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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Reviews: 759
Hads: 3,239
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 19.86%
Wants: 649
Gots: 516 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States | website

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 KBomb
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly muted golden translucent color body below soapy white head that has moderate staying power. Smell is very nice: a balanced blend of citrus, pine, and floral hop aromas (with just a little emphasis on grapefruit citrus). At the front end of each sip is a bold hop bitterness, followed by just enough of a little biscuity malt for balance. The finish is crisp and bitter, and leaves a trace of floral flavor behind to invite a second sip. Body is light and thin-- surprising for such a flavorful APA. Daisy Cutter strikes a great balance of flavor and drinkability. I'll be keeping these around for many a summer BBQ.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz can into a pint glass. Many thanks go to lurchingbeast for hooking me up with a can of this in a recent trade.

Pours a slightly hazed golden copper, with several billowous fingers of bright-white foamy head. This retains with a very robust looking 1/2 finger of froth, which just coats the sides of the glass with thick sticky swathes of lacing. The aroma is rich and vibrant in the nose, being freshly floral and citric, with a bit of a light herbal tea quality going on with it as well. The citrus adds both bitterness and sweetness to this, as grainy bread sits underneath and gives this a gentle malty presence. This is pretty straightforward with the flavors but the overall package is just so bright feeling and robust in the nose. Awesome!

The taste is crisp and biting with earthy grapefruit and bitter pithy citrus rind which leads into a satisfying dry spicy finish. Malt hangs on the edges of the profile, surrounding the hops, and offering up some great feeling sweet and bready tasting balance. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with a crispness to the carbonation that literally seems to snap across the palate, yet still possesses a silky smoothness to it which enables for a maximum thirst-quenching drinkibility on this.

While it lacked just a bit of the punch that the fresh growler I had previously consumed of this had, there's no denying that this is one of thee best American Pale Ales out on the market right now. Growler, can, bottle, anyway you it, this is just a tremendously flavorful and easy drinking quaff. Fantastic stuff!

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks hawks10!

pours a bright yellow with light hazy orange through out. massive head, almost too much head. crazy lacing and great retention.

massive floral and citrus hops on the nose. very bright scents, bits of grapefruit and pineapple.

lots of hops, lots. light bitterness blends well with the malt. light citrus fruit flows through out.

body is a bit thin, which is my only complaint. low ABV and excellent flavor make this VERY drinkable.

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Photo of livewire78
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you AstroAcks6 for this.

A regular pour yields a nice golden honey with a pretty fluffy white head. Lacing is average.

Smells a little bready. Citrusy smells are there and are pretty typical. The crispness of the smells is way better than normal, though. If that makes any sense.

The flavors are sharp and definite. Not muted and dulled down. The citrusy hops are in your face followed by the pale malts and the sugar cookie taste rounding things out.

Feels good. Carbonation is in my sweet spot and no burn at all. Decently resinous for a pale.

You can't help but like this beer. Everything feels like it was done on purpose. The crispness, the sharpness, were done really well. Why can't I get this in Indiana? Geez, it's not like it wouldn't sell.

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Photo of bierenutz
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a murky golden color with a respectable 1+ inch head and decent lacing on the glass.
S-Very floral with piney hops, and sweet grapefruit and orange aromas.
T-Citrusy zest taste, almost lemony and spiciness up front followed by bitter hops and bready malt and a dry bitter finish.
M-Thin and light bodied with mild carbonation. Definitely a good summer session beer on the plus side.
D-This is a good overall beer especially if you want to sit back relax and throw back a few (or more).

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Photo of Onenote81
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome can received from pochman in a recent trade. Thanks, Ed!

Poured into a pint glass. The pour yields a murky dark gold with a thick frothy off-white head on top. Great retention; leaves tons of sticky lace. Scents of pine, citrus zest, and a bit of pepper.

The body is a little thinner and more slick than I would like. Could stand a bit more depth. Starts out a bit harsh on the bitterness scale, but this mellows out towards the end. Some light peppery spiciness present. Citrus notes noted. Not a bad beer. I expected more, but still, great styling for an APA.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Soundbarrier was kind enough to give me a bottled pint of this last night before the fireworks. He was actually able to can this one himself on the canning line, 2-3 weeks ago while in Chicago!

Poured into a luke warm pilsner glass. This poured a gorgeous, bright peachy tan and a very attractive foamy head.

The nose on this thing rocks! Citrus, but in the 3F's way... Fantastic! Hate to compare with 3F's but the hop profile on the nose was very similar to Gumballhead to me - wow!

Taste wa superb with a fantastic, smooth watery quality which added to the drinkability....

I can't wait to have this one again - perfect for a hot day in July!

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a dull tangerine orange with some yellow in it. Fairly cloudy. Pours with a 2 inch white head that gradually dissipates, leaving some splotchy lacing.

S: Big hop flavors on the smell. Piney, citrus, floral flavors really dominate with only a touch of a bready malt backbone. Smell is very nice.

T: Hop flavors continue from the smell on the initial taste. Lots of grapefruit and floral notes. By mid taste, a biscuity, bready malt flavor starts to play a little more dominently and the hop flavors start to subside (a reminder that this is a pale, not an IPA). Finish is pleasant with a little bitterness.

M: Medium to medium light body with high carbonation. Dry finish.

D: Excellent. This is a light, super easy drinking beer with a nice favor profile. The taste doesn't quite live up to the smell, but overall this is an excellent beer. Wish we could get this around here.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into my .5 liter HB stein.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous yellow orange hop hazzed to hell color with a huge fluffy 3 finger head with great retention.

Smell: huge west coast aroma comming out. bit on the resiny pine and grapefruit juice. A balanced malt aroma comes through.

Taste: Tastes very very nice. huge flavor profile, a touch watery but huge mouthfeel for just 5.2%. Great bitter pith of citrus and some nice dry backbone on this one.

Mouthfeel: Nice dry finish with a juicy hop attack. malt balanced and carbonated well.

Drinkability: Overall this has such a nice low abv that it really is a great session style ipa. i have to get some more of this shit.

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Photo of zeff80
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint can

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left a some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - All hops. My nose was bombarded with citrus and grapefruit aromas from the hops. This had an IPA aroma for an APA.

T - It taste of citrus, grapefruit and burnt toast maltiness. Really a good quality APA flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a mildly dry finish. A medium bodied ale.

D - This was really good. I had heard about Daisy Cutter and it did not disappoint.

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Photo of DaveonBA
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +6.9%
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 -0.7%
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 -2.6%
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 +8.1%
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 +17.7%
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 +3.3%
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 +12.2%
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 +4.3%
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 +1.7%
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 -4.3%
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 +1.7%
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%
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 +6.9%
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 +8.1%
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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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.