Double Daisy Cutter
Half Acre Beer Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #131
ABV:
8%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,038
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 8.2%
Reviews:
243
Ratings:
1,092
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Notes: Double Daisy Cutter is a monster version of the original Daisy Cutter Pale Ale. A heftier grain bill amps up the weight and double dry hopping insures there's enough hops to recede your gums.
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE: May 22, 2020... OCCASION: putting together my application for AP reading and my NJ EXCEL portfolio... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... a translucent amber orange body swirling with tiny bubbles that build into a thick, two-fingered blanket of snow-white cream... picture perfectly framed... deep aroma of dank resin, the blast of mango, papaya, banana, lemon, and herb garden... peach and pine too--a heavy dose of citrus makes it difficult to stop inhaling... light malts do little to balance out the aroma profile... its first sip is almost unbelievable: smooth, punchy at the teeth and swift in its descent... its finish is light but lasting, its experience enjoyable... the flavor profile is an explosive combination of citrus: thick resin, lemon, papaya, mango, grapefruit, lemon and intense hoppiness... how does this build such a heavy flavor within such a palatable body? if the original Daisy Cutter is a robust killer, this is a subtle spy... the Daisy didn't need an upgrade, but this is will not be refused...

May 23, 2020
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WorthyMurphy

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It’s a Tuesday night, and im watching NBA opening night on TNT. First time drinking Double Daisy Cutter (1 pint can - silver with trippy double headed donkey design). Chose no glass for this, as a truly good beer will shine no matter the mode of transport. I’m definitely a fan of double IPAs, and this beer does not disappoint. Most imperials I've drank are incredibly hoppy, which I like dont get me wrong, but this beer is suprisingly smooth for its 8% ABV. For taste bud reference, a couple of my favorite IPAs are little summpin’ summpin’ and Zombie Dust. While I’m not a beer snob, I’d say if you’re looking for a high alcohol IPA with a smooth taste, and little lingering after taste, this beer should do the trick. Will definitely buy again.

Oct 23, 2019
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TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Man, I hate to do this because I really enjoy the base beer, as well as Half Acre, period. The pour is dirty urinal water mixed with shades of rust, copper, and gamboge. Lacing and head retention are practically non-existent. Smells of pie crust, grapefruit, hints of cherry, brown sugar, and wet grass pervade the senses. Taste gives prominent notes of grapefruit, lemon, excess sugar, and total lack of balance. The feel is watery, and it fades on the palate like a complete underachievement. This is a hard pass for me, and yes, it was within code and properly stored. I will not be revisiting this one. Cheers.

Oct 20, 2019
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2019-10-13 in Bolingbrook, IL from a 16oz can

Quite different from Daisy Cutter. It is quite dank, orange flesh and zest. Earthy spice and some pine. Maltier and more bitter than DC. It shares some similarities but in a blind test I doubt I could tell they were related. I still enjoyed it. Day in day out I prefer regular Daisy Cutter but I'll have this again.

Oct 13, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

**
09/22/19

Can to pilsner glass.

LOOK:
Full looking darker yellow, Clear.
Head is creamy looking, white.
Good retention.

AROMA:
Pine, crackers, bread, earth.

TASTE:
Sharp Pine, bread, leaves, slight mineral taste.

FEEL:
Medium to full body. Creamy.

A nice full close to full body IPA. Pine flavor can be a little cloying, but the bread oenis keeps it at Bay mostly. I prefer this to the regular Daisy cutter.


**

Sep 22, 2019
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 7/19/2019. Poured into a pint glass. It's a very attractive clear, honey orange with a frothy, milk-white head and a nice thick coating of lacing. The smell is malt-forward but with significant notes of tart citrus: lemon, grapefruit, and a whiff of ripe melon. There's also resinous pine and lite floral hops. The taste is straight forward and follows the smell: It opens with a strong, fairly sweet malt base but with tart lemon peel and grapefruit. pith I don't really taste any melon or tropical fruit. There is abundant resinous pine that provides a nice dankness. Then the bitterness hits. I haven't discerned which bittering hop(s) is used but it finishes with a significant bite. This ale has a full, creamy feel with pleasant carbonation, and at 8% ABV (per the can), a second pour is not an issue and is almost obligatory. Overall, I really enjoyed this DIPA. To me, it's not just a bigger beer than Daisy Cutter but a very different one in taste. It's a classic West Coast IPA - and a really good one!

Aug 28, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L:. Pours a brilliant orange gold color with a small fizzy white head and a few fingers of lacing, this is a very nice looking beer.

S:. Some kiwi, grapefruit, lemon peel, orange, sugar, lots of ripe tropical. Smells sweet but inviting.

T:. Sweet orange, pineapple, notes of grapefruit and lemon peel, sugary sweetness, so e kiwi a light toedium bitterness. Nice but could use a bit more balance to the sweetness.

F:. Smooth, and creamy, medium to thick body. Alcohol is not noticeable.

O:. A tad sweet fore, but it is a nice IPA.

Jul 05, 2019
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DowntownAndrewBrown from Colorado

2.77/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was looking for more from Half Acre. Unfortunately this just missed the mark for me. Too much going on without the balance of a nicely crafted beer. The feel was a little too carbonated for me and the smell was just a tad odd, almost rotten. Tasty if you like a nip of acidity at the tail end. Overall would recommend to non family, just because I respect HA so much.

Jun 27, 2019
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I still remember first having Daisy Cutter at Lord Hobo (the bar... y'know, before they were also a brewery?) probably five years ago. I think it was on tap during EBF or ACBF week, where local Boston bars start to get limited distro of breweries we typically wouldn't due to some weird distribution laws not applying while the breweries in question are in town for fests. Anyway, I recall it being a revelation; a brilliant, crisp, hoppy (not to mention slightly-legendary) pale ale at a time when those were in weirdly short supply in my area. Obviously, the times have greatly changed, and I consider myself very lucky to be in the center of such prestigious brewing ventures... but, even when Half Acre started to get slightly-more-normal distro around these parts, I've never seen this on shelves. So, even though this is a few months old (7/27/18 can date), I went ahead and just picked up a four pack. Who knows if I'll ever see it again, y'know?

The pour here is a moderately hazy golden amber color with a fluffy, semi-retentive, eggshell-white head that leaves behind some pretty solid looking lacing patterns as it sinks down to about a finger-and-a-half in my can-shaped Baxter glass. The surface is mostly obscured by foam, with some lasting bubbles forming small islands atop the main body of the beer. Though there's some translucence going on here, I can detect a good amount of bubbly carbonation rising from the bottom. Very, very nice looking!

The nose is super old-school DIPA right upfront... unafraid to utilize some crystal malt to give a bit of sweet balance to hops. Remember those times? I sure do, and this is bringing me back. Light candied orange and grapefruit with some pithiness going on. A big ol' dose of dank pine and grassiness along with some light papaya fruitiness give this some complexity. Surprised this is holding up so well even with a couple months on it. A bit sticky and malty with some light, rye-like spice, perhaps. Nice stuff.

Flavor is surprisingly balanced, with oily hops marrying with semi-sweet grain notes. Pillowy and fluffy with a solid bed of carbonation backing up the whole thing. Notes of papaya, kiwi and fresh-cut grass with some requisite spruce, pine and dankness. Light citrus in the finish, bearing some elements of white grapefruit and more candied orange echoing the nose's sentiments. Medium-thick feel with pushy, oily hop flavor and no punches pulled on the ABV side of things. This definitely tastes as strong as it is, and I'm down with it. I will definitely enjoy the other few cans I have!

Oct 07, 2018
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 can, dated about 3 months old

Clear dark golden color, white head. Aroma is a mix of, citrus, and earthy and grassy hops. Taste is moderately bitter, and fairly malty, some biscuity flavor. medium bodied.

Sep 29, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint glass. date on bottom of can is 7/26/18, not sure if that's canned on or best by.

Pours a clear dark golden yellow body. light carbonation replenishes a small bright white head. very good looking in the lacing department.

A Clean aroma, mildly floral & citrus.

A little frisky on the tongue, slightly sweet at first, then dries out.

Closing in on full on the mouth, a sour bitterness on the finish and a touch of warmth from the abv.

Overall, a good beer. I'm not sure the world really needs a double pale ale, but if they did, this would fit the bill.

Aug 25, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16oz can into glass. Canning date stamped on can bottom as '07/27/18',
Clear, deep gold colored body. No more than one finger of whitish head upon pouring, which stays around as thick and creamy cap. Leaves sheets of lacing.
Aroma of orange citrus and pine hops. Has a sweet note from the malts. Aroma is quite expressive and fills the nose.
Taste if piney and orange hops, with a touch of sweetness at the beginning. Near the end a more bitter grapefruit comes through. Has a definite hop bite and bitterness at the end, but the after taste is still citrusy sweet.
Medium to full mouth feel, with sort of a sticky feel. Very good carbonation.
Has a taste that ranges from orange popsicle to more dank and bitter grapefruit rind. Good balancing with the sweetness of the malts, which allow the hops to put on their display.

Aug 21, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 7/26/18; drank 8/18/18 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big eggshell head; a thick curtain of lace.

Pine, orange peel & mild wheat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pine & orange peel flavors up front; mild caramel & faint booze heat notes on the finish.

Old model / "west coast" IPA vibes, but done well.

Aug 19, 2018
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BayAreaJoe from California

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7/26/18, consumed 8/17/18

Fantastic West Coast style DIPA with just the perfect balance of thick, danky, piney hops with juicy citrus and sweet malt. Medium feel, great carbonation and terrific solid bitterness. Overall, an absolute must try, Half Acre nailed it on the head with this one.

Aug 18, 2018
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rkowna from Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good looking beer, look doesn't matter to me normally, but when it comes to the smell and taste of this beer it is something special. Immediately upon opening the hops dominate and during the pour I felt like I was at the brewery. There is a freshness smell, like being in a pine forest after a rain, that made me excited to taste it. I was definitely not disappointed, this Daisy Cutter offering delivered. While I can safely state this a full flavored double I have to also say at no point did one of the characteristics dominate another, never too bitter, never too sweet, it had a perfect mingling of both from start to finish. The feel really goes with the flow, there is a dry yet satisfying feel from start to finish. This is one of the first beers I have had in a while that actually made me excited to drink. I wish I had picked up more than just one four pack, this is an outstanding selection from a great brewery.

Aug 11, 2018
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dukeandduke from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

6/13/18: $6.50 16 oz draft pour into pint glass at The Garage Bar & Sandwiches. Cloudy orange pour, thin white lacing. Strong bitter hops aroma. Taste a mix of bitter hops and balanced with sweet citrus. Mild bitterness, dry, solid mouth presence. Overall good offering.

Jun 27, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale orange-brown with a full finger of head that leaves significant lacing behind. Suggestions of tangerine and pine resin, with a hefty quantity of malt sweetness to keep the bitterness from getting out of hand. Very smooth mouthfeel with a relatively full body for an 8% pale.

Sep 03, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If less is more, then more is definitely more! Right? Pushing the beautifully sculpted pale ale of Half Acre to imperial status creates a malty imperial IPA but with balance, charm and succulence to be embraced.

Pale amber, even golden through its center, a faint haze and frothy creme preludes a beautiful perfume of pink citrus, herbal grasses, spruce and lightly toasted nuttiness. Caramel and simple syrups tease the early palate with a richer graham cracker undertow in taste.

Sweetness holds firm but relaxes slightly to allow the hops to grow to dominance. Pink grapefruit, freshly zested oranges and a hint of pineapple and mango massage the tastebuds while its malty foundation trends succulent with light butterscotch and cashew. Tightening into a bitter taste late on the palate, the resinous hops coat the finish with spruce, torn pine needles and a tincture of gin.

Grassy, herbal and piney, the medium full beer eventually dries into a long and bittersweet finish where bitterness outlasts sweetness by a thin margin. Leaving a hint of lemon pepper and grassiness on the finish, a suggestion of graham cracker remains.

Sep 01, 2017
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wasatchback from Bahamas

3.47/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can dated 7/31. So about a month old. Amost no Hop aroma to speak off, has completely faded and is now a total Malt bomb. I would have thought Half Acre could have made something with a little more shelf life than 30 days. Poured half of it out.

Aug 30, 2017
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light amber color with an inch head. The aromas were very mild and subtle - picked up some citrus, mangos, and a bit of melon. The flavors were full of lush tropical fruits. It's hoppy but the malt really stacks up to balance it out. Very sweet throughout and then finishes with a with a resinous bitterness that lingers around. Mouthfeel is light to medium body. Overall this is a very easy drinking IPA. Wouldn't even classify this as a double IPA. The malt definitely balances out the hops; makes me think the IBU's wouldn't even be past 60.

Aug 28, 2017
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Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An absolutely gorgeous beer, poured from a pint can into a snifter. Tasting this right after the original and it does not disappoint. A hop bomb and another killer beer from Half Acre.

Aug 27, 2017
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Bdubz94 from Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 7/31/17 ~2.5 weeks.

Pours a clear amber color with a 1 finger head. Good retention and lacing.

Smells of hops, mango, citrus fruit, and malts. Well balanced aroma.

Taste follows the nose. Bitter and malty. Not a lot of pine or hops. Some fruit tones.

Feel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall a very good DIPA. Prefer the galactic variant featuring galaxy hops but this is another fine offering.

Aug 19, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark gold. Thin, short, Whitehead that Fades fast with super light lacing.

Smells candied orange, citrus peel, caramel malt, lightly grassy and lightly dank.

Tastes orange, citrus peel, light caramel malt. Followed by bready malt, Pine, tropical and Light peach. Finish is dry with pine and floral linger. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

Aug 11, 2017
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Part of a flight because I couldn't decide between so many amazing hoppy brews. Stopped by the brewery on the way to the Cubs game.

Filtered. Meh. But damn this is a heavy hitter. Massive malt profile with plenty of juicy yet dank hops to finish it. Damn. This is a special beer. Glad I got to try it.

Aug 06, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber to tulip, the appearance was a rugged burnt orange/copper color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that fell off at a moderate pace. Slight messy lace. The aroma had some orange marmalade up front with some citrusy and earthy hops. Clean malt base. The flavor was moderately sweet through the prior mentioned aromas and bled into the aftertaste just as I thought it would - malty with a quick dry sweet sort of finish. The palate was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation and ABV felt fine. Fairly smooth along my tongue. Overall, pretty good DIPA, a bit "old school" but worked for me.

Jun 10, 2017
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