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Cascade The VineCascade The Vine

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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.73%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"This Northwest Style Sour Ale is a blend of soured Triple, Blonde Quad and Golden ales that have been refermented with the fresh pressed juice of white wine grapes. The beer spent more than six months of lactic fermentation and aging in small oak barrels. 9.2% ABV" - Raccoon Lodge website

ABV seems to vary, between 8.33-9.73%

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured cloudy muddy light brown color ale with a small bubbly head with no retention. Aroma of funky barnyard notes with some tart notes with some vile unrefined grainy notes. Taste is also quite a mess with loads of harsh grainy notes with some vile barnyard notes. Body is full with no carbonation. Either this bottle was off or I clearly don’t get this beer.

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Photo of harrymel
2.57/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

04AUG12 at barrel house. This vintage made with Muscat grapes.

Light yellow nearly still in appearance. Smells vinous, green apples, oak, some vinho verde, lime mist and a bit of leaves muddled into vodka soda. Flavor is too much like the grape - like a shitty wine intensly soured. Like a moscato that failed to make sure sanitation was meticulous when stunting a fermentation to retain residual sugars. A disappointment for me. Medium bodied with low carb and wet finish. I did not care for this one.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.64/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing this, Mike.

A brilliantly clear amber copper with a dense, off-white head with spectacular retention and lacing, this is a beautiful beer. The nose, OTOH, leaves me wanting. Very spicy, this is like pumpkin pie spices with some sweet, grape juice added to it. Sourness is present, rather clean, and it leaves me wanting some funk. The palate is similar, almost like an over-spiced Belgian Christmas ale soured with lacto. Despite this, it is pretty vinous. Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation, this is spicy and unpleasant on the finish. I really did not care for this at all.

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Photo of Overlord
2.86/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks chewy! Now, fly casual!

Pours a hazy, sediment-y burnished amber/orange. Big off-white head.

Smells ... off. Strangely medicinal and herbally. Ugh. There is some muted funk/horse blanket to it, and there is a vinous quality to the smell.

If I focus real hard on the flavor, I get a fantastic, really great vinous, grape-y, acidic undertone. Actually reminds me a bit of consecration. Unfortunately, there is an awful, medicinal herbal taste that is a constant presence. It even lingers as an aftertaste. I'd think I had an off bottle, but other people have noted it as well.

Quite disappointing. There's a base of a really good beer, but something has definitely gone off kilter.

Nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.98/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 vintage, purchased from the brewery a month ago.

A: Loud cork pop. Foams somewhat aggressively when poured, but recedes so quickly that it never accumulates to more than a half finger. Clear golden color

S: Pronounced apple-grape juice aroma when first poured. Then some spice, a little lactic tang

T: Mildly tart and lactic. Grapey with some peach and apricot notes. Slightly herbal / medicinal in the finish.

M: Low carbonation, pretty smooth in the mouth. Medium linger.

O: Seems that this might not be standing up to age. I generally enjoy this beer much more when fresher, but this bottle seems a bit simple. Nothing particularly wrong with it, no off-notes, but no complexity or interesting notes either. I'll need to make a point to review the new vintage at some point in the near future.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.07/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle w cork and cage. no date. tasted in mid-may 2009.

poured into tulip. cork was very tight and hard to pull out.

deep amber honey color. gem clear on first pours. foamy, 1-finger off-white head, slowly fades to thin layer, constantly replenished by the duvel tulip's laser etching. amazing continuous curtain of lace.

aroma: lots of fruity muscat grape aroma, with hint of... mint (!?!) amongst the woody oak, mild funk and grassy hay. that menthol/eucalyptus character really dominates though...

taste: similar to aroma, nicely tart, but a bit overwhelmed again by that weird menthol character, persisting even into the otherwise tart and semi-dry finish with fruit tones.

medium body, with acidic and astringent textures. mild to moderate carbonation gives very slight tingle and fluffy lift, but it only ends up accentuating that annoying menthol/eucalyptus note!

what the hell ?!?

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Photo of 7ways
3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light pumpkin orange. Never seen a head disappear so fast on a beer that wasn't really old, I believe it was stark white. Swirling doesn't help; but it sure is loud, and throws up fizz like soda.

This smells more like white wine than beer, and reinforces my belief that grapes are one of the fruits that just do not belong in beer. Musty, wheaty, vinous and alcoholic. It smells more like old grapes as the beer warms.

Tastes much better than it smells, the grapes blend well, and there is another familiar fruit I can't place. It's well integrated and just the right amount of sour, but I can't help but think the sourness just covers up undesirable flavors. Once the beer warms and loses carbonation, this becomes very apparent.

Starts out very prickly, again like soda, which is great... but it dissipates quickly and by the end of the glass, after about 15-20 minutes, it was dead flat. This allowed those undesirable, unpleasantly musty flavors to really come through. Basically, drink it quick and it's a refreshingly dry winner.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.17/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by... me. Thanks Arbi. You're a good man.

A: Pours a cloudy orange-amber body in the glass, topped off by a half-finger of off-white head. It retains for maybe 30 seconds, receding in loud snaps and fizzles into a light cap and collar on the brew. Some lacing during sips, but nothing sticky.

S: Hard to miss the grapes and oak on this one. They're backed by lactic sourness and a bit of brett funk. What's unusual about this is that there's a strong spice component, like nutmeg and cinnamon, that reminds me of pumpkin pie minus the pumpkin. Craig pointed out that there's a general aroma of sweet yams. I'm inclined to agree.

T: Begins with some white grape sweetness, green apples, and caramel. It's lightly funky and strongly sour throughout. The biggest flavors are near the finish, which is drying and astringent through tannins and spice. Nothing super-complicated here, and it's a bit lacking in bacterial development / complexity (even attenuation -- lots of sugars here).

M: Light-bodied, with spritzy (is that a word? Mozilla doesn't like it) carbonation. Well-disguised ABV at 9%. Impressive.

D: I enjoyed it, but in the spectrum of sours I've had, it's near the average point. The spices are interesting, but they don't quite work with the grapes. From the description of what went into this beer, it seems like I should pick up more flavors than I do. At $20 a pop I'd go with one of the other Cascade beers or just a Russian River sour.

Note: it really astounds me that I pick up brett in this beer, as Curtis seemed very insistent on not using that in his beers. Is this accidental?

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Photo of smitty4657
3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Little disappointed by this one - 2012 vintage - feel like it needs some age. There is a decent grape nose but the taste was overwhelmingly like Dimetapp and fruit juice. Might have been a bad bottle. Nice pour and smell though, as expected from Cascade.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

vintage 2011

A:Yellow. Slightly cloudy. Thin head.
S: Strong bretty funk of the claussenii variety (low-intensity British origin). Some pineapple. Citrus.
T: Taste follows suit. Cannot detect any grape flavors really. Or else they are overwhelmed by Brett notes. The sourness is well balanced.
M: Light body. Medium-high carbonation.
O: I was looking forward to this, but was dissapointed. The Brett funk overpowered this beer to the extent that I couldn't taste the fruit. Still pretty drinkable, but needs more subtlety of flavor. I'm still a huge fan of Cascade, but this is worse than I'm used to from them. Seek out the Blueberry instead.

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Photo of shleepy
3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Update: now tried the 2013 one, and it's much better. Very distinguishable, non-Jolly-Rancher-like grape flavor. Also plenty of funk, but it's an interesting combination. Upgraded my rating.
Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

A: Cloudy yellow, with small-medium head

S: Light barrel notes and mild funk.

T: The grapes are not overly apparent (and I find that they usually are not in beers), but maybe come out a little bit towards the end. There's a brett funk, some sourness (but not an excessive amount), and bitterness balanced by fruitiness. Not too special, unfortunately.

M: Plenty of acidity and medium carbonation result in a very fizzy, biting, lively feeling.

O: A bit disappointing, since I am a big Cascade fan, and I bet I enjoyed this beer on tap at the Barrel House. There's just nothing too interesting about this one, with the brett being the most noticeable element. Even the smell is mild and unrefined.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly tan colored head. The head leaves a nice layer of lace on the sides of the glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a pretty, red-stained, copper color that shows a bright copper-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite sweet, with honey notes, a floral white-grape fruitiness, plus other aromatic notes of kiwi, ripe honeydew melon and ripe green apple note. Much of the sweetness that I noticed at first actually is contributed by the huge, aromatic ripe fruit character. The ripe fruitiness is almost too much here.

As I expected from the aroma, this beer is quite dry with very little sweetness. The tartness is not overly aggressive here, in fact much of it I would guess comes from the wine grapes, though there is certainly a lactic component here. This has a tropical fruit like note here that is I find in white wines at times. The finish has a bit of astringency and tannins from oak character, there is also a touch of heat from the alcohol, but this actually hides the alcohol pretty well for its strength. I am curious what grapes were used here, with the oak it can remind me of chardonnay, but the ample fruitiness reminds me a bit more of Sauvignon Blanc or Gewurztraminer. Floral tropical fruit notes with quite a bit of ripe melon are noticeable and while not as apparent as in the nose, still manage to be noticeable despite the lack of accentuating sweetness. Spicy, astringent oak adds some structure and bite to the finish that adds balance to the up front tartness and expressive dry fruitiness.

This is a far departure from the Sang Royale I had the other day. It doesn't have nearly the finesse or balance that that one had, but it is still pretty tasty. An interesting beer, I can see this appealing quite a bit to some people, but I don't seem to be one of those people unfortunately.

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Photo of oregone
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems more solid by the score. Skipping the in depth notes on this. It carries the awesome cascade sour character, but smell and taste are driven by distinct sweet smelling and tasting jolly rancher (aka confected) grape. Love the brewery. This one just didnt do it for me.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Cork and caged bottle from Tipples. 2013 Project. Pours clear golden colored with some spritzy white head that goes away quickly. Aroma of slight sour vinegar, oak, grapes, citrus peel, and maybe even some Brett. Flavor is lightly tart, dry with some oakiness, and an interesting bit of grape sort of like grape soda rather than grape juice. Hmmm. Some vinous notes as expected. Medium bodied from the sweetness, but rather spritzy with the carbonation. Cascade managed to make a $31 beer taste like Dave Chappelle's Grape Drink. Not drain pouring this since its not completely offensive and cost that much, but what the eff? Seriously what a ripoff.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was super stoked to try this, the 2012 version to be exact. Popped the cork with little fanfare, honestly was a bit worried it wouldn't be carbed up enough.

Poured with a beautiful frothy head that hung around for a while. LIghter than I expected, a straw like color.

Smells of straight white grapes and a hint of sourness.

Taste follows the smell with white grapes dominating, a hint of funky sourness, and some white oak.

Mouthfeel was good, a bit too carbed for my personal preference, and I believe it made the fruits stand out a bit more.

Overall a decent beer. Not my favorite offering from cascade, but I have another bottle to lay down to see how it ages.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear orange body. Nice white head.

Smell - Lots of grapefruit juice. Light acidity. A bit citrusy.

Taste - Sweet grape. Immediately sour. Oak. Starts to get a little acetic in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Sweet and sour. Well carbonated.

Overall - Tasty. I've had this a number of times and I'm not sure why I never rated it.

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Photo of Auracom
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beginning of many samples at Cascade's barrel house in Portland. 2 oz. served in a taster tulip on November 29th, 2012.

A - Pilsner appearance. Light and clear golden with a frothy white head. Good lacing.

S - White grapeskins, honey or light brown sugar, grass, and very light lemon.

T - Lime juice, white wine vinegar, and trace amounts of dry, pitted fruit. The oak doesn't peak through quite like other sour blondes I've had.

M - Light body, high (appropriate) carbonation, lightly dry but surprisingly savory finish.

D - This never quite develops through the palate, yet the finish is plenty rich and inviting. Fair example overall.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%

2013 project. 9.30% ABV. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire (unbranded, gold) cap over a cork purchased directly from Cascade and served into a Lost Abbey teku in high altitude Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

This is a mess to pour - the cork was impossible to remove by hand, so I tried pliers - which broke the cork in half. A churchkey removed the cork, but beer quickly surged out, spilling over my bar. Definitely seems overcarbonted especially when you consider it's been aging over a year at cellar temp.

HEAD: Pours a two finger wide off-white colour head - fizzy and violent as hell - which reduces inside 1 minute, though for about half of that it's only fizzing on one side....odd.

After completely disappearing, the head rekindles itself, fizzing back into life for 2 minutes more (still on only one side of the glass) before dying again - completely of its own volition. I've never seen anything like this.

No lacing sticks to the sides of the teku.

BODY: Body is a vibrant lively brilliant gold with blond and copper hues. The carbonation bubbles are magnificent in this colour of body. You could photograph this beer for a magazine cover; it looks incredible. I can't wait to try it.

That said, it does seem direly overcarbonated. But it's a unique appearance - both in terms of head and (admittedly less so) the body. It's definitely alive, but no yeast particulate is visible.

AROMA: Lovely. Gorgeous blond malts, impeccable white oak tones, white grapes with an ideal sweetness/dryness balance, golden malts, Belgian pale malts, clean crisp full evocative barley, a kiss of juicy fruity hop notes, and marvelous wild yeasts as well as bacterial notes - lactobacillus sure (albeit seemingly not as much as in Cascade Kriek), and ample sourness - about a 6-7/10. There are also some barrel sugars and grape skin notes. I also find a note redolent of pinesol, which works surprisingly well here.

This amazing aroma reminds me of the best Belgian blond sours I've encountered. Really incredible stuff; I'm dying for the first sip. It's mild in strength, but boy is it evocative. The dryness/sweetness balance seems ideal.

TASTE: Blond malts, golden malts, and Belgian pale malts comprise the easily influenced neutral foundation. White grapeskin enters in the early second act, bolstered by the building presence of lacto-induced sourness as the second act progresses. Wild yeasts and bacterial notes complement the lactobacillus well, evoking a truly alive, wild brew.

The moderate tartness of the grape coupled with the intrinsic grape flavours doesn't really fit into this flavour profile as well as I anticipated given the aromatics, but it doesn't feel out of place per se - perhaps just a bit too intense. In a beer so subtle, those notes are noticeably dominant, and while they don't break the cohesion of the beer, they do distract from the gestalt build as a whole.

Disappointingly, the sourness is a relatively mild 5-6/10 in terms of intensity. Cascade's other more sour beers (e.g. Cascade Kriek) offer more depth of flavour, but this beer has good flavour amplitude and duration.

The guiding oak tone throughout the beer is lovely, and bolsters its already impressive cohesion. The neutral barrel sugars found in the aroma are largely absent here, though I do think the beer's balance errs a bit too far on the sweet side. Dryer grapes might fix this minor issue.

What shocks is the absence of alcohol presence, which is damn impressive at 9.30%; how does Cascade produce these high-alcohol sours without seriously compromising balance?

Overall, it's a very likeable flavour profile with some excellent elements, but doesn't quite come together the way a world-class beer would.

TEXTURE: Crisp, overcarbonated, and smooth, with a perfect balance of dryness/wetness. Medium-bodied. Towards the back end, it's fairly smacky on the palate, but I'd love more of that along with more sourness. Thickness is apt for the flavour profile. Fairly acidic.

Good overall presence on the palate. This texture supports the flavour profile well and feels naturally complementary, but it's not a perfect marriage of texture to taste; it could be improved.

OVERALL: As it warms, I do pick up some neutral barrel sugars and some lambic-esque cereals/grains right on the finish, which aren't particularly welcome. This is a very drinkable enjoyable sour from Cascade, and the discerning drinker will be impressed by how well it hides its ABV. That said, Cascade brews world-class beers, but this isn't one of them. A good-but-not-great sour that isn't worth its high pricetag outside of its state of origin, The Vine is a beer I doubt I'll return to but that might be incredible with serious age on it. More solid work from one of the USA's best sour producers.


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Photo of Kelton
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage. Picked up at Barrel House in early April 2011.

Poured into Tulip glass. Lower carbonation provided minimal head which dissapated quickly.

Nice cloudy Golden color & good looking beer.

Lactic sour grape nose, not overpowering.

Sour white grape juice comes through more than smell would lead you on. Definetely get some peach/apple notes as sourness subsides. Body was darn near perfect. Wine characteristics shine.

Overall, not too shabby. Though, I recently had the 2010 Vintage on tap at Barrel House & this '08 can't compete. Still very happy I tried it.

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Photo of Jonada
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 project 8.85% ABV

Appearance: Pours a dark yellow honey color with less than a finger of head that dissipates nearly instantly. No retention or lacing. Body is moderately hazy.

Smell: Aroma is dominated by concord grapes (could almost mistake it for straight grape juice), along with just hints of lactic sourness and oak.

Taste: Follows the aroma pretty closely. Tart white grape dominate. There's some very mild lacto character. Sourness is very low. In a blind taste test I very well could have mistaken this for champagne.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with mouthfeel bordering on watery. Carbonation is low. Finishes semi dry.

Overall: This was really disappointing. I would still call it "good," but it doesn't live up to the standard of most other Cascade sours. Given the price point I would skip this.

While this is the first time I've reviewed this beer, I have had it once previously (2011 project) and remember liking it considerably more than this bottle. This could just be an off bottle, or perhaps this years batch didn't turn out how Cascade intended. If you can find a 2011 (or other vintage), I would recommend giving it a try, but this one I'd pass on.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Mychal for this one! Poured from a 750 mL bottle into my tulip glass.

A- Pours a dull amber and for the most part rather clear. Produced three fingers width of vibrant, white head. Reduces to a ring over consumption.

S- Getting a mixture of brett, oak, and medicinal type herbs. Not sure if this was the best combination of aromas. Even more so the aromas were pretty muted.

T- I had mixed feelings with this area. The beautiful part of this beer was that underlying the taste was this sour, acidic, tart, grape flavor that was fantastic. It definitely started to show more as the beer warmed and did become more prevalent in the finish of each sip. HOWEVER, at the forefront was a flavor that represented the aroma to a "T." If this part of the flavor could be removed, this would be one hell of a sour. The medicinal type flavors really distracted the taste buds and put a damper on the experience.

M- Light to medium bodied. Well carbonated and left the palate semi-dry.

D- As mentioned above, if it weren't for the herbal notes in the aroma and taste, this would be much more drinkable.

This was a really frustrating beer to drink. The potential was there. The white grape tartness and sourness was there, but just wasn't showcased. Instead it was overshadowed by the aroma and taste of medicinal type herbs.

EDIT: if you let this beer warm up to room temperature, the medicinal flavors really die down, allowing more of white grape tartness to come through.

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Photo of vacax
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, corked and caged. $18 from The Wine Country. Took a bit of work to get the cork out before a huge pop at the end.

Pours very bubbly at first, then slowed down. Ended up with about two fingers of white head that died down into a film on top and a ring around the glass with around a centimeter thick ring of residual lacing all around. Liquid is an orange amber almost apple juice color.

It smells spiced, actually quite heavy on a clove note. Lactic tartness is definitely present, some light fruitiness there, grapes, but more like table fruit than wine. The flavor starts sweet and tart, then the sourness grows and grows throughout the midpalate and finish. A bit of funk pops up in there too. In the end, quite sour. That clove note hits in the middle, and the fruit sweetness is there throughout. Feel is light and spritzy, just right.

Some nice stuff here, but could use some more complexity beyond the sweet grapes, clove, and sour factor.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours reddish in color with a white fizzy head.

S - Sour/tart fruity notes, acidic, some floral notes as well.

T - A nice fruity taste mixed with the white grapes pretty up front. Not as sour as I'd like, but not too bad, nonetheless.

M - Fizzy, medium, smooth finish. I really like the mouthfeel on this one, almost perfect.

D - I'm not as inclined to go back for another as compared to some of the Bullfrog and RR sours, but it's not like I'm going to turn down another glass.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Really attractive golden clarity with a decent head, but the white bubbles crackle away quickly and leave nothing behind.

Aroma is gentler than I was expecting. Crabapples, vinous, toasted oak, yeast and a mild horseblanket funk in the aroma. Pleasant and slightly complex.

Mild flavors of grape skins, oak, sweet malt, and a light alcoholic heat. Tartness is up front, but really mellows in the middle. I get some great flavors from the grape additions which work very well with the sourness and the oak qualities.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with some nice effervescence. Mouth puckering tartness, minimal heat, slightly creamy finish.

Not terrible at all! I am just not that impressed by this beer. Pretty drinkable, but I am going to call this a "safe" sour beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cascade Brewing Barrelhouse in Portland, Oregon.

Pours a clear yellow body, half finger white head, minimal retention and lacing. Smells of grapefruit, sweet citrus, raisins, grain, oak, moderate lactic acidity. Flavour is actually quite sweet, with a combination of mild dark fruit, graininess, vinous grape flavours making it quite sweet, with a bit of citrus, oak, a bit of leather, and a lot of acetic acidity. Fairly intense, but not to my liking. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, substantial, sweet and sour at the same time, favoring the sweetness. Overall, too sweet for me, though it does deliver a nice puckering sourness.

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