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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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2,430 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,430
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 576
Gots: 257 | FT: 16
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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Photo of slentz
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

slentz, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of flexabull
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.

flexabull, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from can into a Pint shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a beautiful one finger white colored, creamy thick foam; body has a nice pumpkin colored body; hazy; not much visible carbonation; beer leaves behind plenty of lacing; beers look very healthy and full

S - Smooth malt tones; caramel and slightly roasted; pine and a touch of grass; flowery notes; citrus

T - Pine and grass flavors touch the touch immediately; soothing caramel and roasted malt flavor washes over the middle of the tongue; leaves behind a grass/pine tangy flavored taste; subtle floral hop flavor

M - Beer is effervescent; has a nice creamy feel at the beginning, then washes over the tongue and turns into a thin body; not as bitter of an aftertaste as I expected, but has more than enough bite to satisfy my taste buds;

D - I really like this beer; the smooth malt notes blend well with the floral hops used in this beer; I would highly recommend

ferrari29, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of raly03
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a 4-pack of their 16oz cans from the brewery, poured into tulip.

Looks pretty standard, about 1 1/2 finger head that stuck around for a while, leaving some nice lacing. Barely a hiss as I opened the can. Clear, copper color.

Aroma. I can't say enough about this. I just cut the grass, poured this beer, and it was like I was back outside with my nose under the lawn mower. I love it. Earthy, floral, grassy, hoppy, almost pot-like. Grapefruit, other citrus.

Good mouthfeel, not overly carbonated. Almost creamy.

Tastes almost as good as it smells. Hops, flowers, grass, man this is excellent. Grapefruit, more hops.

Overall perhaps my favorite APA so far. I live in Chicago south suburbs and wish it was more readily available.

raly03, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Candy orange in color with a great 1/2 inch foam head and very good retention

Smell: Upfront is earthy hops with some spice. Just a bit of a skunky note on the backend

Taste: Upfront is a malty goodness that sticks to the palate for a while and the backend carries some nice citrus notes

Mouthfeel: Just a touch under medium body nd medium to high carbonation with a dry sticky feeling left on the palate

Overall: Pretty nice beer from half acres. Incredibly drinkable. Highly recommended

DarthKostrizer, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of cavedave
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to hawks10 for another fantastic 3rd coast pale ale.

A hard pour puts a prodigious pile of white lather atop a dark straw colored, cloudy beer. Lots of staying power to the head, lots of lace lashed lusciously to the glass.

Mmmm, floral hop, citrus hop, tropical fruit hop, some pine notes of less intensity, even some faint, grassy and dank, and delicious sweet, with just a hint of honey and bread, create a bouquet suitable for a perfume.

Taste is not as bold as the aroma, but still packs a punch for a pale ale. It starts with bitter and sweet, picks up some pine, some citrus pith, some really floral deliciousness. As it ends the sweet fades and pine/herbal bitter dry it just right, but leave it just juicy enough. Very well blended flavors here. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Just enough perky carb., plenty of viscosity but clears out very well, and a cranking finish. What more could one ask?

I recommend this highly it is one of the best pales available for sure.

cavedave, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of BullDurham
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into my DFH signature glass. Golden/Orange, cloudy. White fluffy head goes away quickly and sticks to the side of the glass well.

Smell: Floral and citrus hops, plenty of grapefruit. Smells great.

Taste: Right along with the smell. Strongest taste is the Pine/Grapefruit taste. Some lemon and spices. Nice bitterness sticks with you.

Mouthfeel: Light body, carbonation is right on. Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall: Great summer beer! Glad I can get this whenever I want. Smooth and easy to drink

BullDurham, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of LSUPT
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer, thanks again KickintheChalice. 16oz can, no freshness info, to a pint glass.

Pours a deep straw yellow/orange another strange hue is present that’s hard to pinpoint, very cloudy, with a 2” bright white head. The retention is very good and the lacing is fantastic, thin webs at top and thick layer near the bottom, and a good, thick foam stays on top throughout.

Smell is orange, sweet tangerine and a hint of mango. Pine makes an appearance in the taste, one of the hoppiest APAs I’ve tasted, in addition to the orange, tangerine, mango and juicy hop resins. Even my burps taste amazing. There is still a noticeable malt backbone and a distinct APA taste but this is damn close to and IPA. Mouthfeel is light but a medium-high carbonation. So. Damn. Drinkable.

Definitely my favorite APA, the only major drawbacks are the color and clarity but the head and lacing more than make up for it.

LSUPT, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Thanks for sharing MrHirschybar!

Slightly hazy golden orange and amber with a thick and persistent nearly white head. Lots of spotted lacing left down the glass.

One of the best smelling pale ales I've ever had the pleasure to sniff! The hops are bright and pungent and come in the form of strong citrus (grapefruit and orange) waves with a little pine. Pretty incredible!

The flavor is only disappointing because the aroma was so absolutely stunning! A mild bitterness, citrus and pine flavors, and a little bit of caramel sweetness make for a very well balanced, incredibly drinkable, pale ale.

Medium to full bodied.

A great pale ale. This is as hoppy as some midwest IPAs and DIPAs. A remarkable pale! I can't wait to get home and crack my last can of this!

ehammond1, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tall boy can (thanks Nate) poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours pale yellow, a little hazy, with about a finger and half of white head, large bubbles, leaves decent lacing.

S: Big floral hop character, some grapefruit, lemon rind, toasted pale malt with some crystal sugar.

T: Taste matches the nose, though the hop flavor seems less intense. Big rough bitterness that builds to a very bitter finish. Clean toasted malts with very little sweetness (touch of crystal malt).

M: Medium to light body, moderate to slightly light carbonation, sticky and resinous. Not all that clean or crisp.

O: To be honest, the flavor profile/malt profile reminds me a lot of a hopped up lager, albeit not that clean. I was a little disappointed that the hop flavor didn't completely transfer over from the nose to the taste in both depth and intensity (except for bitterness). Still pretty good, but almost seems way too bitter and hoppy to be considered an APA and not an IPA.

Satchboogie, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a very hazy amber hue. Not much of a head. The color is attractive. The smaller head does leave some substantial lacing.

S- Attractive hoppy aroma. Not the biggest aroma, but the floral and citrus hops smell nice. A good malty aroma mingles well with the hops too.

T-Boom, awesome flavor. Resiny pine, and floral hops at first. Behind the delicious hops is an equally delicious bready malt. The malt tastes like animal crackers. The hops are really, really attractive on my tongue. Balanced but with big flavors on both ends of the flavor spectrum.

M-Good sturdy body. Nice carbonation. Resiny and dry. Nice bitterness. Good feel.

O/D-Received this from a cool dude along with a Gumballhead. I loved them both. How can I choose a favorite between the two? This beer is great. I would love to have this one available to me. Just a great beer, and I love it in the 16 oz. cans.

VelvetExtract, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hannydawg for hooking me up with this beer.

A: Pours a beautiful cloudy golden straw. There is one finger of pure white head that dissipates quickly. The lacing hugs the edges of the glass as I drink. Some serious retention with this beer.

S: I'm picking up some really earthy scents. At first I get fresh cut grass and dirt (but in a good way). But that changes to really dank hops, pine, and citrus. It's not the best smelling beer I've ever had, but it's strangely familiar.

T: Starts off sweet. It has a nice malt character up front. The sweetness lingers for a bit as the earthy notes (grass and dirt) begin to come through. It finishes with some bitters, but nothing crazy.

M: Light mouthfeel. The beer seems watery, but for an APA that's not exactly a bad thing. Flavors linger a bit, but not for more than a minute or so.

O: This is a super drinkable beer that I'd like to try again. I find myself sipping it a bit faster than I probably should. The smells and flavors in this beer are really nice. And like I said before... there is something oddly familiar with this beer (almost nostalgic), but I can't seem to place it. Nice work Half Acre.

trxxpaxxs, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of argock
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 16oz tall boy can into a clear Shaker pint glass at Hoyt’s (Chicago, IL). No discernible freshness date but pink dot on bottom of can.

A: Pleasing golden amber with a nice 1-finger, crown of near-white tightly bubbled head with good retention and prodigious lacing.

S: I would put this beer’s hoppy aroma on the top 5 or 10 I have ever tried. Floral almost to the point of perfumey without being overbearing, with big blasts of pine-evergreen, grapefruit citrus and light minty, herbal aromas as well, all subtly backed with pale and light caramel maltiness.

T: A real pleasure to drink with a smooth, mid-range sweet caramel maltiness with medium hops bitterness and nice nuances of pine, grapefruit, and herbal components. It doesn’t quite measure up to the aroma but it is still very good.

M: Very crisp and more highly carbonated than many in the APA style, which I think detracts a little, making the body feel lighter than it really is. Aftertaste is clean and lightly herbal minty with a layer of citrus.

O: I am glad I got the chance to try Daisy Cutter this time to Chicago – the top-shelf aroma and smooth balanced caramel maltiness and West Coast hoppiness with a healthy bit of herbal flavor make it a superb example of the style. If they moved the carbonation down a notch or two to make it a bit more drinkable, this would a top 10 or 20 beer for me.

argock, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of mattboyer182
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - a great thick orange color. A nice white head with amazing lacing up the entire glass.

S - honestly I don't smell much. Some slight hints of malt and that might be it. I don't know if it's just me or the can or what.

T - taste is quite good. It's very subtle for what it is but the fruits are very good in it. Very good springish type beer.

M - medium bodied and medium carbonation.

O - delightful beer. You just have to know you're not getting yourself into a hoppy, bitter beer.

mattboyer182, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of drxandy
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

went on a day trip to chicago, snuck over to goose clybourn and got over to the binnys over there to pick up some goodies.

from can to mouth, when opening can delicious hop resins waft to my nose. smells of pear-like hop/malt combo, grassy, floral, yum yum yum

taste is of wonderful balance. carbonation and hop presence make them self known, nice and light/spritzer-y followed by a back bone of bready malt, and finishing with a grassy hop resin reminder of how yummy this stuff is. highly drinkable, and i'm pretty jealous i can't easily get more after this 4 pack is gone.

overall, nom nom nom
need to try the double now :D

drxandy, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of cratez
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can purchased from the brewery in Chicago, IL.

Pours a hazy deep golden hue with amber edges, one finger of eggshell white froth, and strands of lacing on the tulip glass.

Smell is highly potent and crystallized weed (dank), pine needles, whole wheat bread, thyme, nutty and doughy malts, perfume, lemon zest, fresh cut grass, white grapefruit, and floral, citrusy hops. Beautifully aromatic nose.

Taste is big citric, mouth-coating hops, lemon, orange rind, whole wheat cracker, brown bread, slight caramel, herbaceous, marijuana-like flavours, astringent and lingering bitterness, a little resinous as well. Hop-forward and scrumptious.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium-bodied, low carbonation, crisp and spicy hop bite transitions to a bitter, dry, and lasting finish. Lean yet balancing malt profile with boatloads of humulus lupulus.

Overall, Daisy Cutter isn't quite as nuanced as Alpha King, but it's still a masterful APA that delivers all the hop goodness and sessionability that one can expect from the style. A benchmark pale ale.

cratez, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of Treebs
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the local Buffalo Wild Wings (that's two awesome craft beer options in a row at two different B-dubs (the other being Flying Dog Doggie Style)). Poured into a tall pilsener glass.

A: Pours a golden orange with some straws hues. Big, fluffy, one-finger pure white head that has some ridiculous retention. Follows me down almost half the glass and leaves a sticky, webbed lace in its wake.

S: Very nice. Lightly hopped. Smells of citrus peels and sweet flowers. Faint hint of cracker malts.

T: The taste is surprisingly different, but in a good way. Big bready malt body with a some light flowery notes thrown in there. Great bitter hop finish rounds it out.

M: Light to medium bodied with a crisp and clean feel. Dry, bitter hop finish. Was slightly heavier feeling than a normal pale ale.

O: This had a great taste. More malty than your regular pale ale, but I really enjoyed it and on draft was a real treat.

Treebs, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of jcartamdg
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange with a large three finger head into my ccb pint glass. Aroma of crazy bold hops both pine and citrus. taste follows the nose with the addition of malts to the palate. Great allaround pale ale the boarders on ipa. If I lived in Chicago I would drink this all the time. Great brew!

jcartamdg, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of Retail1LO
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Received this as an extra in a trade from an awesome BA in Illinois. I've already had the Galactic Double Daisy Cutter, so I was curious to see how this one would fare. Daisy Cutter pours a translucent straw hue with a very thin crown. While there's little head to speak of, the beer does leave behind some thin lacing as it recedes. The nose is really muted. There really isn't anything of note that reaches out and punches you in the face, unlike the Galactic variety. The taste, however, is marvelous. This is a really smooth, mellow, mildly hopped beer that you could session the daylights out of. This would definitely be one of my go to beers if I lived anywhere near Half Acre. Overall, this is a marvelous beer. Great tasting, doesn't scorch the taste buds, smooth, and next no zero bitterness on the back end of a sip. Would recommend this to anyone that hasn't had the opportunity to enjoy a Half Acre beer.

Retail1LO, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Hackney's Printers Row in Chicago. [Amended after trying it from the can on 1 Feb 2012.]

Orangey yellow, a bit of haze. Brought to me poured to the brim, so don't know about the head. Great lacing. [From the can, it's got a massive fluffy head, great retention, and amazing lacing. Appearance is really top-notch.]

Smell is a mix of sharp citrus hops (grapefruit), and milder earthy and resinous hops. Decent light malt backing, supporting but not really providing any obvious smells.

Taste is an odd half-bitter, like it's part IPA and part light malty ale. Interesting, but it's not bowling me over. The hops are once again dominated by grapefruit. Long bitter finish. [Wish I got more of something in the flavor other than bitter. There's not enough non-bitter hop flavor, and the malts aren't a strong enough supporting cast.]

Medium-light body, good carbonation. Long finish.

This beer is curious, but not super impressive. I'm wondering what everyone else finds so amazing about it, as it's not doing it for me. It's like half an IPA, but that IPA part is only okay, and the other half is pretty bland. Some grapefruit hops, not a whole lot else.

zeledonia, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy gold. Head is bright-white. Slightly chunky head. Lacing is moderate. Head quickly dissipates to a thin cap on the beer.

Smell: Biscuit malt accompanied by some lovely hop aromas. Pine, grapefruit, and the faintest touch of earthiness. Subtly sweetness behind everything, but this is a nice pull for the West coast style. Clean and delicious on the nose.

Taste: Pine smacks up front, giving way to a solid citrus rind punch. Slightly oily and super delicious. Malts provide a nice backing sweetness, but this thing is all about balance. Harmony has been achieved. Bready and biscuity in good measure. Hops are present, but are in no way aggressive. So tasty.

Mouthfeel: Faintly dry. Solid carbonation is never overwhelming. Smooth at the same time it's pulling dry. Medium body. It's so delightfully middle of the road, in the best possible way.

Overall: This is everything an APA should be. Hops and malts in good measure with a ton of character. Drinkability is incredible. Bonus points for rocking the tallboy.

Goblinmunkey7, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can - thanks to cfrancis for this one!

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy off white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a fair amount of hops. There is also quite a bit of citrus taste.. oranges and grapefruit. The beer is not overly sweet, which adds to it's drinkability. It finishes with a citrusy aftertaste with a decent amount of hop bitterness.

Overall - At times the taste of this beer reminded me of some of the Sixpoint beers I've had recently.. which are also in 16oz can format. It's got a nice balance and although it packs a lot of flavour, it still remains highly drinkable. Definitely worth seeking out.

spinrsx, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
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!!!

Avantyawn, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Tripphop
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.

Tripphop, Aug 19, 2011
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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Aug 18, 2011
Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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