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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,253
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 553
Gots: 198 | FT: 13
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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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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can thanks to SpdKilz, appreciate it. Pours a mostly clear yellow, spotty swiss cheese head. Smells a little bit hoppy but not much else. Taste is hops but feels like it might be a little over the hill. Not bad at all just feels a bit faded. the low abv and light body make it extremely easy to drink. I'd like to revisit this again with a known fresh sample to see how it fares.

Serving type: can

11-12-2011 04:08:29 | More by ArrogantB
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North Carolina

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

Serving type: can

11-11-2011 22:48:31 | More by brentk56
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3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a pint glass. pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a short lived head, not much going on in the way of a ring or lacing. aroma is mild tropical fruit with some grain. flavor is mild, mild, mild with subtle grains, some fruitiness and very little bitterness. low carbonation and thin to medium mouthfeel. this is a good summer-time, lawn mower, golf day type of beer when you’d like to throw back a few without getting too buzzed.

Serving type: can

11-11-2011 15:07:47 | More by barleyPops
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

dvelcich hooked me up with this beer in a recent trade. I last tried it during a trip to the Great Lakes area and this ended up being one of the standouts. It was also the one beer I brought home that everyone kept talking about. Thanks again Dan for the hookup!

Pouring into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. It's a clear, medium-gold with a 1-2 finger off white head that's holding up well and leaving plenty of lacing behind.

Upfront orange peel hops with a light toasted malt in support. Also picking up some piney/resin.

Plenty of hop in the flavor as well though this leans more on lemon rind and resin that the orange I'd picked up in the nose. Moderate to moderate high level of bitterness, finishing dry with a lingering resiny hop note. Malt is mostly clean with a touch of lightly toasted bread.

Medium-light in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall this is a tasty take on the American Pale Ale style that's loaded with hop character, massively drinkable, and it looks great in the glass, too.

Serving type: can

11-10-2011 03:53:27 | More by BrewerB
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4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been drinking this for a while and decided to review it after opening a can.

Slightly hazy, golden color, 1 finger head. Greeted by wonderful, hoppy fresh pine aroma that's just enough to keep the beer in a pale ale style. The aroma shines for this beer.

The malt and hop balance is spot on but was looking for more carbonated profile, feels just a bit flatter than I'd like. Like the aroma, the hop flavor finish lets you know there is some alpha there without being overwhelming so that the malt profile is allowed to show itself. Everything is balanced taste wise which makes this Daisy Cutter an easy choice for an any time beer.

Despite all this, tastes alot bigger than the ABV suggest. One of my favorites. thanks to the Half Acre Cycling team for sharing this beer. This beer vanishes in my presence very quickly.

Serving type: can

11-10-2011 03:41:18 | More by Durtdiggler
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 Pack of Pint Cans, good stuff! considering my past experience of canned beer, (cheap) this beer really stands out! Love the name and the taste! I'll be buying more of this brand, (even if it's $9 a 4 pack) Beautiful lacing, full mouthful, smooth for PA.

Serving type: can

11-09-2011 22:29:32 | More by SouthLoopSuds
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few of these tonight over at Binny's in Des Plaines...

Quite pungent aroma of Christmas tree hops and a floralness that is quite nice... Tinges of the sweet biscuit malts used as well..

Pretty good balance of piney hops and biscuit malts... Hops are spicy and tangy with a long smooth finish...

A very nice Pale Ale here... Maybe not Alpha King or Fresh Hop Pale Ale awesome but very good nonetheless....

Serving type: can

11-09-2011 00:24:44 | More by Tilley4
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3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with one finger of persistent off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Intense floral and herbaceous hop aromatics. Some orange juice may also be detected as the beer begins to warm, if searched for diligently enough.

T: Begins dry, with mild grapefruit citrus hop aromatics and trace amounts of crackery malt that is remarkably fermented in quality, considering the lack of overall malt intensity. Flavors become somewhat less pronounced overall in the middle, transmitting some hoppy pilsner qualities. The finish is floral and mildly bitter--notably vacant of malt presence.

M: Thin viscosity, slightly acidic but generally balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer lives up to its reputation, showing heaps of floral qualities. It proves to be palate-friendly, although the understated malt bill doesn't promise to stand up to much in the way of food. In the final tally this beer might be more rightfully categorized as an American-hopped blond ale, than an American pale ale.

Serving type: can

11-04-2011 22:06:55 | More by beagle75
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3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can, chilled in the snow and poured into a shaped pint glass. Reviewed on 10/31/2011 during a power outage. Thanks for throwing this in as an extra BeerandBourbon!

A – Deep golden copper body. White sudsy head. Decent lacing and edging.

S – Piney resinous hops and a hint of tropical fruit. A little bit of caramel malt.

T – Very clean and easy drinking. Some light grapefruit, piney hops, and a dash of malt. Fairly one dimensional. The bitterness is rather low as is the carbonation. Mouth feel is a bit thin and lackluster.

O – A nice easy drinking pale ale. I’m liking that its 5.2 % and sold in 16 oz cans. If I had access to this beer it would probably be my go to session beer. The smell was really great, but the taste and mouth feel fell a bit short of my expectations. Still some very good stuff.

Serving type: can

11-03-2011 16:22:57 | More by davey101
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3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy and hazy light orange color with a thick and pillowy white head.

Nice Floral aroumatics, lightly musty and nice bit of pine.

The malt starts out a bit thin here, I know the hops are supposed to shine, but I would still like to see a bit more malt backbone here. The hop bitterness is at a very nice level making it very drinkable, and the musty and citrus hops flavors while mild are very pleasant.

The mouthfeel is light and zippy with good carbonation and a touch of resin.

A pretty solid APA, looking forward to seeing this beer spread farther out of Chicago.

Serving type: can

11-03-2011 01:35:41 | More by bashiba
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Silver tallboy can sent to me straight from IL from bpgpitt10 as one of the multiple generous extras in a quasi-LIF box. Poured into a .47l New Belgium globe glass. Thanks Brian!

A: Hazy light orange and copper colored body with a ridiculously creamy and bubbly white head. The lacing is awesome, as is the nice retention cap left behind. Pale Ales can be all over the spectrum in appearance but this is just a killer looking beer, save for that bit of haze.

S: Grassy hop notes, juicy bitter citrus peels of orange and pink grapefruit, leafy and very floral towards the back end. Not necessarily over the top hops which personally I prefer in for the style. This seems more restrained and balanced in comparison to others. That said, there truly isn't much going on in terms of complexity but hey, it's a APA, right?!

T: Grassy, herbal hop notes explode on first sip - scratch that not being hopped up notion. But really, it's certainly no where near over the top for the style; instead the hoppiness and bitterness is somewhat reserved and balanced well. No more juicy citrus, it's all bitter citrus oils of lemon and zippy grapefruit. Grainy malts even things out on the back end, really well done.

M: Dangerously drinkable with a mouth feel to kill for. Creamy with carbonation on the lower end of the scale without being thick and unnecessary. Smooth, silky and a touch oily in the finish. You don't get this from most regular Pale Ales.

It's beers like this that make the Pale Ale style grow on me. In the past, I was never happy with the ones I've tried since they never seemed to strike any balance with the hops and malt. Daisy Cutter break the mold, delivers wonderful hop flavors reminding you it's not an IPA but enough to give it that kick.

Serving type: can

11-02-2011 23:48:42 | More by ShanePB


4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a pint glass

Appearance : golden hazy yellow in color. A nice fluffy white head forms after a vigorous pour that dissipates after a couple minutes leaving behind some decent lacing.

Smell : tons of citrus aromatics and nice piney notes . The smell if this beer sends me into chug mode.

Taste : great all around pale ale flavor . Nice hoppyness and a enjoyable malt backbone with a tasty biscuit after taste. Very chugable.

Mouthfeel : light body with adequate carbonation it is very enjoyable

Overall : this is a high quality pale ale that is very enjoyable to drink. I like to have a nice 3 or 4 beer session with this beer.

Serving type: can

10-31-2011 00:37:38 | More by BUNZILLA
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3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Totally forgot that I tried this one for the first time a few weeks back at Big Bowl in Schaumburg (kickass asian btw). Can into a pint glass.

A - Murky "piss" yellow with a light yellow, cream-colored head. Eh, I've seen more appetizing brews.

S - Floral and earthy notes on top of fruity citrus. Grass, lemon, orange, banana.

T - Relatively bitter at the front of the tongue. Citrus cuts in at the middle. Grapefruit, more banana, lots more orange. Finish is crisp but not pronounced.

M - Light-medium body, average carbonation.

D - Very comparable to FFF Alpha King. I don't love it, but it's respectable and I enjoy that it's a true local brew.

Serving type: can

10-27-2011 17:53:47 | More by Auracom
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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy orange with an off white one finger head. Head disappears almost completely with a patchy center and ring around the glass remaining. Small traces of lacing.

S- A lot of hops in this one. Piney and resiney to begin with that is thrown in with a citrus hop aroma as well. Tropical fruits jump up with grapefruit the most noticeable. More a a piney/grassy hop comes in again towards the end.

T- Smacked in the face with hops. Grassy, piney hop flavor prominent from the get go with a bread and biscuit base underneath. The hops flavor is splashed with citrus throughout, but the grapefruit isn't as noticeable as in the smell. Bitterness rises in the middle and peaks in the end at the higher range for an American Pale Ale.

M- Medium, smooth body with moderate carbonation. Dry finish that keeps you grabbing for another sip.

O- In your face hops and a decent base make this an easy drinking beer. I had this on tap the other week and I think it was even better then.

Serving type: can

10-20-2011 02:25:08 | More by Lolli1315
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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.

Serving type: can

10-16-2011 05:26:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - amber gold with an impressive head.

Smell - Big citrus hops aromas with a bit of resinous pine and sweet malts in the background.

Taste - Bready, light caramel malts emerge, but still play backup for the fruity citrus and pine hops.

This beer is on the border between APA and IPA. It is very hoppy in flavour and aroma, but not very bitter.

Serving type: can

10-12-2011 11:53:35 | More by
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this pint can into a nonic pint glass. No apparent freshness date.

A: hazy orange/amber color, pours a thick, creamy head that slowly falls into a sturdy cap with very good lacing. I deducted half a point for cloudiness.

S: orange, lemon, and ruby red grapefruit dominate the nose, there is a sweet floral character to the citrus as well, the cracker-like malt struggles to float above the strong citrus aromas, and it is tinged with sweetness.

T: the taste is much drier than the aroma would indicate, and also more tart and lemony, the malt is very cracker-like and off-dry, there is a lingering orange-peel bitterness in the finish along with a grassy/herbal/floral hop melange.

M: light-medium bodied, silky texture, plentiful carbonation and mineral-dry bitter finish lend to a palate-wiping beer that would seemingly pair well with a rich appetizer.

O: This beer skirts that APA/IPA boundary as many APA contemporary examples do these days, and it skirts the boundary well.

Serving type: can

10-12-2011 00:00:31 | More by Erish
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a Vol - 1 PINT Can of this from mdvatab & shared w/ hawksfan82 @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO (price unknown). Poured from the "Tall Boy" can that has daisies & states "CANNED CRAFTED. BEER IS BETTER IN HERE" on the top into a 16oz Stange Glass. No freshness or canned on date to be found (usually on the bottom of the can but searched hard and no avail).

Aroma- Nice medium citrus aroma and seems to be packed with tons of sweet malts. Very different characters in this aroma but can't put my finger on it.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has good retention. Has a semi-hazy, deep golden/amber color body. Leaves sudsy lacing.

Flavor- Has a great floral taste from the beginning and this leads into the medium hop bitterness in the finish. Very well balanced between the strong malts and floral hop characteristics but the hops may have a small edge.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and has good bitter finish.

Overall Impression- Very awesome APA! The malts compliment the hops perfectly and has a great amount of body to the brew. I will be looking for more from Half Acre when I'm up north this coming month. You will have to try this one for yourself!

Serving type: can

10-10-2011 02:39:03 | More by DCon
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4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 ounce can poured into a pint glass from a 4 pack

Pours a bright golden color with a white 1 finger head. Smell is huge with this. Lots of fruits with hints of caramel, hops and floral notes. Really good smelling beer. Fruits and hops also make up the taste. Some floral notes as well. Taste is amazing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is the best pale ale i've had. Taste is so delicious. If only I could get this all the time.

Serving type: can

10-09-2011 22:59:46 | More by abrand
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32nd Review
Can to mouth

L: Can't tell - it's in a can =)

S: Sweet flowers...smells like a summer bouquet of mixed flowers. Hint of malt. Very nice!

T: Intense hop flavor (pine, earthy, aromatic) straight to well-balanced malt character. Not over-powering, but nice.

M: Medium carbonation with great mouth-feel.

O: What I would expect from this great brewery. Very enjoyable and refreshing beer. Definitely a treat any time of year, but makes me picture a fresh summer afternoon!

Serving type: can

10-06-2011 04:54:28 | More by spdyfire83
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South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store Pub for their 14th Anniversary. From notes.

A. Pretty tangerine-dream gold, slightly hazy, sticky, generous lacing.

S. Big, full citrus nose. Green & full - Amarillo? Could be. Spicy and mouth-watering... shocking for such a low ABV beer, usually a nose of this caliber is found in bigger beers.

T. Flavor is loads of green, sharp flavorful bitter hops! Grassy, grapefruity, semi-dry. Medium body, reminds me of SN Southern Hemisphere... in other words, tastes wet-hopped. The malt takes a back seat to all the punchy hops. Daisy Cutter is quite good, amazingly flavorful for the abv and right on target for being an IPA, really... not sure why they're billing this as an APA with hops this forward. However you categorize it, it's quite tasty and drinkable.

If you live close enough for Daisy Cutter to be your go-to session hop fix, you are a lucky individual.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 21:47:27 | More by kkipple
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3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz. can into imperial pint glass. Received in trade from Barfwin.

Aroma: Pungent pine resin. Green, leafy hop note. A touch of freshly cut onion. Underlying dry cereal grain.

Appearance: 1 finger off-white head is slightly thinner than anticipated. Hazy golden-orange body. Lacing is also thin.

Flavor: Musky grapefruit and pine. Dry, iced tea-like flavor. A touch of lemony tartness. Dry, husky cereal grain.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium-high carbonation. Medium body. Hop tannins lend to a dry mouthfeel.

Overall: One of the drier APAs I've had, but still very well done. Gotta appreciate an well-done brew in a can. I do personally prefer a bit more maltiness, even in an APA, but still recommend this one.

Serving type: can

09-30-2011 02:00:03 | More by mdvatab
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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a medium amber color with an orange tint. A finger of off white head forms with an average pour. Pretty good head retention.

S- This smells awesome great balance but still full hop aromas with biscuity malt layered underneath. Big floral hop aromas with notes of tangerine and grapefruit rind. Finishes with a touch of dusty asprin and leafy tones.

T- Starts with floral leafy hop flavor that transitions into tangerine and grapefruit. Great pale malt flavors bring a perfect balance yet let the hops really sing. Finishes dry with a pleasent round bitterness. Hop flavor lingers on the palate for forever.

MF- really full smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and average carbonation.

D- @ 5.2% ABV this beer is rediculously drinkable and better tasting than most IPAs out there.

Overall an outstanding pale ale that hop heads can rejoice over!

Serving type: can

09-29-2011 02:32:12 | More by Viciousknishs
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3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mark for this can in our recent trade. Can to Deschutes tulip at 50 degrees.

A: Easy pour down the center of the glass leads to a finger head. Head is pretty thin here and dissipates quickly. Beer is a cloudy golden color. The head isn't as creamy as I would like but not too bad 3.5

S: Smells of fresh hops and grapefruit like most pale ales really nice floral notes. This one doesn't blow me away but it is still very nice. 4.0

T: Taste is crisp and clean. Nice fresh hop flavor and light bitterness. Would like to see more hops and bitterness here. Flavor is light and kind of lacking compared to other APAs. 3.5

M: Mouthfeel is nice and light here carbonation is on point. Goes down nice and smooth 4.0

O: Overall this beer is OK but just really didn't bring the hops like I think it should. All in all an easy drinking APA. Glad I got to try this one 3.5

Serving type: can

09-27-2011 01:21:11 | More by slentz
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of jrallen34, thanks again!

Pours a cloudy gold color with a faint white head.

Aromas are very nice, really fruity, with lots of candy like sweetness . Some oranges, nectarines, some resin, and cream. Smells quite nice.

Taste is quite dry up front. Some light sweetness, kind of creamy, with a doughy sour dough bread like quality, and some floralness. Finish is resiny, with some grapefruit bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full up front, but kind of fleeting, and comes off being a bit thin too me.

Overall, a very nice Pale Ale. It's very drinkable, and quite flavorful, it just needs more body to be excellent.

Serving type: can

09-26-2011 03:59:39 | More by flexabull
Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,253 ratings.