthiness. Good funk.

Tart and funky. Nice earthy line. Solid berry notes. Good vinous note.

Medium body. High carb. Solid.

An excellent beer. Lots of flavour and good tartness.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to melot2811 for this bottle, plucked from the cellar to celebrate & mourn the inevitable passing of my backyard strawberry patch with this weekend's coming hard freeze. 750ML bomber split with my wife.

Decanted slowly to avoid pouring any potential mucus plugs into the beer, it announces itself in 50 Shades of Pinkish Orange, Opaque Edition. Fizzily carbonated. The nose is predictably acidic, with a strong strawberry angle & a distant whiff of the wood pile. Lovely.

Cascade Strawberry brings out the knife sharpeners. Expecting something mild - I don't know why - I'm hit by a wicked-edged tartness (not sourness) that singes the top of my mouth. Slightly under ripe strawberries line the middle with lemon zest. Drying oak rounds out the lineup. Eminently drinkable & highly carbonated, this one is still a sipper.

I hate face-rippers & anything that can be described with the words 'horse' or 'blanket', so this one is right up my alley. Nothing game-changing, but I believe I can honestly say Cascade is my favorite U.S. brewer of wilds. Very good beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light fizzy head disappears pretty quickly, typical sour fashion, hazy reddish orange color.

Nose is nice, lots of strawberry, light tannic earthy seed, a bit of a creamy wheat and nice acetic acid, a fermented strawberry like sour aroma, nice generic tart sour fruit aroma.

Taste is quite sour, tart fruit, little generic sour berry, but lots of nice strawberry, juicy fermented strawberry juice like a concentrate version, with more earthy flavours and tannic seed. Into acetic acid, little creamy wheat soured, light flemmy with nice overall tartness, bit of a frozen strawberry. Finish is flemmy and little sticky but dry, nice long sour and tart fruit, again frozen strawberry and tannic seed.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, too much carb, light acidic bite.

Overall good, nice strawberry and sour fruit, good acid and tartness, strawberry is a bit more like frozen fruit.

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Photo of rudzud
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear pinkish wheat hue with as thin wispy white head that leaves moss thin wisps. Solid for a wild.

S - Aromas of light floral strawberries, more like strawberry candy than fresh berries. Still, very pleasant with light wheat notes and faint oak.

T - Taste is a combination of strawberry candy and flashes of ripe strawberries. Faint seed notes, nice sour vinegar, floral berries, lingering light sweet jam.

M - Mouthfeel is super brightly carbonated, almost distracting so. Quite sharp.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, great strawberry notes, delicious and fragrant.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt and strawberry aromas. Taste is much the same with sour strawberry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice strawberry presence but not one of the better Cascade sours in my opinion.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.46/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the barrel room yesterday.

Orange in color with a white head. Nose smells like bile, curdled stomach acids, strawberries, pepper and pain. Palate is thankfully, not as sour but with plenty of unripe strawberries fragrant and floral. Moderately sour with no funk. Ultimately, this tastes like white wine vinegar with strawberries. Meh.

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Cascade Strawberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.