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Smuttynose / Stone Cluster’s Last Stand

Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (4856) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2015
Seems to be a lot of rates if they only brewed 780 Imperial Gallons of this stuff. Anyway a bottle found it’s way to Shropshire and four of us shared it on 24th June 2015 at a Shrewsbury Bottle Exchange meeting. Poured clear golden colour with a staying white crown. The nose was somehow perfumed with a citrusy orange twist and slightly piny. Semi-sweet in the mouth with again an orange, citrusy and piny feel: not as bitter as I expected. Decent though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5065) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 19, 2015
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized amber colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a very softly carbonated semi-hazy orange brown colored body and a good lacing. The mild aroma was hoppy and musty. The vinous crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of semi-sweet citrus dough and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emeister84 (1534) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Citrusy aromas, some bread, orange. Hazy orange with a fairly lasting white head. Juicy, quite well balanced, finishes with a lingering bitter orange rind flavor. Medium bodied, very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (4531) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Honey, tea nose mild orange peel. Cloudy orange, thin head, good lace. Orange more pronounced on the palate, tea still present. Medium body easy carbonation. Tangy orange finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12033) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2015
22oz bottle. Large beige head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, pine/spruce, some bread, lemon, light cardboard. Taste is moderately sweet, pine, some grapefruit/lemon, light bread. Medium body, some effervescence, light acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TattooJack (267) - Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Poured from the bomber, almost orange with a white collar. Taste is mellow considering the strength, with a gritty mouth. I really like the story and history that is behind this, I looked up as much as I could find and now I might even buy that Steele guy’s book. Beer and history, what a concept, and a really good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NordicV (1366) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2015
Flaska. Orange öl med ett gulvitt skum. Söt doft med marmelad, grape och persika. Mycket sötma i smaken, kola och frukt. Men sen kommer humligheten med grapefrukt och tallbarr. Påminner nästan mer om ett amerikanskt barleywine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (6876) - Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2015
22 oz. bottle from The Party Source. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have pale malts, caramel, resiny,and citrus hops, lightly toasted, moderate bitterness, nothing fancy other than a nice, basic ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zacgillbanks (3090) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2015
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. This is a hazy golden amber beer that pours with a thin white head of foam. It has a zesty bitter orange marmalade flavour, blackcurrant and slight tart topical fruit flavours with pine and slight peppery woody hops on the finish. Superb!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (1978) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Very nice IPA here. Pours deep translucent orange-amber into the glass, with a thick, pocked eggshell head that reduces to chunky lacing. Lovely orange and floral nose. Flavors have orange, grapefruit, tangerine and nectarines in the mouth, finishing with a touch of pepper and light pine resins. The mouthfeel is bright but substantive, with a juicy palate, soft carbonation and a medium body. Extremely enjoyable, complex with a super easy quaff. Love it!

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