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Billy Half-Stack IPABilly Half-Stack IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jerrytodd on 08-31-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
407
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
20%
 
 
Wants:
19
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98
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 407
Photo of crispinol
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap during a session tonight in NYC

appearance: Hazy, looks unfiltered. Great head and lacing.

smell: Strong notes of pine, sweet citrus (orange) tropical (mango/pineapple) and mild dankness. I smelled this beer before picking up the glass

taste: Smooth initial piney flavor melds into intense mango/pineapple/orange citrus with a mild dank finish. Malt is subdued with a faint biscuity smoothness.

mouthfeel: Ideal for an IPA - not too heavy, not too thin, and goes down easily.

overall: Learned about this brewery recently and have been really impressed. This is a great IPA

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing, you can taste the aroma in every sip, and that's a very good thing. My absolute favorite citrusy-hopped IPA, this one blew me away. The smell seems over-powering at first, but upon tasting, it's all beer.

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Photo of jerrytodd
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery the first day they announced it was back on tap.

A: Keep yellow hue, perfectly clear and quite possibly the most gorgeous color I've seen in an IPA. Nice fluffy white head with excellent lacing

S: I could smell this beer across the table - Intense tropical citrus aroma that's about as strong as I've encountered, amazing

T: I can't get over the smoothness of this beer, while still giving an intense whallop of tropical citrus hops. Very bright notes of pineapple, orange and grapefruit all with a smooth, VERY subtle malt sweetness. Totally unique and winning

M: Just about ideal, just enough malt but not sweet or cloying. Totally there to prop up the hops. Thanks SingleCut!

O: Could be my favorite SingleCut beer to date, very close to outstanding

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle

Pours a hazy gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like honey, canned peaches, apricot, orange, dank mango, guava, papaya, pineapple, biscuit, with fresh pine and earthy grass. Tastes like honey malt, pineapple, peach, mango, passionfruit, apricot, musty papaya, some biscuit notes, with dank pine and fresh earthy grass. Feels medium bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a nice and unique IPA.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle picked up locally enjoyed from a singlecut snifter.

a - brew pours a cloudy orange with a finger plus of frothy ipa head that never fully left and left stringy lace on the glass.

s - nose is rich ripe tropical citric fruit. smells fresh and fairly dank. really inviting...makes my mouth water.

t/m/o - east coast hop bomb. rich dense layers of ripe tropical citric fruit. full bodied and a bit chewy, but dat flavor!!! oh that flavor!!! super duper tasty IPA. easy drinking and refreshing...can't stop gulping it down. singlecut has been impressing me since day one...i am surprised that there isn't more buzz about singlecuts great ipas. i am definitely a fan.

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Photo of McGee666
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle in NYC this past weekend. Pours a slight hazy amber/dark orange. Lots of citrus, peaches and a touch of pine in the nose. Tastes as good as it smells...very crushable.
I will definitely be seeking this out more often :)

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Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another opportunity to try something from Singlecut after falling in love with Bon Bon. Dank, citrusy, right amount of bitterness, this checks all of the boxes. For me it's like a lower abv version of Heady or Gandhi; more approachable with slightly different flavors

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Photo of dar482
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer offers sweet grapefruit and orange flavor, some tropical, with a creamy mouthfeel compared to the 18 Watt.

A medium minus bready malt and a medium bitterness on the back end. A wonderful East Coast IPA and a really underrated NY IPA, in general.

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Photo of Tommo
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If this was released by trillium, people would be wetting their little panties over it.


This is truly delicious, very light for an IPA, drinks almost like a pale ale, but this is the north east were talking about. Exploding with floral nz and aussie hops. Decent bittering hops though. My father called it very "green".

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

hazy copper orange, thin white head,...piney orange nose.... taste is crisp, clean, pine resin, mild citrus, low malt--goodness.... slightly more bitter than some of its NE hop-rivals but doesn't ditract in IMO.... THE BEST NY IPA to date.... looking forward to their IIPA...

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Photo of JMFBOSTON
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Single cut is very much on radar in Boston metro west, this is my favorite offering, consistently excellent nose/smell and taste match up from start to finish. Fantastic lacing and a new favorite. Full cut DIPA and SSMS are also winners

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Photo of soze47
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Really complex hop layers throughout the taste - almost no bitterness but a load of tropical and citrus juice goodness. A little more bitterness may have actually been a good thing as this one goes down way too easy

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Photo of skeeterloveshops
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got this as an extra in a trade, and I sure did get lucky. The aroma is really what got me! Exceptional! A very creamy, well balanced taste as well. Im now gonna try to get my hands on the Double version.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a two finger soapy white head. Retention is excellent with some thin sheets of lacing. Smell is a citrus hop bomb. Lemon, orange and grapefruit are most prevalent with a touch of pine and pineapple as well. Taste is similar, but more subdued than the smell with a decent amount of bitterness. Feel is very light with great carbonation. Overall a very nice beer. Much lighter in the taste and feel dept than Full Stack which is to be expected, but I prefer full stack.

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Photo of beerloserLI
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A hazy amber blonde pour with great lacing and a retaining head. The nose hits with tangy hops and fruity notes. Mostly citrus notes but I really get apricots.

The taste is clean and crisp with big time hoppy bitterness. The flavors really explode with tones of grass, citrus and dried fruits. A nice finish with plenty of hoppy dankness.

Really just a spot on and flavorful ipa.

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Photo of CayseyW
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Glowing hazy gold body with very white bubbly head. Spotty lacing.
S: Soft citrus aromas with hints of Meyer lemons. Touch of tropical aromas as well, mainly pineapple.
T: I'm guessing there are galaxy hops in this one. The taste follows the aroma.
F: A little biting initially but it finishes much smoother. Decent balance and excellent carb.
O: Excellent beer. SingleCut has become one of my new favorites after just a few beers.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer review #100

Large bottle poured into tulip. 1/27/15.

L. Dark orange with light to medium haze. Was a nice 2 finger head that had average lacing.
S. Light melon flavors with a good amount of orange peel. A touch of pine and hops mixed in.
T. Get hit with pine, grapefruit and bitterness up front. The taste transitions to more tropical mango and orange but the bitterness hangs on. The finish is very nice.
F. Nice above average carbonation and medium to medium light mouth feel.

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Photo of rjs246
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is as close to perfect as an IPA gets. It has so much flavor and feel that it almost passes for a DIPA, but with a more reasonable alcohol content that means you can enjoy more of it. Damned good. Only complaint was a bit of aftertaste that wouldn't go away, but even that is just a minor gripe. Wish it was available in VA.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter at the brewery on 6/25, nice bright orange color with significant haze. One finger head laced the sides of the glass.

Wonderful floral aroma, resinous, bit of citrus. Taste has a bit more of a malt sweetness than the 18-Watt consumed before, it's got a bit more kick to it. I like the hops here more than the 18-Watt, as well. The flavor profile is similar, but it's more boisterous and the hops linger after the swallow. Grapefruit notes abound, some pine and herbs.

Overall this is definitely better than the 18-Watt and a really awesome IPA. Visiting Singlecut was a blast and the beers are all excellent.

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Photo of THSmusicman
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Slightly hazy but still relatively see through. Very little head with a tiny bit of lacing.

Smell: Smells like super fresh mangos, pineapple, orange, passion fruit, and papaya. Almost like a fruit smoothie.

Taste: The taste is much of the same as the nose. The only problem I have with Singlecut's beers is that the malt taste is a bit harsh on the finish of the beer. Otherwise, their beers are perfect.

Feel: Feels about average for an IPA. Pretty smooth and easy drinking for a 100+ ibu bomb.

Overall: I really really like all of Singlecut's offerings. I really would like to see more from them and will not hesitate to buy whatever I see for sale from them.

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Photo of Kendo
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the half-growler into a Duvel tulip. Body is hazy golden-apricot. A small white head settles on top and leaves behind a little lace.

S: Very nice nose - more reminiscent of a bigger, DIPA than a straight IPA. Loads of citrus and tropical fruit.

T: Bready malt foundation is followed by tropical fruits (some pineapple, mango), stone fruits (peach and apricot) and citrus (tangerines, grapefruit peel). Hops impart more of a soft flavor than a harsh bitterness, though there's a bit of piney and lemony bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Modestly creamy, call it medium in heft.

O: Good stuff. Call it a "soft" IPA with all those tropical fruit flavors.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Anyone who bothers to read my reviews on here knows how much I love the SingleCut and how they've quietly made their mark on this area in recent months. After having the BonBon and the Soulbender completely impress me, I picked this and the Full-Stack up at the Whole Foods on Houston St a little while back. This wasn't rated as highly as those but don't be fooled - this was a wonderful IPA on par with anything from Maine Brewing, Green Fllash, or the Victory Dirt Wolf and certainly deserves a higher rating than the 4.1 that it currently has!

This was a "live one" as the head poured right out of the bottle as soon as I opened it up, forcing me to wipe my counter down before I poured it out. Not as much foam on this as I would have imagined based on the liveliness of this but it was sufficient enough to admire, along with a cloudy golden hue that had lots of sediment and carbonation swirling around in it. Nice aroma of the southern hemisphere hops with pine and skunk mixed in for good measure. Tropical fruits come in once I gave it a sip along with a dank undertone and some nice, bread-tasting malt to round out the body. Crisp, balanced, and subtly bitter, this one went right down and masked the alcohol well as a slight minty aftertaste kicked in once everything else faded away.

While not a session beer, this begged for another once the liquid in my pint glass disappeared. The web of lacing that had rings in the midst of it was an indicator of the quality of this beer and the level at which SingleCut is at right now - solid, strong, and oh so beautiful. IPA's are everywhere but this one's one of the best from the East Coast and further proof that these guys have it going on right now. Worthy of all the praise lavished upon it!

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Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

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

Smell: Lemony, herbal, tropical, orange, toasted, biscuity, and pale malts.

Taste: Upfront hop glavor, nice malt bill, chewy characteristics, and light bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium bodied, light bitterness, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and refreshing.

Overall: Liking these guys more and more with every beer. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, Luck Taco, Manchester, CT, served in pint glass
L-hazy, yellow gold
A-citrus, hop
T-juicy, refreshing clean, minimal hop bitterness
O-Really nice IPA, very drinkable
Agree with @Tommo, this beer deserves some credit

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Photo of gcasher
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A foamy beast of a pale ale right out of the bottle. The nose is muted and the taste is hoppy and dank right from the start. As the beer warms, it grows on me as the dank hoppiness creeps into my soul and takes over. Love it. Get it. Love it.

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Billy Half-Stack IPA from SingleCut Beersmiths
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