Stone Cluster's Last Stand
Smuttynose Brewing Company

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From:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
 
New Hampshire, United States
Style:
IPA - American
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 11.08%
Ratings:
433
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Apr 11, 2017
Added:
Jul 28, 2013
Wants:
  16
Gots:
  83
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: Old, new? It’s all the same, really. Cluster’s Last Stand defies the commonly accepted notion that strong, hoppy beers are recent arrivals on the US beer landscape. Smuttynose has teamed up with Stone Brewing Company to recreate the original, post-Prohibition Ballantine IPA recipe. That’s right; strong, 60 IBU beer was brewed in the 30’s. How do we know? We read it in Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele’s excellent and well-researched book, “IPA, Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale.” The only difference between this beer and more contemporary IPAs are the hop varieties: Cluster, Brewers Gold, Bullion and East Kent Goldings. None of these are trendy and we were a little surprised to find out that all four were readily available. The result is a rich, copper-colored ale with a strong, refined hop profile of spiciness with a hint of grapefruit.
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3.82 by Dave1999 from North Carolina on Apr 11, 2017
 
4 by jaxon53 from Connecticut on Dec 03, 2016
 
3.59 by bdaggett from New York on Jul 31, 2016
 
3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York on Jul 20, 2016
 
4.04 by Thomas_Wikman from Texas on Feb 09, 2016
 
4 by nathanmiller from New York on Feb 07, 2016
 
3.9 by Justindemino from New York on Dec 27, 2015
 
3.36 by NatSmith from South Carolina on Dec 17, 2015
 
4.03 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Nov 28, 2015
 
4.33 by hop_junkie from New Hampshire on Nov 14, 2015
 
3 by rderedin from Maine on Nov 11, 2015
 
4 by crow from Illinois on Oct 23, 2015
 
4.31 by olafphysics from Minnesota on Aug 13, 2015
 
3.85 by GRG1313 from California on Aug 04, 2015
 
4.06 by WoodBrew from Ohio on Aug 02, 2015
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3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Tilly from Kentucky

Pours a nice orange colour with a small white head.
Fruit and hop aroma.
Nice taste of tropical fruits, caramel, citrus, and slightly peppery.
Crisp, slight bitter finish. Very nice drinks.
Great collaboration from Smuttynose and Stone.

Jul 19, 2015
 
3.91 by VAbrookiechaser from Virginia on Jul 16, 2015
 
4 by MSandahl23 from Indiana on Jul 09, 2015
 
4.5 by kinmundy77 from Illinois on Jul 03, 2015
 
4 by Eziel from Ohio on Jun 13, 2015
 
3.5 by MattMorin from Illinois on May 29, 2015
 
3.65 by dsshuck from Delaware on May 19, 2015
 
3.52 by thumperskibum from Indiana on May 14, 2015
 
3.73 by garyloveman from Massachusetts on May 12, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by bisonfort from Georgia

Very good. Ipa recipe from the 30s. Got bottle at whole foods.

May 08, 2015
 
3.44 by mmcurran from North Carolina on May 05, 2015
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3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rapayn01 from Kentucky

The bottle was a bit past the "best by date" (March 2015), but the beer was tasty. The hop was a bit out of the norm, but it is definitely an IPA. A DIPA, actually, packing a real wallop.

Apr 25, 2015
 
3.63 by Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire on Apr 23, 2015
 
3.53 by Alpha309 from California on Apr 20, 2015
 
3.61 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Apr 17, 2015
 
4.18 by bgold86 from New York on Apr 12, 2015
 
3.25 by Mikeluzzjr from Massachusetts on Apr 02, 2015
 
3.43 by StevenNebulous from Georgia on Mar 30, 2015
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3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by fredmugs from Indiana

3 = good and that's the best thing I can say about this. Had this on draft and it was devoid of aroma and flavor.

Mar 23, 2015
 
3.54 by JohnCassillo from California on Mar 20, 2015
 
4.25 by ffshore545 from Illinois on Mar 19, 2015
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3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by oberon from North Carolina

Pours into an impy nonic a dull hazed burnt orange with a thinner but well sustained white head atop.More of a juicy fruitiness to the hop aromas like orange and tangerine,big caramel and sweet dough as well.A big malt forward IPA I have to say here,yeasty and doughy,almost like a sweeter midwestern style pizza dough,some juicy tangerine and orange hoppiness comes in the finish.This is a big MALTY IPA,maybe the most malt driven of the style I have had.

Mar 17, 2015
 
3.67 by mscudder from Georgia on Mar 16, 2015
 
4 by petewheeler from Maryland on Mar 11, 2015
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3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by delta490 from Virginia

Pours a nice orangey-amber with a thick off-white head that has moderate retention and leaves some nice sticky lacing. The aroma is mild but has nice tropical fruit hops and bready malt notes. The taste is similar to the aroma with the nice addition of pine and a little caramel sweetness. The body isn't too heavy and his a nice bitter bite on the finish.

Mar 08, 2015
Stone Cluster's Last Stand from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 433 ratings