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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand
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BA SCORE
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very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 6.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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 zahara15
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

zahara15, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of seplo
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

seplo, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of brentblack1
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

brentblack1, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of RacerX5k
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Goblinmunkey7, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Smell is pretty good, not quite as potent as I would expect, but still good. Absolutely some pale and caramel malts. Hops as most often the case are the dominant feature. Some slight tropical fruits and a little clementine peel, but mostly you get some sticky pine sap aromas.

Taste is as good, but a little stronger than you'd expect based on the smell. The pale and caramel malts definitely provide a slight natural sweetness. Pine flavors are the most dominant hop profile, cluster, tomahawk, and bullion are hops as far as my understanding here. Really good balance, there's a solid malt backbone and hops that don't dominate but are present.

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.

AndyAvalanche, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +5.3%

DrBier, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

smanson56, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Bilco, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Sergris
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Sergris, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +5.3%

rfgetz, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of NJBeer265
4/5  rDev +5.3%

NJBeer265, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of smutty33
4/5  rDev +5.3%

smutty33, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of ajcormier
4/5  rDev +5.3%

ajcormier, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Tschnab
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Tschnab, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of DIPAFAN
4/5  rDev +5.3%

DIPAFAN, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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, Yesterday at 07:04 PM
Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Southern New Hampshire Brewers Fest 7/26/2013
Pours a slightly cloudy light golden color with a smallish head that shows minimal retention. Smells of earthy spicy and floral hops with a moderate amount of bready caramel to back it up. The flavor follows the aroma quite well, lots of hops with a twinge of bitterness backed up by a solid malty backbone. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Very nice IPA I'm glad I got a chance to try it before the keg evaporated.

johnnnniee, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of ghostwalker
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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
Photo of SABERG
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a recent bottle into a modified tulip glass.
A - Wild flower honey golden color, gentle carbonation, capped by a soft vanilla cap.
S - A fabulous blend of citrus, melon, and spring spruce. The nose shifts as the beer warms. Fresh
warm grass, and hints of lemon rise.
T - Soft lemon drop, light hints of rising sourdough, and finally those tropical notes close the deal.
F - Medium bodied, coats the palate, and lingers with oily resins. The feel is weighted to the finish.
O - The Cluster hop is such a treat, the body of the beer is straight down the middle, no real frills, no real risk.
Frankly a nice reprieve from the tropical, or piney behemoths out these days.

Cheers all

SABERG, Yesterday at 09:14 PM
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

alienlifeforcecube, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

ChrisL24481, Aug 09, 2013
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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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