Double Daisy Cutter - Half Acre Beer Company

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Reviews: 166
Hads: 703
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 3.35%
Wants: 500
Gots: 66 | 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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Photo of CraftyViki
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Double Daisy Cutter is my vote for beer of the year. It is extremely hoppy and refreshing. It blew me away with its overall deliciousness. If you like Imperial IPAs, you will love this fine beer. Too bad it is not distributed in Florida. (241 characters)

Photo of Nachos4two
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a Growler into a Half Acre Tulip

A- Golden Orange look, slightly cloudy with little head.

S- Hoppy/citrus smell is apparent, but nowhere as strong as say a Hopslam.

T- Very "thin" clean taste of the flavor, great flavor and easy to drink for certain. A fresh taste comes to mind. I don't feel a bitterness as I do from some others.

M- "thinly" feel on the palette, crisp, lenders on the tongue after each sip. Which I love.

O- This is a must try and have again as well. Glad the wife and I bought a Growler and a couple bombers as this is a once a year release.

All I have to say is WoW.

http://gallery.me.com/nickozin/100252/A%20Double%20Doozy (665 characters)

Photo of fear025
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Sweet cotton candy and grapefruit with sugar on top.

Appearance:Gold in color, lots of white head, and pretty bubbles.

Taste:Hugely hoppy! Freshly cut grass, grapefruit, citrus, lemon. There is a lot of sweetness in this beer. These flavors stick around through the midtaste, but all that remains on the aftertaste is harsh bitterness.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body, good carbonation, and a little hop astringency.

Drinkability:This is an amazingly delicious DIPA. The huge grapefruit hops in this beer really shine. (527 characters)

Photo of overnightstorms
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured in a snifter

A- slight haze to a light golden amber color. Tons of carbonation. Nice head with great lacing. The lace just sticks!

S- very fruity, juicy orange and mango. Some herbal floral notes. Grapefruit. Yum. 

T- Tasty upfront hops. That orange fruitiness and mango from the aroma is definitely there. So is this overarching herbal flavor that stays from start to finish. A bit of acidic pineapple too. Ends with a breadiness and a great bitter aftertaste. 

F- On the lighter side, crisp, dry and refreshing. 

O- Refreshing and so drinkable but still packs that DIPA punch. Bitter and fruity at the same time, I love it.  (642 characters)

Photo of jhoban19
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (1,709 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a near murky, rich amber-gold with a small white head.

Smell. Wow. Big yellow and red, sweet and juicy grapefruits, some lemon and toasty light grains.

Taste. Big juicy grapefruits, toasty bread, just a bit of pine and cedar. The taste of well toasted light grains and bitter citrus rinds linger. Really nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium low, really smoooth (oh ya, an extra o) carbonation.

Overall. Fucking awesome beer. Really great flavours going on here. Pretty different from the west coast dipa's that I know and love.

Thanks yeahnatenelson for this kick-ass beer!! (602 characters)

Photo of vespahulb
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I pull up to the bar at Uncommon Ground on Clark and order a Dark Horse Crooked Tree, when the barkeep say's, "Hey, I don't know if you'd be interested but I literally just got done tapping a 5L corny of Double Daisy Cutter." I think my jaw dropped to the floor. That basically summed up the rest of the night.

I love this so much more on tap. First whiff, an explosion of floral, grassy, grapefruity, spicy hops. I couldn't stop smelling it. In the mouth, this beer has such tremendous balance. Almost cloying, but somehow totally drinkable. The bitterness is..well....welcoming...and accompanied by a hefty malt bill. This is truly a bomb. Let's just say I got my fill of it that night! The funniest part is when the meatheads at the table next to us left a full pint of it on their table, referring to it as "the beer that smells like perfume." Ahhh..Wrigleyville. (872 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours a hazy apricot nectar color. Carbonation is quite lazy. Capping this is three fingers of off-white/light orange meringue that retain for a bit, and leave some drooping ropey lace behind on the glass.

S: Holy crap! The Daisy painted on the front of the bomb on the label in no way prepared me for the hop explosion I was to partake in. So many layers of hoppy goodness. Starts tropical; sweet mango, pineapple, and apricot...veers towards the citrus side; orange, tangerine, and a touch of lemon...and finally buries itself firmly in a layer of pine sap, white pepper, fresh cut grass, and slightly sweet and toasty malt. Masterful.

D: Exactly as above. I agree with some of the other reviewers here that said that this could use more of a malt backbone. It can. But, the level of hoppiness makes up for it.

M: Ok. It's (ever so) slightly thin. But, the resinous, sticky, peppery, prickly hops assaulted my tongue and managed to wear a layer of enamel off of my teeth.

D: Fantastic balance. If they make this again (oh please, oh please!) and decided to slightly tweak the malt bill...well, I feel sorry for the west coast IPA's out there! (1,201 characters)

Photo of OttoBomb
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into Dogfish Head signature glass (June 9, 2010). No freshness date. Special thanks to Randallt11 who supplied this is a trade. Cheers Randall!

Eyes: Pours very hazy, darkish ruddy orange. An extremely fluffy brownish eggshell head will the glass up three fingers. Bubbles are tiny, retention and lacing are heavy.

Nose: Like it's younger sister Daisy Cutter (single), this has a potent, complex and impressive nose. I've come across few ales with such an impressive and enticing aroma. Top marks here.

Tongue: The alpha acid punch is in the same vein as the nose, but not exceptionally bitter, which is a very nice surprise. There is a good amount of sweet malt that balances the flavor and pushes the profile away from an APA and well into DIPA range.

Mouth: Smooth, rich, and well carbonated.

Libation: To be honest I expected this to be a hopped up version of Daisy Cutter, with would not necessarily translate well into an IPA. Somehow Half Acre has jacked up the gravity and hops, all while injecting a fresh, malt character. A truly great DIPA. Half Acre should be proud. (1,105 characters)

Photo of Nachojon
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice looking beer. Hazy copper color with thin white head. Nice lacing.

S- Very aromatic. Nice dry hops come through with a lot of citrus peel. Nice grapefruit.

T- Delicious! Hops to your face, nice and dry with some great dankness to it. Then some great citrusy sweetness rounding it off. Very unbalanced but goddamn the flavors taste like they were planned out to perfection.

M- Dry and puckering. Nice tongue burn, but not overdone.

O- I love Daisy Cutter, this one is fucking awesome, wish it was year round. (528 characters)

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle with a great label graphic featuring the two headed burro at sea wearing snorkle gear, munching on daisies and standing on a tropical "island" which is actually a sea turtle. They are loaded down with the daisy cutter hop bomb.

A vigorous pour releases thick foam that forms a mesa like a marshmallow in the center. Glowing hazed orange amber tone.

Intense resinous piney nose with sufficiant biscuit malt smell to back this up.

Nice burst of pine some citrus pith that leads to a residual sweetness and graham cracker malt. Some grassy tones. Long hop bite in the finish that lingers. Tastes like fresh picked hops.

Mouthfeel is tingly carbonation with nice alcohol warming.

I enjoyed this version from Half Acre Brewing. (741 characters)

Photo of HosP
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to Fear025 for getting me this beer! Big fan of Daisy Cutter, so I can't wait to have this. 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours dark orange in color. White head, not quite 1 finger. Already leaving lace on the glass as it recedes down.

S- I could smell this all night. Very hoppy aroma, with almost no malts detected. Very citrusy, piney aroma. Hope the flavor lives up to the smell.

T- Wasn't expecting that. Much sweeter taste at first. Opens with some sweet caramel malts. Quickly the hops come out though. Grapefruit, piney, citrusy hop flavor dominates the flavor here. Bitterness is more present in the middle to the end. Flavor could be a little more powerful, but being a couple months old could have something to do with it.

M- Medium body, Good carbonation. A little dry.

D- Very thankful for the bottle from Fear025! I would love to try this fresh from a tap. Very balanced, good DIPA. This bottle is being consumed a little to fast, wish I had one for the weekend. (996 characters)

Photo of pschul4
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a growler from their release on 2-26-12

A- Pours light from growler but sits a beautiful hazey golden orange in the glass, minimal head that leaves a ring of white foam around the edges

S- Not much going on in the nose but what is there is awesome. Some fruity hops with a touch of pine poking through

T- Big taste here! Tons of fruity hops from the nose and the pine lingers in the aftertaste amazingly. Just enough malt there to make this beer truly amazing but certainly the hops are the star of this show

M- Good amount of carbonation but not so much to be prickly, a level of smoothness makes this phenominal

O- This is Half Acre's most popular one-off for a reason. Simply Amazing. Can't wait to share this with some people and KBS day (754 characters)

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

Pours a cloudy deep gold/pale amber with an off-white head.

Smells is tons of bitter citrus, grapefruit and pine.

Citrus and tart orange flavors lead to a very light caramel malt middle. Huge hoppy finish of bitter grapefruit. An onslaught of hops from start to finish.

Medium body with a somewhat high carbonation that works well for the beer.

Based on the name, I expected a beefed up version of Daisy Cutter (which I haven't cared for), but this beer is a whole different animal. The bitter hop flavors are great and the malt presence is just enough to keep the beer from being overly bitter without taking away from the hops. Definately the best offering from Half Acre that I've tried.

5/24/2010 (705 characters)

Photo of tikibeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Medium muddy amber with a thin white head and nice gooey lacing.

Aroma is heavy with hops. Rich citrus mango, mixed with pine.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Taste is surprisingly mild compared to the aroma. Very drinkable. Smooth and refreshing. Grassy hops coming out in the taste combined with a mix of citrus and pine. A bitterness on the back end.

As stated before, very drinkable with the bitterness making you want to keep coming back for more. Smooth and refreshing! (492 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this one I have to admit. Big fan of the original so of course I was curious what its big brother could do. Served cold and into a pint glass, this one was enjoyed on 06/20/2010.

Pours one of the murkiest and haziest of ambers I have ever seen. Looks like Mango juice or something, really full with a huge white cap of foam on top that thoroughly coats the entire inside of the glass. Really very, very well done I have to admit. Aroma is deep citrus hops. Tons of grapefruit, tangerine, orange, and a touch of tropical fruit thrown in. Warming brings some nice balance to it with a rich and buttery malt that builds along with a touch of hotness.

Each sip seems to be bigger then the one before it. Really nicely done. Crisp, biting, sharp the hops hit you like a ton of bricks and never did let go of itself. Smacking the lips against the teeth the oily, resiny hops dominate the show here. Smooth middle with a rich, full and creamy body, the ABV snuck up on me, but I found this to be so incredibly good, it did not matter.

Overall I have to say this was a great DIPA. One of my new favorites for sure. (1,124 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade with mrkanable thanks! This was one of 4 offerings I brought to a tasting last night at beerloco's house.

Appearance: Dull cloudy orange with burnt sienna streaks. The crown is 1 finger deep, white, shows little retention but good lace, and has a nice hop oil sheen.

Smell: Pineapple, pine resin, and a hint of toffee malt. Very enjoyable!

Taste: Same as nose but with a strong pine resin finish and a hint of well integrated bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nearly perfect (4.7) medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Sessionable for your average hophead :)

Great brew....home run Half Acre! (626 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Eataly - Chicago, IL
L - amber in color, huge rocky ivory head leaves some lacing on the glass
S - awesome nose, tropical, honey, caramel, floral hop, refreshing
T - bold and fairly balanced with tropical fruit, mango, grapefruit, toasty, nutty grain, pine, fruit, floral hop, caramel
F - medium body, alcohol is noticeable but warming, finishes dry with lingering piny, grapefruity bitterness and a little bit of residual sweetness
O - really solid DIPA! Love how the high dose of toasty grain complements the bitterness. (532 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a lightly hazed golden amber with nearly 2 fingers of nearly white (yellow/tan tinted) dense head. Retention is fantastic, lacing is perfect.

S - Lots of grapefruit and sweet caramel malts initially. Light resin, and some lemon as well.

T - Initially light lemon and dry piney hops. More lemon and a grapefruit type citrus follow it up, theres a definitely caramel sweetness and an almost wet hoppy finish to the beer. Lemon and wet hops linger throughout the entire life cycle of the taste and to the aftertaste as well.

M - Surprisingly light bodied, ok carbonation. Very smooth yet light and drinkable. Kind have expected a bit more carbonation, but the almost juice like quality really allows the great flavor to shine. Unique but i really dig it.

O - Mouthfeel is what makes this really unique in my opinion. Also, the tons of light citrusy zesty lemon and subtle hop bitterness play incredibly well off of each other. I tend to like sweeter citrus fruits but this was really unique and awesome. (1,014 characters)

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

I've had it from tap, growler, and bottle.

An exception DIPA.
It pours an unfiltered hazy yellow. To repeat myself from other reviews, I'll trade the overrated dimension of clarity for the body and taste of unfiltered brews any day.
The aroma hits you from feet away. Full of citrus and mangos.
The taste is more of the same, bright and refreshing at first, with a lingering bitterness and a dry finish that is unusual for the style but expected given the dryness of the original Daisy Cutter.
It's has a good body, but w/o the sticky sugary weight of most DIPAs.
The fact that its thinner and dryer than most DIPAs makes it highly drinkable, and one of the few DIPA's I could drink several of in a sitting.

Hope this becomes at least a yearly release. (756 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Hill Farmstead pint glass.

Pours a brilliant but dark shade of orange with a decent two finger head atop it. The smell is a lovely blend of hops and citrus. This is a damn fine smelling beer. One of my favorites by far at this point. The taste is also stellar. I wish I had last years Galactic version of this (when it was fresh) to compare. The taste is loaded with citrus and a touch of piny resinous flavor. There' a bit of malt in the finish. Well blended. The mouthfeel is smooth as sillk. No bitterness or lingering aftertaste. Overall...this is a stellar goddam beer. (603 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled 2.13.15 and enjoyed today, 2.15.15, from a pint glass

A: Pours a bronzy or copper-ish shade of orange. Substantial head and tons of stick lacing.

S: Fantastic aromas. On the nose -- and you can pick all this up from a foot or two away from the glass -- there are bright aromas of tangerines, candied oranges, pine, and a generally wet dankness.

T: The flavor delivers all that the nose promised, and more: bitter pine is the opening flavor, which shifts into sweet, juicy oranges and tangerines, caramel, toasted (almost nutty?) grain flavors, dank marijuana buds, and orange peels.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and chewy and, when combined with everything that's going on with smell and taste, makes for one of those…sigh...endlessly drinkable beers.

O: Overall, another excellent hoppy offering from Half Acre -- and possibly my favorite beer from them. Just an incredible combo of dank juiciness, sweet citrus fruit, bitter pine and hops, and a toasty, nutty and caramel-y malt profile. Also a cut above Galactic Double Daisy Cutter. One other thing I noted is that I didn't see much of a resemblance to Daisy Cutter, which is a much drier, grassier, and more bitter - but still delicious - beer. (1,216 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ken for sharing. The beer is golden hued with a thin white head. The aroma offers candied citrus, pineapple, sweet hops, tropical fruit. The flavor offers a huge dose of hops with grapefruit and a healthy bitterness. Really nice. Big and bold. I like this one a lot. (276 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I loved Daisy Cutter so when I heard about this version I had to try it. Thanks Matt for making that possible. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Poured a murky orange color, with a bright white foamy head taking up the top inch of the glass. The head settled a bit but left a pretty decent covering on the beer as I drank it. Pretty good lacing to it as well.

The aroma has a very nice floral, juicy, sweet hoppiness to it. It has a little pine but more of a sweet grapefruit, citrus, tropical flavor than anything else. Excellent aroma overall.

The taste also shows the tropical like, juicy hops very nicely. It finishes slightly sweet with some more tropical flavors. A little bit of pine comes through as well as a little caramel sweetness. Really nice hoppy flavor to it, and really hit the flavor profile for my personal tastes in a hoppy beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's very good tasting and easy drinking. It was an excellent tasting hoppy beer with a very nice aroma as well. One of the best DIPA's I've had. (1,107 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
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 (810 characters)

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Double Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.