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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.

Added by Smurf2055 on 01-30-2012

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Reviews: 144 | Ratings: 858
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), 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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Photo of omphacite
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very nice sour ale. Pours with a beautiful reddish-purple hue. Nice acidic aroma with a matching moderate sour taste. Very refreshing. Great sour beer.

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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 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 GreesyFizeek
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Barry last night. '12 vintage.

This one pours a dark reddish purple, with no head or lacing.

This one has sour aroma intensity of about 4/10, less so than most Cascade sours I've come across. Maybe the few years of aging have helped this one out. A good of amount of fleshy and juicy blueberry is on the nose too.

This is much less intense and more mellow than I expected. Some lactic sourness, but not a whole lot, with minimal funk, and lots of blueberry remaining after the few years of aging. Definitely tasty, and quite drinkable.

The sourness doesn't linger for very long here, and doesn't linger on the palate. This is light bodied, with a lower level of carbonation.

A really nice but not perfect blueberry sour. Would've preferred a little more funkiness.

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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 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 metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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 RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer, along with every Cascade beer I've had is very good. None have impressed me nearly enough to warrant the price tag that goes with them.

Arrogant price not at all reflected on my score. Solid American Wild Ale.

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