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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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Daisy Cutter Pale AleDaisy Cutter Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A west coast Pale Ale chock-full of dank, aromatic hops. This one's a screamer, hoard it.

Added by emerge077 on 03-20-2009

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

Light body, lightly carbonated.

I could drink this all day. Definitely the best pale ale I have had.

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Photo of atsprings
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of kbutler1
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

I poured this into a standard pint glass.

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Patchmaster
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

M - A fair amount of carbonation, but not bad

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

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Photo of robwestcott
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to bauermj for this one

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

somewhat muted aroma of mild piney and grassy hops.

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

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

very drinkable.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

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

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

An outstanding flagship beer that needs to make its way to NC, stat.

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Photo of PurpleCloud
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

T: Great ale taste with a fine hops bite

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

D: Quite light

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks Nate!

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16 oz can from glazeman -- thanks, Scott!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of drabmuh
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

16 oz can, no canning date.

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

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

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

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

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint can shared by nickd717. Thanks!

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

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

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

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Photo of levifunk
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

a - slightly cloudy orange liquid. light peach head.

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

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

m - very light and refreshing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

A pretty full body that approaches feeling a bit chewy.

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

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz can....perfect size and awesome for the beach! Pours into my glass a hazy golden orange with a nice fluffy head on top. Aromas are bold with fresh cut grassy / piney hops along with citrus and tropical fruit accents. Dank and resinous with a crisp bready malt backbone.

First sip brings a blast of fresh hop flavor with pine and citrus running about with a touch of grass. Crisp, laid back malt backbone that leaves way for a nice rush of bitterness. Smooth, dry finish with lingering hop after thoughts. Just a great brew overall.

Mouthfeel is smooth, refreshing and easy to drink. Great body and carbonation make this an overall wonderful pale ale that definitely borders towards an IPA. An easy candidate for summer sessions and lazy days at the beach. So glad to have Half Acre join the ranks of Chicago brewers!

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Photo of Damian
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint can
Served in a pint glass

Thanks to Gonzoillini for including this as an extra in our trade.

The beer poured a slightly hazed, light straw yellow color. A two-finger, eggshell cap of bubbly froth topped the liquid. The head quickly faded to a resilient film.

Peach notes came through strong in the aroma. Fruity and juicy with indications of clementines and tropical fruits. Semi-sweet. Really pleasant overall. I just wish the nose was a bit punchier.

The flavor profile was more hoppy and intense than the aroma. Citrusy up front. Some bready malts (just enough to keep the hops in check) came through as well. Orange peel was quite apparent. Somewhat spicy and fruity in the center. The piney, resonating finish was crisp and dry.

The mouthfeel was a touch thinner than expected with lively, big bubbled effervescence.

This is a tasty, easy drinking beer, perfect for a warm summer day. It paired well with my wild salmon burger.

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Photo of Brez07
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a pint glass

A: Clear golden hue with lots of cascading bubbles. Big 2 finger fluffy white head with good retention. Fair amount of lacing left over

S: Some sweet flower notes mixed with a hint of pine. There is also wheat, some biscuit malt and a bit of orange

T: Hops come out more here. Definitely a good amount of pine and grass with some malt in the finish

M: Light, slightly bitter, refreshing. Crisp, dry finish

D: Great canned beer. Seems spot on for the style. Wish this were local, I'd purchase it frequently

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Photo of woosterbill
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Sheffield's into a pint glass.

A: Clear gold body with a finger of quickly dissipating white head. Spotty lace. Pretty straightforward.

S: Very bright, lively, clean floral and citrus hops. Pure, simple, and beautiful.

T: Starts out with the delicate hops from the nose, and finishes with some crisp malt and light bitterness. A little watery, but great.

M: Light and fluffy.

D: Quite crisp and refreshing. I could drink this all night.

Notes: Excellent pale ale. Comes darn close to delivering the hops of an IPA, but without the bitterness getting out of hand. If I lived in Chicago, this might well be my go-to summer beer.


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Photo of pmccallum86
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pear colored golden hued body with a medium bubbly head.

Smell is of lemon and citrus with some banana too. Very fruity in the nose.

Taste is very fruity just like the nose, lots of banana and citrus. Nice and hoppy for a pale ale, the bitterness really hits in the finish, quite good.

Mouthfeel is great, crisp, dry, and bubbly.

Drinkability is unreal, so drinkable, everything you could want in a pale ale.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can poured into an imperial pint. No date.

(A)- Pours a clear orange color. Produced a great fluffy off-white head with great retention and left lots of lacy webbing behind.

(S)- A dry piney citrus blast of lime and lemon. Plenty of resin-like pine in the nose.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A big dry bitterness with some lemon lime citrus. A light sweet caramel maltiness, but the hops take center stage.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Tastes more like an IPA than a pale ale, but these days their definitions run together. A good hop presence and crispness.

(D)- A solid pale ale with everything going for it. Would be a staple in my fridge, but $10 for a 4pk of cans is a tad steep. Nonetheless, an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of samie85
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a golden amber color with a two finger head.

S-Pineapple, pine and orange are the main aromas with some light caramel malt notes.

T-Follows the nose with bitter pine, pineapple and some caramel malt.

M-Crisp and effervescent on the palate with medium carbonation and light body.

D-Very refreshing beer that drinks pretty easily. The only thing I would probably change about this beer would be to amp up the aroma hops.

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Photo of nickd717
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint can via trade thanks to NorthsideFred.

Pours a mostly clear golden color with a decently formed white head fading to some foam.

Aroma is piney, resinous, and grapefruity. Not too much malt presence.

Flavor is also very hoppy. Not much malt, a little watery even, but the hops are there. Really resinous and piney with sharp grapefruit.

A little thin on the palate with hop oils and average carbonation.

A great (IPA masquerading as a) pale ale in the west coast style, but not quite something like Alpha King.

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Photo of morimech
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wonder why this beer is so popular? That's right, it is a hopcentric beer.

Appearance- Dark golden in color. A massive head forms and holds on for a long time before settling to a thick cap. Thick lacing is left on the glass. Could be a little darker but I have seen fewer APAs that hold together this well.

Smell- A lot of citrus hop aroma. A little bready malt but not much else. The hops are fully featured and is gives a pleasant aroma.

Taste- More citrus hops in the flavor as well. The only malt that I can detect is a little toffee in the aftertaste. The brewer packed a lot of citrus flavor in here but kept the bitterness surprisingly low. I would not normally rate an unbalanced beer this high but the citrus flavors appeal to me without all the palate punishing bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Nice smooth carbomation compliments the lighter body. The citrus flavors are complimented by this body.

Drinkability- This is a very refreshing APA. Not the biggest one out there, but I would not want to exchange the pleasant flavors for more alcohol and thickness.

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.