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Billy Full Stack Double IPABilly Full Stack Double IPA
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Brewed by:
SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States | website

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!?!

Added by cosmicevan on 01-20-2013

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Reviews:
114
Ratings:
648
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
16.48%
 
 
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62
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Reviews: 114 | Ratings: 648
Photo of johnnnniee
3.54/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Pours a hazy murky grapefruit juice color with a huge bubbly bone white head that persists. Bready toffee caramel maltiness with plenty of earthy citrus to counter. Sweet bready fruity maltiness. Citrus and pine hop flavor. Light to moderate hop bitterness. Not bad, a bit sweet for my tastes though

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.54/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was very excited to try my first Singlecut beer. Look is murky hazy orange/copper. Smell is faint pineapple and earthy. Taste is hoppy, but very earthy. White onion, fake pineapple. The pine profile saves the taste. Feel is chewy. Not what I expected. This is definitely a sipper but after one, it's one and done. Disappointed in this one. The bottle was also quite fresh.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle. Murky orange. More dark than bright. Smell is intense. Citrus, but more dank and piney. Sugary smell, too. Tastes of grain and bright citrus up front. Then it becomes more piney and dank. Boozy, too. Pretty sweet. This is intense.

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Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Orange, dirty gold color. Cloudy. Small head that settles to rim bubbles. Little lace--just a couple of spots.

Prickly grapefruit rind and a bit of evergreen to the nose.

Brief neutral malt start, but the bitterness completely takes over. Fairly straight forward flavor. The bite from the hop is very strong, almost harsh. The body and carbonation are well within what one would expect. Overall, this comes across as a beer that extremists might enjoy. It's a bit much for me.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dirty Billy Jack.
A Very tart but potent A funky style, somewhat strange, a different type of High Hoped .
Honestly, not an overall pleasant easy drinking breear

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Photo of papat444
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome looking bottle!

Pours a brown almost apple cider color. Very raw flavor, overripe grapefruit with hints of pink. Underlying tobacco and tea. Very dank (almost swamp-like?).

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.94/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Murky orange color. The nose is a wonderful sweet citrus. The taste is a lot more bitter than expected, pretty different than the nose. The finish is a mellow earthy bitterness. Overall, a solid IPA.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle. Pours a murky burnt orange color with very little head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is a hoppy blend of dank hops and tropical fruits. Light notes of honey along with some citrus. The taste is citrus and dank hops with some sweet honey and toasted malts. More pine and papaya towards the end. Floral hops and papaya finish. Some alcohol burn. Medium bodied with a somewhat lighter than expected mouthfeel. Overall, worth grabbing every so often.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark gold, very clear, and a thin but thick and frothy white head, mild carbonation.

S - Grassy, dank, piney, earthy, and citrus.

T - Balanced, earthy with a little bit of grass, boozy, spicy, and dank. The beer gets better as it sits and starts to open up midway through as it warms with more pronounced flavor. Some tropical fruit and spice.

M - Medium body.

O - Clean finish and balanced with light tropical fruit rind bitterness.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass not sure when it was bottled. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a 2 finger sticky off white head that clings to the glass like a fat kid holds onto the last girl scout cookie.

Smell is tropical tangerine, passion fruit, guava upfront with a nice shot of pine and grapefruit in slightly bitter finish.

Taste follows nicely with a little bit of biscuit to go with all the tropical flavors and pine and grapefruit very nice.

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, nice amount of life, maybe a little dry, and outstanding drinkability for its size.

Overall this is a very good beer and Singlecut is a very impressive brewery, thanks @Mcballz13 once again, 3 for 3 with that box.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pineapple, orange, tangerine and mango. A little malty. Sweet and dry. Lower carb. Pretty good, but probably the least favorite of the SingleCut ipas I've tried.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a tulip.

a: A dried apricot orange hazy body with a pillowy 1 1/2 finger white head.

s: Dank and piney with citrus rind and pineapple. I slight aroma of orange at the end.

t: The taste follows the nose but with more fresh pineapple and citrus. The dankness takes a back seat and eventually the crisp and clean malts show their stuff.

mf: Medium body with good carbonation. Creamy body with a wonderfully dry finish in which the alcohol peeks through.

o: An IPA that is actually a beer. This is a IPA that goes head to head with juice beers. Wonderfully balanced in its hop profile and also balanced regarding the malts. There are just enough to back up the hops.

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Photo of emount91
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy amber, beautiful lacing. smell is pretty malty, some peach and citrus apparent, maybe a little bit of pine in there as well. taste starts with hops: resin, peach, and lemon zest. then the malt: caramel. then the ops come back around at the end for a big pine kick. also some alcohol burn as the beer gets warmer but it balances well. feel is great for a DIPA. overall decent, definitely one of my least favorites from these guys.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Date: 02/05/15
Type: 16.9oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2015
Glass: Tulip

Pours a hazy/cloudy golden in color w/ a 1 finger off white head that leaves serious lacing. Aromas of citrus, cat piss, weed, and dank wet hops. The flavor opens w/ big citrus, then transitions to pine and some floral notes, and closes w/ moderate hop bitterness, malt sweetness, and some booze. Medium bodied and lush and a little sticky on the finish, but dry. Pretty drinkable stuff, but the slight booziness rearing it's head and stickiness detracts a bit.

Overall, reminds me a lot of fresh 90 Minute IPA, but a touch off of that. Very solid, but nothing like what's coming out of Vermont that I have becomes accustom to.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased at Whole Foods Brooklyn. I was really excited to try this one based on the buzz. It is very solid DIPA, but I found it bit underwhelming. Great nose, but otherwise just pretty good.

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Photo of HeadyHopHead
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had Full Stack from a 16.9 oz. bottle twice. The first time, I was blown away, calling it the Heady Topper of Queens. The second time, I was underwhelmed. I had remembered a more hazy orange color like that of the Hill Farmstead's, but this was a deeper, darker orange. Taste didn't disguise the alcohol as well as I remembered.

I think perhaps SingleCut struggles with consistency, as I got a borderline undrinkable bottle of Bon Bon 2X, but loved everything I had at the brewery itself.

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Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Alewife, Long Island City, NY

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has strong flavors of citrusy hops—oranges and grapefruit stand out in particular. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice "in your face" IPA that delivers lots of citrusy aromas and flavors but is still very drinkable.

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Photo of thebeers
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy yellow-orange with a grayish hue and a finger of dense white head that leaves behind blanket lacing. Grapefruit bomb aroma giving way to pineapple and the slightest peppery notes. Interesting taste: pineapple, papaya, biscuity butterscotch-and-caramel malt, grapefruit rind, hop bitterness and modest alcohol burn. Very juicy, but with West coast bitterness behind. Heavy bodied for the style, with an almost pulpy, prickly feel. It's not the pinnacle of balance, but a great beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Started out great---cloudy hazy murky color (cant drink clear beer!)... and it is a very nice double IPA, smooth-no bitterness, low malt profile, some nice hops, great mouthfeel, hides the alcohol well.... but was just lacking that punch--a real piney, citrusy, or other IPA bite, you know, the kind that puts HF and TH in a league of their own! For a new york beer, though, BRAVO!

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 16.9oz bottle that just arrived at my package store yesterday, no discernible freshness date. The snifter reveals this beer as a bright gold color with just a dusting of haze. A decent two finger head climbs up and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell is tropical, very hoppy and sweet. Nice fruit notes throughout with a backbone of resin, powerful. Taste starts with a lighter malt note, somewhat bready. It's washed away by a big hop rush, some nice tropical notes here. Finishes very bitter, some lingering hop oils and some herbal/resin notes here.

Overall this is a great DIPA, it's big and bold but it has a ton of hops to swing it in their favor. While I prefer Bon Bon over this one, Billy / Full-Stack was quite a delight to drink.

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Photo of jimlamb44
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dankiest IPA I've had from a NY brewery. Little to no malt and there is a good balance of aroma to taste. Well worth trying if you have'nt had it yet.

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Photo of mynie
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Row 34.

Medium dark pour, with a medium haze. Smells of a fruity, very contemporary hop profile with a very 2005-seeming malt background redolent of biscuits and sugar. Neat combination.

Tastes like it smells: sculpin up front, Dreadnaught in the back. It's not perfect, but it's pretty well balanced and unique enough to keep me interested throughout.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a Teku glass
A: Hazy light orange with a one-finger head
S: Lots of tropical fruits. Mango, papaya, pineapple followed by orange and a hint of dry earth
T: The palate is quite dry and quite bitter with citrus rind up front this time with a tropical fruit mid-palate and a dry earthy finish. Different from the nose, very layered
M: Medium-bodied, bitter and dry
O: The notes are pure across the board though I think I'd prefer it more if the tropical fruit were more prevalent and it was a bit less bitter/dry on the palate

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Xenoreactive!

Pours a murky copper color. The head is a finger high, off-white in shade. Retention impresses, as does the thickly creamy texture. You could sit on this head and it would still stand firm. A thick ring of lacing just about the body remains.

The aroma of this, just like Billy Half-Stack, shows Singlecut's skillful usage of Mosaic hops. I pick up incredible amounts of tangerine, grapefruit, and orange flesh; lesser tones of mango, papaya, white grape, and strawberry also show up. A very subtle kiss of pine appears; even better is the lack of sweet onion that can plague many Mosaic brews. I'm still not done: there are some mild ale esters showing up, too. The depth of this beer's hop profile puts 90% of all IPAs to shame - that's before I mention the subtle malt backbone adding to everything. Very impressive.

A touch more malt shows up compared to what the aroma suggested, but only a touch. It opens up with plenty of mango, papaya, and tangerine, leading to a malty middle (think caramel, biscuit, and toffee). More of the fruity Mosaic hops also close things nicely (adding just a kiss of pine, as well), along side estery qualities of peach and apricot. I'm amazed how deep this one is, frankly. It's complex - not complicated. Though it isn't quite perfectly balanced, it's still incredibly delicious.

Full-bodied and soft, it doesn't have the sharpness of many DIPAs...at the cost of being slightly too sweet. A gentle twinge of bitterness and moderate carbonation helps it somewhat. This is something to be savored, instead of something to be drunk quickly.

Though not perfect, it's a firmly top-tier DIPA that takes a different approach to the style - instead of deceptive lightness and a fairly simple profile, this is thick, rich, and complex. I'd call it a one-and-done beer, but this single bottle is probably more satisfying in one sitting than six DIPAs of average quality (as if anyone would want to drink six DIPAs in a sitting, but that's neither here nor there...) An absolute must-try.

4.22/5: Billy did REALLY well

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tremendous thanks goes out to e JxExM for surprising me with a 32oz growler of this brew and a matching imperial pint glass to go with it...at an in person meeting where the guy was helping me out with a glass want. True advocacy!!! but i digress...onto the beer...

a - brew poured a classic murky orange with just shy of 2 fingers of frothy ipa-ish white head. the head dissolved leaving the expected sticky chunky lacing.

s - very crisp and clean. great balanced hopping. dank sweaty citrus with some bitterness on the finish of the smell.

t - slapped in the face with hoppy bitterness. fairly crisp. the hops are piney and dank. very fresh...with a bitter finish.

m - clean and crisp...almost soapy. bitter finish. medium bodied, a hint of the heat is present.

o - overall, my first taste of singlecut, a brewery of been quite curious about and this was not a disappointment. not the best IIPA i've had, but one to be proud of from a new local brewery. nice job. i look forward to trying more from this brewery.

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