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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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86
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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:
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(Beer added by: johnnnniee on 07-28-2013)
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2013 23:56:05 | More by rudzud
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zahara15

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +11%

09-02-2013 10:49:28 | More by zahara15
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seplo

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +11%

08-18-2013 14:16:50 | More by seplo
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brentblack1

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11%

09-16-2013 14:17:56 | More by brentblack1
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RacerX5k

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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

08-28-2013 13:31:23 | More by RacerX5k
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 00:08:09 | More by AndyAvalanche
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-12-2013 23:44:57 | More by Bilco
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Sergris

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-13-2013 04:45:06 | More by Sergris
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-31-2013 21:24:23 | More by rfgetz
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-02-2014 21:05:32 | More by NJBeer265
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smutty33

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-19-2013 13:10:01 | More by smutty33
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ajcormier

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-31-2013 19:15:36 | More by ajcormier
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Tschnab

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-21-2013 02:42:48 | More by Tschnab
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-29-2013 00:09:53 | More by DIPAFAN
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 17:58:13 | More by johnnnniee
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 18:44:46 | More by ghostwalker
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-09-2013 02:34:52 | More by ChrisL24481
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discharmingly

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-05-2014 14:22:42 | More by discharmingly
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aorloski

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-01-2013 00:37:46 | More by aorloski
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-24-2014 22:55:00 | More by DrunkinYogi
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EricDu

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-07-2014 05:57:55 | More by EricDu
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Dicers

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-14-2013 16:11:32 | More by Dicers
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

09-08-2013 19:10:47 | More by ColForbinBC
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Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-02-2013 02:01:29 | More by Mikeypnh
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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.