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Billy 18-Watt IPA | SingleCut Beersmiths

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Billy 18-Watt IPABilly 18-Watt IPA

Brewed by:
SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 356
Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer didn't do much for me at all - and I really like all of SingleCut's other pales that I've had. The label says IPA, but coming in at 5% abv, it isn't quite like most IPAs I've had - maybe closer to an APA? Cloudy medium-gold body with a finger of white foam. Aromas of grass and grain and flowers with some citric notes. Follows the same pattern on the tongue, with some herbal undercurrents. Medium feel, moderate carbonation, fairly crisp and clean-finishing. My inherent bias is probably related to the abv and my high esteem for their other products. I thought this was more of a session ale than an IPA, and I imagine fans of lighter beers will like it more than I did.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle

Hazy opaque pale yellow, white head. No lacing. Citrus and grassy hop aroma. Hop dominated but not bitter. Yeast. Soft mouthfeel but coats tongue.

Eh, over priced and not that impressed.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%

Single Cut "Billy 18-Watt IPA"
On tap @ Dosa Royale, Brooklyn, NY

Notes: Clear amber, short white head. Very nice lacing. Bright aroma of citrus pith, pineapple. Resinous! Great! Flavor does not live up to the aroma. It's THIN in comparison with a limited maltiness. The hop flavor pales in comparison to the aroma, BUT overall it's refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 08/30/13 notes. Had this on tap at Ginger Man in NYC. Wasn't a big fan of their Dean Pacific NW beer, but have heard great things about their IPA's, so was excited to try this one.

a - Pours a somewhat clear orange yellow color with one inch of white fluffy head and moderate carbonation evident. Some nice lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of pale malts, citrus hops, wheat, grains, bread, eathy notes, and light fruits. Nice nose but not overly hoppy or fruity.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, pale malts, floral notes, earthy notes, fruity malts, lemon, and bread. More hops than the nose had which is very nice, especially the floral hops. No bitter bite.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness at all and easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice IPA, but not too hoppy and nothing mindblowing. The nose had a lot of malts to it and while the hops came through more in the taste, they weren't quite as strong as I would have liked. More like an APA to me and light and easy to drink, which is nice, but not on par with the IPA's coming out of Peekskill. Interested to try their other IPA's.

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Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, pale yellow in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is wet hops, grapefruit,and pine. Super light bodied that is not overly bitter. Nice beer to sit with. Really tasty IPA that I will look for again.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy dark golden brownish color with a big foamy white head. There is some frothy lacing. The odor for me is grapefruit, citrus, orange, passion fruit, mandarin, floral, pine, resin, slightly spicy. The taste for me is spicy, pine, orange, grapefruit, herbal, bread like, bitter throughout.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

picked up a 12oz fill locally, enjoyed from a singlecut imperial pint glass.

brew poured a transparent yet murky orange with a finger plus of ipa head that dissolved leaving oily bubbles and speckles of lacing on the glass. nose is resiny floral hop...a bit of mustiness as well. taste is a slap in the face of candied caramel hop. very resinous and dank. big lemon and citris. body is nice chewy while still being soft and drinkable. overall a candied ipa. not my favorite ipa, but unique and worth checking out. cheers

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer was served on tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a house stange, showing a dense golden Amber coloring. It held a sturdy one and a half finger tall head of sticky white foam that left etched craters of lacing around that glass as it descended at a slower pace. A dull haze was noted, but no sediment was appreciated. Carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma gave massive notes of piney, nectary, and floral hop freshness and sweetness, amongst a scintillating background of intense honey sweetness, black pepper booziness, tropical fruitiness of mango and kiwi, dusty ale yeastiness, white flour, freshly trimmed daisies, morning dew and wet humidity, creamy lactics, pale and lightly red maltiness, and menthol. The flavoring began with a much more pronounced and fruity hoppy citrus bite that was expertly blended with pale and basically adjuncty maltiness, whole wheat table crackers, popcorn kernels, sea salt, toffee and white sugars, tin, savory yeasty warmth, mild phenolic burn, ruddy minerals, clean but synthetic lemon cleanser, and porcelain. The body was solidly medium, and the carbonation was the same. Each sip gave soft but recognizable slurp and smack, with cream and froth that was fair enough. The mouth felt coated and cooled, with light pucker in the absence of astringency. The abv was appropriate, and the beer disappeared happily.

Overall, this beer was chosen strictly on name. We were out to eat with a group of people and arrived late. This necessitated a quick flash of the menu, and an impulse order from their always varied and extensive tap list. The first name I saw was “SingleCut”, and immediately ordered whatever offering it was; this very beer, obviously. I was able to confidently do that following our experience a few years ago with their Billy Full Stack, which was memorably tasty. As our expectations dictated here, we were not disappointed with this offering either. It was freshly hoppy and clean throughout, and would please most any hophead. The flavoring could have been a bit stronger and heavier, but really that is just us being picky.

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Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 growler filled at the brewery, pre Mets game two days ago.

Pours clouded medium amber, under a lasting well developed cap, leaves a thicker film , and ample sheeting.
Citric nose with soft grapefruit notes.

Pleasing hopped up and fresh tasting, with more grapefruit coming to mind.

Smooth and appropriately carbonated to my thinking.

Nice smooth and flavorful finish with more grapefruit hop notes.

Far better then average IPA and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with some hints of pine resin.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is quite citrusy—flavors of grapefruit seem to stand out in particular. Slight hints of pine resin are noticeable towards the finish. The beer has a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer packs the hop aromas and flavors that you would expect from an Imperial IPA but is rather easy to drink given its lower alcohol content.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had at the brewery on 6/25 into a snifter glass, poured a super cloudy tannish color with a white head that left some lacing. Looks like gravy.

Smell is a quick blast of really potent hops, not a ton of malt. Flavor wise is pretty similar, chewy bread malt note, some sweetness, then a quick wave of bitter, earthy, grapefruit hops. Taste doesn't linger too long, very light in the stomach and soft mouthfeel. Slightly under carbonated.

Overall a beer that I would call a Pale Ale over an IPA, but pretty tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at tavern in the square Northborough.

nice fluffy creamy 1 finger head fades slowly, hazy golden orange color.

Nose floral grassy fruity hops, tropical, little earthy hint of pine, zest orange peel, then herbal like chewy hop, mild grainy doughy malt.

Taste is earthy spicy hop, cherry and a little herbal, mild doughy grainy malt with faint yeast profile, and seems like a creamy wheat, hops are a bit fruity touch of citrus orange peel. Finish fairly bitter, herbal spicy hops lingering, fairly dry, creamy wheat touch, mostly bitter spicy chewy hops.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy, decent carb.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice session by Singlecut! Citrusy and fruity notes on the nose, lots of nice bitterness throughout the taste and some juicyness from some tropical notes, and a nutty like malt flavor.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden hue with a slight orange tint. Flavor profile is bringing some pine and a nearly chalky citrus. Citrus does seem to be most prevalent here. Feel is smooth, though almost a bit gummy in the mouth. Nice drinker. An easy ipa to chew on. Probably wouldn't go back to it again, as it's a bit unique and not really my preferred interpretation of the style. But I am glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 21oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is extremely hazy yellow with an inch can thick yellow head.

Aroma is a sweet tangerine/ grapefruit slight bitter pith peel note at the end.

Body is a little thin, and hop note is not as strong aroma. Nice herbal hop note at the end.

Comes off as a lot more as a sessionable IPA than anything else. Good for the style though.

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Red Dove Tavern In Geneva. Cloudy and golden in the glass with minimal head-retention and not much in the way of lacing. Like all of SingleCut's iPA's, the best way to start of a taste description is dank. Lots of grapefruit with that dank earthiness to back it up. Some sweet caramel malts, but nothing prominent; pretty dry as a whole. I had no idea that this is basically a session IPA. I'm impressed.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky golden orange bordering on brown color with a dense 2 finger off white head. Retention is great and there are chunky rings of lacing. Smell is dank pine, grapefruit, tangerine and peach. Taste is the same. An excellent mix of flavors where nothing is too dominant, but everything is there. Feel is light and prickly. Not watery at all, but a little thin. Overall a very solid beer. One of the better sessions I've had.

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Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Draught 55, NYC.

Poured a hazy brass hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured piney and tropical hop notes.

The taste offered resinous piney hops, with a secondary tropical note. There was a clean grainy malt in support.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty and very quaffable IPA.

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Photo of smcolw
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy white to gold color. Minor had but good streaky lace.

Fresh cut weeds are the first impression from the initial whiff. I also get some grapefruit.

More mellow than I expect although the hop comes through pleasantly in the swallow. Very much an American IPA tastewise. But I would still describe this as well balanced. Starts with pale malt flavor. The aftertaste is lingering, but subtle, bitterness. I want to call this a clever beer but I think that is a bit too pretentious. It's good and worth seeking out.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh from the brewery makes all of the difference for this beer. Extremely resinous with a grapefruit and pine scent. Mouthfeel is a touch thin but that resinous flavor is just great for a sessionable IPA. I could drink this all day. Extremely cleaned and well done.

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Photo of dd43
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A hazy, aromatic 5% IPA from Singlecut, killing it like always. It's practically a session beer, hooray for those people who think that designation is important.

Pungent hop aromas couple with a much more robust mouthfeel than what you typically would find in a lower alcohol IPA. Singlecut is doing a great job of carrying the flag for east coast and particularly New England style IPA.

Citrus in the nose includes nectarine and peach. Really nice thirst quenching bitterness in the finish, this was a beer that I could stick with all night. Malts are very light, might be a little wheat in the mash. Tasty crushable IPA. I'd love to be able to buy sixers of this.

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Photo of IronLover
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Deep yellow in color with an orange hue and murky, unfiltered appearance. Poured with a short, soapy, bright white foam with good retention. Medium high herbal hop aromas with mint and lightly pungent onion-like aromas. Medium light malt aroma beneath. Medium bodied with a light creamy feel and medium carbonation. Pleasant warmth from the middle to the end. Medium high pungent herbal hop flavor up front followed by medium hop bitterness through the middle. Mint hop flavors on the back end. Finished semi-dryly with a lingering minty herbal and minty hop aftertaste. Balance tilts heavily to the hoppy side with both the aroma and flavor. Hop characters are intense but don't deter from the drinkability.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle into libbey tulip
bottled on 6/10 so almost 2 months old
L- pours a hazy beeswax color with thin bubbly head which quickly turns into ring of lacing
S- grapefruit, mango, tropical fruit
T- sweet creamy, tropical fruit, with this awesome grapefruit kick of a finish
F- light-medium bodied, creamy feel. hop bite on the finish
O- what really like about this 5% Abv IPA is that the flavors mesh together beautifully making for a real balanced great tasting brew.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap.

A - Pours an opaque tan gold color that looks like dirty river water. Who am I to say, cloudy, opaque beers are all the rage these days thanks to Tree House. Minimal lacing.

S - Alot of juicy tropical fruit pectin and fruit rind. Tangerine, mango, tangerine. All fruit in the nose.

T - Follows the nose. This beer is full blown hops from start to finish. Spicy fruit rind, mango, orange, and ends with a piney, bitter finish that lingers.

M - Medium body with lots of nice pricklies.

O - Not a very attractive looking beer but the nose and taste makes up for everything and after all, that's most important. Singlecut has managed to pack a whole lot of hop flavor into a low ABV beer. Nicely done!!!

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bitter, bitter outstanding IPA. Hoppy and floral nose with a big citrus body. Blown away by how the ABV adheres to 5% with all the orange, mango and bittermelon flavors. Juicy, thick, bitter (see the trend?) and very satisfying. Not cloying or heavy despite the big profile.

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