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Cascade Strawberry | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
3.98/5
Very Good
502 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by beertunes on 05-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,619
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
502
pDev:
10.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
86
Trade:
9
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Ratings: 502 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of Magery
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamFuel
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -3%
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 t2grogan
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SStein
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deonreds
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 303beer
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
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 mtbdonn
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ricoslim
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hermit990
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hollywood_15063
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of M_chav
2.85/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of buyyourfreedom
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZEB89
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ber12
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blaze5445
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mactrail
2.51/5  rDev -36.9%
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 kiki3drt292
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mynie
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours like you left a Fruit Roll Up in a glass of fizzy water--which is to say, not bad. Pinkish.

Smells nearly very good. Tart brett, rich strawberries, and then a super cool funkiness. High hopes, here.

And those hopes are dashed in the flavor. It's not bad. It's kinda good, once I get used to it. But it's a goddamn mess from start to finish. I think maybe they added vanilla to blot out some of the bacterial weirdness? Maybe? I dunno.

I like what Cascade does. Experimentation is great and sometimes it works out wonderfully. But I wish they didn't charge so much for the chance to sample it.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of abkaroll
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of epyon396
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Highbury09
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cascade Strawberry from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 502 ratings
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