18-Watt Session IPA
SingleCut Beersmiths

18-Watt Session IPA18-Watt Session IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #182
Ranked #3,238
4.13 | pDev: 7.75%
SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States
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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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Victor's in York, PA. Pours a slightly hazy straw color, with a nice off-white head. Initial impression is pineapple, bready malts, and hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is between West Coast and New England. Finish is slightly dry and quite clean. Overall, a very enjoyable session IPA!

Feb 20, 2021
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours an opaque, very slightly orange hazy straw yellow, with a moderately dense, two and a half finger head of foam. Laces the glass moderately well.

Aroma: Sweet garlic/onion and spicy pine needle - some floral, soapy apricot skin and juicy orange. Condensed milk + sugar.

Taste: Mellow guava and pineapple with a backdrop of soft, freshly baked bread and biscuits. Pine needle + hop spice comes in on the end to add a delicate amount of warmth to the brew. As it warms, stronger flavors of orange and cream come into the foreground.

Feel: Smooth. Carbonation is low. Body is silky. Medium bodied. I think as a session this should have a little more carbonation.

Overall: This is a decent, if a little expensive session IPA. I think there are better examples of the style out there but you can't complain with this.

Dec 18, 2020
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eppCOS from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Nothing really distinguishes the "look" of 18 Watt; decent head for a moment, OK lacing. Low ABV at work.
S - Better, piney grapefruit, and some def Mosaic notes on the nose. Smells like Lizard King Lite in some ways... huh.
T - Yep, Lizard King Lite - has a great balance between bitter and tropical - not juicy, not west coast, a really nice tweener style of beer that for 5% is pretty damn tasty. I like this a lot. But it's the taste, more than anything else, that stands out.
F - Good carbonation but no complexity; not hot, good balance, no layers.
O - pretty darn good for a so-called session. At 5%, no problems, no complaints. Solid.

Nov 11, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.12/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A couple of pints from a tap bring these considerations. 18 Watt is a pretty pour. It's a hazy blondish amber with a bit of a tight white head and some glass lacing. Its faint hazy IPA smell is readily overpowered by any ambient odors in range. Disappointingly from SingleCut, the taste is as bland an IPA as can be found. There's no overboard sweetness to complain about. There's no wonderful hoppiness to exalt. There really is close to nothing to describe. 18 Watt is so mild and undistinguished, it's almost hard to tell when you've finished drinking it.

Oct 15, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the lightness of the ABV, this packs a good amount of flavor! Piney and dank, with nice levels of orange zest to create a good balance of flavors. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, but has a little bit of creaminess to it as well. There are richer beers out there, but if you're looking for a 5% brew, this one's got a lot to offer!

Sep 28, 2020
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Nugganooch from California

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Recieved this in trade with mdfb79 back in Nov/Dec 2015 - Thanks Dan!

16.9oz bottle with a nonic style pint glass

Burnished golden amber ale with some semi-clear visibility through the body. Cap of thick sea-foam white that hangs out for several minutes hugging the glass at each sip. Nose is nice with tangerine and pine hops present. Light tropical fruit medley and floral. Light crackery malt. Taste follows much of the same profile with some mild hop bitterness. A nice hop session but nothing stand out for me to go seeking this one out. Still delighted to get my taste of some SInglecut brews here though.

Dec 30, 2019
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can. Pours muddy yellow with long lasting foamy white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bredy malt and tangerine. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Long dry finish. Good brew.

Oct 21, 2019
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Fieceheart from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Oct 02, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.96/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Sep 26, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Sep 24, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Aug 18, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Aug 05, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Jul 27, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jul 18, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Jul 05, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Jun 30, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Jun 29, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.17/5  rDev +1%
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.

May 15, 2019
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Apr 18, 2019
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CTHOPHEAD27 from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Apr 15, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Mar 31, 2019
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mmcder03 from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
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

Mar 30, 2019
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RJQ3 from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Mar 30, 2019
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Feb 24, 2019
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osheamatth from New York

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Feb 11, 2019
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