Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,922
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rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
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Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-20-2009

A west coast Pale Ale chock-full of dank, aromatic hops. This one's a screamer, hoard it.
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Redrover
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh growler, the beer is orange/peach with a bit of a chill haze and awesome stick off-white head and lacing.

I love the aroma of pine sap, caramel malts & citrus,

The taste is pleasantly bitter. Pine & citrus (lemon & trailing grapefruit) taste lead the way, but the beer seems well balanced with light sweet malts in the background. Yes the hops are very prominent but the beer never comes off as one sided.

The mouth is a nice combination of silky & oily. The beer is so easy to drink. I hope to see this on tap at more outlets. Well done guys!

Photo of Monsone
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Bad Apple

A - White head fades leaving good lace. Gold honey color. Looks the part.

S - Big citrus/pine/grass hop aroma

T - The aroma doesn't lie. Taste is citrus grapefruit with pine, and floral hops coming along for the ride. Just enough malt backbone to balance it out. Slightly biscuity. Lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body with some oily hops to it.

D - Drinkability is awesome. At 5.2% it packs a lot of punch while not so huge flavor wise that you can't drink quite a few.

Overall this is just a great APA. I don't know that I have had a better one ever.

Photo of cavedave
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to hawks10 for another fantastic 3rd coast pale ale.

A hard pour puts a prodigious pile of white lather atop a dark straw colored, cloudy beer. Lots of staying power to the head, lots of lace lashed lusciously to the glass.

Mmmm, floral hop, citrus hop, tropical fruit hop, some pine notes of less intensity, even some faint, grassy and dank, and delicious sweet, with just a hint of honey and bread, create a bouquet suitable for a perfume.

Taste is not as bold as the aroma, but still packs a punch for a pale ale. It starts with bitter and sweet, picks up some pine, some citrus pith, some really floral deliciousness. As it ends the sweet fades and pine/herbal bitter dry it just right, but leave it just juicy enough. Very well blended flavors here. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Just enough perky carb., plenty of viscosity but clears out very well, and a cranking finish. What more could one ask?

I recommend this highly it is one of the best pales available for sure.

Photo of joe1510
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bad Apple

Daisy Cutter is set in front of me and with it comes a hazy golden body with moderate peach highlights. The bone white head is about one finger in height with the creaminess of frothed milk and shows excellent staying power. Chunky spider webbed lacing gets left behind after each gulp.

The nose on Daisy Cutter is super tropical with notes of mango, first and foremost, followed by papaya and some other tropical goodness. Freshly cut grass has its fingerprints all over the aroma of this APA as well; basically there are fistfuls of hops in this beauty. The malt base is very lightly caramel and somewhat biscuity allowing the hops to be the showcase.

The flavor picks up where the aroma left off. Tropical fruit sweetness get things going over the top of that light caramel and sweet biscuity malt base. Mid palate comes with the buzzsaw bitterness of the grassy hops and the bitterness grows through the swallow. There's a squeeze of lemon on the back end that works superbly. This is a hop bomb of an APA and done just to my liking.

Daisy Cutter has a moderate body with carbonation that's lively enough to push it through at a healthy pace. The bitterness on the back of the tongue continues to grow with each drink and actually gets up there pretty damn high for an APA.

The drinkability is ridiculously high. It has a great hop bite with low enough abv to put away a few pints in a sitting without a problem and there's a refreshing quality that keeps it flowing.

Watch out Alpha King, we have a new crown in town. Daisy Cutter is one of my best beer finds of the last couple months and the best pale ale I've ever come across. If you run across this on tap make sure to grab two pints, the first will disappear before you know it.

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm buying a riding lawnmower.

Photo of tjk135
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bitter, citrus and fresh cut grass. Excellent pale ale and a great go to beer for any occasion.

Photo of tectactoe
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of MadScientist
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of weatherdog
4.52/5  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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of stoptime
4.92/5  rDev +18%
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!

Photo of warnerry
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is piney hops with some other hop flavors. The flavor is medium bitterness and some pine and orange-citrus hops. Medium-high carbonation and medium mouthfeel. A great hoppy American Pale Ale.

Photo of 1Adam12
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 4 pack this weekend when I went to Chicago. Pours a golden murky brownish orange, small fluffy head with decent lacing. Smelled very citrusy and hoppy out of the can, but lost a bit of the nose once it was in the glass. Citrusy with nicely balanced hops, slightly bitter finish and aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel, light and carbonated. After being told by numerous people that I "had to pick this up" while in Chicago, I just can't see what all the hype was about. It's a nice pale ale, but I don't think it was worth the price or the hype.

Photo of deebo
3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh can poured into a plastic glass. Looks to have a sticky white lacing. Just a bit Cloudy with dark golden color and lots of bubbles. Aroma is typical IPA. Hop profile is a bit grassy with pine and a hint of citrus. Bready malt. The malt aroma is a nice balance to the hops. Taste is nearly identical to the aroma. Hoppy first with a malty body and finishes pretty quickly with a bit of a bitter, resins finish. High carbonation. Low alcohol presence. Overall a solid IPA but nothing jumps out with this beer.

Photo of ehammond1
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Thanks for sharing MrHirschybar!

Slightly hazy golden orange and amber with a thick and persistent nearly white head. Lots of spotted lacing left down the glass.

One of the best smelling pale ales I've ever had the pleasure to sniff! The hops are bright and pungent and come in the form of strong citrus (grapefruit and orange) waves with a little pine. Pretty incredible!

The flavor is only disappointing because the aroma was so absolutely stunning! A mild bitterness, citrus and pine flavors, and a little bit of caramel sweetness make for a very well balanced, incredibly drinkable, pale ale.

Medium to full bodied.

A great pale ale. This is as hoppy as some midwest IPAs and DIPAs. A remarkable pale! I can't wait to get home and crack my last can of this!

Photo of Libationguy
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reddish-copper color with gold hues. Slight haze to the beer.

Citrus, hay, mandarin orange, grass, guava, jasmine, light dankness.

Pine, citrus, light resin quality. White flowers. Clean malt character.

Medium bodied and slightly watery at the edges of the palate. Moderate alcohol against the background of the beer.

Very clean and very nicely balanced. Bright flavors on the palate. The hops are nicely displayed without being over the top. Could easily drink more than one.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.7/5  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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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!!!

Photo of rudylaw
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After finally overcoming my resistance to try any more Half Acre beers, I finally dropped the $7.50 for a bomber of Daisy Cutter.

Pours a nice straw color with a 2 finger, fluffy head with great retention.

Tons of hops for a regular old pale ale. Piney, grassy, green apples, peach, mangos and orange peel.

Tastes the same with a nice bitter, clean finish.

A perfect, perfect summer ale. A dollar off the price tag and I'd make this my go to from June - August. Now, to try some on tap!

Photo of jeonseh
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into my GI tulip

A - a hazy dark orange with a bit of a golden glow. When it was poured, there was a nice two finger pristine, white head which went down to a thin layer on top. With the gold glow, it has an appealing look to it.

S - Medium nose that is primarily piney hops with a orange and pineapple sweetness

T - overall, well balanced all together. The main flavor is piney hops with a light, sweet pineapple and hints of tangy orange. Hints of lemon peel come thru as well. The hops really come through more with the finish as there is a strong and long-lasting pine finish that lingers on the tongue for a few minutes after taking a sip. The thing I like about this is the hops are almost hidden perfectly until the end. You don't get too much in the nose or at first sip but then they sneak in with a light bitterness that lingers on.

MF - Light body but there is a ton of carbonation that comes through that gives the beer a nice fullness to it and prevents it from being too light. Hop resin coats the tongue and remains throughout the finish. The body makes the beer nice to drink and reminds me of the body of Live Oak Hefe.

O - a solid IPA from Half Acre that ranks up there with Surly and the Floyd's as some of the best IPAs in the Midwest and country. Definitely an easy drinker with a ton of flavor

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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