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Billy Full Stack Double IPA | SingleCut Beersmiths

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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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Photo of jacewg
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Smoke and Barrel - Washington, DC

Keg less than 2 weeks old.

Look: Pours a hop hazed light orange. Not turbid or milky, but not see through. Does let some light through. Great fluffy white head. Sheets of lacing with great retention as well.

Smell: Big, citrusy nose. Bright orange citrus juice and peel. Grapefruit, pineapple. Hints of pale, sweet grain and a bit of white table sugar. Definitely a dank/resiny side as well.

Taste: Excellent as well. Very well constructed. A touch too much pale malt/table sugar sweetness that holds up massive hop flavors and aromas. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange citrus are prominent. The green/resin/dank side comes through as well but takes a backseat. Aggressive, but balanced and well-integrated. Perceived bitterness is surprisingly subdued.

Feel: The mouthfeel is really well done here. Creamy and coating, but with enough bitterness and carbonation to not be cloying. Mid-palate is creamy and soft before drying out on the finish with some a bit of resiny, citrusy bitterness remaining.

Overall: This is a really well done DIPA. Supremely well put together and maintains a sense of balance. Maybe a touch too sweet for me, but that's nitpicking. I'd be happy to drink this beer anytime.

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Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy copper gold color in the Spiegelau glass with a three finger head.

Good citrus aroma with malt. Earthy. I was expecting a stronger aroma, but it was very good.

MF is excellent. Very tangy and pungent, spicy. As another reviewer stated- this beer sneaks up on you with a spicy hoppiness.

Taste is great. Citrus, pine, earthy, and I especially like the finish: I can taste pine and citrus on the back of my tongue.

Singlecut brews excellent beers. I would have preferred a stronger aroma. Perhaps the next bottle will have a better aroma. Otherwise, the MF, taste and finish are first rate.

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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 57md
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark straw color with a finger of head. The nose has bright notes of citrusy hops. The flavor follows the nose more-or-less. The body is a touch lighter than expected.

For me, Singlecut keeps hitting the mark every time. I can't understand why they have not quite reached the cult status of other brewers that produce multiple DIPAs.

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Photo of EMV
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

L: Cloudy golden dark pour. Two fingers of foamy white head. Delicate lacing all across the glass.

S: Grapefruit and citrus. Tropical fruits. Spicy.

T/F: Lots of citrus and tropical fruits. Grapefruit and lemon zest. Peppercorns and spice.... a bit of resinous pine. Sticky and oily. Warming... solid carbonation. Finish is dank and almost sweet.

O: An all-around fantastic DIPA. Reminds me of some of the better Vermont beers and this can hang in with just about anybody. One awesome random bottleshop pickup. Will be going back for more.

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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 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 orcrist_cleaver
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A turbid white grapefruit appearance sets the table. Some honey orange hints at possible sweetness. Thick white head and sticky lacing. A tinge of pine sap, resin pulp, sugared sun-sweetened grapefruit, tree ripe orange, pear, earthy lychee contribute to an alluring aroma. Very earthy taste, tropical passionfruit, butt ripe papaya, nutty lychee. Sharp pine and oily feel. Lots of tart citrus. Spicy, rich and sweet. Maybe a bit low on carb for body but that's my only complaint.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This was a great beer! Really well balanced and although it is a hefty beer, I found that it drank really, really easily. I'm definitely ISO more Singlecut beers. Great stuff!

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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 Beers-es
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 4-week-old bottle, pours a hazy orange with a half-finger head. Smell is a fruit storm--peaches, mango, pineapple and passion fruit, plus some grapefruit, with spicy herbal notes and a bit of breadiness. Taste is a complex blend of fruit and earthy dankness, with a good offsetting bitterness that keeps it from being too sweet. Nice medium feel. Absolutely killer beer.

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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 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 gopens44
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, dirty orange with a thick latte looking head covers a tremendous aroma of grapefruit which trends towards earthiness and sweetness as it warms. Taste along same lines, with sweetness leading the way until an almost vinous tart passes through. Bitterness sticks to the grapefruit script with almost no aftertaste to speak of in this medium bodied beer. Very great, very happy to have tried it!

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful honey orange with thick white foam, clingy lacing.
Aroma is sweet and malty with citrus and resin.
Taste follows the maltiness of the nose, with lots of citrus and pine on the finish.
Creamy mouthfeel with just a hint of bitterness on the finish.

I don't usually love the malty IPAs but this is very good.

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Photo of EMH73
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy copper color with a one inch head that leaves decent lacing. Smells of tropical fruits, citrus fruits, pine and a hint of malt. Tastes of pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, floral notes, and some malt sweetness. Finishes with mild bitterness that does linger. Very complex and well balanced. Light to medium mouthfeel and light carbonation, smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this from the bottle chilled in a tulip.
The color is golden amber with a thick canopy of white head with fine bead and sticky lace.
The smell is very good -lots of tropical hop aromas with slight citrus fruit and mild herbal/floral odors. The feel is excellent -resinous and moderately bitter with light spiciness and subtle alcohol in the finish with medium carbonation and mild sweetness.

The taste is very good with some tropical hop flavors that bring to mind mango and slight fruity pineapple-like flavor with a gentle tangerine and mild lemon zest flavor mid palate. The malt is perfectly in line with the style with a good spice in the back with slight alcohol as it finishes. This is a bursting IPA with smooth oily dank and herbal yet juicy and incredibly drinkable for the strength -Must Try!

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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 Prager62
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A three digit bottled on date with the middle number unreadable, 2_2 for what it's worth. Let's pour this bomber in the Weyerbacher tulip for a taste.

Look- Pours a dark cloudy orange leaving a finger of white foam that laces the sides as it settles.

Smell- Pineapple, grapefruit, some orange zest and a hint of caramel malt.

Taste- Pineapple/orange juice along with some grapefruit. Some floral notes emerge in the finish along with a kiss of malt sweetness.

Feel- Very slick, light and easy drinking for 8.2 percent.

Overall- Does Singlecut make a bad beer? This is another winner for me! A nice juicy tropical flavor that isn't cloying or artificial tasting washed down by a slightly sweet malt backbone. A tasty easy drinker for the style.

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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 ThisWangsChung
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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 johnnnniee
3.54/5  rDev -18.8%
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 -18.8%
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 emount91
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
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 HorseheadsHopHead
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a mostly clear, just slightly hazy amber color with a good sized creamy white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing.
The aroma is very sweet and prominent in stone and tropical fruits. Apricots, canned peaches in syrup, passionfruit, pineapple, papaya, strawberries, honey, and a very subtle underlying earthiness and dankness.
The taste follows the nose. Apricot, peaches, pineapple, strawberry, passionfruit, mango, papaya, and guava. The malt offers biscuits smothered in honey, but remains barely noticeable beneath the onslaught of fruit. The underlying earth and dankness keeps the sweetness in check. Finishes mostly clean with some faint apricot, pineapple, and grapefruit notes lingering on.
The mouthfeel is medium-plus, with some creaminess, but a bit more crisp and carbonated than some of their other IPAs.

Another great one from Singlecut. This takes a back seat to Bon Bon 2X TNT and Does Anybody Remember Laughter? for me, but it is still excellent.

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