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.
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Managing Editor, Print, and Tasting Director
Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon.
Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).