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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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2,499 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,499
Reviews: 693
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 585
Gots: 270 | 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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Photo of bmwats
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can, into a standard pint.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly leaving little peaks and craters, and lots o' sticky residue. Never fully dissipates...just coagulates along the sides of the glass. Lots of dry, sticky lacing.

S: Hoppy, sweet, and very floral.

T: Hops not as sharp as the nose gives off. Not much else.

M: Steely and dry. Light bodied.

D: Sip and savor the hops...if you're worthy.

Atmosphere is good. Nice hue, and this brew gives great head. Lots of sticky lacing, too. Nose is full and floral. Flavor is not complex, but if you like pales, this will do it. Kind of a purist brew. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice golden hue greets the eyes with a fluffy head.

Grassy hops show up in the nose, becoming the dominant aroma. Not much malt shows through.

The theme is reinforced with a strong dollop of grassy hops with only a slight amount of malt. Lightly buttered bread.

Mouthfeel has lingering grassiness, though not as much as there was at first.

A very aromatic pale ale that I would drink in warmer climates. I doubt it'll be available again up here, hence the review.

Brad007, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of joshuacavett
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this compliments of Freshmanpour77 (one of my best trading partners).

Pours a hazy yellow/orangish color. Beautiful visual carbonation.

Mouthfeel was average to good. The smell is what really got me though. I was getting a ton of citrus/flower notes. One time it even reminded me of walking into a Whole Foods flower section where you get that clean smell, but also floral.

Shared with brandoneast, poured into a snifter from a can.

Great beer. Highly recommend!

joshuacavett, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Kzoobrew (Kevin) for hooking me up with this beer, especially since I wasn't able to make it to Half Acre when I was home during winter break due to an unforeseen black ice accident (stupid Midwest weather). Cheers buddy!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a gorgeous hazy tangerine color, and just massive amounts of slight off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving chunky lacing on the sides of the glass. This beer looks GOOD.

Smell - Heavy pine, floral hops, and citrus (grapefruit) dominate the nose. Not much of a malt backbone is detected.

Taste - Similar to the nose, but everything is surprisingly, and nicely balanced. Wow, what a flavorful yet not overpowering APA. Holy cow...this is one reason I will be glad to be home this summer.

Mouthfeel - Thin bodied, decent carbonation, honestly, this is how I would have pegged this beer to feel like.

Drinkability - Damn quaffable. This is (yes I know it's too high ABV) my kind of "session" beer. Extremely flavorful, not a huge ABV, and extremely easy to drink. I could put a couple pints of this down no problem. Can't wait to stock up on this when I get home this summer.

SpdKilz, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Cracked open then tall boy can and was greeted with a generous hiss and had some foam leaking out the mouth. I decided to pour this into my DFH snifter and was left with a beautiful two finger thick bone white head that clung around for quite a while. Pours a sunny yellow with some orange hues around the edges, and as I hold the glass up to the light there is a slight amount of haze. On the swirl there is a decent amount of viscosity leaving foam legs on the glass walls.


Bright copious amounts of lemon skins, orange pulp, and fresh cut flowers (no pun intended) Grass and hay wrapped around peaches an other tropical fruits finished off with some light bread and biscuit notes.


Very dry citrus front with bubbly fresh pineapples and mango. Very high carbonation that scrubs your palate on every sip and I am loving every second of it. Rounding out the middle there is alfalfa, grass, earth, and soft bready notes which balance the whole package. In the finish I am pulling out orange marmalade and no heat alcohol which makes this super drinkable and delicious.

Bmoyer0301, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of nopucophop
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can in to my trusty Duvel tulip.

Nice amber color with a beautiful thick fluffy white head. Seems to be a little hazy, not sure if this is dry hopped or not.

Hops dominate the aroma with a slight biscuity malt prescence in the background.

The taste is much like the smell. Hop forward with an emphasis on citrusy hops. The malt profile balances everything very well but takes second place to the hops.

Smmoth with medium body and carbonation.

I enjoyed this beer. It is not something I will try and track down again though. If it was easily available to me I would love this tubing down the river in the summer.

nopucophop, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If citrus and hop resins are your thing. If you want a burst of hop goodness at moderate alcohol content. If you need your hoppy beers crisp, clean, and without any malt attempt to balance, then Daisy is your gal.

The beer pours with a hazy medium amber/copper color, releasing a soft white head with the consistency of mousse and creme. Great formation, great retention, and great lacing. Hard to ding this appearance as it hits all the marks of Pale Ales.

Aromas of malty graham crackers and caramel are quickly overtaken by citrusy grapefruit and orange zest while grassy elements of pine resin and pungent herbals contribute varying aromas each time the nose approaches the rim of the glass.

And with such toffeed, bread crusty flavors setting the base; the hops also somehow dominate the taste as well. With nearly a toasty or buttery flavor, the hop onslaught is so crisply intense that it makes the malt character seem trivial. Citrus, pine, grasses, herbs, and even onion/garlic begin to reveal themselves with an unveiling with each and every sip. You got to like that pungent catty character to hops to appreciate the complexities of this beer. With all the hop-malt interplay, the beer doesn't need much else to convalute the balance. It does well with the simple and elegant balance.

Though malt flavor gives a big impression, there's no sweetness to interfere with body or drinkability. No sir, this beer is dry, crisp, clean, refreshing, and sessionable despite the over-5% abv.

Powerfully smooth but with toasty-hoppy dryness, it reminds me a lot of Three Floyds Alpha King but wit a crisper, cleaner body and less sweet- a respectable compliment to say the least.

BEERchitect, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of CharlatanSin
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks BeerBro boatshoes for sending this one alone. I've been wanting to try it for quite some time.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow into a Duvel tulip. Pour generates a tremendous head which settles into a chunky, soapy cap and plenty of lacing. Me gusta.

S: Only aspect of the beer that comes up a bit short. Mostly floral hops, but a bit one-note.

T/M: Killer. A crisp, clean delicious hop bomb. It's a really nice blend. The aroma was floral but the taste is more citrus. Zesty lemon and tangerine up front, with more of an orange thing going on in the finish. Not much malt, but I think a strong malt presence would muddle this incredibly crisp brew. Crisp but still pretty full-bodied for the style.

D: Outstanding. Love it. Very sad I can't make it a regular. Come to NYC, guys!

CharlatanSin, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Katyw02
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I would love to love Daisy Cutter. I really would. I gave it a second shot tonight wondering if I had missed something when I first tried it. Sadly, my opinion remains the same.

The smell is wonderful. Grapefruit and pine. Very full, smells like something I would love to drink.

The initial sip doesn't quite live up to the expectations laid out by the smell. To my palate, flavors are fairly subtle for this style. Mouthfeel is thin, and I keep thinking about Miller lite (sorry!), but maybe it's just the can. Then again, I felt that way the first time I tried it, and that was on draft. Maybe it's not just the can.

I prefer my beers a bit more assertive, and this one is just too subtle for me. Love the smell, but let down by the taste. Even so, I want Half Acre to be wildly successful. I'm glad they're doing what they do in Chicago, and hope they keep doing it. Otherwise, how would I get my Double Daisy Cutter? Yum.

Katyw02, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of in780
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a large pilsner glass. Here we go:

A - Beautiful pour, light golden color with just a ton of fluffy white head. I'm using a larger than normal glass (for me) due to the 16 oz serving size, but I had to let it settle before pouring the rest in with the large hear.

S - Hop aroma is hitting me even as the can is pouring into the glass. Grass and earth are extremely potent , with some citrus in the background

T - Interesting, some sweetness initially, then crazy amounts of hops flavors - bitter citrus, predominantly lemon and grapefruit, before yielding to sweet pineapple.

M - Really nice, a little sticky, dry finish

D - I could drink a couple of these without my palate tiring, good balance for such hoppy goodness.

in780, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of chicagoabbot
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Hunt Club 1/14/11...poured a pale and slightly cloudy yellow with an ok head...aroma not really that impressive, not much to it, nothing that really stands out. There's something objectionable on the tongue...I've been drinking A-class exceptionally balanced beers all night and there is something about this one that offends. Oh, I'm so sorry to have a not great review on a local brand, I even rated it a little bit higher for proximity to my house...sorry guys, this is quaffable but just isn't that solid.

chicagoabbot, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- pours a bit murky with a good amount of awesome looking head

Smell- lots of hops on the nose. Some citrus and floral things going on

Taste- a lot of hops for an apa. Almost like a double ipa. Very solid

Mouthfeel- a bit thick for an apa. Lot of smoothness on the tongue

Drinkability- highly drinkable! A very solid beer

Urbancaver, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Axic10
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Barrythebear for sending this my way. Poured from 16oz can into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden with two finger head that settles after a few minutes.

Smell: Nice cirtrusy nose, bitter grapefruit and some tropical fruits, floral hops, some subtle malt in there.

Taste: Bitter hops, some bitey citrus and malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and clean.

Drinkability: Very nice drinking beer that I would definitely make a regular if I was in the distribution area.

Axic10, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Ankur (arvjunk) for this one. Poured from a 1 pint can into a tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color, yellow around the edges, with a tall frothy head. A bit of yeast sediment after I completed the pour but we'll chalk that one up to my unfamiliarity with cans.

S: Strong pine and floral hop aroma, a bit of citrus hops as well, and a heavy caramel malt presence.

T: Reflects smell very well; nice balance of bitterness and sweetness; very enjoyable taste.

M: Thin body, with moderate carbonation. Pleasant slightly bitter aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable; nothing stopping or limiting my enjoyment of this one at all.

AwYeh, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of jsulko
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-Tap at Yardhouse at the Glen.

Slighty hazy gold color. Fluffy white head.

Smell had the citrus along with hops.

Really enjoyed the grapefruit flavor without an overpowering bitterness. This is a brew that I could sit and drink all day.

Too bad I can't buy it in the northern suburbs, I think it would be my go to beer

jsulko, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of mdcrouser
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sitting in an Irish bar, awaiting Sheppard's pie, enjoying the Daisy Cutter. Springsteen, Dire Straits, Black Crowes on the system - that kind of Irish place.

Though the light is a little dim, it looks to be a hazy gold. Little head, but great rings after each drink.

Mildly hoppy - bits of citrus coming through, but not heavily. Too, difficult to smell over the corned beef and cabbage hanging in the air.

Not your traditional IPA - hints of straw, with an undercurrent of citrus and a spicy finish. Damn tasty.

Subtley sparkling on the tongue - good mouth to it.

Highly drinkable, even in an Irish bar.

mdcrouser, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of ottovon
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a straw, golden color with a fluffy, white head.

S: has a nice aroma, probably the best thing about this beer. citrus hops and caramel malts.

T: some citrus hop comes through and a little carmel malt. i get a vegetal taste in the finish along with some bitterness.

M: has a nice mouthfeel. medium body with medium carbonation.

D: ill drink more of this. its not my favorite apa, but it is a good beer.

ottovon, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):

A bit of haze sits on the orangey-gold color; gets a bit clearer when it gains some warmth. Sudsy head that all beers wish for straddles the inside of the glass. Raw prickly citric rind and pine sap in the nose, West Coast-style all the way. Super smooth, bitty with some substance on the palate. Hops are of the "in your face" style with a nice inner-cheek-hug- ging bitterness and citric bam that makes your mouth pucker a bit. That pucker leads to the desire for another sip. Toasty, doughy, biscuity malts provide a great base, a little yeasty too, but mostly bready. Citric, mint, drying hoppy finish.

Old-school "microbrew" style here, fresh and raw with more than enough flavor to go around. Surpassing the benchmark.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Brenden
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Steve (a74gent) for picking this up for me.

This brew is a soft, deep gold color that is simultaneously bright and mildly hazy, clear and opaque at once. A tall, fluffy head forms on a beautiful, rich cascade and remains sturdy and dense. It's got great retention as well and leaves patchy lacing copiously down the glass.
This is a pungent one, a rich aroma just pouring out of the glass as soon as it hits. Pineapple, mango, and oranges are all present alongside piney, raw fresh hops notes. There's simply a beautiful blend of hops aromas with a nice malt backing to balance.
The first thing to pull through on the tongue is a nice citrus bitewith an herbal, grassy earthiness, followed by nice tangy tropical fruits; this is well backed up by a dry malts presence, although the hops are the feature here. This is also easy-drinking, clean and light. The malts are not only dry, but also add a touch of sweetness.
The mouthfeel is rich and full, and this starts of with a nip and goes down both crisp and smooth. Carbonation is heavier than most beers I've had, and while it amplifies both the smoothness and crispness, it's a bit much in this beauty.
This one has great character, depth, balance and flavor, and one beer that is completely and perfectly drinkable.

Brenden, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Gosox8787
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Tallboy can poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Took this out of the refrigerator and served slightly chilled.

Appearance: Light golden yellow and slightly cloudy. Big pillowy, three finger head iiwth good retention. Sticks nicely to the glass.

Aroma: Big pine notes from the hops, but there are undercurrents of citrus and pilsner malt.

Taste: The pine notes hits hard upfront. Very bitter and resiny. After that though, it becomes much smoother. Orange and grapefruit with a touch of honey. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth and crisp. A joy to drink.

Drinkability: Definitely at this ABV, and with it being so smooth, this is something I could drink all day. Love that its available in tallboy cans too.

Overall, a really nice pale ale I wish was available around here. A ton of hop flavor here yet it still remains incredibly smooth. I really enjoyed this a lot.

Gosox8787, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of mjyoung
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to scottfrie for this one.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a nice creamy head. it leaves some thick lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Hops! Not overpowering, but definitely a solid hit of hops with fresh citrus notes and a wee bit o' pine. Enticing, better than I expected.

T: A soft wave of fresh hops mixed with a little bit of honey and the aforementioned pine. The sweetness offsets the ever-so-slightly tartness of the hop-citrus nicely.

M: Medium body, but a little bit low on the carbonation. Not enough to interfere with the taste.

D: Great! One of the more memorable pales I've had. I enjoyed how soft and smooth the beer went down, while still giving up the flavors which make it so unique. Well done!

mjyoung, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to glazeman for the can!

Poured into a Goose Island pint glass. Daisy Cutter forms a beautiful, fluffy, white head that is almost three fingers thick. The body is a hazy peach orange. Sticky webbed lacing.

Grassy hops and light grapefruit citrus on the nose. Earthy and somewhat piny with sweet malts in the background. Quite good for a regular APA.

Slightly burnt caramel malts and a bit grainy with grassy hops on the tongue. Decent taste, but it doesn't quite live up to the appearance or the nose. Grainy, somewhat bitter/astringent. Average for the most part.

Mouthfeel is a bit foamy with sharp carbonation. I'd call this crisp, but the foaminess gets in the way a bit. Has some nice lingering bitterness.

Drinkability is good. This beer has a decent amount of hops for an APA and the nose is quite nice, but the flavor and mouthfeel don't offer enough to really set this beer apart. Maybe a fresh pint on-tap turns things up a notch or two.

sisuspeed, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Got accepted to med school today, so time to celebrate!

4.0 A: Hazed medium orange color. A big more than two fingers of off-white dense froth. Great retention and moderate amounts of lacing.

4.5 S: Piney, floral, and grapefruit citrus hops. This smells more like fresh hop flowers more so than any other beer I've smelled. I like the raw, dank hoppiness that this brings.

4.0 T: Hoppiness again is the focus. Pine, grapefruit, grass, earthy, raw hoppiness again, and a healthy bitterness. The hops are great in this. The malts and yeast are not. Malts are biscuity and muddle with chewy, bready yeastiness. I think with this kind of hop power, this beer would benefit from cleaner yeast and malt.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, but the beer still lies a bit heavy on the tongue. The yeast makes this fairly chewy. This could use a bit of a cleanup, reducing the chewiness.

4.0 D: I really like the hops, but I'm not a bit fan of the yeastiness. I can definitely see how so many people like this though. Definitely worth a drink to get to the raw, dank, and mouth-puckering hops.

DavoleBomb, Dec 17, 2010
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
Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,499 ratings.