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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Added by jerrytodd on 08-31-2013

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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 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 FriedSlug
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +10.6%
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 -2.6%
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 TheDoctor
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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)

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

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

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 +8.2%
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 +10.3%
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 -5.8%
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 zshaft
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of Gajo74
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap at Osteria Cotta, NYC. Poured into a pint glass, it revealed a hazy and unfiltered looking golden orange. Modest head receded and left a collar.
The aroma is predominantly citrusy and with some mildly dank hops tones.
Really nice citrusy flavor that feels like I'm drinking s fresh glass of hoppy orange juice. Although it has a zesty sweetness overall, the hops flavors provide a piny and moderate bitterness that provides a great counterpoint.
Very refreshing, juicy and smooth. Not a palate wrecking hops bomb at all; more of a simple and session like IPA that is flavorful and has a nice medium body that feels full and light at the same time.
Excellent overall.

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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 justintcoons
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32 oz Crowler poured into a snifter.

Hazed out blonde with a 1/2 finger of white head.

Papaya, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, dank, and honey.

Grapefruit juice, papaya, pineapple, and hints of mango. Dank greens, damp grass, and pine sap. Firm caramel and honey backbone.

Medium-light bodied, smooth, silky, and juicy with hardly any bitterness.

Awesome! Super juicy and smooth. Extremely easy drinking.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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 gcasher
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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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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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4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Rock_Glenn
4.66/5  rDev +12%
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 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 StoutElk_92
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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 SawDog505
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass not sure when it was bottled. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a sticky 2 finger head that leaves behind webs of lace.

Smell apricot, tangerine, pine, biscuit, and grapefruit.

Taste follows nicely apricot and tangerine upfront, with some pine, biscuit, and grapefruit in balanced finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, nice amount of life, maybe a little dry, and excellent drinkability.

Overall this is a very nice IPA, this Singlecut is no joke. Thanks @Mcballz13 for this treat.

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Photo of THSmusicman
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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 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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