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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: johnnnniee on 07-28-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Dduquette, Yesterday at 09:48 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

This beer is a collaboration brew based on the Ballantine's IPA recipe in Mitch Steele's IPA book. This tastes nothing like the typical West Coast IPA, but it is fantastic. The nose is catty, with lots of black currant and some lavender floral notes. Flavor is resin, with some fruity currant notes and a bit of floral hops. The malt is on the light side, but some bready Munich notes provide the right balance. Bitterness is sharp and sticky, but fades nicely on the finish leaving you wanting another sip.

ErockRPh, Yesterday at 06:05 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Axnjxn, Yesterday at 02:04 AM
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3.6/5  rDev -4%

Adamf86, Tuesday at 06:27 PM
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3.76/5  rDev +0.3%

Djd085, Tuesday at 06:22 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

I was not expecting to fully enjoy this beer- I was quite surprised.

Pours an amber color in a tulip with a 2F head.

The aroma was earthy, mild citrus, and piney which eventually faded.

The taste is citrus and pine.

The focal point of this beer is the finish. It's excellent: piney, hoppy bitterness. Tart and refreshing.
There is a bit of dryness to the finish.

The Bullion and the Cluster hops give the beer good bittering notes. The Brewers Gold and East Kent add to the finish. Yeast: White Labs WLP-001 American Ale (widely rumored to be the original Ballantine strain) I haven't tasted the Ballantine IPA, an inspiration to craft brewing.

One drinks this beer for the finish and mouth feel. Worth checking out.

brureview, Tuesday at 02:23 AM
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3.84/5  rDev +2.4%

A-Sox, Monday at 02:44 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

jsh420, Monday at 02:15 AM
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Jonny41, Monday at 12:44 AM
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1/5  rDev -73.3%

Derfnam, Sunday at 09:50 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

DrStiffington, Sunday at 08:48 PM
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Boone757, Sunday at 08:00 PM
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Petegrieco, Sunday at 05:19 PM
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

SpasmWaiter, Sunday at 05:07 AM
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Zekenyce, Sunday at 04:19 AM
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

bobv, Sunday at 12:49 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

A - Slightly hazy copper with a fluffy white head, leaves moderate/heavy lacing.

S - Dank hops, some light biscuit coming through from the malt, very light citrus.

T - More malt than the nose led me to believe, spicy hops, and yes some chalk and metallic characteristics. Slight warmth from the ABV appears very late after the sip.

M - medium body, low carbonation. Dry finish. Bitterness tickles the senses.

O - Definitely a good English style IPA, or pre-prohibition, as indicated by the label. I see more of the Smuttynose contribution than Stone in this brew.

ColdOneKev, Saturday at 11:07 PM
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3.96/5  rDev +5.6%

Drew88, Saturday at 11:06 PM
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3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a huge fluffy eggshell colored head that settles to a thick cap leaving big chunks of foam haphazardly behind. Smell: pine needles, floral, herbal and woody notes, with jammy sweetness. Taste: very resinous, jam sweet...orange marmalade but not as strongly orange, herbal finish. Oily and slightly boozy with a lightly sticky finish. Very glad the style has evolved to not just emulate this, but this is pretty tasty. I wonder if the original Ballantine was this well made as nostalgia seems to be explicitly driving every review of Pabst's recent remake.

babaracas, Saturday at 04:06 AM
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2.8/5  rDev -25.3%

Marcjwrz, Sep 26, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev -0.8%

Deeps, Sep 26, 2014
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3.72/5  rDev -0.8%

jblairghousen, Sep 25, 2014
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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand from Smuttynose Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.