Cluster F@ck - 4 Hearts Brewing
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Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
1.69/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
This is called a "Mild IPA", and perhaps rather misguidedly is modelled after Australia's cheapest, nastiest midstrength beer XXXX Gold. Well, each to his own, I guess—this supposedly at least ups the classic Cluster character and gives it the "craft beer treatment". Tried on-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne.
Pours a deep golden colour, rather clear with a very light-weight body: not unexpected. Head if a full frothy ring of pure white fed by streaming light carbonation. It's not exciting, but it looks pretty decent.
Nose achieves what it sets out to do: but that's no good thing. Yeasty and thin, with no body—excessively mild and almost no distinguishable hop presence beyond a certain leafy tone to the grain husk water. Um, no...
Light and empty in the entry, with a faint sweet grain character... And that about all it gets to. It stays weak and bland, with just occasional swellings of yeast or seltzer water. Nothing on the aftertaste: weak, watery and awful.
Feel is extremely light with a yeasty cloy.
Overall, I was shocked at how bad this is when I tried it (and it was only later that I discovered it was somewhat inspired by XXXX), and even looking back on it now there was nothing redeeming about it. It was a very poorly thought out experiment, in my view.
Serving type: on-tap
07-05-2013 03:38:00 | More by lacqueredmouse
More User Reviews:
1.84/5 rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2
Pours a gold colour, slightly cloudy. Head is white, large webbed bubbles, decent thickness. Looks OK.
Smells grainy, buttery with a bit of Pride of Ringwood hop note. Woody, slightly cardboardy but pretty blah. Could definitely use more edge.
Taste is grainy, with cereal notes, touch of bread and a big yeasty note. Grainy, not IPA enough at all. Weird base and just bland, bordering on unpleasant.
Decent mouthfeel, OK body with a touch of carbonation.
Not really IPA at all and just unpleasant flavours. Sorry, this doesn't really do it for me at all.
Serving type: on-tap
11-29-2013 01:18:36 | More by laituegonflable
Cluster F@ck from 4 Hearts Brewing
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