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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Daisy Cutter Pale AleDaisy Cutter Pale Ale

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749 Reviews

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Reviews: 749
Hads: 3,150
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 642
Gots: 485 | 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: 749 | Hads: 3,150
Photo of lackenhauser
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice, somewhat cloudy orange/golden color. Huge head on top-remains most of the way down with some good lacing. Big hop aroma-very grassy and fresh mown lawn aroma. Big blast of hop bitterness upfront-very astringent and puckering. Just enough malty sweetnes to balance. A lot of flavor for only a US pale-comes off as a double. Good solid mouthfeel. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Once again a ton of flavor in a 5.2% package. Yummy!

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a hazy pale yellow gold with a foamy white head that leaves specks of residual lacing.

S. Tons of beautiful hop aroma - a spring day in a can.

T. Citrus, pine, grass, hay - all types of light green foliage.

M. Fairly thin bodied with with medium carbonation.

D. I would certainly be drinking this frequently if it were local.

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Photo of Mavajo
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden color with a generous, fluffy white head. Great retention on the head, and beautiful sticky lacing down the glass.

Holy crap, am I smelling a beer here, or did someone slip me a bag of the sticky stuff? This smells exactly like some dank weed. Beyond that, there's also hints of some freshly cut grass with a note that reminds me a bit of mustiness. Seriously great smell. Dankest aroma I've ever experienced from a beer.

The taste is phenomenal. I've never had a hop kick this strong from a beer with an ABV this low. Great, fresh hop taste with layers of fresh cut grass, pine and cirtusy notes. They really blend well together. Behind that, there's a hint of bready, caramel malt - just a hint though, and it combines with the hops to form a perfect medley.

This is without a doubt the best APA I've ever had - I'd put it right there up against the big boys of the IPA and DIPA universe. Absolutely world class. I'm literally hurt right now that I can't buy this locally. Changed my life, man. Get this shit. The dankest beer ever.

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Photo of alexgash
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz. can.

Poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint glass. Great big, frothy, dense, light beige head sits atop a slightly cloudy, orange-tarnished bronze body. Great retention and lacing. Hops all over the nose. A heady mix of fresh-cut grass, lemon peel, grapefruit, and pine sap. Caramely biscuit malt plays a subordinate role. Very refreshing and demands to be consumed!

Strong hop flavors and bitterness up front. Grassy, herbal, citrusy hops that overall create a spicy, gently numbing bitterness. Light biscuit and fruit malt make a subdued showing, but provide enough base to make this beer work. Hop flavors become more resinous in the bitter, dry finish. Moderate body with a smooth, creamy feel. Very appetizing and eminently drinkable. One of the best APAs I've ever had!

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Photo of Bubba83
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for both cans Kegatron. This is a tasty pale!

Appearance is very welcoming. Looks like a sunrise, hazy yellows, bright oranges, topped off by a big eggshell white head. Sticky lacing, but doesn't coat completely, fairly big bubbles, good retention.

Smells quite beautiful. It's "bright". Mountains of citrus, but leans towards smelling like an orange the most perhaps. Grapefruit is definitely here too in a big way. A nice caramel smell underneath, and wrapping things up is a good load of pine-needles.

Taste is equally as great as the smell. A good bit of caramel up front reminds me a lot of red racer ipa, but it doesn't quite get into that butterscotchy flavor that I dislike. Some good orange skinned fruits int he middle of the sip, peaches, apricots, then oranges. Maybe a little pineapple briefly, and then we go into some hardcore grapefruit, and wrap things up with a lot of pine. I've been missing that piney flavor I used to get so much when I was newer to hoppy beers, but this one has rekindled that flavor that I thought my palate had forgotten how to taste.

Mouthfeel is solid. About medium, well carbonated, a little prickly, oily, and generally nice. Feels pretty dry on my tongue and a little bit coarse.

Can't taste any alcohol, which doesn't really surprise me at all with the abundance of flavor. Pretty easy to session, but it's also surprisingly malty as well as hoppy so it's not quite as refreshing as a lot of the west coast style pales. Really an excellent beer though and perhaps the best pale I have had besides RR Parking Violation?

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Photo of Buebie
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stoked to try this! Just arrived off the plane a couple hours ago, via my special wife courier, home from a trip.

Poured from the can into a true pint glass. Wasnt able to pour it all at once though, due to the billowing head. As it fell I was able to get the whole can in there. But it formed almost 2 inches of white sea foam like froth. Some islands of froth are what the head has settled to, as well as a thick coating on the walls.
Love the unfiltered look of this beer, pale orange color with golden highlights.

I told the wife to smell the deliciousness of this beer and she said "ooh, it smells like weed". That is does. Dank weed, floral hops, citric notes, pine resin and grapefruit.
Beneath that there is some buttery sweet malt and bready aromas too.
Terrific smelling beer with an also terrific appearance.
Taste is filled with a woody sawdust likeness, bittering hops of pine earth and citric flavors.
Sweat with malt and some caramel upfront, but hops bite now and linger bitterly through the finish.
Dry through the swallow. Feel is light and crisp, a little thin, but thats ok. The other areas of the beer make up for it and then some.

Terrific APA! Wish it were available to me here in MN, because this could quite possibly be my replacement go to.

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Photo of fryman
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy golden-orange with an off-white lacey head that hangs on the glass nicely.

S-Citrusy hop-dominant nose with notes of apricot and orange and a faint pineyness.

T-Very nice, clean and forward hop bitterness with citrus notes that creep up at the end. A very mild orange flavor and an acdic upturn at the end. Refreshing and flavorful beer. Slight astringency at the finish, but welcome.

M-Fairly strong carbonation. Very clean mouthfeel that sticks with the refreshing character.

D-I'd have another no problem. Very drinkable beer with big flavor.

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

Purchased on a trip to Chicago. Beer was chilled and poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a peach coloration. The head is a rocky cream citrus beige. The head has tremendous staying power and stands up to my considerable mustache. Looks simply delicious.

Smell: The beer is a hop bomb. The aroma of the beer is a combination of citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, a whiff of spicy mango, a bit of grassy notes finish the aroma off. Very nicely done!

Taste: This is an aggressive hop forward beer. The pine and citrus via for dominance. Very nice hop bittering finishing the taste. The malt is super thin. This may be a problem for some folks but I find I am craving a big hop monster without the big malty backbone. This fits that bill perfectly.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is well carbonated and light. The hops are not coating but dont need to be. This is an aggressive hop bomb treat. The beer disappeared far too fast!

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Photo of xnicknj
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into pint glass. thanks to biglobo8971 for this extra.

A - Pours a slightly hazed golden yellow with an orange hue. Two finger high head retains nicely and leaves plenty of lacing around the glass.

S - Somewhat sweet, piny hops with a touch of fruity zest.

T - Begins slightly grainy along with some dry hoppiness. A hint of fruit peeks through eventually revealing a mid level malty base. The flavors are all on the lighter side, and the beer wraps up with a dry hop finish which lingers for a bit.

M - Bubbly, slightly creamy, medium bodied.

D - Silky smooth and refreshing with each swallow.

A solid, drinkable pale ale with balanced flavor. The 16 oz cans are a plus as well.

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Photo of david131
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A hazy luminescent orange liquid with a massive craggy white head that has great retention. The tops.

S- Oranges, grass, pineapple, mango, and caramel. Aromatic and unique. Very appealing.

T- Same as the aroma only a little less fruity and a little more earthy. Doesn't quite live up to the amazing aroma.

M- A smooth body with a nice carbonation bit at the end.

D- A very good take on the style and my new benchmark for an APA. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Poured a cloudy, golden color and the head on this thing was insane. Unless you take 5 minutes to pour this thing it will have a big head on it for sure.

Smell was full of hops and a sweet, almost floral smell.

From the glass, it was very malty and heavy on the hops. For a pale ale, this was very hop heavy and almost what I would expect from an IPA. Kind of sweet. I also tried it straight from the can and it almost tasted tinny, as if you could taste the metal. Preferred out of a glass.

The mouth feel was big on carbonation but smooth with a big hit on the aftertaste in both bitters reaction and the carbonation on the tongue.

You can easily drink this beer in succession. It's goes down smooth but its got big flavor.

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

I was very excited to get this from bauermc in the hoppy summer to you bif. I poured from a 16 ounce can into a SA perfect pint glass. The pour is hazy gold with a massive, sticky, 3 finger white head. Lots of grapefruit and orange peel on the nose. It taste as good as it smells, the citrus is perfedtly balanced and it has a slightly bitter finish that really lingers. The beer has a ton of flavor for a 5% ABV. One of the best APA's i have had the pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to spycow for this brew.

Poured into a true pint glass a cloudy dark yellow color, nice carbonation, HUGE three-finger foamy white head, with some very nice thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malt notes, citrus, slight pine notes. The taste is hoppy, slightly sweet, malty, very nice citrus notes, and some pines. Medium body. Very Drinkable, one of the best APA I've had in a very long time. This is also my first from this brewery. Thanks Chris.

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Photo of craytonic
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Orange-amber with a big white head, nice lacing.

Smell: Light citrus, fresh grapefruit, and some orange zest.

Taste: Wow, tons of hops for what is not a big beer. Much better than I expected, must be one of the better APAs out there. Sweet with some light malts

Mouthfeel: nice creamy medium-body mouthfeel, very easy drinking

Drinkability: Wow I wish this as offered here, super smooth and a doable ABV for a couple. If you have this on tap at your local watering hole it must suck going to bars without it!

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Photo of gibby
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a 4 pack from Darwensi, thanks man. I loved the DD cutter so I was looking fwd to trying this. Pours a nice bright orange with a 2 finger fluffy pillow on top. Leaves really nice sticky lacing on the glass. Smells of tropical fruit, mango, pineapple and hint of lemon, very nice indeed for a pale ale. Taste is fairly hop forward with a bit of bready malt in there. Mouthfeel is nice but it does seem a bit thin towards the end of the glass as it warms up. I guess that is my only complaint. Highly drinkable for sure. I would love to have a few of these while sitting on the beach in cape May, NJ..I already asked Darwensi to send me more. Well done half acre, recommended.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a lot to stakem via kegatron for sharing this tasty can! Poured into a pils glass chilled

A - The appearance is very light golden w/ thick white cap which reminds me of the colors of a daisy -how apropos, nice lace collects and the bead is fine

S - The smell is floral (notice a theme here?)with lots of hop aroma which has a light lemony tinge

M -The feel is lightly astringent and slightly sweet with herbal resins from the hops and moderate carbonation blending well for a pleasant texture

T - The taste is mildly sweet with a light malt flavor up front and mild tinge of grassy hops w/ a slight floral note and bitter herbal hop late in the taste with a slight clean taste of lemony hop in the finish

D - This is highly drinkable, I could see this as a year round go-to it is just packed full of hop flavor for such a low abv beer

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.99/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two cans were sent to me as extras by AleWatcher. I split the most recent one with Ryan011235.

A- This beer is a nice looking one. Using my Perfect Pint Im getting a nice big, sticky white head with superb retention and lacing spackling the glass. The shape of the glass gives it a nice deep, hazy orange that gradates to a light gold.

S- I wanna say that this beer must get its name from the smell. Only that the name might be a bit magnanimous. It smells like fresh cut weeds, dandelions, wild onions, pine and a touch of cracker.
Picture yourself as a kid again, walking down the banks of a creek with a stick whacking down big stalks of thistles and briers and what have you. The resulting gore from the thick stalked overgrowth gets all over your hands and legs. You get back home smelling like a walking grass stain, or like you have been drinking Daisy Cutter.

T- This one goes beyond a standard pale ale. I think the only reason they call it an APA might be because its under 6%. Its really bitter and hoppy. A lot more of that wild, cut down weeds, wild onions and pollen. Lots of Summit hops kinda stuff. I would like to see MUCH more balance. Give me at least some malts here.

M- As Ryan noted, and I concur, the carbonation is a touch too high. Its a pretty sharp feeling beer.

D- Despite some of the problems I have with this beer I still found it pretty easy to drink. Eh, a really thoughtful extra and I was stoked to receive it, its just not what I expected.

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Photo of subheroic1234
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to raverjames for the brew.

poured into an over-sized snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color that doesn't let too much light come through. A little head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell: All hops. It definitely smells like citrus hops with hints of floral hops.

Taste: Up front, it is a hop bomb. Citrus taste that is predominantly pineapple. Most of the hop bitterness falls off with a malt backbone. Sweet pineapple is still incorporated into the finish.

Drinability: Well-carbonated. With much of the bitterness subsiding early and a 5.2 % ABV it goes down too smoothly.

Overall: By far the best APA I've had. I would love to drink this regularly.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to VDubb86 for this can!

Hopefully this can doesn't hurt as much as its namesake bomb. It pours a thoroughly hazy light amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises heavy hoppy notes, running the gamut from pine to ruby red grapefruit to even the onions that made Gubna a hardship for some. A slightly syrupy caramel undertow flows beneath the hoppy ice above. The taste is fairly hoppy on its own, but not nearly as much as the smell. Behind this veil o' hops recline some light toffee, light sweet caramel, cotton candy, and some slight florals. The body is fairly light, though bordering on the light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a finish tending toward the dry. Overall, a very solid APA, but I think it falls a little short of the hype presented to me beforehand. Still very good, but not *that* good.

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Photo of tykees88
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- It poured a daisy yellow color with nice white head and lacing was nice as well.

S- Strong pine, and strong hops.

T- Much like the smell it was piney and hoppy. The bitter aftertaste was milder than the smell would suggest and that was a plus for me.

M- Carbonated, and light bodied

D- Very good drinker, a couple of these would be nice by a bonfire especially straight outta the can.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

This pours a slightly cloudy light golden orange color with a puffy white finger off foam that has some nice head retention on it. The aroma is hops...possibly Cascade...I don't know if I can say anything else because in all honesty it all that I really smell. The hops do however provide a delicious floral and citrus aroma that is unmistakable. The taste is surprisingly not nearly as bitter as I had anticipated, but there is a bitterness in the aftertaste. Instead there is a quite obvious earthy mineral taste to the beer which can be tasted even more so than the malts. The citrus flavors of the hops are palpable as well. I must be honest, for something that sounded so powerfully destructive as this it's quite light and pleasant on the palate. There is an overall herbal tea style taste to it which is interesting to say the least. There is a lot of carbonation which i suppose enhances the flavor of the hops as well as the aroma. A quite enjoyable pale ale, this is from someone who really doesn't like the flavor of hops. I must say props to the local stuff.

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Photo of rickfrothingham
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was completely floored by this beer when I tried it a couple months ago during a visit to Chicago (Delilah's). I hadn't heard of it until then, and figured i couldn't go wrong with a Pale Ale. Simply put it is a perfectly great APA in every respect, but it truly excels in the aroma category. I was standing at the bar lined up with the taps, and the moment the pour started, the aroma hit me from a couple feet away.

I wish i could get this at home in Philadelphia, it would be a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of berkey
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint can poured into a large Duvel tulip. From notes 09/06/10.

Forms a massive foamy head with nice retention. Body of the beer is a bright but hazy pale orange-amber.

Aroma is nice and hoppy with strong floral notes along with some bitter orange peel. Malt backbone is modest but still clearly defined.

While there's a very pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste, this doesn't taste quite as hoppy as the aroma led on. Still very tasty and exceptionally drinkable though.

In about the same range as fresh SNPA but with a slightly cleaner finish. Yet another solid canned craft beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into DFH shaped pint glass. Big thanks to HosP for this extra!

A: Pours a cloudy iced-tea orange with a couple fingers of oily white head that reduced into in thin film leaving patches of sticky clinging lace.
S: A much bigger hop punch than expected from an APA! Great floral and citrus hop notes including tangerine, grapefruit and pine. Not much malt detected, but I pick up some honey.
T: Follows the nose with a big citrus grapefruit, lemon and pineapple hop punch. Finish is very floral and resiny. Aftertaste has a light bitterness as expected. A touch of honey near the finish as well with some roasted malt.
M: Medium bodied and very smooth. A tad too watery on the mouthfeel due to low carbonation, but this beer is not oily or overly sticky. Finish is lightly dry and bitter.
D: Holly cow what an amazing APA. Once I smelled this beer I thought I was drinking an IPA! Amazing amount of hops, and one of the most drinkable pale ales I've ever had.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this one as an extra in a recent trade with a very generous BA! Thanks a ton for the tall boy!
Poured this into a pint glass and it yields hazy copperish color with a big fluffy white head that dwindles a bit into a thing layer with nice lacing. The smell is hops with fruity tropical notes. Piney with a solid malt backbone. Hoppier taste than what I had imagined but wow! What a knock out. Fresh hops start to finish with pale malts. This is great! Mouthfeel is on point but a little heavier than I imagined. The drinkability of this is perfect. I could drink this all day!

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.