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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Daisy Cutter Pale AleDaisy Cutter Pale Ale

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2,666 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,666
Reviews: 707
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 586
Gots: 295 | FT: 19
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 nhindian
2.65/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Blind Beer #2 from Khazadum, with the text: "Number DOS! Hopefully you won't think about the vehicle this is delivered in before consumption." For those playing along at home, this is in a 16oz can.

Glassware recommendations say pint glass, so say hello to my Sam Adams Red Lobster Perfect Pint.

A - The appearance on this one isn't too hot to say the least. It's a really light yellow, almost straw color, and kind of takes on the look of diluted urine. It's fairly hazy, but still possible to see blurred images through it. Slow, steady streams of carbonation rise from the bottom and cling to the sides of the glass. The head on this actually isn't too bad, with about 1.5-fingers of creamy foam cresting the glass with above average retention. The lacing sticks momentarily to the sides before cascading downward. (4/5)

S - The smell on this is also a welcome surprise. It's nice and pleasant with a good amount of hops so I'm going to say it's an American IPA. The hops give off a pleasant pine aroma, but not overly resiny, along with some tropical fruits. I'm getting the usual grapefruit but also the more exotic pineapple and mango, as well as some floral tones. There is some malt here as well in the form of a little breadiness, but not a whole lot. I'm not saying it's a hop bomb by any stretch of the word, as the hops aren't bursting out of this, but maybe that this is a good dry-hopping schedule. (4/5)

T - With the smell reassuring me, I dive right into this beer. It seems I dove into the shallow end. I'm not sure what happened to this beer from the aroma to the taste, but I don't like it. Whereas the nose teased of juicy hops and a supportive malt backbone, I'm getting very little of that here. It's disappointing to say the least. I have to take a few sips to get really any distinguishable flavor out of this. It's hard to even write anything for this it's that bland...I guess there's some biscuity malts here... somewhere, and the hops there were so present in the nose are reduced to mere traces, but still retain some of that tropical feel. The end just tails off into nonexistence with some slight bitterness. Bland, lifeless, watery, disappointing. (2/5)

M - The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderately low carbonation. Not really crisp, nor lingering, just kind of there. Some additional carbonation wouldn't have hurt this beer. The finish has a lasting hop bitterness. (2.5/5)

D/O - Drinkability is low. This is a toughie to motivate myself to finish, and I am drawn back to Earth after the nose led me on. The taste, or lack thereof, shatters any hope of this beer. If given this beer, give it a few good sniffs, then promptly move on before the image is ruined for you. (2.5/5)

I'm thinking that this is an American IPA gone horribly wrong. Brewery is up for grabs, but at least it's not Surly!

The reveal: Half Acre's Daisy Cutter Pale Ale. WOW. Big surprise here for sure. This beer definitely had promise in the nose, but I wasn't feeling the flavor profile at all.

I feel like I just shot a blank and killed myself from the blast.

Photo of Bennettrox
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks Hawks10 for the can!

A - Beautiful orange and amber pour. The head, oh my the head. Poured into a Duvel tulip you couldn't ask for a better looking APA. The lacing was as sticky as I've seen and accented on the glass like a gem.

S - Hob bomb incoming! Citrus, grapefruit, pine, and hops hops hops!

T - Oh man the bitterness, I love it! A hop showcase with flavors following the nose of citrus, pine, grass, and a big nod to grapefruit.

M - Sticky, crisp, refreshing, and just right on.

O - This can was built for the summer and to date is the best APA I've had. Love it!

Photo of biggred1
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, strawberry blonde with a big soapy head of bone colored foam that lasts a while and leaves scraps of fine lace on the glass. Dank smelling hop notes hit me in the face as soon as I cracked the can open. Citrus, pine tar and grapefruit rind come to mind. Delicious and hoppy with a trim pale malt backbone to just balance. Medium bodied with scrubbing carbonation and a hop oily finish. Daisy Cutter delivers in a big way for a session beer, big, brash hop flavor with a sessionable abv. Great beer.

Photo of mmmmmbeeer
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 Oz can poured into tulip

A- Nice golden color with a moderate doughy head

S - Citrus, a bit of pine

T - Tastes like a solid IPA to me. Get plenty of citrusy grapefruit with a solid malt backbone. Very enjoyable.

M - Carbonation is perfect for the flavor profile.

O - At 5.2ABV this is a perfect session beer....you can throw a few back and not sacrifice on flavor. If I lived in the area, this would be a staple in my fridge

Photo of yourefragile
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into a nonic. Thanks Jeff.

Pours a light, relatively clear honey straw color with a massive, rocky, foam off white head. Thick clumps of lacing cover the glass and persist as a cap throughout the beer. Aroma is heavy on pale and bready malts with strong lemon citrus hops in the finish. Bready and biscuit dominate the body before a subtle lemon zest and rind hop flavor blends into the finish. This is quickly subsumed by a dry malt and grain takes over and lingers throughout the remainder. Creamy bodied with soft carbonation. Bottle or can I've never understood the love for this beer. Pleasant and slightly above average but a lot of locals do this just as well and this isn't remotely close to Edward or Hoppy Birthday.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into Captain Lawrence pint glass

A: Shows some heaving lacing and a healthy white head on top. Bright copper amber in color.

S: citrus , pine , pale malt and lemon

T: Crisp refreshing pale ale with lots of aroma hops. Very well balanced light American Pale Ale here. Slight dry twang on the end but finishes just as crisp as it starts out.

M: Medium body for style, high carbonation

O: This is a quality APA. Definitely recommended to others

Photo of Sideswipe
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can compliments of AleWatcher. Thanks Jeff!

Poured into my Duvel tulip. A hard pour results in four fingers of fluffy white foam. The head recedes leaving a white coaster atop the hazy amber colored beer. The aroma is of citrusy hops and biscuity malt. Smells great! The taste showcases the hop bill with notes of orange and grapefruit predominating. A pale malt backbone provides the perfect backdrop to the bitter hop forward character of this APA. The feel is light and crisp with a prickly level of carbonation which is perfect for the style. Overall this is a very tasty, overly hoppy pale ale that is a joy to drink. Super refreshing. This would be great on a hot summer day and would be in my regular rotation if it was available in SoCal. Recommended!

Photo of SkyBlueWaters
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into a Fat Tire snifter.

A: What a pretty beer! (aren't they all) Burnt orange with a cumulonimbus head that hung around quite a while. Medium lacing and a touch of bubbles.

S: Citrus hop but not the usual suspects. A floral lemon-ish scent as opposed to the strong grapefruit you often get. Plenty of sweet malt as well.

T: Pretty much follows the smell. No surprised here. Only mildly bitter, the hops are balanced nicely by the malt. Smooth. Great.

M: Medium body. Sounds generic and it probably is but that's what it is, nothing jumps out, which is why it's so good. Light carbonation. A real easy beer to finish and finish and finish...

O: Man, a quick favorite. A soon to be summertime staple. What could make a man want to crack open a beer at 11:30am? This stuff.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 4.7.11

16oz can poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a pale orange with a thick, bubbly white head. Leaves good lacing on the glass.

S- Pine and lemons.

T- Taste like it smells, but nicely balanced.

D- Very balanced, light and good carbonation.

O- I really enjoyed this one. I can't wait for more.

Photo of birderbeerer
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden with a big frothy white head and good lacing.

Huge hop smell. Juicy with a decent amount of pine. A clean citrus/flowery hop scent. Very enticing.

Taste does not follow the aroma. The taste is heavier on grass and there is a smoky flavor too. None of the juiciness from the scent. Disappointing. Still good, but good because it's interesting not because it's amazing.

Photo of warnerry
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A relatively slow pour yields more than two fingers of cloud-like head with great retention. Beautiful orange/brown with a lot of slow rising carbonation.

Relatively modest aroma of pine and citrus.

Taste starts with a nice hop bite, without being overpowering. Taste is similar to smell, mostly citrus and pine hops. Not much malt, but enough to provide some balance.

Has a light/medium mouthfeel with some nice lingering bitterness.

Overall, one of the best APAs I've had. Very easy drinking. Crisop and refreshing.

Photo of thedominator
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a big thanks to tjburgess for this one. A 16 oz tallboy can poured into a samuel adams perfect pint.

A: pours a clear golden straw color, with a 2 finger head. looks very good.

S: hops, light pine, flowery, light biscuit, and fresh melon. awesome

T: mild bitterness, fresh hops, biscuity malt, and a slight citrus zest. awesome again

M: a little thin, perfect carbonation

O: i think this is the best american pale ale i have ever tasted. i could easily crush 6 or 7 if these in a session.

Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer several times on my travels to Chicago. It has become one of my favorites!

On tap at Dine - Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro & Beer Bistro

A - Moderately Hazy, unfiltered, straw-orange appearance

S - Beautiful Citrus and Flower notes; reminds me of a couple of my dry hopped homebrews

T- Nicely balanced, juicy, great hop flavors, mild bitterness

M - Medium to light weight mouth feel; moderately carbed, slight creamy quality, very nice

Overall, I love this beer. Its boarder line b/w APA and IPA, but as I always say, this is a line that is meant to be blurred. If I could get this in Philly it would be my "go to" beer. I'm a big fan of this brewery and will keep an eye out for their brews in my area, and will always enjoy them when in Chicago! Cheers!

Photo of BasementBer
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice orange hue, thick offwhite head of large bubbles and rocky peaks. Mild lacing, nice and light on the carbonation.

S: Fantastic. Citrusy hop character, not quite grapefruit due to the sweeter malt notes but more lemony/mango than anything.

T: Roasted Barley?? in the nose either im confusing a specific bitter associated with porters or else im tasting roasted character in this. The hops have a good parching quality in the middle and rear. That sweet malt character still comes through for me, which can only be the slightest of additions as the srm on this beer would be far less orange if it had what im thinking.

M: Leaves the dryness in the pockets to be sure and the semigunky feeling on the tongue as a good bitter would.

D: I like it, its a good tall boy to put back that wont smash you up too fierce like an IPA.

Photo of evanlarkin
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Surly imperial glass. Thanks to osubuckeye99 for this one!

Holy head. Bubbled up too fast to finish the pour. 3 1/2 fingers of white head with HUGE bubbles. Fat bubbly lacing too. It actually makes the top of the glass look kind of messy, since it doesn't dissipate evenly. The beer itself is orange and has a bit of a haze to it.

Hoppy grapefruit scents pour out of the glass. There is a sweetness behind it that really reminds me of the scent of a double IPA over all, and not a pale ale. The scent is just super powerful.

As much as the scent is reminiscent of a DIPA, the taste is distinctly different. Much less sweet than the smell leads one to believe, and a mild bitterness. Dry grapefruit is the big taste here, with a surprising pale malt depth.

A thin body with medium carbonation. The grapefruit flavor really sticks to your cheeks.

I would love to have this with a burger, or in a hammock. Maybe both? It definitely has a summer feeling to it. Overall, it's a highly drinkable pale ale that I can definitely enjoy.

Photo of Roeters
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at DLD

Can in to pint glass,golden copper color w/one finger of head sticks to the glass nicely. Citrus strong aroma, followed with a citrus punch in the front leading into bready-biscuit followed by a nice level of bitterness for a pale ale, keeping it from the IPA level. Smooth not overly sharp carbonation alittle thiner then most Pales that I've had. Overall a very well balanced pale nice hop level w/o pushing it in the IPA category.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can, 5.2% abv. Good looking copper color. White frothy head is quite airy and holds for several minutes, leaving some nice lace. A great stream of fine bubbles rising from the bottom.

Floral hop aroma practically leaps out of the glass. Caramel, bready malt present. Slight earthy note.

Clean bready malt, with very little caramel. Not a great deal of sweetness. Hops come in on the earthy side, and lend some bitterness to balance but not overwhelming. Perhaps just a flash of citrus at the end, but overall very clean and simple.

Lighter side of medium body, with lively carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. Earthy flavor takes away from the drinkability for me, but a good beer anyway.

Photo of land724beer
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an incredible beer. I usually drink this in the pint cans, but also pick up a growler of it now and then. The initial pour is beautiful, from the amber/orange rich color and a full rich head to the opaque/cloudy appearance. A refreshing citrus, grapefruit flavor hits you first, a great hopness that is also balanced, with a clean/crisp finish. This is a great beer from a humble neighborhood brewery. Please all heed my review and find this beer.

Photo of kraken6100
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bias. I just love this stuff. Unibroue tulip from a 16oz can.

A- big 2-2.5 finger head atop a slightly hazy goldenrod beer

S- citrus hops, floral almost like a sweet lavender, with a little of the tropical fruits that others have alluded to.

T- flowery taste with some nice citrus as well, but definitely a nice bit of sweet malt in there as well

M- good carbonation, light, and definitely works tonight on a warmer spring day. no cloying bitter hoppiness at all, just finishes nice and crisp

O- well balanced, and something you can certainly have more than one of. between this and gossamer, i cant see anytime when i COULDNT drink some half acre. love this stuff.

Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at SMBDC growler tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

A: Light fizzy head, hazy nectar orange color.

N: Bittering hops, slight earthy chewy hops, fruity hops, light sweet crystal malts, reddish malts, light tropical fruits like a guava or something.

T: Starts with spicy hops, earthy chewy and fruity hops, light tropical, malts semi sweet crystal, Munich maybe, reddish malts, fairly bitter and nice fruits, a bit of fruit like apricot. Finishes drier a bit, fairly bitter, lingering fruits and hops, long bitter finish.

M: Med bodied with decent carbonation.

O: Good, great hops, decent bitterness, nice hoppy finish, decent malt balance.

Photo of afksports
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yes yes yes. Perfect on so many accounts. Daisy Cutter. I need someone to drop a daisy cutter on my brain so I can forget about what a long day it was. And about finals. And then they can drop a daisy cutter on the hood. And then I'll find a nice half acre plot of land somewhere to sit on a porch in my suburban neighborhood and drink some more daisy cutter.

Sorry. Beer review.

It pours out the can smooth and heady, light but with lovely golden straw haze. Maybe amber straw. Dunno. It looks good but cloudy. Smells like citrus and bread. I want to drink it with a sandwich after I trade my first sandwich for a second daisy cutter. Then I want to enjoy every bite of my sandwich like it's this beer. Start water and touch of hops, move to a strong biscuit backbone, finish clean. Yeah that's right. Watery sandwiches. How else would I get someone to trade me a daisy cutter for one?

Good thing i'm only stockeD with one of these thanks to my man Brandon. I'd drink a case easy. It just feels so right.

And screw this glass. I'm finishing this out of the can.

Photo of mcallister
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, lazy copper color with a fluffy, pillowy off white color. A sticky layer of lace trails the creeping pillow to its foundation.

Ahhh...aromas of citrus, pine and cereal, and bready malts arise from my chalice. Light grapefruit and citrus rind, dried berries, some earthy esters as well. Very nice smell.

Well balanced, with ripe, crisp carbonation. Bready, biscuity malts lead into a biting middle of earthy hops and pine and then finishes with citrusy hops of grapefruit, lemon, berry, and sweet tarts. Dry and refreshing, not overly bitter but just right. Great food beer.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gary for picking this up on his way back to Maine for me. Got to try it also from a growler (also thanks to Gary) but decided to wait to review it from the cans.

Pours a pale yellow color with a good sized head, fades fairly fast but leaves a good deal of patchy lacing in it's path downward.

Smell has a good amount of hop kick to it, very grassy and floral, light malt backing keeps things balanced, if I didn't know any better I'd believe they actually dry hop this thing with daisies.

Taste starts out with a grassy hop flavor, the bitterness isn't overly assertive but just the right amount thanks to some caramel malt backing that smooths things over, the carbonation is soft but very present and lends a nice creaminess to this beer, finishes very dry.

This is a very solid APA and probably one of the best I've had out of a can. The only thing I can think of that compares would be Dale's.

Photo of vkv822
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into tulip pint.
awesome extra from iadler!

Pours a cloudy yellow with just a slight golden hue. There is active rising carbonation to a thick, bubbly, craggy white head.

The aroma is of topical fruit hops, with some pine notes and a light caramel backing. Really amazing aroma!

The fruity tropical notes are much more subdued in the taste, with the piney hops and caramely biscuit malts being much more prominent.

Has a pleasant medium body, the carbonation is a tad low for what I'd expect in this style, but it still fits very nicely.

A very refreshing and easy drinking pale ale. I also especially like the 16oz can format. I really wish this made it out to Oregon!

Photo of TCgoalie
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow but the color is not the star of the show. Amazing lacing and while head for a pale ale...very nice!

A sharp smell of fresh flowers with a bit of pine and herb round out the smell. It is very fresh smelling.

The flavor is much like the smell. Flowers, some pine, and some 'herb' provide ample bitterness to the mild malt backbone.

With the medium feel in the mouth and slight drying in the end, I'm not sure a pale ale can do a whole lot more.

I've had this on tap and from the can...both are very good. I would recommend this pale ale to all.

Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,666 ratings.