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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: johnnnniee on 07-28-2013)
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.7%

08-10-2013 01:03:13 | More by ms11781
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

08-18-2013 15:01:59 | More by nmann08
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-31-2013 00:46:31 | More by montrealbcr89
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

08-08-2013 03:58:12 | More by Chico1985
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JKV96

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-04-2014 01:42:17 | More by JKV96
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Jslay013

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-30-2013 22:27:17 | More by Jslay013
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-29-2013 14:27:40 | More by Satchboogie
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. No date on the bottle, but I know this was released only about two to three months ago. Bottle numbered 551/1044.

A: Coppery golden color, very slight haze. Massive rocky white head forms atop the beer and never budges an inch. Lots of thick, clumpy lacing stubbornly clings to the glass.

S: Oily, green, and floral hop aromas. Earthy and leafy. Lemon head candy. Grainy and toasty malt base. Very clean.

T: Hops are very earthy. Pine, leaves, maybe even some bark. Somewhat tea-like and herbal. Ample bitterness. Floral and pithy too. Hit of lemon zest. Toasted grain in the malt base, a touch steely. Hint of caramel and broth. Alcohol peeks out just a bit. Bitter, earthy hop finish with toast and grain.

M: Medium-full body. Full and creamy with a bit of heft. Mild prickling carbonation. Some hop astringency, subtle prick of alcohol.

O: So this is supposed to be a recreation of the old Ballantine Ale, from what I'm told, complete with Cluster hops. Long before my time, but it's always nice to try these historic recipes. It's a bold and flavorful beer, if not a little one dimensional and bland. I appreciate the attempt at reviving this old recipe, but it's rather dull and middle of the pack by today's standards. Shows how far we've come and how spoiled we are, especially with all these new hop varieties.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 23:37:34 | More by ryan1788a5
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a hazy orange color. Body still glows however. Big, fluffy white head that refuses to flatten out and laces with incredible consistency.

S-So apparently this is what Cluster hops brings to the table. Clementines, oranges, lemon zest and some flowers and herbs. The aroma is interesting but its not very strong. I do enjoy the doughy malt backing.

T-The hops start off sweet and orangey but then the get very grassy and piney. Its an interesting transformation on the tongue. The hops also present a spruce, herbal and spicy element which is very noticeable. The hoppiness is quite odd and I am unsure if I enjoy it. The malt has texture and plays with notes of dough and caramel.

M-A bit chewy. Sneaky bitterness. Soft bubbles. Booze comes off pretty hot.

O/D-Definitely unique. The hop profile is strange and the malt is very forward. I probably wouldn't buy this again but I am happy I tried it once.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 20:34:34 | More by VelvetExtract
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Max's Hopfest (from notes, 8/16-18/13)

A: Golden yellow with a decent head and lacing.

S: Citrusy and floral.

T: Sweet and citrusy. Nice balance with some pine.

M: Even carbonation with a bit of coarseness.

O: It was great to taste a Cluster hopped IPA. Different.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2013 07:26:56 | More by gillagorilla
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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%

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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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huddyball

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

09-27-2013 22:55:41 | More by huddyball
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rabiddawg

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-22-2013 00:30:41 | More by rabiddawg
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Pwbres

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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WesM63

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

09-21-2013 16:17:21 | More by WesM63
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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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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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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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