Cascade Strawberry | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade StrawberryCascade Strawberry
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.39%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beertunes on 05-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
501
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
82
Gots:
86
For Trade:
9
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Ratings: 501 |  Reviews: 66
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3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with malt and strawberry aromas. Taste is much the same with sour strawberry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice strawberry presence but not one of the better Cascade sours in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Such a fickle fruit, the strawberry embarks upon a sour and acidic ale that gets the finesse, floral and vibrant fruit out of its comfort zone. But Cascade's spontaneous inspired ale insists upon the fruit's use.

Carrying a rosy tint, the hazy golden ale floats a soft creme-laced head. Ahead of the strong perfume of strawberry, and drift of soured milk and earthen decay acts pungently upon the nose. But once the taste ensues, the slight sweetness and tartness interplay has a sweetheart candy demeanor.

With the sweetness dissolving quickly off of the tongue, the sourness, fruitiness and peppery flavors dance on the middle palate, carrying the taste of crabapple, lime, gooseberry, peach and pear- all of the extremely under-ripened variety. The strong acidity of rice wine vinegar has a saline roundness and an earthy balsa taste. The late spices of yeast are slight medicinal as the vanilla, pepper and peat carry a quick chloroseptic finish.

As the acidity has its way with the malt, only a short and wheaty finish remembers the malt and gives this light bodied ale a dry, palate-stripping quality. Yet its the vinegar-like sourness and tannin-rich astringency that allows the beer a powdery and acetic closure. Yet, the perisistant strawberry and sour milk character plague the aftertaste.

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3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked bottle, @7.56% ABV, from the 2014 Project. I don't believe that I've ever had a strawberry-based sour ale before.

This beer pours a hazy, medium orange-brick amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rather loosely foamy, and fairly fizzy off-white head, which leaves some streaky island atoll lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of musty green strawberries, some vanilla-tinged red wine barrel woodiness, a middling sour funkiness, a twinge of spoiled milk, grainy pale malt, and further dusty, earthy, and estery bitter notes. The taste is tart red fruit - more cherry and underripe raspberry than the titular berry - gritty and funky yeast/bacteria, a sturdy enough bready pale malt graininess, some increasingly phenolic vanillan woody notes, free-range lactic acid, and a further earthy rhubarb and green leafy acerbity.

The bubbles are very persistent in their palpable fizzy and sternly frothy measures, the body just on the low side of a typical middleweight, and plainly smooth, if you're capable of applying more than a soupcon of cognitive dissonance to the various lurking astringencies. It finishes mostly dry, the strawberry there, of course, but in a reduced, deconstructed as shit manner.

Overall, not a bad sour fruit ale, the usual metrics about this sort of thing that piss me off conspicuous by their welcome absence. Not particularly balanced, as the sour, musty, and funky notes skew things in their direction, of course, but 'less than much' - and thus drinkability (such as it is, for 40 bucks a bottle) is achieved!

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light fizzy head disappears pretty quickly, typical sour fashion, hazy reddish orange color.

Nose is nice, lots of strawberry, light tannic earthy seed, a bit of a creamy wheat and nice acetic acid, a fermented strawberry like sour aroma, nice generic tart sour fruit aroma.

Taste is quite sour, tart fruit, little generic sour berry, but lots of nice strawberry, juicy fermented strawberry juice like a concentrate version, with more earthy flavours and tannic seed. Into acetic acid, little creamy wheat soured, light flemmy with nice overall tartness, bit of a frozen strawberry. Finish is flemmy and little sticky but dry, nice long sour and tart fruit, again frozen strawberry and tannic seed.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, too much carb, light acidic bite.

Overall good, nice strawberry and sour fruit, good acid and tartness, strawberry is a bit more like frozen fruit.

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4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mactrail
2.51/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Cascade tasting room on Belmont. This is the 2013 project.

Smell is something chemical with extraterrestrial fermentation going on. Some kiind of Chinese medicine. I keep thinking of spar varnish. Color is tawny sherry with no foam.

Intense flavor from another universe. There is a totally bizarre light funk taste. The woody barrel taste seems to be the residual aftertaste of some kind of plastics industry. This is kind of fascinating in a horrifying way, but a few sips was the most I could manage.

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Cascade Strawberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
3.92 out of 5 based on 501 ratings.
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