Daisy Cutter Pale Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

3,684 Ratings
Daisy Cutter Pale AleDaisy Cutter Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

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

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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 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 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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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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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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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 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 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.

Low B

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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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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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Photo of Phyl21ca
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 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 zeff80
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint can

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left a some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - All hops. My nose was bombarded with citrus and grapefruit aromas from the hops. This had an IPA aroma for an APA.

T - It taste of citrus, grapefruit and burnt toast maltiness. Really a good quality APA flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a mildly dry finish. A medium bodied ale.

D - This was really good. I had heard about Daisy Cutter and it did not disappoint.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Goose Island - Clybourn in August 2009.

Pours a nice caramel-amber with a very nice head and plenty of lacing as it goes down. The smell is loads of citrus with plenty of orange and grapefruit. Some pine in there as well. Great bitterness to this one, and just absolutely outstanding flavor for an American Pale Ale--next to Columbus Pale from Town Hall, probably the best that I've ever had. Medium body and good carbonation with absolutely outstanding drinkability. Man, I miss Chicago.

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Photo of mothman
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1 finger of creamy white head with great retention and nice lacing. Color is a gold hued light brown. Active carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: Fresh fruits, mangoes, oranges, citrus flavors. Flaorl hops with some bready and light caramel malt flavors.

Taste: A large amount of citrus flavors for an APA. Bready pale malt flavors with some caramel. Oranges and mangoes show.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and smooth. A lighter body with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean with grassy hops.

Overall, this is a great pale ale that is very drinkable. I could have a lot of this in one sitting. Reminds me of an ipa. Very impressed with this one.

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

16 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, tangerine, floral, pine, light bread, grass, light citrus rind, and herbal earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of hop notes. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, pineapple, floral, pine, grass, citrus rind, bread, and piney spiciness. Nice amount of citrus and piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus rind, floral, pine, grass, bread, and piney spiciness on the finish for a while. Incredible hoppy flavor complexity and balance; with no cloying flavors present on the finish other than citrus bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a sticky and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible pale ale! Huge hoppy flavors with nice complexity; very smooth and crisp to drink. An insanely delicious offering as expected.

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

A - Server with a one inch head of off-white foam on top of a hazy, orange body. The foam settles slowly and leaves little lace.

S - Strong hop pellet aromas of pine and orange. Some bready malt in the background to balance along with a bit of toffee.

T - Bready malt up front with resinous pine hops. Pithy grapefruit in the middle that fades to a finish of sweet toffee malt, balanced by moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a nicely balanced finish.

D - A drinkable and well balanced pale ale. This beer has a level of hop character that nearly pushes it into the IPA category, especially the fresh, powdery hop aromas. However, it is nicely balanced with restrained bitterness and nice malt balance. Very good, and quite sessionable by American standards.

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

Had at SMBDC growler tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

A: Light fizzy head, hazy nectar orange color.

N: Bittering hops, slight earthy chewy hops, fruity hops, light sweet crystal malts, reddish malts, light tropical fruits like a guava or something.

T: Starts with spicy hops, earthy chewy and fruity hops, light tropical, malts semi sweet crystal, Munich maybe, reddish malts, fairly bitter and nice fruits, a bit of fruit like apricot. Finishes drier a bit, fairly bitter, lingering fruits and hops, long bitter finish.

M: Med bodied with decent carbonation.

O: Good, great hops, decent bitterness, nice hoppy finish, decent malt balance.

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

Daisy Cutter Pale Ale
16 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$3.89 @ Beer Heaven, Philadelphia, PA

I wonder how to rate the appearance of a beer sometimes given that haziness is quite common these days. It almost says "craft". I like the appearance of a hazy beer, maybe even more so than a clear beer. And in this case, the Daisy Cutter is quite hazy. It's also got a very nice head on it though. It started about an inch and a half thick, maybe more, and then dies down to a solid 1/4 inch cap that appears to be holding pretty well. After a sip or two there's some nice lacing. It's not that thick, mountainous or craggy foam, but it's a pretty full covering of tiny spots and thin splashes across the entire inside of the glass.

Moving forward, the aroma is a big part of any pale ale, be it English, or in this case, American. Let's see... it's fairly bright, certainly bright enough for a pale ale, and probably for an India pale ale as well. It's grassy, gently citrusy with a tiny bit of pine thrown in, and floral as well. I was expecting a big splash of juicy citrus but this is a little more rounded and soft. Nice. Pleasant. A bit of the resinous/pungent character of the hops comes through as well, but it's not at all harsh (and it's certainly not what I would call "dank").

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a standard carbonation that bristles the tongue. The yeast adds a little bit to it. It could be a touch more bristling, but it couldn't really be any softer. It seems right on. There's just a touch of a bite to bring the hop bitterness up.

Of course the hops return in the flavor, what else would you expect? The malt base is really just meant to hold it all together, and it does just that. Biscuity? Yeah, that describes it. It's a basic, lightly bready, golden malt base that's got just a slight edge of sweetness to it. So what about the hops? The citrus remains somewhat curtailed. It's juicy, but it's not raspy or chalky as citrus rind can be. I find grapefruit and a hint of lemon, but there's also an equal amount of tangerine, and I think peach, and a little bit of pineapple as well. And some pine, but it's not harsh, it's more just "present". It adds to the perception of the bitterness, and it acts as a counter-point to the citrus. Overall I find it fairly well-rounded. It doesn't present any of its components any more brightly than the others (with the exception that the malt is truly just a base for the hops). It finishes dry with some bitterness and pine giving way to a nice splash of tangerine, and then crusty bread as it fades. The bitterness drops, but also becomes wider, and lingers in the whole mouth for quite a bit. If you let it sit long enough you'll find a bit of lemon, but I'm quite sure you'll have another sip before that happens.

Overall... if this had been released in the late 70's or early 80's it would have been labelled an IPA for sure (despite the bitterness level, it has a greater perceived bitterness due to the malt balance). But times have changed. This reminds me of a super amped-up version of another well-known pale ale. It's not as refined to be sure, but it makes up for that in presence. Or should I just say "in your face" character? It's the modern day version of an American pale ale. Worth trying.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16 oz can into a pint glass. Many thanks go to lurchingbeast for hooking me up with a can of this in a recent trade.

Pours a slightly hazed golden copper, with several billowous fingers of bright-white foamy head. This retains with a very robust looking 1/2 finger of froth, which just coats the sides of the glass with thick sticky swathes of lacing. The aroma is rich and vibrant in the nose, being freshly floral and citric, with a bit of a light herbal tea quality going on with it as well. The citrus adds both bitterness and sweetness to this, as grainy bread sits underneath and gives this a gentle malty presence. This is pretty straightforward with the flavors but the overall package is just so bright feeling and robust in the nose. Awesome!

The taste is crisp and biting with earthy grapefruit and bitter pithy citrus rind which leads into a satisfying dry spicy finish. Malt hangs on the edges of the profile, surrounding the hops, and offering up some great feeling sweet and bready tasting balance. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with a crispness to the carbonation that literally seems to snap across the palate, yet still possesses a silky smoothness to it which enables for a maximum thirst-quenching drinkibility on this.

While it lacked just a bit of the punch that the fresh growler I had previously consumed of this had, there's no denying that this is one of thee best American Pale Ales out on the market right now. Growler, can, bottle, anyway you it, this is just a tremendously flavorful and easy drinking quaff. Fantastic stuff!

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4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired from pochman, courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with strong but not over-powering burst of floral hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a mild caramel & citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent beer that is worth drinking for an entire evening.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow, with a finger or so of white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma was pretty light, scents of pale malts, grass, and floral hops. Biscuity taste, grainy, balanced well with floral and citrus hops...pretty basic, and pretty typical of the style. Light-medium mouthfeel, pretty smooth, and quite drinkable overall.

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Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a cloudy orange color with a big fluffy two inch white pillow of foam on top. It had an excellent looking head on it and it left big thick spots of foam on the sides of the glass as it settled down a little.

the smell is hoppy with some grapefruit and pineapple aromas present. The hops are very present in the taste as well with some citrusness and a moderate bitter finish. The malt sweetness comes through as well to help balance it out. It finishes dry with a long lasting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It's a very good tasting easy drinking beer that I would gladly have again. it's nice to have something so flavorful and only 5% abv for a change. I could easily have a few of these.

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Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from EchoCharlieEcho in a trade, review based on notes...

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Slight haziness, great head retention & lacing

S:Floral, grassy & citrus hops a plenty, plus some biscutty malt

T: Follows the nose, some sweet grainy notes as well up front Grassy hops, slight green apple flavor, with lemons & slight breadyness as this warms. Finishes crisp with some pear fruittyness & a touch of of off-putting astringency that drags it down a bit

MF: Light/medium bodied with generous carbonation & good balance

Easy to drink, but not blown away by it. An A beer, but mostly on aesthetics versus flavor.. Would happily try it again...

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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