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
Ratings:
312
Reviews:
37
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
7.11%
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
61
For Trade:
5
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4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 spycow
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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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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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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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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

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Manhattan NW from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.22 out of 5 based on 312 ratings.
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