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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Daisy Cutter Pale AleDaisy Cutter Pale Ale

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2,415 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,415
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 575
Gots: 252 | FT: 16
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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16oz. silver can with a simple picture of a bouquet of daisies being cut at the stem and being thrown into the sky. The same picture is on both sides of the can. In between the 2 pictures is the brewery's address and the Government warning. No best before or bottled date anywhere on the can. Thanks!

When poured into a Cigar City American pint glass, this daisy of a beer was a hazy tangerine orange with some sunflower yellow highlights all through out the beer. Sitting on top of this orange yellow brew was a thick 1/2 an inch snow white head of foam. It had great retention that left behind a long lasting skim of foam and a huge number of sticky white streaks of lace around the glass. Beautiful appearance!

There was so much floral in the aroma that it almost smelled like a bouquet of daisies. Behind the floral wall was some bitter grapefruit, pine needles, a splash of orange peel, a subtle whiff of toasted caramel malt. Right after the malt makes its appearance, the beer then finishes up with a nice grassy hop bite. This is how an American Pale Ale should smell like.

The taste was crispy and packed with flavor. The taste was just as floral as the aroma. Don't worry. It doesn't taste like you're eating a floral shop or a bouquet of flowers. Behind the the huge floral taste was an equally large taste of citrus fruits. It was a big jumble of citrus fruits. It was hard to pick them out. After all that, in comes some pine, a grassy hop bite, and a solid bready malt backbone. This was a nice tasting American Pale Ale.

The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and with a flavorful aftertaste. This aftertaste was floral and citrusy at the same time with a little pine and bready malts. This aftertaste will linger on for quite some time. Low ABV% and packed with flavor gives the mouthfeel high marks.

I would like to thank my good friend Vince for giving me the chance to try this great American Pale Ale. I found it hard to put this beer down. I would love to drink this beer again if I could find it in my part of the country.

AltBock, Mar 06, 2013
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TheBigBoy, Mar 04, 2013
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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale
16 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$3.89 @ Beer Heaven, Philadelphia, PA

I wonder how to rate the appearance of a beer sometimes given that haziness is quite common these days. It almost says "craft". I like the appearance of a hazy beer, maybe even more so than a clear beer. And in this case, the Daisy Cutter is quite hazy. It's also got a very nice head on it though. It started about an inch and a half thick, maybe more, and then dies down to a solid 1/4 inch cap that appears to be holding pretty well. After a sip or two there's some nice lacing. It's not that thick, mountainous or craggy foam, but it's a pretty full covering of tiny spots and thin splashes across the entire inside of the glass.

Moving forward, the aroma is a big part of any pale ale, be it English, or in this case, American. Let's see... it's fairly bright, certainly bright enough for a pale ale, and probably for an India pale ale as well. It's grassy, gently citrusy with a tiny bit of pine thrown in, and floral as well. I was expecting a big splash of juicy citrus but this is a little more rounded and soft. Nice. Pleasant. A bit of the resinous/pungent character of the hops comes through as well, but it's not at all harsh (and it's certainly not what I would call "dank").

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a standard carbonation that bristles the tongue. The yeast adds a little bit to it. It could be a touch more bristling, but it couldn't really be any softer. It seems right on. There's just a touch of a bite to bring the hop bitterness up.

Of course the hops return in the flavor, what else would you expect? The malt base is really just meant to hold it all together, and it does just that. Biscuity? Yeah, that describes it. It's a basic, lightly bready, golden malt base that's got just a slight edge of sweetness to it. So what about the hops? The citrus remains somewhat curtailed. It's juicy, but it's not raspy or chalky as citrus rind can be. I find grapefruit and a hint of lemon, but there's also an equal amount of tangerine, and I think peach, and a little bit of pineapple as well. And some pine, but it's not harsh, it's more just "present". It adds to the perception of the bitterness, and it acts as a counter-point to the citrus. Overall I find it fairly well-rounded. It doesn't present any of its components any more brightly than the others (with the exception that the malt is truly just a base for the hops). It finishes dry with some bitterness and pine giving way to a nice splash of tangerine, and then crusty bread as it fades. The bitterness drops, but also becomes wider, and lingers in the whole mouth for quite a bit. If you let it sit long enough you'll find a bit of lemon, but I'm quite sure you'll have another sip before that happens.

Overall... if this had been released in the late 70's or early 80's it would have been labelled an IPA for sure (despite the bitterness level, it has a greater perceived bitterness due to the malt balance). But times have changed. This reminds me of a super amped-up version of another well-known pale ale. It's not as refined to be sure, but it makes up for that in presence. Or should I just say "in your face" character? It's the modern day version of an American pale ale. Worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Mar 04, 2013
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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,415 ratings.