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Cascade StrawberryCascade Strawberry

Brewed by:
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 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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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 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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Photo of biboergosum
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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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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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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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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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 Ciocanelu
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Murky dark orange color, almost no head. Aroma is fruity with lots of farmhouse notes like barnyard, hay, damp cellar. Taste is somehow phenolic with some nail polish. Tart, fruity, acidic and dry.

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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 Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Clear reddish. A little foam. Nothing else to it.

Smell - Strawberry! Maybe lacking the complete nose of a fresh strawberry, but the acidic components are spot on. Musty, too.

Taste - Acidic strawberry. Nice flavor comes through. Again, not quite the complete strawberry flavor, like the aroma. Tart and musty finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Quality sour flavor. Clean and very drinkable.

Overall - Not complex by any means. It's sour and strawberry, but it's done very well.

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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 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 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 HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle into Lost Abbey stemware. Thanks to Luke for the bottle.

A: Dark orange with a reddish hue and much carbonation feeding an off-white head. Solid retention.

S: Delicate and aromatic strawberries with a touch of vinegar. It's a bit like strawberry jam, with notes of oak, leather, and just a hint of vanilla. There are some plastic-like phenols in there and a dash of pepper.

T: Strawberries! They succeeded in that department. There's a big lactic presence, a lower moderate sourness, and a pleasant tartness. Acetic acidity is at a low level. The fruit is delicate but present throughout. There's a subtle plastic note in the midpalate that's slightly distracting, but the strawberry quickly steps in and steers the ship toward calmer waters. Drying, slightly leathery finish with a little oak.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. Dry, sticky, smooth mouthfeel and lightly tannic.

Overall: A beer that does a good job with the strawberry aspect and on the whole is pretty good. Not overly complex but the base beer is a nice vehicle for the fruit. The rubber and plastic aren't great components, but they're subtle enough to not ruin the beer. I wish Cascade would incorporate more interesting acids in their sour beers, though. I don't understand the lactic obsession.

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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 barleywinefiend
2.44/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a lighlt cloudy strawberry reddish color with a moderate whispy white head with decent retention leaving some faint bubbles with pink highlights

S: Barf, plastic, horseblanket and underlying strawberry

T: Initial pvc pipe, a burnt plastic wrapper of sorts with some musty/Earthy notes, with underlying strawberry, like second runnings of old strawberry jam. The finish is like a lingering plastic, some funky bitterness, lingers with some puree mashed strawberries. Not really pleasant.

M: Well carbonated, medium body, more plastic

O: Worst Cascade beer I have had to date

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Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another beer served without an actual name. If anyone knows the name of this beer, please combine with the proper listing.

Served in tulip. Poured a light golden amber color with just a thin ring of white head that had OK retention and no lacing. The aroma was mostly tart, not really sour, with some faint berry sweetness and basic graininess underneath.

That description also applies to the flavor profile. Nicely tart, but not palate wreckingly sour, a bit of fruitiness and a touch of malty grain reach the tongue. The body was on the thin side and had a nice lingering finish. The drinkability was OK, it may not be sour enough for some Sour fans, but I enjoyed the tartness. Overall, a nice, but not great, little beer. Worth trying if you see it. Or know what it is called.

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

750ml corked bottle, 2012 project, 7.1%ABV into a tulip glass

pours an almost orange color with an inch thick white head. lot of fizzy bubbles at the bottom. on the nose you definitely are blasted with sour notes at first. as you swish it around and inhale deeply you get the strawberries as well. very nice nose. the taste is intriguing. this is definitely a sour beer. a lot of beers are tart..but this one is definitely not, its just straight sour. the strawberries are pretty apparent at first, but as you go on the sourness starts to overwhelm your palate and the strawberry taste fades. medium bodied with medium carbonation. good drink ability if you like the style.

overall very good, but not the upper echelon. would not turn this one down but wouldnt actively seek it out in the future, as the price point is quite high.

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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 TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light reddish color with pink colored head. Vanilla, oak, light strawberry fruit, funk, and tartness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light to medium bodied. Finishes tart and dry.

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Photo of mltobin
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle , split with a couple of friends.

Appearance is a cloudy reddish orange color with a short off-white head. Its` nose contains wood, barnyard funk, strawberry and some lemon. So far it is pretty interesting. Taking a sip and I taste the strawberries immediately, other citrus elements, acidity coming through too. It still tastes like a nice wild beer, which I am relieved by, with Strawberry being the key element, I thought it might be too sweet or one-sided. Mouthfeel is easy going, light carbonation is present. All in all, a nice beer that was enjoyed by the group.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.46/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the barrel room yesterday.

Orange in color with a white head. Nose smells like bile, curdled stomach acids, strawberries, pepper and pain. Palate is thankfully, not as sour but with plenty of unripe strawberries fragrant and floral. Moderately sour with no funk. Ultimately, this tastes like white wine vinegar with strawberries. Meh.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cascade on 8.2.12.

A - Served a orange with a red tiny. Small white bubbles cling to the edges.

S - I actually smell strawberries, and lot of them. Nice little sour pucker as well.

T - Strawberry! Very smooth and consistent. Some slight sourness, but pretty mild for Cascade.

D - Perfect carbonation and light body. Not overly sour.

O - Smooth strawberry and slight funky sour. Good stuff.

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