Billy 18-Watt IPA - SingleCut Beersmiths

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: dar482 on 03-29-2013

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Ratings: 123 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by plaid75:
Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Draught 55, NYC.

Poured a hazy brass hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured piney and tropical hop notes.

The taste offered resinous piney hops, with a secondary tropical note. There was a clean grainy malt in support.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty and very quaffable IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 growler filled at the brewery, pre Mets game two days ago.

Pours clouded medium amber, under a lasting well developed cap, leaves a thicker film , and ample sheeting.
Citric nose with soft grapefruit notes.

Pleasing hopped up and fresh tasting, with more grapefruit coming to mind.

Smooth and appropriately carbonated to my thinking.

Nice smooth and flavorful finish with more grapefruit hop notes.

Far better then average IPA and well worth seeking out.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

Single Cut "Billy 18-Watt IPA"
On tap @ Dosa Royale, Brooklyn, NY

Notes: Clear amber, short white head. Very nice lacing. Bright aroma of citrus pith, pineapple. Resinous! Great! Flavor does not live up to the aroma. It's THIN in comparison with a limited maltiness. The hop flavor pales in comparison to the aroma, BUT overall it's refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler filled at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a clear light amber, with a one inch head, and sheets of lacing down the glass.

Smells like pine resin, grapefruit, flowers, and other sweet fruity aromas.

This one has a pretty solid amount of grapefruit in the flavor, which is nice, along with some orange, a huge floral flavor, some pine resin, and a pleasant amount of bitterness that lingers for a decent while. There is not a whole lot of malt present, but the body seems to be heftier than a typical session IPA, so that must be where I'm seeing it. It definitely doesn't translate like most session IPAs- this isn't just simply hop water, it's a deliciously hoppy beer you can have a few of and feel fine.

This one has a medium body, but feel light while drinking it, keeping it very drinkable. There is a medium amount of carbonation, and a crisp, kicking mouthfeel.

I'm finally starting to find some session IPAs that float my boat. This one was great.

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate 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 and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some hints of pine resin.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is quite citrusy—flavors of grapefruit seem to stand out in particular. Slight hints of pine resin are noticeable towards the finish. The beer has a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer packs the hop aromas and flavors that you would expect from an Imperial IPA but is rather easy to drink given its lower alcohol content.

Photo of mickeynyc
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pony Bar Hell's Kitchen.

I am surprised at how much flavor and hops are packed into this low ABV beer. If you're a hop head but want to avoid the boozyness of most good IPA's, I highly recommend.
Hop tastes of pine, citrus and some orange. Good amount of carbonation.
Kind of reminds me of Sierra Nevada pale ale but obviously fresher being a local brew.
Extremely sessionable below 6%.

Singlecut has been impressive so far! If you're in the NYC area, try them. Only tap thus far....

Photo of TheBrewo
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer was served on tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a house stange, showing a dense golden Amber coloring. It held a sturdy one and a half finger tall head of sticky white foam that left etched craters of lacing around that glass as it descended at a slower pace. A dull haze was noted, but no sediment was appreciated. Carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma gave massive notes of piney, nectary, and floral hop freshness and sweetness, amongst a scintillating background of intense honey sweetness, black pepper booziness, tropical fruitiness of mango and kiwi, dusty ale yeastiness, white flour, freshly trimmed daisies, morning dew and wet humidity, creamy lactics, pale and lightly red maltiness, and menthol. The flavoring began with a much more pronounced and fruity hoppy citrus bite that was expertly blended with pale and basically adjuncty maltiness, whole wheat table crackers, popcorn kernels, sea salt, toffee and white sugars, tin, savory yeasty warmth, mild phenolic burn, ruddy minerals, clean but synthetic lemon cleanser, and porcelain. The body was solidly medium, and the carbonation was the same. Each sip gave soft but recognizable slurp and smack, with cream and froth that was fair enough. The mouth felt coated and cooled, with light pucker in the absence of astringency. The abv was appropriate, and the beer disappeared happily.

Overall, this beer was chosen strictly on name. We were out to eat with a group of people and arrived late. This necessitated a quick flash of the menu, and an impulse order from their always varied and extensive tap list. The first name I saw was “SingleCut”, and immediately ordered whatever offering it was; this very beer, obviously. I was able to confidently do that following our experience a few years ago with their Billy Full Stack, which was memorably tasty. As our expectations dictated here, we were not disappointed with this offering either. It was freshly hoppy and clean throughout, and would please most any hophead. The flavoring could have been a bit stronger and heavier, but really that is just us being picky.

Photo of dar482
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Singlecut has been spreading around and I've had this beer at Alewife and Pony Bar in NYC.

It has a hazy orange color.

It has a bright aroma of lemon, hops, citrus.

The taste has a big citrus punch of lemon, grapefruit, and then some clean malt on the end. The beer has notes of a West Coast style IPA, towards a Sculpin or Racer 5.

It drinks like a super hoppy pale ale, a "new" style that breweries are doing. At 5%, this really has tons of flavor, though is more of a pale ale than an IPA. It's similar to Founders All Day.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

picked up a 12oz fill locally, enjoyed from a singlecut imperial pint glass.

brew poured a transparent yet murky orange with a finger plus of ipa head that dissolved leaving oily bubbles and speckles of lacing on the glass. nose is resiny floral hop...a bit of mustiness as well. taste is a slap in the face of candied caramel hop. very resinous and dank. big lemon and citris. body is nice chewy while still being soft and drinkable. overall a candied ipa. not my favorite ipa, but unique and worth checking out. cheers

Photo of StJamesGate
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Riverhead Beverage, NY.

Bright pale amber with frothy white head.
Big Centennial candied orange nose.
Thread of light caramel and peach, then tangelo, flowers, and light white pine resin hops.
Orange zest end and lingering nectar.
Oily, smooth, some chew.

All of the flavor and oil, none of the IBUs - aroma to the max. Amazing effervescent citrus zest hops. Oil help boost what might be a thin body, so ends up both more substantial and juicier than All Day. Among the best and most on style Session IPAs.

Grand slam and a new favorite.

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a slightly hazy amber color; quite am impressive head that literally sheets the pint glass with lace

Smell: Citrusy and floral

Taste: Rather one dimensional but oh so tasty - citrusy and floral from start to finish although there is some piney bitterness that lingers underneath in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Live to find low ABV IPAs that pack in a lot of flavor and this one is a real find

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden hue with a slight orange tint. Flavor profile is bringing some pine and a nearly chalky citrus. Citrus does seem to be most prevalent here. Feel is smooth, though almost a bit gummy in the mouth. Nice drinker. An easy ipa to chew on. Probably wouldn't go back to it again, as it's a bit unique and not really my preferred interpretation of the style. But I am glad to have tried it.

Photo of mdfb79
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 08/30/13 notes. Had this on tap at Ginger Man in NYC. Wasn't a big fan of their Dean Pacific NW beer, but have heard great things about their IPA's, so was excited to try this one.

a - Pours a somewhat clear orange yellow color with one inch of white fluffy head and moderate carbonation evident. Some nice lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of pale malts, citrus hops, wheat, grains, bread, eathy notes, and light fruits. Nice nose but not overly hoppy or fruity.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, pale malts, floral notes, earthy notes, fruity malts, lemon, and bread. More hops than the nose had which is very nice, especially the floral hops. No bitter bite.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness at all and easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice IPA, but not too hoppy and nothing mindblowing. The nose had a lot of malts to it and while the hops came through more in the taste, they weren't quite as strong as I would have liked. More like an APA to me and light and easy to drink, which is nice, but not on par with the IPA's coming out of Peekskill. Interested to try their other IPA's.

Photo of jerrytodd
4.93/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap.

A: Nice finger thick white head. Excellent lacing as I drank. Slight haze

S: Strong DANK pine and mild citrus. Oh baby

T: Dank pine, mild grapefruit, slight floral with nice malt toast as balance. Maybe the slightest touch of light caramel malt (?) for balance but definitely not sweet.

M: Excellent. I had this after a Peeper Ale and it made the Maine Co beer seem thin in comparison

O: This is a GREAT IPA. I'm definitely a fan of SingleCut and considering that they've only been open a short while and that this is a 5% ABV IPA, it's most impressive. Recommended.

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on draft in a historic bar in Great Neck over 25 minutes.
The pour is hazy yellow hay with a minor hint of soft orange-brown glow. Spotty lacing holds on from a fairly nice, airy but ephemeral head. It's a pleasing appearance that draws the drinker in with expectations consistent with the style.
The citrus aroma is on-point with the support of mildly toasty wheat and grass with some soft spice. It's fairly simple at first, with its sugared lemon and mandarin dominance, but really just right once the must jumps forward. The bitter hop influence is clearly waiting in the (flowery) wings, drawing lips to the glass whenever the nose gets close.
It starts in smooth over the teeth, but then brightens fast with the citrus elements (mostly lemon up front). Then the wheat backbone comes in, lightly toasted and buttered. That center holds marjoram and roasted corn, all slickened by the paresthetic influence of phenols--especially with warming. The aftertaste is full of grapefruit and some fresh grass with a touch of aspen-pitch.
This beer is so enjoyable and potentially versatile because it's just a step above light-bodied, but still sticky and chewy in a way that lingers and compels. Oils carry a fairly lengthy finish, enhancing flavors, and carbonation slices through and persists to make room for food...and for drinking more!
I'll agree that a little more spice would take this outstanding flavor profile to the Elysian Fields...but I'm happy with the cultivation of this harvest. But to get this depth and intensity with just 5% ABV is remarkable. It has a hint of shandy quality that minimizes earthiness that some drinkers may not like, but I think it makes it even more drinkable...rating it specifically as a session IPA, it's one of the best I've had.

Photo of koldkutz
4.95/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Nice and hoppy.great taste and color

Photo of crispinol
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Possibly the first session IPA I've had that I drank all night and enjoyed to the end. Great pine/citrus (floral-orange-grapefruit) aroma with a undercurrent of dankness that seems to be the Singlecut hallmark. Flavor was similar with a mild malt sweetness (just right). Plenty of body for a session IPA. Definitely one of the standout breweries in the NYC scene.

Photo of WheelsPSU
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh from the brewery makes all of the difference for this beer. Extremely resinous with a grapefruit and pine scent. Mouthfeel is a touch thin but that resinous flavor is just great for a sessionable IPA. I could drink this all day. Extremely cleaned and well done.

Billy 18-Watt IPA from SingleCut Beersmiths
89 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.