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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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736 Reviews

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Reviews: 736
Hads: 3,093
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 642
Gots: 460 | FT: 21
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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Reviews: 736 | Hads: 3,093
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerBeast
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

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Photo of redearth329
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of antott0523
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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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!

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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!

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 736 ratings.