1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last StandSmuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

207 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 207
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: johnnnniee on 07-28-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 207 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of puboflyons
5/5  rDev +31.9%

puboflyons, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of njkalosh
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

njkalosh, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of jallen5076
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%

jallen5076, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of ErockRPh
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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
Photo of 603to843
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

603to843, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of jrschaef
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

jrschaef, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of bigbeerfan
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%

bigbeerfan, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of Sheldog
4.36/5  rDev +15%

Sheldog, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

SonictheBeerhog, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

TheManiacalOne, Oct 21, 2014
Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the dive, poured into a tulip.

A -Poured a nice hazy honey orange hue with a one finger creamy white head that fades to leave nice creamy side lacing and a good creamy blanket. Solid, solid.

S - Aromas of some fun hops. Getting faint pine, supper faint dank, light tropic notes, light orange, and I swear I'm getting melon (cantaloupe). Super intriguing!

T - Taste is much more market than the aroma suggests, sweet rich caramel notes, bitter hops, more grapefruit rind than anything. Melon tries to make another appearance though towards the finish. It's pretty fun, though a bit maltier than I like.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty nice for the style, crisp, alcohol is hidden nicely, quite drinkable.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer a lot, just wish it wasn't as malty. Still though, worth the try.

rudzud, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of JTomczak
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

JTomczak, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of zahara15
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

zahara15, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of patricio99
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

had a couple of pints on draft recently. good stuff. solid, but not overpowering like some ipas. they were delicious.

patricio99, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

kaelingirl, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of seanchai
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

seanchai, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of seplo
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

seplo, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of Lerxst
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Lerxst, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of tylergoov
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

tylergoov, Yesterday at 05:53 PM
Photo of bvcapllonch
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

bvcapllonch, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of brentblack1
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

brentblack1, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of JAFoley
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

A - Hazy golden amber body with bubbly white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Tangy sour citrus fruits

T - Fresh citrus and floral hops upfront. Not overly bitter. Sugary caramel malts come in but recede quickly leaving you with a hoppy aftertaste.

M - Medium body with moderate/high carbonation. Sticky and syrupy.

O - Really great brew. Love to see the Stone brewers connection. I'm really glad to see such a quality beer being brewed in my home town.

JAFoley, Tuesday at 11:56 PM
Photo of RacerX5k
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

RacerX5k, Aug 28, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.