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Billy Full Stack Double IPABilly Full Stack Double IPA

Brewed by:
SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
When your tastebuds beg for a pounding this IIPA sneaks up with smoothness and then: Bam! Citrus uppercut! Biff! Dank bitterness! Wham! A piney bit! Ooof! Floral, dank pine and citrus aromas! Kablam! 8.6% ABV! Thank you sir, may I have another!?!

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Reviews: 119 | Ratings: 671
Photo of ThorSigurdsson
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Singlecut has easily become my favorite brewery. I've been waiting 9 months to try this one and it DID NOT disappoint. Hazy golden color, poured from a fresh keg, aromas of intense citrus, citrus bomb at first sip, leaving a trail of sweet bitterness as it flows over the tongue. Grapefruit and tangerine came to mind immediately. A lingering hint of pine finished this off quite nicely. Another finely crafted brew by Singlecut Beersmiths!

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Photo of TigheKLory
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OK, so I have had quite a few top the top IPAs and IIPAs out there, but I am not an expert, but I consider this to be to me the greatest beer I have ever had. Better than Heady Topper, all the Tree House brews, etc. I haven't had any Pliny yet, but I will tell you that this ever is severely under-rated. To me this beer is perfect. I actually feel euphoria when drinking it. I wouldn't even know how to improve on this beer. Only thing bad is it is hard to get consistently in the Albany, NY area.

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Photo of ScottAlg
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is an amazing IIPA,one of the best I've had! This double holds its own with some of the greats from Vermont. This beer should be had by all, try it if you get the chance, then try it again!

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Photo of AndoIPA
4.99/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Close to perfect for me. An amazing nose with lots of fruit and citrus which is backed up with taste of orange, peach and mango. So even and well balanced and a smooth mouth feel reminiscent of a cream ale, still tasting orange creamsicle on the roof of my mouth 15 minutes after drinking. An 8.2% ABV but you would not know it, this is a well balanced, delicious double IPA that exemplifies the best of East Coast IPAs being made today. Seek it out and drink it up. Don't mess around, just by several if you find it.

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Photo of Jerseybeerlover609
4.98/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On draft and growler from the brewery
This is a damn good beer juicy dank fruity DIPA.
I'd suggest this over any other half offering definitely up there with Grimm DIPAs and exceeds some of the others from This region

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Photo of scottyg354
4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What an awesome beer. This is a total Heady Topper Killer. Citrusy, Danky, Resin. The appearance is fantastic. Cloudy, golden yellow with very nice lacing.

All in all this is a beer you must try!!!!

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Photo of dazedandconfused
4.91/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best smelling IPAs out there. So dank and juicy. Was a big fan of the half stack and this puts it over the top. Tons of citrus including grapefruit and pineapple. Singlecut has been flying under the radar for quite some time and not sure why. Wish I got more than the 3 bottles.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.89/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dark orange and hazy beer with a pillowy white head that leaves lacing all about. The aroma is tangerine, caramel, pine and a nice malt sweetness. The taste is citrus and caramel with a bruising bitterness that fades and melds perfectly with the sweetness. World class brew.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.86/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Whoa! Where did this come from? Served at 5 Horses, and in a nutshell, perfect. This strikes me as a Heady Topper clone. Just finished a Tree House Curiosity 18 and this seemed to be the same beer, which speaks volumes. Awesome beer. My wife is speaking to me ....wonder what she is saying.....should I just nod or shake my head.....or worse, listen?

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Photo of NickandToni
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Billy Full Stack Double IPA is yet another winner from SingleCut. I started out reviewing beers never thinking I would find one brewery that would blow my mind every time.

L: hazy golden peach in color, quick head, with fine lacing
S: Citrus and pine upfront, brown sugar hints
T: Unbelievable fruit forward, tropical if not sunny florida citrus
F: Heavy double weight, full explosive on all parts of the taste spectrum. Bitter hops, malty, dank, sweetness. Almost too good to be true
O: A standard in American Double

Though Bon Bon delivered a slightly more unique experience, Billy Full Stack pars with all great beers in this category. Not elusively hard to find, which puts it far above trendy stand in line delivery day beers. Make beer available, not hard to find.

This is a world class beer.

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Photo of The_Ogg
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Totally caught me off guard. I was expecting a GOOD beer, but I have a new entry in my top 3. I live in Treehouse/Lawson/Heady land, and this fella right here is in the mix. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of MacPhergus
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy, pale look with thin white foam. Aroma moderate, tropical fruit over citrus. Taste is very smooth, soft but noticeable hops supported by just right malt; I really like 2IPAs in the low-mid 8s (ABV) for that not-too-sweet taste. Feel/body near perfect.

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Photo of jow_42
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle poured into a Jow's Arcade tulip glass

A - Pours a crystal clear, nice lemon tangerine color. Bright white head, soapy bubbles. Looks great

S - Nose is awesome. Huge citrus, tropical fruits. Orange, tangerines, mango, pineapple. Fresh herbs, almost basil like. Dank, woody, grassiness underneath. Very juicy smelling.

T - Up front you get hit big juicy grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple. Middle of the mouth there is an awesome bitter, dankness but finishes sweet. Clean, crisp, dry. This is fantastic. 138 IBUs? This is crazy balanced for that high.

O - My second SingleCut beer, and I'm very impressed. Highly recommended.

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Photo of bgold86
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Re-review as the recipe has been updated and improved mightily since inception.

8/1/16 pours like orange juice looks like orange juice, super hazy, big tropical nose, mango, pineapple, kiwi and passion fruit. Super juicy on the taste, reminiscent of your quintessential Trillium or Treehouse double IPA. Big citrus, orange, grapefruit like bitterness from the hops but also displaying a very satisfying sweetness that is in perfect harmony with the hop bitterness. Just an incredible example and representation of the New England/Vermont style currently dominating. Well done SingleCut!!

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Photo of EdwardK77
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am really enjoying this IPA, it's easy drinking for a fairly high alcohol ale. Nice flavor and mouthfeel. This is the second beer that I've enjoyed from this brewer. (White Lagrr was the other) This is a really we'll put together beer that is leaving a nice lacing of foam all the way down the glass.

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Photo of CarlosDanger
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super mature, grown-up offering for a start-up local brewery.

I really like this beer. Had it in the Single Cut taproom and they serve it in a tulip glass (not a full pint...boo!). I also had a few of these at Crescent & Vine in Astoria. The dude used a knife to chop off the head which was pretty regal. Enjoyed that.

And the beer: really delicious. Not filtered beyond recognition, so there's a haze to it. A pleasant haze. And it looks great in their tulip glass.

Smelled fruity, piney, dank & sweet all at once. I'm certain that Single Cut has used the Alchemist HT and/or other well-respected IIPAs for inspiration. They're not there yet, but this is a really valiant effort.

Tasted citrusy, piney, dank, hoppy. There is a pleasant funkiness that is hard to describe.

This is a great IIPA. ABV (8+%) might limit your consumption a little bit if you're a responsible person, but you can certainly have a couple of these.

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Photo of Martelljw2
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a terrific IIPA as It sits on the cusp of greatness. All be it amazing, it falls short of that of AfterImage, Heady & Pliny. Being a NY native it ranks #1 on my readily available beers.

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Photo of alter718
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Simply stunning. I'm beyond overjoyed to find out that these guys are producing DIPAs as good as anyone in the country. Huge amazing nose, silky fruity caramel taste and no residual astringency. If you can get it fresh in a growler, you're in for a real treat. My favorite IPA, above Heady for sure.

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Photo of AilHead
4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not your father's "billy beer". very murky muddy copper look. malt comes through on the nose. in terms of taste, i like the hop flavor: citrus, dank, and pine.

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Photo of jlindros
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Really like their Billy 18 Watt so hopefully this is as good. Bottled 5/10/16

Pours a large fizzy foamy almost 1 finger head reinforced by many streaming bubbles, fades semi slowly with nice lacing, murky tangerine orange color.

Nose explodes with juicy citrus, loads of citrus in all forms, some orange cream, clementine, tangerine, a little pith and faint grapefruit, some peachy stone fruit, touch of rind, a touch of creamy malt underneath, a little musty tropical fruit notes, tropical citrus specifically.

Taste brings lots more juicy citrus, more pith this time, a little bitter rind but not much, more like a fresh squeezed orange juice loaded with pulp and mixed with grapefruit juice, plenty of grapefruit this time as well, that bitter grapefruit flavor, some tangerine as well, and again a little peachy stone fruit, juicy white peach actually, a little floral and faint musty tropical notes again, with a nice big creamy malt base, not too sweet just enough to balance the big hop presence, a juicy chewy feel like I'm chewing in the creamy malt pulp pulverized in there. Finish is dry and pretty bitter, tons more grapefruit bitterness, more citrus rind, tangerine, orange juice, peach skin, and a touch of creamy malt lingering, and a hint of booze warmth late.

Mouth is full rich bod chewy creamy like there is a touch of gelatin and orange/grapefruit pulp just blended in, so chewy but in a good way, and nice carbonation, with just a hint of booze late.

Overall this was an awesome beer, even better than the original Billy 18-watt, basically just a big citrus orange grapefruit mash with nice malt balance, hint of sweetness, and incredible mouth feel. This just quickly moved up to the high end of my fav IPAs, probably top 10.

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Photo of Psychmusic
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a truly top-tier DIPA. Taste and aroma are intense tropical fruit. Color is a hazy yellow-orange straw. Others have said that this is on the sweeter side, but I think that the maltiness is necessary to balance out the intensity of the hops here. This beer is absolutely worth seeking out.

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Photo of owenwood
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I read the label first, which allowed me to avoid having this beer with food. 138 IBUs. Wow. Big-time grapefruit and the hops are overwhelming. I seem to have gotten more of a pine feel/taste than most who have tried this, but overall this was very impressive...take your time with this one.

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Photo of chazmatz
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Holy mackerel, this beer did such an over deliver on its taste. It's better, way better, than Heady Topper. I randomly picked one up at my local brew shop. I poured it, and it was piney, like walking through a pine forest in spring, and the taste was like sipping my own tea brewed with juniper and pine needles. The hops just plowed right through my tongue to the back of my mouth, sitting on the upper palette. So nice. So smooth, so funky.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy straw colored pour with a 1 inch white frothy head. Foam dissipates quickly and leaves behind some lacing on the glass. Aroma is amazingly strong and citrusy. Tastes of tangerine, tropical fruit and citrus rind with a pleasnt but powerful bitterness. Another winner from single cut and proof that you don't have to travel to Vermont or California to get a killer DIPA.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Bright orange, slightly hazy. Pours a nice off white head.
S: Dank, citrus, pine, and tropical fruit.
T: Sweet, very fruity, some papaya, mango, orange. Very well rounded bitterness, not sharp.
F: Smooth, creamy, and rich. Not astrigent.
O: Very solid, on par with Treehouse in many aspects.

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