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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 | 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!?!

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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 618
Photo of reds2harleys
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent DIPA. Typical east coast style DIPA with all the nice - complex fruity notes but the normal hop hit up front is subtle. Overall a wonderful beer. Nice flavor throughout and excellent mouth feel. Very smooth for a 8.2 ABV. Glad I can get this fairly close to home.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

out of bomber into pilsner style glass, great color hazy yellow orange, great head that dissipates with lacing that sticks around some residue out of bottle into glass, great smell of pineapple and mango citrus, taste crisp very citrusy and great citrus length through the flavor on each sip, on the fell it lost it's great carbonation fairly quickly, but again the flavor is great....well made overall a IIPA I would purchase again, I am enjoying this as a well balanced double, great smell and flavor.

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy golden with a small white head. Some lace.

S: Grapefruit, pineapple juice, tropical fruity hops and some pine. Smells like a citrusy lemonade.

T: Pretty much follows the nose, though it's not as juicy and tropical fruit hoppy as expected in light of the nose - i.e., there's more of a balanced malty foundation than expected. Starts out with straw-like bready malt foundation, then the tropical fruity hops kick in, with pineapple the dominant taste. Grapefruit juice and pith too, with a touch of pine. Finishes with lingering grapefruit on the palate.

M: Medium in heft, good carbonation level.

O: Quite good. I'm not usually a big fan of the tropical fruit-dominated IPAs (or DIPAs), but for some reason I like the hop profile in this one. Solid stuff.

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Photo of jimlamb44
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Ready4aHeady
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
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 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 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 T-34-85
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This an extremely good DIPA. Concocted in the ilk of the other BIG highly sought after unfiltered DIPAs out there.

Great looking unfiltered pale citrus color with a healthy head of foam. Intense hoppy aroma and taste with a bit of an off taste on the finish at the back of the tongue. The only real check again it. Something you might detect in a homebrewed beer, but subtle.

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Photo of Roland7792
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bomber poured into a glass. Looks is a hazy golden orange with very little head surprisingly, even after a rigorous pour. Aroma is wonderful, full of candied tangerine, melon and a hint of some dank floral notes. Taste is spot on with the aroma and also some lemon pith and pine finish. Pretty much as described. I expected A LOT more bitterness for something claiming to be 138 IBU but this is pretty mild and perfectly balanced. Feel is pretty good as well. Maybe a bit thin for a double but wouldn't of expected the carbonation feel based on the lack of head. This is really an solid and amazing beer that I wish I had regular access too.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like straight up nectarine juice. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Mango, pineapple and citrus dominate the flavor profile. This is amazing stuff.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a hazy yellow orange with a thick frothy head.

Nose is orange citrus right of the bat. A definite herbal note.

Taste is grapefruit citrus with a piney aftertaste. Light toasted malt to slightly balance it out.

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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 mrn1ceguy
3.94/5  rDev -9.6%
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 -Rick
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a golden/orange color with a slight white head. A mixture of malt and sweet fruits on the nose. Taste follows the nose. Starts off with tropic fruits (grapefruit, orange, melon) and it slowly morphs into more of a malty after taste. The tropic smell/taste falls off a bit quick on this one. A solid IIPA. Like what these guys are doing!

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Photo of Sheppard
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orangish gold. Off white head aplenty. Bursting with an aroma of oranges and citrus. Get some tangerine and orange as well as some banana for flavors. A bit of chalkiness. Definitely a really solid DIPA.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This should be a good one. Dropping this one 100 minutes prior to the first pitch of the World Series #LGM. 500 ml bottle into the work snifter. Just a warning; I've been smelling this one for the past minute, and it is unbelievable.

A - A bright, glowing orange. Like it's really making the room brighter. Almost opaque, and no head left after a minute. Pretty good lacing, though.

N - As I said, this is incredible. Tons and tons of citrus - all of them: orange, lemon, grapefruit, lime, kumquat, etrog, pomelo, tangelo, you name it. It's everywhere. Amazing.

T - Yeah, more of the same, although a bit more subdued on the citrus. Not at all bitter, or at least not hoppy bitter, more citrusy bitter. This is incredibly refreshing.

M - Not the immediate froth I prefer, but it gets there eventually. Very wet and unclean on the finish.

O - An extremely nice offering from our friends in Queens. Once again, LGM!

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Remarkably intoxicating aroma of floral and citrus. Very bitter, fantastic flavor with astounding depth. I am very impressed with what's being made in NY. World class, would drink again an ad again.

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Photo of Damian
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 16.9 fluid ounce bottle purchased at Pemberton Farms, Cambridge, MA
Bottled on: OCT 1
Served in a pint glass

The hazy, amber-tinged straw yellow body was topped by a sudsy, bright white, one-finger tall crown. Even with a fairly aggressive pour it was a bit smaller than anticipated. The head quickly dropped to a frothy cap. A loose bubbly ring sat atop the liquid throughout the session. Spotty lacing stuck along the glass. As the beer warmed, the chill haze eased up and the liquid turned translucent.

The aroma was similar to that of some of the best double IPAs. Super hoppy and fragrant. Amazingly fruity and bright. I could smell the beer from literally a few feet away. Loads of sweet honeydew melon. Canned mandarin orange slices also came through strong. Juicy orange and tangerine notes took over as the beer sat. Mango and papaya were noticeable as well. Really complex and exotic.

Citrusy hops also came through strong in the flavor profile. Juicy orange notes dominated. Lots of white grapefruit. Hints of mango. Slightly sweet up front. Somewhat dank and weed-like. There was a fair amount of tart lemon and lemon rind too. Dry, pithy, grapefruit rind-like notes appeared in the finish. Fairly bitter. With time, the grapefruit took over and the bitterness intensified. All in all solid, but not as juicy or as interesting as the nose.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied for the style but super creamy and smooth. A fine, zippy effervescence gave the liquid a nice frothiness.

SingleCut Beersmiths have been killing it lately with their amazing IPAs and double IPAs. Although I would put this beer behind Bon Bon 2X TNT IIPA and Mo' Shuggie Soulbender IPA (which I absolutely loved), it is fantastic nevertheless. I am really glad to see a rotating lineup of Singlecut beers regularly appear on liquor store shelves in my area.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
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 pinyin
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft into 33 centilitre goblet. 38F

Very similar to the world class Bon Bon 2XTNT DIPA. Malts and and yeast strain seem almost the same. The ABV% is also quite similar as well.

The main difference here is obviously in the hops. Billy Full Stack seems to have a healthy balance of citra and cascade, producing those fruity and floral grapefruit, lycee bitter tasting notes. Possibly some mosaic and simcoe in the dry hop as well to produce a pine resin that blends nicely with the citric ketones.

But for me, what is missing is the azacca. And that is where Bon Bon 2XTNT suprapasses Billy Full Stack. Just a much higher level of hop scaling going on in the background. Granted, Billy Full Stack is a world class ale, especially in the color and aroma department, but Bon Bon 2X TNT just takes it to that next level so far as taste.

The malts are a nice rich, french bread loaf. Not too heavy, but more rich than your average 8.2 IPA. You can definitely taste how the oxygen and yeast collaborated to produce the final product. Really unique ale by Singlecut here. The base malts and yeast are very special, as is the brewing process. Not sure is they are using hop rockets, force carbing or just paying very special attention to volumes and santization like Other Half does, but nonetheless, this north east style of cloudy juicy IPA has been mastered by the brewers here at singlecut, and more power to them. Straight crack juice.

Addendum: 11-1-2015
This ale is just missing so many attributes that Bon Bon and Mo Shuggie contain, namely organic New Zealand Hops and the coloring.

Please Singlecut, hoard more eastern hemisphere hops and brew more of your classics because Billy Full Stack just isn't quite cutting it right now. The hop isomerization is really weak, the aftertaste and mouthfeel on this ale is just not up to par with previous offerings, and it doesn't have that organic taste Mo Shuggie and Bon Bon Have.

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

A-A hazy bright golden color with two fingers worth of white head

S-lots of citrus and a bit of pine, tropical fruits, and light malts

T-taste is similar to the smell, tropical fruits, citrus, lighter in resin and pine, and bready malt

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall very easy to drink, good balance of flavors, really well done

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Photo of MA_hops
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, golden color with a thick, foamy white head that dissipates very slowly.
S: Tropical citrus, dank hops, pine, herbal/floral with some earthliness.
T: Similar to the nose. Tropical juiciness pops out along with a sticky, bitter and dank finish.
M: Medium-high carbonation, hops super prickly to the tongue, moderate amount of bitterness, dry/crisp finish.
O: Glad to have picked up a few bottles of this...super hoppy...seems to have a nice balance between hops/malts. Bravo!

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Photo of Dope
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

October 1 bottling date.

A: Clear golden pour with a tall, foamy light tan head. Great head retention but oddly no lacing.

S: That is one hell of an aroma. Juicy as can be. Loads of pineapple initially. Like pure pineapple juice. Some grapefruit in there too and light citrusy flavors. A dream to inhale.

T: More serious juicy hop flavors. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel primarily. Maybe a hint of...tangerine? Huge hop flavors but without the extreme bitterness (though it is plenty bitter). Light bready malt and then a big wave of drying bitterness hits. Long lingering citrusy and floral hops between sips.

M: Medium bodied, dry and bitter.

O: Another delicious IPA from SingleCut. I'm really enjoying their style. Huge, bold and varied hop flavors but without the enormous bitterness up front that just blots out the flavor of everything. It's still very bitter, very dry and very sharp but it's just not that face-punching west coast style initially. Much more pleasant to drink without losing anything. Excellent brew.

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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 Srs5768
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's been a pleasure to watch these guys grow and become one of the most reliable and delicious breweries in NYC. They've dialed in their hops game, and Billy Full Stack represents the epitome of that effort, bursting forth with citrus flavor and maintaining an almost IPA-type mouthfeel despite the >8% ABV. Great beer.

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Billy Full Stack Double IPA from SingleCut Beersmiths
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