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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Reviews: 729
Hads: 3,017
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 635
Gots: 429 | FT: 20
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.
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Photo of Taybeh
4.18/5  rDev 0%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (185 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.39/5  rDev +5%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,196 characters)

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. (346 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip

A. Pours a hazy amber color with a white foamy 2 finger head.

S. Sweet pumpernickel bread malt aroma. Piney and floral hop character.

T. Nice sweet malt character. Piney hop taste with some bitterness. Finishes very clean. Borderline sessionable.

M. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation that lingers.

O. A nice pale ale from half acre. Nothing really special but nothing bad at all. Very easy to drink. A safe bet for an always satisfying beer. (491 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%

Tasted about 45 days after brewing.

A - Great looking APA. Fine white head pours two fingers high with nice retention and lace. Clear, bright amber body.

S - Grassy, semi-sweet nose. Grapefruit backend.

T - Hemp, bready wheat, floral pollen, bitter beeswax.

M - Light body with light carbonation. A little dead in the center.

O - Not bad, but probably would have been a lot better fresh.

3.85 Daisy Cutter
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Vin- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.00 4.60 4.50 4.37 10% 0.44
S - 4.40 4.50 4.70 4.53 20% 0.91
T - 3.60 3.75 3.60 3.65 40% 1.46
M - 3.30 3.50 2.75 3.18 10% 0.32
O - 3.50 3.90 3.50 3.63 20% 0.73 (716 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

December 3, 2014

16 oz can, weizen glass

A – Dark straw to light gold, fairly clear with a lot of tiny bubbles cascading up towards a pure white foamy head. High retention.

S – Grapefruit and grass, a bit of herbal/medicinal (ok, weed) aroma. Fairly light, doughy grain bill. Hop aroma is showcased, big time.

T – Grapefruit is more mild than the aroma, a bit more grass in the flavor profle. The herbal component is more of a root here. Again, doughy, perhaps partially cooked white bread.

M – Very light but still juicy up front. Carbonation is high and washes away the moderate hop bitterness. Much drier on the finish, and crisp.

O – Very refreshing, highly aromatic, and a great showcase for the hop smells. I seem to like this a lot better when I’m not trying to evaluate it, I expected a better score coming into the tasting. I could drink this all day (and have!) (897 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can sent to me by the super generous spinaltapped. Thanks dude!

Pours a golden yellow, with some orange tints. There's a foamy one and a half inch head, and random spots of lacing down the glass.

Smells zesty and floral, with some orange, grapefruit, and mango, and a tiny bit of peppery pine.

This is so easy drinking it's ridiculous. Like delicious hop water, in a good way. It's very floral, and shows itself as the dominant flavor, which makes sense, given the name. There's some not too sweet citrus flavors as well, as well as a moderately bitter finish.

This is definitely light bodied, and very airy, light, and crisp in the mouthfeel. There's a moderate amount of carbonation. This is one of the most drinkable beers you'll ever find.

This is quite excellent, thanks to my man spinaltapped for giving me the opportunity to try it. (844 characters)

Photo of Bones10
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

What an unbelievable combination of drinkability (I know, I know...) and taste! I picked up a 4 pack of tallboys this weekend while visiting Chicago and I'm kicking myself for not buying a case! This has IPA taste with Pale Ale smoothness. It's not bitter, but its not tame. Its light and fruity with zero alcohol presence and leaves an delicious aftertaste.

Truly remarkable for a Pale Ale. I'd order this over a hundred IPAs I've had! Well done Half Acre. (459 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is pleasant, color is a slightly hazy orange, pours three fingers of very frothy head, reinforced by a slow stream of bubbles streaming from bottom of the glass, leaves nice lacing.
Aroma is slightly fruity, with some grass,pine, and a touch of booze.
Taste contains mildly fruity notes, hints of citrus, and boozy in the finish.
Texture- light body with high carbonation, faintly dry in the very end.
overall its a solid IPA, doesn't stand out IMO but an overall positive drinking experience. (504 characters)

Photo of hophugger
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful gold color with light head, minimal lacing and plenty of tiny bubbles from the carbonation continually striving to reach the top. Smell is on the light side, and comes across with hop resin and citrus. Light taste with an amazing balance of hop bitterness, grapefruit rind and light malt. Really well balanced !!!!. Feels great going down with just the right amount of carbonation; refreshing!!. Light hop bitterness aftertatste. Nice job on this one. Thanks to FFF Junkie for this beer!!! (499 characters)

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned first week of July, picked up directly from Half Acre. Drank 10.17.14. Poured into a 16oz Shaker.

One of my absolute favorite APAs, one which I have been drinking since Half Acre first introduced it years ago. Bought it but didn't review it last time I was in Chicago, but luckily when I visited again earlier this month my previous purchase was still waiting for me.

A: Pours a slightly hazy raw honey color, 1.5 fingers of pure white head...very airy and soapy, leaves sticky lacing as the head fades away completely, leaving only small traces of a collar.

S: Fresh cut grass... bordering on fresh cut wildflowers, lemon zest, grapefruit, papaya, biscuity malt, piney hops.

T: Raw. Piney hops, acidic grapefruit, papaya, ripe mango, floral, dry sweet malt... remarkably easy to enjoy and appreciate.

M: Refreshing on the tongue, herbal, clean, light and sessionable, resinous finish. This will never burn you out.

0: Works anytime, anywhere. Tame enough to session, yet bold enough to enjoy on mellow days. Love it. (1,033 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Daisy Cutter is, to me, a bit of a delicious conundrum: crisp and bitter, yet easy drinking and imminently consumable. A flaxen-light pale ale, yet heavily-hopped and heavy-hitting. Not an IPA, yet out-classing many an IPA (and IIPA) in its generosity of hopping. It has the abv of a pale ale, but the flavor-profile that belies this lighter level of alcohol. Hell, even Half Acre's own IPAs are often more subtle, smooth, and soft-touched than Daisy Cutter.

And yet, it really, really works. Indeed—while it's ubiquitous enough that it's not really a “treat” beer, in most circumstances—it's always a dependable four-pack at the liquor store, when other options are wanting, and likewise at any bar when the other tap-handles aren't piquing interest. It's stormy, husky, brawling, and big-shouldered; it's the fruit of the plain, sturdy and substantial, like a Sandburg poem; and yet it's lithe and loose and oddly light-as-loam.

It pours a very golden pale, with a slight reddish-brown heart and minimal head. The aroma is suffused with hops, but hints at the airy malts underneath, and altogether emanates a sharp, clean, buoyant, marginally citric bouquet. Meanwhile, the taste arrives as a sequence of impressions: bittersweet, then malt-fruit, then floral-hop, then bitter-clean, then—almost drying out the mouth to cleanse the palate—this pale ale leaves only a residue of hoppy bittersweetness. Throughout, the texture is mostly airy, and never overly viscous or excessively weighted, though it's a little bit chewier than many pale ales.

In the end, Daisy Cutter's not a beer for all times, nor the most special or precious of ales; but it's nevertheless a beer befitting most times, and that's its own genuine speciality. (1,756 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

A- Moderately clean golden pale with a robust bone white head of about 2-3 fingers. Soapy lacing that clings well to the glass. 4

S- Intense grapefruit and citrus notes. Slight resin and pine notes on the back end. Sweet malt base. 4

T/M- Follows nose very well. Big grapefruit again. Cringe worthy bitterness. Big flavor for 5%. Finishes crisp and dry. Hints of pine and floral character. 4

O- I could drink this all day. Fantastic pale ale. Lots of bitterness. (479 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Pounder can picked up as an extra in a trade with Pmoney over on BA... Nice trade Patrick, thanks for the cool extra. Poured into my standard tulip... 2 finger rises up and sticks around for a while leaving good lace as it drops... fairly clear golden brew. Aromas is citrus and floral hops... pretty clean. Bitterness up front on the palate reminds me of Dandelion brews I have had in the past... hop flavors trail off a little quickly, doesn’t really strike me as "West Coast".. Very drinkable. Light body with good carbonation. (536 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got some of this in a trade for Pseudo Sue. Poured with a small head. Really nice looking cloudy straw, slightly orange body. Fresh citrus aroma. Some earthy smell too. Taste is awesome. Very bitter, but still nice and juicy. Like eating fresh grapefruit. (255 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated can at 40 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma of pine
Head large (5 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to broken 3 mm layer
Lacing poor – small islands and short archipelagos of tiny to small bubbles
Body yellow, chill haze
Flavor bitter from hops, weak hop flavor; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, aroma 3.25, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.4375
Very weak tasting pale ale with good hop bitterness. Guess I was hoping for more of an IPA. (526 characters)

Photo of Trifecta1
4/5  rDev -4.3%

A - Hazy yellow-amber. Foamy head.

S - Fresh cut grass, pine.

T - Hay, mild pine hops, moderate grassy notes, light citrus. Slight sweetness with moderate bitterness. Dry, lasting.

M - Creamy. Smooth. Moderately effervescent.

O - Great Pale Ale. Flavorful for 5%, but was hoping for a little more, after all of the hype. It's no ZD or PseudoSue, but I prefer this to SN's Pale, and coupling the aspects of affordability and availability, this is a high-tier American pale that deserves attention from any beer appreciator. (526 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Pint poured at the taproom on Saturday, 6 September, 2014.

Pours a clear light amber with a small white head that fades slowly and leaves some nice lacing. Medium-low carbonation. Smell is floral and pretty sweet, mildly hoppy.

Taste is a little hay and a little citrus, plenty of dry piney character.

Mouthfeel is thin and light. Overall, very nice. (353 characters)

Photo of rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Loved the smell and taste. Fairly hop-forward, but not over the top. It is a terrific beer, which is great because I'd had it on my wishlist for a couple of years. Somehow, I made 4 or 5 trips to Chicago last year without finding it -- not at Binny's nor in a restaurant. (273 characters)

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. The liquid is a clear orange-straw, with a thick head on the pour that fades after a few minutes to a nice thick froth on top, with tons of lacing.

Aroma is light citrus, oranges, lemons, with a nice floral character and a light bready malt background. Some hints of cat pee in there as well.

Taste is a bit more floral than the aroma, with the flowers and citrus up front, followed up by the bready malts. The finish is a little bit soapy, with some moderate bitterness, and the aftertaste is citrusy with a little bit of the cat pee flavor. Really, really nice. Gives you nice citrusy hop-burps.

Mouthfeel is thin to moderate, with lots of prickly carbonation.

Overall, really great hop character and nicely well-balanced. I wish I could drink this all the time. (795 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

(on tap at Half Acre's taproom - served in a tall, narrow, ~16oz glass)

A: bright golden-amber, slight haze... frothy white foam that leaves lovely drapes of sparkly lace

S: bold, fragrant grapefruit... pancake crust... dry-toasted barley hulls

T: dry, scrape-y bitterness... tad ginger-spicy and dead dunegrassy... naked pale malt aftertaste, toasted edges of a cookie... pretty killer balance and separation between as well as definition of its woody, citrusy, grassy hops and pure grain flavors

M: crisp, clean flow... nearly bone dry finish... polished sort of compact body...

O: not as sharp and tight as I've grown accustomed to... but still a standout, punchy APA (676 characters)

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall boy thanks to a trade-- an extra!
Color is a clear honey color, with thin white lacing.
Overpowering aroma of funkiness-- sweat.., tangerine oil...
Taste is full of citrus flavors, vanilla, and pine with a mellow, smooth, and creamy finish.
Really impressed with this beer, I definitely want to trade for this and drink more. (333 characters)

Photo of dstanmyer
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy but brightish light copper; medium head with solid lacing. So darn smooth and enjoyable. Balanced and refreshing with great aftertaste. No where near the bite or the complexity of Daisy Cutter's brethren God Hates Astronauts. But at 5.2% should be obvious. Recommended. (283 characters)

Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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