Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,917
Reviews: 744
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.83%
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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 DovaliHops
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous hazy golden color with a nice frothy head that is full and fluffy. As the head slowly diminishes, I take a sniff. I'm so blown away by this ale...Never had so much hops hit my nostrils in a pale ale. Even most IPAs don't have such a strong hop scent. Very impressive...this smell is out of this world. The taste is just as amazing. Very strong hop presence with very little malt characteristics. Absolutely breathtaking. Clean and crisp with lovely citrus fruits on the back of the tongue. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, and a tiny bit of melon. This is the most complex and flavorful pale ale I've ever had. Better than a handful of IPAs I've had (and I've had many.) Absolutely amazing beer. Great Job!

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy light gold with a small white head that sticks around for a while before fading into a fluffy cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of intense herb, citrus, orange peel, pine sap, and fresh fruit. Excellent, excellent stuff!
Taste is of the aromas with a solid balance of sugary malt and complex malt highlighted by citrusy, and full of resinous sap.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied yet amazingly sticky with hops pouring all over the palate. I can't believe they got this kind of hoppy goodness out of a 5.2% beer!
Well done!

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

16 oz. can poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (June 6, 2010).

I had this in a bottle and enjoyed it, now to judge the canned offering.

Eyes: Looks fairly clean, with a solid white craggy, head. Much less yeast particulate floating in the beer than in the bottle. Orange in color.

Nose: An absolutely great floral hop aroma consumes the nose. A hint of pine, not malt at all. Simply great!

Tongue: As expected it's worlds smoother & subtler than the smell. I must admit I was a bit concerned from the potent aroma that this would be a hop bomb, but I'm completely taken aback. Hops cover the palate, but it's smooth, with almost zero malt, not real bitterness.

Mouth: Light body, very refreshing & smooth. A good hop bite, but still smooth.

Libation: Very good all around and better canned than the bottled versions I've had. Hat's off to Half Acre or taking the step toward increased sustainability and a great way to deliver their beer.

Photo of woodychandler
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a retired US Navy sailor, I CAN respect a beer named after a retired bomb, especially when said beer comes in a CAN. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "CANned crafted. Beer is better in here."

My pour created a finger of fluffy, bone-white head with good retention. The beer was a cloudy lemon-yellow, like raw honey. Nose was very grapefruit-citrusy! Mmmm. Hops. Good! Mouthfeel was medium with a pronounced citrus hops bite. Goddam! The finish was puckeringly dry, like I had just bitten into a grapefruit at breakfast. Man, this was pretty intense for being called an "AmeriCAN Pale Ale". The combined relatively low ABV and intense flavor make it a definite cooler CANdidate, if only I could get some more. 8=( Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of mrandypandy
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can purchased directly from the Half Acre Brewery.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden/orange with a big frothy head. Head dies down to a decent ring, average lacing.
S- Citrus hops in the nose, with some faint malt aromas lingering in the background.
T- Really, really good. From the aroma I was expecting a bigger beer, more IPA than APA, but the citrus/grapefruit hops are restrained and mesh well with the malt backbone.
M- Medium body, lively carbonation, smooth.
D- The harmony between hops/malt make this an easy beer to drink. I will gladly have more.

Overall - A fantastic APA. Nice mix of citrus hops and malt, reminds me a bit of Alpha King. Not as hoppy, but that's a good thing. Highly recommended.

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

Poured hazy amber color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bitter flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.

Photo of glazeman
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap Sheffields

to me this blurred the lines between a pale ale and an IPA. It was a golden amber color with good head retention and excellent lacing. Smell was preety hop heavy, but excellent. Citusy hops are the dominant flavor and despite the big hop profile, the beer is not overly bitter. I thought the mouthfeel was great to with just the right amount of carbonation and a slightly sticky, but good feel.

Photo of HopHead84
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Thanks Alex! Appears hazed orange with a large frothy white head, great retention, excellent lacing.

The nose showcases a bright floral hop profile, with vibrant notes of grapefruit, grass, orange pith and flesh, and pine resin. Malt is absent from the aroma. Excellent.

The flavor is of grapefruit rind and juicy flesh, with accompanying notes of pine and orange. Like the aroma, the flavor shows no real sign of malt except for a whisper of biscuit character. Bitterness is at a pleasant moderate level. The mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and crisp. Carbonation is at an upper moderate level. This is a very good hoppy pale ale. Highly recommended. Excellent stuff and extremely drinkable.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Canned 5/25/10, drank 5/27/10

Pours a cloudy light amber color with one and a half fingers of sticky white head.

Scent of dank, piny, citrusy hops, orange peel, and a very light biscuit maltiness. An absolutely fantastic scent.

Taste of dank, piny hops, orange peel, and a bit of biscuity malts. It is hard to imagine a better Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp with a fine carbonation.

The more I drink this beer, the more drinkable it becomes.

Photo of kirkpjr
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed 5/6/10.

Thanks to Dunt for this bottle!

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours an opaque golden caramel color with two fingers of head leaving nice lacing.

S: Citrus, mango, and tangerine hops. A very hoppy pale ale! Very faint malts. Probably the best smelling PA I've come by.

T: Very fruity, light ale. Seems like a great gateway for a non craft drinker. Crisp, dry, refreshing PA with nice citrus notes.

M: Light bodies and crisp. Moderate carbonation.

D: Very smooth and refreshing. Could drink this one any day. Would love to have this available down here.

Photo of kwjd
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I they had this on guest tap at the Goose Island brewpub in Chicago and I'm glad they did because this was one of the beers I wanted to try while there.

It poured a light orange colour with huge soapy head. Lacing all the way down the pint glass with tons of head retention. The hops jump out at you on the smell. Lots of citrus hops with some pine in there. Taste has a great level of bitterness, with minimal fruity malt sweetness. A little bit too much carbonation for my preference.

This beer would work to have several while watching a game or on a a patio, while still being interesting enough to sip for a while. This is likely the best APA I've ever had.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

This pours up a very enticing, mild orange color with light yellow tinting. A mild pour produces a three-finger head of thick, craggy, eggshell colored, foam. The retention is very good and leaves some sticky, clumpy, lacing.

This nose has an assertive hoppiness to it which can not be denied. Lots of big citrus hop notes along with tropical ones, also. Peaches, oranges, pineapples and apricots, among others. One of the more fruity hops profiles I've ever encountered. There is also a good hint of pine bite here, as well. Mild notes of malty biscuit with a trace of caramel.

The fruit presence does maintain itself in the taste, but it is not nearly as sweet as I was led to believe. The hop bitterness comes forward to provide a fantastic balance. These elements play off of each other very well. These are on a solid base of toasted pale malts. The finish is very nicely dry.

This is medium-bodied and has a medium, almost high, level of carbonation. Nicely smooth and it finishes with a nice, crisp, bite.

I'm going to go ahead and say that this is quite possibly the best APA that I've ever had. Very smooth, crisp and drinkable. The low abv also makes it a winner, as you could drink it in a larger quantity and not have to worry too much about the effects.
Very well done and I'm glad that this is my first offering from Half Acre.

Photo of
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a 20 oz mug.

Mostly clear, with two inches of head. Smells like apricot and citrus. Lots of hops in this one.

This was a little more bitter than I expected. It seemed a little aggressive for a pale ale, but was still quite enjoyable. Tasted like apricot and grapefruit. Once I got started this went down pretty easily. I would certainly order this again.

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

22oz bomber courtesy of peteophile44 thanx peter

A: poured a hazy yellowish orange with a 2 finger frothy head and had great sticky lacing on the glass.

S: lots of citrus fruits up front with piney hops and sweet malt presence with hints of caramel as well.

T: grapefruit bitterness hits first with a good mild balance between the hops and malts. I like how the grapefruit and the hops accent each other.

M: medium body with nice bubbly carbonation that ends with slight biterness buit adds to the oversll taste.

D: intresting pale ale but a great offering from half acre. Liked the beer all around. Send me some more peter.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pours a nice hazy golden amber color, tight fluffy white head.

S-nose is quite hoppy, an underlying pale malt with huge hop presence. Lots of pine, resin, with notes of apricot in the back.

T-the taste isn't quite as hoppy as the nose. The pale malt is more prevalant, nice balance, hops take over. a good bit of pine, touch of syrupy resin notes, lemon and herbal hops in the back. very light bitterness.

M-this is just a little grainy, syrupy up front, light thin body, a little too thin. the carbonation is high but falls off at the back.

D-this is quite a tasty and hoppy pale ale, very nice drink and very enjoyable. little thin in boddy but i don't want to split hairs.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed several pints of this while on business in Chicago. Thanks to Masterski for showing me their brewery and hosting a visit to "The Bad Apple" where we enjoyed some great beer and great food. This is a very nice Pale Ale and could easily be confused with an American India Pale Ale.

Each of the pints I ordered came with a thin finger of white fluffy head. This did dissipate quite quickly. The beer is a hazy Orange/Straw color and there is a nice amount of lacing left behind in the glass.

The aroma is fantastic. Fresh floral perfume explosion. Citrus, both fruit & peel, slightly grassy. I've heard comments that this also smells a bit like marijuana and have to agree. It's subtle, but it's there.

As mentioned earlier, this drinks quite a bit like an IPA. This is a wonderful hop juice with some malt balance playing a supporting role. The overall descriptive words here are fresh & floral. This shines in both the aroma and flavor. Grapefruit, grass, other fruit flavors and a very light toasted malt flavor. Some nice spice and a punch of perfume like citrus. Just wonderful.

Oily, resin like medium/light body. Medium carbonation makes the freshness pop in your mouth.

A wonderfully drinkable beer. I wish this was local to Boston. Would definitely be a staple for me. Among my favorite Pale Ale's...

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

Big thanks to MasterSki for grabbing this growler for me for a little DLD growler swap. This growler was super hazy and maybe the first one I've seen with a bunch of sediment in the bottom. Fresh!

Pours a super hazy amber/orange, some golden highlights, medium sized white head forms, settles down to a thin ring around the glass, big lacing sticks, looks nice.

Smell is real nice, like opening a bag of weed, dank as shit, some pine and grapefruit, biscuity malt, caramel, light sweetness, very hoppy and fresh, real good stuff.

Taste is a bit of a letdown, not a whole lot of malt character behind the hops, lightly fruity, pine, some floral and grapefruit, very hoppy, really solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down super smooth, this is a great pale ale with some pretty cool character. Thanks Alex!

Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Jeff for hooking it up with a bottle of this. I've been looking forward to trying it for quite some time.

A: The pour is a cloudy golden color with a massive white head on top.

S: A ton of hops hit you in the nose immediately. A really great mix of the different hop aromas as well. I get lots of floral smells, along with citrus, and perhaps even some spicy notes as well.

T: The flavor follows the nose perfectly. Perhaps a touch more in terms of citrus and pine than the scent would let on, but still a lot of flora and spice as well. No malt to be found whatsoever.

M: A bit heavy on the tongue for a pale ale, but a nice carbonation and a bitter finish.

D: One of the best pale ales I've had, ever, to be quite honest. This is almost to the point of an IPA in terms of the hop character, but it was great no matter what you call it.

Photo of bruachan
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

good froth up in here, with plenty of reinforcements from below. slightly hazy light amber/deep gold

sweet simcoe aromas with piney tang. dried grass

dry and hoppy. that's what it has going on. very little malt character; just enough to keep the beverage off the tea shelf. hop flavor is nice: good bitterness for an APA and some prickly grapefruit. the hop enhances what sweetness is already there from the malt bill

Photo of ritzkiss
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler brought by Viggo - cheers for hitting this want man!

Major murk visible in the clear glass growler, yeast floating around making it look like fresh squeezed apple juice with all the pulp still there. Pours with a couple fingers of head with a little retention.

Nose is extremely grassy and weedy, a nice sweet marijuana kick, little pine and earth, touch of citrus. Totally unlike any other beer I've smelt.

This one comes across as supremely drinkable but my major complaint is the lack of any real malt base, feels thin and a little like hop juice. Not that this is always a bad thing, makes me imagine I would want a couple of these after cutting the lawn but it's just not an everyday thing. Pine, grass cuttings, apple, orange pulp, light pineapple, light bittering, weed, light dryness in the finish. Sharp but not distracting carbonation. Thin body.

It's certainly unique although I can't say I was overly impressed for something that is rated so high here. Would give it another shot but wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of bobsy
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly a unique beer, and thanks to Eric for sharing! For starters this pale ale is in a clear glass jug-style growler, which reveals a cloudy peach-juice appearance, with a heck of a lot of sediment in the bottom. Its fairly fresh and looks like its been filled straight from the tanks! Once poured it kicks up a finger of white head that leaves some streaks on the glass. Where to start with the aroma? I feel like I'm nosing a bag of marijuana and not a glass of beer. There's an intense weed-like smell that overpowers everything else. Some grassiness and tangerine lurk underneath if you're really looking.

For all the weediness of the smell, the flavour is more resinous than anything, and its chock-full of leafy hops. Quite a bit of grapefruit too, and some grass lurking around. Light biscuit malt could be more assertive, but this is all about the hops. Bitterness is at a pale ale level, perhaps even a touch higher. Quenching medium-light mouthfeel and carbonation make this extremely drinkable.

A strange goose, but a nice beer to have after a long run. The weedy character is weird, but looking past that its got some great drinkability to it, and my glass doesn't last long. Really glad I got to try this one! Thanks again, Eric!

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

Glows a wonderful apricot color that beams down through the heavens of my ceiling fan lamp.

Piney American hops dominate the aroma. Blood oranges. Bold for a pale, it reminds me of an IPA that Sierra might make.

The taste adds a bready/biscuity malt backbone to balance. Pine, bitter citrus, kumquat lean in before a slight chocolate note in the bitter fade. If I didn't know better I would say this is an IPA. Bold and flavorful with medium, perfect, carbonation for the style. Seems a bit thin at first, works itself out though.

Goes great with food or just a glass. Try it.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy gold with an inch-plus head of rocky white. Great retention with at least a quarter inch of froth remaining on the surface for the duaration of the glass and plenty of ropey lacing.

Aromatics lead off with grapefruit, biscuity malt, and grassy overtones. A bit chaulky with citrus fruit following through.

Medium bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel.

Light malt, grapefruit-laden hops, and husky biscuits start the palate. Bone-dry with a solid bitterness. Hints of lemongrass-rubbed pine and candied grapefruit follow through.

Finishes with a lingering, drying bitterness, grapefruit pith, and tasty malt.

A very tasty APA, but not hitting me as particularly vibrant or fresh. I can tell there is promise there, and I regret not getting a draught when I had the chance at The Bottom Lounge.

Photo of portia99
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Brought back by a friend on his trip to Chicago...big thanks to you Rob on this one!

A - Pours a hazy pale orangey golden color with 2 fingers of fluffy off-white foam on top. Head has pretty good staying power and lingers for a couple of minutes. Some light lacing is left behind as the beer descends in the glass.

S - Smell is of sugary sweetness and intense citrusy orange and grapefruit up front. Some light toffee, honey and some biscuity malt sit behind the hops. Pretty impressive smelling pale ale.

T - After an impressive aroma, the flavor definitely does not disappoint. Good sharp bitterness with plenty of hop flavor. Citrusy grapefruit is the name of the game here, enhanced by some fresh cut grass. A flavorful kick of biscuity malt breaks thru the hop attack and balances nicely...actually the biscuity flavor really comes thru nicely - more intense than most other pale ales/ipa's,etc of this nature.

M - Light to medium in body with medium carbonation levels. Tons of sticky and resiny hops fill every inch of the mouth along with a long lasting bitterness. Quite dry on the palate.

D -Almost more of an IPA than a pale ale by flavor profile, although alcohol level is fairly low at 5.2% keeping this more in line with the APA style. Very full flavored beer - tons of hops and plenty of malt presence. Malt is not typical - not much in the caramelly flavors, way more towards the dry, biscuity malt flavors which serves this beer really well. I would highly recommend this beer...I could drink this all day without any complaints. For a beer with this much flavor (especially hop flavor), it is extremely easy drinking...tastes great and the alcohol is on the low end of the spectrum for craft beers...a winning combination for sessionability.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 0z bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 5.2% ABV, no date.

A - Pours a very hazy golden yellow with a huge off-white head. Moderate to low retention with a clumpy pile and thick webbing.

S - Lots of grassy hops noticeable right away that also has a big mulch-like aroma. Usually I really don't like that at all but so far I'm not offended by it with this beer. A toasted aroma with some sweetness backs up the hops. Almost marijuana-like skunky later on which DOES offend me.

T - Low pale malts don't provide much backbone to the hops letting the flavor be really dry and hop-driven. Floral notes change the largely grass-flavored hops a little bit. A tiny touch of citrus on the finish.

M - Medium-light bodied and dry with a moderate hop bitterness. The finish lingers for a while too.

D - I thought the grassy hops wouldn't get to me at first but after a while I'm wondering why this was so acclaimed. It's a middle-of-the-road Pale Ale that's not all that impressive, Not something new really and definitely not worth searching hard for. It's still drinkable none-the-less.

Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,917 ratings.