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 | website

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 bowzer4birdie
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a crowler of this at Half Acre since I couldn't find a can that was fresher than a month old around the city. Poured into imperial pint glass. Crisp, clean, refreshing, crushable and a tad bitter on the back end.

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Photo of emount91
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a very slightly hazy yellow, lots of carbonation seen. head doesn't stand a chance, dissipates quickly, no lacing. smell is very light, almost lagery for a second, but then you get the hops: pine, grass, and citrus peel. taste follows smell, but subtract the lagerness and add a little
bit of crackery malt on the backend. feel is great for a pale/sessionable ale. overall good, if it was distributed to my area i would get again, but probably wouldn't beer mail it again. regardless, happy I tried it and happy I have 3 more.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the second beer I have tried from Half Acre (Gone Away being the first) and all I can say after having it is wow. One of if not the best pale ales I have ever had. This one would put a lot of IPA's to shame. Crisp with deep tropical flavors, pale ales simply do not get better

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent pale ale poured from a tall boy canned 5 weeks ago. Aroma of peach, flora and orange rind. Nice malt backbone brings a slightly sweet flavor to the fore and balances out the floral and citrus hops. Easy drinking and smooth are its greatest virtues. Enjoyable quaf.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Clear gold. A one finger off-white head that lingers. Sudsy lacing.

S: Citrus, lemons, tangerine, oranges, soapy.

T: Piney hops, citrus-y. Bright. Light bitterness on the finish. A very sessionable brew.

M: Low to medium with medium carbonation.

O: Very easy drinking. Glad I finally got to try it. Thanks, Darren.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh cut grass, floral and citrus. While I love the juicy, fruity APA's/IPA's - this one actually has a lot complexity for an APA. It plays nicely with multiple hop notes including English herbal/floral, American citrus and grassy/pine. While it is not my go-to hop profile, I really respect the complexity this has for a Pale Ale. At 5.2% ABV this is a great flavorful beer that is a perfect candidate in a 16oz format!

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Photo of moysauce
4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure of drinking this beer in Half Acre's tap room. There was a lot of hype built up around this beer so I was a bit apprehensive to try it. It was brought to me in a standard pint glass with a beautiful copper color with roughly 1-1.5 fingers of white head. The nose was full of citrus and floral hops. Beautiful. My first sip of this brew was nothing short of perfection. Fresh citrus and some pine notes. Everything you want in an APA. There wasn't a single thing that disappointed. Excellent, smooth mouthfeel. Excellent lacing as I downed the pint. There really isn't anything I can say other than this is my new favorite beer.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber pour (bright copper). World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of citrus rind (orange and a bit of grapefruit), a dose of dank (that is in balance with the citrus), light pine and a solid malt backbone (mostly biscuit but subtle caramel notes also). As it warms, light tropical notes emerge (mango) and dank aspects fade a bit.

Light body that is semi-smooth in texture. World class carbonation with a burst of effervescence in the middle that flows to a finely bubbled rollicking prickly finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding. Quite flavorful for a pale ale, this one is hop flavor (exactly like the nose) centered. Rind with bits of pine lead then flow into an orange aspect as the middle sweetness arrives. Moderate bitterness is present that is well balanced with biscuit (toasted and grainy) and subtle caramel sweetness. Orange makes its strongest contribution as the finish approaches coupled with light mango. The finish is crisp and slightly dry. This dryness intensifies as the lingering rind/pine bitterness fades.

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

Poured from 16oz can into royal pint glass. Murky yellow with nice white head. Nice citrus nose and crisp bite. Nice hoppy pale ale just how I like em.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Pours an dark golden color with a one finger head that slowly recedes and leaves a small ring of lacing. Aroma is strong dank hops with some light citrus cutting through. The dank hops don't come through as strong in the taste as the smell as the citrus and floral hops balance out the dank hops. There is a delicate, floral finish. Medium carbonation and medium-light body that makes it very easy to drink.
Everything was well done but subtle and left me wanting a little more. Solid IPA with layers of hops. Great lawnmower or football beer. Hopefully distribution spreads it a bit wider.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can purchased at Brothers Provisions in Rancho Bernardo, CA
Noted on 06/07/2015 with my FW Imperial Nonic glass

Stoked to find this longtime want finding its way into SoCal

A: The Daisy Cutter pours a dark caramel amber color with lots of haze blurring up the scene. Looks almost like the color of butterscotch candy. A massive dense khaki head swells up out of the glass for a few prolonged moments. Lots of intricate webbed pattern lacing gets left behind.

S: The nose is very piney with some herbal essence rubbed in. Has that light dank presence with some leafy grasses. Bready pale malt is affirmed here and comes across with some toasted cracker like qualities. A nice aroma but not the greatest I have come across by any means. More piney and dank rather than tropical or citrus.

T: Flavor follows suite with sticky evergreens, wild grasses, and mild dank herbs. Plenty of bready malt built into this one but not overly so in that it detracts from all the other flavors. Has a good snappy hop punch that delivers a little resin to the palate. Very well balanced with the alcohol well disguised which makes for a nice easy drinker. Good but not really great to me. Has no real citrus or orange elements which I think could have bolstered the overall experience. Tasty still with a crisp clean experience over all.

M: Lightly filling body on account of the bready malts. Nice smoothened texture still with a bit of constricting bitterness to help dry out the finish. Good initial linger effect. Fairly clean and crisp overall.

D: Nothing outstanding but a solid APA none the less. I could see this being a regular go to about 5-10 years back. Fairly average by today’s market. Not that it’s bad brew but somewhat of disappointment as expectations were not met for this one.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can into pint glass in November 2015. No date on the can.

Appearance: Amber with light head. Beer color is clear, and a little cloudy. Head is thick, and leaves a thick film on the glass.

Smell: Aroma dominated by hops, and citrus. There is some pine aroma as well, but it is dominated by the citrus.

Taste: The taste is also dominated by the bite from the hops. There is also citrus fruit flavors, but not much else. The aftertaste has with a bite from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium alcohol, which confirms the 5.2% on the bottle.

This is a smooth light-bodied APA. Good drinking, but similar to other APAs.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a soft hazy pale orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Stringy lacing sticks and then slides into the glass nicely.
The smell has some tropical fruits bursting into a beautiful bouquet of floral and piney hops. Malts show a super light presence.
The taste was mainly sweet through the tropical fruits with a nice bitter floral and pineyness hitting my taste buds. A light aftertaste of the floral and piney hops leads into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied with a really nice sessionable feel to it. Carbonation hits nice on my tongue. Bitterness feels appropriate as well.
Overall, really nice APA that I would have again, preferably this time of year most likely with pizza b/c I'm not going out on my back porch when its 10 degrees outside drinking this. Still, if I lived in the distro of this, I wouldn't mind slamming some of this on a warm Spring or Summer day.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stranded in Chicago so grabbed a four pack.

Looks good, I guess, but since I'm drinking it out of the can, it's hard to say. The nose is awesome. So fresh and hoppy with a clean blend of grapefruit, pine, some mild nectarine character, a little honey and doughy malt. Bitterness is mild and appropriate. The palate opens crisp, clean with plenty of fruity hops, a mild bitterness of grapefruit peel, pine, a blend of floral honey, tropical fruit- mango, a little papaya- this is excellent. Malt is minimal here, there's just a little dough but enough to round out the hops. Light in body, crisp but creamy in carbonation, and with a long, clean, fruity hop finish, this is excellent. Do glad I finally got to drink this. Crushable.

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

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky golden orange with a large, thick white head. The aroma is a big rush of hops, pine and citrus. The flavor is a perfect match to the aroma. Overall, this is an excellent ale and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of Jmurphy919
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a treat to live less than 2 miles away from this great brewery. Very smooth finish with a small head. Doesn't have some of the overwhelming flavor that some pale ales have which I think is a good thing.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an awesome pale ale, perhaps the best I've ever had and that includes Psuedo Sue. Very crisp, piney citrus hop punch...but not so over the top that it deviates from the style like a lot of newer pales. Mouthfeel is great, drink ability is awesome. A great pale well worth its praise

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Photo of Chaz
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazey pale golden in color, topped with a creamy off-white head. Excellent head retention, excellent lacing.

Huge blast of hops, with equal parts pine, tropical fruit, and citrus note. Light, basic ale yeast note and sweeter malt notes.

Lightly-sweet and bitter on the first sip. Very very smooth on the mouthfeel right away, almost a nitro-push feel. Very good lingering hop bitterness (which I like) and with the hops expanding across all aspects of the palate from the initial olfactory impression. Much drier than I was expecting, and a bit lighter in the mouthfeel, too. But very, very drinkable.

Notes of mint on top of the citrus/fruit, and (lighter pine) from the hops. This one pretty much has all the bases covered. I hate to say that I'd prefer a bit more malt sweetness, but there it is! Still, there's plenty of sweetness as it is.

While the style is not generally in my wheelhouse (pale ale of any stripe is somewhere back in my order of preference between Pils being my favorite and seasonal, strong ales being about midway back), I drink enough pale ale to recognize the fact that this one is indeed very good for what it is. I can absolutely see why Daisy Cutter has garnered as much praise by both the younger and older folks alike. :D

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Photo of thebeers
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow gold with a large white head. Smells of cut grass and pine resin. The aroma carries over to the taste, with a little citrus, too. There's some slight malt presence and a fair amount of bitterness, but it still has a touch of that wateriness found in the middle of many "juicy" IPAs. It's less pronounced here, and it's with grass and pine flavors instead of tropical ones, but it is still there. The mouthfeel is pretty normal for the style. Overall, a solid APA, although I would have liked a bit more malt or hops in the middle of the palate.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is what a Pale Ale should be. Citrus, Tropical Fruits, slight touch of hops, sweet caramel malt. A little thin in the mouth with the right carbonation.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really nice slightly bitter Pale Ale. Reminds me a bit of SNPA, but with a less piney flavor profile. Citrus seems to be a bit more prominent here instead of the pine. Would be very easy to buy a 6 pack of these for a Friday night.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of Ri0
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured 16oz can into snifter. A nice golden apricot color with a 2.5 finger foamy white head. Awesome retention and lacing on the glass. Aromas of wet, resinous, dank hops and some sweet caramel malts. A good amount of citrus and pine kick it off, followed by some light grapefruit; layers of bready and caramel malts. A nice light, but sticky feel that drys as it goes down. Easy drinking and very flavorful APA for any day!

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was slightly let down by such a highly rated pale. The nose is quite nice, with aromatic citrus, almost lemon notes jumping out of the can. The taste does follow, but a bit subdued from what I was expecting. A nice little bit of hoppy citrus, a little bit of pine, with an easy finish. Nice smooth mouth feel, basically zero residual bitterness. A nice lawn mower beer, hoping that's the reference in the title.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orangey golden color. Smell is thin citrus maybe a hint of malt. Flavor is bitter citrus with a bit of resin and malt sweetness. Decent beer but a bit thin and over bitter.

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Photo of citizencane
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good. Maybe it's where they got the name, but the taste is flowery in a way. No alcohol feel and ridiculously smooth. In fact my only complaint is that it seems slightly watery. Delicious APA and will almost certainly be buying again.

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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