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Cascade Blueberry Ale | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Blueberry AleCascade Blueberry Ale
BA SCORE
4.13/5
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902 Ratings
Cascade Blueberry AleCascade Blueberry Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,804
Reviews:
153
Ratings:
902
pDev:
8.72%
Bros Score:
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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of macrosmatic
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
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 dcmchew
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattboyer182
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MNBeer1017
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A tasty, not overly puckering blueberry sour ale. Oddly enough it tastes more like cherries than blueberries to me. I was hoping for more complexity from the barrel aging.

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4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of abagri
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nater919
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaxOhle
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of earljones199
4.46/5  rDev +8%
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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Photo of Mike
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrenihan
3.84/5  rDev -7%
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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4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vfgccp
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
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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4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BKotch
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 902 ratings
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