Double Daisy Cutter - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 496
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
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 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 ppoitras
4.08/5  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!

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange, grapefruit, floral, grassy, balanced bitterness, biscuit, great mouthfeel

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 DovaliHops
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of jaasen64
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.29/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of oline73
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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 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 Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of MDDMD
4.27/5  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

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear amber in color with 1.5 finger white head and leaves a ton of lacing along the sides of glass.

S - Great gobs of fruity and piney hops. Bready malts, a touch of honey. A bit of good grain in the background.

T - Perfect balance of malt and hops. Starts with sweet hops and bready malts, follows up with a piney hop bite and finishes bitter.

M - Perfect. Very smooth and crisp.

Overall - A superb beer here by Half Acre. A great twist on the already great Daisy Cutter

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 2.13.13
Big thanks to mcbeerbrew for this long time want

A - Pours a hazy, medium orange with a smaller light tan head that just sits there.

S - Stronge pine, citrus, candy, some tropical fruits.

T - Mostly orange citurs and somne tropical fruit before a touch of bitter grass and a touch of alcohol move into the finish.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Very pleasant hoppiness and very drinkable. A great beer.

Photo of Efay
3.86/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of Durtdiggler
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle pour into Half Acre tulip glass.

Extremely clear, orange/amber color with a white head that evaporates quickly leaving a nice resinous lacing on glass. Exceptional clarity.

Aroma big on pine and dark orange rinds with a bread, malty backend. Less of a west coast aroma. Very inviting

Upfront bite followed by complex bitterness of hops that lingers, some sweet malts present to balance on the finish but the hop character stays. Doesn't feel like a cascade, centennial hop beer, probably simcoe as bittering hop. The bitter hop is very earthy, with pine. The Malt is not too sweet adds some body and balance.

Mouth feel is medium, slightly creamy, alcohol a bit noticeable but finishes easy.

Overall, an excellent offering but the bitter hop leaves some resinous to it that i don't prefer as much as to some other styles. Leaves an earthy note to it. This could be a DIPA, but I think this beer represents some of it's own style.

They're almost out of these.

Photo of overnightstorms
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
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. 

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating but this was released very recently. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge mango, orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, tangerine, floral, honey, grass, light pine, light caramel, and floral hop earthiness. Fantastic aromas with huge hop complexity and a solid malt balance as well. Taste of big orange zest, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, pine, honey, grass, light caramel, and floral hop earthiness. Fair amount of citrus and floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, mango, pineapple, pine, honey, floral, grass, and floral hop earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic hop flavor complexity with a nice malt balance; but still highly showcases the hops; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, lightly slick, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Double IPA! Great hop flavor complexity and balance; and extremely smooth to sip on. An extremely enjoyable offering.

Photo of nova009
3.86/5  rDev -10%
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

Photo of inlimbo77
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz, January '13
DFH IPA glass

A: Crystal clear light orange color. Nicely carbonated. Two full fingers of egg shell off white head. Sticks around glass for a while. Sticky lacing.

S: Big orange notes on the nose. Orange marmalade. Some grapefruit and other citrus. Some of that grainy biscuit like malt from regular DC.

T: Nice grapefruit hop bitterness up front in tongue. Not over powering Hoppiness. Nice malt backing in mid palate. Sweet malts really match up well with those fruity hops. Finish is fairly smooth with dryness. Some lingering sweetness.

M: Medium bodied. Nice mouth coating of hops.

Solid A

Photo of mjohnson17
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice bright white head. Yellow/orange/copper color.

S: Citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, piney, crisp & bright

T: Earthy, grass, crisp, slightly dry and malty on the back with a dry finish. Just an ever so slight citrus flavor up front.

M: Nice bitterness, smooth and drinkable DIPA. Fairly dry finish. Good

O: A very drinkable DIPA. I prefer this over Daisy Cutter as the hop nose has better balance of earthy and citrus. The mouthfeel is a bit nicer too.

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear light orange with a beautiful 3 fingers of dense off-white foam.

S: Nice bright citrus, grapefruit rind, and clean pine. A touch of herbal grassiness and some caramel.

T: Taste follows the nose. Lots of piney bitterness, grassy, light on the citrus, some bitter grapefruit notes. A hint of alcohol and a somewhat nutty finish.

M: Fairly typical mouthfeel for a double IPA. Light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

Overall, this is a solid double IPA. Although its not my favorite interpretation of the style, it is well structured. This is one big, piney beer. Very bitter and grassy. If it were just a bit sweeter and fruitier (to balance out the bitterness), I would've loved it. But as it stands, its a very enjoyable brew.

Photo of MCain04
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been waiting a while for this one. Hard to get, even living in Chicago! Missed out on the growler fills at the tap room, so this one is from a 22oz bottle, 4 days fresh, $9.99. Poured into a Hop Leaf Tulip glass.

Appearance: Copper/amber, deep and clear. 2 fingers off-white cream head. Good retention and lacing. Can't ask for a lot more.

Smell: As good as it gets. Exploding with citrus. Orange, mango, lemon, pine, a touch of pineapple. Floral and grassy as well.

Taste: Honestly, a bit of a letdown after that amazing nose. I've heard this is a completely different beer from Daisy Cutter, but if you can't taste the original in this, you haven't drank enough Daisy Cutter. Heavy on the bittering hops, but not much hop flavor, sweetness, or malt. No alcohol at all though, and quite easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carbonation. Smooth and medium-full body. Dry on the finish.

Overall: This is better than Daisy Cutter, which is quite good to start. Really easy drinking and quite tasty. For bitter, dry beer lovers, this is a nice treat. However, for $10, I think I'd get a 4-pack of Daisy Cutter pints before buying this bomber again. Now a $20 growler fill of this stuff? Completely different story.

Photo of cnbrown313
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out a nice golden / orange color with a generous off white head. Looks like a pretty standard pale ale from the start.

S - I took one whiff and wow! Lots of grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruits.

T - You get the grapefruit and citrus flavors right away, but not as bitter as I expected. Very nice! There is also an earthy, grassy flavor in there as well, but in a good way.

M - Pretty standard carbonation, medium bodied. Pretty similar to most other big IPAs, but maybe a little bit on the lighter bodied side.

O - I had been looking for one of these for a while and it did not let me down at all. if this was more widely available I could drink it all the time. Everyone has their own favorites, but Double Daisy Cutter would be able to stand up to Pliny and all of the other big IPA's out there. Nicely done!

Photo of Etan
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Double Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.