Softly Spoken Magic Spells
SingleCut Beersmiths

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #86
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
98
Ranked #333
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 6.33%
Reviews:
217
Ratings:
994
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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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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
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.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
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.

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Photo of egrandfield
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

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Photo of Franziskaner
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.

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Photo of dmacxxl
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.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
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 !

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Photo of tekstr1der
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.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Very hazy amber color, one finger white head, messy lacing, light carbonation.

S: Tropical fruits, hops.

T: Tropical fruits, hops, bitter. Weird taste, I could say. Kind of bummed. It's not bad but it's not the smooth, juicy NEIPA I know and love.

F: Medium bodied, full flavored.

O: A very good beer but I expected more on the taste :)

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on July 23, 2019. Golden double IPA with notes of tropical fruit, bright citrus, mild pine and lightly sweet malt. Feel is smooth with a soft finish.

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Photo of -steve-
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This hazy, orange with a hint of brown was bursting with citrus and tropical fruit aromas. You expect a juicy, sweet taste but are then surprised when this doesn't materialize. You do get a taste of tropical fruit like guava and pleasant pine resins. Dankness for sure (described by fellow taster as over-steeped birch bark tea). This beer is complex and wonderful. A lot of brewers attempting this style end up with something just okay or simply muddled. Singlecut (as you might expect from these exceptional brewers) has hit this one spot on. A near perfect NE hazy IPA!

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Photo of FBarber
3.74/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a matte brownish orange color. Completely opaque. Two finger frothy white head dissipates slowly albeit steadily leaving a thick ring of foam along the outside of the beer.

Aroma has notes of generic citrus and dank piney notes. Its not really as pungent as you might want from a DIPA.

Taste follows the nose with notes of citrus, orange, tangerine, some grassy notes, pine, and hay with a slight spicy note coming through on the back end. Dried grassy notes present on the back end.

Feel is sprightly and vibrant. Smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. Semi-dry finish.

Overall its a solid NE style IPA. Personally just don't see this one as a world class IPA.

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

Could have sworn I rated this when it was sent to me in a box, but I guess not. Got it at a local chain liquor store recently and am damn glad for it. Canned 6/26. Cloudy juice like appearance, dark orange with some tan hue and minimal lacing. Smell is citrusy, dank, lightly sweet. Taste has notes of orange, pineapple, pine. Great mix of tangy and dank. Medium body, dry finish, well disguised alcohol presence. Excellent beer. Welcome to Chicago, Singlecut. I’ll be hitting the chain store more now with you guys in mind.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 06-26-19. One of two beers introducing the brewery to the Chicagoland market. Was pleasantly surprised on the freshness. Had one of these about a week ago and, while I enjoyed it, it was not overly remarkable. Had another today and it is tasting great. Did the flavors develop or was it situational? Who knows. Nice, balanced beer. Plenty of citrus flavors. It's a bit higher in the ABV range than I seek in an IPA but I do not mind given how good this beer is. Great IPA.

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Photo of michaelsmith11
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this from a 16 oz can. This is one of those beers that's hard to pin down. It almost straddles the line between NE IPA and a west coast IPA. The look is a cloudy orange with a nice fluffy head. The smell is super juicy with mango, pineapple and orange. The taste i juicy up front but with a definite bit at the end. The malt plays a bigger role in this than your normal NE IPA. Overall I really liked this one.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.84/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 6/26/19; drank 7/3/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange/yellow appearance; decent lace.

Lemon, dry grass & orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Lemon & table sugar flavors up front; orange peel notes on the finish.

A nice new school DIPA, but not one to chase down by any means.

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Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: A medium golden color with a one finger white head. Nice lacing.

S: Super malty, like east coast IPA malty. Fruit notes with citrus and some slight tropical notes.

T: Citrus and stone fruit start with some one dank hops. Then the huge caramel malt body comes crashing in and stays. Towards the end the pine and dank hops return with the continued hefty malt finish. Still, it finishes dry. Nice.

F: Full, prickly, piney and no alcohol. Nice carbonation.

O: How are not many other reviewers calling this beer for what it is. A dank piney malty east coast style IPA, but a good one at that. Nice beer, old school and I like it.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. And wow again.
I can’t recall having had something that really brought together the two styles of big NW dank resin with judicious pine but also big juicey tropical NEIPA. The balance of nose and flavors really merge and complement. Full flavored... but not TOO juicey; not TOO dank. Nicely crisp and modest bright carbonation on the front end, but still smooth and creamy throughout/especially on the back end.
Big DIPA abv but not really not really in your face.
Good/ok look...Nice soft cloudy yellow gold color with thin residual ring and some lacing. Some pleasant nose but doesn’t really reveal itself until tasting.
Comes across as a great well crafted moderated NW dank IPA that draws in some of the best NEIPA flavors and smoothness.
Really glad I tried this one. I really like Singlecut, and this is outstanding.
Scary at this abv... but if I had this was on tap... I’d be at this all day.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a ninja box from a terrific BA - finally able to tick this legendary wish list beer. Thanks, man!

I actually didn't know much about this beer before opening it, which is silly, since it was a wish list beer - but it seems to jibe nicely with my preferences in a beer. Very minimal bitterness, nice light tropical fruit notes, clean, soft, soft - it drinks very easily. As was also noted by another BA friend, I do get some interesting Belgian yeast notes, which is curious and probably totally off-base - I suspect that may be lingering esters, some of those interesting fruit notes. Tropical can occasionally come off that way in my experience.

I like this - it's quite good. It's light and clean enough that it could be a regular drinker, without getting exhausting for your taste buds. That's something I think a lot of new hazy IPAs are lacking - too much lactose, too bright, too sweet. This is alcoholic enough that it wouldn't be advisable, but I wouldn't mind drinking several.

Yum.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Morris Tap & Grill in Randolph. Pours a golden, effervescent hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of citrus, pine, and grapefruit. Similar overall profile.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: murky/hazy pale orange color with some faint amber notes. 1 finger frothy white head

S: creamsicle, melon, mango, passionfruit, sweet oranges, and tangy pineapple

T: guava, passionfruit and pineapple. Sweet oranges, mango, and grapefruit behind that. A hint of herbal hops as well. A touch of dry crackers at the end

M: medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. Not quite fluffy

O: a really solid beer here. A mix of NE and traditional IPA. Earthy and juicy with a touch of bitterness from the citrus and herbal notes

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - 1.5 finger bright white head atop a gleaming, translucent orange body.

S - tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, herb. Yes!

T - pineapple-forward, with tangerine and grapefruit sliding in after. Very dirty, earthy middle, with noticeable dankness and alcohol on the finish. Moderate-high bitterness. Low sweetness. Moderate booziness.

F - medium-full body with below average carb.

O - love the bitterness here. Just wish the booze was a bit less present.

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Photo of osheamatth
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer crushes it. Pours pale orange somewhere between clear and cloud. Beautiful rich hoppy nose with lots of citrus notes and some melon. Full mouth feel like a meal in a can. Balances the bitter and the citrus well with more aromatic orange types like tangerine dominating the palate. A very mellow aftertaste as balanced as the taste with a little spice feel in the mouth.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got a can of this from a beer store across the street from Standard Tap in Philadelphia. It poured a hazy golden with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had citrus. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with slightly sweet citrus peel presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

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