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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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749 Reviews

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Reviews: 749
Hads: 3,155
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 644
Gots: 485 | FT: 21
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:
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 749 | Hads: 3,155
Photo of jooler
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initial smell is not that great. Initial taste is sort of malty. The finish tastes pretty nutty just like Pliny but that is the only good thing about this beer but in my option, not really worth trading for.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my 'conversion beer' to Half Acre, first. It was also what 'saved' the category of pale ales for me, since most are gutless, spineless easy drinking swill. Not this, good friends, not this. There may come a day when I can no longer drink Daisy Cutter by the pound, but today is not that day. Try it.

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Photo of laketang
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

has the orange hue im looking for

hop presence noted, no citrus tho.

no sweetness detected, and that is (for me) refreshing.a tad bitter, but not in a bad way

mouthfeel is full, keep licking my chops, slight bitterness in aftertaste, but again, not a bad thing.

overall I lean towards the slightly sweeter ipas, but this is a great beer, and for me, a refreshing change, seek out and buy and try!

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Photo of aleigator
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yields an amber-orange color, with a stable, dense head.

The nose features an awesome blend, ranging between peaches, lime and wet grass, balanced between fruity and dank. Both aroma directions stay on par, while tangerine peel, watermelon and strawberry stem add to the hops. Its profound hoppiness gets balanced by cakey malts, which stay in the background, for the hops being the mayor player.

Has a higher, refreshing carbonation, representing the beers extremely refreshing, light body. This is perfect for having a bunch of, without passing out, while it features a fantastic, wide range of flavors to remain interesting.

Begins aqueous with bready malts, while the carbonation becomes earlier visible than the hops do. They do shake the palate though with distinct dank flavors, while the mouthfeel slowly grows fuller, still remaining easily drinkable. Oranges develop from sweeter turning malts, featuring a lemony fruitiness, still accompanied by grass and minerals. In this fine-tuned blend, the hops turn suddenly outstandingly dry, revealing even more lemon, while they then leave the palate in a dough, pleasant way, leaving back malts and stony minerals.

A truly great example of a relatively low, easy drinking beer, which might most likely will never ever turn boring to me, as it provides an awesome hoppy taste diversity.

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

This beer is full of citrus notes and bitterness. Keeping in mind the relatively low ABV, Daisy Cutter is full of taste and hoppy character. Probably my favorite APA to-date.

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Photo of Trooper92292
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've been wanting to try this forever. What a great beer. The color is lighter than I expected but for a pale ale the taste is right where I want it to be. Lots of flavors with the malt and the hops are at the right place adding to the aroma and bitterness.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 4-pack of cans attained at Binny's in Chicago. Solid pale ale but none of the chewy, fruity dankness I expect from a top caliber IPA or DIPA. Good but disappointing.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: light golden with a fluffy head that has good retention.
S: citrus, fresh cut grass. Very fresh.
T: delicious! Fresh and bright. Juicy citrus and ripe white peach, fresh cut grass. Like fresh laundry.
F: light and fresh
O: it's great. I love it.

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Photo of timc100
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As like many Chicagoans, I have had many, many ounces of this great pale ale.

This is a pale ale, not an IPA. It is light, hoppy and crazy drinkable. Wonderful aroma of fresh cut grass, pink grapefruit, herby and floral, lemon and some orange citrus. On the palate the individual flavors found in the aroma are not as vibrant, but it comes together as a very floral ale with bright citrus.

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Photo of ARoman
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*from previous notes 1/18/2014*
On tap into a shaker. The aroma is a pleasant, and intriguing, combination of floral and spice (pepper and coriander mostly) with some mild yeast and some subtle grassy, wood, and pine notes. Not much malt coming through in the aroma; maybe some mild toasted notes, but I really have to hunt for ?em. It?s a clear orange-pale color with a soapy white head that recedes to a thin film, but leaves a decent lacing down the glass. Mild bitter tastes a predominate; there are some subdued sweet citrus notes, but very much in the background. It?s not a dissimilar profile to a mild IPA. In the mouth it?s medium-light body is very much a spicy pepper, floral combination at first. This is followed by a dry citrus / grapefruit sweetness, and flowing nicely into a hoppy bittering at the end. There?s also some very subtle earthiness and nuttiness on the palate which didn?t come through on the nose. It?s crisp and dry with lively carbonation. A very unique, and well done, take on an session APA.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review taken Fall 2014. Friend grabbed a fresh can for me on his trip to Chicago.

1 pint silver aluminum cam with white and orange colors. Artwork displays a patch of fully bloomed daisy's and has a great overall design. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Hazy golden orange with a fluffy white head that had incredible size. Never really disappeared leaving wonderful gobs of stick all over the glass.

S - resinous pine sap, a tobacco woodiness, citrusy hops with tangerine. A dank and fresh hop character. Bread and cracker like malt really balance the aroma with peach, banana, and a soft clove like spice in the back.

T - malt and hop bitterness are balanced to perfection. Tangerine, peach and banana offer a load of fruitiness with pine resin and dank hops through the middle. Some real floral notes in the flavor followed by more dank resinous hops taking control of the finish. Bread and cracker malt smooth the flavorful hop fruit and resinous pine notes.

M - lighter medium bodied due to its size but packs excellent texture and thickness. Smooth and flavorful with a flavor like coats like a blanket.

O - Daisy Cutter is exceptional with the level of intense flavor it's punching at. It tastes like something twice it's size. A world class pale ale in a can and I hope I can get ahold of more of this in the future.

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Photo of do_ob
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pint can into a snifter. Pours a hazy golden with a 1 finger head of sticky white foam. Smells of pine, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, etc. Medium weight, very crisp and refreshing. Taste is pine, hops, grapefruit, citrus, and honey. Perfect amount of bitterness for a pale ale. Malty finish with a bit of a dank aftertaste.

It's probably a good thing, for the sake of my bank account and marriage, that I can't get this beer locally. This is one of the best beers I've ever had, and probabaly THE best pale ale, in terms of a session beer. It's perfect in all aspects. All hail the Daisy Cutter.

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Photo of KidDoc
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Draft into tulip glass. Medium cloudy golden color. Nice 1 finger head with decent retention and nice sticky lacing. Outstanding aroma, heavy with grapefruit and pine. Very promising. Mouthfeel and taste slightly underwhelmed. Probably just because the aroma was so good. If I could get this regularly it would make a near ideal session beer.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden orange with a thin white head. Leaves nice lacing.
Smells much piney citrus hops with sweet floral aroma.
T- A nice balance of piney citrus with a crisp flowery bite.
F- Nice slight bitter finish that resonates for a time. A refreshing crisp finish makes very drinkable.
O- I really like this half acre. The store is a blast!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a tallboy can into a nonic pint. No date on the can that I can tell.

Wonderfully frothy, creamy pale white head that forms into the shape of an ice cream scoop in the glass. The body is cloudy golden with a wheat like haze.

Very appealing nose, sweet floral and citrus blend with a resinous underbelly.

Not quite as robust in personality as the nose, there's a light lemony touch and a crackery finish with similar resinous bite all along. 4

Very light feeling in the body, it's got refreshing drinkability definitely. The finish is mildly bitter and lingers a tad, but otherwise this beer can be pounded. I'd probably drink straight from the can from here on out. 4.25

Good stuff.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/5/15 Finley Dunnes (Draft) - Really enjoyed the taste of this IPA. Somewhat strong, but not overpowering, the beer went down easy and smooth. I liked the distinct taste, and will definitely order down the road.

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Photo of TechTriumph
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Live review:
No freshness date on can.
Poured in a DFH IPA glass.

A (4.25) - Light and somewhat murky amber in color with at least two fingers worth of egg shell white, fluffy head. Lots of tiny visible floaters suspended in the glass. Moderate lacing left behind.

S (4.25) - Aroma of tropical and citrus fruit immediately hits my nose. Subsequent smells give way to pine resin, sweet and mildly toasted and cracker-like malts, and a dash of cracked black pepper.

T (4.0) - While I expected a heavy dose of hops here, the taste is quite balanced. Piney, grassy, and lightly fruity hops come side-by-side with toasted and cracker-like malts. Definitely get some peppery undertones as well. Pretty mild bitterness hits up front, but doesn't linger for too long.

M (4.25) - Pretty smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and moderate carbonation that fits right in with the style. Fairly dry finish.

O (4.25) - Definitely glad to have the opportunity to try this, thanks to the always generous CuriousMonk. The high drinkability is easily the highlight of this beer, and while the flavor might not blow you away, it's no slouch either. Very well balanced and one I'd certainly drink again if given the chance.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into nonic pint could not find date on can

A: slightly hazy light amber color half inch head dissipates to a ring nice lacing on the glass as it goes down

S: very fruity pineapple some light peachy some bready malts

T: malty crackery with hints of fruit that linger a little not very bitter

M: A little watery finishes dry and crisp

O: This is pretty good but not worth going out of your way for it's lighter flavor makes it seem like you could drink several pints of this at a bar. I'd definitely grab this if I were out and wanted something light.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small side patch of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Citrusy, soily hop aroma with a moderate amount of malt backing. Slight tinge of booze.

T- Balanced flavor of fruity hops and decent malt presence. Bitterness is mainly seen on the front end and fades pretty quickly from there. Very drinkable. Bitterness gets a bit more powerful after multiple sips are taken.

M- Small hop bite with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Pretty good but I don't see why it has as high a score as it does. These guys really need to put some freshness dates on their cans since I have no idea if this is the beer at its best or not.

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Photo of xICooRsYIx
3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think i got an old can. cant find a date but its just very dull and watered down. Barely any hop character and the malts actually star. But still not anything special. Hoping i get the chance to try this fresh as i know its going to be great!

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Photo of Taybeh
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Gage in the Loop, into a tulip

A: pale golden peach, thin 1 finger head
S: clean grassy piney bitterness, pale bready malts
T: like the nose, with a little more dankness developing around the grassy hops and maybe a touch more citrusy grapefruit; stays fairly dry throughout.
M: crisp, dry, a little more chewy than most pales, great bitterness that tends to keep me from trying to get too cozy or comfortable.

Overall: I always pick up some of this when I'm in range. Distinctive taste profile that really hits some of my favorite notes.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a bona fide Chicago favorite. Hop forward APA with citrus/floral notes and a solid malt backbone. Great bitter finish that lingers on the tastebuds. One of my ’go to’ beers.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can, date on the case was 12/9/2014 If I recall. Fresh

A: Hazy gold. Tons of sticky lacing. Excellent retention.

S: Smells like a great hop forward pale. Piney, grassy, citrusy but with a nice light toasty malt backbone.

T: Follows the nose, but even better. A fantastic pale ale that benefits from a generous dry hop.

M: Good carbonation. Low alcohol keeps this thing clean, no heat.

O: A Chicago staple and for good reason. One of my favorite pale ales. Outstanding beer.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz. can into a Sam Adams glass.

A- Pours a light amber with a two finger white head, great clarity.

S- Great aroma here that reminded me a tad of Zombie Dust but to a lesser degree. Has that sort of Juicy Fruit gum hop aroma with some dankness. Slight toasted malts coming through.

T- The aroma gave me a bit of Zombie Dust but the flavor doesn't really. More of a straight forward citrus and pine pale ale. Pine mostly and some citrus peel with a light toasted malt note. Finishes with a medium bitterness.

M- Light, very easy to drink.

O- Got this as an extra in a quick IP trade and really appreciate the chance to try it. This is definitely a great pale ale an is one of the best smelling pales I've had. Really enjoyed the drinkablity of it. If I lived in their distribution I would certainly have this in my rotation. I thought maybe there was a touch of Citra in here given I think it smells a bit like Zombie Dust but all info online seems to say it's Warrior, Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo, and Columbus. Maybe the combo of Centennial and Amarillo and Simcoe is giving me that Juicy Friut hop aroma. Guess I'm not getting any better at the identifying hop thing.

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Photo of ChicagoGuy
1.62/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Had it on draft at a place with brisk craft beer sales. The first couple sips reminded me of Zombie Dust (which I love). Each subsequent sip revealed more and more pine resin flavor, until I found it to be unbearably astringent.

Tried it again to confirm my initial take, only from a can this time. Same impression. This beer is just not for me.

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.