Billy Half-Stack IPA | SingleCut Beersmiths

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Billy Half-Stack IPABilly Half-Stack IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jerrytodd on 08-31-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
480
Reviews:
70
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
7.23%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
136
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 480 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of ajm5108
3.65/5  rDev -12%
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 florisj135
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of flgimp
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
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 J-Bonus
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSeeker
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
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 BMart
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wpbrown82
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of stephenlee
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ebwang
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TedStrosser
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of TheOakKing
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fmccormi
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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 waddellc2
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vetbidder
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
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 TheFightfan1
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigMike
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hootie159
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mickyge
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vintilian
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaxon53
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of newcastlemike
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MOTS77
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Billy Half-Stack IPA from SingleCut Beersmiths
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