Manhattan NW
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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From:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #182
ABV:
10.3%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,779
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 6.79%
Ratings:
374
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 19, 2021
Added:
Apr 06, 2013
Wants:
  64
Gots:
  69
SCORE
95
World-Class
Manhattan NWManhattan NW
Notes: 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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Ratings by ZenAgnostic:
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4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by ZenAgnostic from Texas

Big 750mL corked bottle poured into Teku glass. 2015 vintage picked up recently from a liquor store, so 6 years old or so. Forgot how much it was, maybe $15 or so?

Appearance - Gotta say, this bottle looks a whole lot more elegant than the corny label currently pictured for this beer. Maybe that's what the smaller, new bottles still look like. But this 6 year old vintage is classy lookin'. Has a very thin white head that doesn't last very long at all before becoming a thin ring. The body could pass for some sort of fruit juice. Like a slightly thinned out cherry juice. 4.5

Smell - Dry tarty cherry. A little bit of earth and wet hay under it. 4.5

Taste - Dry tarty cherry. 4.75

Mouthfeel - Dry, tarty. Medium bodied. A perfect astringency that just cuts through everything and keeps everything clean and relatively crisp, and above all, refreshing, despite how bold this is. And it is bold. 4.75

Overall - Pairs amazingly with smoked gouda cheese. 4.75

Dec 19, 2021
More User Ratings:
 
4 by bigred89 from Maryland on Nov 20, 2021
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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Nice sour with cheery and wood flavor. Slightly too sour and not quite malty enough to be world class.

Dec 18, 2020
 
4 by archero from Texas on Nov 28, 2020
 
4.23 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Sep 01, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BerryKumquat from California

L: An odd light brown color with a hint of yellow.
S: An odd type of wood.
T: A slow start of cherries and wood into a stronger spice body.
F: Wood and cherries.
O: A memorial and unique fusion of cherry and wood.

May 23, 2020
 
4.17 by caffeinelogic from New York on Jan 12, 2020
 
4.5 by aszatk01 from Pennsylvania on Nov 29, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mschrei from Illinois

Five year old bottle. Initial pour is gold but takes on bright red hues. Cloudy. Still plenty of carbonation and foam (dissipates quickly). Smell is, in order, funk, cherry, wooden barrel. Taste is more tart than sour on the top of the tongue but then a sour finish. Plenty of cherry flavor, but very little barrel presence. Light bodied, slightly dry feel, booze is mild for a ten plus abv. Pleasant, enjoyable, and I’ll miss seeing this is my fridge.

Nov 17, 2019
 
4.59 by Lofreqwave from California on Oct 31, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SHODriver from North Carolina

2014 Project

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep reddish orange topped by a minuscule dense and slightly rocky white head which quickly fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of sour cherries, funk, leather, and christmas spices
T: Taste is sour cherries up front with an almost sour cherry candy feel to the taste, funk, leather, and some nice christmas and mulling spices with some more sour cherry. On the finish there's more of that sour cherry candy flavor with some additional funk, leather, and spices.
M: This beer has a fairly moderate amount of body with a slightly creamy feel on the palate. Carbonation is low but it doesn't detract from the experience while the beer has a drying finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. It has some great flavors with a good amount of complexity. All the flavors are balanced and play well together. My only real knock is that the cherry flavor sometimes comes across as too strong and that makes it seem artificial at times. Definitely worth a try if you can find it.

Oct 10, 2019
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by pat61 from Minnesota

Had on tap at the Bulldog.
S; has a rich tart berry smell with some alcohol and oak.
L: It is red with a slight haze, a thin white cap with good retention.
T: lemon level tartness balanced by big varied berry flavors, hint vanilla, bourbon and oak.
F: medium body and carbonation. alcohol is smooth and not hot.
O Well done sour with a good balance between the fruit, sour and alcohol.

Aug 27, 2019
 
4.27 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Aug 15, 2019
 
5 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jul 31, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Herbertly from Washington

2014 Project in July 2019.
L: creamy light pink with light carbonation, no retained head, and slow rising bubbles.
S: cherry oak barrel, sweetness and delicate fruit.
T: slight pucker with lingering cherry at first then the punch of sourness gains and builds numbing strength as I go down the glass.
F: sourness overtakes the mouth
O: enjoyed this one. Might have been past due with the vintage, but we'll worth another try.

Jul 21, 2019
 
4.12 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana on Jul 04, 2019
 
4.46 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on May 27, 2019
 
4 by Jotora from Canada (ON) on May 18, 2019
 
4.24 by yancot from Canada (ON) on Mar 19, 2019
 
4.47 by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON) on Jan 16, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

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.

Sep 03, 2018
 
4.06 by Spoda1983 from Pennsylvania on Jul 27, 2018
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3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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.

Jul 17, 2018
 
4.35 by LarryMyers from Pennsylvania on Jul 09, 2018
 
4.44 by FFreak from Vermont on Jul 05, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ciocanelu from Romania

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.

Jun 18, 2018
 
4.57 by Negrelly from Brazil on Jun 14, 2018
 
4.1 by Noles9585 from Washington on Jun 10, 2018
 
4.06 by KettleBellFreak from Tennessee on Jun 08, 2018
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3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by q33jeff from New Jersey

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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Jun 05, 2018
 
4.15 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Jun 05, 2018
 
4.58 by yoshie from Massachusetts on May 28, 2018
 
4.49 by ivyman from Massachusetts on May 14, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

2014 Vintage Great nose. Tart cherry, apricot, vanilla, subtle oak and smooth caramel. Acidic and fairly dry.

Apr 23, 2018
 
4.23 by vfgccp from New York on Apr 21, 2018
 
4.65 by Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas from Texas on Apr 20, 2018
 
4 by Jhfinn from New York on Apr 02, 2018
 
4.06 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Mar 31, 2018
 
4.13 by Simon212 from Canada (ON) on Mar 19, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by JPNesker from Canada (ON)

Holy sour.

Mar 12, 2018
Manhattan NW from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 374 ratings