The inspiration behind this brew was a nod to the “founding” American IPAs. The base was modeled off of Ballantine's first IPA recipe. The intent was to brew with hops that no one really uses anymore (i.e. pre-Prohibition) , particularly Cluster (hence the clever name), but also Bullion and Brewer's Gold. Slightly kitschy concept aside, this is a well-balanced and approachable beer that shows great interplay between the complex, malty core and fruit-forward hop characteristics. There's a warm, spicy flavor to the palate, while pine and resinous-citrus flavors linger through the long close.
Tasting Director/Senior Editor Lauren Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast in 2006. Thanks to her father, she developed a strong love for wine at an early age, with an enduring passion and respect for all things vinous. Today, Lauren is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program, and reviews wines from Languedoc-Roussillon and South Africa, as well as beer.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.