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Cluster - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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ClusterCluster

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87
very good

80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 06-07-2011

Single Hop IPA

"Clusters were the dominant hop in the US brewing industry literally for centuries, and the forerunner for many of our modern Northwest varieties. They have a unique aroma with quite a bit of citrus and a heft of herbal goodness. The Clusterf#ck recipe features Clusters in the kettle, in the hopback and especially in the fermenter for dry-hopping. Pilsner and honey malts form the baseline; Clusters form the melody"
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by ccrida:
Photo of ccrida
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is hazy, glowing burnt gold with with a large, foamy off-white head that leaves chunks of foamy lace. Great label, this would make a killer tee-shirt!

Smell is pretty hoppy, as expected, with a fairly wide range of west coast hop notes - citric grapefruit, resin, a little grassy, a little skunky. Somewhat sweet as well, tropical fruits more than malt sugars, as well as sweet, clean ethanol.

Taste is a touch more aggressively hop forward, more to the pine, grass, bitter side, although the grapefruit is present as well. Also quite herbal. Faint cracker from the malt, and light sweetness on the finish lingers behind the firm bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry and oily, medium-light bodied.

Drinkability is high, I really like the range of flavors from this hop, as a single hop IPA it doesn't lack complexity. Like the clean, light base malt beer as well, sturdy ABV well hidden, all around a really well done IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jellikit
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow-orange. Hazy. Very thin, white head.

S: not much there. A lil' floral. And spice.

T: sweet up front, finishing very dry. Grapefruit hops. Floral. Almost peppery. Lingering bitterness.

M: Medium high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.

O: pretty good single-hop IPA. I like it. Would rate higher if aroma was bigger.

Photo of blue-dream
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My buddy sent me a bottle of this , thanks erik, he told me at the brewery it is known as cluster-fuck.
A- couldn't see what it looked like but in dark reusable bottle.
S- very hoppy, slight citrus under tones and an earthy smell.
T- a little bite to it the hops jump out them settle down, slight fruit under tones definitely hit the American IPA well, and having a 7.30 abv.
M- as i said n earthy mouthfeel to it, the hops jump out then a little fruity taste comes in.
O- Overall i liked this beer, i have had better american IPAs but have had worse these guys at Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom know what their doing and cant wait try more of what they have. Would love to check out their brewery to see their operation in full swing.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RB

Mini-growler picked up tonight at Bier Thirty in Bown... Pours a bit hazy golden... decent white head has beautiful lacing despite the flimsy cap.

Nose is a weird hop mash-up... citrus+lessor melon with a background skunky almost catty hoppiness.. pretty sharp.. the "catty" note is really jumping out... just enough pale maltiness to balance.

Good bitterness with a fantastic hop flavor.. again is a bit catty with the pithy citrus/husky melon..

Zippy mouthfeel... never gives way to the EtOH... crisp and very drinkable.

Very well made IPA.. I would buy this again and again if I found fresh bottles... Now, I will retire to the rest of my growler.

3.75/3.75/3.75/4/4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a healthy two finger fine white head with great retention and pillowy lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with light elements of orange citrus and pineapple; light bready malt. Flavor is bready, lightl caramel malt with tropical and light pomaceous fruit, finishes with moderately bitter, grassy, citrus and lightly floral hops. Nice creamy medium body. Not an over the top hop bomb, but a nice balance of sweet malt, fruit flavors and the Cluster hops, which have a pleasant complex fruit and grassy character. Another pleasant single hop experience.

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Bottled on 06/04/14
A: cloudy pale orangey gold
S: rather dull, herb/citrus, grass, spice
T: direct; tight ball of hops and malt; medium-low intensity; mild bitterness until the end when it turns sharp and very bitter; not a broad taste;
M: full bodied
O: OK but nothing special

Photo of Roby923
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice ode to the cluster hop. A good summer choice, clean aftertaste, and no lingering hop notes. Bottled from the HR tap room.

Photo of vkv822
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap at Belmont Station.
from notes.

Clear golden yellow with a thick, foamy, craggy off-white head. Leaves nice lacing.

Juicy citric and fruity hops are most prominent in the nose.

Wide variety of hop notes. Grassy and floral characteristics are more prominent in the palate than nose. Still some citric fruit as well.

Medium body, with average carbonation.

A well done IPA. Interesting that it was done exclusively with Cluster hops, though I don't know that it was anything so unique that I would have guessed otherwise.

Photo of BIll_Currie
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great flavor and good smell

Photo of draheim
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a tulip. Pours a clean pale coppery color w/ a big sudsy head, nice retention and lacing.

Aroma is floral and delicate with a subtle but distinctive hint of dank marijuana. Hm. Cluster hops indeed.

Taste is a blend of pale biscuity malt and floral, spicy NW hops. Some light citrus acidity too. Nice balance, pretty approachable.

Mouthfeel is soft and medium-bodied with just a gentle kick of bitterness on the finish.

Overall a pretty enjoyable but not outstanding IPA. Would drink again.

Photo of mactrail
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Light and delicate for an IPA. Pleasing aroma of straw. Amber color with plenty of foam in the Kasteel chalice. A nice zing of carbonation to the mouthfeel and a sharp touch.

Flavors of pear skins and a touch of alfalfa. Modest bitterness, but it emerges boldly in the aftertaste. Light honey malt flavor stands up to the fruity hops. I think this is a hop that needs more exploration. It's quite aromatic but the aftertaste is a mineral bitterness.

Highly quaffable brew with a fruity tang. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Haggen's Market.
4.0 3.75 4.0 4.0 3.75

Photo of Brad007
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I'm on an IPA kick and this stood out on the shelf. I'm intrigued by the history of the Cluster hop.

Pours a bright blonde with a dab of amber and a thick head into my glass. In my opinion, ALL IPAs should be as bright as this.

True to the label, the nose is greeted with a spicy citrus kick from the Cluster hops. It doesn't overpower the nose and allows the malt to "breathe".

The spicy citrus mantra continues in the taste. Malt is similar to a buttery cracker and holds its' own against the hop flavors.

Carbonation is perfect with a touch of dryness at the back of the throat.

I have no regrets about this purchase and for the price, you get a marvelous Cluster hop IPA that tastes great and holds up well in the single-hop genre.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 6/4/14.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and slight herbal hop 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 pretty good beer with citrus forward hop qualities all around.

Photo of canucklehead
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spurred to action by the Amnesia Single Hop Festival, we ring in the summer with this hop-forward IPA. Clusters were the dominant hop in the US brewing industry literally for centuries, and the forerunner of many of our modern Northwest varieties. They have a unique aroma with quite a bit of citrus and a heft of herbal goodness. The Clusterf#ck recipe features Clusters in the kettle, in the hop back, and especially in the fermenter for dry-hopping. Pilsner and honey malts form the baseline; Clusters make the melody. 6.6% ABV, 75 BU. Clusterf#ck will be on tap in limited supply at select beer bars, and at the Double Mountain Taproom in Hood River.

Sweet beer that was the hit at the Single Hop Festival. Nose was redolent of passion fruit and an almost Normandy cider note on the finish. Not your usual IPA and one that challenges the concept. I noted a greeness on the finish that some might construe as a fault but I saw it as part of the hop profile.

Photo of Kasha
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Idk if this is the same as the Clusterf$#%. Probably not but regarding the Clusterf*#...Deliciously smooth IPA.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy, Bryce, picked up a growler of 'Clusterf#ck' on his way back from a hike in the Gorge. I'm grateful...and I'm pouring to a pint glass with a dinner of skewered sirloin, peppers, onions, mushrooms and pineapples. YUM!

Cluster hops, Cluster hops, and more Cluster hops in this single-hopped brew - or so says the recipe. A hop varietal I'm not entirely familiar with, but I'm willing to explore...

A: Golden with a deeper and more copper-colored tint, a dusty haze. Carbonation is kinda sleepy, just a few wriggling strings of bubbles. Terrific lace however, the end result of a finger-plus sudsy mass of whiteness; draping sheets and ringing lattice. Lovely. Very lovely.

S: A little bit of citrus (lemon, mild grapefruit) and a grassy/evergreen notes I like the strength and the interplay with some sweet malts, but it's not terribly intense.

T: It may be the dinner's influence, but I get a steady dose of pineapple and citrus amidst some rather herbal and grassy hoppiness. No worries - the flavor is quite tasty. Sure, it's a bit on the bitter and dry side in the finish, but there's a balanced 'baked bread' maltiness, a steady caramel sweetness, and that curious 'tropical fruit'. Not confounding on the tongue, but lovely and simply enjoyable.

M: Smooth and pleasantly carbonated. Medium-bodied, without a ton of panache.

O: Anything but a cluster-eff... just a really nice, hop-balanced brew that juggles its honeys and malts and citrus tangs rather well. A bit simple, but certainly well-made; Double Mountain is among the Oregonian All-Stars, in my opinion, and this reflects the pedigree. Another solid beer crafted by these guys, and one I'll recommend.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a transparent, light golden color with a nice white cap, some bubbles and nice amount of lacing present

S: Grains, citrus with bubblegum and tropical fruits

T: Immediate and lingering dry hop bite, very pronounced tropical fruits, grains are blanketed under bitterness but pesent especially mid taste

M: Medium body, moderate bitterness, moderately dry ,bitter and clean overall but there is an element of oiliness

Photo of Airyk12
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a small head that leaves significant lacing.

Smells of strong pint hops, with a background of malts and some citrus.

Initially very piney, with a lingering sweetness that balances out the hops very well.

Crisp, and very clean. Medium-light body with a good bit of carbonation.

A solid beer, if not quite basic. Nothing great, but quite enjoyable nonetheless.

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Cluster from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
87 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.