Softly Spoken Magic Spells | SingleCut Beersmiths

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Brewed by:
SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States
singlecutbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jrnyc on 03-26-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#253
Reviews:
182
Ratings:
849
pDev:
6.33%
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Ratings: 849 |  Reviews: 182
Reviews by swfeidt:
Photo of swfeidt
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of ScaryEd
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap at the brewery.

Pours a hazy deep orange color with minimal head and lacing.

The aroma is an ungodly amount of citrus and mango. A touch of resiny pine can be detected on the back end.

The taste follows the nose with a lot of citrus as well as mango and honeydew melon. The back end provides a touch of bitter pine notes to balance out the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is perfect. It's medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth with no alcohol detected.

Overall, this is one hell of a DIPA. It's so juicy and creamy it's almost impossible to not want more. It's a bit lacking in balance but it more than makes up for that with its incredible aroma and flavor profile.

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Photo of emount91
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

found at a liquor store right over the CT line, on tap, 32oz growler filled. singlecut killed it, absolutely killed it. pours that beautiful murky gold that everyone strives for. smell is huge tropics: big mango, big guava, some peach, citrus, almost no malt. taste is all of that, HUGE mango and tropical fruit, so juicy like trillium and tree house. Everything the nose suggests, plus a nice piney and grassy bite on the end. Feel is spot on, it finishes so clean, something that some of these hazy IPAs struggle with, but singlecut achieved with such elegance. phenomenal beer, sad I only have half a growler of it left.

EDIT: Score/review amended after drinking most recent batch (5.12.16)

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Photo of starrdogg
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, this might be the best IIPA that's ever hit the shelves of Washington, DC. Incredible citrusy aroma with a unique flavor profile that perfectly blends tropical fruit and bitterness with a little bit of spice. A unique, complex beer, and the best thing I've had from Singlecut to-date.

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Photo of NickandToni
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Home, home again. I like to be here when I can. Put away your "Possible Past", invite "Vera" and "Run Like Hell", because after your first sip you realize that the "Show Must Go On". "Point Me at The Sky" as this is one of the few IIPA's that can "Shine on Like Crazy Diamonds" as you taste a beer that makes you ask, "Is Anybody Out There, just nod if you can hear me", because no one should be alone in experiencing "The Great Big Gig in the Sky". Like 'Candy and a Currant Bun", I'm just "Biding my Time" with a taste of "Apples and Oranges" while dreaming of "Any Color You Want", like hazy orange while you drink with "High Hopes". I'm a bit "Lost for Words" while "I'm on the Run" and I "Remember a Day" trying to figure out the magic of a "Saucerful of Secrets". Even when you finish this perfect moment you might "Stop" or "Stay", but you will "Scream Your Last Scream", saying the "Show Must Go On" while "Time" is slipping away like an "Unknown Song". It's "Us and Them" "When Your In" and if you not, we "Wish You Were Here". Drink this amazing moment and realize your "Possible Past" would be less without "Softly Spoken Magic Spells".

SingleCut, "Wots....Uh the Deal?" You are the "Final Cut".

Drinking tonight out of a 16oz can. Hearing my self say during my last sip, "Don't Leave Me Now".

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Photo of fitzy84
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. This beer poured with a very murky dark orange appearance with a thin ring around the glass and some lacing on the sides. Aromas pack an incredible punch with sharply strong hops and grassy citrus. Taste follows that nose with a strong, dry, earthy pine hop flavor with some great fruit combinations like mango, orange, grapefruit flavors. Mouthfeel is great and compliments the flavoring well by making a dry, good carbonated beer with some light creamy textures. Overall, this is a fantastic beer all around.

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

Has a hazy, peach juice looking color with a small head. I can smell the thing from far away. Strong hops with piney, fruity aroma. It comes across strong, hoppy and fruity, but kind of fades quickly on the tongue but the hops stay on the back end. It's a easy drinking IPA and the 8.6 % ABV is hardly noticeable but its incredibly smooth at 131 IBU. Overall it's more exciting than I give it credit for. "CHANGE THE RECORD" 2/20/18. Special THANKS to PatrickCT and tasterschoice62

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Photo of ovaltine
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you look up "juice bomb" in the dictionary, there's a picture of this beer (Singlecut Softly Spoken Magic Spells). The pour reveals an orange-hued, murky beauty of a beer, propping up a finger of light tan head. As you pour this, a full frontal assault of citrus aromas attack your olfactory senses: oranges, HUUUUUUUGE grapefruit, some prickly passion fruit, maybe some pineapple.

The taste, though, is where this really shines. The citrus continues its attack, hammering the palate with grapefruit and orange and pineapple - but softens with a creamy feel that I can only attribute to the Scottish malt the bottle references. I have been beer nerding for a while, and the taste and feel for this 8.6 % ABV beer is staggeringly good. I could drink bottles of this - and then take a LOOOOOOONG nap.

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Photo of Damian
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pt . 9 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Pemberton Farms, Cambridge, MA
Bottled on: 5 17
Served in a snifter

Super dark and murky, apricot nectar-like appearance. Completely opaque. I can appreciate the looks of a hazy, East Coast-style hoppy beer, but this was hardly the most attractive one I have encountered. The body was topped by a crackling, off-white crown that quickly dissolved. No lacing to speak of.

The aroma was pure tropical fruit bliss. Uber juicy and remarkably fragrant. I could smell this beer as soon as I opened it. Overripe mango dominated. Intense papaya notes. Loads of peach and apricot as well. Somewhat dank and weed-like. Candied orange peel also came through strong. All in all, amazing.

The flavor profile was also outstanding. Again, tropical fruit notes came through big time. Mango was most apparent. Tons of peach and apricot. Candied orange peel was also quite noticeable. Amazingly juicy. Slightly sugary and sweet. The finish contained notes of white grapefruit. Just slightly pithy and bitter. Perfect to balance out the sweetness on the front end.

The mouthfeel seemed a bit fizzy and overcarbonated initially. Later, however, it turned super soft, supple and slick. A fine, moderate effervescence made the liquid glide across my palate.

With Trillium down the street from me and Tree House less than two hours away by car, I tend to think of SingleCut beers as being the best hoppy "shelf beers" I can find whenever I need a quick hop fix. Softly Spoken Magic Spells however is on a totally different level from their other offerings. This truly competes with the best hoppy beers made by some of the best breweries in the country. I can only hope that this occupies a regular spot on the shelf at my local liquor store.

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

Begrudgingly rating this so high because I've been turned off by the brewery's sky high pricing and a handful of inconsistent cans. But, this beer (on draught) was just amazing, an explosively aromatic hop bomb that follows through on flavor and doesn't leaving you hanging in a cloud of ephemera and unfulfillment. A perfect harmony of pineapple and chive; fruits and danker notes, and a moderately crisp and drinkable body that has you going back for me. Not a smoothie style NEIPA but hits a great spot between the best of west coast ipas and the low bitterness juicy takes of the moment. Looks nice too, with a pale gold body and wispy white lacing. I'll be back for more of this one for sure.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very cloudy and hazy with a moderately thick layer of sticky creamy white foam.

S - Yeasty dank tropical fruit aroma. Pineapple, mango, tangerine, spicy citrus rind, juicy red grapefruit. The nose is dominated by fruit with a slight hint of yeast and no malt aroma whatsoever.

T - All dank, juicy, spicy citrus rind from start to finish. Follows the nose with pineapple, mango, tangerine, sweet red grapefruit. Some malt sweetness pokes through but very, very little. Ends with a lingering tropical fruit sweetness with citrus/pine bitterness.

M - Big medium body with very small, sprightly carbonation that quickly turns silky. Coats the mouth with a healthy layer of tropical spicy resin.

O - This beer lives up to the hype. The ABV is completely hidden and the price point is absolutely perfect. Singlecut continues to bang it on the IPA's.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brewer is new to me and came highly recommended by the person selling it to me (no wonder). Nice one, though.

It pours partly cloudy with very little fizz. The aroma is initially sublime but gives way to a slight bit of funky.

The taste is clean, bitter and hoppy, but not over the top. It's the new American balance. Over the top is not what it used to be. The after taste is clean as well.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crowler filled at brewery May 13th, opened May 15th.

A - Muddy peach juice body. Finger of lightly yellowed head. Ok retention and low lace.

S - Brilliant. Bold, sweet, fruit juice fills the room when you crack the can - orange, peach, papaya, and mango. Touch of bitter cilantro on the back end.

T - A fantastic blend of tropical fruit and bitters. Sour and bitter grapefruit pith, bitter plant stems, white peach, and papaya.

M - Smooth fully body for the style. Nice carbonation.

O - A delicious juice bomb. Reminds me a lot of Tree House.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.83/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - hazy golden/orange color with slight white head

Smell - grapefruit, pineapple, mango, pine

Taste - grapefruit, mango, pineapple, onion, pine

Mouthfeel - heavier side of medium bodied, lower level of carbonation, citrus tones upfront, hint of onion and bitterness on the back end

Overall - Satisfactory IIPA here with nice citrus flavor

Price Point - $8.99/16.9 oz bottle

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

What an outstanding DIPA, heavy on the PNW hop dankness and a mellow doughy, biscuits malt background that helps fill out 130 ibus. If you have a chance, drink or buy many of these.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a cloudy bright golden orange with a 2 finger fluffy off white head. After a few minutes it fades to a sliver of a ring around the edge with a microfilm layer across the top. Very little spotted lacing. Smell is magnificent. Mango up the wazoo with tangerine and slight grapefruit. Taste is the same with a little bitterness on the back end. Feel is light side of medium, soft and juicy. Overall this beer is absolutely fantastic. Just outstanding.

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

Wow, this is an awesome beer. Has that New England stye look, looks like juice. This beer has a great smell, it surrounds the nose, one of the best smelling beers I have had. Low carbonation, but good mouth feel. It also has an awesome taste, so tangy. This may be the best beer that Singlecut has produced to date. So good.

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Photo of crispinol
4.99/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe it's just the good vibes from a very pleasant Easter Sunday but I'd go as far to say that this is Singlecuts best IIPA. Incredibly complex and intense nose of mango, sweet tangerine and some dankness. Taste was identical with a touch of spicy hops and incredibly smooth with as good a softness as you'd find anywhere in VT. No way you'd have any idea this was 8.6%. Finished very clean and went down so easily I polished off the growler in record time. Magic for sure!

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best IIPA's in a New York area that is blowing up in the craft beer scene. Very hazy deep orange color with a thin white head that dissipates really quick. dry-hopped aroma is really prominent, with a rich toasted malt character. Something incredibly grainy that melds with the grapefruit and orange. I can't describe what about this beer makes me go crazy, but it has that crack quality that just makes you want more. It could be the mouthfeel which is very rich for the style and incredibly smooth.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer after taking a 9 month lay off from the beer scene. Palate is reset to say the least.

16 oz can dated 5/14/18. Poured into a stemless wine glass.

Cloudy orange with a half finger head. The hops are wafting out off the glass. Pungent grapefruit, orange, melon rind and pine fill the nose.

Big burst of hops. Strong but pleasant. Building bitterness follows a slightly sweet malt backbone. Swallow, crave more, drink, then repeat. I love the sour, bitter, dry finish. Delish. Zero alcohol detected with no off flavors. Even my burps taste good.

Mouthfeel is very soft and creamy. Quite dangerous.

I have seen the reviews and the hype is well deserved. Excellent craftsmanship and a pleasure to drink. Highly recommended.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle into tulip. Has a light haze orange color with a one finger white head and leaves some lacing. Insane tropical aromas and some citrus. Taste is even better but has some soft dank and citrus rind. Creamy mouthfeel but leaves some stickiness. A world class IIPA, a must try!

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spacemanspiff13
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tbryan5
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very very delicious DIPA. Reminds me of hops and honey. Combine that with the nice malt backbone and it is like drinking a hoppy honey butter biscuit. Glad I got to try this! I would love to try some more of Singlecut's beers!

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Photo of Sherls30
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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