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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand
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86
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 7.55%


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:
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(Beer added by: johnnnniee on 07-28-2013)
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WesM63

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09-21-2013 16:17:21 | More by WesM63
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gillagorilla

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2013 07:26:56 | More by gillagorilla
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Dicers

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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

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RacerX5k

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4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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Goblinmunkey7

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4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 974/1044.

Appearance: Slight haze on a bright dark gold/light amber color. Head is white and creamy. Leaves sheets and notches of sticky lacing. Decent retention leaves a 1/2 cm cap and collar. Moderate carbonation. It's pretty.

Smell: Straight up hit of fresh pineapple. Tangerine flesh and zest. Bright and tropical. Follows Smuttynose hopping closer than Stone, not too aggressive. Gummi worms and peach. Some melon as well. This is a crazy weird hop. Malts are nice and bready with a bit of caramelized malt sweetness. A slight hint of alcohol. Nicely floral as it warms. Some biscuit dough as well. Vaguely herbal as well.

Taste: A bit more bitter than the nose would indicate, but not too much. Malts run bready and slightly sweet with an undercooked biscuit dough quality. It's really about the hops. Tropical and somehow balanced. Loaded with pineapple and peach. Adds some tangerine zest and flesh as it warms. Pithy bitterness coupled with a decidedly floral edge. Drops a bit of the bitterness as it warms. Vaguely minty. Alcohol creeps out after a few sips. Finishes with a lingering leafy hop. Some pine.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation. A bit more wet on the sip than expected.

Overall: I'll stand by you.

This beer does what it should. Smuttynose tempers the Stone aggression, but Stone gives it a beefier malt backbone. This is a genuine collaboration and it wins.

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08-15-2013 17:56:11 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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AndyAvalanche

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22 oz. bomber (bottle 963/1044) poured into a larger version of the Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid portion comes out a nice orange color with a slight haze to it. WHen held up to any portion of the light it glows a nice orange color, doesn't matter how much light, as long as there's a little, it does it. Nice white head with mostly small bubbles, but a few larger bubbles creep their way in. Crazy good lacing to this, this is an outstanding looking IPA.

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Mouthfeel is a really good part of the tasting. It's close to full bodied, but probably more medium. A nice carbonation level and not much of a bite from the hops. Nice sweet start with a nice bitter and dry finish. Really good lingering taste. Drinkability is top notch. Like this beer quite a bit.

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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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