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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

Daisy Cutter Pale AleDaisy Cutter Pale Ale

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1,975 Ratings

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Ratings: 1975
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-20-2009)
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Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No canning date, poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a clear golden color with a small fizzy white head that reduces to leave just a small later on top, bubbles floating to the top of the glass

S- big aroma of flowery hops mixed with a berry-like fruitiness, pine sap, flower water, citrus rind and fresh mint. Light malty sweetness compliments the hops nearly perfectly, very nice

T- flowery hops from the aromas follow to the taste. Also picking up hoppy notes of pine, leafy & grassy flavors, slightly danky. Faint underlying toasted malt allows the hops to shine

M- medium body with medium prickly carbonation, leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp, dry finish

O- this is one of the best APA's I've had in a while, showcasing a nice hop bill yet keeping all of the drinkability of the style. Unfortunately my only can, would gladly buy again if given the chance

Serving type: can

04-18-2014 18:47:44 | More by Treyliff
Photo of SportsandJorts


4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a golden orange. a little bit on the lighter side of the color with some yellow in it. hazy but not quite opaque. a two finger head that fades slowly leaving a sticky lacing on the sides and some foam on the top

Smell: immediately greeted with flowery hops. minor notes of citrus and sweet malts. slight german malts to the smell.

Taste: opens with a mixture of flowery hops, mixed with a slight citrus hint along with some munich malts and a lighter crystal sweetness.

Mouthfeel: moderately bitter but a good level for a pale ale. light and drinkable.

Overall: a tasty and impressive pale ale. lots of taste and hop character without leaving anything out. a good intro to half acre and lives up to everything it should.

Serving type: can

04-12-2014 03:22:52 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of krazyboy13


3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Solid pale ale. I tend to prefer fruitier hop flavors/aromas than stood out from this which was more of a bittering hop, but it was not overwhelmingly bitter by any stretch. I will certainly have this beer again. I'd love to try the double daisy cutter if I can ever find it in philadelphia.

Serving type: can

04-10-2014 00:22:31 | More by krazyboy13
Photo of BradenMK


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks again to Core 42 for being so generous!

APPEARANCE (4.0) - Served from a pint can into a pilsner glass. Poured a russet-gold color with great clarity and a good finger and a half to two fingers of powdery-white head. This looks luscious for a pale ale.

SMELL (4.75) - And it smells incredible. Just super-juicy with over the top fruit aromatics. The malt bill lends some sweetness to the hops which gives the overall nose a marmalade quality. A malange of lemon, orange, grapefruit and most of all tangerine. Smells wonderful.

TASTE (4.0) - Easily the most flavorful and complex pale ale I've ever tasted. Starts off with a malt sweetness which is initially drowned out by a surprisingly resinous pine and followed by a refreshingly clean finish. Incredibly drinkable. As it warms, the malt starts to hold its own a bit more and other hop-influences flavors such as lemon rind and mint leaf join the party. And in the mingling of herbal hops and pale graininess we get a touch of spring grass on the finish. Delicious and now I want to do a side-by-side with this, SNPA, and Stone Go To IPA.

MOUTHFEEL (4.0) - Watery? Yes, but it's a pale ale, it's supposed to be. By the smell I half expected it to drink like an IPA, but it has all the taste with a much lighter feel. Not overly carbonated, which is good here because it lets the malt bill linger on your tongue for a minute. But don't let that fool you. Ultimately, this beer has an amazingly clean finish to it that leaves you wanting more and more.

OVERALL (4.25) - The best pale ale I've ever had. Better than SNPA (as far as I can rememeber), better than Mirror Pond, and yes, better than Zombie Dust (by a fair margin if you ask me). I'm surprised this isn't rated significantly higher.

Serving type: can

04-09-2014 03:29:16 | More by BradenMK
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had a pint at Khyber Pass in Philly. From notes.

A - Darkish golden pour and bright. Good carbonation, two fingers of white head left great lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Big citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, some bread.

T - Malt up front with lot's of hop to follow but a lot less defined than the aroma. Not really an intense or overly interesting flavour profile, but good.

M - Good bitterness, good carbonation, lower end of medium body.

O/D - Quite a hoppy pale ale. Nice stuff, but a little plain. Hop flavour could be cleaned up a bit, otherwise I enjoyed the pint. Not terribly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2014 17:50:55 | More by tbeckett
Photo of larryi86


4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks bsytle!
16 oz can poured into a snifter

A- A clear copper color with a two finger white head.

S- Grapefruit, citrus, some sweet malts, pale malts, floral notes.

T- Citrus, pale malts, some floral notes, nice bitter piney finish, well balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A nice Pale Ale, easy to drink, very enjoyable.

Serving type: can

03-21-2014 23:38:01 | More by larryi86
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to my awesome girlfriend for picking up this gem...
Poured from 16oz can into fluted snifter/fat tulip/whatever. Mostly clear honey orange color with a nice fluffy snow white head that fades a bit then slows down, fed by lively carbonation. Nice solid lacing is left as it slowly descends from there.
Smell is awesome; floral, clean malt, bright citrus and slight tropical fruit, with a bit of dank herbal.
Taste is very crisp, simple floral and bitter citrus rind hops with ghostly tropical fruit and sweeter citrus, clean grassy flavors. This is complex, flavorful but light on the palate and drinkable as hell. I could slam these all day, in the best way.
Mouthfeel is light, crisp and clean. Wet, not sticky at all. Awesome and refreshing
Overall, this is the best session beer I've had. Very light in the mouth, but full in flavor, crisp and clean, amazingly well done.

Serving type: can

03-07-2014 04:51:50 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Chitownbandit!

Ap - Brilliant gold/light amber, with a fluffy white head that leaves a slight spotty lace.

Ar - Pine, grapefruit rind, tangerine, lime(?)

T - The same way Zombie Dust is considered an American Pale Ale, so is this. More of an IPA, with a perfectly bittered, citrusy pale ale. Taste is a subdued version of the nose. The malts come forth a touch more, but the flavors are all accounted for.

M - Bitter, sticky, medium bodied.

O - Very well done! I want to try the other offerings now. It's a crushable pale ale that, to a lot of people could be considered an IPA. A great flagship beer for any brewery.

Serving type: can

02-27-2014 02:16:57 | More by KVNBGRY
Photo of Pintofbrown


4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this in a shaker pint.

Beautiful three-finger's of ecru foam, I could eat this stuff with a spoon it is so creamy, thick sheet lace after a few minutes of deflation. The beer glows the color of hot apple cider.

Floral aromas bursting out of the pint glass, blending with hints of resin-y, sweet citrus-y, and bready malt. That floral bouquet smells great!

Hops stand out immediately with the first sip: orange, resin, estery. As Daisy Cutter glides over mid-palate, an herbal, tea-like quality emerges. The bitterness on the finish takes it easy, slightly resinous. The sweet, bread malt peeks through just enough. A great balance struck between the flavor hops and malt. Complex.

Lighter body and watery, bubbles add a nice wrinkle and make the beer more crisp.

Daisy Cutter is an impressive and well-crafted pale ale. The estery aromas and flowers explode from this one, with citrus-y notes and bready malts left in the aftermath. Great beer! Find this one!

Serving type: can

01-23-2014 07:29:37 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of N_Schleret


3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a orange/yellow color with a two finger head that dissipates slowly with blotchy lacing.
S: Mellow citrus with hints of earthiness.
T: Very similar to the taste. Very bitter from the tip of the tongue to the back.
M: Medium body and dry on the palate. Light carbonation. Leaves an oily film.
O: A very solid pale ale. I wish it was a bit more fruity though.

Serving type: can

01-21-2014 01:54:34 | More by N_Schleret
Photo of BeerisOK


4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber color with sufficient head.

As it is quaffed the lacing follows sufficiently down the glass.

Aroma reminds me of a very floral/citrus IPA.

Taste is a wallop of hops and small bitter finish that keeps me coming back. Somewhat dry with little sweet malt in back end.

Very solid Pale Ale as I continue to drink the hops calm a bit and I get more floral presence like skipping through a field of daisies...OK, maybe not that but damn near close.

I can see why this beer is so desirable and will seek out again.

Serving type: can

01-17-2014 00:43:43 | More by BeerisOK
Photo of dar482

New York

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a bright clear orange color with a fluffy white head. The beer looks almost like a neon orange color, a Kool Aid bright color.

The aroma has some grassy, floral and, pine. Some orange peel. A bit of bready sweetness.

The flavor follows that citrus and grapefruit in the front again. Then onto a bready malt that gives the beer some body, but it is still a light body easy drinking beer. Lots of carbonation. The finish is quite dry and a bit bitter of green grass, floral, resin, and pine.

Very much IPA notes, but with a lighter body of a pale ale. Great session hoppy beer.

Serving type: can

01-14-2014 03:54:14 | More by dar482
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New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to my non-BA friend freedawg for the trade extra

16oz can poured into a tall pilsner glass

A: THIS is what beer should look like - a gorgeous orange/yellow, like polished wood. Huge fluffy, fizzy head that slowly dissipated, but left big patches of sticky lacing throughout.

S: Very clean, bright hops, grassy, light bread. Smells very fresh, just not a "huge" aroma.

T/M: Incredibly juicy, solid-yet-up-front hops hit you first, with a great toasted bread malt midsection. Hop bitterness comes back for a lengthy finish. Lip-smacking good. Tight, fizzy carbonation does the job. If this were a tad bit creamier, I'd guzzle this juice.

O: Stellar pale ale. Bonus points for the pounder can. Now if only I had regular access to this.

Serving type: can

01-14-2014 02:47:17 | More by markgugs
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District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. pint poured on tap at the tap room, unknown brew date, poured into a Half Acre pint glass and drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - amber-orange coloration, high clarity (can both read and see through), initial rocky eggshell white head settles into subtle glass lacing; little alcohol legs

S: 8/10 - citrus and floral/grassy hop flavors predominate; little malt and alcohol aroma

T: 16/20 - on first sip on the anterior tongue; there is a subtle hop bitterness but certainly not overpowering; this develops into a complex combination of orange, marmalade and bready tastes that is balanced; dry finish; minimal alcohol flavors; no appreciable flaws

M: 4/5 - light-to-medium body; little alcohol presence; moderate hop oils coat the tongue; appropriate carbonation for style

O: 8/10 - very good pale ale that is easy drinking and enjoyable with an excellent balance of hops and malt; I think that I have been eternally spoiled by FFF's Zombie Dust because I was hoping that the hop aroma was more intense; nevertheless, this is certainly a great beer with an high price point ($5/pint at the tap room)

TOTAL - 41/50

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2013 23:49:28 | More by MNishCT77
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3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey with a generous merengue head.

Strong nose and very aromatic. Hoppy, malt, piney, and tropical fruits.

Not as sweet as I thought it would be. Very hoppy, pine cone and malt.

Medium body as pine tars layer on the tongue. Has a bitter weed aftertaste. Earthy finish. Aroma strong throughout.

Not as fruity as I would like but overall a well done five hopped up craft. Very straight forward pale ale with no frills except the aroma is sensational. Hop lovers dream-can't even begin to imagine what the double is like!?!

Serving type: can

12-21-2013 00:48:27 | More by joeseppy
Photo of jhawth


4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured from can into tulip. Pours a slightly hazy orange with finger-and-a-half head that dissipates relatively quickly to a foamy cap.

Aroma: Citrus, grapefruit, and floral hop notes. Malt sweetness detectable. Excellent.

Taste: Follows nose with hop notes and bitterness up front, then a smooth transition to sweet, grainy malt flavors, finishing clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied, light but lively carbonation.

Overall: Really delicious, really excellent pale ale. Lovely hop character, super aromatic, but also super drinkable. Not only could I spend a great deal of time simply smelling this beer, I could also drink it all day.

Serving type: can

12-20-2013 23:38:51 | More by jhawth
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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can into tulip

Appearance- Lighter gold, with orange hues, slight haze, white head

Aroma- Big grapefruit, pine, pineapple, tropical, maybe some malt coming through but very hop dominate

Flavor- A bit less tropical than the nose, but still big pine, juicy hops, bready like notes as well a bit of yeast. good bitterness that stays calm enough to remain very drinkable.

Mouthfeel- medium/lighter bodied, with good carbonation

Overall- Very nice pale. juicy and hop forward without being too bitter, but is balanced and easy to drink. First time it showed up in my area, and I think I will be getting more.

Serving type: can

12-15-2013 01:25:24 | More by LI_PO12
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a wonderful orange golden hue that is nicely hazy with a one finger white head that fades to leave a nice thin blanket. Quite nice.

S - Nose just pops here. Big citrus notes, nice orange and grapefruit. Faint, faint tropical notes, nice light malt sweetness. Quite aromatic.

T - Taste is not quite as citrus packed as the nose, however, its there with wonderful bitter orange peel and faint grapefruit. The malt is a bit more prominent and cuts into the lingering bitter finish. Slightly earthy, lightly bready. Incredibly sessionable and nicely balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is awesome. Great carbonation, nice and crisp. Very very easy drinking.

O - Overall this is a damn fine beer. I like Galactic Double Daisy Cutter a bit more but this is incredibly easy drinking. Would be great in the warm summer months.

Serving type: can

12-12-2013 23:46:48 | More by rudzud
Photo of zookerman182


4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a cloudy orange color with a one finger white head.
Aroma is incredible. Tropical grapefruit, orange, mango.
Flavor is not like the aroma, small traces of tropics fruit and a more hop bitterness are on the tongue. The lingering bitterness is really nice.
Mouthfeel is superb, what I look for in an IPA.
Only con I have is I wish the abv was higher but its a fantastic beer for what it is.
Glad I had the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: can

11-30-2013 19:11:40 | More by zookerman182
Photo of 57md


3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light copper with a finger of fluffy white head that left some frothy lace behind. The nose is nicely hoppy. This offering has some fizziness that becomes noticeable as one begins sipping on it. The body is light and the flavor is crisp with a pleasing hop finish. This is a bit lighter in body than the best APAs, but it would certainly be something perfect to knock back in mass quantities on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2013 05:35:43 | More by 57md
Photo of schepelz


4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a snifter. Canned 10/10/13 (very fresh!). My friends have raved about this beer, very excited to try.

A - Very nice golden-orange in color. Two finger white head. Wonderful lacing throughout

S - HUGE hop aroma, amazing! Mild citrus, very piney.

T - Slightly bitter, hoppy taste right off the get go. Followed by a softer, sweeter malt backbone that really balances it out. Not really getting the "bready" malt that others have described

M - Definitely on the lighter side. Great carbonation. Left me with a dry bitter taste, in a good way of course.

O - Very good Pale Ale. Will definitely be picking some up the next time I'm around Chicago. Could see myself enjoying on many-a-summer days.

Serving type: can

11-02-2013 00:36:44 | More by schepelz
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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was blessed to hook up with a cigar smoking buddy, traded some cigars for this beer. A whole four pack to be exact it pours a perfect copper slightly hazed glowing orange hue with a bright white head. Aroma has floral citrus hop notes with ample malt fresh sliced bread. As it warms up more orange slices with a bit of crush aspirin and orange zest makes it's way into my nares, a good combo with the ample tame sweetness of the balancing malt character. Flavor wise it hits the palate with enough hops to keep this hop head interested, great citrus zest bitterness floral notes with a sweet honey biscuit malt to bring it home into a balance. Hops shine through to the finish, nice bone dry finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied ample smooth natural carbonation, cans are the way to go for these guys. Overall drinkability is great sessionable crazy good stuff, I can't wait to get more. I shared one can drank two on arrival and saved one for a review it went so fast!!!

Serving type: can

10-24-2013 14:41:08 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of jhartley


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint can to a English style pint glass.
Fluffy white 2 finger head that leaves great stepped lacing down the glass. Bright orange-golden body, clear, filtered.
Major hop aromas coming out of the glass - citrus and some dankness! No doubt what you are in for with this beer!
Hops dominate from the first taste to the last. Not to overwhelming bit a nice bitter bit followed by a lingering on the tongue.
Overall a great APA with a huge hoppy profile, and a lower sessionable abv. Definitely a beer to sit pack and have a few. If you love hops, then this is the Pale Ale for you!

Serving type: can

10-19-2013 02:25:37 | More by jhartley
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3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If you are a fan of hops, this is an excellent beer. Hops do not just dominate, they overwhelm. This brew really should have been labeled an IPA as it is far hoppier than most IPA's. If you favor more balanced beers, you probably will not like this beer even though it is well made.

Serving type: can

09-28-2013 02:31:48 | More by SanWrencho
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had at the Emerald Loop in Chicago.

A. Caramel color with a fair amount of bubbles coming up throughout. There's a big foamy white head and excellent lacing. Fairly clear.

S. Very hoppy scent.

T/M. It has a sweet hop taste; some grape flavor there. The hops are earthy/grassy at first, with a medium body and while carbonated, it's fairly smooth. There's a lingering sweetness.

O. A bit tart and very flavorful. A nice all-around pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 21:09:44 | More by Amalak
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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,975 ratings.