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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Daisy Cutter Pale AleDaisy Cutter Pale Ale

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2,594 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,594
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 584
Gots: 283 | FT: 16
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 OrestesMethuon
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Daisy Cutter is, to me, a bit of a delicious conundrum: crisp and bitter, yet easy drinking and imminently consumable. A flaxen-light pale ale, yet heavily-hopped and heavy-hitting. Not an IPA, yet out-classing many an IPA (and IIPA) in its generosity of hopping. It has the abv of a pale ale, but the flavor-profile that belies this lighter level of alcohol. Hell, even Half Acre's own IPAs are often more subtle, smooth, and soft-touched than Daisy Cutter.

And yet, it really, really works. Indeed—while it's ubiquitous enough that it's not really a “treat” beer, in most circumstances—it's always a dependable four-pack at the liquor store, when other options are wanting, and likewise at any bar when the other tap-handles aren't piquing interest. It's stormy, husky, brawling, and big-shouldered; it's the fruit of the plain, sturdy and substantial, like a Sandburg poem; and yet it's lithe and loose and oddly light-as-loam.

It pours a very golden pale, with a slight reddish-brown heart and minimal head. The aroma is suffused with hops, but hints at the airy malts underneath, and altogether emanates a sharp, clean, buoyant, marginally citric bouquet. Meanwhile, the taste arrives as a sequence of impressions: bittersweet, then malt-fruit, then floral-hop, then bitter-clean, then—almost drying out the mouth to cleanse the palate—this pale ale leaves only a residue of hoppy bittersweetness. Throughout, the texture is mostly airy, and never overly viscous or excessively weighted, though it's a little bit chewier than many pale ales.

In the end, Daisy Cutter's not a beer for all times, nor the most special or precious of ales; but it's nevertheless a beer befitting most times, and that's its own genuine speciality.

OrestesMethuon, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If citrus and hop resins are your thing. If you want a burst of hop goodness at moderate alcohol content. If you need your hoppy beers crisp, clean, and without any malt attempt to balance, then Daisy is your gal.

The beer pours with a hazy medium amber/copper color, releasing a soft white head with the consistency of mousse and creme. Great formation, great retention, and great lacing. Hard to ding this appearance as it hits all the marks of Pale Ales.

Aromas of malty graham crackers and caramel are quickly overtaken by citrusy grapefruit and orange zest while grassy elements of pine resin and pungent herbals contribute varying aromas each time the nose approaches the rim of the glass.

And with such toffeed, bread crusty flavors setting the base; the hops also somehow dominate the taste as well. With nearly a toasty or buttery flavor, the hop onslaught is so crisply intense that it makes the malt character seem trivial. Citrus, pine, grasses, herbs, and even onion/garlic begin to reveal themselves with an unveiling with each and every sip. You got to like that pungent catty character to hops to appreciate the complexities of this beer. With all the hop-malt interplay, the beer doesn't need much else to convalute the balance. It does well with the simple and elegant balance.

Though malt flavor gives a big impression, there's no sweetness to interfere with body or drinkability. No sir, this beer is dry, crisp, clean, refreshing, and sessionable despite the over-5% abv.

Powerfully smooth but with toasty-hoppy dryness, it reminds me a lot of Three Floyds Alpha King but wit a crisper, cleaner body and less sweet- a respectable compliment to say the least.

BEERchitect, Jan 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Jonada, Today at 02:38 AM
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Awesome beer. Cannot get enough of it. Not readily available in my area. Have to get lucky to happen upon it.

JohnLombardo, Today at 12:32 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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4.04/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

EddieJoe, Saturday at 12:47 AM
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can sent to me by the super generous spinaltapped. Thanks dude!

Pours a golden yellow, with some orange tints. There's a foamy one and a half inch head, and random spots of lacing down the glass.

Smells zesty and floral, with some orange, grapefruit, and mango, and a tiny bit of peppery pine.

This is so easy drinking it's ridiculous. Like delicious hop water, in a good way. It's very floral, and shows itself as the dominant flavor, which makes sense, given the name. There's some not too sweet citrus flavors as well, as well as a moderately bitter finish.

This is definitely light bodied, and very airy, light, and crisp in the mouthfeel. There's a moderate amount of carbonation. This is one of the most drinkable beers you'll ever find.

This is quite excellent, thanks to my man spinaltapped for giving me the opportunity to try it.

GreesyFizeek, Friday at 04:22 AM
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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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