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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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2,733 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,733
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 588
Gots: 314 | FT: 18
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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:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-20-2009

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of Puthoff
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ghostwalker
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of Blargimus
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of eorwar
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of abcramer
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of mtrog313
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of alalvarez75
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of quilty
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Soneast
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Etan
3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint can into a Libbey craft pint glass.

A: Murky dark orange with a protruding, rocky white head. Sticky lacing all around the glass, with the head retaining long after the pour.

S: Nose is juicy and floral, with some citrus elements but mainly a grassy, floral hop aroma. Smells nice.

T: Full-on floral hop invades the palate, leaving a mild wave of grassy bitterness. Faint biscuity malt underneath. Earthy leaf taste in the finish. Somewhat watery.

M: Medium-bodied.

O: Very grassy/floral rather than citrusy/piney. Reading the other reviews, I see a lot of mentions of strong citrus notes in the nose and taste, but I don't really get that (and I've had DC many times, on-tap and in the can). Still decent.

Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of aclark44
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of matttttYCE
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One and a half fingers of thick, foamy white head sits atop a slightly hazy golden beer. Both lacing and head retention are pretty nice.

The aroma is simply wonderful, especially for a pale! Bright and fresh citrus and lemon rind mingle with piney, grassy, and floral hop aromas. Behind that lays a light but supportive malt backbone with notes of wheat and pale malts. I also find hints of tropical fruits, especially when smelling the can itself.

Very balanced taste, I must say. Mild bitterness, with plenty of the aforementioned juicy hop characters, dominated mostly by citrus and pine. Along for the ride is the malt sweetness and balance, hints of wheat, and light bread or biscuit-like notes.

Decent/medium carbonation, light and crisp consistency, smooth light medium body, and a slightly dryer finish make up the mouthfeel. Refreshing as hell!

Overall this is a great APA. I believe I said that Three Floyds Zombie Dust was one of the best APAs I had ever tried in my review of it. Daisy Cutter might just be better than that. Then again, they both shine in their different ways. If you enjoy pale ales, this is definitely one that you should try!

Photo of CitizenRay
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pale orange, shiny rocky white head, excellent lacing

S: a slight hint of malt, mostly citrus (lemon more than orange), with hints of fresh cut grass.

T: nice malt backbone. dry hop finish. little astringency.

M: Medium body. Average to low carbonation.

O: Very fresh with a unique hop profile. A beer for hop-heads. Crack a can and chill.

Photo of JohnKMcC
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Gushue3
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A million thanks to my trading partner Ryan (Treebs) for this extra. Poured into Alchemist pint glass.

A 2 finger head that quickly turns foamy has some nice retention. The body is a golden straw color with some orange in there. Retention is great and leaves lacing when it finally goes down. Nice signs of carbonation and this is a great looking Pale

S Citrusy hops like orange and grapefruit.

T Lots of citrusy hops up front along with a floral bitterness. Bitterness picks up in the middle and takes you to the finish where theres a bitter lingering thats slightly piney. Really nice tasting pale ale that I could crush all day long.

M Medium feel for a pale that's easy to drink. Moderate carbonation feel and this guys nice and relaxing to drink.

O Well done pale ale. Taste is great and easy enough to drink all day. Kudos to Half Acre, quality brew.

Photo of DIM
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: This was a clear, palr golden color. It was served to me with a small foamy cap.

s: Lots of fresh smelling, grassy lemons and some pineapple. There was a hint of bready pale malt balance.

t: Tons of hop flavor here, not just obnoxious bitterness. Although there is plenty of bite at the end. Lots of fresh zesty fruit with just enough balancing caramel sweetness.

m: Crisp and very refreshing.

o: One of the best beers I've tried recently, great stuff.

Photo of fishkab
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow, with a finger or so of white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma was pretty light, scents of pale malts, grass, and floral hops. Biscuity taste, grainy, balanced well with floral and citrus hops...pretty basic, and pretty typical of the style. Light-medium mouthfeel, pretty smooth, and quite drinkable overall.

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 9/27/11

Appearance: Pale, golden orange - frothy off-white head, remarkably nice lacing - looks like an IPA

Smell: Great - could pass for a mild IPA - some citrus, some pine, and some tropical notes - slight grassiness - pale, earthy malts - dry

Taste: It may smell like an IPA, but it's definitely an APA - clean, pale and crystal malts - a hint of sweetness, earthiness, and dryness - nicely balanced with a great hop profile - grassy, citrusy, piney - a touch of citrus flesh - super drinkable

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, nicely dry, super refreshing

Overall: I could drink gallons of this

Drinkable is an understatement. Daisy Cutter is excellently balanced and ridiculously easy to drink. It has tons of aroma, but a mellow flavor. Every APA should be like this. This is top tier for the style.

Photo of AndrewK
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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