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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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25 Reviews
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Reviews: 25
Hads: 213
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 23.57%
Wants: 9
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
SingleCut Beersmiths visit their website
New York, United States

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: 25 | Hads: 213
Photo of crispinol
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap during a session tonight in NYC

appearance: Hazy, looks unfiltered. Great head and lacing.

smell: Strong notes of pine, sweet citrus (orange) tropical (mango/pineapple) and mild dankness. I smelled this beer before picking up the glass

taste: Smooth initial piney flavor melds into intense mango/pineapple/orange citrus with a mild dank finish. Malt is subdued with a faint biscuity smoothness.

mouthfeel: Ideal for an IPA - not too heavy, not too thin, and goes down easily.

overall: Learned about this brewery recently and have been really impressed. This is a great IPA

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Photo of jerrytodd
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery the first day they announced it was back on tap.

A: Keep yellow hue, perfectly clear and quite possibly the most gorgeous color I've seen in an IPA. Nice fluffy white head with excellent lacing

S: I could smell this beer across the table - Intense tropical citrus aroma that's about as strong as I've encountered, amazing

T: I can't get over the smoothness of this beer, while still giving an intense whallop of tropical citrus hops. Very bright notes of pineapple, orange and grapefruit all with a smooth, VERY subtle malt sweetness. Totally unique and winning

M: Just about ideal, just enough malt but not sweet or cloying. Totally there to prop up the hops. Thanks SingleCut!

O: Could be my favorite SingleCut beer to date, very close to outstanding

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 tempest
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had a pint on tap at the brewery while consider how to fill my growlers. I'd describe this as a West Coast IPA as it has big citrus hops with a lighter body for the style and a biting finish. The hops character has a mix of grapefruit and citrus rind with piney undertones that lingers and lingers. The body is more drinkable, but the flavor is rich enough that it's a pleasant beer to sip and savor. Check it out.

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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 Greywulfken
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy gold ale under a few fingers of ivory foam that left some lace down the glass as it receded

S: citrus and tropical flowers and fruits, undercurrents of fresh-cut grains and danker resins

T: stays bright and floral - crisp and citric for the most part; malt grains edge some of the bitterness and provide a bit of sweetness

M: smooth and medium-weight, lots of bitter pith; moderate carbonation

O: a solid IPA - full of freshness.

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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 Billolick
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 growler fill from the brewery

nice looking clear amber brew, respectable looking head, film and lace left on the glass.

citric hop nose

more citrusy hop notes all over this one.

Quality IPA, worth a try if you see it at your local or if you make it to the brewery

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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 GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a a dark gold, a little bit of amber, with a quarter inch head, and a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smells very piney and floral, with a distinct grapefruit backbone.

The taste is similar. This has a very spicy, grassy hop flavor, with a some grapefruity juiciness. There's not much in terms of malt flavor here, it's maybe slightly biscuity if I really try hard to pick it out.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp, and quite smooth and drinkable mouthfeel. There's a moderate level of carbonation, nothing too prickly.

I'm always happy when kegs of these guys come up to Rochester. This was very tasty.

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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 tobelerone
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rattle N Hum. My first taste of a SingleCut beer more than a year after their opening. I must admit that the mixed reviews I've read and heard via word of mouth have kept me from making a visit a top priority.

This is a solid IPA I suppose but not an exceptional one. The pour is dark gold, decent clarity, about a finger of off white head that settles down rather quickly, modest lacing. Decent aromatics. I'm getting mostly piney, resinous hops and a noticeably bready malt component to the aroma. This is borne out in the flavor. It's actually pretty balanced in that the malt is there in a prominent way, again with a bready, chewy, lightly sweet character, but not enough to overpower the hops, which are piney, resinous, and bitter. None too subtle or particularly flavorful. This doesn't have the aspirin bitter finish of some other heavy handed IPAs you'll encounter but the overall impression seems to be more bitter than, well, delicious. This drinks almost like an imperial, what with the bigger malt character and a touch of booziness as well.

Medium-full body helps to further that impression. Medium carbonation, good feel overall. Sort of a semi-dry finish, doesn't clean up completely.

Again, this is a solid IPA but this style has come so far these days that this simply does not stand out or rise above the many others that either are its equal or superior.

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Billy Half-Stack IPA from SingleCut Beersmiths
91 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.