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Cascade Strawberry - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade StrawberryCascade Strawberry

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58 Reviews
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Reviews: 58
Hads: 453
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 30.87%
Wants: 83
Gots: 82 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.39% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beertunes on 05-29-2012

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Reviews: 58 | Hads: 453
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.44/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a lighlt cloudy strawberry reddish color with a moderate whispy white head with decent retention leaving some faint bubbles with pink highlights

S: Barf, plastic, horseblanket and underlying strawberry

T: Initial pvc pipe, a burnt plastic wrapper of sorts with some musty/Earthy notes, with underlying strawberry, like second runnings of old strawberry jam. The finish is like a lingering plastic, some funky bitterness, lingers with some puree mashed strawberries. Not really pleasant.

M: Well carbonated, medium body, more plastic

O: Worst Cascade beer I have had to date

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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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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 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 beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another beer served without an actual name. If anyone knows the name of this beer, please combine with the proper listing.

Served in tulip. Poured a light golden amber color with just a thin ring of white head that had OK retention and no lacing. The aroma was mostly tart, not really sour, with some faint berry sweetness and basic graininess underneath.

That description also applies to the flavor profile. Nicely tart, but not palate wreckingly sour, a bit of fruitiness and a touch of malty grain reach the tongue. The body was on the thin side and had a nice lingering finish. The drinkability was OK, it may not be sour enough for some Sour fans, but I enjoyed the tartness. Overall, a nice, but not great, little beer. Worth trying if you see it. Or know what it is called.

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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 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 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 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 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 Justin_Neff
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy dark pink/reddish color. Huge bubbly head rushes up quickly and sticks around for a few minutes. This one appears to be mega carbonated.

S: Tons of funk and strawberries on the nose. There is some oak and a small amount of grass and hay.

T: Very sweet. Tart. There is definitely a lot of strawberry. The funk combined with the strawberry almost gives a blush wine taste.

M: Medium body. Very dry. Prickly. High carbonation. A hint of some boozy warmth.

O: Not my favorite cascade offering, but still better than the average sour beer. A bit of an identity crisis between wine and beer on the palate, but I'm still glad I got to try it.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle into Lost Abbey stemware. Thanks to Luke for the bottle.

A: Dark orange with a reddish hue and much carbonation feeding an off-white head. Solid retention.

S: Delicate and aromatic strawberries with a touch of vinegar. It's a bit like strawberry jam, with notes of oak, leather, and just a hint of vanilla. There are some plastic-like phenols in there and a dash of pepper.

T: Strawberries! They succeeded in that department. There's a big lactic presence, a lower moderate sourness, and a pleasant tartness. Acetic acidity is at a low level. The fruit is delicate but present throughout. There's a subtle plastic note in the midpalate that's slightly distracting, but the strawberry quickly steps in and steers the ship toward calmer waters. Drying, slightly leathery finish with a little oak.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. Dry, sticky, smooth mouthfeel and lightly tannic.

Overall: A beer that does a good job with the strawberry aspect and on the whole is pretty good. Not overly complex but the base beer is a nice vehicle for the fruit. The rubber and plastic aren't great components, but they're subtle enough to not ruin the beer. I wish Cascade would incorporate more interesting acids in their sour beers, though. I don't understand the lactic obsession.

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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 jmarsh123
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy gold with a little strawberry hue. Small white head with decent retention.

Light sour berries, oak, lacto and a bit of funk. Not a powerful aroma.

Taste is just sort of generically sour. It's the typical Cascade lacto and is done well, but I don't feel the strawberries really add too much and it's perhaps a touch less sour than the average Cascade wild. A little bit of berry with plenty of oak and good dose of funk. Good profile overall, but don't specifically get much strawberry.

Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

Despite some nitpicking still a solid beer that was enjoyed, but I wouldn't see myself picking this one up again in lieu of other Cascade beers I've enjoyed more.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on-tap at cascade on a 90+ day in Portland

Pinkish hued - strongly carbonated. The strawberry plays pretty interesting - you can absolutely taste the seeds, maybe even more-so than the fruit. I scratched my head at first about the fruit composition trying to determine if I liked it - still not sure. Strawberry isn't an easy ingredient, but the Almanac Farmers Reserve #3 definitely showcased the fruit more attractively. Still snagged a bottle of this as its undeniably refreshing and will hit the spot the next time the temperatures exceed comfortable.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cascade on 8.2.12.

A - Served a orange with a red tiny. Small white bubbles cling to the edges.

S - I actually smell strawberries, and lot of them. Nice little sour pucker as well.

T - Strawberry! Very smooth and consistent. Some slight sourness, but pretty mild for Cascade.

D - Perfect carbonation and light body. Not overly sour.

O - Smooth strawberry and slight funky sour. Good stuff.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade, what an awesome extra I must say.

A-Well carbonation bright ruby red, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Smells of nice funk and brett. Lighter strawberry notes along with oak round out.

T-Not an overpowering sour but more than tart, some puckering. Strawberry is lighter in flavor, not much oak, some apples as well.

M-Light, watery and not as much carbonation as I was expecting based of the appearance,

O-A nice sour, the fruit is overpowering and a distraction from the sour but at the same time the blend of flavors wasn't perfect. That being said, it was a good beer and I'm glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from brewery.

A: Reddened copper. Very thin lacing. No legs.

N: Lemon, orange, and strawberry. Oak and a touch of acetone.

T: Quite good. Plenty of strawberry and a fair amount of balancing sweetness. A little bit of lemon sourness, but it’s no puckered lips. Not terribly complex, but it lacks the butter I’ve had in other Strawberry ales.

M: Light-medium body. Well hidden alcohol.

O: One of the best Cascades I’ve had in awhile, though it retains the sweet-tart nature of a lot of their beer. It works best here, though.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked bottle, @7.56% ABV, from the 2014 Project. I don't believe that I've ever had a strawberry-based sour ale before.

This beer pours a hazy, medium orange-brick amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rather loosely foamy, and fairly fizzy off-white head, which leaves some streaky island atoll lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of musty green strawberries, some vanilla-tinged red wine barrel woodiness, a middling sour funkiness, a twinge of spoiled milk, grainy pale malt, and further dusty, earthy, and estery bitter notes. The taste is tart red fruit - more cherry and underripe raspberry than the titular berry - gritty and funky yeast/bacteria, a sturdy enough bready pale malt graininess, some increasingly phenolic vanillan woody notes, free-range lactic acid, and a further earthy rhubarb and green leafy acerbity.

The bubbles are very persistent in their palpable fizzy and sternly frothy measures, the body just on the low side of a typical middleweight, and plainly smooth, if you're capable of applying more than a soupcon of cognitive dissonance to the various lurking astringencies. It finishes mostly dry, the strawberry there, of course, but in a reduced, deconstructed as shit manner.

Overall, not a bad sour fruit ale, the usual metrics about this sort of thing that piss me off conspicuous by their welcome absence. Not particularly balanced, as the sour, musty, and funky notes skew things in their direction, of course, but 'less than much' - and thus drinkability (such as it is, for 40 bucks a bottle) is achieved!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Clear reddish. A little foam. Nothing else to it.

Smell - Strawberry! Maybe lacking the complete nose of a fresh strawberry, but the acidic components are spot on. Musty, too.

Taste - Acidic strawberry. Nice flavor comes through. Again, not quite the complete strawberry flavor, like the aroma. Tart and musty finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Quality sour flavor. Clean and very drinkable.

Overall - Not complex by any means. It's sour and strawberry, but it's done very well.

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Photo of harrymel
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

7.39% ABV for those wondering.
From notes 04AUG12

This one is a pretty pink (white zin) colored ale - glassy. Nose is strait up strawberries with soil and hints of earth in the form of strawberry mold for me (which is nice). Flavor is much more complex than the nose led on. Strawberry, hay, manure, tart (but slightly subdued for the brewery - appropriately so). Some warm metallic characters on the back end along with another flavor I just can't pin down - but I like it and my wife doesn't, so ask her what it is. Medium bodied with low carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer, better than the Upland version I had.

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Photo of Etan
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml (2012 project) into a tulip.

A: Pours a red-tinged blonde with a spongy white head.

S: Bright lactic acid and a bit of musty brett, along with softly sweet strawberry in the nose. Subtle wheat and oak behind.

T: Taste brings puckering lactic tartness with some nebulous fruitiness in the mix (vague yet pleasant strawberry candy). Mild wheat and vinous oak tannins come in after the acidity fades.

M: Light-bodied with slightly overly frothy carbonation.

O: Two things that detract a bit from my overall enjoyment of it: the strawberry is too subtle in the taste (although it's probably a hard fruit to coax flavor out of in beer), and the beer is a bit over-carbonated. Still, quite a nice beer, with the pros outweighing the cons.

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Photo of KDawg
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from tap. Pours a nice light strawberry color with a good head.

Very fresh and tart aromas of strawberries, oranges, tart berries and some candy aromas.

Nice refreshing and medium feel that is very good. While it's refreshing, there is definitely a tart and sour side to it with flavors of strawberries, tart berries and candy.

A real nice fruited sour. Well balanced and refreshing while still having sourness to it.

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

1696th Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop snifter
750ml C/C

Bottle share at Steve's house

App- A nice light mix of red, crimson, pink and yellows. Wouldve thought more pink would come out more. Only a small 1/2 finger of head was there and then was gone quickly with a faint amount of cling.

Smell- I've noticed that I am starting to detect the wheat on sours before anything else. This was no different. This had a nice spitzy strawberry prickly flavor with a little oak and some kool aid sugary notes to it.

Taste- This is one great beer. Light and refreshing and easy to sip on. The fruit is there in spades with a mild funk. Along comes the oak adding some earthy undercurrents and it closes with a bit of the sour.

Mouth- A almost medium body with an almost medium carbonation. A lite spirtzy feel with some good residual oak and fruit remain.

Drink- Better as this one warms up. Great layered flavors on this with a lot of fruit and a small sour. I like the smoothness and crispness.

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Cascade Strawberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.