Double Daisy Cutter - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 496
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 05-20-2010

Double Daisy Cutter is a monster version of the original Daisy Cutter Pale Ale. A heftier grain bill amps up the weight and double dry hopping insures there's enough hops to recede your gums.
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Ratings: 700 | Reviews: 174
Reviews by cfrances33:
Photo of cfrances33
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Half Acre taproom grand opening, served in a snifter.

Pour: Really nice hazy orange with a finger of off white sticky head. Lacing is great, head hangs around for a little while.

Smell: Super clean pine and oranges, with a nice sweetness to complement, maybe I'd call it honey. Very inviting.

Taste: Wow. Huge burst of citrus fruits up front, followed by more clean pine. A good balance, but this is certainly meant to be a hop bomb. The bready characteristic of regular Daisy Cutter are completely lost here, and any malt profile is a light caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly drinkable. Bitterness is nice, but not palate wrecking. Drinks like a single IPA.

Overall: I was very impressed with this beer, it carries weight with APW in my opinion.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smoothes out the rougher parts of Daisy Cutter...herbal, grassy, and large lemon notes. Very nice and the abv is in a nice spot. Thanks Tony!

Photo of weatherdog
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a nice pale straw head.

The tropical hops are just huge in this. This is a very fresh DIPA and the nose lets me knows that. The pineapple and grapefruit aroma from the Amarillo is just overflowing from the glass. I love me some tropical hops and this hits on all the notes.

The taste is just as bright and fresh as the smell. There is just this sticky resinous grapefruit hop taste that just coats your mouth. The bitterness isn't overly harsh but present. This beer reminds me a ton of fresh Hopslam with just a tiny addition of a malt sweetness at the end. it's almost everything I'm looking for in a DIPA.

The carbonation level is great and pairs nicely with a creamy silky mouthfeel. An alcohol taste is just starting to be present which is a ding on the drinkability since many other DIPA's of this gravity and higher have hidden alcohol better, besides that I think I will be finding myself craving a beer like this during the hot summer days.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #75 (April 2013):

As described by Half Acre: “Double Daisy Cutter is a monster version of the original Daisy Cutter Pale Ale.” Or rather, this is what happens when you let a West Coast-style Pale Ale run amok in Chicago. Bigger? Better? Who cares! This dank, dry and deceptively drinkable monster is one hell of a Double IPA that’ll make even the most critical of hopheads quiver with delight.

STYLE: Double IPA
ABV: 8.5%
AVAILABILITY: Rotating

LOOK: Slightly hazy amber with a creamy, white, clingy head and lacing

SMELL: Dank, resiny, herbal, floral; fresh pale malt grains

TASTE: Silky smooth, creamy carbonation, resiny, grapefruit, tangerines, zesty, sharp citric bitterness, grassy, bready sweet beneath, light vodka note, herbal lingers, chalky, aspirin, dry finish

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deeply hazed orange with a creamy two fingers of bubbling white foam on top. Good active carbonation. Aromas are dense with dank, resinous, grassy hops. Tropical citrus and a solid crisp malt backbone with a touch of caramel. Really great hop profile and aroma....Daisy Cutter kicked up a few notches.

First sip brings a wall of bright dank hops with a menagerie of grassy herbal tones and tropical / grapefruit flavors a well. Solid crisp, slightly bready malt backbone. Flows into a kick of bitterness that's still somewhat balanced with the malt sweetness. Lingering hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy...good carbonation and well attenuated. Almost too easy to drink...a darn good amped up version of Daisy Cutter. The regular in 16oz cans is still my new favorite session brew!

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange-yellow color with a white head. I get a ton of fruit in the aroma, namely grapefruit and pineapple but there are some other tropical fruits present. I also get a little bit of bready malt in the aroma.

The flavor is just as good. I get a ton of grapefruit, pine and papaya. Very fruity and tropical smelling. There is a tad bit of biscuit malt in the aroma and the bitterness is low to medium. Very drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice overall.

Photo of rudylaw
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on cask and bottle... going with the bottle review for this.

Pours a hazy straw with a rocky, two-finger head.

Smells amazing! Grass, pine, grapefruit, orange, lemon peel.

Taste is just that with a sharp, bitter finish. Catching some floral notes on the back end. It's very evident this is Daisy Cutter's hotter, more experienced sister. It's noticeably stronger but the alcohol is still relatively hidden compared to other IIPAs.

Almost perfect carbonation and finishes nice and clean. Let's hope this isn't a one-off for CBW and Half Acre puts this into year-round rotation.

Photo of jeonseh
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle in a FFF teku

A - Beautiful DIPA with a glowing orange and a slight haze. Two finger head comprised of many small bubbles and tons of lacing as it goes down

S - Mango, strawberry, pineapple with a light grapefruit presence as well. Overall, a tropical fruit nose

T - Mango, pineapple and strawberry up front before moving to a slightly floral and bitter hops that you get in the regular daisy cutter. Slight Lemon and floral flavors linger in the finish. This really reminds me of a bigger and sweeter version of regular daisy cutter

M - Medium slightly thick body with medium carbonation

O - This is a version of daisy cutter amped up with more citrus, fruit and hops to add more flavor and another layer of complexity

Photo of hagbergl
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was lucky enough to stumble across Double Daisy Cutter at the local liquor store. Clutch! Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber bottle into my Firestone Walker tulip glass.

Appearance (4/5): Double Daisy Cutter is orange and translucent, slightly hazed. A moderate pour gets me a one finger white head. A little disappointed with that, since this indicates a little undercarbonation (which is confirmed when drinking). But on the plus side, killer bottle artwork from Half Acre–as usual!

Smell (4.5/5): Wow. This really knocks my socks off. Lots of floral and grassy hop notes accompanied by a beautiful, light lemon-y citrus. Sweet light malt. The unique floral qualities in the aroma are certainly reminiscent of the regular daisy cutter pale, just amped up (as one would expect).

Taste (4.5/5): Foretaste I get lots of floral and grapefruit hops, incredibly interesting herbal notes. At mid-tongue the malt hits and I get interesting wheat, cereal, and bread notes. Finish is quite bitter and dry. Major pink grapefruit notes come through at the end. This is some seriously fresh stuff. I can see why they call this a double pale--the malt and hops are not as unbalanced as they would be in a IPA. Don't get me wrong, this is a hop monster but it has a pronounced breadiness that you don't often get in India Pale Ales.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): Mouth is slightly puckering from the dry hop astringency. Great stuff. Light carbonation and medium body. Slightly undercarbonated in my honest opinion. High drinkability and disturbingly quenching.

Overall (4.25/5): I really, really like this beer, as you can tell. It does the hoppy pale ale thing that the regular Daisy Cutter does so well and then turns it up to 11. There haven't been too many limited release offerings I've drank lately that are as good and drinkable as Double DC. Extremely tasty stuff and quite different from your typical "West Coast" hop monsters.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a deep caramel body with a hint of hazy and an antique white cream head supported by a strong carbonation.

S- The aroma of green jammy fruit leads to some leafy green hops and a flinty note in the finish.

T- The nice malt hint is soon hidden by the big green hops with a full bitter pungent finish. There are hints of unripe fruit in the green hops that come through after it is pretty warm. There is a watery taste that comes through in the finish or it might just be my tongue is wrecked.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight little fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer does have a big pungent bitter hops flavor but the depth of hops only really came through in the last few sips and the malt was very fleeting in the beginning.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oops, hit "re-review" opposed to "Edit your review." This is from 16-18 months ago.

Had this a few weeks back, thought now would be a good time to review.

A - A bit hazey / cloudy copper color with good head retention

S - Grapfruit, grass, citrus caramel and lemon

T - Here's where this beer deserves praise due to style. All other beers claiming to be a double Pale Ale have fallen short for me. Especially Double Dog comes to mind. This was a solid "IPA" for me. Clean, crisp, full of Grapefriut, Lemons, grass and bitter but not overly so. Reminded me a lot of an unfiltered Stone IPA if there were such a thing if I were to describe it to someone.

M - The Grapefruit and Lemons linger nicley, reminiscent of solid IPA almost creamy as it warms some. Good.

D - Pretty good. Would be able to polish off 2 bombers of this one in a sitting pretty easily.

Final Thoughts - This was a solid brew and a nice surprise as I didn't have huge expectations for this one. I wouldn't go as far as to say great but very good. Showcased hops very well. Glad I was able to try it.

Photo of joeseppy
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden honeyed pour with crisp white head. Moderate lacing on the side.

Sweet biscuity aroma. Tangerine peel leading with a very citrus presence. Modest pine.

Sweetened malt initially envelops my mouth and spectacular hopness following. Piney resin and hop tingling the side of my tongue. Juicy bits of grapefruit here, pith and all. Trace alcohol detected but not obnoxious.

Creamy mouthfeel. Bitterness lingers well. Lip smacking stickiness.

The hits keep on a rollin. Another fine imperial to choose from. Been waiting for some time to find this and when I did there was only one bottle on the shelf. This is extremely delicious and made for men who want to get drunk fast. I gotta learn to savor these instead of cuuurushing 'em. Impeccable balance of malt sweetness, hop and fruit. Great brewery doing great craft!

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Solid gold with decent foam. Lacing is just ok, but very sudsy. Color is very heavy and thick. I love the color.

Smell: Slightly oaky with evident grapefruit. A bit too subdued.

Taste/Mouthfeel: While (Single) Daisy Cutter exhibits the grassy and lemony notes of a good IPA, Double Daisy Cutter hones in on the grapefruit notes. Very citrusy and the booze packs a punch. Quite smooth for an IPA, especially a double. Yeasty.

Overall Drinkability: Not quite as good as its counterpart, but definitely a beer worth a few tries.

Photo of shamrock75
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

got this in a can from the brewery tastes extremely fresh. the smell is glorious smells like pineapple and a hint of mango. taste just as good as the smell slight taste of alcohol but not enough to be off putting .mouth feel, silky smooth it really is crazy how easy this goes down overall i dont know what they did new to this beer but it has made it hang close with some of the better double ipas ive tried

Photo of beertooth
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a Bell's tulip.

This beer pours a hazy apricot orange with two fingers of thick rocky eggshell white head. It looks like an awesome IPA/DIPA.

The nose is bright and full of hoppy goodness. Mango, grapefruit rind, pine, fresh cut grass, It's very tropical and very citrusy. I'm even picking out a little chive or onion as well.

The taste is heavy on the grapefruit and citrus with grassy herbal notes, pine, and mango a re still there as well. I'm also detecting some sweet cookie dough malts, but not much. It finishes dry and a little thin. It's bitter, but it doesn't linger. I really wish the malt bill was a little heavier.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation. It's a little thin for a DIPA.

Not a bad DIPA by any means, but there is room for improvement and a heavier malt bill is something I would desire. I had no problem finishing the bottle fairly quickly. I have a feeling this one will fade really fast so drink up now before it does.

Photo of mikey711
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy orange with a very thick offwhite head. Good lacing and decent head retention but a little but more clarity would have been nice.

S: some tropical fruitiness with hints of mangoes and some pineapple however there is a bit too much maltoness and sugariness in there too.

T: a bit too much on the bready sugary side than I like in my ipa. There is some citrus fruit hop qualities but they seem to be more of a background note. A slight bit of pine is present in the finish.

M: decent creaminess and body but a little bit of graininess.

D: more hop quality would have been nice. for a rather fresh ipa this fresh it tastes as though this is a bit older tasting

Photo of nickd717
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to NorthsideFred on BA.

Pours a clear copper color with a fading whitish head.

Great aroma that's fairly similar to Daisy Cutter (I had them back to back). Piney, resinous, and grapefruity.

Flavor has more malt than Daisy Cutter: pale and a little caramel malt, with herbal, grapefruity, and resinous hops.

Medium bodied and crisp for the ABV.

Good stuff. This is supposed to be an imperial pale ale rather than an imperial IPA, and I think that classification makes sense here despite the hoppiness.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear orange body. Big white head and lots of lacing inside the glass.

Smell - Citrus. Some grapefruit and piney hops. Caramel malts.

Taste - Orange and grapefruit. Sweet pale malt with a bit of caramel. Hefty grapefruit bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I'd take regular Daisy Cutter over this, but still very nice.

Photo of Kegatron
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to Sean9689 for sending this fresh bottle from the latest release out my way.

Pours a hazed copper in the glass, with 2 big foamy fingers of rich off-white head. This retains with a thick and creamy ½ finger that just drenches the sides with sticky lacing. Awesome look on this! The aroma is softer feeling in the nose at first, with floral, leafy, and herbal tones all setting the pace before sharp notes of grapefruit juice and pithy smelling citrus rind cut those the nostrils like a knife. There is just a semblance of sugary malts underneath all of this, but the hops are so bright and fresh smelling, everything else just comes in second place.

The taste has much more of a malt presence going on here, with honeyed sugars and bready biscuits being more than a match for that fresh and biting hop profile. Green grapefruit flavor is in abundance (being flavorful but not overly aggressive thanks to that balance) but the bulk of the bitterness is saved for the finish, with citrus peel and spice lingering with a steady dryness and a pithy peel that sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little fuller feeling, with a crisp creaminess that is equal parts prickly sharpness and smooth slickness. And WOW, there is just no freaking way that this beer is 8-9%! There's absolutely no alcohol to be found here besides the heft of the body! I wouldn't even have guessed that this was high ABV at all, except for the flush of warmth that is slowly creeping up my neck as I work through the bottle. Most impressive!

This was my second time having this beer (the first being on tap @ the Great Taste) and there's no doubt that I think it's some awesome stuff. Take the well balanced fresh hop flavors of the regular Daisy Cutter; give it a fuller body, yet still retain the crisp drinkibility of the original as well. That's this beer in a nutshell. About as dangerous of a drinker as I've come across recently. Just really tremendous stuff!

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

650 mL bottle split. Poured into a pint glass, decent head that dissipates fast. Nice orange golden color. Smells very herby, almost like loose leaf tea. Tastes just like steeped hops. Super hoppy but in a good way. The hop forwardness of this beer is stellar and a real hop heads dream. You can feel the bitterness but it is not overwhelming for your tongue. This one goes down pretty smooth and I do hope to try again.

Photo of Blargimus
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into snifter. From the February 2012 release. Received in a trade from Willseph - thanks buddy!

Pours a slightly hazy golden with 2 finger of very creamy head. Head fades pretty quickly.

Smell is mostly piney hops, with a fair bit of grapefruit. Resinous, even in the smell.

Pine at first, then gives was to some rich maltiness and pronounced bitterness. This doesn't get up in your sinuses like some DIPAs. The bitterness stays in the mouth, and what a bitterness it is. It sticks around for a while, but it's never unwelcome. This is just... big.

Despite the mouth-coating properties, it fairly thin and highly carbonated.

I'm pretty sure 22 oz of this will destroy my taste buds for the rest of the night, but it's worth it.

Photo of Shadteks
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler fresh from the source poured into Half Acre imperial tulip

Pours a deep orange,plentiful with haze,put it to light and it blocks a good 85-90%, nice off white head that lingers nicely and leaves great all around lacing on the glass.

Aroma heavy pine and citrus grapefruit specifically,slight malt scent can be detected if your searching.

This beer feels full and pretty rich on the palette resinous pines coat the mouth as the dank hops attack, the taste is grapefruit again but not the fruit not the zest but of the bitter white rind and in no way am I saying this in a bad way. BOOM! these guys kill it every time Go get some!

Photo of Vonerichs
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed golden-orange color with one finger of frothy head. Minimal lacing.

This has a very strong hop nose on it that's primarily citrus fruits- grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. There's a slight floral note to it, too.

The taste resembles the nose, but not as concentrated. A bready malt adds some backbone.

The mouthfeel is where this came up short. It's watery, especially by imperial standards.

Overall, a very good beer and aside from the mouthfeel, is exactly what I'd expect from the name.

Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to largadeer for sharing this one while hanging out at Beachwood BBQ after the Bruery RS Party! Served from growler into a goblet. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus/bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a damn good brew. Not very much at all missing on the flavor or aroma in this one. Really glad that I got a chance to try this one while in Cali. A definite must try!

Photo of jhoban19
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Last of the three bottles I was able to purchase from the brewery.

A: Hazy orange/tangerine color with a thick, solid 2 fingers of white head that holds up well beyond the first sip. Once the foam subsides, a thick ring around the rim and full surface coverage are left as a constant reminder of the strong initial foam. A beautiful pattern of lacing forms and stands strong on all sides of the glass.

S: A burst of citrus hops jumps out of the glass, mainly grapefruit, orange and lemon. As the beer warms some pine and grassy notes start to waft up through my nostrils along with some subtle tropical fruit aromas.

T: The flavor profile is a near perfect balance of wonderful citrus hops, a very subtle, slightly sweet honey-like malt and a lingering hop bitterness that smacks the back of the throat and swings back onto the tongue to wash away the citrus until the next sip.

M: Medium bodied, incredibly smooth and just a tingle of carbonation that helps bring together each component. The finish is dry and bitter, though not the tongue splitter I was expecting- at first. As I progress through the bottle I can definitely feel the bitterness putting a sleeper hold on my tongue. The alcohol content is sneaking up on me in a similar fashion.

D: What more can I say? I am enjoying the hell out of this beer. I love Daisy Cutter and its bigger brother has not disappointed. Double Daisy Cutter starts out with tons of citrusy hops throwing themselves into your nose, followed up by a fantastic combination of hops, subtle malts and gradually working up to that bitterness I expect from a beer in this style. I hope Half Acre decides to make this one available again.

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Double Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.