Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,673
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 585
Gots: 298 | FT: 19
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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

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(Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-20-2009)
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Photo of LSUPT
4.38/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can

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!

Photo of Satchboogie
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of argock
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of mattboyer182
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of drxandy
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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

Photo of cratez
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Treebs
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of jcartamdg
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Photo of Retail1LO
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of zeledonia
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Avantyawn
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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!!!

Photo of Tripphop
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of Simmy7000
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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!

Photo of OddNotion
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

Photo of ahq514
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Brew33
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,673 ratings.