Daisy Cutter Pale Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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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Ratings: 3,756 |  Reviews: 879
Photo of ommegoose
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been enjoying this beer for a while, and it seems as good a time as any for my first growler review. Big 64 oz. mason jar picked up from the brewery today.

The fun thing about growlers is getting that huge frothy head on the first pour. Half a glass of head in my new Half Acre pint glass. Holds well at a few inches of chunky foam. Glowing orange color with no visible carbonation. Plenty of lacing well down the glass on each pour.

So hoppy. Very grassy, herbal fresh aroma. Oranges. Smells so much more orangey than beers I've had with actual orange peel.

Such an incredibly fresh, grassy hop flavor too. Tremendous burst of flavor comes from a rather modest abv content. Fresh beer is great. Finishes with snappy bitterness and lingering orange zest flavor. Very hop-forward, clearly, with a rather unobtrusive malt profile. Some sweetness in the orange flavor. But never too bitter. Very close to as an ideal a flavor profile as I can imagine for this style. Incredible display of hop flavor without being too bitter to be drinkable.

Again with the growler, mouthfeel is a bit customizable. I prefer to pour hard and enjoy a slightly flatter beer. I always think it's a good sign when a beer has no visible carbonation in the glass, but is very lively in the mouth.

This is my favorite pale ale. With Alpha King and this, Chicago has surprisingly emerged as a real destination for this style. Goose Island need not try when there are such options. Now this needs to get into sixers, fast, so that this beer can be enjoyed more widely. I will finish the growler by the end of the night and not be the slightest bit bored. Tremendous beer, and one of my favorites. Top 100 worthy in my mind.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small white head, good lace, nice clear light orange/yellow on the first pour. On the second pour much hazier, leans more toward orange.

Wonderful hop nose of orange and lime, with a touch of peach fuzz, fresh smelling hops. Outstanding.

Perfect hop bite with enough malt to satisfy the balance. Very nice orange and malt combination, a great Chicagoland replacement for the Sierra Nevada version, I wish it came in 6 packs not just bombers. Not even distributed in the suburbs.

A big beer in flavor, with good carbonation and solid medium mouthfeel, it fits the profile nicely.

A very sessionable APA, bomber not a problem for a Sunday afternoon. Hope to make this one of my regulars.

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Photo of gford217
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber courtesy of DROOO poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light hazy golden amber with a big billowy white head that clings to the sides of the glass and leaves a healthy collar for the duration.

Whoa! This is one hell of an aroma for an APA. Hops all over the place. There's definitely some pithy grapefruit with some pineapple as well as a generous sappy pine aroma as well. There is some lightly toasted bready malt in the background but the hops are front and center.

The taste is more of the same with tons and tons of hops, cedar, pine, pineapple, oranges and even some grassy hops. The malts backbone is just enough to support the hops and the finish is lightly bitter with mostly citrus.

The mouthfeel is light bodied but still sticky with hops and leaves a pleasant bitterness on the palate.

I loved this beer, as it packs a ton of hoppy bitterness into a light-bodied and super drinkable pale ale. I would stock my fridge with this if I had access. Outstanding.

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Photo of mikey711
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a great way to unwind as I prepare for the LSATS tomorrow.

A: Slightly cloudy burnt caramel color with a bit soapy white head that sits on top. Great head retention and lacing. The only deterent is the cloudiness

S: An excellent blend of different hop aromas, some lemon citrus, some floral pininess, light grapefruit, and a nice amount of caramel malt comes through to provide great balance.

T: A bit heavy on the pine floral note, without being overly bitter. The bitterness is subdued by a crisp caramel backbone that is not overty sweet. Very delicate and true to the style.My criticism is that a bit more citrus hops in the taste would have been nice

M: Were there beer thrives the most is in being full bodied and creamy yet not being a giagantic beer. There is no roughness to the beer from the hops or graininess from the malts.

D: This is an great everyday beer. SOmething you could enjoy from the day until the night.

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Photo of 110toyourleft
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, non-translucent in the pint glass. The hops dominate this one with an extremely dry finish. Almost no malt to be tasted. My perfect APA has more more "citrus"-y finish, but I could drink this one all day.

1/6 barrel from the brewery store, one day after brewing.

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Photo of stoptime
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: "This is the best smelling beer ever!" Tons of floral and grassy hops. I could sniff this all day.

Appearance: Cloudy, golden-orange. One of the Half Acre employees simply refers to this beer as "orange juice."

Flavor: A flowery little hop bomb with a crisp, citrus finish.

Mouthfeel: Soft and smooth. Lightly coats your mouth.

We had a party with a keg of this back in September. There were approximately 40 people in attendance, and we had no problem killing it in one evening. It's an extremely easy drinking beer, and not too strong. Even the non-beer drinkers, and non-hop heads, were loving the Daisy Cutter. It just tied for 3rd place at the Chicago Beer Society's Fall Tasting. And most exciting is there's going to be a Daisy Cutter Hot Dog coming soon to Hot Doug's!! Needless to say, we'll be there.

Never pass up Daisy Cutter if you find it - this is a fantastic beer!

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Photo of wilwfu
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wanted to review this fresh so snagged a new bottle today. Poured into a pint glass... great head and lacing on top of a hazy gold body. The nose is awesome; aromatic hops, both citrusy and bitter, think fresh cut grass mixed with grapefruit, mango, lemon zest, and even a little bit of peaches. The taste is very balanced between the hops and malt, neither of which are overwhelming one another in the taste, which is what really keeps this in the APA category. Slightly sticky mouthfeel but easy to drink nontheless.

At ~5% this is WAY too easy to drink and is becoming one of my go to beers whenever I see it on draft in the city. I am expecting great things from half acre going forward because they have delivered an awesome pale ale.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep gold with a medium veil (bordering on cloudy). A luxurious, rocky head leaves some tenacious lacing on the side of the glass. Not quite the look that you'd expect from an APA, but attractive in its own way.

The smell, on the other hand, is absolutely fantastic. The hops aren't overwhelmingly powerful, but the complexity on the nose is impressive: heavy grass and lemon peel take the lead, but there's a lot of mango and a bit of pine in there as well. The smell actually reminds me a lot of some of the complex wet hop beers that have been making the rounds over the past couple of months.

The mouthfeel is dead on: light bodied with vigorous carbonation.

The first sip reveals that Half Acre is taking this style as far as it can go before people just start calling your beer an IPA. If you find IPAs too hoppy, this beer will not provide you shelter. Vigorous and complex hop notes dominate. The grass and pine launch the opening salvo on your taste buds, followed by grapefruit and raw hop bitterness. Just when you think that the beer might fall into an inappropriately bitter finish, a light lemon tang, coupled with some biscuity malt notes, restores order and balance. With that slight detour, Daisy Cutter actually manages a refreshing finish. Truly a world-class APA.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'll just start with... wow. This is one damn good pale ale.

A thick layer of fluffy white head sits like clouds on a hazy orange body with an effervescent stream of bubbles rising.

This has an amazingly crisp punch to the nose that's redolent of floral bouquets. It's backed by a light but discernable grainy malt. It settles with orange rind.

The taste follows suit. The the floral and orange hops compete for the center of attention with the floral coming up on top. The taste is very fresh and clean.

This is a lighter pale ale and that works well with the delicate hop profile. It's well carbonated and crisp.

This is a top notch and very sessionable pale ale that I'll be revisiting as frequently as possible.

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Photo of Redrover
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh growler, the beer is orange/peach with a bit of a chill haze and awesome stick off-white head and lacing.

I love the aroma of pine sap, caramel malts & citrus,

The taste is pleasantly bitter. Pine & citrus (lemon & trailing grapefruit) taste lead the way, but the beer seems well balanced with light sweet malts in the background. Yes the hops are very prominent but the beer never comes off as one sided.

The mouth is a nice combination of silky & oily. The beer is so easy to drink. I hope to see this on tap at more outlets. Well done guys!

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

First review. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: A nice hazy orange/amber with about of finger of head that dissipated rather quickly. A decent amount of lacing for such a light-bodied beer.

S: Citrus peel and flowery hops. A clean but faint hop aroma.

T: Bitter and lingering hops. Very hop-forward without much of a malt backbone.

M: Leaves an oily slickness. It seems a bit under-carbonated.

D: Light-bodied and refreshing, one bomber might not be enough. A fine session beer.

My first offering from Half Acre and it didn't disappoint, I'm glad that Binny's has a bunch of these on the shelves because I'll certainly be going back for more.

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Photo of mully
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RudyLaw for hooking me up with this beer.

Slightly cloudy ruddy gold/ apricot in color head fades to a thin cover of fine bubbles. Less then average amount of bone white lacing left around the edges of my pint glass

pine resin, ciitrus and a little cat pee overall nice smell , not picking up any strong malt presence in the nose

MMMhops. Almost crisp with hops, citrus herbal and bitterness. Very little malt to back up the hops, very little sweetness. Hops overpower what malt there is.

Slightly watery /dry clean a little oil/resin. I think the watery aspect is due to lack of malts, its not bad or distracting from the beer.

Very drinkable pretty light, lower abv lots of hops but there will be no problem putting down the bomber I have thanks again to rudylaw for this beer

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Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jake Melnick's Corner Tap.

A-Pours a cloudy apricot with a fluffy white head and somenice lacing.

S-Citrus hops galore and a heaping helping of grassiness, the likes of which I have never smelled before. The first beer I was afraid would make my seasonal allergies kick in. Malt, what malt?

T-Well this sucker is hoppy. Citrus in the front, grass in the back and again, plenty of it. This is a 5.2% APA?

M-Medium bodied with lots of fine carbonation.

D-Almost too much grassy hop notes for me to have many of these, but there is a lot of flavor for a low ABV beer.


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Photo of emerge077
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight from a mason jar growler fresh from the brewery... thanks to d0b for the tip. Poured it carefully into a 22 oz. Spaten bock mug. 1st pour was ok, 2nd nearly overflowed, but left a generous rocky head that elevated itself well beyond the rim. 3rd pour I really made a mess, and it was losing carbonation by this point.

Hazy tequila sunset in the tropics, molten orange with a light unfiltered hop haze. Fresh cut botanicals in the nose, grassy hop cones, sweet clementine oranges, clean and so very fresh. The aroma is very nice, similar to the fresh drafts i've enjoyed nearby at Bad Apple.

Resiny hop leaf bitterness, backed by a solid pale malt presence. Orange peel, grassy, dry and resinous in the aftertaste. Light bodied and smooth, giving the hops top billing. Something about this combination makes it ultra sessionable... pretty much the one local APA/IPA I can't get enough of.

2010 standard growler: No carbonation issues, solid mouthfeel, what we've come to expect from Half Acre. A Chicago classic.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ The Bad Apple. Served in a pint glass.

A - Pours a golden hazy yellow with a fingers worth of white foamy head. Some good lacing is left behind but not too much retention.

S - Freshly cut grass, pine, citrus.

T - Like I just cut my grass, took some of it, mixed it with hops and drank it (in a good way). This is such a unique APA that smells scarier then it tastes.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation, very smooth and refreshing. An easy-drinking APA that has some bite to it, but is still smooth overall.

D - Very sessionable and would 100% recommend.

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Photo of heliosphann
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz Bomber from paco1029384756. Inspired to try the ravings of by Hop General d0b. Thanks homies! Split with BA Infestaxion and poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange/yellow. Nice 1 1/2 finger head. Lively carbonation. Good lacing left as the pint gradually disappears.

S: Citrusy with a small amount of floral notes. Some breadiness and light malts. Smell kind of reminds me of a fresh Gumballhead.

T: Very similar to the aroma. Light and crisp with a small hop bite on the finish. Not much malt here and that's not a bad thing. Nice and hoppy for a Pale. Easily a borderline American IPA.

M: Overall light bodied. Ample carbonation makes this very light and palate friendly.

D: They don't get much easier to drink than this. My pint glass was empty before I knew what happened.

Like the name of the brew implies, this is a great beer to have after mowing the lawn or a hard day at work. Wouldn't mind having more of this if it was easily available. Another solid brew from Half Acre. Looking forward to more from them.

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Photo of Florida9
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hopleaf.

A: Served in an American pint glass. Comes out with only an 1/8th inch of white head, but even with such a minimal head, the lacing is appreciable. Very hazy yellow-amber in color.

S: Amazingly aromatic for an APA. Citrus, tropical fruits, and floral aromas abound.

T: Lightly sweet malt with loads of fresh hop goodness. Citrus, lemon oil, and a mild bitter bite. The key word here is "fresh." These hops are bright and aromatic, tasting as if they've just been picked. Wonderful.

M: Thin to medium with decent carbonation.

D: This is an impressive beer and is the only beer in the APA style which I could say could rival AK. Really an amazing beer; one which I could easily drink all night long. The only issue I have with it is that is not more readily available.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at Murphys in Chicago - gumballhead kegs were kicked so i went with this one

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a (gasp) plastic cup - but hey its gameday. hazy straw body with a fluffy white cap - nice

smell: bright juicy hops, aromatic citrus - orange peel, grapefruit, lemon. a touch of grain beneath

taste: caught off-guard by how good this one is...delivers in the hop department with a nice punch of floral citrus...will need to chase down some bottles when i am back in chicago in a few weeks

mouthfeel: medium body, adequate carbonation

drinkability: great

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Photo of rudylaw
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After finally overcoming my resistance to try any more Half Acre beers, I finally dropped the $7.50 for a bomber of Daisy Cutter.

Pours a nice straw color with a 2 finger, fluffy head with great retention.

Tons of hops for a regular old pale ale. Piney, grassy, green apples, peach, mangos and orange peel.

Tastes the same with a nice bitter, clean finish.

A perfect, perfect summer ale. A dollar off the price tag and I'd make this my go to from June - August. Now, to try some on tap!

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Photo of joe1510
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bad Apple

Daisy Cutter is set in front of me and with it comes a hazy golden body with moderate peach highlights. The bone white head is about one finger in height with the creaminess of frothed milk and shows excellent staying power. Chunky spider webbed lacing gets left behind after each gulp.

The nose on Daisy Cutter is super tropical with notes of mango, first and foremost, followed by papaya and some other tropical goodness. Freshly cut grass has its fingerprints all over the aroma of this APA as well; basically there are fistfuls of hops in this beauty. The malt base is very lightly caramel and somewhat biscuity allowing the hops to be the showcase.

The flavor picks up where the aroma left off. Tropical fruit sweetness get things going over the top of that light caramel and sweet biscuity malt base. Mid palate comes with the buzzsaw bitterness of the grassy hops and the bitterness grows through the swallow. There's a squeeze of lemon on the back end that works superbly. This is a hop bomb of an APA and done just to my liking.

Daisy Cutter has a moderate body with carbonation that's lively enough to push it through at a healthy pace. The bitterness on the back of the tongue continues to grow with each drink and actually gets up there pretty damn high for an APA.

The drinkability is ridiculously high. It has a great hop bite with low enough abv to put away a few pints in a sitting without a problem and there's a refreshing quality that keeps it flowing.

Watch out Alpha King, we have a new crown in town. Daisy Cutter is one of my best beer finds of the last couple months and the best pale ale I've ever come across. If you run across this on tap make sure to grab two pints, the first will disappear before you know it.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at jerry's sandwich shop, i was pleasantly surprised with this. golden orange color, slightly hazy, nice creamy head and lacing. fresh citrusy, fruity, floral hops dominate the nose with some fresh doughy malts underneath. lightly sweet bready malts are balanced well and washed out by the smooth medium hop bitterness. nice carbonation leads to a frothy mouthfeel. light bodied with a crisp hoppy finish. very drinkable, esp. on tap.

quite good via 16 oz can as well. very dryish and crisp, highly aromatic of us hops, maybe the biggest, hoppiest nose on any apa i've had.

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Photo of infestaxion
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From the notes. Which are admittedly brief. Drank on 7/10/09

A - Hazy orange with a fluffy eggshell head. Nice retention.

S - Citrus, floral hops dominate.

T - Pretty hoppy for a pale ale. Same cirus hops. Very crisp and refreshing. Nice bitter bite on the end.

M - Very light on the tongue. Good carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. Might be gone before I know it.(Ed. note - It's gone.)

I'm probably not going to seek it out again but it's definitely good.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Map Room, pint glass. The beer wasa little hazy, light orange color, with a 2-finger head that left some lacing on the glass. Nice hops aromas, just the way I like American Pale Ales, some light citrus (more orange than grapefruit) with a light malt sweetness. The taste was light and citrusy, not in-your-face with flavors but an easy drinking hoppy quencher. I'll look for it in bottles next time I'm in Chicago.

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Photo of bryanbrick
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aquired this in a trade with d0b. He raved about this beer and now I see why. Thanks again for being my first trade.

No dating on the bottle but by the quality I can't believe that this would be any more than 30 days after bottling.

A wonderful orange hue, cloudy and with some sediment. The head sits up firm, to about 1/2 inch and never fully dissapates leaving a light film of paper white across the entire top of the beer. Lacing is apparent as a slow slide down the side of the glass.

A great nose full of fresh oats, juniper berry, and candied orange peel. This has great life and plenty of lift. It is all high register aromatics and never shows any sappy/malty aromas. I really like this aspect of the beer.

This is electric stuff full of lemon verbena, pine needle, and something like tangerine with a long, refreshing finish. While hops dominates it far from overpowers. There is a mild lace of malt that appears as this warms, and is mostly on display on the mid-palate. Finishing with earthy flavors of evergreen and clay this is one flavorful APA.

The mouthfeel has no rough edges and is quite lasting without any heft or excess. A light, foamy carbonation does well to cut the bitterness of the hops and the citrus-y acid. The lingering bitterness is more than enjoyable

This is a great summertime APA and one of the best of its style I've ever had. Up there with Firestone Walker's Pale 31. A must try and something I'm sure I'll try and trade for more of.

Thanks Dave!

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Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

couldn't go wrong... a golden orange with a nose of straight pine sap and a billowing head of a nice foam white with lace. palate is very crisp. not to much malt to back it in thickness. a clear sparkling beer. grassy, and well... piney. simple and sweet. wonderful when fresh and i don't want to say it but i can see where they got the name. the hops are crisp and the a bitter grassy finish doesn't resemble dandelion greens.

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 92% out of 100 with 3,756 ratings
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