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 joefuzz
4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2012 bottle
Pours dark pink/purple with a slightly pink head.
Smells of huge barnyard funk upfront with some pleasant blueberry pie notes.
Taste is tart upfront that leads to a smooth sweet blueberry aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a fairly high amount of carbonation.
Trying to look for something wrong with this beer and just can't find it...absolute perfection

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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 Sathanas
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought it at Strath Liquor at Douglas Street in Victoria. Had it originally at Stone Brewing Company.
Looks like blueberry juice and a pink head. Smells and tastes like compacted blueberry and lemon juice with oaky white wine added. For true sour beer lovers!
Expensive, but well worth the price.

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Photo of theveganbrewer
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. It's one of the best from Cascade and it's usually pretty easy to find. I really like that I can actually taste the blueberry and know that it's not some fake flavoring, that they're real blueberries in there, and a ton of them! Great beer.

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Photo of PerHops
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Purple! Very little head, but visible carbonation. This is a weird looking beer! Especially because I remember it being straw colored on draft...

S- Funk! Not a whole lot of fruit on the nose, but the berries are present.

T- Sour! Ok there's more to it than that. Lots of funk, berry flavors, fruit forward, but not overly sweet.

M- Starts off jammy and tannic, but the finish is so bone dry and sour it works absolutely perfect.

O- Near perfection. So effervescent, fruity, but dry, stunning.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a recent tasting. Acquired in a trade with Thorpe429 & drabmuh.

The beer is bluish purple colored and clear with a light purple head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. A mouth watering appearance.

The aroma is just sublime. Blueberry pie with subtle notes of vanilla and a nice tartness. A beer to sniff and savor as long as your willpower can last.

Blueberries come through nicely. Mild acetic and lactic quality. Not nearly as sour as many other Cascade offerings, but refreshing and tart.

Creamy and smooth. A light sweetness from the berries offers balance.

Overall, I am quite pleased to hear this will be released in bottles. I look forward to having this again.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage. Tasted 8 June 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly murky deep reddish amber with shades of purple. Half-finger of pinkish head, okay retention and lacing, but that's what I expect from a sour. Plenty of visible carbonation.

Smell is a lovely light blend of blueberry skins and delicate acidic sour. The two elements work together so well; sour and sweet, big surprise that that's a winning combination.

Taste is much more powerfully blueberry, but the sour is still there. It tilts toward heavy sweetness, maybe a bit too much like blueberry juice. The sour starts out clean and clear, but becomes a bit muddy in the finish. Those criticisms, though, are only chips from a very solid whole. The base provides a stage, essentially disappearing to let the stars shine.

Feel is just as it should be for a fruit sour. Medium-light body, fizzy carbonation, lasting maybe a hair longer than I want it to.

This is a fantastic fruit sour. Well-balanced, and showcasing both the blueberries and sour in complementary ways. Something about Cascade's sours really resonates with me, and this is another big hit.

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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 HomeBrewed
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I don't do many reviews, but this is my first Blueberry Sour and felt it necessary. Simply amazing brew!

A: Pours a beautiful dark red, light purple color. Slight head that fades quickly. My mouth is watering.

S: Amazing! Fresh blueberries and funk! Smells very sour and acidic.

T: Wow! Funky, sour and fruity...everything I expect from Cascade. Bubbly and delicious. I usually sip beers like this over an hour or so, but I might have a hard time with this one.

M: Efervescent and bubbly. Brilliant tingly sensation on the tongue. Very standard for the style.

D: Perfect as Cascade's always are. Alcohol is pretty much undetectable.

O: Another wonderful Wild from America's best Wild Ale brewery. Simply amazing!!

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Photo of xenjoiii
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Founders Tulip.

A: The color on this beer is spectacular. A nice medium blue color with a pink hue.

S: Fresh crushed blueberries, funk, and a bit of oak.

T: A light sour zing upfront; followed by the emergence of sweet blueberries; the back end is left with nice oak characteristics. Very well rounded profile, taste-wise.

M: Very light mouthfeel.

O: I am very impressed with this beer and this bottle alone justified the purchase of the other three bottles that are sitting in my cellar. I enjoyed this beer so much that I put in an additional order for six more. If you're on the fence about this one, I suggest that you hop on it before its gone. One thing that I loved about this beer is the tamed level of sourness. Other offerings that I have had from Cascade have an extremely aggressive sour bite that overwhelms other aspects of the beer. That is not the case at all with this one. Extremely well balanced. Extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of Rathakem
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Purple - looks just like my blueberry syrup in color. Head fades to a small layer on top

S- Blueberry, wow! Some funky barnyard smell, combines for a pleasing aroma. Tasting partner referred to it as smelling like a sour patch kid.

T- Great balance between fruit and funk. Big blueberry flavor, a little oak on the side.

M- Light, dry not overly carbonated feel, sour gives it a little pucker.

My first Cascade, and I think I picked a good one to start with. Great overall beer, and looking forward to grabbing another.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish purple tint, like the color of the sky at the end of dusk. Mildly hazy. Really a nice color that is easily associated with blueberries.

Yes, you can smell the blueberries. Especially the skins. Some light funk. Some vanilla.

Fresh blueberries come through nicely, though I can't help wishing it was slightly more concentrated. There is some sourness to, but it is restrained. Finish is dry with some lingering berry sweetness.

The mouthfeel is light, but backed up by the acidity.

Overall, this beer stays true to blueberries. I only wish it was even more dense (in berry flavor, not body). Still bound to delight any berry-lover.

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Photo of rudzud
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's an dpoured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a glorious blueberry juice hue. It really looks like the liquid which stains my fingers every year when I pick. Atop this is a light violet hued head of creamy two fingerness that slumps down to a nice solid one finger head leaving nice side lacing. Wonderful.

S - Smell is top notch as well. Some nice funk notes and faint barrel with the star being fresh blueberries. Nice fruit and skin. Like dropping my head in to a bucket of fresh picked blueberries and taking a long, deep breathe.

T - So, the initial taste is delicious, tart and sour blueberries. Its so outstandingly blueberry here. There are some faint raspberry undertones, perhaps due to the tartness of the drink, with some nice light funk and barrel notes. The lingering finish, for me, is slightly unpleasant, otherwise this would be a solid 5.

M - Nice bright carbonation, almost too much for my tastes. The mouthfeel as it warms though gets almost slightly sticky for me, especially lingering in my mouth.

O - Overall, this is a very, very delicious beer. Incredibly pleased I was able to get a bottle as this was just top notch. Wish more breweries would make blueberry based wilds. Well done Cascade.

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

On tap at the barrel room back in June.

The beer pours a lovely red rose color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is just gorgeous in this beer, as I pick up considerable blueberry, wine, vanialla and rose petals. On the palate, this beer is every bit as impressive, with the blueberry really dominating the flavor profile, but with undertones of light wine, light vanilla and light sour. The beer is at most medium bodied, but with a long finish of sour and blueberry. Alcohol is pretty much unnoticeable.

Just an all around excellent beer... one of the better wild ales I can recall ever tasting.

Was fortunate enough to try the experimental precursor to this beer (the van der jon berry), but IMHO, this is clearly superior to that beer.

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

Cask serving straight out of the barrel at Cascade's barrel house. 2 oz. served in a taster tulip on November 29th, 2012.

A - Really similar to Black cap raspberry reserve, but with a softer, soapier head. Good retention and lacing to boot.

S - Hooray for blueberries! Rich, plentiful, and sweet. Touch of the barrel underneath and even some spice.

T - Moderately sweet blueberries, fairly vineous, light acidity and tartness.

M - Medium body, low carbonation because of the serving method (which is completely fine), and semi-dry finish.

D - Another favorite of the day. Could probably drink this non-stop, seeing as blueberries are just about my favorite fruit (should have put a disclaimer at the front of the review)

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

Served from bottle (shipped from Cascade) into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque burgundy red, possibly with a hint of purple. Small white head that quickly faded.

S: Brett funkiness and dried blueberries.

T: Liquified dried blueberries (as opposed to fresh blueberries). The fruity sweetness counter-balances the sourness and funk. Neither side is overwhelming.

M: Very drinkable. The level of carbonation works well with the amount of acidity.

O: It's sour, it's made with blueberries... It's delicious.

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Photo of cbutova
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lucked out and found this one after I missed out on it a few months before. Shared at our Saison/Sour tasting on 05/04.

A- Purple pour into a tulip and the body is quite dark overall. Almost no light comes through and a nice pink, foamy head forms to about one finger. Low-end head retention but nice blankets of lace. A very nice color.

S- The sweet and tart aspects of blueberries come in big time, noticed instantly upon pouring. Some tart lemony feel as well, probably some wild bugs. Funky barnyard and acetic hints.

T- Good tart fruit feel with a massive blueberry feel, all aspects of the fruit. A nice acetic acid/vinegar feel which I love in Wilds, it goes great with the berry, lemon, grape and oak flavors present. A good balance and it reminds me of a great tart basket of fresh blueberries. Pretty sour as far as Wilds go. Generally funky.

MF- Light uber dried out body that feels like most authentic Belgian Lambics I have had. Big sour grips the palate over time. Lower end carbonation.

Massive fresh blueberry flavor in this beer with a great sour and wild ale feel. Better than some of the lambics that come from Brussels and you could trick me if you blind poured it for me. Great tart fruit flavor lingers.

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one hit all the right marks for me. In rating to style, I'm docking slightly for the lack of funky/sour in there but for a personal preference, I would take this over many higher rated Wild Ale's but can see where the detractors detract.

C&C 750ml into wine glass. From JohnGalt1, cheers.

Raspberry color with a whispy white head that fizzles.

Strong fruit in the nose, some tartness, almost no sweetness, delightful if a touch one-note.

Again, the taste was strong on the tart fruit, almost no sweetness and robust on the palate but there was something missing. Unsure if it's just because the flavors are subtle and so I missed what was there but the mild citrus and berry flavors complimented each other and were well balanced.

My bottle was quite carbed and that played a bit on the tongue with a good deal of fizz initially.


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Photo of mahak213
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Project

Appearance- Really pretty blend of purple and red, with a big pinkish head that fizzled away quickly, but left a thin cap that stuck around for a while.

Smell- Big lactic punch up front, followed by a fairly generic berry sweetness, and some funk. I can't necessarily pick out blueberry, but it smells delicious none-the-less

Taste- Awesome. Obviously it's nice and sour like all the cascade stuff, but it has an almost candy like sweetness to help balance things out. Big berry notes throughout. Finishes with some lemon and more berry. If there were a blueberry sour patch kid, this is what it would taste like.

Mouthfeel- Light mouthfeel, pretty big carbonation. Finishes on the dry side

Overall- Cascade comes through again. Really good stuff, even though it doesn't come cheap, it's definitely worth picking up or ordering from their site.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful purple/red color with a small white/purple-ish head that quickly dissipates. Lots of carbonation though, the cork popped out with barely any pressure.
S: Apple cider vinegar was the first thing that popped into my head. Followed by tons of blueberries and oak. Lots of sourness. Smells almost like sour candy. A bit of funkiness at the end.
T: Sour blueberries! I love this! Orange, lemons, lactic acid. I would have guessed there were also raspberries and cherries in here. Light oakiness and not as sour as I had expected coming from Cascade. Very tasty though.
M: Light bodied with high carbonation. Pleasant sourness, not overwhelming. A bit of a dry finish.
O: Great beer. I've loved everything from Cascade so far and this is one of my favorites. I will seek this out again for sure!

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Photo of Jonada
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 2012 Project. 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass. Nice sized pop when removing the cork.

Appearance: Dark red/purple with about a finger's worth of a light purplish pink head. Lots of carbonation streaming through the glass. The beer is slightly hazy but some light does pass through. A thin layer of head sticks around the whole time leaving lots of lacing on the glass. Really impressive head retention and lacing for a sour.

Smell: Tart acidic sourness, blueberry flesh, red wine grapes, slight funk and oak

Taste: Hits you right up front with tart sourness. Middle of the mouth transitions to more sweet juicy blueberries, red grape, red berries. Sour dry finish, very slight oak. Sourness lingers in the finish for a bit. Aftertaste is just lots of fresh blueberries.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied, moderate carbonation, soft creamy mouthfeel. Sourness is definitely present but not to a mouth puckering degree.

Overall: This is my first blueberry sour and I was really impressed. Sourness complemented the fruit character very well. The blueberries are definitely the star of this beer but not overpowering. Extremely drinkable. Alcohol is hidden very well. This would be a great beer to introduce to any wine enthusiasts you're trying to convert to craft beer. My only real complaint would be the lack of barrel character and high price tag.

If this were cheaper and easier to obtain I'd probably keep a bottle of this around at all times.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of RoninTK3
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Seanniek91 for sharing this one! Poured from a 750ml into a snifter.

A - Dark blue/purple with some fine lacing.

S - LOTS of blueberry. Smells like a blueberry tart or jam. A bit tart and funky.

T - Tart, but not overwhelmingly so. Lots of blueberry and a bit of funk, especially in the aftertaste. Very easy drinking.

M - Light with medium carbonation. Doesn't linger.

This is my first experience with Cascade and I'm certainly excited to try more. I've had a lot of sours that really make you pucker lately, and I love them, but this is nice and balanced. More in the realm of Raspberry Tart than My Blueberry Nightmare.

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

A - dark rose/violet color. Pour produces about an inch of loose white head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing.

S - light vinegar, apple cider, berries, funkiness and wet hay on the back end which increases as it warms up.

T - punch of medium sour up front, then some raspberry which smoothes out into a blueberry flavor and some strawberry. As with the nose, there is funk on the back that increases in nature as it warms up.

M - high carbonation feel, even with the lack of head. Nice light mouth feel. Only (small) complaint is an increase in syrupy feel as it goes along.

O - I really liked this beer. It's about 2 years old at this point, which I think did it well. The blueberry definitely isn't prominent, which may have to do with the age, but the balance of berry flavors as well as the funkiness are very well blended. Very enjoyable, elegant almost. I would definitely pick this up again, limited only by the price, which is too high.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2011 Project
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pours a pretty deep purple/pink color. Initially about a half finger of slightly off white head. Good carbonation. Great pop on cork. Tiny bubbles greet the ring of foam around edges of glass.

S: With a swirl, I am definitely still pulling that blueberry on the nose. Also getting an almost strawberry hint. Along with the normal tart acidic, white grape, green apple, etc smells. Some lemony notes. Doesn't smell overly sour.

T: Right in the tip of the tongue, you get that prickle of tart sour funk. Love Cascade. As it moves to the middle of the mouth, you do get that distinct blueberry flavor. Most certainly hanging around, but probably not as pronounced as when fresh. Definitely pull that oak, with the rounded mouth coating and drying finish. Well done.

M: It's a light medium bodied brew. High carbonation makes it easy to drink. Prickly on the tongue.

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