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): 8.00%

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 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 some bitterness 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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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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Double Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Beer Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 882 ratings.
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