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Billy Half-Stack IPA | SingleCut Beersmiths

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4.17
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Billy Half-Stack IPABilly Half-Stack IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jerrytodd on 08-31-2013

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 385
Photo of gcasher
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A foamy beast of a pale ale right out of the bottle. The nose is muted and the taste is hoppy and dank right from the start. As the beer warms, it grows on me as the dank hoppiness creeps into my soul and takes over. Love it. Get it. Love it.

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Photo of 57md
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw color with about a finger of head. The nose has citrus notes, particularly lemon. The body is very light and the hoppiness is definitely present but more muted than expected.

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Photo of JMFBOSTON
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Single cut is very much on radar in Boston metro west, this is my favorite offering, consistently excellent nose/smell and taste match up from start to finish. Fantastic lacing and a new favorite. Full cut DIPA and SSMS are also winners

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing, you can taste the aroma in every sip, and that's a very good thing. My absolute favorite citrusy-hopped IPA, this one blew me away. The smell seems over-powering at first, but upon tasting, it's all beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks, Xenoreactive!

Pours a semi-clear amber color before the dregs are poured in. The head is three fingers high and barely off-white in shade. Huge and pillowy in texture, the retention is impressive. And annoying. Rings of lacing also stick to the glass. This has one of the best heads I've ever seen on an IPA, period.

Just from the first whiff of the aroma, it's obvious Singlecut knows how to utilize Mosaic hops. Instead of providing tons of sweet onion, I instead pick up plenty of fresh tangerine, papaya, mango, grapefruit, and orange peel. There is a undercurrent of grass and pine, helping to balance out the citrus - and malt - sweetness. Speaking of malt, I do get a little bit of caramel. Bonus points for displaying a modicum of layered depth, as well.

The first flavor I taste are the citrusy Mosaic hops. I get no sweet onion, but I do pick up a nice pine flavor. Mostly, it's tangerine and grapefruit I'm getting. Malts gently sneak in around the middle with some biscuit, bread, and caramel. The finish returns to the subtle pine. In spite of that, bitterness is wonderfully restrained. All in all, a prime example of how to do a balanced IPA correctly.

While it's not perfectly soft, the full texture doesn't bite the palate harshly. It also leaves it without much effort, thanks to how dry it is. Carbonation is fairly assertive, but not harsh.

First one I've had from Singlecut, and it's a winner. It's not quite a world-beater, but I'll be damned if it isn't tasty as hell. Like I said, the balance is excellent, ergo the drinkability is excellent. I've got 3 more IPAs from these guys, and if this is any indication, all of them will kick ass.

4.01/5: Billy did well

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle

Pours a hazy gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like honey, canned peaches, apricot, orange, dank mango, guava, papaya, pineapple, biscuit, with fresh pine and earthy grass. Tastes like honey malt, pineapple, peach, mango, passionfruit, apricot, musty papaya, some biscuit notes, with dank pine and fresh earthy grass. Feels medium bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a nice and unique IPA.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass not sure when it was bottled. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a sticky 2 finger head that leaves behind webs of lace.

Smell apricot, tangerine, pine, biscuit, and grapefruit.

Taste follows nicely apricot and tangerine upfront, with some pine, biscuit, and grapefruit in balanced finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, nice amount of life, maybe a little dry, and excellent drinkability.

Overall this is a very nice IPA, this Singlecut is no joke. Thanks @Mcballz13 for this treat.

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Photo of THSmusicman
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Slightly hazy but still relatively see through. Very little head with a tiny bit of lacing.

Smell: Smells like super fresh mangos, pineapple, orange, passion fruit, and papaya. Almost like a fruit smoothie.

Taste: The taste is much of the same as the nose. The only problem I have with Singlecut's beers is that the malt taste is a bit harsh on the finish of the beer. Otherwise, their beers are perfect.

Feel: Feels about average for an IPA. Pretty smooth and easy drinking for a 100+ ibu bomb.

Overall: I really really like all of Singlecut's offerings. I really would like to see more from them and will not hesitate to buy whatever I see for sale from them.

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Photo of Prager62
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber picked up in the latest round of NBS/BIF from generous BA cavedave. The bottle date is smeared on the label, but I'm certain it's very fresh. Pouring in my Weyerbacher tulip for the taste.

Look- Pours a brilliant yellow leaving a generous two fingers of creamy white foam.

Smell- Lemon peel, mango, orange peel and some malt in the back.

Taste- Mango, orange zest, and mild grapefruit followed by floral esters. A balanced dose of malt to wash down the hops.

Feel- On the thin side with a nice hop bite and dry finish.

Overall- A tasty IPA with a nice balance between lemongrass flavor and malt that make it rather refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a bubbly white head.

The aroma is slightly dank and resiny, with some grapefruit and mango on the back end.

The flavor is piney and bitter up front, followed by quite a bit of orange and tangerine.

Feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. More crisp and refreshing than expected.

Overall a good IPA. Retains the juicy "east coast" vibe of their other beers. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lucky to get this super fresh - quite an aroma - a dank pineyness is the best way to describe it. Powerhouse pine flavor with a touch of peach. A hop bomb for sure, does feel a little unbalanced to me - could use a stronger malt backbone.

Surprised to see Singlecut beers in Mass! Looking forward to trying the others.

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Photo of McGee666
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle in NYC this past weekend. Pours a slight hazy amber/dark orange. Lots of citrus, peaches and a touch of pine in the nose. Tastes as good as it smells...very crushable.
I will definitely be seeking this out more often :)

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Photo of Butznutz
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. Nice orange Amber hue, little head, minor sediment floating throughout. Smell is dank, piney and malty. Peach and pine are the predominant tastes and it finishes dry and a tad bitter. Nice IPA but not nearly as enjoyable as their full stack or their Does Anybody Remember Laughter IPA

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Photo of mnj21655
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange in color with tinges of Amber, a light-medium haze, and near a finger of slightly soapy off-white head. Aroma is a mix of citrus and pine hops with a faint touch of alcohol in the background. Taste is like the aroma. Citrus hops upfront, namely lemon with a touch of grapefruit followed by a bit of biscuity malt. Piney hops make a strong appearance and lead into a slick, slightly resiny, and moderately bitter finish. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Overall a good beer, quite drinkable with bright hops flavors.

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Photo of fx20736
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single 16.9 oz bottle from AJ's, Feb 2016. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Look: hazy apricot, thin head, lacing

Smell: Mango, papaya, pineapple

Taste: tart, fruity, bittersweet, menthol, eucalyptus

Feel: decent

Overall: a good IPA

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Photo of Dopen993
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer review #100

Large bottle poured into tulip. 1/27/15.

L. Dark orange with light to medium haze. Was a nice 2 finger head that had average lacing.
S. Light melon flavors with a good amount of orange peel. A touch of pine and hops mixed in.
T. Get hit with pine, grapefruit and bitterness up front. The taste transitions to more tropical mango and orange but the bitterness hangs on. The finish is very nice.
F. Nice above average carbonation and medium to medium light mouth feel.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Peach and pine right up front. Mango, papaya and pineapple mid and grapefruit pith bitterness on the end. Nice level of sweetness, never cloying. Super dry finish. Light, biscuit malt.

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got this as an extra in a trade, and I sure did get lucky. The aroma is really what got me! Exceptional! A very creamy, well balanced taste as well. Im now gonna try to get my hands on the Double version.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle. Orange body. Citrus hops. Orange. Creamy maltiness. Tastes more of grapefruit. Orange. Strong bitterness up front that doesn't really linger. Toasty malt in the back end. Medium body. Creamy body. Enjoyable.

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Photo of fank2788
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is light copper in color with a slight haze and small floaty pieces of yeast, the head starts out a couple fingers thick and then settles to a thin layer. There is a solid hop character in the nose that comes through as citrus with a touch of pine and also a good dose of floral hop aroma, a nice mix for an American IPA. The taste follows the aroma with a hit of citrus hop upfront followed by a solid dose of bitterness and a range of other hop flavors, the finish is quite floral and spicy as opposed to citrusy. There is a good hit of malt sweetness in the background providing some balance to the hops but this is quite clearly an IPA. Medium body with a good dose of carbonation keep this lively and as mentioned before the finish is a nice lingering resiny hoppiness. Overall this is a solid IPA I'm glad I gave it a try.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +1.7%
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 +5.8%
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 -8.4%
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 +2.9%
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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Billy Half-Stack IPA from SingleCut Beersmiths
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