Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
07-28-2013 17:58:13 | More by johnnnniee
4.3/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
08-01-2013 23:56:05 | More by rudzud
3.66/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
08-03-2013 20:34:34 | More by VelvetExtract
3.61/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
10-20-2013 23:37:34 | More by ryan1788a5
4.16/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
08-15-2013 17:56:11 | More by Goblinmunkey7
3.74/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
10-29-2013 07:26:56 | More by gillagorilla
Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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