Cisco Cranberry Woods

This was a beer that I was really excited to try. In New Jersey, we don’t normally get the more rare Cisco beers, so when I saw it on the shelf in Westchester County, I knew it was coming home with us.


ABV: 5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Here on Nantucket we have a Winery, Brewery, and Distillery. Nantucket Vineyard was the first arm of our business opening in the early 1980’s as a small project of the Long Family. After a few years, Winery employees ended up falling in love with the wine and each other, and voila! – Cisco Brewers was born on the Hudson’s stovetop in 1995. Whispers of a brewery floated on the Nantucket wind, catching the ear of a few people, including a Mr. Harman. Using the previously tested and proven formula of starting a business from another business, Winery and Brewery employees enjoyed a few glasses / pints (respectively) together and hatched the idea for Triple Eight Distillery in 2000. All three businesses are constantly evolving, and we now produce a wide variety of world-class wines, beers, and spirits. Come out and enjoy our Nantucket haven – just prepare yourself in case your mind blows up from all the awesomeness.”

Random: I really like the metal signs from Cisco. I definitely see one of those in my future.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a pink tinged brownish color with moderate carbonation. The nose was pretty off-putting. I got some light funk along with bad, chalky candy and cough syrup. I poured the other half a glass and she said that it was awful. The taste was a bit better. It started with acidic notes and then goes into very light cranberry and big notes of oak with some warm vanilla. There was an expected barnyard funk to it as well. Although the flavors are ones that I typically like in a brew, the flavors were really disjointed and didn’t flow. The other half said that it tasted like vomit, which I thought was a little strong, but she obviously didn’t like it. The body was on the light side with very heavy carbonation. The finish was long with acid and oak. Given that this beer was also pretty expensive, I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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