Pechish Woods - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 367
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.33%
Wants: 112
Gots: 53 | FT: 6
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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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

been waiting a really long time to try this one, glad i got to do it with my brother. hazy muted orange to rust colored brew, cloudy wheaty looking, and way more fizzy than heady. it bubbles a lot, but nothing really accumulates at the surface. the nose is awesome, fresh peaches all the way, really brightly fruity, fleshy and ripe, summery for sure, but also extremely sour from the lacto. the wood is mellowing and sweet in both nose and taste, and without it i think this would be overly acidic, but its all in perfect balance as it is. the fruit is great in the flavor too, genuine and true to its natural self, with the tart skin and the sweet yellow flesh in the middle, but dried out insanely in the finish. other fruit is here too, namely lemon and white grape, likely products of the lacto fermentation, which is rather intense. its so sour, a hint of vinegar, but more of the high acid pucker than anything else. there are a lot of peach sours out there, but this one ranks near the top for me, the fruit is fresh and genuine, the sourness is high, but so is the drinkability with the low abv and all. huge fan of this whole series, but im not sure this one beats out the cherry, that was the winner so far (1,217 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head and no lace. The liquid is light orange-amber color. A bit of haze.

When the cork pops, I do smell a whiff of peach. in the glass, it's more sour, like a peche lambic.

Very sour with a peach background. It would certainly give the lambics a run for the money. Virtually no sweetness. Full bodied with a low carbonation. Interesting, particularly from the US, I certainly appreciate the effort to make this. (417 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a guess glass. This bottle is roughly two years old.

A: Pours a sunny golden color with a slight haze. Lively crackling white head dissipates shortly. No lacing to speak of.

S: Tart and acidic. Thinly funky and farmy. Lemony/green apple acidity. Hay. Dusty and musty like an old library. Shortbread. Hint of peach sweetness at its core.

T: Juicy peach is quickly countered with ample tartness. Sour apple and lemon. Peach skin. Layers of mild farmy flavors. Musty like old books, light rustic barnyard. Shortbread. Only the most subtle hint of dusty oak. The interplay of all of these flavors is wonderful, one does not dominate the others. Peachy/tart contrast on the finish.

M: Light bodied. Thin frothy feel. Ample carbonation scrubs firmly but gently.

O: This is really hitting the spot on a humid, muggy night in late spring. It's a very approachable beer: the rustic tastes are not overpowering and the sweet/tart balance is really nailed, making for a very easy and appealing drink. Crushable, even. Even those who are more apprehensive about the sour beer styles should find something they like here. (1,139 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of More_betterness
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml 2013 bottle served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden orange color with less than a finger of a white head that dissipates very quickly to a thin ring. Body is very hazy, but still translucent with some light visible carbonation.

Smell: Super oaky, with fresh peaches, lemon and orange like citrus, grassy, light tropical fruit notes with some mild wet hay.

Taste: Fresh peaches, oak, lactic acid, touch of white grape and a very very mild funk. Relatively strong acidic sourness as well that carries through from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp with medium high carbonation and a sour, dry finish. Really refreshing.

Overall: Really nice sour wild ale. Lots of oak an peach character and a nice strong sourness. I would get this again. (776 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really good sour ale, but I wish it packed a little more peach flavor. I was really struggling to find any peach. Poured a pale straw, a nice bright, white, 1 finger of head. Can smell the sourness coming off of this. A slight wet hay. Huge punch of tart right up front! Then fades into almost nothing. Finished dry and really invited me to take another sip. This was really excellent, besides the lack of peach flavor. (421 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours quite effervescent with very short lived head that recedes as fast as it appeared. Hazy golden straw color.

Aroma is nice and tart with sweet peaches. Funk is there as well.

Taste is big ripe peaches. Sweet tart candies. Sour funk.

Not quite a lush as I would like on the mouthfeel.

Nice beer. Would love this at $15 for a 750 rather than $20. (355 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Date: 4/5/4
Location: Half a Time Mamaroneck
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Orange in color. Takes in lots of light and is see through. Pours with a very large head that dissipates quickly. No carbonation on top but a small viscous head that does not cling yo the sides.
Aromatics: The sour yeast is very strong and tart. The peach smell comes through with some dry hay. As the beer warms it builds must.
Flavor: Very tart and musty. Lots of peach flavors. The acids are very strong as well. Very light oak.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very acidic and causes the mouth to water. There is a medium oiliness that keeps the tart flavor on the tongue. (647 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle opened March 2014.

A - Bright clear gold body. Little retention with no lace.

S - Straight, deliciously tart peaches. One of the best fruit notes I've ever smelt in a beer. Touch of floral nectar on the backend.

T - Holy crap... flitch-inducingly sour. One of, if not the, tartest American Wilds I've ever had. Bracing lemon, peach pits, crisp tart unripe white peaches, orange rind, and agave. Crisp peach flavor permeates the profile and lingers through the finish as the aggressive sour-warhead character subsides.

M - Strikingly sour with a crisp light frame and a fruity finish.

O - To me, deep in the soul of an American Wild Ales is a brash, uncompromising, and boldly unbalanced sour core. Pechish Woods embraces that core and showcases it against a deftly selected fruit backdrop. (807 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, pastel peach with yellow highlights and a slight, quickly dissipating white head that leaves no lace.

Very fresh, faint peach. Quite fruity with light yeastiness and some lactic sourness.

Pechish Woods was far less sour than had been hoped for. Light peach and apricot added a nice, sweet-tart balance. Oak and light vinegar with acidic lemon were also noticeable. The finish was long, tart and acidic.

A woolly texture is surprising here. A light body, no discernible alcohol, and effervescence were as expected.

This is a nice beer for warm, mild, sunny days on Nantucket. I enjoyed it with friends while waiting for dinner. Pechish Woods stops short of the outrageousness one often finds in wild ales. (714 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Mike for this one!

A- Murky golden hue, minimal lacing, very minimal.

S- Def get the peach upfront. Some funk to follow.

T- Tart sour peach. This is good, but we had Fou last night; so that is my standard.

M- Decent amount of carb making it hard to figure out the complexity.

O- A great brew! Thanks again! (328 characters)

Photo of NuclearRich
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This tasty treat was supposed to go out in a trade, but it was replaced by the kriek. So now its mine to review and enjoy!
A light golden liquid pours with champagne excitement, with a big and bubbly head that lasts just a little but fades to nothing, left to be a slightly hazy constant stream of bubbles. The aroma clouds the vicinity as soon as the cork is popped, distinctly funky brett and lacto. Putting my nose close to the class reveals a crisp lacto tartness, blended with a delicate sweet peach. The funk is very close to a berliner weiss, and there is also a grainy wheat-like aroma that is similar as well. That faint sweet peach comes through nicely, without a harsh vomit character that always keeps me away from the lesser known peach sours. On top of the peach, is a good even tartness, no vinegar, just pleasant! Very light bodied, owing to high carbonation and a good level of tartness. Overall, I ended up pleasantly surprised and very happy. A tough price tag to swallow for an untested beer of a flavor that I dont typically enjoy, but this baby came through. (1,080 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle I brought to share at Skuter's tasting.

2013 vintage.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, peach, peach jelly, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with peach, peach juice, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with nice fresh peach qualities all around. (520 characters)

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

Lightly hazy and golden with a fleeting white head. The aroma is all Brett and peaches, with a similar flavor profile that is augmented by fairly pungent acidity. Medium light body, moderate carbonation, and a dry tart finish. Nicely done, it has a great aroma and while the flavor isn't quite as good, it holds up. (315 characters)

Photo of NeedBeerHere
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a nice orange or darkish orange in color with a tiny white head with no real retention. Smell is hard for me to nail down. I get a little barnyard, sort of get some peach in here, basically smells like there is some lacto or other bacteria in here. Smells nice if you like what I assume will be a sour. Really is a nice tart taste although not crazy tart but very nice. I get more of the barnyard and some peaches but not too much. This tastes like a nice tart beer but it's not overly peachy -- in my opinion there is just the right amount. Mouthfeel is thin to maybe a little more but certainly nothing thick. Definitely more on the thin side as one would expect. Overall I really like this beer more than the other beer I have had by them. Really a nice tart surprise that I would recommend to those who like tarts but not tarts that are crazy tart. (862 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
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! (892 characters)

Photo of Kirk_Grant
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Color: Deep golden yellow almost like an oxidized white wine
Smell: Elegant floral, with dried nectarine, and chery notes
Taste: Lemon, yellow cherry, kumkuats
Overall: An outstanding beer that is really classy and a wonderfully fresh beer. I'd love this in the summer...I wish it wasn't released in November! (309 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. This is the 2013 edition.

Appearance: Pours a translucent orange/peach color and leaves a finger of light, spritzy head which fades fast. Carbonation bubbles can be seen flying to the surface.

Smell: Barnyard funk, peach, lemon, citrus rinds, peppercorn

Taste: Funk, peach, citrus rinds, lemon. Good amount of sour. The peach is present but mild. Flavors are pretty well balanced and this is quite sour.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a light to medium, slightly creamy body. Finishes quite dry and sour. Fits the flavor profile pretty well.

Overall: This is a funky, sour, peach beer. Flavors play well together, and the sour body and dry finish make this one well rounded. Interesting beer. (744 characters)

Photo of Gushue3
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A pours with lots of carbonation. Clear orange body with lots of life as its swirled around

S Nice peach scent upfront followed by light grain and a hint of vinegar. Peach is prominent and really nice.

T Nice and light. Nice refreshing tartness upfront with a wave of peach coming through. I can imagine this beer is perfect day drinking in the summer.

M Very light body with plenty of carbonation. Finishes quite dry as well

O Really nice wild. Hopefully theres a few more laying around in the graveyard beer stores. (521 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doesn't seem to be a date on this but judging from the last review (which was over a year ago) it's at least a year, if not 2 years old.

A: Pours a clear golden with a good sized and very fizzy white head. Almost soda-like, the head. Head fizzes out quickly at first but then slows down. Zero lacing and minimal retention once it all fizzes away.

S: Kind of an acidic and mild sweet/sour peach flavor. Touch of acetone.

T: Tart peaches up front but not brutally sour. Again with a little bit of acetone. Kinda astringent in the middle with some citrus peel. Sweet and sour peach is interesting, as a previous review mentions it's almost like a peach pucker. Or peachtree schnapps or something. Decent oak in the finish with some vinegar.

M: Decent medium body for only 4.88%. Has a slick mouthfeel, almost slimy mouthcoating in the finish.

O: Decent sour. Not teeth chattering thankfully. Decent acetone and vinegar and sweet and sour fruit flavors however. Pretty flavorful and crisp for under 5%. (1,005 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to lalaloveyou for sending this awesome extra! Thanks lauren!

poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: yellow bodied beer with with a short lived white head that drops quickly to a thin white ring.

Smell: Sour lemon and big vinegar notes. Oaky. Not getting any peaches in the nose.

Taste: moderatly sour lemons and big oak notes. Mild vinegary sourness. Maybe some sour white grapes too. Still no peaches!

Mouthfeel: its at the high end of a light bodied beer. low end of moderate carbonation that has a dry tart finish. I nice a lively sour that very refreshing.

Overall: This is a good sour, but I cant find the peaches at all. That was a bit of a let down, but it was still an enjoyable sour none the less. Not a deal breaker by any means. My second Cisco sour and these guys make really wonderful sour beers! Seems like Lady of the woods is a little better sour! That was a surprise! (906 characters)

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Pechish Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.