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Smuttynose / Stone Cluster’s Last Stand

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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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Stone Brewing Co (Escondido, CA) and Smuttynose Brewing Company (Portsmouth, NH) have teamed up to create just 30 barrels (930 gallons) of Custer’s Last Stand. Stone’s founder Greg Koch joined Smutty in the brew process in New Hampshire, where they made – don’t be surprised – an IPA. Not just any IPA though, a “right-after-Prohibition Ballantine IPA” as mentioned in Stone’s Mitch Steele’s book on IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fombe89 (202) - Asturias, SPAIN - MAR 2, 2015
Botella. @Casa Laure, 01/03/2015. Color cobrizo turbio, Aromas afrutados, Sabore resinoso y dulce. Carbonatacion baja.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhp40219 (329) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 1, 2015
22oz bomber poured into an English pint glass. I didn’t know what style beer this was when I saw it. I just saw Smuttynose and Stone collaboration and I was sold. Didn’t need to know anything else. Pours a cloudy amberish orange with a large off white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney hops, caramel malts, toasted white bread, and biscuits. Taste is an excellent balance of hops and malts. Citrus, pine, clove, bread, and fresh dough right along with toasty, fairly rich caramel malts. Long, slightly dry and bitter finish of caramel and bready malts with somewhat dank citrus and pine hops. Medium bodied with a texture that is equal parts smooth, sticky and creamy. Carbonation is average to lively. Overall this is a great malty IPA. Definitely not a hop bomb. Closer to a DIPA in taste. Very good, but I wouldn’t expect less from these two excellent breweries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
halfonit (1199) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Pours a murky deep golden, almost brown color. Aroma is of hops, malts, and citrus front with some earthiness sorounding it in the background. Heavier carbonated mouthfeel. Flavors are of hops, rye, grass, malts, leaves, and earth. Leaves a dry hopped finish. Overall this seems like it could have worked but just fell flat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (2019) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Tap. Sheffield Tap. Poured into a Steen Brugge glass for some reason. (That’s the Sheffield Tap for you). Anyhow, it’s hazy, orangey amber, with a thin, sticky, lasting, white head. Aroma is fusty, orange hop. Unripe banana. Some tropical fruit. It’s a little underwhelming, really. Taste has bubblegum sweetness, followed up by a rich, chewy bitterness. Palate has some chew, too. It’s smooth, and full bodied. Finishes long, moderate bitter, with a bit of chewy sweetness thrown in. Pretty good, barring the aroma, but the inappropriate glassware might have something to do with that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11362) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle. Poured hazy copper color with a large frothy white head that lasted with very good lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy hop and small sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium duration. This a solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steverus0 (209) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - FEB 22, 2015
From a 650ml bomber. Pours a rusty Amber with light, fluffy but dissipating head. Nose of grapefruit and light pine, but not too in your face. This is an IPA not of the "I can add more hops than you" school, just rich and tasty. Light bodied on the palate but with a strong hop hook that is well imbalance with strong malts. Finished with a very mild hop kick that keeps this thing drinkable. A win. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GranvilleTim (1734) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Golden amber pour with an off-white head. Aroma is slightly dank hops. taste is hoppy, a little dank, touch of pine in the finish. OK lacing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beersiveknown (3521) - NORTHERN IRELAND - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle at home from Cotteridge Wines
Big brash resinous piney bitterness, full bodied, not massive pithyness, herbal but not tropical, easy drinking for its strength, sticky pineapple and sage, moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2359) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle. Moderate light bread, grain and caramel for the malt, light herbs and dough for the hops and yeast, with a hint a hint of honey. Head is small, frothy, white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy, medium amber. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a lively carbonation. Nothing blow away about this IPA but its simple mellow flavors are its best trait.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2614) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle. Pours out a decent amber/copper color with a small white head. Aroma is of nice piney/sappy/citrusy hops, light bready malts, caramel, citrus. Taste is of some grassy, citrus, sappy hops, some bready malts, mild amount of sweetness, but the hops show up again and it finishes with a solid hopiness.

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