Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #693
Ranked #12,025
3.98 | pDev: 10.8%
Aug 19, 2022
May 29, 2012
Very Good
Notes: This NW sour ale is a blend of wheat and blond ales aged in oak barrels for up to 14 months with strawberries and vanilla beans.
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

2.09/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Oct. 2018: 750 ml bottle, 2015 Project, ABV is 7.1%. Orange colour, large head, slightly off-white. Unpleasant aroma of solvent, stale strawberry jam in the background, Sour flavour, notes of vinegar more than strawberry, with the terrible aroma lurking in the background. Return to the Norwegian importer!
Aug 19, 2022
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Reviewed by eagles22 from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2014 project held up nicely!
Look-dark orange body with a 2 finger head the disappears fast.
Smell-faint strawberries and vanilla beans. Huge sour notes
Taste- this held up with the best of them!! Huge raw strawberries and slight vanilla at the end
Feel-dry as a bone!
Jan 10, 2021
Rated: 4.14 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Oct 14, 2020
Rated: 5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 19, 2020
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Hey I've never reviewed this? Let's do it.

Comes in a mixture of orange, amber, pink hue backdrop, 1/3" off white head also with some pink vibration to its outer edge. Strawberry edge, does have a bit of that plastic like aspect in the nose that is common with strawberry beers. Notoriously tough fruit to brew with. Vanilla contributes to that feeling.

Whoa boy, yeah its sour and acidic despite the vanilla bean looking to smooth it out. Still enjoyable, but there is also a slight alcohol sting, Cascade really seems to amp up their abv on their beers comparatively. Carbonated well. Band aid notes develop in the mouthfeel along the lines of the plastic notes in the nose. A little bit of blue cheese and hay notes on the backend as well.

Its good, and tends to be better than your average strawberry beer, for me its still Ichigo Highway as my all time fave, but this is a decent backup option since that one is long gone absent the rarity tucked away in a cellar.
Oct 04, 2019
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
A 750ml corked and caged bottle, 2015 project. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy orange pinkish colour with a big two finger white head that dissipated quickly while leaving only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Tart, strawberry, jammy, oak, light funk.

Taste: Sour, tart, strawberry, viney herbal notes, vinegar, oak, and maybe a splash of vanilla with light funk on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with strong prickly carbonation and acidic harshness.

Overall: Strawberry aroma come through nicely, but taste was quite vinegary and acidic which made it harsh and overpowers a lot of the fruit there might have been.
Oct 04, 2019
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Reviewed by IKR from California

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle purchased from Hop City, Birmingham, Al

Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber color with a slight reddish hue with a modest sized off white head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Tart strawberries with some moderate funk. The strawberries show up nicely but are countered by the funk notes.

Taste: Tart strawberries make themselves known and there is a touch of grassy/hay notes. The barrel provides a touch of oak notes. The beer dries up nicely in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: A nicely done AWA. I’ve enjoyed all the Cascade beers I’ve had.
Aug 25, 2019
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Aug 09, 2019
Rated: 4 by heysuz from Indiana

Aug 09, 2019
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
750ml bottle. Caged and corked bottle. 2015 Project vintage.
Murky amber/orange colored boy. Fizzy white bubbles upon pouring, what is left is a bubble fed ring. No lacing.
Aroma of strawberry, vanilla, and oak barrel.
Sour taste of strawberry fruit with vanilla. Oak barrel is there too. Dry at the end.
Medium mouth feel. Close to a tooth scraper. Good carbonation.
The strawberry attempts to inject some sweetness but the oak and vanilla tamp this down, which allows the sour aspect to dominate. Quite acidic. Behind it all there is some funk. Different overall, but well worth exploring.
May 29, 2019
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
2015 Project, draft pour. Loosa Brews, Tuscaloosa AL. Kegged 10.25.16.

Pours a deep, burnt amber yellow flecked with peachy pink. . Low carb, but a small soft ring of head settles around the taster glass.

The nose is bursting with tart, underripe strawberries and toasted oak. The barrels really impart a subtle but noticeable smokiness to the aroma. A tinge of horseblanket funk hits the nose on the back end.. subtly complex but so nice.

Again, those oak barrels are the main attraction in the flavors as well. A present smoke, coupled with a very tart but familiar strawberry flavor. Not getting much if any vanilla anymore, but it was an adjunct that I don’t feel was ever necessary in the first place. Mildly herbaceous in the finish.

Thin, tart , and dry, with a low seltzery carbonation and a smooth finish.
Feb 26, 2019
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Tons of strawberry on the nose, nice funk and sour. More of a fruity melange on the palate.

Delicious, but probably a let down for people hoping for huge strawberry flavor.
Feb 02, 2019
Rated: 4.44 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Oct 01, 2018
Rated: 4.8 by R_Kole from Canada (AB)

Jul 08, 2018
Rated: 4 by cp45 from New Jersey

May 27, 2018
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Apr 09, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Davit from California

Jan 20, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas

Dec 30, 2017
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
The body is super shiny like an amber gem with a creamy, persistent film and a thick collar with raised edges.

This smells exactly like a jar of organic strawberry jam I had in the fridge that went super funky and had this odd, airy and nutty aroma to it. It's really unusually intense.

Taste translates almost identically, but sweeter, with a green, herbal accent via a thin to medium body with light carbonation, a slightly stinging sour exhale and a dry finish.

I've had very similar experiences with a number of well-regarded strawberry sours now. I'm just not sure I really like what happens when strawberries are used in this style, but maybe the age funked this up even more!

2013 vintage
Oct 18, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia

Jul 08, 2017
Rated: 4 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota

Jun 05, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by probert from New York

May 27, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

May 22, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by N1Nkasi from Connecticut

May 03, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by npachl from Wisconsin

Apr 30, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by Kontraband from Washington

Apr 22, 2017
Rated: 3.56 by liamt07 from Canada (ON)

Mar 24, 2017
Rated: 4.31 by joemochas from Florida

Mar 21, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Mar 13, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Feb 12, 2017
Rated: 4 by Powderhornphil from Minnesota

Jan 28, 2017
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Reviewed by TheSeeker from New York

4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pretty unusual beer. It blends strawberry fruit with a dirty cheese barnyard funk sour. Overall it's a noble acheivement, definitely different than you'd expect for a strawberry sour, well worth a try.
Jan 02, 2017
Rated: 3.88 by LeftHanded666 from New York

Dec 30, 2016
Rated: 3.58 by Eziel from Ohio

Dec 02, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Nov 27, 2016
Rated: 4 by PprBurke from Virginia

Nov 26, 2016
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Reviewed by Koral from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2014 Vintage

Look: Golden with slight reddish/pinkish hues
Smell: Strong fruit aroma, strawberry, acidic bite
Taste: Strawberry, strong acidity, clean finish in the aftertaste
Feel: a little on the dry side, but still very refreshing

Worth the buy
Oct 24, 2016
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy orange/copper color with a foamy light pink head with okay retention, that reduces to nothing pretty quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of big juicy strawberries, sour lemon, lime, green apple, raspberry, pepper, oak, vanilla, hay, straw, musty funk, leather, light white vinegar, wheat, bread, and yeast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, strawberry/vanilla, oak, and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy strawberries, sour lemon, lime, green apple, raspberry, pepper, oak, vanilla, hay, straw, musty funk, leather, light white vinegar, wheat, bread, and yeast/oak earthiness; with some light plastic/band-aid off flavors after the finish. Moderate fruity/acidic sourness and light-moderate yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of strawberry, sour lemon, lime, green apple, raspberry, pepper, oak, vanilla, hay, straw, musty funk, leather, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, strawberry/vanilla, oak, and moderate malt flavors; with a nice sour/tannic/spiciness balance, and no astringent sourness after the finish. A bit unpleasant from the off flavors, but not horrible or overwhelming. High carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, dry, acidic, lightly tannic, and slightly grainy mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.1%. Overall this is a nice fruited sour ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, strawberry/vanilla, oak, and moderate malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and fairly refreshing to drink despite the high acidity. This would have been far more impressive without the finishing off flavors; but was still nicely enjoyable.
Sep 26, 2016
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep orange that's a little pink with a two finger head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: Smells of fresh strawberries with a little funk and some sourness
T: Taste is tart up front with some strawberry and a nice bit of barnyard funk, hints of wood and band aids as well. Swallow is a slight sourness with some lingering strawberry and funk.
M: This beer is medium in body with adequate carbonation and a dry finish
O: Overall this one is pretty good. Strawberry beers are kind of hard to pull off but this one works fairly well. Decent flavors and some nice complexity keep things interesting. The beer has a really nice sourness to it as well that isn't overpowering.
Sep 20, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Beervana from Canada (BC)

Sep 12, 2016
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