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.

Added by emerge077 on 03-20-2009

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Photo of larsenju
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you ChadQuest for the extra!

A-Pale orange body with about 2 fingers of dense head leaving nice lacing and a thin cap even after it dropped.

S-Very fruity, mango hit right away with little hints of pine and mint floating in and out. After a second I started to get orange peel and lots of it, that stayed from there on in with a little bready malt to back it up. Simple, but very appetizing.

T-Grassy with some hints of lemon, and a little pine again. Just enough of a clean malt flavor to cut through the hops and soften the flavor just a little. The finish brought a light kick of bitter with some orange peel.

M-Light with a very smooth carbonation.

D-If I could get this in the area it would be one of my favorite go-to beers in the spring and summer. It is very refreshing, clean and easy to drink. An excellent example of how a classic and relatively basic style can be truly elegant in flavor and aroma.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Chadquest for the brew

A - Hazy unfiltered golden-orange hue, capped with an inch of white head, and leaving massive lacing everywhere.

S - A generous dose of herbal-citric hoppiness is present, likely Amarillo or Cascade. Underlying, there is a pristine minerality that suggests a pale base.

T - The taste profile has a lot of lemon zest and citrus leaf in its flavor nuances. Malt is minerally and pale. This beer exhibits a good balance between showcasing vibrant hoppy flavor and an easy-drinking, refreshing quality. Bitter citrus notes linger beyond the finish.

M - APA. Real nice.

O - Very nice Pale Ale, reminiscent of Drifter and/or Moon Man (which happen to be two of my favorite APAs.) I would drink this as my go-to replacement for Gumballhead if I lived in Chicago.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a can of this as an extra in a trade with Douglasjamjak. Thanks a lot Doug.

Appearance: Daisy Cutter pours a hazy golden straw color with light orange highlights. About 2 fingers of pure white head forms. Retention is awesome and lacing is good too. Looks very nice.

Smell: I definitely get some pale malts in there up front. I also get a bunch of florals, as well as grapefruit. Awesome smelling, I can tell that this is going to be a pretty hoppy APA. 4.5

Taste: A good amount of malts up front followed by great hop character. Lots of florals and lots of grapefruit. Hell of a pale ale, one of the best tasting beers of the style I've had.

Mouthfeel/Overall: The body is very light, and it has pretty high carbonation. Not the smoothest drinking by any stretch, and I also think the lightness retracts from the taste a bit as well. It drops off the palate pretty quickly. This is the biggest detractor for this beer in my opinion. Overall though, this is a great beer, one of the best of the style I've had. It's definitely hop-forward, but it also has a malt presence as well. Something I'd love to have again.

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Photo of grover37
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a couple of 4 packs from the tasting room on a recent trip to Chicago. They were $8.99 each I believe. The shiny, good looking 16oz can just nearly fit into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance (4): Hazy, bright orange body with two big fingers of fluffy, thin white head. It reduced to a lump of foam covering most of the headspace and left lacing at the top but not throughout (other pints I had last weekend left great lacing so it might just be my glass).

Aroma (4.5): Yummy citrus hops are very prominent. Smells like Amarillo, Simcoe, and Cascade among others; all my favorites. Orange and grapefruit with some lemon and maybe pine, but moreso the dark citrus. A faint biscuit from the malts.

Taste (4.5): Once again, big citrus flavors up front as would be expected from the nose. Orange, grapefruit, mango, and then some lemon up front with and a touch of sweetness and pine in the middle. The light, grainy, biscuity malt really comes through more here than the aroma. It's quite enjoyable as a counterpoint to the caramel malts of many pales with West Coast hops like this. The finish is crisp and a bit thin but there is some lingering pine.

Mouthfeel (3.5): It is slick and a bit thin, but that's not a big deal since it's only 5.2%. There is medium carbonation and medium to low body. The hops are coating a bit in the finish and the malts are light and don't quite stand up to balance it out, which is fine with me.

Overall (4.5): This quickly became one of my favorite Pale Ales after just trying it a few days ago. I definitely would put it in the same class as Alpha King, but maybe just behind it like Firestone Walker / Mission St. Pale.

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Photo of bound4er
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Hazy dark straw to light orange appearance with a big, fluffy white head that recedes slowly and leaves a ton of lacing.

S. Pine, spice and forest floor followed by bready malt. Smells great.

T. After smelling this beer I was pumped to taste it. Color me disappointed. It tastes good with some some bready malt followed by a piney hop assault that isn't too bitter - I just wish it had more oomph.

M. Light bodied with good supporting carbonation.

O. I had really high expectations for this beer. It didn't quite meet them but it was enjoyable nonetheless. This beer's drinkability is probably its best asset - making it a clear choice for session or warm weather drinking. I just wish it had a bit more punch in the taste department.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter

A- Hazy, light golden color, 2 finger frothy head, slight carbonation.
S- Nice, piney grapefruit aroma. Bitter hoppiness, very appealing, smells more like an IPA than a PA.
T- Very nice bitter hoppy flavor, solid pale ale taste, citrus comes out, just like the smell, it tastes more like a IPA than a PA.
M- Drinks very smoothly throughout, medium mouth feel.
O- Solid Pale Ale, Nice bittnerness that isn't over powering. Very surprised by this brew.

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Photo of steveh
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sort of excited -- I was just thinking that with all the local talk about this brewery, I've never been able to try the beers. Lo and behold, a local just received some 1 pint, 4 pack cans. Picked the Daisy Cutter, as that seems to be the flagship.

A -- Hazy, deep gold with a sudsy, thick, off-white head.

S -- Citrus and piny hops in a nice balance, some resiny tar notes back.

T -- Initial hit of resiny hops -- near tar-like. Blends into mild biscuit malt that creates a mellow backbone, but bitterness from hops quickly takes over to finish the swallow. Fruity citrus characters balance in the background with the biscuit malt, but the resin and bitterness are king. Aftertaste is bitter resin.

M -- Light to light medium body with a crisp, dry mouthfeel.

O -- If someone is specifically looking for a bitter hop kick, this beer is for them. Personally, I like hops, but the resin character in this one would only get me through one glass -- and maybe not even that. Harsh is an easy word to apply here, but it doesn't quite hit that stage, though it might in a second pint.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a 4 pack of 16oz cans i picked up when i went to the city. it sucks i cant get these out here in the suburbs. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a golden yellow colored body with some light orange highlights. there is a large head of bright white bubbles on top. the head takes its time falling, and leaves behind random spots of lacing. very nice.

S- as the name would indicate, the nose on this is very strong in the floral hop department. there are also some piny notes and just a touch of grapefruit. after that i pick up on some soft honey notes and some lightly toasted biscuit malts.

T- the taste starts out with the toasted bread/biscuit malts that i could smell. there is a very mild sweetness from a honey-like taste. after that its all about the hops. the floral hops i could smell come back in spades. after that there are some definite pine and grapefruits. just a touch of spiciness to finish this one off. very nice.

M- light bodied and almost watery. the carbonation seems spot on though. nicely bitter. on the dry side.

O- well, i guess i have an excuse to drive to chicago now. this is a fantastic beer thats kept in cans so i can take it to the beach! certainly underrated by the rest of the beer drinking world. lots of flavor packed into this 5.2% beer. check this one out if given the opportunity.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

There is nothing like Daisy Cutter. Poured from a stylish tallboy into a tumbler pint.

A - Burnt umber/mimosa in color, slightly hazy, crowned by an expansive, rocky eggshell white head that leaves exquisite lacing as it recedes.

S - Grass clippings, pine, and the title track fresh-cut daisies explode out of the nose with a blast of floral and citrus hops. Sweet bread underlies the scent, providing balance to the best-smelling non-stout there is.

T - The taste can't help but be a letdown after the phenomenal bouquet, but make no mistake, this is a great-tasting brew. The citrusy flavors take over here, orange-mango and pineapple particularly, but pine and lemongrass are there in support. Also, bready malt is present on the back end, making for a very well-balanced quaff.

M and D - On the thin side, but strong carbonation keeps this fruity, earthy wonder drinking smoothly throughout.

More a sessionable IPA than an APA, this gem defies easy categorization but is so very worth seeking out. If the price point was a little lower, this would never leave my fridge.

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

A - pours an orangish amber color with a huge froathy head.

S - smells awesome. Smells of bright, citrusy hops with some woodsy pine intermixed. Also there is some breast and caramel malts.

T - taste flows the nose but not as strongly. Starts off with some bready malts. The bready malts then fade to some citrusy and spicy pine malts. Ends a tad bitter. Pretty solid.

M - a little thin albeit pretty decent

D - really solid pale ale. Reminds me a lot of Alpha King, which is a huge complement. Big American pale ale all the way. Big thanks to yeahnatenelson for sending this guy as an extra! Next time I head up to Chicago, I will be seeking this out immediately.

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Photo of mjn5036
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive 16oz can that is poured into a tulip glass. The beer is a golden straw color with copper tones to it. A substantial bone-white head rises from the pour, about three fingers in size. The head slowly retreats and leaves behind a great deal of sticky, soapy lacing clinging to the glass. The lacing thins away to scarcity over the life of the beer.

The nose is wonderful. It is a bouquet of hops that lend the nose a combination of citrus, floral notes, freshly cut grass with piney, bitter undertones. The nose is pushing the boundaries between pale ale and IPA.

The taste is a bit more subdued than the nose, leaning slightly
more towards the balanced side. A sweet bready profile mingles with the hoppiness making for a pleasant, more toward the pale side of things experience.

Carbonation is good but mouthfeel can seem a bit thin at times for my liking. I could certainly see myself drinking more of this in the summer if it were readily available, and a bit cheaper from what I understand. Overall it is a really good pale ale with enough hops to keep me satisfied and coming back for more.

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Photo of Brunite
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden honey color...white foamy head...very much pitting on top.

S - Big citrus & pine aromas. More like an IPA than a PA.

T - The taste is grapefruit and pine. Pretty balanced with the malt.

M - Medium body...good carbonation.

O - This is a decent beer but almost breaks the bounds of an PA for me. This could pass for an IPA other than the ABV. I understand that some find this desirable and the style bounds for an APA allow for a more agressive hop profile....but I get too much hoppy bitterness for a PA here. Maybe I just prefer an IPA or a British PA.

At 9.00 a four/pack...I would choose a six pack of beer that falls more squarely into the slot as a PA or an IPA for the same price.

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

Cloudy pale amber color with a great, voluminous head that leaves a foam through all 16 oz.

The aroma has a sharp floral and mild citric aroma from the hops. The malt adds just a faint biscuit whiff.

The taste starts with lots of floral, astringent floral hop flavors. The floral notes stay sharp to the middle where some citric bitterness comes in along with some faint biscuit malts.

Very sessionable ale from a local brewer.

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Photo of holden303
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks bay01 for the Daisy Cutter extra!

A: poured into a cervoise Daisy Cutter pours a golden brown with a good 2 fingers of rocky head.

S: hops hops hops, i'm getting piny, citrus, hops.

T: mmm first drink is great, tastes like it smells, pretty hoppy although very surprisingly well balanced with a bit of malt backbone.

M: excellent mouth feel, good carbonation, this one goes down dangerously smooth.

O: this is a great beer, had never heard of it, so thanks again bay01 for the opportunity to try!

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Photo of jsh420
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful cloudy golden orange with a 2 finger head that a good retention and covered the glass with lacing

smells amazing(though not powerful) all hops - orange citrus with a kick of pine

taste is very solid but i wanted more it felt a tad watered down - the same hops in the nose are here and a very little malt and i swear i taste wheat - a lot of hop bitterness - this really reminds me of gumball head

mouthfeel is ok - wish there was a little more bite - very smooth and creamy - wish it was smooth yet crisp

overall i felt this beer was just teasing me - i wanted more but then this is only an APA not an IPA - i can not wait to try more half acre beers!

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Photo of chumba526
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jpwv for this beer. I have heard good things about half acre but this is my first beer by them.

It appears solid gold in color with an off white head.

It smells hoppy. I get a strong herbal, grassy and citrus hop profile in the smell. There is a mild malt sweet smell as well.

It tastes of grassy hops. I get a dry citrus flavor (grapefruit). There is also a bit of a spicy herbal hop flavor. Though it highlights the flavor of the hops very well it is not over the top or should I say over the hop. There is a very mild slightly bread like malt flavor. The beer ends with a refreshing bitterness.

There is a crisp mouthfeel to this ale.

Overall a great refreshing hop forward pale ale. If I could find this locally I would get this beer regularly.

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

From 16oz can to Bruges hyrid glass on 3/24/11

A BIG thanks goes out to cadaugherty for including this one as an extra in our recent trade. Cheers, Chad!

A: Cloudy, sandy amber. A really pleasant 2+ finger head with a good amount of lacing.

S: An overwhelming amount of floral and fruit-like citrusy hops. As it warms, the bouquet reminds me of high-end sensimilla. Simply put, the nose on this one is wonderful.

T: Jam packed with pineapple and tree resin. Even with the heavy dose of hop love, it's fairly malty, though it all finishes a bit peachy on the palate. In the end, this one really comes across like an East meets West Pale Ale hybrid. Quite unique.

M: For a 5.2% ABV, this sucker is heavy. It's astoundingly creamy and packs a good bit of weight within the walls of the can.

O: Hands down, one of the best session beers on the market. I could kick back with a case of this stuff every weekend. This one drinks and feels like an American IPA, but earns it's APA classification with ease. Don't be shy in seeking Half Acre's Daisy Cutter out - it's good drinking.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The looks are pretty good with a slightly hazy golden/orange body and thin yet sticky cap of off white foam.
Aroma is just awesome, unique but awesome, just so grassy its wild. Not just daisy cutter, but wet grass clippings cutter.
Flavors are, you guessed it, grassy hops. late dry hopping i guess? So crisp and clean and dry, like a baby IPA all around.
Light and clean for an American pale ale, i've never had another P.A. hit like this, so tasty but i could drink ten.

I love this stuff, i buy it all the freakin time, sometime i get it for free from the Half Acre racing Crew, (my bike shop organizes races with them), i just really think it is top five(can't name a better though) for the style in the world. Unique, refreshing, awesome.

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My glass is empty and i desperately want to open another one.

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Photo of nataku00
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A can received today as an extra from GbVDave in our recent trade, thanks! Looking forward to trying this from Half Acre.

Beer poured into a tulip, a hazy dark orange with two fingers of foamy off white head with lots of large bubbles. Head leaves lots of sticky lacing as it recedes to a small collar around the surface of the beer, mostly very small bubbles remaining. Really hazy, but shadows can still be seen through it, as well as lots of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is pine needles, dank herbal hops, and light orange note. Not overwhelmingly bitter which is what I'd expect from a nice pale ale. A bit of biscuit malt sweetness helps to keep the hops in check.

Taking a sip, bitter earthy and herbal hops upfront but fades swiftly into softer pine and citrus flavors. Light biscuit malts have a touch of sweetness as you swallow, finishing clean but not dry so your tongue isn't absolutely destroyed.

Nice light bodied, crisp and refreshing pale ale, with excellent bitterness initially but finishes with only light herbal notes in your mouth. Very easy to drink, as expected from a 5.2% abv beer. Would probably drink this all the time as this would go well with any meal or to enjoy several of them as a session beer on a warm summer day.

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

16oz can poured into my Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Made it's long way down to Florida thanks to BA redbird.

This is a perfect looking pale. Pours a hazy deep straw color with a absolutely massive head that retains forever and leaves thick chunks of lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is also very very good. Floral hops absolutely dominate here, along with some citrus aspects. Just a hint of bready malts tie it together. The taste follows the nose. Nice floral, slightly piney hops and citrus come in first, quickly followed up by some bready malts that all fade together to deliciousness.

The mouthfeel is a little thin and highly carbonated, it still feels good though. And the drinkability is very good. This is a great pale ale that I wish were locally available, because I'd be drinking it all summer. I'm not sure if this is worth going to great length to get, but it sure is delicious.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16oz can poured into an imperial pint glass. No canning information to be found.

Pours a golden copper with a huge fluffy white head that quickly fades to a thin layer. That layer does last for quite awhile.

Aroma is some citrus hops with some bread and caramel in the background. Smell is well balanced, nothing really jumps off the page.

The taste is a little heavy on the bread and grains. Some citrus hops provide a slightly bitter bite, but this one is on the malty side.

The mouthfeel isn't particularly thick but is just right for the style. Carbonation is very high, adding a nice aspect to the feel. Overall this was a decent pale ale but I've had others locally that are just as good so I probably won't make an effort to find any more of this one. But if it were available locally, I could see myself picking it up again.

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Photo of Dspohn
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint can poured into a DFH signature glass. No dating that I can find so it's hard to say how old this is, that being said I was not impressed.

Pours a nice golden color with an inch of white head which left some nice lacing.

Smell and taste are heavy on grassy, vegetal, earthy hops. Slight floral and pine character with mininal citrus and a fair amount of bitterness that was pleasing but not necessarily well integrated into the overall profile of the beer. Pale malts give some balance but don't bring much sweetness. A pretty clean finish with a nice crisp mouthfeel and good carbonation.

An easy drinking pale ale but not impressive. I had pretty high hopes for this beer but found it to be an average representation of the style. An ok beer but not something I will seek out in the future especially considering how difficult it is to find.

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Photo of ChrisPro
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted blind on 3/14/11 as part of Blind BIF #4

16 oz can poured into a point glass.

Pours a deep golden that's pretty translucent with slight particulates floating around. A huge 3-fingered head forms with gigantic isolated bubbles. As the head recedes, it leaves a crater-ridden glass that isn't the prettiest thing to look at, but definitely unique.

The nose exudes lemon, grapefruit and some nice floral notes (sorry, i don't know my flowers that well, but I could just lie and say it smells like orchids).

The nose had me thinking IPA, but the taste is a little more subtle than I expected. Probably Daisy Cutter. There's just a hint of sweetness, but then a bitter, almost astringent, finish. Definitely a solid pale ale we've got here.

With the giant head, I expected harsher carbonation, but it works well. Probably perfect for the can, but I prefer my pale ales with lighter carbonation. Finishes quite dry, almost reaching for water. Would definitely be awesome in the summer and super drinkable.

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

Cracked the can, big thanks to Pellinore1 for the sick BIF box.

a - poured into duvel taster glass. Foggy, cloudy honey color with a HUGE frothy head (3 or 4 fingers worth). As the head vanished left strong milkshake like lacing clinging to the glass.

s - very nicely balanced hops. Mouth watering and crisp. Not in your face at all with a nice sweetness to round it out.

t - Much more malty than the nose suggests. Grassy and earthy. Little bit bitter. Nice pale ale, not too hop forward.

m/d - smooth and easy drinking. I drank this one at room temp & in hindsight would rather give it some time in the fridge first. Very pleasant indeed, felt like a beer with an oh so subtle bitterness lingering. Overall, solid not hop forward pale ale. Nice to gave a pale ale that doesn't taste like an ipa.

edit (7/8/2011): had some more of this that is very fresh and although i agree with a lot of my original review, i might bump it up a bit in overall...it really is a solid pale ale and worth seeking out.

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Photo of henryd30
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow amber with slight haze, nice head that leaves outstanding lacing.

S: Just like a great pale ale should. Citrusy grapefruit, with some resin and maybe a little bit of orange.

T: I think this is one of the best tasting all beers I've had. Just a perfect blend of hop heavy opening and a perfect finish. Nothing left to desire - saving 5.0 for something that makes my head spin.

D: I could drink these all night long, such a great flavor profile for only a 5.2 ABV. Had 5 pints the other night while playing Top Golf and left yearning for more.

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 3,661 ratings.
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