Daisy Cutter Pale Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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Daisy Cutter Pale AleDaisy Cutter Pale Ale
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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.

Added by emerge077 on 03-20-2009

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

Received a 4 pack from Darwensi, thanks man. I loved the DD cutter so I was looking fwd to trying this. Pours a nice bright orange with a 2 finger fluffy pillow on top. Leaves really nice sticky lacing on the glass. Smells of tropical fruit, mango, pineapple and hint of lemon, very nice indeed for a pale ale. Taste is fairly hop forward with a bit of bready malt in there. Mouthfeel is nice but it does seem a bit thin towards the end of the glass as it warms up. I guess that is my only complaint. Highly drinkable for sure. I would love to have a few of these while sitting on the beach in cape May, NJ..I already asked Darwensi to send me more. Well done half acre, recommended.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a lot to stakem via kegatron for sharing this tasty can! Poured into a pils glass chilled

A - The appearance is very light golden w/ thick white cap which reminds me of the colors of a daisy -how apropos, nice lace collects and the bead is fine

S - The smell is floral (notice a theme here?)with lots of hop aroma which has a light lemony tinge

M -The feel is lightly astringent and slightly sweet with herbal resins from the hops and moderate carbonation blending well for a pleasant texture

T - The taste is mildly sweet with a light malt flavor up front and mild tinge of grassy hops w/ a slight floral note and bitter herbal hop late in the taste with a slight clean taste of lemony hop in the finish

D - This is highly drinkable, I could see this as a year round go-to it is just packed full of hop flavor for such a low abv beer

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.99/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two cans were sent to me as extras by AleWatcher. I split the most recent one with Ryan011235.

A- This beer is a nice looking one. Using my Perfect Pint Im getting a nice big, sticky white head with superb retention and lacing spackling the glass. The shape of the glass gives it a nice deep, hazy orange that gradates to a light gold.

S- I wanna say that this beer must get its name from the smell. Only that the name might be a bit magnanimous. It smells like fresh cut weeds, dandelions, wild onions, pine and a touch of cracker.
Picture yourself as a kid again, walking down the banks of a creek with a stick whacking down big stalks of thistles and briers and what have you. The resulting gore from the thick stalked overgrowth gets all over your hands and legs. You get back home smelling like a walking grass stain, or like you have been drinking Daisy Cutter.

T- This one goes beyond a standard pale ale. I think the only reason they call it an APA might be because its under 6%. Its really bitter and hoppy. A lot more of that wild, cut down weeds, wild onions and pollen. Lots of Summit hops kinda stuff. I would like to see MUCH more balance. Give me at least some malts here.

M- As Ryan noted, and I concur, the carbonation is a touch too high. Its a pretty sharp feeling beer.

D- Despite some of the problems I have with this beer I still found it pretty easy to drink. Eh, a really thoughtful extra and I was stoked to receive it, its just not what I expected.

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Photo of subheroic1234
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to raverjames for the brew.

poured into an over-sized snifter.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color that doesn't let too much light come through. A little head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell: All hops. It definitely smells like citrus hops with hints of floral hops.

Taste: Up front, it is a hop bomb. Citrus taste that is predominantly pineapple. Most of the hop bitterness falls off with a malt backbone. Sweet pineapple is still incorporated into the finish.

Drinability: Well-carbonated. With much of the bitterness subsiding early and a 5.2 % ABV it goes down too smoothly.

Overall: By far the best APA I've had. I would love to drink this regularly.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to VDubb86 for this can!

Hopefully this can doesn't hurt as much as its namesake bomb. It pours a thoroughly hazy light amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises heavy hoppy notes, running the gamut from pine to ruby red grapefruit to even the onions that made Gubna a hardship for some. A slightly syrupy caramel undertow flows beneath the hoppy ice above. The taste is fairly hoppy on its own, but not nearly as much as the smell. Behind this veil o' hops recline some light toffee, light sweet caramel, cotton candy, and some slight florals. The body is fairly light, though bordering on the light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a finish tending toward the dry. Overall, a very solid APA, but I think it falls a little short of the hype presented to me beforehand. Still very good, but not *that* good.

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Photo of Sweetmambyjamby
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- It poured a daisy yellow color with nice white head and lacing was nice as well.

S- Strong pine, and strong hops.

T- Much like the smell it was piney and hoppy. The bitter aftertaste was milder than the smell would suggest and that was a plus for me.

M- Carbonated, and light bodied

D- Very good drinker, a couple of these would be nice by a bonfire especially straight outta the can.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

This pours a slightly cloudy light golden orange color with a puffy white finger off foam that has some nice head retention on it. The aroma is hops...possibly Cascade...I don't know if I can say anything else because in all honesty it all that I really smell. The hops do however provide a delicious floral and citrus aroma that is unmistakable. The taste is surprisingly not nearly as bitter as I had anticipated, but there is a bitterness in the aftertaste. Instead there is a quite obvious earthy mineral taste to the beer which can be tasted even more so than the malts. The citrus flavors of the hops are palpable as well. I must be honest, for something that sounded so powerfully destructive as this it's quite light and pleasant on the palate. There is an overall herbal tea style taste to it which is interesting to say the least. There is a lot of carbonation which i suppose enhances the flavor of the hops as well as the aroma. A quite enjoyable pale ale, this is from someone who really doesn't like the flavor of hops. I must say props to the local stuff.

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Photo of rickfrothingham
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was completely floored by this beer when I tried it a couple months ago during a visit to Chicago (Delilah's). I hadn't heard of it until then, and figured i couldn't go wrong with a Pale Ale. Simply put it is a perfectly great APA in every respect, but it truly excels in the aroma category. I was standing at the bar lined up with the taps, and the moment the pour started, the aroma hit me from a couple feet away.

I wish i could get this at home in Philadelphia, it would be a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of berkey
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint can poured into a large Duvel tulip. From notes 09/06/10.

Forms a massive foamy head with nice retention. Body of the beer is a bright but hazy pale orange-amber.

Aroma is nice and hoppy with strong floral notes along with some bitter orange peel. Malt backbone is modest but still clearly defined.

While there's a very pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste, this doesn't taste quite as hoppy as the aroma led on. Still very tasty and exceptionally drinkable though.

In about the same range as fresh SNPA but with a slightly cleaner finish. Yet another solid canned craft beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into DFH shaped pint glass. Big thanks to HosP for this extra!

A: Pours a cloudy iced-tea orange with a couple fingers of oily white head that reduced into in thin film leaving patches of sticky clinging lace.
S: A much bigger hop punch than expected from an APA! Great floral and citrus hop notes including tangerine, grapefruit and pine. Not much malt detected, but I pick up some honey.
T: Follows the nose with a big citrus grapefruit, lemon and pineapple hop punch. Finish is very floral and resiny. Aftertaste has a light bitterness as expected. A touch of honey near the finish as well with some roasted malt.
M: Medium bodied and very smooth. A tad too watery on the mouthfeel due to low carbonation, but this beer is not oily or overly sticky. Finish is lightly dry and bitter.
D: Holly cow what an amazing APA. Once I smelled this beer I thought I was drinking an IPA! Amazing amount of hops, and one of the most drinkable pale ales I've ever had.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this one as an extra in a recent trade with a very generous BA! Thanks a ton for the tall boy!
Poured this into a pint glass and it yields hazy copperish color with a big fluffy white head that dwindles a bit into a thing layer with nice lacing. The smell is hops with fruity tropical notes. Piney with a solid malt backbone. Hoppier taste than what I had imagined but wow! What a knock out. Fresh hops start to finish with pale malts. This is great! Mouthfeel is on point but a little heavier than I imagined. The drinkability of this is perfect. I could drink this all day!

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Photo of blackie
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy golden amber colored beer with a topping of airy, foamy head that falls to a thin layer, leaving some light lace behind

s: absolutely fantastic hop aromas - pulpy, young, and fresh, vivid tropical juices, passionfruit, floral, light pale malt provides some support

m: carbonation and body both on the light side (might even call it thin), giving a soft, delicate mouthfeel

t: I mean, it's not that the beer is complex, but the hops on this thing are outstanding, guessing they're of the C variety as it reminds me a bit of Two Hearted, lots of passionfruit and citrus with a young, green pine bitterness smacking in the finish, the hops stand far to the front with only a mild pale malt back, pretty sure just a little more range in this department would set things off

d: great drinkability, it's of course delicious, and the dry, clean finish keeps things moving, love this

provided by dirtylou, accompanied us on our roadtrip, and then smuggled back to VA

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to masterski/Sean9689 for this in a trade. Nice looking can.

A: Really nice looking hazy yellowish orange color. Poured with a half finger of white head. Good head retention and lacing.

S: Fresh hops. Incredible nose. Citrus blast right up front. The two row is right behind it and comes across clean. Smells like a DIPA. Probably off style but I love it.

T: Not nearly as hoppy as the nose. The malt comes across more dominant with just enough bitterness in the finish to balance it out. Wow this is a textbook example of a APA.

M: Nice body. Medium. Finishes dry. Carbonation is just right.

D: This would be a session beer for me if it were available. Great everyday drinker in a can that lets you take it to more places. It is not often you are blown away by a pale ale but more people should be seeking this out. Thanks for the trade guys.

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Photo of a74gent
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from prior notes - drank on 8/11/2010

Nose, nose, nose....such a nice mixed hoppy nose. This is good stuff...a light resiny mouthfeel that sticks all over. The appearance is pretty average, but the taste is a nice beer. More hops in the nose than the palate which is a unique touch. A really nice effort.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 8-20-10
Reviewed cold from a can to a glass

A - Poured two fingers of a nice thick head of foam, cloudy pale color, citrus yellow

S - Citrus aroma, hoppy

T/M - Medium bodied, sweet citrus taste, I pick up lemon and grape fruit plus a little piney hop after taste at finish

D - Very easy drinker, nice sweet flavored and not over powering in the hops department, enough to make a great first impression. Big thanks to Albgarza for this. Got a four pack in a trade from him so I will be having this brew again and of course I recommend it!

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Photo of gtn80
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, i can't believe something with this much flavor and aroma is in the pale ale category.

Aroma smells like an ipa, lots of floral hops.

Appearance is a nice dark golden with a decent head.

Taste is incredibly well balanced, especially after that aroma. Bitter hops up front, but a strong malt backbone. Aftertaste is all hops though.

Mouthfeel is s little thing, maybe a little too much carbonation.

Drinkability is incredible, great summer beer, and at 5.2%, could drink these all day.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for these

The pale ale is a style that can be quite boring to palates that are used to hop bombs and bourbon aged stouts. But ever since the first time I tried it, Daisy Cutter has stood out from the pack and is the best in the style that I have had from the midwest.

Pours a murky golden yellow with a monster three fingers had and thick lacing. Aroma is of bright floral/citrus hoppiness and a touch of caramel sweetness. Reminiscent of an IPA.

Once the taste hits your tongue, the IPA thoughts disappear. This is a balanced beer, with the hops and malt getting equal billing. Not sure how old this can is, but I suspect that the hops have faded a tad (I remember them being more prominent). Still, there is a pleasant bitterness on the tongue and some floral characteristics that are subtle but tasty.

The body is medium and carbonation is high but appropriate. Overall this beer isn't going to knock your socks off, but if you are looking for a clean, sessionable beer with subtle hop flavor that keeps you reaching for the glass then look no further.

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Photo of stakem
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint sized can care of kegatron, thanks Heath!

Pours a very hazy orange color. 2 fingers worth of slightly offwhite head appear composed of rather large bubbles that retain well and stick all over the glassware in patches. The head receeds slowly leaving quite an uneven cratored surface that stretches and sticks exaggerating the amount of lace clinging to the glass.

The nose of this brew is a fantastic display of hops. Very bright and fresh smelling like all sorts of fruity citrus. Scents of orange, lemon, grapefruit and pine right upfront that then turns a bit herbal and spicey before letting in the sweetness of the malt that comes across with a new element of being floral. There is a bit of alcohol presence in the back of the nose that is identified with a bit of spicey character.

Taking a sip, it is full of hop flavors just as bright as the nose led on. Mostly citrus tasting with a light and enjoyable almost grassy bitterness that is countered by a fresh grainy sweetness of the malt. The hops come out in the finish with a bit of an herbal twist and minorly orange rind like in flavor. A slight indication of the 5% alcohol is noticeable with a fruity flavor and a bit of warmth.

More than half way through my glass, I need to write more and stop pausing constantly to take a sip. Really a super drinkable beer as proclaimed by the steadily decreasing level in my glass. It has a medium feel with a very modest level of carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. Fantastic representation of the style and well rounded overall. There are many Pale Ales (Indian included) that could take a lesson from the hop character included in this brew.

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Photo of mothman
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasting notes from 8/16/10.
Enjoyed on tap at Sheffield's

Poured a cloudy orange colour with a finger of thick white head.

Bitter citrus hops are evident in the nose as well as dominating the palate. The hops profile juicy and fresh citrus flavours and a light malt backbone is present as well. Very tasty.

Light body, lightly carbonated.

I could drink this all day. Definitely the best pale ale I have had.

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Photo of atsprings
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bauermj for this awesome extra! 16oz can into a Hopus tulip pours a hazy pale orange with a nice frothy off white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and a few rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma is some citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste is a very nice balance of sweet malts just slightly overpowering the citrus hop backbone, very nice balance. The beer is very light, smooth and quite refreshing with perfect carbonation. This is an absolutely incredible pale ale, dare I say the best I've ever had. If this were available here in NC, it would be a mainstay in my beer fridge for sure!

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Photo of kbutler1
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can and Tap. Have heard and read good things about this brew and am looking forward to trying it. Bought a 4 pack of it in Chicago only to find it on tap at the hotel I was staying at, total score! Poured a slightly cloudy golden orange/yellow color with a tight little 1 finger head. The aroma that I get is mostly of citrus hops and rind. The taste can easily be described as smooth and balanced with a nice hops presence up front that transitions to the malt backbone. This to me is one of the best Pale Ales I have had in a long time.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Of course thanks to Dave for sending this to me a few times now. Just had a fresh can with some eggplant pizza.

Goldenish pour with small head, good retention and great lacing. Excellent nose of citrusy and floral hop character, not super pungent but enough to keep me interested. Good hop flavor, malts in the background to a medium bitterness with a crisp and dry finish. Hoppy for a typical pale ale perhaps, but not too overly hopped such that it's not approachable or too much to pair with everyday food. Supremely drinkable and a great pale ale. Love the pint cans- I would buy this buy the case if I could get it locally.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rtrain12 shared his growler of this fine beer with me... Just getting around to typing my notes up.

I poured this into a standard pint glass.

Nice bright golden color with some reddish highlights. Very clear and bright with a beige head that fought its way to about 1 and half fingers. Respectable amount of lacing too.

Smells sweet with a nice fresh citrus hop note. Malt is mellow while the hops are bright and fresh. This is the pale ale equivalent of a huge Cali DIPA!! Floral and grassy notes lead into a lemony citrus bite with a slightly dry bitter finish. Very well made beer here. Big on flavor, but refreshing and light at the same time.

The body is a little light of medium, and the beer has loads of carbonation. This is a beer I will pick up every chance I get. Simply nothing bad to say about the flavor, nose, or finish.

My only complaint with this one is that Ryan didn't tape his growler up and much of the carbonation has run out of the bottle on me. I can live with that because even with less carbonation than it should have, the beer still tastes amazing.

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Photo of Patchmaster
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in an in person trade from Hosp. Thanks for the Half Acre hook up.

A - Poured a golden blonde color with a very thick head.

S - It a very pleasant almost lemony smell. Makes me want to package it and put it in a box.

T - Citrusy with in my opinion too much biscuty malt flavor.

M - A fair amount of carbonation, but not bad

D - This beer is a great summer ale. If I lived closer to Half Acre I would enjoy getting some cans of it for a Cubs game. I would imagine this tastes refreshing from the tap to the glass, but overall very enjoyable. Thanks Hosp for the can.

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,880 ratings