Cascade Strawberry | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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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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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 494
Photo of SeatsTaken
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Poured into a snifter. Hazy, straw color appearance with 1 inch of head.

Aroma: Lots of strawberry, spice rack and sour oak. The oak mixed with strawberry gives off a musty smell. It reminds me of my grandparents’ basement.

Taste: Deliciously sour and tangy strawberry. There’s a hint of lemon zest in the finish. Sour sour sour from start to finish with a slight pucker that disappears quickly.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation. The same sensation as club soda.

Overall: I thought this beer looked beautiful and tasted great, but the aroma was too off-putting to really enjoy it. I found myself trying to hold my breath before each sip. The musty smell ruins what should have been a great beer. Not sure if I would try this again.

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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 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 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 maximum12
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to melot2811 for this bottle, plucked from the cellar to celebrate & mourn the inevitable passing of my backyard strawberry patch with this weekend's coming hard freeze. 750ML bomber split with my wife.

Decanted slowly to avoid pouring any potential mucus plugs into the beer, it announces itself in 50 Shades of Pinkish Orange, Opaque Edition. Fizzily carbonated. The nose is predictably acidic, with a strong strawberry angle & a distant whiff of the wood pile. Lovely.

Cascade Strawberry brings out the knife sharpeners. Expecting something mild - I don't know why - I'm hit by a wicked-edged tartness (not sourness) that singes the top of my mouth. Slightly under ripe strawberries line the middle with lemon zest. Drying oak rounds out the lineup. Eminently drinkable & highly carbonated, this one is still a sipper.

I hate face-rippers & anything that can be described with the words 'horse' or 'blanket', so this one is right up my alley. Nothing game-changing, but I believe I can honestly say Cascade is my favorite U.S. brewer of wilds. Very good beer.

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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 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 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 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 Etan
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml (2012 project) into a tulip.

A: Pours a red-tinged blonde with a spongy white head.

S: Bright lactic acid and a bit of musty brett, along with softly sweet strawberry in the nose. Subtle wheat and oak behind.

T: Taste brings puckering lactic tartness with some nebulous fruitiness in the mix (vague yet pleasant strawberry candy). Mild wheat and vinous oak tannins come in after the acidity fades.

M: Light-bodied with slightly overly frothy carbonation.

O: Two things that detract a bit from my overall enjoyment of it: the strawberry is too subtle in the taste (although it's probably a hard fruit to coax flavor out of in beer), and the beer is a bit over-carbonated. Still, quite a nice beer, with the pros outweighing the cons.

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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 Justin_Neff
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy dark pink/reddish color. Huge bubbly head rushes up quickly and sticks around for a few minutes. This one appears to be mega carbonated.

S: Tons of funk and strawberries on the nose. There is some oak and a small amount of grass and hay.

T: Very sweet. Tart. There is definitely a lot of strawberry. The funk combined with the strawberry almost gives a blush wine taste.

M: Medium body. Very dry. Prickly. High carbonation. A hint of some boozy warmth.

O: Not my favorite cascade offering, but still better than the average sour beer. A bit of an identity crisis between wine and beer on the palate, but I'm still glad I got to try it.

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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 dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on-tap at cascade on a 90+ day in Portland

Pinkish hued - strongly carbonated. The strawberry plays pretty interesting - you can absolutely taste the seeds, maybe even more-so than the fruit. I scratched my head at first about the fruit composition trying to determine if I liked it - still not sure. Strawberry isn't an easy ingredient, but the Almanac Farmers Reserve #3 definitely showcased the fruit more attractively. Still snagged a bottle of this as its undeniably refreshing and will hit the spot the next time the temperatures exceed comfortable.

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Photo of nataku00
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, 2012 project. Beer pours a hazy golden color with a rosy blush and two fingers of loose off white head that quickly dissipates to a thin collar of foam. Plenty of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is sweet and tart strawberry, lemon, sharp lactic acidity, some oak and mild earthy brett funk.

Taste leads with a blast of sharp lactic acidity, tart red berry and lemon juice, before some sweeter strawberry and red berry flavors along with some sweet malt. Lingering berry and oak flavors on the tongue.

Light body with some sharp carbonation that quickly wipes the tongue. Nice refreshing drink on a warm day.

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 75oml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy golden color with a slight pinkish hue that sticks around. There is a nice 1.5 inch white head that forma an sticks around for a good while. Sticky and with great retention. Amazing retention. As the head recedes it leaves some sticky dense foam on the edges of the glass.

Aroma is yummy. Fresh picked strawberry. Tartness and some slight funk in the nose. The tartness in the nose is yummy because its mixed with some nice ripe sweet strawberry notes.

Taste starts off with sharp tartness. Citrus and slight vinegar sourness dominates up front. Then the sour notes are balanced slightly by some nice fruit sweetness. Slight notes of ripe strawberry. Then notes of some chalky yeast are present mixed in with some sweetness. This is followed by more citrus sourness that comes back up. Very delicious brew with nice sourness and some good funk to go with it but always balanced by some fresh and sugary strawberrys.

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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 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 FosterJM
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1696th Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop snifter
750ml C/C

Bottle share at Steve's house

App- A nice light mix of red, crimson, pink and yellows. Wouldve thought more pink would come out more. Only a small 1/2 finger of head was there and then was gone quickly with a faint amount of cling.

Smell- I've noticed that I am starting to detect the wheat on sours before anything else. This was no different. This had a nice spitzy strawberry prickly flavor with a little oak and some kool aid sugary notes to it.

Taste- This is one great beer. Light and refreshing and easy to sip on. The fruit is there in spades with a mild funk. Along comes the oak adding some earthy undercurrents and it closes with a bit of the sour.

Mouth- A almost medium body with an almost medium carbonation. A lite spirtzy feel with some good residual oak and fruit remain.

Drink- Better as this one warms up. Great layered flavors on this with a lot of fruit and a small sour. I like the smoothness and crispness.

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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 jmarsh123
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy gold with a little strawberry hue. Small white head with decent retention.

Light sour berries, oak, lacto and a bit of funk. Not a powerful aroma.

Taste is just sort of generically sour. It's the typical Cascade lacto and is done well, but I don't feel the strawberries really add too much and it's perhaps a touch less sour than the average Cascade wild. A little bit of berry with plenty of oak and good dose of funk. Good profile overall, but don't specifically get much strawberry.

Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

Despite some nitpicking still a solid beer that was enjoyed, but I wouldn't see myself picking this one up again in lieu of other Cascade beers I've enjoyed more.

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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 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 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 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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