18-Watt Session IPA
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18-Watt Session IPA18-Watt Session IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #148
ABV:
5%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,586
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 7.49%
Reviews:
130
Ratings:
684
From:
SingleCut Beersmiths
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  200
SCORE
92
Outstanding
18-Watt Session IPA18-Watt Session IPA
Notes: Formerly Billy 18-Watt IPA

THE REDEFINITION OF THE SESSION IPA. Orange zest, pine resin and tropical lupulin beauty that easily rivals much bigger IPAs, with a substantially full, soft malt body that compliments but doesn’t interfere with the hop attack. When you want the push, weight, and attack of a much heavier (I)IPA but need to be productive tomorrow – One of our proudest accomplishments.
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Photo of Fieceheart
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My cans weren’t the freshest but its still tastes pretty good. There is a familiar singlecut nose to it which almost reminds me of triple antibiotic ointment slightly... but not in a bad way.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.96/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Sam Adams taster pint; canned 08/27/19.
A: Pours a hazy, dark orange-amber color with a one finger, one-white (yellow tinged) head, solid (half finger) retention, and solid, sticky rings of complex lacing.
S: Fruity with white grapefruit, tangerine, and orange out front, definitely caramel and grainy elements with time.
T: Fruit, semisweet, and tart. Flavors definitely akin to nose, although more fruit zest than the underlying fruit (if that makes sense). Caramel and grain character definitely present, but in the background. Pine definitely in the foreground, more so than in the nose. Solid bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with solid carbonation.
O: I am really surprised this is a session given its big flavor. Really about what a beer of this style should be. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one a pint can on July 29, 2019. Notes of orange zest, pine resin and tropical fruits. Relatively full body for the low ABV. Soft feel.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 16 oz. can into a Willi Becher glass, this beer pours out a deep orange. Hardly forms a crown, but white bubbles form a ring around the top.

The nose carries a pine punch to it mixing with beautiful citrus notes of orange.

The taste brings that orange in; very quickly creamsicle like before turning to a sharper side. Biscuity backbone. Really full of flavor for a session, and I will reflect that into my rating.

Tangy mouthfeel, somewhat on the thinner side; even close to watery but not quite there. Carbonation leaves me burping throughout.

Overall, I would be happy to have this again. It’s not the greatest beer in the world, but it is a nice offering in the sessionable range.

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Photo of beergoot
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mildly cloudy body; somewhat dense yet soapy head. Vague citrus aroma; tangerine. Soft ently sweet flavor, a bit of light cereal grain notes; soft hop bitterness. Medium body; a bit slick, somewhat watery body; soft residual sugar notes.

A soft and light beer, enjoyable. The beer is very approachable but not very meaty. It delivers some well-balanced session beer characteristics, perhaps delivering more than the sum of its parts. Delicious and enjoyable.

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Photo of FBarber
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright matte orange. Completely opaque. Thin white fuzzy head dissipate steadily leaving a ring of foam along the outside of the beer.

Aroma is really fruity and bright. Notes of peach, orange, mango, a twinge of pine with a light biscuity malt backbone peeping through.

Taste is far more simple and straightforward than the aroma implied. You get some orange and peach notes up front that gives way quickly to a malt backbone. Light piney notes cascade throughout the flavor profile. Some light grassy bitterness lingers on the finish.

Feel is light, very crisp, bright and springy. Smooth finish. Punches above its weight in terms of mouthfeel. Its light, but not watery.

Overall this was a really nice IPA - kind of toes the line between the NE style and a more traditional IPA in a really pleasing way.

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Photo of Act25
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best 5% IPA ever. Our finest boat beer for the way home with a pretzel.
a) Pours like a hazed NE that keeps a jetty head and rings fat sea bubbles round the cup.
s) fine pine, fruit, round smell,
t) One of the best 5% beers in any style, so packed with flavor, none over done. pine big and first, lofted by orange zest and tropical fruits in supporting layers, and a full, round malt body
f) Full, rounded, yet crisp finish. I'd keg and case this for entertaining!
o) The best at 5%, must try all single cuts now.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 6/27/19; drank 7/4/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dull orange/yellow appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice, noisy eggshell head which quickly dissipated; minimal lace.

Lemon, dry wheat & mild orange candy notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Lemon & dry wheat flavors up front, with tangy orange candy notes on the finish.

Flavorful for what is really an APA, but that tangy finish & lemon bitterness don't really mesh. Not one I'll return to.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L - 1-finger offwhite head quickly fades, leaving behind a juicy orange body.

S - grapefruit, herb.

T - follows the nose. Slightly dank grapefruit, sour lime. Clean middle. Low bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - quite great for 5% abv.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, dark golden amber coloration with a medium, frothy head. Smells of biscuity, slightly caramelly malt and citrus fruit, as well as a hint of peach and tropical aromas. Taste is a great balance of biscuity, very slightly caramelly malt and bright, hoppy citrus, tropical and orchard fruit notes of grapefruit, orange zest, mango and peach, with just a hint of herbal dankness and pine coming through in the aftertaste. Finishes with a light/medium bitterness and some orange zest and pine lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a light/medium body and medium carbonation.

This is probably the best Session IPA I've ever had, although I'm not sure if you can really still call it a "Session" IPA at 5%. Still, this is pretty impressive for the ABV, with a very different, citrussy, lightly dank and resinous, flavor profile than I'm used to from other Session IPAs. It's just a tad watery, but really only slightly so.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an unclear orange with fine, soapy head.

Smell is hoppy and citrusy with notes of peach juice and a hint of sweetness.

Taste is juicy and hoppy with notes of peaches, citrus, blood grapefruit and a moderate bitterness, Very refreshing and balanced, feels a lot bigger than the ABV would suggest.

Mouthfeel is medium , well carbonated.

Overall, a very impressive beer for the low ABV. Full flavored and not as thin as many session IPAs.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can

Poured into a Trillium glass a very nice cloudy dark orange color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, mango, apricot), with some nice diesel like. The taste is pretty nice hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, mango, apricot), nice little diesel like. Medium body, ABV hidden very nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew. Addictive! Orange Juilus! Milkshake!. Glad to see this around here.

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Photo of CTHOPHEAD27
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hands down the single best low abv IPA on the market. It is bursting with juicy hop taste and smell. It really drinks like a heavy hitter double IPA and hits above it's weight class. I don't know any other brewer that's been able to accomplish this with a session ale, another winner from Singlecut.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can from Sierranevallagash poured into goose island nonic pint. No can dating.

Dark Amber gold with considerable haze and a very tall fuzzy head of off white standing at three fingers tall. Lots of lace left behind as the head recedes to a stable two fingers.

Lots of pungent fruits on the nose, including mango, pink grapefruit, juicy blood orange, papaya, and passion fruit.

The juice continues into the flavor profile, with red grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, honey malt, some nice grass and pine, a touch of caramel, and slight earth on the finish.

Feel is creamy and juicy - exceptionally well done for a session IPA.

Overall, for a 5% banger, I have to say this beer is a champion. Tons of great flavor, would make a great summer beer, and you can put away a 4 pack without needing a DD. Good stuff here.

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Photo of mmcder03
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Super hazy but darker than most hazy beers. A delicious session ale, probably the best session ale I’ve ever had. Still has good body of an ipa and doesn’t taste like a ipa/miller lite cross like some of them do. But at $15 a 4pack it’s too pricy for me to buy again

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Photo of RJQ3
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought 4pack of 16 oz. cans. Was deciding between this and Carton Boat, Bell Oberon, Lord Hobo Glorious, Stone Go To, or Shabeen Milkshake IPA, and I am glad I chose this!
L: It has a deep orange/copper cloudy color with nice off white 2 finger head!
A: Wow, really fills the nostrils with all the really hop forward higher abv ipa’s, first comes the fruit bouquet then get sime dank, grass and pepper and pine with some flowery hints at the end. Just reaks of hops!
T: Not quite as powerful as the aroma but still get all the flavors you gpt on the aroma! This beer packs the punch, the hops are overwhelming, exactly what you want in a NE IPA but the beauty of this beer is the west coast grass, pepper, & flower that comes through so that its not a juice bomb but a hop bomb! And the bitter afterbite just lingers on your palate, leaves your mouth thirsting for more!
MF: This beer is thick & almost creamy. Carbonated just right and is better then most 6 to 8% abv ipas out there. This is incredibly a big full ipa for a lower abv beer (anything 5% or above is not a session beer to me).
O: This is an excellent American IPA that combines both East & West coast styles to make it a beer I will always seek out! Top notch beer!

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Photo of ONUMello
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a crowler into an IPA glass
A: Medium orange-brown, opaque though not exactly hazy, a one-finger lingering head
S: Tons of tropical fruits initially, citrus (mostly orange peel) in the middle and hints of pine & earth towards the end
T: The citrus & earth come through up front here, then some tropical fruit towards the finish though not quite as complex as the nose
M: Actually medium-bodied, quite pleasant. A touch dry/bitter
O: This is quite pleasant and a well made session IPA. More going on and more body than many

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Photo of osheamatth
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another outstanding Single Cut brew. This session poured beautifully from the can into an imperial pint glass. That left plenty of room for the head to develop and it was the perfect pour - lovely amber orange color. This ale has all the markings of a full blown IPA especially on the nose and palate. Plenty of tropical fruit and citrus in the aroma, rich and robust. The taste had plenty to spare as well for 5.0 session. Again this had all the characteristics of a full IPA with ample hops, pineapple and a hint or burnt orange with a terrific feel in the mouth. Great aftertaste as well. Maybe the best session ale I've ever tasted.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint can - undated, but I know it's far too old, poured into a tulip pint at about 44F.

Pours an incredibly turbid, milky brownish yellow, with two fingers of fluffy, slightly off-white head. Some lacing clings to the sides of the glass. Surprising, for a 5% beer.

Nose is very New England. Pineapple, beginning to ferment, overripe mango, black pepper, a splash of passionfruit. It smells pungent, fruity, herbaceous, and a little bit dank. A massive aroma from a supposedly small beer. Maybe even a Tree-House Green vibe.

Palate: On the palate, everything the nose hints at becomes fulfilled. Overripe pineapple, mango, and passionfruit with some fresh black peppercorns, and some yeasty tones. This is very indicative of very late hopping - a practice inherent to the "New England IPA" style. This possesses all of those traits, and puts them on display. There is a lot of flavor here, and I am very surprised that this was achieved in a 5% ABV session IPA. Blindly, I would guess this was a double IPA pushing about 8%. There isn't a whole lot of subtlety or nuance to it, but to be fair, this is a very old, and mistreated can. All in all, and all things considered, this is rather impressive.

Mouthfeel: The body of the beer is just another trait that raises your eyebrows when you hear it's only 5%. It's thick, soft, pillowy, and almost heavy. I've had 8% NEIPAs, that didn't have the imposing body that this does. It has a touch of bubbles to lift the weight a little, but this feels exactly how it looks. Creamy.

Overall: I'm a bit saddened that I pushed this to the back burner, after having a few Singlecut brews that really turned me off. I should have started with this one. It's months old, and it's enjoyable to drink. I'd have loved to try this fresh, and I think I will now, to properly experience it. Nothing about this beer makes you think "session" or "light". This is a big, bold, soft and creamy IPA bursting with juicy hop flavors, and stands up among much of the respected hoppy beers in New England today.

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Photo of brewme
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about fourteen dollars. Have had one brew from these guys before. A solid low-ABV beer, would get again.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Welcome back to my Happy Picking Up Where I Left Off During The Last New Beer Sundays (Week 726)! I have several more new CANs from SingleCut which I picked up during my most recent expedition to The Beer & Beverage Shoppe.

From the CAN: "Rulpsen says: 'Come visit our brewery!"; "SingleCut Beersmiths is proud to maintain the American tradition of beer locally made from craft by zealots/lunatics who believe hard work, truth, pride and passion should always come before profit."; "Session IPA"; "72 IBU".

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle Glug to no avail. It was as turbid as the Conestoga River following a heavy rainfall! That being the case, I picked up the pace & let fly, creating two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with very good retention, leaving loads of lacing in its wake. Color was a cloudy solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose smelled most strongly of pineapple, but also of eucalyptus, pine, caramel & light dank. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was MUCH more than a typical Session IPA in that it really followed the nose, as opposed to simply relying on aroma hops. It was quite cool and minty, but more like eucalyptus than pine, with an underpinning of pineapple & caramel. Has anyone ever eaten Pineapple Upside-Down cake with a Hall's Mentho-Lyptus drop in their mouth? Me, neither, but this is what I imagine that it would taste like. It was eminently drinkable, but I still felt unfulfilled. The bitterness really did not translate nor was the ABV sustaining. Finish was cool & dry, but it lacked Ooomph. Not bad, but not great, either.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, almost turbid, orange color with a big bubbly foam capped head. The head shows good retention.
Fruity hops aromas abound. Notes of peach, nectarine, pineapple, grapefruit and tangerine.
Taste opens juicy with flavors of grapefruit and orange pith. Notes of tropical fruit and stone fruit, including mango and peach. A spicy and grassy middle palate begins to develop. Thee is some crackery dry malt presence and a modest bitterness. Despite the juicy opening, the palate develops a nice dryness. Medium to light bodied and very easy to drink. Lively carbonation, crisp mouthfeel and a dry finish with a modest lingering bitterness.
It’s hard to believe it’s only 5% ABV given the fullness of flavor. One of the better session IPAs out there.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Slightly muddy body, with a color somewhere of deep amber, and muted turbid brown. Not much noticeable carbonation, but a reaching tall easily three finger head, that is good in retention but a little soapy. Good pill and ring to bacteria like looking lacing as well, with a good soft island in the middle.

Nice hop aroma that is kind of spicy and touches a little caramel malt sweetness. Touches quite a bit of lemon zest as well, and hints at a real large beer.

Palate is a real nice surprise. Big juicy mouthfeel and body, mixing more notes on the hop angle. Mid palate fills with a juicy tropical note, sort of mango guava like, and mixing with some more lemony citrus qualities. Finishes herbal with a touch of caramel like sweetness, even a touch of playful prickly mouthfeel that cuts through some of the resin and pine like character coming out also. Real nice spicy herbal finish as well.

The beer at 5% also comes out much larger than it tastes which makes for a great easy drinking robust brew. Could drink quite a bit of this.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours moderately hazy medium orange/amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big red grapefruit, tangerine, orange juice, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, light peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big red grapefruit, tangerine, orange juice, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, light peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, orange juice, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, light honey/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly crisp/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is an excellent session IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the modestely bitter/resinous/drying finish, not aggressive. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Feels like a lot of Citra/Simcoe. Very juicy and fairly dank/earthy hop complexity; great bready malt backbone for the ABV. Mild residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive style example. One of the better session IPAs I've had.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy dark yellow color with thin foamy head. Retention is virtually nonexistent and lacing is very mild. Citrus, tropical and piney aroma. Somewhat juicy with very mild dank. Taste is disappointing. Too dry. Citrus and mild pine.

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18-Watt Session IPA from SingleCut Beersmiths
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 684 ratings