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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 StormKing47
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by therealnomayo on New Years Eve with him and cmurren25. Another bottle of this so here goes...

A- A nice light amber color with an orange/yellow hue. Has a nice carb level with some steady bubbles leading to a decent white, fluffy head. Just like they all should look, amber golden hue with a slight haze, a nice sign of good things to come.

S- A nice citrus pop of citrus fruits and grapefruit with a lingering piney resin. Smells bitter, delicious and sticky. As it warms a nice tangerine and more succulent fruits show up with a subtle malty sweetness, that's fairly bready. Very pleasant and inviting aroma.

T- A huge wave of citrus, grapefruit, lemons, succulent tangerines and a touch of piney bitterness. In reality there's virtually no malt, you have to dig and swish to find the tiny sweet malts that are there for balance. As it warms some earthy grass notes, but they get slapped up by the citrus hops.

M- A nice medium body with a slight carb tickle. A very nice semi-syrupy and sticky feeling that lingers on the tongue. Isn't tangy, but crisp and refreshing with a little bitter snap at the end.

D- Hell Yes! I am glad they decided to brew it again and now it's in rotation. A fine imperial version of there famous daisy cutter. Enough to satisfy any hop head. Crisp, refreshing and sticky.

Keep it coming Half Acre. Please start shipping to PA!

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Photo of whiterascal
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to mrmodica1984 for this one! Awesome extra in our recent trade. Shared with ottovon

A: golden orange
S: grassy, pine
T: bitter, wheaty, with a touch of citrus
M: quite carbonated
D: feels like a bitter hop ball just sits on the back of my tongue, not as drinkable as I'd like.

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

shared with whiterascal

A: Pours out and orangish-amber color, with a white head that fell quickly. lacing down the glass.

S: I get a lot of citrus and pine. some caramel malt, and some breadyness.

T: i get citrus, and a lot of piney hops. sort of resiney. some caramel malt in the front, and it finishes bitter and piney.

M: a good medium body with a good amount of carbonation. it is smooth at first, and finishes dry and bitter.

D: it is a beer that i could easily drink the whole bomber myself.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the tick, Chris. A growler shared at a post Bruery party gathering.

A: The pour is a orange in color with some golden hues and a big white head, too.

S: A huge citrus aroma with lots of resinous pine. There's a fair amount of bread forward malts, but the hops really dominate. The tangerine and grapefruit are really fresh smelling.

T: Although the nose seemed very balanced, the flavor was very much about the hops. Lots of grapefruit, lemon rind, pine, and maybe just a bit of grass. Some bready malts are present too, though.

M: The body is medium with a mild to moderate carbonation. Seems to have lost a bit of the bubbles from the trip in the growler.

D: I really like Daisy Cutter a lot so I have been wanting to try this and it did not disappoint. A fantastic beer from Half Acre.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to largadeer for sharing this one while hanging out at Beachwood BBQ after the Bruery RS Party! Served from growler into a goblet. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus/bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, and citrus hop. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a damn good brew. Not very much at all missing on the flavor or aroma in this one. Really glad that I got a chance to try this one while in Cali. A definite must try!

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Photo of Sean9689
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased from the brewery into a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy yellow/orange body, a fingers-worth of white head, some good lacing and a nice cap on top.

S - A balance of hops and malts, which surprises me. Citrus, floral, slight malty note, but the hops dominate the nose.

T - Solid bitter hops, citrus, some floral notes, slight malty sweetness, and a huge bitter finish.

M - Light, crisp, oily finish.

D - Very easy, "crushable" (as Jason would say), more please.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange in color with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. Upon the first whiff I was greeted by very nice grassy piney hops with citrus fruits like orange, lemon, and slight tangerine notes but had a little earthiness to it as well. It didi have some good caramel malt presence. The piney hops were more apparent on the palate with citrusy orange and tangerine accents but had good sweet malt backing and a touch of earthiness in the background. The brew was light to medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, piney, hoppy, slight sweet but crisp finish. I was digging regular daisy cutter but its big brother does have a better hop profile was drinking really good. Definitely have to try it fresh.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to TheStretch for sharing his growler on NYE!

After sampling this bad boy at the brewery, I've been looking forward to this growler's cracking. It pours a hazy golden copper topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, caramel, cantaloupe, and pine. The taste holds notes of pine (sharper than the smell), dry leeks, honeydew, light caramel, and ruby red grapefruit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, one of the better DIPAs I've yet had. Though I was hoping for slightly more flavor, this thing is disturbingly drinkable and continuously brings a smile to my face with every sip.

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Photo of seeswo
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Initially reviewed blind from a fridge full of ipas and dipas and poured by my wife after a workout. Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden color with a sizable white head. Smells is of citrus hops, not overwhelming, but adequate. Taste is hop forward with minimal sweetness (though not dry) and a surprising malt back. Maybe a touch thinner than expected, but not a detraction. Reasonable, moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable. Daisy cutter is a better pale ale than double daisy cutter is a dipa. I wanted to like this more than I did.

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Photo of trbergman
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Somewhat hazy orange body with about a quarter inch of dense foam and thick rings of sticky lacing.

S - Sweet tropical fruit medley of pineapple, mango, orange, and peach, with an understated background of caramel malt.

T - Lush and juicy fruit flavor, packed with orange and tangerine, as well as hints of mango and pineapple. Hops add notes of pine, as well as moderate bitterness. Hoppiness doesn't quite "pop" in the way I'd usually like for a DIPA, but it works well enough for what Half Acre seems to be going for. Nicely balanced finish.

M - Smooth, medium body.

D - Brings a warm ray of sunshine to a cold winter evening. I'd have some again.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks go to Sean9689 for sending this fresh bottle from the latest release out my way.

Pours a hazed copper in the glass, with 2 big foamy fingers of rich off-white head. This retains with a thick and creamy ½ finger that just drenches the sides with sticky lacing. Awesome look on this! The aroma is softer feeling in the nose at first, with floral, leafy, and herbal tones all setting the pace before sharp notes of grapefruit juice and pithy smelling citrus rind cut those the nostrils like a knife. There is just a semblance of sugary malts underneath all of this, but the hops are so bright and fresh smelling, everything else just comes in second place.

The taste has much more of a malt presence going on here, with honeyed sugars and bready biscuits being more than a match for that fresh and biting hop profile. Green grapefruit flavor is in abundance (being flavorful but not overly aggressive thanks to that balance) but the bulk of the bitterness is saved for the finish, with citrus peel and spice lingering with a steady dryness and a pithy peel that sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little fuller feeling, with a crisp creaminess that is equal parts prickly sharpness and smooth slickness. And WOW, there is just no freaking way that this beer is 8-9%! There's absolutely no alcohol to be found here besides the heft of the body! I wouldn't even have guessed that this was high ABV at all, except for the flush of warmth that is slowly creeping up my neck as I work through the bottle. Most impressive!

This was my second time having this beer (the first being on tap @ the Great Taste) and there's no doubt that I think it's some awesome stuff. Take the well balanced fresh hop flavors of the regular Daisy Cutter; give it a fuller body, yet still retain the crisp drinkibility of the original as well. That's this beer in a nutshell. About as dangerous of a drinker as I've come across recently. Just really tremendous stuff!

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Photo of abuliarose
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a fluted pint glass, revealing hazy murky gold body under a finger and a half of yellowed head. Smells sweet and malty with bright caramel and honey hops. Pleasant, simple smells. Some lacing.

Tastes smooth and bitter with a decent citrus rind presence and an earthy sweet malt backbone. Some meatiness from the hops. Flavors fade at the finish to a clean, dry nothingness. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky-voluminous, medium-bodied with a boosting carbonation and a dry finish. Decently well drinkable. For an Imperial IPA I might expect more presence to the hops (not necessarily bitterness) but I concede this isn't the freshest it could be. I would like to try this on tap to see if there is a difference.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to spycow for the bottle!

Pours a hazy peach orange with about one finger of foamy white head. Some lacing trails behind.

The aroma is full of citrusy hops and sweet malts. A little bit of pine and tangerine come through.

Lots of citrus in this one. The taste is full of tangerine and clementine. Decently hoppy, but the double pale ale style seems to fit it better than the DIPA category it's listed under. Malts are sweet and biscuity. I can also taste some lemon grass and other herbal notes.

Body is smooth and well carbonated. Decently heavy yet still somewhat crisp. Pretty good, but doesn't feel as refreshing as others in this category.

Drinkability is good. For 8.5% ABV this goes down pretty easy. I also think I like this a bit more than the original Daisy Cutter, but I've never had both fresh on-tap, so maybe my opinion would change. A nice amped up version of a pale ale with lots of citrus. Good stuff.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed golden-orange color with one finger of frothy head. Minimal lacing.

This has a very strong hop nose on it that's primarily citrus fruits- grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. There's a slight floral note to it, too.

The taste resembles the nose, but not as concentrated. A bready malt adds some backbone.

The mouthfeel is where this came up short. It's watery, especially by imperial standards.

Overall, a very good beer and aside from the mouthfeel, is exactly what I'd expect from the name.

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Photo of Brez07
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Courtesy of Florida9

A: Mostly opaque dark orange pour. Initial pour gets about 1 finger of white head. Appears to have decent retention as a ring is always present and a quick swirl gets 1/2 finger. No lacing though

S: When I first popped the cap, I was hit with the smell of cannabis. Once poured, it's piney hops and some citrus. Nice caramel malt background. One of the nicest smelling DIPAs (imperial pale?) I've experienced

T: Initially starts out with lots of bitterness from the hops. Slowly the citrus fruit comes through, mostly grapefruit. Finishes with more bitterness. A little surprised by this, given the smell. Let this one warm up a bit as more grapefruit comes out then

M: Medium to full bodied. Good carbonation for the style. Seems to coat the mouth. Residual bitterness left on the tongue

D: I know it's not a category, but this should be a imperial pale. That's because as a DIPA, it falls short of the standard. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and hopefully I'll get to try it again

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into an imperial pint - the definition of trouble.

Appearance -- Pours an autumnal amber hue, slightly hazed, with a slim creamy beige head. The lace is something to behold, completely coating the rim of the glass like the fog on the bathroom mirror after a hot shower. I'd love to give this a 5, but it's quite dark for the style.

Smell -- Bitter citrusy goodness: grapefruit pith, lemon zest, and a faint Froot Loops/wetnap aroma. Additionally, there are also floral and spring grass notes that soften the edges of the resounding pithy bitterness. Malt sweetness is kicked up slightly compared to DC, akin to orange marmalade on whole wheat toast. While not the greatest IIPA aroma, this is certainly unique.

Taste -- The hop profile matches Daisy Cutter to a tee with grapefruit pith, lemon zest, and a modicum of floral notes. Like its namesake beer, the malt base is dry and crisp like dry golden toast. One can almost feel the juicy citrus notes trying to make themselves known, but there simply isn't enough residual malt sugars to let them shine through, not that this is necessarily to DDC's disadvantage. Lingering flavors of lemon rind and dry, gently toasted malt.

Mouthfeel -- Medium bodied, perhaps a hair lighter, with lively carbonation akin to a top-notch Belgian Strong Pale. Lightly drying finish, slightly chalky in the back-end, but this lightens up once the beer warms up.

Drinkability -- When I first picked this up I thought, "okay, Half Acre made an IIPA and decided to name it after their flagship beer." However, I came to find that it is very much an imperial Daisy Cutter.

This is a really good beer, truly, but it doesn't hit the hallmarks of what I look for in a great IIPA. This one falls through the cracks of style definitions I feel -- would 'American Strong Pale Ale' be a better definition? While this doesn't stand to become one of the great regional IIPAs alongside Dreadnaught, it is completely unique expression of the style. How many craft brewers can say that about their IIPA?

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre pint glass

This beer was part of the most recent release of this beer and I personally decided that it needed to be opened as soon as possible. Why not save it for Christmas night? The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with an frothy white foam. The aroma is quite citrus filled. There is lots of lemon and orange blossom to be found on the nose, almost exclusively. The taste ventured into a different realm. While there was still citrus hop flavor it was mirrored equally by a caramel maltiness that was accented most interestingly by an earthy flavor I can only assume comes from the soil that these hops were grown in. Though I was told by the man at HA that there were different hops (citra) used in this new batch that were purchased from FFF. Interestingly enough this is quite a pleasant beer, but It's more of a double APA than an IPA. Still a rather pleasant beer from Half Acre, making it well worth the trip into the city.

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Photo of rka758
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a deep orange, almost marmalade color. Two-finger quickly reduces to a 1/4" nice foam top.
S: Citrus, almost tangerine. Floral.
T: A nice citrus flavored body with a bit of hoppy bitterness. A bit of booze.
M: A nice active body on this.
D: I think this a good beer. I think having a bomber is a nice treat.

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

Big thanks to cadaugherty for the growler. Cheers!

Poured from growler into Stone IPA glass. Slightly hazed golden orange body. A healthy egg shell head is set a top. The retention is quite impressive, a slight cap is left for the duration of each pour. Heavy lacing is left firmly attached to the side of the glass.

Much like any good DIPA, the hops are front and center. The aroma places itself somewhere between an American and English IPA. The citrus hops are countered by a equally assertive dose of floral hops. This works, but it is just not my bag. I prefer the heavy citrus with the floral taking more of a complimentary role.

The flavor begins with with a nice hop bite. The A rather pithy, organic bitterness rolls across the palate. As you get several sips in the citrus flavor becomes more apparent. Tangelo and grapefruit flavors merge. Once again, the beer combines qualities of both the American and English IPA's. The floral hops are much more subtle on the tongue. The malt flavor is quite subdued. I am thrilled by the lack of caramel malt in the flavor.

Medium bodied beer, with prickly carbonation. Resinous oily feel left on the tongue. A finish is fairly dry though a slight lingering flavor is left on the tongue.

I like this beer. It is not my favorite in the style, nor is it in my top 5 or possibly 10. I am not sure if I see this as a DIPA. It is certainly a bit bigger than an IPA, it is a cusper. If this beer were to be available for purchase on a regular basis I would revisit with out question. I am thrilled to have had the chance to enjoy this, a really good beer.

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Photo of cadaugherty
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super Fresh Growler into my Stone IPA glass-

Appearance- Glowing copper pour with tons of white head, great lacing.

Aroma- Floral/Citrus hops abound. Grapefruit and a hint of orange peel.

Taste- Again with the hops up front (not exactly grapefruit, dare I say tangerine), good bitterness with a crisp dry finish.

Mouth/Drink- Honestly not quite as good as plain old Daisy Cutter. Something is not as precise in this element (to be frank a bit of a step down from the previous batch).

Well this is appropriate my 1st BA review that I bothered to enter was for Daisy Cutter, and now my 50th Review is for Double Daisy Cutter. I swear I didn't plan this.

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Photo of glazeman
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this growler today at Half Acre. Poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium orange in color with a 2 finger fluffy white head that has excellent retention and lacing. The beer has minimal haziness to it and is nearly 100% translucent

S: Citrusy hops abound on the nose. There's a little pint of passion fruit and melon the nose as well. There's some malt presence on the back end that comes across as diluted caramel.

T: The first thing that struck me about the beer is that it was chalky. This seemed to dissipate somewhat as I got deeper into the glass (potentially a side effect of the head) but remained at least to some degree for the duration of the drink. The main flavors in this beer are Light citrus fruits such as guava, passion fruit, and mango up front and a chalky bitterness at the finish.

M: I didn't really like the way this beer sat on the tongue, it was appropriately carbonated but was very heavy and chalky.

D: The initial flavor was more like freedom of 78 to me than original daisy cutter. The beer was not crisp and clean like I would have hoped for and this hurts it's drinkablity substantially. I preferred both freedom of 78 and regular daisy cutter to this.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a honey orange color with a big fluffy honeycomb head. Smells like orange peel, grapefruit and some honey. Has a sharp hop bite but is balanced with bready malts. The finish is dry, yet has a juicy hop profile. Nice carbonation and a good long finish. Drinkability is good. Has complexity to pair with meals but oversell a just above average dipa.

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Photo of OttoBomb
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into Dogfish Head signature glass (June 9, 2010). No freshness date. Special thanks to Randallt11 who supplied this is a trade. Cheers Randall!

Eyes: Pours very hazy, darkish ruddy orange. An extremely fluffy brownish eggshell head will the glass up three fingers. Bubbles are tiny, retention and lacing are heavy.

Nose: Like it's younger sister Daisy Cutter (single), this has a potent, complex and impressive nose. I've come across few ales with such an impressive and enticing aroma. Top marks here.

Tongue: The alpha acid punch is in the same vein as the nose, but not exceptionally bitter, which is a very nice surprise. There is a good amount of sweet malt that balances the flavor and pushes the profile away from an APA and well into DIPA range.

Mouth: Smooth, rich, and well carbonated.

Libation: To be honest I expected this to be a hopped up version of Daisy Cutter, with would not necessarily translate well into an IPA. Somehow Half Acre has jacked up the gravity and hops, all while injecting a fresh, malt character. A truly great DIPA. Half Acre should be proud.

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

Another Half Acre beer shared by nickd717 a few weeks back. Thanks, Nick.

Hazy blonde, similar to regular Daisy Cutter in appearance. Nice head retention and color makes for a great looking beer.

Floral hop aroma with moderate sweetness behind it. A bit of tropical fruit, grainy sweetness, honey, grapefruit. Smells good, but regular Daisy Cutter has a better hop aroma. This one smells a bit too sweet in comparison.

The palate opens with honey-like sweetness and floral hop flavors, with undertones of pineapple and grapefruit. Side-by-side with regular Daisy Cutter, I feel this beer doesn't improve upon the flavors of Daisy Cutter enough to warrant the higher alcohol. Moderately bitter in the finish yet semi-sweet, this is a bit too middle of the road, though it is enjoyable. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable, and the hop character is a little underwhelming. It's a good beer, very enjoyable, but I'd take regular Daisy Cutter over it most days.

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Photo of nickd717
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to NorthsideFred on BA.

Pours a clear copper color with a fading whitish head.

Great aroma that's fairly similar to Daisy Cutter (I had them back to back). Piney, resinous, and grapefruity.

Flavor has more malt than Daisy Cutter: pale and a little caramel malt, with herbal, grapefruity, and resinous hops.

Medium bodied and crisp for the ABV.

Good stuff. This is supposed to be an imperial pale ale rather than an imperial IPA, and I think that classification makes sense here despite the hoppiness.

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Double Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Beer Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 803 ratings.
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