Double Daisy Cutter | Half Acre Beer Company

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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:
512
Gots:
84
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sparty1224
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 1 pt. 6 Fl. oz. bomber poured into a tulip. No bottle date, but it's been just over 2 weeks since the release, so very fresh.

A: Pours a pretty clear, burnt orange color, with a 1/2-finger white, foamy head.

S: Pineapple, orange, tangerine. A little bit of fresh grass. Smells a bit bolder and maltier than the original DC.

T: Lots of papaya, tangerine, orange rind. Very clean and dry finish, not too bitter. While both the hop and malt bill are doubled here, I feels it's the malt balance and backbone that stands out the most on this version.

M: Great carbonation. Nice, full mouthfeel. Quite malt-forward for a double pale ale.

O: For me, this drinks more like an IPA than a DIPA. It's a double pale ale, and it's only 8%. So from an IPA standard, it's pretty darn good. It's on the maltier side, which I tend not to prefer, but it's not overly bready. I also don't think it's an improvement on the original DC. I think the malt profile was amplified more than the hops, and I'd prefer it the other way around. Nonetheless, it's a solid IPA, and another great hoppy beer from HA.

Recommendation: Quite a tough find in the Chicago area, but if you're a local and you see it on draft, grab a pint for sure.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. An orangish hazy beer with a 2 finger white foamy head.

S. Nice citrus notes and sweet biscuity malts. Orange peel, honey, grapefruit, smells like candy.

T. Yum. Nice malt sweetness. Orange, grapefruit and mango then some welcome bitterness followed by a grassy, green leaf, piney finish.

M. Low end of medium body, on a scale of 1-10 its a 4. Nice carbonation that sticks to the tongue but doesn't chase the swallow too much. Slightly dry finish.

O. A very nice IIPA. It's a IIPA at it's core also. No excessive fruit. No gimmicks. Just a very good representation of a IIPA done right.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was golden in color with a generous white head.

Smell - The grassy notes make a big inpression in the aroma. Bready notes follow.

Taste - The initial impression is grass and grapefruit. Malt presents a modestly sweet backbone with notes of biscuit and caramel. The grassy noyes carry over into the dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - I anticipated a fuller mouthfeel for the style. I would qualify it as being a little thin.

Overall - I like the regular Daisy Cutter. I really do not believe this present a significant upgrade.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a standard DIPA. Strong bitterness throughout but a balanced malt base that tempers the ABV but doesn't impact the hop profile. Nose is mild for the style. Mouthfeel has enough body to carry the hops and make the drinking experience enjoyable.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled 2.13.15 and enjoyed today, 2.15.15, from a pint glass

A: Pours a bronzy or copper-ish shade of orange. Substantial head and tons of stick lacing.

S: Fantastic aromas. On the nose -- and you can pick all this up from a foot or two away from the glass -- there are bright aromas of tangerines, candied oranges, pine, and a generally wet dankness.

T: The flavor delivers all that the nose promised, and more: bitter pine is the opening flavor, which shifts into sweet, juicy oranges and tangerines, caramel, toasted (almost nutty?) grain flavors, dank marijuana buds, and orange peels.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and chewy and, when combined with everything that's going on with smell and taste, makes for one of those…sigh...endlessly drinkable beers.

O: Overall, another excellent hoppy offering from Half Acre -- and possibly my favorite beer from them. Just an incredible combo of dank juiciness, sweet citrus fruit, bitter pine and hops, and a toasty, nutty and caramel-y malt profile. Also a cut above Galactic Double Daisy Cutter. One other thing I noted is that I didn't see much of a resemblance to Daisy Cutter, which is a much drier, grassier, and more bitter - but still delicious - beer.

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Photo of CraftyViki
5/5  rDev +19%

Double Daisy Cutter is my vote for beer of the year. It is extremely hoppy and refreshing. It blew me away with its overall deliciousness. If you like Imperial IPAs, you will love this fine beer. Too bad it is not distributed in Florida.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Eataly - Chicago, IL
L - amber in color, huge rocky ivory head leaves some lacing on the glass
S - awesome nose, tropical, honey, caramel, floral hop, refreshing
T - bold and fairly balanced with tropical fruit, mango, grapefruit, toasty, nutty grain, pine, fruit, floral hop, caramel
F - medium body, alcohol is noticeable but warming, finishes dry with lingering piny, grapefruity bitterness and a little bit of residual sweetness
O - really solid DIPA! Love how the high dose of toasty grain complements the bitterness.

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Photo of koutkid41
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy dark orange color with one inch of white head. Nice lacing that sticks to the glass.

S: Big bready aroma with citrus pine with some strawberry and candied fruits. Some floral notes as well, appealing aroma but doesn't punch you in the face.

T: Big bready hit on the front end as well. Then on the back end has a bitterness that lingers with strawberry, orange, grapefruit and some mild pine.

M: Medium chewy body with sturdy carbonation. Semi harsh bitterness and nice and dry on the finish. Nicely attenuated.

O: Overall I really enjoyed this beer and love the dry finish. Was hoping for more and find it to be a little over-hyped in my opinion but not bad. I would drink again but not fight to get it as well.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-EBF sample pour. Not sure if it's as from a bottle of from the tap unfortunately. Pours a darker orange with a thin, white head.

S-Zesty oranges and grapefruits. A candied citrus hop character as well. Piney, grassy and some tropical fruit hops. Malty sweetness.

T-Concentrated oranges and grapefruit like the nose. Sweet, candied orange hops, also found in the nose. Heavy on the bitter citrus. Grass and pine leave more bitterness. Some caramel malt backing.

M-Bitter. Medium bodied. Prickly carbonation. I wouldn't hate another 12 or so samples of this.

O/D-I have been waiting to try this one for years. I was very excited. I wouldn't exactly say I was let down by it because I still found it to be an amazing brew but I was sort of expecting serious epicness.

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

Golden honeyed pour with crisp white head. Moderate lacing on the side.

Sweet biscuity aroma. Tangerine peel leading with a very citrus presence. Modest pine.

Sweetened malt initially envelops my mouth and spectacular hopness following. Piney resin and hop tingling the side of my tongue. Juicy bits of grapefruit here, pith and all. Trace alcohol detected but not obnoxious.

Creamy mouthfeel. Bitterness lingers well. Lip smacking stickiness.

The hits keep on a rollin. Another fine imperial to choose from. Been waiting for some time to find this and when I did there was only one bottle on the shelf. This is extremely delicious and made for men who want to get drunk fast. I gotta learn to savor these instead of cuuurushing 'em. Impeccable balance of malt sweetness, hop and fruit. Great brewery doing great craft!

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Photo of WadeBridgman
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice golden orange color, can see right through the glass. Small head of foam, looks pretty in a glass.
S - Wonderful smell, able to detect nice bitter fruits. Nice dry hopping went on here.
T - Taste is great, the bitterness and sweet taste blend nicely and leave a great finish to the beer, I am impressed. No detection of 8% alcohol.
M - the carbonation is a little stronger than i would have guessed, but does not take away from the overall character of the beer.
O - This is a great brew that I have had my eye on for quite some time. I am a fan of Half Acre and I'm glad I was able to acquire this since normal Daisy Cutter is so enjoyable.

Purchased 3/13/14. Enjoyed 3/15/14. No date on bottle, no batch number, no IBU's.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a lightly hazed golden amber with nearly 2 fingers of nearly white (yellow/tan tinted) dense head. Retention is fantastic, lacing is perfect.

S - Lots of grapefruit and sweet caramel malts initially. Light resin, and some lemon as well.

T - Initially light lemon and dry piney hops. More lemon and a grapefruit type citrus follow it up, theres a definitely caramel sweetness and an almost wet hoppy finish to the beer. Lemon and wet hops linger throughout the entire life cycle of the taste and to the aftertaste as well.

M - Surprisingly light bodied, ok carbonation. Very smooth yet light and drinkable. Kind have expected a bit more carbonation, but the almost juice like quality really allows the great flavor to shine. Unique but i really dig it.

O - Mouthfeel is what makes this really unique in my opinion. Also, the tons of light citrusy zesty lemon and subtle hop bitterness play incredibly well off of each other. I tend to like sweeter citrus fruits but this was really unique and awesome.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Solid gold with decent foam. Lacing is just ok, but very sudsy. Color is very heavy and thick. I love the color.

Smell: Slightly oaky with evident grapefruit. A bit too subdued.

Taste/Mouthfeel: While (Single) Daisy Cutter exhibits the grassy and lemony notes of a good IPA, Double Daisy Cutter hones in on the grapefruit notes. Very citrusy and the booze packs a punch. Quite smooth for an IPA, especially a double. Yeasty.

Overall Drinkability: Not quite as good as its counterpart, but definitely a beer worth a few tries.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Screw-top growler received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Gonzo Illini!

First stein pours with a 1/2" creamy beige head over the cloudy amber brew. Head holds on and on, with lasting chunky lacing. Aroma is lemony citrus.

Taste starts sweet for a minute, powerful lemon in the middle, moderate pine close coupled with a touch of earthiness. Mouthfeel is smooth, with drinkability is dangerously easy. Glad I got to have this one, and a whole growler's worth to boot. Cheers!

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oops, hit "re-review" opposed to "Edit your review." This is from 16-18 months ago.

Had this a few weeks back, thought now would be a good time to review.

A - A bit hazey / cloudy copper color with good head retention

S - Grapfruit, grass, citrus caramel and lemon

T - Here's where this beer deserves praise due to style. All other beers claiming to be a double Pale Ale have fallen short for me. Especially Double Dog comes to mind. This was a solid "IPA" for me. Clean, crisp, full of Grapefriut, Lemons, grass and bitter but not overly so. Reminded me a lot of an unfiltered Stone IPA if there were such a thing if I were to describe it to someone.

M - The Grapefruit and Lemons linger nicley, reminiscent of solid IPA almost creamy as it warms some. Good.

D - Pretty good. Would be able to polish off 2 bombers of this one in a sitting pretty easily.

Final Thoughts - This was a solid brew and a nice surprise as I didn't have huge expectations for this one. I wouldn't go as far as to say great but very good. Showcased hops very well. Glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tried Daisy Cutter, tried Galactic, now it's time for Double. Pours a bright orange color, slightly hazy. Medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is a little more weak than I had expected. Some grassy notes with piney hops and a hint of citrus. A lot of grapefruit with a bit of melon. Just a tiny bit of malt. Taste is a step above the aroma. Very well-balanced favors of citrus hops and crystal malt. The hops are't "in your face" but the flavor is quite lovely. Somewhat bittering finish that lingers on the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit on the juicy side. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a well-balanced DIPA. I still prefer regular Daisy Cutter though.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Lord Hobo, reviewed from notes. Served in tulip.

A- Translucent golden brown with about 2-fingers of white foamy head that has excellent retention and leaves nice layered lacing.

S- Tropical fruits of oranges, grapefruits, hops and a decent malt background that balances nicely with the tropical hoppy aroma. Decent aroma strength, but not overly aromatic.

T- Oranges, grapefruit, lightly bitter lemons, finishes with more grapefruits and lemons with a light malt background that balances very nicely.

M- Medium bodied, smooth, very easy drinking.

O- This was a great beer, but I think I still prefer the regular Daisy Cutter. This lives up to some of the better DIPAs I've had, but there isn't anything that really makes it stand out compared to them. I wish this was readily available in Boston and that I could have the chance to drink it more often.

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

Appearance: clear, soft orange color, beige finger of fluffy, lacy head.

Aroma: could smell the flowery hops pouring the thing! Some pine needles, early, herbal, grassy hop notes and a soft pale maltiness.

Taste: upper medium bitterness, plenty of grassy, floral hops, pine needles, resins, faint alcohol, doughy malt backbone.

***Nice resinous, oily medium body. Good drinkability pairs with one of the better portrayal of floral hop stardom!

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Photo of oline73
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

The beer pours a clear amber color with a layer of off white head. The smell is full of juicy citrus hops, definitely west coast hop goodness. Bitter citrus peel hops dominate the taste, but there is enough malt sweetness to balance things out a bit. More juicy citrus peel notes here. The sweet undertone was just enough to add balance, but let the hops be the star. This is a very good DIPA.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was lucky enough to stumble across Double Daisy Cutter at the local liquor store. Clutch! Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber bottle into my Firestone Walker tulip glass.

Appearance (4/5): Double Daisy Cutter is orange and translucent, slightly hazed. A moderate pour gets me a one finger white head. A little disappointed with that, since this indicates a little undercarbonation (which is confirmed when drinking). But on the plus side, killer bottle artwork from Half Acre–as usual!

Smell (4.5/5): Wow. This really knocks my socks off. Lots of floral and grassy hop notes accompanied by a beautiful, light lemon-y citrus. Sweet light malt. The unique floral qualities in the aroma are certainly reminiscent of the regular daisy cutter pale, just amped up (as one would expect).

Taste (4.5/5): Foretaste I get lots of floral and grapefruit hops, incredibly interesting herbal notes. At mid-tongue the malt hits and I get interesting wheat, cereal, and bread notes. Finish is quite bitter and dry. Major pink grapefruit notes come through at the end. This is some seriously fresh stuff. I can see why they call this a double pale--the malt and hops are not as unbalanced as they would be in a IPA. Don't get me wrong, this is a hop monster but it has a pronounced breadiness that you don't often get in India Pale Ales.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): Mouth is slightly puckering from the dry hop astringency. Great stuff. Light carbonation and medium body. Slightly undercarbonated in my honest opinion. High drinkability and disturbingly quenching.

Overall (4.25/5): I really, really like this beer, as you can tell. It does the hoppy pale ale thing that the regular Daisy Cutter does so well and then turns it up to 11. There haven't been too many limited release offerings I've drank lately that are as good and drinkable as Double DC. Extremely tasty stuff and quite different from your typical "West Coast" hop monsters.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle in a FFF teku

A - Beautiful DIPA with a glowing orange and a slight haze. Two finger head comprised of many small bubbles and tons of lacing as it goes down

S - Mango, strawberry, pineapple with a light grapefruit presence as well. Overall, a tropical fruit nose

T - Mango, pineapple and strawberry up front before moving to a slightly floral and bitter hops that you get in the regular daisy cutter. Slight Lemon and floral flavors linger in the finish. This really reminds me of a bigger and sweeter version of regular daisy cutter

M - Medium slightly thick body with medium carbonation

O - This is a version of daisy cutter amped up with more citrus, fruit and hops to add more flavor and another layer of complexity

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ken for sharing. The beer is golden hued with a thin white head. The aroma offers candied citrus, pineapple, sweet hops, tropical fruit. The flavor offers a huge dose of hops with grapefruit and a healthy bitterness. Really nice. Big and bold. I like this one a lot.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-golden amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-grapefruit, orange, pine, hints of malt and herbal

T-grapefruit and orange upfront followed by pine and malt as well as slight herbal notes, big bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly astringent

O-a really solid DIPA with a big hop character

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear amber in color with 1.5 finger white head and leaves a ton of lacing along the sides of glass.

S - Great gobs of fruity and piney hops. Bready malts, a touch of honey. A bit of good grain in the background.

T - Perfect balance of malt and hops. Starts with sweet hops and bready malts, follows up with a piney hop bite and finishes bitter.

M - Perfect. Very smooth and crisp.

Overall - A superb beer here by Half Acre. A great twist on the already great Daisy Cutter

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 2.13.13
Big thanks to mcbeerbrew for this long time want

A - Pours a hazy, medium orange with a smaller light tan head that just sits there.

S - Stronge pine, citrus, candy, some tropical fruits.

T - Mostly orange citurs and somne tropical fruit before a touch of bitter grass and a touch of alcohol move into the finish.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Very pleasant hoppiness and very drinkable. A great beer.

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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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