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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | 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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Reviews by ghostwalker:
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3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

ghostwalker, Oct 06, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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, Oct 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

alienlifeforcecube, Sep 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

BurgeoningBrewhead, Sep 27, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

Carlalwin, Monday at 11:22 PM
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3.04/5  rDev -19.6%

Neil_dockery, Saturday at 09:20 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Griffith, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of Roguer
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful clear, just slightly hazy orange and copper brew topped by a nice, firm, off-white head. Very good retention, and big flat lines of lacing.

Grapefruit, orange, and pine hop aromas shine through, riding a wave of caramel malt and wheat bread. Very straight forward and direct IPA aroma.

Flavor reflects the aroma. Very bitter and dry up front, followed by a barely sweet caramel malt and grain presence, and finished nicely by bitter citrus peel. A bit of pulpy tangerine and floral notes lighten and sweeten it up from mid to finish.

Lively and bright feel, medium-light, with an oily retention.

This is an old fashioned, straight forward, bitter IPA with a classic profile. Mostly dry hop flavors.

Roguer, Oct 12, 2014
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3.33/5  rDev -11.9%

Bierleichen, Oct 02, 2014
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

KingoftheTitans, Oct 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Dduquette, Oct 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

ChrisL24481, Aug 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Bieniek30, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of gillagorilla
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

gillagorilla, Oct 29, 2013
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

puboflyons, Oct 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

jsh420, Sep 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

VeganUndead, Monday at 03:27 AM
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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

Tarps68, Sunday at 02:45 AM
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4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

dental, Sep 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Booner818, Monday at 10:09 PM
Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Bright red like orange, with some much lighter lemon yellow hue and highlights through a very nice clear body. Good ample but not overboard carbonation that rises from the bottom very slowly. Head is a bit fluffy and small, with light retention, but settles to a thick two finger cap, smaller than the three finger creation off the pour. Soapy puck and retention, with minimal lacing and no clumps.

Solid hop front. Spicy hop and hints of pine, with a bit of wood and weed like character. Some smoke like embers a bit and not much malt presence. Sort of reminds me a little of the 18th Anniversary by Stone but a little more fruitier on the hop angle and a touch of sweetness giving to orange/tangerine citrus as it warms up. Minimal but basic malt IPA presence presented.

Palate surprisingly lighter than expected, almost like a session IPA. Crisp and some hinting biscuit, but a lighter hop flavor than the nose indicates. Mild juice but fleeting of some tropical notes. Much of the distinct smoke and pine bent seems lost in favor of some small tangerine orange. Very big spicy and peppery like hop finish on the aftertaste, kind of fun.

It at first comes off like a watery session IPA but saves itself a bit with a very unique hop angle. A decent collaborative brew and IPA that I could drink again.

smakawhat, Sep 21, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +1.6%

campfirebrew, Oct 03, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +4.8%

Drew88, Sep 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

ScaryEd, Oct 15, 2014
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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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