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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Clusters were the dominant hop in the US brewing industry literally for centuries, and the forerunner of many of our modern Northwest varieties. They have a unique aroma with quite a bit of citrus and a heft of herbal goodness. Clusterf#ck features Clusters in the kettle, in the hop back, and especially in the fermenter for dry-hopping. Pilsner and honey malt form the baseline. This year’s version is a bit stronger and hoppier than last year’s... cheers to that!


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (8634) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2013 Bottle. Hazed gold with a fine white head. Rich orange and peach nectar hops, moderately musty, light cheese rind and herbs. Very much like an EKG hopped bitter or English pale ale in the nose. Strongly bitter body on top of a surprisingly lean pale malt core. Lemon, pepper, white onion, lawn clippings and dried herb flavor. Pasty, yeasty finish, a bit chalky but not to an extent to annoy me. Bright and vibrant and I would guess it’s about 6% rather than over 7%. More dry than sweet, musty and herbal with a rustic English hop quality and a pleasant bitter lemon pith flavor. Very clean and enjoyable for me at a time when IPA and strongly-hopped American ales aren’t really doing it.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reid (2091) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2015
500 ml bottle bought from Lifesource Natural Grocer in Salem OR $4.99 Pours a pale orangey colour with a large rocky/frothy off white head. Not getting a whole lot of hop aroma..some honey some slight pepper and spice.Lot of caramel malt. Taste is very earthy..semi bitter, some honey again and a touch of white pepper in the end. Palate is OK for style nothing great..almost cloying in the end. ’Not a great beer..found it quite dull..note to self.do not buy any more cluster hop beers.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3752) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Golden color with a frothy white head out of the bottle. Very little nose with some honey sweetness and a floral hint. Bready malts with some honey and cracker with a bit of lemon and bitter orange citrus rind notes. I would not have pegged this as an IPA. Long bitter finish. Not what I look for in an IPA.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
CapFlu (4813) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 3, 2015
pretty lame hop variety. I can see why we’ve moved on. This was lacking in so many ways.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
One2remeber (189) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2015
Bottled 05.20.15. 6 srm, non-filtered, Bright dark yellow, orangish hue. Big skunky, herbal aroma, thought my room mate was smoking 420. Smell of opening a box of fresh new Nike shoes. Reminiscent of a mix between Victory Pils and Great Divide DPA. Rich honey malt sweetness w/o being cloying. Perfume, floral. IPA? Not sure, but very delicious. More like an American style Pilsner.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stevoj (2950) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 17, 2015
After drinking some big beers earlier, this comes off kind of bland. Pretty smooth though, creamy texture, silky head, mellow aroma. Taste is subdued for an IPA, malt and hops identifiable in the mix. Good, but kind of weak.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bpreo (2089) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2015
A.K.A. Clusterfuck I.P.A.. It’s an average single-hop beer that benefits from having a higher alcohol count.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5601) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Sampled at the brewpub. Clear golden. White foam. Gentle and subtle floral and fruit. Fairly big bitterness considering the subtleness of flavors. Light spiciness. Nice.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
PartyFowle (668) - - JUN 25, 2015
Pale dandelion with a soft haze and a fuzzy off-white head. The cluster hops give this an earthy, herbal aroma like wet soil. Yeast contribute a red-apple fruitiness. Flavor is very light, and there’s no sign of the 85 IBU of bitterness. Smells and tastes more like an American Pilsner than an IPA. Try again, Double Mountain.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (1022) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2015
As a home brewer I’ve long liked these hops, and double mountain turns them loose. I can’t forget a beer like Green Flash’s Palate Wrecker for it’s pine intensity, but Cluster sets that piney a little to the back, cushioned in caramel and lemon. The aroma is more assertively pine, with sawdust & caramel, clean finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lagerboy (1575) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2015
500 ml bottled on: 06/04/14. Opaque paler orange, whiter foam mostly fades. Aroma of fruity citrus hop. Herbal berry fruity hop taste, somewhat tropical, faintly floral and spiced, mild sweet malts, low bitterness. Softer than average carbonation, medium bodied, well hopped. Hardly a series of chaotic events. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)


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