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: 58 | Ratings: 389
Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
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 brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a slightly hazy amber color; quite am impressive head that literally sheets the pint glass with lace

Smell: Citrusy and floral

Taste: Rather one dimensional but oh so tasty - citrusy and floral from start to finish although there is some piney bitterness that lingers underneath in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Live to find low ABV IPAs that pack in a lot of flavor and this one is a real find

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Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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 NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%

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 smcolw
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
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 mdfb79
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
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 RblWthACoz
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Billolick
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler filled at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a clear light amber, with a one inch head, and sheets of lacing down the glass.

Smells like pine resin, grapefruit, flowers, and other sweet fruity aromas.

This one has a pretty solid amount of grapefruit in the flavor, which is nice, along with some orange, a huge floral flavor, some pine resin, and a pleasant amount of bitterness that lingers for a decent while. There is not a whole lot of malt present, but the body seems to be heftier than a typical session IPA, so that must be where I'm seeing it. It definitely doesn't translate like most session IPAs- this isn't just simply hop water, it's a deliciously hoppy beer you can have a few of and feel fine.

This one has a medium body, but feel light while drinking it, keeping it very drinkable. There is a medium amount of carbonation, and a crisp, kicking mouthfeel.

I'm finally starting to find some session IPAs that float my boat. This one was great.

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Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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 dar482
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
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 jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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 -6.7%
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 jmdrpi
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
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 StJamesGate
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Riverhead Beverage, NY.

Bright pale amber with frothy white head.
Big Centennial candied orange nose.
Thread of light caramel and peach, then tangelo, flowers, and light white pine resin hops.
Orange zest end and lingering nectar.
Oily, smooth, some chew.

All of the flavor and oil, none of the IBUs - aroma to the max. Amazing effervescent citrus zest hops. Oil help boost what might be a thin body, so ends up both more substantial and juicier than All Day. Among the best and most on style Session IPAs.

Grand slam and a new favorite.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
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 justintcoons
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale yellow orange color with good clarity of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Lemony, tropical, stone candied fruit, orange, herbal, grassy, biscuity, toasted, and pale malts.

Taste: Nice hop flavor with balancing malt bill. Finishes thin and light, but very tasty and sessionable. Light chewy and bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, medium carbonation, light bodied, and light bitterness. Enjoyable and crushable.

Overall: Got to admit I like this beer than the next time around. Definitely grabbing another glass.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked a bunch of these up at the Whole Foods on Houston St in New York over the last few weeks. Everything I've had from SingleCut has been wonderful and this wasn't the exception to that rule by any means. Even though the hops were from the Pacific Northwest and not from the Southern Hemisphere, this beer nailed it from start to finish and was so easy to drink, given the style and how dank it was!

Loved the pour to this as the cloudy hue, enduring head, and subtly radiant off-taupe all combined for a pleasing appearance. As was the case with their other offerings, I could smell the beer before I tasted it as the aroma escaped out of the bottle as soon as I opened it. Massive grapefuit pith in the nose with even more in the taste, along with light melon and the dryness of a white Irish cheese (along the lines of Skellig). This reminded me of a dry champagne because of the dryness, carbonation, and aftertaste and the carbonation was right on the money as well. Not a hop bomb for having 83 IBU but they are there, undereath the dank resin that coated my mouth from the first sip onwards.

Looking for a session Bomber? Look no further as this would fit the bill perfectly. I could taste the booze a bit at the end of this but never really felt it and having another one would have been easy to do given how drinkable this was. This was on the level of their other readily-available beers but easygoing enough to stand apart from them, and further proof that these guys are absolutely killing it on the New York beer scene right now.

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Photo of Damian
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
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 +7.4%
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 Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
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 TheBrewo
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
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 BranfordBound
4.04/5  rDev -4%
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 Stignacious
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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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