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 Axic10
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Barrythebear for sending this my way. Poured from 16oz can into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden with two finger head that settles after a few minutes.

Smell: Nice cirtrusy nose, bitter grapefruit and some tropical fruits, floral hops, some subtle malt in there.

Taste: Bitter hops, some bitey citrus and malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and clean.

Drinkability: Very nice drinking beer that I would definitely make a regular if I was in the distribution area.

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Photo of jsulko
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-Tap at Yardhouse at the Glen.

Slighty hazy gold color. Fluffy white head.

Smell had the citrus along with hops.

Really enjoyed the grapefruit flavor without an overpowering bitterness. This is a brew that I could sit and drink all day.

Too bad I can't buy it in the northern suburbs, I think it would be my go to beer

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sitting in an Irish bar, awaiting Sheppard's pie, enjoying the Daisy Cutter. Springsteen, Dire Straits, Black Crowes on the system - that kind of Irish place.

Though the light is a little dim, it looks to be a hazy gold. Little head, but great rings after each drink.

Mildly hoppy - bits of citrus coming through, but not heavily. Too, difficult to smell over the corned beef and cabbage hanging in the air.

Not your traditional IPA - hints of straw, with an undercurrent of citrus and a spicy finish. Damn tasty.

Subtley sparkling on the tongue - good mouth to it.

Highly drinkable, even in an Irish bar.

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

A: pours a straw, golden color with a fluffy, white head.

S: has a nice aroma, probably the best thing about this beer. citrus hops and caramel malts.

T: some citrus hop comes through and a little carmel malt. i get a vegetal taste in the finish along with some bitterness.

M: has a nice mouthfeel. medium body with medium carbonation.

D: ill drink more of this. its not my favorite apa, but it is a good beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):

A bit of haze sits on the orangey-gold color; gets a bit clearer when it gains some warmth. Sudsy head that all beers wish for straddles the inside of the glass. Raw prickly citric rind and pine sap in the nose, West Coast-style all the way. Super smooth, bitty with some substance on the palate. Hops are of the "in your face" style with a nice inner-cheek-hug- ging bitterness and citric bam that makes your mouth pucker a bit. That pucker leads to the desire for another sip. Toasty, doughy, biscuity malts provide a great base, a little yeasty too, but mostly bready. Citric, mint, drying hoppy finish.

Old-school "microbrew" style here, fresh and raw with more than enough flavor to go around. Surpassing the benchmark.

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Photo of Brenden
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Steve (a74gent) for picking this up for me.

This brew is a soft, deep gold color that is simultaneously bright and mildly hazy, clear and opaque at once. A tall, fluffy head forms on a beautiful, rich cascade and remains sturdy and dense. It's got great retention as well and leaves patchy lacing copiously down the glass.
This is a pungent one, a rich aroma just pouring out of the glass as soon as it hits. Pineapple, mango, and oranges are all present alongside piney, raw fresh hops notes. There's simply a beautiful blend of hops aromas with a nice malt backing to balance.
The first thing to pull through on the tongue is a nice citrus bitewith an herbal, grassy earthiness, followed by nice tangy tropical fruits; this is well backed up by a dry malts presence, although the hops are the feature here. This is also easy-drinking, clean and light. The malts are not only dry, but also add a touch of sweetness.
The mouthfeel is rich and full, and this starts of with a nip and goes down both crisp and smooth. Carbonation is heavier than most beers I've had, and while it amplifies both the smoothness and crispness, it's a bit much in this beauty.
This one has great character, depth, balance and flavor, and one beer that is completely and perfectly drinkable.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Tallboy can poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Took this out of the refrigerator and served slightly chilled.

Appearance: Light golden yellow and slightly cloudy. Big pillowy, three finger head iiwth good retention. Sticks nicely to the glass.

Aroma: Big pine notes from the hops, but there are undercurrents of citrus and pilsner malt.

Taste: The pine notes hits hard upfront. Very bitter and resiny. After that though, it becomes much smoother. Orange and grapefruit with a touch of honey. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth and crisp. A joy to drink.

Drinkability: Definitely at this ABV, and with it being so smooth, this is something I could drink all day. Love that its available in tallboy cans too.

Overall, a really nice pale ale I wish was available around here. A ton of hop flavor here yet it still remains incredibly smooth. I really enjoyed this a lot.

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

Thanks to scottfrie for this one.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a nice creamy head. it leaves some thick lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Hops! Not overpowering, but definitely a solid hit of hops with fresh citrus notes and a wee bit o' pine. Enticing, better than I expected.

T: A soft wave of fresh hops mixed with a little bit of honey and the aforementioned pine. The sweetness offsets the ever-so-slightly tartness of the hop-citrus nicely.

M: Medium body, but a little bit low on the carbonation. Not enough to interfere with the taste.

D: Great! One of the more memorable pales I've had. I enjoyed how soft and smooth the beer went down, while still giving up the flavors which make it so unique. Well done!

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to glazeman for the can!

Poured into a Goose Island pint glass. Daisy Cutter forms a beautiful, fluffy, white head that is almost three fingers thick. The body is a hazy peach orange. Sticky webbed lacing.

Grassy hops and light grapefruit citrus on the nose. Earthy and somewhat piny with sweet malts in the background. Quite good for a regular APA.

Slightly burnt caramel malts and a bit grainy with grassy hops on the tongue. Decent taste, but it doesn't quite live up to the appearance or the nose. Grainy, somewhat bitter/astringent. Average for the most part.

Mouthfeel is a bit foamy with sharp carbonation. I'd call this crisp, but the foaminess gets in the way a bit. Has some nice lingering bitterness.

Drinkability is good. This beer has a decent amount of hops for an APA and the nose is quite nice, but the flavor and mouthfeel don't offer enough to really set this beer apart. Maybe a fresh pint on-tap turns things up a notch or two.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Got accepted to med school today, so time to celebrate!

4.0 A: Hazed medium orange color. A big more than two fingers of off-white dense froth. Great retention and moderate amounts of lacing.

4.5 S: Piney, floral, and grapefruit citrus hops. This smells more like fresh hop flowers more so than any other beer I've smelled. I like the raw, dank hoppiness that this brings.

4.0 T: Hoppiness again is the focus. Pine, grapefruit, grass, earthy, raw hoppiness again, and a healthy bitterness. The hops are great in this. The malts and yeast are not. Malts are biscuity and muddle with chewy, bready yeastiness. I think with this kind of hop power, this beer would benefit from cleaner yeast and malt.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, but the beer still lies a bit heavy on the tongue. The yeast makes this fairly chewy. This could use a bit of a cleanup, reducing the chewiness.

4.0 D: I really like the hops, but I'm not a bit fan of the yeastiness. I can definitely see how so many people like this though. Definitely worth a drink to get to the raw, dank, and mouth-puckering hops.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a can that I grabbed at the Half Acre Brewery. Pours clear orange with with a thick white head that slowly dissipates to leaving a solid lace. Nose is aromatic citrus hops with a nice malt backbone. The citrus is actually very enjoyable with fresh orange, grapefruit, and lemon. The beer is undoubtedly bitter from the hops, but there is a hint of sweetness along with all of the different citrus flavors that were also in the nose. The body is fairly light with average carbonation and a long grapefruit finish.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been lusting after a can of this since having a small taste at the Central Waters Anniversary Part almost a year ago; hard to believe it took this long! Thanks to my not-so-secret-Santa, stormking47, for the can.

Poured into my Free the Hops snifter, one of few that handily handles sixteen ounces of goodness. Nice sunset-over-the-lake color, looks healthy & orange. Smell is outstanding, like standing on the border of a plain of damp grass & a pine forest. Pale malts are evident but submissive.

Daisy Cutter bring blood-curdling hops to the pale genre. Piney hops are all over the beer, followed by a straight-up does of bitterness that knocks the beer all over the place. Other placeholders include well-placed pale malts, waving fields of grain, grassiness, lemon, even parsley. After the cornucopia, the hop bitterness flays the taste buds on the afterburn. This brew must be gulped. Sipping would seem sad & inappropriate.

This is a very good session beer (& no, I don't give a flying monkey crack what the ABV is) that I'd love to have hanging around. Delighted to have gotten to try it & looking forward to some more Half Acre stuff.

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

16oz can, thanks to BA'er glazeman for the trade. served in a big 16oz Short's pint glass.

A - Pours with a healthy looking inch of big and fluffy, just slightly off-white colored foam. Taking its time in its retreat, leaving a big pillowy mound in the middle of the glass and some wet, sudsy lacing clinging to the sides. The beer is hazy, dirty light gold in color.

S - Big and bright, bready malts...like honey topped biscuits. Grassy, lively hops turn citrus with notes of candied grapefruit and mangos. Slight bits of tropical fruit and floral hops creep in as well. Very unique.

T - Begins with very crisp, bready and grainy malts. Joined right off the bat by a fairly assertive bitterness, which sticks around until the hop flavors begins to come through. Lemons, oranges, and grapefruit round out the fruits, while a bit of wet grass and pine needles add some more classic APA tastes. Balanced to a point, yet still hop heavy.

M - Light, yet slick and slightly oily body. Sharp, pinchy and frizzy carbonation though not overdone - only a bold flavored APA could hold up to this. Only a touch dry in the finish, with some lingering hoppy, grassy bitterness and a kiss of malty sweetness.

D - This is a truly wonderfully crafted, slightly unique, bold, and overall killer beer. Loads of flavor, a perfect amount of balance, all in a small package. Crisp, refreshing, good in summer or winter. Easily the best APA I've had to date, one that all others will be judged against. Kudos to Half Acre for this one.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16oz can courtesy of wedgie9. Thanks Andy!

Same gorgeous pour as the bottle..super hazy apricot colour, magnificent head of foam, top notch lacing.

More of the same in the smell, grapefruit and tropical fruits bringing bitterness heaven to my nose buds.

Tasting is just as good as I remember from the bottle I sampled...huge grapefruit bitter flavours with a light side of tropical fruit and just a mild hint of any malt presence. I'm again amazed at how much flavour is packed into this 5.2%abv American Pale Ale! I could drink a LOT of this periodically AND at one sitting. Awesome brew!!

Edit: I see that I seemed to have liked it even better from the can. Keeps those cans coming!

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Pours a very hazy light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bright tropical fruit and herbal hops backed by a mild pale malt backbone.

Tastes similar to how it smells though not quite as robust. Light pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of tropical fruit hops. Midway through the sip the hop flavors turn more bitter with the addition of herbal and slightly earthy hops. The herbal and light tropical fruit hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer and understand why it receives all the attention. Not quite in the top tier but it doesn't have far to go. Worth a shot.

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Photo of sliverX
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy straw with a thick white head that faded to a thick film.
Smell a nice citrusy light pine, reminds me slightly of marigolds
Taste is similar to the nose, semi sweet, kind of bready.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bright carbonation.
Wonderful APA that is easily drinkable all night wish this was distributed wider, but thanks to various trading partners to hook me up.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: yellow-orange hue, big 2 inch head, settles down with a sip, leaves terrific lacing.

S: big pine, floral, grapefruit

T: Smooth, sweet citrus with slight pine/earthiness finish.

M: med. body, sticky/oily mouth

D: Fantastic Pale Ale and can't believe I missed this local brew. Goes down very easily and could be an excellent summer beer. Looking forward to trying more from Half Acre.


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

Acquired from GBVDave in so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 12/6 poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy copper coloer with a two finger of sudsy khaki colored head. Head recedes quickly leaving wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is chalk full of spicy, piney hops with just a hint of floral notes.

T: Taste starts slightly earthy then a pale hop flavoring comes in. A touch of light caramel malt mingles with the pale malts through the middle. Flavor begins to get more piney with a realy spicy kick in the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick body.

D: Goes down very easy, very tasty, mild kick, not very filling, excellent representation of style. This could possibly be my new favorite APA... which I of course can't get here.

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Photo of boralyl
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours 2 fingers of creamy white head into a pint glass. The head has great retention and leaves plenty of sticky lacing. The beer has a pale gold complexion with hints of orange. There is visible carbonation.

S - The hops are immediately noticeable as soon as this is poured into a glass. A combination of grapefruit, orange and fresh cut grass make up the aroma.

M - Light in body with crisp active carbonation.

T - Upon the first sip there are some biscuit like flavors followed up by light orange flavors. It's finishes with an infusion of citrusy and grassy hops leaving a pleasant light bitterness.

This is a solid American Pale Ale. There is a great showcase of assertive hops in the nose with a perfect blend of flavors. It's not overly bitter, and is extremely refreshing. Would love to see this distributed in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: The pint glass arrives at the table with a magnificent, thick, and creamy white head. The color is bright golden color and hazy enough to block some light from passing through.

Smell: A delicious perfume of hop aromas, although probably slightly muted compared to a fresh serving out of the can. Apricot, grapefruit, and a bit of lemon citrus, some pine, and a burst of flowers in the nose.

Taste: The taste is biscuity sweet for just a minute, and then I am hit with a smooth riptide of flavorful hops. Juicy citrus in grapefruit and apricot form, great floral notes, and a touch of pine as well. The finish is juicy and bitter - just a ton of flavor packed into a small 5.2% package.

Mouthfeel: Very juicy from the hops, medium body, fuller than medium carbonation. Quite a stickiness left on my lips after each sip.

Drinkability: I did not remember this being as enjoyable as it was. Definitely something I will come back to frequently.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can courtesy of my brother-in-law Johnny Two Scoops. Thanks, brother.

Tallboy into my Unibroue tulip. Near two fingers of thick fluff atop a cloudy yellow pour with orange shades throughout.

Fresh can yields grass, pine, orange, and mild pineapple along with biscuity malt. As an APA, it's pretty nice.

Mild bitter up front segues to a flavor profile hinted at by the nose.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy and tad watery. Carbonation is medium towards the high end.

Admittedly, I tend to gravitate towards bigger beers, or at least IPA's on the lower ABV scale, but this is a nice pale.

So easy to drink

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Photo of mulder1010
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

one pint can poured into a globe glass. Thanks to forgetfu for providing this.

A-- Poured a hazy yellow orange color. Moderate pour got a 3.5 finger bright white head, finally receding to half a finger. Head has a lot of huge bubbles in the make up of it. Excellent head retention. Great spotty and thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Grass, grapefruit, lemon, orange, and a little bit of biscuit smell. Good nose to this.

T-- Lots of grass with grapefruit tones to this. Tastes like summer.

M-- Lots of citrus and grass in the mouth. Highly carbonated and quite creamy. Left a good lemony cottonmouth feel, as well as crisp and fresh.

D-- Really good APA. Very crisp and very fresh. Easy to drink and knock back a few of these easily. As good, if not better than the best Aussie APA.

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Photo of NeutroMan
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tall 1 Pint can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy sunset color with a dense, foamy white head that leaves rings of dense, foamy lace. Intense aroma of citrusy and grassy hops that almost has a smokiness to it that adds so much to the smell. Taste is consistent with the smell, but the smokiness doesn't make an appearance until the aftertaste, creating a very cool effect. Mouthfeel is a little too weak for my tastes, and is the only fault I can find with this brew. I've been on a bit of a pale ale bent lately and was starting to get sick of them, but Daisy Cutter has definitely piqued my interest again.

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

Got this from EchoCharlieEcho in a trade, review based on notes...

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Slight haziness, great head retention & lacing

S:Floral, grassy & citrus hops a plenty, plus some biscutty malt

T: Follows the nose, some sweet grainy notes as well up front Grassy hops, slight green apple flavor, with lemons & slight breadyness as this warms. Finishes crisp with some pear fruittyness & a touch of of off-putting astringency that drags it down a bit

MF: Light/medium bodied with generous carbonation & good balance

Easy to drink, but not blown away by it. An A beer, but mostly on aesthetics versus flavor.. Would happily try it again...

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Photo of TulipSnifter
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, pale yellow
Smell: Citrus, sweet, and a little earthy due to grassy hops.
Taste: Bitter yet sweet and hoppy. There is a lot of earthiness going on here as well.
Mouthfeel: Pretty light and crisp.
Drinkability: Very easy and refreshing.

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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