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Cranberry Woods - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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19 Reviews
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 127
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MacQ32 on 04-06-2014

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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 127
Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 batch, just released.

A: Cork explodes out of the bottle immediately, shooting foam everywhere. I filled a Duvel tulip and another glass and it continued to foam out all over my desk and floor. Slightly annoying. It's a VERY murky reddish-brown pour with an enormous (obviously) fizzy tan/red head. Loads of sediment. It pretty much looks like reddish mud. Head fizzes out very quickly, leaving zero lacing. Zero head retention.

S: As expected, sour cranberries. Acetone and even some vinegar? Lots of leathery, oaky tannins.

T: Yup, sour cranberries. Not super teeth chatteringly sour but quite tart nonetheless. Vinegary in the middle and then leathery in the finish. Cranberries linger in the aftertaste with lots of oak and more tannins.

M: Crisp and tart. Medium bodied.

O: Quite a good sour if I say so myself. Don't get too many cranberry sours, this is a nice departure. Tart and crisp, really refreshing. Not brutally sour, but not sweet either. Nice balance. The unholy amount of murk and sediment in this one does detract from the drinkability, I will note. And I do mean unholy, you cannot see through this beer even when there is just a sip left in the glass. (1,185 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of kaiyote
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MB4slow
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750mL into a goblet.

The pour produces a ton of fizzy head and gives the beer an immediate champagne appearance, but it quickly dissipates. A cloudy amber body reminds me of an unfiltered apple cider and this beer looks to have the same texture. It also has an aggressive carbonation that stirs the beer up and sends bubbles to the surface and then outwards.

Cat pee would be an appropriate description here. This beer smells weird. I'm also getting nail polish or something else I wish I wasn't smelling. Then there's some light fruitiness and clear aroma of cranberries.

Certainly this beer has the cranberry flavor and a cider-like quality, but I'm still getting that funky weirdness. It's less offensive on the tongue, but I'm not crazy about it. There's some nuttiness and a white grape flavor in there too.

The same fizziness when I cracked the bottle is very evident on the tongue. The beer is more tart than sour and has a good crispness. It's pretty easy to drink.

Cranberry Woods grew on me. The smell is pretty offensive, but if you can get past that, it's light, tart and enjoyable. (1,114 characters)

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with pinkish tinge. Alcohol booze aroma despite 5%. Good tartness. Balanced and very drinkable. 2 years' ageing helped enourmously. (146 characters)

Photo of tclipse
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Pinkish red and hazy without much of a head. Nice cranberry aroma. Jammy and a bit of cherry. Musty. A bit of solvent in the taste. Sourness that gets you in the nose. Nice fruit flavor. Cranberry and cherry. Light sweetness and some oak. Medium carbonation. Pretty tasty, but a slightly off putting sourness. (346 characters)

Photo of TreeBear
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of boredalready
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trevorpost
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of dvmin98
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Holiday Wine Cellar...

Was really looking forward to this due to reviews and was excited to finally crack this one.

Well, this thing is an oak bomb. There are some cranberry notes, but all you really taste is oak, oak, oak. I like it when a beer has a nice barrel presence, but that's the majority of what this is. Yes, I know the name is Cranberry Woods, but this should be called Wood Woods w/ Cranberry. (430 characters)

Photo of Rukasu
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Mike
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DrewRPS
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of campfirebrew
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of vrbulldog22
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SebastianOwl
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle labeled 2013; drank in a widemouth wine glass on 7/30/15 (63 characters)

Photo of erha2
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Stum-pub
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of MNishCT77
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle purchased at De Vino's in Woodley Park/Adams Morgan, NW D.C., 2013 vintage, poured into my The Lost Abbet Teku glass and drank over an hour (or more):

A: 2/3 - copper-brown coloration; high clarity (can both read and see through); initially fizzy off-white head essentially dissipated within seconds but reagitated on swirling; moderate alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - large tart and funky aroma - lactic, wet hay and overripe tropical fruit - admixed with oak character (especially tannins); no hops; a touch of alcohol; no DMS; no diacetyl

T: 15/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is a slightly aged hop bitterness but very subtle; in the middle of the mouth, there is an intense lactic sourness mixed with oak character; there is a slight astringency that is more detectable on warming; finishes dry with a subtle warming

M: 4/5 - moderate carbonation, moderate body, effervescent

O: 8/10 - very good lactic forward sour that rivals the other in the CIsco Woods series; too expensive in the greater D.C. area as per usual ($24.99/bottle for a 5% ABVer) but that's not the only thing that was puckering; recommended if you can get it for less than 2/3 of that price

TOTAL - 39/50 (1,197 characters)

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Cranberry Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.