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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: 67
Hads: 413
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 17.85%
Wants: 45
Gots: 101 | FT: 5
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SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States | website

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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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 413
Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of jrnyc
3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky orange color. The nose is a wonderful sweet citrus. The taste is a lot more bitter than expected, pretty different than the nose. The finish is a mellow earthy bitterness. Overall, a solid IPA.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased at Whole Foods Brooklyn. I was really excited to try this one based on the buzz. It is very solid DIPA, but I found it bit underwhelming. Great nose, but otherwise just pretty good.

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Photo of cfalls
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - golden color, slight haze, two-finger head dissipates slowly, lots of lacing

S - mostly floral, hint of pine

T - some grapefruit and moderate piney bitterness, earthy aftertaste

F - medium carbonation and medium-to-light thickness for the style -- nice

O - I prefer the more tropical hop profile of their Bon Bon DIPA, but this is pretty good too

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Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Started out great---cloudy hazy murky color (cant drink clear beer!)... and it is a very nice double IPA, smooth-no bitterness, low malt profile, some nice hops, great mouthfeel, hides the alcohol well.... but was just lacking that punch--a real piney, citrusy, or other IPA bite, you know, the kind that puts HF and TH in a league of their own! For a new york beer, though, BRAVO!

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Photo of funckmasterflex
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite Singlecut beers. Have had on draft and in a bottle. A nice golden color with a floral aroma to go with it. Tastes tropical, a bit piney, and citrusy. Very well balanced and super drinkable at 8.6%

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Photo of jimlamb44
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dankiest IPA I've had from a NY brewery. Little to no malt and there is a good balance of aroma to taste. Well worth trying if you have'nt had it yet.

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Photo of mynie
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Row 34.

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

Tastes like it smells: sculpin up front, Dreadnaught in the back. It's not perfect, but it's pretty well balanced and unique enough to keep me interested throughout.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a Teku glass
A: Hazy light orange with a one-finger head
S: Lots of tropical fruits. Mango, papaya, pineapple followed by orange and a hint of dry earth
T: The palate is quite dry and quite bitter with citrus rind up front this time with a tropical fruit mid-palate and a dry earthy finish. Different from the nose, very layered
M: Medium-bodied, bitter and dry
O: The notes are pure across the board though I think I'd prefer it more if the tropical fruit were more prevalent and it was a bit less bitter/dry on the palate

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
4.24/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.24/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This should be a good one. Dropping this one 100 minutes prior to the first pitch of the World Series #LGM. 500 ml bottle into the work snifter. Just a warning; I've been smelling this one for the past minute, and it is unbelievable.

A - A bright, glowing orange. Like it's really making the room brighter. Almost opaque, and no head left after a minute. Pretty good lacing, though.

N - As I said, this is incredible. Tons and tons of citrus - all of them: orange, lemon, grapefruit, lime, kumquat, etrog, pomelo, tangelo, you name it. It's everywhere. Amazing.

T - Yeah, more of the same, although a bit more subdued on the citrus. Not at all bitter, or at least not hoppy bitter, more citrusy bitter. This is incredibly refreshing.

M - Not the immediate froth I prefer, but it gets there eventually. Very wet and unclean on the finish.

O - An extremely nice offering from our friends in Queens. Once again, LGM!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.24/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Srs5768
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of -Rick
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a golden/orange color with a slight white head. A mixture of malt and sweet fruits on the nose. Taste follows the nose. Starts off with tropic fruits (grapefruit, orange, melon) and it slowly morphs into more of a malty after taste. The tropic smell/taste falls off a bit quick on this one. A solid IIPA. Like what these guys are doing!

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Photo of brianmandell
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

perhaps a shade behind the shuggie, but every bit as well made, and a nice step up form the half stack. this is the only single cut beer i got to have in the bottle, and i like the way it pours a lot. hazy but not quite as rugged and dirty looking as the vermont stuff, but on its way. bright yellow, clearly no medium crystal caramel type grains in here, which i like in a double ipa, these can get heavy and sweet in a hurry, but not this one. its got a wonderful fresh cut pineapple hoppy nose through its inch of lingering white foam. green melon, lemon, and orange zest also waft in, and there is no trace at all of the 138 IBUs the label declares, or whatever it is. the flavor is similarly devoid of this proclaimed bitterness, but i dont mind a lick, none of us do. its plenty full bodied which i like, well carbonated, dry for the style, and smooth, almost creamy, really beautiful there in the feel. maybe a little less fruity in the taste, hops are green and leafy and probably whole cone, it has that plant matter thing going on, with tropical undertones and plenty of citrus to finish. i like the smaller bomber format, and i like the label, but i love the beer inside. these guys can in good faith add their names to the list of best hoppy beer producers on the east coast. every one i had of theirs i loved, and this is well worth seeking out. yummy and distinct!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a hazy yellow orange with a thick frothy head.

Nose is orange citrus right of the bat. A definite herbal note.

Taste is grapefruit citrus with a piney aftertaste. Light toasted malt to slightly balance it out.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This an extremely good DIPA. Concocted in the ilk of the other BIG highly sought after unfiltered DIPAs out there.

Great looking unfiltered pale citrus color with a healthy head of foam. Intense hoppy aroma and taste with a bit of an off taste on the finish at the back of the tongue. The only real check again it. Something you might detect in a homebrewed beer, but subtle.

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Billy Full Stack Double IPA from SingleCut Beersmiths
95 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.