Cascade Blueberry Ale | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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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
Ratings:
897
Reviews:
152
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
8.7%
 
 
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197
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Photo of Richie_Rich_
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billshmeinke
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kwkdmk
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle. Pour a hazy/cloudy reddish/purplish color with light fizzy pinkish colored head. Funk, tartness, blueberries, and wheat on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with blueberries and funky tartness.

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Photo of Eziel
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared with a good friend on New Year's Eve.
Poured from the 750 into a stemmed teku.
Pours a beautiful deep garnet color that allows good light on the edges. One finger of bubbly white head.
Aromas are tons of sour yeast, some mild levels of fruit but yeast is strong.
Flavor is also dominated by tons of yeast created huge sourness. I love sours and this was formidable.
Mouthfeel was dry and clean.
Overall, well made and impressive. Beautiful beer.

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Photo of npachl
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of n2pux
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erik-P
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnnnniee
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Kelly and Paul, thanks for the opportunity!
Deep blue tinged amber with a decent but short lived head. Lemony citric tartness with bits of berry skin and fruit to counter. Quite puckering but pretty tasty in a sour patch kids kind of way,

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Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drinkinmiles
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 briandaube
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBasedElliot
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of McBAINx
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of Brew33
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Cascade Blueberry Ale from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.14 out of 5 based on 897 ratings.
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