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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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2,258 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,258
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 553
Gots: 200 | 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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New York

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

Final review from Midwestern homecoming...

16 ounce can poured into imperial pint glass

A: Murky, hazy, fluffy head, slightly off- orange.

S: freshly cut grass, freshly pumped gasoline , toasted almost burnt orange-biscuit, licorice. Very herbal and flowery. A totally unique smelling brew.

T: Burnt orange, burnt burnt burnt, but man, sooo good. Herbal hops, mysterious and unusual tasting. At first sip you might be turned off by the grassiness, but in a few sips you will probably be in love! Incredibly refreshing!

M: Thank god for this being lightly filtered, I have never tasted a beer at 5.2% with more flavor and presence. Perfect carbonation for the style.

O: This has been my everyday beer for two weeks since back home in Chicago. I am going to miss this greatly back in NYC where I cannot find a sessionable brew that meets my hops/intensity minimums. I never find myself thinking, "this is alright, but man I need a real 6.5+ % APV IPA" This beer is PROOF that a low alcohol beer CAN satisfy a strong IPA loving hophead! Bravo, Half Acre! You have created a Pale Ale masterpiece!!!

Serving type: can

08-19-2011 05:23:19 | More by Avantyawn
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color, very cheery, slight haze. Fluffy white foam sits atop, very rocky head, lingers. Aromas are of light hop, very simple, pleasant. Flavor is very clean and crisp. Decent body with lots of carbonation, hops lend a citrusy finish with a dry light bitterness. Solid brew, i can see why everyone likes this one so much.

Serving type: can

08-19-2011 04:02:57 | More by Tripphop
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into sam adams boston lager glass.

Appearance: Golden orange bodied beer that looks like it might be unfiltered. Small white head.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops.

Taste: Mild bitterness from hops profile that is nicely balanced with bready and biscuit malty goodness. Hops taste of orange and lemon zest. Grapefruit and pine. The malts balance this beer impressively; tasting of fresh baked buttermilk biscuits.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Clean finish and refreshing beer. The beers feel is slick and mild creaminess.

Overall: My first Half Acre beer and it did not dissapoint! All i have to say is: great hops forward session beer.

Serving type: can

08-18-2011 04:25:00 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of Cheesemoose


4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to joshrosborne for this one!

Poured from the can into my trusty pint glass.

Muted corn/yellow on the body. Appears unfiltered, making me very happy. Head is lovely, white and fluffy. Lacing is sticky, clumping, leaving a nice semblance as you drink it down.

This is one hoppy pale. Citrus hops dominate, on top of a mild malt base. Adds a bit of crisp sweetness and a radiance. Reminds me of slicing into a fresh orange, sweet and flowing.

Hop forward, hop mindful and hops throughout. And yet, not crushingly bitter nor does it become astringent. Tastes of citrus, similar to tangerines, which is added by a pleasant and mild malt base. A wonderful beer indeed. Finishes with a hop ride through the finish, leaving you yearning for more.

Clean, crisp and refreshing. Perfect, clean and refreshing pale. Awesome beer, and a great example of what the style can be.

Serving type: can

08-12-2011 02:53:43 | More by Cheesemoose
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into Victory snifter glass. Don't see a canning date present.

A: It pours a hazy yellow, orange color. Two finger fluffy white head. Nice carbonation. Head clings to glass.

S: Good smells for a pale. Floral notes: grapefruit, pineapple, citrus. Not as much as an IPA but good nose.

T: Taste is a little different than nose. It's got good hop character, but by no means a bomb. Malt balance for sure. Slight hop bite on tip of tongue. Then malts balance it out on middle. Mild clean bite to close.

M: Light to medium bodied.

O: No complains, a very solid pale ale. With a low ABV like this, I could definitely do some damage to a few of these.

Serving type: can

08-11-2011 15:28:37 | More by inlimbo77
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint can into pint glass.

A- Pours a cloudy, golden straw color with a solid finger of head that just won't go away. Cobwebs of lacing left behind on the glass.

S- Notes of hops make up the majority of the aroma, although they were not as strong as expected. Mostly floral aromas with faint hints of citrus sprinkled throughout. Background of caramel notes.

T- Hop forward, but not excessively so. Solid burst of citrus flavor up front dies off quickly into a light, sweet malt finish. A little one dimensional but very refreshing.

M- A solid amount of carbonation coupled with a lighter body makes this drink overall a little too light for my personal tastes. It does goes down very easy and leaves behind light bitter notes in the mouth as drinking progresses

O- A solid hop-forward APA (my kind of APA) that is very refreshing and easy to drink. Decent amount of citrus flavor but only hints of bitterness. Great choice to drink outside in the heat of summer. While not as elite as Alpha King, I will definitely keep some of these on hand during the summer. Hope nothing but the best for Half Acre in the future!

Serving type: can

08-10-2011 18:24:37 | More by Simmy7000
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New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally reviewing this beer after many many pints have been enjoyed in the past. Poured into my DFH Signatura Glass.

Appearance: Beautiful golden/orange color with a one finger white head that sticks around.

Smell: Well hello hops! Beautiful explosion of citrus flavor with some grainy scents in the way background. Very pleasant.

Taste: Possibly my favorite pale ale to date! Super citrusy with a nice bitterness up front. Extremely refreshing. Some slight grainy flavor at the end ot balance things out perfectly.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin but really nothing to detract from the style overall. Nice and dry finish leavign me wanting more.

Overall: I love this beer and if I had access to it, it would be a regular in my fridge! Perfect summer beer and a great beer overall. Always looking to get my hands on this one!

Serving type: can

08-09-2011 21:55:04 | More by OddNotion
Photo of ahq514


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from pint can into shaker.

Pours a beautiful golden color that is barely see through. Not much of a head, but nice and fluffy while it lasted. Tiny bubbles continuously rising to the surface.

The hop smell comes through really well. Lots of citrus and lots of floral hops. Malt doesn't really come through in the aroma except for a subtle caramel malt aroma in the background. Hops dominate the smell, but make it very appealing.

Surprise here, hops dominate the taste too. Lots of citrus up front with some spicy, floral hops following. A very little amount of sweetness from the malt hits as well.

Fairly carbonated, but nothing over the top. A little on the lighter bodied side of what I'd prefer. Some nice hop flavors stick to the sides of the mouth for awhile afterwards.

Overall this is one of the better hop forward pale ales out there. Might even classify this as an ipa. Along similar lines with Alpha King. Would love it if it was a little more medium bodied, but still a solid brew.

Serving type: can

08-07-2011 04:48:57 | More by ahq514
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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a light orange hazy with a thin white head that dissipated to a ring. Nice lacing though.

Aroma is nice. That classic pale ale malt aroma with a nice amount of citrus hops.

Taste is the same. Solid pale ale taste with an extra dose of citrus hops for flavor. Excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy for a pale but not bad. Good higher carb.

Overall a great pale ale. One of the best. Try it if you can.

Serving type: can

08-04-2011 06:46:41 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a friend pick me up some cans while in Chicago over the weekend. He got these at Binny's.

It pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a solid 2 fingers of off white foam out of the can.

The aroma is nice if not on the faint side. Citrusy hops. Slightly citrusy. Nice. Nothing too special but very nice.

The flavor is good. I'll just say good. The bitterness is very light but the hop flavor is there. A very good hop schedule, lots of flavor but little bitterness. The malts are fairly weak for a pale ale. One dimensional and subdued. Very little sweetness. The moutfeel is average. A little thin and a little too much carb.

Overall, it's a good beer. Not worth the hype. If I had regular access to it, I don't honestly know if it would be something I would buy. A good beer to be sure but nothing to get excited about.

Serving type: can

08-02-2011 17:33:00 | More by Brew33
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint.

A - Pours a orange hazy color. Creamy white head. Great head retention. Leaves a nice lace on the glass.

S - Extremely floral. One of the most floral pale ales I have ever smelled. Some citrus notes as well. Sweet malt backbone is evident. Some caramel and pine aromas.

T - Citrus hop flavor assaults the palate. I get some biscuit and bread notes as well. The fruitiness from the hops is extremely pleasant. Well balanced overall. Very crisp.

M - Medium bodied. Perfect amount of carbonation. Pleasant bitterness lingers on the palate.

O - This is the best pale ale I have ever had out of a can. Extremely refreshing. The hop intensity is perfect. Fantastically balanced. You should definitely try this beer. I first had this beer while visiting Chicago last year and I have been searching for it ever since.

Serving type: can

08-02-2011 02:05:01 | More by wscaffe
Photo of orangesol


4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this one in a recent trade with spycow. Can poured into a duvel tulip.

A - Pours out hazy copper orange with a huge three finger tall white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, light citric fruits, sweet caramel malt, and a touch of dryness. It only seems to get sweeter as it comes to room temperature.

T - Starts off with a nice citric hop bite up front slowly giving way to a mix of sweet caramel malt, light citric fruits, and a tiny bit of spiciness. A bit too thin in the feel for my liking. The finish is a mix of hop bitterness and a thin, watery, feel that lingers for a short period of time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A touch thin to begin with, getting a bit better as it warms. Finish is quite bitter.

O - Pretty good. I liked how balanced this one was. It was just a touch too thin in the feel but still a great hoppy pale ale. I would love to try this one on-tap some day.

Serving type: can

08-01-2011 22:20:33 | More by orangesol
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clouded amber body, some whit head.

S - nice hops, citrus, floral, sweet tropical fruits. good nose

T - Tangy hops, malt balance, That's about it.

M - medium body, smooth, a little dry. a bit flat

O - Very good beer. ITs not as good as i expected.

Serving type: can

07-31-2011 23:42:25 | More by ColdPoncho
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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint can into a Killian's pint

A- Pours a golden orange with a 2 finger off white head. Leaves incredible cob-web lacing, but the head disappears relatively quickly.

S- A killer mix of sweet sugary malt, piney resins, and sweet tropical/grapefruit notes.

T- First taste is a hit of the sweet/bitter grapefruit notes followed by a malty sweetness mixed with some bitter piney resins. Finishes with a nice bready/grainy taste.

M- Light bodied and incredibly refreshing with a perfect amount of accompanying carbonation.

O- This is my definition of a perfect American Pale Ale. Refreshing as hell, but still enough hop character and malt backbone to hold my interest. I think this knocks off Alpha King for me, which I had as an IPA in my book anyway.

Serving type: can

07-30-2011 05:05:20 | More by stxSS07
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District of Columbia

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

For now, I'll take this off of my wants... because of my man Huhzubendah!

A: Looked like Alka-Seltzer infused orange juice, with a visciously stringly and cobweb-like head.

S: Orange and grapefruit, with a slight bit of kerosene. Hoppy for sure, but the fruit is the star on the nose.

T: Hoppy, but not too bit, yet the malt backbone is on even keel with the citrus. I got a lot of yeast upfront, followed by citrus hop on the middle and end.

M: Not too sugary or syrupy, and this is about as close as a Pale Ale in the Midwest gets to a West Coast hop bomb.

O: This one certainly lives up to its reputation and I hope to grab LOTS more of this stuff when I go back to Chicago to visit family.

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 23:15:10 | More by Chaney
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a Pint Glass. Sent by iadler in the LOKO 4 LOCALS BIF. Cheers Isaac!

A - Pours a hazy golden straw with a thin soapy white head that settles to a thin cap of foam, leaving some nice lacing as it recedes.
S - Clean aromas of crisp caramel malt and pungent, grassy grapefruit and pine resin hops. Very nice, more akin to an IPA then a Pale Ale, and I'm not complaining!
T - Not quite as bold as I expected from the nose, but still pleasantly pungent and hoppy. More grapefruit and pine resin with a bit of lemon zest, all backed up by a slightly sweet toasted malt profile.
M - Crisp, with a medium-light body and ample carbonation. I could probably session this for a bit, it walks the drinkability line nicely.
O - An excellent APA (IPA?), definitely one of the best I've had!

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 20:12:43 | More by jsanford
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to bpgpitt10 for this hookup, this had been a long time want for me. No canning date, poured into globe tulip glass.

A- Burnt orange color with large head. A bit darker than most pale ales, still enticing.

S- Mmmm; Dank and fruity. Also a lot of fresh cut grass. Slightly bready.

T/M- Very smooth bitterness. More floral and grassy than fruity, though there is some definite underlying citrus in there. Very refreshing- super thirst quenching. The malt is there in a bready way but subtle and supporting to the delicate, crisp hops. Light bodied, but not in a thin or watery way, very well done.

O- Amazing. So crisp and wonderful for a hot summer day. Light bodied and easy to drink. Great balance and level of bitterness for an APA.

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 13:49:33 | More by TheGordianKnot
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District of Columbia

4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cans received as extras from caiken. Thanks Chris!

The beer appears hazy and light yellow hued, with over an inch of thick, white head. Ample lacing coats the sides of the glass.

The aroma offers a variety of tropical citrus fruits, particularly grapefruit and orange.

Wow! Simply fantastic. Shockingly good. This is absolutely effortless to drink, and teeming with amazing citrus and hop flavors. Very little, if any, malt to speak of...perfect. It takes Herculean restraint not to upend this beer and go get the other one out of the fridge.

Light bodied with spot on carbonation. No trace of alcohol. Smooth and creamy.

Certainly one of the best pale ales on the planet. One of the most easy drinking beers I have ever had. At only 5.2%, it would be a cinch to go through several of these. I would drink this regularly and year round if I could. Absolutely terrific!

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 01:51:21 | More by Huhzubendah
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New York

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Claaark (Sean) for this one. Poured from a 16oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint. No canning date but I've been told its fresh.

Pour yields a 1.5 finger frothy and coarse white head with great retention. Beer is a clear deep goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and patchy with decent cling. Head retention makes this one a touch above average.

Nose is deep pulpy papaya hop bitterness with some citrus sweetness mixed in. Plain and as expected.

Opens papaya and grapefruit hop bitterness. More citrus fruit towards the middle with some residual cane sugar sweetness in the back. End is grassy and a touch of pine. Finish is citrus with a hop bitter aftertaste.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Crisp and lively in the mouth and quenching going down with a filmy finish and a lasting aftertaste. Very refreshing.

An expertly crafted pale ale, Daisy Cutter maintains a great balance between just enough hop bitterness and some pleasant fruit notes. Feel makes it really refreshing and inifinitely drinkable. A great example of the style.

Serving type: can

07-27-2011 17:49:26 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, cloudy, hazy straw color with a one finger head. Fades pretty quickly, leaving a slight lacing.

S: A little bit of sweet bready malts and crisp grassy hops. A little bit of booze shows through though.

T: The first flavor I get is lemon zest. Really dry grassy hops as the nose suggested. Its mostly about the hops, with just a little malt background. Seems closer to an IPA, or extra pale.

M: Medium to high carbonation leaves a bit of a burn along with the alcohol but it's not unpleasant. It feels relatively light bodied despite the cloudiness in appearance

O: I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It had a good deal of flavor with a refreshing dry clean finish, perfect for a hot day.

Serving type: can

07-24-2011 22:31:25 | More by natedog820
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to AgentZero for sending this awesome extra my way

A: Pours a hazy bright orange color with a frothy white cap. Retention is pretty nice...looks hoppy

S: Big resin and pine notes come through followed by a subdued caramel sweetness. Lots of citrus (orange and lemon) are apparent as it warms

T: The taste is strikingly similar to Sculpin in a few ways. Resin, pine, citrus with a big bitterness, especially for the style. Malts do a good job of balancing and provide a little sweetness and caramel as well as bread.

MF/O: The body seems a little thin at times, carbonation is mild and a little prickly. The finish is bitter resin/pine and that unique yeast that reminds me of Sculpin

Awesome Pale Ale, really drinkable...wish this was distributed in my area

Serving type: can

07-24-2011 01:13:28 | More by scottyshades
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3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to hawks10 for sending this one as an extra! Not sure of the canning date. Enjoyed on 07/22/11.

A - 16oz can poured into a DFH snifter. Pours a hazy bright orange color with a one finger rocky head. Leaves good lacing.

S - Really liking the smell on this one. Big grapefruit, citrus, some pine. A nice biscuity malt in the background as well. Aroma is very IPA-like.

T - The taste fails to live up to the expectations set by the aroma. Everything that's present in the aroma is there, it's just watered down. Pretty bitter through the middle but it has a strange sweet/metallic aftertaste that I'm not a fan of. Besides the finish, I really like the taste.

M - Mouthfeel could be a little creamier. Carbonation is slightly high.

O - Overal, I really enjoy this pale ale, I've had it a few times before. There's only one SNPA though!

Serving type: can

07-22-2011 18:28:15 | More by Janderson91
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz can, received as an extra from readbaron.

A: Pours a light golden orange with a clean-white one finger head. Nice sticky lacing

S: Wow, this is a pale ale? This smells so hoppy, more than most IPAs. Lots of pine resin and citrus. Grapefruit, caramel, light malts, and some astringency(guess that goes with pine).

T: Not quite as bold as the smell here, yet still very flavorful. There is a dull orange taste that seems almost watered down. This is big on grapefruit. Lemon and assorted citrus add some depth to things. The hop bitterness lingers for quite a while.

M: Somewhat thin body but the carbonation is great. I'd say this is very easy drinking, unless you don't like the bitterness hanging out on your tongue long after the finish.

O: I'm very happy I got to try this. This turned out way more balanced than the nose hinted, while still scratching my hop itch. I struggle to think of another pale ale I would prefer over this one.

Another favorite new-to-me brewery. Thanks Baron!

Serving type: can

07-22-2011 03:41:06 | More by schwaeh
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2.7/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is all smoke, no fire. Looks and smells great, tastes like a watery, beginner's homebrew. This would be a good beer to pound on hot days, but not at the price they sell it for. Half Acre does make some other pretty good beers, but skip this one if you like you beer with a hint of substance.

Serving type: can

07-21-2011 19:34:30 | More by bigjerk89
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New York

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy and golden, with a small head that leaves a nice trail of lacing.

Smell is first of dank floral hops and grass, giving way to sweet malt.

Taste starts and ends with grassy hops, with a strong and smooth malt profile jumping out in the middle. The two blend together well. The hops have hints of citrus and what not but are really very floral--hence the name.

Appropriate amount of carbonation, but the feel is perhaps a bit watery.

A good pale ale. Hoppy in a distinct grassy/floral way but still balanced.

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 03:01:02 | More by musicforairports
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