Cranberry Woods - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Cranberry WoodsCranberry Woods

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.32%
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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Ratings: 124 | Reviews: 20
Reviews by VelvetExtract:
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ACBF pour, assuming from a bottle

A-Pours a pink/red color. Head has pink undertones and it fizzles away very quickly. It's fairly murky and there is some detritus floating around.

S-Tart, natural cranberries. Mostly underripe cranberries but there was some ripened berry sweetness in there as well. Soggy oak.

T-Tart, sour cranberries. Fresh and natural. Also I get flavors of other types of red berries. Some sweet cranberry as well. Oak and dust.

M-Light bodied. Bubbly. Tannic and slightly puckering.

O-A tasty sour beer that delivers with the cranberry flavor. Straightforward but tasty. There should be more cranberry wild beers out there.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of dvmin98
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage, shared with rudzud and threelions.

Light fizzy head fades quickly, clear slight copper amber hue mostly honey orange color. 4

Nose loaded with cranberry, the most cranberry I've ever had in a beer, it's like a cranberry wine, tart fermented iced cranberries, mild sour lambic like notes, plenty phenolic, wild funk, mild sweet candy malt. 4.5

Taste starts a bit sweet, candy malts. Then quickly into tart cranberry, so much cranberry juice, tart sour cranberry with acidic bite, little funky Brett like note, big phenolic slight flemmy kinda note, sour fermented iced cranberries. Pops with carb and sour funky tartness, delicious. Finish flemmy, acidic, long tart cranberry mild phenolic and funk.4.25

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lots of popping carb, flemmy acidic bite. 4.25

Overall awesome! So much tart funky cranberry and lambic like notes, nice acidic, etc. 4.25

Photo of AcuppaJoe
2/5  rDev -48.1%

Off phenol aroma. More tart than a Lambic with plastic-like off flavors. Overwhelmingly least favorite at our Thanksgiving tasting

Photo of sprat1960
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Strawberry-blonde, extremely cloudy and completely opaque. The beer almost appears as if it has fruit puree blended in; it has a thick appearance. A 2-3 finger creamy white head when poured that dies out completely in a matter of seconds without a trace. Lots of tiny bubbles upon close inspection. Not a very appealing beer visually.

Smell: Slightly sweet berry scent combined with that typical "sour" beer scent. The sour scent was most prevalent. I found the smell too funky and not overly appealing to me. The smell did NOT entice me to drink the beer.

Taste: Starts off acidic then the taste progresses to become mildly sweet with the flavor of the cranberries coming through and finishes with a mild funky, sour taste. Different.

Mouthfeel: Starts of with a slight tingly sensation on the roof of your mouth from the acidic flavor and carbonation, sour on your tongue and the back of your throat with a slightly dry finish. Medium body that feels kind of thick and heavy.

Overall: An interesting beer; I appreciate the uniqueness. I really had high hopes for this beer as it is relatively local to me and I love my sours. However this beer was just okay for me. It was a little too funky for my personal taste. I have had much better and do not see me ever purchasing this again.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

Highly refined but distinguished in its wildness, Cisco's cranberry sour ale strikes the tongue with acute acidities and a tangy fruit weave. Harking back to Belgian sour ales, these guys show that America's northeast has the microflora to compete.

Taking on its indigenous taste, the open-ended fermentation brings an ale with modest pink hues. Its mildly hazed appearance thwarts forward a beautifully sharp sourness that captivate the senses with lactic lemon, lime and clean vinous taste. Above it all rests a subtle musty scent decorated with weathered wood and cellar like capability.

Dryness rests upon the middle with those sour tendencies reinforcing lime, lemon and dry cider. Ribbon of cranberry comes with its own pin-point sourness and fruity flavor. A delicate saline flavor settles in late for a mildly full fruit taste. Crabapple, under-ripened pear and raspberry enter the mix, but its a clean and irresistibly refreshing taste that makes the beer so easy.

Even drier in finish, the fast-fleeting ale intensifies in its super-clean sourness and leaves the palate highly refreshed, even as echoes of cellar wood, mushroom and fruit waft above the palate. Intangible vanilla, almond and cinnamon offer a final whimsy in aftertaste.

Photo of cpetrone84
2.7/5  rDev -29.9%

Pour is a transparent copper orange with a tight off white head. Nose has some wet wood, light phenol plastic, acetic acid, leathery brett, and tart cranberry. Taste is more woody, some wet wood and a fair bit of oak and vanilla. A fair bit of plastic and acetic acid, moderate cranberry, a bit thin on the flavor. Decent body, fairly high carb, a bit sandy.

Photo of Dope
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing. 2013 vintage

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear, cranberry hue with a thin one finger head that leaves a thin halo. 4

S - Aromas of nice cranberry, light funk, phenols, bit boozy, much more cranberry than I figured. 4

T - Taste is light cranberry, lots yeast and bread, light funk. The yeast is quite forefront, wheat, rather lambic like. Light funk quite phenolic. Tasty. 4

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, solid feel. 4

O - Overall this beer was nice, good cranberry notes, still far too expensive. 4

Serving Type: Bottle

Photo of larryi86
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a teku

A- A hazy/cloudy reddish pink color with a two finger pink head.

S- Tart cranberries, funk, oak, hints of tart berries and cherries.

T- Sour lemon, cranberries, some sour cherries and berries, funk, oak, some vinegar in the finish.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body.

O- Another great beer in The Woods series from Cisco, packs a great sour punch. Definitely will pick this up again!

Photo of BMMillsy
2.99/5  rDev -22.3%

2013 corked and caged bottle sent to me by the old man. Thanks pop. Pours reddish pinkish orange, mostly clear with lots of bubbles, and a big white bubbly head that recedes quickly. Aroma if dusty oak, tart cranberry, vinegar, hint of bandaid. Flavor is tart cranberry up front with a bandaid finish that lingers a while. Not into that. Light bodied with huge spritzy carbonation. Not sure how much this bottle normally costs (recently saw it for $60 at a beer bar in DC), but I can't imagine a price that would make me but this again.

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

These Cisco beers have become a shelf turd here in Baltimore. I guess the price tag is what steers beer geeks away. But I'm that guy that wants to try a beer once, regardless of the price. Getting down to business. This beer pours a fantastic shade of Amber with a tinge of cherry red sunburst in the body. Minimal head with nice tight bubbly ring around my wine glass. Now for the aroma. Smells just like Cranberry Vinaigrette! With some musky funk, less autumn dead leaves. Nice dose of bubblegum. Time to taste this batch! Vinegar with some Cranberries. There's little musk and oak in the flavor but there is still a nice dose of bubblegum. It's sweet and not powdery. Sourness is a little firm but not offensive. The finish is medium dry, sweet vinegary and slightly salty. The feel of the brew is medium-light low carb.

Overall: I'm glad I popped it's top tonight. It's on the verge of being a Vinegar Bomb. I hate those. Yet this brew is highly drinkable. I don't understand the 87 rating on this. I guess beer nerds want all the Lacto sourness and not a flavorful and balanced lambic/wild/sour brew. For what it is, I'd drink again. It's refreshing balanced and damn enjoyable. This brew is recommended!

Photo of rawfish
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours muddy pluot, completely opaque with a large three finger head. The fizzy head has some staying power, is white and tinged pink from the cranberries. Not much lacing the tight bubbles slide up the glass but have no staying power.

Intense complexity, while not appealing for some but I liked it. Sour cherries, plums and lemon zest, some red berries but I did not immediately think cranberry. Nuances of wintergreen, red wine and oak. The funk in this beer is quite prevalent and interesting, bandaid and fresh gauze, leather, new car smell and finished with a bit of vinegar.

Tart berries, red wine and soothing oak and tannins, some leather and a bit of cinnamon spice lead up to a large tart finish, heavy on the lemon juice with a backing of vinegar as far as acidity goes. The juicy cranberry does appear once the beer begins to warm though I prefer it colder.

Medium bodied though the sheer amount of sediment subtracts from that, I heard complaints about it being undercarbed but no such problems here, it is very active. Sour is pretty high with a bit of drying, not teeth meltingly so but about a 6-7 out of 10.

Price point this is a bit high but I thought this was a more than solid sour. The aroma is a puzzle and a deligth to put together. The taste is a nice balance between tart and natural fruit sweetness.

Photo of Hab11
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

Shares with three lions from a 750 ml 5%abv.

Look: blood orange deep Amber. Rosy like a blush wine, off white head which quickly dissipates.

Smell: diaper rash cream

Taste : tart cranberry and overall apple spice flavor. Thanks three lions.

Mouthfeel: my favorite part. Effervescent up front but dry and tickles the sinuses a bit. I really enjoy this part of it.

Overall: probably better fresh. Nice beer but probably a bit old.

Photo of ThreeLions
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 cork and cage 2013 vintage shared with hab11 in treehouse tulips.

Appearance. Pours a blush pink white zinfandel color into the glass, settling as a blood orange, brown red pink murky color. Okay carbonation creates an extremely short lived head. The few lasting bubbles are popping out of the glass like pop rocks and saliva.

Smell: uh oh it smells like a diaper. I had this vintage a few months ago with rudzud and jlindros...was amazing. May have waited too long to drink this one with hab. Again the last one I had was exceptional so we will see how the flavor is.

Taste: Okay thankfully the taste is better. Lots of tangy tart cranberries which is nice but still a hint of that dirty diaper feel. Very disappointing not in the beer but that I waited too long. It was great with a year of age but pushing two it is quite a let down. I would suggest drinking these fresh or with only a year or so of age. Other offerings from the woods line age very well. This one...not so.much. Almost has apples and cinnamon smell and taste. If I had to pinpoint pie spice with cranberries and citric acid. Good balance of citric and lactic acid. Interesting.

Mouth: pretty full bodied not chewy but thick; thicker than the other beers of the night. Good tart profile not overly so but at the forefront.

Overall: shucks. Waited too long to drink this one. Got a bit too funky and not in a good way. Still cranberries but with cinnamon, clove and apples. Good interesting brew. Would have preferred if hab11 has this one the last time I did because it was awesome. This one was mediocre. Cheers. Maybe I should drink through my woods collection to try to avoid a similar situation. Have lady of the woods, pechish woods, monomer kriek and bike path blueblerry to drink. Are you ready hab?

Photo of MacQ32
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a muddy pink/blood orange with half of finger of pinkish/white head. Retention is non existent, disappears quicker than it was poured, no lacing.

S - Tart cranberries, tanin, ripe berries, definitely oaky.

T - Tart and vinegary acids initially, minimal sweetness but big cranberry flavors come through. Tanin, funky oak and ripe berries. Aftertaste is vinegary with a bit of woody/oak flavors.

M - Light bodied, extremely well carbonated. Ideal for the style

O - Would drink again, all day

Photo of Beerlover
1.87/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This either had not aged enough or had aged too much, not balanced, refreshing or enjoyable at all, all the sour characteristics of this beer were offensive and overtook the beer. Ick

Cranberry Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.