Cascade Blueberry Ale | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Blueberry AleCascade Blueberry Ale

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.33%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This NW style sour ale blends wheat and blond ales that were oak aged in barrels for six months, then additionally aged four months on fresh blueberries. Huge herbal notes of dense blueberries in the nose give way to hints of oak and a dusty floral note. Rich earthy notes of dark fruit on the palate lead to a tart finish that dries out to a base note of blueberry skins.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love Cascade, but this one doesn't quite do it for me. The blueberry is very present, but tastes jarring rather than nicely blended into everything else. Leaves the funky flavours sticking out on their own. Not bad (does this brewery do bad?), but not one of Cascade's better offerings.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am having this Blueberry Ale aged in Oak Barrels from Cascade Brewing ABV 8.23% (0.75 liter bottle). It is classified as an American Wild Ale / Sour. With “blueberry” I think they mean wild blueberries (the real blueberries) not the sweet garden variety.

Look: semi-clear dark purple, with a thin bubbly pink head.

Aroma: Tart wild blueberries

Taste: The taste is blueberry, lots of it, but not the bland sweet garden variety of blueberries, but like wild blueberries you find in the forest. It is thus tart, the wild blueberry way. The oak also comes through. I love blueberry, especially wild blueberry, so I think this was a real treat.

Feel: medium body, a bit dry

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish purple body with no head and lace but had a sour blueberry aroma with hints of oakiness. The beer is smooth and light and easy to drink with clean finish; the blueberries dominate the taste and somehow manage to be sweet yet retain some sourness at same time.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a reddish purple topped by a finger and a half of dark pink head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of blueberries, sourness, oak and funk.
T: Taste is juicy blueberries, a nice sourness along with some funky barnyard and band aids as well as some pleasant oak. Swallow is lingering sourness and funk with a little more blueberries and hints of band aids.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium with soft carbonation and a dry finish from the acidity
O: Overall this one has some really nice flavors and some decent complexity. Cascade does some really nice work with their beers and this one is outstanding. Definitely one to try if you like fruited sours.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass

Very unique colored beer, sort of purple with almost hints of grey. Tightly carbonated white head that pours about a finger and a half. Head disappears leaving no lacing behind.

Smells of vinegar, fancy vinegar, like balsamic vinegar. Berries, and rose petals, some rubbery/medicinal phenolics. The phenolics are apparent at first, but become very subtle as the beer breathes.

Cranberries are the first flavor to enter my mind. Lots of different dark berries, with notes of refined vinegar, and a hoppy bitterness that, combined with the other berry notes, exude a cranberry like flavor. There is a round malty flavor as well.

Tart, but not puckering, offset by a nice bitterness. A fruity sharpness/tartness. Feel is on the thing side, and carbonation is subtle.

Delicious, tart, dry, would do great with some fatty cheese or meats. Brie, salumi, and baguettes would pair wonderfully.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle. Pour a hazy/cloudy reddish/purplish color with light fizzy pinkish colored head. Funk, tartness, blueberries, and wheat on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with blueberries and funky tartness.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared with a good friend on New Year's Eve.
Poured from the 750 into a stemmed teku.
Pours a beautiful deep garnet color that allows good light on the edges. One finger of bubbly white head.
Aromas are tons of sour yeast, some mild levels of fruit but yeast is strong.
Flavor is also dominated by tons of yeast created huge sourness. I love sours and this was formidable.
Mouthfeel was dry and clean.
Overall, well made and impressive. Beautiful beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Kelly and Paul, thanks for the opportunity!
Deep blue tinged amber with a decent but short lived head. Lemony citric tartness with bits of berry skin and fruit to counter. Quite puckering but pretty tasty in a sour patch kids kind of way,

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep cloudy red color with a finger width carbonated head. Head retention is minimal. Lacing is good. Aroma is as expected. Tartness and blueberries. Brett? Brett yeast taste with blueberries and the right amount of tartness at the end. Lighter bodied with heavy carbonation. Definitely one of the best sours I have ever had.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle, the 2015 project @ 8.23% ABV - more 'NW sour ale' meets yet another fruit variant.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium magenta colour, with a near teeming tower of puffy, very loosely foamy, and rather fizzy pale pink head, which leaves pretty much nothing resembling lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of sharp, nose-twitching lemon peel, acidic, underripe blueberries, mild earthy Brett funk, a bit of yogurt-like milkiness, bready and doughy pale malt, a lesser wan wheatiness, musty red wine barrels, leather, and some indistinct hop bitterness. The taste is tart black fruit (cherry, prune, and sure, blueberry), high-test red wine, funky white cheese, gritty and grainy wheat malt, a bit of damp chalkiness, oaky vanilla, and a suggestion of herbal and floral (hop?) bitters.

The bubbles are fairly active in their swirling and touchy-feely frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, I suppose, as the general tartness can't help but interfere at least somewhat here. It finishes trending dry, and yet still fruity, in a fermentation vessel sense.

Overall, the guest blueberries pretty much get obfuscated by all that yeast, wine barrel, and funk floating around, or maybe they just morphed into the muddled dark fruitiness that does predominate. At any rate, a pleasant enough strong sour fruity ale (the strangely specific 8.23 points of alcohol duly well-hidden), and yet another that I don't think I can afford to revisit, economy-wise.

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Photo of Moose90
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Barrelhouse

A — Deep brown hue, no head.

S — Vinous red wine, grape must, a bit vegetal.

T — Taste is tangy and musty with notes of red grapes and red wine.

M — Medium bodied with a dry finish.

O — Nicely done but a bit too vinous and vegetal for me.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml corked and caged bottle, 2015 Project, 8.23% ABV printed on label. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a slightly hazy reddish/purple color with about an inch light pink head that fizzled away quickly. Not much lacing at all. I like the aroma, the brew smells like tart fruit, oak, earthy funk, vanilla and some blueberries. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but with some wheat/grainy malt noticeable. Also, I think the blueberry is stronger in the taste than it is compared to the aroma. It's fruity and tart with some sweetness, too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has a good amount of carbonation and it's easy and enjoyable to drink. I liked this brew a lot. It took a while for me to pull the trigger on buying this because of the price, but I'm glad I picked this up. I'll have to try some of the other Cascade brews soon. $25.99 a bottle.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Comes out with some purple color to it, no doubt the impression left from blonde and wheat ales having blueberries thrown on them. Aroma wasn't overly sour, nothing really jumps blueberry about it.

Good taste though, nice and mild, not overly acidic, the sour is on the low end for Cascade stuff, but still plenty enough to qualify as a wild ale. A very enjoyable but expensive beer. Probably better off from a cost/value perspective just spending $10 on the almanac 375s.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery, Portland.
Glowing ruby-blue. 4
Lime zest and chalk, musty barrel, and a hint of berry. 3.75
Thread of wheat, some cheese rind, funk, and vague berry. 3.75
Thin, crisp, bright. 3.75

Straight chalky sour - blueberry gets lost. No heat, at least, but wheat does nothing for the body. Almanac does this better. Kinda nothing going on here. 3.75

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a very deep purple hue. Fizzy loud big bubbled white head that dissipates fairly quick to nothing at all. Definitely getting that tart blueberry in the nose, acidic tartness and hints of oak and musty funk. Taste follows the nose with an overall dominate tart fruit flavor. Oddly enough getting just as much apple as blueberry. The oak is more dominate as it warms, as well as some vanilla and biscuit malt. Mouthfeel is pillowy and medium to heavy carbonated.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium blue with a white head. Smell is the weakest aspect - not very strong but smells fruity and acidic. The taste is amazing! Love the blueberry taste and the great acidity level, smooth and bubbly. Awesome wild ale.

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Photo of von_kaiser
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 project. Not the best I've had from them. Kind of a let down in all actuality. Their apricot ale really set the bar for me on cascade brews. Unfortunately it was he first and nothing has ever compared to date. Mild sour bite with taste more of olives than blueberry.

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Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 Project. The bottle gushered when it opened, and I just got it from the store.Pours a crimson color with a light purple head which fades immediately. The aroma has tart blueberries and oak.

The taste is a combination of tart and mildly sweet blueberries with some oak and sugar present. Not overly complex, but there is plenty of blueberry taste.

Light to medium bodied. Plenty of carbonation. The gusher is proof enough. Has nice blueberry aftertaste.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was a deep purple/red color with a modest pink head.
Fruity, blueberry aroma. Somewhat earthy.
Big hit of blueberry with a bit of funk. Sour.
Dry and tart. More of a subtle tartness.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: hazy red-purple. Pink full head. Gorgeous.
smell: Tart blueberry with oak and floral notes, with a touch of vinegar-sour.
taste: Much like the nose with a very long subtle tart/sour finish.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked/caged bottle served in a pair of large snifters. I don't see any dates or anything like that on it, so maybe the best indicator is the 8.19% abv.

Pours translucent purply, with a medium slightly blue-tinged head, and lots of carbonation. Smell is tart, unripe fruit. Definitely blueberry.

Taste is sweet-tart, heavy on the tartness, with a moderate blueberry overtone. I'm not sure I would call it blueberry if it wasn't labeled blueberry.

Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, very tasty beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. 2014 Vintage.

A- Pours a dark ruby red color with a 1/2 inch pinkish purple head that soon fizzes away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Lovely funk with some bright acidity. Moderate blueberry sweetness. There's also some Brett character bringing up the rear.

T- Big funky attack upfront with the sourness and blueberry coming through nicely in the middle leading to an unexpected but delightful green olive aftertaste from the Brett that lingers good and long. There's actually a lot more Brett presence in here than I thought there would be but it actually goes wonderfully with the blueberries, surprisingly enough.

M- Perfect amount of pucker with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Another incredible sour from Cascade. Man, do these guys know what they're doing.

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Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a purplish/ruby with tiny amounts of white head. Next to zero head retention & lacing
S: Blueberry, woodiness & vinegar

T: Follows the nose, some tartness & dryness up front, a little raspberry as well. More sourness/tartness as this warms, a little vinegar, blueberry vinaigrette, & dryness as this warms. Finishes tart & sour with blueberry vinegar notes & so dry

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, a little sticky. Carbonation picks up when warmer

Very good example of the style with a nice bit of drinkability, Good, but not over a dollar an ounce good...

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from 2012. Not the best cascade beer I've had. I don't taste much blueberry and the base berry is not very enjoyable. The nose brings me hope but the taste an finish is not great.

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Photo of chinchill
3.26/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very tart fruity ale from a large shared bottle.
More genetic frruitiness until the aftertaste when the blueberries come out more clearly.
Too funky for me

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