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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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Reviews: 826 | Ratings: 3,553
Photo of Absolut
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a pint can- approximately 3 weeks old.

pours a nice yellow-orange with a good head.

smells strongly of danky citrus and pine. taste is very similar. a great beer, flavorful, easy drinking.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can was poured into a Spiegelau glass. Canned 4/21/16

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger white head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy orange color with good clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Grassy, earthy, pine, and some citrus hops followed by toasted, biscuity, and pale malts.

Taste: Grassy, earthy, piney, citrus, toasted, biscuity, and pale malts. Light chewy notes and bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, clean, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, and light tingly bitterness.

Overall: A nice pale ale I could revisit. Would like to try out a fresher can next time around or on draft. I remember it a few years back at EBF having more flavor.

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Photo of bogman44
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dense creamy white head, Apple juice appearance, Christmas tree aroma, lingering bitterness, and very satisfying.
I just came back from a two mile hike and wolf this 5.2v down and wanted another but bought this one can as a trial based on high reviews from trusted beer aficionados.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can, canned on 5/23/16. Pours clear orange yellow color. Aroma is full of resiny hoppiness. Flavor is hop forward as well but this finishes very clean with a low bitterness. This beer is all about dank and piney hop flavors yet is still easy drinking. I understand the appeal of this beer for sure.

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Photo of Tyler_m
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 5/25. From the crack of the top I could tell it was under carbonated. Even a heavy pour yielded almost no head. Smell is dank and ripe, floral and fruity hops. Taste is quite fresh, very similar to the smell. Seems like the malt is hiding just a little too much, could be better balanced. Mouth feel is a little off, starting carbonated but going flat on the finish. This is a good pale ale and I'd like to get more of it, but there's a lot of subtle negatives that could be fixed and I'd like it much more.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden copper color with slight haze. An inch of frothy white head. Smell is citrusy with slight dank and herbal notes. Taste is nicely balanced between citrusy and grassy hops and malt, although the description of "chock-full of dank, aromatic hops" is an exaggeration. Mouthfeel is light with medium-high carbonation. Very easy drinking. Overall, a pretty good APA, but seems somewhat outdated to me compared to the super heavy dry hopped beers out there now. I'd take Hoppy Birthday over this any day.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gold to brass in color with a light sediment haziness. There's easily an inch of dense and creamy off white head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is comprised of citrus hops and light malt. I taste a very well balanced combination of citrus hops and light malt. The mouth is dangerously smooth and quaffable, yet refreshing.

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

A - Pour a clear golden orange with a two finger white fizzy head. Decent amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of grapefruit, biscuity malts and floral hops.

T - The flavor is grapefruit peel, sweer breay malts, and earthy hops. The finish is clean with the grapefruit peel lingering.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. Soft crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is one of the best sessionable pale ales around. Definetly recommended to any beer fan.

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

A: Poured from the pint-sized can into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear tangerine-orange with a good 1.5-fingers' worth of fluffy white head on top.

S: Florally and citrusy hops over a soft, crackery malt.

T: Follows the nose: modestly citrusy hops on top of a light malt base - think crackers or rye bread (for some reason that comes to mind). Finishes quite clean and modestly dry, but with lingering light citrus.

M: Lighter side of medium in heft, with a slight "bite" to the carbonation.

O: A real easy-drinking APA. Heard about this one years ago, but only just now getting to sample it locally. Good stuff.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- The beer is served a deep golden amber color with a little bit of haze. The head of the brew is thick and billowy with a strong showing which slowly fades over time to leave a ton of streak lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a grassy smell mixed with a little bit of a herbal hop aroma. Along with these aromas comes some light notes of bread and a bit of cracker.

Taste- The taste begins with a rather crackery taste mixed with a bit of an herbal and grassy hop taste. As the taste moves on more hop comes to the tongue with even more grass and pine coming to the tongue. A little bit of a grapefruit citrus comes at the very end, combining with the rest to leave a nice dank hopped, but not overlay hopped taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is rather thin with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. A bit of a higher carbonation may have been slightly more appropriate, but overall the feel was pretty decent for the more dank tastes.

Overall- A pretty nice pale ale overall with a more dank hopped profile. Rather tasty.

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Photo of terence
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great tasting West Coast Style IPA. I'n bummed that I can't get this regularly in the Bay Area, this would go toe to toe to some of the CA and OR IPA's best offerings.

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Photo of champ103
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned on 4/28/2016

A: Pours with a light chilled hazed that clears up just a bit after it warms, golden/orange in color. A dense white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Perfume like floral hops, almost a touch of honeydew mellon, with citrus and light bitterness. Pale, grainy malts that don't have much presence.
T: Like the nose, the hops are the show. Floral, perfume like, sweet mellon, and citrus. Light bitterness, and hardly any malt character.
M/O: A medium body that is very smooth. Super clean, but I wish there was a bit more carbonation. Very easy to drink, gone in no time and can see me finishing my four pack with ease.

I have had this several times, but this is my most recent try in years. The first time I have been able to sit and write something down. Maybe the can was just a little old, but still seemed well within reason for me. It was plenty aromatic and the hops did not seem stale at all. Though, as is, I think a better malt character and more carbonation would make this shine. Still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Amber with a bubbly, moderate head and some branching lacing.

Vegetal aromas with orange and some notes of dill pickle as well.

Bitter light pine flavors, cracker, and some green pepper. Overall light on everything.

Considering how many times I've heard this beer referenced, this is closer to basic hop water than expected.

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

Canned on 04/28/2016: Pours slightly hazy clear gold color with a thick foamy 2 finger off white head that was full of bubbles of all sizes which dissipated very slowly and left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of fresh floral hops and piney hops, with some citrus like lemon zest, grapefruit, orange peel, biscuit and light graham cracker. The floral hops and general floral aromas really stand out, with a mix of earthy tones, toasted grains and light peppery spices.

Tastes like it smells with fresh floral hops hitting first, similar to the daisy on the can. The malt base is more present with lightly toasted grains, biscuit, graham cracker and bread crust showing up before a wave of grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, piney hops and more citrus fruits wash over the tongue. Like the nose the general floral notes are nice but the citrus bitterness takes over and then clears the way for pepper, coriander and other mild spices as well as earthy tones, caramel and some sweet toasted grains.

Very easy drinking with a light crisp, zesty mouthfeel, a light body, mild carbonation and high bitterness for a pale ale. Aftertaste is bready and showcases the balance between with malts and hops, a definite session beer.

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Photo of BWED
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can poured into a snifter

A- Bronze in color, semi-hazy. Off white head settles around a 1/4" and leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S- Citrusy, floral, honeysuckle. Malt backbone is a little fruity biscuit. Delicate.

T- Mild citrus, grapefruit in particular. Dull piney notes, and bit of a bready backbone in flavor.

M- Medium light body. Bitterness is relevant but not overbearing. Finish is on the long side, a combination of bitterness and tang.

O- Aroma is really nice in this one. However, the flavor is more mild than expected. I guess why this is still in the Pale Ale category. Lighter ABV makes this a great, flavorful drinker.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Jackson tavern. I have no idea how old this keg is, but they shouldn't be pouring it. Stale taste all over the place. I know there is no way half acre intended this beer to taste this way. Unfortunate. Ends with malt character, not really any identifiable hop characteristics. Mediocre at best dude.

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

poured from a pint can into a goblet. canned on 1/28/16, so 3 months old.

looks really nice, hazy orange yellow with a good size white head with nice lacing.

aroma is nice and hoppy with faint fruit tones.

3 months in, this holds up very nicely. full hop tones throughout the mouth, which stays with you. refreshing and one of those beers you feel like pounding, but know you shouldn't, savor it. mouth is a tad below medium.

have been after this one for a while, dating back to when i turned it down because of a stupid can bias. it did not disappoint, looking forward to the others in the fridge.

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

Had this on tap. Body is a golden honey type color, slightly hazy, and with a soapy head. Left some lacing. Smell is lemon, grass, and floral hops. Taste has more fruit flavors (lemon, grapefruit, and something like peaches maybe?), honey, bread, and some dank earthiness from the floral hops. Leaves a sticky, resinous finish that continues to develop for some time afterwards. Feel is best described as "easy drinking"...medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth and gentle going down. Finish is fairly crisp and clean. A very nice, sessionable beer with bright and bold flavors.

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

After seeking out this beer I was slightly disappointed. Golden orange in color little head retention lemony citrus flavor with little aroma. It's still a solid pale ale and would drink it if I saw it in a cooler but I would not trade for this or pay $16 for a 4 pk when I can get a 6pk of Sierra Nevada for $10...

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hazy golden color in a pint glass and a finger head. Hops and citrus notes are prevalent. Bitterness on palate that lingers - if I had to venture a guess I would say it is dry hopped. One of the better APAs I've had. Medium feel. Outstanding!!

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy gold appearance
Outstanding aroma, floral with some citrus.
Very hoppy, bright citrus/grapefruit flavors, with a resinous finish.
Complex hop flavor for a pale ale, little to no sweetness.
Perfect carbonation, medium mouthfeel
Great hoppy pale, and I love the 16 oz can.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
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.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. Has a hazy gold appearance. Big dank, grapefruit and citrus aromas. The tastes are grapefruit, and citrus. Lingering bitter resin on the palate. A hoppy pale that is quite drinkable. Half Acre kills it with their hoppy beers.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.32/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Given the reviews this has received, I'm guessing the tap that I'm having this from isn't working too well, because all I'm getting taste wise is a generic bitterness. Not even a hope based bitterness, more like dirty water. It's also pretty flat, which would be more appropriate for a stout.

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

Nice Amber hue, grass and grapefruit on the nose. Hint of grapefruit on the palate dissipates into a dry malt finish with a tad of bitterness to finish. Enjoyable and sessionable

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 3,553 ratings.
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