Billy 18-Watt IPA | SingleCut Beersmiths

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Billy 18-Watt IPABilly 18-Watt IPA

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SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 400
Photo of jerrytodd
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap.

A: Nice finger thick white head. Excellent lacing as I drank. Slight haze

S: Strong DANK pine and mild citrus. Oh baby

T: Dank pine, mild grapefruit, slight floral with nice malt toast as balance. Maybe the slightest touch of light caramel malt (?) for balance but definitely not sweet.

M: Excellent. I had this after a Peeper Ale and it made the Maine Co beer seem thin in comparison

O: This is a GREAT IPA. I'm definitely a fan of SingleCut and considering that they've only been open a short while and that this is a 5% ABV IPA, it's most impressive. Recommended.

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Photo of Daileyg13
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Beef & Brew in Geneva, NY. One of the best sessionable IPAs I've had. Light malt and very hop forward. Hop presence is much more tropical than bitter. This beer is exactly what I like in an IPA

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Photo of YeastPriest
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a white head. Only thing I'd like is more head retention. Nose is frsh tropical and citrus. Very fruity taste and medium to dry mouth feel firm but not over powering bitterness. A bit dangerous only in its delicious drink ability. Not like bud notice the modifying adjective delicious. A very clean unfiltered IPA no doubt partially due to NYCs high quality water in addition to the fine brewing technique

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Photo of TheSeeker
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a great beer made even greater by the fact that is 5% and drinks like a 7% brew. Super turbidness already signals this is not your average session IPA. Very frothy bright white head. Aroma is a beautiful and intense citrus/melon/mild dank blend, pretty much the Singlecut hallmark. I've had this beer home and the aroma just leaps from the bottle. Taste is a very unique blend of citrus, melon, dank with a rich malt that gives a great mouthfeel. Very full, total NE IPA. Overall my favorite sub 6% IPA.

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Photo of jameswaldo
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the weirdest looking IPA I've ever enjoyed. Just brought home a half-gallon growler after tasting a sample at the Ithaca Coffee Company's Wednesday Beer Tasting that was so amazingly good I had to drink more. It pours with very little head, no lacing to speak of, and is not just hazy, but completely turbid, as in nearly opaque. Looks like an Orange Julius, or a grapefruit smoothie! Color a SRM 4 like an orange creamsicle.

But even though it doesn't look like an IPA (or even an ale, for that matter), if for sure smells and tastes like one! Big floral fresh hoppy smell rises from this brew like a bouquet of fresh hops when you pick a bunch you just grew, say a big handful grabbed on a hot day in late summer to make sure they're ripe enough to harvest and the nearly fluorescent pollen is glowing a neon lupulin no-passing double yellow middle of the road strip straight to your olfactory meatus! Wow, those hops are singing!

The hops in your mouth tell the same bright hop-clobbering story: all sorts of hop notes from floral to arboreal to bitter, like sacred hop incense telling the hop receptors in your innards they've got all they need and then some, transcendentally hopping all the way down the tubes. Aftertaste and even the beer burps are a joy to echo the excellence on the way down.

Mouthfeel is smooth, calm, benign, healing: all the good aspects of healthfood without the monotony. Nothing so fresh should be left sitting around for long. It feels great drinking this IPA, and Overall, I'm way glad it's brewed in New York!

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Photo of crispinol
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Possibly the first session IPA I've had that I drank all night and enjoyed to the end. Great pine/citrus (floral-orange-grapefruit) aroma with a undercurrent of dankness that seems to be the Singlecut hallmark. Flavor was similar with a mild malt sweetness (just right). Plenty of body for a session IPA. Definitely one of the standout breweries in the NYC scene.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. bottle dated 6/22

Pours cloudy hazy dusty dark gold with a frothy white foam head. Smells like floral tangerine, canned pineapple, grapefruit, melon, some raw dough, bready honey caramel malts, with dank herby earthy grass and pine. Tastes like sweet tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, melon, bready biscuity doughy honey caramel malts, with spicy dank pine and herbal earthy grass. Feels medium-light bodied, thick and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice IPA, and for 5% this is drinking hefty. Really good!

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Photo of Damian
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drink on tap at The Brewer's Fork, Boston, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a hazy yellow ochre and was topped by a finger tall cap of fluffy, bright white froth that fell rather quickly. Rings of thin, drippy lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was amazingly hoppy. Super fruity with loads of sweet tropical fruit notes. Mango and papaya came through strongest. Hefty dose of passionfruit. Peach was also noticeable. There was an intense dankness as well. Fresh bud came to mind. Hint of citrus too.

Like the aroma, the flavor profile was very hoppy and fruit forward. Juicy orange and tangerine notes dominated. Slightly tart. Fairly lemony. Tropical fruits came through as well, but they were more subtle than in the nose. Mango was most apparent. Slightly peachy. Bit of citrus rind on the finish. Really well balanced.

The beer was somewhat lighter bodied for the style but creamy, slick and smooth. The liquid contained a fine, frothy effervescence.

SingleCut Beersmiths have another winner here with Bill 18-Watt IPA. This rivals some of the better hoppy beers being made by the top breweries in the Northeast. I especially love the fact that this is easily obtainable at my local liquor store.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a tumbler. Pours a hazy golden yellow with 1+ fingers of white medium density white head that left ringed lacing. Great nose, lots of peach and mango. Taste didn't quite match the pleasure of the nose, but it was close. Attributes followed suit to the nose, but with a bit of citrus. Finish was very clean, slight citrus astringency that lingered minimally. Mouthfeel was very nice, soft but just enough body, and the carbonation was on the higher side. Only my second Singlecut beer, but I really like what they are doing. Only complaint is the packaged format and associated price point.

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Photo of jrnyc
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is fantastic. As good as a session as I have had. Great smell, juicy, but nice dry finish. Doesn't suffer from that watery or fleeting taste that many sessions suffer from. Singlecut killing it!

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Photo of justintcoons
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Super cloudy yellow/blonde with 1 finger of loose white head.

Pineapple, mango, papaya, dank, pine sap, honey, candied orange, and lemon.

Tropical juice bomb! Mango juice, papaya, and pineapple. Candied orange and lemon. Dank and drippy pine sap. Thin honey and biscuit maltiness.

Medium-light bodied, juicy, and smooth with hardly any bitterness.

Mouthwatering and thirst crushing. Hands down the best Session IPA that I've ever had.

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Photo of mschrei
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Almost brown in color, very cloudy, a lot of floaties. Clean hop scent, almost lemony notes to it. Light tangy and juicy hop taste, mildly bitter. Mild and creamy feel to it. Very interesting beer.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Yellowish-orange in color; very cloudy - almost completely opaque. Pours with a huge 3 finger, thick cloud-like, bright white head that dies down leaving a very thick even layer of foam on the surface of the beer and lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Lots of bubbles visible from the carbonation. Perfect.

Smell: Bright citrus aroma (oranges, grapefruit); fresh grass; mild pine. Inviting.

Taste: Mild pine and grainy start; progresses on to a lively tart citrus (lemons, grapefruit) flavor.

Feel: Medium body. Starts with a noticeable fizzy sensation from the carbonation, progresses to a velvety feeling and ends with a mild dry finish.

Overall: Lively, refreshing, flavorful IPA. One of the best. Somewhat on the tart-side in terms of flavor. Very slight dry finish.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hand and Foot in Corning, NY.

Look: Opaque, hazy pale orange with a sticky white heads that leaves rings of lacing.

Smell: Pulpy orange and grapefruit, clover, a bit of white grape and pineapple.

Taste: Tons of bright orange/tangerine and grapefruit, light hints of mango and pineapple, peach, fluffy dough malt. Clean finish.

Feel: Light, yet not watery. Smooth and juice-like, low carbonation.

Overall: A delicious low-abv IPA. Fruity and thirst-quenching.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm going to approach this differently than the average review. I could sit here and break down the various components of smell and taste, which are the two variables most would be interested in, yet reading it and acknowledging to yourself that you like lemon sorbet, dank weed, and myriad tropical fruit explosion doesn't really tell you that the beer has been executed almost perfectly, just that you also enjoy the elements I previously mentioned. All BS aside, and if my last 100 ratings/reviews are any indication, I don't overrate beer. Even the ones I REALLY like are slightly below the rDev. Simple and plain, for a 5.0% abv, this is the juiciest, dankest, most insanely bitter, yet perfectly balanced, quaffable low-abv IPA to ever grace the Hunter's lips. I swear that I'm drinking something in the 7+ abv range. This is insane, and I'm ashamed that I've passed on it so many times in favor of SingleCut's other offerings. Mastery Knows No Shortcut. Get you some, BAs. This is LARRRGE™.

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer is hazy straw colored. Thick ivory head with some nice lacing. Lots of citrus in the nose: grapefruit, some cut grass, light biscuits. Taste follows the nose. Very hop forward, with a powerful grapefruit finish. Bitter and dry. Mouthfeel is a bit light, but not in a bad way. Overall, a very, very nice IPA. Easy drinking, crisp, flavorful, fresh, yummy. Delicious. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on draft in a historic bar in Great Neck over 25 minutes.
The pour is hazy yellow hay with a minor hint of soft orange-brown glow. Spotty lacing holds on from a fairly nice, airy but ephemeral head. It's a pleasing appearance that draws the drinker in with expectations consistent with the style.
The citrus aroma is on-point with the support of mildly toasty wheat and grass with some soft spice. It's fairly simple at first, with its sugared lemon and mandarin dominance, but really just right once the must jumps forward. The bitter hop influence is clearly waiting in the (flowery) wings, drawing lips to the glass whenever the nose gets close.
It starts in smooth over the teeth, but then brightens fast with the citrus elements (mostly lemon up front). Then the wheat backbone comes in, lightly toasted and buttered. That center holds marjoram and roasted corn, all slickened by the paresthetic influence of phenols--especially with warming. The aftertaste is full of grapefruit and some fresh grass with a touch of aspen-pitch.
This beer is so enjoyable and potentially versatile because it's just a step above light-bodied, but still sticky and chewy in a way that lingers and compels. Oils carry a fairly lengthy finish, enhancing flavors, and carbonation slices through and persists to make room for food...and for drinking more!
I'll agree that a little more spice would take this outstanding flavor profile to the Elysian Fields...but I'm happy with the cultivation of this harvest. But to get this depth and intensity with just 5% ABV is remarkable. It has a hint of shandy quality that minimizes earthiness that some drinkers may not like, but I think it makes it even more drinkable...rating it specifically as a session IPA, it's one of the best I've had.

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Photo of citizencane
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not just a solid session IPA- a delicious IPA period. Citrus rind, orange juice, and pine. Very refreshing; crisp without being dry. Would readily drink again.

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Photo of zshaft
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter nice hazy orange. thin head with minimal retention. nose is big over ripe fruit with some flash of floral in there. very strong for a 5 percent ale. body is a little thin but coats the palate very well. up front bitterness followed by waves of tangerine and apricot with peach. I get a little mid to end palate sweetnes that makes the fruit flavors almost sticky. nice dry finish leaves me licking my lips for more. this may be the best session beer ive had. full flavor throughout the drink with good body makes this one complex session. very well done with tons of flavor and complexity to please any ipa lover. this beer can hang with any other ipa in my opinion. get it if you can

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 10/16/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellowish gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong piney hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of JonSchwartz
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had it on tap at Asgard in Cambridge, MA, and suspect it's very fresh. Highly unusual cloudy appearance, but it's delicious and amazingly drinkable, for its hop load.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a wonderful beer. The body is a murky gold and the head is thick and creamy, which leaves a generous lacing. The smell is incredible and features big citrus aromas that are complimented by tropical notes. Taste follows the smell. A very juicy beer that has hints of orange, grapefruit and mango. The feel is very soft and drinkable. The body is so full that it's a total surprise the beer is only 5%. The finish is a little earthy as raw. Overall an excellent beer and one that I will keep coming back for.

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Photo of dar482
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a slightly hazy golden color, not much head.

The aroma offers grapefruit, sweet citrus, peach, mango, with an intense woody, herbaceous dankness.

The flavor follows with grapefruit through, citrus peel, a medium minus breadiness in the middle, onto a drying note of herbaceous, leaning towards earthiness. Bitterness is somewhat restrained. The mouthfeel is medium and substantial for a "session" IPA.

Singlecut continues to improve and impress with their hoppy offerings.

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Photo of emount91
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very hazy yellow, head sticks around and laces. smell is slightly bready, very citrusy and tropical, maybe some pine on the nose as well. taste is orange, dry citrus, big tropical fruits, with that big pine kick at the end that really makes this one stand out. very little malt on the tongue and a good velvety mouthfeel. awesome session IPA, grabbing a growler of it definitely.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Light yellow, hazy, opaque with a 2 inch head.
Smell: Fruity, lemon, and papaya.
Taste: Fruity, papaya, and melon.
Feel: I wish it was juicer.
Overall: A great IPA, just not world class.

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