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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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86
very good

332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 17
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

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Drank this one side by side with the recreation of Ballantine's IPA. Both are excellent beers, and the malt profiles are remarkably similar. Cluster's differs in an enjoyable raw piquancy to the hop flavor- Ballantine's reliance on more contemporary hop varieties lends smooth, subtle pine notes whereas Cluster's use of traditional hops highlights flavors reminiscent of sharp fermented berries. I love the straight-up west coast hop-bombs, but these throw-back IPAs offer some nice diversity.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into one of my pint glasses out of a 22 oz bomber, this beer pours a fairly cloudy/hazy, medium copper color with a golden hue and a nice white head that is about 1/2 to 2/3 inch thick when first poured along with a somewhat steady stream of little bubbles rising to the top of das beer's surface. Settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with some good sized clusters of film foam layers on the beer's surface along with some pretty good lacing too. Aromas of some caramel, malty sweetness and a nice load of citrus, earthy hoppyness. Has a nice, fresh, floral, citrus hop flavor upfront that gives way to some oh so slightly toasted bready, caramel malt sweetness that gives way back to the hoppy flavors that are going on here. Weird in that regard. Never quite had that in a beer that I can recall before. Cool though. Has a crisp, yet smooth and somewhat frothy, slightly oily/syrupy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in the was good beer outh to be, a bit too easily drinkable for an ABV of 8.3%. A very good, solid effort here that is quite enjoyable.

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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.

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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.