Cascade Manhattan NW | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
35 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Cascade Manhattan NWCascade Manhattan NW
BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by John_M on 04-06-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
303
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
7.35%
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
59
For Trade:
5
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 303
Photo of Sarlacc83
3.59/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

8 oz on tap at the barrel house.

A: Fruit punch red with a thin white lacing. Not much to say in the way of legs.

N: Lots of candied cherries, almost to the point of being Jolly Rancher ’flavored’. Hints of peach and apricot with a lot more of the sugars coming out. Doesn’t smell particularly sour. I get a little bit of vanilla in the bottom of this, but damn, it is absolutely dominated by sweet cherries.

T: Really sweet. There’s a moderate sourness here, but it’s mostly just sweet and acidic.

M: Plenty of alcohol. There’s a heft and an oiliness to this which is slightly off putting. I really have no idea how to grade this. It’s a big huge beer, so it should be on the heavier side, I guess. On the other side, down with 12% sour beers.

O: Hawaiian fruit punch with vodka. That’s my serious description of this. It’s absolutely a confection which you should have with dessert, but it's too much for me.

 937 characters

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.

 1,679 characters

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.

 647 characters

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.

 603 characters

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.

 308 characters

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.

 212 characters

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.

 446 characters

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.

 227 characters

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

2016-11-05
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.

 366 characters

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy amber brown with a good amount if sediment settled in the glass and topped by a thin, off white head. The nose is tart cherries, a hint of bourbon, some spice and booze. There's a similar cherry spice character in the taste which transitions into a sweet bourbony, citrusy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is definitely sweeter cherries upfront, followed by a dry, boozy citrusy finish. This beer delivers on the bourbon and cherry front, but is a bit sweeter than expected. Delightful beer with some distinct cherries and barrel characteristics, unsure how it will age.

 587 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

 540 characters

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.

 588 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

 843 characters

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.

 975 characters

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.

 626 characters

Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

 509 characters

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.

 448 characters

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.

 1,727 characters

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.

 527 characters

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.

 233 characters

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

 451 characters

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

 1,127 characters

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!

 296 characters

Photo of jbaker67
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

 346 characters

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

 996 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Cascade Manhattan NW from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.22 out of 5 based on 303 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.

    Subscribe