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Cranberry Woods | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by rudzud:
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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

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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.

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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.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of erha2
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

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Photo of campfirebrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of huysmans
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: 2015 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy golden apricot in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and faint pink + honey highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a couple of small patches of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of vinegar + oak with light to moderate aromas of tart cranberries and just a hint of citrus/lemon zest + citrus/orange zest. Overall a fairly tart/sour aroma with a subtle hint of funkiness.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of grainy malts which is quickly overtaken by moderate to strong flavors of sourness - vinegar and oak stand out in the sourness. That is followed by light flavors of citrus/lemon zest and citrus/orange zest. Finally there is a moderate flavor of tart cranberries. There is a moderate amount of puckering sourness/tartness to this beer that lingers through the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of effervescent carbonation. Moderate to heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Very tart/sour but with good cranberry fruit flavors/aromas. Not nearly as funky as I was expecting but a really enjoyable beer, though a bit more of a sipping beer.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright copper (SRM 8-10), and is almost clear in a B-United Teku Glass. Before completely dissipating, the head is big with an off-white, pinkish froth. Little to no lace above early effervescence that quickly settles down. This beer is noisy until the head settles down.

Quite sour with earthy notes and light, horse-blanket aroma. Cranberry juice is prominent with light sour-dough. Perhaps there is some over-ripe pineapple. Warmth brings out distinct oak that quickly grows to dominate the aroma.

This one is very tart, similar in intensity to a Flemish Red. Acidity is similarly high. Both are relatively balanced by sweetness, while there is little to no bitterness. There is a hint of cranberry, oak is clear, but far short of what the aroma had suggested. Warmth brings out over-ripe cantaloupe. The finish is long, modest and dry, reinforcing the tartness.

A silky texture and light body are punctuated by lively fine carbonation. Alcohol is surprisingly high. This one is dry with a light astringency.

As an American Wild Ale, Cranberry Woods holds its own. I enjoyed it on a mild Autumn evening while listening to classical music, and imagine it would go well with a ripe brie.

As an impulse purchase directly from the brewery, this proved again the value of taking chances on something odd and unusual.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. 2013 vintage.

3.5 A: Murky orange plum color. Three fingers of fizzy beige head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

4.25 S: It's been a while since I've had a sour, but this is potent. Despite a couple years on this, there's still a good cranberry presence. Acetic acid forward beer with tangy lactic acid underneath. Cherry - both ripened and unripened, vinous grape, and tart apple. Pretty sweet for the style. Funkiness secondary to acetic featuring musty basement and barnyard funk.

4.25 T: Like the nose, this has big sweet fruitiness. Huge cherry in this with cranberry right behind. Vinous with apple notes. Moderately sour with tangy lactic acid. Peach, wildflowers, musty basement, dry dusty woodiness. Vanilla notes underneath.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation is super spritzy and appropriate in amount. Mix of refreshing with a tart finish.

4.25 D: I very much liked this. Good complexity without anything becoming too distracting.

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Photo of koopa
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Soneast
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

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Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of trevorpost
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of liquorpig
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of doctorjack
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Photo of millelacsmark
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Cranberry Woods from Cisco Brewers Inc.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 142 ratings