Double Daisy Cutter | Half Acre Beer Company

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
185 Reviews
Double Daisy CutterDouble Daisy Cutter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
halfacrebeer.com

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.

Added by emerge077 on 05-20-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
185
Ratings:
831
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
8.81%
 
 
Wants:
511
Gots:
84
For Trade:
1
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Photo of WankelEngine
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at the release. Drank the day after it was purchased. Poured from a growler into a pint glass

A: The beer pours a hazy amber-orange. There is a foamy two finger head that leaves rings of lace clinging to the glass.

S: The smell is all pine needles and grapefruit. There are some additional notes of orange and citrus.

T: Earthy pine is a pervasive flavor. There are some grass and floral notes. Fairly bitter, especially near the end. Mild orange flavor. Finishes with pine which complement mild, pleasant alcohol heat.

M: Thin, but it a good way. Drinkable and moderately carbonated.

O: Fantastic. A fairly bitter, drinkable pale ale. Looks, tastes and feels great. Wish I could have this all the time.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Perfect lacing, concentric circles, great carbonation still. Very tiny bubbles, singular streams. Permanent cap and scum on the top... Its a nice caramel with orange rind body. You know how a DIPA should look, and it nails it.

S- Tangerines, a bit of citrus orange juice. Its faint, but what is strong is the grassy nature of the hops. Its an unbelievable vegetation compound. We got herbs, bushes, twigs, bags and bags of another man's refuse, but my treasure! Don't throw that bag out! I 'm huffing it bro! Sweet tropical fruits and vegetation!

T- Opens up sweet, caramels and sucrose. Tangerines, grapefruit faintly, grape rinds, orange rind, pine fronds, pine needles, pine branches, pine trees! Its pine pine pine finish. Just bitter but not too biting. Subtle for a DIPA. Very mellow. The opening drinks of it are very subtle sweetness and bitters. As it warms up the sweetness gets carmely, overly done, but the bitters smack you. Its really unusual that temperature effects it so much!

M- Creamy, thick, full bodies, light crispness around the edges. Silky smooth actually. Sticky, long lasting finish. I'm talking miles and miles. You'd be pissed off if you had to walk the distance this stays with you.

Not the best vintage of this, but still really tasty. A whole growler goes down too easily.

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Photo of Shadteks
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler fresh from the source poured into Half Acre imperial tulip

Pours a deep orange,plentiful with haze,put it to light and it blocks a good 85-90%, nice off white head that lingers nicely and leaves great all around lacing on the glass.

Aroma heavy pine and citrus grapefruit specifically,slight malt scent can be detected if your searching.

This beer feels full and pretty rich on the palette resinous pines coat the mouth as the dank hops attack, the taste is grapefruit again but not the fruit not the zest but of the bitter white rind and in no way am I saying this in a bad way. BOOM! these guys kill it every time Go get some!

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Will (Willseph) for going to the release and then dropping it off today for me. Cheers buddy!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a clear dark golden color and about a finger of off white head that dissipates slowly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell – Lots of hops, pine, and citrus. White pepper, lemon zest, and grapefruit. Very little if any malt backbone. A very nice aroma though not extremely in-your-face.

Taste – A floral hoppy blast up front reminiscent of regular daisy cutter. That is where the similarities between the two beers end. More pine and citrus fruits mixed with peppery lemon zest. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied, plentiful carbonation.

Overall – A solid offering from Half Acre. Wish they made this on a regular basis.

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Photo of Nachos4two
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a Growler into a Half Acre Tulip

A- Golden Orange look, slightly cloudy with little head.

S- Hoppy/citrus smell is apparent, but nowhere as strong as say a Hopslam.

T- Very "thin" clean taste of the flavor, great flavor and easy to drink for certain. A fresh taste comes to mind. I don't feel a bitterness as I do from some others.

M- "thinly" feel on the palette, crisp, lenders on the tongue after each sip. Which I love.

O- This is a must try and have again as well. Glad the wife and I bought a Growler and a couple bombers as this is a once a year release.

All I have to say is WoW.

http://gallery.me.com/nickozin/100252/A%20Double%20Doozy

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

Huge thanks goes out to MarkFy for sending this brew my way in a recent trade. I'm a big fan of Half Acre and have been looking forward to trying this one. Cheers to you, Mark!

Pouring into a Jester King tulip. Slightly hazy medium-orange color. Thin off-white head with lacing and legs.

Big lemon rind in the aroma with some herbal support. Pine needles and well-masked booze.

Strong presence of herbal hop flavors. Citrus flavors present too but more of a background. Moderate-high bitterness. Dry finish with a lingering bitter. Touches of toasty malt sweetness.

Medium-light in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

Although I can't help but wonder how much bite this beer has lost it continues to drink well. Great hop/bitterness presence and plenty of balance and drinkability.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Very hazy orange tangerine color with a light pink tint. Some particulate matter floating around. A fluffy white cap leaves a little lace and fades to a ring.

Smell: Definitely still hop forward, right now it is more pine than anything. Some citrus and tangerine as well, with sweet pale malt in the back.

Taste: It starts with a quick burst of sweetness from the pale malt. Sticky pine, some spruce and spiciness, and a little bit of grapefruit and tangerine citrus hoppiness to go with a general bitterness. The finish has a lot of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: A little bit grainy, although smooth on the back end. Creamy carbonation, a little boozy. Medium to full body.

Overall: Pretty good overall, but compared to some other DIPA's, it just doesn't stack up. I have heard the previous batch was better. Looking forward to trying it again.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy medium orange color with a fairly decent head for a DIPA - lasts longer than most. Leaves decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma of orange marmalade and sweet buscuits. Taste is citrusy and crisp. Spicy hops with very good balance with bready malt. A touch of caramel and sweetness but with a nice dry pleasantly bitter finish.

Medium mouthfeel and good carbonation. A pleasure to drink. Very smooth and balanced. Goes down easily for a big beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Alex for this treat!

Pours a crisp clear golden orange. Considerably darker than regulr daisy cutter. A nice reddish tint and a bit of white frothy head. Beautiful lacing. Smells super hoppy. Similar profile to daisy cutter but the grapefruit comes out even stronger. Tastes sweet and lightly fruity. The hops are strong but not bitter. Incredibly well balanced. The hops of a dipa but the drinkbilty of a single ipa.

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Photo of vespahulb
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I pull up to the bar at Uncommon Ground on Clark and order a Dark Horse Crooked Tree, when the barkeep say's, "Hey, I don't know if you'd be interested but I literally just got done tapping a 5L corny of Double Daisy Cutter." I think my jaw dropped to the floor. That basically summed up the rest of the night.

I love this so much more on tap. First whiff, an explosion of floral, grassy, grapefruity, spicy hops. I couldn't stop smelling it. In the mouth, this beer has such tremendous balance. Almost cloying, but somehow totally drinkable. The bitterness is..well....welcoming...and accompanied by a hefty malt bill. This is truly a bomb. Let's just say I got my fill of it that night! The funniest part is when the meatheads at the table next to us left a full pint of it on their table, referring to it as "the beer that smells like perfume." Ahhh..Wrigleyville.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange-yellow color with a white head. I get a ton of fruit in the aroma, namely grapefruit and pineapple but there are some other tropical fruits present. I also get a little bit of bready malt in the aroma.

The flavor is just as good. I get a ton of grapefruit, pine and papaya. Very fruity and tropical smelling. There is a tad bit of biscuit malt in the aroma and the bitterness is low to medium. Very drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice overall.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was able to try this thanks to the generosity of a stranger at the Clusterfork # 2 tasting event, funny thing is a fellow BA gave them a few tickets we had left over to use, and they subsequently bought him about 3 rounds of Bottleworks XII. Good times. On with the review.

Served from a 22oz bomber into a tasting glass.

The beer pours a murky light orange color. A fairly thick off white head rose over an inch, slowly settled, retaining quite well throughout. Good lacing on the glass.

Aroma's of floral hops, pine, with some strong sweet malt in the background. Mostly I get tropical fruits, tangerines, grapefruit, even some pineapple.

Taste hops are a bit more subdued in the taste then the nose. A mixture of sweet bread, orange peel, citrus notes, sweet malts in the middle, and semi dry bitter finish. Not sure on the age of it, but it seems a bit mellow for an Imperial IPA.

Mouth feel is medium in body, light and refreshing, with a soapy or oily quality.

Overall, a beer I'm glad I got to try, but not the best Imperial IPA I've had, though were a bit spoiled here for that style here in California.

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Photo of tikibeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Medium muddy amber with a thin white head and nice gooey lacing.

Aroma is heavy with hops. Rich citrus mango, mixed with pine.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Taste is surprisingly mild compared to the aroma. Very drinkable. Smooth and refreshing. Grassy hops coming out in the taste combined with a mix of citrus and pine. A bitterness on the back end.

As stated before, very drinkable with the bitterness making you want to keep coming back for more. Smooth and refreshing!

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Photo of 2BDChicago
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright and hazy, orangey amber, with beige medium size foam of medium duration.

S: Crisp, clean cirtus blast. First come grapefruit & oranges, next is the pine, then some biscuity notes, and finally a faint wiff of buterscotch.

T: Good but somewhat different than I had expected. Fresh, slight sweetness, hop bitter, and mild fruit after taste...are my first impressions.

D: Dry and sophisticated. This smallish brewery in Chicago has had a great reputation since their start, and the sophistication is amped up now 3-4 years in. To me, this is one of their signature brews. And just hard enough to get to be appreciated.

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Photo of HosP
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to Fear025 for getting me this beer! Big fan of Daisy Cutter, so I can't wait to have this. 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours dark orange in color. White head, not quite 1 finger. Already leaving lace on the glass as it recedes down.

S- I could smell this all night. Very hoppy aroma, with almost no malts detected. Very citrusy, piney aroma. Hope the flavor lives up to the smell.

T- Wasn't expecting that. Much sweeter taste at first. Opens with some sweet caramel malts. Quickly the hops come out though. Grapefruit, piney, citrusy hop flavor dominates the flavor here. Bitterness is more present in the middle to the end. Flavor could be a little more powerful, but being a couple months old could have something to do with it.

M- Medium body, Good carbonation. A little dry.

D- Very thankful for the bottle from Fear025! I would love to try this fresh from a tap. Very balanced, good DIPA. This bottle is being consumed a little to fast, wish I had one for the weekend.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to smurfbeer for hooking me up with this bottle during our first trade. Split into to tulips.

A: Golden amber hue. About a finger of white head fades slowly and leave huge amounts of sticky lace.

S: Nice piney resin. Loads of grassy earthty hops. Hint of mango in there as well. A kiss of malt in the mix.

T: Super grassy hop profile. Like sucking on fresh cut wet hops. The malt comes through in the finish.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation.

O: Well I enjoyed regular Daisy cutter on tap much more. I'm going to assume this one may suffer that same fate. Good but not great.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 8.0% ABV, no date.

I shared Daisy Cutter with señior Beerwolf a while back, so it's only logical he shares the Double version with me right? I mean, based on our 'thanks-to' we sort of stick to sharing every-other bottle. :P

A - A bit foggy and golden orange with a finger-tall, off-white head and gooey lace left all over the glass. Honestly, it could be sexier.

S - Heavy hop aroma rich of grassy, fresh Chinook and Cascade resiny, gooey lupulin glands. Pale malt backs this hop bomb (yes, pun intended) up but doesn't offer much more.

T - Grassy, bitter, resiny hops with big citrusy notes and a mild backbone. Nice balance but it's a little too grassy like I remember Daisy Cutter being.

M - Medium-bodied and well-carbonated with a crisp, bitter finish, this one isn't over the top but rather, decently well-balanced.

D - As far as drinkability goes, this is best split at least two ways, it's a far cry from a sessionable brew. A little overly earthy, this beer is good but certainly not fantastic.

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Photo of fear025
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Sweet cotton candy and grapefruit with sugar on top.

Appearance:Gold in color, lots of white head, and pretty bubbles.

Taste:Hugely hoppy! Freshly cut grass, grapefruit, citrus, lemon. There is a lot of sweetness in this beer. These flavors stick around through the midtaste, but all that remains on the aftertaste is harsh bitterness.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body, good carbonation, and a little hop astringency.

Drinkability:This is an amazingly delicious DIPA. The huge grapefruit hops in this beer really shine.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.85/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours a very hazy shade of dark orange with a two finger offwhite head. The head is very puffy, sticks around forever. Lacing is impeccable.

S- getting some citrus, but it's really very mild and underwhelming.

T- it uh, tastes a little off. Earthy and citrus and a little bitter at the same time...don't really like the way the hop profile meshes together at all

M- actually a little thin...weird. Not necessarily a bad thing, though

D- I expected a lot more. Real disappointed in this one. I've had much better DIPAs

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Photo of nrbw23
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice, slightly hazy orangeish color with a white. Head is fairly small, caps the brew and is there the entire time. Head leaves some nice lacing.

S- Quite a bit of citrus and pine. Also has a good malt back bone.

T- Citrus hops are mainly grapefruit. Very nice great tasting brew. Caramel malts make a bit of an appearance but hops dominant.

M- Medium in body and carbonation is right on.

D- Very easy to drink and had no problem with this one. A little surprised that this one is a DIPA.

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Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from the second release.

A: Very hazy, deep brownish-orange in color. Forms about a finger or so of white head that has little retention, but leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Orange and citrus along with some sweet tropical fruits.

T: Moderately sweet pale malt presents itself on the font end before a smattering of citrus hops and pine. Finishes rather dry and with a somewhat astringent grapefruit bitterness.

M: Much better out of the bottle. Medium in weight with appropriate carbonation. Dry on the finish.

D: Definitely much better out of the bottle, but still not living up to the Daisy Cutter name. Much more of a balanced DIPA with the malts being far more prevalent than what we've come to expect with strongly hopped regular DC. However, still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw-yellow body with a medium size frothy white head. Slight soap scum lacing left on the glass.

S: A huge blast of grapefruit and citrus. Just a hint of pine and a little underbelly of malt.

T: Bitter grapefruit, lemon and resin. The flavor is overshadowed by the bitterness which leaves a slightly off impression... similar to my impression of SheWolf.

M: Moderate weight body, smooth creaminess upfront followed by a strong bitter finish.

D: A solid dIPA, however, I think the bitterness overshadows any underlying complexity that should shine through in the flavor profile.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Nearly perfect! Hazed orange brown color. Super thick, creamy off white head with great retention and a good amount of lacing.

4.0 S: This is great too! Incredibly intense flowery hops. Hops also contribute a touch of spiciness, some pine, some sharp pineapple and grapefruit. This is nearly three months old and still hoppy as hell! Malts are fairly neutral with bready yeastiness.

3.5 T: The taste is more balanced than the nose. Moderate bitterness with pine, orange, and spicy hops. Malts are somewhat biscuity, somewhat bready, and earthy like melon rind. The yeast is surprisingly clean. Overall, the taste is an elegant mixture of hops and malts with good balance and well hidden alcohol.

4.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be a lot creamier, but it's incredibly smooth for an unfiltered DIPA.

4.0 D: Good beer. I enjoyed this one a lot. Well balanced DIPAs are just as good as hop bombs and this is a great example of the former.

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

Acquired this from GbvDave so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Consumed 1/28
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy golden color with a one and a half finger head. Head recedes quickly and leaves sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: NOse is straight up hoppy goodness. Piney hops, slight fruitiness, and a solid caramel malt character.

T: Taste starts with a good deal of piney hop and light breadiness. Lemon and grapefruit zest comes in. Finish has a light pale malt and touch of grassiness. There is a bit of orange peel in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice oily feel.

D: Goes down very easily, very tasty, somewhat filling, well hidden kick and nice representation of style. I loved Daisy Cutter, and Double Daisy Cutter does not disappoint - I could sit for a few more pints of this one!

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Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for this bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a healthy off-white head that shows excellent retention and sticky sheets of lacing along the sides.

Aroma is full of pineapples, tangerine and lemongrass with some resinous pine as well. Definitely an overall dank hop type thing going on as well. Just tons of big hop aromas.

Taste isn't quite as aggressively hoppy with an original herbal and pine bite with some bready malts in the background. There is a bit of citrus but less than I got in the aroma. The finish is bitter and resinous.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky with hops with moderate carbonation.

I'm a big fan of this one. It's extremely drinkable and seriously dry hopped. If Double/Imperial Pale were a separate style, this would be top of the charts.

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Double Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Beer Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 831 ratings.
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