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Double Daisy Cutter - Half Acre Beer Company

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166 Reviews

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Reviews: 166
Hads: 705
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 18.33%
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 hagbergl
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Efay
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Durtdiggler
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of overnightstorms
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
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. 

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of nova009
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
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

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of mjohnson17
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of MCain04
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of Etan
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle split. Consumed 1-27-13 and reviewed from notes. Bottle is courtesy of exitmusic00. Thanks!

A: Copper with bottom feeding bubbles. Thin, nearly pure white head.

N: Firm scents of citrus. Pineapple, mango, passionfruit. Hints of spruce and earth. Nothing crazy, just all around delicious smelling.

T: Pine and earthy hops are the forefront and they are quite strong. Pineapple and clementine oranges are distant. Dry biscuit base lacking in malty sweetness. Straw bundles and floral arrangements.

M: Palate scraping, medium-heavy body. Alcohol is well hidden. Excellent representation of the style.

O: Straight up winner. More dry hopping and some citrus flavors blended into the body and this would be near perfect for my palate. As it is, it’s one of the most complete examples of the style I have had and one I will heartily recommend.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ups to Durb777 for this extra. Frosted tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear copper gold with two fingers of off white head, a nice thick lattice of lace, and very good retention.

S: Lots of fruit--tangerine, and sugar coated orange--and some floral notes. Very nice.

T: Hops, juicy orange and crystal malt, a little grippy pine, finishing with a hefty dose of sweet malt and mild bitterness.

M: Medium-full body and medium-high carbonation.

O: Very nice. A high quality ale of delicious flavor and aroma.

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Photo of Holland
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden color with a hint of orange, clear, and good head that leaves a great lacing on top for the entire glass. Foam sticks nicely to the sides of the glass as I drink away its creator.

S: pineapple, peach, very hoppy and wonderful smelling with a bit of sweetness and light to caramel malt

T: heavy hop flavors of fruit and earthy notes along with a big bitterness to balance the slightly sweet malt flavors.

M: good balance of medium body and great carbonation

O: it just works well in balance. Delicious beer overall, but the taste lacked the same complexity of the smell. Overall pretty good for $15 for a 4-pack of tall boys at the brewery.

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Photo of shamrock75
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Blargimus
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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