Manhattan NW | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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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:
#988
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
349
pDev:
6.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
64
Gots:
70
Trade:
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is weirdly sweet and spiced, but the maraschino on the endtaste is undeniable. Props to the name.

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Photo of tom10101
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin head on a hazy medium straw body.
The aroma is fruity.
The taste is lots of sour fruit... cranberry.
The texture is crisp.
Nice.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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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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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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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Manhattan NW from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 349 ratings