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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 crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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 mverity
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
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 GreatStoutman
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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 John_M
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the barrel room the other day.

The beer pours an attractive rose amber color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is really pretty nice with this one, as I pick up considerable fruit cocktail, with some light sour, light vinegar, and a hint of vanilla. The beer smells pretty nice, but on the palate, this beer is amazing. The flavor profile consists of a lovely sweet tart flavor, with tropical fruit, light banana, chocolate and light honey. Damn but this is delicious stuff. Mouthfeel is fairly full in this low carbonation beer, and the finish is long, with a chocoalate and sweet tart finish. Drinkability is scary good in this one. It's really hard to believe the abv. is over 11%, as it drinks like a beer with half that level of alcohol.

For me, I thought this beer was fantastic. The sour component was not overdone, which allowed the chocolate and tropical fruit flavors to come out to play. I'm not sure how happy die hard sour fans will be, but regardless, this is a beer I would order anytime I saw it at the barrel room.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +3.3%
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 russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Phil-Fresh
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of deebo
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Beerandraiderfan
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
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 StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
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 zonker17
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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 jbaker67
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours hazy reddish-amber with a small beige head. The nose is sweet-sour, balsamic, bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut, cherry skin, damp wood and leaf. The taste is sour, tangy, cherry, moderate acidity, mouth-puckering tartness, red grape skins and residual sweetness with a tart finish. Medium body, prickly carbonation and foamy mouth-feel.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
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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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 Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
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 ManapuaMan
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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 bobhits
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Moose90
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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 jlindros
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another goodie thanks to Francois.

Light small creamy head, semi clear cherry red color.

Nose is pure cherry, balotin cherry, light sour, sweet malt, light tannic skin, light tart fruit

Taste sweet candy cherries, brown sugar like, a bit acidic and a bite, balotin cherries, candy flavours, caramel, light toasty, slight flemmy. The candy sweetness brings a warming booze that cuts through the tart cherries, almost pie like.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, tart acidic bite, little flemmy, light fizzy carb.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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 raiderandbeerfan
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Alieniloquium
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish amber. Small off-white head with a thick collar. Not much else going on, but the color is nice

Smell - Cherry pie aroma. Acidic cherry. The noyaux comes through with the booze in the very back end. The bourbon is the best part, though. Gives it a richness that counterbalances the cherry.

Taste - Much more cherry dominant. Cherry pie, with a decent sourness. Again the noyaux is an afterthought and more of just a flavor to the alcohol, which is strong. Pale malt actually comes out. Bourbon lends a lot of vanilla and a nice liquor flavor. Not as rich as the nose.

Mouthfeel - It's boozy, but not too much. Moderate sourness. High carbonation. It could br a bit richer.

Overall - Multilayered sour. Very nice. The cherry is strong, but the bourbon is a good counterpoint.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours a murky reddish-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with cherry, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some tasty flavors.

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