Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Reviews: 735
Hads: 3,082
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 19.86%
Wants: 641
Gots: 455 | FT: 21
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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

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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 kirkpjr
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +5.3%
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 +1.7%
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 -10.3%
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 -1.9%
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 -3.1%
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 +12.7%
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 -1.9%
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 +5.7%
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 -2.6%
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 -8.6%
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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Photo of bobsy
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

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Photo of brownbeer
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of portia99
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber courtesy of mikesgroove. Been wanting to try this one for a while now. Thanks, Mike!

Golden amber pour, with a monstrous four finger, creamy white head that towers over the top of the glass. Retention is excellent, and there's tons of sticky lacing all over the glass.

Nice, hoppy nose. Lightly malty, but mostly citric and herbal hops. IPA-quality nose.

Flavor falls a tad short of being IPA-quality, but, as far as pale ales go, it's top notch. This is what I'd like to see from the Sweetwater 420's of the world. Good, lasting hop flavor. Again, lightly malty up front, then citric hops. Nice finishing light bitterness. Great balance of flavors.

Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated. Soft, plush texture. This beer is ridiculously drinkable. As good of a hoppy pale ale as I've ever tasted. Quality stuff.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Andy for splitting this bomber with me.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is slightly cloudy golden yellow. Two fingers of white head slowly fade leaving thick gobs of lace all around the glass.

The aroma is a nice blast of piney hops. Lots of grapefruit and citrus. Maybe a touch of biscuit. This smells like a winner.

The flavor is a huge step down from the nose. Pretty much malt forward with a hint of faded hops. It has a strange off flavor that I can't put my finger on. We were assured this was fresh too.

Medium body with average carbonation.

Overall a bit of a let down. I've had this on tap and remember it being much better. Now I know never buy this in bottle form. Maybe the cans will translate better.

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

A - Server with a one inch head of off-white foam on top of a hazy, orange body. The foam settles slowly and leaves little lace.

S - Strong hop pellet aromas of pine and orange. Some bready malt in the background to balance along with a bit of toffee.

T - Bready malt up front with resinous pine hops. Pithy grapefruit in the middle that fades to a finish of sweet toffee malt, balanced by moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a nicely balanced finish.

D - A drinkable and well balanced pale ale. This beer has a level of hop character that nearly pushes it into the IPA category, especially the fresh, powdery hop aromas. However, it is nicely balanced with restrained bitterness and nice malt balance. Very good, and quite sessionable by American standards.

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Photo of jera1350
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up on a recent trip to Chicago.

Pours into a nonic a lovely golden color with cascading bubbles that combine with a two finger head of fluffy foam. Lots of lacing and awesome head retention.

Delicious scents of citrus, including, mandarin orange, grapefruit, pineapple, honey and a hint of toffee.

Similar to the nose. Hop forward taste of pine and citrus. Mild malt backbone. Some noticeable lemongrass too. The bitterness is pretty tame, but the hop flavors are still the highlight.

Feels about perfect. Not light, not heavy. Smooth and crisp.

Give me this all night long. For a beer to have this much flavor at such a low abv is amazing. Outstanding APA and a must try! My only regret is not picking up more of this.

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Photo of biker30x
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber a hazy dull honey gold with a thin head that faded quickly. Smell was a dull floral with hints of citrus, overall the appearance & smell failed to scream "drink me" but nothing that I could put my finger on. The first sip was satisfyingly hoppy for a Pale with a bitter bite that struck first. The follow was a thin flavor of citrus and malt sweetness that bloomed and vanished, leaving only hops and it's bitter bite.

As a Pale, this beer has a backbone and bite that often is lacking in the breed. This comes at the expense of balance and malt underpinnings. This is a pale for hopheads. It's brighter than most IPAs and lacks some of the sometimes cloying piny viscosity of bigger IPAs. This is a good thing as March fades and the promise of April and spring is around the corner. A very nice summer beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz. bottle that came as an unexpected, but much appreciated, extra from imperialking (thx, Jeff!). Poured to a shaker pint glass. My first from Half Acre; simple label and kinda pretty, featuring a meadow full of...daisies. Uncut, fortunately.

A: Slightly hazy copper/butterscotch orange hiding under a finger of sandy cream (darkens the closer to the bottom of the bottle it gets). Hanging dabs of foam, a fair amount of linger film and ring. Not a whole lot of carbonation, a few streaming trails wriggling away from some in-glass etching. Pretty good looking.

S: Nice aroma of wafting lemon, lemongrass really - big and juicy! Lots of citrus and enough caramel/toasty malt to balance the hops. Could sniff this one all night, a really wonderful noseful.

T: A bone dry, ESB-like, feel at times...a tricky flavor to nail down! Like the nose, plenty of lemony citrus with more pine/resin than expected. Peppery spice in the finish, intermingling with a veiled caramel/nut roast sweetness. Really tasty, not quite perfect.

M: Subdued crispness, medium body that seems to build a little sip by sip. With that peppered dryness, enough cleanness in the end.

D: Excellent hoppy pinch and super balance, wrapped inside a session-worthy strength. Pale Ales aren't usually something I go to crazy over, but this is certainly a fine one I'd really like to have again. Well played, Half Acre, well played...

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a slightly-hazy medium amber, akin to iced tea, with a good inch of stiff biscuit head.

Smell - citrus rind, pine, tinge of malt, but I'm getting mostly citrus rind.

Taste - Citrus notes not quite as evident as in the smell, more pine and floral notes, bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation; ideal pale ale feel.

Drinkability - Quite drinkable. The body and the hop character join forces to make a beer that's very refreshing. You can certainly have several of these in succession without a lineup change. All in all, it's an exceptional pale ale.

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Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I shared a growler of this beer with friends, poured into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a medium yellow/gold with good clarity and a fluffy 3/4" white head. The head dropped to a skim and left lots of sticky lace behind. This is what an APA should look like.

S= Malt backbone evident but thin. Big hoppy notes of pine, citrus, and floral. Slight esters.

T= The malt was there but cracker thin and just a bit too dry for me. The hops are bitter and flavorful. Leaned more toward pine but there was certainly lots of citrus in there too. Not much yeast character getting in the way of those hops. Finished dry with a lasting bitterness.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a crisp carbonation level.

D= Extremely drinkable, both in the sense of flavor and ABV. An IPA drinker's pale ale, with lots of hop bite. I personally prefer more caramel malt for balance, but that's just me. This is a great example of the style and one I will drink again for sure.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is piney hops with some other hop flavors. The flavor is medium bitterness and some pine and orange-citrus hops. Medium-high carbonation and medium mouthfeel. A great hoppy American Pale Ale.

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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