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Billy 18-Watt IPA | SingleCut Beersmiths

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Billy 18-Watt IPABilly 18-Watt IPA

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SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by dar482 on 03-29-2013

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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 271
Photo of jerrytodd
4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of Daileyg13
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Beef & Brew in Geneva, NY. One of the best sessionable IPAs I've had. Light malt and very hop forward. Hop presence is much more tropical than bitter. This beer is exactly what I like in an IPA

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Photo of YeastPriest
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a white head. Only thing I'd like is more head retention. Nose is frsh tropical and citrus. Very fruity taste and medium to dry mouth feel firm but not over powering bitterness. A bit dangerous only in its delicious drink ability. Not like bud notice the modifying adjective delicious. A very clean unfiltered IPA no doubt partially due to NYCs high quality water in addition to the fine brewing technique

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Photo of crispinol
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of Damian
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drink on tap at The Brewer's Fork, Boston, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a hazy yellow ochre and was topped by a finger tall cap of fluffy, bright white froth that fell rather quickly. Rings of thin, drippy lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was amazingly hoppy. Super fruity with loads of sweet tropical fruit notes. Mango and papaya came through strongest. Hefty dose of passionfruit. Peach was also noticeable. There was an intense dankness as well. Fresh bud came to mind. Hint of citrus too.

Like the aroma, the flavor profile was very hoppy and fruit forward. Juicy orange and tangerine notes dominated. Slightly tart. Fairly lemony. Tropical fruits came through as well, but they were more subtle than in the nose. Mango was most apparent. Slightly peachy. Bit of citrus rind on the finish. Really well balanced.

The beer was somewhat lighter bodied for the style but creamy, slick and smooth. The liquid contained a fine, frothy effervescence.

SingleCut Beersmiths have another winner here with Bill 18-Watt IPA. This rivals some of the better hoppy beers being made by the top breweries in the Northeast. I especially love the fact that this is easily obtainable at my local liquor store.

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Photo of jrnyc
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is fantastic. As good as a session as I have had. Great smell, juicy, but nice dry finish. Doesn't suffer from that watery or fleeting taste that many sessions suffer from. Singlecut killing it!

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Photo of justintcoons
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Super cloudy yellow/blonde with 1 finger of loose white head.

Pineapple, mango, papaya, dank, pine sap, honey, candied orange, and lemon.

Tropical juice bomb! Mango juice, papaya, and pineapple. Candied orange and lemon. Dank and drippy pine sap. Thin honey and biscuit maltiness.

Medium-light bodied, juicy, and smooth with hardly any bitterness.

Mouthwatering and thirst crushing. Hands down the best Session IPA that I've ever had.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Yellowish-orange in color; very cloudy - almost completely opaque. Pours with a huge 3 finger, thick cloud-like, bright white head that dies down leaving a very thick even layer of foam on the surface of the beer and lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Lots of bubbles visible from the carbonation. Perfect.

Smell: Bright citrus aroma (oranges, grapefruit); fresh grass; mild pine. Inviting.

Taste: Mild pine and grainy start; progresses on to a lively tart citrus (lemons, grapefruit) flavor.

Feel: Medium body. Starts with a noticeable fizzy sensation from the carbonation, progresses to a velvety feeling and ends with a mild dry finish.

Overall: Lively, refreshing, flavorful IPA. One of the best. Somewhat on the tart-side in terms of flavor. Very slight dry finish.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hand and Foot in Corning, NY.

Look: Opaque, hazy pale orange with a sticky white heads that leaves rings of lacing.

Smell: Pulpy orange and grapefruit, clover, a bit of white grape and pineapple.

Taste: Tons of bright orange/tangerine and grapefruit, light hints of mango and pineapple, peach, fluffy dough malt. Clean finish.

Feel: Light, yet not watery. Smooth and juice-like, low carbonation.

Overall: A delicious low-abv IPA. Fruity and thirst-quenching.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer is hazy straw colored. Thick ivory head with some nice lacing. Lots of citrus in the nose: grapefruit, some cut grass, light biscuits. Taste follows the nose. Very hop forward, with a powerful grapefruit finish. Bitter and dry. Mouthfeel is a bit light, but not in a bad way. Overall, a very, very nice IPA. Easy drinking, crisp, flavorful, fresh, yummy. Delicious. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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

This is a wonderful beer. The body is a murky gold and the head is thick and creamy, which leaves a generous lacing. The smell is incredible and features big citrus aromas that are complimented by tropical notes. Taste follows the smell. A very juicy beer that has hints of orange, grapefruit and mango. The feel is very soft and drinkable. The body is so full that it's a total surprise the beer is only 5%. The finish is a little earthy as raw. Overall an excellent beer and one that I will keep coming back for.

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Photo of dar482
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a slightly hazy golden color, not much head.

The aroma offers grapefruit, sweet citrus, peach, mango, with an intense woody, herbaceous dankness.

The flavor follows with grapefruit through, citrus peel, a medium minus breadiness in the middle, onto a drying note of herbaceous, leaning towards earthiness. Bitterness is somewhat restrained. The mouthfeel is medium and substantial for a "session" IPA.

Singlecut continues to improve and impress with their hoppy offerings.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked a bunch of these up at the Whole Foods on Houston St in New York over the last few weeks. Everything I've had from SingleCut has been wonderful and this wasn't the exception to that rule by any means. Even though the hops were from the Pacific Northwest and not from the Southern Hemisphere, this beer nailed it from start to finish and was so easy to drink, given the style and how dank it was!

Loved the pour to this as the cloudy hue, enduring head, and subtly radiant off-taupe all combined for a pleasing appearance. As was the case with their other offerings, I could smell the beer before I tasted it as the aroma escaped out of the bottle as soon as I opened it. Massive grapefuit pith in the nose with even more in the taste, along with light melon and the dryness of a white Irish cheese (along the lines of Skellig). This reminded me of a dry champagne because of the dryness, carbonation, and aftertaste and the carbonation was right on the money as well. Not a hop bomb for having 83 IBU but they are there, undereath the dank resin that coated my mouth from the first sip onwards.

Looking for a session Bomber? Look no further as this would fit the bill perfectly. I could taste the booze a bit at the end of this but never really felt it and having another one would have been easy to do given how drinkable this was. This was on the level of their other readily-available beers but easygoing enough to stand apart from them, and further proof that these guys are absolutely killing it on the New York beer scene right now.

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Photo of mickeynyc
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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....

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of emount91
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a very hazy yellow, head sticks around and laces. smell is slightly bready, very citrusy and tropical, maybe some pine on the nose as well. taste is orange, dry citrus, big tropical fruits, with that big pine kick at the end that really makes this one stand out. very little malt on the tongue and a good velvety mouthfeel. awesome session IPA, grabbing a growler of it definitely.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange yellow color, very hazy, and pours a one finger head. Aroma is juicy yet pungent hops. Taste is big on the juicy citrus especially orange/tangerine with a little bit of pungent acidity. Very soft feel, medium bodied, and very easy to drink. Overall, a great session ipa/apa with great hop flavor, a solid body at 5%, and a great feel. Highly recommend this one.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale yellow orange color with good clarity of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Lemony, tropical, stone candied fruit, orange, herbal, grassy, biscuity, toasted, and pale malts.

Taste: Nice hop flavor with balancing malt bill. Finishes thin and light, but very tasty and sessionable. Light chewy and bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, medium carbonation, light bodied, and light bitterness. Enjoyable and crushable.

Overall: Got to admit I like this beer than the next time around. Definitely grabbing another glass.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap.

A - Pours an opaque tan gold color that looks like dirty river water. Who am I to say, cloudy, opaque beers are all the rage these days thanks to Tree House. Minimal lacing.

S - Alot of juicy tropical fruit pectin and fruit rind. Tangerine, mango, tangerine. All fruit in the nose.

T - Follows the nose. This beer is full blown hops from start to finish. Spicy fruit rind, mango, orange, and ends with a piney, bitter finish that lingers.

M - Medium body with lots of nice pricklies.

O - Not a very attractive looking beer but the nose and taste makes up for everything and after all, that's most important. Singlecut has managed to pack a whole lot of hop flavor into a low ABV beer. Nicely done!!!

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bitter, bitter outstanding IPA. Hoppy and floral nose with a big citrus body. Blown away by how the ABV adheres to 5% with all the orange, mango and bittermelon flavors. Juicy, thick, bitter (see the trend?) and very satisfying. Not cloying or heavy despite the big profile.

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Photo of dd43
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A hazy, aromatic 5% IPA from Singlecut, killing it like always. It's practically a session beer, hooray for those people who think that designation is important.

Pungent hop aromas couple with a much more robust mouthfeel than what you typically would find in a lower alcohol IPA. Singlecut is doing a great job of carrying the flag for east coast and particularly New England style IPA.

Citrus in the nose includes nectarine and peach. Really nice thirst quenching bitterness in the finish, this was a beer that I could stick with all night. Malts are very light, might be a little wheat in the mash. Tasty crushable IPA. I'd love to be able to buy sixers of this.

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Photo of smcolw
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy white to gold color. Minor had but good streaky lace.

Fresh cut weeds are the first impression from the initial whiff. I also get some grapefruit.

More mellow than I expect although the hop comes through pleasantly in the swallow. Very much an American IPA tastewise. But I would still describe this as well balanced. Starts with pale malt flavor. The aftertaste is lingering, but subtle, bitterness. I want to call this a clever beer but I think that is a bit too pretentious. It's good and worth seeking out.

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