Is This The Real Life?
SingleCut Beersmiths

Is This The Real Life?Is This The Real Life?
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IPA - New England
Ranked #506
Ranked #1,616
4.23 | pDev: 6.38%
SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States
Is This The Real Life?Is This The Real Life?
Notes: THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTNING! This IPA is created with new-age PNW hop varieties as well as a bit of NZ too. Soft, creamy mouthfeel with light malt support. Then we add even more rhapsody with a second mondo dry-hop. Bright citrus, stone fruit and mild resin combine for a uniquely satisfying experience.

116 IBU
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light orange color with a frothy white 2 finger head. Lacing is impressive.

Orange, pine and faint herbs on the nose.

Taste follows but is quite light. Most of the other Singlecut beers I have had were deeper in flavor. Good but a bit on the weak side.

Mouthfeel is medium-light. Carbonation is a tad on the light side as well.

This one was a miss for me. Decent flavor but the mouthfeel was thin. Worth a shot but I prefer many other of their offerings.

May 06, 2020
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - yellow golden color with a slight tan. No real head. Super hazy
Smell - grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango. Incredibly tropical
Taste - lots of those same taste as the smell but not as powering but still really tasty. It’s says 116 IBU but it doesn’t taste bitter at all
Feel - medium full body with a lighter carbonation, slight creamy. Really nice for this beer
Overall - really fantastic

Apr 22, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque orange with a finger of white foam. It may have been more, but the focus was clearly "boss pour" at the bar. Aroma is orange, tangerine, mango, papaya, and orange creating a tropical fruit smoothie. Flavor profile is nectarine, tangerine, lemon, orange and mandarin orange. It has a dense, pulpy taste with loads of tropical fruits that fades out at the end of the track, repeating the same tropical fruit loop. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a pillowy, moderately-soft texture that carries very little pulp. Overall, big tropical fruits and citrus with the texture to match.


Sep 11, 2019
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured fr om the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Opaque body with a solid simple glow of muted amber orange color. Head creation is a bit soapy but large, reaching an easy three plus tall height, but has quite a bit of bathfoam like retention. Big and bubbly top that pops to bring the head down quickly.

Good solid hop aroma, somewhere between grass and tropical notes. Hints slightly pineapple but also a little earthy too.

Palate seems a little dumbed down. Good solid malt backbone, hits a little creamy but not heavily and straightforward. Mid palate hits with a small accentuate fruit hop tone, and a touch of chalky medicine slightly. Finishes a touch of malt and cream like sweet but not terribly, but with a good herbal hop bitterness.

Not too bad, but has a very minor flavor flaw I think.

Aug 08, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange color, lots of floaties, light tan head. Nose is all sorts of piney and tropical citrus hops. Mouth is now watering.

The piney hops surprisingly combine really with the tropical citrus hops - this is very bitter, but not astringenly so. Simply outstanding, IMHO.

Jun 13, 2018
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Emersonio from District of Columbia

4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

POUR: On draft into a tulip glass. Enjoyed and Smoke and Barrel in D.C. APPEARANCE: Lighter amber in color and only slightly hazy. Thin white head is present and has some moderate glass lacing. AROMA: Slight notes of hoppy and floral. Distinct grapefruit/peach notes. TASTE: Interesting. Definitely skews towards a light berry with a citrus twist. Raspberry lemonade? Following the nose, floral elements show up as well. Light, delicate and somewhat clean. AFTERTASTE: Finishes clean and somewhat crisp with a pale hop and malt backend. NOTES: Interesting brew. Peach and berry flavors show up and mixes well with the light citrus. Well crafted. REVIEW/ RATING: Very Good/ 4 out of 5.

May 14, 2018
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz Nordic pint glass, canned on 1/9/18. Pours a very attractive slightly hazy orange with a one inch sticky white head that leaves plenty of streaks of lace behind.

Smell is tangerine, apricot, guava, pine resin, and grapefruit rind.

Taste follows this thing has a ton of tropical fruit and slightly bitter, as you would expect from a beer packing 109 IBUs.

Mouthfeel is bigger than medium, plenty of carbonation, not really dry, but a tad stick on the palate, and for me drinks easy enough, but this is a hop monster.

Overall this stuff really nice, a combo of NE and West Coast IPA.

Feb 05, 2018
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Wiffler27 from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice glowing hazy orange with a thick head, looks awesome

smell is wafting through the air, i love that. notes of citrus, mango/orange.

taste is insane, tons of fruit and beautiful hoppiness. solid bitterness but mostly sweet fruit and pure hops. finishes creamy with some nice bitterness. easy drinker but has a full body

this is damn good. has NE IPA haze, pure fruit aroma and tons of bitterness while remaining creamy and balanced. really good

Jan 20, 2018
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Ego from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

super cloudy light orange, outstanding lacing - perfect sheets of micro bubbles, decent cap of foam persists, good looking and what you would expect from an unfiltered IPA

bright citrus (think hyper orange) along with pine all melted into a background of fresh wet hop goodness, balanced but yet stunningly hoppy, honey notes of malt detected as well, awesome

taste etc...
medium bodied but a little underwhelming in the carbonation department, leaning more tropical this is a bit sweet, it finishes better with some lemon and nice bitter tone (and some green hop flavor)

kind of a mash up a the usual west coast ipa mixed with the new wave of hops (which I don't personally care for). I like more bitter and more pine/resin/green. The nose on this thing is fantastic, rhinoplasty need not apply.

Nov 10, 2017
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hazy light copper color with no nice head and no lacing. Aroma was of citrus hints. A nice pleasant citrus taste with hints of pine. Medium bodied with little carbonation but very pleasant. A decent Double Dry Hopped IPA with a nice character.

Nov 05, 2017
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BikeChef from District of Columbia

3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, but not super-turbid. Lots of citrus on the nose and the palate follows through with the same. Soft mouthfeel, semi-juicy, and low bitterness, but isn't a full-on NE juice-bomb; has a bit of a West Coast lean. Overall, this is good, but underwhelming. Some Singlecut beers are worth the high price, but this one isn't.

Oct 30, 2017
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, almost opaque orange appearance, with a creamy white head. Medium retention, sheets of lacing.

The nose is sweet mango and papaya, some apricot and passion fruit, orange candy, pineapple, sweet toasted malt, earthy dankness.

The palate delivers ripe mango, papaya, yellow peach, passion fruit, orange peel; a big but only slightly sweet toasted bread malt backbone, some more orange peel on the finish, along with some earth. The aftertaste dries out with just a bit of lingering earthiness.

The mouthfeel is medium-plus, creamy, with a moderate carbonation. Finishes just slightly dry, fairly clean.

Oct 28, 2017
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Monkey-D-Luffy from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased cold - Can dated 10/10/17 - Poured into an English pub glass

L - Pours a hazy orange-amber color, with a dense one finger head on a perfect pour that quickly dissipates leaving all but a thin veil on top. Solid lines of lacing as it goes down.

S - Citrus pith, papaya, pineapple, and slight melon with a subdued crackery malt backbone.

T - Following the nose, papaya, pineapple, melon, with a bit of lemon and just a hint of herbal dank.

F - Light to medium bodied with very fine carbonation.

O - Another monster of an AIPA from Singlecut, and a real pleasure to drink. It's nice to have such a huge assortment of ever rotating brews, however it does make me wish there were some standards that were always available. For my area, every Singlecut is basically a one-off.

Oct 21, 2017
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PSanger from Connecticut

4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tap look is beautiful. Real nice burnt yellow. Taste is reminiscent of many New England style IPAs. Citrus aromas everywhere. Decent amount of carbonation. I enjoyed this beer.

Jul 05, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a burnt yellow color with a nice hazy to semi-transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a one finger white foamy head that quickly dissipated and left some light messy lacing here and there. The smell has some sharp dry citrus rind, bitter and bold, light danky onion (wants to be sweet, but not so much). Grapefruit rind more so as it warms. The flavor takes the citrus rind and allows some pine to run in for the ebb and flow over the aftertaste. Dry bitter rind-like finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body. Between a sipping to sessionable quality. Good carbonation - light enough to allow structured bitterness to hit my tongue, but doesn’t necessarily become overbearing. Overall, damn nice AIPA that I would love to have again.

Jun 10, 2017
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beerbully from New Jersey

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

This one has been sitting in the fridge for a while

L-Hazy, not quite copper colored, 1/2 inch head not much retention......settles to a white cap

S-Tropical fruits........papaya, apricot nectar, melon, ripe pineapple, pear

T-Fruity hops with some mild lemon bitterness in the finish..........

M-medium bodied, mild carbonation, booze not present

O-solid brew

Apr 16, 2017
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alpinebryant from Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: doughy pour with sediment floaties and a darker caramel body than the last few juice bombs I had.

S: biscuit, some pnw hop aromas , some noble in aroma

T: caramel base stronger than most juicy ipas i have had very recently. A malt backbone of cracker / biscuit and a noble hop presence like i was not expecting. Very faint pineapple, some light gooseberry and some peach. Overall its pretty faded, maybe a month past its prime but really faded. Maybe fresh its better?

M: mid body, mid carb

O: prob wont be getting this one again. I have enjoyed all of their offerings and this was the least likeable so far. I had preciously enjoyed all of them but the hops here are not for me. Its more a "noble pils" ipa than a juicy ipa

Apr 08, 2017
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a straw color with almost a full finger of head. The nose has distinct citrus hop notes. The flavor has a delicious blend of malt, citrus and hops. The finish is hoppy as expected.

This is one classic IPA.

Mar 22, 2017
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 2/25/2017 at Natty Greene’s Tavern served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep cloudy gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, piney hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel followed by a strong piney hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good IPA to drink for a long time.

Feb 26, 2017
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BoldRulerVT from Vermont

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.
Pours a nice hazy and bright dirty blonde with one finger of soapy head.
Aromas are wonderful. Candied lemon and apricot. Beautiful.
Flavor is incredible. In line with aromas, such delicious layers of non-sour lemon, apricot.
Mouthfeel was good.
Overall this beer is fantastic,. Juicy, no bitterness. Delightful.

Feb 17, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a semi-hazey straw gold, great carbonation and topped with fluffy dome. Aroma is delicate verging on faint with some delicate flowery hop notes and citrus. Pretty easy going IPA, which is more my speed - notes of melon rind, dry pear and mild grassy hops (lots of cascade for me though it used unnamed PW varietals) which add a nice earthy bitterness without being overpowering. There is a sweeter malt backbone (crystal) that adds a little sugar note as well. Simple but very well done beer. Allows the hops to accentuate the beer and not hammer the tongue.

Feb 16, 2017
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drinking very fresh, bottled 2.1.17

Good looking brew. Prettt pungent tropical aromas including pineapple, orange, grapefruit, peach. Weedy dankness, garlic, onion, and some pine. Taste follows mostly, but without the big tropical notes I got when I popped the bottle. Getting peach, pithy grapefruit, weed, green herbaceous and grassy notes, resinous pine. Unfortunately some astringent alcohol coming through. Decent mouthfeel.

Overall I think single cut makes some decent IPAs and that's about what this is, decent.

Feb 03, 2017
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reebtaerG from Maryland

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle dated 10/12/16 into tulip. Has a two finger white head and great lacing. Nice aroma pine and stone fruit. The taste is the same but with the addition of citrus. The mouthfeel is well balance and very smooth and bitter. Overall another great offering for singlecut which I would definitely get again.

Nov 24, 2016
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BltByKrmn from New York

3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

bottle dated 10/12.

Maybe this is a bad bottle? Really deep dark gold, not much smell and a ton of malty sweetness. Bitter kick at the end, not getting any of the NZ hops.

Nov 15, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Pours hazy, bright yellow in color with 2/3 inch head. Taste is lemon, wheat, mango, and a touch of citrus rind at the end. Very light and juicy. Really like the way Single Cut does IPAs and this is up there with my favorites of theirs. Worth seeking out.

Oct 24, 2016
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