Going back to the basics is what Lagunitas Brewing has done when brewing its latest release, Super Cluster. Using only Citra Hops, and a heck of a lot of ‘em, this hop forward beer will delight many hop heads!
With a word play on a supercluster, this new limited release beer from Lagunitas exploits the overabundance use of hops in a beer. Straddling the line between an IPA and a Double IPA but inching more towards the latter, Super Cluster sits at 8% ABV and 60 IBU.
A supercluster is a large group of smaller galaxy clusters or galaxy groups; it is among the largest-known structures of the cosmos. The Milky Way is part of the Local Group galaxy group, which in turn is part of the Laniakea Supercluster. – Wikipedia
Super Cluster pours a nice, filtered deep golden color that’s bursting with hop aromas. The press release mentions its excessive use of Citra hops all the way through the drip hopping process. Maybe a one trick pony on its hop variety, but this beer offers up some juicy notes but without the turbidity of a hazy IPA and the flavors of a more traditional IPA.
Beginning in July, Super Cluster will be available in 12 ounce bottle 12 packs and on draft through September 2018.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.