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Cascade Manhattan NWCascade Manhattan NW
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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
Ratings:
309
Reviews:
37
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
7.35%
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
60
For Trade:
5
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Photo of zimm421
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2014 vintage bottling, listed at 9.6%. Pours fairly crystal clear medium orange/amber/slight pinkish color with a small dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge sweet/tart/sour cherries, cranberry, strawberry, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, green apple, red grape, white wine, fruit skin, almond, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, hay, straw, brown sugar, and bread dough; with lighter notes of caramel, leathery/musty funk, pepper, cinnamon, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruit/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, spices, bourbon barrel, and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sweet/tart/sour cherries, cranberry, strawberry, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, green apple, red grape, white wine, fruit skin, almond, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, hay, straw, brown sugar, and bread dough; with lighter notes of caramel, leathery/musty funk, pepper, cinnamon, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic sourness and light-moderate yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, strawberry, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, green apple, red grape, white wine, fruit skin, almond, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, hay, straw, bread dough, pepper, cinnamon, leathery/musty funk, light vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruit/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, spices, bourbon barrel, and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/sourness/spiciness balance, and minimal puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from sourness and tannic oak spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.6%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited sour/wild ale. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruit/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, spices, bourbon barrel, and moderate malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the balanced lactic/acidic finish. Outstanding levels of fruit, Brett/Lacto funk, and bourbon barrel notes; without being overpowering on any aspect. Nice malt presence with minimal residual sweetness. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jamison85
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cbutova
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Foundry, Northampton, MA. Beer trivia winners loot.

A- Hazy deep peach red bodyfrom the corked 750ml to a few tasting glasses. Small frothy cap dies down to a thin sheet with minimal retention. Small lace spots stick to the glass.

S- Tart cherries for the most part. Insane sourness lactic mostly. Battery acid. Hints of vinous oak. Very acidic kriek mostly. Sour grapes.

T- Again the cherries are huge with some intense sour grapes. Even under ripe apricots come to mind. Hints of the cocktail come out more here with bourbon just a bit. Slight wet oak. Massive sour cherries. Some heavier sugars but no sweets. Uber sour and dry.

MF- Extremely slick and oily with the aforementioned extreme sour intensity. Medium level of carbonation. Light and very dry. Sour burns for ages.

The execution of the cherries and the sour base beer are just stellar here. The Manhattan aspect is a bit lost in the aroma and picks up just a tiny bit in the flavor as the sourness dominates the palate. Those cherries sure are delicious though.

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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.

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Photo of npachl
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of n2185
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of sd123
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hermit990
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jvgoor3786
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
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 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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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