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Cranberry Woods - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

25 Reviews
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Reviews: 25
Hads: 137
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 11
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MacQ32 on 04-06-2014

Cranberry Woods is a sour ale wildly fermented in 500 gallon oak tanks inherited from our sister company, Nantucket Vineyard. This beer is aged for 24 months, with Nantucket grown cranberries, lactobacillus, and brettanomyces.
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Reviews: 25 | Hads: 137
Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of kaiyote
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of MB4slow
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tclipse
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of TreeBear
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of boredalready
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trevorpost
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of dvmin98
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Rukasu
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Mike
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.76/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of SebastianOwl
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has some hints of rosé hues, having a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving some wisps of lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sour cherries and cranberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having sour flavors of cranberries along with notes of oak and hints of vinegar. The beer finishes with subtle flavors of cherry and cranberry fruit that try to peek out from the underlying sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite sour for something that is only 5% abv. It has a good balance between the sourness and fruity flavors.

Note: 2015 vintage

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of erha2
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Cranberry Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.