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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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Brewed by:
SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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: 105 | Ratings: 570
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
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 metter98
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
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 oberon
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
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!.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this from the bottle chilled in a tulip.
The color is golden amber with a thick canopy of white head with fine bead and sticky lace.
The smell is very good -lots of tropical hop aromas with slight citrus fruit and mild herbal/floral odors. The feel is excellent -resinous and moderately bitter with light spiciness and subtle alcohol in the finish with medium carbonation and mild sweetness.

The taste is very good with some tropical hop flavors that bring to mind mango and slight fruity pineapple-like flavor with a gentle tangerine and mild lemon zest flavor mid palate. The malt is perfectly in line with the style with a good spice in the back with slight alcohol as it finishes. This is a bursting IPA with smooth oily dank and herbal yet juicy and incredibly drinkable for the strength -Must Try!

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Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev -17.5%
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 mdfb79
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle. Murky orange. More dark than bright. Smell is intense. Citrus, but more dank and piney. Sugary smell, too. Tastes of grain and bright citrus up front. Then it becomes more piney and dank. Boozy, too. Pretty sweet. This is intense.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.54/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Pours a hazy murky grapefruit juice color with a huge bubbly bone white head that persists. Bready toffee caramel maltiness with plenty of earthy citrus to counter. Sweet bready fruity maltiness. Citrus and pine hop flavor. Light to moderate hop bitterness. Not bad, a bit sweet for my tastes though

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle, with bottled on dating (2/1)

Pours hazed and dull, orange and brownish amber, super fine bubble sheeting - nice lookin stuff

Sniff of oranges and mangoes with a hint of hot sauce - again nice smellin stuff

Super tasty IPA with plenty of tropical fruits and intrigue ..... Quality brew from SC...go get some and enjoy it

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(5/20, from bottle)
The beer comes in a super hazy medium gold color.

The aroma is hits of sweet grapefruit and orange, pineapple, dank, resin, biscuity sweetness.

The flavor follows with grapefruit peel, orange, a light biscuity malt, onto pine, resiny bitterness.

Reminders of Trillium trigger, with a touch of sweetness. An explosion on upfront, slightly earthy, more citrus and tropical, onto that malt backbone that is only there to convince you of a DIPA, onto a dank finish.

(2/13)
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 mrn1ceguy
3.96/5  rDev -9%
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 Davepoolesque
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pineapple, orange, tangerine and mango. A little malty. Sweet and dry. Lower carb. Pretty good, but probably the least favorite of the SingleCut ipas I've tried.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | 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 mynie
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
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 ThisWangsChung
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Xenoreactive!

Pours a murky copper color. The head is a finger high, off-white in shade. Retention impresses, as does the thickly creamy texture. You could sit on this head and it would still stand firm. A thick ring of lacing just about the body remains.

The aroma of this, just like Billy Half-Stack, shows Singlecut's skillful usage of Mosaic hops. I pick up incredible amounts of tangerine, grapefruit, and orange flesh; lesser tones of mango, papaya, white grape, and strawberry also show up. A very subtle kiss of pine appears; even better is the lack of sweet onion that can plague many Mosaic brews. I'm still not done: there are some mild ale esters showing up, too. The depth of this beer's hop profile puts 90% of all IPAs to shame - that's before I mention the subtle malt backbone adding to everything. Very impressive.

A touch more malt shows up compared to what the aroma suggested, but only a touch. It opens up with plenty of mango, papaya, and tangerine, leading to a malty middle (think caramel, biscuit, and toffee). More of the fruity Mosaic hops also close things nicely (adding just a kiss of pine, as well), along side estery qualities of peach and apricot. I'm amazed how deep this one is, frankly. It's complex - not complicated. Though it isn't quite perfectly balanced, it's still incredibly delicious.

Full-bodied and soft, it doesn't have the sharpness of many DIPAs...at the cost of being slightly too sweet. A gentle twinge of bitterness and moderate carbonation helps it somewhat. This is something to be savored, instead of something to be drunk quickly.

Though not perfect, it's a firmly top-tier DIPA that takes a different approach to the style - instead of deceptive lightness and a fairly simple profile, this is thick, rich, and complex. I'd call it a one-and-done beer, but this single bottle is probably more satisfying in one sitting than six DIPAs of average quality (as if anyone would want to drink six DIPAs in a sitting, but that's neither here nor there...) An absolute must-try.

4.22/5: Billy did REALLY well

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
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 papat444
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome looking bottle!

Pours a brown almost apple cider color. Very raw flavor, overripe grapefruit with hints of pink. Underlying tobacco and tea. Very dank (almost swamp-like?).

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Photo of Dope
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

October 1 bottling date.

A: Clear golden pour with a tall, foamy light tan head. Great head retention but oddly no lacing.

S: That is one hell of an aroma. Juicy as can be. Loads of pineapple initially. Like pure pineapple juice. Some grapefruit in there too and light citrusy flavors. A dream to inhale.

T: More serious juicy hop flavors. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel primarily. Maybe a hint of...tangerine? Huge hop flavors but without the extreme bitterness (though it is plenty bitter). Light bready malt and then a big wave of drying bitterness hits. Long lingering citrusy and floral hops between sips.

M: Medium bodied, dry and bitter.

O: Another delicious IPA from SingleCut. I'm really enjoying their style. Huge, bold and varied hop flavors but without the enormous bitterness up front that just blots out the flavor of everything. It's still very bitter, very dry and very sharp but it's just not that face-punching west coast style initially. Much more pleasant to drink without losing anything. Excellent brew.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance
Hazed-out golden blonde with 1 finger of creamy off-white head.

Nose
Pineapple, papaya, lemon meringue, orange creamsicle, dank, honey, and candy sugar.

Taste
Musky papaya, dank, and slight pineapple juice. Overripe mango, caramel, and honey. Tangerine juice, with hints of lemon meringue. Light pine resin sticks on the finish.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, soft, juicy, and off-dry with a medium-light bitterness.

Overall
Overripe tropical juiciness, orange citrus, and dankness. Great stuff.

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Photo of CHickman
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Hootie159
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two finger foamy head. A little bit dark. Burnt orange. Very hazy. Fresh smell. Blend of citrus. Something I can't place but I'm picturing fresh laundry. Some bitter dank. Citrus peel. Bit of pine. Super wet and juicy. Very fresh lively feel. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
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 Kendo
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy golden with a small white head. Some lace.

S: Grapefruit, pineapple juice, tropical fruity hops and some pine. Smells like a citrusy lemonade.

T: Pretty much follows the nose, though it's not as juicy and tropical fruit hoppy as expected in light of the nose - i.e., there's more of a balanced malty foundation than expected. Starts out with straw-like bready malt foundation, then the tropical fruity hops kick in, with pineapple the dominant taste. Grapefruit juice and pith too, with a touch of pine. Finishes with lingering grapefruit on the palate.

M: Medium in heft, good carbonation level.

O: Quite good. I'm not usually a big fan of the tropical fruit-dominated IPAs (or DIPAs), but for some reason I like the hop profile in this one. Solid stuff.

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Billy Full Stack Double IPA from SingleCut Beersmiths
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