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Billy Full Stack Double IPA - SingleCut Beersmiths

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 293
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 2.26%
Wants: 39
Gots: 58 | FT: 5
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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 smcolw
3.59/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Orange, dirty gold color. Cloudy. Small head that settles to rim bubbles. Little lace--just a couple of spots.

Prickly grapefruit rind and a bit of evergreen to the nose.

Brief neutral malt start, but the bitterness completely takes over. Fairly straight forward flavor. The bite from the hop is very strong, almost harsh. The body and carbonation are well within what one would expect. Overall, this comes across as a beer that extremists might enjoy. It's a bit much for me. (480 characters)

Photo of jrnyc
3.92/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at the brewery. This is a very nice looking beer. It had a real nice smell. The taste was pretty good, could be more flavorful, but it had a nice finish. I liked this beer. This is a solid double IPA not a great one , but very good. (250 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark gold, very clear, and a thin but thick and frothy white head, mild carbonation.

S - Grassy, dank, piney, earthy, and citrus.

T - Balanced, earthy with a little bit of grass, boozy, spicy, and dank. The beer gets better as it sits and starts to open up midway through as it warms with more pronounced flavor. Some tropical fruit and spice.

M - Medium body.

O - Clean finish and balanced with light tropical fruit rind bitterness. (449 characters)

Photo of mikeyv35
4.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Date: 02/05/15
Type: 16.9oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2015
Glass: Tulip

Pours a hazy/cloudy golden in color w/ a 1 finger off white head that leaves serious lacing. Aromas of citrus, cat piss, weed, and dank wet hops. The flavor opens w/ big citrus, then transitions to pine and some floral notes, and closes w/ moderate hop bitterness, malt sweetness, and some booze. Medium bodied and lush and a little sticky on the finish, but dry. Pretty drinkable stuff, but the slight booziness rearing it's head and stickiness detracts a bit.

Overall, reminds me a lot of fresh 90 Minute IPA, but a touch off of that. Very solid, but nothing like what's coming out of Vermont that I have becomes accustom to. (702 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Alewife, Long Island City, NY

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has strong flavors of citrusy hops—oranges and grapefruit stand out in particular. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice "in your face" IPA that delivers lots of citrusy aromas and flavors but is still very drinkable. (734 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Row 34.

Medium dark wig medium haze. Smells of a fruity, very contemporary hop profile with a very 2005-seeming malt background redolent of biscuits and sugar..

Tastes like it smells: sculpin up front, Dreadnaught in the back. (239 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tremendous thanks goes out to e JxExM for surprising me with a 32oz growler of this brew and a matching imperial pint glass to go with it...at an in person meeting where the guy was helping me out with a glass want. True advocacy!!! but i digress...onto the beer...

a - brew poured a classic murky orange with just shy of 2 fingers of frothy ipa-ish white head. the head dissolved leaving the expected sticky chunky lacing.

s - very crisp and clean. great balanced hopping. dank sweaty citrus with some bitterness on the finish of the smell.

t - slapped in the face with hoppy bitterness. fairly crisp. the hops are piney and dank. very fresh...with a bitter finish.

m - clean and crisp...almost soapy. bitter finish. medium bodied, a hint of the heat is present.

o - overall, my first taste of singlecut, a brewery of been quite curious about and this was not a disappointment. not the best IIPA i've had, but one to be proud of from a new local brewery. nice job. i look forward to trying more from this brewery. (1,019 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rattle-N-Hum in NYC: pours hazy dark gold color with a 1 finger foamy off white head that didn't move and dissipated quite slowly, leaving outstanding foamy lacing coating the sides with rings as it went down. The rings and lacing went down the entire glass, which was very nice to look at.

Smells of big juicy hops, with a blast of grapefruit and piney hops up front, followed by orange peel, caramel, biscuit, herbs and pineapple. Pretty fruity with strong fresh hops throughout the nose and just enough malt backbone to balance it out well.

Tastes like it smells, with grapefruit, pine cone/piney hops, guava, orange peel, caramel and/or toffee, biscuit, herbs, roasted grains, coriander and pineapple; some floral notes and light spices trail as it washes down, but this one is all citrus and piney hops and quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and chewy at the same time, with a heavy body, light carbonation and a medium bitterness that goes down pretty easy, especially with this ABV which it hides exceptionally well.

Overall it was very good, but not exceptional. I'd definitely have it again as it smelled great and tasted above average for a DIPA. Great to see a Queens brewery putting out a solid product so early in its career; these Beersmiths are off to a great start and deserve local support. (1,323 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was served from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a chalice glass glowing a muted, hazy orange. It held a one finger head of wet, tannish foam, showing nice retention, and leaving dripping patterned lacing down the sides of the glass. The haze remained throughout, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared active. The aroma gave sticky, nectary hops, which gave way to big sweetness, citric fruitiness, and earthiness with warmth. Otherwise the nose was filled with lactics, tart yeastiness, solidly pale malts, fresh earthy moss, grapefruit rind, and light mineral twang. Our first impression was that there was a nice malty component to meet the strong hoppiness in full force, making for a superb blend. As we sipped, the flavoring opened with pale and wheaty malts, light chalkiness, fusel booze, dirt, musk, and juicy piney and citric hops. The middle came to a peak with more spicy, herbal hops, continued peppery bang of booze, and a more robust pale malt wash. The finish was of medicinal phenols, pale malts, mineral, yeast, faint rye dryness, and a big, juicy, dripping wet grapefruit hoppiness. The aftertaste breathed of more phenols, fusel booze, grass, mineral, musk, and citric hoppy tartness. The body was on the full side, and the carbonation was medium, but with a stark prickle. The mouth was coated with soft, wet foam, with no real dryness to cut on the back. Slurp, sip, cream, froth, and pop were all nicely contributory. The abv was fine, but apparent, and the beer drank nicely.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the nice hop aroma, and the serious blend of pale malt wash and juicy, bittered citric hops. Due to complementarity of the flavors, the bitterness is never overwhelming, allowing for all of the subtleness of the hops to really shine through. This beer will warm you up, but it sips as smooth as cream, delivering a certain crisp refreshment. This was a surprising local find, and something we are very pleased to have had tried. (2,018 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 07/29/14 notes. Had on tap at Fool's Gold in NYC...been wanting to try this one for a while, glad to see it on. 14 oz. pour in a wine glass stemware.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy bright orange-amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks good.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, pine hops, lemon zest, grapefruit, and earthy notes. Light spice as well. Nice nose, nice fresh citrus up front.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, resin, pine hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, tropical fruits, and floral hops. Awesome taste, lots going on and very nice. Little step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low to carbonation. Easy to drink and no bitterness at all.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit and think it is the best Singlecut beer I've had. Lots of citrus, no bitterness, and very easy to drink, would love to have it again. (877 characters)

Photo of Srs5768
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's been a pleasure to watch these guys grow and become one of the most reliable and delicious breweries in NYC. They've dialed in their hops game, and Billy Full Stack represents the epitome of that effort, bursting forth with citrus flavor and maintaining an almost IPA-type mouthfeel despite the >8% ABV. Great beer. (321 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Hazy yellow pour with pillowy head.

Wonderful hop aroma full of sweet orange citrus and tropical fruits with pine and floral notes.

Flavors are also driven by orange citrus and tropical fruits with pine and floral notes and just a touch of soap. A little bit of spice on the back end as the beer finishes very dry with some light grapefruit pith.

The mouthfeel is light with effervescent, creamy carbonation. Perhaps a little thin.

I like when double IPAs pack in fresh hop flavor while drinking easy at the same time. This beer is wonderfully restrained despite the 8.2% ABV. This might not be my favorite hop profile - but it is a pleasure to drink this very well made IPA. (695 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a mug from a 16oz. bomber.

Appearance: hazy gold with a quarter inch white head that the body comes off extra bubbly.

Smell: Light hoppy scent. Also feels like I'm smelling a set of trees.

Taste: Complex with an extra dose of hoppy. Has a lemon skin feel, super citrusy.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation, sticky. Thin body that honestly it quenches your thirst.

Overall: Very good brew, passing it and not buying it is a disgrace. Brew delivers better than some of the most hyped up beers. (511 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yes, this is a fantastic dipa !!! Huge aromas of mango, grapefruit and peaches. Taste is similar with peaches dominating and a touch of honey on the end. If I didn't know better I would think this is a peaches forward dipa . . . and I love peaches. Seek this out or pick it up. Really tasty with a smooth, sticky and creamy mouth feel on rolled into this terrific beer. More please. (382 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Curran last night.

Pours a golden, slightly dark orange, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite pungent, with some peach, passionfruit, pine, and grass.

Singlecut really seems to know what they're doing with IPAs. This one's made with PNW and Southern Hemisphere hops, and it's got that earthy fruitiness that I really love from New Zealand hops. There's some grassiness, a bit of pine, and a big hit of pungent grapefruit, orange, pineapple, peach, and passionfruit. Awesome.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and juicy mouthfeel. It feels lighter than a Double IPA would feel like. The ABV is hidden pretty well.

Though this isn't quite world class, it's still a most excellent IPA and definitely one of the better ones made in NY. (782 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

How is this 138 IBU? How this so dank and so good? How has this not taken off yet? These and further questions were on my mind as I gave this a go, as the last of the four bottles that I took home once I discovered SingleCut. I *loved* their other offerings and couldn't wait to down this and now...I can't wait to down it again. Thank God I have two more bottles left here!

Everything about this beer was deep and dank - the luscious head full of giant bubbles, the lacing it eventually turned into that slowly slid down the side of my pint glass, the murky deep gold hue that was full of cloudiness and sediment, and the deep pineapple and tropical aroma that was magnified beautifully in the taste. For God sake's, where's the booze. It's gotta be in here somewhere! Maybe another sip and oh dang, I need to refill my glass.

It didn't take long for that to happen and with a nice amber viscosity, muddled pine and floral hops, and a funky earthiness that tied everything together, there was no time to nice how the alcohol was wonderfully hidden in this. How about some herbal, earl grey-like spice for good measure? It's here underneath everything with a hint of honey in the back that gave this a nice sweetness to counterbalance everything out. How did they do this? How did it take so long for me to find out about this? How did my glass empty out so quick? Those answers and more in the near future as I continue to probe deeper into the story of SingleCut... (1,472 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine and fellow craft beer aficionado brought this to a dinner party I hosted. A great looking golden brew. Great citric hops aroma. Taste is a bold hop bomb with a firm and sweet malt backbone. Awesome feel; medium bodied and a slightly syrupy texture. Quite drinkable! A great local brew (I'm in nyc) that I will seek out. (336 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into an imperial pint glass a clear lighter golden with a sticky half finger bone white head atop.Dank herbal hops hit me up front in the nose then some tropical fruits,and then to gild the lilly some pine resin to boot,a big hop combo here.Very smooth in the mouth and a silky feel wich you wont find alot of in the style.Sweet onion,tropical fruits,grapefruit rind,pine resi,it's all here on the palate,I mean what else needs to be sai.There is a mild sweet biscuit base that comes thru even amongst all the hop complexity.This is a damn fine DIPA where the maly sweetness doesn't get in the way.Awesome!. (613 characters)

Photo of qcbrewer
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Singlecut snifter at the brewery.

Golden clear glow in color. Often I feel as though some DIPAs are too dark on color based on the balancing malt bill, but in this case the light color surprised me but was very nice. Thin head retention with slight lacing throughout consumption.

Aroma was eye opening. A tidal wave of hops comes out of the snifter; I believe with Citra hops being the dominant usage.

Thick pine mixed with light citrus explode on the taste buds. While this is certainly bitter, I've had far "worse" and consider this a very balanced taste profile. There is certainly a thick current of malt that latches to the sides of the tongue, but the hops help out by washing over the center.

I can say this comes across as slightly choppy, but not in the stereotypical sense. I think it has to do with the 86ibu (or at least this batch) and the 8.3 percent. While you can't really get the alcohol on the taste, be wary that it's there. It mellows out and coats the tongue in an after taste that will like be hard to get rid of. In short, don't drink this as your first beer here.

Overall, I hope they bottle/can this. While it won't likely match Heady, Resin, Furious, or others, I don't think any of those would object to the quality of this beer. Very drinkable, enjoyable, and a total hop bomb. I fully endorse this one and I hope it carries Singlecut into national attention. (1,404 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a very nice blend of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of fruity citrus and caramel that are quickly followed by a strong floral hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and creates a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good 2IPA to drink for a whole evening. (760 characters)

Photo of jerrytodd
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
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 (710 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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 (578 characters)

Photo of creepinjeeper
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of Tbub18
4.52/5  rDev +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! (628 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.52/5  rDev +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. (483 characters)

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Billy Full Stack Double IPA from SingleCut Beersmiths
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