Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Reviews: 725
Hads: 2,975
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 628
Gots: 416 | 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 Bendurgin
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
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! (581 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy golden amber colored beer with a topping of airy, foamy head that falls to a thin layer, leaving some light lace behind

s: absolutely fantastic hop aromas - pulpy, young, and fresh, vivid tropical juices, passionfruit, floral, light pale malt provides some support

m: carbonation and body both on the light side (might even call it thin), giving a soft, delicate mouthfeel

t: I mean, it's not that the beer is complex, but the hops on this thing are outstanding, guessing they're of the C variety as it reminds me a bit of Two Hearted, lots of passionfruit and citrus with a young, green pine bitterness smacking in the finish, the hops stand far to the front with only a mild pale malt back, pretty sure just a little more range in this department would set things off

d: great drinkability, it's of course delicious, and the dry, clean finish keeps things moving, love this

provided by dirtylou, accompanied us on our roadtrip, and then smuggled back to VA (971 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to masterski/Sean9689 for this in a trade. Nice looking can.

A: Really nice looking hazy yellowish orange color. Poured with a half finger of white head. Good head retention and lacing.

S: Fresh hops. Incredible nose. Citrus blast right up front. The two row is right behind it and comes across clean. Smells like a DIPA. Probably off style but I love it.

T: Not nearly as hoppy as the nose. The malt comes across more dominant with just enough bitterness in the finish to balance it out. Wow this is a textbook example of a APA.

M: Nice body. Medium. Finishes dry. Carbonation is just right.

D: This would be a session beer for me if it were available. Great everyday drinker in a can that lets you take it to more places. It is not often you are blown away by a pale ale but more people should be seeking this out. Thanks for the trade guys. (855 characters)

Photo of a74gent
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from prior notes - drank on 8/11/2010

Nose, nose, nose....such a nice mixed hoppy nose. This is good stuff...a light resiny mouthfeel that sticks all over. The appearance is pretty average, but the taste is a nice beer. More hops in the nose than the palate which is a unique touch. A really nice effort. (314 characters)

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 8-20-10
Reviewed cold from a can to a glass

A - Poured two fingers of a nice thick head of foam, cloudy pale color, citrus yellow

S - Citrus aroma, hoppy

T/M - Medium bodied, sweet citrus taste, I pick up lemon and grape fruit plus a little piney hop after taste at finish

D - Very easy drinker, nice sweet flavored and not over powering in the hops department, enough to make a great first impression. Big thanks to Albgarza for this. Got a four pack in a trade from him so I will be having this brew again and of course I recommend it! (553 characters)

Photo of gtn80
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, i can't believe something with this much flavor and aroma is in the pale ale category.

Aroma smells like an ipa, lots of floral hops.

Appearance is a nice dark golden with a decent head.

Taste is incredibly well balanced, especially after that aroma. Bitter hops up front, but a strong malt backbone. Aftertaste is all hops though.

Mouthfeel is s little thing, maybe a little too much carbonation.

Drinkability is incredible, great summer beer, and at 5.2%, could drink these all day. (495 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for these

The pale ale is a style that can be quite boring to palates that are used to hop bombs and bourbon aged stouts. But ever since the first time I tried it, Daisy Cutter has stood out from the pack and is the best in the style that I have had from the midwest.

Pours a murky golden yellow with a monster three fingers had and thick lacing. Aroma is of bright floral/citrus hoppiness and a touch of caramel sweetness. Reminiscent of an IPA.

Once the taste hits your tongue, the IPA thoughts disappear. This is a balanced beer, with the hops and malt getting equal billing. Not sure how old this can is, but I suspect that the hops have faded a tad (I remember them being more prominent). Still, there is a pleasant bitterness on the tongue and some floral characteristics that are subtle but tasty.

The body is medium and carbonation is high but appropriate. Overall this beer isn't going to knock your socks off, but if you are looking for a clean, sessionable beer with subtle hop flavor that keeps you reaching for the glass then look no further. (1,074 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint sized can care of kegatron, thanks Heath!

Pours a very hazy orange color. 2 fingers worth of slightly offwhite head appear composed of rather large bubbles that retain well and stick all over the glassware in patches. The head receeds slowly leaving quite an uneven cratored surface that stretches and sticks exaggerating the amount of lace clinging to the glass.

The nose of this brew is a fantastic display of hops. Very bright and fresh smelling like all sorts of fruity citrus. Scents of orange, lemon, grapefruit and pine right upfront that then turns a bit herbal and spicey before letting in the sweetness of the malt that comes across with a new element of being floral. There is a bit of alcohol presence in the back of the nose that is identified with a bit of spicey character.

Taking a sip, it is full of hop flavors just as bright as the nose led on. Mostly citrus tasting with a light and enjoyable almost grassy bitterness that is countered by a fresh grainy sweetness of the malt. The hops come out in the finish with a bit of an herbal twist and minorly orange rind like in flavor. A slight indication of the 5% alcohol is noticeable with a fruity flavor and a bit of warmth.

More than half way through my glass, I need to write more and stop pausing constantly to take a sip. Really a super drinkable beer as proclaimed by the steadily decreasing level in my glass. It has a medium feel with a very modest level of carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. Fantastic representation of the style and well rounded overall. There are many Pale Ales (Indian included) that could take a lesson from the hop character included in this brew. (1,662 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1 finger of creamy white head with great retention and nice lacing. Color is a gold hued light brown. Active carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: Fresh fruits, mangoes, oranges, citrus flavors. Flaorl hops with some bready and light caramel malt flavors.

Taste: A large amount of citrus flavors for an APA. Bready pale malt flavors with some caramel. Oranges and mangoes show.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and smooth. A lighter body with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean with grassy hops.

Overall, this is a great pale ale that is very drinkable. I could have a lot of this in one sitting. Reminds me of an ipa. Very impressed with this one. (669 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasting notes from 8/16/10.
Enjoyed on tap at Sheffield's

Poured a cloudy orange colour with a finger of thick white head.

Bitter citrus hops are evident in the nose as well as dominating the palate. The hops profile juicy and fresh citrus flavours and a light malt backbone is present as well. Very tasty.

Light body, lightly carbonated.

I could drink this all day. Definitely the best pale ale I have had. (414 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bauermj for this awesome extra! 16oz can into a Hopus tulip pours a hazy pale orange with a nice frothy off white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and a few rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma is some citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste is a very nice balance of sweet malts just slightly overpowering the citrus hop backbone, very nice balance. The beer is very light, smooth and quite refreshing with perfect carbonation. This is an absolutely incredible pale ale, dare I say the best I've ever had. If this were available here in NC, it would be a mainstay in my beer fridge for sure! (611 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can and Tap. Have heard and read good things about this brew and am looking forward to trying it. Bought a 4 pack of it in Chicago only to find it on tap at the hotel I was staying at, total score! Poured a slightly cloudy golden orange/yellow color with a tight little 1 finger head. The aroma that I get is mostly of citrus hops and rind. The taste can easily be described as smooth and balanced with a nice hops presence up front that transitions to the malt backbone. This to me is one of the best Pale Ales I have had in a long time. (538 characters)

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Of course thanks to Dave for sending this to me a few times now. Just had a fresh can with some eggplant pizza.

Goldenish pour with small head, good retention and great lacing. Excellent nose of citrusy and floral hop character, not super pungent but enough to keep me interested. Good hop flavor, malts in the background to a medium bitterness with a crisp and dry finish. Hoppy for a typical pale ale perhaps, but not too overly hopped such that it's not approachable or too much to pair with everyday food. Supremely drinkable and a great pale ale. Love the pint cans- I would buy this buy the case if I could get it locally. (630 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rtrain12 shared his growler of this fine beer with me... Just getting around to typing my notes up.

I poured this into a standard pint glass.

Nice bright golden color with some reddish highlights. Very clear and bright with a beige head that fought its way to about 1 and half fingers. Respectable amount of lacing too.

Smells sweet with a nice fresh citrus hop note. Malt is mellow while the hops are bright and fresh. This is the pale ale equivalent of a huge Cali DIPA!! Floral and grassy notes lead into a lemony citrus bite with a slightly dry bitter finish. Very well made beer here. Big on flavor, but refreshing and light at the same time.

The body is a little light of medium, and the beer has loads of carbonation. This is a beer I will pick up every chance I get. Simply nothing bad to say about the flavor, nose, or finish.

My only complaint with this one is that Ryan didn't tape his growler up and much of the carbonation has run out of the bottle on me. I can live with that because even with less carbonation than it should have, the beer still tastes amazing. (1,081 characters)

Photo of Patchmaster
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in an in person trade from Hosp. Thanks for the Half Acre hook up.

A - Poured a golden blonde color with a very thick head.

S - It a very pleasant almost lemony smell. Makes me want to package it and put it in a box.

T - Citrusy with in my opinion too much biscuty malt flavor.

M - A fair amount of carbonation, but not bad

D - This beer is a great summer ale. If I lived closer to Half Acre I would enjoy getting some cans of it for a Cubs game. I would imagine this tastes refreshing from the tap to the glass, but overall very enjoyable. Thanks Hosp for the can. (582 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to bauermj for this one

poured clean and clear from the can to a sun king shaped pint glass, a nice semi-hazy light honey gold with a long-ish lasting white bubbly head.

somewhat muted aroma of mild piney and grassy hops.

crisp taste of big piney hops - much bigger than the aroma would indicate.

thicker than expected, very crisp, bitter, but the bitter holds off till the sip is nearly finished. it's not in your face, but instead is very pleasant.

very drinkable. (478 characters)

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.84/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'll start this review with a confession: this is my favorite all-around, everyday drinking beer.

Pours a hazy golden color with an off-white, fizzy head. Aroma indicates that it's nicely dry-hopped, with pine needles and grapefruit coming through brightly. The taste is clean and slightly bitter, but more understated than the pungent nose.

I could (and have) drink this all day long. It's interesting enough to keep your taste buds happy, but not overpowering such that it kills them off. It's perfectly balanced and infinitely enjoyable. As a session beer, it has few peers -- but it's equally as enjoyable to just sip one.

An outstanding flagship beer that needs to make its way to NC, stat. (700 characters)

Photo of PurpleCloud
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden, translucent with a thick, white head.

S: Quite hoppy with a fresh yet faint aroma of lavender

T: Great ale taste with a fine hops bite

M: Good, what you'd expect with a pale ale

D: Quite light

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It balances the taste of hops and grain very well. It's also light and very refreshing. A good summer beer! (349 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very generous extra from yeahnatenelson. 16oz tall boy into a New Belgium globe.

A: Fairly cloudy deep golden amber in color with a white head, two fingers worth, and decent head retention. Nice gobs of lacing as it recedes. Head is very dense, fair amount of carbonation moving through. Nice.

S: Wow, I did not expect the huge resinous hop profile that is there. Incredibly dank, mouthwatering hops. But it isn't quite one dimensional, there are some sweet malty smells underneath. There is a great earthy woody profile as well. Herbal and strong. Man this is hands down the most aromatic pale ale I've ever had. Blindfolded, I'd say this was a huge ipa.

T: Nice hop profile and a definite graininess. Not a whole lot of specialty grains here to boost the big sweet flavors and maltyness, in fact its a little grainy. Surprisingly this is not bitter, for the unreal hop aroma, there is practically no bitterness.

M: Lighter bodied with a little bit higher carbonation, nicely dry. Excellent here.

D: Yeah, session beer here. Holy shit, hops are so present in the nose, but there is no overwhelming bitterness to kill your tongue. Strong flavors, strong profiles, but this is something I could drink all night. Excellent beer, totally and completely lives up to everything that I've heard about the beer.

Thanks Nate! (1,329 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16 oz can from glazeman -- thanks, Scott!

a - pours a bright golden amber color, quite hazy, huge rocky white head with brilliant retention and lacing, lots of tiny bubbles continually rising throughout the pint

s - tons of grapefruit and lemon hop aromas mixed with biscuit malt and cracker, no alcohol on the nose

t - big citrus flavors up front, like the aroma, lots of grapefruit and lemon, dry crackery malt mixes with the citrus on the midpalate, finish is bone dry with biscuit malt and light hop bitterness, no alcohol evident

m - medium-to-light bodied, moderate to slightly higher carbonation, prickly on the tongue, very dry finish, not much alcohol warming

d - very drinkable stuff, pretty much my ideal session beer, though the abv is slightly high to be a true session beer, flavors are interesting and while it's quite dry, it doesn't wear on the palate

I've been wanting to try this one for awhile now, and it certainly lived up to my expectations. This would definitely be a staple in my fridge if it were in my local store. Can't wait to try some of Half Acres other offerings. (1,101 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Half Acre beer glass that was thrown in as an extra in a recent trade.

Beer is yellow and kind of hazy. Forms a good head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady. Looks good.

Aroma is amazing (it was perfect when it started but as the beer warmed it fell off, still giving it a 5). It is so hoppy, piny and wonderful overall. No harshness, the level is strong but not overpowering. Its great.

Beer is medium to light in a body with a creamy mouthfeel. Its good definitely. The bitterness in the back is interesting and not overpowering but assertive and dominant. There is some graininess to it, highly drinkable, good hop flavors in the midpalate. I'm enjoying this beer a lot. I would definitely have it again. (762 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can, no canning date.

It pours a hazy brownish gold with a small white head that leaves a bit of lacing, and a bit to be desired.

The smell packs a punch though, at least for the style. There is a some tropical smell, a lot of caramel, and some citrus. It almost smells like a DIPA.

The taste is pretty good, the hops are mellow in the taste with a bit of bitterness, some fruit, and there is also a decent malt flavor, breadlike, that comes through. There is a bit of a floral note also that comes out of the hops.

I picked it up form the fridge and it seems pretty fresh, a good lighter beer that is sweet and hoppy enough to impress even the strong IPA/DIPA lovers. Though 10$ for a 4pack seems unreasonable for this one. (734 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint can shared by nickd717. Thanks!

Cloudy and golden, it pours with a thick frothy cap that retains incredibly well. This looks great.

Big floral hop aroma with some honey sweetness. A little grain and citrus, very bright and clean. The aroma is huge for such a low alcohol beer.

Flavors of orange and grapefruit, floral hops and a little dry crackery malt meet the tongue first, with grapefruit and pine lingering in the finish. Only mildly bitter, and fairly dry. Damn near perfect for the style, this is a great pale ale, refreshing but extremely flavorful. I need to track down a few cans of this. (606 characters)

Photo of levifunk
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

received as an extra from AgentZero, poured into a pint glass.

a - slightly cloudy orange liquid. light peach head.

s - big pine hops. smells more like a IPA.

t - pine and citrus hops initially but quickly followed by a muted grassy flavor and a dry malt backbone is left completely exposed. bitter finish.

m - very light and refreshing.

overall - perfect for a hot summer day like today. Its an unusual flavor profile, but quite good. (441 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to trying Daisy Cutter for a while now, so I stopped at the brewery and picked up a four pack of cans on a trip to Chicago.

Daisy Cutter has a hazy orangish body and a solid tan head that has great retention and lacing. Pretty good looking beer.

Pretty good smelling beer also. Daisy Cutter is just loaded with pungent hops. Citrus, resin, pine, herbal notes. Just a little bit of malt is in there also.

Half Acre managed to squeeze a lot of hop flavor into this beer considering the ABV. Once again, citrus flavors are piled on top of pine, a ton of resin and grassy, herbal notes. All of these flavors come with a good burst of bitterness. The balancing malt is sweet, but it is just an undertone.

A pretty full body that approaches feeling a bit chewy.

This is a great APA. This would probably be a great IPA if it were classified as one, especially when considering the relatively low ABV. Very nice beer. (941 characters)

Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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