You know, I haven’t always been a fan of the India Pale Ale style. Especially the Imperial India Pale Ale’s. It’s an interesting style of beer, and it definitely took me some time to really warm up to it. I always considered myself a Stout drinker. I would always gravitate towards stouts when out having a few beers or enjoying a pint at home. It really wasn’t until a friend of mine kept hounding me week after week to keep trying different IPA’s, and eventually I gave in.
Over the years, like most of you, I tried a ton of different IPA’s, by a ton of different breweries. A lot of good ones, a lot of great ones, and a lot I didn’t care for. But there is one brewery that sticks in my mind, the one that really got the ball rolling when it comes to my love for those hoppy, juicy, bitter beers. The name of that brewery is SingleCut Beersmiths, out of New York, NY. Astoria to be exact.
Whether it’s their Half Stack, Full Stack, 18-Watt, Mini Soul Bender, Soul Bender, Bon Bon 2xTNT IIPA; I mean the list goes on and on; I’ve never met one of their beers that I did not care for. Especially the one I’m drinking today, the one we’re going to get into.
Softly Spoken Magic Spells, what a great name for a beer, right? SingleCut’s version of an Imperial India Pale Ale. This beer is one of my favorites by them! The first time I tried it I knew at some point I’d be sharing it with you all. It’s that good. We just happened to be at one of our favorite local beer bars, The Moor Pat, when our friend and one of the owners, Jacquelyn, asked if I had ever tried it. At that point I had not. She had one bottle left and was nice enough to share it with me. It turned out to be a life changing moment and I knew, if I ever saw it again, I’d be buying it.
Softly Spoken Magic Spells is listed on SingleCut’s website under the “rotating” section, which means they periodically release it throughout the year with no exact time table for its release. I think that’s super cool, it’s like a surprise treat when you’re out beer shopping and just happen to run into a bottle or two. This particular bottle that I’m sharing with you today is one I picked up from a local craft beer store by my house, and the last bottle they had in stock.
This beer was bottled less than 2 weeks earlier from the day I drank it with my friend Mike, who was nice enough to lend me his bar, taste buds, and fellow beer-lovers perspective. It pours a very hazy, almost juice-like dark yellow to gold color. It’s not overly carbonated and has a thin, white head that dissipates fairly quickly. To the nose it has a strong up-front aroma of honey, tropical fruits, grapefruit, oranges, and for some strange reason, I picked up on peaches and apricot too. The taste is loaded with tropical fruits, pineapple, oranges, honey, and the slightest hint of peaches again. It drinks with a very clean bitter, fairly dry with a little sweetness on the back end, and over all for an 8.6 percent IPA bittered to 130 IBU’s, very smooth and refreshing.
In my eyes, not many breweries can compete with the top notch beers that SingleCut is making. Especially this IPA and a number of other IPA’s they’re making. But don’t take my word for it, if you’re in Buffalo head on over to The Moor Pat, where they are on tap a lot. If you’re reading this from somewhere else, get to your local beer store and if they have ANY, buy the whole stock!