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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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2,426 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,426
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 575
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 wedgie9
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a can that I grabbed at the Half Acre Brewery. Pours clear orange with with a thick white head that slowly dissipates to leaving a solid lace. Nose is aromatic citrus hops with a nice malt backbone. The citrus is actually very enjoyable with fresh orange, grapefruit, and lemon. The beer is undoubtedly bitter from the hops, but there is a hint of sweetness along with all of the different citrus flavors that were also in the nose. The body is fairly light with average carbonation and a long grapefruit finish.

wedgie9, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been lusting after a can of this since having a small taste at the Central Waters Anniversary Part almost a year ago; hard to believe it took this long! Thanks to my not-so-secret-Santa, stormking47, for the can.

Poured into my Free the Hops snifter, one of few that handily handles sixteen ounces of goodness. Nice sunset-over-the-lake color, looks healthy & orange. Smell is outstanding, like standing on the border of a plain of damp grass & a pine forest. Pale malts are evident but submissive.

Daisy Cutter bring blood-curdling hops to the pale genre. Piney hops are all over the beer, followed by a straight-up does of bitterness that knocks the beer all over the place. Other placeholders include well-placed pale malts, waving fields of grain, grassiness, lemon, even parsley. After the cornucopia, the hop bitterness flays the taste buds on the afterburn. This brew must be gulped. Sipping would seem sad & inappropriate.

This is a very good session beer (& no, I don't give a flying monkey crack what the ABV is) that I'd love to have hanging around. Delighted to have gotten to try it & looking forward to some more Half Acre stuff.

maximum12, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, thanks to BA'er glazeman for the trade. served in a big 16oz Short's pint glass.

A - Pours with a healthy looking inch of big and fluffy, just slightly off-white colored foam. Taking its time in its retreat, leaving a big pillowy mound in the middle of the glass and some wet, sudsy lacing clinging to the sides. The beer is hazy, dirty light gold in color.

S - Big and bright, bready malts...like honey topped biscuits. Grassy, lively hops turn citrus with notes of candied grapefruit and mangos. Slight bits of tropical fruit and floral hops creep in as well. Very unique.

T - Begins with very crisp, bready and grainy malts. Joined right off the bat by a fairly assertive bitterness, which sticks around until the hop flavors begins to come through. Lemons, oranges, and grapefruit round out the fruits, while a bit of wet grass and pine needles add some more classic APA tastes. Balanced to a point, yet still hop heavy.

M - Light, yet slick and slightly oily body. Sharp, pinchy and frizzy carbonation though not overdone - only a bold flavored APA could hold up to this. Only a touch dry in the finish, with some lingering hoppy, grassy bitterness and a kiss of malty sweetness.

D - This is a truly wonderfully crafted, slightly unique, bold, and overall killer beer. Loads of flavor, a perfect amount of balance, all in a small package. Crisp, refreshing, good in summer or winter. Easily the best APA I've had to date, one that all others will be judged against. Kudos to Half Acre for this one.

Stigs, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16oz can courtesy of wedgie9. Thanks Andy!

Same gorgeous pour as the bottle..super hazy apricot colour, magnificent head of foam, top notch lacing.

More of the same in the smell, grapefruit and tropical fruits bringing bitterness heaven to my nose buds.

Tasting is just as good as I remember from the bottle I sampled...huge grapefruit bitter flavours with a light side of tropical fruit and just a mild hint of any malt presence. I'm again amazed at how much flavour is packed into this 5.2%abv American Pale Ale! I could drink a LOT of this periodically AND at one sitting. Awesome brew!!

Edit: I see that I seemed to have liked it even better from the can. Keeps those cans coming!

Bitterbill, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Pours a very hazy light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright tropical fruit and herbal hops backed by a mild pale malt backbone.

Tastes similar to how it smells though not quite as robust. Light pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of tropical fruit hops. Midway through the sip the hop flavors turn more bitter with the addition of herbal and slightly earthy hops. The herbal and light tropical fruit hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer and understand why it receives all the attention. Not quite in the top tier but it doesn't have far to go. Worth a shot.

glid02, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of sliverX
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy straw with a thick white head that faded to a thick film.
Smell a nice citrusy light pine, reminds me slightly of marigolds
Taste is similar to the nose, semi sweet, kind of bready.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bright carbonation.
Wonderful APA that is easily drinkable all night wish this was distributed wider, but thanks to various trading partners to hook me up.

sliverX, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of BeerLover99
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: yellow-orange hue, big 2 inch head, settles down with a sip, leaves terrific lacing.

S: big pine, floral, grapefruit

T: Smooth, sweet citrus with slight pine/earthiness finish.

M: med. body, sticky/oily mouth

D: Fantastic Pale Ale and can't believe I missed this local brew. Goes down very easily and could be an excellent summer beer. Looking forward to trying more from Half Acre.


BeerLover99, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from GBVDave in so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 12/6 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy copper coloer with a two finger of sudsy khaki colored head. Head recedes quickly leaving wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is chalk full of spicy, piney hops with just a hint of floral notes.

T: Taste starts slightly earthy then a pale hop flavoring comes in. A touch of light caramel malt mingles with the pale malts through the middle. Flavor begins to get more piney with a realy spicy kick in the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick body.

D: Goes down very easy, very tasty, mild kick, not very filling, excellent representation of style. This could possibly be my new favorite APA... which I of course can't get here.

Jayli, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of boralyl
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours 2 fingers of creamy white head into a pint glass. The head has great retention and leaves plenty of sticky lacing. The beer has a pale gold complexion with hints of orange. There is visible carbonation.

S - The hops are immediately noticeable as soon as this is poured into a glass. A combination of grapefruit, orange and fresh cut grass make up the aroma.

M - Light in body with crisp active carbonation.

T - Upon the first sip there are some biscuit like flavors followed up by light orange flavors. It's finishes with an infusion of citrusy and grassy hops leaving a pleasant light bitterness.

This is a solid American Pale Ale. There is a great showcase of assertive hops in the nose with a perfect blend of flavors. It's not overly bitter, and is extremely refreshing. Would love to see this distributed in my neck of the woods.

boralyl, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: The pint glass arrives at the table with a magnificent, thick, and creamy white head. The color is bright golden color and hazy enough to block some light from passing through.

Smell: A delicious perfume of hop aromas, although probably slightly muted compared to a fresh serving out of the can. Apricot, grapefruit, and a bit of lemon citrus, some pine, and a burst of flowers in the nose.

Taste: The taste is biscuity sweet for just a minute, and then I am hit with a smooth riptide of flavorful hops. Juicy citrus in grapefruit and apricot form, great floral notes, and a touch of pine as well. The finish is juicy and bitter - just a ton of flavor packed into a small 5.2% package.

Mouthfeel: Very juicy from the hops, medium body, fuller than medium carbonation. Quite a stickiness left on my lips after each sip.

Drinkability: I did not remember this being as enjoyable as it was. Definitely something I will come back to frequently.

KickInTheChalice, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can courtesy of my brother-in-law Johnny Two Scoops. Thanks, brother.

Tallboy into my Unibroue tulip. Near two fingers of thick fluff atop a cloudy yellow pour with orange shades throughout.

Fresh can yields grass, pine, orange, and mild pineapple along with biscuity malt. As an APA, it's pretty nice.

Mild bitter up front segues to a flavor profile hinted at by the nose.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy and tad watery. Carbonation is medium towards the high end.

Admittedly, I tend to gravitate towards bigger beers, or at least IPA's on the lower ABV scale, but this is a nice pale.

So easy to drink

BarrytheBear, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of mulder1010
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

one pint can poured into a globe glass. Thanks to forgetfu for providing this.

A-- Poured a hazy yellow orange color. Moderate pour got a 3.5 finger bright white head, finally receding to half a finger. Head has a lot of huge bubbles in the make up of it. Excellent head retention. Great spotty and thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Grass, grapefruit, lemon, orange, and a little bit of biscuit smell. Good nose to this.

T-- Lots of grass with grapefruit tones to this. Tastes like summer.

M-- Lots of citrus and grass in the mouth. Highly carbonated and quite creamy. Left a good lemony cottonmouth feel, as well as crisp and fresh.

D-- Really good APA. Very crisp and very fresh. Easy to drink and knock back a few of these easily. As good, if not better than the best Aussie APA.

mulder1010, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of NeutroMan
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tall 1 Pint can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy sunset color with a dense, foamy white head that leaves rings of dense, foamy lace. Intense aroma of citrusy and grassy hops that almost has a smokiness to it that adds so much to the smell. Taste is consistent with the smell, but the smokiness doesn't make an appearance until the aftertaste, creating a very cool effect. Mouthfeel is a little too weak for my tastes, and is the only fault I can find with this brew. I've been on a bit of a pale ale bent lately and was starting to get sick of them, but Daisy Cutter has definitely piqued my interest again.

NeutroMan, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from EchoCharlieEcho in a trade, review based on notes...

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Slight haziness, great head retention & lacing

S:Floral, grassy & citrus hops a plenty, plus some biscutty malt

T: Follows the nose, some sweet grainy notes as well up front Grassy hops, slight green apple flavor, with lemons & slight breadyness as this warms. Finishes crisp with some pear fruittyness & a touch of of off-putting astringency that drags it down a bit

MF: Light/medium bodied with generous carbonation & good balance

Easy to drink, but not blown away by it. An A beer, but mostly on aesthetics versus flavor.. Would happily try it again...

russpowell, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of TulipSnifter
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, pale yellow
Smell: Citrus, sweet, and a little earthy due to grassy hops.
Taste: Bitter yet sweet and hoppy. There is a lot of earthiness going on here as well.
Mouthfeel: Pretty light and crisp.
Drinkability: Very easy and refreshing.

TulipSnifter, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of hopsbreath
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shout out to zimmerbloke for hooking me up with another one of the Mid-Wests finest. Thanks Matt.

Pint can poured into my Two Brothers American pint glass. Hazy yellow in my glass with a finger of white head, minimal lacing shows up.

Light floral hops make up the nose on this. A touch of honeysuckle adds some sweetness.

Lemony with some pale malts and a touch of herbs (parsley?), this is quite tasty.

Moderately bodied, soft low carbonation make this more than appropriate. Fairly hoppy for a pale ale, the hop oils are a little sticky on the finish.

Not a shabby pale ale by any standards. Were this available in my corner of the world, I'd probably have another.

hopsbreath, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of cadaugherty
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Bright golden hue, perhaps a little darker than the average APA but not at standard IPA levels by any means.

Aroma- The best part of this beer when it is fresh! Bright, green, piney hops. really pops out of the glass and right into your nose is the most wonderful way. The aroma alone should win this beer a WBC Gold.

Taste- Clean, crisp, and refreshing. Not much in the way of malt backbone, but then that isn't what I am looking for in an APA. The beer delivers what I would call a standard issue taste taht is simple and pleasing.

Mouthfeel- A slight coating of the mouth but overall fairly thin.

Drinkability- This is one of my goto beers for just hanging out. I can drink about 8 of these in the course of an evening and have an absolutely wonderful and delicious experience. Everyone should be so lucky to have this beer readily available on tap in their city.

The only beer I can think of wishing to have on tap at all times besides this beer for regular drinking would be Furious, maybe Pliny if I was feeling like a higher ABV.

cadaugherty, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of MPLS
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Fluffalufagus head, lively and inviting, dark straw colored body with a bit of orange zest.

S: Hopped up with pale malts? Either way it's Hops that are most prevalent. Citrusy, but more towards the floral spectrum.

T: The taste is dominated by the hops that are kind of like lemongrass. Not as citrusy as I have hoped, but still great. Finish of this beer is very dry and tea/herb like.

M: The mouthfeel has good carbonation, slightly thin.

D: Easy drinking @ 5.2% ABV, love this beer more when I'm not being critical of it. Easy drinking and lemongrassy. Sure.

MPLS, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of MrMonkey
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from ptykozoon in a recent trade. Reviewed from notes.

Pours with nearly three fingers of fluffy, sticky white head above a golden/orange brew. Head falls slowly leaving lots of sticky lace.

Smells like sweet caramel and citrus fruit, with hints of fresh cut grass and pineapple.

Taste is much like the nose. It is hop-forward, but the malt backbone is definitely noticed. Bitterness persists throughout, but it is rather restrained. Tasty.

Medium-bodied, well-carbonated mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, and a great APA. Wish this was readily available as I can see myself keeping this one in the fridge all the time.

MrMonkey, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of tewaris
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can with no freshness date poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint on Nov 05, 2010.

Appearance 4.5/5
Hazy amber orange with a solid, creamy off white head, with great head retention and kickass lacing.

Aroma 4.5/5
Strong aroma of leafy hops: lightly floral to green notes dominate the nose and stay through the pint. Not much else to it besides a great hop aroma.

Taste 4/5
Slightly fruity at the beginning with a massive bitterness for its body and solid hop flavor leading to a medium dry and bittering finish. Very tasty, but the balance is a little too much towards the hops.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Well carbonated and crisp but a tad thin, with the malt backbone struggling against the hops.

Drinkability 4.5/5
Very good; this low alcohol ale is packed with flavor and is very refreshing. Highly recommended!

tewaris, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Overlord
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice extra from Augustiner. Thanks!

Pours a nice cloudy yellow orange. Big white foam head. Looks as a pale ale should.

Smells like a ton of grassy hops, a bit of ... earthy weeds?? What is that? Splash of some light citrus (orange?). REally weird/interesting grass/floral aroma.

Taste is all over the place. The earthy, grassy hops predominate, the citrus is fighting for air (very muted) and the bitterness is more weed-like than pine or earthy.

A very, very strange animal. Not a classic pale ale in the slightest. I could have done with a toned down earth/grass presence and more citrus.

Overlord, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of ahurd11085
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from klshanks through Mystery Box BIF- Thanks!

A: Very nice, light straw yellow body with slight haze. Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint, topped with 1" dense eggshell white head

S: Highlight of this brew. I could actually smell the beer as soon as I popped the tab on the can. Huge pungent citrus based hops with floral hints as well. Light fruit dominates...Im guessing lots of late added Amarillo and Centennial on this one.

T: See above. Seriously, it tastes just like it smells...delicious. Unfortunately there isn't really any malt profile to this one. Some slightly sweet or biscuity malts could have helped add depth and complexity. The finish is a bit lacking as it simply fades off with the hops.

M: OK, a bit on the light side. Medium-high carbonation

D: High. NO problem polishing off the 16 oz can, could have had another. Overall, I think with a touch more body this could be an allstar beer. Would love to try the double daisy.

ahurd11085, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Half Acre, Chicago, IL

Wonderful haze in the glass, shot out of the can, lovely golden coloration, bountiful head on it, big, rocky, marshmallowy, lace-leaving snowy white cloud of delightfulness.

Smelling it: Dang! hops explosion! Rip roaring full-on fresh, perfumey, citrus-y, a little pine, little honey, soft, but powerful.

Tasting it: fresh and zesty, pleasingly bitter, lean bodied, nice, bready malt. Excellent balance, great match of ingredients, utterly refreshing. Long, satisfying finish. Very similar to Two Hearted, from Bell's, in hop character and flavor.

Hop lovers dream in this can. The hop-head's lawnmower beer, truly, a great sessioner. It's a mark of American innovation, I think, that a beer so hop forward, so beautifully bitter can be seen as a session ale. In the craft beer revolution, we won't accept mediocrity in the session ale. here's to daisy cutting!

feloniousmonk, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of wmtxbb
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dirty Gold with a decent foam head that sticks.

Smell: Sharp hop scent that fills the air around the beer. Powerful smell.

Taste: Dryness from the hop flavor with an almost invisible malt presence. Incredibly refreshing, hops and citrus overwhelm the flavor, but not too much. Low levels of bitterness. I'm willing to bet there was a large hop addition near the end of the boil to give this beer a powerful aroma and hop flavor without being too bitter. The only reason I can't give this beer a 5 on taste is that beyond the hop flavor there isn't a whole lot of complexity. I would appreciate a beer like this more if there were more of a malt flavor, but that doesn't mean I would want them to change this particular beer.

Drinkability: So far, this is the best pale ale I've had that was made here in chicago and this is my first tasting of a Half Acre beer. Great beer and very refreshing. I hope everything from Half Acre is as good as this, or better.

wmtxbb, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw body with just enough haze to cloudy things up a bit. Bone white head stands three fingers tall. Retention is decent a rather slim cap is left atop. Gobs of scattered lacing cling to the glass.

The aroma is pleasant but underwhelming. Bright citrus flavors are somewhat muted by a grassy hop aroma. I am all for complexity in both flavor and aroma but sometimes simplicity is golden. Light bready malt beneath, subtle but solid backbone.

The flavor is line with the nose though an improvement. The citrus flavors (grapefruit, orange and a bit of lemon) sit strong on the tongue. A grassy astringent hop aroma follows and is much less pleasant. Light pale malt give a slight cracker flavor. The simplicity of the malt bill is appreciated.

Light to medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Smooth texture with a moderate finish.

I want to like this beer much more than I do. It certainly has potential but it just is not exciting me. While not being exciting, it is relatively easy to drink. Decent APA.

kzoobrew, Oct 25, 2010
Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,426 ratings.