Beer Review: SingleCut Weird & Gilly IPA

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SingleCut has found itself in a bit of trouble as of late and has had to close down for the time being due to some violations with NYC. I’m not letting it change the way I feel about their beers, which is very positively. I have been doing my best to track down all of their hoppy offerings. Here is one of their rotating American IPAs, Weird & Gilly which comes in at 6.6% ABV.

Appearance: Super hazy orange copper color. 1 finger fluffy, pillowy head with good retention and nice lacing. Clean looking label, has that nice matte feel to it.

Nose: Mango, tropical fruit, passionfruit, orange and lime. Pine and resin come through as well, really big on the tropical notes on this nose.

Taste/Mouth: Some tropical fruit carrying over but bit on the toasted cracker and biscuit malt flavors. Some orange, pine, floral and earthy notes. Finishes dry and bitter with a medium to thin feel. Medium to high carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Price/Availability: Grabbed it while in Massachusetts for about $8.

Overall: Weird & Gilly is my third SingleCut beer I have had and while it is certainly a solid IPA it falls short to SSMS and Mo’Shuggie. This is still a great beer and extremely drinkable. Would love to try it again, especially if it could be on draft. Loved the passionfruit and lime notes on the nose. I will definitely continue to grab up all the SingleCut I can!

Grade: B+

Beer Review: SingleCut Softly Spoken Magic Spells Double IPA

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I finally got my hands on this beer! Softly Spoken Magic Spells from SingleCut has been near the top of my want list for quite some time now. SingleCut has been around in Queens for a few years now but has recently become one of the hype breweries in NYC. Softly Spoken Magic Spells comes in at 8.6% ABV.

Appearance: Hazy copper honey color. Not much of a head on this or lacing for that matter. Active carbonation. Huge fan of the bottle art and also the label itself, its that nice matte quality paper.

Nose: Pineapple, grapefruit, green apple, tropical fruit and candied fruit. It has a sugary sweetness as well. Super strong dank aroma. Some of the usual suspects for big East Coast double IPA aromas but very pronounced and easily distinguishable.

Taste/Mouth: Nice bitterness and lots of great fruit flavors. Orange zest, pineapple, grapefruit and mango really stick out. Really drinkable for 8.6% and no heat from the alcohol is present. Light feel for a double IPA with moderate carbonation. Chewy and juicy. A really flavorful double, a tropical bomb if you will.

Price/Availability: Rotating availability, around $9 for the bottle.

Overall: A beer certainly worth mentioning and definitely in contention for NY’s best Double IPA. This was a great first impression of SingleCut for me, who I had heard a lot about and they delivered with Softly Spoken Magic Spells. This is a fantastic Double IPA that is absolutely worth hunting down or trading for, perfection!

Grade: A+