Tasting: November 25, 2015
Style: Billy 18 Watt Sessionable / Billy Full Stack Imperial IPA
Beer #: 856 & 857
ABV: Billy 18 Watt 5.0% / Billy Full Stack 8.2%
Billy 18 Watt & Billy Full Stack by Singlecut
I love this brewery. I love that New York State and the places I visit are seeing more and more of their offerings. While places like Other Half suck up all the New York IPA hype, Singlecut Beersmiths just continues to produce amazingly crisp and fantastically aromatic beers. I could probably just inhale on their beers and be happy.
Both bottles are 16.9 ounces but appear to be larger. Singlecut uses music references in many (if not all) of their beers. I’ve had Billy Half Stack and I recall the half stack is a reference to amplifiers. So the full stack makes sense. A quick google search tells me that the 18 Watt is also an amplifier reference.
Billy 18 Watt is first up. I’m calling this a sessionable ale even though it isn’t labeled as such. I guess anything these days in the 5% alcohol by volume range might be considered sessionable. For those not familiar, the term sessionable means you could have a few of these in one session (party, picnic, etc) and still remain upright.
Seconds after the pour, the aromatics blow me away – wonderful fresh honeysuckle and citrus. The flavors on the first few sips follow the nose. I get grapefruit, tangerine and light peach with the appropriate amount of bitterness for the flavor. While many sessionable ales lack depth – Billy 18 Watt delivers ample body and complexity. 92 points.
Billy Full Stack, the imperial India pale ale is up next.
Wow. Billy Full Stack is a perfect follow up to Billy 18 Watt. Same amazing aromatics and the flavor bursts with juiciness. Tangerine, honeydew, grapefruit and some black pepper. Body is perfect. Another well-rounded offering. 93 points.
Bonus Beer: Billy 200 Watt
Tasting: November 28, 2015
Beer # 858
Growler fill at Cable Beverage. Billy 200 Watt has syrupy mouthfeel, somewhat dank, nice hop presentation lemon and tangerine rind but it does get a little run over by the boozy heat. All in all a nice imperial IPA. 93 points.
Interested in reading more of my opinions of Singlecut Beersmith offerings?