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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A west coast Pale Ale chock-full of dank, aromatic hops. This one's a screamer, hoard it.

Added by emerge077 on 03-20-2009

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Reviews: 788 | Ratings: 3,399
Photo of terence
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great tasting West Coast Style IPA. I'n bummed that I can't get this regularly in the Bay Area, this would go toe to toe to some of the CA and OR IPA's best offerings.

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Photo of champ103
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 4/28/2016

A: Pours with a light chilled hazed that clears up just a bit after it warms, golden/orange in color. A dense white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Perfume like floral hops, almost a touch of honeydew mellon, with citrus and light bitterness. Pale, grainy malts that don't have much presence.
T: Like the nose, the hops are the show. Floral, perfume like, sweet mellon, and citrus. Light bitterness, and hardly any malt character.
M/O: A medium body that is very smooth. Super clean, but I wish there was a bit more carbonation. Very easy to drink, gone in no time and can see me finishing my four pack with ease.

I have had this several times, but this is my most recent try in years. The first time I have been able to sit and write something down. Maybe the can was just a little old, but still seemed well within reason for me. It was plenty aromatic and the hops did not seem stale at all. Though, as is, I think a better malt character and more carbonation would make this shine. Still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Amber with a bubbly, moderate head and some branching lacing.

Vegetal aromas with orange and some notes of dill pickle as well.

Bitter light pine flavors, cracker, and some green pepper. Overall light on everything.

Considering how many times I've heard this beer referenced, this is closer to basic hop water than expected.

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

Canned on 04/28/2016: Pours slightly hazy clear gold color with a thick foamy 2 finger off white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes which dissipated very slowly and left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of fresh floral hops and piney hops, with some citrus like lemon zest, grapefruit, orange peel, biscuit and light graham cracker. The floral hops and general floral aromas really stand out, with a mix of earthy tones, toasted grains and light peppery spices.

Tastes like it smells with fresh floral hops hitting first, similar to the daisy on the can. The malt base is more present with lightly toasted grains, biscuit, graham cracker and bread crust showing up before a wave of grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, piney hops and more citrus fruits wash over the tongue. Like the nose the general floral notes are nice but the citrus bitterness takes over and then clears the way for pepper, coriander and other mild spices as well as earthy tones, caramel and some sweet toasted grains.

Very easy drinking with a light crisp, zesty mouthfeel, a light body, mild carbonation and high bitterness for a pale ale. Aftertaste is bready and showcases the balance between with malts and hops, a definite session beer.

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Photo of BWED
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can poured into a snifter

A- Bronze in color, semi-hazy. Off white head settles around a 1/4" and leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S- Citrusy, floral, honeysuckle. Malt backbone is a little fruity biscuit. Delicate.

T- Mild citrus, grapefruit in particular. Dull piney notes, and bit of a bready backbone in flavor.

M- Medium light body. Bitterness is relevant but not overbearing. Finish is on the long side, a combination of bitterness and tang.

O- Aroma is really nice in this one. However, the flavor is more mild than expected. I guess why this is still in the Pale Ale category. Lighter ABV makes this a great, flavorful drinker.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Jackson tavern. I have no idea how old this keg is, but they shouldn't be pouring it. Stale taste all over the place. I know there is no way half acre intended this beer to taste this way. Unfortunate. Ends with malt character, not really any identifiable hop characteristics. Mediocre at best dude.

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

poured from a pint can into a goblet. canned on 1/28/16, so 3 months old.

looks really nice, hazy orange yellow with a good size white head with nice lacing.

aroma is nice and hoppy with faint fruit tones.

3 months in, this holds up very nicely. full hop tones throughout the mouth, which stays with you. refreshing and one of those beers you feel like pounding, but know you shouldn't, savor it. mouth is a tad below medium.

have been after this one for a while, dating back to when i turned it down because of a stupid can bias. it did not disappoint, looking forward to the others in the fridge.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap. Body is a golden honey type color, slightly hazy, and with a soapy head. Left some lacing. Smell is lemon, grass, and floral hops. Taste has more fruit flavors (lemon, grapefruit, and something like peaches maybe?), honey, bread, and some dank earthiness from the floral hops. Leaves a sticky, resinous finish that continues to develop for some time afterwards. Feel is best described as "easy drinking"...medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth and gentle going down. Finish is fairly crisp and clean. A very nice, sessionable beer with bright and bold flavors.

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

After seeking out this beer I was slightly disappointed. Golden orange in color little head retention lemony citrus flavor with little aroma. It's still a solid pale ale and would drink it if I saw it in a cooler but I would not trade for this or pay $16 for a 4 pk when I can get a 6pk of Sierra Nevada for $10...

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hazy golden color in a pint glass and a finger head. Hops and citrus notes are prevalent. Bitterness on palate that lingers - if I had to venture a guess I would say it is dry hopped. One of the better APAs I've had. Medium feel. Outstanding!!

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy gold appearance
Outstanding aroma, floral with some citrus.
Very hoppy, bright citrus/grapefruit flavors, with a resinous finish.
Complex hop flavor for a pale ale, little to no sweetness.
Perfect carbonation, medium mouthfeel
Great hoppy pale, and I love the 16 oz can.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
3.39/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have had this beer out of the can off tap and poured into various cups and being a hometown brewery everyone raves about for some reason I just can't love this beer like every one else. I always find this beer having a lack of flavor, very lemon tasting and bland. I don't know if it is just me or what because everyone always seems to love it, but no matter what I am just not feeling it. I have tried to like it but it doesn't do it for me with that lingering lemon bitterness w/ no other great citrus flavors and wow factor for me to keep wanting to try this APA anymore.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. Has a hazy gold appearance. Big dank, grapefruit and citrus aromas. The tastes are grapefruit, and citrus. Lingering bitter resin on the palate. A hoppy pale that is quite drinkable. Half Acre kills it with their hoppy beers.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.32/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Given the reviews this has received, I'm guessing the tap that I'm having this from isn't working too well, because all I'm getting taste wise is a generic bitterness. Not even a hope based bitterness, more like dirty water. It's also pretty flat, which would be more appropriate for a stout.

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Photo of Butznutz
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice Amber hue, grass and grapefruit on the nose. Hint of grapefruit on the palate dissipates into a dry malt finish with a tad of bitterness to finish. Enjoyable and sessionable

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Photo of AsaPhelps
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid APA! Really nice aroma and nice citrus flavor backed up by some malt, drinks easy, a fridge staple for sure. Nothing better than having a refreshing pale on a hot day, and Daisy Cutter delivers.

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

Oh happy day, this crushing pale ale is now distributed to my area (Westchester county , NY)16 oz can, dated on the bottom (this was canned just over a month ago)

Pour is lightly hazed, lighter amber. quality loking fine low sheeting, film and oodles of fine strands to the top of the glass, nice looking beer.

Pungent grapefruit sniff

Citrus bomb on the palate, grapefruit and lots of it, very dank and dry hopped up finish.

Quality...welcome to the neighborhood

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Photo of pinyin
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served 37F into a 14 ounce snifter from a counter pressure growler.

Light copper orange, failry clean and translucent. Not much chill haze or cloudiness.

The nose grassy and floral. I'm also getting some stale malts, most likely from the bacteria on the keg line. This was most likely shipped during the first week of Half Acre's debut in NYC, so it may have been sitting for a little while.

Taste is a smooth nutty, slightly malty and slightly hoppy APA. Really nice recipe and very well balanced. Very dry and crisp. Again, I taste some slight line bacteria, but this is obviously no fault of the brewer, and i'm sure I will get a different tasting note towards the bottom of the growler.

Mouthfeel is really good. Not syrupy, and not too thin. Sits just right for 5.2%ABV. Lacing is minimalist which I like and head retention is also very good.

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016 can, pours a golden orange color, slightly hazy, quite a bit of carbonation, a soapy off white head. The odor for me is grapefruit, mandarin, lemon, tropical fruits, slight honey, floral, slightly herbal, pine resin. The taste for me is bread like, herbal, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, slight resin. Mild bitterness throughout.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Clear lighter shade of gold with an ample head. Solid lacing for an APA.

S: Citrusy, floral hops. Some lemons and dry bready malt.

T: Very hoppy, a citrusy floral character. Dry overall, with just enough mildly bready malt to maintain an excellent balance. Notes of lemons, grapefruit and some peaches. Clean, hoppy and dry.

F: Light-medium bodied with medium carbonation. High drinkability.

Thoughts: Good drinkability, flavorful enough. Solid APA.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16oz can into a Guinness pint glass.

Look is a wonderful golden Amber with thin head. Crystal clear.

Aroma is very earthy lots of flower and grass.

Taste matches aroma. Lots of earthiness and grassy hops in the taste.

Delicious with a light body.

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a clear golden color with a fingers worth of white head

S-earthy hops, tropical fruits, and citrus

T-taste is similar to the smell, bready malt backbone, citrus, pine, and light tropical fruits

M-medium body, soft carbonation

Overall an excellent APA, very flavorful for a low ABV beer

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a wine glass, a pretty bright orange amber body with a thin film of white bubbles. This beer doesn't blow me away at all. It's very clean, but is lacking in aroma and taste. It's easy drinking, crushable, and should be at 5.2% abv but that's it's only redeeming quality for me. I want more in my pale ales

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Photo of Assman
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great easy drinker! I think I'm going to stock this in the garage fridge all year, great for summer and perfect for a change of pace beer. I need to find a fresh can, I'll bet it's much crisper? Although at a month old it's pretty good!!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was really good. Granted, I am drinking a 2/17/16 canning on 2/26/16... Tight, lean, citric, bitter, cutting, medium-light body, ample carbonation, fresh aftertaste... leaves you longing for more... A superior beer.

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