Super Cluster
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,074
ABV:
8%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,848
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 9.07%
Reviews:
179
Ratings:
605
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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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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Photo of FFreak
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great bargain at $9.99 six pack. A perfectly clear golden color with a thin, tight head that leaves lots of lace. Rich buttery hop and malt mixed up in the nose. Taste is malty and goopy at the same time with a fairly bitter finish. Medium body low carb. Overall a solid hybrid DIPA.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep gold/pale amber producing 3 fingers of foamy, off-white, somewhat lasting head that leaves specks and streaks of lace on the side of the glass is it recedes. The beer while clear has a dusty appearance as if it is swimming with tiny specks of "something". Aroma is nearly balanced but is malt forward with lots of hoppy activity going on. Caramel, honey and buttered lightly toasted bread rise above earthy/dank, fruity and resinous hops. Faint undertones of cedar wood and pine. Taste is similar but more robust with all the malt and hop notes/elements bursting forth. Like the nose it is malt forward but more intense with caramel and honey sweetness. Earthy, leafy, resinous hops notes blend with hints of apricot, tangerine and melon. Bitterness rears its head between mid-sip and the finish becoming fierce and persistent as a pissed off dragon in the aftertaste. Being as bitter in the rear as it is sweet in the front is the saving grace of balance for this imperial IPA. The bitter and sweet elements marry and blend together to create a delightful IPA experience. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation; not quite juicy it is slightly wet in the mouth and though there is a hint of spice the brew is smooth and silky.

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Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good IPA. Plenty of Citra hops. Appearance is the only weak part. Nice almost clear orange color but the head is weak - small delicately bubbly white head. Fades fast. Almost no lacing. Much more impressive after the appearance. Strong aroma and taste. Big pineapple and tangerine presence from the hops. Some off-setting caramel malt. Overall a very rich presence, moderate bitterness and not much alcohol presence other than a bit of warming. This is a really good IPA!!!!

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Photo of rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body was golden amber in color and had a modestly sized head that was about one finger thick. Carbonation was lively. The smell was quite nice, and reminded me of grapefruit, mango, and peach. The taste was citric, with a tangy lime note up front, and tangerine in the finish. The malt presence was minimal. The body was medium dense and the mouthfeel soft. Alcohol content was well hidden and drinkability high.

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

Whew! It was quite a day at work/school & then I stopped off at Brendee's to celebrate Halfway to St. Patrick's Day before coming home. I was beat enough to have a lay-down before awakening to drink this in the furtherance of The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "'Come with me if you want some squid,' and to this day I think he meant 'want to live' but I'll never know for sure."; "A Citra-Hopped Mega Ale of Intergalactic Proportions"; "You are here. On a speck of dust, three tiny rocks from the source. At the edge of something much larger, in the middle of something else, at the beginning of the end. It's a lot to wrap your head around, so take it one gulp at a time. Life is uncertain …"; "Super Cluster is a Citra-Hopped Mega Ale of intergalactic proportions. Everything we've learned about making hop-forward beer: Pale, cold, slightly [struck out] alcoholic, and bitter. Call us sometime! 707.769.4495 Beer Speaks. People Mumble." O.G. 1.073, IBU 60

I stumble more than mumble, but the Crack! & Glug definitely speaks to me! Following the former, I beCAN the latter in the form of a slow, gentle C-Line version. This resulted in the quick, unbidden formation of just over two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention, leaving a load of sticky lacing in its wake as it slowly fell. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was strong with a grapefruit citrusiness and a caramel malt presence underlying it. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was very citrusy with orange joining the grapefruit, but acCANponied by pine & the caramel sweetness helped to CANterbalance some of this. Still, it was pretty intense in terms of its flavor, causing me to sneeze & making my eyes water. Finish was dry, but not quite to the point of gasping. This was just what the doctor ordered for this jonesing hophead! YMMV.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Brewing Co. "Super Cluster"
12 fl. oz. can coded "160 9 2 3845 1539"
$2 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Despite having the name "Super Cluster", there were no Cluster hops involved in the making of this beer. What hops are there, are plenty of Citra. So much Citra, in fact, that it no longer tastes like Citra. I think that's a little joke from the brewery, but OK - it certainly does taste like Citra, but it might just be that they are onto a little bit of something because it's more than just the citrus. There's some resin to it, and soft pine as well, and an in general kind of woodiness. But I'm getting ahead of myself so let me back up and fill in what I've missed: hazy golden-orange body beneath a decent sized head of off-white foam that holds really well and leaves some excellent lacing. Medium in body with a moderate carbonation it actually feels a little bit bigger, and lends a little zest at first and then softens to become quite smooth. OK, back to where I was, the malt seems pretty basic. It's sweetish and bready, just lightly biscuity, and maybe a little caramelish but definitely on the light and golden side. There's a pretty good amount of malt though, and that's balanced by a solid bitterness and a little bit of acidic hop bite. Hmmm... the alcohol might be adding to that as well but I'll get to that. Back to the hops I'm getting orange, soft grapefruit, and lime. You could say there's some other tropical fruit to it as well but I'm not able to really pick out a fruit and say I'm tasting that so let me just leave it at somewhat tropical. That is all of course in addition to the aforementioned woodiness, and I'll say there's a light earthiness and touch of spice in the finish as well. Or is that from the alcohol which is at 8%, and maybe even the hop bite too? I was originally going to say that it doesn't really come across as an 8% beer though, and thus it could be a little dangerous, but at this point I feel I'm getting it more. Of course I am beyond a third of the way through, but whatever. In the end I think it's really great, but it is far from the most Citra-sy beer I've ever had (see what I did there?), probably because of all the malt and not because they used so much Citra that it doesn't taste like Citra anymore (I love their goofy videos). Final note; despite that I now have too many beers to keep track of that I'm keeping an eye out for, I will, however, definitely be looking for more of this. This seems like exactly what I need at the end of the day to have just one beer after work and then settle down to dinner.

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Photo of jwc215
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can:

Pours clear deep golden with a foamy white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of robust citrus, grainy background. Some spicy alcohol.

The taste of citra hops shine - orange, lemon, grapefruit with a touch of resin. Caramelized biscuit gives balance to keep the bitterness pleasant and the body smooth. Some alcohol warmth shows.

It hits full-bodied. A bit oily.

This is a great Imperial IPA. It is very easy to drink for the high abv and style. Another winner from Lagunitas!

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A nice looking pour with ample carbonation. Hop strong aroma, double pine, citrus, orange and lemon. Crisp up front. Hops are outta this world! Lots of flavor on the tongue. Very piney? Ever chew a pine needle? Don't. It's oddly addictive. The mouthfeel is really bitter sensational explosive hop mixture intense unbelievable, believe me. I met my match. This is hops in overdrive. I'm getting LARGE on this shit. Walmart cans no date code I can decipher?

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Photo of EdHinPasadena
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas knows how to do beers. This mega-Citra-hopped ale is a prime example. Loved the dark, golden hue and the aroma was immediately pleasing, though not much of a head. The first taste reveals the citrusy notes (grapefruit stood out), and the feel was a medium body. The expected hoppy aftertaste, bitter but pleasing.
Overall, this is an excellent addition to the Lagunitas line. Greatly enjoyed drinking it, would do it again.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This poured an almost crystal clear orange in color with a modest white head.

Smell – The promised citra hopping is in full on effect here. This is a monster hop nose, about as big as it gets without dry-hopping. Juicy tangerine, orange rind, and big pine. Their website video also lists eucalyptus as an element and I would have to agree.

Taste – The lack of sweetness at the taste speaks to how many IBUs they stuffed in this ale. A small hint of orange juice sugar is all that I can find, otherwise this is a lightly-malted hop bomb. The pine from the nose is more like a fir and there is a wonderful, raunchy almost moldy orange peel that sets this one apart.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied and bone-dry, this one is smooth but not very quaffable due to the extreme dryness. Only the true hop-head can session this DIPA.

Drinkability – Lagunitas is none for it’s unique take on mainstream styles and they do not disappoint with this offering. One of the more creative breweries on the West Coast, this is one of those just when you think you’ve had them all beers that reinforces your belief in the craft beer industry.

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Photo of usechopstix4soup
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had it on draft.

Smell: typical citra nose Grapefruit zest, orange peel, pith, tangerine
Taste: follows the nose, strong citrus notes, some crackery malt flavor in the background, bell peppers, peppery spice
Mouthfeel: drank medium to light body. no creaminess, didn't really have much of a head on it to begin with. Hops weren't too drying making it a relatively refreshing drink

Overall it's not a bad beer, I would say it's worth a try if you've never had it before, but it's a little one dimensional in it's execution. Drinks too much like a typical West Coast IPA. Would have liked to see more creativity

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Photo of moodenba
3.37/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A chilled can of Lagunitas Super Cluster Ale was poured into a glass in early August, 2019. A clear deep amber body is topped by a big white rocky head. The look of this beer is very nice. Lacing is evident as the beer is consumed The beer advertises Citra hop character, and delivers a nice aroma. The flavor is Citra-centric, but that doesn't overwhelm the malt body or the bitter hop aftertaste. The 8% alcohol load is not evident in the taste, so keep in mind that this isn't a session beer! This is a good drinkable beer for us dinosaurs who like traditional ales, and something that an advocate of the modern citric IPA might like.

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Photo of MaltyMagic
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pub at the Creamery in Arcata, CA. Orange/amber. Classic style West Coast DIPA, heavy on the citrus. Orange crush buds and evergreen. Juicy and resinous. Bitter hop resin and lightly bready caramel malt linger on a sticky, slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice two finger head; good retention and streaky lacing

Smell: Balanced aromatics with resiny hop tones offset by hints of caramel and honey

Taste: The sweeter malt elements emerge first, with just a touch of caramel and honey providing the base on which the resinous hops can strut; some melon and apricot blend in to soften the bitterness; the flavors meld together in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nothing wrong with this but if this beer shows everything that Lagunitas has learned about hop forward beers, it is time to go back to school; this would have rated higher a long time ago but this is 2019

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Photo of PMakowski
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz can poured into glass
Look - orange amber color. Thick foam head and excellent lacing
Smell - very sweet aroma, like sugar cubes and ripe mango. Sweet and tropical.
Taste - One of the sweetest beers out there. It hits hard. Bitterness comes after and through the finish which lingers. It's very, very smooth but filling. Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. I would say balanced but leaning towards the maltier side. Hops are resinous pine and various fruits, it's not simply grapefruit like some other IPA's.

Overall, very impressive offering from Lagunitas, who seems to almost always bring the goods. For me personally, it's a bit too sweet to buy often. The flavor is very intense. Grade is an A

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super Cluster brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company, with an ABV of 8.00% This American Imperial IPA pours out of a 12oz can into a pint beer glass. The color is a deep golden amber color with a nice white head. Nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. Smell is rich with hop bitterness mixed with earthy grains and malts. So far Super Cluster is a nice inviting brew, now for the taste. It is Bold with hop bitterness. There is a lot of hop bitterness in this brew, not saying that is a a bad thing. The earthy grains and malts malts help mild this imperial IPA down. The body of Super Cluster is a medium to heavy, not to heavy but you got a nice full bodied brew right here. It is hard to pick up on the 8.00% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. This brew would go nice with dinner or late lunch. The mouth feel is Bold, Hoppy, Rich, Clean, Smooth, And Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Super Cluster a solid 04 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Lagunitas Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this American Imperial IPA.

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Photo of Slycy690
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very drinkable brew with a lot of layers. Slightly bitter notes that are leveled out by a generous hop addition. Citrus feel without being overly fruity . Pours pretty and goes down smooth. Hides the abv well. Good brew .

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from a Lazy Dog.
Dark golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head.
Huge citrus aroma and flavor mostly orange and lemon. Bready sweet toasty light caramel maltiness to counter. Nice beer with an old school feel to it.

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Photo of Richnchase
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This beer smells like bitter citrus, pine resin and black pepper. The taste sweet and peppery with a slightly odd bitter finish. I dare to say almost vinegar like. Overall it was a bold beer that awakens the whole palate, I just didn't particularly care for the way it finished, and the aftertaste it left on my tongue.

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Photo of Buckeye55
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold pour, not much head. Aroma is citrus and sweet. Taste follows with some hop bitterness present. Foamy, coating mouthfeel with both sweet and hops at the forefront.aftertaste is sweet first followed by the hops. Outstanding brew!

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can with julian code. I wish they would put canned on date. Gold with good levels of carb. Nose is sweet, tropical, citrus, hops. Taste is more subdued but you get all the hints of mango, pineapple, lemon, orange peel, sweetness from the malt character. Light to medium mouthfeel and finishes with a back end that's somewhat bitter, puckery, and dry. This drinks more like a sub 6%er and can get you in trouble fast. Better to sip and savor the different flavors as it warms up. Id love to know when this was canned.

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Photo of mynie
3.34/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap.

The pour is old school: lightly hazy, dark amber. It looks like beer, not some kind of ungodly juice concoction.

The aroma is dull but not unpleasant, light fruit with some surprisingly generic grain. Honestly, the beer's name might ahve made me expect more. For a DIPA, it's awfully light.

Tastes okay, but still dull. Grain up front, mango and pineapple hops in the middle and on the finish.

Nothing's really *wrong* with this beer, but it's just kinda weirdly composed, and that's surprising coming from Lagunitas.

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Photo of win007
2.82/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Maybe I just don't like this type of hops - overly bitter for such a light and refreshing beer. I hint of citrus that gets overwhelmed by the bitterness up front.

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Photo of hman43
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden with a slightly off white head.

Smell: It has strong citrus aromas with some stone fruit. There is some grainy sweetness low in the background.

Taste: The flavors has strong citrus with stone fruit close in support. There are some floral elements low in the background with a slight bit of spice.

Feel: It has a medium body with a slight slickness on the tongue. The bitterness is slightly sharp in the finish.

Overall, a good IPA with combinations of various hops that work well together.

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Photo of abnormal
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into pint glass. Deep bright gold in color, two fingers worth of dense white foam, rings of lacing from top to bottom. It's like staring at the sun minus the impending blindness.

Aroma: Fresh and pungent. Grapefruit, lemon, grass, honey, suggestion of weed.

Taste: Sharp grapefruit rind up front, lemony and grassy hop bitterness make up most of the flavor profile. Malt is thin and crackery. Very little sweetness.

Feel: Medium bodied, a bit thin for an IIPA, carbonation is on point. No alcohol warmth.

Overall: Fairly one dimensional, but it's a dimension I like.

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Super Cluster from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 605 ratings