Pechish Woods - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 113
Gots: 56 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: woosterbill on 11-08-2010

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Reviews by bluejacket74:
Photo of bluejacket74
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml caged and corked bottle, 2013 vintage. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head that fizzled away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is a bit light at first (but does gets a lot stronger as the beer warms), it smells like sweet and tart peaches, lemon peel, funk, and some bready/grainy malt. However, this is definitely a full flavored brew. It tastes like tart and sweet peaches, citrus peel, bready/grainy malt, funk and a bit of oak. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating with low carbonation. I think it's a good brew, it's nice and tart, very tasty. I almost passed at the $18.99 a bottle price tag, but one of my buddies told me before I bought it that it was good. I'm glad I listened to him, I'd buy this again. I just wonder how this would be with some age on it. Guess I'll have to pick up another bottle soon!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out well, light peach colored, thin head. Aroma was nicely peach, soft, not brace yourself bitter/sour, really enjoyed just smelling this bad boy.

Peach, white wine like acidity and tartness, such a soft touch all over this. Not the biggest beer out there, but this one's delicate hand produced a masterpiece. Drank towards the end of an amazing sour tasting, this one was my favorite. Manages to result in a peach/apricot flavor, ample tartness that is balanced with the fruit, yet a dry finish. Not at all 'sweet'. Just the right amount of just about everything from where I sit.

Thanks jh1982 for breaking this out, liked it even more than the Zomer somehow!

Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for this bottle as a gift! Review from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light yellow/peach (for lack of a better word), color with a small white head on top that fades rather quickly and leaves behind a few spots of lacing.

S: Some tart peach, with some light citrus fruit, light funk, a little bit of oak as well.

T: More peaches up front, a little lighter than I had expected or hoped, but still nice. A very light sourness/tartness here, with a little barnyard funk and oak coming through too. There is a little bit of graham cracker in there as well, sort of like a peach pie.

M: Light to medium bodied, very easy drinking, love the low abv.

O: Liked it a lot, but would have loved it with a little more peach and a bit more sour/tartness in it.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tim's bottle, thanks for sharing. The white wine version of the woods, Dark Woods being the red wine. So this is the more drinkable one though not as much depth. A moderate head on a very yellow body. Carbonation is right there. Very easy drinking despite sourness, peachy and poached pear in the finish. A fuller mouthfeel. Nice one.

Photo of augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ShogoKawada for another episode of The Woods. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Pale cloudy titanium yellow liquid with a brief heavily active ivory crust which recedes to nothing, though a steady loud stream of bubbles continues rising to the surface. No lacing, no retention, no legs.

Musty sour aroma with a sweet peach note towards the end. Wet wood and fruit continue to intensify and compete as the beer warms.

Tart palate entry grows slowly sweeter almost like a peach ripening across the flavor profile. Never cloying, it finishes medium-dry with just a touch of funk.

Light bodied, very carbonated but spritzy more than effervescent.

A nice choice for Summer, refreshing and subtle.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a nice 2 finger fine white head with decent retention. Beer is a clear, pale goldenrod. Lacing is spotty with no stick but decent legs. Above average for the color.

Nose is sweet peach puree, some sweet spice, cane sugar, and some musty cobweb. Decently aromatic but missing any sort of robust fruit flavor or funk. A bit strange.

Opens sweet peach. Slightly tart in the middle. Some cane sugar lingers behind sour peaches. End is slightly wheaty and berlingerweisse-like. Finishes tart with a dry, peach skin finish. Decent but pretty bland overall.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and slightly dry in the mouth and oily and smooth going down. Finish is dry with a puckering finish. Nice and light.

This beer can only really be described as conservative. Flavor is nice but very soft and mellow. Decent but without any real character and pretty plain overall. I'd revisit this one but not at the price point.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Slight haze to an orange body. Nice white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Peach. Intense acidity. Nice peach, but it does smell very acidic.

Taste - It's pretty sour. It still retains a nice peach flavor, though. Oaky. Sweet peach before the sourness takes over. Not acetic, but it isn't a light sourness.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Very sour without being over-sour.

Overall - It's all peach and sourness, but that isn't a bad thing.

Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, peach, wood, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, peach, subtle sour, and subtle tart. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I have to say that the peach is definitely the start of the show. The sour and tart aspects are very subdued which makes this one very easy to drink. Really wish I had a growler of this to crush as it would be no problem at all. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity!

Photo of SpdKilz
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to OrangeAmps for this beer. Cheers! Split with my brother-in-law.

Appearance – Pours a tangerine color into a tulip glass. About half a finger of slightly off white head is achieved with a vigorous pour that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing though lots of bubbles can be seen.

Smell – As the beer warms, lots of peach aromas are detected which is a pleasant surprise (I feel peach is a hard fruit to get a good smell from). Slight oak, floral, vinous notes mixed with some great barnyard funk and tartness.

Taste – The taste begins with a fruitier flavor than tartness, though there is a nice slight pucker. Peach and apricot are prevalent, with the oak and barrels coming through as the beer warms and on the tail end. Slight acidity, sweetness, and honestly it tastes like peach seltzer water.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, too light. A bit watery in the mouthfeel. Decent carbonation. As stated, it is reminiscent of a peach flavored seltzer water.

Overall – I liked this beer. My biggest complaint was that it was just too light bodied. I hope if they make this in the future they can add to the body. A refreshing beer in this 90 degree weather.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kelly for busting out the surprise growler!

Served in a footed tulip glass. Thin white veil of foam on the surface, gentle streams of active carbonation feed into the ring of foam around the edges. Spotty froth in the glass with a couple random arcs of spindly lacing. A slightly hazy golden orange color, it resembled a dry cider.

Softly fruity, tart and somewhat floral, natural fuzzy peach stands out, with a little bit of oak/barrel complexity.

Cleanly tart and crisp, very quenching. A perfect cool-down on a 100º July day. Finishes dry and oaky, with tart underripe peach flavors comprising the bulk of it. Refreshing and natural, not sweet at all. The clean lactic tartness reminded me a little of the crisp simplicity of Festina Peche, as Pechish Woods isn't especially funky, but also lightly tart with pleasant peach flavor. Light bodied and very drinkable. Something one could easily drink a growler of solo, if so inclined. Great stuff!

Photo of chuck19
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just to give you an idea I am drinking this beer while the worst Hurricane of OUR LIVES is raging outside my door Irene you whore!

The pour was a slight head, light color, a water-y gatorade.

The smell was a hing of hint of peach. I wonder if it would have been stronger if I had not left it in the fridge. Update as I let it breath more and get warmer the peach smell was stronger.

The taste is peachy, slightly sour. with a lemon zest that I notice.

Mouth feel is good. Smooth and a solid beer that I could drink all day.

Overall it was good I kept drinking it even when a bug landed in the beer.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the tasting at la casa de dirtinabottle.

Pours a murky orange, with a half inch fizzy head and not much lacing.

Smells incredible, fresh peaches- peach juice, peach flesh, with lots of sour aromas as well.

The taste is quite sour. However, it is highly carbonated and fizzy, which blocks out a lot of the sourness. The peach flavor is great, but slightly more subdued in the taste than in the flavor. The sour peach flavor stays on your mouth and lips the whole session.

Light to medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, highly carbonated.

Starting to get more into sours, this was nice.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours the color of clarified butter, clear on the first pour. a brilliant white two-finger head fizzles away to a thin lacy cap that leaves minimal lacing.

aroma of peaches, tart fruit, a bit of bready yeastiness and honey. sweet, tart, fruit. smells delicious. hints of funkiness and flowers.

taste is complexly fruity and tart. peachy, fairly pronounced vinegar-esque tartness. reminds me of a few of the RR sours in profile. complex funkiness accentuated by a fresh peachiness.

mouth is light and crisp with ample carbonation and an awesome drying finish that is still almost a bit creamy. works perfectly.

all in all, an impressive brew indeed. more tart than I was anticipating, but delicious. the peach is a nice addition, and all in all, it pulls together as a complex yet refined brew. big thanks to jmu500 for this one!

Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. 2013 vintage.

A- Pours an orangeish medium gold color with a 1/2 inch fuzzy off-white head that immediately dissipates to no bubbles. No lacing.

S- Nice acidic aroma with some peach essence coming through. Mildly funky.

T- Quite sour with some peach undertones and other light fruit flavors such as apple and orange. Definitely on the higher end of the sourness spectrum which could be attributed to the beer's aging. The peach comes out more as it warms.

M- High amount of puckering dryness with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Definitely the most complex and enjoyable Cisco beer I've had so far which is what I was hoping for since none of their other beers really do much for me.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Reviewed 3/4/12

Appearance: Golden yellow, with a touch of orange - hazy, with a foamy white head that fades to a fizzy ring

Smell: Delicate peaches - peach flesh, light fruity sweetness, but mostly dry - some slight funk characteristic of Cisco Woods beers - slightly tart, nicely balanced

Taste: Reminiscent of biting into a peach - so much peach flavor - slightly sweet, slightly tart - very clean, very minimal bitterness, very minimal wood, a slight puckering dryness, slightly juicy

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry yet somehow juicy, nicely carbonated, surprisingly refreshing

Overall: Quite possibly the best use of peaches, ever

This is not particularly complex, especially for a Cisco Woods beer, but it is definitely good. The peach flavor is remarkable. It's mildly tart, but it's mostly just a refreshing fruit beer.

Update: 11/10/13

I honestly forgot that I reviewed this beer. I'm currently splitting the last bottle in my possession with Goblinmunkey7. And yes, it's still awesome. Even after a couple years, there is some remarkable tart, peach flavor.

Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of stinky cheese and spoiled fruit are present in the nose. The foul smelling odors begin to dissipate as the beer warms up.
T: The overall taste is very sour and has notes of peaches towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and tart on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an awful smell but a pleasant taste. This is one of the few beers where serving it in a snifter glass does a disservice to the beer. It's not a beer as long as you can ignore the smell. A pint glass would probably be the best option to drink this in.

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with decent head retention. Slight haziness. A refreshing looking brew for sure.

Smell is tart as all hell. Light fruit notes of peach, dates, and floral. Almost a fruit candy smell.

The taste follows up the smell with tart tart tart fruitiness. Quite smooth for such a sour beer.

Delightful mouthfeel.

Great brew.

Photo of baconsausage
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Jazzhead for helping him move to VT. Thanks!

Nice hazy straw color, slim white head , a little hazy. Nose is peachish sweet tarts, a little chalk. Seems a bit young. Nice peach forward flavor, crisp, followed by an green apple like tartness/sourness. Mouth fell is a bit thin, I would like it to be a liitle more coating, but is to be expected for the abv. Nice easy sour on a hot aftrnoon in a box truck.

Photo of ShanePB
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big "thank you" to shadowane for bringing this to the bottle share at the Weyerbacher Rapture release. Poured into my taster glass.

A: Light golden orange colored body, very soft and fair with a thin, bubbly small white head. Really no retention on this one but the carbonation bubbles did seem fairly active. No lace to speak of, either. A bit underwhelming and lackluster but for the style, I understand.

S: Huge fresh white peach notes, sour white grapes and a touch of tangerine juice. Some sourness comes out in the nose, nothing that seems really tart or funky but just a straight up sourness that you'd get with some fruits. It is pretty sweet smelling too, but it seems to lack any malts on the nose.

T: Sour and slightly tart white peaches come through first and linger well into the back palate. Midway through are more citrus flavors; orange, white grape and a touch of pink grapefruit. It's seriously intoxicating with its fruit flavors, very diverse yet balanced without becoming overpowering at all.

M: Light, bubbly and prickly carbonation, certainly what I would consider wonderful for the style. Light bodied but the flavors are all here to provide some great contrast and just work well. Some dryness in the finish.

This was probably my favorite beer of the night, very fruity and flavorful without ever getting overpowering or sickening. It was very light, fun, crisp and refreshing. Without a doubt a beer you must try for fans of anything sour.

Photo of BenZ
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seemed to be very much like a peach-infused traditional berliner weise. I'm having a hard time picking up any oak notes, and the peach is subtle (this was stored in the refrigerator since purchased). Lot's of lactic acid and a tiny bit of funk. Very thin, champagne like. A very fancy older brother of festina peche.

Photo of More_betterness
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear light golden body with a small, fizzy white head that recedes to a small ring quickly. Standard for an AWA.

S: Peach flesh and lemon zest. A hint of cinnamon and carmelized sugar emerges as it opens up, possibly from the oak? Smells like super tart peach cobbler. Very interesting.

T: Peach skins followed by acidic peach flesh and a bit of vinegar. Tart, but not overly so. A bit monotone in regards to variety of flavor profiles, but still manages to maintain a very pleasant depth of flavor with multiple peach notes.

M: Thin and crisp, with fizzy carbonation and a light texture. Very drinkable.

O: Great easy drinking sour, and a great showcase of peach flavor without the cloying sweetness present in so many beers with peach added. Would definitely grab this one again if it wasn't so hard to come by.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Night of the Funk 2010. Was really looking forward to this one. Pour yields a pale apricot brew with a white head and some mild lacing. The nose brings forward a good dosing of peaches, apricots, and other stone fruits along with some lactic sourness and a bit of oak. The flavor has some sour peaches as well as light wood. Sourness throughout. Body is light and slightly puckering. Overall, a really nice beer that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light fizzy pasty white head that fades at a med pace from the 1/2 finger, crystal clear pale honey yellow watery color.

Nose is unique, some nice wild aromas, light barnyard funk, a slight aroma of malts souring in the mash, some light toasty golden malts, light cereal, light tart sour fruit, some definite overripe peach, some buttered popcorn diacetyl, and buttered oak.

Taste starts with plenty of fruit, nice tart sour fruit, plenty of overripe fresh peach and canned peaches, some tart sour apricot and other fruits, again with light malts, soured mash malts and light cereal, slightly toasty, all that rounded with some buttery oak and light wood, the butter comes from the oak this time and not really buttered popcorn. Also some very light funk and acidity. Finishes drier, pretty dry, with light lingering tart malts and canned peaches, as well as light tart fruit and hint of acidity.

Mouth is lighter bodied, lower but decent carbonation.

Overall pretty good, a bit of diacetly on the nose, but nice buttery oak rounding the great tasting fruit and nice sour tartness and fruit flavors, and very drinkable.

Photo of BostonHops
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in an oversized wineglass

pours a hazy, pale yellow while yielding a short-lived 3/4" white head. a bit of patchy lacing evident. nose offers peach, a bit of funk, and some tartness. more or less what i was expecting on that front.

flavor follows the aroma closely with a light peach presence to blend with the tartness (though not overly tart) and moderate-to-light degree of funk. tasty and refreshing, though not the transcendent taste i was hoping for. light bodied with medium-low carbonation.

overall, this was good. i'm admittedly not the biggest fan of sours, but i enjoyed this take on the wild ale - very approachable for anyone just getting into the style, and a great summery brew.

(originally reviewed: 06-07-2011)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by DrewBa while we sat in my basemt watching 28 Days Later. Oreo gently caressed my thigh while scratching at his beard with a playful gleam in his eye....

A pale clear and light yellow body has very little head, no lace, and virtually no legs.
Smells like peachy-o candies. Yep. Artificial peach flavor comes on strong... Like canned peaches in heavy syrup... Hmmmm, surprisingly, this works, but not entirely...
The flavor is just as I expected: super sweet peaches, possibly artificial flavoring. Very sweet. The beer has a decent tart turn and some pleasant sourness at the finish.
Overall, this is really a one-trick pony... And I can persauded to love those if they pull off their trick to perfection--- this one falls just short of that goal.

This isn't unpleasant, but it certainly isn't the best sour I've come across. I'd take Eric's Ale over this in all possible aspects.

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Pechish Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
93 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.