Billy Half-Stack IPA | SingleCut Beersmiths

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Billy Half-Stack IPABilly Half-Stack IPA

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SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of lbloom
2.56/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Not going to bother doing full notes for this, as I may have gotten an off bottle. This had a strange styrofoam/industrial plastic taste that I didn't care for. Their mo shuggie, which I had the other night, was impeccable. This didn't live up. I'll give this guy another chance at some point, but this wasn't doing it for me. Hops with a sousant of melted plastic. Gotta give my review just so that if there are other product control problems, they are noted and fixed.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle. Orange body. Citrus hops. Orange. Creamy maltiness. Tastes more of grapefruit. Orange. Strong bitterness up front that doesn't really linger. Toasty malt in the back end. Medium body. Creamy body. Enjoyable.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rattle N Hum. My first taste of a SingleCut beer more than a year after their opening. I must admit that the mixed reviews I've read and heard via word of mouth have kept me from making a visit a top priority.

This is a solid IPA I suppose but not an exceptional one. The pour is dark gold, decent clarity, about a finger of off white head that settles down rather quickly, modest lacing. Decent aromatics. I'm getting mostly piney, resinous hops and a noticeably bready malt component to the aroma. This is borne out in the flavor. It's actually pretty balanced in that the malt is there in a prominent way, again with a bready, chewy, lightly sweet character, but not enough to overpower the hops, which are piney, resinous, and bitter. None too subtle or particularly flavorful. This doesn't have the aspirin bitter finish of some other heavy handed IPAs you'll encounter but the overall impression seems to be more bitter than, well, delicious. This drinks almost like an imperial, what with the bigger malt character and a touch of booziness as well.

Medium-full body helps to further that impression. Medium carbonation, good feel overall. Sort of a semi-dry finish, doesn't clean up completely.

Again, this is a solid IPA but this style has come so far these days that this simply does not stand out or rise above the many others that either are its equal or superior.

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Photo of 57md
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw color with about a finger of head. The nose has citrus notes, particularly lemon. The body is very light and the hoppiness is definitely present but more muted than expected.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: [2.75] Cloudy apricot colored beer with visible debris/yeast/chunks. It pours out with 1/2 a finger of fluffy white head. The chunks are the size of poppy seeds and smaller. There are lots of them. The bottle lists the ABV (6.6%) and there is a born on date (12/29/15) so this is only a few weeks old.

S: [3.75] Pine, lemon zest, peaches, dried apricots.

T: [4.00] Similar to the nose with pine up front and lemon peel in the mid palate. Not a lot of malty sweetness to be found.

M: [4.00] Good carbonation and body. The beer has a mildly bitter finish.

O: [3.75] The good news is that the beer smells, tastes and feels good. Visually it did have some issues with the floaties which cost it some points on the Appearance. The smell and the taste are both really nice. There is not much in the way of a malt backbone (no sweetness or breadiness) but the beer still holds up well without it. The mouthfeel is pleasing as is the slightly bitter finish. I like this beer and would drink more of it.

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Photo of hgw605
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
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 VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a hazy yet brig honeyed golden color. Head is thick and frothy. A succinct swirl of my glass really agitates it and makes it grow. It is surprisingly timid with its glass leftovers. East Coast IPA nose. Young citrus, tropical fruit and some onion and weed when regarding the hops in the nose. Really molded to my preferences. Hops are from the Pacific Northwest, New Zealand (moans with pleasure) and Australia (softer pleasure moan). No wonder why I am drawn to the nose. The nose drips down into my mouth via the flavor. Hoppy flavors of citrus, earth, green onion, tropical fruit gang, grass and melon. Malt is a bit excessive; very sugary. Medium bodied with a sneaky bitterness. It starts to sear after a few sips. Bubbly. An impulse buy (aren't they all) that paid off. Polished this little bastard off post haste.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lucky to get this super fresh - quite an aroma - a dank pineyness is the best way to describe it. Powerhouse pine flavor with a touch of peach. A hop bomb for sure, does feel a little unbalanced to me - could use a stronger malt backbone.

Surprised to see Singlecut beers in Mass! Looking forward to trying the others.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
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 GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a a dark gold, a little bit of amber, with a quarter inch head, and a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smells very piney and floral, with a distinct grapefruit backbone.

The taste is similar. This has a very spicy, grassy hop flavor, with a some grapefruity juiciness. There's not much in terms of malt flavor here, it's maybe slightly biscuity if I really try hard to pick it out.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp, and quite smooth and drinkable mouthfeel. There's a moderate level of carbonation, nothing too prickly.

I'm always happy when kegs of these guys come up to Rochester. This was very tasty.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy copper color capped by an inch of foam; some streaks of lacing linger

Smell: Tropical fruit, herbal tones and tangerine

Taste: Slightly bready, with the tropical fruit, herbal tones and tangerine taking over quickly; the bitterness hangs around through the finish and touches a number of different elements on the way to the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice IPA but not a mind-blower; these guys do a good job packing a lot of flavor into their IPAs

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

loved the half stack. looks and feels like it has a little wheat in it. yellow and hazy, no trace of the caramel crystal malt that frequents these. short head on it, but the pint glass may have been filled a few minutes before it was served to me and thus faded some. the nose has a really unique hop bouquet to it, tangerine and peach fruitiness, but not too sweet. oily, but not lupulin based it doesn't seem, tropical but not the conventional pineapple passion southern hemisphere thing. different and delicious. the taste is like that too, not real tangerine but like the tangerine jelly belly beans, not that its artificial, I just have never tasted this flavor in a hoppy before and am unable to accurately articulate it with the specificity it deserves. one thing is for certain, and that is how yummy it is. clean and not real bitter on the back end, a sturdy but easy going body that reaffirms my wheat suspicion, and wonderfully lively carbonation. I had several beers from these guys, but this one stands out near the top for me. totally different than the conventional American ipa we are all used to. I would love to know what hops they use and how they are added!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks, Xenoreactive!

Pours a semi-clear amber color before the dregs are poured in. The head is three fingers high and barely off-white in shade. Huge and pillowy in texture, the retention is impressive. And annoying. Rings of lacing also stick to the glass. This has one of the best heads I've ever seen on an IPA, period.

Just from the first whiff of the aroma, it's obvious Singlecut knows how to utilize Mosaic hops. Instead of providing tons of sweet onion, I instead pick up plenty of fresh tangerine, papaya, mango, grapefruit, and orange peel. There is a undercurrent of grass and pine, helping to balance out the citrus - and malt - sweetness. Speaking of malt, I do get a little bit of caramel. Bonus points for displaying a modicum of layered depth, as well.

The first flavor I taste are the citrusy Mosaic hops. I get no sweet onion, but I do pick up a nice pine flavor. Mostly, it's tangerine and grapefruit I'm getting. Malts gently sneak in around the middle with some biscuit, bread, and caramel. The finish returns to the subtle pine. In spite of that, bitterness is wonderfully restrained. All in all, a prime example of how to do a balanced IPA correctly.

While it's not perfectly soft, the full texture doesn't bite the palate harshly. It also leaves it without much effort, thanks to how dry it is. Carbonation is fairly assertive, but not harsh.

First one I've had from Singlecut, and it's a winner. It's not quite a world-beater, but I'll be damned if it isn't tasty as hell. Like I said, the balance is excellent, ergo the drinkability is excellent. I've got 3 more IPAs from these guys, and if this is any indication, all of them will kick ass.

4.01/5: Billy did well

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Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2 growler fill from the brewery

nice looking clear amber brew, respectable looking head, film and lace left on the glass.

citric hop nose

more citrusy hop notes all over this one.

Quality IPA, worth a try if you see it at your local or if you make it to the brewery

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Photo of mabermud
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A fresh growler sent 3-Day by Papertowelz.

Look: This beer has a darker straw colored body and a white head, super sticky head that looks like sea foam. I am from San Diego, so I know about sea foam.
Smell: Pine, sharp tangerine notes, and medicinal/herbs are apparent in the aroma.
Taste: Pine, citrus, and a touch of medicinal/herbs stand out.
Feel: Sufficient. Light and feathery.

Overall - This is my first encounter with SingleCut and this beer is headed in the right direction. This is an everyday drinking beer that is solid and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
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 jmdrpi
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. cloudy, orange golden in color. nice hoppy aroma and taste. mainly citrus flavors. could maybe use a little more body, it's on the thinner side

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Greywulfken
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy gold ale under a few fingers of ivory foam that left some lace down the glass as it receded

S: citrus and tropical flowers and fruits, undercurrents of fresh-cut grains and danker resins

T: stays bright and floral - crisp and citric for the most part; malt grains edge some of the bitterness and provide a bit of sweetness

M: smooth and medium-weight, lots of bitter pith; moderate carbonation

O: a solid IPA - full of freshness.

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Photo of fx20736
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single 16.9 oz bottle from AJ's, Feb 2016. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Look: hazy apricot, thin head, lacing

Smell: Mango, papaya, pineapple

Taste: tart, fruity, bittersweet, menthol, eucalyptus

Feel: decent

Overall: a good IPA

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Photo of fank2788
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is light copper in color with a slight haze and small floaty pieces of yeast, the head starts out a couple fingers thick and then settles to a thin layer. There is a solid hop character in the nose that comes through as citrus with a touch of pine and also a good dose of floral hop aroma, a nice mix for an American IPA. The taste follows the aroma with a hit of citrus hop upfront followed by a solid dose of bitterness and a range of other hop flavors, the finish is quite floral and spicy as opposed to citrusy. There is a good hit of malt sweetness in the background providing some balance to the hops but this is quite clearly an IPA. Medium body with a good dose of carbonation keep this lively and as mentioned before the finish is a nice lingering resiny hoppiness. Overall this is a solid IPA I'm glad I gave it a try.

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Photo of Butznutz
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. Nice orange Amber hue, little head, minor sediment floating throughout. Smell is dank, piney and malty. Peach and pine are the predominant tastes and it finishes dry and a tad bitter. Nice IPA but not nearly as enjoyable as their full stack or their Does Anybody Remember Laughter IPA

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Photo of Prager62
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber picked up in the latest round of NBS/BIF from generous BA cavedave. The bottle date is smeared on the label, but I'm certain it's very fresh. Pouring in my Weyerbacher tulip for the taste.

Look- Pours a brilliant yellow leaving a generous two fingers of creamy white foam.

Smell- Lemon peel, mango, orange peel and some malt in the back.

Taste- Mango, orange zest, and mild grapefruit followed by floral esters. A balanced dose of malt to wash down the hops.

Feel- On the thin side with a nice hop bite and dry finish.

Overall- A tasty IPA with a nice balance between lemongrass flavor and malt that make it rather refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a bubbly white head.

The aroma is slightly dank and resiny, with some grapefruit and mango on the back end.

The flavor is piney and bitter up front, followed by quite a bit of orange and tangerine.

Feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. More crisp and refreshing than expected.

Overall a good IPA. Retains the juicy "east coast" vibe of their other beers. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had a pint on tap at the brewery while consider how to fill my growlers. I'd describe this as a West Coast IPA as it has big citrus hops with a lighter body for the style and a biting finish. The hops character has a mix of grapefruit and citrus rind with piney undertones that lingers and lingers. The body is more drinkable, but the flavor is rich enough that it's a pleasant beer to sip and savor. Check it out.

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