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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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86
very good

332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 17
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: johnnnniee on 07-28-2013)
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22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/5/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, herbal, light caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice historical IPA recreation. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy, nearly opaque orange, with a small, half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite piney and earthy, "dank" would be the word, with some bitter-smelling grapefruit.

This definitely somewhat mirrors the new Ballantine IPA, but is a bit more fruity, than the all-out bitter/oak assault that Ballantine was. I do get lots of pine, flowers, and grassy flavors here, earthy but tasty, with some bitter grapefruit, and juicy orange. There is a sturdy malt backbone here, bready and toasty, but not sweet at all, which is nice. This is quite a steely beer, which I like.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation. It is really drinkable, I gulped it down quite quickly.

I think I like the Ballantine IPA better, but this is a really good effort anyway.

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L: Pours a rich golden orange with a moderate white head that vanishes into a fine lace exactly as I want from an IPA. But the beer is more opaque than I would like an IPA and there are minimal signs of carbonation bubbles.

S: A bit of a change from most of the American IPAs that I have been drinking lately. Strong herbal and earthy notes up front with citrus behind them. I don't smell any malt backbone, but it is a very enticing aroma.

T: A bit duller up front than the very crisp flavors that I am accustomed to from AIPAs, but the flavor there is very good and unique. Very nice balance between a bready malt and earthy herbal hops. There are some light citrus notes in the body, but they are more subtle than they are in the aroma. The finish is very earthy with some herbal and light pine resin notes. Very nice and a solid change from the fruity and resiny hop bombs that dominate this style.

F: The mouthfeel is thick and bready. Not what I would expect from an AIPA, but there is a nice tang to it.

O: I think the name says it all. I've heard that Cluster hops are unpopular these days and this beer is a nice showcase for them, but unlikely to convince brewers or consumers to demand more of it. I think this is a very pleasant spin on the American IPA and it's a very refreshing change up for me after the fresh hop season has been bombarding me with fruit and resin. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes the more subdued English style IPAs or wants to widen their hop palate.

This beer was poured from a 22oz bottle into a Blind Pig mug and enjoyed at apx. 60F.

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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.