Daisy Cutter Pale Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

860 Reviews
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 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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Photo of mikeg67
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On Tap. Pours amber with white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel malt, tropical fruit and citrusy hops. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and dry. Delicious brew.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Honey colored body with a soapy, thick 3 fingered head. Leaves diseased lace on the sides of the glass.

Aromas of melon, pine, grapefruit, cantaloupe, and a little onion.

Flavor is so so good! Fresh, delicious, fruity, juicy, splashing, slightly piney, like cut grass, but with tons of juicy fruits. Tons of melon, orange, cantaloupe, and grapefruit. I can't believe my tongue.

Feel is sticky in the mouth, medium bodied, and just a touch oily. Carbonation is mild to moderate.

Daisy Cutter is the definition of FRESH. The freshest fucking IPA I've ever had in my life. I'm so sad I didn't get more. My favorite American style Pale Ale, and one of my top 3 pale ales of all time. Planning a trip back to Illinois to get a couple more cases.

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Photo of Flocculate_It
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(L): Light amber/dark gold, brilliantly clear, white head drops fairly quickly but remains a thin layer on top.
(S): Grapefruit, lemon, lime, tangerine, citrus rind, pine. Cracker/Bread malt with light caramel sweetness. Great smell.
(T): Strong pine, tangerine, citrus rind, grapefruit. Enough sweetness to keep bitterness in check. Bitterness drops off fairly quickly with only a slight grapefruit rind taste remaining.
(F): Medium to medium-high carbonation, creamy mouth-feel
(O): Very pleased with this beer. Smells like an IPA, drinks like a pale ale. Taste couldn't outdo the amazing smell but definitely worth picking up. My preferred hop balance more to the citrus than the pine/resinous side but with both present. Malt supports the hops well this light base malts and crystal malts and a full mouth-feel.

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Photo of Peepskp
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Great IPA, on tap at nicks in wicker park. Nice bready hop flavor. Medium/light body, great for warmer weather. Half acre has been very good to me so far.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy orange/red color with about a fingers worth of foamy white head. The nose is citrus, one, and floral. All hops! The flavor is citrus, mostly tangerine with a good amount of pine. Medium feel with a bit of creaminess. This is an excellent Pale Ale. The flavors go well together, nothing overpowers but hit the right notes.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Light yellow gold with a very creamy white head and fingers of lacing around the glass.

S: Citrus and floral hops quite a bit of pine in the nose. Notes of berries and crackery malt. A nice smelling pale ale.

T: Strong notes of pine, notes of citrus and floral hops. Notes of berries come out near the finish. Balanced out by some darker cracker malts. The bitterness at the end is a little strong and overwhelms a few of the other flavors.

F: Light body but still feels creamy, bitterness lingers on the tongue for a long time.

O: A nice pale ale, that just has a little too much bitterness.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Clear hotel snifter glass
From: Malloy’s Finest Wine & Spirits in Naperville, Ill.
Price: $9.99 for a 4-pack
Purchased: Sept. 16, 2016
Consumed: Sept. 16, 2016
Reviewed as: American Pale Ale
Misc.: Packaged on Aug. 22, 2016

Took a long time to decide what to get at Malloy’s, but finally settled on Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter Pale Ale after seeing that the 3 Floyd’s Alpha King was almost three months old. Had high hopes for this one.

Poured a light amber hazy color with four fingers of rocky, creamy white head. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass, looking like a snow globe. Looked pulpy underneath. World-class lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled Citra, floral, Cascade, resin, pine, lime, reminding me slightly to Sixpoint’s Resin. Also go tangerine, lemon zest and sugary nectarine. Hard to not think of this as an IPA on the smell. (Smell - 4.50)

Taste was not nearly as good as the nose, getting tangerine, Citra, bitter citrus rind, orange blossom, sugary floral, light resin, citrus zest, lemon, lime and watery pine. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was good, but not great. I think I overrated it a smidgeon. (Overall - 4.00)

4.05 | 91 | A-

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 09/08/16 TIGHT

Pours slightly hazy gold with a frothy white foam head. Smells like passionfruit, papaya, kiwi, exotic tropical fruits, dark toasted crackery caramel malts, peach, orange, grapefruit, some blueberry, with dank earthy herbal grass and resinous pine. Tastes like kiwi, passionfruit, papaya, exotic tropical fruits, peach, orange citrus, grapefruit, blueberry, dark toasted crackery caramel malts, with dank earthy herbal grass and resinous pine. Feels medium-light bodied, slick and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice and balanced pale ale.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear light copper in color with a finger of white head. Aroma has a bit more malt than I'd expect but there is also some citrus and floral hops. Taste is a bit more hop forward with citrus, a touch of pine, and some floral notes but there is still a solid malty presence. Decent mouthfeel, body is a bit thin, maybe light-medium, carbonation is also a bit low, just shy of moderate. Overall a solid beer but not spectacular. It has enough going on to keep me interested and drinking, if I were absentmindedly drinking this beer would be perfect.

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Photo of BierRunner
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bright yellow gold color with nice lacing, citrus,-pine scents on the nose and clean balanced bitter taste with pine and some pleasant funk coming through. This could fight up as an IPA but as a pale ale is very flavorful with a long finish.

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Photo of cwalter
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color is golden yellow with orange hues. In the aroma there are tons of citrus notes, nectarines, mangos and a floral tone. The taste follows along with a biscuity malt backbone and a slight hop bitterness in the end. Very nice pale ale.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.

Looks golden orange colored, bright with a finger sized head a little lacing.

Nose is pine, slight citrus, soft and approaching.

Taste is smooth and hoppy for a pale. Really enjoy the balance of the hops and malts.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth. Lingering aftertaste that makes you want more.

Overall a solid pale. I've wanted to try this for a long time. A cut under some bigger APAs, but I can see the hype. Nice can and cool label as well. Will try and get more.

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

L (4) - A little too light yellow, but VERY clear. Small amount of bright white head.
S (3.75) - Very slight hop aroma here. Honestly more malt than anything. This last can was getting old, so I attribute a lot of that
T (4.25) - Tastes very good. A good balance of hop and malt, but definitely more hop. Maybe Simcoe or something is very noticeable and pleasant.
F (4) - Definitely medium bodied, and easy to drink. Not too 'watery' or anything like that.
O (4) - I'd grabbed this out of town and was very pleased with it. Probably not super fresh, but I enjoyed each can, and will drink again if I see it.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that slowly settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very juicy hop forward aroma with a good scent of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citrus scent of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, melon, and pineapple. Solid earthy hop hints of grass and pine. Light malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker along with some yeast. A very good juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a pretty juicy and earthy hop driven taste with notes of citrus fruit and pine. Good juicy citrus hop presence with notes of orange peel, grapefruit, melon, mango, lemon, and pineapple. Earthy and floral hops with notes of grass and pine resin. Background malt notes of caramel, cracker, and grains with yeast. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and drying.

Overall: A really good Pale Ale. Great citrus and floral hop flavor.

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

Can dated 06/09/16 into a shaker pint @ City Tap House on Logan. Pours golden yellow with a finger of white medium density head that left some lacing. Nose is earthy/grassy maybe some faint tropical hints. Taste matches the nose but with a bit of citrus. Finish is drier and with a bit of astringency. Mouthfeel is nice, very easy drinking APA, and the carbonation just right. Hoping I can find this a bit fresher while in Philly, but a solid APA nonetheless.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- beautiful looking amber.looks clean

S- not overpowering in any element of its aroma.fruit and hops mainly.

T- very clean taste, again light tastes of citric fruits, hops and some slight pine.none overpowering but beautifully balanced.

M-perhaps the cleanest and crispest beer ive ever tried.beautiful mouthfeel that goes down way too easily

O- probably the pinnacle of pale ales in my opinion, a masterful version of a pale.

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 3,682 ratings.
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