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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 17
Gots: 79 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: johnnnniee on 07-28-2013

Old, new? It’s all the same, really. Cluster’s Last Stand defies the commonly  accepted notion that strong, hoppy beers are recent arrivals on the US beer landscape. Smuttynose has teamed up with Stone Brewing Company to recreate the original, post-Prohibition Ballantine IPA recipe. That’s right; strong, 60 IBU beer was brewed in the 30’s. How do we know? We read it in Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele’s excellent and well-researched book, “IPA, Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale.” The only difference  between this beer and more contemporary IPAs are the hop varieties: Cluster, Brewers Gold, Bullion and East Kent Goldings. None of these are trendy and we were a little surprised to find out that all four were readily available. The result is a rich, copper-colored ale with a strong, refined hop profile of spiciness with a hint of grapefruit.
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Photo of BPMeyer27
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of catnip-like hops are present in the nose. Notes of caramel malts become apparent as the beer begins to warm up.
T: As in the smell, the taste seems to be dominated by Cluster hops, having flavors of catnip and notes of spiciness from the Brewers Gold hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer was nice and bitter, but the "catty" flavors from the hops weren't really my cup of tea. It's not often that you see Cluster hops so I'm not sure if this becomes an acquired taste.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Farinag16447
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bogdawg
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AAG
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange, clear, with a dirty white head that forms up full and is quite persistent. Laces in fat bubbly lines.

S - Slightly medicinal, pine hops, lemon drops and honey. Sugars. Floral.

T - Following the nose as to pine, lemon, citrus zest, honey and floral elements. The close is more bitter as it warms, but the honey and lemon notes are this beer's core.

M - Moderate carbonation, but strong drying. A bit of alcohol volatility.

O - Interesting collaboration of heavy IPA, but with the floral notes and honeyed malts and sugars dominating. Reminds me strongly of traditional English IPAs, over the West Coast or even New England treatment. Glad I gave this one a try.

Photo of h4ger
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nrbw23
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craft4mike
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not liking this one. Nice color but massivly bland hop profile. Only rating because im an "outlier"

Photo of bsm80x
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BuzzFee
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlipin8622
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a beautiful opaque golden orange. In a beer-clean IPA glass, the head maintains at least ten minutes without taking a sip. After taking my initial tasting notes and sipping some more, the head still maintains very well in the glass.

Nose shows orange peel, melon, the slightest bit of overripe banana, and other citrus fruits.

The body is light-medium. Flavors of orange peel and other citrus immediately engulf the palate and linger long after the finish. Wouldn't be able to tell by flavor by itself that this beer comes in at 8.3% ABV, but the body gives more of an indication.

Overall, it's a nice beer, but not something I would continually seek out. The packaging is really cool, but it gave me no indication whether this would be a strong ale or double IPA, and no indication of why they chose "Cluster's Last Stand" as the name. I'm sure it's on the website, but part of the allure of these beers is why they chose the name (even though I bought it anyway!)

Photo of cornucopia
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle best by 03/05/15, so drank it from a stemmed glass nice and fresh, great balanced beer.

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3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JebBeerFish
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer less than an hour ago, and I can't really remember it. Unremarkable.

Photo of bobhits
2.57/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

An aggressive pour yields a nice creamy white head, a bit lighter and thinner than a double IPA, but at 8.3% this seems right. I'd assume it won't be overly sugary. Color has a slight hint of amber, but remains the lighter side of the IPA range.

Citrus and light sugars. There's more here but I"m not able to get too much more, perhaps the burnt pizza is messing with me, but honestly I'm just not getting a lot here.

The flavor is a bit "off balance" of course in the perfect way, very hoppy. Citrus, orange flavors, grape fruit, pretty much a west coast IPA. Pale malt gives off sugar cane notes. Could use more hop flavor, different malt flavor, and/or less bitterness.

The body is light, easy to drink, really easy to drink.

I'm not sure what I paid for this one, Around 9 or so bucks I'd guess based on the bill and my assumptions on other items. It's good enough, but honestly for two brewery's that make really great IPA's I'm not blown away. If you aren't a huge IPA fan, just pass on this one. If you love IPA's, well it's something a bit different. I can't remember a direct comparison.

Photo of Johnroby
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of david18
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryanpalmier123
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TrojanRB
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of carolinabrew
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of churchillps
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ConorGolden
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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