Cascade Cranberry | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade CranberryCascade Cranberry

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This NW style sour wheat ale was barrel aged for up to 12 months with cranberries, orange peel and cinnamon. Soft aromas of cranberries and light floral notes start this beer off. Tart, dry notes of sweet cranberries with hints of wild strawberries on the palate give way to a pronounced dryness and a lingering finish of cranberries and spice.

Added by barleywinefiend on 12-12-2011

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep orange beer with a slight reddish tinge topped by a finger of dense off white head that fades to a small pool and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of funk and sourness with some notes of cranberries and cinnamon
T: Taste is tartness and cranberries up front with some slight orange, a little cinnamon mixes well with some barnyard funk and horseblanket with some funky oak as well. Swallow is more cranberries and sourness with some more orange and cinnamon with some slight lingering funk and sweetness. Definitely getting some band aids on the back end.
M: This beer has a medium mouthfeel that is a little creamy from the wheat with soft but adequate carbonation and a drying finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this is a really great beer with some nice flavors and complexity. It's definitely a little different but the sourness, funk, fruit and adjuncts make this one pretty interesting. One to try if you don't mind the cost of the bottle.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2015 vintage bottling, 6.9%. Pours hazy orange/amber/light pink color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light pink head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big sour lemon, lime, cranberry, strawberry, green apple, white wine, orange peel, cinnamon, hay, straw, leather, oak, pepper, wheat, cracker, light white vinegar/vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cranberry/spices, oak, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour lemon, lime, cranberry, strawberry, green apple, white wine, orange peel, cinnamon, hay, straw, leather, oak, pepper, wheat, cracker, light white vinegar/vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate tart/sourness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour lemon, lime, cranberry, strawberry, green apple, white wine, orange peel, cinnamon, hay, straw, leather, oak, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cranberry/spices, oak, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/sourness balance, and zero astringent/puckering flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from carbonation and acidity. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately acidic/tannic, and fairly grainy balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol for 6.9%. Overall this is an outstanding fruited sour ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cranberry/spices, oak, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the moderate acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged bottle. Poured into a wine glass.

Look: Strawberry blonde murky body. Finger or two of white head the dies down to a solid cap of foam.

Smell: Barnyard funk is most prevalent. Lots of lactic acid. Tangy, sour dark fruit.

Taste: Barnyard funk, a little less sharp and acidic than the nose suggests, Lactic acid, tart berries, cranberry is clearly an ingredient.

Mouthfeel: Tart, dry, fruity, mid range carbonation.

Overall: Great sour. Really nice tartness, very funky, very fruity, surprising how high the alcohol is, given what a smooth beer this is.

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Photo of Moose90
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A — A clear and bright pale red color.

S — Spicy cinnamon and clove with just a bit of jammy cranberry sauce.

T — Strong tart cranberry and strong notes of cinnamon.

M — Medium bodied with a crisp finish.

O — Good but overly spiced and lacks a bit of balance.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the cheaper Cascade offerings in a bottle, but nonetheless still expensive and higher than your average wild ale price.

Anyways, this one comes in yellow but with streaks of red blended throughout that yellow amounting to an amber like pour with a soft 1/6" white head that falls off quickly. Aroma was soft wheat, cranberry and cherry with some oak.

Taste, seemed like cranberry one dimensional sour. There was a little bit of wheat, cinnamon and strawberry to it. Very acidic. I mean, it has the usual lactic sour notes that almost all Cascades bring to the table.

Ultimately this one isn't worth the price of admission, glad I drank it on tap instead of just getting a bottle, $20 = too expensive.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a pair of tumblers at my in-laws' place.

Pours amber with a slight reddish orange tinge, moderate head that fades immediately, and little carbonation. Smell is tart and fruity, makes me think of apricots.

Taste is sweet-tart, grapes, I don't detect anything that seems explicitly cranberry-like to me. It's tasty and good, though.

Mouthfeel is that dry, almost chalkiness. Overall, very tasty beer, but certainly not their best.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured at the brewery.

A: A muddy cranberry/pinkish color with a half finger off-white head that lingered.

S: Definitely picking up the cranberries along with wheat/graininess and bit of funk.

T: Watered down cranberries, light wheat and a bit of Brett. A bit of orange peel going on, too.

M: Low to medium with low carbonation.

O: This was the only pour that didn't work for me. The cranberries didn't pop like I expected. Way too muted all the way 'round.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked 2015 bottle, @ 6.9% ABV - man, these large-format, barrel-aged American brews are really getting dear in price for we Canuckian brew lovers. Sigh.

This beer pours a murky, medium orange-brick amber colour, with one chubby finger of mildly puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some iceberg shelf painted lace around the glass as it lazily seeps away.

It smells of tart canned cranberries, slightly soured milk, soft barrel notes (sodden wood, vanilla, and a touch of indistinct booze), a pleasantly subtle Brett funkiness, some zesty earthy spice, and a plain grainy and wheaty malt sweetness. The taste is fermenting cranberries, spoiling milk, more mixed berry fruitiness, a growing pale and wheaty maltiness, some reduced white cheesy funk, steady wet wood and corrupted vanilla barrel essences, emerging cinnamon and clove spice, and understated earthy and weedy hop bitters.

The bubbles are sort of active in their palate-lifting frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and way more smooth than I had been anticipating, with a small airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a bit. It finishes off-dry, just, as that lingering berry thing holds on to some of its inherent sweetness.

Overall, an interesting example of what can occur when so many factors are at play. I was expecting an enamel scorcher here, as cranberries are not exactly one of your sweeter fruits - however, their effect here seems to have been duly integrated with the oak and funk attributes, and to the benefit of the whole, I might add. Good stuff, just not all that affordable in the current fiduciary climate.

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Photo of AnotherBrick00
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Almost a copper orange color. No head. Very little acid and surprisingly little cranberry flavor. Everything seems melded together well. I think it either needed to be much fresher or much older, seems to be in a sleepy state.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

well this sure feels like the holidays! a hazy pink brew, thick looking and really alive with the head. smells awesome, tart cranberry, a ton of lactic sourness that makes me throw my head back like smelling salts, and a cool but very moderate spice profile. the cinnamon is not that obvious in nose or taste, and in fact, the fruit stands up by far the most. all the other special ingredients exist purely to compliment it. in the way that the elderberry felt a little overspiced, this one seems to correct for it, hardly there at all except for the finish. i love the tartness of the berries and the acidity of the beer, it will tear up an empty stomach and is awfully sour, but it really does work in this beer. i like the density too, yeast and protein left over in here, gives the beer a richer feel, more regal, more winter, more holiday, its brilliant. creamy almost for how acidic it is, a neat and unique vibe for sure. had this one on tap at road 34 in fort collins. you have to love great american beer fest week! heady beer everywhere, and this one might be the best beer i drink all week, stunning stuff!

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap at the Cascade Barrel Room.

Fluffy foamy head, semi clear nice color, honey orange to slight pinkish red transition, nice lacing.

Nose big tart cranberry, fresh tart berries, fermented cranberry juice, bright funk, Brett blends nicely with tart berry.

Taste more fresh cranberry, tart funky berry and Brett funk, hint cheesy funk, tart fermented berries, touch of oak I think, faint citrus, nice holiday cocktail flavor. Finish mild sticky flemmy, lingering tart funk and berry.

Mouth med to lighter bod, dec carb, touch flemmy very tart.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Cascade Brewing Barrelhouse.

Pours a lighter pink-red body, one finger white head, fair retention, not much lacing. Smells of cranberries and not a whole lot else aside from oak. Flavour is cranberries, a bit of oak and citrus. No cinnamon to be found. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, dry, not much of the mentioned spices to be found. Overall, a bit bland, but not too bad as it is a nice expression of cranberry in a beer.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice looking ruby red grapefruit in color. Looks beautiful. Turbid in appearance. Less abrasive sourness than the other Cascade offerings I've had. It's delicious, but for the price, totally not worth it.

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Photo of MattXT
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Was apprehensive about the cinnamon being added, but that and the orange peel played really nicely with each other. The cranberry was very muted, for having the headline on the label.

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Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellowish red in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of funk, sourness, oak, and cranberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of oaky wood and cranberries along with slight hints of cinnamon. The spices become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat tart and acidic on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has pleasant amounts of sourness along with notes of cranberries.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of shleepy
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky rosy color. Small-ish head. Some yeast sediment. Smell is bretty and vaguely fruity. Moderate sourness. Subtle berry notes. OK. Not worth the money, though.

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Photo of Jonada
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2014 project. 8.2% ABV

750 ml bottle poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a murky dark pink, or light red/orange color with about a finger of an off white head that settles to a thick ring. Body is hazy but translucent.

Smell: Funk (more than most Cascades), hay, cranberries, strawberries, damp wood with some hints of citrus and vanilla.

Taste: Tart cranberry juice, citrus, hay and wheat. Some spices , vanilla and lacto come through in the finish. Sourness is medium.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with somewhat of a creamy mouthfeel, but medium/high aggressive carbonation.

Overall: Another good one from Cascade. Not one of their best beers but still worth picking up.

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Photo of VinceMig
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Red, pretty good color

Smell - Horse blanket and wood

Taste - Mild sour

Mouthfeel - Medium body with nice carbonation

Overall - Not a great sour imo

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Photo of Mantooth
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on draft at Cascade:

Pours a raspberry color with a fluffy white head and ample lacing. The nose is berry-rich and yeasty. Oak is present as well and the taste follows suit, and is slightly tart. I'd definitely consider this a nice entry to sours for a newbie. Oddly, I don't detect much cranberry in the nose or taste. There's some berry there, yes - but I expected more of a cranberry presence. Really good beer. Try one yourself. Cheers!

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rose/raspberry color with a foamy white head that laces. The nose has non-distinct berry notes, some vinous oak, a hint of latex and yeast. It drinks with a similar flavor profile - tart berry, some grain, and sour culture - which dominates the palate. This is a relatively approachable sour for cascade, it's not overly sour/dry and has a great berry presence. The oak is not overpowering and alcohol presence is minimal. I don't think most people would say "this is cranberry" during a blind tasting, but they say you're other senses are enhanced when you're missing one. I wouldn't buy this again for the price :

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.72/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy red body. White head. Good retention.

Smell - Bubble gum. Some fuzziness. Like alpaca wool left out in the rain. Berry aroma.

Taste - Berry. Grainy. Bubble gummy again. Wheaty. Mildly sour.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - Weird. And not very good.

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Photo of t420o
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely impressed by this offering from Cascade. The cranberry isn't necessarily overly strong in flavor but the layers of flavor consisting of cranberry, tartness/sourness, oak, and some tart apple was excellent. Complex, drinkable, and a solid medium bodied mouthfeel and body.

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Photo of PG2G
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The second Cascade sour I've had that I didn't enjoy (the other being Vine). A lot of tartness from the Cranberry but I didn't enjoy the flavors from it. That said, I think canned Cranberry sauce is better than fresh, so maybe I just don't like Cranberry.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopodyssey for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

2014 project.

Pours a murky light orange-red with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, fruit, cranberry juice, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit, citrus zest, spice, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a ruddy, hazy red with two fingers of off-white head. Relatively mild aroma of tart cranberry.

Moderate carbonation and a full, smooth mouthfeel. Cranberry up front with a wheaty backbone and a slight tartness on the tail end. Less sour that expected; the tartness is more an undercurrent and the fruit and malt comes through a little more.

Nice overall, but not as impressive as many other Cascade brews.

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