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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,490 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 2,490
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 585
Gots: 269 | FT: 17
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 BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):

A bit of haze sits on the orangey-gold color; gets a bit clearer when it gains some warmth. Sudsy head that all beers wish for straddles the inside of the glass. Raw prickly citric rind and pine sap in the nose, West Coast-style all the way. Super smooth, bitty with some substance on the palate. Hops are of the "in your face" style with a nice inner-cheek-hug- ging bitterness and citric bam that makes your mouth pucker a bit. That pucker leads to the desire for another sip. Toasty, doughy, biscuity malts provide a great base, a little yeasty too, but mostly bready. Citric, mint, drying hoppy finish.

Old-school "microbrew" style here, fresh and raw with more than enough flavor to go around. Surpassing the benchmark.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 03, 2011
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Photo of tectactoe
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to cocoapuph for throwing this in as an extra - I've been wanting it for quite a while, so I'm happy to finally try it. Daisy Cutter pours a cloudy and semi-translucent golden color that isn't quite yellow and isn't quite amber. The clumpy, white head fades rather quick, although it does leave behind some chunky webbing.

Aaaand, wow. The first whiff of Daisy Cutter is so raw and pure; an abundance of hops jump out and smack your nose silly. Grassy, wet, leafy, and adhering to a light bit of spice on the tail end. The hops just smell so "fresh", it would be easy to mistake this for a wet-hopped beer. After some time, Daisy Cutter starts smelling like a freshly cut lawn. The finish shows some faint mango peel, lightly tropical and sweet.

I can't think of a better word to describe the flavor profile than "bright". Each sip tastes very bright and vibrant, bursting with more fresh-cut grass, wet florals, leaves, and mild peppery hop spice. Fruit is a bit more pronounced on the palate (or perhaps my palate is just better at picking those things up than my nose) with bouts of bitter citrus peels and mango skins. This is a damn good pale ale.

Daisy Cutter isn't crazy bitter; after all, you really wouldn't expect extreme bitterness from a pale ale, would you? There is a nice, solid bitterness, however, that stings the back of the tongue and gives the hop-heads the jolt they're looking for. The body is pretty light, sitting around thin-medium, with quite a bit of carbonation, leaving a crisp and sharp mouth feel that helps to accentuate the flavors.

Highly drinkable, tasty, and extremely flavorful pale ale. What else can you say? If this were available near me, it would definitely be one of my "go-to" beers, given the fact that it drinks as easy as water and it's only 5.2% ABV. Plus, I love beers that come in 16 oz. cans. If you're a pale ale fan, get you some Daisy Cutter right away.

tectactoe, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A coworker picked this up for me while eh was in WI last week.

A: This pours a moderately hazy amber with a slight orange highlights. The rocky, off-white head seems to last forever and leaving some lacing on the glass. It poured with about a finger of foam to start.

S: The nose is awesome with an intense hop aroma of pineapple, moderately-high pine, citrus and mango. Moderate grassiness and a low fruity ester. There is a mild biscuit, light malt sweetness in the back.

T: The malt profile reminds me that oh yeah this is a pale ale, not one of the better smelling IPAs. The moderately-high hops flavors of pineapple, citrus and pine dominate the flavor along with a moderately-high hops bitterness. There is a little bit of malt support but no caramel like an IPA, just a slight malt sweetness and flavor. The balance is all hops and bitterness with a lingering bitterness and a dry finish. A lime-like fruitiness becomes evident as it comes up to temperature.

M: It's got a moderately-light body with a moderately-high carbonation. There is a very slight creaminess and not astringency.

O: What an impressive if not wildly unbalanced Pale Ale that serves as a wonderful showcase for the hops.

MadScientist, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

CavemanRamblin, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of brownbeer
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glows a wonderful apricot color that beams down through the heavens of my ceiling fan lamp.

Piney American hops dominate the aroma. Blood oranges. Bold for a pale, it reminds me of an IPA that Sierra might make.

The taste adds a bready/biscuity malt backbone to balance. Pine, bitter citrus, kumquat lean in before a slight chocolate note in the bitter fade. If I didn't know better I would say this is an IPA. Bold and flavorful with medium, perfect, carbonation for the style. Seems a bit thin at first, works itself out though.

Goes great with food or just a glass. Try it.

brownbeer, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of Schlais
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Schlais, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of weatherdog
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz. can poured into a nonic pint glass

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw/ orange with a pillowy white head and medium lacing down the glass. The head dies into a thin layer of bubbles across the surface of the glass.

The nose wafts out of the can as soon as the tab is popped. The tropical hop smell of grapefruit and tangerine; a combination of hops that gets me every time. The nose is very bright and light, a perfectly refreshing nose for an APA.

The taste mirrors those tropical hops. A nice resiny sensation fills your mouth. The tiniest bit complimentary malt can be found of the backside but for the most part this is a crisp hop forward APA. A great example of how a hop punch can be packed in a beer below 6%.

The mouthfeel is crisp and dry, refreshing and leaves me always wanting to take a sip. This beer truly is great and so has great repeat drinkability being only 5.2%, light, and crisp.

weatherdog, Jun 24, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

SanFranJake, Oct 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

ajkiser12, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of stoptime
4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: "This is the best smelling beer ever!" Tons of floral and grassy hops. I could sniff this all day.

Appearance: Cloudy, golden-orange. One of the Half Acre employees simply refers to this beer as "orange juice."

Flavor: A flowery little hop bomb with a crisp, citrus finish.

Mouthfeel: Soft and smooth. Lightly coats your mouth.

We had a party with a keg of this back in September. There were approximately 40 people in attendance, and we had no problem killing it in one evening. It's an extremely easy drinking beer, and not too strong. Even the non-beer drinkers, and non-hop heads, were loving the Daisy Cutter. It just tied for 3rd place at the Chicago Beer Society's Fall Tasting. And most exciting is there's going to be a Daisy Cutter Hot Dog coming soon to Hot Doug's!! Needless to say, we'll be there.

Never pass up Daisy Cutter if you find it - this is a fantastic beer!

stoptime, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz can....perfect size and awesome for the beach! Pours into my glass a hazy golden orange with a nice fluffy head on top. Aromas are bold with fresh cut grassy / piney hops along with citrus and tropical fruit accents. Dank and resinous with a crisp bready malt backbone.

First sip brings a blast of fresh hop flavor with pine and citrus running about with a touch of grass. Crisp, laid back malt backbone that leaves way for a nice rush of bitterness. Smooth, dry finish with lingering hop after thoughts. Just a great brew overall.

Mouthfeel is smooth, refreshing and easy to drink. Great body and carbonation make this an overall wonderful pale ale that definitely borders towards an IPA. An easy candidate for summer sessions and lazy days at the beach. So glad to have Half Acre join the ranks of Chicago brewers!

orbitalr0x, Aug 02, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

helmdog525, Nov 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

danthehopslamman, May 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

DaftPatrick, May 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

csmartin6, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A relatively slow pour yields more than two fingers of cloud-like head with great retention. Beautiful orange/brown with a lot of slow rising carbonation.

Relatively modest aroma of pine and citrus.

Taste starts with a nice hop bite, without being overpowering. Taste is similar to smell, mostly citrus and pine hops. Not much malt, but enough to provide some balance.

Has a light/medium mouthfeel with some nice lingering bitterness.

Overall, one of the best APAs I've had. Very easy drinking. Crisop and refreshing.

warnerry, May 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Afroman, Jul 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

chip26, Jul 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

TTripp725, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Callmecoon, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

beckard13, May 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

TimoP, Nov 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

77apm, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Twifiter, Oct 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Snikwad1020, Mar 08, 2013
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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,490 ratings.