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Cascade StrawberryCascade Strawberry

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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.39%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of coriswrasse
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer was one of my favorites from Cascade. so I gave it all 5's. they really nailed it in with this one. great carbonation and wonderful strawberry goodness from nose, to taste to finish.

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Photo of Crazydaddyo
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 project

Bottle opens with a nice pop. Pours into a Bruery goblet with a nice 1" white foamy head. Lots of fresh berries on the nose. Big laste of tart strawberries on the toung. Good balance , not sweet or vinegar sour. Perfect carbonation. Now in my top 10 sours !!!

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a pinkish yellow in color with very little head which left hardly any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I could actually smell the strawberries in the aroma with funky oakiness, a bit od lemony citrus, plenty of sour qualities in this, maybe a little apple but did sniff out some acicic notes as well.

T: the acidic lemony character was more intense on the palate alongisde the nice fresh strawberries that were more like real fruit than strawberry juice, plenty of oaky accents, a bit of funkiness to it, with a great sour punch.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a moderate amount of prickly carbonation which had a very mild sweet, fruity, oaky, acidic, and sour punch on the finish which lingered on the palate.

O: I have to say cascade really knows how to make these fruit forward sours but I think this one is one of my favorites. Good lookin out beezler for bring this one down.

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Photo of biegaman
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Though it has strawberry in the name (and nose and taste and just about everywhere else) this beer is glistening orange in colour. It looks a pristine sunset when held into the light, an image intensified by its absolute clarity. Despite a steady stream of bubbles there's only a loosely connected string of bubbles and they hang above like a wobbly bridge.

The aroma has enough sugary-sweet fruit cache that you'd swear the people from 'Fruit Roll-Ups' or 'Fruit Gushers' were behind it. It has a pectin-like air that smacks of strawberry jam or jelly. (Also some apple and rose-like notes.) Its definite tartness - the notorious 'barnyard' must - is a divine match for the jammy fruit; a sweet-and-sour combination General Tso could only dream of. Sheer brilliance!

Despite the influence of barrel-dwelling critters and wild yeast-induced sourness, this offering can be interpreted as anything but unapproachable. The taste is characterized by a "Fruit by the Foot"-like strawberry flavour and contains a big hit of lemony, 'horse-blanket', yeast twang. The wood notes are soft and integrated into the impression of plump red berries. It does everything with a certain brio. Magnifique!

As a point of reference, Cascade Strawberry drinks like a bottle of Orval that's been infused with ripe summer strawberries and is, ipso facto, both deliciously sweet and distinctly sour. It is remarkably refreshing (the almost 8% alcohol be damned). That it may be a bit tart or acidic for mainstream palates is true, but I've never come across a better introductory sour - if this doesn't do it for you, nothing will.

Cascade Brewing is regarded as one of the best producers of sour ales not only in North America but the world in general, and their Strawberry ale should be counted among their best examples. Whatever it lacks in complexity compared to other barrel-aged blends (not much) it more than makes up for in sheer approachability, quaffability and agreeableness.

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish orange, small head with large bubbles. The head quickly dissipates.

The smell is strawberry heavy, with the sour funk evident as well. I get lemon, oak, wheat.

Taste is quite sour, with the oak and strawberry flavors surprisingly evident.

The mouthfeel has medium carbonation, and medium body. A surpringly creamy body, likely from the barrel aging.

Overall, a tasty beer. A good level of strawberry sweetness without it being cloying. I was pleasantly surprised by this as a strawberry sour beer. My first Cascade beer, and I will readily seek them out in the future.

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Photo of 303beer
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just popped the cork on the 2014. Pours with vigorous carbonation. The color is somewhere between peach and strawberry with a bit of cloudiness. The nose is sour or tart but I'm leaning towards sour with hints of strawberry. The head is thin and white it formed a ring around the glass and is reluctant to leave. The taste is strawberry for a second then the pure sour kicks in. Oh my it's so clean and sour. Awesome. Just an awesome feeling on the tounge then the sour mellows back into the strawberry and you have a nice balance on your tounge. Great job.

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Photo of dgilks
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy slightly peachy colour with a big white head. Good head retention.

Big berry flavour. Nice fruity aroma with some earthiness. Good funk.

Tart and funky. Nice earthy line. Solid berry notes. Good vinous note.

Medium body. High carb. Solid.

An excellent beer. Lots of flavour and good tartness.

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Photo of Karl_12welveEyes
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy orange with a bit of red and a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades normal.

S - Sweet grainy malts, fresh tart strawberries and other berries, oak, vanilla, funky Brett and some other sour yeasts, lactic acid, lemon zest.

T - Sweet grainy malts, tart strawberries and other berries, oak, vanilla, funky farmhouse flavors and Brett and some other sour yeasts, lactic acid, lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sour, funky, and tart finish,

D - Great sour ale. Nice balance of sour, tart, and funky.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 7/28 as a break from the BA DarkLords during the NYC Voltron tasting!!! thanks to thomas for providing this gem.

a - Orange! strawberry beer that's orange...gotta love it! think fizzy head. streaky lacing that coated the glass fully.

s - funky barnyard strawberries.

t - exactly as the nose advertised...funky barnyard strawberries. tastes pretty nice though. not heavy strawberry by itself as the funkiness is strong in the mix.

m - puckeringly sour. strawberry is nice but almost drowned out by the barnyard funkiness...however, still an easy drinker.

o - overall, really nice. funk extreme! strawberry funk. make my funk the strawberry cause i wants to get funked up!

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Photo of stakem
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged offering. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a pale golden almost orange color. More copper than anything through the body when held to the light. A faint white cap holds across the top and produces some spotty lace as it fades.

The aroma is straight essence of juicy, jam strawberry. Almost unreal how much fresh strawberry inclusion this has. I have never smelled a brew that captures the sweet essence of ripe strawberry quite like this. I am almost afraid to inquire as to whether or not the inclusion is real. It also has a bit of sulfur and a raw seedy quality.

The flavor includes some hints of cheese coupled with funky bret and raw strawberry. Like the nose, it has a seedy, natural flavor about it that seems like ripe strawberry without that almost sweet perfume that was captured in the nose. As it warms up, some sulfuric qualities emerged.

This was a medium bodied offering with a modest amount of carbonation. The strawberry inclusion in this brew was absolutely profound and in a good way. I never had a strawberry beer capture the essence of fresh, ripe strawberry quite like this. Real or fake, I dont care. Everyone I shared this with went crazy over it after having the blueberry version prior. I know bottle variation is a bit factor in all wild ales but maybe the fact this was held in a refridgerator this long also helped maintain that fresh fruity essence. Sign me up for wanting more of this.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

appearance: hazy red. fairly thick head on the pour.
smell: funky, fermented strawberry.
taste: just like the nose. Sour, tart strawberry and quite dry.
overall: My first Cascade. Very nice. This is amazingly drinkable, refreshing even.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by the Thorpes. Thanks a lot!

The beer appears hazy and orange with hints of pink. The aroma offers strawberry purée, yeast, and yeah, that about covers it. The flavor is tart, balanced by a natural sweetness from the berries. Fizzy, zesty, prickly carbonation with mild, but present acidity. Overall, a solid fruit sour.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured as part of the Cascade flight at Provisions. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a 9oz tulip glass. I had never tried a strawberry infused beer before, and it was exciting to see this available.

Pours a pinkish color with some golden pale streaks at the edge of the glass. Cloudy, with a good deal of a fluffy white head that sticks around longer than the other Cascade beers I tried. Shows a good deal of effervescence as well - the yeast they're using for these beers really work their magic overall to resemble high quality Lambics. Pours exactly as I'd expect a beer of this kind to look - my only complaint is the high amount of cloudiness that slightly interrupts the jewelry-like beauty set from the color.

Smells terrific - an explosion of ripe strawberries and lactic sweetness right at the front, followed with a bit of funk and tartness. Strawberries are everywhere on this, alongside a variety of other red fruit - cranberries and light cherries immediately come to mind. Slightly floral as well, no doubt due to the oak barrels used (this is a blend of un-malted (?) wheat ales that are up to 12 months old), with notes of white orchids. Toffee, along with vanilla and cream sugar, make up the finish, but keep in mind that has a highly mineral, acidic backdrop.

Tastes delicious, and while's it's quite acidic, the strawberries and oak are really working their magic and taking this to its full potential. This tastes, to summarize, like a soured strawberry shortcake of sorts. Along with the vivid notes of sugar coated, under-ripe strawberries, there's also cherries, pomegranate, and rhubarb to add a degree of multi-layered fruitiness. Reminds me a lot of tutti-frutti, if it weren't for the soured notes. Slight white vinegar, green apple skin tartness, white pepper, and some honeyed notes at the finish. Other than lactic creaminess, this finishes with some vanilla and toffee notes that round things up nicely. Carbonation, as well as the yeasty fullness, is just right. It's definitely a bit on the sweet side, but if this were to be a dessert beer, it's one of the most intriguing dessert beers I've had to date.

Tasty stuff, and totally surpassed my expectations. The barrel spices and seemingly fresh tasting fruit make this wholly enjoyable. Strawberries seem to be one of the sweeter fruit one could use in a beer, but if you're a fan (as I am) it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle pulled from the basement for NYE... Pours a hazy orange with a definite twinge of pink... 3 finger head rises up quickly and drops back just as fast.

Nose is fresh berries and strong lactic presence... light oak... smells tannic.

Flavor is plenty tannic... berry is present, but lighter than I had hoped, should have opened this much sooner... lactic almost bile like flavor.

Light and very bubbly... heartburn in a bottle likely... but very tasty.


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Photo of zeledonia
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Tasted 8 June 2014.

Pours a super-cloudy murky medium amber with light orange tints. About 1/2 finger of head, pretty good retention and lacing for a sour.

In the smell, I don't get much strawberry. I get vanilla and sour - an interesting combination. The vanilla is warm and expansive, the sour is tart and a fine complement to that richness. I am still looking for the fruit.

Taste is a little wacky. Very, very sour. About 80% sour, 20% ripe strawberry and vanilla warmth. Has that very acidic sour that many of Cascade's beers have - fortunately I like that, as it dominates the beer much more than I think it should.

Feel is medium-bodied, with prickly, singing carbonation. Lasting, tilts acidic/lacto even more in the finish.

Pretty darn tasty, but it tastes a lot like many of Cascade's other beers - the strawberry doesn't come through as clearly as I'd like it to. Very much a sour with a little bit of fruit. Not what I was expecting; it's still quite good, but in my opinion it's a stretch to call the beer "Strawberry".

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light red with a light brown backbone. Aromas of strawberry an interesting wild funky musty aroma over a grainy malt atoma. Flavors of strawberry, lactic well balanced sour, hints of oak and vanilla. Some wild yeast on the exhale. Nicely balanced

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a slightly reddish hazy amber with a nice looking, loosely-bubbled white head. The nose is a pronounced and definitive sour strawberry nail polish that's also a little tart and mouthwatering. It's almost like opening up a jar of homemade strawberry jam...that has a kick. The taste doesn't disappoint with a modest, recognizable strawberry and funky acetone dry finish. The beer has an adequate body with enough sweetness to compete with the beer's inherently tart mouthfeel. It's quite drinkable and definitely a unique creation. Worth drinking, but not the effort to get a bottle...

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Photo of rudzud
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear pinkish wheat hue with as thin wispy white head that leaves moss thin wisps. Solid for a wild.

S - Aromas of light floral strawberries, more like strawberry candy than fresh berries. Still, very pleasant with light wheat notes and faint oak.

T - Taste is a combination of strawberry candy and flashes of ripe strawberries. Faint seed notes, nice sour vinegar, floral berries, lingering light sweet jam.

M - Mouthfeel is super brightly carbonated, almost distracting so. Quite sharp.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, great strawberry notes, delicious and fragrant.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

very clever wild ale here, the addition of vanilla to the strawberry balances tartness and adds a cool wrinkle to it, makes it almost candy-like. i would say this one is a step or so below the level of the other fruit sours ive had from cascade. it doesnt come through as clean or as forward, the sourness is a little disjointed from the berry, and the overall beer has a little more residual sugar than i care for, at least in high doses. still, this pinkish red cloudy brew is a rare treat, and the layer of vanilla running through it is a nice touch, i think it brings out the creamy side of the strawberry, like a parfait or something. the sourness clashes just a little with that richness, with its astringent lactic tartness, trying to quicken the finish, but not quite getting there. age may fix that. strawberry is a fruit thats tough to execute well in beer, so its impressive to even get it as forward as it is, unmistakable for sure, but with a jammy sweetness that is one level too far for me. sits a little odd in the stomach as a result, but the vibrant carbonation and medium body are both soothing. i will have to revisit this one when i am not in a session of other incredible wild ales, it was lost in the shuffle a little bit, but a really tasty and unique use of strawberry overall.

edit: revisited. jammy, tangy, a little sweet, but intensely strawberry flavored, quite natural, and really balanced between all the elements, more drinkable than initially thought. i really love this one, and it ages brilliantly!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cascade Brewing Barrelhouse.

Pours a medium pink-reddish body, half finger white head with good retention, minimal lacing. Smells of authentic strawberry, and quite a bit of it. A bit of oak, slight leather, but for the most part it is full of strawberry aromas. Flavour is similarly strawberry forward; it was very present and hard to miss; but easy to enjoy. Strawberry, oak, a bit of leather. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and dry, refreshing, full of strawberries. Overall, one of the most authentic strawberry flavoured beers I've ever had. I liked this one a fair amount.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12/01/12 notes. Big thanks to whoever shared this one at Zwanze Day; was a big Want of mine. 750ml bottle into a mini snifter.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy golden color with a reddish tint, with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of sweet strawberries, lightly sour strawberries, sour dark fruits, light oak, and some barnyadr funk. Not overly sour or funky, but nice none the less.

t - Tastes of sweet strawberries, sour strawberries, oak, funk, yeast, spice, bready malts, and fruity malts. Taste has a ton more strawberries than the nose, and is not overly sour or funky once again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice fruity wild ale. Not the funkiest or most sour beer in the world, but lots of strawberries as promised, and very enjoyable. Would have it again.

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Photo of TheSeeker
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of draheim
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750mL (2012 project) into a tulip. Pours a hazy copper color w/ a 2-finger white head that settles to a collar and layer of light foam.

Aroma is tart, vinous, and chock-full of sweet strawberry goodness. Oak, lactic acid, and sweet ripe red fruit. I'm very impressed by the strength and clarity of the strawberry character here.

Taste is puckeringly sour almost to the point of vinegary, and I'm getting less of the strawberry than I picked up in the aroma. That's a little disappointing, I was hoping for a really nice fruity sweetness to counter the characteristic Cascade lactic acidity. Some oak and vinous notes, but everything seems overshadowed by the sourness. As it warms though, the sour grows more tart and the dry oak becomes more pronounced.

Mouthfeel is balanced and medium-bodied, prickly carbonation. Finishes dry and refreshing.

Overall another extremely sour Cascade fruit beer, this one possibly even more sour than most. I'm still enjoying it, but not as much as I'd hoped.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Bottle -- June 2015

A: Upfront strawberry aroma with faint malt sweetness and oak

A: Orange-ish, pink color some clarity, but is a touch hazy with low head retention

T: Initial Strawberry flavor, leads into some oak and lacto with a slightly medicinal finish. The medicinal finish isn’t overpowering, but it does take away from the beer a bit.

M: Med-light bodied with medium carbonation – no noticeable alcoholic warmth on the finish

O: Bringing out the fickle aroma and flavor of strawberries is ridiculously difficult to master. While tasty, I’d easily drink other Cascade offerings. Every once in a while Cascade’s beers suffer from acetone. While this one isn’t as dramatic as Figaro was for City Beer’s 5th anniversary party some years ago – you can detect it in this one

2014 Edition, Draft -- Oct 2015

A: Deep strawberry aroma with just a trace of oak.

A: Orange-ish color with a bit of a pink hue. Slightly opaque with a light ring of head. Lacing evident around the glass.

T: Bright strawberry flavor mixed with some oak and lacto.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: I’ve had multiple bottles of Strawberry, but this was a first on draft. The strawberry presence came through very well, which is quite difficult given the fleeting nature of the strawberry’s aroma and flavor.

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