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Cascade Cranberry | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
179
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
23.98%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
23
For Trade:
4
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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 179
Reviews by grittybrews:
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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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4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chossboss
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

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 acurtis
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nyixie
5/5  rDev +27.6%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2%

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

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4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.92 out of 5 based on 179 ratings.
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