Cascade Strawberry - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 427
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 84
Gots: 74 | FT: 8
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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 Crazydaddyo
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 project

Bottle opens with a nice pop. Pours into a Bruery goblet with a nice 1" white foamy head. Lots of fresh berries on the nose. Big laste of tart strawberries on the toung. Good balance , not sweet or vinegar sour. Perfect carbonation. Now in my top 10 sours !!! (274 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, 2012 project. Beer pours a hazy golden color with a rosy blush and two fingers of loose off white head that quickly dissipates to a thin collar of foam. Plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is sweet and tart strawberry, lemon, sharp lactic acidity, some oak and mild earthy brett funk.

Taste leads with a blast of sharp lactic acidity, tart red berry and lemon juice, before some sweeter strawberry and red berry flavors along with some sweet malt. Lingering berry and oak flavors on the tongue.

Light body with some sharp carbonation that quickly wipes the tongue. Nice refreshing drink on a warm day. (672 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 75oml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy golden color with a slight pinkish hue that sticks around. There is a nice 1.5 inch white head that forma an sticks around for a good while. Sticky and with great retention. Amazing retention. As the head recedes it leaves some sticky dense foam on the edges of the glass.

Aroma is yummy. Fresh picked strawberry. Tartness and some slight funk in the nose. The tartness in the nose is yummy because its mixed with some nice ripe sweet strawberry notes.

Taste starts off with sharp tartness. Citrus and slight vinegar sourness dominates up front. Then the sour notes are balanced slightly by some nice fruit sweetness. Slight notes of ripe strawberry. Then notes of some chalky yeast are present mixed in with some sweetness. This is followed by more citrus sourness that comes back up. Very delicious brew with nice sourness and some good funk to go with it but always balanced by some fresh and sugary strawberrys. (983 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy orange with a bit of red and a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet grainy malts, fresh tart strawberries and other berries, oak, vanilla, funky Brett and some other sour yeasts, lactic acid, lemon zest.

T - Sweet grainy malts, tart strawberries and other berries, oak, vanilla, funky farmhouse flavors and Brett and some other sour yeasts, lactic acid, lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour, funky, and tart finish,

D - Great sour ale. Nice balance of sour, tart, and funky. (555 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged offering. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a pale golden almost orange color. More copper than anything through the body when held to the light. A faint white cap holds across the top and produces some spotty lace as it fades.

The aroma is straight essence of juicy, jam strawberry. Almost unreal how much fresh strawberry inclusion this has. I have never smelled a brew that captures the sweet essence of ripe strawberry quite like this. I am almost afraid to inquire as to whether or not the inclusion is real. It also has a bit of sulfur and a raw seedy quality.

The flavor includes some hints of cheese coupled with funky bret and raw strawberry. Like the nose, it has a seedy, natural flavor about it that seems like ripe strawberry without that almost sweet perfume that was captured in the nose. As it warms up, some sulfuric qualities emerged.

This was a medium bodied offering with a modest amount of carbonation. The strawberry inclusion in this brew was absolutely profound and in a good way. I never had a strawberry beer capture the essence of fresh, ripe strawberry quite like this. Real or fake, I dont care. Everyone I shared this with went crazy over it after having the blueberry version prior. I know bottle variation is a bit factor in all wild ales but maybe the fact this was held in a refridgerator this long also helped maintain that fresh fruity essence. Sign me up for wanting more of this. (1,449 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (992 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Though it has strawberry in the name (and nose and taste and just about everywhere else) this beer is glistening orange in colour. It looks a pristine sunset when held into the light, an image intensified by its absolute clarity. Despite a steady stream of bubbles there's only a loosely connected string of bubbles and they hang above like a wobbly bridge.

The aroma has enough sugary-sweet fruit cache that you'd swear the people from 'Fruit Roll-Ups' or 'Fruit Gushers' were behind it. It has a pectin-like air that smacks of strawberry jam or jelly. (Also some apple and rose-like notes.) Its definite tartness - the notorious 'barnyard' must - is a divine match for the jammy fruit; a sweet-and-sour combination General Tso could only dream of. Sheer brilliance!

Despite the influence of barrel-dwelling critters and wild yeast-induced sourness, this offering can be interpreted as anything but unapproachable. The taste is characterized by a "Fruit by the Foot"-like strawberry flavour and contains a big hit of lemony, 'horse-blanket', yeast twang. The wood notes are soft and integrated into the impression of plump red berries. It does everything with a certain brio. Magnifique!

As a point of reference, Cascade Strawberry drinks like a bottle of Orval that's been infused with ripe summer strawberries and is, ipso facto, both deliciously sweet and distinctly sour. It is remarkably refreshing (the almost 8% alcohol be damned). That it may be a bit tart or acidic for mainstream palates is true, but I've never come across a better introductory sour - if this doesn't do it for you, nothing will.

Cascade Brewing is regarded as one of the best producers of sour ales not only in North America but the world in general, and their Strawberry ale should be counted among their best examples. Whatever it lacks in complexity compared to other barrel-aged blends (not much) it more than makes up for in sheer approachability, quaffability and agreeableness. (1,970 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.44/5  rDev -37.9%
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 (587 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12/01/12 notes. Big thanks to whoever shared this one at Zwanze Day; was a big Want of mine. 750ml bottle into a mini snifter.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy golden color with a reddish tint, with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of sweet strawberries, lightly sour strawberries, sour dark fruits, light oak, and some barnyadr funk. Not overly sour or funky, but nice none the less.

t - Tastes of sweet strawberries, sour strawberries, oak, funk, yeast, spice, bready malts, and fruity malts. Taste has a ton more strawberries than the nose, and is not overly sour or funky once again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice fruity wild ale. Not the funkiest or most sour beer in the world, but lots of strawberries as promised, and very enjoyable. Would have it again. (878 characters)

Photo of mltobin
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle , split with a couple of friends.

Appearance is a cloudy reddish orange color with a short off-white head. Its` nose contains wood, barnyard funk, strawberry and some lemon. So far it is pretty interesting. Taking a sip and I taste the strawberries immediately, other citrus elements, acidity coming through too. It still tastes like a nice wild beer, which I am relieved by, with Strawberry being the key element, I thought it might be too sweet or one-sided. Mouthfeel is easy going, light carbonation is present. All in all, a nice beer that was enjoyed by the group. (584 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly reddish hazy amber with a nice looking, loosely-bubbled white head. The nose is a pronounced and definitive sour strawberry nail polish that's also a little tart and mouthwatering. It's almost like opening up a jar of homemade strawberry jam...that has a kick. The taste doesn't disappoint with a modest, recognizable strawberry and funky acetone dry finish. The beer has an adequate body with enough sweetness to compete with the beer's inherently tart mouthfeel. It's quite drinkable and definitely a unique creation. Worth drinking, but not the effort to get a bottle... (599 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours an orange color without a head on it

S - nose is lots of fresh strawberries, funk, and sour lemons...nice

T - starts off with sweet strawberries mixed with lemon. This moves on to a straight lemon / citrus sourness. Strawberries come back on the finish to cut this one off. Really nice strawberry sour.

M - creamy and smooth...weird body for a sour but it works

D - really nice strawberry sour here in my glass. This is the first sour I have had with this fruit and it will be hard to top. Nice work, Cascade! (523 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by the Thorpes. Thanks a lot!

The beer appears hazy and orange with hints of pink. The aroma offers strawberry purée, yeast, and yeah, that about covers it. The flavor is tart, balanced by a natural sweetness from the berries. Fizzy, zesty, prickly carbonation with mild, but present acidity. Overall, a solid fruit sour. (330 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (1,296 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sam for this one. 750ml corked and caged bottle decanted and poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

1 Finger white foamy head with . Beer is a clear orange-pink. Very little lace. Decent.

Nose is big strawberry, some tartness. Syrupy with some hay funk. Moderately aromatic, light, spritzy and clean. Solid.

Opens tart. Lemon, strawberry seeds, dry hay, and rubber. Some cobweb and woodiness at the middle and end. Finishes tart and Brett. Strawberry seeds in the aftertaste. Fruit flavor is very mellow and subtle but overall flavor has a nice, balanced tartness. Tasty.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Bubbly and crisp in the mouth and goes down foamy, filmy, and wet. Finish is messy with a lingering aftertaste. Showcases the flavor profile nicely.

Strawberry isn't an easy flavor to impart in sours and it shows here. Still, Cascade does a solid job of creating a balanced, interesting beer that is well worth drinking. Glad I had the chance to try this. (980 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a pinkish yellow in color with very little head which left hardly any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I could actually smell the strawberries in the aroma with funky oakiness, a bit od lemony citrus, plenty of sour qualities in this, maybe a little apple but did sniff out some acicic notes as well.

T: the acidic lemony character was more intense on the palate alongisde the nice fresh strawberries that were more like real fruit than strawberry juice, plenty of oaky accents, a bit of funkiness to it, with a great sour punch.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a moderate amount of prickly carbonation which had a very mild sweet, fruity, oaky, acidic, and sour punch on the finish which lingered on the palate.

O: I have to say cascade really knows how to make these fruit forward sours but I think this one is one of my favorites. Good lookin out beezler for bring this one down. (909 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle shared with neighborhood souress at her birthday fiesta 9.22.12.

Mostly white head small bubbles with some pink highlights, finger and a half head over pink/light red clear body, multiple streams of rising carbonation, minimal lacing. Fruitiness dominates the nose, minimal hop aromas. Very interesting taste profile, berries up front with a touch of sweetness, leading to a dry tart finish. Once the beer warmed past the suggested 40 degree serving temperature, good dose of funk, light hay and clean horseblanket, interesting. Mouthfeel on the light side of medium, very good effervescence. While I haven't had a lot of strawberry sours (Block 15's Strawberry Fields in my only other foray) I thought this was quite interesting, and with the relatively low ABV this would be a nice, though a bit spendy,, entry into the world of sours. Tasty, worth seeking out the next time it's released. (906 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2oz taster pour
Enjoyed at the Portland, OR barrel room on 9/2/12

Enjoyed 2012 Project from bottle

A: Pours out a blush color pink. Even though the pour was small I still got a slightly off white head.

S: Definitely getting that tart sour strawberry, along with the normal sour notes: white grape and green apple. Doesn't smell overly sour.

T: The taste follows the nose. You get a nice pucker up front from the white grape/green apple hints. Then in the middle the barrel character and the strawberry flavors mesh in. It's solid, but liked apricot more.

M: Light bodied. Dry finish as expected (599 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 7/28 as a break from the BA DarkLords during the NYC Voltron tasting!!! thanks to thomas for providing this gem.

a - Orange! strawberry beer that's orange...gotta love it! think fizzy head. streaky lacing that coated the glass fully.

s - funky barnyard strawberries.

t - exactly as the nose advertised...funky barnyard strawberries. tastes pretty nice though. not heavy strawberry by itself as the funkiness is strong in the mix.

m - puckeringly sour. strawberry is nice but almost drowned out by the barnyard funkiness...however, still an easy drinker.

o - overall, really nice. funk extreme! strawberry funk. make my funk the strawberry cause i wants to get funked up! (687 characters)

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