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Galactic Double Daisy Cutter - Half Acre Beer Company

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 307
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GbVDave on 08-19-2011

We've brewed a variant of Double Daisy Cutter we're calling Galactic Double Daisy Cutter. This version highlights Galaxy hops, a bruiser grown in Australia specifically to make palates numb. This beer insisted on being a beast. Uber-hazy and jam packed with the sticky, Galaxy hops, this beer isn't for the faint of heart.

As if pulled from the core of a distant, inhospitable planet, The Galactic Double Daisy is juicy and dank, rough and tumble and beautifully ugly. Strap on your boots and pull down some of the ooze, Galactic Double Daisy is here.
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Ratings: 457 | Reviews: 121
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Photo of rudylaw
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden hazy pour which means I can't see through it.

Pineapple, grapefruit, peach and mango on the nose. Smells like a fruit cocktail. There's also hints of grass and pine.

Tastes like fruit cocktail syrup with just about as much carbonation. Oily finish. Above average on the sweetness factor too. Also getting slight notes of hay. The galaxy hops really amp this up. This is closer to Daisy Cutter than Double Daisy is... and way superior in my mind.

Nothing super exciting but that's sort of what I like about this. Straightforward and delicious. 22oz is no problem to get through.

Photo of JT_Money
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful Amber Color, Clarity and Mouth Feel. Not overpowering hoppiness, Perfectly balanced with Tangy Citrus tropical notes. How did Half Acre do it?? This little brewery is turning into one of my faves. They keep pumping out some great stuff!!!! Overall, Amazeballs!!!!

Photo of kingcrowing
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a pale yellow amber with a small white head, nose is a bit tame but it's fruity and mellow with a light sweet maltiness, very nice.

Taste is super well balanced its got a really nice bitterness with a melon fruitless, very refreshing and smooth, it has A nice big Mothfeel. Very good beer.

Photo of ehammond1
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, DLFarris!

Hazy, cloudy dark orange in color with a somewhat large, very persistent off-white head that lasts and lasts. This leaves the glass completely messy with thick sheets and lines of lacing.

This beer smells amazing--it being less than two weeks old can't hurt either! Stinging citrus notes erupt from the glass (orange and grapefruit, namely), pear and light apple, floral notes, along with just a bit of sweet bread and warm alcohol. Fantastic.

Moderately bitter along with lots of citrus, floral, pear, and passion fruit flavors. Malt is minimal. This is a celebration of hop.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Just a wonderfully fresh, delicious DIPA. I will want more of this!

Photo of jeonseh
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my FFF tulip

A - Apricot color and very hazy. Only a slight amount of light gets through.

S - Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and mango. You really get the tropical fruits bursting forth from this one

T - Grapefruit hops up front that are very well balanced with sweet tangerine and mango. I get a slight lemon peel as well near the back.. The finish is slightly dry with the grapefruit hops coming back and giving the beer a slight bite without becoming overpowering.

MF - Light with amble carbonation and a light stickiness. The beer is thick enough to not be watery but light enough to make it very drinkable for a DIPA

O - I haven't had double daisy cutter but this reminds me of a thicker, hoppier and slightly fruiter of version of Daisy Cutter. It is surprisingly light and drinkable for an 8% DIPA. I could actually imagine drinking a couple of these on a hot summer day. Solid offering that is worth seeking out next time they brew it.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to iadler and exitmusic00 for this bottle in the partner BIF!

A: Pours an extremely hazy orange/peach color with a small white head on top. Decent retention and thin lacing left behind.

S: Very fruity with orange, passion fruit, guava, and tangerine. Some faint pine mixed in, but not much malt. There is a bit of a sweetness though.

T: Similar to the aroma with lots of fruit up front. More orange and passion fruit, as well as a some peach and a lot of pith and rind.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks smooth with a slightly dry finish.

O: Pretty solid effort here. Would love to try more beers featuring Galaxy hops.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, sunset orange with a half finger's worth of white head. Fair retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds. Fair lacing, mostly spotty, with good stick.

Smell - Fresh orange zest, pineapple, light floral notes and a light breadiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. An enormous amount of juicy orange flavor. Moderate pineapple and light grapefruit. Vaguely touches on mint. Malts come through mid-taste and near the finish with bready qualities and a faint toastiness to produce a balanced finish. Light citrus pith in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with fair carbonation. Smooth and somewhat silky before a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Yeah, this beer is delicious. Can't help but think Jai alai when drinking it; they're very similar, except this thing packs a punch at 8%. Well worth trading for. If you can get it, get it!

Photo of cjacobsen
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Bay01 for picking some of this up!

(A) Very hazy pale orange. Almost like a mix of sour mix with orange and lemon juice. Very little head.

(S) Holy shit! The smell of this beer is unbelievable. I'd like to make an air freshener that smells like this, or just have one room in my house that smelled like this year round. It's got some citrus in it. Hops abound but its a very floral type of hop scent. Light fruits and some light caramel malt. Very aromatic.

(T) Has a bitter citric taste. No real sweetness and has a decent load of hops in there. You get that fuzzy floral taste but not nearly as much as what was in the nose. The hops really come big in the end.

(M) It's very smooth and somewhat oily. It's got a filling feel to it with a medium body.

(O) This was something else. The normal Daisy Cutter is quite aromatic as it is but this one takes it to a whole new level. I think if there's a way to have it taste like it smells, this would be completely unstoppable. It's a really fantastic beer.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - Copper colored. Nice white head. Wisps on the surface.

Smell - Juicy hops. Very citrusy. Malty, too. Hint of pine hop as it warms.

Taste - A little sweet. Great hop profile. Citrusy. Some sweet malts. Very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This is really good, but I'd rather have regular Daisy Cutter.

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Big thanks go to goodstrongbeer for this in a recent surprise box of Half Acre bottles that he sent me. Thanks Jon! By the way, I love the label for this beer. One of best I’ve seen lately.

Pours a hazed lighter looking copper color, almost like a glass of grapefruit juice honestly, with 2 fingers of bright-white head. This maintains that rich look here, with a sudsy cascade of lace that sticks with a light spotty look. The aroma is just bursting with rich tropical fruit flavor. Pineapple, grapefruit, and mango stand out here, with pine, herbal hops, and some faded floral character filling out the edges of the nose. The malts prop themselves along the back, with a sweet graininess that hangs with the more sugary smelling aspects of those tropical fruit flavors.

The taste is bitter grapefruit and sharp resins, which zip across the tongue. This aggressiveness is softened by the light toasted grains of the malt and then the sweetness of those ripe tropical hops, which are just as robust on the palate here as they were in the nose and really make this, with juicy pineapple and sticky mango notes leading the charge. An herbal character emerges more as this warms and also helps smooth out that bite as well. There is still a little brightness left to this, popping the zestiness of that grapefruit the most. The finish is dry and piney, with a bitter feel that sticks to the tongue but fortunately not overly so. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little fuller feeling, and crisp on the tongue with much more of a creamy and slick texture on the edges. That really keeps this easy feeling with only some very light warmth from that 8% ABV being present. The alcohol is about perfect here, adding some fullness to the body but not interfering with the flavors in any way.

Even with a few months on this, this was still a pretty kick-ass version of the already awesome Double Daisy Cutter. Those Galaxy hops really get to shine here, as this was one of the most tropical smelling and tasting IPAs that I’ve had in a while and the super easy drinking body here just sealed the deal for me. I’d love to see this one come back as well; as I’m sure a fresh bottle of this would be a thing of beauty.

Photo of bashiba
3.67/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dirty dark yellow/orange with lots of sediment.

The smell is a bit musty and bready with a big blast of fresh citrus and tropical fruit notes.

The flavor is a bit maltier than I would have expected, a big blast of lightly sweet sourdough before the hop flavors start to take over with light tropical fruit flavors. Has a long lingering bitterness.
A bit of alcohol flavor is coming through as well.

The mouthfeel is thick and a bit syrupy with a lot of resin.

This beer starts out good, but gets a bit muddled in the middle, a little to much malt focus. Galaxy might be the best hop in the world right now, I wish they would have let it shine a bit more.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely hazy pineapple juice colored body. The head was short but demonstrated a ton of sticky lacing.

This is heavily aromatice. Grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Coincidenially, I was cutting some mango as I was drinking this and it was interesting to be able to readily smell (and taste) the similarities.

Super juicy, fresh citrus fruit hops, hops, and more hops. It's bitter but has a sugary sweetness to it.

Fresh, sticky, and clean mouthfeel.

This is an outstanding beer and my favorite from Half Acre to date, and I like about everything they put out.

Photo of larryarms847
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, sunshine orange, with medium carbonation and overall a very pretty brew.

Smell is wonderful, definitely getting a cotton candy-esque sweetness that is countered with a tangy hop bitterness.

Taste doesn't quite meet my expectations, but that's alright still a tremendous brew. Tastes like freshly baked biscuits, slight citrus, I'm always intrigued by the galactic hop, very tasty but can't quite put my finger on the taste.

Mouthfeel is marvelous, a somewhat bizarre bitter after taste, but nothing I can't get over.

Overall very glad I picked up 3 of these when I had the chance as I haven't seen them anywhere since aside from tap.

Photo of Jaycase
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy golden,orange. thick, frothy white head.

s: incredible aroma. Fruity hop bliss - grapefruit, mango, orange. I could bathe myself in the aroma. Someone should bottle this smell, or can it perhaps.

t: Following on from the smell - fruit delight explosion. Again it's grapefruit, mango, orange and passionfruit. some piney resin on the back end.

m: medium carbonation. creamy. refreshing

o: Fantastic DIPA from Half Acre. Incredibly drinkable and so delicious.

Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting to a bomber after chasing down some on tap.

Murky opaque orange, fully saturated dark color, frothy white lace that sticks a little bit around the edges. Initial finger of foam fades into a broken skim with a clinging string of bubbles around the rim of the glass.

Super pungent tropical fruit and lush greenery. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, mint, eucalyptus, and some base pale malt recognizable as Daisy Cutter. Quite pungent at first, and mellowing over time.

Smooth feel, fairly light and fruit forward for a DIPA. Complex residual hop flavors, super resiny with more tropical hints of pineapple and citrus. Some light sweetness at first, with a dry firm bitterness in the aftertaste. Tastes like a top notch west coast style DIPA to me... easy drinkability, lush and pungent hops, plenty of complexity. Builds on the light and drinkable base of Daisy Cutter, adding a burst of tropical hops, without succumbing to typical DIPA extremes.

Photo of KDawg
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap and it poured a nice light orange color with a good foamy head.

very aromatic and fresh aromas of hops, citrus', floral tones and some bits of orange peels

medium bodied with a lot of depth on the flavors and feel. This is a real quality double IPA

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Robbiemoy13 for this one. Poured in to Half Acre pint glass.

A - Very cloudy, orange/peach colour with two fingers of cream coloured head that slowly reduced to a thin layer.

S - Huge citrus and tropical fruit aromas up front. Grapefruit, tangerine, peach and lighter mango notes are present along with a fairly assertive bitterness. A light caramel malt backbone is evident in the background.

T - The citrus and tropical fruit flavours are not nearly as pungent as the nose indicated but they are present. Some grapefruit, orange zest, pine and herbal hop flavours are evident. A slight malt sweetness is present in the background.

M - Medium body, somewhat creamy. Light carbonation.

O - Another excellent beer from Half Acre. I prefer the regular Double Daisy, but this was interesting to try.

Photo of DearthVader
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to iadler for sending this one my way.

Bomber poured to my Deschutes snifter.

First off, the artwork on this bottle has taken the spot as my favorite label yet.

It pours a milky straw-like gold that is incredibly hazy. It boasts a fluffy pure white head that climbs about 1 1/2" to fall slowly to a nice creamy crown. Spotty lacing is left behind.

Smell definitely puts a frame around the galaxy hops. You notice them upfront, in the middle, and in the end. They hide a lot of the tropical fruits that are in the taste, but still very nice.

The taste is same as the smell on steroids. Starts out with the galaxy hops, but then they are pushed aside by loads of fruit. Mango, pineapple, peaches, slight melon and pepper. Definite notes of pine shining through, then its closed out by a juicy, mouthwatering, galaxy hopped finish.

You could tell from the appearance how this mouthfeel was going to be. Extremely creamy, milky, full bodied and extremely filling. I was going to try and take down this bomber by myself, but after the first sip I knew I'd be beyond bloated. Poured my brother the other half and put another beer in the fridge.

Really enjoyed this one. Daisy Cutter is probably the best Pale Ale I've ever had, so I'm glad I finally got to try one of their variants. Hopefully I'll get my hands on a few others in the future. Thanks again for this treat. Isaac!

Photo of jegross2
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the latest batch of Galactic Double Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Brewing Company out of Chicago.
Score: 96

Can is from the Chicago Craft Beer Week release on the last week of May 2012, served in a snifter glass and enjoyed while fresh on 06/06/12.

Appearance: Pours a hazy/murky yellow-orange color with three fingers of foamy/seafoam cream colored head that slowly recedes to a thin film atop the beer. Slightly below average lacing, but really good retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Sharp and fresh orange citrus zest, sweet grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple juice. Ample doses of fresh pine, dew-laden grass and even a little resinous sap. A fresh, powerful, bold and inviting IPA aroma. 4.75/5

Taste: Sweet grapefruit and orange upfront with a mild sweet-and-sour lemonade flavored backbone. Prickly fresh pine on the center of the tongue. Lingering tropical sweet citrus flavor that is just a touch tart and giving the bitterness of the beer an invigorating pop. Can't get enough grapefruit flavor on the palate here. The balance between the hop bitterness and the citrus sweetness is really nice, and it makes the beer incredibly drinkable and refreshing. Yum! 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Juicy mouthfeel. Bitter, sweet and just a touch tart. The mouthfeel is spot on for an (imperial) IPA of this type. 5/5

Overall: Half Acre makes a lot of really excellent hoppy beers that rival the likes of Alpine, Three Floyds, Hill Farmstead and Lawson's, but I am firmly convinced that either this or Shewolf (a Three Floyd's collaboration IPA) is Half Acre's best brew.

Recommendation: Seek this out if you can find it fresh. It is a world class imperial IPA. I think it is on par with the likes of Arctic Panzer Wolf and Ghandi Bot.

Pairings: Grilled chicken.

Cost: $18 for a four pack of cans.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to my friend for pulling this off for me. sent to me in a nice 32oz growler i decided to split it with alex tonight as I get myself back into drinking form. poured into a pint glass.

a very nice hazy and cloudy beast for sure. Insane look to it, with a nearly opaque structure and light orange and amber color. A big white pillow like head of soapy and clingy lace hung out on the top throughout the session majking it appear to be one of the fullest IPA;s I have been around. The nose was loaded with rich, floral hops that were accented nicely by a well balanced base that had a nice and mellow buttery nose to it. Smooth, creamy, and rich, there are hardly words to describe how smooth this beer was. I have had many a cask beer, but none that the level of carbonation was soo damn perfect on. Super, and I mean super creamy and drinkable I was simply amazed by this beer.

Photo of Malty_Matty
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy amber with a thin white head. Very nice smell, floral with sweet malt and pine. Taste is great, the malt body allows the abundant galaxy hops to flex their muscles. Grassy, spicy, and piney in the finish, the sweetness starts up front almost preparing you for the hop explosion to come. Overall a good afterwork beer!

Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a really cloudy amber color with an orange hue. There is a finger of fluffy white head that fades but leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Awesome. Juicy citrus hop hit the nose hard. Sweet pineapple and tangerine. A little malt in there as well.

Taste: Doesn't quite live up to the smell, but still very good. The hops are more herbal with some citrus in there as well. They just pound the tongue. No one will accuse Half Acre of false advertising. The finish is bitter too.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side, this one sticks to the tongue. The finish is quite slick.

Overall: I think I slightly prefer the regular Daisy Cutter, I'll have to look out for the regular version of this beer. The hops were quite goo, but the taste was a mild let down after the smell. Still very good and really glad to have tried this. Thanks to funkyaudio for this beer!

Photo of cwguy5
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to marine1975 for a taste of this one!

A - murky golden orange color; pretty darn cloudy! thinnest white head leaving spotty lacing
S - sweet bee pollen and orange citrus - lots of it
T - more grapefruit and zest than orange smell indicates; some honey sweetness in background; pine oil finish
M - fine, prickly, low-medium carbonation; substantial body that cloudy color suggests; bitter linger in back of mouth
D - big ole citrusy IPA; nice sweet zesty flavors; comes strong with nice hops bill; goes down surprisingly easy!

Photo of Etan
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint can picked up from Half Acre recently, generously shared by willcarrera. Poured into a brandy snifter.

A: Pours a hazy dark orange with a small white head. Good lacing.

S: Incredibly fruity. Mammoth passion fruit, pineapple, mango. One of the best DIPA aromas I've ever smelled.

T: Big grassiness. Smooth passion fruit and citrus come out as it warms. Crackery malt and a bit of pleasant bitterness. Bit of tobacco in the background.

M: Great carbonation, nice feel.

O: The aroma was out of this world, but like with most hoppy Half Acre stuff, I'm underwhelmed by the grassiness in the taste. Still great stuff though.

Photo of iadler
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Reviewed on 6/2.

A- Pours a dark hazy orange with a one finger head that leaves some webs of lacing.

S- Lots of tropical and citrus fruit with juicy passion fruit, white grapefruit, peach, lime, lemon, pineapple and some caramel malt.

T- Follow the aroma with juicy ripe tropical and citrus fruit with notes of passion fruit, lime, grapefruit, mandarines, pineapple and a hint of pomegranate with a decent amount of caramel malt at the end.

M- Medium carbonation with a slightly chewy body that finishes a bit dry.

O- Easily the best beer I've had from Half Acre. Not sure why, but I throughly enjoyed this batch more than the bottle batch last September. The bitterness seemed to be toned a bit in this batch. Either way, this is a fantastic beer and I hope they try to brew it more often.

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Galactic Double Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.