Softly Spoken Magic Spells
SingleCut Beersmiths

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #86
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
98
Ranked #342
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 6.56%
Reviews:
234
Ratings:
1,053
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Notes: FAR AWAY ACROSS THE FIELD there is a golden IIPA with a tropical / bright citrus / mild pine and smooth / soft lightly sweet malt that will take you home home again.
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RobtRoss from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A growler was given to me as a gift, filled at a local tap. I was told by the givers that a local "beer store" sold it. I was dismissive at first and waited a few days to try it. My mistake. While it may have lacked some of the attributes that would have been more evident earlier such as head retention, the overall impression was one of general excellence; flavor, mouthfeel and overall taste were terrific. Can't wait to try it again.

Jan 08, 2021
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Can dated Aug ??:
Pours an opaque orange and yellow coconut milk - nearing a milkshake, I guess. Huge, creamy head seems stubborn at first, but does settle in to a collar and sheen. Carbonation is medium and lightens things as well as breaks up any creamy nature on this moderately thick beer.

The beer has a citrus peel with a hint of a rotting nature to it (this is a common impression I get that isn't bad, like it sounds). There's some hazy yeast notes that can indicate burn (but as a spoiler. I don't really get any in the taste). There's a little unripe tropical fruit underneath and a pine-wood like scent pushed way to the side.

The pine comes in the taste a bit more prominently, though it's mixed in with the unripe fruit and peel from the nose. About mid taste, we've got pine and fruit and a little tingle that could be the carbonation or burn - but seems more carbonation. A late bitterness grows a bit with warmth, but isn't as strong today as it was two weeks ago.

A pretty solid NE IPA that doesn't get too juicy, but has a nice level of bitterness and dryness the style could sometimes use a little more of.

Sep 27, 2020
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Twerpin from New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep orange, very thick cloudiness, one and a half fingers head on a medium pour but dissipates quickly. Points removed for the amount of yeast that pours out and how many floaters there are.

S: I'm not great with smells, but it's got an apricot/mango thing going on. Smells really good.

T: This tastes just awesome. I didn't taste the alcohol, I think it's really really well hidden. Super drinkable for how strong it is. It's got a nice balance of sweet and bitter. I don't like the NEIPAs that are just straight juice bombs. This is really fruity, but it has a very pleasant bitterness. It is really good.

F: Thicker type mouthfeel. Fairly carbonated, lots of yeast.

O: Really really really good. Delicious, and drinkable. I really like this beer. Top 5 NEIPA in my book.

Sep 26, 2020
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can purchased from the fridge for $5.49 as a single. Canned on 7/13/2020, so this is just over 2 months old.

Look: Deep orange, very hazy with a dense, heavy look to it. More translucent than opaque. Doesn't have that super cloudy, turbid yet fluffy appearance that a lot of other NEIPAs have. Kind of looks like the beer in the "Buy some BA Gear" picture actually! A nice head upon pouring but it quickly disappeared.

Smell: Interesting nose. Strongest note to me is apricot, followed by papaya and mango. There are a lot of green notes here also - green bell pepper and also onion/chive. This is definitely dank with lots of resin and pine lingering.

Taste: I am pleasantly surprised at how smooth and drinkable this is. Honestly, I was a little scared that this would not live up to the hype for me because I'm not the biggest fan of IIPAs. Taste really does follow the nose with lots of stone fruit (big time apricot, some nectarine and peach), tropical notes (papaya, mango), and citrus (mandarin orange and grapefruit). There is a juiciness up front, but not a lot of sweetness which I see as a positive. The finish is just a bit tangy, which is nice, and it is very dank and pithy yet surprisingly not aggressively bitter! It's definitely bitter though, but it's enjoyable and still allows the beer to be highly drinkable. The bitterness lingers long and leaves a piney, resiny finish. 8.6%ABV is pretty well hidden.

Feel: The mouthfeel is oily and viscous. Meant to be savored. Appropriately carbonated.

Overall: Surprisingly drinkable. This is dangerous. Very well made. Even though it's not my favorite style, I really enjoyed this. I think I just prefer my hoppy beers to be lower in ABV, but I will keep trying offerings like this as I see them. I would say that it is probably the best imperial IPA that I have had in a while. I would also say that there is a lot of balance here, and that itself is quite impressive with an 8.6% imperial IPA. I would buy it again, but I would probably wait some time before revisiting.

Sep 17, 2020
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright yellow with a little more than a finger of tightly packed white foam. The haziness is not too strong. Not dense or opaque, but a nice presence. This is just a great looking brew.

Nose is loads of citrus. Grassy hop scent underneath and even further back, mild tropical notes. There is a slight candy like quality as well. Vanilla or just sugar perhaps. Hinting at sweetness.

Taste is citrus and grassy hops. Juicy and bright, but not overwhelmingly so. That candy flavor comes through in what reminds me of vanilla but only slightly. Like an orange creamsicle. This brew is balanced well between sweet and dry. Mild-medium bitterness keeps it in check. Some malt on the fade.

Mouthfeel is also well done. Medium to almost full-bodied. Substantial, but not heavy. Medium carbonation. A sharp one. This one almost reminds me of Tree House.

My first Singlecut, so I figured I'd pick up one of their flagship brews. A great introduction. I'm definitely keeping them on the radar now.

Also, I love the Pink Floyd reference.

Aug 27, 2020
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cyginsberg from New York

4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Canned June 29, 2020. Almost 2 months ago so I'm probably missing out on some of the goodness but still really really good.
Appearance is hazy orange not as bright as some other similar beers. A modest head that lingers for a bit. The nose is in-your-face fruity. I got some grapfruit, orange, lemon, mango and even kiwi. The taste follows the smell and is just a juice bomb with all those fruits. It's very nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is pretty much what you'd expect from an IIPA it's good but doesn't stand out in particular. Overall this is one of my favorites. It's simply incredible.

Aug 25, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can from Evan, into Ploughshare glass. Dated 06/02/2020.

A hard pour (because I couldn't wait) yields a wonderfully juicy murky medium amber with a tall thick toothpast-y creamy head of about 2.5 fingers. It recedes slowly while destroying the glass. Very nice.

Aroma is of wonderful mango, pineapple, tangerine, and (welcoming) diesel. Some hints of bitter grapefruit pith there as well.

Flavor is huge! And I mean huge! Tons of bitter tropical fruit - tangerine, not-ripe pineapple, mango, peach, pithy orange, strawberry, blueberry, and basil. It's like a fruit cocktail. It follows up with orange dreamsickle and orange marmalade. Faint diesel on the finish that brings some grit to this fruit dream.

Flavor is delightfully slick, with a bit of resinousness, a soft and soothing carbonation, good juiciness and acidity, and a very well hidden alcohol heat that only peeks in at the end and burns your tongue wonderfully.

Fuck, this was a great beer. Tossed in as an extra in our trade but this was the spotlight beer! Absolutely fantastic, best Singlecut beer I've had yet.

Would trade for again : ...desperately.

Aug 15, 2020
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Sinfull from Ukraine

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, golden color. Medium-sized, white head. A fruity explosion in aroma (citrus, mango, pineapple...). Juicy, refreshing taste with strong but not sharp hoppy bitterness

Aug 11, 2020
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Pentastar from New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Cloudy peach color with thick white head.
Smell: Grass, orange peel, peaches, and a little alcohol.
Taste: Orange flavor, along with pith and zest, some pine and a little bitterness.
Feel: Effervescent and bright, not thick or syrupy.
Overall: A nice refreshing Double India Pale Ale.

Aug 01, 2020
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great pour: opaque golden yellow color in a tulip with a 4F head.

Aroma strong at first, then weaker- tropical fruit, fruit, banana, pear.

Great mouth feel- viscous for a DIPA and semi-malty.

The taste is somewhat dwarfed by the hoppy edge- earthy, piney, fruit.

Overall-excellent DIPA.
In some ways I like the other DIPAs from Singlecut better. Less hoppy, more fruity.
But this beer has high IBUs and has a different flavor profile.

Jul 25, 2020
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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dirty orange with a relatively small amount of head that did not last long, but left behind a nice ring of lacing. Smell is all fruit. Guava, pineapple, maybe some mango. Very inviting. Taste largely follows the nose, and is nice and smooth and belies the 8+% ABV. Not a ton of carbonation, and doesn't linger particularly long on the tongue. Overall this is incredibly drinkable. The kind that goes down too fast and halfway through the second you suddenly start to feel the alcohol. Good beer.

Jun 14, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2020-06-13
16oz can served in a sample glass. Part of the Untappd virtual beer festival.

Pours a hazy yellow, medium head. Smell is muted, but nice and tropical. Can't name the fruit but it smells nice.

Taste is guava and mango, not loud but insistent. Moderately tart and thick bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and satisfying. Overall, very tasty beer.

Jun 14, 2020
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Ping-Pong-Ted

4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just awesome. No way it should be this smooth for 8.6%. Like drinking velvet. Flavors are bright without being overly acidic or fruity, just an unbelievably delicious beer.

May 17, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Seemed much more like a NEIPA than an Imperial IPA. Lovely to look at and a luxurious feel going down, it's a fine beer. My problem is that it just doesn't deliver the hoppy bite I want and expect from its described style.

May 04, 2020
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bret27 from California

3.86/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can courtesy of BigTimeADL.
Orange, so hazy you can see swirls of sediment. Very fluffy head.
Bright tropical nose.
Taste is Tangerine, pineapple, resin spine. Sweetness present.
Juicy mouthfeel with significant hop burn vs high abv. May be a combination. Pleasant piney aftertaste though.
If it wasn’t for the tongue and throat burning would be super good.

May 01, 2020
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A; Murky/Hazy gold with rich white foamy head and sticky lacing.
N: Tropical notes with some grass , citrus and malt.
T: Follows the nose, very bright tropical flavors with a citrus splash, some grassy bitterness and mild ABV hit on the finish.
M: Medium with a minor bite and some ABV heat.
O: A decent beer, flavors are rich and blended well.

Apr 18, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 12/11/2019. Pours very hazy/cloudy deep golden/orange/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, berries, red apple, citrus peel/zest, peppercorn, pine, wheat, white bread dough, light honey/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, berries, red apple, citrus peel/zest, peppercorn, pine, wheat, white bread dough, light honey/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, berries, red apple, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, wheat, white bread dough, light honey/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent hop flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, fairly sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.6%. Overall this is a fantastic NEDIPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the mellowly bitter/resinous/drying finish;; great soft feel. Feels like Simcoe, Citra, and El Dorado hops. Very juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hops; with a nice sized bready malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on style example as expected of the brewery.

Mar 15, 2020
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: The look of unfiltered orange and tropical juices with a decent head fading to an ever-thin ivory cap and leaving behind lovely lines of lace.

S: Sweet malts and mineral spirits take the front seat followed by pine resin, bitter hops, and citrus. I love this aroma.

T: Exactly the smell, possibly some stone fruits also. I fortunately bought four of these and each one has grown on me more than the last.

F: Carbonation, weight, and mouthfeel all great here. Not cloying or overbearing.

O: Stellar. Like a lot of similarly profiled IIPA’s but with better balance and execution.

Jan 25, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz canned 12/11/19. Opened 1-12-20.
1" white head - dense, fine bead and very good retention. Opaque, orange-gold color IIPA. Fresh, sticky lace.
Oranges, lemon, lime, tangerine, mango...all the fruits at the height of their ripeness.
Some spruce/pine aroma about 5 minutes in.
Orange creamsicle with a good pop of pine bitterness in the end. Lime more than lemon in the flavor (key lime). The malt is the "Softly Spoken" part of this beer...lightly sweet and enough to carry this beer all the way and keep me engaged and wanting more.
Delicious.
Creamy, soft mouthfeel. Low to medium carbonation. Full body. Wonderful citrus peel bitterness that lingers on after the ripe fruit flavors are gone. Great feel.
Outstanding.

Jan 12, 2020
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.14/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Canned 11 Dec, purchased at The Market in Bantam.

A particularly ugly hazy mud orange with a large, dirty white head with good retention and lacing this looks ok. The nose is loaded with hops and tons of good aromas but unfortunately is hampered by a grassy hop burn. Citrus, mango, peach are all present, but the grassy nose is a little distracting. The palate opens moderately bitter with orange and pine like bitterness but then the grassy flavors, coupled with a green hop burn, cause the palate to fall off. Bitter, grassy and with a little booze on the finish, this is a bit of a disappointment.

Jan 01, 2020
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egrandfield from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

At 131 IBU, this was an NEIPA that satisfied the West Coast bitterness I’ve come to prioritize. Can’t wait to have this again. Very, very good beer. Prost

Dec 23, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gold in color with a very hazy complexion. There’s a quickly disappearing half inch of densely packed creamy off white on top. The aroma is of vegetal to earthy hops. I’m tasting green vegetables and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and quaffable.

Dec 14, 2019
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dmacxxl from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A great dark cloudy amber pour, minimal head. Mild smell - hops and citrus and some malt. Very mellow mouthfeel. The taste was typical for an IPA, but there was a noticeable and not overly pleasing funk to it. Overall, a great up front experience and mouthfeel, but the taste didn't rank for me with against other top tier IPAs.

Nov 25, 2019
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bowzer4birdie from Illinois

4.87/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was surprised to see this on the shelves and immediately grabbed a 4 pack. Soft, fluffy and billowy are just a few words which come to mind from this experience. The alcohol is brilliantly disguised. A truly wonderful beer !

Nov 07, 2019
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hazy pale golden pour with small fizzy white cap fades to a ring. Aromas are good - mostly citrus and slight malt presence, nice and promising. Flavor is just great - pretty much to the beer's description spot-on. I love the slight sweet of the bready malt with the bright, yet never bitter, hop character. Finish is so smooth. Truly great stuff.

Nov 03, 2019
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