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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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2,771 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,771
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-20-2009

A west coast Pale Ale chock-full of dank, aromatic hops. This one's a screamer, hoard it.
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Photo of beagle75
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, medium golden color with one finger of persistent off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Intense floral and herbaceous hop aromatics. Some orange juice may also be detected as the beer begins to warm, if searched for diligently enough.

T: Begins dry, with mild grapefruit citrus hop aromatics and trace amounts of crackery malt that is remarkably fermented in quality, considering the lack of overall malt intensity. Flavors become somewhat less pronounced overall in the middle, transmitting some hoppy pilsner qualities. The finish is floral and mildly bitter--notably vacant of malt presence.

M: Thin viscosity, slightly acidic but generally balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This beer lives up to its reputation, showing heaps of floral qualities. It proves to be palate-friendly, although the understated malt bill doesn't promise to stand up to much in the way of food. In the final tally this beer might be more rightfully categorized as an American-hopped blond ale, than an American pale ale.

Photo of davey101
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can, chilled in the snow and poured into a shaped pint glass. Reviewed on 10/31/2011 during a power outage. Thanks for throwing this in as an extra BeerandBourbon!

A – Deep golden copper body. White sudsy head. Decent lacing and edging.

S – Piney resinous hops and a hint of tropical fruit. A little bit of caramel malt.

T – Very clean and easy drinking. Some light grapefruit, piney hops, and a dash of malt. Fairly one dimensional. The bitterness is rather low as is the carbonation. Mouth feel is a bit thin and lackluster.

O – A nice easy drinking pale ale. I’m liking that its 5.2 % and sold in 16 oz cans. If I had access to this beer it would probably be my go to session beer. The smell was really great, but the taste and mouth feel fell a bit short of my expectations. Still some very good stuff.

Photo of bashiba
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy and hazy light orange color with a thick and pillowy white head.

Nice Floral aroumatics, lightly musty and nice bit of pine.

The malt starts out a bit thin here, I know the hops are supposed to shine, but I would still like to see a bit more malt backbone here. The hop bitterness is at a very nice level making it very drinkable, and the musty and citrus hops flavors while mild are very pleasant.

The mouthfeel is light and zippy with good carbonation and a touch of resin.

A pretty solid APA, looking forward to seeing this beer spread farther out of Chicago.

Photo of ShanePB
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Silver tallboy can sent to me straight from IL from bpgpitt10 as one of the multiple generous extras in a quasi-LIF box. Poured into a .47l New Belgium globe glass. Thanks Brian!

A: Hazy light orange and copper colored body with a ridiculously creamy and bubbly white head. The lacing is awesome, as is the nice retention cap left behind. Pale Ales can be all over the spectrum in appearance but this is just a killer looking beer, save for that bit of haze.

S: Grassy hop notes, juicy bitter citrus peels of orange and pink grapefruit, leafy and very floral towards the back end. Not necessarily over the top hops which personally I prefer in for the style. This seems more restrained and balanced in comparison to others. That said, there truly isn't much going on in terms of complexity but hey, it's a APA, right?!

T: Grassy, herbal hop notes explode on first sip - scratch that not being hopped up notion. But really, it's certainly no where near over the top for the style; instead the hoppiness and bitterness is somewhat reserved and balanced well. No more juicy citrus, it's all bitter citrus oils of lemon and zippy grapefruit. Grainy malts even things out on the back end, really well done.

M: Dangerously drinkable with a mouth feel to kill for. Creamy with carbonation on the lower end of the scale without being thick and unnecessary. Smooth, silky and a touch oily in the finish. You don't get this from most regular Pale Ales.

It's beers like this that make the Pale Ale style grow on me. In the past, I was never happy with the ones I've tried since they never seemed to strike any balance with the hops and malt. Daisy Cutter break the mold, delivers wonderful hop flavors reminding you it's not an IPA but enough to give it that kick.

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a pint glass

Appearance : golden hazy yellow in color. A nice fluffy white head forms after a vigorous pour that dissipates after a couple minutes leaving behind some decent lacing.

Smell : tons of citrus aromatics and nice piney notes . The smell if this beer sends me into chug mode.

Taste : great all around pale ale flavor . Nice hoppyness and a enjoyable malt backbone with a tasty biscuit after taste. Very chugable.

Mouthfeel : light body with adequate carbonation it is very enjoyable

Overall : this is a high quality pale ale that is very enjoyable to drink. I like to have a nice 3 or 4 beer session with this beer.

Photo of Auracom
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Totally forgot that I tried this one for the first time a few weeks back at Big Bowl in Schaumburg (kickass asian btw). Can into a pint glass.

A - Murky "piss" yellow with a light yellow, cream-colored head. Eh, I've seen more appetizing brews.

S - Floral and earthy notes on top of fruity citrus. Grass, lemon, orange, banana.

T - Relatively bitter at the front of the tongue. Citrus cuts in at the middle. Grapefruit, more banana, lots more orange. Finish is crisp but not pronounced.

M - Light-medium body, average carbonation.

D - Very comparable to FFF Alpha King. I don't love it, but it's respectable and I enjoy that it's a true local brew.

Photo of Lolli1315
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy orange with an off white one finger head. Head disappears almost completely with a patchy center and ring around the glass remaining. Small traces of lacing.

S- A lot of hops in this one. Piney and resiney to begin with that is thrown in with a citrus hop aroma as well. Tropical fruits jump up with grapefruit the most noticeable. More a a piney/grassy hop comes in again towards the end.

T- Smacked in the face with hops. Grassy, piney hop flavor prominent from the get go with a bread and biscuit base underneath. The hops flavor is splashed with citrus throughout, but the grapefruit isn't as noticeable as in the smell. Bitterness rises in the middle and peaks in the end at the higher range for an American Pale Ale.

M- Medium, smooth body with moderate carbonation. Dry finish that keeps you grabbing for another sip.

O- In your face hops and a decent base make this an easy drinking beer. I had this on tap the other week and I think it was even better then.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Pellinore1 for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light orange with a 1 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to a thin film. Random streaks and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of tropical fruits, grapefruit juice, and citrus zest hops. Taste is of malt, grapefruit/tropical fruits, and some citrus zest flavors on the finish. A mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes.

Photo of
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - amber gold with an impressive head.

Smell - Big citrus hops aromas with a bit of resinous pine and sweet malts in the background.

Taste - Bready, light caramel malts emerge, but still play backup for the fruity citrus and pine hops.

This beer is on the border between APA and IPA. It is very hoppy in flavour and aroma, but not very bitter.

Photo of Erish
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this pint can into a nonic pint glass. No apparent freshness date.

A: hazy orange/amber color, pours a thick, creamy head that slowly falls into a sturdy cap with very good lacing. I deducted half a point for cloudiness.

S: orange, lemon, and ruby red grapefruit dominate the nose, there is a sweet floral character to the citrus as well, the cracker-like malt struggles to float above the strong citrus aromas, and it is tinged with sweetness.

T: the taste is much drier than the aroma would indicate, and also more tart and lemony, the malt is very cracker-like and off-dry, there is a lingering orange-peel bitterness in the finish along with a grassy/herbal/floral hop melange.

M: light-medium bodied, silky texture, plentiful carbonation and mineral-dry bitter finish lend to a palate-wiping beer that would seemingly pair well with a rich appetizer.

O: This beer skirts that APA/IPA boundary as many APA contemporary examples do these days, and it skirts the boundary well.

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

Received a Vol - 1 PINT Can of this from mdvatab & shared w/ hawksfan82 @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO (price unknown). Poured from the "Tall Boy" can that has daisies & states "CANNED CRAFTED. BEER IS BETTER IN HERE" on the top into a 16oz Stange Glass. No freshness or canned on date to be found (usually on the bottom of the can but searched hard and no avail).

Aroma- Nice medium citrus aroma and seems to be packed with tons of sweet malts. Very different characters in this aroma but can't put my finger on it.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has good retention. Has a semi-hazy, deep golden/amber color body. Leaves sudsy lacing.

Flavor- Has a great floral taste from the beginning and this leads into the medium hop bitterness in the finish. Very well balanced between the strong malts and floral hop characteristics but the hops may have a small edge.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and has good bitter finish.

Overall Impression- Very awesome APA! The malts compliment the hops perfectly and has a great amount of body to the brew. I will be looking for more from Half Acre when I'm up north this coming month. You will have to try this one for yourself!

Photo of abrand
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 ounce can poured into a pint glass from a 4 pack

Pours a bright golden color with a white 1 finger head. Smell is huge with this. Lots of fruits with hints of caramel, hops and floral notes. Really good smelling beer. Fruits and hops also make up the taste. Some floral notes as well. Taste is amazing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is the best pale ale i've had. Taste is so delicious. If only I could get this all the time.

Photo of spdyfire83
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32nd Review
Can to mouth

L: Can't tell - it's in a can =)

S: Sweet flowers...smells like a summer bouquet of mixed flowers. Hint of malt. Very nice!

T: Intense hop flavor (pine, earthy, aromatic) straight to well-balanced malt character. Not over-powering, but nice.

M: Medium carbonation with great mouth-feel.

O: What I would expect from this great brewery. Very enjoyable and refreshing beer. Definitely a treat any time of year, but makes me picture a fresh summer afternoon!

Photo of kkipple
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store Pub for their 14th Anniversary. From notes.

A. Pretty tangerine-dream gold, slightly hazy, sticky, generous lacing.

S. Big, full citrus nose. Green & full - Amarillo? Could be. Spicy and mouth-watering... shocking for such a low ABV beer, usually a nose of this caliber is found in bigger beers.

T. Flavor is loads of green, sharp flavorful bitter hops! Grassy, grapefruity, semi-dry. Medium body, reminds me of SN Southern Hemisphere... in other words, tastes wet-hopped. The malt takes a back seat to all the punchy hops. Daisy Cutter is quite good, amazingly flavorful for the abv and right on target for being an IPA, really... not sure why they're billing this as an APA with hops this forward. However you categorize it, it's quite tasty and drinkable.

If you live close enough for Daisy Cutter to be your go-to session hop fix, you are a lucky individual.

Photo of mdvatab
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz. can into imperial pint glass. Received in trade from Barfwin.

Aroma: Pungent pine resin. Green, leafy hop note. A touch of freshly cut onion. Underlying dry cereal grain.

Appearance: 1 finger off-white head is slightly thinner than anticipated. Hazy golden-orange body. Lacing is also thin.

Flavor: Musky grapefruit and pine. Dry, iced tea-like flavor. A touch of lemony tartness. Dry, husky cereal grain.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, medium-high carbonation. Medium body. Hop tannins lend to a dry mouthfeel.

Overall: One of the drier APAs I've had, but still very well done. Gotta appreciate an well-done brew in a can. I do personally prefer a bit more maltiness, even in an APA, but still recommend this one.

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

A- pours a medium amber color with an orange tint. A finger of off white head forms with an average pour. Pretty good head retention.

S- This smells awesome great balance but still full hop aromas with biscuity malt layered underneath. Big floral hop aromas with notes of tangerine and grapefruit rind. Finishes with a touch of dusty asprin and leafy tones.

T- Starts with floral leafy hop flavor that transitions into tangerine and grapefruit. Great pale malt flavors bring a perfect balance yet let the hops really sing. Finishes dry with a pleasent round bitterness. Hop flavor lingers on the palate for forever.

MF- really full smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and average carbonation.

D- @ 5.2% ABV this beer is rediculously drinkable and better tasting than most IPAs out there.

Overall an outstanding pale ale that hop heads can rejoice over!

Photo of slentz
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mark for this can in our recent trade. Can to Deschutes tulip at 50 degrees.

A: Easy pour down the center of the glass leads to a finger head. Head is pretty thin here and dissipates quickly. Beer is a cloudy golden color. The head isn't as creamy as I would like but not too bad 3.5

S: Smells of fresh hops and grapefruit like most pale ales really nice floral notes. This one doesn't blow me away but it is still very nice. 4.0

T: Taste is crisp and clean. Nice fresh hop flavor and light bitterness. Would like to see more hops and bitterness here. Flavor is light and kind of lacking compared to other APAs. 3.5

M: Mouthfeel is nice and light here carbonation is on point. Goes down nice and smooth 4.0

O: Overall this beer is OK but just really didn't bring the hops like I think it should. All in all an easy drinking APA. Glad I got to try this one 3.5

Photo of flexabull
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of jrallen34, thanks again!

Pours a cloudy gold color with a faint white head.

Aromas are very nice, really fruity, with lots of candy like sweetness . Some oranges, nectarines, some resin, and cream. Smells quite nice.

Taste is quite dry up front. Some light sweetness, kind of creamy, with a doughy sour dough bread like quality, and some floralness. Finish is resiny, with some grapefruit bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full up front, but kind of fleeting, and comes off being a bit thin too me.

Overall, a very nice Pale Ale. It's very drinkable, and quite flavorful, it just needs more body to be excellent.

Photo of ferrari29
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from can into a Pint shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a beautiful one finger white colored, creamy thick foam; body has a nice pumpkin colored body; hazy; not much visible carbonation; beer leaves behind plenty of lacing; beers look very healthy and full

S - Smooth malt tones; caramel and slightly roasted; pine and a touch of grass; flowery notes; citrus

T - Pine and grass flavors touch the touch immediately; soothing caramel and roasted malt flavor washes over the middle of the tongue; leaves behind a grass/pine tangy flavored taste; subtle floral hop flavor

M - Beer is effervescent; has a nice creamy feel at the beginning, then washes over the tongue and turns into a thin body; not as bitter of an aftertaste as I expected, but has more than enough bite to satisfy my taste buds;

D - I really like this beer; the smooth malt notes blend well with the floral hops used in this beer; I would highly recommend

Photo of raly03
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a 4-pack of their 16oz cans from the brewery, poured into tulip.

Looks pretty standard, about 1 1/2 finger head that stuck around for a while, leaving some nice lacing. Barely a hiss as I opened the can. Clear, copper color.

Aroma. I can't say enough about this. I just cut the grass, poured this beer, and it was like I was back outside with my nose under the lawn mower. I love it. Earthy, floral, grassy, hoppy, almost pot-like. Grapefruit, other citrus.

Good mouthfeel, not overly carbonated. Almost creamy.

Tastes almost as good as it smells. Hops, flowers, grass, man this is excellent. Grapefruit, more hops.

Overall perhaps my favorite APA so far. I live in Chicago south suburbs and wish it was more readily available.

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

Look: Candy orange in color with a great 1/2 inch foam head and very good retention

Smell: Upfront is earthy hops with some spice. Just a bit of a skunky note on the backend

Taste: Upfront is a malty goodness that sticks to the palate for a while and the backend carries some nice citrus notes

Mouthfeel: Just a touch under medium body nd medium to high carbonation with a dry sticky feeling left on the palate

Overall: Pretty nice beer from half acres. Incredibly drinkable. Highly recommended

Photo of cavedave
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to hawks10 for another fantastic 3rd coast pale ale.

A hard pour puts a prodigious pile of white lather atop a dark straw colored, cloudy beer. Lots of staying power to the head, lots of lace lashed lusciously to the glass.

Mmmm, floral hop, citrus hop, tropical fruit hop, some pine notes of less intensity, even some faint, grassy and dank, and delicious sweet, with just a hint of honey and bread, create a bouquet suitable for a perfume.

Taste is not as bold as the aroma, but still packs a punch for a pale ale. It starts with bitter and sweet, picks up some pine, some citrus pith, some really floral deliciousness. As it ends the sweet fades and pine/herbal bitter dry it just right, but leave it just juicy enough. Very well blended flavors here. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Just enough perky carb., plenty of viscosity but clears out very well, and a cranking finish. What more could one ask?

I recommend this highly it is one of the best pales available for sure.

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

Appearance: Poured into my DFH signature glass. Golden/Orange, cloudy. White fluffy head goes away quickly and sticks to the side of the glass well.

Smell: Floral and citrus hops, plenty of grapefruit. Smells great.

Taste: Right along with the smell. Strongest taste is the Pine/Grapefruit taste. Some lemon and spices. Nice bitterness sticks with you.

Mouthfeel: Light body, carbonation is right on. Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall: Great summer beer! Glad I can get this whenever I want. Smooth and easy to drink

Photo of LSUPT
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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!

Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,771 ratings.