Billy 18-Watt IPA - SingleCut Beersmiths
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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
4.11/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
02-21-2014 21:32:35 | More by plaid75
3.96/5 rDev -0.3%
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
11-10-2013 20:11:22 | More by cosmicevan
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
09-30-2013 23:17:35 | More by metter98
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
09-04-2013 18:51:22 | More by mdfb79
4.46/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
08-25-2013 22:56:18 | More by 1sophrosyne1
Billy 18-Watt IPA from SingleCut Beersmiths
88 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.