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Cascade The VineCascade The Vine

Brewed by:
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 ptykozoon
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing light orange, strong white head with excellent retention and lacing.

Smell is fruity and funky. Picking up a citrus, lemon/grape characteristic. Picking up a small amount of oak.

Taste is the aforementioned smells, with the oak adding a nice dimension along with a fruity sweetness that offsets the sour. Very tasty, if a bit on the mellow side compared to the Russian Rivers I usually drink, but this beer has it's own place and holds its own nicely.

Mouthfeel is good, pungent carbonation and pang from the contrasting flavors make this fun to drink.

Drinkability is excellent. I love this beer, will buy again definitely.

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Photo of Pahn
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Bottle gushes slowly a few seconds after opening. Careful pour yields a 3/4 inch white head that dissipates immediately into a froth ring around the surface of the beer. Pours an opaque orange. Occasionally leaves a few thin streaks of lacing.

Smell: A little sourness and some various fruit notes (strawberry, apple, raspberry--all very faint, maybe even imagined), dominated by a grape and white wine smell. Effervescent feel on the nose. As the beer warms, it smells less like white wine, and alternatingly like bad sugary grape juice and good natural grape juice. I'm not too drawn in, but it's not bad.

Taste: Much deeper and more balanced than the smell. The first sip provides a big, mouth puckering sour hit as well as some really nice grape flavors and some creamy, musty funk just before the dry finish. At first it's just a bit too sweet for my liking, but as it warms, the funkiness develops a lot, the taste stays very sour and tart, and lots of other fruit notes (like those suggested in the nose) pop up. Great balance. Near the end of the glass, I start to notice a fair amount of peppery spice. Very nice flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied, dry finish, rather puckering, with a large amount of almost stinging carbonation, balanced by some really mellow, smooth creaminess.

Drinkability: Great sipper. I drank my one glass (about 350ml) over the course of about an hour, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Would buy again.

I've wanted to try some Cascade beers for awhile now. The Vine was a good one to start off with. Lots of sourness, fair amount of funk, with a great mouthfeel and no off flavors. I'm actually not a huge fan of white wine (a statement as absurdly general as "I don't like fruit," I know) or grape, but the balance of flavor here worked very well for me.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle served in a tulip. Pours a hazy orange with a white band around the edges. Nose reveals tart citrus and cork, with some sweetness coming out towards the back. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of stone fruit (apricots?) and grapes. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with an effervescent carbonation and a semi-dry, puckering finish. My first Cascade sour, and it was nothing short of incredible. Can't wait to try more from this brewer, even in spite of the hefty price tag.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Dvelcich's tasting on 07.31.10 - reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice golden color- very little head and very little carbonation. It looks almost like a white wine. Smells sour, mostly citrus-- lemons, even some oranges. A slight vinegary note blends into the white grape notes.

Taste is sweet before hitting any sour notes-- very tasty. Lemony and citrus notes with a white grape sourness.

It is lacking carbonation, but the body is light enough that it is manageable. It would be nice to have some more carbonation. Overall, the flavor is great and the aftertaste is nice. The feel is solid enough that I enjoyed it.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one's been sitting in the fridge for entirely too long. Corked and caged 750ml bottle from the most recent release shared with schen9303. Poured into a crystal snifter.

A: Cascade's corks probably rival Bullfrog's in terms of frustration level experienced when trying to open them. 10 minutes of struggling creates a nice loud POP but no gushing beer! Pour creates a nice 1.5 finger foamy white head with poor retention that dissipates quickly into a thin ring around the top of the glass. Beer is a semi-clear golden orange. Lacing is non-existant.

S: Oakiness and white grape tartness invades the nostrils. Incredibly aromatic and refreshing. A bit of yeastiness in the background as well as earth and quite a bit of funkiness. Very appropriate though a bit one-dimensional.

T: Moderately tart opening with an oaky and funky background. Grapes are apparent in the sweetness as my palate gets used to the sour. Light, refreshing, and inviting. Just the tiniest bit of yeasty bitterness at the end signals that this one still has a bit of time to mature. Finish is more grape and earth. Aftertaste is not really present.

M: Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Lively yet gentle on the palate. Appropriately bone dry with a finish that seems to suck all the saliva right out of my mouth. Aftertaste is clean and tart.

D: I feel like this is the perfect example of the Cascade wilds that I've had up to this point. Very one dimension but so tasty, with a perfect mouthfeel and incredible drinkability. The Vine almost seems like a better, sweeter champagne and I could go at this one all day. I can't wait to break out another bottle and pick up some more. Definitely worth the price of purchase!

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Photo of glid02
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by a generous soul - thanks to whoever you are!

Pours a hazy purplish-brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dark malts with good amounts of lightly tart raisin, fig, and plum aromas. Also present are solid amounts of Concorde grapes.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of tart plum and sweet Concorde grape flavors. Midway through the sip the sweetness subsides a bit and the fruit flavors skew more toward raisins and prunes. The fruit flavors carry through to a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could easily have another.

Overall I was a very big fan of this beer - I love the flavors of American grapes (Concorde, muscadines, and scuppernongs) and I find that it's difficult to accurately get that flavor in a beer. This beer succeeds completely and has additional complexity from other dark fruits and the malt bill. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of psiweaver
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty sour, its not super funky though thats probably because its so fresh, you could definitely taste the earthiness of the grapes. It pours a golden light brown color that is beautiful with a somewhat off white creamy head. Its not super complicated but in terms of being a very solid sour that has the potential to really grow into itself I certainly think that it can get there. Would love to try one with some age on it.

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Photo of Phelps
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with tlay10 during a tasting on the fourth of July. Thanks Tyler!

Looks: mostly hazy light brown-orange. A light khaki head recedes to a ring that leaves great gobs of lace.

Smells: very nice. White wine, oak, sour lemon, limes.

Tastes: like the nose. A light lemon tartness is followed by a bit of grape sweetness and finished with a bright burst of tart brett. The oak backbone provides a nice, woody finish.

Feels: overpowering. Medium-bodied, with a low-ish carbonation and a tanginess that completely takes over the mouth.

Drinks: uncontrolled. The Vine has pleasing flavors, but the sourness gets just a bit out of hand.

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Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's today.

The beer pours a honey amber color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is pretty wild, showcasing vinegar and sour funk, along with a very noticeable grape and berry aroma. Fortunately, the dead moose and headcheese aroma aren't too overpowering in this beer (though it's definitely there). On the palate, the beer is pretty impressive, with the sour funk acting as a backdrop for the grape and berry flavors. There's also some noticeable banana, vanilla and even a hint of bubblegum, all wrapped around a core of sour funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the beer ending with a long, mouthpuckeringly sour zip on the finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though I found the sour funk to be a bit of a distraction after a while. Nevertheless, I thought this another solid beer from Cascade, with enough other stuff going on flavor and aroma-wise to keep the sour component from becoming overwhelming. Impressive.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stone Sour Fest

A: The pour is a clear dark golden-amber color with a big white head on it.

S: Quite a bit of sweet grape juice to the nose, but plenty of lactic tartness comes through as well. The oak is not all the prominent, I must say.

T: A good amount of lactic acidity, but not quite as biting as some of the other Cascade beers (especially Apricot or Sang Rouge, for example). The grapes are really up front and slightly sweet with a mild buttery chardonnay quality (in a good way).

M: The body is a bit heavier than I was expecting, and the carbonation is plentiful as well.

D: Not the best of Cascades beers, but quite good none-the-less. I still had no problem enjoying my sample.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle, 8.33% ABV,

A: Pours avery dark gold to orange-yellow, with a soft white head, good retention, mild spotty lace.

S: Great pure nose of lactic acid, direct and full. I also get a lot of lemon and some orange peel.

T: Heavy amount of lactic acid soaked musty fermented lemon. The underlying Belgian ale fruitiness comes out a lot more as the beer warms up bringing yellow apples and sourdough bread. Very Tempation-like.

M: High acidity, almost gets acrid at the finish, very dry and puckering. Extremely clean/no funk.

D: A sipper, the high acidity gives me no choice. I liked the beer, in the end though I think I wanted a little sugar/fruit to counterbalance the acid. I know there's grapes, but they're hard to find. A solid beer, interesting to try, but at $20 there are plenty of other AWA's and Cascades I'd rather get.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost layered looking pour, darker on top, honey gold on the bottom. Quickly dissipating head leaves no lacing. Etching from the Duvel Tulip keeps the bubbles coming though. Despite the seeming stillness, this is a highly carbonated beer, prickly and high on the tongue. This mellows as the beer sits. First wafts had me fearful of an artificial grape sweetness - laffy taffy and sweet tarts. Thankfully, that fades. Nice lactic tartness, grape skins, very faint funk. Some hints of apple juice. A very mellow tart sipper, nothing in your face. Much better as the drink warms allowing more character of the oak, and at long last, the alcohol to shine through. For a nearly 9% beer, you would never know it. Class act all around.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light-watermelon color with a thin lacing of white on the head. Nose is full of peach and passion fruits, like some dry champagnes. Taste is tart but not overly sour, peach, mango and tangerine/lime come through in the taste. Finishes with a nice bite of sourness, and the somewhat stronger alcohol content never really comes through. Excellently crafted brew, definitely worth a shot for any sour lovers.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750mL into a snifter.

appearance - pours a hazy orange, yellow, low head with strong retention on the sides, moderate trails of lacing

smell - dominant grape, funk, oak notes, wine-like

taste - complex barrel notes, big grape profile, very tart

mouthfeel - medium/full body, highly carbonated, a bit of a bite

drinkability - a very tasty sour, complex, enlightening, i got distracted while drinking it and forgot to fill out the taste section for about 15 minutes...it's incredibly good

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a snug little cork this one was! Wow, took about 5 minutes to remove, not using any tools of course. Poured from a cork and caged 750ml bottle. Pours a bright yellow, yet pale and clear color. Fills the glass closer to a goldenrod. A fizzy decent size head rises quickly and dissipates just as quick. Fizzy bubbles continue to rise as the beer sits. Very light fizzy lacing, that slides very quickly down the sides of the glass. Not a real looker this beer.

Aroma is full of tartness, funkiness, lemon zest, oak...reminds me of Captain Lawrence Cuvee de Castleton! This smells great!

Wow! This beer is delicious! So tart! Most Cascade beers I've had so far have been closer to a flanders style, so I guess that's what I expected. On the contrary, it's a great sour...much like a gueuze. Flavor is very, very tart...with tons of oakiness. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with good carbonation, and very low booze is noticeable, surprising for the ABV listed! Again, WOW! This beer completely surprised me and is delicious!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Big thanks to DaveJanssen for a chance to try this.

3.0 A: Pours a slightly hazed radiant yellow brown. Two fingers of fizzy white head die off quickly like a can of Coke.

4.0 S: Woody vanilla and Chardonnay strike first. There's also a cinnamon-like spiciness along with a touch of pepper. Green apple, lemon, and of course white grape fruitiness. Acids on minimal.

4.5 T: Wood and vanilla again are most easily identifiable again. Sour apple, lemon, hay, sour white grapes come next. Lactic acid makes a moderately strong appearance. Spiciness is a touch of pepper and perhaps a smaller touch of clove. Very nice with a reasonable amount of sourness and low astrigency.

4.0 M: Light body. Good amount of carbonation that tickles the tongue. Smooth, but could be a bit creamier.

4.5 D: Complementarily complex and tasty. Good beer. Not overly sour, but just well made with a good recipe.

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Photo of cbros
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 750 mL bottle poured into a flute glass.

A- Pours a beautiful rich deep orange color. The head starts of with a nice 3 finger white lace that only goes a finger and has stuck around throughout the beer. There is a nice cling to the glass and a very evident carbonation activity. Overall a very nice looking beer, one of the best ones I have reviewed.

S- The nose starts off with a tart that becomes a little muted by the presence of the grape notes.

T- This is one sour tasting beer. It backs up into some grape tartness. This taste masks the high ABV found in this beer. There is also a hint of funkness that I am unable to accurately describe.

Picked a bottle of this up at the local bottle shop. This is a good beer and I look forward to trying other offerings from Cascade.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to see that this is now in MA. The cork was quite difficult to get off, but when it popped, it really popped. This specific beer was a bit of gusher, but luckily we didn't lose too much of it. The Vine pours a light golden yellow-orange body with a big foamy white head that quickly dies off. Light lacing left behind.

A bit of sour funk, white grapes and oak barrels on the nose. Some ethanol and other citrus fruits. Sweet malts. I'm really liking the grapes.

The taste is sweet, sour, white grapes aging on oak. Pretty much like the bottle says. Crisp oranges and citrus. A touch of ethanol. Kind of like citrus Sweet Tarts. The flavor is quite good, but could use a little more complexity.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, with light, spritzy carbonation. Reminds me a bit of blending carbonated white wine with a bit of orange. Slight creaminess.

Drinkability is very good especially for the ABV. Nice sourness (lactic) without going overboard. On the sweeter side, which may cut down on drinkability a little bit. Wishing there was a little more complexity to the beer, but its still quite tasty. Worth seeking out, especially if you like white grapes.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle says its at an abv of 8.33% not the 9.2% of yore...
don't know if anything else about the brew has changed...

A: pours a somewhat hazy orange/yellow color and is topped with a thin white head. Some lacing there, but pretty thin overall.

S: Sour and spice! Almost too tart to get my nose in there. Sour grapes and red current. There is some funk going on there as well on the back.

T: Light and first and heavy on the finish... weird. Lemon peel and chili flakes? also im getting grannysmith apple in there. However its notable that there is certainly a strange spicy heat quality after the dominating citrus flavor (maybe clove/cinnamon). Definitely some funk going on there as well. All around there is quite a bit going on here.

M: prickly and spicy

D: medium to high

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rare sour beer on tap at the brewpub for $5 a glass at their Summer Solstice Celebration. 2009 vintage. How could I pass this up!

The slightly murky golden meyer lemon body has a nice wispy white ring of foam that clings to the side of the glass just atop the liquid body. No lacing is apparent but that is typical of the style. The murkiness makes it slightly better looking than average. 3.5/5

Smell is definitely soured grapes and a heavy touch of wood. Some musky blanket that spent a little time in a stable resounds as an echo. 4/5 because of the grapey uniqueness.

Strong tart grapes dominate the palate. Lots of smoked wood and vanilla are in abundance as well. This beer truly blurs the lines between beer and wine. Regrettably I don't have a better palate for wine or I think I would better be able to appreciate this beer. As it stands, I believe this might be the most enjoyable sour I have ever tasted to date. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel and drinkability are super at the 8.3% ABV. 4.5/5. This is a really fine beer that I am so glad is fairly easily accessible for me. Even at the fairly pricey point of $16 a 750 I will be buying a few of these for future consumption and ordering this on tap at future visits to Cascade.

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Photo of jampics2
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from a generous trader. Thanks to you, kind sir! Split with friends at Arp's tasting! Into the glass you go, rare sour beer!! This bottle was 1 and 1/2 years old when tasted. Served at around 45 degrees.

Cloudy golden orange in color. Very little head when poured and no head retention. Not the best appearance, but the beer itself looks good.

Smell is amazing. Great white grapes, honey, ginger, allspice, maybe a hint of mint. Mild lactic in the nose if any, this is really unique, unexpected, and quite good!

OK, now for tonight's feature presentation, the taste. The Vine starts off with an herbal touch and tons of dry grapes. Much like a white wine. Touch of wood, and some more sweetness from the grapes. Like a mixture between a chardonnay's oakiness and a sauvignon's sweetness. Lacto makes a it's presence known.

Mouthfeel was sparkly and just a bit light in the body. Strong beer gets a 4 for drinkability. But I loved this, a really unique and lovely beer. We all agreed it was a standout in a fine tasting, and I'd love to get a shot at this again, perhaps with a nice food pairing (seafood). Wonderful American Wild from Cascade, I'm bringing Sang Royal to the next tasting!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. It was part of a great tasting that included seven bottled Cascade sours.

The beer pours a hazy medium-yellow with a white head. The aroma is white wine and ginger ale. The flavor is heavy on the white wine with some herbs including rosemary and ginger. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of muttyd
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange/straw body with a thick fluffy white head.

S - Very complex. Tropical sweet fruits, some vinegar/wine sourness, slight mint/bubblegum alcohol.

T - Sour apples, vanilla/oak sweetness, caramel, and slight funk.

M - Creamy body with a dry astringent finish.

D - Very drinkable, alcohol extremely well hidden.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fredfest 2010 WWFD.

What more can be said about the Vine? its golden, sour, awesome, and ridiculous. Ron is a master of the barrel, and he will gladly show you the genesis of his genius. this beer is what other sour beers shoudl dream of being, for it will smack you with its citrusy summer sourness, while still whispering sweet nothings in your ear.

I camped by the keg, getting far more refills late in the evening that I should have. I returned for the last one, and the keg was killed. A beautiful lady offered me hers, she was not a fan. I asked her for her hand in marriage, her husband never heard. This beer will drive you to moments of maddened love and confused mornings.

Love the barrels sir, I love the barrels.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.

See-thru light amber with a tornado of fizzy carbonation up the middle of the glass. This feeds a frothy off white head that sticks around impressively and leaves sheets of lacing.

Loads of tart fruit in the nose- underripe white grapes, lemons, Granny Smith apples. Light wet hay funk, a bit earthy. Sweet oak lingers in the background.

Wonderfully flavorful. Starts with those tart white grapes and a bit of vinegar, then develops a small amount of apple sweetness, cloves and lemon juice. The oak meshes superbly with the tartness and fruit. At times it's a little funky, at other times hints of crisp graininess show up for a moment or two. A bit of sweetness somewhat akin to a gingersnap cookie at times. Seems to change from sip to sip, making it hard to pin down all the flavors. Challenging and extremely enjoyable.

Extremely flavorful, yet quite delicate. Smooth midswallow and dry at the finish, leaving nothing but a bit of white grape skin tartness behind.

Overall impression: This is my idea of a great wild ale- no nasty brett, but plenty of sour goodness and fruitiness with a touch of funk. I traded away my only surplus bottle, but I'll have to correct that mistake the first chance I get.

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Cascade The Vine from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.14 out of 5 based on 865 ratings.
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