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Smuttynose / Stone Cluster’s Last Stand

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95
style
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 62   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gezugowa (8) - Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2015 does not count
Clear copper colour, thin white head. Malt lemon aroma, strong carbonation. Pine, citra, hop taste. Dry Hoppy finish

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (601) - Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2015
22oz bottle. Cloudy dark hay color with big white head. Light lemon yellow straw aroma. Grapefruit bitterness, lemon, pine dry finish. Interesting label; no mention of style or ABV, marketing screams; for the beer geek that has the beerbuddy app on their phone or has been looking for this specifically (guilty of the former).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (7016) - Albertslund, DENMARK - APR 18, 2015
66 cl. bottle @ Yespr. Clear golden colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, hops, fruit, spice and pine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (22632) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 18, 2015
Bottle at yespr. Hazy orange colored with a small white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, cookies hops and pine needles. Fruity flavor of hops and pine needles with notes of zest. Dry hoppy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (3056) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 18, 2015
Bottle@yesper - fuzzy golden pour with white head. Aroma and taste is tropical and citrus fruity, lots of grapefruit, satsuma, pine needles, would not have guessed such a high abv, went down very well. Lovely.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (33872) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 18, 2015
22 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small off white head. Aroma is pine and light grapefruity hoppy. Mild soapy, pine and grapefruity. Solid dry and bitter. Light fruity. Crisp bitter and fruity finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Franckg (340) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2015
Arômes de malt sucré, diacétyle, poivre, résine de pin et un côté plus fruité rappelant l’orange, abricot et jus d’ananas. En bouche, pas vraiment de changement. Le palais est assaillit par des saveurs fruitées et très amères. Heureusement, le diacétyle perçut au nez ne semble pas se dévoiler. Très résineuse, pamplemousse, zeste d’orange et plutôt poivré. La finale est très sèche et astringente, sans saveur. Se boit bien mais on sent que les houblons sont fades et effacés. Je soupçonne un manque de fraicheur mais comme il n’y a pas de date d’embouteillage, je ne chercherai pas d’excuses.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
melush (1164) - SPAIN - APR 16, 2015
Tap / Tirador. @ XXXII The Great Power of Beer & Wine. A: Light amber / Ambar claro. T/S: Hops, resinous, citrusy / Lupulo, resinoso, citrico.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (4026) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 12, 2015
650 ml. Clear amber body with a creamy quarter inch of spongy foam. Aroma is florals, toffee, resin, soap. Tastes of toffee, resin, citrus, tea leaf, mint and wood. Medium body has smooth medium carbonation and is well balanced.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12044) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours translucent copper with a creamy beige head. Aroma is fruity/earthy. Med body at least. Flavor is fruit and earth. A little citrus. Tasty with a clean hoppy finish that is decently bitter.


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