Cascade Tribute Ale | Blue Mountain Brewery

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Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Summer

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Added by on 09-06-2010

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 4
Photo of MrOH
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draft at Caliente.

Imagine Sierra Nevada Pale Ale but with fresh Blue Ridge cascade instead of dried Yakima cascade. A little bit grassier, less citrus, more herbal, about equal pine, and delicious.

A great tribute to SNPA, and one of the best local sessionable beers I've had in quite some time.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, 9/15/10.

A-Pours a crystal clear gold with a hint of amber, an off white head and good lacing.

S-Citrusy and grassy with a very light malt base.

T-Fresh cut grass in a glass. A nice hop bite throughout with a very little bit of malt to back it up. Very West Coast in style.

M-Light to medium bodied, crisp, nicely dry.

D-Very flavorful for the ABV, nicely sessionable.

As good a fresh hop beer as I have had this year.


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Photo of tchenery
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a nice rich yellow/orange color, more yellow than orange though. It has a decent head.

It smells amazing. It has a nice piney, grassy nose to it along with hints of citrus thrown in there.

The taste is pretty top notch. It's very fruity upfront leaning towards grapefruit and passionfruit. It hits you on the back of the tongue with the bitterness, which is strong but still lingering on fruity. The aftertaste is rather coating and dry.

This is an incredibly light bodied tasting beer. It's very very smooth. Extremely drinkable and I wish I had filled a few growlers when I was there.


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Photo of CrellMoset
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cascade Tribute Pale Ale, 29 IBUs, 5.3% abv, served on tap at the brewery the day it went on. 40% - 110 lbs - of BMB's on site Cascade hops were used to make this. Mash-hopped, kettle hopped, fermenter-hopped, and conditioning-tank hopped.

Appearance: A transparent yellow amber, filtered and crystal clear, arriving with one finger of light, foamy, and relatively sticky off-white head. The retention is above average, though perhaps not for a wet-hopped beer, and the lacing on the sides of the glass is bulky, spotty, as foamy as head. The transparency of the body reveals multiple streams of surprisingly slow carbonation.

Aroma: Heavy, juicy grapefruit juice and crispy, dry, minty notes intermingle with generic herbal hoppiness and a nice amount of acidic hop astringency. The malt foundation is subdued, mostly biscuity and simply sweet.

Taste: A very dry, crackery malt foundation lets the Cascades really shine through. Plenty of astringent, herbal leafy notes dominate the lanscape, mingling well with a mild bitterness, the dry backbone, and a few minerally water notes. Citrus ranges from mid-light (orange) to heavy (grapefruit), and a slew of minty and slightly piney notes rounds things out nicely. Its a little grating if you're not a fan of Cascades (and I am, but not a huge fan).

Mouthfeel: Very well carbonated, for a bright and fluffy mouth. Still very even, with an oily and slick mouth. 4.0

Drinkability: Not BMBs greatest brew. Its lacking in complexity somewhat, though they probably got as much out of the Cascade as one can expect to get out of a Cascade. I do find the single-hop excursions interesting, though, and appreciate the wonderful local character of this brew. Here's to more of the same.

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Cascade Tribute Ale from Blue Mountain Brewery
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