Daisy Cutter Pale Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

Daisy Cutter Pale AleDaisy Cutter Pale Ale
3,773 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 rboinski
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can from Tommyguz poured into a Barrelworks Teku

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a thick offwhite head

Smell: Once warmed, the beer has a very pungent smell for it's 5.2 abv. Immediate burst of fresh cut grass with some sweetness. Maybe a little tropical fruits, but the grass dominates.

Taste: Immediate taste of grass as well, with a very consistent taste from start to finish. Not much malt to speak of, just a burst of nice hops. Nice burst of flavor, very solid.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is a bit thin for what I would like in a pale ale, but the carbonation is spot on. Very nice overall.

overall: Really good beer. From the moment you open, it is exactly what you expect from the nose, which is a good thing. I would love to have it again, but it didn't knock me off my feet.

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Photo of vrbulldog22
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of tectactoe
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to cocoapuph for throwing this in as an extra - I've been wanting it for quite a while, so I'm happy to finally try it. Daisy Cutter pours a cloudy and semi-translucent golden color that isn't quite yellow and isn't quite amber. The clumpy, white head fades rather quick, although it does leave behind some chunky webbing.

Aaaand, wow. The first whiff of Daisy Cutter is so raw and pure; an abundance of hops jump out and smack your nose silly. Grassy, wet, leafy, and adhering to a light bit of spice on the tail end. The hops just smell so "fresh", it would be easy to mistake this for a wet-hopped beer. After some time, Daisy Cutter starts smelling like a freshly cut lawn. The finish shows some faint mango peel, lightly tropical and sweet.

I can't think of a better word to describe the flavor profile than "bright". Each sip tastes very bright and vibrant, bursting with more fresh-cut grass, wet florals, leaves, and mild peppery hop spice. Fruit is a bit more pronounced on the palate (or perhaps my palate is just better at picking those things up than my nose) with bouts of bitter citrus peels and mango skins. This is a damn good pale ale.

Daisy Cutter isn't crazy bitter; after all, you really wouldn't expect extreme bitterness from a pale ale, would you? There is a nice, solid bitterness, however, that stings the back of the tongue and gives the hop-heads the jolt they're looking for. The body is pretty light, sitting around thin-medium, with quite a bit of carbonation, leaving a crisp and sharp mouth feel that helps to accentuate the flavors.

Highly drinkable, tasty, and extremely flavorful pale ale. What else can you say? If this were available near me, it would definitely be one of my "go-to" beers, given the fact that it drinks as easy as water and it's only 5.2% ABV. Plus, I love beers that come in 16 oz. cans. If you're a pale ale fan, get you some Daisy Cutter right away.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of prototypic
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Many, many thanks to csmiley for the can.

Daisy Cutter is a lighter gold color. It’s crystal clear. A little light behind it gives it more of a yellow look. It’s topped with a white head that rises to about half a finger in height. It’s very quick to dissipate. That’s a little disappointing. Pretty sure its alcohol content isn’t the problem. Lacing was sticky and lighter.

The nose is really nice. It’s much more aromatic than you’d find in most American Pale Ales. Toasted malts strike first. There might be a hint of caramel, but it’s definitely subtle. It does feature a nice mix of hop notes. I have no idea what the hop bill is, but there are scents of citrus grapefruit, lemon, grass, and floral notes. Smells good. It honestly smells like a nice balance of malt and hop notes. Alcohol isn’t a factor at all. Pretty impressive.

The flavor rocks! This is good stuff! The malt base is primarily toasted malts. It’s a little crackery and bread-like. It’s a nice base. I’m not getting any caramel in flavor. I like that. Hops come through loud and clear. It’s a very diverse mix of citric, grassy, and floral flavors. Grapefruit and lemon are the most notable. It’s a tad bitter, but the malts do a nice job of balancing things out. Alcohol is buried. This is a very flavorful, straight forward American Pale Ale. Really good stuff.

The body is on the lighter side. It feels a little thin, but it’s not bad. Carbonation is lighter and soft. Saying it’s easy drinking is an understatement. I could tackle quite a few cans of this.

This is my first experience with Half Acre Beer Company. Daisy Cutter definitely lives up to the hype. While it’s not quite the best American Pale Ale on the planet, it is a fine one. It’s very tasty, well-balanced, and accomplished in just about every aspect. It’s definitely worth seeking out. Thanks, Chris!

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of jwhancher
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4-pack of cans for $12.00 after a Half Acre event during PBW at Local 44 bottle shop. Tall boy can. No package date. Poured into a Sam Adams lager glass for review.

Appears a relatively clear golden yellow with nice carbonation and fluffy white head. Perhaps a tiny amount of chill haze going on. Smells of strong Amarillo hops, tangerine & orange rind. The hops hit you in nose the second you crack the can open. Very nice. After the hops fade, I think I get the faintest smell of a metallic quality. I'm not picky at all about this as I think this is the first time I noticed this from a craft can.

Tastes light & refreshing with nice pine & citrus hop bite. Ample bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue. Great hop flavor - could pass as a West Coast pale ale.

Definitely a strong offering from a new brewery to me. I'm now pissed I didn't know about them sooner when I was in Chicago or else I would've made sure to visit the brewery. Oh well - next time.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,773 ratings
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