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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 mrchrisray:
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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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%

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

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

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

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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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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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

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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%

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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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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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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