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:
#990
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
348
pDev:
6.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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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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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4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Manhattan NW from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 348 ratings