SingleCut Beersmiths is a phenomenal brewery, born and raised right in New York City. Rich Buceta founded the brewery so that he could have a place where his love of hops and vinyl could both shine. Founded in 2012, they have quickly rocketed up in prominence throughout the East Coast.

“My obsession is creating original hop-driven beer; distinguished by a firm respect and admiration for West Coast pioneers, and bending that to our East Coast / NYC interpretation.” -Rich Buceta

This one is the first of a two-part review, being that this beer is the lower ABV version of Softly Spoken Magic Spells (a beer I also happen to have in the fridge). I look forward to trying that one as well and seeing how they compare.

The pour reveals a seductive hazy golden brew with moderate carbonation and two fingers of beautiful white head that quickly recedes, leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge.

Aromas of citrus, papayas, pineapples and other tropical fruits waft from the glass, already leading me to believe I’ll enjoy this beer.

The citrus and papaya take center stage in the taste, alongside sweet honey and biscuit malts. There is just enough bitterness to remind you it is an IPA, never excessive, lingering on the tongue after finishing a swig. Medium-bodied with rather soft carbonation, this was an absolute pleasure to finish.

My only regret is not having more of these to drink that night. This was an excellent beer. Not that I’m surprised, as I have yet to have even one Singlecut that I haven’t enjoyed wholeheartedly. Next time I am in New York, I will have to make Singlecut Beersmiths a priority to visit.


Andrij Harasewych
Editor at The Craft Beer Diaries. Devoted husband and father. Excessively geeky. Comic books, video games, and craft beer are my vices. Favorite beer style easily the IPA. Growing love for the DIPA, specifically.
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