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
Ratings:
3,722
Reviews:
870
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
9.35%
 
 
Wants:
643
Gots:
694
For Trade:
21
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Ratings: 3,722 |  Reviews: 870
Photo of Sammy
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.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have no idea how this beer is rated so high. Maybe the keg I had it from was bad. I drank two sips and have it to my friend, the beer disposal.

Single finger head on a hazy copper with golden hues body. Aroma is weak with light malts more on the pale and grainy side with some citrus and earthy notes. The flavor very bland with weak malt and hop content. Earthy and metallic notes dominate. Too carbonated and medium body. The beer just wasn't good in any way.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Pellinore1 for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy light orange with a 1 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to a thin film. Random streaks and dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of tropical fruits, grapefruit juice, and citrus zest hops. Taste is of malt, grapefruit/tropical fruits, and some citrus zest flavors on the finish. A mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

procured at a trader joes north of downtown Chicago near the botanic gardens in a four pack of pint cans. this is a wonderful beer, maybe the best ive had from Chicago. it has a rather large hop nose, English in some ways, more bitter than dank or fruity. there is also a soft floral element, that comes across like the flowers on the can are actually in the can, polleny and springtimey and gloriously grassy. good malt balance, English and American mixed, lighter than it seems, with a fresh cut hay and rising bread complexion. the flavor is the best parts of the nose, more hoppy than I first though, super different from the standard, and expertly made. the quality of this beer is most apparent in the feel though, which is creamy without being heavy, bubbly without being aggressive, and clean without being immaculate. its really fantastic beer, and an exceptional introduction to half acre beer. the floral finish and the bright hops and diverse malt unification make this a beer I wish I could get in upstate new York, where I am spending this summer, or in Denver where I live. this would be an everyday brew for me.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a slightly hazy looking golden orange color with a white head on top. The retention is good and the lacing is sticky. The beer smells like fresh floral hops with some booze and malt on the nose. The taste of the beer is pretty hoppy from start to finish. The flavors upfront are mostly sweet malt that quickly fades into the earthy and floral bitterness of the hops. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a delicate carbonation to it. Overall this is a very nice beer, I would drink a lot of this one if I could. It gives off the essence of flowers and I find that to be pretty impressive. It's very good.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that left lots of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and piney hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is packed with lots of flavors of citrusy hops along with notes of floral hops and hints of piney hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink—it has the flavor you would expect from an IPA or an IIPA but has the drinkability of an APA.

Serving type: can

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Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.57/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

5.2% AVV confirmed. 16 oz aluminum can served into a glass at a restaurant. Reviewed from notes taken in Chicago in March.

A: Pours a two finger white colour head with soft froth and nice cream. Nice thickness and good (5+ minute) retention. Body colour is a clear pale copper. Vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Floral hops, light bitterness, and oily nectary character. Pleasant and inviting. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Pale malts. Great for the style; really evocative. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Nectary and pleasant oily character. Pale malts form the body. I love the oily hops. Grapefruit comes off stale. Some bitterness, but it's pretty balanced otherwise. Pleasant to drink. Well built and nicely complex, with rounded well executed hop flavour for a pale ale. I quite like it.

Mf: Oily, smooth, and wet. Good thickness. Good carbonation. Complements the flavour profile well.

Dr: Very drinkable. Highly sessionable. Impressive. Hides ABV well. I quite like it, but I do think I expected more given its reputation. Still, it's solid. It's possible it was a biteen old since I had it at a restaurant. I couldn't find a bottled on or best before date. In any case, it's solid stuff and I'd like to try more beers from Half Acre.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of brentk56
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

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Photo of oline73
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden/amber with over a finger of fluffy white head. There is some great retention and nice lacing from this one.

Smell: Sweet malt, just a bit toasty. There is some wonderful citrus hop aroma here too. Great balance.

Taste: The hops are the dominant flavor here. Citrus peel bitterness is the main flavor, but there is plenty of bready malt here to balance things out. Really good beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is and has been one of my favorites. I always get some when I'm near Chicago.

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Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight from a mason jar growler fresh from the brewery... thanks to d0b for the tip. Poured it carefully into a 22 oz. Spaten bock mug. 1st pour was ok, 2nd nearly overflowed, but left a generous rocky head that elevated itself well beyond the rim. 3rd pour I really made a mess, and it was losing carbonation by this point.

Hazy tequila sunset in the tropics, molten orange with a light unfiltered hop haze. Fresh cut botanicals in the nose, grassy hop cones, sweet clementine oranges, clean and so very fresh. The aroma is very nice, similar to the fresh drafts i've enjoyed nearby at Bad Apple.

Resiny hop leaf bitterness, backed by a solid pale malt presence. Orange peel, grassy, dry and resinous in the aftertaste. Light bodied and smooth, giving the hops top billing. Something about this combination makes it ultra sessionable... pretty much the one local APA/IPA I can't get enough of.

2010 standard growler: No carbonation issues, solid mouthfeel, what we've come to expect from Half Acre. A Chicago classic.

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

Tap: Poured a hazy glowy orangey color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and fresh grapefruit notes with loads of aromatic notes is just about perfect. Taste is also dominated by huge notes of citrus and grapefruit hops with a dry caramel malt base that doesn’t overshadow the hops profile. Body is quite full with great carbonation. One of the best IPA that I had the chance to taste recently.

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

Pint can shared by nickd717. Thanks!

Cloudy and golden, it pours with a thick frothy cap that retains incredibly well. This looks great.

Big floral hop aroma with some honey sweetness. A little grain and citrus, very bright and clean. The aroma is huge for such a low alcohol beer.

Flavors of orange and grapefruit, floral hops and a little dry crackery malt meet the tongue first, with grapefruit and pine lingering in the finish. Only mildly bitter, and fairly dry. Damn near perfect for the style, this is a great pale ale, refreshing but extremely flavorful. I need to track down a few cans of this.

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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