Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Reviews: 725
Hads: 2,985
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 630
Gots: 421 | 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 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. (1,029 characters)

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! (1,249 characters)

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. (579 characters)

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. (822 characters)

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. (1,821 characters)

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. (1,108 characters)

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. (819 characters)

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. (731 characters)

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. (790 characters)

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. (736 characters)

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. (831 characters)

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... (1,407 characters)

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. (604 characters)

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. (974 characters)

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. (302 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a slight hazy deep orange body with an off-white egg white head and a few tiny bubbles of carbonation stuck to the base of the glass.
S- The orange musty hops with herbal qualities make the full green hops jump out of the glass. There is a soft spicy note to the biscuit malt hint that takes a back seat to the hops but compliments them well.
T- The soft pale malt quickly gives way to a bright full hop flavor. The finish is a huge bitter pungent kick in the teeth of hops, that has a dandelion bitterness to them that grows and grows in the linger.
M- This beer has a meidum-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat or astringency.
D- This beer has a nice soft malt support to a nice hop flavor but the bitterness just overpowers everything. I think it is still stuck in my tongue. (835 characters)

Photo of morgens2
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from Leaf from ufck, drank 3.8.10.

Pours a cloudy, rich honey color with a good finger of snowy head that leaves a nice, sticky trail on the glass as you drink it. Smells a very flowery and slightly citrus hoppy aroma. Very well balanced pale ale that really improves as it warms up, which seems very rare for the style. Grass with a gently bitterness to it. Medium body with a creamy, yet easy bite to it that is balanced well with the carbonation. Loved it more and more as it got further into it and could definitely see me drinking more of these. (571 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, thanks to mikesgroove, as part of the Maggie and Me LIF. Don't worry Mike, mine is gonna start soon. Poured into my Short's Imperial pint glass.

A: Really nice, slighty hazy, orangish amber color. The pour drops a massive three fingers of off white head that leaves behind some thick lacing.

A: I get a hefty amount of maltiness up front followed by a piney hoppiness. Lots of grass and some citrus.

T: Spot on for an APA. Very well balanced. Nice sweetness from the malt and a bitter backbone from the hops.

M: Medium body, creamy feel. Good amount of carbonation.

D: Drinkability is pretty high here, this is a brew I could session. Overall, I am really enjoying this brew. It's hitting the spot after a long day at work. I would really like to have this one on tap. Skal. (787 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from beersis81. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1" beige head above the clear golden amber brew. Pillowy head lasts great, with average to good lacing. Aroma is green, fresh hops. Taste starts with pale maltiness, quickly heads toward citrus in the middle, and closes moderately bitter. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, maybe a little gassy, with good drinkability. Nice one that caught me off guard. (498 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Great cloudly looking orangish ale with a nice billowy head that slowly dissipated leaving behind some great lacing. Really nothing to improve on here.

S - Starts out with some sharp citrusy grapefruit notes which turns into a full blown pine hops before mellowing slightly into a nice mix of malt and citrus. Surprisingly complex.

T - Hoppy pine, grapefruit, grassy taste. The malty goodness comes through very subtley and fades to a bitter finish.

M - Nicely carbonated and a dry finish.

D - Low alcohol, great taste, nothing overpowering, quite easy to drink. (570 characters)

Photo of Monsone
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Bad Apple

A - White head fades leaving good lace. Gold honey color. Looks the part.

S - Big citrus/pine/grass hop aroma

T - The aroma doesn't lie. Taste is citrus grapefruit with pine, and floral hops coming along for the ride. Just enough malt backbone to balance it out. Slightly biscuity. Lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body with some oily hops to it.

D - Drinkability is awesome. At 5.2% it packs a lot of punch while not so huge flavor wise that you can't drink quite a few.

Overall this is just a great APA. I don't know that I have had a better one ever. (588 characters)

Photo of hawks10
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber poured into my FFF's pint glass...

Pours a hazy golden orange with two fingers of puffy white head...leaves some lacing on down the pint...

Dank?! I did smoke recently but I swear I smell a funny cigarette? Earthy/piney hops dominate the nose...

Very quick intial subtle hint of citrus which is quickly overwhelmed by piney hops...Bitter and drying, some subtle malt trying to be heard from. Very drying in the finish, pretty one dimensional but in a good way...

Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied, somewhat thick and coating on the way down, great carbonation. Highly drying in the finish...

One of the best APA's there is...would only consider Alpha King to be in the same class. Hoppy and bitter but easy to drink and low enough on the ABV that I could drink this all night...

Half Acre, making some great beers for a great city... (851 characters)

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

A Blast from the Past has generously sent me 3 ridiculously fresh bombers of this beer...
Shows up in my pint glass with a bright bone colored head - pillowy and populated with large bubbles. Beneath that is a beer that gives you butterflies to look at; hazy, orange with deep honey hues. Matte veneered as it traps light. It works.

And it continues on the nose... a good melange of hoppy character: Moscat Grapes, Clementines, pine, and lemon play gingerly with caramelized sugar and some deep copper notes

A big rolling punch of clementine citrus gets things off to a soft, sweet start. This fades and opens into much earthier, muddy middle. There's a hint of rye graininess, dancing with what is now a distinctly piney hop, creates a big impact in the back of the mouth. This heaviness recedes into a long and dry finish. There's a nice chalkiness that keeps the entire show in check. At points though it still veers into a grassy bitterness that buckles the tongue and is a little astringent. I guess that's just comes with the territory when you have such a vibrant showcase of hops on display. I actually think I'm being lied to when told that this beer is only 5.2% ABV. The taste is way too big. Even though this beer is known for being all hop, there's a nice tight malt backbone that you'd expect in beers with 2 or 3 additional percentage points of ABV. The other real success here is that an entire rainbow of hoppy flavors are present. I'm not sure how many varieties are used in the brew... tastes like just about each and every.

With all of this, the mouthfeel is effervescent and light. Backed by the light sweetness, I am reminded distinctly of moscato d'asti wine, if only for a minute in the finish. Wonderful. I would like to see more body though overall. That is one of my only gripes here. Awesome. (1,823 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had Daisy Cutter quite a few times - generally on-tap at Bad Apple or Hopleaf - but this is the first time I'd cracked a bottle. Served appropriately in my Half Acre pint glass.

A - Pours with a finger of soapy white foam that dissipates relatively quickly to a thin cap and leaves some chunky fingers of lace. Hazed golden orange with tons of bubbles racing upwards. Fairly inconspicuous.

S - If this is an APA, it's definitely in the Minneapolis Town Hall vein. An explosion of pine, citrus, and grassy hop character - Daisy Cutter is quite an appropriate name. There's a solid sugar cookie malt backbone in the Alpine style, but like Alpine this one is all about the hops.

T - The taste is also quite similar - lots of pithy grapefruit, pine, and floral hoppiness with a fairly muted pale malt backdrop. There's some fairly intense bitterness in the finish, and also the slightest note of "generic" beer aftertaste (something I've also noticed in Gossamer and The Empty Sea). Still, it's an excellent hoppy pale ale.

M - The bottles are more intensely carbonated than the on-tap version and it makes the texture a little grittier and harsher than I prefer. Once the bubbles settle down, it's a nice smooth medium body with some pleasant residual oily resins.

D - Drinkability is superb. There's a lot of flavor packed into the 5.2% ABV, and killing a bomber is no problem at all. It's a fantastic go-to session beer and is totally worthy of the buzz that is going around. (1,484 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep golden orange with a thin white head that leaves thick lace around the glass.

S - Grassy, fruity and citrus hops with a bit of sweet caramel malt.

T - Grapefruit and floral hops with some bitterness followed by caramel and citrus sweetness. On the hoppy side but still somewhat balanced.

M - Medium body, smooth and crisp with a linger dry hoppy finish.

D - Not as good as a few days old on tap at the brewery but still damn tasty. I highly recommend it if you find it on tap. (489 characters)

Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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