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Double Daisy Cutter - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 525
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%


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:
Label says 8.0% abv, website says 8.5% abv

aka "Doble Cortador"

1st release: May 2010
2nd Release: December 2010
3rd Release: February 2012
4th Release : September 2012

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 05-20-2010)
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2014 19:04:19 | More by barnzy78
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-EBF sample pour. Not sure if it's as from a bottle of from the tap unfortunately. Pours a darker orange with a thin, white head.

S-Zesty oranges and grapefruits. A candied citrus hop character as well. Piney, grassy and some tropical fruit hops. Malty sweetness.

T-Concentrated oranges and grapefruit like the nose. Sweet, candied orange hops, also found in the nose. Heavy on the bitter citrus. Grass and pine leave more bitterness. Some caramel malt backing.

M-Bitter. Medium bodied. Prickly carbonation. I wouldn't hate another 12 or so samples of this.

O/D-I have been waiting to try this one for years. I was very excited. I wouldn't exactly say I was let down by it because I still found it to be an amazing brew but I was sort of expecting serious epicness.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2014 20:38:06 | More by VelvetExtract
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2013 23:54:42 | More by tjsdomer2
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Lord Hobo, reviewed from notes. Served in tulip.

A- Translucent golden brown with about 2-fingers of white foamy head that has excellent retention and leaves nice layered lacing.

S- Tropical fruits of oranges, grapefruits, hops and a decent malt background that balances nicely with the tropical hoppy aroma. Decent aroma strength, but not overly aromatic.

T- Oranges, grapefruit, lightly bitter lemons, finishes with more grapefruits and lemons with a light malt background that balances very nicely.

M- Medium bodied, smooth, very easy drinking.

O- This was a great beer, but I think I still prefer the regular Daisy Cutter. This lives up to some of the better DIPAs I've had, but there isn't anything that really makes it stand out compared to them. I wish this was readily available in Boston and that I could have the chance to drink it more often.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2013 23:11:34 | More by jaasen64
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2012 00:29:36 | More by cfrances33
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Memphis taproom as part of Philly beer week.

The beer pours a hazy golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The is all DIPA goodness in this beer, as I get considerable tropical fruit, pine, light dank earth and orange citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and I appreciate how the pine and orange citrus balance the tropical fruit so well. Finish is dry and bitter, but with some noticeable pine and tropical fruit as well. This beer really delivers a lot of flavor, and I found the mouthfeel to be fairly full for a DIPA under 10% abv. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable, but not overly so, and I appreciate how the conssiderable bitterness in the long finish completely dries out all the tropical fruit.

I had this out of a growler several months ago (fresh from the brewery, apparently), and it seemed a bit richer and more intensely bitter than the beer I had at the taproom. Regardless, this is a very fine DIPA, even if it didn't wow me as much as I was expecting.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2012 20:14:23 | More by johnmichaelsen
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Double daisy cutter. 

White head. Color is a slight hazes golden orange.

Aroma: onus on and floral hops. Grassy. Tons of citrus. Orange and grapefruit. Some bready malts. Massive amount of hops.

Taste: tons of onions. Floral and grassy hops. Tons of citrus. Pine. Bready malts. Mimics nose but more onions.

Mouthfeel: bitter and juicy. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends with a hop resin stickiness.

Overall,  this was a fairly solid brew, but too much onion for me. Pretty solid otherwise. Massive amount of hops. 

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2012 01:01:20 | More by mothman
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a lightly hazy golden color with a thin white head on top. The aroma of hops were on the nose with some minimal hints of malt in there too. The taste of the beer was quite good, it had a bit of an earthy flavor blended with the citrus notes. The mouthfeel of the beer was smooth with some decent carbonation to it. Overall I thought the beer was pretty good and I would drink it again if I ever came across it in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2012 01:48:21 | More by Knapp85
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at hawthornes in philly

Pours a golden auburn color with a one-finger high beige head. A cloud of retention slicks across the top, leaving patchy, spotty lacing all over the glass.

A prevalent, juicy citrus hop character leaps out of the glass. Somewhat sweet as well in the nose with caramel and bready malts along with a soft touch of alcohol heat.

Smashing bitterness up front, releasing a wave of grapefruit and citrus. Orange and pineapple come through with a soft sweetness, giving way to the malt backbone. Caramel and a hint of syrupyness underneath the bready malts. Finishes with another wave of bitterness and light boozy heat.

Medium body, well carbonated, sticky and slightly dry on the tongue. I love Daisy Cutter and this was no disappointment - I'd definitely like to have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 01:42:09 | More by xnicknj
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue dog

Double Daisy Cutter pours into the glass a very bright gold color with some spots of orange running down. The slightest bit of haze to it with a cap of bright white. Smell is ripe with mad florals, tropics, and just a smudge of grass, Yes, Im talking about Marijuanna. Some pale malt on the end and a biscuit like character. Taste is off the chain. Tropics up front with some mango, grapefruit, papaya and some pale malt to balance things out. A nice bitterness to it. Reminds me of some west coast stuff. Feel is nice, it's a little less than medium bodied and goes down a smudge bigger than the regular daisy cutter. I like the amount of bitterness on this one, perfect. Carb is there and not bitey. This is top notch stuff and Im glad to get it fresh as hell.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2012 00:21:15 | More by BARFLYB
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vespahulb

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2011 15:44:58 | More by vespahulb
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Tbone

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2010 16:34:19 | More by Tbone
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koutkid41

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 05:33:29 | More by koutkid41
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 20:56:02 | More by joeseppy
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WadeBridgman

Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice golden orange color, can see right through the glass. Small head of foam, looks pretty in a glass.
S - Wonderful smell, able to detect nice bitter fruits. Nice dry hopping went on here.
T - Taste is great, the bitterness and sweet taste blend nicely and leave a great finish to the beer, I am impressed. No detection of 8% alcohol.
M - the carbonation is a little stronger than i would have guessed, but does not take away from the overall character of the beer.
O - This is a great brew that I have had my eye on for quite some time. I am a fan of Half Acre and I'm glad I was able to acquire this since normal Daisy Cutter is so enjoyable.

Purchased 3/13/14. Enjoyed 3/15/14. No date on bottle, no batch number, no IBU's.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 05:21:46 | More by WadeBridgman
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 04:04:09 | More by MacQ32
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Screw-top growler received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Gonzo Illini!

First stein pours with a 1/2" creamy beige head over the cloudy amber brew. Head holds on and on, with lasting chunky lacing. Aroma is lemony citrus.

Taste starts sweet for a minute, powerful lemon in the middle, moderate pine close coupled with a touch of earthiness. Mouthfeel is smooth, with drinkability is dangerously easy. Glad I got to have this one, and a whole growler's worth to boot. Cheers!

Serving type: growler

10-05-2013 20:20:45 | More by ppoitras
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 14:57:42 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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DovaliHops

California

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tried Daisy Cutter, tried Galactic, now it's time for Double. Pours a bright orange color, slightly hazy. Medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is a little more weak than I had expected. Some grassy notes with piney hops and a hint of citrus. A lot of grapefruit with a bit of melon. Just a tiny bit of malt. Taste is a step above the aroma. Very well-balanced favors of citrus hops and crystal malt. The hops are't "in your face" but the flavor is quite lovely. Somewhat bittering finish that lingers on the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit on the juicy side. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a well-balanced DIPA. I still prefer regular Daisy Cutter though.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 05:51:20 | More by DovaliHops
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: clear, soft orange color, beige finger of fluffy, lacy head.

Aroma: could smell the flowery hops pouring the thing! Some pine needles, early, herbal, grassy hop notes and a soft pale maltiness.

Taste: upper medium bitterness, plenty of grassy, floral hops, pine needles, resins, faint alcohol, doughy malt backbone.

***Nice resinous, oily medium body. Good drinkability pairs with one of the better portrayal of floral hop stardom!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 20:36:45 | More by EgadBananas
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oline73

Maryland

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

The beer pours a clear amber color with a layer of off white head. The smell is full of juicy citrus hops, definitely west coast hop goodness. Bitter citrus peel hops dominate the taste, but there is enough malt sweetness to balance things out a bit. More juicy citrus peel notes here. The sweet undertone was just enough to add balance, but let the hops be the star. This is a very good DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 04:16:04 | More by oline73
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hagbergl

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 18:54:49 | More by hagbergl
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 03:28:10 | More by jeonseh
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 02:12:44 | More by Huhzubendah
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-grapefruit, orange, pine, hints of malt and herbal

T-grapefruit and orange upfront followed by pine and malt as well as slight herbal notes, big bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly astringent

O-a really solid DIPA with a big hop character

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 02:38:49 | More by MDDMD
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Double Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.