Half-Stack IPA
SingleCut Beersmiths

Half-Stack IPAHalf-Stack IPA
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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #786
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,625
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 7%
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
567
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Half-Stack IPAHalf-Stack IPA
Notes: CRANK THE HOPS to the point right before tastebuds bleed with a PNW / Aussie blend. Super smooth malt base, pine resin, bright tangerine and pineapple hop flavor and aromatics. At 105 IBU’s, “Half-Stack” is a relative term – As we like to say, “If it’s too hoppy, you’re too old!
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Photo of Harrison8
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque orange with a finger of white foam. Head retention is fair. Aroma is orange and mandarin orange with a little tangerine, followed up quickly by resiny, dank hops. The stickiness of the hops lingers. Flavor profile is orange, mandarin orange, tangerine and peach with resiny, dank, herbal hops sweeping in at the finish. The flavor dichotomy is much less stark than in the aroma. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a smooth, pillowy texture. Overall, big notes, but it never gets out of hand. It jerks the tastebuds around like a driver in Manhattan gunning for their destination - lots of abruptness.

Draft.

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Photo of vonmisian
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good start, poor finish. After taste is not pleasant. Great pouring characteristics. Extremely hoppy with very smooth Tangerine and other citrus flavor and bouquet. The finish spoiled it for me and two friends.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at 2 Bros. Pours a hazy brownish orange with very little head. Almost no lacing. Pine, tangerine, orange and lemon. The taste is a blend of pine and citrus. Tangerine, pineapple and honey. Pine at the end along with some bready malts. Lightly carbonated with an oily mouthfeel and mild alcohol heat.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a pint glass.

Pours a partly cloudy dark-golden orange color with a near 2F durable white cap. Heavy lacing.

Citrus and tropical fruits. Caramel malts. Dank, pine, grapefruit, pineapple.

Grapefruit, pineapple and other tropical fruit. Pine, toasted grain.

Big IPA bitterness over a sturdy malt base.

An IPA jackpot. Lots of all the goodies: Hop bitterness, citrus and tropical fruits, resinous, and dank.

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Photo of EMV
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy can into a Duvel tulip

L: Hazy golden pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Outstanding lacing.

S: Citrus hops... grapefruit dominates. Light tropicals on top.

T/F: Light grain backbone... dank juicy hop profile. Loads of grapefruit/citrus. Mango... guava and pineapple. Classic NEIPA flavor. Light bodied... great carbonation. Slick mouthfeel... overall delicious.

O: An outstanding hazy IPA. Great flavor, great drinkability, and overall fantastic. One of Singlecuts best.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy glowing pour with good lacing. Nose is really clean, detectable hop bitterness. Taste is crisp and hoppy, dry, clean. The hops don't blow your face off. Mostly resin and some grapefruit. Soft carbonation and finish.

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Photo of Blackrobe
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dated 1/31/18.

Dark orange juice in the glass, opaque. Two fingers of thick slightly off-white head that sticks around. Sour yellow grapefruit rind, blood orange peel, herbaceous grassy notes with a very faint lemony bubblegum at the end. Grassy notes combating with the rind/peel on the first taste, with a vibrant earthy bitterness. Resinous medium body that is quite bright. This would be a great IPA for windy summer day. Can't wait to have another!

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Photo of fitzy84
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I went to Seymour in Greenfield where something simply called "Half Stack" was being served. Not sure if this is the same drink. The beer had a slightly amber appearance to a mostly hazy, yellow look with patchy lacing and a thin head. The beer was pretty grassy; very pungent. Taste followed the nose with a semi sweet, almost honey like smell. Medium body. Overall, I loved the appearance and aromas.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a sturdy murky semi-dark copper/orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some messy lace wound around the glass.
The aroma had a nice blend of sweet grassy to tropical hops. A touch of bitter rind-like hops came in subtly over some earthy hop features.
The flavor was moderately sweet and seemed to bring in a little bit of dankiness not smelled in the aroma. Noted biscuit malt notes. Then the aftertaste was mild and somewhat tropical with some of the dankiness and biscuits.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps slightly under, yet having a very nice sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt good. Nice danky to tropical mobile sweet sort of finish.
Overall, pretty nice AIPA that I could come back to.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Red Dove in Geneva NY. Pours a slightly hazy light amber with a persistent off-white head. Initial impression is citrus, tropical fruits, grass, and a slight earthiness. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium; carbonation is perfect. Finish is slightly dank and bitter, but not unpleasantly so. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: nice clear body light amber pushing too burnished Gold. creamy white head that is fairly big.

S: lots of pineapple apricot light grapefruit rind a little perfume

T: lots of citrus and grapefruit rind a little resin. A little earthy floral finish.

M: Medium body good carbonation. A little sticky on the tongue.

O: This is a pretty damn good beer. Lots of sticky hops and a medium feel not a super juice bomb but has well rounded bitterness.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More grassier / earthier hop flavors - I got a lot of amarillo - and there is a little bit of dry tropical fruit in the background - papaya, etc- but nothing really stands out. Probably the weakest Singlecut beer I have had so far

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Photo of flgimp
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: light head and lacing. Yellow hazy, unfiltered I think.
Smell: light notes of fruit and pine
Taste: upfront mild hops then fruity notes pineapple mabe orange peel.
Feel: medium light with nice carbonation
Overall: a very refreshing session up a.

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Photo of TheSeeker
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can't think of how many times I've had this beer (it's on tap in a number of places I frequent including their tap room) and each time think to myself what a lovely, complex, unique and satisfying beer this is. Had this one from a can and it is every bit of that.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a pry-off 500ml/16.9oz bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stemware). This has a bottling date of February 16, 2017 printed in black ink on the side of the bottle (“BOTTLED ON: 02/16 71/60[?]”), making this beer four weeks old to the day at the time of consumption. This was purchased yesterday, and has been refrigerated for over 24hrs before drinking.

Appearance (4.5): Nearly three fingers of custard-colored foam rise off of the pour, capping a moderately hazy, honey-golden body with deep orange-tan undertones. The head dies down very slowly, leaving broad, broken arcs of foam all around the glass, along with a mounded “cookie” of foam remaining in the center of the glass at the surface of the beer. Toward the end of the drink, after pouring the rest of the beer in my glass, the lacing is outstanding.

Smell (4.5): Bright, clear aromas of citrusy fruit, with navel orange flesh and a touch of marmalade leading the way, along with a bit of red grapefruit, underripe mango and definitely some kiwi flesh. The malt stays in the background, but it’s got a nice, lightly toasted character that evokes toasted boule and dry, rolled oats. Fresh cut flower stems and crushed grasses come out a bit as it warms, giving a welcome added dimension to the hop aroma. As does a sticky passionfruit aroma! I’m actually liking this more and more as it warms.

Taste (3.5): Weirdly, the hop flavor seems a bit dulled, at first. It’s only four weeks old, and it’s not like it’s been sitting in a hot car this whole time. Plus, the aroma is baller, so it must just be the flavor profile. Huh. It comes in with a warm, smooth flavor that brings to mind candied lime wrapped in light caramel and pastry dough. Weird, I know, but that’s all I can think of to describe it. It quickly moves into a pleasantly, gently bitter, citrus-forward flavor that’s a mix of lemon curd and red grapefruit flesh, along with underripe kumquat. The slightly-too-firm ones. I think the warm, sweet flavor in the front of the palate carries on to the end, sitting underneath the rest as the flavor profile unfolds above it. It’s like a bit of brioche and light toffee blended together—not too sweet, not too rich, and not too toasty, but butter-smooth. No booze present, which is exactly as it should be for this sort of IPA.

Mouthfeel (4.25): This is incredibly smooth and creamy, overall. The body feels medium-weight and quite slick, ushered in by understated carbonation that doesn’t make much of a peep at first before foaming up gently with a very fine, quiet prickle as it washes out. Meanwhile, the hop oils dry out the beer very adequately before that final swish. It feels exactly its weight, and is appropriately satisfying to drink. Very much on-point.

Overall (4.0): Great look, killer aroma, very good feel, and somewhat-above-meh flavor. I’m careful not to blow out my palate on hoppy beers, so I don’t think it’s a matter of lupulin threshold. It’s also possible that this is one of those (D)IPAs that is phenomenal between 0-2 weeks, excellent from 2-4 weeks, and then falls off the face of the earth past four. I’m not sure. That said, it’s still very good. It actually comes together for a fairly smooth, pleasant overall effect, in spite of my initial disinterest in the flavor. My hunch is that this is going to satisfy the typical hop hound (unless you’re all tweaked out on the NE (D)IPAs of late, in which case gimme a hook up if you’re in CNY!), though it’s not one I’m going to go out of my way for again. Especially not at its pricetag (something like $6.99 for a 500ml bottle).

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single cut has yet to disappoint me so here goes another. Thanks again to Todd for supplying the brew. Hazy juice bomb look with a beautiful head. IPA citrus scent with some melon. Decent IPA with a gentle citrus flavor, medium low carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Good, but after "Softly Spoken Magic Spells'" I'm poisoned as I try to compare just about any IPA to their juicebomb.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy, orange colored beer with a fluffy white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing. The aroma is fruity and bitter with mostly orange and pine. The taste is fruity and sweet with a nice pine bitterness. This is a quite enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of MikeyMcD86
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I live in queens and this beer is all over the place so I figured it would be good to review. Had it out of the tap in a Mason jar.

Look: nice hazy light gold color. Two fingers of head with large uneven bubbles.

Smell: nice orange and grapefruit on the nose. Maybe a little passionfruit.

Taste: Some of the aroma carries through to the palate but it is quickly replaced with a refreshing piney bitterness.

Feel: it's not watery but it is a little on the thin side.

Overall(style points): Very nice single IPA from Singlecut. It hits a lot of the points that I want from my IPAs but only being a single holds it back in juiciness and mouthfeel. 92.5 points!

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/14

Pours a big fluffy creamy 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly with great soapy lacing, murky tangerine orange color.

Nose a mild sweet reddish candy malt cuts through but mostly the hops, candied orange peel, little zest, faint grapefruit pith, stone fruit marmalade, generic citrus, a little spicy earthy hop.

Taste brings more candy malt flavors, sweet Amber reddish malt, little toasty sweet, into fair hops, little spicy, touch earthy later, plenty of fruit, citrus, orange zest and a little marmalade, mild grapefruit pith, little fruity bubblegum and generic tropical notes, rind. Finish little dry little sticky, mild sweet malt, pith lingering, generic citrus and fruit lingering with a little spicy hop.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, decent carb.

Overall an ok ipa but not for singlecut, their other ipas blow this out of the water.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Sep-14-2016 (Consumed: Oct-6)


A:
A hazy glowing golden orange in the glass with two fingers white head that drops to a scummy but thick film. Some lace. (4)

S:
Powerful orange flavoring punch. Orange dum dum, Orange popsicle, pineapple twang, Orange Gatorade, underlying hint of weed-like funk that gives it a little body and reminds you it's beer. (4.5)

T:
Coating, even citrus rind bitterness, not too big and fairly straightforward. Pollen, citrus oil, dust. (4)

M:
Medium-minus body with light carbonation with a soft (but thin) feel. (4)

O:
Wow! This is a quality beer.
A blend of this and Julius would just give you a glass of carbonated Orange juice, especially in the smell department. It looks pretty nice, good color in the light. The nose is the best part to me, lots of layered sweet citrus flavors and some darker tones from the hops as well. The flavor's less sweet and juicy with bone-dry, non-resinous hop bitterness. A very tasty, drinkable beer. (4.25)

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Photo of Eponymous
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA has a great fragrance coming out of the bottle--citrus. mango, and apricot are most prevalent. The taste matches the scent well--although the apricot became more pronounced in moving through the pint. Pine and slightly grassy notes also became evident in later sips.

Overall, this is a very nice fruity and mildly piney IPA. Highly drinkable and very tasty.

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Photo of beerbully
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Form bottle poured into RR chalice

L-hazy mango colored, 3/4 inch foamy head, fairly good retention......medium amount of lacing, ot much retention here

S-Sweet tropical hops, guava, passionfruit, papaya, apricot

T-sweeter than the nose, orange, peach, mango, flavors are popping, honey, grapefruit........faint pine, lemon

F-juicy, coats the whole mouth, medium bodied, perfectly carbonated

O-great ipa.....cant wait to try the full-stack

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Photo of hgw605
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Hazy golden orange with nice white head.
S: Light pine, grapefruit, biscuit
T: Citrus, pine, honey. Booze comes through significantly for a beer only 6.6%
F: nice and soft and full
O: Would be great if the sweet booze wasn't so prominent.

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Photo of zshaft
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours nice translucent orange with one finger head. leaves nice soapy lacing. nose is some light pine and floral notes with mild nelson saivin like scents. not sure if they use that hop in this one but smells familiar. taste is nice punch of orange and tangerine up front followed by biscut malt notes and ended withtropical mango and melon. finishes a little bitter. mouthfeel is full and coats the whole mouth. overall a nice beer. lots of flavor with
good hop punch. not as good as it's bigger
brother.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 9/11/2016 at Flynn’s in Mansfield, MA, served in a tapered pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is faint but contains citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a very strong fruity citrus flavor followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

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

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Half-Stack IPA from SingleCut Beersmiths
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 567 ratings