Cascade Tangerine Dream | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Tangerine DreamCascade Tangerine Dream

Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
NW style sour ale aged in rum barrels for 20 months with tangerine zest, then blended with Cascase Apricot Ale.

Added by John_M on 07-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 215
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.8/5  rDev -8%
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

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of aasher
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of thebeerprophet
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the barrel house yesterday (can't believe this hasn't been added to the data base yet). Cascade is doing a big bottle release of this beer, and it seemed to be selling well at the barrel house yesterday afternoon.

The beer pours an orange apricot color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive and impressive in this one, as I think the orange zest really blends in well with the rum barrel aging. I get a lot of both on the nose (I guess it's something of a tangerine aroma), along with vanilla and some sour. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, with once again the rum and orange components seeming to dominate. Mouthfeel is fairly full, and this beer actually comes across as a bit boozy, which is unusual for Cascade. Still, the beer carries its 11% abv. very, very well, though I'm not sure I could drink a whole lot of this. That being said, I liked this more than a lot of other Cascade sours, mostly because the rum barrel flavor and aging seemed to tame the sour component significantly.

Interesting beer. The label indicates that this is a spiced quad that was blended with orange zest and then aged in rum barrels. It was then blended with the Apricot Sour. In any event, I thought the rum barrel aging worked well in this beer, and it's definitely a prominent feature on the nose and palate in this one. Another impressive effort from Cascade.

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Cascade Tangerine Dream from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
4.13 out of 5 based on 215 ratings.
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