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Cluster - Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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ClusterCluster

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BA SCORE
87
very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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:
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 added by: canucklehead on 06-07-2011)
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ccrida

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 04:51:20 | More by ccrida
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cluster from Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
87 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.