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Cascade Blueberry AleCascade Blueberry Ale
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Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States | website

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.

Added by Smurf2055 on 01-30-2012

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.19/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Corked and caged bottle from Gator Beverage. Pours a deep ruby purple color with a small pinkish white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of sour vinegar, sour cherry, a little vanilla oak, and some light berry notes. Flavor is oaky vanilla sour vinegar with just a light highlight of blueberry, and a hint of the vomity acidic acetone flavor I get from any beer with blueberries in it. Luckily it isn’t super of off-putting in this beer as it is hidden by the sour vinegar and oaky vanilla flavors. Light ot medium bodied with lots of spritzy carbonation. Interesting beer that leaves a good bit to be desired. This is my third Cascade brew and I continue to be underwhelmed. Hopefully the Kriek in the fridge changes my mind. At $30 a bottle I expect a good bit more, but I guess the souring and oak come through nicely here.

As I go on, this gets more and more like drinking rubbing alcohol. Not sure if this is a bad bottle or what, but not good.

This is getting worse and worse. Like drinking straight paint thinner. Just terrible. Nope.

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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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Photo of hooliganlife
3.31/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

thanks to shep for this

pours a deep pinkish purple with a nice inch of so of deep pinkish head.

lots of oak on the nose, some faint tart berry.

again, very heavy on the oak. lightly sour. blueberry is faint to non existent. the oak dominates, at times i was picking up a burnt plastic flavor.

moderate carbonation with a light mouthfeel. some dryness.

this just never really won me over. i love cascade and everything has been rock solid but this just was lacking for me.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

After paying $30 for this 750ml, I have to say I was expecting more. Don't get me wrong, this is a fine wild ale. Would go great with many desserts. The negatives for me were that it was somewhat dirty on both the flavor and mouthfeel. Little too harsh on acidity, too. Blueberry flavor was nice, but not great.

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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 jethrodium
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at City Beer Store. Pours a reddish amber with small white head that settles to ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is big lactic with some blueberry sweetness, some light funkiness as well as a light buttery note. The initial taste is big blueberry with some sweetness as well as a sharp lactic tartness. The finish has a touch of butterscotch. Medium body. Medium carbonation. A bit on the sweeter side and very tart.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into taster - 2012 project - thanks jeremy

Pours a purpley-blue color with a light haze. Thick, voluminous white head fades out completely, leaving little lacing or film.

Acidic fruit notes in the nose with blueberry and toasted oak. Funky yeast and wheat, soft sweetness. Light touch of alcohol.

Decent blueberry flavor right up front, soured with funky yeast and fruit skins. Decent amount of oak, light vinous character. Slightly vegetal note creeps through on occasion. Juicy, sour blueberry continues into the finish.

Lighter medium body, dry and bubbly on the tongue. Decent enough feature of the blueberry, but doesnt quite stack up to their other fruited wild ales (Apricot, Kriek, etc).

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Photo of ShanePB
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2011
Served into a snifter

A: Bright pinkish with a light purple hue cast through the body. Fairly clear with a short lived white head that settled into an extremely thin ring. No lacing.

S: Very brett forward (more than expected), hay, lemongrass, and touches of blueberry flesh intertwined. A lot less focused on the actual fruit, and more on the barnyard funk qualities.

T: Like the nose, funky brett is up-front and carries through to the back of the palate where it's finally met with notes of blueberry. Faint blueberry flesh, oak and more hay finish it out.

M: Nicely carbonated, a bit fizzy but no feel of thinness. The brett and fruit keep things lively. Stylistically appropriate.

This was a disappointment. I didn't expect as much brett funk, but did expect more blueberry. The proportions of these two seemed reverse of what they should have been. OK, but certainly far behind other Cascade sours I've tasted.

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Photo of nataku00
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a fluted glass. Beer pours a nice reddish purple, mostly clear with a thin film of a head. Some decent carbonation visible, small bubble floating up quickly.

Nose is blueberry, sweet and fruity, a touch of earthiness, and maybe some light lemon.

Taste is sweet blueberry, concord grape, light tartness from lemon citrus acidity. More sweet than sour to be honest. Finish is fairly dry and clean.

Light body with nice carbonation. Beer is very refreshing and easy to drink, but more like a juice drink than a wild ale.

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Photo of harrymel
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Barrel house, 04AUG12, from notes

Nice pretty blueberry juice color with some pink tinted white rimming of foam. Nose is blueberry, sour vinous grains, surprisingly grassy and back country with hints of hay and soil. Flavor pulls out a good sharp, astringent sourness with strong blueberry flavors and a good full bodied feeling with low carb and an off dry finish. A good beer. I would buy a few bottles if available. I think I prefer the Apricot over this one.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml of the 2012 Blueberry project. Thanks to ChefBergo for extra'ing me this one. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 2/6/2014.

App- Pinkish-dark red body, one finger white head, good retention, good lacing. The pinkish-red hue on this beer is interesting; it's almost like a red wine.

Smell- Tons and tons of blueberry accompanied by oak and vinegar. Smells decently sour, 5/10 perhaps.

Flavour- Disappointing. Mostly a mustiness, funkiness accompanied by oak and vinegar. Don't get a ton of blueberries here like in the nose. Kind of watery.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thin bodied, good carbonation, but otherwise a bit watery and thin. Aftertaste is mostly this musty funkiness, not so much blueberry.

Overall- Certainly not the best that Cascade has made. I do not recommend this one.

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Photo of morimech
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 Project
A bit of a gusher after popping the cork. Guess I did not have the bottle chilled enough. It settled down quickly however. Pours a reddish purple color with one finger of head that held on for a few minutes before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Has a fruity funky aroma. Cannot say it is distinctly blueberry, but mixed berries. One of the more funky smelling Cascade fruit beers that smells like very ripe cheese.

Tastes of berries but surprisingly not strong blueberry. Moderately acidic but the funk of the aroma did not carry over to the flavor. Also quite dry with some oak notes.

Rather thin body. The carbonation is also low which might have been lost during the initial gushing.

Smelled very good but it did not carry over to where it really counts. Also surprised by the lack of actual blueberry flavor.

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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 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 GuzzLah
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a hazy deep red-purple and a light pink head. A little lace. No bubbles.

S - sour fruit, oak and a very mild lacto aroma. The aroma is soft overall compared to three other Cascade fruit sours I recently tried. The blueberry isn't obvious in the aroma, it just smells fruity.

T - the blueberry is more evident in the flavor, but I'm not sure I'd peg it for blueberry, if the label didn't say so. No lacto in the flavor.

M - light-medium body with lively carbonation. Good tartness, but this is the least sour Cascade I've tried.

O - it was a pleasure to drink, but not quite as enjoyable as Cascade Kriek and Apricot.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a merlot with a ring of rim bubbles. No lace.

Sour nose with a faint aroma of blueberry.

Very sour. Reminds me of a blueberry mead I made once. Very low carbonation but the body is neutral. Long sour aftertaste.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap and from the bottle. I preferred the bottle, so I will review that one.

A - Pours a pinkish-purple with a few white bubbles on the edges of the glass.

S - Funky and tart. Not much of any fruit here.

T - Still pretty funky and tart, some slight blueberry finaly shows itself.

D - Another cascasde wonder. Good carbonation for the style and a nice thinner body.

O - How do they keep cranking out these amazing beers? Cascade I am glad I still get to visit you.

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Photo of largadeer
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish-purple topped by a lasting white head. Great looking beer. Tart blueberry skin aroma, mildly sour with a little sweet blueberry flesh. Palate is balanced, mildly sour with a pleasant lacto character backing up tart and sweet blueberry notes. It's more skin than flesh. Very clean, light finish. Refreshing and enjoyable, but not overly complex. Thankfully doesn't have the stomach churning lacto character of many Cascade sours.

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

Thanks for the sample Halcyondays! Cascade Blueberry brings tart and oak character commonly found in other Cascade sours, although this one doesn't hit you with a salivating pucker. The fruit as well doesn't seem to pop out of the beer, and while I did like it, this doesn't hit the same crescendo as other beers in its family.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired for me by ChrisPro - thanks! 2012 Project. Served in a tulip at Nora's place. Cork was a bitch to get out and necessitated a corkscrew.

A - White foam quickly dissolves to nothing. Hazed purple-blue body.

S - The aroma is heavy on oak and lactic sourness, with notes of blueberry skin and lemon, as well as a hint of sulfur. Not bad, but way too much oak for my tastes. Alcohol is well-concealed as I would have pegged this closer to 5-6%.

T - I like the taste better, as there's more blueberry presence and malt sweetness to balance the oak. There's some nebulous fruitiness that I'm not sure I'd immediately associated with blueberries, and a moderate dose of lactic sourness to round things out.

M - Dry, medium body, with moderate carbonation. There's a faint trace of the mid-level ABV and moderate acidity that is surprisingly restrained for Cascade.

D - Not bad, but I think Cascade makes a number of stronger offerings. I probably should have drank this immediately, as the blueberries seem to have lost some potency over the last 9 months. Reminds me a little of Upland's Blueberry lambic. Easy to drink in any case; we had no problem polishing off the 750ml bottle.

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Photo of Mesa512
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured at a bottle share. It pours a dark purple color, with no head.
S: Don't smell too much blueberry. There is definitely a sour aroma that hits your nose.
T: Sour and tart for sure. A little too acidic for my liking. Faint blueberry flavors in the background
M: The sour hits you upfront and does not linger for too long. After swallowing the flavor is already gone.

Overall: Not a bad beer. a little to acidic for my taste, but still an enjoyable blueberry sour

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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), yet another that I don't think I can afford to revisit, economy-wise.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel DC for DC bottle share. From notes.

A real nice wonderful glowing pink and red body. Head is a good pink to purple with a nice whispy top and maintains a nice faint collar. Very nice looking brew.

Nose has a little sense of clean wet feeling, but it's a noticeable funky fruit of blueberry and cherry senses, mixing in with some good mild black pepper. Quite nice.

Palate hits with a little bit of low acidity, and the mid palate really hits with the mix of fruit hinted on the nose. Wet carbonation feel, with some of the flavors only returning on multiple sips. A bit fleeting flavor wise. There's a little bit of sense of sour, and some light grain in the back.

Overall pretty nice but mostly the appearance and the nose is the mose impressive part.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BOTTLE: 750ml brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork purchase from Cascade earlier this year. Label design is appealing. "2013 project."

7.75% ABV. Reviewed live as a fruited sour ale per the label. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served cold into a tulip in high altitude Castle Rock, CO and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Fizzy and pink. Thin. Not real creamy or frothy. Vigorous and effervescent. The head rolls towards the sides of the glass, lending the beer a nice cascading effect (apt given the brewery). Retains well - for about 4-5 minutes, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Clear vibrant brilliant sanguine red. Clean, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a great looking sour ale, but it could be better - a blue body colour for example would be more striking, and the head could certainly be thicker and fuller, and could have a softer consistency.

AROMA: Berries and currants dominate, with blueberry noticeable in there - but not as pungent as would be ideal. It's a powdery aroma, with the berry juice bleeding into the blonde malts. The blueberry is surprisingly fresh considering this beer's age. Oak is subtle and lends the aroma a nice wooden character, but don't expect any rich white oak or toasted characteristics; it's quite a neutral oak character. It's not as tart as I hoped for, and the lactobacillus-induced sourness is maybe a 4-5/10 in terms of intensity. Also, this aroma doesn't evoke a truly spontaneously fermented or particularly wild ale, instead coming off sterile and clinical. Lambicus wild yeast and more intricate bacteria would be beneficial.

Overall, it's an inviting aroma of above average strength. I wish it were more sour, more tart, and more arresting.

TASTE: Boasts a wonderful blueberry presence which is fresh, juicy, and refreshing. Sadly, the tartness and sourness I hoped for (characteristics experienced in abundance in Cascade's Kriek) just aren't quite there...it's only a bit tart and the sourness is - at best - a 4/10.

The oak really develops as the beer comes to temperature, emerging most prominently in the third act, where it becomes so wonderful it almost eclipses the tastiness of the blueberries. The oak lends the flavour profile a natural cohesion, and helps make the beer feel like more of a gestalt whole.

Blonde malts bend to the will of the juicy berry notes - which aren't limited to blueberry but which I lack the expertise to properly identify - easily allowing themselves to be imposed upon. Blonde malts were a great choice for this sour - neutral enough to let the sourness take center stage - but flavorful enough to add needed depth of flavour.

A hint of apple cidre vinegar. A kiss of vanilla as the beer warms. There's a faint jammy sweetness which is lovely, but might oppose the sourness of the beer...which brings me to the balance: it's a very well balanced brew, but more sourness and intensity of flavour would really help the overall flavour profile come off better. And with that jammy sweetness, it could easily tolerate more sourness and tartness. Blueberry is tough to execute, and Cascade has largely succeeded - but take a page out of Cantillon Blabaer's book and commit to the blueberries. It's nicely lactic, but they could go bigger there.

TEXTURE: What really works here is the soft, comforting, powdery mouthfeel, which refreshes the palate and make this hard to put down. Quenching, smooth, wet, and perfectly medium-bodied, with slight overcarbonation and apt thickness.

This texture is near perfect for the style, and compliments the taste beautifully. If only the flavour profile offered more intricacy for the mouthfeel to support.

OVERALL: 7.33% is high for a fruited sour, but you wouldn't notice it drinking this fine fruited ale. Drinkability is off the charts. Blueberry is a tricky note to implement, but Cascade has largely succeeded here. I just long for more tartness and sourness, and would like to see more complexity/intricacy, and subtlety. More than just a modest amount of lactobacillus is needed to create a great sour. If there are any notes for Cascade here, it's more bacteria, more wild yeast, more berries, more intensity. All in all, a tasty sour that - while superb - just isn't worth its unreasonable pricetag. Extremely drinkable. Definitely try this once.

The oak in the third act is a real treat, and makes this a truly special beer. Definitely a highlight. Wow.

B+

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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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