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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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2,601 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,601
Reviews: 702
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 586
Gots: 285 | FT: 17
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:
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(Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-20-2009)
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Photo of mrfreakybig
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

mrfreakybig, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of illini4x4
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

illini4x4, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for this can, yeahnatenelson. Been wanting this one for a while.

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold-amber with a big, 2+ fingers of frothy white head that lasts a while.

Smell. Big citrus fruits, pineapple, grass and some sweet, light malts.

Taste. Nice citrus rinds, toasty light malts, a little pine. Really nice.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with smooth, medium carbonation.

Overall. Great flavours in a nice ballance but mild enough to keep you wanting more and more. Lived up to my expectations which is always nice.

Rutager, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of akorsak
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Al's. Fresh as fresh can be.

A: Golden amber, lighter with more autumnal yellow than brown. Crystal clear and quite proud of it. A half-finger of white head lasted for the first three or so sips.

S: Sweet citrus hoppiness nestled in between lightly toasted biscuit. The balance, even trending towards the biscuity end of the APA spectrum. The balance, highlighted by the occasional crackle of hops, is very appealing.

T: Lightly toasted biscuity, breadiness, defines the pale ale. The balance that results is impressive, the hops a sideline player until mid-sip at the earliest. At that point, citrus comes through assertively but not powerfully. Grapefruit and light oranges provide the hops, spicier the warmer the ale is. Before that, the malt breadiness is firm and inviting. A little peppery heat comes with the citrus too, an added dimension. A stunning pale ale, much better than the can that I tried about a year ago.

M: Did I mention stunning? Fresh, this pale ale laps most, if not all, others. Nicely done.

akorsak, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of tbeq00
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

tbeq00, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Zaphog, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served with a cloudy, amber body that had some golden highlights...the head was white in color and stood one finger tall...it fell to a thin cap but still left some decent lacing

S - Pineapple and other citrus fruits jump out first...there is a big, balancing bready malt backbone

T - The citrus flavors are present on the palate...I am picking up pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and even some lemon...I feel the nose presented the hops better...the malt bill is bigger than the nose suggested...first, the bready malt just balances things out, but after a few sips it starts to take over all the hop flavor...the finish is bittersweet with caramel and some hop bitterness

M - Medium bodied...maybe a little shy of medium...some bitterness is coming through balanced by a slight sweetness

O - With Half Acre, mostly Daisy Cutter, being new to PA, I'm wondering if the keg had been sitting a little bit...I understand this is an APA, but other reviews and people suggest there is more citrus flavors when this one is fresh

thain709, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Blakerooster
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Blakerooster, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a small snifter at Churchkey DC. Let's see if this gets better than the can version that disappointed me last time.

A real nice amber yellow gold body, shining a bit, off white head sticks around a bit, but falls but always manages a real good collar while drinking.

The nose on this is much bigger from what I remember, and more earth and dry. Real sense of chewy fresh hops, airy, faint orange also, but also still has the dirt sense.

Palate brings a large hop lingering finish mostly. Orange and mellow citrus action, a real dry and almost crisp palate as well. Crispness seems to match the light body, but it's still a bit wet as I remember it, and still a tad wet even for a Pale Ale.

Overall better yes, but it's also a classic hoppy pale ale for the hop heads. Not so much driven to this one but things could be far worse.

smakawhat, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of daysinthewake
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

daysinthewake, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of guajolote
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

guajolote, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of CrellMoset
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can courtesy of a new trading buddy of mine - thanks! Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a bright radiant copper penny, a really gorgeous clear golden hue that reveals a great deal of gentle, rolling internal carbonation. The head is spectacular, a mammoth free form wisp of marshmallow cream with above average retention that leaves huge networks of interconnected, interweaving bubbles up and down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Resinous, sticky hop leafiness and pithy, fleshy citrus dominate a moderately toasty, biscuity backing aroma. Fat, sticky citrus and dank, sappy pine and tobacco mingle nicely, with the pithiness of the citrus resonating nicely with the earthiness and leafy notes present elsewhere here. The backbone is dry, biscuity, with some nice hints of caramel.

Taste: A let down after the aroma, the flavor profile seems to be lacking in the depth and character that the nose was. Dryer even than I was expecting, the bitterness if pungent, mineral like, acidic, pleasant for what it is but lacking in the sweet, inviting flavorful burst that you get from those worldclass citrus IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Light and breezy, with a ton of lift and some great smooth, fluffy character. The carbonation is near perfect, elevating consistently, evenly, and for a long time.

Drinkability: Cheers to Half Acre for getting so much out of 5.2%. A ton of hop character in this one, and it definitely seems to be what they do best. This would have paired wonderfully with some sharp cheddar, and can imagine it being a really great "thirst quencher" IPA.

CrellMoset, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of MichPaul
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

OK, not being a Pale Ale guy, these kinda tries just scare me. But I LOVED this beer! It poured out with a nice thick head, and was a bit cloudy after the pour.
This beer has a beautiful smell! Smells of citrus and the usual Pale Ale.
The taste has some good bitterness to hide what I don't usually like of the Pale Ale taste, so I was happy about that although as I got about to the end of the can, it was starting to taste like a pale.
This beer has a nice moderate carbonation that was very pleasing to the mouth!
Overall, I waited to write this review as I was finishing up this beer. I was excited through most of it, but maybe as it warmed, the taste of a Pale Ale was really starting to show. I guess I'm more of a hop head than this beer has to offer, but it was still a very well made beer. Ranks up high for me, for a Pale.

MichPaul, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Hophead717
2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

Hophead717, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of keanlacrosse
4/5  rDev -4.3%

keanlacrosse, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of jegross2
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Brewing Company.
Score: 85

Unknown vintage can purchased at a Binny's in Chicago this past weekend. Ceremoniously served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 03/12/12.

Appearance: Pours a golden honey color that falls between translucent and transparent with a noticeable effervescent appearance. Four and a half fingers of super soapy white head at pours settles, like dish soap, into a healthy clump of foam in the center of the glass and bubbly ring around the glass with soapy residue along the sides of the glass. Save for the soapy residue left behind from the settled pour, however, this beer has minimal lacing, but above average retention. 4/5

Smell: Grapefruit citrus, pineapple, lemon zest, orange juice, grassy hops and dandelions. Fluffy, floral hops, a modest amount of pine and tropical fruit. A little pine sap and bready malt as it warms. 4.5/5

Taste: Bready malt, some juicy caramel, lemon grass, watered down grapefruit and orange juice, and tons of piney/grassy hops. No real midpalate flavor at all. Finishes with a slightly grainy hops flavor. Quite crisp and refreshing. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Modestly bitter finish. 3.5/5

Overall: Refreshing and sessionable, but overrated. A great beer to cool off on a hot summer day, but this one does not hold a candle to Sierra Nevada in terms of flavor.

Recommendation: Certainly check this brew out while in Chicago, but don't bother breaking your back to get a couple of cans.

Pairings: Greek salad.

Cost: $9.99 for a four pack.

jegross2, Mar 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Hopslayer88, Mar 11, 2012
2.95/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass for $5.50. Sampled 12/23/11, just after Half Acre made its debut in the SEPA market.

A: Arrives with 2 fingers of foamy head with above average retention that leaves a nice coating of lace on the glass as it recedes. A sudsy and soapy film remain. The body is murky orange-brown in color with medium saturation yet very pale. Not exactly a good looking beer.

S: The hops have an herbal quality with an orange influence. There is a sturdy malt backdrop of caramel plus a hard to describe nuttiness, which is even more noticeable on the palate.

T:I'm not so sure what the excitement is that surrounds this brew. Ho-hum at best and rather forgettable.

M: The mouthfeel is the best quality of the beer. Crisp, light and well carbonated with plenty of tongue-scrubbing bubbles. Starts fairly dry and finishes drier.

O: I doubt a distributor would enter a market with a perishable product with questionable freshness, but I can't even imagine this beer was at it's peak. This beer was just tapped minutes before my serving...AND the keg basically came off of the truck. Sooo...I guess I'll have to revisit this down the road.

FeDUBBELFIST, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed golden ale with a finger of soapy white foam falling to a quilt. Citrus nose with hints of grass and lemon. Slightly bitter with a sweet malty profile and the lemon is still there with some grassiness. Medium bodied with moderate carb. Decent APA, nothing particularly mind blowing. It would be nice to know when it was canned.... 3.5/4/3.5/3.5/3.5

Original review: 07FEB11
Thanks for this one jbtice0315.
A: golden with hazy appearance. Two finger loose egg white foam. Nice lacing.
S: good citrus hoppiness. Nicely Americanized for the apa style. Reminds me of grand Tetons apa. Nice.
T: good pale. Pretty standard with a hint of tartness. Not bad at all. Caramel heavy on the palate here for a pale, but nonetheless nice.
M: medium body with pretty high carb. Slick but drying.
D: good sessionable beer. Glad I got to try it. It's nice. 4/4/4/3.5/4-3.93

harrymel, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can served in a glass beer mug.

L - hazed earth-tone yellow with a creamy white head that stayed around a long time leaving a thin sheet of lacing.

S - pine and citrus rind clear the sinuses.

T - mainly bitter from the start there's some earthy pine taste before going grapefruit rind bitter to the end.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - a good example of the style.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Puthoff
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Puthoff, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of ghostwalker
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can received as an extra, but I can't remember which generous BA hooked me up. Huge thanks to whoever it was!

A: Beautiful hazy orange body with a huge whipped cream head.

S: Nose is perfectly balanced PA. Crisp, tart hops on a moderate malty body.

T: Flavor is also a perfect balance. Crisp, citrus hops (amarillo?) tenuously anchored by a light to medium malt backbone. Really tasty, very quenching.

M: Zesty, high carb, tart and tangy, stripping. One of the best PA mouthfeels ever.

O: Outstanding. Just a fantastic PA. Better than SNPA, and I almost never say that.

First Half Acre brew I've had. I will seek out more.

ghostwalker, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Blargimus
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into tulip. No best-by date. Received in a trade with Willseph, thanks!

Pours a crystal-clear straw with 3-4 fingers of white head. Head coats the inside of the glass beautifully as it falls. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

Smell is intense! Tons of hops up front, almost to the point of overpowering my nose. I'm not good enough to pick out individual types, but I'd say it falls on the piney side of things.

Taste-wise, this could use some more malt to balance out the incredible bitterness. There's not a lot of backbone on which to hang the hops. Bitterness starts out strong, and lasts long after the final sip. If you're a serious hop-head, this would probably get bumped up to a 4-4.5, easy.

Medium-light mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Finish is very dry.

I guess it's only 5.2% ABV, but otherwise I'm surprised this isn't considered an IPA. Even then, I prefer my pale ales with a bit more malt flavor.

Blargimus, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Al's in Hampden a few weeks back.

The beer pours a peachy amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose quite impressive in this beer, as I pick up considerable tobacco leaf, dry citrus, some light dank earth and noticeable pine. For an APA, there's really a lot going on in this beer. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though it's not quite as pronounced. Still, this beer delivers plenty of flavor for a 5.2% abv. beer, with a refreshingly dry and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with some prickly bitterness in the long finish that I like. The beer struck me as maybe a bit thin in the mid palate, but I think that' practically to be expected in a beer with this low abv. It's a very minor detraction at most, as otherwise this is really an excellent beer.

Very nice to see a "session beer" with this kind of flavor.

John_M, Mar 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

eorwar, Mar 06, 2012
Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,601 ratings.