Manhattan NW | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

Manhattan NWManhattan NW
BA SCORE
97.2%
Liked This Beer
4.27 w/ 320 ratings
Manhattan NWManhattan NW
BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by John_M on 04-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#970
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
320
Liked:
311
Avg:
4.27/5
pDev:
7.03%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
63
Gots:
61
Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 320 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by JoEBoBpr:
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall stemmed tulip glass from a 740ml bottle.
2011 Project

Pours a very nice slightly pinkish/rose amber color. There is a nice quarter inch white head that is of medium density with some tighter bubbles sprinkled around. The color of this brew is gorgeous. A perfect mixing of pink, ruby and copper hues.

Aroma is delicious as well. Notes of sweet pie cherry filling with some underlying mild tartness. THe notes of sugary cherry jam and maraschino cherry notes are delicious and intermingle with a slight boozy heat in the nose as it warms. Notes of clove and slight cinnamon spice are present as well as some underlying notes of sweet Bourbon.

Flavor is pretty delicious. As is typical of these Cascade sours. Things start off with mild and approachable sweet-tart acidity and sourness. Notes of intermixed cherry tartness and sweetness roll around in the palette while some nice underlain notes of bourbon barrel, cinnamon spice and some slight woody vanilla notes. Mouthfeel is nice and fluffy.

Another great brew by Cascade. The cherry notes are delicious and its not overwhelmingly sour. A great beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of gregmoscetti
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of warnerry
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mverity
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I obtained this bottle in a trade with a great trader @thebeerprophet. Brought this to a bottle share at Proof. Pours a hazy very dark peach color. Good amount of head on the first pour that dissipated fairly quickly. Second pour got more head than the first. Nice medium white collar. Aroma is very earthy/woody and sweet-tart cherry blend. Taste is amazing. Very similar to the aroma, with some of the caramel/wood coming out. Mouthfeel is viscous for a sour; like chewing an overripe marischino cherry. Nice carbonation despite the low head. Pretty thick body. So glad I traded for this to share with good people.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of deebo
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of JitsuBrew
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank this on 4th of July, prior to the awesome Weidman/Silva parlay card I won! Pours a unique color. Pink, rose etc. . . thin head on it, dissipates very quickly.

Aroma was complex, cherry, berry, apricot, bourbon. Cherry and bourbon most prominent. Lactic tartness as always, all over this one.

Taste throws in some oak, coconut, vanilla on top of the aforementioned aromas that are tasted as well. Continues to develop in complexity and intracacies throughout. The quad base is obliterated. Drinks nowhere near as powerful as it indicates on the label. A chocolate undercurrent develops, probably from the Heaven Hill barrels. It is mildly sour, nowhere near most of their beers, even their other bourbon barrel sours like Vlad and Bourbonic seem to have a little more going for them in the straight up sour department.

A very good beer. Worth $30? Once, yeah. But I won't be stocking up on this one when there are just as good (if not better) options from the same brewery for only $20.

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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 Bizoneill
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of ste5venla
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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 mdaschaf
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Sammy
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whatname
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on-tap @ the barrel house

A ridiculously described beer, for sure. Glowing pinkish-red body, light pink film. Not particularly sour - the barrel imparts, or rather sledgehammers, notes of coconut and vanilla that make this a particular fitting beer to consume in a sunny spring day in Portland. Tons of sweet cherry, booze, tropical punch. Interesting stuff - not too upset that the direction of the night prevented me from buying a $30 bottle to go.

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Photo of blabaer
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BrandoSF
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%

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