Softly Spoken Magic Spells
SingleCut Beersmiths

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IPA - New England
Ranked #88
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4.42 | pDev: 6.56%
SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States
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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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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, murky orange-brown color, like a mix of fresh-squeezed fruit juice and cider, with a finger of white head that's quick to dissipate. Strong grapefruit and apricot aroma. Watery mouthfeel up front with a strong prickliness to it mid-palate into the aftertaste. There's moderately strong bitterness and nice malty sweetness, almost like a nectarine, but relatively little of the strong fruit impressions in both the appearance and aroma carry over to the flavor. There's a tinge of alcohol on the backend. This is good, but I like other Singlecut offerings better.

May 27, 2016
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emount91 from Connecticut

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)

Apr 09, 2016
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

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.

Mar 31, 2016
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

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

Mar 23, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

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.

Dec 02, 2016
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Damian from Massachusetts

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.

May 25, 2016
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starrdogg from District of Columbia

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.

Dec 02, 2016
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Phigg1102 from New York

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.

May 24, 2016
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vfgccp from New York

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.

May 13, 2016
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tobelerone from New Jersey

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.

Mar 06, 2018
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reebtaerG from Maryland

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!

Dec 03, 2016
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NickandToni from New York

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".

Jan 28, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque dark orange with an airy off-white blanket that settles to a thin pearl ring leaving spongy lace all around the rim.

Smell is juicy pineapple and peachy cream dream with a spicy, peppery and slightly dank onionyness.

Taste adds some pine and grapefruit rind to the pineapple and peach juiciness, as well as a little cannabic spice and some orange cream.

A mild carbonation runs through a thin body before a chewy dry finish. It's a little acidic and sharp, but not nearly as bad as some other more obvious offenders in the NE IPA realm. This is enjoyable.

SSMS reminds me of a slightly more bitter version of the first time I had Konkey Dong. Considering I'm starting to see this on shelves in Ohio, I'm surprised it doesn't get gobbled up voraciously.

Aug 01, 2018
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schoolboy from Ohio

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.

Apr 28, 2018
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Dirtyhands from Maryland

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.

Nov 22, 2016
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

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.

Sep 04, 2016
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crispinol from New York

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!

Mar 27, 2016
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CNoj012 from New York

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.

Apr 10, 2016
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keithmurray from Connecticut

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

Jul 15, 2016
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jameswaldo from New York

4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shared a pint can, stamped 09/06/18 on the handsome label, with an IPA snob buddy. Poured gently into Spiegelau IPA glasses. Excellent head with superior retention and lacing. Color SRM 9, fairly turbid but not opaque. Smells just shy of perfect: gloriously hopped. Taste a fine hop bomb cloaking the 8.6% ABV magically. Such a tasty brew, I feel almost sacrilegious trying to analyze it. My beer snob buddy agrees Singlecut beersmiths know what to do with IPA. Magic spells indeed!

Sep 23, 2018
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osheamatth from New York

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.

Jan 26, 2019
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jrnyc from New York

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.

Mar 26, 2016
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ovaltine from Indiana

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.

Oct 05, 2016
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

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.

Jun 07, 2018
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ddoyle23 from New Hampshire

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

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