1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

Not Rated.
Daisy Cutter Pale AleDaisy Cutter Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,602 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,602
Reviews: 702
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 587
Gots: 285 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Daisy Cutter Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,602 | Reviews: 702 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Dspohn
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint can poured into a DFH signature glass. No dating that I can find so it's hard to say how old this is, that being said I was not impressed.

Pours a nice golden color with an inch of white head which left some nice lacing.

Smell and taste are heavy on grassy, vegetal, earthy hops. Slight floral and pine character with mininal citrus and a fair amount of bitterness that was pleasing but not necessarily well integrated into the overall profile of the beer. Pale malts give some balance but don't bring much sweetness. A pretty clean finish with a nice crisp mouthfeel and good carbonation.

An easy drinking pale ale but not impressive. I had pretty high hopes for this beer but found it to be an average representation of the style. An ok beer but not something I will seek out in the future especially considering how difficult it is to find.

Dspohn, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of ChrisPro
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted blind on 3/14/11 as part of Blind BIF #4

16 oz can poured into a point glass.

Pours a deep golden that's pretty translucent with slight particulates floating around. A huge 3-fingered head forms with gigantic isolated bubbles. As the head recedes, it leaves a crater-ridden glass that isn't the prettiest thing to look at, but definitely unique.

The nose exudes lemon, grapefruit and some nice floral notes (sorry, i don't know my flowers that well, but I could just lie and say it smells like orchids).

The nose had me thinking IPA, but the taste is a little more subtle than I expected. Probably Daisy Cutter. There's just a hint of sweetness, but then a bitter, almost astringent, finish. Definitely a solid pale ale we've got here.

With the giant head, I expected harsher carbonation, but it works well. Probably perfect for the can, but I prefer my pale ales with lighter carbonation. Finishes quite dry, almost reaching for water. Would definitely be awesome in the summer and super drinkable.

ChrisPro, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked the can, big thanks to Pellinore1 for the sick BIF box.

a - poured into duvel taster glass. Foggy, cloudy honey color with a HUGE frothy head (3 or 4 fingers worth). As the head vanished left strong milkshake like lacing clinging to the glass.

s - very nicely balanced hops. Mouth watering and crisp. Not in your face at all with a nice sweetness to round it out.

t - Much more malty than the nose suggests. Grassy and earthy. Little bit bitter. Nice pale ale, not too hop forward.

m/d - smooth and easy drinking. I drank this one at room temp & in hindsight would rather give it some time in the fridge first. Very pleasant indeed, felt like a beer with an oh so subtle bitterness lingering. Overall, solid not hop forward pale ale. Nice to gave a pale ale that doesn't taste like an ipa.

edit (7/8/2011): had some more of this that is very fresh and although i agree with a lot of my original review, i might bump it up a bit in overall...it really is a solid pale ale and worth seeking out.

cosmicevan, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of henryd30
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow amber with slight haze, nice head that leaves outstanding lacing.

S: Just like a great pale ale should. Citrusy grapefruit, with some resin and maybe a little bit of orange.

T: I think this is one of the best tasting all beers I've had. Just a perfect blend of hop heavy opening and a perfect finish. Nothing left to desire - saving 5.0 for something that makes my head spin.

D: I could drink these all night long, such a great flavor profile for only a 5.2 ABV. Had 5 pints the other night while playing Top Golf and left yearning for more.

henryd30, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled can into a glass. A generous extra from lurchingbeast. Thanks!

A: Pours an opaque, glowing sunset orange with incredibly fluffy off-white head. It fills a Blandstone-grade 22oz snifter and then some. Retention is quite good, and when the head vanishes, there is still a nice cap on top of the beer. A few streaks of lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Biscuit, reminiscent slightly of graham crackers. A strong dose of grassy and floral hops with a citrus bent to them. Nicely pungent, but I gather this may not be a fresh can, as I don't pick up the weed that other reviews mention. Too bad it's not dated.

T: Quite bitter up front, though not quite in the palate-bruising range. It's kind of a grassy bitterness, and it remains there for the duration of the flavor. A mild biscuit-iness provides some contrast, and grapefruit pith rounds it out. But the grass pulls into the finish for a slight, lingering bitterness.

M: Light-medium bodied. Carbonation is high enough to give it a light creaminess, but not high enough to be crisp. I guess most of it came out in the pour, even though the can had settled for a few days in the fridge. A relatively clean finish; as mentioned above, the lingering bitterness is slight. I like that.

D: Immensely drinkable, and it's good stuff. I'd certainly have it again.

Arbitrator, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of imagese
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can purchased in River Grove, IL

A- hazy light golden. 2 finger head fades to thin layer and leaves heavy spot lacing

S- smells like an orange blossom. Very nice. Caramel malt pulls thru as well

T- super citrus hops, but not overly bitter. Great grainy malt finish

M- medium body with medium-low carbonation. Hop resin coat the whole mouth

D- downed the pint can with ease. Could drink these all night

imagese, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a pint can into a Town Hall stemware glass.

Pours a pretty orange, with a huge head that dissipates. Low to medium lacing.

Smells of fruity hops and citrus. Also a very nice malt backbone.

Taste is very smooth and the citrus hop is perfect with the malt. This is the best tasting pale ale I have ever had. Delicious!

Mouthfeel has a slight but almost not present bite at the front of the tongue but other then that moves totally smooth throughout.

Drinkability is high on this one. Relatively low ABV delicious taste and just the right bite. I am looking for this one.

UMNbeerhunter, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into my Duvel tulip. Received in the birthday BIF from Dunt; thanks Ryan, big want of mine!

a - Pours a hazy orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident two inches of fluffy white head lasts through the drink, and leaves light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine hops, floral hops, light earthy and musty notes, and fruity malts. Citrus and floral hops dominate the nose and it smelles wonderful.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, floral notes, pine hops, and very light bitter grapefruit. Not a lot of bitterness here but a tiny bit. Also some pale malts and bready malts. Very nice again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy body, with a very slight bitterness to it. Very nice, if it was slightly less carbonationed it would be even better.

d - Overall I thought this was a great pale ale with a great hoppy nose. Felt like I could drink a few cans of this and gladly would. Glad to have another can of this and would trade for more in the future. One of the best APA's I've had.

mdfb79, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a pint glass

A- pours a cloudy shade of dark yellow with a three finger, puffy white head. Head sticks around for awhile, lacing is great

S- floral and awesome. Super strong hops...smells very crisp

T- tastes floral, but not overwhelmingly so. Very...crisp, and nicely hoppy

M- this one is a little thin...then again, it's a pale ale, so I'm not expecting a monster. Good for the style

D- this is fantastic. I wish it was available on the east coast. The fact that it's in cans makes it that much more awesome. I want more, stat

bigfnjoe, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of GehenHerzog
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter. Thanks dgugliuzza for this wonderful canned brew.

A- Pours a orange/copper with a soapy finger white head, with decent lacing down the glass.

S- Nice Floral hops really shine on this beer. Grapefruit is there as well. Smells extremely fresh.

T- Tastes fresh. Again very florally (it's called Daisy Cutter, what do you expect) and a nice grapefruit bitterness in the back end. The malt comes through nicely to balance this brew out.

M- Medium bodied as to be expected.

D- Very "sessionable" beer.

If I had regular access to it, this would be a nice beer for the beach or the golf course. Not a high alcoholic content beer so it's very sessionable.

GehenHerzog, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 2/5/11:
Thanks to mdaschaf for the share:

Appearance: golden orange yellow, with 2 finger chunky head

Smell: grass, hops, earthly

Taste: grass, hops,

Mouthfeel: Mild Carbonation, smooth, crisp, dry, bitter

Overall: very drinkable wish I could get this in Delaware.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 2/5/11. Thanks to forgetfu for this one!

A: Awesome tall can! Pours a hazy amber/copper with a very chunky 2.5 finger white head. Great retention leaves streaky lacing down the glass.

S: Very earthy and grassy. Nice citrus grapefruit and some orange zest. Extremely fresh aroma. A little bit of caramel and cracker on the back end, but the grass/citrus dominate.

T: Similar to the aroma, nice citrus flavor - grapefruit and a little pineapple. I do find the flavor a little bit weaker than i expected it to be based off the aroma.

M/D: Medium bodied, very crisp and clean. Overall, I like it, no knowledge of can date, so unsure if the muted flavor is from age or not.

mdaschaf, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(16oz can courtesy of jcnd9803!) Pours hazy copper with 2 finger off-white head. Getting some aroma of spice/pepper, cardboard, unripened melon, and perhaps some lemon. Taste has some bread/biscuit from the malt. Not very sweet and mildly bitter. Thin bodied and somewhat watery. Balanced finish between the bready malt and hop bitterness. Not a great beer, but this would be a nice session beer and I think it would grow on me as the sesssion progressed.

trappistlover, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-orangish in color with white lacing and head that disappates
S-lots of piney hops on the nose and that's about all I can get
T-piney hops. Very light and bitter. Don't really like Pale ales but this one is pretty good.
M-light bodied and crisp.
D-very drinkable. Taste gone in no time!

brew3crew, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy Copper color with a finger of off white Head that faded very quickly.

S - Lemon, Grapefruit, Caramel, and not a whole lot more.

T - Citrus, Bread, Grass and Minerals. It almost tastes like an extract beer, I wonder if it is.

M - Mouthfeel is Watery, Bitter, almost Dry, and Chalky.

D - The Drinkability is good because of the wateriness of it. Overall this is not that great in comparison to may of the other canned Pale Ales. Based on the color and Alcohol content, it should have more flavor.

SanDiegoBeerLove, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of flipper2gv
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to crossovert for this one!

A: Really hazy yellow color with strong beige head. Superb retention and lacing, even more considering it's only a 5.2% beer.

S: This truly is ALL hops. Pretty rare I get my hands on a beer that really seems to be a west coast style in terms of the hops. There is a nice balance of pine resin, floral hops, unsweetened grapefruit juice, orange peel and lemon juice. A little malt in the smell would have added complexity, still pretty fantastic smell.

T: More solid backbone that expected. Some very lightly sweet grainy/biscuit-y/toasted bread malts. Very nice citrus juice: grapefruit, lemon and oranges. Also a good amount of floral and piny hops. Someone said mint, and it's very true. Good, very very nice balance of malts and hops. Not sweet though, which is good about this particular beer.

M: Super creamy with medium to low carbonation. Almost feel like nitro, even though it isn't.

D: So well balanced. The taste is not overpowering. It is still very interesting and tasty, hard to do better.

Overall, I really don't see how could one do a better interpretation of an American Pale Ale. At first, when smelling it, I thought it would be more in the IPA ballpark. But, the really nice balance of hops and malts makes it a perfect summer brew. Very refreshing.

flipper2gv, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of aasher
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was poured from a 16oz can. It poured a beautiful and rich golden, honey yellow with a one finger bright white head. It was moderately cloudy. It smelled of light piny hops with a light and honeylike sweet malt backbone. The flavors consisted of very clean piny hops and light honey. The balance is excellent. It is insanely smooth and has a superb mellow finish. It draws you back in. This is one of the best APAs I've ever had. I'd even say it's better than Alpha King.

aasher, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handed over by whiterascal during a tasting. She and ottovon asked me to judge it against his hometown brew, Southern Star Pine Belt Pale. Let the battle begin!

Poured into a tulip, Daisy Cutter is an absolutely beautiful dark tangerine, very cloudy, with my fingers just barely visible behind. A giant, puffy, sticky two-finger tall head of marshmallow fluff recedes very slowly, leaving gooey webs of lace behind as I drink. Bubbles hang out like atop like seafoam for what seems like forever.

The nose is full of super bright, resinous hops. Lemony pine is the main aroma, though there's also grass, grapefruit juice, orange peel, lemon, pine and a bit of weed. Not much malt, maybe some honey. Incredibly aromatic for a pale ale.

The flavor seems muted, and it's actually kind of a letdown after that bright aroma. Grapefruit peel, grass and pale cracker malt. Heavily bitter between sips.

High, peppery carb prickles the tongue, giving the beer a light fizziness. The body is creamy and soft.

Daisy Cutter built me up, yet failed to knock me down. It's refreshing and drinkable enough -- just a little disappointing after the crazy-good aroma and beautimous appearance.

Phelps, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can a hazy honey color with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Big piney aroma along with pineapple and grapefruit.

The taste is a bit of a letdown after experiencing the aroma. Light bitterness and a grainy maltiness. The citrus and grassy hops are quite laid back. Finishes with black pepper on the lips.

Lighter bodied and wet with a moderate carbonation.

A good session brew from Half Acre.

Monkeyknife, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of zachary80
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 16oz can to a tulip

Nice golden body, but it is surprisingly hazy/opaque. Good white head doesn't stay quite perfectly, but leaves nice sticky lacing

Nice citrusy hop aroma

Taste is mostly hops, although there is some maltiness while it is still pretty cold. Probably overly hoppy and bitter for a Pale Ale, but doesn't seem totally unbalanced. For some reason, the colder the better on this one

Nice medium mf, a little light and maybe high carbed but good for the style

Pretty drinkable, most of this was gone before i noticed. The lingering bitterness from the hops is the only thing that slow me down

zachary80, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Delilah's; poured into a pint.

A: Pours a hazy amber with a fluffy white head.

S: Smells of grassy hops and lemon zest.

T: The grassy hops are prominent. There's a lot of spritzy sourness and a strong tart aftertaste. Sourness is here as well and the flavours combine and dance across the tongue.

D: This is downright chuggable. Alcohol is gone and hops are featured better than most IPAs and DIPAs can pull off. Super crisp and refreshing.

Overall: This is an excellent pale ale. It is totally different from Sierra Nevada's hop bomb classic, or Three Floyd's sweeter masterpiece. This is dry, grassy and incredibly refreshing.

Edit: In the past few months I've had this beer several times and have fallen in love. My favorite APA hands down. The zesty, bitter, asprin-like sourness just wreck the palate...but in a good way. This is the APA that has killed the style for me. I feel lucky having this so available.

JohnnyChicago, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
2.95/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can into my pint glass. this beer pours a hazy straw color with a decent white head. the smell is powerful and piney and citrusy. the taste is totally lacking. there is almost now flavor with just a little bitterness at the end. the moutfeel is light and drinkability is only so so due to the lack of flavor. I went into this one with high expectations due to the reputation that this beer carries and was totally let down. its an ok beer, but if it ever made its way to ma i would likely not by any.

rowingbrewer, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of rye726
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy tan with a thin beige head. Nose has fresh floral and citrusy hops well balanced by sweet malts. Nice balance of malts and hops here. Body a bit thin, decent finish of bitter hops. Nice pale ale, good session beer. Go get one, try it for yourself.

rye726, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to AwYeh for this beer!

Appearance - Pours a a very pale orange that is almost pink. Looks like a very floral beer, which would suit its name. Pours with about two fingers of head that has impressive lacing.

Smell - light malts with floral tones. Very citrusy with a slight lemon and grapefruit zest. Notes of pine as well. A slight milky note as well.

Taste - The taste on this is absolutely delicious. A smooth and slightly frothy start to a consistent fruity and floral finish. The smell perfectly describes the taste; with citrus, pine and grapefruit shining through. A nice hop finish.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very light bodied. A very light and springy beer that makes me feel like I'm floating on a flower bed. The delicious hop finish is what makes this beer really shine.

Jesse13713, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this served in a standard pint glass at the bad apple downtown Chicago.

Once the glass was placed in front of me I was greeted to a nice sunny orange glowing cup of pale ale. The color looked very appealing to me and being only a block away from the half acre brewery I could only assume it was pretty fresh. The smell of this beer was a treat on the nose, I could pick out the piney hop goodness and some other fresh smelling tones. It reminded me of a crisp spring morning. Taking a drink of this beer I could definitely taste the pine hops and some other floral ingredients and boy did they taste good. It reminded me of an ipa with a little less bitterness and more of a earthy fresh crisp kick. The mouth feel was also very appealing to me, it was pretty carbonated and felt good on the palate. I would definitely try this one again many times

IchabodcraneIpa, Feb 15, 2011
Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,602 ratings.