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Double Daisy Cutter - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
93
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166 Reviews
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Reviews: 166
Hads: 703
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 3.35%
Wants: 501
Gots: 65 | 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 bigfnjoe
2.85/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a very hazy shade of dark orange with a two finger offwhite head. The head is very puffy, sticks around forever. Lacing is impeccable.

S- getting some citrus, but it's really very mild and underwhelming.

T- it uh, tastes a little off. Earthy and citrus and a little bitter at the same time...don't really like the way the hop profile meshes together at all

M- actually a little thin...weird. Not necessarily a bad thing, though

D- I expected a lot more. Real disappointed in this one. I've had much better DIPAs (566 characters)

Photo of gkunkle
3.37/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy goldenrod color. Just how a DIPA should look. Head stands about a half inch after the pour and receded to a film with rocky patches of bubbles. Head is off white in color and there is lots of visible rising carbonation. Smell is of orange and grapefruit and orange, I also get a bit of pine and some grassiness. This must be pretty fresh. The taste doesn't come through as hoppy as I expected after smelling this, though I guess this is labels as a double pale not a DIPA. The taste starts with bits of grain, and a mild sweetness, then I get some orange and an off flavor I can't name, but is displeasing to me. The finish has a nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is where it should be, light and fun. Overall this is a good beer, but that odd flavor in the middle of the taste is bugging me, not sure whats up with that. (827 characters)

Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wanted to like this more--really enjoyed DC the last time I tried it... immediate tip-off was the relatively clear look - though it is slightly hazy. Way less funk on the nose than regular DC... too malty for me, though less than others of this category. I enjoyed this beer but I wouldn't get it again... prefer trillium, dinner, haze, Abner, etc... (352 characters)

Photo of whiterascal
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to mrmodica1984 for this one! Awesome extra in our recent trade. Shared with ottovon

A: golden orange
S: grassy, pine
T: bitter, wheaty, with a touch of citrus
M: quite carbonated
D: feels like a bitter hop ball just sits on the back of my tongue, not as drinkable as I'd like. (285 characters)

Photo of glazeman
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this growler today at Half Acre. Poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium orange in color with a 2 finger fluffy white head that has excellent retention and lacing. The beer has minimal haziness to it and is nearly 100% translucent

S: Citrusy hops abound on the nose. There's a little pint of passion fruit and melon the nose as well. There's some malt presence on the back end that comes across as diluted caramel.

T: The first thing that struck me about the beer is that it was chalky. This seemed to dissipate somewhat as I got deeper into the glass (potentially a side effect of the head) but remained at least to some degree for the duration of the drink. The main flavors in this beer are Light citrus fruits such as guava, passion fruit, and mango up front and a chalky bitterness at the finish.

M: I didn't really like the way this beer sat on the tongue, it was appropriately carbonated but was very heavy and chalky.

D: The initial flavor was more like freedom of 78 to me than original daisy cutter. The beer was not crisp and clean like I would have hoped for and this hurts it's drinkablity substantially. I preferred both freedom of 78 and regular daisy cutter to this. (1,207 characters)

Photo of Retsinis
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was able to try this thanks to the generosity of a stranger at the Clusterfork # 2 tasting event, funny thing is a fellow BA gave them a few tickets we had left over to use, and they subsequently bought him about 3 rounds of Bottleworks XII. Good times. On with the review.

Served from a 22oz bomber into a tasting glass.

The beer pours a murky light orange color. A fairly thick off white head rose over an inch, slowly settled, retaining quite well throughout. Good lacing on the glass.

Aroma's of floral hops, pine, with some strong sweet malt in the background. Mostly I get tropical fruits, tangerines, grapefruit, even some pineapple.

Taste hops are a bit more subdued in the taste then the nose. A mixture of sweet bread, orange peel, citrus notes, sweet malts in the middle, and semi dry bitter finish. Not sure on the age of it, but it seems a bit mellow for an Imperial IPA.

Mouth feel is medium in body, light and refreshing, with a soapy or oily quality.

Overall, a beer I'm glad I got to try, but not the best Imperial IPA I've had, though were a bit spoiled here for that style here in California. (1,123 characters)

Photo of mikey711
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
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 (672 characters)

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

22oz bottle from the recent release, into a tulip.

A: Clear brass body with a big off-white head.

S: Pine, sweet pale malt, light clementine and grapefruit. Moderately fruity

T. Greenish, slightly spicy bitterness, grassy, caramel, biscuity malt, light citrus. Dry.

M. Between light and medium-bodied with high carbonation.

O: A very dry, grassy DIPA, like regular Daisy Cutter. I like it a bit better than Daisy Cutter, but I'd like a little more malt sweetness and fruity hop notes in the taste. (502 characters)

Photo of koutkid41
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy dark orange color with one inch of white head. Nice lacing that sticks to the glass.

S: Big bready aroma with citrus pine with some strawberry and candied fruits. Some floral notes as well, appealing aroma but doesn't punch you in the face.

T: Big bready hit on the front end as well. Then on the back end has a bitterness that lingers with strawberry, orange, grapefruit and some mild pine.

M: Medium chewy body with sturdy carbonation. Semi harsh bitterness and nice and dry on the finish. Nicely attenuated.

O: Overall I really enjoyed this beer and love the dry finish. Was hoping for more and find it to be a little over-hyped in my opinion but not bad. I would drink again but not fight to get it as well. (732 characters)

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Very hazy orange tangerine color with a light pink tint. Some particulate matter floating around. A fluffy white cap leaves a little lace and fades to a ring.

Smell: Definitely still hop forward, right now it is more pine than anything. Some citrus and tangerine as well, with sweet pale malt in the back.

Taste: It starts with a quick burst of sweetness from the pale malt. Sticky pine, some spruce and spiciness, and a little bit of grapefruit and tangerine citrus hoppiness to go with a general bitterness. The finish has a lot of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: A little bit grainy, although smooth on the back end. Creamy carbonation, a little boozy. Medium to full body.

Overall: Pretty good overall, but compared to some other DIPA's, it just doesn't stack up. I have heard the previous batch was better. Looking forward to trying it again. (894 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a honey orange color with a big fluffy honeycomb head. Smells like orange peel, grapefruit and some honey. Has a sharp hop bite but is balanced with bready malts. The finish is dry, yet has a juicy hop profile. Nice carbonation and a good long finish. Drinkability is good. Has complexity to pair with meals but oversell a just above average dipa. (401 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to smurfbeer for hooking me up with this bottle during our first trade. Split into to tulips.

A: Golden amber hue. About a finger of white head fades slowly and leave huge amounts of sticky lace.

S: Nice piney resin. Loads of grassy earthty hops. Hint of mango in there as well. A kiss of malt in the mix.

T: Super grassy hop profile. Like sucking on fresh cut wet hops. The malt comes through in the finish.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation.

O: Well I enjoyed regular Daisy cutter on tap much more. I'm going to assume this one may suffer that same fate. Good but not great. (597 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip pint glass.

A: Hazy, light amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Fairly balanced, with hops that show a predictable West Coast mix of pine, grapefruit peel, and especially green plants; and malt that features a decidedly nutty brand of caramel. Alcohol is not detected.

T: Begins very off-dry, with semi-dark candied citrus fruit and pungent pine hop aromatics. Malt is mostly concealed by the intensity of the hops, although a suggestion of husky toasted grain is suggested. Acidity is moderate into the middle, where hops flavors turn more herbaceous and bitterness begins to build over time. The finish is mildly bitter, showing qualities of pine resin and chewy crystal malt. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, resinous and slightly acidic and oily on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This double IPA is more than just a full-blooded version of Daisy Cutter. Unlike the progression of pale ales from a brewery such as Russian River, this beer bears little to no resemblance to its normal-strength namesake. Overall it is an enjoyable drink, a bit heavy-handed perhaps, but delivering the expected attributes at appropriate intensities. (1,270 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Nearly perfect! Hazed orange brown color. Super thick, creamy off white head with great retention and a good amount of lacing.

4.0 S: This is great too! Incredibly intense flowery hops. Hops also contribute a touch of spiciness, some pine, some sharp pineapple and grapefruit. This is nearly three months old and still hoppy as hell! Malts are fairly neutral with bready yeastiness.

3.5 T: The taste is more balanced than the nose. Moderate bitterness with pine, orange, and spicy hops. Malts are somewhat biscuity, somewhat bready, and earthy like melon rind. The yeast is surprisingly clean. Overall, the taste is an elegant mixture of hops and malts with good balance and well hidden alcohol.

4.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be a lot creamier, but it's incredibly smooth for an unfiltered DIPA.

4.0 D: Good beer. I enjoyed this one a lot. Well balanced DIPAs are just as good as hop bombs and this is a great example of the former. (1,009 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the February 2012 release received as a gift from masterski. He's a nice guy. This batch is labeled 8%ABV and is my first Half Acre beer.

A mildly hazy peachy orange with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this looks the part of a top quality DIPA. The nose has a pretty excellent hop character, dank, herbal, weed-like with candied orange, and plenty of tropical fruit. Plenty of ripe oranges, a little bit of peach and a touch of what to me is "Cascade hop chalkiness". Some malt sweetness is noticeable, caramel-like in nature.

The palate opens with a rather big and juicy hop bitterness with pine, candied citrus and a little bit of tropical fruit. Not as dank and herbal as the nose would suggest, this is also sweeter than on the nose. A blend of caramel and crystal malt flavors, the latter of which I don't particularly care for, are particularly noticeable on the mid-palate. Moderately drying and rather fruity on the finish, there is quite a bit of dank, marijuana-like herbal character here. However, there's a rather disappointing lack of hop resin character, making this seem just a little lifeless, really detracting from the positive qualities of the beer (I've docked 1pt solely for this reason) Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is quite right for a DIPA, if a little heavy on the crystal malt. Enjoyable, recommended. (1,409 characters)

Photo of seeswo
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Initially reviewed blind from a fridge full of ipas and dipas and poured by my wife after a workout. Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden color with a sizable white head. Smells is of citrus hops, not overwhelming, but adequate. Taste is hop forward with minimal sweetness (though not dry) and a surprising malt back. Maybe a touch thinner than expected, but not a detraction. Reasonable, moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable. Daisy cutter is a better pale ale than double daisy cutter is a dipa. I wanted to like this more than I did. (541 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a lovely honey color, light ambers, burnt orange colors come through as well. A nice thick head sits atop the beer that has great retention and really nice lacing and much like Daisy Cutter, it has a very hazy complexion. The aroma, like it’s mainstay counterpart, is the highlight of the beer. Huge dank hops, earthy, resinous, very floral and grassy, mild citrus at the end, but the earthiness dominates the nose. Biscuit and cereal grains are less noticeable in this beer, but there is definitely a slight breadiness to the end of the nose. The flavors are pleasant, very grassy, earthy and hazy, a nice floral aspect, but a lot of light breadiness at the end cuts down the bitter hop profile without getting sweet. There is a peculiar zing to the flavors that is sharp on the tongue and at times detracts from the beer. This really does drink like a bigger, more intense version of Daisy Cutter, the body is a bit thicker and heavier, but on point for a double IPA.

Verdict: Nice double IPA from Half Acre, I think I’d rather just have Daisy Cutter as a pale ale, the intense earthiness isn’t necessarily a great thing, and at times is a bit overwhelming, but all in all, a solid success. (1,209 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy orange golden copper with a sizable almost white head that lasts a while and laces well.

biscuity pale malts hit first in the aroma with some grassy and floral hops behind that.

again, sugary, biscuity pale malts hit my palate first, but a nice rush of herbal/floral/grassy hops come in next, not very bitter, some lemongrass and citrus rind as well. slightly sweet, yet crisp finish.

heavier side of light bodied with prickly carbonation that has me burping. a slightly lingering syrupy/resiny feel after the swallow.

Pretty good. Doesn't stack up to the DIPAs that it will inevitably be pitted against in terms of complexity and overall flavor, but its an easy drinking beer that makes the 8.5% seem like nothing. (732 characters)

Photo of TrueRates
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Woo hoo! Heard many great things about this beer and "Oh boy!" are they true! The pour is quite reminiscent of a homebrew. Absolute cloudiness with less than stellar head. Murky apricot color and meringe colored head without the retention. Orange, tangerine, apricot, citrus rind, and the flavors go on. Palate is just like a story. Starts with a resiny fruit and herbal beginning and finishes dry and pale. One wee problem: a tad too boozy. The drinkability is the problem here. I just can't see myself sessioning this beer, let alone a pint of this stuff. Pour me a tulip and goodnight sunshine! Lots of potential here. I love what Half Acre is trying here and no doubt will this beer get perfected much more. Grab this one fresh for sure and enjoy! What a great offering and way to go Chicago! (796 characters)

Photo of nova009
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Founders Snifter

A- pours a clear and crisp orange-copper color, a nice stream of bubbles quickly rise to the surface, a nice fluffy white head appears and sticks around for awhile, decent lacing

S- hops, and lots of em, grapefruit rind, lemon, fresh cut grass, a little bit of caramel

T- bitter but clean, very grassy, not as much sweetness as the nose, lots of citrus rind in the aftertaste, I wish the hop profile would have been a little more citrus instead of bitter

M- Medium light body, nice balance of carbonation, clean finish, the alcohol is barely noticable

O- this is a nice beer, but I've had much better DIPA's, worth a try but not worth the price, stick with regular Daisy Cutter, the hop profile is better (754 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a standard DIPA. Strong bitterness throughout but a balanced malt base that tempers the ABV but doesn't impact the hop profile. Nose is mild for the style. Mouthfeel has enough body to carry the hops and make the drinking experience enjoyable. (254 characters)

Photo of Efay
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Goldenrod color that pours perfectly into a pint glass. 1 finger worth of frothy foam, with some retention. Nice amounts of lacing and some small amount of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface of the beer.

S- Pine and grapefruit is dominant, and you can get some small amounts of tangerine and honey. Seems like a standard daisy cutter with more hops.

T- Starts of lightly bitter with piney hops, there is a dry middle taste of bitter grapefuit that ends with just more piney bitterness. Barely taste any malt, and I can taste a faint amount of honey. Just plain old hop bomb.

M- Moderate body with moderate carbonation. A little too hoppy for me so it takes a little longer to go down.

O- I know this is a DIPA, but it's a little too bitter for me. I feel like the components of this beer aren't distributed well. I'd like more honey and tangerine that's present in daisy cutter. Still a good drinker but there's some better DIPAs out there. (954 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 8.0% ABV, no date.

I shared Daisy Cutter with señior Beerwolf a while back, so it's only logical he shares the Double version with me right? I mean, based on our 'thanks-to' we sort of stick to sharing every-other bottle. :P

A - A bit foggy and golden orange with a finger-tall, off-white head and gooey lace left all over the glass. Honestly, it could be sexier.

S - Heavy hop aroma rich of grassy, fresh Chinook and Cascade resiny, gooey lupulin glands. Pale malt backs this hop bomb (yes, pun intended) up but doesn't offer much more.

T - Grassy, bitter, resiny hops with big citrusy notes and a mild backbone. Nice balance but it's a little too grassy like I remember Daisy Cutter being.

M - Medium-bodied and well-carbonated with a crisp, bitter finish, this one isn't over the top but rather, decently well-balanced.

D - As far as drinkability goes, this is best split at least two ways, it's a far cry from a sessionable brew. A little overly earthy, this beer is good but certainly not fantastic. (1,061 characters)

Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, Half Acre deserves the "truth in advertising" award: this offering is essentially Daisy Cutter on Andro. Same great grassy hop flavor with a complementary dose of pine, melding with a soda cracker malt base. It is not overpowerly bitter and is almost refreshingly drinkable for the style. Mouthfeel is on the light side.

While its lighter cousin punches its weight against other APAs, I think that DDC suffers a little bit when placed in the IIPA category. The hops are not as complex as some of its bretheren (no fruit salads here) and its malt backbone is not as sturdy as some of my favorites (Dreadnaught and Dorado). That said, this is a very nice beer and well deserving of your attention if Half Acre makes it a yearly release. (742 characters)

Photo of rka758
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into SA perfect pint.
$10

A: Pours a deep orange, almost marmalade color. Two-finger quickly reduces to a 1/4" nice foam top.
S: Citrus, almost tangerine. Floral.
T: A nice citrus flavored body with a bit of hoppy bitterness. A bit of booze.
M: A nice active body on this.
D: I think this a good beer. I think having a bomber is a nice treat. (364 characters)

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