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Billy Full Stack Double IPA - SingleCut Beersmiths

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Billy Full Stack Double IPABilly Full Stack Double IPA

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 373
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 40
Gots: 87 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
SingleCut Beersmiths visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cosmicevan on 01-20-2013

When your tastebuds beg for a pounding this IIPA sneaks up with smoothness and then: Bam! Citrus uppercut! Biff! Dank bitterness! Wham! A piney bit! Ooof! Floral, dank pine and citrus aromas! Kablam! 8.6% ABV! Thank you sir, may I have another!?!
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Photo of ThorSigurdsson
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Singlecut has easily become my favorite brewery. I've been waiting 9 months to try this one and it DID NOT disappoint. Hazy golden color, poured from a fresh keg, aromas of intense citrus, citrus bomb at first sip, leaving a trail of sweet bitterness as it flows over the tongue. Grapefruit and tangerine came to mind immediately. A lingering hint of pine finished this off quite nicely. Another finely crafted brew by Singlecut Beersmiths!

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Photo of TigheKLory
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OK, so I have had quite a few top the top IPAs and IIPAs out there, but I am not an expert, but I consider this to be to me the greatest beer I have ever had. Better than Heady Topper, all the Tree House brews, etc. I haven't had any Pliny yet, but I will tell you that this ever is severely under-rated. To me this beer is perfect. I actually feel euphoria when drinking it. I wouldn't even know how to improve on this beer. Only thing bad is it is hard to get consistently in the Albany, NY area.

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Photo of AndoIPA
4.99/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Close to perfect for me. An amazing nose with lots of fruit and citrus which is backed up with taste of orange, peach and mango. So even and well balanced and a smooth mouth feel reminiscent of a cream ale, still tasting orange creamsicle on the roof of my mouth 15 minutes after drinking. An 8.2% ABV but you would not know it, this is a well balanced, delicious double IPA that exemplifies the best of East Coast IPAs being made today. Seek it out and drink it up. Don't mess around, just by several if you find it.

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Photo of dazedandconfused
4.91/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best smelling IPAs out there. So dank and juicy. Was a big fan of the half stack and this puts it over the top. Tons of citrus including grapefruit and pineapple. Singlecut has been flying under the radar for quite some time and not sure why. Wish I got more than the 3 bottles.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.86/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Whoa! Where did this come from? Served at 5 Horses, and in a nutshell, perfect. This strikes me as a Heady Topper clone. Just finished a Tree House Curiosity 18 and this seemed to be the same beer, which speaks volumes. Awesome beer. My wife is speaking to me ....wonder what she is saying.....should I just nod or shake my head.....or worse, listen?

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Photo of CNoj012
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is fantastic!! Look is bright yellow golden, semi translucent and a huge soapy white head with great retention. Huge grapefruit and citrus smell and the taste is exactly the same, but with a piney resinous taste on the back end. Feel is medoum with good carbonation. Overall this is super hoppy and one of the best IPAs/IIPAs I've ever had.

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Photo of jow_42
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle poured into a Jow's Arcade tulip glass

A - Pours a crystal clear, nice lemon tangerine color. Bright white head, soapy bubbles. Looks great

S - Nose is awesome. Huge citrus, tropical fruits. Orange, tangerines, mango, pineapple. Fresh herbs, almost basil like. Dank, woody, grassiness underneath. Very juicy smelling.

T - Up front you get hit big juicy grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple. Middle of the mouth there is an awesome bitter, dankness but finishes sweet. Clean, crisp, dry. This is fantastic. 138 IBUs? This is crazy balanced for that high.

O - My second SingleCut beer, and I'm very impressed. Highly recommended.

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Photo of EdwardK77
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am really enjoying this IPA, it's easy drinking for a fairly high alcohol ale. Nice flavor and mouthfeel. This is the second beer that I've enjoyed from this brewer. (White Lagrr was the other) This is a really we'll put together beer that is leaving a nice lacing of foam all the way down the glass.

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Photo of CarlosDanger
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super mature, grown-up offering for a start-up local brewery.

I really like this beer. Had it in the Single Cut taproom and they serve it in a tulip glass (not a full pint...boo!). I also had a few of these at Crescent & Vine in Astoria. The dude used a knife to chop off the head which was pretty regal. Enjoyed that.

And the beer: really delicious. Not filtered beyond recognition, so there's a haze to it. A pleasant haze. And it looks great in their tulip glass.

Smelled fruity, piney, dank & sweet all at once. I'm certain that Single Cut has used the Alchemist HT and/or other well-respected IIPAs for inspiration. They're not there yet, but this is a really valiant effort.

Tasted citrusy, piney, dank, hoppy. There is a pleasant funkiness that is hard to describe.

This is a great IIPA. ABV (8+%) might limit your consumption a little bit if you're a responsible person, but you can certainly have a couple of these.

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Photo of Martelljw2
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a terrific IIPA as It sits on the cusp of greatness. All be it amazing, it falls short of that of AfterImage, Heady & Pliny. Being a NY native it ranks #1 on my readily available beers.

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Photo of alter718
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Simply stunning. I'm beyond overjoyed to find out that these guys are producing DIPAs as good as anyone in the country. Huge amazing nose, silky fruity caramel taste and no residual astringency. If you can get it fresh in a growler, you're in for a real treat. My favorite IPA, above Heady for sure.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy straw colored pour with a 1 inch white frothy head. Foam dissipates quickly and leaves behind some lacing on the glass. Aroma is amazingly strong and citrusy. Tastes of tangerine, tropical fruit and citrus rind with a pleasnt but powerful bitterness. Another winner from single cut and proof that you don't have to travel to Vermont or California to get a killer DIPA.

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Photo of Ironstutz
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

SingleCut is local brewery in New York who is making amazing beers of all varieties. This beer is amazing, hands down on the DIPA scale. (Also try Bon Bon TNT, another fantastic DIPA)

A- golden in color, this beer has a very light orange to yellowish hue. Looks great in a glass

S- man this beer smells good! Great citrus and pine, it all comes out in the bouquet.

T- great taste of citrus, pine, resin, but oh so smooth and just the right amount of hoppy bitter.

F- crisp in the mouth, it's sort of on the lighter side of a medium body.

Overall you could not ask for more in an DIPA..give it a whirl!

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Photo of Roland7792
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bomber poured into a glass. Looks is a hazy golden orange with very little head surprisingly, even after a rigorous pour. Aroma is wonderful, full of candied tangerine, melon and a hint of some dank floral notes. Taste is spot on with the aroma and also some lemon pith and pine finish. Pretty much as described. I expected A LOT more bitterness for something claiming to be 138 IBU but this is pretty mild and perfectly balanced. Feel is pretty good as well. Maybe a bit thin for a double but wouldn't of expected the carbonation feel based on the lack of head. This is really an solid and amazing beer that I wish I had regular access too.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Lower Depths. Holy shit, this beer totally caught me by surprise. What a nose, and backed up with huge tropical flavors! Any time I see this fresh in the future I'm grabbing it.

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Photo of Jwburns75
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another tremendous IPA from Singlecut, drank from fresh keg a buddy picked up today. The citrus hop smell was just overwhelming as soon as I popped the top off the growler, absolutely delicious tasting beer. Extremely hoppy but plenty of malt support. Singlecut people. Singlecut.

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Photo of PVMT
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From an undated bottle. Tropical fruits, piney dankness and a biscuity malt finish. A delicious DIPA that can go toe-to-toe with the best of the East Coast offerings.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Remarkably intoxicating aroma of floral and citrus. Very bitter, fantastic flavor with astounding depth. I am very impressed with what's being made in NY. World class, would drink again an ad again.

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Photo of Tbub18
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A--Golden yellow, Slight head that hangs in there throughout in the glass
S--Wow. Citrus, pine, tropical fruits and floral. Absolutely fantastic smells
T--Citrus, hop forward for sure. Resinous, and bitter. Taste follows the nose with lots of tropical fruit deliciousness
M--Light and a bit creamy, Light carb with medium bitterness
O--This is such a solid IIPA it kinda blew me away. For fun I decided to do a blind test with my wife (she is also a fan of IPA/DIPA) with Maine Lunch. She picked Billy as the better smelling, better taste. Drinkability was higher for Lunch, but she preferred Billy overall. Great beer!

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Photo of pinyin
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft into 33 centilitre goblet. 38F

Very similar to the world class Bon Bon 2XTNT DIPA. Malts and and yeast strain seem almost the same. The ABV% is also quite similar as well.

The main difference here is obviously in the hops. Billy Full Stack seems to have a healthy balance of citra and cascade, producing those fruity and floral grapefruit, lycee bitter tasting notes. Possibly some mosaic and simcoe in the dry hop as well to produce a pine resin that blends nicely with the citric ketones.

But for me, what is missing is the azacca. And that is where Bon Bon 2XTNT suprapasses Billy Full Stack. Just a much higher level of hop scaling going on in the background. Granted, Billy Full Stack is a world class ale, especially in the color and aroma department, but Bon Bon 2X TNT just takes it to that next level so far as taste.

The malts are a nice rich, french bread loaf. Not too heavy, but more rich than your average 8.2 IPA. You can definitely taste how the oxygen and yeast collaborated to produce the final product. Really unique ale by Singlecut here. The base malts and yeast are very special, as is the brewing process. Not sure is they are using hop rockets, force carbing or just paying very special attention to volumes and santization like Other Half does, but nonetheless, this north east style of cloudy juicy IPA has been mastered by the brewers here at singlecut, and more power to them. Straight crack juice.

Addendum: 11-1-2015
This ale is just missing so many attributes that Bon Bon and Mo Shuggie contain, namely organic New Zealand Hops and the coloring.

Please Singlecut, hoard more eastern hemisphere hops and brew more of your classics because Billy Full Stack just isn't quite cutting it right now. The hop isomerization is really weak, the aftertaste and mouthfeel on this ale is just not up to par with previous offerings, and it doesn't have that organic taste Mo Shuggie and Bon Bon Have.

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Photo of dar482
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is great. It has a ruby red color.

The aroma is of sweet citrus, juicy fruit, and a bit of pineyness.

The flavor is the same. It quite juicy with bitterness throughout. I would love to try this beer next to Hop Stoopid because I maybe could not tell the difference.

The color and the aroma remind of it. The flavor is slightly different with less astringent bitterness. However, it's a sweet lovely Double IPA. I'm glad that a NY brewery can make a Double IPA this good.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden ale with tiny bubbles slipping up from the pint; fat head of foam slimmed to a cap and left lacy trails down the glass

S: potent floral and grain aromas brought both dankness and bright pine and citrus all at once

T: super-clean and fresh flavors abound - fresh-cut grains and pale bright fruits, lots of floral aspects - lightly sweetened and cleanly bitter

M: smooth, soft, and subtle bitterness; well-rounded and medium-weight - super-drinkable

O: another excellent entry from SingleCut - y'all are gonna want to get yer hands on some o' this if it comes around

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful golden color as it poured into my snifter. Generously rough pour brings out a frothy head that settles to a lacy head for the duration of the drink. I got whiffs of some pine, but mostly citrus. The taste? Oh yeah, citrusy goodness that I love in a double IPA. I found it to have a creamy mouthfeel with solid carbonation; not too much, not too little. Overall, I would love to have this IIPA again. It just didn't seem like 138 IBU's to me.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like straight up nectarine juice. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Mango, pineapple and citrus dominate the flavor profile. This is amazing stuff.

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Photo of jerrytodd
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery on the 1st day of it's release (version 3).

A: Hazy! Fairly opaque, clearly not filtered (ha, see what I did there)

S: Wow. Very lush mix of resin, tropical fruit, citrus and more tropical fruit. Superb

T: This is the beer that got me hooked on SingleCut and I was excited to try this latest version which according to their website uses a new yeast strain and was more highly hopped. Those efforts are apparent - Smooth as I remembered but now with a much more prominent tropical fruit/pine flavor followed by resin and slightly biting grapefruit. Mild sweetness from the malt and no boozy flavor.

M: Slightly chewy but in line with an IIPA

O: Still loving the hell out of this beer

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Billy Full Stack Double IPA from SingleCut Beersmiths
95 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.