Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Daisy Cutter Pale AleDaisy Cutter Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

725 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 725
Hads: 2,979
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 628
Gots: 418 | 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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Reviews: 725 | Hads: 2,979
Photo of ARoman
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,025 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,334 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
3.97/5  rDev -5%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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! (350 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (212 characters)

Photo of TechTriumph
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,216 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of xICooRsYIx
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
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! (245 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Gage in the Loop, into a tulip

A: pale golden peach, thin 1 finger head
S: clean grassy piney bitterness, pale bready malts
T: like the nose, with a little more dankness developing around the grassy hops and maybe a touch more citrusy grapefruit; stays fairly dry throughout.
M: crisp, dry, a little more chewy than most pales, great bitterness that tends to keep me from trying to get too cozy or comfortable.

Overall: I always pick up some of this when I'm in range. Distinctive taste profile that really hits some of my favorite notes. (557 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a bona fide Chicago favorite. Hop forward APA with citrus/floral notes and a solid malt backbone. Great bitter finish that lingers on the tastebuds. One of my ’go to’ beers. (185 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, date on the case was 12/9/2014 If I recall. Fresh

A: Hazy gold. Tons of sticky lacing. Excellent retention.

S: Smells like a great hop forward pale. Piney, grassy, citrusy but with a nice light toasty malt backbone.

T: Follows the nose, but even better. A fantastic pale ale that benefits from a generous dry hop.

M: Good carbonation. Low alcohol keeps this thing clean, no heat.

O: A Chicago staple and for good reason. One of my favorite pale ales. Outstanding beer. (492 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz. can into a Sam Adams glass.

A- Pours a light amber with a two finger white head, great clarity.

S- Great aroma here that reminded me a tad of Zombie Dust but to a lesser degree. Has that sort of Juicy Fruit gum hop aroma with some dankness. Slight toasted malts coming through.

T- The aroma gave me a bit of Zombie Dust but the flavor doesn't really. More of a straight forward citrus and pine pale ale. Pine mostly and some citrus peel with a light toasted malt note. Finishes with a medium bitterness.

M- Light, very easy to drink.

O- Got this as an extra in a quick IP trade and really appreciate the chance to try it. This is definitely a great pale ale an is one of the best smelling pales I've had. Really enjoyed the drinkablity of it. If I lived in their distribution I would certainly have this in my rotation. I thought maybe there was a touch of Citra in here given I think it smells a bit like Zombie Dust but all info online seems to say it's Warrior, Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo, and Columbus. Maybe the combo of Centennial and Amarillo and Simcoe is giving me that Juicy Friut hop aroma. Guess I'm not getting any better at the identifying hop thing. (1,196 characters)

Photo of ChicagoGuy
1.62/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Had it on draft at a place with brisk craft beer sales. The first couple sips reminded me of Zombie Dust (which I love). Each subsequent sip revealed more and more pine resin flavor, until I found it to be unbearably astringent.

Tried it again to confirm my initial take, only from a can this time. Same impression. This beer is just not for me. (346 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip

A. Pours a hazy amber color with a white foamy 2 finger head.

S. Sweet pumpernickel bread malt aroma. Piney and floral hop character.

T. Nice sweet malt character. Piney hop taste with some bitterness. Finishes very clean. Borderline sessionable.

M. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation that lingers.

O. A nice pale ale from half acre. Nothing really special but nothing bad at all. Very easy to drink. A safe bet for an always satisfying beer. (491 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%

Tasted about 45 days after brewing.

A - Great looking APA. Fine white head pours two fingers high with nice retention and lace. Clear, bright amber body.

S - Grassy, semi-sweet nose. Grapefruit backend.

T - Hemp, bready wheat, floral pollen, bitter beeswax.

M - Light body with light carbonation. A little dead in the center.

O - Not bad, but probably would have been a lot better fresh.


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3.85 Daisy Cutter
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.00 4.60 4.50 4.37 10% 0.44
S - 4.40 4.50 4.70 4.53 20% 0.91
T - 3.60 3.75 3.60 3.65 40% 1.46
M - 3.30 3.50 2.75 3.18 10% 0.32
O - 3.50 3.90 3.50 3.63 20% 0.73 (716 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

December 3, 2014

16 oz can, weizen glass

A – Dark straw to light gold, fairly clear with a lot of tiny bubbles cascading up towards a pure white foamy head. High retention.

S – Grapefruit and grass, a bit of herbal/medicinal (ok, weed) aroma. Fairly light, doughy grain bill. Hop aroma is showcased, big time.

T – Grapefruit is more mild than the aroma, a bit more grass in the flavor profle. The herbal component is more of a root here. Again, doughy, perhaps partially cooked white bread.

M – Very light but still juicy up front. Carbonation is high and washes away the moderate hop bitterness. Much drier on the finish, and crisp.

O – Very refreshing, highly aromatic, and a great showcase for the hop smells. I seem to like this a lot better when I’m not trying to evaluate it, I expected a better score coming into the tasting. I could drink this all day (and have!) (897 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can sent to me by the super generous spinaltapped. Thanks dude!

Pours a golden yellow, with some orange tints. There's a foamy one and a half inch head, and random spots of lacing down the glass.

Smells zesty and floral, with some orange, grapefruit, and mango, and a tiny bit of peppery pine.

This is so easy drinking it's ridiculous. Like delicious hop water, in a good way. It's very floral, and shows itself as the dominant flavor, which makes sense, given the name. There's some not too sweet citrus flavors as well, as well as a moderately bitter finish.

This is definitely light bodied, and very airy, light, and crisp in the mouthfeel. There's a moderate amount of carbonation. This is one of the most drinkable beers you'll ever find.

This is quite excellent, thanks to my man spinaltapped for giving me the opportunity to try it. (844 characters)

Photo of Bones10
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

What an unbelievable combination of drinkability (I know, I know...) and taste! I picked up a 4 pack of tallboys this weekend while visiting Chicago and I'm kicking myself for not buying a case! This has IPA taste with Pale Ale smoothness. It's not bitter, but its not tame. Its light and fruity with zero alcohol presence and leaves an delicious aftertaste.

Truly remarkable for a Pale Ale. I'd order this over a hundred IPAs I've had! Well done Half Acre. (459 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is pleasant, color is a slightly hazy orange, pours three fingers of very frothy head, reinforced by a slow stream of bubbles streaming from bottom of the glass, leaves nice lacing.
Aroma is slightly fruity, with some grass,pine, and a touch of booze.
Taste contains mildly fruity notes, hints of citrus, and boozy in the finish.
Texture- light body with high carbonation, faintly dry in the very end.
overall its a solid IPA, doesn't stand out IMO but an overall positive drinking experience. (504 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful gold color with light head, minimal lacing and plenty of tiny bubbles from the carbonation continually striving to reach the top. Smell is on the light side, and comes across with hop resin and citrus. Light taste with an amazing balance of hop bitterness, grapefruit rind and light malt. Really well balanced !!!!. Feels great going down with just the right amount of carbonation; refreshing!!. Light hop bitterness aftertatste. Nice job on this one. Thanks to FFF Junkie for this beer!!! (499 characters)

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned first week of July, picked up directly from Half Acre. Drank 10.17.14. Poured into a 16oz Shaker.

One of my absolute favorite APAs, one which I have been drinking since Half Acre first introduced it years ago. Bought it but didn't review it last time I was in Chicago, but luckily when I visited again earlier this month my previous purchase was still waiting for me.

A: Pours a slightly hazy raw honey color, 1.5 fingers of pure white head...very airy and soapy, leaves sticky lacing as the head fades away completely, leaving only small traces of a collar.

S: Fresh cut grass... bordering on fresh cut wildflowers, lemon zest, grapefruit, papaya, biscuity malt, piney hops.

T: Raw. Piney hops, acidic grapefruit, papaya, ripe mango, floral, dry sweet malt... remarkably easy to enjoy and appreciate.

M: Refreshing on the tongue, herbal, clean, light and sessionable, resinous finish. This will never burn you out.

0: Works anytime, anywhere. Tame enough to session, yet bold enough to enjoy on mellow days. Love it. (1,033 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (1,756 characters)

Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.