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

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 captaincoffee
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.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice clear golden color with a large white head that stays for awhile. Smells of hops and earthy. Can taste the hops along with some grain. A perfect beer on a hot day!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned date of 02/22/17

Appearance - Pours with a slight haze, golden orange in color with a sandstone toned, near two-finger width head. Fair retention , resulting in a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Nice lacing, with broken sheeting and spotting making a solid pattern around the glass.

Smell - Notes hit on mild floral character, leafiness, some honey and hints of citrus and grain.

Taste - Follows the nose. Fresh floral and leafy hop notes with a hint of citrus. Malts come through with honey sweetness and lesser grain. Breadiness in the finish before fading, leaving an aftertaste that lingers with some leafy bitterness and a trace of citrus pith.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with moderate carbonation. Slick, smooth texture with a crisp, mostly dry finish makes this a nigh quaffable brew.

Overall - Pretty tasty. The hop profile is somewhat reminiscent of Heady Topper, though not nearly the strength of the latter and the malt bill is much more of a presence here. Nice balance. Very drinkable. It's good to see Half Acre getting distro out here in NorCal. I've got a few more of their brews in the fridge for reviewing, and I'll definitely keep an eye out for their other offerings.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden orange with white head and minimal lacing. Aroma is of caramel malt, tropical fruit and citrusy hops. I feel like it's missing one key component. Finish is long and dry. Thickens as it warms.

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Photo of SSS
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Golden yellow with a white head that remains for a while
S-Dank aroma coupled with a sweet malt smell with a hint of caramel
M-Light mouthfeel with light carbonation
T-Sweet upfront with a bitter finish that is subtle and does not linger much
O-Decent pale ale that I find is missing some punch...

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Photo of handmuffin
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from can into glass at home. Pours deep gold in color, translucent with no noticeable haziness and with a full white head. Fresh, pungent hop aroma somewhat reminiscent of freshly cut grass. Clean hop forward flavor with malty background and slightly bitter finish. Body that feels relatively full on the tongue but has a decidedly dry finish. Overall a superbly drinkable beer.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's hard to find a unique and inspired IPA in this market. This one fills the bill. Matty, sweet, and not "hoppy" to my untrained buds, this unique brew is one I will seek out again...And enjoy.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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...

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What I love about this beer is the huge hop aroma just jumps out the can when popped,. Could smell it from 3 feet away. Amazing for an 5.2% beer.

Fresh pine, citrus and floral aromas and flavors on top of a light, crisp malt background. Smooth finish, the only drawback for me is the tremendous aroma and flavor doesn't quite last until the end. But overall tremendous pale, the only pale (or IPA) I drink besides Celebration Ale.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glorious translucent golden-orange body with a large coarse white head that leaves layers of lace every time it gets sipped down. Aromas of bitter orange and grapefruit mingle with sweet mango and pineapple, with a touch of light wheat to round it out. The flavor builds on these bright fruity notes by adding a bit of pine and, unfortunately, soapiness, on the late palette. The balance of sweet and bitter is really, really good. The body is fluid, light-medium weight, with a more than sufficient zip of carbonation.
The balance and vibrancy of flavors was great, and I'm glad they got that bit of pine and malt in there, too. Get rid of the soap flavor and cool it on the carbonation and this would be truly exceptional, but for a year-round brew it's already darn good.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a relatively cloudy yellow, we're not talking NE flour additions, but we're not talking the professional grade clarity of Budweiser Lager either. Small 1/3" white head, average retention. Aroma was of a massively floral hop, maybe some Amarillo there. When I think of the word floral in the hop nose sense, this is the most evocative memory.

Taste is otherwise pretty standard. Light bodied pale ale, toasted pale malts, maybe some Maris Otter, and then a good amount of C hops and Simcoe? That's a guess, don't take that as an authoritative response from one in the know. Again, the mouth feel is a more floral thing than it is citrus or pine or whatever wood you like to use as a descriptor.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sticky snow cream over hazy brass. 4
Orange rind, sugared grapefruit, and dank. 4
Thread of cracker and Children’s Bayer to start, slight toffee, a bit dirty, blooms into big papaya, lemondrop, grass, and flowers, then tight lemon rind bitter leave. 4.25
Scratchy linger.
Light, oily, round. 4.25

11.16 canning, 12.21 drinking. When it’s cold, it comes across thin and underhopped - APAs suffer compared to Session IPAs these days. But it thickens up as it warms, and the lean citrus opens into resin and a ton of orange - an Amarillo fest. Weedy edge to the hopping, smooth enough, crisp - this is also doing a lot of details right that other beers don’t notice, especially at just ~5%.

A shifty, faceted old-school pale ale that rewards repeated visits. 4.5

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Photo of MacMalt
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/13/2016. Poured into pint glass. It pours a hazy, honey-amber color with one finger of fluffy, milk-white head and lacing with excellent retention. It smells of biscuit, lemon peel, grapefruit, pine needles, and floral hops. The taste is quite dry with a nice balance of biscuit, hops, and citrus. It features lively carbonation and a truly sessionable 5.2% ABV. It's a first rate American Pale Ale. I think it's better than Dale's and it's equivalent to my local favorite, Carton Boat.

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I just washed my hands with this ungodly pumpkin spice soap that my wife got as a gift a while back, I wash, I rinse, I wipe and repeat and I cant kick this smell. I'm a pair of Ugg boots and a North Face jacket away from being an 18 year old teen girl from an affluent suburb.

But I digress

Looks good, pours clear, nothing resembling a head.

Smell, Ugh this damn pumpkin spice. I do my best but I get muted malt notes accentuated by some random fruitiness, maybe some grassy notes backended by apple

Taste, OK this rocks. Loaded with flavor and it's balanced very well. It's bitter, it's malty, theres citrus fruit and theres a pleasant sweetness. Awesome job here.

The finish is crisp, rinses down easy with some fluffy creaminess and some happy hop bitterness that lingers.

Great Pale Ale.

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Photo of awjess
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pour. Distinct bubbles, not overly so. 1/2 foam pour into mug. Sweet aroma. Hint of orange. Not dry and not too sweet. Just right! A little expensive, but a very good beer!

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Photo of sinclairbeergarden
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Beautiful slightly cloudy bright amber honey color.
S- Citrus peel, orange and grapefruit, stone fruit
T- medium carbonation, medium bitterness, hops coming on strong with this one, really really tasty for me being an IPA lover. very hop balanced for sure.
F- rich, tropical fruit on the finish and mouthfeel
O- a great session beer. Really a good gateway to an IPA for someone who normally doesn't want to go there.

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Photo of EMH73
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a two inch white head that was well retained and left some lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus and lightly roasted malts. Tastes of grapefruit, floral hops, slight pine and a nice malt base, mild bitterness. Light bodied and mouth feel, smooth, crisp and on the dry side.

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Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear, gold in color with 3/4 inch head. Taste is floral hops, grapefruit rind, and pale malt. Taste is slightly bitter, medium carbonation, and light bodied. Makes for a solid, true to style pale ale. I could see myself drinking a lot of this in the summer months.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Good looking beer, amber honey, dark apple juice, nice bubbles and fluffy white head.

S: Hop forward pale ale, very floral, spring like, grassy smell, slightly bready, green apples

T: Sweet malts, floral and fruity, low bitterness, simple taste

F: Smooth but a chalky coating, medium carb

O: Simple, Smooth, and good taste. A fine beer that I'd recommend.

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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 surfcaster
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Long heard of and enjoyed on recent Chicago trip.

Light orange--not as hazy to me as many have remarked. Nose a bit weak.

Oily resinous feel, hops piney with some grassiness.

Solid pale, enjoyable.

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Photo of Mdog
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Citrus and some dank aroma.

Taste: Nice balanced breadiness and moderate citrus bitterness. It's hoppy but you definitely get a good malt base.

Overall: Picked up a four pack while in the Quad Cities. I'd enjoyed this before in Chicago on tap, it seemed more bitter then, but that was after having a bunch of miller lites. Daisy Cutter is a hoppy but balanced pale ale, very good stuff.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first brew from this brewery. I guess they just started distributing in NY?
From the can it pours a hazy golden color with visible carbonation. A nice frothy cap retains well and leaves lacing.
In the nose I am first hit by a citrusy and slightly tart twang. I also detect a floral hops aroma. Further into the drink, a tropical fruit sweetness becomes prominent and hits the nose with juicy goodness.
The taste is a bit different from the nose. Served cold, the palate is dry-not so juicy like the smell-floral, grassy and with a clean finish. A touch of hops is present but not overwhelming. However, as the drink warms, more flavors come out. The malt backbone is hinted at as well as a nice coating of citrus. The hops become more pronounced and with a semi sharp pine feel.
The body is medium to light, crisp, refreshing, semi prickly carbonation; appropriate for the style. The overall dryness makes it easy to drink.
As I said, it's my first brew from Half Acre. I'm not dissapounted. It is very good. I will certainly be on the lookout for more!

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Photo of JColin
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint can. Pkgd. 11/01/16
Duvel Tulip

A - Golden orange color with a creamy white head

S - Lime, grapefruit

T - Citrusy piney taste. Light on the boozy bitterness. Pleasant

F - Pine coats the mouth. Heavy carbonation leaves me feeling full

O - Nice easy drinking enjoyable APA

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Photo of ch_star
3.16/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap in Chicago. Appearance is standard medium-yellow; much lighter than amber colored. Smell has some hops with a little malt to balance (it isn't an extreme pale ale). Taste could use more hops to amp up the flavor. Taste is weak enough to skew towards pilsner flavors. Body has a heavier, though I wouldn't go so far as creamy, mouthfeel. Finish is weak--dies off and goes towards bitterness when the pine/citrus/hops notes quickly dissipate. Ok for summer; definitely not a winter beer.

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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