Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Stone Cluster's Last StandSmuttynose Stone Cluster's Last Stand

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by johnnnniee on 07-28-2013

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Ratings: 434 |  Reviews: 59
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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4.84/5  rDev +27.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.6/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.56/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.56/5  rDev +20.3%

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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

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

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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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

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

This beer is a collaboration brew based on the Ballantine's IPA recipe in Mitch Steele's IPA book. This tastes nothing like the typical West Coast IPA, but it is fantastic. The nose is catty, with lots of black currant and some lavender floral notes. Flavor is resin, with some fruity currant notes and a bit of floral hops. The malt is on the light side, but some bready Munich notes provide the right balance. Bitterness is sharp and sticky, but fades nicely on the finish leaving you wanting another sip.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Drank this one side by side with the recreation of Ballantine's IPA. Both are excellent beers, and the malt profiles are remarkably similar. Cluster's differs in an enjoyable raw piquancy to the hop flavor- Ballantine's reliance on more contemporary hop varieties lends smooth, subtle pine notes whereas Cluster's use of traditional hops highlights flavors reminiscent of sharp fermented berries. I love the straight-up west coast hop-bombs, but these throw-back IPAs offer some nice diversity.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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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

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.4/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.36/5  rDev +15%

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4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the dive, poured into a tulip.

A -Poured a nice hazy honey orange hue with a one finger creamy white head that fades to leave nice creamy side lacing and a good creamy blanket. Solid, solid.

S - Aromas of some fun hops. Getting faint pine, supper faint dank, light tropic notes, light orange, and I swear I'm getting melon (cantaloupe). Super intriguing!

T - Taste is much more market than the aroma suggests, sweet rich caramel notes, bitter hops, more grapefruit rind than anything. Melon tries to make another appearance though towards the finish. It's pretty fun, though a bit maltier than I like.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty nice for the style, crisp, alcohol is hidden nicely, quite drinkable.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer a lot, just wish it wasn't as malty. Still though, worth the try.

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4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A golden amber ale that pouurs frrom a 22 oz bottle. Huge head and chunks of lace on the glasss. Lovely nose offers up aromas of lighe malt, a bakery full of bread, light caramel and tropical fruits. Light citrus and mild peppery alcohol. Taste is caramel and doughy white bread. Crisp bitter finish leaves lingerig notes of alcohol. Supremely drinkable and surprisingly light and crisp. Mild but pleasant carbonation. This seems like a great approximation of old classic Ballentine IPA

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4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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