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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

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36
Ratings:
306
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
7.35%
 
 
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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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
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 metter98
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
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 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 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.

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Photo of John_M
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
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 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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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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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!

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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 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.

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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 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 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.

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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.

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