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Cranberry Special Ale - Sand Creek Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
72
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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3
pDev: 18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 10-17-2005)
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been sitting on this since spring so its time to drink. It pours a murky looking bronzish brown with just a tinge of red from the cranberry. A one finger loose pale tan head formed on the pour and quickly dissipated, not even leaving a collar behind.

Whole grain crusty bread, a hint of cranberry, an underlying nuttiness, a somewhat strange yeasty aroma and a hint of leafy hops present.

Im surprised at how sweet this beer is with a pronounced honey like malt sweetness that dominates. Underneath the sweetness whole grain bready notes and a hint of cranberry try to avoid drowning. The weird yeastiness that haunts me is also present, along with a touch of leafy hops. I have some pure cranberry juice in the fridge right now, no sugar added. It is quite tasty once on gets past the intense sourness of the juice, and i can see how it could work very well in moderation incorporated into an ale. Unfortunately that is not what happened here.

Whats to say here, the beer is too sweet, and if it wasnt so light in body it would rapidly approach being cloying. Otherwise the hint of cranberry does work well with the underlying maltiness of the beer, and as such I feel that there is potential for this beer and other brews that could include cranberries.

This goes down easily enough, although it isnt particularly interesting and is fact somewhat disappointing. Its too washed out, overly sweet, and there is not enough emphasis on either malt or cranberry for the hope of redemption. If i had more than one the other would be used for cooking. Unfortunately this is just an almost interesting novelty beer, although it does have the potential to be much more with some major tweaking.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 02:02:05 | More by demcorhip
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[Best served in a Flute glass]

The pour was a reddish orange with a huge pale white frothy head, that reduced to a small collar fairly quickly and had some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was light and mild with a slight biscuit malt and a funky sweaty yeast with notes of tart cranberries and candi sugar.

The taste was lightly sweet with a mild malty feel and a hint of candi sugar at first and then became a mild sweet sour with a mild note of cranberry towards the end. The flavor lasted only a short while with a mild fruity tart sweetness left behind.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $8.19 in Fall of 2011.

Poudly claims on the front of the bottle "made with real Wisconsin cranberry juice." Pours a reddish brown color with a thin head. Scent is mostly that of cranberries and earthy grains. The cranberry flavor is quite evident in its flavor. It is nicely compliemented by the malts and wheats used as well. Taste finishes a little tart and dry. The taste is better than average but I can also see people saying this beer is too fruity for them. I like the taste but I find the texture to be a little to thin where more carbonation is needed. A nice fall season beer from Wisconsin cranberries. Fall doesn't get much better in Wisconsin!

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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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3.95/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: reflects the tasty wine-beer chimaera that it is. slight rosy tint suggests at fruit within.

S: mmm cranberry.

T: hyper tart cranberry without being lambic. it's till an ale, folks, and tastes mighty like one. missing the ale mouthfeel though, showing its wine-like character.

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MadtownBrewboy

Wisconsin

1.35/5  rDev -55%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Musty, acidic, and a poor mouthfeel. In every sip the cranberry taste remains fully separate from the beer taste, and neither is compelling.

This is the first beer I've poured down the drain in almost two years. The aftertaste is ruining the taste of the beer I opened afterwards, and I've had most of that bottle.

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homebrew311

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: reddish hue, clear, amber, some white head upon pour, not much retention

S: notes of wheat malt, artificial cranberry..very muted, slightly tart

T: somewhat tart up front with decent cranberry character, wheat malt follows and the finish is quite artificial tasting.

MF: very light, medium carbonation

D: this beer is a bit "blah". When there are other great fruit beers such as Cranbic, this one just doesn't do it for me. This brew has a lot in common with Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic which IMO is not a good thing.

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kbutler1

Minnesota

2.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Saw this in Hudson, WI and figured I would give it a try. Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a clear copper orange color with a slight reddish hue. Off white head slowly settles to collar around the glass. There really isn't a huge cranberry aroma in the nose but more German style octoberfest. Slight tart cranberry flavor turns sweet and drawn out. Medium/light mouthfeel. Overall, this isn't all that great for me. The cranberry flavor is there but is pretty muted. The aroma is pretty weak as well.

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VerbingNouns

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

10 months in the fridge (free sample bottle from a Thanksgiving 2009 tasting)
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Dark rosy orange with thin, bubbly, eggshell head. Dissipates quickly. Lots of fizzy bubbles rising throughout the glass.

S - Hoppy, grassy, slightly tart. smells strong.

T - Cool, slightly tart, no hops or tartness that I smelled. I can almost tell there is cranberry, but the taste is more like a macro cider than a special Wisconsin-grown cranberry ale. Somewhat disappointing, but still flavorful enough to enjoy. As it warms, it tastes like it might have higher ABV, but only fleetingly. It lies.

M - Starts off with a zing, then fades to water almost immediately. Watery.

D - Very easy going down. Not particularly interesting, but not bland, either. Probably wouldn't choose drink it again.

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09-20-2010 03:14:26 | More by VerbingNouns
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Cranberry Special Ale from Sand Creek Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.