Double Daisy Cutter | Half Acre Beer Company

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Double Daisy CutterDouble Daisy Cutter

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pony Bar Hell's Kitchen. This was a nice surprise on the tap list - I am a big fan of Daisy Cutter and have been wanting to try Double Daisy Cutter for a while. Flavor profile is very similar to Daisy Cutter. Although I think I like the double slightly more than the regular pale ale, I would probably opt for the regular because of the lower ABV.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I tried this on tap at Hunger N Thirst, enjoyed chilled from a snifter.

The color is golden with slight peachy hue and thick white head with fine bead, lace clings. The smell is very aromatic with hop aromas that are mostly tropical/citrus with grapefruit in the smell with mild herbal element. The feel is great, moderately high in bitterness and resinous texture with subtle malt sweetness low alcohol in the feel with a mostly dry finish.

The taste is great with the majority of the flavor coming from the hops yet a slight malt sweetness is there to support the bitterness and keep from being completely unbalanced yet the taste of citrus/herbal hops is robust in this. I really enjoyed this and could in consecutive samples easily -a great Imperial IPA

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another wonderful, hoppy IPA from Half Acre. Served on draft at the brewery. A huge amount of citrus hops paired with a big malt backbone. Though this was very good, I was expecting a little better.

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Photo of Angerhaus
1.98/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Shared bomber over a thanksgiving get together. Sort of disappointing to everyone that tried it. I realize that the craft beer bubble is starting to pop, but I expect more than this from a beer that so many people recommend. It tasted most like fermented fruit, and the nose wasn't much better.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My neighbor shared this with me over dinner last night....awesome pork chops by the poured a slightly hazy orangish with white head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had sweet tones mixed with bitter citrus. The taste was a sweet malt base and some hint of grapefruit. The Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall I don't think it's as good as the original and I don't think it's as good as other DIPAs that are out there. Nevertheless it is a decent beer and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden orange with a thick two finger head of off-white foam and active bubbles.

Huge citrus aroma of grapefruit and orange with a solid malt backbone aroma of sweet toffee, caramel, and toasted malt.

Citrus fruit is dominated by the firm malt backbone. Tons of sweetness, but the orange and grapefruit notes are definitely well layered across the caramel and toffee like sweetness.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, sticky, semi-chewy, almost a perfect mouthfeel for a DIPA.

Overall, Half Acre hit another home run with this beer. At 8% it's on the lower end of the spectrum for a DIPA, but certainly doesn't let you down on the aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel. It definitely hits on everything to look for in a DIPA, with a little less alcohol.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on March 5, 2016. Look is slightly hazy amber with a creamy white head and lingering lacing. Smell is dank, resin, herbs, floral and pale malt grain aromas. Taste is resin, grapefruit, orange, citrus rind, grass, herb and sweet bread malt flavors. Feel is medium in body with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel and a somewhat dry finish.

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Photo of nonpo
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a medium to dark golden amber in a Brussels glass from large bottle w 1/4" head

Smell reminds me of Zombie Dust.... Bright tones with hint of citrus and sweet overtones

Taste was initially confusing... Thought maybe it was old (malty barelywine<ish>) which surprised me because I didn't smell it.... Second taste revealed that it was just a heavy malty backbone.... Lots of residual sweetness and a clean finish.... Middle mouth leaves me wanting a little more complexity.... Kind of falls flat in that area... It's still a really good brew... Just prefer a little more depth in mid-favors for DipAHHHHHHHHHS LOL

Feel is good... Carbonation is balanced and right to open up tastebuds but not cause an overly crisp taste or bite

Overall I enjoyed is beer, would buy again but not hunt hard for it.... My wife did too, which is good and bad for the beer since she doesn't like hoppy beers.... So maybe it's not for the Hop Heads out there but a nice balanced beer that won't destroy your palate and it went well with pizza :0)

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Photo of vic21234
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date, but it was recently released.

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange/ amber color with a fair amount of white head which sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- Nice aromas of citrus on the nose, with not much more to note here.

T- Nice citrus notes, with plenty of orange and grapefruit flavors noted. The malt comes in at the backend of each sip.

M- Light, refreshing, very easy drinking with a dry finish.

Nice spiked up version of the regular DC. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of NapervilleBeerDrinker
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of laketang
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured clear amber, frothy white head, clinging tracks
fruity and hoppy,pineapple orange and mango hints
big and edgy, sharp hop bitterness. malts come through but hops win out
full mouthfeel,chewy for sure. noticeable but balanced alcohol. prickly carbonation, bitter aftertaste leaving grapefruit on the tongue

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Photo of natedawgkhan
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.41/5  rDev +5%
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!

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Photo of Prager62
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Half Acre, served in a pint glass.

Look- A hazy deep gold color with a generous finger of frothy egg white foam.

Smell- A mish mosh of citrus including passion fruit, grapefruit, and a hint of guava. There's an odd yeast-like aroma in the back.

Taste- Tropical juiciness loaded with passion fruit, grapefruit, and guava. A bit of malt backbone to wash it down.

Feel- Oily, resiny and slick with a bitter semi dry finish.

Overall- I love Daisy Cutter and often buy kegs for the kegerator. This is DC dialed up a notch. I find that Half Acres hop forward offerings share many of the same characteristics that keep them consistently great. They remind me of Lagunita's in that aspect. A very worthy beer!

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Photo of dsruble3
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For those of you who have had Zombie Dust, I feel that the Double Daisy Cutter is a hoppy version of Zombie Dust, which is also in my book. There is nice clear orange color with a thick head. It is very citrusy in both smell and taste. I had it for the first time last week and really enjoyed it.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright clear orange, finger white head and spotty lace. Big tropical, weedy aroma, a little spice. Taste follows with a pine and citrus punch. There's a solid caramel, dark fruit backbone, but the hops shine through the entire sip. Pine sap lingers after the sip. Medium slick mouthfeel with a little oiliness. Very tasty brew, wouldn't mind some more of this one.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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

Pours a crystal clear burnt orange color with a finger of an off-white head.

Aroma is full of huge hop notes rounded out by a sugary sweetness from the malt. The hops bring a load of orange. Get tangerine, orange marmalade, and candied orange peel. Also get some herbaceous dankness, grapefruit, pine, and light grass. The juicy orange really sticks out.

Taste starts with candied orange, tangerine, and dankness with a little punch of a piney bitterness. Mid-palate brings the same qualities minus the bitterness, as well as a grapefruit, grassiness, and a hint of juicy pineapple. Really juicy at this point. The finish dries out the beer nicely and brings with it a pine resin and grapefruit peel bitterness layered on top of more candied orange, grass, and dank. Also get some alcohol notes on the finish.

Great mouthfeel, which is on par with Half Acre's other brews. Medium body. Smooth carbonation and creamy. Finish is oily and sticky.

The Galactic version of this seems to be the favorite, but this is still one damn good double pale ale. The citrus, pine, grass, and dank all work well together and the sugary malt backbone makes this really juicy. Add it to the list of killer hoppy stuff from these guys.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am a fan of Daisy Cutter, but Double Daisy Cutter raises it to a new level. Not in your face but more of all that's good - grassy hops, more texture, smooth malt. Love.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a deep caramel body with a hint of hazy and an antique white cream head supported by a strong carbonation.

S- The aroma of green jammy fruit leads to some leafy green hops and a flinty note in the finish.

T- The nice malt hint is soon hidden by the big green hops with a full bitter pungent finish. There are hints of unripe fruit in the green hops that come through after it is pretty warm. There is a watery taste that comes through in the finish or it might just be my tongue is wrecked.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight little fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer does have a big pungent bitter hops flavor but the depth of hops only really came through in the last few sips and the malt was very fleeting in the beginning.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear orange body. Big white head and lots of lacing inside the glass.

Smell - Citrus. Some grapefruit and piney hops. Caramel malts.

Taste - Orange and grapefruit. Sweet pale malt with a bit of caramel. Hefty grapefruit bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I'd take regular Daisy Cutter over this, but still very nice.

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Photo of RyBrew54
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden amber with near perfect one inch head that dissapates at moderate rate. Smell is a rich caramel malt followed swiftly with strong citrus hop aroma. Taste is a citrusy pine, with strong bitter front that mellows out with a slight malty sweetness. Not a lot going on body-wise but the distinct dry hopped flavors run the show. Very well balanced and seems to get better as it comes to room temperature. More of a "double pale ale" than DIPA in the sense that the flavors become less abrasive as you drink on. A very nice offering by Half Acre that I will seek out in the future.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wanted to like this more--really enjoyed DC the last time I tried it... immediate tip-off was the relatively clear look - though it is slightly hazy. Way less funk on the nose than regular DC... too malty for me, though less than others of this category. I enjoyed this beer but I wouldn't get it again... prefer trillium, dinner, haze, Abner, etc...

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #75 (April 2013):

As described by Half Acre: “Double Daisy Cutter is a monster version of the original Daisy Cutter Pale Ale.” Or rather, this is what happens when you let a West Coast-style Pale Ale run amok in Chicago. Bigger? Better? Who cares! This dank, dry and deceptively drinkable monster is one hell of a Double IPA that’ll make even the most critical of hopheads quiver with delight.

ABV: 8.5%

LOOK: Slightly hazy amber with a creamy, white, clingy head and lacing

SMELL: Dank, resiny, herbal, floral; fresh pale malt grains

TASTE: Silky smooth, creamy carbonation, resiny, grapefruit, tangerines, zesty, sharp citric bitterness, grassy, bready sweet beneath, light vodka note, herbal lingers, chalky, aspirin, dry finish

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Double Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Beer Company
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