Updated: Jun 15, 2020
Another terrific Pittsburgh based brewery has joined Creekside Beer’s #DrinkPGH local section: Cinderlands Brewing Co.! Located in Lawrenceville and the Strip District, Cinderlands has been open since 2017 and has become renowned for their diverse selection of brews. From hoppy pale ales to deep, rich stouts (and everything in between), Cinderlands is certainly one of the best breweries in the area and a welcome addition to Creekside. Here’s just a few of the cans currently available in our store:
Bounce & Sway IPA is a New England-style IPA that clocks in at 7.2% ABV. From the brewery itself, “Umbrella cocktail aroma of coconut and lime leads into mango, passion fruit, piña colada, and Puerto Viejo beach mids on the palate. Firmly hoppy, but in the most tropical way possible. Full mouthfeel leaning more crisp than round and finishing extra soft. Golden-colored and hazy.” It currently holds a 4.0/5 on Untappd
Range of Light DIPA is another New England-style offering, but this one packs a little more of a punch at 8.4% ABV. Cinderlands states, “Overripe mango, passion fruit, and pineapple aroma. Mild cereal grain sweetness with blended breakfast juice on the palate. Medium-full body and soft, pillowy, round mouthfeel. Sticky tropical hop finish. Straw color with proper haze.” This brew sits at a 3.95/5 on Untappd at time of writing.
So now that we’ve heard what the brewery has to say about these beers, what do I think?
Bounce & Sway
Look: A little lighter in the glass. It’s still certainly hazy, but pours a nice yellowish orange color with minimal head.
Smell: Their description of this one is spot on! It smells like a cocktail you’d have on a beach in Mexico, with loads of mango, lime, and a hint of coconut as well.
Taste: Absolutely delicious! A crushable brew that’s a little lighter on the palate than some of Cinderlands other offerings, this is a great all-day beer. There’s a slight hoppiness to it, but the fruit flavors are the most prevalent here.
Thoughts: After closer inspection of the can stamp, this batch of Bounce & Sway actually comes in at 6.4% ABV, which helps explain how smooth and easy-drinking it is. If you’re looking for a beer that would hit the spot on a hot day, or if you like Hitchhiker Single Angle and 11th Hour Danger: Confined Spaces, this is the beer for you!
Tyler's Rating: 4.5/5
Range of Light
Look: This beer just LOOKS thick! It’s about as hazy as they come. Range of Light pours a strong, dark orange color with a frothy head.
Smell: I’m definitely getting a lot of mango and pineapple on the nose, but not much passionfruit. It smells like a tropical paradise!
Taste: In a word, wow! This is a juice bomb for sure! The passionfruit is much more prevalent in taste than in smell, but the mango is also certainly there. It’s pretty full-bodied and thick as well.
Thoughts: A terrific DIPA from Cinderlands. Packs a punch for sure, but it’s not boozy by any means. Minimal bite and just a touch of warmth on the finish. This one compares favorably to Four Points Logo and 11th Hour Tropical Berserker. A beer I’d come back to again and again!
Tyler's Rating: 4.25/5