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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: 781 | Ratings: 3,354
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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Photo of Phigg1102
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Crystal clear orange color. About a ginger of white head leaving a great lacing pattern. Bready, biscuity malt aroma accompanied by floral, herbal hops. The taste is incredibly well balanced between the hops and malt, everything blends together seamlessly. Hops are florally focused and the malt is clean bready without anything overpowering. The finish balances a dry character with light hop bitterness very nicely.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a crowler of this at Half Acre since I couldn't find a can that was fresher than a month old around the city. Poured into imperial pint glass. Crisp, clean, refreshing, crushable and a tad bitter on the back end.

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Photo of emount91
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a very slightly hazy yellow, lots of carbonation seen. head doesn't stand a chance, dissipates quickly, no lacing. smell is very light, almost lagery for a second, but then you get the hops: pine, grass, and citrus peel. taste follows smell, but subtract the lagerness and add a little
bit of crackery malt on the backend. feel is great for a pale/sessionable ale. overall good, if it was distributed to my area i would get again, but probably wouldn't beer mail it again. regardless, happy I tried it and happy I have 3 more.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the second beer I have tried from Half Acre (Gone Away being the first) and all I can say after having it is wow. One of if not the best pale ales I have ever had. This one would put a lot of IPA's to shame. Crisp with deep tropical flavors, pale ales simply do not get better

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

Excellent pale ale poured from a tall boy canned 5 weeks ago. Aroma of peach, flora and orange rind. Nice malt backbone brings a slightly sweet flavor to the fore and balances out the floral and citrus hops. Easy drinking and smooth are its greatest virtues. Enjoyable quaf.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Clear gold. A one finger off-white head that lingers. Sudsy lacing.

S: Citrus, lemons, tangerine, oranges, soapy.

T: Piney hops, citrus-y. Bright. Light bitterness on the finish. A very sessionable brew.

M: Low to medium with medium carbonation.

O: Very easy drinking. Glad I finally got to try it. Thanks, Darren.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh cut grass, floral and citrus. While I love the juicy, fruity APA's/IPA's - this one actually has a lot complexity for an APA. It plays nicely with multiple hop notes including English herbal/floral, American citrus and grassy/pine. While it is not my go-to hop profile, I really respect the complexity this has for a Pale Ale. At 5.2% ABV this is a great flavorful beer that is a perfect candidate in a 16oz format!

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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