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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

799 Reviews
Daisy Cutter Pale AleDaisy Cutter Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A west coast Pale Ale chock-full of dank, aromatic hops. This one's a screamer, hoard it.

Added by emerge077 on 03-20-2009

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

Nice Amber hue, grass and grapefruit on the nose. Hint of grapefruit on the palate dissipates into a dry malt finish with a tad of bitterness to finish. Enjoyable and sessionable

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

Solid APA! Really nice aroma and nice citrus flavor backed up by some malt, drinks easy, a fridge staple for sure. Nothing better than having a refreshing pale on a hot day, and Daisy Cutter delivers.

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Photo of Billolick
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oh happy day, this crushing pale ale is now distributed to my area (Westchester county , NY)16 oz can, dated on the bottom (this was canned just over a month ago)

Pour is lightly hazed, lighter amber. quality loking fine low sheeting, film and oodles of fine strands to the top of the glass, nice looking beer.

Pungent grapefruit sniff

Citrus bomb on the palate, grapefruit and lots of it, very dank and dry hopped up finish.

Quality...welcome to the neighborhood

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Photo of pinyin
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served 37F into a 14 ounce snifter from a counter pressure growler.

Light copper orange, failry clean and translucent. Not much chill haze or cloudiness.

The nose grassy and floral. I'm also getting some stale malts, most likely from the bacteria on the keg line. This was most likely shipped during the first week of Half Acre's debut in NYC, so it may have been sitting for a little while.

Taste is a smooth nutty, slightly malty and slightly hoppy APA. Really nice recipe and very well balanced. Very dry and crisp. Again, I taste some slight line bacteria, but this is obviously no fault of the brewer, and i'm sure I will get a different tasting note towards the bottom of the growler.

Mouthfeel is really good. Not syrupy, and not too thin. Sits just right for 5.2%ABV. Lacing is minimalist which I like and head retention is also very good.

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016 can, pours a golden orange color, slightly hazy, quite a bit of carbonation, a soapy off white head. The odor for me is grapefruit, mandarin, lemon, tropical fruits, slight honey, floral, slightly herbal, pine resin. The taste for me is bread like, herbal, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, slight resin. Mild bitterness throughout.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Clear lighter shade of gold with an ample head. Solid lacing for an APA.

S: Citrusy, floral hops. Some lemons and dry bready malt.

T: Very hoppy, a citrusy floral character. Dry overall, with just enough mildly bready malt to maintain an excellent balance. Notes of lemons, grapefruit and some peaches. Clean, hoppy and dry.

F: Light-medium bodied with medium carbonation. High drinkability.

Thoughts: Good drinkability, flavorful enough. Solid APA.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16oz can into a Guinness pint glass.

Look is a wonderful golden Amber with thin head. Crystal clear.

Aroma is very earthy lots of flower and grass.

Taste matches aroma. Lots of earthiness and grassy hops in the taste.

Delicious with a light body.

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

A-a clear golden color with a fingers worth of white head

S-earthy hops, tropical fruits, and citrus

T-taste is similar to the smell, bready malt backbone, citrus, pine, and light tropical fruits

M-medium body, soft carbonation

Overall an excellent APA, very flavorful for a low ABV beer

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a wine glass, a pretty bright orange amber body with a thin film of white bubbles. This beer doesn't blow me away at all. It's very clean, but is lacking in aroma and taste. It's easy drinking, crushable, and should be at 5.2% abv but that's it's only redeeming quality for me. I want more in my pale ales

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Photo of Assman
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great easy drinker! I think I'm going to stock this in the garage fridge all year, great for summer and perfect for a change of pace beer. I need to find a fresh can, I'll bet it's much crisper? Although at a month old it's pretty good!!

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

This was really good. Granted, I am drinking a 2/17/16 canning on 2/26/16... Tight, lean, citric, bitter, cutting, medium-light body, ample carbonation, fresh aftertaste... leaves you longing for more... A superior beer.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Crystal clear orange color. About a ginger of white head leaving a great lacing pattern. Bready, biscuity malt aroma accompanied by floral, herbal hops. The taste is incredibly well balanced between the hops and malt, everything blends together seamlessly. Hops are florally focused and the malt is clean bready without anything overpowering. The finish balances a dry character with light hop bitterness very nicely.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a crowler of this at Half Acre since I couldn't find a can that was fresher than a month old around the city. Poured into imperial pint glass. Crisp, clean, refreshing, crushable and a tad bitter on the back end.

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Photo of emount91
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a very slightly hazy yellow, lots of carbonation seen. head doesn't stand a chance, dissipates quickly, no lacing. smell is very light, almost lagery for a second, but then you get the hops: pine, grass, and citrus peel. taste follows smell, but subtract the lagerness and add a little
bit of crackery malt on the backend. feel is great for a pale/sessionable ale. overall good, if it was distributed to my area i would get again, but probably wouldn't beer mail it again. regardless, happy I tried it and happy I have 3 more.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the second beer I have tried from Half Acre (Gone Away being the first) and all I can say after having it is wow. One of if not the best pale ales I have ever had. This one would put a lot of IPA's to shame. Crisp with deep tropical flavors, pale ales simply do not get better

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent pale ale poured from a tall boy canned 5 weeks ago. Aroma of peach, flora and orange rind. Nice malt backbone brings a slightly sweet flavor to the fore and balances out the floral and citrus hops. Easy drinking and smooth are its greatest virtues. Enjoyable quaf.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Clear gold. A one finger off-white head that lingers. Sudsy lacing.

S: Citrus, lemons, tangerine, oranges, soapy.

T: Piney hops, citrus-y. Bright. Light bitterness on the finish. A very sessionable brew.

M: Low to medium with medium carbonation.

O: Very easy drinking. Glad I finally got to try it. Thanks, Darren.

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

Fresh cut grass, floral and citrus. While I love the juicy, fruity APA's/IPA's - this one actually has a lot complexity for an APA. It plays nicely with multiple hop notes including English herbal/floral, American citrus and grassy/pine. While it is not my go-to hop profile, I really respect the complexity this has for a Pale Ale. At 5.2% ABV this is a great flavorful beer that is a perfect candidate in a 16oz format!

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Photo of moysauce
4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure of drinking this beer in Half Acre's tap room. There was a lot of hype built up around this beer so I was a bit apprehensive to try it. It was brought to me in a standard pint glass with a beautiful copper color with roughly 1-1.5 fingers of white head. The nose was full of citrus and floral hops. Beautiful. My first sip of this brew was nothing short of perfection. Fresh citrus and some pine notes. Everything you want in an APA. There wasn't a single thing that disappointed. Excellent, smooth mouthfeel. Excellent lacing as I downed the pint. There really isn't anything I can say other than this is my new favorite beer.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber pour (bright copper). World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of citrus rind (orange and a bit of grapefruit), a dose of dank (that is in balance with the citrus), light pine and a solid malt backbone (mostly biscuit but subtle caramel notes also). As it warms, light tropical notes emerge (mango) and dank aspects fade a bit.

Light body that is semi-smooth in texture. World class carbonation with a burst of effervescence in the middle that flows to a finely bubbled rollicking prickly finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding. Quite flavorful for a pale ale, this one is hop flavor (exactly like the nose) centered. Rind with bits of pine lead then flow into an orange aspect as the middle sweetness arrives. Moderate bitterness is present that is well balanced with biscuit (toasted and grainy) and subtle caramel sweetness. Orange makes its strongest contribution as the finish approaches coupled with light mango. The finish is crisp and slightly dry. This dryness intensifies as the lingering rind/pine bitterness fades.

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

Poured from 16oz can into royal pint glass. Murky yellow with nice white head. Nice citrus nose and crisp bite. Nice hoppy pale ale just how I like em.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Pours an dark golden color with a one finger head that slowly recedes and leaves a small ring of lacing. Aroma is strong dank hops with some light citrus cutting through. The dank hops don't come through as strong in the taste as the smell as the citrus and floral hops balance out the dank hops. There is a delicate, floral finish. Medium carbonation and medium-light body that makes it very easy to drink.
Everything was well done but subtle and left me wanting a little more. Solid IPA with layers of hops. Great lawnmower or football beer. Hopefully distribution spreads it a bit wider.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can purchased at Brothers Provisions in Rancho Bernardo, CA
Noted on 06/07/2015 with my FW Imperial Nonic glass

Stoked to find this longtime want finding its way into SoCal

A: The Daisy Cutter pours a dark caramel amber color with lots of haze blurring up the scene. Looks almost like the color of butterscotch candy. A massive dense khaki head swells up out of the glass for a few prolonged moments. Lots of intricate webbed pattern lacing gets left behind.

S: The nose is very piney with some herbal essence rubbed in. Has that light dank presence with some leafy grasses. Bready pale malt is affirmed here and comes across with some toasted cracker like qualities. A nice aroma but not the greatest I have come across by any means. More piney and dank rather than tropical or citrus.

T: Flavor follows suite with sticky evergreens, wild grasses, and mild dank herbs. Plenty of bready malt built into this one but not overly so in that it detracts from all the other flavors. Has a good snappy hop punch that delivers a little resin to the palate. Very well balanced with the alcohol well disguised which makes for a nice easy drinker. Good but not really great to me. Has no real citrus or orange elements which I think could have bolstered the overall experience. Tasty still with a crisp clean experience over all.

M: Lightly filling body on account of the bready malts. Nice smoothened texture still with a bit of constricting bitterness to help dry out the finish. Good initial linger effect. Fairly clean and crisp overall.

D: Nothing outstanding but a solid APA none the less. I could see this being a regular go to about 5-10 years back. Fairly average by today’s market. Not that it’s bad brew but somewhat of disappointment as expectations were not met for this one.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into pint glass in November 2015. No date on the can.

Appearance: Amber with light head. Beer color is clear, and a little cloudy. Head is thick, and leaves a thick film on the glass.

Smell: Aroma dominated by hops, and citrus. There is some pine aroma as well, but it is dominated by the citrus.

Taste: The taste is also dominated by the bite from the hops. There is also citrus fruit flavors, but not much else. The aftertaste has with a bite from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium alcohol, which confirms the 5.2% on the bottle.

This is a smooth light-bodied APA. Good drinking, but similar to other APAs.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a soft hazy pale orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Stringy lacing sticks and then slides into the glass nicely.
The smell has some tropical fruits bursting into a beautiful bouquet of floral and piney hops. Malts show a super light presence.
The taste was mainly sweet through the tropical fruits with a nice bitter floral and pineyness hitting my taste buds. A light aftertaste of the floral and piney hops leads into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied with a really nice sessionable feel to it. Carbonation hits nice on my tongue. Bitterness feels appropriate as well.
Overall, really nice APA that I would have again, preferably this time of year most likely with pizza b/c I'm not going out on my back porch when its 10 degrees outside drinking this. Still, if I lived in the distro of this, I wouldn't mind slamming some of this on a warm Spring or Summer day.

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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