Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Reviews: 725
Hads: 2,972
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 628
Gots: 415 | FT: 19
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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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Reviews: 725 | Hads: 2,972
Photo of jwc215
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with a nice white head that thins. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of robust citrus with some pine, hint of floral notes. Some bready/pale male mixes in.

The big citric notes stay just ahead of the biscuity malt and bready notes. Most of the bready notes are from the firm malt backing, some have a yeast character. The combination works well, though. Finishes with a bitter bite.

It is smooth despite the raw bite in the finish.

This is an enjoyable, hop-forward American Pale Ale. I'm glad a bartender at a local pub brought two pint-sized cans back from his trip to Chicago for me! (603 characters)

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

Pours a pretty clear light orange with fluffy white head. No can date to be seen

Nose: fresh and effervescent- pine and sweet herbals, baked biscuity malt, darkish florals (lavender?), orange rind, some tropical fruits. Very complex

Taste: follows with fresh pine, slight melon, orange, mango, subtle over-ripe pineapple and lime juice. Sweet bread, some flowers in there, finishes piney and fruity with a touch of green and mint

Feel: light-medium body, a tad watery on the palate, fresh, herbal, green, floral, fruity,

What a great beer. One of my fav pale ales. Hope to get snag some
More my next time through IL (619 characters)

Photo of Dzhill87
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my go-to beer whenever I need something dependable. So crisp and smooth. Light-bodied and just the right amount of hops. Good for any season. There's not many pale ales out there that can compete with this. Even better is the brewery is right up the street! (265 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Light golden orange body, with only a slight cast from full transparency. White head pours big and pillowy, but reduces quickly to a thin cap that persists. The lacing is full.

S - Herbal elements, grass and floral hints from the hops, with a honeyed element underlying.

T - Following the nose, the hops are not particularly fruity, tilting toward the floral namesake and grass and herbal shades. If there is a citrus element, it is primarily lemon zest, but it is subtle. The middle comes with a full malt thread, sweetness suggestive of a nice dinner roll. The close brings a hop bittering element, scrubbing off the sweetness.

M - Brisk and well carbonated, with a robust drying in the close that builds slightly as the beer is finished. Still, given how dry it finishes, the build is kept minimal and does not overwhelm.

O - One of the better pale ales out there, Daisy Cutter offers big hops from another perspective. Rather than a fruit bomb, it goes floral. In fact, I cannot think of another pale ale or IPA that is more clearly dedicated to exploring this aspect of hop esters. As such it is an innovative and delicious alternative, and one I seek out when I am in the Chicago area. (1,208 characters)

Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- pours a hazy gold with a fluffy white head

S- floral, grassy, pine

T- taste is grassy, floral, pine, tropical fruits, some light hop bitterness. Delicious!

M- medium bodied and nice carbonation. Very drinkable . crisp and refreshing.

O- this is one of my favorite pale ales and it's local which is great! To me this is a perfect beer for sitting outside on a hot summer day. Love this brew. (397 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy honey with a quarter inch foamy head. Foamy lacing. Mild fruit on the nose. The taste is mildly of fruit, maybe some mango? A bitter finish. This beer felt weak to me, with an odd seltzer-like mouthfeel. A decent ale, but nothing special considering the high ratings. One I could take or leave in the future. (324 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deeply hazed golden orange color with a nice finger+ of tan/caramel head. Strong retention and solid lacing.

S - light crisp minimally resinous/dank hops, minimal caramel sweetness. pretty tame for sure

T - Light pear notes and subtle dry hoppyness, grassy, semi dank, dry clean crisp finish. slight maltyness and slight citrus comes through towards the finish, Simple but a delight.

M - Absolutely fantastic, all pales should strive for this. Medium bodied or less maybe, decently carbonated, incredibly drinkable and crisp. (540 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from Kevin. Thanks! Pours golden with just a hint of haze and. One finger white head. Nice grassy hop aroma, pale malts, some light honey sweetness. Flavor follows with lots of grassiness and hay, dry, very light malt sweetness, maybe a bit of citrus. Very light bodied, goes down super easy with a dry finish and lots of carbonation. Good stuff. Wish I could get this fresh all the time. Must be great to have out on the lakes. (432 characters)

Photo of sonicbloom
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went to the Taste of Randolph in Chicago yesterday. Nice warm day. The beer was served cold in a can, and I poured it into a plastic cup. It poured nicely and looked wonderful; then it tasted great. This was a perfect beer for the weather and event. (251 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 fl oz. can, with no apparent canned on date present. Finally acquired a four pack of this stuff from the local beer store. Don't ask me why it took two years for these beers to finally show up in my area. My first beer from Half Acre Beer Company. Expectations are great, based on this beer's current high ratings.

Poured into a Spanish Peaks Black Dog Ale pint glass.

A - Pours a lightly cloudy light orange colored body with lots of fine sediment suspended in the glass. About three big fluffy bubbly fingers of off-white foam. Leaves some moderate fat lacing behind. Looks very nice.

S - The smell is on the lighter side, but it is befitting of the style. Crisp lemon pith, citrus rinds, grapefruit, and some bready biscuit malt presence.

T - The taste is spot on for the style - lightly bitter hoppiness - lemon, grapefruit, pine, & crisp clean bready malts. Maybe some light grainy / rye sort of character on the end, with some very mild metallic presence.

M - The feel is crisp, clean, and smooth. Perfect balance of bready malt and bitter hop resins. Light-bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, an excellent example of what a well-done American pale ale is all about. Nothing over the top, but perfectly balanced, smooth, and nearly crushable with a moderate 5.20% abv. I am definitely looking forward to trying more from Half Acre.

Half Acre Daisy Cutter Pale Ale ---4.5/5 (1,394 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an unfiltered orange color with a white head that leaves some lace behind. The aroma is piney, citrusy and herbal. In the taste, more citrusy tropical notes, solid bitterness and floral touches. Daisy Cutter is an apt name for this bomb of hop flowers. Bitter and resinous, with a dry hop bite and biscuity malt profile. Medium, smoother body with a medium high carbonation. Overall, this is a classic pale ale, better than most IpAs. (440 characters)

Photo of Halfbrother83
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tiny Lounge in Chicago, about a block from the source.

A: Deep orange in color with two fingers of foamy, off-white head.

S: Fresh cut grass, floral hop character.

T: Light, floral hoppiness melded with a dry, toasty malt backbone that keeps everything in perfect balance.

M: Bitter, effervescent carbonation that seemingly becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

O: A solid, repeat drinker, and arguably one of the best pale ales coming out of Chicago proper. (478 characters)

Photo of hoagzzz
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Found a two week old case of 16 oz cans a bounds in warrington, PA. As far as true pale ales go, this is about as good as it gets. I say that with FFF zombie dust and alpha king in mind.. Which are both bordering on IPA. Pours a beautiful cloudy golden... Smell off the charts. Taste damn near perfect just a tad weak at the finish(it's only 5.2 percent). Really really good stuff!! (382 characters)

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After hearing from friends in the midwest just how great this beer is, I was finally able to try some for myself. And thanks to one of the rising stars of the craft beer community, I was able to buy it locally. J&H Beer on Route 315 in Wilkes-Barre(or Pittston, whatever)- get there soon if you're in NEPA. This beer is just fantastic, it's everything I had hoped it would be. Crisp, clean, refreshing, with a touch of fruit notes at the end. I poured the 16oz can into a snifter and sat on my deck enjoying the evening. A perfect beer for summer.. or anytime! (560 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, no freshness date
L - creamy off-white head holds good retention atop an amber colored pale ale
S - fruity, zesty, and floral aroma, sweet toasted grain and caramel, orange and grapefruit citrus
T - juicy citric grapefruit and orange, nice dose of toasted grain, caramel, floral hop
F - medium body, finishes semi-dry, not overly bitter with exceptional balance
O - always a favorite APA of mine. Nice to finally review it, even though I've had it multiple times (472 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - A mostly deep orange that is bordering on copper with a small head
S - Fresh and bold floral, fruit and citrus with pine and a little grassy.
T - The taste follows the smell with the addition of grapefruit and juicy hops are really getting noticed. A nice mix of bitter and balance.
M - Medium body and a smooth slightly dry finish.
O - You could mistake it for an IPA. Lots of fresh flavor. (398 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow - hazy with a big fluffy white head.

S - Big citrus hop aroma, fruity, rind, piney, some malts.

T - Agressively hopped, citrus, hop resin, bread dough, biscuity, balanced nicely with malts. Medium bodied and creamy mouth feel.

O - Solid APA from Half Acre - I would definitely get this again.

Notes - scored this from my wifes trip to Schaumburg. (369 characters)

Photo of Pauline_K
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: This beer is a beautiful golden color with hints of Amber. The head is thick and takes a while to dissipate.

Aroma: Daisy Cutter has a very floral aroma with a slight sweetness. It smells fresh and well balanced.

Taste: This APA is well balanced with a lighter mouthfeel. The hops are evident. The floral notes are complemented by a little sweetness from the malt. It finishes with a slight bitterness and a tad try.

Overall: It is a great example of an APA. A great beer to sip on and enjoy. (508 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased these tall boys at Beer Temple in Chicago - stashed away in checked luggage back home! Super fresh - a few days in the can when I bought them.
Poured a copper golden with not much head into pint glass. Look is a bit disappointing, but has some lingering lacing to boost the points for me. Aromas are nice west coast hop, a bit of malts - more rye than anything maybe? something sort of "spicey".
really nice flavor - again west coast bitter hops, what seems to be rye malts, and a very mild yeast character. Well balanced, easy drinker, slightly bready, slightly bitter...just an all around great pale ale. Id buy often if it was available to me on a regular basis. (675 characters)

Photo of Beric
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Can into pint
Served: 21 April 2014

Appearance: Deep golden yellow with a slight copperish tint at times. Pours with a one finger head that sticks around for a good while and diminishes to a light sheen of bubbles on the top. Incredible lacing on the glass.

Smell: WOW. You open the can and before you even get it poured into a glass you're already assaulted by massive floral hop notes. After pouring it into a glass the nose is dominated by a massive bouquet of floral hoppiness with a noticeable sweetness associated with it. Smells very clean and very intense- nearly IPA like.

Taste: Magnificent taste. A bit more assertive in hoppiness than SNPA and just a bit less so than Zombie Dust. The massive aroma hops don't translate as powerfully in the taste, but the body of the beer is nonetheless dominated by floral hoppiness. The malt backbone provides nice depth and body. The beer finishes drier than I was expecting from an APA.

Mouthfeel: Great effervescent carbonation, refreshing.

Overall: An incredible APA. Easily one of my top 3 overall. The incredible aroma and flavor are rounded out by a supreme drinkability. At 5.2% it won't knock you out, and I could easily drink three of these without feeling fatigued in both sobriety and palate. A fantastic APA that I highly recommend everyone try. Will be a go-to offering for me whenever I'm home in IL. (1,377 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No canning date, poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a clear golden color with a small fizzy white head that reduces to leave just a small later on top, bubbles floating to the top of the glass

S- big aroma of flowery hops mixed with a berry-like fruitiness, pine sap, flower water, citrus rind and fresh mint. Light malty sweetness compliments the hops nearly perfectly, very nice

T- flowery hops from the aromas follow to the taste. Also picking up hoppy notes of pine, leafy & grassy flavors, slightly danky. Faint underlying toasted malt allows the hops to shine

M- medium body with medium prickly carbonation, leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp, dry finish

O- this is one of the best APA's I've had in a while, showcasing a nice hop bill yet keeping all of the drinkability of the style. Unfortunately my only can, would gladly buy again if given the chance (870 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a golden orange. a little bit on the lighter side of the color with some yellow in it. hazy but not quite opaque. a two finger head that fades slowly leaving a sticky lacing on the sides and some foam on the top

Smell: immediately greeted with flowery hops. minor notes of citrus and sweet malts. slight german malts to the smell.

Taste: opens with a mixture of flowery hops, mixed with a slight citrus hint along with some munich malts and a lighter crystal sweetness.

Mouthfeel: moderately bitter but a good level for a pale ale. light and drinkable.

Overall: a tasty and impressive pale ale. lots of taste and hop character without leaving anything out. a good intro to half acre and lives up to everything it should. (738 characters)

Photo of krazyboy13
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Solid pale ale. I tend to prefer fruitier hop flavors/aromas than stood out from this which was more of a bittering hop, but it was not overwhelmingly bitter by any stretch. I will certainly have this beer again. I'd love to try the double daisy cutter if I can ever find it in philadelphia. (291 characters)

Photo of BradenMK
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks again to Core 42 for being so generous!

APPEARANCE (4.0) - Served from a pint can into a pilsner glass. Poured a russet-gold color with great clarity and a good finger and a half to two fingers of powdery-white head. This looks luscious for a pale ale.

SMELL (4.75) - And it smells incredible. Just super-juicy with over the top fruit aromatics. The malt bill lends some sweetness to the hops which gives the overall nose a marmalade quality. A malange of lemon, orange, grapefruit and most of all tangerine. Smells wonderful.

TASTE (4.0) - Easily the most flavorful and complex pale ale I've ever tasted. Starts off with a malt sweetness which is initially drowned out by a surprisingly resinous pine and followed by a refreshingly clean finish. Incredibly drinkable. As it warms, the malt starts to hold its own a bit more and other hop-influences flavors such as lemon rind and mint leaf join the party. And in the mingling of herbal hops and pale graininess we get a touch of spring grass on the finish. Delicious and now I want to do a side-by-side with this, SNPA, and Stone Go To IPA.

MOUTHFEEL (4.0) - Watery? Yes, but it's a pale ale, it's supposed to be. By the smell I half expected it to drink like an IPA, but it has all the taste with a much lighter feel. Not overly carbonated, which is good here because it lets the malt bill linger on your tongue for a minute. But don't let that fool you. Ultimately, this beer has an amazingly clean finish to it that leaves you wanting more and more.

OVERALL (4.25) - The best pale ale I've ever had. Better than SNPA (as far as I can rememeber), better than Mirror Pond, and yes, better than Zombie Dust (by a fair margin if you ask me). I'm surprised this isn't rated significantly higher. (1,756 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had a pint at Khyber Pass in Philly. From notes.

A - Darkish golden pour and bright. Good carbonation, two fingers of white head left great lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Big citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, some bread.

T - Malt up front with lot's of hop to follow but a lot less defined than the aroma. Not really an intense or overly interesting flavour profile, but good.

M - Good bitterness, good carbonation, lower end of medium body.

O/D - Quite a hoppy pale ale. Nice stuff, but a little plain. Hop flavour could be cleaned up a bit, otherwise I enjoyed the pint. Not terribly drinkable. (607 characters)

Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.