Manhattan NW | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Manhattan NW is a blend of sour quad and blond ales aged in bourbon barrels with sour pie cherries and apricot noyaux. A tribute to the classic Manhattan cocktail, this unique sour beer interpretation features flavors of bourbon, maraschino cherries, bitter almond and rich malt backbone.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear strawberry blonde with about two fingers of head. Head retention is good,and on break there is a nice cap and collar. Good lacing.

Smell is quite impressive. Cherry, raspberry and apricot come to mind. And then there is the nice barrel aroma balancing things out across the spectrum.

Tart as all get out, but you get some quad aspects, fruits, and that barrel stays throughout. Definitely the cherry is the strong fruit.

Feel is lighter weight, high carbonation,puckering and dry. A very nice feel to this one.

I would drink this one slow to avoid a pucker overload. A lovely beer that I would happily have again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a blonde color ale with a large pure white foamy head with OK retention and light lacing notes. Aroma of acidic notes with light barrel-aged notes with some subtle candi sugar notes also perceptible. Taste is also a mix of acidic notes with some light oak notes, some barrel-aged notes and candi sugar are also noticeable. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. More complex than other beers from this brewery but still too acid for my taste.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Red Session. Aroma has sweet pollen, floral honey and orchard fruits. Taste is sour, puckering, really dry, woody, acidic with some background fruit preserve sweetish notes.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cinder. Raspberry smoothie cherry. Very tasty and smooth for a sour.

Tasting next to 10 year and 20 year Pappy Van Winkle. That's kind of not really fair.


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Photo of zeff80
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured out a clear, dark amber color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of black cherry, oak and malt. Great sour dark cherry flavor with a touch of vanilla and oak.

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Photo of bobv
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at ZenBarn, Waterbury, VT. Pour yielded a 1/2 inch off-white slightly pale pink head over a reddish amber body with scant lacing. Wonderful nose of cherry, apricot, and oak like you read about. Taste mirrors nose almost exactly, but that nose won me over. Nice feel and overall, I'll be heading down to Waterbury again, real soon. Cheers!

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Photo of FLima
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber orange reddish color with a thin head.
Aroma with notes of cherries, raspberries and some funkiness.
Flavor with notes of funky acidity, raspberries, cherries, apricot, mild oak and spices. Dry and acid aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 10.3% feels mild and harmonic.
Festival of cherries on a solid funky and apricot background. Elegant. For reminding the cocktail, I was expecting more Bourbon notes.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery. Snifter. 2015 vintage.

A: Dark ruby red with a thin off white cap of short-lived foam.
S: Pie cherries all the way with notes of vanilla and snap of tartness. Smells just like a pie. There's a kiss of bourbon, caramel, and deep oaky funk, but I wouldn't know there were apricots in this from the nose.
T: Tart pie cherry up front mixed with soft caramely bourbon notes and apricot stone fruit in the finish. Aftertaste is complex earthy funk with drying tartness and gritty tannins. Apricot pit aftertaste with mild bitterness, and juicy earthy tannins. Complex and musty.
M: Medium-full body, slightly slick and greasy mouthfeel, with a drying and tannic finish.
O: Supremely delicious and complex. I'd say there's a bit too much cherry compared to the majority of cocktails I've had, but as a beer this is fantastic. The caramel, bourbon, vanilla, cherry and bitter/tartness together does hint at the cocktail, but regardless, this is a new favorite of mine.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale magenta pink with either a large, active white meringue froth or a minimal white ring depending on the pour and/or the bottle.

Smell is sharp and distinct fresh orange zest--really dead on from the inspiration--with peppery charred oak just smelling barely acetic.

Taste is nicely tart, crisp yet dry with sour cherry and apricot, toasted sesame and strawberry with a little acidic burn through a slick, medium thin body.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2014 vintage bottling, listed at 9.6%. Pours fairly crystal clear medium orange/amber/slight pinkish color with a small dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge sweet/tart/sour cherries, cranberry, strawberry, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, green apple, red grape, white wine, fruit skin, almond, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, hay, straw, brown sugar, and bread dough; with lighter notes of caramel, leathery/musty funk, pepper, cinnamon, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruit/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, spices, bourbon barrel, and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sweet/tart/sour cherries, cranberry, strawberry, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, green apple, red grape, white wine, fruit skin, almond, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, hay, straw, brown sugar, and bread dough; with lighter notes of caramel, leathery/musty funk, pepper, cinnamon, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic sourness and light-moderate yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, strawberry, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, green apple, red grape, white wine, fruit skin, almond, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, hay, straw, bread dough, pepper, cinnamon, leathery/musty funk, light vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruit/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, spices, bourbon barrel, and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/sourness/spiciness balance, and minimal puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from sourness and tannic oak spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.6%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited sour/wild ale. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruit/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, spices, bourbon barrel, and moderate malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the balanced lactic/acidic finish. Outstanding levels of fruit, Brett/Lacto funk, and bourbon barrel notes; without being overpowering on any aspect. Nice malt presence with minimal residual sweetness. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of cbutova
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -8.2%
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 -0.9%
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 -0.7%
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 -8.4%
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 -4.7%
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 +2.1%
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 -9.6%
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 -6.8%
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 +2.6%
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 +2.3%
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 -1.4%
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 -8%
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 +4.7%
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 +1.6%
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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Manhattan NW from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 358 ratings