Cascade Blueberry Ale
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Cascade Blueberry AleCascade Blueberry Ale
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #388
ABV:
7.33%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,467
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 8.67%
Reviews:
158
Ratings:
924
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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Winter
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SCORE
92
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Cascade Blueberry AleCascade Blueberry Ale
Notes: 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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Reviews by beersis81:
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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1.52/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

$30 going down the drain, a shame

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Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cascade Blueberry pours with a somewhat indistinguishable color; some hybrid between ruby and indigo and orange that I can't really come up with a name for. The body is completely translucent, and the puzzled, white head wastes no time in dissipating to a small ring, outlining the beer at the edge of the glass.

The aroma is a fantastic display of fruity sweetness, sharp acidic notes, a ton of musk, and maxed out levels of funk. Blueberry and blackberry and a hint of black cherry skins, more preservative and jam-like as opposed to the syrupy, concentrate kind of fruitiness. Pure and juicy, rather than fake and muddled; always a good sign.

Musky to the core, Cascade Blueberry exhibits levels of funk that might fool you into thinking this bottle actually came from Belgium. Some wet wood and oak, musk, and damp cellar qualities mesh perfectly with the acidic tartness and faint, underlying sweetness of the fruits in this brew. The 7.33% ABV goes completely unnoticed - completely buried by the fruity onslaught.

It doesn't disappoint in flavor department, either. The first sip brings forth quite a bit of tart blueberry, alongside some softer notes of apple skins, cherries, and blackberries. Just a berry orgy taking place on your tongue, splashing in pools of citric acid and sweetness. Tart, sweet, acidic, and quenching, all at once.

Woody, musky, yeasty-funk is more apparent in the latter half of the sip, making for a pleasantly dry finish that tones down the acidic sharpness, tartness, and mild sweetness of the blueberries excellently. This beer is pretty thin and carbonated heavily, making for a dry, sharp, and crisp mouth feel.

Yet another damn good sour from Cascade. I'm somewhat partially to blueberry stuff, as blueberries are higher up on the list of fruits and fruit flavors I really enjoy. Blueberries tend to get lost in some sour ales, but not here. Wonderfully fruity, heavily tart, and painfully acidic, this beer will make any sour fan go nuts.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. 2015 Project, drank in August 2016. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City Brewing goblet.

A: Pours like dark cranberry juice in color, with a thin pink head that forms and disappears quickly. A good amount of visible carbonation, and remains translucent like stained glass. This is fairly pretty.

S: Lactic acid and a nice funk. More funk than some Cascade offerings I've had. Nice fruity blueberries, and a big tangy and tart punch. Some lemony citric acid. A touch of vanilla-forward oaky tannins, and these increase as the beer warms a bit. A nice aroma for sure.

T: Tart blueberries and cranberries, lactic acid, and a mild funk (though much less than present on the nose). A mild malt sweetness. This isn't overly sour, but it is quite acidic. Oak and mild vanilla here as well. Blueberry tart and oaky dry on the finish, and some more funk on the exhale. The funky flavors do increase some as it warms as well.

M: A crackly mouthfeel between a good amount of carbonation sensation and the tart acids. The body has a fair amount of heft to it. Low alcohol presence.

O: Enjoyable, but I didn’t like it as well as the Bruery's Beauregard from a couple years ago. It’s not as much of a lactic bomb as some of Cascade’s offerings, but this isn't their best. I’m not sure it’s worth the money that Cascade bottles go for around here, but it’s enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear purplish red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high pink head that died down, leaving patches of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of blueberries are present in the nose along with notes of oak and hints of sourness.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of blueberries and has notes of oak barrels and hints of sourness. Despite all of the fruity flavors, no sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the the dominant flavors of blueberries, which appear to be natural and not of the artificial variety.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of gjoker321
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat unpleasant phenolic band-aid aftertaste dominates the finish turning a very delightful and delicate beer the wrong direction.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Etan
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2012 project, into a Maine Beer Company wine glass.

A: Pours a reddish-purple color with a thick light purple head. Looks good, good retention.

S: Heavy horseblanket brett aroma with some sweet blueberry (jam-like) notes underneath. Sweaty and fruity.

T: Starts off with some oaky and slightly earthy tartness, not too strong. Smooths out on the palate with light notes of wet hay and blueberry and vanilla. Strong lactic character all the way through. Dry and tannic in the finish.

M: Creamy feel, between light and medium-bodied.

O: Very tasty. The lactic character threatens to make the beer one-noted, but assertive flavors from the wood and fruit balance things out.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of earljones199
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle.

Great blueberry color. This tastes a lot like Lil Sal. Any of the excessive sour is gone and it isn't overly funky. This beer was great

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.52/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out mostly a purple color. Looked like it was more of a puree of different fruits, as this one looked like it was aged on blueberries and raspberries. Aroma, nice lactic tartness, not massively sour, but nice, good, displayed the fruit aroma decently, again, not necessarily something distinctively blueberry, but definitely fruity.

Taste, one of the milder Cascade efforts in terms of sourness, but the fruit was there. Nice light wheat body. Absorbs the fruit nicely. I really took a long time out by the pool on a near 100 degree Father's Day to drink this, let it warm up, was quite nice.

Thoroughly enjoyable.

Had it again in late 2012, that batch, might be even better than the one I wrote the review for.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of billshmeinke
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 924 ratings