Super Cluster
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,468
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,527
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 9.07%
Reviews:
229
Ratings:
755
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  176
SCORE
91
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Super ClusterSuper Cluster
Notes: This out-of-this-world ale is a galactic blast from the glass, a Citra supernova in the sky, jettisoning lupulin lusciousness through the cosmos and across the universe of your palate. Enter its bitter orbit and we'll all float on, okay? Cheers!
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HalfFull from California

3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass. Super Cluster pours a clear light copper. Light cap of foam lingers moderately.

Nose is kind of weak. Taste is equally questionable. Uninspiring from start to finish.

Jun 15, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, bright amber appearance with a large white head and good lacing. Hopped up aroma heavy on the pine and backed by citrus. Bitter flavor, resinous, with a solid citrus underpinning. Malts start out on an obsequious note and finish in obscurity. Dry, dank finish. Embracing abv. I would go back for this one in a heartbeat.

Jun 12, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear golden body with slightly-off-white big bubbled froth head that has relatively low retention, settling down to a thin murky cap with big, defined halo and leaving behind small webbings of sudsy lacing as it goes

aroma is clean, sweet, and floral with caramel and (of course) CITRA....and I do mean with all caps. it's all here! even the funkier notes like gooseberry and lychee nod their heads.

taste is citra hops cranked to 11 riding a caramel malt surfboard. killer. no wonder this hop revolutionized a style damn-near singlehandedly

mouthfeel is mid-level body and higher-level carbonation. runs crisp and fluffy, riding that carbo (prickles and all) into a bitter and dry finish that leaves a citra drenched aftertaste of lime drenched grapefruit and mango and orange with slight funk

overall:
wanna classic Citra IPA? this is step one. start here and you'll get most of the bases Citra can cover. loved every second of it and can't believe I'm only just now getting into this one.

Jun 07, 2021
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Serop

4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L. Pours from can a light, clear, def not hazy at all.. 1 finger light head. Keeps its lace throughout..
S. Hops Pine Citrus
T. Oh man this taste like a 5% ABV which for me scores major points. It’s very light and easy to drink for an 8% IIPA..
F. This is the best part in my opinion. Very light almost like this was made for a true Ale lover looking for a nice Summer beer on a hot humid day.. PERFECTION!
Overall: I gotta say I’m very impressed by this beer. I’m not a huge Lagunitas guy but they def nailed the citra hop when it comes to supercluster. Honestly so smooth and tasty, you’ll drink all 6 cans before you know, I know I did!!!

May 23, 2021
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guile from Nevada

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark gold color from a 12 oz can. Numbers on bottom of can are not of a date, so not sure when this was canned. Small 1/2 inch head that quickly dissipated. Nose is heavy on hops, surprising as I was expecting more citrus notes. In the mouth very hoppy but not overpowering. Some citrus fruit malt and pine present. It is quite bitter so be advised. Felt thin.

May 17, 2021
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, unclear date code on the bottom

Crystal clear golden color. White head that fades to nothing. Big citrus zest aroma. Similar flavor on top of clean pale malt flavor and significant bitterness. Thin to medium bodied.

Apr 29, 2021
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UncleReemus78 from Texas

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't know why anyone would have any reason to rate this beer below 3.00. This beer is easy to drink and packed full of flavor. Lagunitas never fails to make a good IPA. The abv% is high but you can't tell through the taste. The taste is a bit piney with citrus balanced in with it. The color is a light golden color and clear. Not much haze at all. This review is coming from a canned beer. I have yet to try this on tap but I know it's delicious. Any IPA lover should have no problems with this beer. I'm glad I bought a six pack of it. I'm not gonna cheat the rating. This is an ALL STAR beer.

Apr 28, 2021
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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boom. Waboom. Almost like a sonic boom Cluster goes. Feeling all kinds of hot and wild, I look at my baby mama and kind of want to make another child. Ok, let’s think about that...

Apr 02, 2021
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.57/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I know I've reviewed this before, but I guess I haven't gotten around to typing up those hand-written notes so here we go again:

"Citra-hopped Mega IPA." 8% ABV. O.G. 1.073. IBU 60.

Simple and shallow for an 8% Citra hopped (I)IPA, comparing unfavorably to a beer like Kern River's Citra. I get 2-row barley/pale malt and Citra hops, and that's really about it. Flavour duration is brief, and depth of flavour is poor. Has some obvious boozy warmth to it as well. And there's rindy unbalanced bitterness throughout with some odd warm ripe fruit flavours that might belong in a barleywine but not an (I)IPA. Brewers' candied orange peel, nectary almost honied flavour...what's going on here?

Mouthfeel dries towards the finish, tanking its drinkability. Overcarbonated, a bit too thick, unrefreshing.

A swing and a miss from Lagunitas...I'd definitely reach for their Sucks IIPA over this any day of the week.

C- (2.57) / BELOW AVERAGE

Feb 24, 2021
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Bilch from California

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from 12 oz can into a 16 oz mason jar.

look: Honey-orange, clear, with 2 inch khaki head, leaving intricate lacing.

smell: fermented jungle fruit, citrus, hops, malt, slight sweetness, slight pine

taste: The hop bitterness, hits initially, followed by a fermented, fruity, maltiness, where the hops linger out in the end. alcohol hidden well.

feel: medium low carbonation, full bodied.

overall: this is expertly crafted. It is a best of all worlds beer!

Feb 18, 2021
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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.01/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a can into a tulip glass a 1F light yellowish tan creamy head fades quickly with minimal lace. Color is golden with lots of super fine particulate held in suspension. Lots of effervescence and about 90% transparency.

On the nose aroma is weak with a light amount of mash and faint hop.

Tasting brings out grassy hops that hit first with a light mash and black tea like bitter tannins. Hops become more prevalent as you drink it and it finishes bitter with medium astringency and pucker dryness. It has that light thymol note that I do not like.

Mouthfeel is medium body with a creamy slickness and astringent dry finish. The finish is thick and dominating overall.

Not a big fan of the hop bitterness.

Feb 06, 2021
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Bboggs623 from California

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I’m new to reviewing beers, but trying to get into and enjoy them more. Believe me I’m not new to beer, just rating/reviewing it.

Look: Amber (4.25)

Smell: citrus and piney (4.25)

Taste: really good! Very citrus and hoppy with a hint of pine. (4)

Feel: seltzery, creamy, and smooth. Lingering bitters. (4.25)

Overall I rate this a 4.25. I seem to really like citra hops and imperial IPA’s.

Feb 04, 2021
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frankdank from North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It smells of citrus and more citrus. Taste follows with lemon and orange predominant. Malt backbone present but takes a back seat to the hops. I do like this beer. Easy to drink for an 8 percent imperial. It has become one of my favorites and at $9.99 for a sixer, Lagunitas continues to provide quality beer that impresses. Hopslam costs twice as much as Super Cluster but with high quality imperials like the ones from Lagunitas, Hopslam and similar high-priced IPAs are losing ground.

Jan 23, 2021
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LoganFarinhas from Pennsylvania

4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

$2.00, 8% ABV, 12 fl oz., No canned date, 52.0ºF (11.0ºC)

Overall: very good beer really enjoyed it. The head was beautiful and the taste was great. I give it a 94. Cheers!

Dec 11, 2020
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86sportster883 from Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An aggressive pour produces a dense white head atop a brilliantly clear yellow gold body with streaming carbonation from the base of my stemmed tulip bulb glass. The head drops quickly leaving an uneven soapy lace. From the nose I get mostly big resinous spruce and maybe some malt. It drinks smooth with good body and a taste that starts with a touch of honey-like sweetness, followed by a malt dominant middle that then ends with a definitive spruce like bitterness that fades and leaves me wanting for more. A most excellent beer that packs a punch with no discernible heat, an interestingly dynamic hop malt interplay and near perfect mouthfeel.

Nov 21, 2020
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sjdevel from Utah

4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look - - beautiful clear gold...low head
Smell - - crisp citrus, mango, pine, and orange
Taste - - huge blast of hops, lots of lemon and orange, some mango and grapefruit, hints of pine and cattiness, sweet caramel and malt -. Very flavorful
Feel - - oily....a bit thin perhaps
Overall - - this is an amazing IPA... There are tons of hops and great base beer under it all... Another solid brew from Laganitas.

Oct 31, 2020
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased from the fridge for $2 as part of a mix-a-six pack. Canned on Julian Date 262 (9/18/20), so this is 5 1/2 weeks old.

Look: A clear, deep, orangey golden color. Small off-white head that reduced to a thin wispy layer.

Smell: Very hoppy nose. There is a lot of resinous, almost stinky dankness. Underneath it, there are subtle tropical fruit and citrus flavors of predominantly mango, grapefruit, and tangerine. The nose is aggressive, yet it has this enticing perfume fragrance to it that is very pleasant.

Taste: I was expecting this to be bitter, and it is, but it's actually nicely balanced and very enjoyable. Up front, there is a bit of sweetness and some citrus juiciness. On the mid-palate, there is some subdued tropical fruit and citrus flavors of unripe mango and tangerine rind. That is quickly washed away by the strongly bitter and pithy hop finish that also leaves a touch of caramel malt sweetness. The bitter finish lingers long and is resinous, piney, dank, and slightly metallic.

Feel: Medium plus body that has a slightly oily mouthfeel.

Overall: It's a very well made Imperial IPA, which is admittedly not my favorite style. The aroma on this beer is awesome - it's worth trying just to inhale it or you could consider wearing it instead of cologne! This beer gives a very different impression from the norm of what citra hops can be. There is just so much citra in there that it really changes the perception of it, and that is a really cool thing.

Oct 27, 2020
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fl3xagon from Missouri

4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber in color. Clarity is outstanding, no haziness or particulate noted. Head was rocky ~1/2"

Aroma: Citra hits the nose first, very strong and prominent followed by a bit of a sweet malt character.

Flavor: The hops, again, come through very strongly. Great flavor from the hops. Malt is there without overpowering. Alcohol flavor is minimal and bitterness present, but not overwhelming. A great balance of flavor overall. No noticeable off-flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, low overall carbonation. The alcohol leaves a bit of a warming sensation.

Overall: An extremely well balanced and drinkable IPA. Great flavor and a hefty alcohol content makes this one a staple for me.

Oct 04, 2020
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OctaviusIII from District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a medium amber color with minimal head that doesn't last. A little leggy.
Smell: Hops, hops, more hops. It's an IPA, after all.
Taste: Bitter. It doesn't have much in the way of hops citrus flavor or hops pine flavor, more just the bitter.
Feel: Not too thin, not too chewy. Nice carbonation. Easy drinking.
Overall: It's a west coast IPA all right. Lagunitas always has solid IPAs, and this is no exception. It would be great to see something a bit more ambitious here, but if you like IPAs, and I'm slowly moving from toleration to enjoyment of the style, then it's definitely worth a go.

Oct 04, 2020
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent IPA! Amazing amounts of fruity goodness in both aroma and flavor, with stone fruits (Peaches), mango, and orange taking center stage, followed by bready malt and some tropical juice. A slightly bitter pithy finish rounds it out.

Sep 22, 2020
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LAGUNITAS SUPER CLUSTER IPA 9/16/20

a: Clear light amber with a finger thick white head which receded to thin surface foam and slight lacing.

s: Citrusish

t: Hop bite dominates, levels off later and becomes more enjoyable after the initial shock.

m: Lighter side of medium, good body and light carbonation tingle.

o: OK west coast style IPA, using hops to cover the 8% ABV, resulting in a surprise hit. The initial impression is overhopped and underflavored.

Sep 17, 2020
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H-TownMcBuck from Texas

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can. Gold color, slightly darker than a plain lager. Very minimal head and lacing. Smell is wonderfully full, fruity, first noticed peach, then mango. Great flavor! Rich, fruity, nice balance with malt and bitterness. Would have liked a bit more carbonation. Overall, very enjoyable and another great beer from Lagunitas.

Sep 05, 2020
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the IPA pours a golden shade with transparent clear look with voluminous white head with fast streaming bubbles on the rise upward
The smell is herbaceous with citrus scent from hops yet mildly fruity yeast ester
the feel and flavor are both very good with a light bitterness up front with mild malt and subtle sweetness with moderate carbonation and resinous fullness. the finish is mostly dry yet slightly astringent in taste in the long finish with tropical element like pomelo
and mild zest quality yet gently tea type bitter taste as it ends.
This is a really well made IPA with west coast type hop forward aroma and feel with very nice hop presence and good malt support with almost no alcohol in flavor with hops prominent as is apropos to style

Aug 20, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Amber and clear. Low carbonation.

S: Lots of mosaic hops.

T: Bitter and resinous. Lots of flavor. Piney and herbal.

F: Fluffy pillowy malt blend. Light for it's ABV. There's an element of alcoholic warming present.

O: Good cruise. Almost competitive with the best, but not quite.

Aug 20, 2020
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gopens44 from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First thing that stands out for this one was the massive whiff of spicy fruitiness as soon as I cracked it open. Once i spent time with my nose in it I discovered further niceness in the shape of a light amount of garlic and plenty of floral bitterness. Taste goes downhill a bit as all the elements in the smell are there but watered down quite a bit in this very wet beer.

Aug 16, 2020
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