Bentspoke Cluster 8 IIPA: Review

A long time brewpub favourite, Bentspoke Cluster 8 IIPA first made its appearance in cans in 2018.

A genuine Double IPA weighing in at 8.8 per cent ABV, it was designed to contrast with Bentspoke’s more sessionable, citrus hop-led Crankshaft IPA (5.7% ABV) and tropical hop bomb, Sprocket IPA (7% ABV).

“Cluster 8 is really showcasing a whole range of hops, both citrus and tropical, and adding them  at the right times through the process to really bring out those flavours,” Bentspoke’s Richard Watkins told the Drinks Adventures podcast




“That’s a beer that we actually dry hop three times; on zero days, seven days and 14 days. With two hop additions on the hot side, it’s a five addition beer.

“We use a bit of cryo hop in Crankshaft and Sprocket as well as Cluster 8. But the difference in Cluster 8 is that we use hell of a lot of cryo.

Bentspoke Cluster 8 IIPA

“If we had to use the same amount of T90 hop pellets, the vegetal character would take over.”

Cluster 8 IIPA absolutely pops with bright, fresh hop character courtesy a medley of five different American hop varieties; Mosaic, Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial and Citra.

Deep gold in colour, its malt flavour is of lightly toasted white bread, supporting a resiny load of passionfruit, pine and citrus hop flavour. Lean on the palate, it is well structured with long and persistent bitterness.

An essential Australian IPA.

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Author: James Atkinson

Journalist specialising in the food, drink, travel and hospitality arenas. Australian International Beer Awards 2017 Media Award Winner and Certified Cicerone®.

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