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Smuttynose / Stone Cluster’s Last Stand

Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zacgillbanks (2976) - 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 (1935) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aniela (2757) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2015
Bottle at home. Clear golden beer with an offwhite head. Hoppy, citrus, fruity aroma. Hoppy, citrus, fruitya and caramell flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12090) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2015
Bottle split at LKS Towers, thanks to Leighton Calrisian, 05/05/15. Golden orange with a decent off white covering. Nose is biscuit, caramel, light hop, tea leaves, straw, bitter orange. Taste comprises caramel malt, earthy hops, sweet licks, mellow tropical fruit, melon, light bread dough. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok - can get the old school English stylee IPA vibe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (2916) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2015
Bottle share, thanks to Leighton. Hazy orange, lightly sparkling, small foamy white head. Aroma is tangerine, soft pine, caramel. Body is medium, foamy, tingly carbonation. Taste is sweet caramel, orange, noticeable alcohol drying things out, soft bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (4971) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle shared at Leightons place. Thanks to Leighton. Light hazed orange, golden coloured pour with a halo of white head. Aroma is spicy pine / grassy citrus, light caramel malts. Flavour is composed of light biscuit malts, citrus, light pine, orange citrus. Palate is semi sweet, moderate carbonation. Firm fruity hop bitterness. Solid beer. Little metallic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Turtles (235) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle 650ml. Orange / golden, nice creamy head. Sweet aroma, hoppy, honey, mamelad, peach. The taste begins with a sweet tropical fruit flavors and finishing with bitterness from citrus peel and pine needles. Also some booze in the ending . Slightly unbalanced between sweet and bitter tastes, it becomes a struggle between malt and hops where nobody wins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13541) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle shared in London - picked up at Cotteridge Wines. Pours totally clear gold with a lasting, foamy white head. The nose has some perfume, citrus, orange, light pine. Medium sweet flavor with some oily pine, floral hops, pale bread, orange rind. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Finishes with jammy citrus, bitter pine needles, slight grass, bread. Quite solid on the whole.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8471) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours hazy orange-amber with a decent white head. The nose is sweet, oily, juicy, musty, toasty grass, big oily orange and marmalade. The taste is crisp, bitter orange, minerals, some booze, light caramel, touch of spice, toasty, wood, oily action and marmalade with a dry finish. Medium+ body and moderate carbonation. Nor bad.

   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

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