Daisy Cutter Pale Ale
Half Acre Beer Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #63
Ranked #2,275
4.17 | pDev: 9.35%
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
Daisy Cutter Pale AleDaisy Cutter Pale Ale
Notes: Daisy Cutter Pale Ale is one of the first beers we brewed at our brewery on Lincoln Ave. It began as a special release bomber beer, but caught fire both in and outside the brewery.

At the time, 2009, there were some local pale ales that hit with natural power, but not many. Daisy Cutter’s lush and dank characteristics steadily carved out a place within the Chicago brewing landscape.

Today, Daisy Cutter is a call brand that we continue to keep raw and relevant.

Blended pine, citrus, papaya and mango. Dank. Apparent biscuit, lingering, obscenely dry.
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the tap, it pours a hazy golden amber with a nice white head that slowly reduces and leaves lacing. In the nose, it is flowery and a bit citrus. Taste has a slight bitterness, along with some citrus.

Jun 07, 2021
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HardTarget from Texas

4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. can, 10/31/20 sticker (sampled 2/6/21) hand carried down from Illinois (thanks Cass!)

Appearance: Hazy dark golden glass holds a solid cover of white foam that clings to the side leaving thin tide marks.

Aroma: Mild orange peel citric note on a clean malt base. Bitter orange hop driven note is fairly mild. White bread yeast.

Taste: Classic American Pale ale, malt has a light toasted taste, hops are fruity and bitter, high for a Pale ale but below IPA (XPA) levels. Balance goes slightly toward the bitter end, but fairly well balanced. Light tonic water finish encourages the next sip.

Mouthfeel: Gritty, medium carbonation, fairly dry finish.

Overall: A fine pale ale. I've wanted to try this for a long time given the high scores this has gotten over the years. I can see this being a local favorite, but it's a Pale Ale. A hard style to get super excited about, but would be very happy if it was a regular offering down the street. It's just not exponentially better than a lot of other Pale ales I've had. Put it in a lineup and I'd have a hard time picking it out.

Feb 06, 2021
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IRONRakkasan from California

3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly sour at at first with a light bitter finish. The floral nose to it was its most distinguishing characteristic. Solid pale ale that I'd recommend.

Jan 03, 2021
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a semi opaque peach syrup color with a lot of bubbles going on while pouring Eggshell colored head is fades quickly,smell lemongrass,malt,citrus,bread. Taste is a mixture of orangeade and tea, malt tastes like mild honey.Feel is almost perfect crisp,well carbonated finishes a juicy semi dry. Overall this is a solid pale ale in my opinion.

Jan 01, 2021
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice feel,about medium body as well as the same for carbonation.
Aroma is floral earthy bitter hops followed by some malt and sugary honey.
Taste isn't as bitter as aro.a suggests, heavy on the sweet and bitter citrus peel and fruit.
There is a lingering bitterness that dominates but otherwise its a very flavorful refreshing beer.

Aug 16, 2020
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can purchased from the fridge as a single for $2.99. Canned on 5/27/2020, so this is just over 2 months old. I've seen this in 4-packs for $10.99 at my local grocery store.

Look: Slight chill haze, beer seems to be gaining clarity as it warms from my super cold fridge. Light amber / golden orange color, looks very nice and appealing. Half-inch eggshell-colored head that slowly dissipates and clings a quarter-inch high to the rim of my Spiegelau tulip glass.

Smell: Very nice, complex aroma. Immediately, I pick up on what I perceive to be cascade hops. There are probably a lot of other C-hops in here; the nose is quite floral and inviting. Surprisingly tropical nose with notes of mango and papaya. Also a definitely grassy element that borders on earthy, almost stinky soil that is not at all off-putting because it works well with the dankness. The nose finishes strong pine, resin, and citrus including grapefruit rind. Biscuity/crackery background note.

Taste: Up front, the taste follows the nose but seems simpler and not as complex as the nose. Very dry, moderately bitter and slightly spicy finish. Very mild malt presence. Refreshing. A crusher! As it warmed up, more of the aromatic citrus notes came through on the finish.

Feel: Light to medium mouthfeel, appropriate level of carbonation. Works well for a 5.2% American Pale Ale.

Overall: Nice beer at a decent price that is crushable and refreshing. Excellent to drink on a hot day or with food. Surprisingly, IMHO the best aspect of the beer is its nose. I'm honestly not sure if this beer deserves all the hype that it gets, but it certainly does not let you down. It's been around for 10+ years and is not really considered novel anymore, and it has definitely stood the test of time. I look forward to trying this beer again when it is a bit fresher. Nice to see that it is so available here in PA nowadays.

Jul 31, 2020
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hhughes2008 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pours copper and clear, not a ton of head retention nor did I get much lacing
S: mostly pine on the nose with a bit of citrus in the background
T: taste follows suit with the aroma, get more mango on the finish. Doesn't have a big hop punch. Biscuity malt backbone
F: medium body, nice dry finish
O: the beer world needs more balanced, unfussy beers like Daisy Cutter that go pair well with just about any occasion (and food for that matter). Drove to Wisconsin to get this plus some NG and it is definitely worth it!

Jul 17, 2020
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 4/20/20 into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a brief off-white head. Initial impression is a somewhat thin IPA with muted notes of lemon and a touch of caramel. Mouthfeel is just barely on the thin side of medium; carbonation is adequate but not dominant. Finish is clean and dry.
Maybe I'm jaded by super-juicy, super-sticky, and occasionally super-sweet DIPAs, but Daisy Cutter just didn't cut it for me.

Jun 11, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint can - dated 04/15/20 - Poured into an IPA glass at 38°F.

HUGE thanks to Nick for this seriously longtime want - back when my beer wants were simple and obtainable.

Pours a pretty clear deep amber hue, with just a touch of unfiltered haze - topped with nearly three fingers of bone-white head with excellent retention. Substantial rings of lacing are deposited as the head slowly recedes. Plenty of visible streaming effervescence. Very handsome.

Nose: Wow, this is for real. Straight away, this is a malt-forward aroma. Serious notes of toasty caramel malt. The hop profile is also very traditional. These aren't modern varietals - this is mostly, if not all C-hops. I'm getting huge notes of Centennial. Boiled, resinous C-hops lending big floral, piney, citrus peel notes. Lots of grapefruit. This is very much like Bell's Two Hearted on the nose. Very potent, but very classic. Very nice. Note: After it opens up, a dank (not musty/earthy Simcoe dank, but weedy DANK) mango note shows up, along with a whisper of smoked driftwood - of all things.

Palate: Not much of a surprise, the flavour follows the nose well. The aroma is big, aggressive, and could easily be the aroma of a big, malty, hoppy imperial IPA, but this pale ale actually drinks like a pale ale. Restrained toasty caramel malt, restrained hops, and fluid drinkability. It greets the palate with grapefruit peel, tangerine, and lemon. There's actually a juicy acidity here too. Not like a fruity NE beer, but there's some zip to the citrus notes. The malt is toasty, grainy, bready, and a touch biscuity. It isn't sweet, and it doesn't outshine the hops. Towards the finish, the classic floral and pine notes come in, lending magnolia, lilac, lavender, gardenia, and some dank, woodsy pine. Surprisingly no bitterness, but it does finish with some nice drying resin and pith notes.

Mouthfeel/Body: This definitely feels like an APA. It's light to medium-light in body - never watery (thanks to that crystal malt), but crisp, snappy, fluid and bright. Zero stickiness, zero cloy, great effervescence, and dries out nicely.

Overall: I've wanted to try this beer for ages. Not for any particular reason - I just really wanted to try it. It's an OG craft beer "want" of mine. Now, it's nothing like I imagined, but it's an awesome American pale. I love that they went classic on this, and kept it traditional. The malt base is just perfect - supportive, but remains highly refreshing, the hops are very unique - classic, but with some interesting notes, and as a whole, the beer is flavorful, satisfying, refreshing, crisp, interesting, and relatively low ABV, which is great. What can I say? It's a damn good APA!

Jun 05, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Captain Lawrence, muffin top pint glass; canned 03/26/20 with code IT WAS ONLY CANS!
A: Pours a slightly hazy, ?somewhat birefringent, dark golden color with a one to two finger, rather short-live, white head, rim retention, and broad, somewhat spotty lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, lemon, toffee, light pine, and unrefined grains.
T: Fairly dry. Palate definitely follows the nose, but lemon and caramel predominate. Solid, but balance bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with robust carbonation.
O: Can see why this is one of Half Acre's "go tos." Subtle, yet flavorful and all fun.

May 29, 2020
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Not completely opaque amber color. Mild white head with not much retention. Left good lacing.

S---Hoppy. A lot of pine. Some grapefruit and floral notes as well.

T---Grapefruit is stronger than in the nose. Pine notes as well as vague citrus.

F---Medium/mild mouthfeel. Leaves a bit of pucker from citrus.

O---An excellent pale ale. Nothing about it reminds me of SNPA, but it is a worthy foe in the Pale Ale weight class.

May 06, 2020
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 16 oz single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler 2-26-20 for $2.74. Canned on 2-5-20; consumed on 4-27-20. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured orange with a nice white head with the original pour.

Nose has hints of bread along with floral and citrus hops.

Taste is a hybrid APA/IPA, malt base is bready where as the hops used are part alpha, bringing grapefruit and pine to the party. Finishes pretty bitter for an APA; 7/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty refreshing.

Overall i love the taste of this brew, glad i got to try it!

Apr 27, 2020
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Sneaky_Pete from Canada (AB)

4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Easily one of the most unique modern takes on a Pale Ale that I’ve ever had (though it’s likely closer to an ISA in terms of taste and that’s a good thing for me).

Frankly, I wish all Pale Ales were this special. I live in Canada so I can only seem to find it whenever I’m around Chicagoland for work and it’s really spoiled me for Pale Ales back-home, because there is nothing like it here.

Half Acre calls it a “Dank” Pale Ale and that’s exactly what it is. It’s got a real unique hop bitterness to it that smacks your palette and doesn’t let you forget it. There are a ton of floral and pine notes here for a Pale Ale with a respectable finish of fruit just when you think it’s too bitter. If you like a hop bouquet on the bitter side of things check out this beer, as it’s got a standalone, complex bitterness. It’s almost like when you were a kid and your friends dared you to eat a dandelion, but it’s what you were hoping the dandelion taste liked. The name is really fitting in this sense though, there is a real bitter, floral twang going on.

Small reduction for the really thin foam that is created upon pour, but outside of that it’s a unique and special Pale Ale.

Apr 11, 2020
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matcris from Arizona

4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: A pretty clear 24k gold to light amber. Two finger, creamy, white head, that sticks around. Decent lacing.
AROMA: Grapefruit, a bit of pine, and caramel biscuits. A little floral, as well.
TASTE: Everything I mentioned above, and really well balanced between the malt and hops. Just perfect balance. Not sweet, not bitter.
FEEL: Medium thin body-not watery. Average carbonation, and dry on finish.
OA: One of the nicest pales I've ever had for the balance, and classic American hop flavor.

Mar 03, 2020
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great smooth easy drinking. Makes me want to sit by the pool with a few cold ones. Light color good flavor through out never over powering. A nice light hop to it

Feb 09, 2020
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babaracas from Florida

3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color, one finger of creamy white foam, steady stream of fine bubbles as though in a nucleated glass. Smell: quite floral, a little grapefruit, apricot, biscuit, green mango. Taste: grapefruit candy, clementine, grassy, pine, cracker malt with a bit of biscuit in the finish. Light to medium bodied, highly carbonated and a bit creamy but drying out mid-sip and finishing fairly dry but not quite brut dry. Well made, pretty decent.

Dec 04, 2019
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yellowish orangish color. Smells tropical and taste tropical as well. Papaya and melon in this beer. Mildly hoppy and finishes with no after taste. Thumbs up

Dec 01, 2019
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can dated 10/1/19 into a pint glass. Pours a translucent light copper color with about a finger of fluffy white head, moderate lacing. Smells of faint citrus, maybe some malt. Tastes of hop bitterness and some malt, well balanced. Good old school pale ale.

Nov 28, 2019
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice deep gold, light orange with a nice white head that fell to a thin cap. Left decent lacing as I sipped. Smell is dank, pine, tropical fruit, fresh citrus. It's a powerful aroma that you get immediately upon popping the can open. Taste follows the nose with the fresh fruits and pine. There is some sweetness up front letting you know that the malt is there under all the hop flavor, but the hops definitely control this APA. There's a nice bitterness there too that reminds me of "old school" APA's. A hoppy aftertaste remains behind. The feel is rather soft, pleasant, and approachable. The carbonation is light but noticeable. It also finishes pretty dry. Overall, this is a really nice pale ale. At 5.2% ABV it's also very drinkable. It's a refreshing beer that I could see being a standard regardless of season.

Aug 22, 2019
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Wolvmar from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Dated 7/2/19. Bought at Binney’s in Lake Zurich IL.

Pour: glowing orange/yellow with a hint of red. 1 finger foamy white head. Leaves a film and plenty of lacing. Really nice.

Nose: mango, pineapple, pine. Pretty bold.

Taste: follows the nose with a hint of bitter hops in the middle and backend. Very subtle flavors and well balanced. As much an IPA as a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation. Fairly dry with a clean finish.

Overall: this is my first but this is a really good, anytime, any food, likely go-to beer.

Aug 15, 2019
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

DATE: July 27, 2019... OCCASION: this is Take Three of this review--the first was cut short courtesy of the Point Pleasant power outage, while the second ended when my phone died....this one will be completed from my in-laws' location... GLASSWARE: (newly found) Hop Devil nonick... this pours as it did at 21st Amendment, with a frothy, off-white head that settles into a clumpy smear of sponge... its body, a stern medium brown amber, is replete with effervescent bubbles--exciting, considering its October 29th born-on date... intense grapefruit, mango, lemon grass, orange, dank basement and vegetable, thick resin, sweet and rich malts, sunflower and lilac--this ale is pale in name only, as its varied and voluminous aroma invigorates the drinker... wow, this has a creamy, chewy middle, a sharp, attacking entrance, and a smooth and dry finish--a complete, satisfying experience that refreshes and rewards without weighing me down, especially at 5.2% ABV, a crushable size for a pale ale... the mango, grapefruit and lemon grass are immediate and powerful... the resin is dank, thick and earthy, basement-worthy in its atmosphere.... toasted, crisp cracker malts and flowery esters make the experience even more complex and varied... honey, light spice, hoppy and balanced enough to be considered trying... having passed this over before--so many beers, so little time!--I rewarded myself with this, and it indeed is a reward, a citrusy, dank, chewy beer that becomes creamier as it drains... I plan to seek out out other Half Acre products, for sure...

Jul 28, 2019
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of citrus and melon rind. Taste slightly bitter with pine notes. Pale British malt character. Nice well rounded beer with just enough hop kick to get the evening rolling.

Jul 07, 2019
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really solid pale ale. Well balanced.

Caramel and toasted grains blend with piney hops that are somehow both dank and bright. Fairly crisp, dry finish leaves me refreshed and ready for the next sip.

Glad I finally picked up some cans of this one. Definitely worth another round!

Jul 03, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.06/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3



AROMA: as expected a little floral, mixed in with some barley and hops.
TASTE: earthy, malty, crackers, with a light leafy hop finish. Also some cardboard and a touch soapy.
FEEL: light to medium body; a little creamy

Straight up beer with a bitter kick that is for the most part pleasant, but the flavor profile is a bit off putting.


Jul 01, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a medium neon orange color with a large, sticky and lazy head.
Aroma: Strong citrus hop notes. Lots of orange, ripe pineapple, a little apricot. Very light and piney. Not too dank.
Taste: Lots of orange citrus, ripe pineapple, and floral flavors. Strong pine and some pepper, yet finishes balanced and sweeter, less bitter than an IPA. One person describes the flavor as orange marmalade and I would agree.
Feel: Incredibly smooth. Medium carbonation. Medium bodied. Leaves a pleasant honey flavor on the tongue with a mild pine bitterness underneath.

Overall: Very smooth and well-balanced pale ale. Orange flavored, light floral and piney. I couldn't pick this one from a pack, but it's enjoyable and rounded as a pale ale should be.

May 09, 2019
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