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Brewed by:
SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States
singlecutbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by dar482 on 03-29-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
400
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
8.29%
 
 
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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 400
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 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 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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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 Gregaroo
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2-13-17 - On tap at The Ginger Man in NYC. Served in a tall pint and oh so oh so cloudy. I love this and the refreshingly hoppy aroma and taste. I'll get this again and again. .....and I did. So cloudy, refreshing, refreshing, and good. I've not yet had the oppty to compare (don't want to) to measure my favorite. Get them all.......closing my tab now. This beer is so good and refreshing that I really, really feel that it's healthy. Right?!?!? C'mon, look at these abs.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 9/21/2016. Poured into IPA glass. It pours a cloudy, golden apricot color with a thin, milk-white head and lacing. There were numerous floaters in the glass. It smells of both sweet fruit (peach) and citrus (lemon), along with grassy hops. The taste is much more bitter than sweet. It's hop forward, bitter and biting, with some subtle peach or mango and the finish; about the opposite of what I expected from the nose. The aftertaste is decidedly bitter. This ale features lively carbonation and with a sessionable ABV of 5% it is very easy to drink. Overall, if you're looking for a session IPA, then this is one I can recommend.

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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 hoppytobehere
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap here in DC.

How the hell is this a session beer? So juicy, flavorful and a decent amount of bitterness. Drinks like a 7% banger. First beer from Singlecut and I will definitely be seeking more out.

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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 spacecake9
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a giant, big-bubbled white head that takes awhile to settle.
S - Aroma is grassy and floral.
T - Flavor is citrus, lemon, grassy with medium bitterness on the finish.
M - Above average carbonation, light mouth feel.
O - The appearance, light feel and bubbly head remind me more of a Saison than IPA. Would like to have on tap. Another good one from Singlecut.

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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 IronLover
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
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 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 jmdrpi
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
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 edward_boumil
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a totally opaque, yellow colored beer with nice fine head and excellent retention. The beer itself has excellent aromas of grapefruit, citrus pith, and slight tropical notes. The tropical fruit detected were not heavy, but definately present, notes of mango and passionfruit, maybe peach as well.
In terms of bitterness, the beer was bitter with a nice bite but kept in check by a frothy and smooth mouthfeel.
A killer, strong IPA with great balance and flavors. I could personally crush these with no issues.

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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 Samlover55
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
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 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 Eamonn-Cummings3
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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 CNoj012
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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 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 BranfordBound
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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 tigg924
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
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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