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 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 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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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottle dated 3/30

Pours a hazy gold amber with a creamy white foam head. Smells like peach, dark caramel, grapefruit, apricot, honey, dank mango, nectarine, guava, pineapple, passionfruit, tangerine, with fresh pine and earthy grass. Tastes pretty sweet and malty with some honey and dark caramel malt, paired with a hop rich tropical, citrus, and stone fruit combo of tangerine, guava, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, apricot, mild peach, nectarine, with dank pine and fresh earthy grass. Feels medium bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a nice and balanced IIPA.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
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 SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
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 -7.6%
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 MerryTapster
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 JordonHoltzman
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle dated a little more than 2 months ago, not ideal, but here we go. Body is a pale golden orange color, a white film remains over the body after the head dissipates, leaving good lacing. The smell is up front very tropical fruit, and in a very unique way I don't think I've ever had in a beer. Tropical citrus, candy - like pineapple, peach. Orange and grapefruit. The taste is even more like candy. I'm curious to see how this tastes very fresh, because this is tasting beautifully after two months. Great easy drinking mouthfeel, can't tell at all that it's at 8.2%.
Singlecut kills it.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4/5  rDev -8.3%
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 OrangeMen
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2 weeks from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a deep pale straw, light golden color. Pillowy, creamy white colored head. Lots of stickiness to sides of glass.

Aroma- Sweet orange juice, orange zest. Bit of lemon. Juicy mango, papaya, pineapple juice.

Taste- Oranges, grapefruit, lemons, mango. More citrus notes than tropical, although there is a nice balance of sweet tropical, its just subtle. Grassy earthiness with a slight bitter dankness.

Feel- Medium feel, slightly creamy. Nice crisp carbonation.

Overall- Excellent double IPA. Citrus takes center stage in this one, although there is nice depth and complexity. Excellent, excellent use of hops.

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

pours nice dark orange with no transparancy evident. nice and cloudy. pillowy head retains well.I dint want to take a sip cause I don't want to ruin the look. nose is bursting of tropical notes and stone fruit. taste nice subtile pine with some floral in there right up front giving way to tropical mango, peaches, maybe some guava and apricot rounding out this full mouthfeel beauty. overall a little alcohol at the end but does not retract from a very nice beer. second beer ive had from singlecut and it delivers. entire palate wrecked.

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Photo of HeadyHopHead
4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
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 ScaryEd
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle filled at the brewery.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a 1-finger white head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma has lots of grapefruit and mango with a touch of sweet pineapple. Very sweet and tropical.

Taste brings a lot of papaya, along with some grapefruit and sweet mango and pineapple. A touch of bitter pine on the end.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Extremely smooth and creamy. Slightly dry and subtly bitter on the end of each sip.

Overall, a fantastic DIPA. Not a ton of balance but the flavor profile is excellent and the mouthfeel is as smooth and drinkable as it gets.

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Photo of papat444
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
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 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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Photo of justintcoons
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Hazed-out golden blonde with 1 finger of creamy off-white head.

Pineapple, papaya, lemon meringue, orange creamsicle, dank, honey, and candy sugar.

Musky papaya, dank, and slight pineapple juice. Overripe mango, caramel, and honey. Tangerine juice, with hints of lemon meringue. Light pine resin sticks on the finish.

Medium bodied, smooth, soft, juicy, and off-dry with a medium-light bitterness.

Overripe tropical juiciness, orange citrus, and dankness. Great stuff.

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

Look - A darkish golden color, hazy
Smell - Sweet ruby red grapefruit, orange, citrus, floral, slightly tropical
Taste - Candied orange, grapefruit, hints of pineapple, pine, floral

Overall - Possibly my favorite SingleCut beer so far.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.88/5  rDev -11%
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 thebeers
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
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 agreenman19
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - pours a shockingly dark amber brown. Mostly translucent with a hint of haze. Thick foamy head. Looks tasty.

S - huge initial blast of wheaty orange and coriander. Some pine pokes threw toward the end.

T - sweet candied orange. Starts mellow and inviting... deceptive! Then the dank pine bursts in. Earthy, grassy, floral, juicy, and fresh. The coriander reminds me of Steady Habit in CT.

F - sticky and light. Creamy carbonation packed in, helped to be concise from the alcohol.

O - first time I got to sit down and truly appreciate SingleCut. Love the juice.

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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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Billy Full Stack Double IPA from SingleCut Beersmiths
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