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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: 3,151
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 642
Gots: 486 | 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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Photo of DaveonBA
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16 oz can.

Look: Color of straw, rather hazy. White head that sticks around for quite a while.

Smell: Amazing. Strong citrus hops.

Taste: Nice hoppy flavor. Very bright citrus flavors with almost no malty sweetness detectable.

Mouthfeel: Light and rather highly carbonated. Extremely refreshing.

Drinkability: I can slowly sip and savor it or chug a pint if I had to. This beer goes down so easily and sits well in the belly.

Maybe its just me but I feel like some pale ales may as well be IPAs. This, on the other hand, is light, crisp, and refreshing. Just how I think a pale ale should be. Great stuff.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can into a mug, with a huge tip of the hat to AleWatcher once again. The stream of awesome beer apparently has no end!

Pours a richly cloudy, murky dull gold, with a huge three-finger off-white fluffy head that necessitated a couple of re-pours. Eventually, this settles down into a dense one-finger cap on top that shows no signs of going away. Excellent retention, with fantastic lacing that leaves tiger-stripe and static patterns all the way down the glass.

Nose is citrusy goodness from top to bottom. There's a dry sweetness and just a bit of doughy yeast coming through. Very nice.

Taste is knock-your-socks -off good. Ridiculously full-flavored, the only thing that makes this a pale ale and not an IPA is the 5.2% ABV. Lightly pungent, juicy grapefruit-rind hops prickle the tongue, just a bit piney, with the suspended yeast contributing a light but noticeably full breadiness, especially towards the finish. Light to moderate bitterness, but fairly low when you consider how much flavor this one has; instead, it just seems dry and lip-smackingly delicious. I reiterate, though, that this seems closer to an IPA than a pale ale for me - hop oils dominate.

Mouthfeel is excellent as well - dry, just a bit of astringency to tingle the tongue, soft but full carbonation, and the body is ridiculously full, largely because of lack of filtration. Excellent.

Drinkability? Very nice. Huge flavor, sub-6% abv, very manageable bitterness - strengths lie in all the right places, and no noticeable weakness.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So glad to see these in cans, maybe now Illinois has their very own bragable beer in cans.

A: Massive massive head, its a struggle just to keep it in my glass. Poured very slowly and very carefully I can really start to appreciate the look of this beer after a dodgy start. Head is just like I remember it on draft: bone white and incredibly dense. Color is a crystal clear golden honey until I finally get around to splashing the yeast in the glass and it takes on a lovely glowing golden amber.

S: Heavy on the flowers and a clover honey sweetness backed by a healthy dose of pine and just the slightest touches of malt sweetness creeping in through the back door. Reminds me quite a bit like Gumballhead in places.

T/MF: Surprisingly malty considering the aromas I was picking up; jammy bread with a nutty earthiness. Finish gives a better idea of the hoppiness that this beer. Yet getting the rest of the beer into the glass it beings to take on the characteristics I remember from times on tap. Quite a dry feel from start to finish, light and crisp with a biting finish. Flavors of clover honey, toasted whole grain bread, touches of pine needles, whole grains, nuts and earth. Surprisingly more balanced than I remember.

D: Well my can is nearly gone and I feel like I just opened it. Not as hoppy as I remember but very well balanced and an all around great beer, something to be sought out for sure.

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Photo of merryjoulton
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got caught in the nasty storm last night at the train station downtown so I popped into the little bar at the station to see what they had. Never heard of this beer but it looked better than the rest of the BMC offerings.

Poured a nice golden amber with a tight head. Smell is very sweet with hints of pine and nuts. Taste is crisp and clean, fairly malty as well. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good.

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

16oz. can poured into a nonic pint glass

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw/ orange with a pillowy white head and medium lacing down the glass. The head dies into a thin layer of bubbles across the surface of the glass.

The nose wafts out of the can as soon as the tab is popped. The tropical hop smell of grapefruit and tangerine; a combination of hops that gets me every time. The nose is very bright and light, a perfectly refreshing nose for an APA.

The taste mirrors those tropical hops. A nice resiny sensation fills your mouth. The tiniest bit complimentary malt can be found of the backside but for the most part this is a crisp hop forward APA. A great example of how a hop punch can be packed in a beer below 6%.

The mouthfeel is crisp and dry, refreshing and leaves me always wanting to take a sip. This beer truly is great and so has great repeat drinkability being only 5.2%, light, and crisp.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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