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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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2,507 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,507
Reviews: 695
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 585
Gots: 269 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-20-2009)
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Evahflow, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of Maryobeerian
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Love it. Hard to pin down, but works as a one of a kind, interesting ale -- grassy, citrusy, dry -- great mouth feel. Best in summer.

Maryobeerian, Oct 17, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%

elliott1184, Oct 17, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +8.1%

KMitch, Oct 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

eric1hudson, Oct 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

we did a blind taste test with this, zombie dust, and sierra Nevada. This came in first with our group of 6.

twb0392, Oct 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Sergioelijah, Oct 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

ConradSomm, Oct 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

BergBeer, Oct 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

davemathews68, Oct 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

GoatMother, Oct 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Swettenham_Shire, Oct 13, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +3.3%

paulmase, Oct 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

snowmageddon, Oct 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

PA-Michigander, Oct 11, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%

BigZ2214, Oct 10, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Chopsaz, Oct 10, 2014
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.

OrestesMethuon, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

carmike813, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

mjc3151, Oct 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

sbrock22, Oct 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Clevelandcraftguy, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

gfunk1121, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

indy351, Oct 07, 2014
Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,507 ratings.