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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | 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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5/5  rDev +33%

puboflyons, Oct 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

njkalosh, Oct 09, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +22.3%

jallen5076, Oct 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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
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4.36/5  rDev +16%

Sheldog, Oct 05, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

SonictheBeerhog, Friday at 10:10 PM
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4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

JTomczak, Oct 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

zahara15, Sep 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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

patricio99, Yesterday at 10:08 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

kaelingirl, Oct 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

seplo, Aug 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Lerxst, Thursday at 07:08 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

bvcapllonch, Oct 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

brentblack1, Sep 16, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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
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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

skubas86, Friday at 02:21 PM
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4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

SawDog505, Oct 04, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +10.6%

Ngntjp, Oct 08, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Goblinmunkey7, Aug 15, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

dental, Sep 23, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

AndyAvalanche, Aug 15, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +9%

costanzo_mike, Oct 03, 2014
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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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