Galactic Double Daisy Cutter - Half Acre Beer Company

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 551
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 3.76%
Wants: 317
Gots: 48 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DrAwkward82 for sharing this one at drewone’s tasting.

Pours a murky honey yellow with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, herbal hops, and alcohol. Taste is pretty much the same with a medium bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice super hoppy presence. On a side note, I am really digging the artwork on the can too. (561 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean9689 and johnbjaeger for getting me out bottles of this. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a nice bright peach color with a small white head that lasted for a bit before falling into a thin cap with a bit of lacing. Nice tropical notes in the nose. Plenty of mango with a bit of orange in the background. Flavor is orange, pineapple, and mango hops with a bit of booze. Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Semi-bitter finish with some alcohol. Pretty good, but nowhere near HF Galaxy. (502 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (981 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (888 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the bottle, Adam.

A: The beer pours a hazed orange color with a finger of soapy white head.

S: Intense aromas of tropical fruit start things off quite nicely. Lots of citrus (grapefruit) with a mild herbal and floral quality as well. Very little malt character, just a bit of sweet bread underneath.

T: Tons of tropical fruit flavors to this beer as well. A fair bit of grapefruit and tangerine with a mild grass flavor. Some light pine flavor and bitterness and just a hint of pale malt sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Damn good. All the Daisy Cutter varieties I've had have been great, this one included. (657 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Finally getting my chance to try this vaunted piece o' alleged tasty. Right-o. It pours a hazy pale-ish amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest (both ruby red and yellow), mandarin orange flesh, pine resin, light caramel, pineapple, light mango, and light passion fruit. Damn. Just damn. The taste holds notes of lemon zest, yellow grapefruit zest, light leek, lighter caramel (on the biscuity side of things), pine resin, tangerine peel, and a touch of very mild brine. Though the fruit from the smell is indeed there on the tongue, just not as assertively fruity as I'd imagined. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable DIPA, one that I wish I had regular access to. Damn. (837 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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! (915 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (2,259 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a decent creamy fluffy 1/2 finger head, fades semi slowly, nice lacing, murky tangerine color.

Nose is whoa, tons of galaxy hops, citrus galore, dank resin, some tangerine, pith, passion fruit resin, little rind, hint of sweet malts, ripe bitter fruit.

Taste brings lots of tropical fruit juice, sweet candy malts mixed with it, fluffy malts, passion fruit, resin and dank hops, pith, grapefruit peel, tangerine juice, etc. Nice fluffy malt and hint sweetness balance with decent bitterness. Quite nice, finish is drier and sticky but sweet, hint of booze warmth, more chewy bitterness, more citrus fruit too, pretty tasty though.

Mouth is med bod, hint of booze, nice carb.

Overall good but mixed, started really nice but the more I had it it got a little more meh. Too bitter rindy and sweet, bit still quite nice. (860 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for picking this up on my behalf. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Late-rising finger of white foam that settles to a thin cap and glass-coating lace. Hazy peach juice body.

S - Smells like Galaxy hops alright. Big orange, tropical fruits, floral notes, a bit of herb and pine. The malt backdrop is actually reminiscent of Brian's Flossmoor beers but less heavy-handed.

T - The taste isn't quite as strong - there's a mild astringency mid-palate. More leafy and herbal, with bitter grapefruit, and less malt sweetness apparent. Bitterness is moderate but not palate bruising.

M - Hefty medium-full body, juicy, slightly grainy and pulpy, medium-low carbonation. No alcohol, but a touch of warmth after half a bottle. Finish is a bit sticky - could use some more dryness.

D - I had no problem polishing off a bomber on my own. Half Acre is a reliable brewery when it comes to hops, no doubt. That being said, the astringency grew a little fatiguing. I'm not sure this is an improvement on regular Double Daisy Cutter, although I haven't had it in a long time. (1,075 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe, thanks! Poured from a festively decorated bottle into a snifter.

Beer is yellow, dark, hazy, soft white head small bubbles. Looks good.

Aroma is sweet, nice fruity hops that I will assume at this point are galaxy based on the name.

I wish I would have bothered to have the regular double daisy cutter ale before this one butt his is quite good, medium bodied, very fruity on the palate and nice hop bitterness at the finish that isn't too dry. I'd have it again, a fun little beer. (503 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dunt for the trade on this one. Poured from a bomber into a snifter. This brew appears a very clouded color of orange that almost looks like a type of orange custard. There is no denying the striking similarity between this and breakfast juice cocktail. A thin film of white head appears across the top that quickly dissolves to patches that sit in island-like formation across the top. A thick lacing effect is seen on the glass that leaves strings and patches of lace all about the glass.

The smell of this brew is like mango juice. Very fruited with a yeasty quality mixed with some grass and herbal component almost like mint. Slight touch of catty quality mixed with some stinky cheese, minor note of sulfur and more green yeasty quality.

The taste is hoppy and herbal like a bitter sort of mango juice. Some pine, cheesy quality and yeast that at times comes across almost musty. Later in the flavor comes more pine and almost a minty quality mixed with the green yeastiness. The aftertaste is long and drawn out with a flavor caught between mango, unidentifiable fruits, herbs, pine and a significant amount of grassy quality. Only after this brew comes up to temperature do you finally start to take note of the 8% abv that hints with a light spice and accented fruit character.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate to light level of carbonation. The 8% abv is integrated very well. There is seemingly no malt inclusion in this brew that I could pick up on which was peculiar. It was almost more of a deep rindy fruited base mixed with a ton of hops. Certainly an interesting experience that is worth having a try. The look and the taste screams young brew, I think there was a bit too much emphasis on the yeast flavoring in this brew but regardless it was a good time. Daisy cutter remains one of my favorite pale ales, this was a nice twist on that brand. (1,895 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is hazy and dark yellow hued, with a quarter inch of white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is the best aspect of this beer, with a heavy dose of Galaxy hops. The flavor offers some grapefruit and hops, with additional notes of alcohol and tropical fruit. The feel is relatively thick on the palate. A good brew, though the aroma led me to believe it would be better. Alcohol could be disguised better. A good DIPA. (493 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tony for sending me a bottle. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a dark, cloudy peach with a creamy white head of small bubbles. Average retention and light lacing. Smells like the HF Galaxy (my only other reference point for this hop), strong tropical notes with a light vegetable/floral finish. Flavor is muted orange and mango hops, well balanced sweetness and bitterness. Medium thick body, chewy and slightly boozy in the finish. Nice beer, even better I assume if you haven't had regular double daisy or hf galaxy. (528 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/26/2011

Bottle shared by Andrew, thanks!

A: Hazy yellow orange with a finger of white froth that lingers for a minute, leaving sheet-like lacing on the glass when it recedes.

S: The aroma is nice, with bright mango and pineapple notes accompanying peach, grapefruit, and orange. Pine is faint, and I don't pick up much malt character.

T: The flavor exhibits a lower moderate smooth bitterness with lots of mango and pineapple. Orange pith melds with grapefruit, pine, and tangerine. Malt is light and slightly grainy. There's a faint herbal note.

M: Medium in body with lower medium carbonation.

Overall: Enjoyable and highly drinkable. (644 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to bauermj.
22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with an almost apple cider like appearance. The head is thin and a light tan color and if fades quickly to one side.

S - Very strong pine, come citrus.

T - Pine, grass, tangerine.

D - Bitter Pine, lower carbonation, heavier body.

O - Holy Hoppy. A little thick and heavy, but a I enjoyed it. (387 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big props to Jason for bringing this growler (and others) to the latest Jackie O's release. One of the first glasses I had when I arrived on Friday night.

The beer is an apricot color, slightly hazy with an initially thick head. Tropical fruits in the aroma, citrus and pineapple, some mango too. Same with the flavor, astringent and tasty, this was enjoyable from start to finish. Juicy wet hops and a little after-burn, the type of hops treatment I really enjoy.

Excellent drinker, my glass went very quickly. Get it! (521 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a wonderful murky/hazy golden dandelion hue with a nice one finger creamy white head that left some nice side lacing.

S - As I pop the can huge aromas of Galaxy hops explode from the can. Super dank and inviting. Once poured into the glass the dankness really pops. This is full of hops and oils. Very nice.

T - Oh yah. Explosion of grapefruit meat and rind, tons of hoppy oils. To hell with balance, this is a glass of galaxy baby! Super bitter, there is a slight bready hint towards the end that mixes with citrus. Pine tries to come through but is squashed by that graperuit peel.

M - This is so bitter and hoppy that is actually nearly dries the mouth out, demanding one gets another sip! The carbonation is perfect for this, excellent, spot on. Super enjoyable.

O - Overall this was a delicious surprise to get in my box. I'd heard about this beer and glad I got it, and a fresh one too! This beer screams Galaxy hops and I love it. (1,013 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper hazy orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: pungent citrus, sweet, orange, passion fruit, malts

taste: passion fruit, bitter orange peel, clean finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a decent brew. glad I got to try it and it's the first beer I've had with the Galaxy hops. Can't wait to try some others so I can compare.

Cheers,
The cpj (408 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Memphis Taproom, served in a tulip

Pours a golden orange. Cloudy body, with a one finger bone white cap. A good amount of spider web lacing.

God damn these galaxy hops. Deep and broad. Papaya, mango, apricot, pineapple, unreal. Juicy tropical fruits explode into the olfactories.

Tropical fruits pummel the palate. Papaya, apricots, and mango say hello before a rush of white grapefruit bitterness. A touch of pine resin adds to the bitterness level. I honestly just can't get over the depth of these hops. They bring everything to the table, overcoming the senses.

Medium body, slightly chewy. Smooth and creamy. Finish is moderately bitter and builds with each sip. Bonus points.

I am in love with galaxy hops, I admit my bias, but this is just downright delicious. This guy is a little rough in spots, much like Heady Topper, but shines in all the others. (873 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A very cloudy and opaque beer that almost looks like inconsistent juice. Orange-yellow in color with a small white head that faded to a partial cap and left very little stick on the sides.

S - Explosive tropical fruit right off the bat on the nose. It's a very sweet and full smelling fruitiness. There is a lot of wet grass/hay smell in here, with just a slight bit of hop bitterness on the end.

T - Once again, tons of tropical fruit, reminds me a little bit of juice. Some dank grass and a little bit of pine. The tropical fruit is sweet, maybe a little too much going on, but good. Would like something to break it up a little and add some complexity.

M - Meduim bodied, lots of juice like feel. Could use a little more carbonation, my only real complaint about this beer.

O - Good beer, great if you like tropical fruit flavors. Easy drinker, two of us drank the entire growler just fine. (905 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a taster. Thank you for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a rather cloudy and dense orange color. Some white froth.

(S)- Tons of citrus. Orange, lemon, and peach. Bits of pine and malt.

(T)- Very fruity in a tropical sense. Woody too and piney. Very minimal malt presence actually.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Huge full on hop fruit and wood, but smooth and restrained.

(D)- A rather nice DIPA. Must be unfiltered due to its cloudy appearance and big hop flavor; it does work well for it. Very surprised by how mellow the malt backbone is. (575 characters)

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Galactic Double Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.