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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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Photo of mdfb79
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into my Duvel tulip. Received in the birthday BIF from Dunt; thanks Ryan, big want of mine!

a - Pours a hazy orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident two inches of fluffy white head lasts through the drink, and leaves light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine hops, floral hops, light earthy and musty notes, and fruity malts. Citrus and floral hops dominate the nose and it smelles wonderful.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, floral notes, pine hops, and very light bitter grapefruit. Not a lot of bitterness here but a tiny bit. Also some pale malts and bready malts. Very nice again.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy body, with a very slight bitterness to it. Very nice, if it was slightly less carbonationed it would be even better.

d - Overall I thought this was a great pale ale with a great hoppy nose. Felt like I could drink a few cans of this and gladly would. Glad to have another can of this and would trade for more in the future. One of the best APA's I've had.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a pint glass

A- pours a cloudy shade of dark yellow with a three finger, puffy white head. Head sticks around for awhile, lacing is great

S- floral and awesome. Super strong hops...smells very crisp

T- tastes floral, but not overwhelmingly so. Very...crisp, and nicely hoppy

M- this one is a little thin...then again, it's a pale ale, so I'm not expecting a monster. Good for the style

D- this is fantastic. I wish it was available on the east coast. The fact that it's in cans makes it that much more awesome. I want more, stat

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

16oz can poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter. Thanks dgugliuzza for this wonderful canned brew.

A- Pours a orange/copper with a soapy finger white head, with decent lacing down the glass.

S- Nice Floral hops really shine on this beer. Grapefruit is there as well. Smells extremely fresh.

T- Tastes fresh. Again very florally (it's called Daisy Cutter, what do you expect) and a nice grapefruit bitterness in the back end. The malt comes through nicely to balance this brew out.

M- Medium bodied as to be expected.

D- Very "sessionable" beer.

If I had regular access to it, this would be a nice beer for the beach or the golf course. Not a high alcoholic content beer so it's very sessionable.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 2/5/11:
Thanks to mdaschaf for the share:

Appearance: golden orange yellow, with 2 finger chunky head

Smell: grass, hops, earthly

Taste: grass, hops,

Mouthfeel: Mild Carbonation, smooth, crisp, dry, bitter

Overall: very drinkable wish I could get this in Delaware.


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Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 2/5/11. Thanks to forgetfu for this one!

A: Awesome tall can! Pours a hazy amber/copper with a very chunky 2.5 finger white head. Great retention leaves streaky lacing down the glass.

S: Very earthy and grassy. Nice citrus grapefruit and some orange zest. Extremely fresh aroma. A little bit of caramel and cracker on the back end, but the grass/citrus dominate.

T: Similar to the aroma, nice citrus flavor - grapefruit and a little pineapple. I do find the flavor a little bit weaker than i expected it to be based off the aroma.

M/D: Medium bodied, very crisp and clean. Overall, I like it, no knowledge of can date, so unsure if the muted flavor is from age or not.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.28/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(16oz can courtesy of jcnd9803!) Pours hazy copper with 2 finger off-white head. Getting some aroma of spice/pepper, cardboard, unripened melon, and perhaps some lemon. Taste has some bread/biscuit from the malt. Not very sweet and mildly bitter. Thin bodied and somewhat watery. Balanced finish between the bready malt and hop bitterness. Not a great beer, but this would be a nice session beer and I think it would grow on me as the sesssion progressed.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-orangish in color with white lacing and head that disappates
S-lots of piney hops on the nose and that's about all I can get
T-piney hops. Very light and bitter. Don't really like Pale ales but this one is pretty good.
M-light bodied and crisp.
D-very drinkable. Taste gone in no time!

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy Copper color with a finger of off white Head that faded very quickly.

S - Lemon, Grapefruit, Caramel, and not a whole lot more.

T - Citrus, Bread, Grass and Minerals. It almost tastes like an extract beer, I wonder if it is.

M - Mouthfeel is Watery, Bitter, almost Dry, and Chalky.

D - The Drinkability is good because of the wateriness of it. Overall this is not that great in comparison to may of the other canned Pale Ales. Based on the color and Alcohol content, it should have more flavor.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to crossovert for this one!

A: Really hazy yellow color with strong beige head. Superb retention and lacing, even more considering it's only a 5.2% beer.

S: This truly is ALL hops. Pretty rare I get my hands on a beer that really seems to be a west coast style in terms of the hops. There is a nice balance of pine resin, floral hops, unsweetened grapefruit juice, orange peel and lemon juice. A little malt in the smell would have added complexity, still pretty fantastic smell.

T: More solid backbone that expected. Some very lightly sweet grainy/biscuit-y/toasted bread malts. Very nice citrus juice: grapefruit, lemon and oranges. Also a good amount of floral and piny hops. Someone said mint, and it's very true. Good, very very nice balance of malts and hops. Not sweet though, which is good about this particular beer.

M: Super creamy with medium to low carbonation. Almost feel like nitro, even though it isn't.

D: So well balanced. The taste is not overpowering. It is still very interesting and tasty, hard to do better.

Overall, I really don't see how could one do a better interpretation of an American Pale Ale. At first, when smelling it, I thought it would be more in the IPA ballpark. But, the really nice balance of hops and malts makes it a perfect summer brew. Very refreshing.

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Photo of aasher
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was poured from a 16oz can. It poured a beautiful and rich golden, honey yellow with a one finger bright white head. It was moderately cloudy. It smelled of light piny hops with a light and honeylike sweet malt backbone. The flavors consisted of very clean piny hops and light honey. The balance is excellent. It is insanely smooth and has a superb mellow finish. It draws you back in. This is one of the best APAs I've ever had. I'd even say it's better than Alpha King.

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Photo of Phelps
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handed over by whiterascal during a tasting. She and ottovon asked me to judge it against his hometown brew, Southern Star Pine Belt Pale. Let the battle begin!

Poured into a tulip, Daisy Cutter is an absolutely beautiful dark tangerine, very cloudy, with my fingers just barely visible behind. A giant, puffy, sticky two-finger tall head of marshmallow fluff recedes very slowly, leaving gooey webs of lace behind as I drink. Bubbles hang out like atop like seafoam for what seems like forever.

The nose is full of super bright, resinous hops. Lemony pine is the main aroma, though there's also grass, grapefruit juice, orange peel, lemon, pine and a bit of weed. Not much malt, maybe some honey. Incredibly aromatic for a pale ale.

The flavor seems muted, and it's actually kind of a letdown after that bright aroma. Grapefruit peel, grass and pale cracker malt. Heavily bitter between sips.

High, peppery carb prickles the tongue, giving the beer a light fizziness. The body is creamy and soft.

Daisy Cutter built me up, yet failed to knock me down. It's refreshing and drinkable enough -- just a little disappointing after the crazy-good aroma and beautimous appearance.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can a hazy honey color with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Big piney aroma along with pineapple and grapefruit.

The taste is a bit of a letdown after experiencing the aroma. Light bitterness and a grainy maltiness. The citrus and grassy hops are quite laid back. Finishes with black pepper on the lips.

Lighter bodied and wet with a moderate carbonation.

A good session brew from Half Acre.

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Photo of zachary80
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 16oz can to a tulip

Nice golden body, but it is surprisingly hazy/opaque. Good white head doesn't stay quite perfectly, but leaves nice sticky lacing

Nice citrusy hop aroma

Taste is mostly hops, although there is some maltiness while it is still pretty cold. Probably overly hoppy and bitter for a Pale Ale, but doesn't seem totally unbalanced. For some reason, the colder the better on this one

Nice medium mf, a little light and maybe high carbed but good for the style

Pretty drinkable, most of this was gone before i noticed. The lingering bitterness from the hops is the only thing that slow me down

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Delilah's; poured into a pint.

A: Pours a hazy amber with a fluffy white head.

S: Smells of grassy hops and lemon zest.

T: The grassy hops are prominent. There's a lot of spritzy sourness and a strong tart aftertaste. Sourness is here as well and the flavours combine and dance across the tongue.

D: This is downright chuggable. Alcohol is gone and hops are featured better than most IPAs and DIPAs can pull off. Super crisp and refreshing.

Overall: This is an excellent pale ale. It is totally different from Sierra Nevada's hop bomb classic, or Three Floyd's sweeter masterpiece. This is dry, grassy and incredibly refreshing.

Edit: In the past few months I've had this beer several times and have fallen in love. My favorite APA hands down. The zesty, bitter, asprin-like sourness just wreck the palate...but in a good way. This is the APA that has killed the style for me. I feel lucky having this so available.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.07/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can into my pint glass. this beer pours a hazy straw color with a decent white head. the smell is powerful and piney and citrusy. the taste is totally lacking. there is almost now flavor with just a little bitterness at the end. the moutfeel is light and drinkability is only so so due to the lack of flavor. I went into this one with high expectations due to the reputation that this beer carries and was totally let down. its an ok beer, but if it ever made its way to ma i would likely not by any.

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Photo of rye726
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy tan with a thin beige head. Nose has fresh floral and citrusy hops well balanced by sweet malts. Nice balance of malts and hops here. Body a bit thin, decent finish of bitter hops. Nice pale ale, good session beer. Go get one, try it for yourself.

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Photo of Jesse13713
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to AwYeh for this beer!

Appearance - Pours a a very pale orange that is almost pink. Looks like a very floral beer, which would suit its name. Pours with about two fingers of head that has impressive lacing.

Smell - light malts with floral tones. Very citrusy with a slight lemon and grapefruit zest. Notes of pine as well. A slight milky note as well.

Taste - The taste on this is absolutely delicious. A smooth and slightly frothy start to a consistent fruity and floral finish. The smell perfectly describes the taste; with citrus, pine and grapefruit shining through. A nice hop finish.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very light bodied. A very light and springy beer that makes me feel like I'm floating on a flower bed. The delicious hop finish is what makes this beer really shine.

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

Had this served in a standard pint glass at the bad apple downtown Chicago.

Once the glass was placed in front of me I was greeted to a nice sunny orange glowing cup of pale ale. The color looked very appealing to me and being only a block away from the half acre brewery I could only assume it was pretty fresh. The smell of this beer was a treat on the nose, I could pick out the piney hop goodness and some other fresh smelling tones. It reminded me of a crisp spring morning. Taking a drink of this beer I could definitely taste the pine hops and some other floral ingredients and boy did they taste good. It reminded me of an ipa with a little less bitterness and more of a earthy fresh crisp kick. The mouth feel was also very appealing to me, it was pretty carbonated and felt good on the palate. I would definitely try this one again many times

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Photo of mjhorn
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My standard pour at the local bar. Pours a nice orange color but a bit cloudier than I'd like for the style. Aroma is great, pine and hop and citrus. Flavor is also outstanding. Citrus comes through up front and finishes dry and with just the right punch of bitterness. Feels light with a refreshing level carbonation. Infinitely drinkable as I have certainly put down quite a few in one sitting many times. Great job Half Acre

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Photo of cswilliamson
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy and straw-blonde with a two-finger eggshell head that has average retention. A visually pleasing specimen.

S: This is the best smelling, most fragrant beer I've encountered. Huge, huge nose is full of citrusy and piney hops. I want an air freshener made from this beer.

T: The hop character really comes through in this beer. It's not puckeringly bitter, but showcases the apparent quality and incredible flavor of the hops.

M: Crisp and refreshing. Pretty high carbonation, but it goes well with the character of the beer.

D: Just awesome. A delicious IPA that showcases bold hops with great flavor. It doesn't take the enamel off your teeth, so you can enjoy a few with people that may not dig IPA's as much. Either way, this makes a great summertime beer but can still be enjoyed year round. It's freaking good.

Half Acre has done it again. Having tried about five or six of their brews, this one takes the cake. It's a bit on the mild side compared to some of the hoppier IPA's out there. A (very) little bit of sweetness brings out some of the character of the hops including a tropical/citrus and pine flavor that are perfectly balanced with the bitterness. This is quite simply my IPA of choice.

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Photo of matjack85
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $5 for a 12oz glass.

The beer had a hazed golden/orange color to it with a ½-finger of bubbly white head. Retention was good but lacing was only spotty.

Whoa! Is this an IPA or a pale ale? This beer is loaded with hop aroma. One of the strongest grapefruit smelling beers I ever had.

The taste is just as hoppy as the smell. Nice grapefruit bitterness balanced a bit by a good dose of bready malt. This is really good.

Light and crisp without being overly carbonated.

Had I bought this in cans, I surely would have had another, but at $5 a pop on tap, I had to settle for just one today. I am planning a brewery tour soon though, so it won't be long before I get my second helping of this very drinkable and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of liamt07
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can by way of MasterSki, thanks Alex! Split with my girlfriend, into two pint glasses.

Poured a bright golden orange, with a couple fingers of dense head that retains beautifully. Great lacing as well. Nose was unreal, some tropical and floral notes coming out the wazoo. Mango, sweet fruits, with some lighter pine notes. Some citrus in there as well. Great hops, with a sense of a warmer, gentler sweetness to all of this. Taste is right there with the nose, mango and clementine kick this one off. Smooth with a ton of tropical fruits. Good clean bitterness, and a solid finish. Full mouthfeel and a great feel overall. Drinkability is through the roof, makes me a sad panda not having access to this regularly. Up there with Alpha King in terms of favourite pale ales.

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Photo of bmwats
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can, into a standard pint.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly leaving little peaks and craters, and lots o' sticky residue. Never fully dissipates...just coagulates along the sides of the glass. Lots of dry, sticky lacing.

S: Hoppy, sweet, and very floral.

T: Hops not as sharp as the nose gives off. Not much else.

M: Steely and dry. Light bodied.

D: Sip and savor the hops...if you're worthy.

Atmosphere is good. Nice hue, and this brew gives great head. Lots of sticky lacing, too. Nose is full and floral. Flavor is not complex, but if you like pales, this will do it. Kind of a purist brew. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of Brad007
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice golden hue greets the eyes with a fluffy head.

Grassy hops show up in the nose, becoming the dominant aroma. Not much malt shows through.

The theme is reinforced with a strong dollop of grassy hops with only a slight amount of malt. Lightly buttered bread.

Mouthfeel has lingering grassiness, though not as much as there was at first.

A very aromatic pale ale that I would drink in warmer climates. I doubt it'll be available again up here, hence the review.

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Photo of joshuacavett
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this compliments of Freshmanpour77 (one of my best trading partners).

Pours a hazy yellow/orangish color. Beautiful visual carbonation.

Mouthfeel was average to good. The smell is what really got me though. I was getting a ton of citrus/flower notes. One time it even reminded me of walking into a Whole Foods flower section where you get that clean smell, but also floral.

Shared with brandoneast, poured into a snifter from a can.

Great beer. Highly recommend!

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 3,552 ratings.
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