Daisy Cutter Pale Ale
Half Acre Beer Company

Daisy Cutter Pale AleDaisy Cutter Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #61
Ranked #1,888
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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Reviews: 939 | Ratings: 4,004
Photo of Wattie83
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.

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Photo of Wolvmar
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
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...

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerSleuth
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.

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Photo of mike22ne
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!

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Photo of q33jeff
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.


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Photo of defunksta
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.

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3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a good Pale Ale. Almost no head on a beautiful golden clear brew. Very little aroma, just hints of hops and malt. Taste is a nice hop forward but balanced palette of hops and malt. I get citrus and pine and a malty mix of bread and caramel flavors. Definitely has some hop bitterness, but with the malt there to support it, this works. A very nice traditional American Pale Ale.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on keg/draught at the Port street bar in Manchester
Poured a golden body with good cream white head sat astride
Real resinous aroma full of grapefruit sulphurous snatch

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3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz canned 1/25/19 (opened 2-22-19).
1" off white dense head. Good staying power down to a sudsy 1/4". Golden amber color and a chill haze. Thick lacing.
Caramel malt, pine, orange, doughy.
Pine and citrus rind over dough / caramel. Old school pale ale...full of flavor, full"er" body,
Semi-bright entry, medium body and carbonation. Medium length finish, hits hard up front and then fades gracefully. Good feel overall.

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Photo of Roguer
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A wonderfully hoppy and bitter APA with IPA levels of hopping. Modern IPAs have perhaps passed this one by a little bit; I would imagine when it came out, it was ground-breaking, and the ratings appropriately reflect that.

Bitter, moderately dank, floral, and bright. Less malt presentation than I would expect for an APA. Very lively and drinkable - almost crushable, if you didn't want to savor the notes.

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Photo of osheamatth
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale orange pour into a pint glass not much of a head and what was there were largish bubbles. Nicely balanced nose blending the malt and the hops. Lacking complexity on the palate. Some citrusy hop flavor creeps in in the after taste but not apparent enough while drinking. Clean enough feel but I was expecting a lot more from this one.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: clear, straw yellow color with a frothy white head

S: grapefruit, huge pineapple, orange zest, crackers, and a deep earthy herbal hop aroma

T: pineapple and orange upfront. A subtle, yet present, bit of sweet malt behind that. Grapefruit and bitter herbal hops follow. The finish is crisp and bitter

M: lighter side of medium with medium-full carbonation

O: an excellent Pale Ale. Great aroma, and not too heavy on the mouth. Quick and clean flavors that make it very very easy to go for the next sip

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Photo of the_hoppy_life
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers, hands down. While not the healthiest choice, I can definitely finish a four pack easily after a long day at work. This beer is nicely balanced, super drinkable, a slightly sweet after finish and, good mouth feel. For whatever reason, cold sweet milkiness comes to mind. I thoroughly enjoy this beer and it will always be my go to when I'm looking for a reliable beer.

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Photo of FLima
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange color with a thick thin head with decent retention.
Nice aroma with notes of pine, biscuit malt sweetness, mango and oranges.
Flavor with notes of piney and floral hops, mild mango, green resin, grapefruit citrusy and some peaches. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Very refreshing and dry APA with bright piney, citrus green and floral clean notes. The type to have in your fridge from time to time.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange with a chill haze and a pillowy white head.
The aroma is citrus and juicy, candied fruit and floral.
Taste is juicy and tropical with a slight bitter and a lingering taste of grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is medium and we'll carbonated.
A super clean, crisp and drinkable pale ale.

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

16oz canned 8/16/18 (65 days ago) poured into a willibecher glass at fridge temp 5.2% ABV. The beer pours slightly hazy orange amber in color with off white head. The head recedes to a thick ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is earthy mixed fruit. The taste is more earthy, herbal citrus. There is a hint of pale malt at the beginning, then the bitterness hits and persists after the swallow. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, very good. Not my favorite flavor profile, but well made and enjoyable.

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Photo of BrewsOverHoes
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bright, light floral pale with immense drinkability. Hop notes are bright and grassy, with a nice bitter finish. And old school pale, that stands the test of time. Glad to finally try it! Excellently brewed beer. HalfAcre always impresses me.

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

It's perfectly balanced but with a very unique taste. Usually the unique brews heavily favor a sweet, hoppy, dry flavor etc... but the daisy cutter found a way to be a classic pale ale but also be distinct. Add it to the favorites.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Four pack copped from Bottle King in Morris Plains. Pours a golden, effervescent hue with minimal frothing. Faint aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of beergoot
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden body; thick, sticky, white head; some lacing along the interior of the glass. Cutting aroma of floral scents and crystal malt sweetness; dried strawberries. Excellent light grain base flavor with a gentle sweetness and punctuated with a crisp, lingering hop bitterness; pungent. Medium-heavy body; zesty and prickly on the palate; some sweetness yet feels moderately dry overall.

A rather exciting pale ale, doing wonders with the hops. Everything works well together -- the malt bill, the hops -- and deliver a balanced and tasty beer with some palate punch.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Daisy Cutter looks the part, and I appreciate that. It has a golden body kissed by amber. It's not entirely clear, but it's beautiful nonetheless, especially donning that foamy white cap that leaves traces everywhere it touches.

That's a proper pale ale smell right there. Grapefruit plays support to a healthy dose of biscuity and ever so slightly caramelized malts, but stepping aside in respect for a wonderful damp pine (paging @cjgiant ). Something else lies deep beneath. Like a glazed melon I can't quite figure out.

Yes. This here is what I am looking for in a pale ale. A great balance of sweet, savory, spicy, and bitter. Umami for a pale ale so to speak. A flash of bread is quickly met by toasted sesame. Layers of citrus fruits come in at the middle before a piney, citric, and peppery hop finish lingers on.

I try to savor each sip, but it's remarkably drinkable. Again, this has everything you'd need in a great pale ale. A semi sweet start, a nice medium body, a crisp and bubbly finish, and an appropriate bittered end.

Daisy Cutter is my kind of Pale Ale. I would gladly purchase and consume this on a regular basis if available to me. It's old school, bold, and what you'd expect in all the best of ways. Another one of those beers that makes me question, "Why do I keep bothering with all the rest?" Well, I always will, but with beers like this, there really isn't much need to. Cheers.

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Photo of Holderness
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned 3 weeks ago.

L -- Pale copper body with near-total clarity. Two fingers of pillowy off-white head produced with moderate pour. Excellent retention and lacing
S -- Orange, creamsicle yeast character, floral, hint of earthiness
T -- Mild combo of pithy and earthy hops. Solid pale malt backbone gives a nice breadiness. Fairly nondescript but easy drinking
F -- Noticeably limp and watery around the edges. Medium- mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Moderate fluffiness, though, which is nice, and minimal hop bitterness
O -- Not quite the king of the pale ale roost like this once was in the pre-NEIPA days. Still a solid mid-tier offering


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Photo of flyingpig
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can from Wee Beer Shop, Glasgow (£4.50):
A nice beer from Half Acre but definitely an underwhelming one too, the beer opened with a slightly dank nose that got me excited but beyond that it was mainly caramel & biscuit that came through with the aroma, there was the odd tropical note further on but these seemed relatively subdued. The taste was again lacking that burst of pine, citrus or tropical fruits that I'd expected despite the fact that all three feature, it's just that all three seemed less pronounced than I'd have liked with the biscuit flavours coming through in equal measure with them. It was a drinkable & enjoyable beer but I'd been expecting a lot more from this one only for it to turn out to be a fairly average offering in the end.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 oz can. Pours slightly hazy dark gold with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet doughy biscuit malt with fruity floral hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuit malt with big fruity resiny hops for an APA. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice hoppy pale, but too much biscuit malt for me.

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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