Daisy Cutter Pale Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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Daisy Cutter Pale AleDaisy Cutter Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
halfacrebeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A west coast Pale Ale chock-full of dank, aromatic hops. This one's a screamer, hoard it.

Added by emerge077 on 03-20-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
822
Ratings:
3,531
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
19.66%
 
 
Wants:
651
Gots:
641
For Trade:
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Photo of Meyers1023
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy orange/red color with about a fingers worth of foamy white head. The nose is citrus, one, and floral. All hops! The flavor is citrus, mostly tangerine with a good amount of pine. Medium feel with a bit of creaminess. This is an excellent Pale Ale. The flavors go well together, nothing overpowers but hit the right notes.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Light yellow gold with a very creamy white head and fingers of lacing around the glass.

S: Citrus and floral hops quite a bit of pine in the nose. Notes of berries and crackery malt. A nice smelling pale ale.

T: Strong notes of pine, notes of citrus and floral hops. Notes of berries come out near the finish. Balanced out by some darker cracker malts. The bitterness at the end is a little strong and overwhelms a few of the other flavors.

F: Light body but still feels creamy, bitterness lingers on the tongue for a long time.

O: A nice pale ale, that just has a little too much bitterness.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Clear hotel snifter glass
From: Malloy’s Finest Wine & Spirits in Naperville, Ill.
Price: $9.99 for a 4-pack
Purchased: Sept. 16, 2016
Consumed: Sept. 16, 2016
Reviewed as: American Pale Ale
Misc.: Packaged on Aug. 22, 2016

Took a long time to decide what to get at Malloy’s, but finally settled on Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter Pale Ale after seeing that the 3 Floyd’s Alpha King was almost three months old. Had high hopes for this one.

Poured a light amber hazy color with four fingers of rocky, creamy white head. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass, looking like a snow globe. Looked pulpy underneath. World-class lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled Citra, floral, Cascade, resin, pine, lime, reminding me slightly to Sixpoint’s Resin. Also go tangerine, lemon zest and sugary nectarine. Hard to not think of this as an IPA on the smell. (Smell - 4.50)

Taste was not nearly as good as the nose, getting tangerine, Citra, bitter citrus rind, orange blossom, sugary floral, light resin, citrus zest, lemon, lime and watery pine. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was good, but not great. I think I overrated it a smidgeon. (Overall - 4.00)

4.05 | 91 | A-

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 09/08/16 TIGHT

Pours slightly hazy gold with a frothy white foam head. Smells like passionfruit, papaya, kiwi, exotic tropical fruits, dark toasted crackery caramel malts, peach, orange, grapefruit, some blueberry, with dank earthy herbal grass and resinous pine. Tastes like kiwi, passionfruit, papaya, exotic tropical fruits, peach, orange citrus, grapefruit, blueberry, dark toasted crackery caramel malts, with dank earthy herbal grass and resinous pine. Feels medium-light bodied, slick and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice and balanced pale ale.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear light copper in color with a finger of white head. Aroma has a bit more malt than I'd expect but there is also some citrus and floral hops. Taste is a bit more hop forward with citrus, a touch of pine, and some floral notes but there is still a solid malty presence. Decent mouthfeel, body is a bit thin, maybe light-medium, carbonation is also a bit low, just shy of moderate. Overall a solid beer but not spectacular. It has enough going on to keep me interested and drinking, if I were absentmindedly drinking this beer would be perfect.

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

A bright yellow gold color with nice lacing, citrus,-pine scents on the nose and clean balanced bitter taste with pine and some pleasant funk coming through. This could fight up as an IPA but as a pale ale is very flavorful with a long finish.

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Photo of cwalter
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color is golden yellow with orange hues. In the aroma there are tons of citrus notes, nectarines, mangos and a floral tone. The taste follows along with a biscuity malt backbone and a slight hop bitterness in the end. Very nice pale ale.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.

Looks golden orange colored, bright with a finger sized head a little lacing.

Nose is pine, slight citrus, soft and approaching.

Taste is smooth and hoppy for a pale. Really enjoy the balance of the hops and malts.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth. Lingering aftertaste that makes you want more.

Overall a solid pale. I've wanted to try this for a long time. A cut under some bigger APAs, but I can see the hype. Nice can and cool label as well. Will try and get more.

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

L (4) - A little too light yellow, but VERY clear. Small amount of bright white head.
S (3.75) - Very slight hop aroma here. Honestly more malt than anything. This last can was getting old, so I attribute a lot of that
T (4.25) - Tastes very good. A good balance of hop and malt, but definitely more hop. Maybe Simcoe or something is very noticeable and pleasant.
F (4) - Definitely medium bodied, and easy to drink. Not too 'watery' or anything like that.
O (4) - I'd grabbed this out of town and was very pleased with it. Probably not super fresh, but I enjoyed each can, and will drink again if I see it.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that slowly settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very juicy hop forward aroma with a good scent of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citrus scent of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, melon, and pineapple. Solid earthy hop hints of grass and pine. Light malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker along with some yeast. A very good juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a pretty juicy and earthy hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Good juicy citrus hop presence with notes of orange peel, grapefruit, melon, mango, lemon, and pineapple. Earthy and floral hops with notes of grass and pine resin. Background malt notes of caramel, cracker, and grains with yeast. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and drying.

Overall: A really good Pale Ale. Great citrus and floral hop flavor.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 06/09/16 into a shaker pint @ City Tap House on Logan. Pours golden yellow with a finger of white medium density head that left some lacing. Nose is earthy/grassy maybe some faint tropical hints. Taste matches the nose but with a bit of citrus. Finish is drier and with a bit of astringency. Mouthfeel is nice, very easy drinking APA, and the carbonation just right. Hoping I can find this a bit fresher while in Philly, but a solid APA nonetheless.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- beautiful looking amber.looks clean

S- not overpowering in any element of its aroma.fruit and hops mainly.

T- very clean taste, again light tastes of citric fruits, hops and some slight pine.none overpowering but beautifully balanced.

M-perhaps the cleanest and crispest beer ive ever tried.beautiful mouthfeel that goes down way too easily

O- probably the pinnacle of pale ales in my opinion, a masterful version of a pale.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Strong citrusy, resiny, and danky hops with a light malt presence.

A: Light orange color, with a prominent white head with solid retention. There is lots of lacing in the glass.

T: Moderately citrusy, resiny hops upfront, crisp, moderate malt support, with a moderately light lingering hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation - smooth finish.

O: Excellent; the beer has a great danky aroma and is highly drinkable!

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Similar to its kin APAs like Boat and Super Session #2. However, it starts very sweet with honeysuckle and tropical notes. Short-lived in taste... green herb and bitter pine sol finish.

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Photo of gatornation
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper color with a fresh 1 finger off white head . Smell was malty , grassy and floral. Taste was pine forward in hops with some citrus rind hints of tropical fruit with a burnt caramel finish. mouth feel was hoppy and sweet with a dry lingering bitterness , good but not my liking of a PA, too much malt for my liking, it was however easy to drink, also it is well made just not my style.

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

Very good beer - flavorful, clean - definite nod to SNPA
L - Amber/orange with a thin white head
A - citrus and hops
T - citrusy, hoppy, a little malt
F - nice body with a good bitter bite on finish

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can, didn't see a date on it. Weird can-shaped glass in a dark bar.

A: pours a hazy light Orange, with a finger and a half of thick white rocky head. Retains well and has good lacing.

S: milder than expected, a greenish floral. Resiny, but not really fruity or piney.

T: light malty and somewhat floral hoppy arrival. Light, crisp malty mid-palate, loads of green, floral, slightly earthy, very grapefruit peely mid palate. But none of these flavored overpowers; the overall impression is one of lightness.

M: midweight with lots of carbonation, making it feel lighter. Very clean on the finish.

O: more malt presence than a session IPA, and more restrained bitterness. This is a hoppy beer, but it transmits as a light, refreshing, and clean American pale. Reminds me of North High Brewing pale, but that is more bitter; I wouldn't put this much past 40 IBUs.

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Photo of fx20736
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

bought a 4 pak from Binny's Evergreen Park. Served cold in a Duvel tulip

Look: Hazy copper peach, white head nice lacing

Smell: peaches in syrup

Taste: Menthol Eucalyptus, no real malt presence

Feel: clean and crisp

Overall: good quality American Pale

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wow I like this, one beer can gave to me by my beer monger, pouted into a pint glass, definitely just a pale ale but robust and citrus prevail and would buy this, get this out east folks....

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Photo of Mitchster
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5.2% ABV per the website, no specs or ingredients listed. Pours out to a beautiful clear golden peach, forming a tall whipped creamy off yellow head with beautiful retention and lacing. The carbonation is a little brisk, maybe 3.0 carbs or so. The nose is great with an equal blend of floral, piney and tropical fruit. No off aromas. Mouthfeel is very crisp, clean satisfying with a clean finish, making this very easy to drink.Delicate malts are sitting in perfect harmony with the rich hop flavor and aroma and the bitterness is expertly balanced.

I've had a ton of pale ales, but I don't think you can do much better than this. This is perfectly balanced with great flavor, aroma, mouthfeel, finish and drinkability. An outstanding example of a pale ale. Probably the best I've ever had, IMO.

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Photo of thatche2
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance in orange/brown/copper in color with 1-2 finger thick head.

Smell is mango/tropical fruit and orange with some pale malt in the back ground. There is also a hint of grapefruit pith.

Taste follows the nose with a little less tropical fruit and a little more malt backbone. Sweetness is fairly low and bitterness is low to moderate.

Mouthfeel is medium in body and slightly oil with good viscosity. Carbonation is moderate to high leading to a quite refreshing beer.

Overall this is an excellent pale ale with good tropical fruit flavors. The balance is so well done but there is also some complexity of flavor. This ipa is light but also has good body. Perfect beer for the summer.

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Photo of Absolut
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a pint can- approximately 3 weeks old.

pours a nice yellow-orange with a good head.

smells strongly of danky citrus and pine. taste is very similar. a great beer, flavorful, easy drinking.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can was poured into a Spiegelau glass. Canned 4/21/16

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy orange color with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Grassy, earthy, pine, and some citrus hops followed by toasted, biscuity, and pale malts.

Taste: Grassy, earthy, piney, citrus, toasted, biscuity, and pale malts. Light chewy notes and bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, clean, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, and light tingly bitterness.

Overall: A nice pale ale I could revisit. Would like to try out a fresher can next time around or on draft. I remember it a few years back at EBF having more flavor.

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Photo of bogman44
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dense creamy white head, Apple juice appearance, Christmas tree aroma, lingering bitterness, and very satisfying.
I just came back from a two mile hike and wolf this 5.2v down and wanted another but bought this one can as a trial based on high reviews from trusted beer aficionados.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can, canned on 5/23/16. Pours clear orange yellow color. Aroma is full of resiny hoppiness. Flavor is hop forward as well but this finishes very clean with a low bitterness. This beer is all about dank and piney hop flavors yet is still easy drinking. I understand the appeal of this beer for sure.

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