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Double Daisy Cutter - Half Acre Beer Company

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579 Ratings
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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 451
Gots: 47 | 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:
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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Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.68/5  rDev -14%

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.

07-16-2011 04:48:02 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev 0%

Cloudy medium orange color with a fairly decent head for a DIPA - lasts longer than most. Leaves decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma of orange marmalade and sweet buscuits. Taste is citrusy and crisp. Spicy hops with very good balance with bready malt. A touch of caramel and sweetness but with a nice dry pleasantly bitter finish.

Medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. A pleasure to drink. Very smooth and balanced. Goes down easily for a big beer. Highly recommended.

05-23-2011 00:34:11 | More by CliffBrake
Photo of Urbancaver


4.28/5  rDev 0%

Thanks Alex for this treat!

Pours a crisp clear golden orange. Considerably darker than regulr daisy cutter. A nice reddish tint and a bit of white frothy head. Beautiful lacing. Smells super hoppy. Similar profile to daisy cutter but the grapefruit comes out even stronger. Tastes sweet and lightly fruity. The hops are strong but not bitter. Incredibly well balanced. The hops of a dipa but the drinkbilty of a single ipa.

05-02-2011 21:33:52 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of vespahulb


4.63/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

04-16-2011 15:44:58 | More by vespahulb
Photo of Mora2000


4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange-yellow color with a white head. I get a ton of fruit in the aroma, namely grapefruit and pineapple but there are some other tropical fruits present. I also get a little bit of bready malt in the aroma.

The flavor is just as good. I get a ton of grapefruit, pine and papaya. Very fruity and tropical smelling. There is a tad bit of biscuit malt in the aroma and the bitterness is low to medium. Very drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice overall.

04-13-2011 02:20:39 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Retsinis


3.6/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

03-31-2011 17:37:01 | More by Retsinis
Photo of tikibeer


4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

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

Medium body with medium carbonation.

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

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

03-29-2011 05:53:28 | More by tikibeer
Photo of 2BDChicago


4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

A: Bright and hazy, orangey amber, with beige medium size foam of medium duration.

S: Crisp, clean cirtus blast. First come grapefruit & oranges, next is the pine, then some biscuity notes, and finally a faint wiff of buterscotch.

T: Good but somewhat different than I had expected. Fresh, slight sweetness, hop bitter, and mild fruit after taste...are my first impressions.

D: Dry and sophisticated. This smallish brewery in Chicago has had a great reputation since their start, and the sophistication is amped up now 3-4 years in. To me, this is one of their signature brews. And just hard enough to get to be appreciated.

03-25-2011 01:09:46 | More by 2BDChicago
Photo of HosP


4.53/5  rDev +5.8%

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

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

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

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

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

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

03-24-2011 02:14:09 | More by HosP
Photo of beerwolf77


3.7/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

03-21-2011 02:19:44 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.88/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

03-09-2011 02:52:06 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of fear025


4.78/5  rDev +11.7%

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

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

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

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

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

03-02-2011 17:36:09 | More by fear025
Photo of bigfnjoe


2.83/5  rDev -33.9%

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

02-26-2011 02:38:38 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of nrbw23


4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

A- Pours a nice, slightly hazy orangeish color with a white. Head is fairly small, caps the brew and is there the entire time. Head leaves some nice lacing.

S- Quite a bit of citrus and pine. Also has a good malt back bone.

T- Citrus hops are mainly grapefruit. Very nice great tasting brew. Caramel malts make a bit of an appearance but hops dominant.

M- Medium in body and carbonation is right on.

D- Very easy to drink and had no problem with this one. A little surprised that this one is a DIPA.

02-25-2011 23:49:04 | More by nrbw23
Photo of Florida9


4/5  rDev -6.5%

Bottle obtained from the second release.

A: Very hazy, deep brownish-orange in color. Forms about a finger or so of white head that has little retention, but leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Orange and citrus along with some sweet tropical fruits.

T: Moderately sweet pale malt presents itself on the font end before a smattering of citrus hops and pine. Finishes rather dry and with a somewhat astringent grapefruit bitterness.

M: Much better out of the bottle. Medium in weight with appropriate carbonation. Dry on the finish.

D: Definitely much better out of the bottle, but still not living up to the Daisy Cutter name. Much more of a balanced DIPA with the malts being far more prevalent than what we've come to expect with strongly hopped regular DC. However, still an enjoyable beer.

02-24-2011 02:47:08 | More by Florida9
Photo of callmemickey


4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

A: Hazy straw-yellow body with a medium size frothy white head. Slight soap scum lacing left on the glass.

S: A huge blast of grapefruit and citrus. Just a hint of pine and a little underbelly of malt.

T: Bitter grapefruit, lemon and resin. The flavor is overshadowed by the bitterness which leaves a slightly off impression... similar to my impression of SheWolf.

M: Moderate weight body, smooth creaminess upfront followed by a strong bitter finish.

D: A solid dIPA, however, I think the bitterness overshadows any underlying complexity that should shine through in the flavor profile.

02-13-2011 05:03:46 | More by callmemickey
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.8/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

02-11-2011 01:43:42 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Jayli


4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Acquired this from GbvDave so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 1/28
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy golden color with a one and a half finger head. Head recedes quickly and leaves sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: NOse is straight up hoppy goodness. Piney hops, slight fruitiness, and a solid caramel malt character.

T: Taste starts with a good deal of piney hop and light breadiness. Lemon and grapefruit zest comes in. Finish has a light pale malt and touch of grassiness. There is a bit of orange peel in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice oily feel.

D: Goes down very easily, very tasty, somewhat filling, well hidden kick and nice representation of style. I loved Daisy Cutter, and Double Daisy Cutter does not disappoint - I could sit for a few more pints of this one!

02-01-2011 01:55:38 | More by Jayli
Photo of gford217


4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

Thanks to Jason for this bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a healthy off-white head that shows excellent retention and sticky sheets of lacing along the sides.

Aroma is full of pineapples, tangerine and lemongrass with some resinous pine as well. Definitely an overall dank hop type thing going on as well. Just tons of big hop aromas.

Taste isn't quite as aggressively hoppy with an original herbal and pine bite with some bready malts in the background. There is a bit of citrus but less than I got in the aroma. The finish is bitter and resinous.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with hops with moderate carbonation.

I'm a big fan of this one. It's extremely drinkable and seriously dry hopped. If Double/Imperial Pale were a separate style, this would be top of the charts.

01-30-2011 04:46:07 | More by gford217
Photo of kirkpjr


4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

Been wanting to try this one for a while now. Thanks bauermj!

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a nice, slightly hazy deep amber color with 2 fingers of off-white head. Heavy sheets of lacing up and down the glass.

S: Pine, tangerine, and all things citrus with some tropical fruits as well. A touch of biscuit malt on the back, but this one is all hops.

T: Big malt comes through in the first sip to balance out the citrus hops. Pine, grapefruit, and juicy tropical hop flavors shine through as I make my way through the beer. A solid, juicy, well-balanced DIPA.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sticky and resinous hops.

D: This one was hop forward, yet still balanced. Highly drinkable, with the ABV well hidden. I'd probably still prefer the original Daisy Cutter if we're talking 'to style' here, but this one was still very tasty.

01-25-2011 02:58:24 | More by kirkpjr
Photo of beerhan


4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

650 mL bottle split. Poured into a pint glass, decent head that dissipates fast. Nice orange golden color. Smells very herby, almost like loose leaf tea. Tastes just like steeped hops. Super hoppy but in a good way. The hop forwardness of this beer is stellar and a real hop heads dream. You can feel the bitterness but it is not overwhelming for your tongue. This one goes down pretty smooth and I do hope to try again.

01-24-2011 16:55:40 | More by beerhan
Photo of CrellMoset


4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

22 oz. bottle courtesy of the ever generous Alexander, poured in to a snifter shortly after I received it. Many thanks!

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, live, rambunctious brew, a dull golden at first, but exposure to light reveals an iridescent peach, vivid and lively. Carbonation runs rampant through this one, fine-bubbled, plentiful, and continuous - I'm excited to try the mouth on this one. The carbonation - coupled with the fact that I poured this one into a relatively narrow mouthed snifter - does this one a favor, continually replenishing the head on this one. I'm not sure it needs it, particularly, as the retention on this one is pretty fantastic - the initial one finger or so of lightly tanned head sits, erect, creamy, whipped, like soft meringue peaks. It fades ever so slightly at first but reaches a nice equilibrium quickly with the effervescence, making for a fat, healthy surface lacing that's more a continuous sheet of never-departed head than surface dusting. It gets thicker nearer the rim of the glass as it climbs, sticky and clingy, sloping up the sides of the snifter. The lacing is snow, frosty and frozen, forming literal uniform sheets along the sides of the glass, like the sort of snow you get when it's ultra cold and the flakes are ridiculously small, freezing at the slightest nucleation point in to the most minuscule crystals.

Aroma: An amazingly pungent, resinous nose. This one's had the absolute piss dry hopped out of it - it's sticky, thick, wet, and oily, full of ripe tobacco, juicy mint, and sappy pine, though other herbal overtones - chives, garlic, thyme - blend in and out. Flashes of citrus pith dance their way in and out of the melee, and there's a definite dry, biscuity, roasted underpinning here, but this one's all about the hop notes. I have absolutely no clue what the dominant hop variety is here - it smells vaguely like Nelson S., though with all of the crazy new varieties being introduced out there these days, who really knows?

Taste: Them there's one of them newfangled hops here, fersher. Those same fresh, dank hops dominate the flavor profile here, though they're a little less robust, a little more herbal and one-dimensional. That's not to say they're not still great - huge mint, leafy notes, leather, and generically astringent but positively dirty herbalness dominate a hop landscape otherwise flecked by earthy but tart citrus, faint bubblegum-esque tropical fruit notes, and mild pine, all in a moderately to moderately high bitter package. The foundation is roasted, biscuity, like dry shortbread cookies at points.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy - particularly as the carbonation fades - and quite a juxtaposition with the spicy, foreward, leafy, herbal assault that is the flavor profile. It works surprisingly well, both initially and at the end of the arc.

Drinkability: Two great, herbal, east coast, dry-hopped brews in a row from my friend in Chicago. At 8.5%, this one's on the low end for most Double IPAs, and noting that to its credit, I'll add that whatever hints of alcohol were here were masterfully hidden. That being said, I can imagine the hop profile here being something that's not for everyone - it's unique, one of those IPAs/DIPAs that endears itself to the beer drinking community largely by virtue of it uniqueness. Fortunately, I'm a huge fan of the hop profile, and would recommend this to anyone who likes east coast IPAs/DIPAs, dry hopping, and leafy, herbal hop profiles. Half Acre continues to impress.

01-24-2011 06:17:02 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of trappistlover


4/5  rDev -6.5%

(22oz botle from jcnd9803!). Pours slightly hazy copper wih 2 finger off-white head. Very active carbonation. Aroma has some must, juicy grapefruit, some pine/wood. Excellent! Taste is sweet malts with some wood notes and bitterness on the end. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation on the tongue. Finish is bitter, but the malt balances this beer out. Really good beer and drinks easily. Thanks Jon!!

01-22-2011 23:54:40 | More by trappistlover
Photo of StoneTSR


4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

APPEARANCE: Deep copper and very clean with a small, but very full, white head. Light, thin lacing throughout the glass.

SMELL: Moderately strong orange smell.

TASTE: Strong orange and bitter flavor. Deliciously hoppy floral flavors. Finishes strong with a pleasant, mildly bitter aftertaste.

MOUTHFEEL: Oily, but still sparkling and a very refreshing beer.

OVERALL: Surprisingly satisfying and delicious beer. Wish they canned this stuff too.

01-14-2011 06:37:44 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of StormKing47


4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

Bottle shared by therealnomayo on New Years Eve with him and cmurren25. Another bottle of this so here goes...

A- A nice light amber color with an orange/yellow hue. Has a nice carb level with some steady bubbles leading to a decent white, fluffy head. Just like they all should look, amber golden hue with a slight haze, a nice sign of good things to come.

S- A nice citrus pop of citrus fruits and grapefruit with a lingering piney resin. Smells bitter, delicious and sticky. As it warms a nice tangerine and more succulent fruits show up with a subtle malty sweetness, that's fairly bready. Very pleasant and inviting aroma.

T- A huge wave of citrus, grapefruit, lemons, succulent tangerines and a touch of piney bitterness. In reality there's virtually no malt, you have to dig and swish to find the tiny sweet malts that are there for balance. As it warms some earthy grass notes, but they get slapped up by the citrus hops.

M- A nice medium body with a slight carb tickle. A very nice semi-syrupy and sticky feeling that lingers on the tongue. Isn't tangy, but crisp and refreshing with a little bitter snap at the end.

D- Hell Yes! I am glad they decided to brew it again and now it's in rotation. A fine imperial version of there famous daisy cutter. Enough to satisfy any hop head. Crisp, refreshing and sticky.

Keep it coming Half Acre. Please start shipping to PA!

01-13-2011 04:42:42 | More by StormKing47
Double Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 579 ratings.