Tangerine Dream
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Wild Ale
Ranked #366
Ranked #2,760
4.17 | pDev: 11.51%
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Tangerine DreamTangerine Dream
Notes: NW style sour ale aged in rum barrels for 20 months with tangerine zest, then blended with Cascase Apricot Ale.
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 240 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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DBosco from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage, ABV 10.3, 750ml corked bottle. Label says "Last produced in 2011, this extremely limited release is a blend of quad and blonde ales aged in bourbon and wine barrels for up to eighteen months with tangerine zest, mandarin zest, apricots and vanilla beans. Rich and complex, Tangerine Dream captures flavors of fresh tangerines, bourbon, vanilla and toasted malts." Pours with the typical slight filmy head of high ABV wild ales. Nice coppery gold that is mostly clear. Smell is very nice, sour apricot with a hint of bourbon and vanilla. Tastes of the tart apricot wild ale with a slight bit of the bourbon and vanilla, as in the smell. I guess the citrus zest flavors merge with the sour apricot ale - hard to pick them out separately. Mouth feel is fluid, slight carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent barrel aged wild ale with a well blended array of flavors.

Dec 15, 2019
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep golden orange topped by a soapy half finger of off white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of wine casks, light sourness, tangerine and stone fruit
T: Slightly tart up front with a good bit of tangerine flavor with some apricot, strong wine barrel flavor as well, with a little minerality and grape skin. On the swallow there's more wine cask, tangerine, apricot, sourness, and slight minerality. Vanilla is there a little but is mostly gone at this point.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with a slightly slick and syrupy feel on the palate. Carbonation is a little far down on the low end while the beer has a drying finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this isn't a bad beer. The release differs a little from what was first brewed. The wine barrel comes across surprisingly well with some nice fruit notes. Overall good complexity and interesting to drink. It would be interesting to see how this would taste properly carbonated.

Jul 23, 2019
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themayorkoch from Ohio

4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was lucky enough to try this on my recent vacation. Bottle said 2015 so I assume this was one of the more recent releases based on product description. Smells fruity, tastes amazing - tart but not super sour, doesn't linger - highly recommended.

Aug 05, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

7500ml corked/caged bottle served in a small Kirin glass. 2015 bottle.

Pours slightly hazy with almost no head and very little carbonation. Smell is tart and mango-y (I'm a little surprised I'm calling it mango even though the bottle says tangerine). Some booze and vanilla and wood.

Taste is very tart, vanilla and wood and booze, more tangerine than mango now.

Mouthfeel is flattish and a little oily. Overall, it's tasty and I like it.

Jul 10, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Where did I have this? Might have been the Bruery anniversary party? Either way, glad I had it without having to buy a $30 bottle. Pours a deep burnt orange, good tan like head 1/3" that quickly disappears. Aroma of rum, tangerine and apricot. Big lactic feels.

Those lactic feels continue on, this is a nice layered beer, some citrus (well not some, there is a lot) in here in the form of tangerine and apricot skins and fruit. Cascade does a great job as usual in taking a high abv beer and making it very sour and easy to drink relative to its high abv. A pretty neat beer, I don't think its worth the price tag, but I would gladly take a pour of it anytime. But if you're looking for a rum and citrus sour kick, this one is on point for your desires.

May 30, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, blue session. Aroma has honey, fruity and floral notes. Taste is tart, acidic, citrusy with a light vinegar note. Quite harsh on the palate.

May 30, 2017
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jrenihan from Canada

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really good. The rum comes through clearly but doesn't dominate. Tangerine is a nice balance. Moderately sour, low carbonation level. The interplay of the tart tangerine with the heavy rum is very nice, bringing a lovely complexity that keeps me coming back for more. Cascade does these beers so well.

Apr 19, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glowing orange-amber with a moderate white froth.

A little spicy oak, vanilla, and tangerine perfume the nose.

Tastes pretty strongly sour, but also earthy, with really strong peach, nectarine, and grapefruit.

Slick but dry.

Mar 19, 2017
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Super deep orange color, clear, with a thin white head that quickly creates a film across the glass with very light lacing.
T: Tangerine, fruit flavors, soft toasted malt, followed by light bourbon and a light lingering sourness.

A: Moderate tangerine aroma with complex esters, light vanilla and bourbon, followed by a light lingering sourness.

M: Medium bodied, with moderately light carbonation. The beer hides its high alcohol well.

O: Very tasty; the beer's additions of tangerine and vanilla, complement the base beer and the lingering sourness contrasts well.

Feb 22, 2017
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml corked and caged bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy 2 finger white head with poor retention. Beer is a cloudy bright orange. No lace, no real legs. Average.

Nose is lightly funky, spritzy and citrusy. Still bright and effervescent with a sweet and tart aroma. Simple but really good.

Opens bright orange zest. Some Brett funk in the middle mixed with more sweet and puckering citrus notes. Orange, tangerine and a light grapefruit tartness towards the back. Lightly booze and very citrus fruit forward right at the finish. A sweet and juicy fruit aftertaste. Very tasty!

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and puckering going down. Accented finish with a filmy, lightly lingering aftertaste. Very aggressive and crisp. Complements the flavor well.

Cascade continues to turn out amazing fruited wild after amazing fruited wild. Tangerine Dream is no exception and I really wish I could've had this one fresh. Definitely worth seeking out.

Apr 11, 2015
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada

4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 Vintage poured in to teku glass.

A - Translucent bright orange colour with two fingers of cream coloured head.

S - Toffee, dark caramel, dark fruit and spice flavours are present from the base beer (quad) with a sourness, oak and tangerine aromas also present.

T - Follows the nose. The base beer flavours show up at first with sweet caramel & toffee notes coming through. Spice, oak and a sourness enter mid-palate with apricot and tangerine notes in the finish. The apricot is fresh and juicy. A magnificent mix of the base beer, rum barrel, sour and fruit notes in this beer.

M - Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

Dec 26, 2013
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Burnt orange amber color with a heap of haze. A couple specks of sediment at the bottom of my Corsendonk Christmas chalice. An inch of head that fizzed down to a solid white ring.

A strong note of rum barrel, tart orange zest, sour apricot, lemon, wafery malts, funky yeast, and latent woodiness. Marvelous nose.

Apricot, tangerine, rum barrel, orange, peppery spice, finishing acid/alcohol burn, and a good sense of stomaching sourness. I love that burn and pepperiness and stagnant fruitiness, and the 11.1% is a goddamn mystery to me. Mildly sweet with that good rumminess, a great drink on a wintry day.

Awesome sour! Thanks Brian, for all of the Cascade trips! About to crack one of my long-time wants... Cascade Kriek.

Dec 13, 2013
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barleywinefiend from Washington

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a a nice bronzish orange color with a fizzy white head which dissipates quickly leaving no lacing to speak of...

S: Lots of apricots, more apricot than tangerine actually, a sharp acidic and booze sting on the nostrils, very light rum.

T: Initially its stinging from lacto and booze with a pronounced fresh apricot with a layers of tangerine. I did detect a little bit of rum sweetness but not much, a hint of vanilla way in the background. This beer from start to finish was very much apricot with the tangerine being almost an afterthought. The finish is dry, sharp, acidic

M: Light/medium body, well carbonated, fizzed and gushed for a few seconds. Definitely tart and tasteful

O: The apricot seemed to be the base despite the name...two dimensional lacto and fruits, not very complex given the hefty price tag

Dec 02, 2013
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle into a fw snifter

pours a cloudy yellow Orange with a mild head. smell is very tart and sharp...tropical notes. taste is tart tart and more tart..with a good orange flavor in between and ends with a rum feel. lovely. lingering bitterness. amazing! medium bodied with medium carbonation. ABV can't be right...undetected.

overall amazing.

Nov 21, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Small white head.

Smell - Citrus, brett, some rum and oak.

Taste - Orange is strong. Astringent and oaky. Rum. Very interesting flavors.

Mouthfeel - Boozy and astringent. Moderate sourness.

Overall - Complex as always. Interesting beer, but not really spectacular.

Nov 19, 2013
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, Summer 2013 release (2012 bottle I think)
Mini snifter

A: Pours deeper orange than I was expecting. If blended with apricot, this looks pretty good. Thick layer of bright white head. Sticks around a for a little while before forming a collar around the edges of the glass.

S: Lots of apricot. Lots of sweetness. Taking a lot of apricot sour on the nose. Lactic notes. Some spices. Really pulling that blended in Apricot.

T: Up front, carbonation. A little bit of booze. Sweetness. Not getting a lot of run. More sour apricot. Finish is overly dry and crisp.

M: Lighter side of medium.

Nov 18, 2013
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jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yellow-orange pour with a white head. The aroma is full of tangerines with some light tartness. The flavor has some juicy tangerines as well as some tartness, grass and a light amount of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice, juicy sour that I really enjoy.

Nov 17, 2013
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the barrel room yesterday.

Light yellow with a dense, white head with really nice retention and lacing. The nose is rather intensely lactic with a pervasive sourness. Some ginger, spice, honey, brown sugar and citrus are present. The palate is similar. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, the finish is long, boozy and sour. Decent.

Sep 30, 2013
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tectactoe from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Scot for opening this one up! It pours the color of semi-ripe, dingy tangerines; opaque and cloudy, as is the case for most Cascade beers (and I guess many wild ales in general). A fizzing head tops it off, the kind of head you'd get from a clear soda - crackling and fleeing within moments of being poured until the top of the orange brew is completely bare.

Pungent apricot notes fill the aroma with a mild onset of tangy orange that slowly creeps in, but never fully makes its way to center stage. Gushing, fleshy and very fruity in character; mildly tart on the nose with a bit of lactic acid, but not quite to the level of Cascade's Apricot ale. A touch of oak and cotton-ish funk on the back-end with a supreme, boozy character that starts to tingle after a few solid whiffs.

Although still very nice, the taste isn't quite as satisfying in the nose. Big apricot fruitiness up-front, mixed with quite a bit of booziness. Not the kind of boozy presence that you'd get from something like a huge imperial stout or barleywine, but large enough to feel just a little out of place in a sour ale. Apricot is the largest fruit component, with much, much lighter hints of orange and peach. Tangerine dream isn't as tangerine-centric as the name would imply.

A slight bit of that wet-blanket, cotton-like funk appears in the end, along with some floral hints... I would assume the hops were dried out for this ale, so I'm not sure where those floral notes are coming from, but it's a nice touch. More rum warmth in the back-end that lingers in the back of the throat for the while. Crackling, snappy mouth feel; medium bodied, relatively large for the style with good heft and a nice creaminess in the latter half.

Tangerine Dream didn't succeed quite like I wanted it to, although it was still tasty. Think of it like a much boozier, less acidic Apricot Ale with a tiny bit of orange (tangerine) thrown in. In that case, I'll just take the Apricot ale and live with the stomach ulcer. Unique, but probably on the lower end of things I've had from Cascade. I guess they've impressed me so much with other offerings that I expect nothing but the best, every time.

Sep 26, 2013
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

a clean orange/copper pour, TONS of visible carbonation bubbles shooting up quickly, 2 fingers of bright white foam head which dissipated rather slow for the style. aroma of corks, wine barrels, definitely picking up orange, wine-like aroma of grapes, getting a lot of alcohol on the nose, definitely getting a funky overall scent. tart up front, with a very strange flavor profile.. acidic, wine-like, oak/wood barrel, the orange and apricots are subtle... but come forward more as the drink warms up. this is a fantastic tasting sour - very olive/vinegar like in style, so not a great introduction to the style, but holy cow is this thing a fantastic treat for those with experienced taste buds! more tart than it is sour, and more wine-like than it is tart.. so go with that, as my description. high carbonation, light in body (i mean for the abv, this is ridiculously light!) - you cannot taste the alcohol in this at all..

wow - i would LOVE to get some more of their beers.

Sep 22, 2013
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aasher from Indiana

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you to TallPaul07 for sharing this. This beer pours an unattractive dark burnt orange in color with a slight white lacing. This beer is a good example why you don't judge a book by its cover. Its nose is in your face. You are assaulted with a barrage of tangerine and sweet tarts. The nose is unreal. It features flavors of sweet and tart lemons and tangerines with a distinct sweet tart aspect. It is definitely fruit forward. It drinks medium in body and none of the alcohol or barrel aging are present in the nose or flavors. This beer is delicious. Overall this beer isn't the most complex thing in the world but damn is it delicious. I fully recommend it.

Sep 19, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for Beachwood Sour Fest at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to tiny wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and rum aromas. Taste is much the same with sour citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild 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 good beer with tasty citrus flavors but the smell is slightly better in my opinion.

Sep 08, 2013
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HoppyKilaMonster from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cascade Tangerine Dream, 2011 Project

A- Pours a deep deep amber hue. About 2 finger thick head, which dissipates quickly.

S- A lot of apricots, followed by booziness from the rum barrel it was aged in, and the tangerine peels.

T- The tangerine and rum barrel really come through here. This is one of the first rum barrel aged beers I have had, and you can instantly tell by the flavor. Not as sour as I was expecting.

M- A little on the side of being under-carbonated.

O- I was expecting a little more. Good either way, just not what I was hoping for.

Aug 17, 2013
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Project.

A- poured straight from the fridge and there was still an overflow when I removed the cork. It pours a hazy orange with a 4 finger head of foam, and once the foam settled down, I see some good lacing.

S- big notes of sour apricots, huge lemon peel, and a boozy aroma that must come from the rum barrel aging.

T- the fruit stands out...apricots on the sour side but not mouth puckering. Lemon peel is there but not as strong as in the aroma. Some notes of alcohol, I guess it's the from the rum. I'm not a big fan of rum. This is very good though.

M- medium bodied, same for carbonation.

O- the second pour was much more manageable.
This is very good but, imho, not top notch like others from Cascade.

Aug 12, 2013
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thebeerprophet from California

4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden orange. Bright. Unfiltered. Low carbonation

Smell: fruit bomb in my noise. Smells great.

Taste: some sours are harder to pick up on the fruit used. NOT THIS ONE. One of my favorite fruit favors. The high ABV adds to the sweetness and the rum barrels add to the complexity.

Mouthfeel: light. Refreshing with a bit of texture from the high ABV and Run barrels.

Overall: this was a treat on my taste buds. I've had most of Cascades regular line up and this is one of my new favorites from them.

Aug 08, 2013
Tangerine Dream from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 240 ratings