Double Daisy Cutter
Half Acre Beer Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #135
Ranked #1,041
4.27 | pDev: 8.2%
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
Double Daisy CutterDouble Daisy Cutter
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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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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bowzer4birdie from Illinois

4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the best double pale ale I have had. I will take this one over Double Fist all day and Double Fist is an excellent beer. Half Acre has nailed it with this one as they have with Galactic.

Nov 13, 2015
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pkalix from California

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my bottle says 8% so I am wondering if the recipe has changed any since it was added in 2010?
excellent flavor. I love the pale ale style from the Midwest and this one is on target. definitely a bit stronger and worthy although I don't agree with the guy who said it tastes along the lines of Zombie Dust. has a slight twangy bitterness at the very end which lingers briefly but leaves a nice flavor on the tongue. very nice!

Dec 17, 2015
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BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smoothes out the rougher parts of Daisy Cutter...herbal, grassy, and large lemon notes. Very nice and the abv is in a nice spot. Thanks Tony!

Feb 28, 2015
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blackcompg from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours about 2 fingers of eggshell foam, body is golden, very slight haze, retains a fairly solid cap throughout the session, nice lacing after each quaff

Smell - bright citrus and tropical notes, especially grapefruit, tangello and kiwi. some mango and papaya,excellent nose

Taste - very much like the nose, starts juicy with wonderful citrus and tropical flavors, especially grapefruit and mango, some lite peach here too, quickly bitters to citrus and grapefruit piths and some peach pit with some druness at the end, great transition from sweet to some slightly puckering bitter piths and dry stone fruits, tropical juices remain in the mouth corners

Mouthfeel - a definite medium, carb is perfect here, providing smooth scrub that allows a perfect transition from juicy to bitter and slightly dry

Overall - an excellent and flavorful double pale ale. i really like that this is not overly sweet - yet still is juicy at the onset, but not for long - the slightly bitter and dry finish is perfect, begging the next quaff. highly drinkable, delicious, and one that I highly recommend.

Apr 04, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i always think a double pale ale is an interesting style, trying to jack the grain up to stronger levels, and add enough hops to balance and even come through it, but not make it so bitter as to fall into the ipa realm, its a tough thing to even want to execute, and so few do it well. thats why this was a nice treat, big thanks to my new friend dankacheese for sending this one out my way in a real delightful box! glowing deep orange, almost auburn away from the light, and a little hazy. huge white head rests on top, gorgeous. this is a pretty balanced beer for being so sturdy in all facets, and it is appropriately but not too hop driven. simcoe comes to mind with a pine and citrus profile alike, sort of dank and sticky at first, and then a little oily and sweet, but never particularly bitter. there must be other hops involved though too, as the citrus ramps up as it moves along. the malt bill may have a little richer crystal than it needs, but i like what it adds, and this is anything but one dimensional. short of refreshing, i could drink 15 normal daisy cutters in a sitting, and this is a radical departure from that level of drinkability, but the body isnt enormous, and the residual sweetness and alcohol left on the palate are reasonable for what it is. tastes super fresh, and i appreciate the hook up. this is about as well as a strong american pale can be done, its just a weird style. thanks for the hookup man!

Apr 25, 2017
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NapervilleBeerDrinker from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a 5 oz pour at a bar.

Good brew. Appearance is nice golden and super clear. Nose is decent, but doesn't knock you over (like a fresh Zombie Dust or Sure Bet might). Flavor wasn't as strong as it has been in the past (this was 2016). Tasted almost more syrupy than an DIPA/Pale should - or what I would prefer.

Feb 26, 2016
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natedawgkhan from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn. Regular Daisy isn't my thing. But this was pretty spectacular.
Hop forward for a pale. Citrus tones on smell and palate. Nice full body. Excellent.

Feb 14, 2016
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jegross2 from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Double Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Brewing Company out of Chicago.
Score: 92

This beer, ceremoniously consumed in a Half Acre tulip, came from a growler I got filled just hours earlier on the day of Double Daisy Cutter's release (02/26/12). Short of drinking beer straight from the tap, it is impossible to get a beer any fresher than we got this one. I was in Chicago that weekend and just had to stop by the brewery to pick up an allotment's worth of this nectar. As you can tell from the picture, Double Daisy Cutter has one of the coolest labels of any beer. Half Acre always has great labels, actually (see my review of Big Hugs). This beer bills itself as an "imperial pale ale," but it is categorized by everyone else as an imperial IPA. This is a backlogged review from a beer tasting I hosted on Oscar night.

Appearance: Pours a translucent yellow/orange color that fades from a slightly reddish-orange to yellow from the bottom of the glass to the top when held up to light. Four full fingers of creamy colored/off-white soapy head at pour slowly settles into a thin layer atop the glass. Excellent lacing, superior retention. An absolutely gorgeous looking beer. 5/5

Smell: Fresh, pulpy grapefruit and orange. Bright lemon and fresh, super hoppy wort. Sticky pine sap and pineapple juice too. Loads of fresh, sticky tropical citrus here. There's also some of that signature "garden daisy" aroma that defines the regular Daisy Cutter. 4.5/5

Taste: Loads of pulpy, hoppy tangerine with a bite of lemon zest. Fresh pine, but no "sticky" or resinous sap. There's freshly squeezed orange juice, herbal hops and pineapple up front as well. There's a really "juicy citrus" backbone here, but most of the flavor seems "up front" and in the finish with a slight "gap" of flavor in between. The regular Daisy Cutter suffers from the same flaw (lack of midpalate flavor). The fresh citrus flavors upfront are delicious enough to make up for it, but this is a clearly noticeable "flaw" (it could be intentional) in the beer. The Galactic Double Daisy Cutter, by comparison, seemed to have a little something "extra" (what it was, I do not know) to bridge that "flavor gap." Still a really delicious beer, but that flavor gap gap leaves you wanting something a little more -- and that something keeps this beer at the level of very good instead of truly great. Finishes with a fresh, piney grapefruit flavor. Quite a refreshing beer! 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, medium carbonation. Juicy, oily mouthfeel. Savory, bitter finish. A little more carbonation might have been nice to perk the hops a little more, but the beer was certainly appropriately carbonated for the "juicy" profile. 4/5

Overall: A beer on the precipe of greatness. If Half Acre could solve the flavor gap with this (and regular Daisy Cutter), this could be a world class beer. That is just me being a bit overly critical, however. Irrespective of my criticism, this is a truly delicious imperial pale ale (slash IIPA) that should be sought out fresh. Certainly worth the $12 bucks a bottle it'll cost you after tax.

Recommendation: Beer geeks, fans of Daisy Cutter and IPA lovers should seek this beer out. it's not a hop bomb, but it is a really balanced, citrusy beer that should have some mass appeal to it.

Pairings: Mexican food. Particularly a steak burrito.

Cost: $10 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Mar 08, 2012
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ScottP from New Hampshire

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 24, 2015
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jsf14 from District of Columbia

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 14, 2017
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Zoomslowik from Illinois

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

L- Light orange color with a bit of a white, foamy head.

S- Floral and citrusy hop aroma with a bit of sweet malt.

T- Bready malt base, slightly fruity. A little more bitter than the aroma, resinous. Still some floral notes. Very drinkable.

F- Medium body, smooth, slightly dry finish.

O- Really solid IPA. Love that they put this in cans.

Mar 18, 2017
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wmcconvi from Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Mar 24, 2012
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JxExM from New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Feb 17, 2013
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beerded_drunk from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Sep 29, 2014
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Skrumpy from Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, orange/amber color with a creamy head. Streak lacing. Aroma is sweet, ripe fruit and caramel malt. Apricot and peach, orange and melon. Flavor has similar characteristics, along with grapefruit, tangerine, pine, mango, and bready malt. It's resinous and has a bit of a tangy hops bite. Dry finish. Most excellent!

Mar 18, 2017
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ystazi from Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Oct 05, 2012
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Davit from California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Mar 27, 2012
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Qbdoo from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Having had a good deal of Daisy Cutter over the years, I can say this tastes almost exactly like what you would imagine a double would taste like. That's good news. It's got that same grassy, floral aroma and taste, only intensified. The malt comes through more, though, and adds an undertone of sweetness. The mouthfeel is light and crisp for a double, which makes it an easy drinker. You can see why they call it a double pale ale. It's got more oomph than an IPA but doesn't quite make it to a DIPA. Splits the difference nicely.

Update (8/12/17): bought a 4-pack and think this is better than ever - in scent and taste much danker than before. Intense pine and grass with a sweet malt finish. This is a really good batch.

Nov 14, 2015
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Jrodsmrs51 from New York

4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 25, 2017
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whatname from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 05, 2017
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SocalKicks from California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Jan 01, 2014
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jschwei from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Sep 22, 2013
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Bammer21 from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 27, 2016
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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
Double Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Beer Company
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