Daisy Cutter Pale Ale
Half Acre Beer Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #63
Ranked #2,183
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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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can with a canned on date of 6/20/18; into a Sam Adams perfect pint.
Appearance- gold, almost orange with swirling champagne bubbles that hold a thick, soapy, white head; lacing is strong!
Smell - pine and floral hops and a subtle hint of citrus.
Taste - hops are definitely pine and earth with a bit of a cracker malt backing.
Feel - balanced and light; easy drinking and traditional; bitter finish gives this more of a balanced IPA feel!
Overall- very nice, balanced APA, for sure, however, my palate tends to prefer more fruit forward vs pine and earth dominant.

Jul 07, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If citrus and hop resins are your thing. If you want a burst of hop goodness at moderate alcohol content. If you need your hoppy beers crisp, clean, and without any malt attempt to balance, then Daisy is your gal.

The beer pours with a hazy medium amber/copper color, releasing a soft white head with the consistency of mousse and creme. Great formation, great retention, and great lacing. Hard to ding this appearance as it hits all the marks of Pale Ales.

Aromas of malty graham crackers and caramel are quickly overtaken by citrusy grapefruit and orange zest while grassy elements of pine resin and pungent herbals contribute varying aromas each time the nose approaches the rim of the glass.

And with such toffeed, bread crusty flavors setting the base; the hops also somehow dominate the taste as well. With nearly a toasty or buttery flavor, the hop onslaught is so crisply intense that it makes the malt character seem trivial. Citrus, pine, grasses, herbs, and even onion/garlic begin to reveal themselves with an unveiling with each and every sip. You got to like that pungent catty character to hops to appreciate the complexities of this beer. With all the hop-malt interplay, the beer doesn't need much else to convalute the balance. It does well with the simple and elegant balance.

Though malt flavor gives a big impression, there's no sweetness to interfere with body or drinkability. No sir, this beer is dry, crisp, clean, refreshing, and sessionable despite the over-5% abv.

Powerfully smooth but with toasty-hoppy dryness, it reminds me a lot of Three Floyds Alpha King but wit a crisper, cleaner body and less sweet- a respectable compliment to say the least.

Jan 26, 2011
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stranded in Chicago so grabbed a four pack.

Looks good, I guess, but since I'm drinking it out of the can, it's hard to say. The nose is awesome. So fresh and hoppy with a clean blend of grapefruit, pine, some mild nectarine character, a little honey and doughy malt. Bitterness is mild and appropriate. The palate opens crisp, clean with plenty of fruity hops, a mild bitterness of grapefruit peel, pine, a blend of floral honey, tropical fruit- mango, a little papaya- this is excellent. Malt is minimal here, there's just a little dough but enough to round out the hops. Light in body, crisp but creamy in carbonation, and with a long, clean, fruity hop finish, this is excellent. So glad I finally got to drink this. Crushable.

Nov 22, 2015
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bad Apple

Daisy Cutter is set in front of me and with it comes a hazy golden body with moderate peach highlights. The bone white head is about one finger in height with the creaminess of frothed milk and shows excellent staying power. Chunky spider webbed lacing gets left behind after each gulp.

The nose on Daisy Cutter is super tropical with notes of mango, first and foremost, followed by papaya and some other tropical goodness. Freshly cut grass has its fingerprints all over the aroma of this APA as well; basically there are fistfuls of hops in this beauty. The malt base is very lightly caramel and somewhat biscuity allowing the hops to be the showcase.

The flavor picks up where the aroma left off. Tropical fruit sweetness get things going over the top of that light caramel and sweet biscuity malt base. Mid palate comes with the buzzsaw bitterness of the grassy hops and the bitterness grows through the swallow. There's a squeeze of lemon on the back end that works superbly. This is a hop bomb of an APA and done just to my liking.

Daisy Cutter has a moderate body with carbonation that's lively enough to push it through at a healthy pace. The bitterness on the back of the tongue continues to grow with each drink and actually gets up there pretty damn high for an APA.

The drinkability is ridiculously high. It has a great hop bite with low enough abv to put away a few pints in a sitting without a problem and there's a refreshing quality that keeps it flowing.

Watch out Alpha King, we have a new crown in town. Daisy Cutter is one of my best beer finds of the last couple months and the best pale ale I've ever come across. If you run across this on tap make sure to grab two pints, the first will disappear before you know it.

Aug 14, 2009
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OrestesMethuon from Montana

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Daisy Cutter is, to me, a bit of a delicious conundrum: crisp and bitter, yet easy drinking and imminently consumable. A flaxen-light pale ale, yet heavily-hopped and heavy-hitting. Not an IPA, yet out-classing many an IPA (and IIPA) in its generosity of hopping. It has the abv of a pale ale, but the flavor-profile that belies this lighter level of alcohol. Hell, even Half Acre's own IPAs are often more subtle, smooth, and soft-touched than Daisy Cutter.

And yet, it really, really works. Indeed—while it's ubiquitous enough that it's not really a “treat” beer, in most circumstances—it's always a dependable four-pack at the liquor store, when other options are wanting, and likewise at any bar when the other tap-handles aren't piquing interest. It's stormy, husky, brawling, and big-shouldered; it's the fruit of the plain, sturdy and substantial, like a Sandburg poem; and yet it's lithe and loose and oddly light-as-loam.

It pours a very golden pale, with a slight reddish-brown heart and minimal head. The aroma is suffused with hops, but hints at the airy malts underneath, and altogether emanates a sharp, clean, buoyant, marginally citric bouquet. Meanwhile, the taste arrives as a sequence of impressions: bittersweet, then malt-fruit, then floral-hop, then bitter-clean, then—almost drying out the mouth to cleanse the palate—this pale ale leaves only a residue of hoppy bittersweetness. Throughout, the texture is mostly airy, and never overly viscous or excessively weighted, though it's a little bit chewier than many pale ales.

In the end, Daisy Cutter's not a beer for all times, nor the most special or precious of ales; but it's nevertheless a beer befitting most times, and that's its own genuine speciality.

Oct 09, 2014
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dsharvie from Pennsylvania

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

Poured from 16oz can into royal pint glass. Murky yellow with nice white head. Nice citrus nose and crisp bite. Nice hoppy pale ale just how I like em.

Dec 17, 2015
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale gold with big ol' rocky white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is a bit floral and a bit citrus, but doesn't have a single dominating characteristic. Also honey. Not a huge nose, but nice. Taste is a kind of classic biscuit hippiness that comes in faking sweet and then turning dry. Overall, a very solid, crisp, and easy-drinking IPA. Stayed nice even near room temp for the last taste.

Mar 16, 2017
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DJChaseTheBase from Illinois

3.39/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have had this beer out of the can off tap and poured into various cups and being a hometown brewery everyone raves about for some reason I just can't love this beer like every one else. I always find this beer having a lack of flavor, very lemon tasting and bland. I don't know if it is just me or what because everyone always seems to love it, but no matter what I am just not feeling it. I have tried to like it but it doesn't do it for me with that lingering lemon bitterness w/ no other great citrus flavors and wow factor for me to keep wanting to try this APA anymore.

Apr 05, 2016
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tmbgnicu from Pennsylvania

4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After hearing from friends in the midwest just how great this beer is, I was finally able to try some for myself. And thanks to one of the rising stars of the craft beer community, I was able to buy it locally. J&H Beer on Route 315 in Wilkes-Barre(or Pittston, whatever)- get there soon if you're in NEPA. This beer is just fantastic, it's everything I had hoped it would be. Crisp, clean, refreshing, with a touch of fruit notes at the end. I poured the 16oz can into a snifter and sat on my deck enjoying the evening. A perfect beer for summer.. or anytime!

Jun 06, 2014
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):

A bit of haze sits on the orangey-gold color; gets a bit clearer when it gains some warmth. Sudsy head that all beers wish for straddles the inside of the glass. Raw prickly citric rind and pine sap in the nose, West Coast-style all the way. Super smooth, bitty with some substance on the palate. Hops are of the "in your face" style with a nice inner-cheek-hug- ging bitterness and citric bam that makes your mouth pucker a bit. That pucker leads to the desire for another sip. Toasty, doughy, biscuity malts provide a great base, a little yeasty too, but mostly bready. Citric, mint, drying hoppy finish.

Old-school "microbrew" style here, fresh and raw with more than enough flavor to go around. Surpassing the benchmark.

Jan 03, 2011
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Redrover from Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh growler, the beer is orange/peach with a bit of a chill haze and awesome stick off-white head and lacing.

I love the aroma of pine sap, caramel malts & citrus,

The taste is pleasantly bitter. Pine & citrus (lemon & trailing grapefruit) taste lead the way, but the beer seems well balanced with light sweet malts in the background. Yes the hops are very prominent but the beer never comes off as one sided.

The mouth is a nice combination of silky & oily. The beer is so easy to drink. I hope to see this on tap at more outlets. Well done guys!

Nov 19, 2009
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Outstanding flavour, and in a can. Great bitterness, very lacey. Floral, yes it smells like a flower store in the background. ultimate beer after a large amount of taking care of the garden.Thanks Tom. Smooth, I would drink this regularly and convert others to the charms of craft beer.

Dec 13, 2011
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a rocky three-finger head that leaves a few clumps of lacing behind

Smell: Predominately citrusy, on the nose, with hints of grass and bready malt

Taste: The beer lays down a bready backbone that allows the hops to shine, with a lemony grapefruit character joined by a hint of grassiness at mid-palate; the hop flavors blend nicely, after the swallow, leaving a nice bitter aftertaste that has some subtle yeasty elements in it, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Just a ton of flavor here for a 5.2% APA; not just a hoppy APA, this beer has some unique elements that make it well worth seeking out

Nov 11, 2011
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orbitalr0x from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz can....perfect size and awesome for the beach! Pours into my glass a hazy golden orange with a nice fluffy head on top. Aromas are bold with fresh cut grassy / piney hops along with citrus and tropical fruit accents. Dank and resinous with a crisp bready malt backbone.

First sip brings a blast of fresh hop flavor with pine and citrus running about with a touch of grass. Crisp, laid back malt backbone that leaves way for a nice rush of bitterness. Smooth, dry finish with lingering hop after thoughts. Just a great brew overall.

Mouthfeel is smooth, refreshing and easy to drink. Great body and carbonation make this an overall wonderful pale ale that definitely borders towards an IPA. An easy candidate for summer sessions and lazy days at the beach. So glad to have Half Acre join the ranks of Chicago brewers!

Aug 02, 2010
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BeerStoreGirl5232 from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was told it was worth the money so I purchased a four pack. The moment I opened it you could smell grapefruit notes. It reminded me of a hoppy blue moon with grapefruit. Highly enjoyed it.

Apr 27, 2017
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aleigator from Germany

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

Yields an amber-orange color, with a stable, dense head.

The nose features an awesome blend, ranging between peaches, lime and wet grass, balanced between fruity and dank. Both aroma directions stay on par, while tangerine peel, watermelon and strawberry stem add to the hops. Its profound hoppiness gets balanced by cakey malts, which stay in the background, for the hops being the mayor player.

Has a higher, refreshing carbonation, representing the beers extremely refreshing, light body. This is perfect for having a bunch of, without passing out, while it features a fantastic, wide range of flavors to remain interesting.

Begins aqueous with bready malts, while the carbonation becomes earlier visible than the hops do. They do shake the palate though with distinct dank flavors, while the mouthfeel slowly grows fuller, still remaining easily drinkable. Oranges develop from sweeter turning malts, featuring a lemony fruitiness, still accompanied by grass and minerals. In this fine-tuned blend, the hops turn suddenly outstandingly dry, revealing even more lemon, while they then leave the palate in a dough, pleasant way, leaving back malts and stony minerals.

A truly great example of a relatively low, easy drinking beer, which might most likely will never ever turn boring to me, as it provides an awesome hoppy taste diversity.

Jul 15, 2015
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MLaVioletteJr from Massachusetts

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

I'm buying a riding lawnmower.

Feb 07, 2015
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AllDayIPA23 from Georgia

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

Received this beer in a trade recently. This is one of the best pale ales I've tried. Went to college in Chicago, and bought Daisy Cutter every time I could find it. Drinking now in the insanely hot/humid Atlanta, GA weather is a treat!

Jul 28, 2015
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cavedave from New York

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to hawks10 for another fantastic 3rd coast pale ale.

A hard pour puts a prodigious pile of white lather atop a dark straw colored, cloudy beer. Lots of staying power to the head, lots of lace lashed lusciously to the glass.

Mmmm, floral hop, citrus hop, tropical fruit hop, some pine notes of less intensity, even some faint, grassy and dank, and delicious sweet, with just a hint of honey and bread, create a bouquet suitable for a perfume.

Taste is not as bold as the aroma, but still packs a punch for a pale ale. It starts with bitter and sweet, picks up some pine, some citrus pith, some really floral deliciousness. As it ends the sweet fades and pine/herbal bitter dry it just right, but leave it just juicy enough. Very well blended flavors here. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Just enough perky carb., plenty of viscosity but clears out very well, and a cranking finish. What more could one ask?

I recommend this highly it is one of the best pales available for sure.

Sep 22, 2011
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 12/2/15; drank 1/11/16 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big eggshell head; a frothy curtain of lace.

Orange citrus & faint lemon notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Orange citrus flavor up front; faint lemon dryness on the finish. A simple, drinkable session ale; ultimately not memorable. It'll do in a pinch I suppose...

Feb 20, 2017
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Monsone from Illinois

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

Had on tap at the Bad Apple

A - White head fades leaving good lace. Gold honey color. Looks the part.

S - Big citrus/pine/grass hop aroma

T - The aroma doesn't lie. Taste is citrus grapefruit with pine, and floral hops coming along for the ride. Just enough malt backbone to balance it out. Slightly biscuity. Lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body with some oily hops to it.

D - Drinkability is awesome. At 5.2% it packs a lot of punch while not so huge flavor wise that you can't drink quite a few.

Overall this is just a great APA. I don't know that I have had a better one ever.

Feb 24, 2010
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ROGUE16 from Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Dec 27, 2012
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beertooth from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Hop Leaf served in a shaker pint glass.

This beer is a cloudy glowing apricot color. It has a half of a finger of white foamy head that faded fast and left leopard spot like lacing. It looks tasty!

The nose is a little faint, but I can pick up on some some pine and some juicy citrus hops.

The first sip gives me those piney and citrus hops and a little sweet malt backing with a little orange peal. This beer isn't too complex, but it is a pale ale so I didn't expect to get blown away. It's pretty tasty and it's going nicely with my pork tenderloin sandwich.

I'll probably grab another pint after this and pick up a six pack when I see it. This is another newer local brewery and I want to see what else they have to offer in the future. Good job Half Acre!

Apr 27, 2009
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chumba526 from Oregon

4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jpwv for this beer. I have heard good things about half acre but this is my first beer by them.

It appears solid gold in color with an off white head.

It smells hoppy. I get a strong herbal, grassy and citrus hop profile in the smell. There is a mild malt sweet smell as well.

It tastes of grassy hops. I get a dry citrus flavor (grapefruit). There is also a bit of a spicy herbal hop flavor. Though it highlights the flavor of the hops very well it is not over the top or should I say over the hop. There is a very mild slightly bread like malt flavor. The beer ends with a refreshing bitterness.

There is a crisp mouthfeel to this ale.

Overall a great refreshing hop forward pale ale. If I could find this locally I would get this beer regularly.

Mar 25, 2011
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gtn80 from Maine

4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, i can't believe something with this much flavor and aroma is in the pale ale category.

Aroma smells like an ipa, lots of floral hops.

Appearance is a nice dark golden with a decent head.

Taste is incredibly well balanced, especially after that aroma. Bitter hops up front, but a strong malt backbone. Aftertaste is all hops though.

Mouthfeel is s little thing, maybe a little too much carbonation.

Drinkability is incredible, great summer beer, and at 5.2%, could drink these all day.

Aug 28, 2010
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