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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,723
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
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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 wscaffe
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint.

A - Pours a orange hazy color. Creamy white head. Great head retention. Leaves a nice lace on the glass.

S - Extremely floral. One of the most floral pale ales I have ever smelled. Some citrus notes as well. Sweet malt backbone is evident. Some caramel and pine aromas.

T - Citrus hop flavor assaults the palate. I get some biscuit and bread notes as well. The fruitiness from the hops is extremely pleasant. Well balanced overall. Very crisp.

M - Medium bodied. Perfect amount of carbonation. Pleasant bitterness lingers on the palate.

O - This is the best pale ale I have ever had out of a can. Extremely refreshing. The hop intensity is perfect. Fantastically balanced. You should definitely try this beer. I first had this beer while visiting Chicago last year and I have been searching for it ever since.

Photo of orangesol
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this one in a recent trade with spycow. Can poured into a duvel tulip.

A - Pours out hazy copper orange with a huge three finger tall white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, light citric fruits, sweet caramel malt, and a touch of dryness. It only seems to get sweeter as it comes to room temperature.

T - Starts off with a nice citric hop bite up front slowly giving way to a mix of sweet caramel malt, light citric fruits, and a tiny bit of spiciness. A bit too thin in the feel for my liking. The finish is a mix of hop bitterness and a thin, watery, feel that lingers for a short period of time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A touch thin to begin with, getting a bit better as it warms. Finish is quite bitter.

O - Pretty good. I liked how balanced this one was. It was just a touch too thin in the feel but still a great hoppy pale ale. I would love to try this one on-tap some day.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clouded amber body, some whit head.

S - nice hops, citrus, floral, sweet tropical fruits. good nose

T - Tangy hops, malt balance, That's about it.

M - medium body, smooth, a little dry. a bit flat

O - Very good beer. ITs not as good as i expected.

Photo of stxSS07
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint can into a Killian's pint

A- Pours a golden orange with a 2 finger off white head. Leaves incredible cob-web lacing, but the head disappears relatively quickly.

S- A killer mix of sweet sugary malt, piney resins, and sweet tropical/grapefruit notes.

T- First taste is a hit of the sweet/bitter grapefruit notes followed by a malty sweetness mixed with some bitter piney resins. Finishes with a nice bready/grainy taste.

M- Light bodied and incredibly refreshing with a perfect amount of accompanying carbonation.

O- This is my definition of a perfect American Pale Ale. Refreshing as hell, but still enough hop character and malt backbone to hold my interest. I think this knocks off Alpha King for me, which I had as an IPA in my book anyway.

Photo of Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For now, I'll take this off of my wants... because of my man Huhzubendah!

A: Looked like Alka-Seltzer infused orange juice, with a visciously stringly and cobweb-like head.

S: Orange and grapefruit, with a slight bit of kerosene. Hoppy for sure, but the fruit is the star on the nose.

T: Hoppy, but not too bit, yet the malt backbone is on even keel with the citrus. I got a lot of yeast upfront, followed by citrus hop on the middle and end.

M: Not too sugary or syrupy, and this is about as close as a Pale Ale in the Midwest gets to a West Coast hop bomb.

O: This one certainly lives up to its reputation and I hope to grab LOTS more of this stuff when I go back to Chicago to visit family.

Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a Pint Glass. Sent by iadler in the LOKO 4 LOCALS BIF. Cheers Isaac!

A - Pours a hazy golden straw with a thin soapy white head that settles to a thin cap of foam, leaving some nice lacing as it recedes.
S - Clean aromas of crisp caramel malt and pungent, grassy grapefruit and pine resin hops. Very nice, more akin to an IPA then a Pale Ale, and I'm not complaining!
T - Not quite as bold as I expected from the nose, but still pleasantly pungent and hoppy. More grapefruit and pine resin with a bit of lemon zest, all backed up by a slightly sweet toasted malt profile.
M - Crisp, with a medium-light body and ample carbonation. I could probably session this for a bit, it walks the drinkability line nicely.
O - An excellent APA (IPA?), definitely one of the best I've had!

Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to bpgpitt10 for this hookup, this had been a long time want for me. No canning date, poured into globe tulip glass.

A- Burnt orange color with large head. A bit darker than most pale ales, still enticing.

S- Mmmm; Dank and fruity. Also a lot of fresh cut grass. Slightly bready.

T/M- Very smooth bitterness. More floral and grassy than fruity, though there is some definite underlying citrus in there. Very refreshing- super thirst quenching. The malt is there in a bready way but subtle and supporting to the delicate, crisp hops. Light bodied, but not in a thin or watery way, very well done.

O- Amazing. So crisp and wonderful for a hot summer day. Light bodied and easy to drink. Great balance and level of bitterness for an APA.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cans received as extras from caiken. Thanks Chris!

The beer appears hazy and light yellow hued, with over an inch of thick, white head. Ample lacing coats the sides of the glass.

The aroma offers a variety of tropical citrus fruits, particularly grapefruit and orange.

Wow! Simply fantastic. Shockingly good. This is absolutely effortless to drink, and teeming with amazing citrus and hop flavors. Very little, if any, malt to speak of...perfect. It takes Herculean restraint not to upend this beer and go get the other one out of the fridge.

Light bodied with spot on carbonation. No trace of alcohol. Smooth and creamy.

Certainly one of the best pale ales on the planet. One of the most easy drinking beers I have ever had. At only 5.2%, it would be a cinch to go through several of these. I would drink this regularly and year round if I could. Absolutely terrific!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Claaark (Sean) for this one. Poured from a 16oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint. No canning date but I've been told its fresh.

Pour yields a 1.5 finger frothy and coarse white head with great retention. Beer is a clear deep goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and patchy with decent cling. Head retention makes this one a touch above average.

Nose is deep pulpy papaya hop bitterness with some citrus sweetness mixed in. Plain and as expected.

Opens papaya and grapefruit hop bitterness. More citrus fruit towards the middle with some residual cane sugar sweetness in the back. End is grassy and a touch of pine. Finish is citrus with a hop bitter aftertaste.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Crisp and lively in the mouth and quenching going down with a filmy finish and a lasting aftertaste. Very refreshing.

An expertly crafted pale ale, Daisy Cutter maintains a great balance between just enough hop bitterness and some pleasant fruit notes. Feel makes it really refreshing and inifinitely drinkable. A great example of the style.

Photo of natedog820
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, cloudy, hazy straw color with a one finger head. Fades pretty quickly, leaving a slight lacing.

S: A little bit of sweet bready malts and crisp grassy hops. A little bit of booze shows through though.

T: The first flavor I get is lemon zest. Really dry grassy hops as the nose suggested. Its mostly about the hops, with just a little malt background. Seems closer to an IPA, or extra pale.

M: Medium to high carbonation leaves a bit of a burn along with the alcohol but it's not unpleasant. It feels relatively light bodied despite the cloudiness in appearance

O: I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It had a good deal of flavor with a refreshing dry clean finish, perfect for a hot day.

Photo of scottyshades
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to AgentZero for sending this awesome extra my way

A: Pours a hazy bright orange color with a frothy white cap. Retention is pretty nice...looks hoppy

S: Big resin and pine notes come through followed by a subdued caramel sweetness. Lots of citrus (orange and lemon) are apparent as it warms

T: The taste is strikingly similar to Sculpin in a few ways. Resin, pine, citrus with a big bitterness, especially for the style. Malts do a good job of balancing and provide a little sweetness and caramel as well as bread.

MF/O: The body seems a little thin at times, carbonation is mild and a little prickly. The finish is bitter resin/pine and that unique yeast that reminds me of Sculpin

Awesome Pale Ale, really drinkable...wish this was distributed in my area

Photo of Janderson91
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to hawks10 for sending this one as an extra! Not sure of the canning date. Enjoyed on 07/22/11.

A - 16oz can poured into a DFH snifter. Pours a hazy bright orange color with a one finger rocky head. Leaves good lacing.

S - Really liking the smell on this one. Big grapefruit, citrus, some pine. A nice biscuity malt in the background as well. Aroma is very IPA-like.

T - The taste fails to live up to the expectations set by the aroma. Everything that's present in the aroma is there, it's just watered down. Pretty bitter through the middle but it has a strange sweet/metallic aftertaste that I'm not a fan of. Besides the finish, I really like the taste.

M - Mouthfeel could be a little creamier. Carbonation is slightly high.

O - Overal, I really enjoy this pale ale, I've had it a few times before. There's only one SNPA though!

Photo of schwaeh
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz can, received as an extra from readbaron.

A: Pours a light golden orange with a clean-white one finger head. Nice sticky lacing

S: Wow, this is a pale ale? This smells so hoppy, more than most IPAs. Lots of pine resin and citrus. Grapefruit, caramel, light malts, and some astringency(guess that goes with pine).

T: Not quite as bold as the smell here, yet still very flavorful. There is a dull orange taste that seems almost watered down. This is big on grapefruit. Lemon and assorted citrus add some depth to things. The hop bitterness lingers for quite a while.

M: Somewhat thin body but the carbonation is great. I'd say this is very easy drinking, unless you don't like the bitterness hanging out on your tongue long after the finish.

O: I'm very happy I got to try this. This turned out way more balanced than the nose hinted, while still scratching my hop itch. I struggle to think of another pale ale I would prefer over this one.

Another favorite new-to-me brewery. Thanks Baron!

Photo of bigjerk89
2.82/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is all smoke, no fire. Looks and smells great, tastes like a watery, beginner's homebrew. This would be a good beer to pound on hot days, but not at the price they sell it for. Half Acre does make some other pretty good beers, but skip this one if you like you beer with a hint of substance.

Photo of musicforairports
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy and golden, with a small head that leaves a nice trail of lacing.

Smell is first of dank floral hops and grass, giving way to sweet malt.

Taste starts and ends with grassy hops, with a strong and smooth malt profile jumping out in the middle. The two blend together well. The hops have hints of citrus and what not but are really very floral--hence the name.

Appropriate amount of carbonation, but the feel is perhaps a bit watery.

A good pale ale. Hoppy in a distinct grassy/floral way but still balanced.

Photo of GregSVT
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is great with big notes of pine, grapefruit, tropical fruits, sweet malt, and a bit of light honey.

T: This has flavors of grapefruit, pine, other citrus fruits, and bready malt. The hops are bitter all the way through but they are somewhat balanced by the nice sweet malty flavors.

M: The feel is crisp and refreshing with some nice bubbly carbonation.

O: Very tasty pale ale and one I would buy on a regular basis. Thanks to my buddy Michael for hooking me up with this one!

Photo of elgiacomo
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, unknown date. Served at around 45F. Thanks to Ryan for the hookup on this one!

Pours cloudy golden amber with a nice two finger foamy white head that retains exceptionally well and leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Aroma is citrus of grapefruit and orange, a hint of pineapple, quite floral with some grass and pine as well. A touch of bready malt rounds things out. Very good to excellent strength.

Flavor is citrus hops, grass, pine, a bit earthy, some bready malt for balance, finishes dry with nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, good carbonation. Very easy drinkin’

Fantastic American Pale Ale. One of the best I’ve had so far!

Photo of Yagman3000
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a can generously gifted by fellow BA Cosmicevan. It was poured into a brandy snifter.

Appears an apricoty orange gold with a thick creamy head. A relatively quick pour produced about an inch and a half of large bubbled foam that's gradually subsiding.

Smells of sweet and slightly tart citrus - orange, grapefruit, and some lemon. Call me crazy but I also feel like I'm picking up a little scent of brine (dirty martini anyone?).

Taste confirms the brine! I wasn't crazy (so says the voices in my head). It has sone bitterness to it and just a hint of the grapefruit up front but there's a green olive hidden somewhere in that can.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I'd expect but probably in keeping with it's genre as a pale ale and not an IPA.

Overall a decent experience and the generosity of its origin is appreciated but I wouldn't run to this again because of the mysterious olive taste.

Photo of fatmcb1
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back by a buddy visiting Chicago. Tall can poured into a snifter.

Golden, yellow hue that is hazy with a lingering foamy 1 finger head. WOW, head retention and lacing is great.

Piney, earthy hops dominate the nose. Lemon, citrusy, and tropical fruit notes in the background.

Flavor starts off with a blast of various flavors. Honey, sweet, malty is balanced immediately with lemon, tropical fruit, and citrus. The end is much more hop dominant with serious piney, earthy hops, leaving a nice bitterness on the tongue.

This is a creamy, well carbonated APA.

If this were available in Texas it would be a go to pale ale to help fight the heat. My 1st try at a Half Acre beer, but hopefully not my last.

Photo of Klym
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A final thanks to Chambic for a most wonderful share! Poured into a Stone nonic.

I was really happy to get to try this! Unexpectedly aromatic and strong flavored for a pale ale. Definitely a sort of burnt-grain and flower petal (daisys actually came to mind, perhaps the power of suggestion) smell in the nose that came off as something earthy and savory with a tad of floral like sweetness. The flavor was much the same, but a lot of concentration on a strong wheatiness with the nose playing a supporting role. Overall this was very potent and very interesting for a pale ale, and made me excited for the prospect of double. Also, big props for making such a good out-of-a-can beer!

Photo of djdrdave
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I lovw this beer. I cant say ive had an american pale ale that is as well balanced as this. Its my recent beer crush. I am fortunate to be living in chicago now and have ready access to it. This weekend i will be sure to introduce on on my friends from cincinnati to it when he visits!

Photo of WankelEngine
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a pint glass

A: Pours a light and hazy golden orange color. There is an off-white head of about one finger which recedes over the course of a minute leaving no lacing.

S: Smells of herbal hops, grass cuttings and citrus. Very light and lemony with a nice touch from some light malt.

T: Zesty and full fruit flavors: grapefruit, pineapple, citrus. The herbal taste is strong, and it finishes fairly bitter with a focus on the herbal hops and floral notes. The light malt gives it a little balance and makes it more drinkable. The aftertaste lingers for a while and though it is bitter, it is very mild and enjoyable.

M: Just a tiny bit heavier than what I would consider light bodied. Wish it had a bit more carbonation, it just feels watery.

O: This is the kind of beer I could drink all afternoon. Light and zesty with a complex range of flavors yet simple to drink and easy to enjoy. I will probably start recommending this especially to friends of mine who aren’t exactly craft beer drinkers.

Photo of litheum94
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can. '10114A3BR' stamped on the can. Reviewed 6/23/11

Pour: Deep amber, with a brown middle. Chill haze to the body. Big and frothy, off-white head with a consistency of meringue. Keeps you company for a while.

Aromas: Zesty lemon hops. Grassy and floral, like a spring field. Some light spicing. Biscuit malts provide a 'full' feeling to the nose.

Mouth: Carbonation tickles the tongue right away. Biscuit malts presenting itself, and leading into a shifting hop profile. Floral at first, finally ending up with a long lasting pine bitterness. There's a cracker dryness mid-palate that begins to develop, as well as a slight honey sweetness. The transition from sweet and floral to a stout bitterness is slow and very well done.

This might be the best example proving that great beer can come in a can. I could drink this all the time.

Photo of phiberoptik
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a big light fluffy head. Poured into an Imperial Pint glass and the head took up the top two inches easily even with an easy pour. Came in a 4 pack of tall boy cans.

Smells of citrus hoppiness, resiny carmels, and tropical fruit. I get a faint bit of yeast as well.

I can taste the citrus notes from the hops, grapefruit and tangerine maybe. There is a bitter finish but nothing overpowering.

Daisy Cutter has a nice body a little more than light bodied but not quite medium bodied. Perfect for this style.

Overall this is a tasty beer that I am glad I was able to try. I wont be driving to Chicago for it but if I find it in passing, I will definitely be picking up another pack of these.

Photo of wburch1967
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had one of these over the weekend at my friend's house who just got back from IL. Light gold color, not much head, some lacing. The smell is fresh hops, citrus, gentle malt, really alive and aggressive! The taste is light, crisp, and packed with juicy hops! Really good carbonation and mouthfeel. Loved this one!!!

Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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