Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
3.74/5 rDev -2.1%
Had on tap at Max's Hopfest (from notes, 8/16-18/13)
A: Golden yellow with a decent head and lacing.
S: Citrusy and floral.
T: Sweet and citrusy. Nice balance with some pine.
M: Even carbonation with a bit of coarseness.
O: It was great to taste a Cluster hopped IPA. Different.
10-29-2013 07:26:56 | More by gillagorilla
3.61/5 rDev -5.5%
22oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. No date on the bottle, but I know this was released only about two to three months ago. Bottle numbered 551/1044.
A: Coppery golden color, very slight haze. Massive rocky white head forms atop the beer and never budges an inch. Lots of thick, clumpy lacing stubbornly clings to the glass.
S: Oily, green, and floral hop aromas. Earthy and leafy. Lemon head candy. Grainy and toasty malt base. Very clean.
T: Hops are very earthy. Pine, leaves, maybe even some bark. Somewhat tea-like and herbal. Ample bitterness. Floral and pithy too. Hit of lemon zest. Toasted grain in the malt base, a touch steely. Hint of caramel and broth. Alcohol peeks out just a bit. Bitter, earthy hop finish with toast and grain.
M: Medium-full body. Full and creamy with a bit of heft. Mild prickling carbonation. Some hop astringency, subtle prick of alcohol.
O: So this is supposed to be a recreation of the old Ballantine Ale, from what I'm told, complete with Cluster hops. Long before my time, but it's always nice to try these historic recipes. It's a bold and flavorful beer, if not a little one dimensional and bland. I appreciate the attempt at reviving this old recipe, but it's rather dull and middle of the pack by today's standards. Shows how far we've come and how spoiled we are, especially with all these new hop varieties.
10-20-2013 23:37:34 | More by ryan1788a5
3.96/5 rDev +3.7%
22 oz bomber from Colonial Spirits in Acton.
Clear red-gold body. Huge white head.
Nose is not very pronounced. Light malt with a slight sharpness.
Flavor is crisp and clean with a lingering zazz! Really nice hop profile, and not like anything I have ever brewed before. Not piney, citrusy, tropical or any of the usual hop buzzwords. Malt is subdued, but sweet. The overall effect is that of crisp, juicy hoppiness, but from an alternate dimension than what we see on the shelves today.
Mouthfeel is tart, stripping, slick and sharp.
Overall, drinkability is sky high. I will greatly enjoy the remainder of this bomber watching the Pats/ Bengals second half. I am now inspired to brew up the next entry in my single hop IPA series. I think I'll call it Clusterf*** IPA!
10-06-2013 18:44:46 | More by ghostwalker
4.23/5 rDev +10.7%
Based on the original post prohibition Ballantine IPA recipe and a privlege to try this one. Must have been one kick ass beer back in the day. I'm old enough to remember the Ballantine advertising and may have even had one of their beers as a kid.
Beautiful golden color, haze. Big bitter hop aroma and taste, pine and grapefruit. Simple, straightforward, in your face with a big malt presence to back it up. Drinkable, creamy mouthfeel and pretty damn thick. Beer sizzles on the palate. Very dry and yes, very bitter, the bitterness lingers the way my favorite ipas do. This is beer. Really enjoyed reading all about the history of Ballantine brewing yesterday. Good to revisit something from earlier, simpler times.
08-28-2013 13:31:23 | More by RacerX5k
Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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