Cranberry Tart
Alaskan Brewing Co.

Cranberry TartCranberry Tart
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Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #356
Ranked #28,780
3.41 | pDev: 12.9%
Dec 08, 2021
Sep 20, 2017
Cranberry TartCranberry Tart
Notes: Alaskan Cranberry Tart Ale was inspired by Alaskan high bush cranberries and features Sitka spruce tips in a refreshing wheat-based beer.
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3.14 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 08, 2021
3.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 17, 2021
3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Nov 12, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

Wasn't sure what to expect, but pours a pale golden colour with a faint cranberry nose. Taste is very watery with a cranberry taste, this is almost like a spritzer.

Sep 22, 2019
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2.11/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
by Zopiac from Michigan

Looks like a rosé and the flavor is dominated by anything else in the vicinity.

Jun 05, 2019
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2.69/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
by JackieTH from Minnesota

Alaska Cranberry Tart
Pink with minimal lacing. Smells pungent - acerbic, dry slightly piney.
Taste is a lot less tart than I expected. Slightly sweet faint berry. Finish is dryish. A bit watery. Medium carb. Easy to drink. Overall is disappointing as based on labeling expectations ‘tart’. Appearance and smell are the high points. It’s just not very tart at all.

May 02, 2019
4 by Pfishin28 from South Dakota on Apr 28, 2019
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2.87/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
by JamarcusMarinovich from California

Poured into a 16 oz glass, little head and lacing. Looks enticing: not really amber, not really red-ish, just light amber red-ish. Looks to have good carbonation, small bubbles. Not much on the nose. Very slight hint of cranberry, barely registering on the tartness and any sort of fruit tones. Taste is the same, actually kinda bland. Good carbonation indeed but so slight on the fruit/tart taste it's really not worth it to me. Almost like a half-flavored seltzer water. I wouldn't get it again....

Apr 27, 2019
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3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by stevoj from Idaho

Bottle from Albertsons. Light amber pour, bubbly head dissipates to miniscule ring. Aroma is tart, yeasty funk with some cranberry notes. Taste is mildly tart, weak cranberry and no sign of the spruce tips.

Feb 12, 2019
3.25 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Jan 24, 2019
3.7 by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania on Jan 19, 2019
3.73 by MizzouBrew from Missouri on Jan 19, 2019
3.5 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Jan 11, 2019
3.24 by 1mrbeer from Ohio on Dec 31, 2018
3.81 by Jodio from Texas on Dec 31, 2018
3.66 by Branlott42 from Missouri on Dec 24, 2018
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3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by RyanK252 from California

Bottle poured into an Alaskan Brewing Pilot Series pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a faint pinkish hue and a frothy off white head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Slightly tart, cranberry and a little raspberry, the slightest hint of spruce, a touch of wheat, and some caramel sweetness.

T: Slightly tart but not very, fruity, cranberry and also some raspberry, just a bit earthy, faint hints of spruce, a little wheat twang, and a fair bit of caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Really could stand to be more tart to balance all that sweetness. They could probably dial the cranberry and especially the spruce tips up a notch to make that happen.

Dec 23, 2018
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3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by zeff80 from Missouri

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden color with ruby highlights and a small, white head of foam. It smelled of cranberry and wheat. Nice tart cranberry taste and not much else.

Dec 20, 2018
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4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
by sjdevel from Utah

LOOK: Very light in color - clear pale yellow/tan with a slight pinkish hue. Started with a decent head - 1 finger - but dissipated quickly. It went flat soon after.

SMELL: Very aromatic - powerful fruit (peach, pear, and yes, cranberry). Tart in aroma with slight hints of malt and caramel

TASTE: Slight bite at first - but goes right into fruit and sweet malt - some bread and biscuit. Dries out and gets a nice tart bite of cranberry. I didn't really get much evidence of spruce tips.

FEEL: This one is pretty thin / light bodied. I was expecting a fuller beer and hoped for more carbonation.

OVERALL: Nice and refreshing. Nice fruit flavor without overpowering the overall beer - still a decent balance. I could have had more spruce and more carbonation.

Dec 18, 2018
2.47 by nrbw23 from Ohio on Dec 07, 2018
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3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Best before '012019'.
Apricot amber, mostly clear body. Fizzy head upon pouring quickly goes away, leaving a thin island and a thin ring. No lacing.
Wheat and cranberry in the aroma.
Slightly tart cranberry flavor, along with sharp wheat malt. There is a hint of the slightly bitter spruce tips.
Medium mouth feel. Leaves a fizziness in the mouth. Good carbonation.
Quite easy to drink. This would be a good taste refresher during session work with heavier beers. Good range of flavors, but all are rather mellow. The body does do a good experience in the mouth.

Nov 24, 2018
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3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Suds from Missouri

This brew pours a gold-amber color with a slim white head. The aroma tells you immediately that Thai is a fruit beer. I get cranberry right away...followed by a little tart apricot note. The taste is dryish with some light tartness in the foretaste. Medium body. Not bad, but not great.

Nov 24, 2018
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2.66/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
by Mitchster from Michigan

"Cranberries are paired with the same Sitka spruce tips we use in our award-winning Winter Ale, with Pilsen and German acidulated malts, plus malted white wheat and Nugget hops" $1.69 for a 12 oz bottle at Meijer.
Original Gravity: 1.050, ABV: 5.8%, 15 IBUs, 8 SRM

Pours out to a very light amber with slight pink tint, forming a modest white head with good retention and lacing. Moderate carbonation, about 2.5 carbs or so. Lightly hazy. The nose smells of wheat, light raspberry extract, no hop nose, not picking up spruce tips at all. Zilch. Nada. Zero. Slightly fruity ale fermentation. The mouthfeel is moderately tart, finishing moderately dry. Watery, thin seltzer body. Very watery. Taste is a recap of the nose. Wheat, raspberry extract, no hop flavor, minimal to no bitterness, watery finish, no spruce tip flavor at all. No cranberry flavor to speak of. And I should know because I just ate a bunch of them for thanksgiving.

This beer does nothing for me. It might be crushable for some on a hot summer day, but is quite insipid with little character and nothing that I would ever want to drink again. Not recommended.

Nov 23, 2018
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3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

Cranberry tart pours a hazy bronze color with not much head. Sweet sugary aroma. Flavor is sweet and sugary, cranberry but not tart. Good feel. Overall a sweeter fruit beer

Nov 23, 2018
3.48 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Nov 22, 2018
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3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Keene from Washington

Deep reddish or rose gold in color with very good clarity and an off white head. Slightly sweet on the nose with a prominent cranberry aroma against a woodsy, ever-so-slightly resinous backdrop. Not particularly complex. Spritzy, light-bodied, semi-dry, and truly more tart than sour, Alaskan has brewed an approachable beer that's flavorful enough to encourage a repeat visit, and not at all heavy handed with the eponymous fruit. It could use a bit more spruce, however. And while it's quenching, this wheat ale finishes somewhat flat. A nice seasonal with some room for a little improvement.

Nov 20, 2018
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3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Tone from Missouri

Pours a hazy gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of cranberry, sweet malt, and a hint of vanilla. Fits the style of a Fruit and Field Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of cranberry, sweet malt, spruce, hint of vanilla, and a hint of floral hops. Overall, good appearance, body, but blend is dominated by cranberry.

Nov 18, 2018
3.09 by Navin-Johnson from Texas on Nov 14, 2018
3.38 by drews240 from Rhode Island on Nov 12, 2018
4.55 by NicktheBeerlock from Washington on Nov 11, 2018
3.54 by SmellsofMahagony from Texas on Nov 10, 2018
3.5 by Irrationalist from California on Nov 08, 2018
3.5 by archero from Texas on Nov 02, 2018
3.23 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Oct 27, 2018
3.62 by rfreed from Washington on Oct 25, 2018
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3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by detgfrsh from Texas

12oz bottle best by 01/28/19. Amber color with a pink tint, white head when pouring but doesn't linger. Not much smell, cranberries, floral notes, and a bit of sweetness. Light to medium feel. Tastes of wheat with prominent spruce and a hint of cranberries. No tart/sour character at all. This was ok, but I wouldn't get it again.

Oct 18, 2018
2.62 by unclekeith from Alaska on Oct 17, 2018
3.5 by kjkinsey from Texas on Oct 14, 2018
3.96 by LT630 from Wisconsin on Oct 13, 2018
Cranberry Tart from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 50 ratings