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Cranberry Special Ale | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Cranberry Special AleCranberry Special Ale

Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by DaPeculierDane on 10-17-2005

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Photo of scaliasux
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ShawnL
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish color with no head. Strong cranberry juice aroma. Taste has a cranberry juice flavor with a tart aftertaste. Full body and flavors. Overall it's good on thanksgiving.

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2.96/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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4.2/5  rDev +37.3%

Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Has a light cranberry bread nose and pours like a cranberry juice with a white foam cap that dissipates almost as fast as a champagne head. Big cranberry with light biscuit on the palate and a cranberry tartness balances the malt sweetness. Has a very sparkling wine like texture and mouth feel. Drinkable but bordering on Bartles and Jaymes or a wine and malt beverage. The cranberry tartness saves it somewhat.

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2.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Trifecta1
3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Don't get the hate.

A - Red-tinted amber. Heady, leaves some lacing. Pretty nice looking.

S - Mild funk and cranberry juice, wheat, tartness is apparent even on the nose.

T - Wow, tart bite right off the bat. Leads into sweet jellied cranberry, giving way to some brown malt and wheat. Refreshing. Great for fall/turkey time. Sweet and sour combo gone right. Lingering wheaty, mid-quality German-pilsner-like aftertaste.

M - Very spritzy, like soda. Meh.

O - Much, much better than I was expecting. Maybe because this sixer was fresh from the brewery? Whatever it is, I enjoyed this one, especially for the price. Will be purchasing again when I wanna slam some turkey down my gullet, or want a cheap tart fall fix. Solid beer, don't listen to the hate and give it a chance.

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3/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of KajII
2.9/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[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.

Mouthfeel was light in body and had a dry watery texture with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a mildly tart refreshing brew that would be great with a Turkey and Stuffing sandwich...

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Photo of Garrett82
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

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Cranberry Special Ale from Sand Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.06 out of 5 with 63 ratings
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