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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,658 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,658
Reviews: 705
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 585
Gots: 295 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-20-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Outstanding flavour, and in a can. Great bitterness, very lacey. Floral, yes it smells like a flower store in the background. ultimate beer after a large amount of taking care of the garden.Thanks Tom. Smooth, I would drink this regularly and convert others to the charms of craft beer.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Pellinore1 for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light orange with a 1 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to a thin film. Random streaks and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of tropical fruits, grapefruit juice, and citrus zest hops. Taste is of malt, grapefruit/tropical fruits, and some citrus zest flavors on the finish. A mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Goose Island - Clybourn in August 2009.

Pours a nice caramel-amber with a very nice head and plenty of lacing as it goes down. The smell is loads of citrus with plenty of orange and grapefruit. Some pine in there as well. Great bitterness to this one, and just absolutely outstanding flavor for an American Pale Ale--next to Columbus Pale from Town Hall, probably the best that I've ever had. Medium body and good carbonation with absolutely outstanding drinkability. Man, I miss Chicago.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a rocky three-finger head that leaves a few clumps of lacing behind

Smell: Predominately citrusy, on the nose, with hints of grass and bready malt

Taste: The beer lays down a bready backbone that allows the hops to shine, with a lemony grapefruit character joined by a hint of grassiness at mid-palate; the hop flavors blend nicely, after the swallow, leaving a nice bitter aftertaste that has some subtle yeasty elements in it, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Just a ton of flavor here for a 5.2% APA; not just a hoppy APA, this beer has some unique elements that make it well worth seeking out

Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Phyl21ca
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap: Poured a hazy glowy orangey color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and fresh grapefruit notes with loads of aromatic notes is just about perfect. Taste is also dominated by huge notes of citrus and grapefruit hops with a dry caramel malt base that doesn’t overshadow the hops profile. Body is quite full with great carbonation. One of the best IPA that I had the chance to taste recently.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.13/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have no idea how this beer is rated so high. Maybe the keg I had it from was bad. I drank two sips and have it to my friend, the beer disposal.

Single finger head on a hazy copper with golden hues body. Aroma is weak with light malts more on the pale and grainy side with some citrus and earthy notes. The flavor very bland with weak malt and hop content. Earthy and metallic notes dominate. Too carbonated and medium body. The beer just wasn't good in any way.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well hot damn I get my hands on this one! I had been dying to try it for months and thrilled when a fresh bottle hit my porch. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/06/2010.



The pour was outstanding and for pale ale the best I had ever scene. Nice and deep amber in color with a huge head of white that just towered over the top of the glass, sticking to everything in sight and really just immense. Never really settling it just hung there, boldly taunting me to take a sip, which I kindly obliged. Aroma of fresh grapefruit and ripe citrus just dominates nearly everything around me and really propelled this sticky, hop fueled monster to a whole new level. Such a full profile of flavor and aroma, it was almost unheard of for a pale. Just immeasurable grins coming across my face as I take sip after sip of rich citrus hops that coat the palate and make my lips stick to my teeth. Perfect carbonation and beyond drinkable.



Overall I do not how this really could have been improved on. It was just amazing. Straight forward hop bomb in a 5 percent package, just wow. Everything I wanted it to be and more. I would have this hooked up in my house every day. Seek it out, it's up there with any of the best I have had.

Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Jeff for hooking it up with a bottle of this. I've been looking forward to trying it for quite some time.

A: The pour is a cloudy golden color with a massive white head on top.

S: A ton of hops hit you in the nose immediately. A really great mix of the different hop aromas as well. I get lots of floral smells, along with citrus, and perhaps even some spicy notes as well.

T: The flavor follows the nose perfectly. Perhaps a touch more in terms of citrus and pine than the scent would let on, but still a lot of flora and spice as well. No malt to be found whatsoever.

M: A bit heavy on the tongue for a pale ale, but a nice carbonation and a bitter finish.

D: One of the best pale ales I've had, ever, to be quite honest. This is almost to the point of an IPA in terms of the hop character, but it was great no matter what you call it.

Photo of Knapp85
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a slightly hazy looking golden orange color with a white head on top. The retention is good and the lacing is sticky. The beer smells like fresh floral hops with some booze and malt on the nose. The taste of the beer is pretty hoppy from start to finish. The flavors upfront are mostly sweet malt that quickly fades into the earthy and floral bitterness of the hops. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a delicate carbonation to it. Overall this is a very nice beer, I would drink a lot of this one if I could. It gives off the essence of flowers and I find that to be pretty impressive. It's very good.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint can shared by nickd717. Thanks!

Cloudy and golden, it pours with a thick frothy cap that retains incredibly well. This looks great.

Big floral hop aroma with some honey sweetness. A little grain and citrus, very bright and clean. The aroma is huge for such a low alcohol beer.

Flavors of orange and grapefruit, floral hops and a little dry crackery malt meet the tongue first, with grapefruit and pine lingering in the finish. Only mildly bitter, and fairly dry. Damn near perfect for the style, this is a great pale ale, refreshing but extremely flavorful. I need to track down a few cans of this.

Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight from a mason jar growler fresh from the brewery... thanks to d0b for the tip. Poured it carefully into a 22 oz. Spaten bock mug. 1st pour was ok, 2nd nearly overflowed, but left a generous rocky head that elevated itself well beyond the rim. 3rd pour I really made a mess, and it was losing carbonation by this point.

Hazy tequila sunset in the tropics, molten orange with a light unfiltered hop haze. Fresh cut botanicals in the nose, grassy hop cones, sweet clementine oranges, clean and so very fresh. The aroma is very nice, similar to the fresh drafts i've enjoyed nearby at Bad Apple.

Resiny hop leaf bitterness, backed by a solid pale malt presence. Orange peel, grassy, dry and resinous in the aftertaste. Light bodied and smooth, giving the hops top billing. Something about this combination makes it ultra sessionable... pretty much the one local APA/IPA I can't get enough of.

2010 standard growler: No carbonation issues, solid mouthfeel, what we've come to expect from Half Acre. A Chicago classic.

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,658 ratings.