Daisy Cutter Pale Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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Daisy Cutter Pale AleDaisy Cutter Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States | website

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.

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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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Photo of Tyler_m
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 5/25. From the crack of the top I could tell it was under carbonated. Even a heavy pour yielded almost no head. Smell is dank and ripe, floral and fruity hops. Taste is quite fresh, very similar to the smell. Seems like the malt is hiding just a little too much, could be better balanced. Mouth feel is a little off, starting carbonated but going flat on the finish. This is a good pale ale and I'd like to get more of it, but there's a lot of subtle negatives that could be fixed and I'd like it much more.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden copper color with slight haze. An inch of frothy white head. Smell is citrusy with slight dank and herbal notes. Taste is nicely balanced between citrusy and grassy hops and malt, although the description of "chock-full of dank, aromatic hops" is an exaggeration. Mouthfeel is light with medium-high carbonation. Very easy drinking. Overall, a pretty good APA, but seems somewhat outdated to me compared to the super heavy dry hopped beers out there now. I'd take Hoppy Birthday over this any day.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gold to brass in color with a light sediment haziness. There's easily an inch of dense and creamy off white head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is comprised of citrus hops and light malt. I taste a very well balanced combination of citrus hops and light malt. The mouth is dangerously smooth and quaffable, yet refreshing.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pour a clear golden orange with a two finger white fizzy head. Decent amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of grapefruit, biscuity malts and floral hops.

T - The flavor is grapefruit peel, sweer breay malts, and earthy hops. The finish is clean with the grapefruit peel lingering.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. Soft crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is one of the best sessionable pale ales around. Definetly recommended to any beer fan.

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Photo of Kendo
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the pint-sized can into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear tangerine-orange with a good 1.5-fingers' worth of fluffy white head on top.

S: Florally and citrusy hops over a soft, crackery malt.

T: Follows the nose: modestly citrusy hops on top of a light malt base - think crackers or rye bread (for some reason that comes to mind). Finishes quite clean and modestly dry, but with lingering light citrus.

M: Lighter side of medium in heft, with a slight "bite" to the carbonation.

O: A real easy-drinking APA. Heard about this one years ago, but only just now getting to sample it locally. Good stuff.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- The beer is served a deep golden amber color with a little bit of haze. The head of the brew is thick and billowy with a strong showing which slowly fades over time to leave a ton of streak lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a grassy smell mixed with a little bit of a herbal hop aroma. Along with these aromas comes some light notes of bread and a bit of cracker.

Taste- The taste begins with a rather crackery taste mixed with a bit of an herbal and grassy hop taste. As the taste moves on more hop comes to the tongue with even more grass and pine coming to the tongue. A little bit of a grapefruit citrus comes at the very end, combining with the rest to leave a nice dank hopped, but not overlay hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is rather thin with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. A bit of a higher carbonation may have been slightly more appropriate, but overall the feel was pretty decent for the more dank tastes.

Overall- A pretty nice pale ale overall with a more dank hopped profile. Rather tasty.

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

Great tasting West Coast Style IPA. I'n bummed that I can't get this regularly in the Bay Area, this would go toe to toe to some of the CA and OR IPA's best offerings.

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