Cascade Apricot

Brewery: Cascade Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 7.2%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Northwest sour ale. Ale aged in oak barrels with apricots. 2015 project

Brewer Description: (from bottle) House of Sour. This Northwest sour ale is a blend of sour blond ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 14 months with fresh apricots.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.86
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, 2015 project. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden orange colour with a one finger white head that had decent retention while leaving lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart, apricot, oak, hay, lime zest, light funk.
Taste: Sour, very sour, tart, apricot, hay, dust, wood, oak, lemon zest.
Mouthfeel: Moderately sharp, medium bodied, with moderate carbonation.
Overall: The flavours were enjoyable, but it was just too sour, and coupled with the acidity, it was just a bit too much for any easy drinking, but good for sipping.

Cascade The Vine

Brewery: Cascade Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 10.1%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Northwest sour ale. Ale aged in oak barrels with grapes. 2015 project

Brewer Description: (from bottle) House of Sour. The Vine is a blend of sour wheat and blond ales aged in white wine barrels for up to 16 months with Gewürztraminer grapes.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.28
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, 2015 project. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour, with a thin white head that dissipated quickly, while leaving only some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, oak, funk, vinous, white wine, grape, grape skin, with light citrusy lemon and mixed berry notes.
Taste: Sour, tart, vinous, white wine, lightly sweet, grape skin, oak, wood, lemon.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Complex and balanced with good sweet and sour notes and strong vinous and oak presence.

Cascade Blackcap Raspberry

Brewery: Cascade Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 7.7%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Northwest sour ale. Ale aged in oak barrels with raspberries. 2016 project

Brewer Description: (from bottle) House of Sour. This Northwest sour ale is a blend of wheat and blond ales that were aged in oak barrels with blackcap and red raspberries for up to 14 months.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.25
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, 2016 project. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy deep reddish maroon colour with a less than one finger pinkish head that faded quickly while leaving some sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Lightly tart, jammy, raspberry, oak, grape skin, with notes of cherry and apple cider vinegar.
Taste: Sour, tart, raspberry, blackcurrant, sharp, acidic, lemon juice, a touch vinous, and woody oaky notes.
Mouthfeel: Sharp, acidic, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Like most Cascade wild ales, there is sharp acidity, but in this case, it wasn’t overwhelming, and balanced a bit by the sweet raspberry. This was enjoyable.

Cascade Elderberry

Brewery: Cascade Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 7%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Northwest sour ale. Ale aged in oak barrels with elderberries and spices. 2015 project

Brewer Description: (from bottle) House of Sour. This Northwest sour ale is a blend of red ales aged in red wine barrels for up to 25 months with elderberries and spices.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.74
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, 2015 project. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy amber dark brown colour with a one finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tart, plum, prunes, mixed dark berries, cherry, raisin, with light vinous and cinnamon notes.
Taste: Sour, moderately sharp, tart, vinous, mixed dark berries, blackcurrant, grape skin, blueberry, oak, raisin, with notes of vinegar, and other spices.
Mouthfeel: Moderately sharp acidity, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Flavours are nice, but the feel may have been slightly too sharp with a lack of balance, which didn’t make it as easy to drink as it could have been.

H.K. Lovecraft Adventure Pepper Lager

Brewery: H.K. Lovecraft
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 5.2%
Style: International Pale Lager
Other Notes: 20 IBUs. Aroma 3.5/5, Thickness 2.5/5, Adjunct – kampot pepper

Brewer Description: (from can) Fine maltiness, gently spicy. Far continent to lands broken by flood, two years journey from the old world to domains of strange gods. The Preserver and his god-kings reigned, black giant stones lined avenues of gold. Few had mourned when all was swallowed. Cities of gods are built by slaves.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.81
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 18th November 2021. Poured into an Anderson Valley beer can glass.
Appearance: A clear golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Smoky, smoked malt, sweet, light citrus zest, with spicy pepper notes.
Taste: Smoky and slightly bready from the smoked malts. Some light sweetness, followed by floral and citrus zesty notes which I think are from the kampot pepper, and I’m getting a mild but lasting spiciness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This has some interesting flavours in it. The smoke was probably a bit strong and may have overwhelmed some of the floral and citrus zesty notes that I think came from the kampot pepper, although I’ve not tried kampot pepper before, so I can’t be sure. The mild and lasting spicy finish was a nice touch though.