Cranberry Tart
Alaskan Brewing Co.

Cranberry TartCranberry Tart
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #715
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
79
Ranked #45,728
Avg:
3.43 | pDev: 13.12%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
48
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Alaskan Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
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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.
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 48 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Mitchster from Michigan

2.66/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

"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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Suds from Missouri

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by February 4th 2019.

It pours a mostly clear solid gold with a finger of foam. Nice lacing.

I get spruce and cranberry in the smell but they don't stand out. Tart in the name but a struggle to find it in the smell.

Cranberry weak. Spruce weak. Tartness weak. Earthy with some wheat character. Pretty bland.

Mouthfeel is good. That and the look are the best of what this beer offers.

Sep 03, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Tone from Missouri

3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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1mrbeer from Ohio

3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dec 31, 2018
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nrbw23 from Ohio

2.47/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dec 07, 2018
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nov 22, 2018
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jan 19, 2019
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Keene from Washington

3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Oct 12, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 11/23/2018. Pours slightly hazy golden/amber, light pink/orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lightly tart/tangy cranberries, fruit skin, spruce, lemon, pear, red apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of pale/wheat malts, fruity yeast, cranberries, spruce, and mild earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart/tangy cranberries, fruit skin, spruce, lemon, pear, red apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Mild herbal/grassy/spicy bitterness and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy cranberries, fruit skin, spruce, lemon, pear, red apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of pale/wheat malts, fruity yeast, cranberries, spruce, and mild earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness and tart/tangy fruit balance; with no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and tart/tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/tangy/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 5.8%. Overall this is a nice fruit wheat. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of pale/wheat malts, fruity yeast, cranberries, spruce, and mild earthy hop flavors; very smooth, refreshing, and fairly crisp/clean to drink with the mildly bitter/tart/drying finish. Would have preferred more fruit/spruce, but they had solid presence. Nicely balanced pale/wheat malts and fruity American wheat yeast; some cranberry/spruce; and mild earthy hops against sweetness. A nicely enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

Sep 15, 2018
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kjkinsey from Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 14, 2018
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archero from Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 02, 2018
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SmellsofMahagony from Texas

3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nov 10, 2018
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Elicoleman from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 11, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is spruce, fruit/cranberries and a hint of honey. The flavor is cranberry/fruit/berries, malts, mild spruce/spices and a honey sweet/slightly alcoholic finish.

Oct 09, 2018
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Irrationalist from California

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 08, 2018
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rfreed from Washington

3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 25, 2018
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unclekeith from Alaska

2.62/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Oct 17, 2018
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Bear1964 from Nebraska

3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 24, 2018
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jan 24, 2019
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sjdevel from Utah

4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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
Cranberry Tart from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 48 ratings