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Galactic Double Daisy Cutter | Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by GbVDave on 08-19-2011

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Photo of jeonseh
4.42/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of koopa
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a recent trade thanks to a generous BA.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy murky light caramel to toffee with a 1.5 finger white crown that shows moderate retention and decent lace.

Smell: Some tropical fruit notes, mainly strawberry/passionfruit from the galaxy hops and grapefruit as well as some herbal to lightly grassy notes.

Taste: Same as smell but with even less red fruit intensity. I'd give it a 4.25 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied and fairly well carbonated.

Overall: It isn't as pungent or bitter as Hill Farmsteads Galaxy and I know from my own homebrewing that its possible to get a lot more red fruit flavor out of the galaxy hops but I could happily drink this beer with regularity if fresh.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass

A: The beer is a dull hazy orange/gold color. There is a bubbly white head that fades quickly but not entirely. There are good looking curtains of lace.

S: Smells very hoppy. Citrus, especially orange, and tropical fruits like pineapple and mango. There is a good dose of pine as well.

T: Fruit flavors are present but less potent. Citrus and just a hint of pineapple. Pine and grass cuttings. Some caramel malt but this beer is hop oriented. There is a dry alcohol flavor which lingers with the grassy hop flavor. Similar dry bitterness as the regular daisy cutter.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a dry, alcohol feel.

O: Reminds me of regular daisy cutter with more citrus flavors. Pretty drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Etan
4.12/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of ChiPool
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up 4 packof tall boy cans from brewery yesterday; poured into tulip glass today.

First thing to note: you can smell this beer from the moment you pop the can. It is incredibly aromatic: all citric/weedy hops on the nose. It pours a light orange color, which is quite hazy & opaque. Carbonation seems moderate: not too fizzy, but it is present. Great retention& lacing. Down the hatch, this is delightful. Everything you like about Daisy Cutter, but more...without being obnoxious. Bursting with citrus hoppy flavor (mainly orangepeel to me), with a lingering but pleasant bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side: a touch syrupy, but not off putting by any means. The finish is dry.

Overall: fantastic variation of a flagship brew. Save more for me!

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four-pack of these from the brewery this afternoon, 16 oz can, no canned-on date (but it must have been within the last few days), poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a super hazy golden apricot color, topped with three fingers of thick, creamy off-white head, has good retention and leaves tons of crusty lacing on the glass.

S- Damn! Huge fruity hop aroma, loads of mango, grapefruit and passionfruit, seriously delicious tropical fruit aroma. Has some pine and malt in the background.

T- Follows with more big mango, grapefruit and passionfruit flavors, lots of big juicy hops, a bit of pine resin but not as much as I had expected, still very fruit forward, has a nice smooth pale malt background.

M- Medium body, smooth creamy feel, slightly dry finish.

O- A pretty damn awesome DIPA, the fruity, juicy hop flavors on this beer are awesome, I can definitely pick up on the passionfruit and know now that I am a fan of Galaxy hops, I also can't believe how drinkable this is, I've always loved regular Daisy Cutter but this might be my new favorite from Half Acre. (Also 1st review from a can, hell yeah!)

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very unfiltered, murky golden orange color. Small white head. This beer would definitely scare some people away, but I like the way it looks. Scent is very fruity. I'm aware this beer came out late last year, so this is not very fresh...but, the hop profile in the nose is still pretty exceptional. Tons of hop resin aroma with some sticky pine sap. Very citrusy. Taste is just as good. Very bitter...must be those galaxy hops I've been hearing so much about lately. Lovely blend of citrus...tons of grapefruit...and pine and hops. Very bitter finish that lingers on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is sticky and chewy...probably due to its unfiltered nature. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this DIPA is definitely unique and worth seeking out. Age hasn't seemed to affect this beer too much, but I would have loved to try it fresh.

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Photo of pschul4
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by my friend Tony. Been wanting to try this one for a while.

A- Light orange-ish with decent head and nice lacing. A very tasty looking DIPA.

S- Mmmm this smells delicious. Fruity hops all over the place. Tons of orange/grapefruit/pineapple notes all over the place. This smell burst from the bottle upon opening

T- Just as good as the smell! A rediculous amount of tropical fruit flavors balanced out with a sharp hop background. No malt presences but I didn't expect any. This is the best DIPA I've ever had (Sorry Hopslam/PtE)

M- Light and smooth without being weak. Lingers on your palate for a little while after swallowing.

O- This would be my go-to DIPA if it were more available. I certainly plan on getting in line for my share of bottles this year.

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Photo of Spider889
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes, this was a fresh growler at the time.

I am hoping that there was an issue with the growler, but the beer pours cloudy with no head and a really pale yellow color that is unattractive without any visible carbonation.

Wow, the aroma immediately makes me forget about any qualms with appearance. Floral to the extreme, with notes of pine, tangerine, lemon peel, and green grass. Resinous and enveloping.

Bitter pine starts things off in the flavor department. Quite a lot of pine flavor actually. Flowery lemon citrus flavor too.

Light bodied and crisp. Overall, awesome. I really hope this gets brewed again sometime, I want a whole bottle of this to myself. Plus, fuck, that's a cool label...

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Photo of beagle75
3.76/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Hopside Down pilsner glass.

A: Hazy, light orange-amber color with a fine peripheral ring of off-white bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass. Chunky sediment settles to the bottom of the glass within a few minutes of being poured.

S: Crisp, clean hops are very piney, almost to the exclusion of other typical hop qualities. Caramel is hinted at, but no alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with heavy pale malt presence aside grapefruit peel hop aromatics. Acidity is moderate and citric, dropping off into the slightly boozy middle. Aside from the alcohol presence, the middle is remarkably clean, absent of fruit qualities besides the lingering citric acidity. Bitterness surges during the finish while lingering malt leaves a biscuit quality.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly astringent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: An added dose of malt and alcohol is not enough to steal the spotlight from the Galaxy hops. That said, this beer begins to cultivate an argument suggesting the best use for Galaxy is in a beer where nothing can get in their way, such as The Bruery's Humulus Lager.

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Photo of stxSS07
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A- Almost looks like orange juice. Dark rusty golden orange that is hazy as hell with a 1 finger off-white head that quickly recedes to a cap. Leaves nice lacing.

S- Bready sweet malts, tropical citrus hop notes, astringent bitter resins with a touch of booze.

T- Sweet tropical fruits up front, really sweet sugary malt backbone and a hint of bitter hops on the end.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O- Really tasty DIPA. More refreshing than most..very sweet and savory.

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Photo of bashiba
3.67/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brownish-orange with a light cream head that dissipates down to a thin film rather quickly.

Aroma is bitter citrus and tropical fruit mixed with grassy hops.

Taste upfront is bitter citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, and grassy hops. Bready malt middle. Bitter tropical fruit finish. Little grapefruit flavor. Lingering grapefruit bitterness. As it warms the tropical fruit overtakes the grapefruit and citrus. More malty as well.

Medium body with a slightly creamy, moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice high-hop bitterness with just enough malt backbone.


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

Thanks to Jason for the bottle.

Review input from notes, enjoyed 9/14/11

Semi-cloudy apricot colored body. Two finger egg shell colored head is set atop. Retention is decent, the head works its way back slowly leaving thick lacing blanketing the glass.

Pungent tropical fruit aroma pours from the glass followed by pine and resin just behind. There is a bit of a peach aroma coming through, I have come across this specific aroma before, very enjoyable. All hops in the nose, just a tremendous aroma.

The flavor continues the hop dominance. Heavy citrus and tropical fruit flavors are front and center. A strong resinous flavor is noted but does not have the dirty flavor that hops like summit can present. The fruit and the more abrasive resinous contrast each other very well. Subtle and clean pale malt flavor can be observed, but you need to work at it.

Medium bodied DIPA. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate. The finish remains on the dryer side, very pleasant.

Fantastic beer, hands down my favorite Daisy Cutter version. The galaxy hops are a thing of beauty. The huge flavor and aroma pair very well with the style. ABV is a bit lower for the style making it one of the more drinkable DIPAs.

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Photo of actone2001
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sent to me fresh by RC0032, a fantastic trader who i regularly trade with. I let this one sit in my fridge for a couple months because I had too many other sours/stouts to drink.

A - nice orange hue, somewhat clear with a bit of chill haze.

S - I'm sure a lot of the hop aroma dissipated, but I still get a nice citrusy smell. It's still hoppy in aroma, no real maltiness comes out.

T - A perfect, citrusy hop flavor rolls across the tongue. Slight bitterness, but nothing overpowering. I think the time on this bottle has exposed the tiny bit of maltiness that I love in a great DIPA. The finish is what makes this beer top notch in the category. The way that It can get all the grapefruit, citrus and malt flavor all to balance harmoniously with that crisp, clean finish is wonderful.

M - perfect carbonation. Not tingly, but not flat. Good enough to accentuate the flavor properly.

O - Wow! Even after too many months in the fridge, this met and exceeded all my standards for a DIPA. I love the citrusy hops, I love that tint of malt backbone. I could drink multiples of this without ever getting sick of it. Next time (if there is a next time) I'll drink it fresh. I'll admit that I am a bit biased to West Coast Ipa's, but Half Acre continuously impresses me with their offerings! Well done guys!

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Photo of bertram
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to TravisMBinns for the trade at the Three Floyds XV party...poured from a 22oz bottle:

Really nice smell of hops and sweetness as I opened the bottle...I think this is going to be really good...

Pours a hazy amber with a good amount of head and great lacing.

The taste and mouthfeel does not disappoint - perfect level of carbonation and a really nice balance of hop bitterness and some sweetness going on here, with a nice dry finish.

Overall a great beer that I'm glad I was able to try!

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Photo of HosP
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the BA formerly known as Dunt for this. Very much enjoy all of Half Acre's brews. Even though this is a tad bit old, still excited for it.

A- Pours a dull, very hazy orange color. White head sits on top, clings to the edges with nice lacing on the glass.

S- Just what you would expect from this. Nice juicy hop aroma. Citrus, grapefruit fill the nose. Very nice aroma here.

T- Big burst of hop flavor right up front. Grapefruit, orange, citrus flavors throughout the drink. Hop bitterness starts out big and fades through the end. With this being not quite fresh, get more of the sweeter malts coming through in the middle and sticking around until the end. Still lots of good flavors.

M- Medium body, moderate carbonation. A little oily.

O- Very good beer. Love the hop flavors and bitterness, just what you'd expect from a DIPA. Even not fresh the hops held up well. Would love a fresh one, but enjoyed this beer a lot.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dvelcich hooked me up with this gem in a recent trade. I'm a big fan of Half Acre beers and glad to be able to sample this one. Thanks again, Dan!

Pouring into the SF Beer Week 2011 tulip. This is a murky orange/yellow that formed a thin off-white foam that couldn't keep it together but is leaving some lacing behind.

Major league hops in the aroma with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and a light jab of hebal. Sweet candy corn is unexpected but intriguing.

Hops come through in the flavor too with a mix of spicy/herbal dankness with a modest lemon rind. Bitterness is moderate/moderate-high and lingers into a medium dry finish. Less hops than expected, based on aroma.

Medium-light in body with a moderate carbonation. Smooth and non-astringent bitterness.

Overall this IIPA offers up plenty of dank, herbal hops and is easy on the palette despite a robust 8% ABV. Would have liked more hops/bitterness but hard to pick out many faults.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into snifter glass. Pours a hazy orange color with a smaller white head. The aroma is all about the hops: resiny, tropical fruit, pineapple and mango with earthy notes sneaking through here and there. The flavor has more of the same; tropical fruits, grapefruit, resiny and mango create a strong lasting bitterness. Enough of a malt backbone to provide a good base. Decent lasting medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip. Beer generously shared by fellow BA CosmicEvan.

Appears rather attractive in the glass. It has a rouge apricot egg yolk and it turns into a golden yellowing out on the top. There's practically no remaining head other than a rim of small foam.

I love the smell of this beer. It's a super skunk in a glass. I thought I might have seen a tail hanging off of this. The Galaxy Hops are surely a nice trip.

The taste of this beer is really nice. My only sadness is that it starts big and finishes quickly. The taste and its mouthfeel are really related.

As mentioned before, it's a bit too quick on the draw for me.

What looked beautiful at first and had a heavenly smell came to Earth a little too quickly. I really enjoyed this beer but wish we went on a few more dates.

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Galactic Double Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.