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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 years version is a bit stronger and hoppier than last years... 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 (9296) - 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 its 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 arent really doing it.


2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (16507) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2016
Haze, flat, light amber. Spicy hop nose, mellow c hop taste. So much promise on the nose, then bland. Cluster isnt exactly the best "single" hop, which probably explains the mixed results here.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (6131) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2016
It pours clear copper with a white head. The aroma is fairly mellow, but nice. It has a medium body with mild carbonation. The taste is fairly understated with caramel malt and smooth herbal hops. Good though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (6022) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 16, 2016
500ml bottle pours a clear golden color with a finger and a half of white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is citrus with some pine and herbal notes. Taste is a light malty sweetness with a more pronounced hop bitterness featuring citrus, pine and herbal notes. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a nicely crafted IPA that is worth checking out. Recommended.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerplace (1243) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2016
On tap at St. Augustines. Pours a clear golden with a white head. Aroms is slightly hoppy and fruity. Taste is fruity hoppy bitterness. Piney aftertaste. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (5448) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2016
Bottle in Seattle. Soapy cream, soft yellow orange. Bright pineapple, melon, mild citrus pulp. Bright smooth carbonation, soft bitter. Interesting fruitiness, lighter nice malt bill.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcon25 (747) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2016
Draft pour at brewery, light golden pour hop aroma, pretty balanced flavor malt hops and citrus hint of mango.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sulawang (1116) - - MAY 19, 2016
Visual: Pours translucent muddy amber with a tiny dissipating head, thin half island retention, partial lacing, mixed tight and loose singular streams. Nose: pineapple, fishy-grassy hops. (lvl-4)-pungency Attack: crisp-almost creamy Mid-palate: fine micro CO2, pineapple-peach dry bitter hops, (lvl-3-sweetness), fleshy apple, citrusy-tangy barley malt Finish: lingering medium-sharp hoppy bitter finish. Summary: A solid, quality texture with smooth transitions and an agreeable flavours. Not overly bitter, it maintains a very nice balance of citrus-sweet malt-bitter hops-crisp creamy mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
anderson01 (351) - Idaho, USA - DEC 28, 2015
I smell weed. I feel like i am getting high off the aroma. Resin. Bong water. Appearance is cloudy. Gold color. Thin head that receeds to a white collar. Spotty lacing. Dank. Starts with a bit of hoppy goodness and finishes watery. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Orange zest. Very easy drinking. Scary for the percentage. Weird but i can taste peppered roast beef. Good beer but could not get over the strong weed aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2015
500 ml bottle
Single hops IPAs can be hit or miss. This one mostly hits though a few weak spots set it back. However if you arent chasing the latest and greatest hop varietal for that "Extreme Bitter Experience" then it manages to get the job done as well as any other beer made with Cluster hops.

Aroma / Appearance - A hazy lemon body supports fresh white head. Floral notes accented by pine and citrus demonstrate that you do not always need to be super complex to be enjoyable.

Flavor / Palate - Lemon pledge and resin gathered from a weeping cut in a tree blend bitterness with malts. The overall impression might not provide the "wow factor" that some people expect in their beer but it gets the job done. The only thing that keeps me preferring Killer Red is that I prefer lower ABV beers if there will not be a huge hop bill. Keep that in mind and you might enjoy this experiment.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdrinker79 (2134) - Idaho, USA - OCT 23, 2015
500 ml bottle- Pours hazy straw golden with a nice white head. Aroma is floral, fruity, citrus, ale, pine resin, lemon. The taste is very lemony, pine resin, sticky and refreshing. Bubbly mouthfeel, medium body. Interesting IPA, enjoyed it.


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