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Cascade Manhattan NWCascade Manhattan NW

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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.32%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of spiced Blond Quads, aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels on 150 pounds of sour pie cherries for five months before additionally aging on apricot noyaux for three months.

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Photo of cbutova
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Foundry, Northampton, MA. Beer trivia winners loot.

A- Hazy deep peach red bodyfrom the corked 750ml to a few tasting glasses. Small frothy cap dies down to a thin sheet with minimal retention. Small lace spots stick to the glass.

S- Tart cherries for the most part. Insane sourness lactic mostly. Battery acid. Hints of vinous oak. Very acidic kriek mostly. Sour grapes.

T- Again the cherries are huge with some intense sour grapes. Even under ripe apricots come to mind. Hints of the cocktail come out more here with bourbon just a bit. Slight wet oak. Massive sour cherries. Some heavier sugars but no sweets. Uber sour and dry.

MF- Extremely slick and oily with the aforementioned extreme sour intensity. Medium level of carbonation. Light and very dry. Sour burns for ages.

The execution of the cherries and the sour base beer are just stellar here. The Manhattan aspect is a bit lost in the aroma and picks up just a tiny bit in the flavor as the sourness dominates the palate. Those cherries sure are delicious though.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Almost no head to speak of. Body has great clarity and anice reddish caramel hue.

S: Cherries, vinegar, sour apples,

T: Tons of cherries, sour apples, vinegar. the bourbon washes through at the end.

M: Nice thick body but very prickly carbonation.

O: This beer almost hates itself and can't decide what it wants to be instead of the bourbon and sour blending they clash. It is very interesting, the sour wants to let you know its tart, the bourbon wants to soften that feel. The sour wins out this beer is delightfully pricky but with a light bourbon splash.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish pinkish hue with almost no head. The color speaks to the heavy dose of cherries to come. Sour cherries, green apple, sour apple, ripe nectarines, apricots, oak and light vanilla on the backend. The barrel characteristics brings an impressive level smoothness that balances the immense tart. For me the tartness is big but very manageable and enjoyable. Fruit acidity is high but, again, it works in the context of all the flavors. Extremely dry finish. Outstanding wild ale that's full of flavor and complexity.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Dave. Thanks man. Pink body with a thin collar. Aromas of oak, funk, cherry, vanilla, light spice. Funky, sour, piquant. Nearly 10% abv is masked beautifully, Terrific. My only gripe with Cascade is the retail price.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Jeff for this one. 2014 vintage. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is sweet and tart red fruit, vinegar, Brett funk and a light plastic-iness. Nice but pretty subdued. Beer opens tart cherry and raspberry mixed with an acidic vinegar and a fruity creaminess. More acidity in the finish with pureed cherry skin and pit that creates a very light bitterness. Incredibly sour throughout. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Foamy and slick in the mouth and goes down dry and puckering.

This one is very very very sour with a puckering acidity. Its good but maybe a little much for me.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. My serving is in a small Cantillon glass. 2014 project bottle.

Pours a slightly reddish amber with no head, no carbonation. Smell is tart and fruity but indistinct. I actually like the smell a lot.

Taste is surprisingly mild -- tart, fruity, maybe a little plum and/or cherry.

Mouthfeel is smooth, a little heavy. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Bottle opens with a subtle pop, then pours an effervescent & slightly chill-hazed Auburn with a pinky of creal colored head. Insane lacing, great head retention, pretty beer

S: Wet hay, cherries, peaches & floral notes

T: Raspberry tartness, oaky dryness, a little sour cherry as well up front. More cherry sourness & tartness as this warms along with woody dryness & acidity & some more raspberry as well. Finishes bone dry, with a little Golden Delicious Apple

MF: Light body, delicate carbonation

Pretty good, but a sow sipper to be sure, ABV is well hidden & tartness & sourness rule the day, very good not great sour, but close

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Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked bottle, the 2014 Project, which sounds a lot like another 'Manhattan' based project in recent history.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium salmon amber colour, with one rather skinny finger of essentially wispy and fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit of mitochondrial lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of sharply tart cherry pits, grainy and gritty pale malt, edgy white and black pepper, a strong earthy mustiness, some not so subtle Bourbon barrel astringencies - rye-flecked woodiness, mostly - and a touch of unrequited booziness. The taste is big and saucy cherry flesh, some muddled earthy nuttiness, grainy and doughy pale and caramel malt, still edgy mixed pepper dust, further free-range sour fruity notes, some weak Bourbon woodiness (no parsing really required), and a minor impression of alcohol wanting to get in on the scene.

The bubbles are adequate for the basic support job required here, via its simple frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, that is if you are already acclimated to the sour/funky/yeasty side of the spectrum. It finishes trending dry, as the sour fruit, pepper, and bare woodiness tend to skew just that way.

Overall, this is a gross approximation of the titular cocktail - sure, sour cherry and rye whiskey are a good start, however the tight focus on the sour, rather than the bittering offset, kind of puts this one right off the rails. I know that this is a beer, but they chose to go down this thematic path, and Imma gonna follow it right down the veritable fucking rabbit hole. Good, but not really worth the stupidly elevated shelf tag, IMHO.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good, but not to the levels the reviews suggest, imo. It is a remarkable recreation of a manhattan, but it is not one of Cascade's gems. Bourbon, cherry, sour. The bourbon is a bit much for me- a very heavy beer.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a high end cream sofa. Cherries dominate the nose and taste. Italian gremolata bocafeel.

A great beer that I would have liked greater if I didn't read the bottle I didn't get quad or bourbon as much as other reviewers. I give the slight edge to noyeaux for best cascade ale.

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Photo of metter98
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Portland, OR

A: The beer is hazy light red in color—too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head.
S: Light aromas of oaky vanilla and bourbon are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of cherries along with strong notes of bourbon from the barrel aging process. There is also some sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very tart on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very interesting sour—it does a good job at featuring both the sourness and the bourbon.

Note: 2014 vintage

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of Moose90
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap

A — A dark crimson color with some translucency.

S — Smell is ripe with notes of pie cherries and bourbon, a little bit of stonefruit but mostly cherried bourbon.

T — Notes of cherries and cranberries balanced with sweet bourbon and vanilla notes and a touch of tannic barrel character.

M — Medium bodied with a warming boozy finish.

O — Fantastic overall, one of the best from Cascade, I need to go get more of this.

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 edition on tap in June 2016 at the brewpub in Portland. Lovely red-orange body that sparkles with highlights and is covered by a fine white head. High level of tartness that goes well with the boozy (whisky) and fruity Some significant cherries in the aroma elevate the aroma well above an average sour.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful looking beer, like a crystal red hue and white head that hangs and leaves a good lace.

I smell lots of cherries, and can taste the Belgian base, but I'm not getting much bourbon on this. It's a 2014 vintage so maybe it's fallen off, but regardless it's really smooth, rich flavors and easy to drink.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Lots of deep baked cherry pie like aroma, overlaid with a light almond and bourbon character, light wood, with a moderate sourness.

A: Maroon color with a light pink hue, clear, with a frothy white head that is mostly even, dissipates quickly to a thin ring around the glass. There is light lacing left.

T: Lots of deep baked cherry pie flavor, moderate toasted almond, bourbon character with a lingering moderate sourness.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a light, pleasing acidity.

O: Super tasty; the beer has an excellent deep baked cherry pie aroma and flavor, with a light toasted almond character that is well complimented by the bourbon and sourness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

cascade has some unreal processes that go into these beers. what a treat it is to finally get to have this one at the source. i couldnt believe the color, its nearly electric pink, like the color of the little cocktail cherries you get in a shirley temple or something, almost not even real. this one has a better head than some of the others there, just light rose pink. it smells great, the cherry is sweet but the beer is sour, a cool back and forth there, and my mouth really waters. this is one of those base beers i would love to have them release, a blonde quad in bourbon, i think that would be fun in its own right. this is so dressed up with other things, its hard to all the way appreciate the base beer. huge bourbon on this, a nice cherry vanilla complexion develops out of that, and im not sure what the peach pits add, but there is a nice sort of hearty woodiness to this, as well as an orchard fruit element, although its certainly not peachy. i love the lighter body on a beer so strong, and even though its a little boozy, it drinks sort of light. sweet though all through it, and quite sour as it works toward the finish. this one has so many layers. the cherries for me are almost the weak link, they seem too sweet and too powerful in front of some of the more mellow elements in the beer, but this is the land of cherries, and its also nice to showcase them so flamboyantly. another one of a kind beer from cascade. 2014 edition.

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Photo of bobhits
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 project

Perhaps a bit of a lighter/cloudier manhatton in color, not the caramel colors of bourbon per say but the reddish hue is certainly on the darker side. Head depends on your pour, but my top off I just did leaves a nice thin cream head just barely floating above the beer.

The nose is very strong on this, providing ample cherry notes, a lot of sugary sour candy like elements, and yes there is a distinct touch of bourbon far in the back.

The flavor opens with sweet cherry candy with a hint of tartness, moves on to a bit of a vanilla and perhaps even a caramel hint, followed by what could be seen as a touch of bourbon's sweetness and oak. The beer the finishes sour to tart and the sour cherry flavor lingers for a moment before it leaves you with a hard candy cherry after taste. Complex is the right word, but the start to finish tasting of this is pretty interesting as you'll go from the extremes of a candy to a sour back to a candy with some very interesting hints of what I can only assume came from the bourbon barrel, but certainly out of character flavors per a cherry sour, but very much great additions to this one!

I'd never have guessed this is 11% drinking it. There might be a burn at the end, but I'm calling that the acid from the sour. This one is going WAY too fast for a 38 dollar beer!

If not for the price, I'd buy this again in a heart beat. With price in mind, this is a bit too expensive for the experience. I'd certainly recommend it to a fried who I KNEW this was a good call for. For most, this is a sad beer I'd say to pass on due to price. Though if you can split it a few days a little will go a long way. Over all great beer but not a MUST have due to price.

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pink hued orange sour.

Sour and tart. Lots of fruit flavors. Cherries, strawberries, cranberries. Some vanilla and oak. Not too much bourbon.

Light bodied for how strong it is.

Nice beer that is very sour but still complex.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at the brewery. I had the 2011, 2013 and 2014 in a vertical tasting, so this is an averaging.

A: Rich ruby/burgundy clear color with a hint of off-white head that turned to a ring.

S: Cherries dominating with dates and raisins in the perimeter. A bourbon backbone from the aging.

T: Tart and sweet with a cherry/cough syrup-y opening that smooths out to Heaven Hill bourbon and oak. A nice sour finish.

M: Low to medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: I think the 2011 was smoothest of the three. Although they all tasted similar and excellent. An intense sipper.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful strawberry red with a slightly light pink head, which sticks around due to the heavy carbonation. Aromas and flavors are strongly of Cherries, raspberries, strawberry, oaky character, and plenty of tartness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very high effervescent carbonation. Lots of drying tart character. A delicious sour.

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Photo of zonker17
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 project pours red hued and bubbly, then head dissipates. Nose a bit muted, maybe some wood. Taste is overflowing with cherry. Not sweet. Really not getting the bourbon at this point. Some booze only showed when warm. Medium-light mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. A wonderful cherry drink!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I like the color pink mixed throughout this, but the head sucked. Aroma was neat, bourbon and fruits.

Taste is complex, but not necessarily awesome. Good. Sure. You get some oak and something creamy, vanilla, coconut, maybe both. Plenty of tartness, bourbon, cherry. The sour aspect is underplayed by the bourbon heavy mouthfeel.

Its a good beer, its complex, but at the price tag, it just isn't worth it. Buy a glass, not a bottle.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a weird color this one pours out into a snifter glass. Parts pink and brown! Aroma brought the complexities, cherry, berry, apricot, bourbon. Cherry and bourbon were the strongest aromas out of it. Its Cascade, so color yourself shocked when I speak of the lactic tartness all over this one.

The taste hits up vanilla, oak and coconut on top of the previously mentioned aromas that melded well. Continues to develop, ramping up the complexity and intracacies throughout it. This is a quad base? Wouldn't know from all the additional fruit and barrel treatment. Hides alcohol well. Heaven hill barrel kinda takes top fiddle over the sour cherries. Mildly sour, nowhere near as sour as most of their beers, even other ones like Bourbonic and Vlad bring more sour to the party.

A good beer, worth $30-35? No, haven't bought any more of these. Too spensive.

Drank this one at the 4th of July party, man I will never forget that Weidman/Silva parlay card.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle.

Hazy reddish-brown color into a large wine glass (Prairie 2nd Anniv. because it was handy). Big puff of foam, 2-3 inches of head, simmering down to about 1/2 inch, and finally settling at a thin well-retaining layer; dots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of cherry candy, little bit of cough syrup, lacto-lemon. Taste of sour cherries and dough--cherry pie, basically--lemony acid, yogurt, definite bourbon notes in the finish. Prickly mouthfeel, slightly puckering, medium body, slightly filmy in the mouth. This didn't help my already raging heartburn. Higher ABV surprisingly well-hidden. Very enjoyable overall.

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Photo of deebo
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 project on tap at cascade. Served in an oversized snifter. 8 oz on the dot. $8.50. Appearance is dark cherry red and hazy. Small ringing of foam around the edge if the glass. Smells like maraschino cherries-lots of almond/benzaldehyde notes. Taste is sweet cherry pie filling. The bourbon is overpowered by cherries. As far as sourness, it is present as it drys the mouth out a bit, but it is nothing like the in your face power of say their Kriek. Doesn't not taste like it is 11.6% ABV at all. Well played.

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