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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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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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Reviews: 786 | Ratings: 3,387
Photo of CNoj012
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a bright golden yellow with a huge soapy white head. Excellent retention and excellent lacing. Smell is very dank and juicy. Tropical fruit most notably mango and grapefruit dominate with a hint of pine. Taste follows suit, but is much more subdued. Very disappointing bc the smell set the bar so high. Feel is light and crisp. Overall a good to great pale ale, but not the best.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - golden/honey color, lots of carbonation, slight haze
Smell - Citrus, tropical, dank, orange, slight floral
Taste - Follows the nose perfectly...Pine, grapefruit, citrus, pithy, dank, grassy.
Feel - Nice body, nicely carbonated, CRUSHABLE!

Overall - An outstanding pale ale. I wish it was more readily available because I would buy this all the time!

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

16oz can. Pours a clear bright golden color with an inch of fluffy head. Some lacing. The aroma is grapefruit, citrus and floral hops. Hint of pine. The taste is grapefruit, tangerine and lemon. Hints of floral and piney hops. Good amount of bready malts at the end but with some nice bitterness. Floral finish. Light bodied. Very drinkable and works perfectly in a 16oz can. Overall, glad I got to finally try this and I hope to have it again.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first beer in the Windy City. On tap at Shamrock's.

Really nice orange color with a head that doesn't last but leaves nice lacing around the rim of the glass.

Smell is good but bit weak. Sweet malt and a touch of orange/grapefruit hops.

Taste is where this one shines. Great balance of slightly sweet malt and bright orange hops. Finishes with a lingering hop bite. In the same class as Zombie Dust.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Crisp and easy going down. I could pound this stuff all day.

Very impressed and lives up to the rating. So glad I got to try this and will be having many more this week. Highly recommended.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap this beer was a clear orange/amber color with a frothy white two finger head. Aroma and taste are fresh, floral, light citrus, and grassy hops with a nice toasted malt base. This beer is setting a new bar for APA! It is delicious and easy drinking!

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

Tasted a 16oz can which came to me as part of a package deal for TreeHouse Hustle.

Look - Classic IPA. Nice orange/amber glow, not completely opaque I could definitely see the light penetration through the glass. Poured a nice two finger head of tiny bubbles with persistent carbonation.

Smell - Dank and piny. Fruit , slightly peachy - not much citrus. Possibly sweet maltiness.

Taste - fruit and pine. Not a bad low ABV IPA.

Feel - Nicely carbonated. Had on a warm day and it was pretty refreshing. Lighter bodied.

Overall - A pretty good LABV IPA. Not tops in my books but something I would probably pick up if I ever saw this in my area.

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

This is one of the more fretting pale ales I have had, but I didn't walk away from this beer feeling anything special. I enjoyed it and could probably drink 5 or 6 on a hot day, but it isn;t something I would necessarily search out.

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

Had a can from the brewery. Poured clear gold with a short white head. Stone fruit and citrus rind in the aroma. More peach comes out in the flavor, with tasty grapefruit. Great, richly flavored pale ale that starts juicy but finishes dry. Drinkable for the style, love it.

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Photo of Suds_With_Buds
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A solid Pale ale, light citrus flavors and smell with medium carb. I enjoy the beer, but drunk alongside several other IPA/APAs this just didn't hold up to most Pale Ales.

Very solid and drinkable.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this beer in a trade recently. This is one of the best pale ales I've tried. Went to college in Chicago, and bought Daisy Cutter every time I could find it. Drinking now in the insanely hot/humid Atlanta, GA weather is a treat!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just an overall good beer. Very drinkable. A nice pure golden color, not the best aroma but a nice flavore profile. Very solid for a pale ale.

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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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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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