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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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Daisy Cutter Pale AleDaisy Cutter Pale Ale

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: 795 | Ratings: 3,422
Photo of Chaz
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazey pale golden in color, topped with a creamy off-white head. Excellent head retention, excellent lacing.

Huge blast of hops, with equal parts pine, tropical fruit, and citrus note. Light, basic ale yeast note and sweeter malt notes.

Lightly-sweet and bitter on the first sip. Very very smooth on the mouthfeel right away, almost a nitro-push feel. Very good lingering hop bitterness (which I like) and with the hops expanding across all aspects of the palate from the initial olfactory impression. Much drier than I was expecting, and a bit lighter in the mouthfeel, too. But very, very drinkable.

Notes of mint on top of the citrus/fruit, and (lighter pine) from the hops. This one pretty much has all the bases covered. I hate to say that I'd prefer a bit more malt sweetness, but there it is! Still, there's plenty of sweetness as it is.

While the style is not generally in my wheelhouse (pale ale of any stripe is somewhere back in my order of preference between Pils being my favorite and seasonal, strong ales being about midway back), I drink enough pale ale to recognize the fact that this one is indeed very good for what it is. I can absolutely see why Daisy Cutter has garnered as much praise by both the younger and older folks alike. :D

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Photo of thebeers
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow gold with a large white head. Smells of cut grass and pine resin. The aroma carries over to the taste, with a little citrus, too. There's some slight malt presence and a fair amount of bitterness, but it still has a touch of that wateriness found in the middle of many "juicy" IPAs. It's less pronounced here, and it's with grass and pine flavors instead of tropical ones, but it is still there. The mouthfeel is pretty normal for the style. Overall, a solid APA, although I would have liked a bit more malt or hops in the middle of the palate.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is what a Pale Ale should be. Citrus, Tropical Fruits, slight touch of hops, sweet caramel malt. A little thin in the mouth with the right carbonation.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really nice slightly bitter Pale Ale. Reminds me a bit of SNPA, but with a less piney flavor profile. Citrus seems to be a bit more prominent here instead of the pine. Would be very easy to buy a 6 pack of these for a Friday night.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of Ri0
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured 16oz can into snifter. A nice golden apricot color with a 2.5 finger foamy white head. Awesome retention and lacing on the glass. Aromas of wet, resinous, dank hops and some sweet caramel malts. A good amount of citrus and pine kick it off, followed by some light grapefruit; layers of bready and caramel malts. A nice light, but sticky feel that drys as it goes down. Easy drinking and very flavorful APA for any day!

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was slightly let down by such a highly rated pale. The nose is quite nice, with aromatic citrus, almost lemon notes jumping out of the can. The taste does follow, but a bit subdued from what I was expecting. A nice little bit of hoppy citrus, a little bit of pine, with an easy finish. Nice smooth mouth feel, basically zero residual bitterness. A nice lawn mower beer, hoping that's the reference in the title.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orangey golden color. Smell is thin citrus maybe a hint of malt. Flavor is bitter citrus with a bit of resin and malt sweetness. Decent beer but a bit thin and over bitter.

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Photo of citizencane
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good. Maybe it's where they got the name, but the taste is flowery in a way. No alcohol feel and ridiculously smooth. In fact my only complaint is that it seems slightly watery. Delicious APA and will almost certainly be buying again.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on Tap at a golf club following an outing

pours honey golden in color with one finger head. decent retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass

nose is citrusy with cracker malt background.

tastes of slight citrusy and grassy hoppiness with honey and cracker sweetness in the malt. Excellent balance and favors the hop character a bit more so than the sweet malts which is just about spot on for how I'd like an APA.

Body is light to medium and medium carbonation. Finishes semi-dry and leaves a touch of lingering bitterness.

What an excellent APA. Ran across this by chance. It just about nails the style and the lower ABV and lighter body makes these go down way too easily. Maybe this tasted so good because all they had on the course was your typical macros, but I don't think so.

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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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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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