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Billy Half-Stack IPA - SingleCut Beersmiths

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Billy Half-Stack IPABilly Half-Stack IPA

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32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 273
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 22.38%
Wants: 9
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
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SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jerrytodd on 08-31-2013

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Reviews: 32 | Hads: 273
Photo of CNoj012
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a two finger soapy white head. Retention is excellent with some thin sheets of lacing. Smell is a citrus hop bomb. Lemon, orange and grapefruit are most prevalent with a touch of pine and pineapple as well. Taste is similar, but more subdued than the smell with a decent amount of bitterness. Feel is very light with great carbonation. Overall a very nice beer. Much lighter in the taste and feel dept than Full Stack which is to be expected, but I prefer full stack.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, Luck Taco, Manchester, CT, served in pint glass
L-hazy, yellow gold
A-citrus, hop
T-juicy, refreshing clean, minimal hop bitterness
O-Really nice IPA, very drinkable
Agree with @Tommo, this beer deserves some credit

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Photo of Tommo
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If this was released by trillium, people would be wetting their little panties over it.


This is truly delicious, very light for an IPA, drinks almost like a pale ale, but this is the north east were talking about. Exploding with floral nz and aussie hops. Decent bittering hops though. My father called it very "green".

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Photo of fscottkey
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: [2.75] Cloudy apricot colored beer with visible debris/yeast/chunks. It pours out with 1/2 a finger of fluffy white head. The chunks are the size of poppy seeds and smaller. There are lots of them. The bottle lists the ABV (6.6%) and there is a born on date (12/29/15) so this is only a few weeks old.

S: [3.75] Pine, lemon zest, peaches, dried apricots.

T: [4.00] Similar to the nose with pine up front and lemon peel in the mid palate. Not a lot of malty sweetness to be found.

M: [4.00] Good carbonation and body. The beer has a mildly bitter finish.

O: [3.75] The good news is that the beer smells, tastes and feels good. Visually it did have some issues with the floaties which cost it some points on the Appearance. The smell and the taste are both really nice. There is not much in the way of a malt backbone (no sweetness or breadiness) but the beer still holds up well without it. The mouthfeel is pleasing as is the slightly bitter finish. I like this beer and would drink more of it.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Glowing hazy gold body with very white bubbly head. Spotty lacing.
S: Soft citrus aromas with hints of Meyer lemons. Touch of tropical aromas as well, mainly pineapple.
T: I'm guessing there are galaxy hops in this one. The taste follows the aroma.
F: A little biting initially but it finishes much smoother. Decent balance and excellent carb.
O: Excellent beer. SingleCut has become one of my new favorites after just a few beers.

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Photo of dd43
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first SingleCut beer, and oh man did it not disappoint. I spent a few minutes just starting at the brilliant orange elixir in my glass. Really attractive, and lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass just enhanced the visual appeal. Big citrus flavors, and a little more west coast cascadian/pine feel than I've been getting from a lot of east coast IPAs of late. Clarity wise it definitely is on the opaque side but not what I would call hazy. More of a color density, again just great to look at in your glass. Hops leave a nice bitter finish on the sides of my tongue. This beer is sort of what I feel like west coast IPAs need to migrate towards. The key is balance. There is actually a malt base here, it's a hop forward beer and is not ashamed to admit it, but there's a residual malted grain character that makes it much more drinkable than some of the hop bombs I've had from California. Can't wait to get my hands on some other brews from SingleCut!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

loved the half stack. looks and feels like it has a little wheat in it. yellow and hazy, no trace of the caramel crystal malt that frequents these. short head on it, but the pint glass may have been filled a few minutes before it was served to me and thus faded some. the nose has a really unique hop bouquet to it, tangerine and peach fruitiness, but not too sweet. oily, but not lupulin based it doesn't seem, tropical but not the conventional pineapple passion southern hemisphere thing. different and delicious. the taste is like that too, not real tangerine but like the tangerine jelly belly beans, not that its artificial, I just have never tasted this flavor in a hoppy before and am unable to accurately articulate it with the specificity it deserves. one thing is for certain, and that is how yummy it is. clean and not real bitter on the back end, a sturdy but easy going body that reaffirms my wheat suspicion, and wonderfully lively carbonation. I had several beers from these guys, but this one stands out near the top for me. totally different than the conventional American ipa we are all used to. I would love to know what hops they use and how they are added!

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Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

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

Smell: Lemony, herbal, tropical, orange, toasted, biscuity, and pale malts.

Taste: Upfront hop glavor, nice malt bill, chewy characteristics, and light bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium bodied, light bitterness, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and refreshing.

Overall: Liking these guys more and more with every beer. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of pinyin
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served 39F into a large rim 16 ounce snifter.

Poured from the fresh growler 24 hours after the fill.

Quality ale overall.

Slighty darker than its big brother Billy Full Stack with more of an amber golden tint. Less chill haze and cloudiness, definitely more clarity. I tend to prefer the haze though and I think it is a sign of imparting more flavor.

The nose is nice, not too powerful. I get some mosaic and or simcoe dankness.

Taste is pretty standard for the Singlecut lineup. Dank, piney with a lingering dry resinous aftertaste. Very nice mouthfeel. A little bit bready and grassy. Not your typical dank style ipa. More unique in the color, scent and mouthfeel. IBU's are fairly high, but still nothing close to Bon Bon 2X TNT, Full Stack or Mo Shuggie.

Great balanced and unique tasting ipa for the lower ABV%. An interesting take on the style.

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Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, orange-hued, dirty gold. Small head but it creates excellent ring lace after each sip.

Good blend of malt and hops. The latter smelling floral and a bit earthy. The malt reminds me of the smell of a brewery--half stale and half fresh.

Very good base of pale malts fully fermented, nearly no sweetness. The is straight up bitter without much complexity. Very drinkable. The body leans full but the carbonation is adequate. The aftertaste lingers softly with all of the elements of the beer. Excellent balance.

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Photo of mabermud
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A fresh growler sent 3-Day by Papertowelz.

Look: This beer has a darker straw colored body and a white head, super sticky head that looks like sea foam. I am from San Diego, so I know about sea foam.
Smell: Pine, sharp tangerine notes, and medicinal/herbs are apparent in the aroma.
Taste: Pine, citrus, and a touch of medicinal/herbs stand out.
Feel: Sufficient. Light and feathery.

Overall - This is my first encounter with SingleCut and this beer is headed in the right direction. This is an everyday drinking beer that is solid and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Kendo
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the half-growler into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy golden-apricot. A small white head settles on top and leaves behind a little lace.

S: Very nice nose - more reminiscent of a bigger, DIPA than a straight IPA. Loads of citrus and tropical fruit.

T: Bready malt foundation is followed by tropical fruits (some pineapple, mango), stone fruits (peach and apricot) and citrus (tangerines, grapefruit peel). Hops impart more of a soft flavor than a harsh bitterness, though there's a bit of piney and lemony bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Modestly creamy, call it medium in heft.

O: Good stuff. Call it a "soft" IPA with all those tropical fruit flavors.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy copper color capped by an inch of foam; some streaks of lacing linger

Smell: Tropical fruit, herbal tones and tangerine

Taste: Slightly bready, with the tropical fruit, herbal tones and tangerine taking over quickly; the bitterness hangs around through the finish and touches a number of different elements on the way to the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice IPA but not a mind-blower; these guys do a good job packing a lot of flavor into their IPAs

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from beerloserLI. 500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent East coast IPA style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt malt sweetness; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dar482
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer offers sweet grapefruit and orange flavor, some tropical, with a creamy mouthfeel compared to the 18 Watt.

A medium minus bready malt and a medium bitterness on the back end. A wonderful East Coast IPA and a really underrated NY IPA, in general.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. cloudy, orange golden in color. nice hoppy aroma and taste. mainly citrus flavors. could maybe use a little more body, it's on the thinner side

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another opportunity to try something from Singlecut after falling in love with Bon Bon. Dank, citrusy, right amount of bitterness, this checks all of the boxes. For me it's like a lower abv version of Heady or Gandhi; more approachable with slightly different flavors

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Anyone who bothers to read my reviews on here knows how much I love the SingleCut and how they've quietly made their mark on this area in recent months. After having the BonBon and the Soulbender completely impress me, I picked this and the Full-Stack up at the Whole Foods on Houston St a little while back. This wasn't rated as highly as those but don't be fooled - this was a wonderful IPA on par with anything from Maine Brewing, Green Fllash, or the Victory Dirt Wolf and certainly deserves a higher rating than the 4.1 that it currently has!

This was a "live one" as the head poured right out of the bottle as soon as I opened it up, forcing me to wipe my counter down before I poured it out. Not as much foam on this as I would have imagined based on the liveliness of this but it was sufficient enough to admire, along with a cloudy golden hue that had lots of sediment and carbonation swirling around in it. Nice aroma of the southern hemisphere hops with pine and skunk mixed in for good measure. Tropical fruits come in once I gave it a sip along with a dank undertone and some nice, bread-tasting malt to round out the body. Crisp, balanced, and subtly bitter, this one went right down and masked the alcohol well as a slight minty aftertaste kicked in once everything else faded away.

While not a session beer, this begged for another once the liquid in my pint glass disappeared. The web of lacing that had rings in the midst of it was an indicator of the quality of this beer and the level at which SingleCut is at right now - solid, strong, and oh so beautiful. IPA's are everywhere but this one's one of the best from the East Coast and further proof that these guys have it going on right now. Worthy of all the praise lavished upon it!

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Photo of rjs246
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is as close to perfect as an IPA gets. It has so much flavor and feel that it almost passes for a DIPA, but with a more reasonable alcohol content that means you can enjoy more of it. Damned good. Only complaint was a bit of aftertaste that wouldn't go away, but even that is just a minor gripe. Wish it was available in VA.

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Photo of brureview
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First beer from this Astoria brewery.

Poured a hazy copper-orange color with a 3F head in a Spiegelau glass.

Aroma: wonderful citrus, earthy, malty.

MF: very carbonated. The body is more malty than most IPAs. I like this.

Taste: strong citrus,, although not as prominent as other IPAs- but quite nice. With warming, the flavor is more nutty.

Finish: Excellent: bitter, hoppy, crisp.

Overall: A lot of IPA for 6.6%. This tastes more like a DIPA. Excellent approach to the style.
I especially like the malt presence, the crisp hoppy finish, and the citrus which is not overdone.

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Photo of soze47
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Really complex hop layers throughout the taste - almost no bitterness but a load of tropical and citrus juice goodness. A little more bitterness may have actually been a good thing as this one goes down way too easy

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Photo of beerloserLI
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A hazy amber blonde pour with great lacing and a retaining head. The nose hits with tangy hops and fruity notes. Mostly citrus notes but I really get apricots.

The taste is clean and crisp with big time hoppy bitterness. The flavors really explode with tones of grass, citrus and dried fruits. A nice finish with plenty of hoppy dankness.

Really just a spot on and flavorful ipa.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours a hazy yet brig honeyed golden color. Head is thick and frothy. A succinct swirl of my glass really agitates it and makes it grow. It is surprisingly timid with its glass leftovers. East Coast IPA nose. Young citrus, tropical fruit and some onion and weed when regarding the hops in the nose. Really molded to my preferences. Hops are from the Pacific Northwest, New Zealand (moans with pleasure) and Australia (softer pleasure moan). No wonder why I am drawn to the nose. The nose drips down into my mouth via the flavor. Hoppy flavors of citrus, earth, green onion, tropical fruit gang, grass and melon. Malt is unobtrusive. Medium bodied with a sneaky bitterness. It starts to sear after a few sips. Bubbly. An impulse buy (aren't they all) that paid off. Polished this little bastard off post haste.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

hazy copper orange, thin white head,...piney orange nose.... taste is crisp, clean, pine resin, mild citrus, low malt--goodness.... slightly more bitter than some of its NE hop-rivals but doesn't ditract in IMO.... THE BEST NY IPA to date.... looking forward to their IIPA...

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle picked up locally enjoyed from a singlecut snifter.

a - brew pours a cloudy orange with a finger plus of frothy ipa head that never fully left and left stringy lace on the glass.

s - nose is rich ripe tropical citric fruit. smells fresh and fairly dank. really inviting...makes my mouth water.

t/m/o - east coast hop bomb. rich dense layers of ripe tropical citric fruit. full bodied and a bit chewy, but dat flavor!!! oh that flavor!!! super duper tasty IPA. easy drinking and refreshing...can't stop gulping it down. singlecut has been impressing me since day one...i am surprised that there isn't more buzz about singlecuts great ipas. i am definitely a fan.

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Billy Half-Stack IPA from SingleCut Beersmiths
91 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.