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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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85
very good

187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by 3/5/15. 8.8% ABV per the label.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink without any real alcohol presence despite its higher ABV percentage for the style.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

djrn2, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

zestar, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -14%

nmann08, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -14%

kylehay2004, Today at 02:23 AM
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

TheManiacalOne, Tuesday at 02:47 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

DrunkinYogi, May 24, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20.6%

ejimhof, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a white soapy head that leaves sheets of lace. The aroma has pine, woods, tea and a faint lemon citrus. The taste reminds me of a modest barleywine or a rather large ipa. Pine, grapefruit pith, and tea meld with brown sugar, toffee and caramel. Full bodied, big assed brew. Overall, this tilts the tide towards modern Double IPA territory from a classic English barleywine. Kind of an Albatross but that's not a bad thing.

Stinkypuss, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +5.8%

DrBier, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Latarnik, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Kelp, Jan 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

liamt07, Monday at 07:17 PM
Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, caramel-copper coloring, with a fluffy, light, off-white head, and a steady flow of carbonation bubbling throughout the body. Aromas of tangerine and orange peel forward, with pine and resin to follow, and a subtle biscuit backbone. Very balanced and fruity nose. Flavors are caramel tangy sweet forward, with a citrus blend not far behind. Orange peel and tangerine lighten everything up, but there is a pine pitch and bitter hops resin characteristic that heavies up the palate a bit. Dynamic taste profiles. The beer is robust, but remains on the light side in mouth thanks in part to the carbonation. The aftertaste is more of the bitter, piney, sticky hops character, but the citrus has some lingering power, too. Dry, bitter, slightly astringent finish. Good beer!

GarthDanielson, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Boone757, Sep 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Axnjxn, Oct 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Griffith, Oct 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

puboflyons, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

rfgetz, Aug 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

ColForbinBC, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

VelvetExtract, Aug 03, 2013
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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.