Billy Full Stack Double IPA | SingleCut Beersmiths

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Billy Full Stack Double IPABilly Full Stack Double IPA

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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 Hoppy_Time
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with one and a half finger head, decent retention and tons of lacing.

Aroma is about equal parts citrus, stone fruit, and pine. Of those it's orange, apricot, and an earthy pine.

Taste follows the nose, big orange and grapefruit, some peach and grapefruit, little resinous pine. Little caramel malt sweetness up front giving way to a bold but not overpowering piney grapefruit bitterness.

Medium to full bodied, sticky, low to moderate carbonation, drying.

This is a decent and tasty IPA. I wouldn't turn one down but I don't think I'd actively seek it out compared to other options. Carbonation is a little low for my tastes. It's a fairly safe IPA, nothing remarkable about it but you can always drink it.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a beer stein

Translucent golden orangey liquid with some carbonation, thick sticky two finger white foam cap. Good lacings.

Good orange citrus aroma, whiff of pine, whiff of dank

Taste of hop dankness, hops linger in the mouth but do not bite

good beer

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Photo of TheSeeker
4.87/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is consistently one of the best IIPAs I've had. Whether out of a bottle of on draft it's flavor and aroma character is the same. FULL orange & papaya / mild pineapple with dankness and a small whiff of the sweet malt aroma-wise. Totally distinctive. Flavor is in keeping with that, very smooth and nary any hint of the 8.2%, dangerously so. I look forward to this beer every time I can get it and fortunately I don't need to spend a day standing in a line to get it.

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Photo of Rugg315
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow I almost don't know what it's like to get a iipa that I can see through. Smell is a pleasant one more of pineapple, mango than of orange or grapefruit. Taste is the thing Singlecut really makes a good tasting beer. Feel doesn't live up to the taste although I feel I may be influenced by the milkshake feel of Treehouse and Trillium. This is a really good beer that I would love to find in four packs as opposed to the SINGLE bottle.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking Dbl IPA here. Nice white head from a fairly aggressive pour. Loving the smell. Over ripe peaches, pineapple juice, slight citrus malt way in the back. Now for the, these Singlecut guys can really brew an ale ! I'm calling it grapefruity and slightly piney. Hides the alcohol really well with slight bitterness on the backend. Nose definitely has more depth than the flavor but decent none the less. Smooth mouth coating feel with ample carbonation. Nice balance with this beer. Pretty darn good ! I would love a few of these big boys ! Edit...after having more I'm tasting more depth in the flavor with some of that pineapple sweetness coming through...upping my taste from 4.25 to 4.5.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 11/22/16
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The appearance is a nice medium-dark amber. Not a whole lot of head, but good lacing.

The smell is very ripe peach. There's a little malt, but a lot more sweet, acidic fruit like pineapple. Melon rinds, as well.

The taste doesn't have nearly the fruit that the nose has. There may be dried papaya and dried orange, but nuts take over. Oily hazelnut is the main one I get, then muted pine nuts are also there. I guess the peach flavor does poke back through every once in a while, but the earthen flavors are right there with it. It's a little sweet, a little savory, and a little bitter, but it's all well integrated.

The feel is really smooth, and the earthen flavors stick around in the aftertaste.

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Photo of jhartley
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Teku glass. Looks like a 10-5 bottle date.

Appearance: Clear golden orange body with a full finger's worth of fluffy white head. Minimal amount of lacing left in the glass.

Aroma: Tropical fruit, onion, grapefruit and bready malts on the end.

Taste: Follows through with the aroma. Tropical fruits, grapefruit, citrus, pine and spicy almost pepper like bite.

Mouthfeel: Nice full mouthfeel, minimal lingering bitterness. Not a hint of the 8%+ abv in this one.

Overall: Wow, this is what you want from a IIPA! Hoppy, malt sweetness, bitterness all meld together into one cohesive beer. Really tasty beer.

Thanks to Sammyjaxxxx for this one!

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Photo of beerbully
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Kane snifter

L- golden, slight haze, full 1 inch head......medium retention......thick lacing

S-smells like a bag of hop pellets...........sweet fruity hops, orange cream, tropical fruits, stone fruits, grapefruit, slight spiciness

T-nice balance between malts and hops as they battle for taste bud attention......sweet tropical hops, grapefruit, some slight pine and rind in the finish which provides a slight bitter finish.......

F-creamy MF.......mild carbonation....soft, medium body.....good balance between sweet malts and tropical hops with slight piney, dank, bitter hops

O-happy to try it..would buy it again......solid offering

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

In tap.

More of a traditional dipa or west coast. Golden color. White head with lace.

Fairly dank and weedy. Light grapefruit. Some floral notes and bready malts. A touch of bitterness.

Very straightforward and solid dipa. I dig it for not being a haze bomb.

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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 DenisKolkin
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review competed from notes. Served a 6 oz sample at the Griffon Gastropub in Niagara Falls, NY.

Appearance - clear and pale amber color leaning towards gold, lots of lacing and good clarity with just a little haze.

Smell - tropical all the way with more pineapple than I've experienced in virtually every IPA I've ever had. Fantastic and appetizing.

Taste - pineapple, juicy, some pine resin. Plenty of bitterness, but dialled in just enough to let the pineapple shine. A little boozy.

Mouthfeel - smooth and slick with a. Slightly syrupy body. Modest carbonation. What's hard to describe is the brilliant interplay between the feel and the taste, everything is just so right.

Overall - yeah, these guys have done it again. Three IPA's I've had three excellent ratings. This is probably the best of the bunch. World class all the way and I'm left wishing I'd had a full pint. Damn good stuff.

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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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