Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Daisy Cutter Pale AleDaisy Cutter Pale Ale

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2,922 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,922
Reviews: 744
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 630
Gots: 404 | 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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Photo of Maryobeerian
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love it. Hard to pin down, but works as a one of a kind, interesting ale -- grassy, citrusy, dry -- great mouth feel. Best in summer.

Photo of twb0392
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

we did a blind taste test with this, zombie dust, and sierra Nevada. This came in first with our group of 6.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of kkleu357
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of Trifecta1
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Photo of rapayn01
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Photo of MurphyAguilu
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Clean, hoppy sessionable with great results

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.42/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of dstanmyer
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, hint of earthy malt, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, slight floral hops, and yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Bitterness is too prevalent for my preference. Tastes of earthy malt, citrus hops, slight sweet malt, hint of floral hops, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, earthy malt dominates both aroma and body, otherwise average pale ale.

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

This was on my "wants" list for far too long, and I am happy to say it lived up to my high expectations. Beautiful color & nice head with lots of sticky retention. The nose told me I would love this beer, and I did! Amazing, fresh hoppy flavor, and excellent dank after-taste. Love it!

Photo of redearth329
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Pizano's in the loop in Chicago.

Coarse white head dissipated quickly, but left very sticky rings. A clear, slightly gold-tinged straw color with light carbonation.

Smells of grapefruit and herbal notes. A drop of honey perhaps.

Taste of hops up front, more herbal then citrus on the palate. Some malty sweetness comes through mid-palate, then finishes with more bitterness.

Generally very well-integrated with medium body, but there's a hint of aqueousness on the finish.

Photo of antott0523
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 7/16/14 at Hopleaf in Chicago, IL

Tap in pint glass

A: Translucent amber. Drinking this side-by-side with Zombie Dust. This has more of a straw color, while Zombie dust has a more copper color. Off white thin head.

S: Relatively muted. Both the hops and malt. Slight piney notes of hops

T: More of a malt presence than Zombie Dust. The finish is dry. No up front single hop presence like ZD.

M: Well carbonated. Medium bodied. Even finish. Extremely crisp and clean.

D: Very drinkable. Nice brew. No overpowering bitterness from hops. More of a malt presence than ZD like bread and biscuits. Does not seem to showcase a particular hop like other APAs. Just an extremely all around well made beer. More even keeled than ZD and overall a better beer.

Photo of jwc215
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Photo of evanforbeer
4.42/5  rDev +6%
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

Photo of Dzhill87
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of RobbDogg
3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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