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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 | website

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
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
402
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
20%
 
 
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 402
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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 brentk56
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from beerloserLI. 500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent East coast IPA style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt malt sweetness; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, orange-hued, dirty gold. Small head but it creates excellent ring lace after each sip.

Good blend of malt and hops. The latter smelling floral and a bit earthy. The malt reminds me of the smell of a brewery--half stale and half fresh.

Very good base of pale malts fully fermented, nearly no sweetness. The is straight up bitter without much complexity. Very drinkable. The body leans full but the carbonation is adequate. The aftertaste lingers softly with all of the elements of the beer. Excellent balance.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
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 Billolick
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
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 tempest
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of tobelerone
3.65/5  rDev -12%
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 GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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 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 VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Peach and pine right up front. Mango, papaya and pineapple mid and grapefruit pith bitterness on the end. Nice level of sweetness, never cloying. Super dry finish. Light, biscuit malt.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
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 ThisWangsChung
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
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 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 justintcoons
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32 oz Crowler poured into a snifter.

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

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

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

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

Overall
Awesome! Super juicy and smooth. Extremely easy drinking.

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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 57md
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
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 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 ScaryEd
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Greywulfken
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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 SawDog505
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Celtics76
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
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 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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Billy Half-Stack IPA from SingleCut Beersmiths
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