Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Daisy Cutter Pale AleDaisy Cutter Pale Ale

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2,926 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,926
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 630
Gots: 405 | FT: 19
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:
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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Ratings: 2,926 | Reviews: 745
Photo of Chuckletheturtle
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So Smooth and not bitter. Lucky to have a chance to get one in Delaware.

Photo of Trooper92292
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've been wanting to try this forever. What a great beer. The color is lighter than I expected but for a pale ale the taste is right where I want it to be. Lots of flavors with the malt and the hops are at the right place adding to the aroma and bitterness.

Photo of Jovial_Libations
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid pale ale but none of the chewy, fruity dankness I expect from a top caliber IPA or DIPA. Good but disappointing.

Photo of MissSmisje
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: light golden with a fluffy head that has good retention.
S: citrus, fresh cut grass. Very fresh.
T: delicious! Fresh and bright. Juicy citrus and ripe white peach, fresh cut grass. Like fresh laundry.
F: light and fresh
O: it's great. I love it.

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 rderedin
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very good/solid Pale Ale.

Photo of NavyGoat
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another really good beer on tap! Very good but not a wow!!

Photo of timc100
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As like many Chicagoans, I have had many, many ounces of this great pale ale.

This is a pale ale, not an IPA. It is light, hoppy and crazy drinkable. Wonderful aroma of fresh cut grass, pink grapefruit, herby and floral, lemon and some orange citrus. On the palate the individual flavors found in the aroma are not as vibrant, but it comes together as a very floral ale with bright citrus.

Photo of MattMorin
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Palate wrecker. Can't taste anything else after

Photo of hardysf
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really appreciate the hop smell and hop aroma of this pale ale. Kicks most "session ipas" butts. This is a solid beer.

Photo of ARoman
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*from previous notes 1/18/2014*
On tap into a shaker. The aroma is a pleasant, and intriguing, combination of floral and spice (pepper and coriander mostly) with some mild yeast and some subtle grassy, wood, and pine notes. Not much malt coming through in the aroma; maybe some mild toasted notes, but I really have to hunt for ?em. It?s a clear orange-pale color with a soapy white head that recedes to a thin film, but leaves a decent lacing down the glass. Mild bitter tastes a predominate; there are some subdued sweet citrus notes, but very much in the background. It?s not a dissimilar profile to a mild IPA. In the mouth it?s medium-light body is very much a spicy pepper, floral combination at first. This is followed by a dry citrus / grapefruit sweetness, and flowing nicely into a hoppy bittering at the end. There?s also some very subtle earthiness and nuttiness on the palate which didn?t come through on the nose. It?s crisp and dry with lively carbonation. A very unique, and well done, take on an session APA.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review taken Fall 2014. Friend grabbed a fresh can for me on his trip to Chicago.

1 pint silver aluminum cam with white and orange colors. Artwork displays a patch of fully bloomed daisy's and has a great overall design. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Hazy golden orange with a fluffy white head that had incredible size. Never really disappeared leaving wonderful gobs of stick all over the glass.

S - resinous pine sap, a tobacco woodiness, citrusy hops with tangerine. A dank and fresh hop character. Bread and cracker like malt really balance the aroma with peach, banana, and a soft clove like spice in the back.

T - malt and hop bitterness are balanced to perfection. Tangerine, peach and banana offer a load of fruitiness with pine resin and dank hops through the middle. Some real floral notes in the flavor followed by more dank resinous hops taking control of the finish. Bread and cracker malt smooth the flavorful hop fruit and resinous pine notes.

M - lighter medium bodied due to its size but packs excellent texture and thickness. Smooth and flavorful with a flavor like coats like a blanket.

O - Daisy Cutter is exceptional with the level of intense flavor it's punching at. It tastes like something twice it's size. A world class pale ale in a can and I hope I can get ahold of more of this in the future.

Photo of do_ob
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pint can into a snifter. Pours a hazy golden with a 1 finger head of sticky white foam. Smells of pine, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, etc. Medium weight, very crisp and refreshing. Taste is pine, hops, grapefruit, citrus, and honey. Perfect amount of bitterness for a pale ale. Malty finish with a bit of a dank aftertaste.

It's probably a good thing, for the sake of my bank account and marriage, that I can't get this beer locally. This is one of the best beers I've ever had, and probabaly THE best pale ale, in terms of a session beer. It's perfect in all aspects. All hail the Daisy Cutter.

Photo of KidDoc
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Draft into tulip glass. Medium cloudy golden color. Nice 1 finger head with decent retention and nice sticky lacing. Outstanding aroma, heavy with grapefruit and pine. Very promising. Mouthfeel and taste slightly underwhelmed. Probably just because the aroma was so good. If I could get this regularly it would make a near ideal session beer.

Photo of Karst32
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best pale ales I've had.

Photo of LacquerHead
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A solid pale ale. Love it.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden orange with a thin white head. Leaves nice lacing.
Smells much piney citrus hops with sweet floral aroma.
T- A nice balance of piney citrus with a crisp flowery bite.
F- Nice slight bitter finish that resonates for a time. A refreshing crisp finish makes very drinkable.
O- I really like this half acre. The store is a blast!

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a tallboy can into a nonic pint. No date on the can that I can tell.

Wonderfully frothy, creamy pale white head that forms into the shape of an ice cream scoop in the glass. The body is cloudy golden with a wheat like haze.

Very appealing nose, sweet floral and citrus blend with a resinous underbelly.

Not quite as robust in personality as the nose, there's a light lemony touch and a crackery finish with similar resinous bite all along. 4

Very light feeling in the body, it's got refreshing drinkability definitely. The finish is mildly bitter and lingers a tad, but otherwise this beer can be pounded. I'd probably drink straight from the can from here on out. 4.25

Good stuff.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/5/15 Finley Dunnes (Draft) - Really enjoyed the taste of this IPA. Somewhat strong, but not overpowering, the beer went down easy and smooth. I liked the distinct taste, and will definitely order down the road.

Photo of TechTriumph
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Live review:
No freshness date on can.
Poured in a DFH IPA glass.

A (4.25) - Light and somewhat murky amber in color with at least two fingers worth of egg shell white, fluffy head. Lots of tiny visible floaters suspended in the glass. Moderate lacing left behind.

S (4.25) - Aroma of tropical and citrus fruit immediately hits my nose. Subsequent smells give way to pine resin, sweet and mildly toasted and cracker-like malts, and a dash of cracked black pepper.

T (4.0) - While I expected a heavy dose of hops here, the taste is quite balanced. Piney, grassy, and lightly fruity hops come side-by-side with toasted and cracker-like malts. Definitely get some peppery undertones as well. Pretty mild bitterness hits up front, but doesn't linger for too long.

M (4.25) - Pretty smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and moderate carbonation that fits right in with the style. Fairly dry finish.

O (4.25) - Definitely glad to have the opportunity to try this, thanks to the always generous CuriousMonk. The high drinkability is easily the highlight of this beer, and while the flavor might not blow you away, it's no slouch either. Very well balanced and one I'd certainly drink again if given the chance.

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 SomethingClever
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into nonic pint could not find date on can

A: slightly hazy light amber color half inch head dissipates to a ring nice lacing on the glass as it goes down

S: very fruity pineapple some light peachy some bready malts

T: malty crackery with hints of fruit that linger a little not very bitter

M: A little watery finishes dry and crisp

O: This is pretty good but not worth going out of your way for it's lighter flavor makes it seem like you could drink several pints of this at a bar. I'd definitely grab this if I were out and wanted something light.

Photo of Mineo
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

refreshing, but not quite spectacular

Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small side patch of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Citrusy, soily hop aroma with a moderate amount of malt backing. Slight tinge of booze.

T- Balanced flavor of fruity hops and decent malt presence. Bitterness is mainly seen on the front end and fades pretty quickly from there. Very drinkable. Bitterness gets a bit more powerful after multiple sips are taken.

M- Small hop bite with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Pretty good but I don't see why it has as high a score as it does. These guys really need to put some freshness dates on their cans since I have no idea if this is the beer at its best or not.

Photo of xICooRsYIx
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think i got an old can. cant find a date but its just very dull and watered down. Barely any hop character and the malts actually star. But still not anything special. Hoping i get the chance to try this fresh as i know its going to be great!

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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