Galactic Double Daisy Cutter | Half Acre Beer Company

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Galactic Double Daisy CutterGalactic Double Daisy Cutter

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We've brewed a variant of Double Daisy Cutter we're calling Galactic Double Daisy Cutter. This version highlights Galaxy hops, a bruiser grown in Australia specifically to make palates numb. This beer insisted on being a beast. Uber-hazy and jam packed with the sticky, Galaxy hops, this beer isn't for the faint of heart.

As if pulled from the core of a distant, inhospitable planet, The Galactic Double Daisy is juicy and dank, rough and tumble and beautifully ugly. Strap on your boots and pull down some of the ooze, Galactic Double Daisy is here.

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Photo of JT_Money
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful Amber Color, Clarity and Mouth Feel. Not overpowering hoppiness, Perfectly balanced with Tangy Citrus tropical notes. How did Half Acre do it?? This little brewery is turning into one of my faves. They keep pumping out some great stuff!!!! Overall, Amazeballs!!!!

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Photo of atomic
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1 month old 22oz bottle into Teku

Perfect IPA. I can't even break it apart into categories, its literally perfect in every way. I'm not here to fluff up their ratings either, I was completely blown away. The taste is reminiscent to Zombie Dust, but somehow manages to be more tropical.... I wasn't even aware that was possible.
I'd trade all the Heady and Pliny in the world to make this a year round release.

The only thing I feel I should mention is that on the bottle this is labled as 6.5%, which makes this a single IPA in my book. Until now my favorite IPA has been Blind Pig from RR, and this dethrones it effortlessly.

My only regret is that of the 6 bottles I bought, I traded all but this one bottle.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Memphis Taproom during Philly Beer Week '12

Pours a hazy orange color, fingers width of white head slowly fades and laces well. Smell is all hops: sticky, sweet, citrusy, and floral. Perfect.

Taste is a 1,2 punch of hops, perfectly balanced with the right amount of carbonation. Floral and piney, citrusy, mango, grapefruit, apples and oranges, the right amount of bitterness and strangely buttery smooth.

Hands down best IPA I've had to date. Need more right now!

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Photo of actone2001
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sent to me fresh by RC0032, a fantastic trader who i regularly trade with. I let this one sit in my fridge for a couple months because I had too many other sours/stouts to drink.

A - nice orange hue, somewhat clear with a bit of chill haze.

S - I'm sure a lot of the hop aroma dissipated, but I still get a nice citrusy smell. It's still hoppy in aroma, no real maltiness comes out.

T - A perfect, citrusy hop flavor rolls across the tongue. Slight bitterness, but nothing overpowering. I think the time on this bottle has exposed the tiny bit of maltiness that I love in a great DIPA. The finish is what makes this beer top notch in the category. The way that It can get all the grapefruit, citrus and malt flavor all to balance harmoniously with that crisp, clean finish is wonderful.

M - perfect carbonation. Not tingly, but not flat. Good enough to accentuate the flavor properly.

O - Wow! Even after too many months in the fridge, this met and exceeded all my standards for a DIPA. I love the citrusy hops, I love that tint of malt backbone. I could drink multiples of this without ever getting sick of it. Next time (if there is a next time) I'll drink it fresh. I'll admit that I am a bit biased to West Coast Ipa's, but Half Acre continuously impresses me with their offerings! Well done guys!

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Photo of Paulcom11
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden, big frothy head, good lacing. Little bit of haze.

S - Tons of tropical fruit, mango, peach and some lemony citrus. This was just in your face fantastic.

A real treat after a long week of work. I hope they come out with this again!!!

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Photo of pschul4
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by my friend Tony. Been wanting to try this one for a while.

A- Light orange-ish with decent head and nice lacing. A very tasty looking DIPA.

S- Mmmm this smells delicious. Fruity hops all over the place. Tons of orange/grapefruit/pineapple notes all over the place. This smell burst from the bottle upon opening

T- Just as good as the smell! A rediculous amount of tropical fruit flavors balanced out with a sharp hop background. No malt presences but I didn't expect any. This is the best DIPA I've ever had (Sorry Hopslam/PtE)

M- Light and smooth without being weak. Lingers on your palate for a little while after swallowing.

O- This would be my go-to DIPA if it were more available. I certainly plan on getting in line for my share of bottles this year.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Made it to Half Acre for the release. Haven’t had it from the bottle yet, but got some on tap and also on cask with more Galaxy hops and Citra Hops. The cask was amazing BTW, so if you see it, try it. As for the beer itself, it poured a slightly hazy burnt orange body. Nice white frothy head. Aroma of tropical fruits, hops, almost no sweetness. Taste is very similar. Lots of fruit, good amount of bitterness, and not much sweetness, just the way I like it.

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Photo of MarkIntihar
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Kuhnhenn snifter. Big thanks to Mike for the trade!

A - Even with a fairly aggressive pour, I can only get about a half finger's worth of pale white head. Somewhat disappointing. The liquid itself is a burnt orange color and is very cloudy. You can tell just from looking that this is heavier than your standard IPA. Seriously cannot see through this one. The edges of the glass fade slightly from burnt orange to more of a yellow orange.

S - Orange/tangerine is the foremost scent in this beer. Picking up some hops as well, and also an apple cider type smell, which really puzzles me. The galaxy hops also provide a bit of a funk, which is very interesting and adds to the complexity of the aroma. Gives off almost a weedy-like funky smell. Very intriguing, but altogether quite pleasant.

T - The bread and butter of this beer is definitely in the taste (shouldn't all beers be this way?). Oranges, tangerines, and funky hops are complimented by a very nice crisp, bitter hop finish. Also pick up the slightest hint of the apple cider mentioned in the smell (am I crazy?). Seriously though, the citrus fruit and bitter hop presence work together in perfect harmony in this one. And even the bizarre cider-like quality seems to add an extra level that is quite palatable. Altogether very well done.

M - Definitely among the smoother drinking DIPAs I've ever had the chance to enjoy. Little to no alcohol bite, and despite my concern that carbonation would be an issue, this beer is perfectly carbed to aid the smooth feeling going down.

O - Overall a very well done beer from Half Acre. Definitely the next step up from the original Daisy Cutter, and does a very nice job of showcasing the galaxy hops. Hope Half Acre decides to brew this gem again!

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Photo of steveAbomb
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a quick note. Was mightly impressed with this Midwest take on a New England style ipa. Really hit the right notes with the citrusy aroma, hazy color and bitterness while packing a nice wollop. I'm really glad I got to try it. thanks to Paul for sending along!

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bright orange/amber on the pour, a bit hazy. Nice head that sits on top. Aroma had a little sweet malt mixed in with some juicy tropical fruit. Mango, pinapple, a little citrus. The flavor starts out with a big citrus burst, along with pineapple. A slight bitterness at the end even outs the sweetness of the tropical fruit. The malt stays in the background the whole time, never really getting in the way of the hops. This definitely does a great job of balancing out the sweetness. Creamy, medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot on as well, a nice bitterness on the aftertaste. Very nice ipa here, and i'd prefer this to regular double daisy, from what I can remember.

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Photo of jegross2
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the latest batch of Galactic Double Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Brewing Company out of Chicago.
Score: 96

Can is from the Chicago Craft Beer Week release on the last week of May 2012, served in a snifter glass and enjoyed while fresh on 06/06/12.

Appearance: Pours a hazy/murky yellow-orange color with three fingers of foamy/seafoam cream colored head that slowly recedes to a thin film atop the beer. Slightly below average lacing, but really good retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Sharp and fresh orange citrus zest, sweet grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple juice. Ample doses of fresh pine, dew-laden grass and even a little resinous sap. A fresh, powerful, bold and inviting IPA aroma. 4.75/5

Taste: Sweet grapefruit and orange upfront with a mild sweet-and-sour lemonade flavored backbone. Prickly fresh pine on the center of the tongue. Lingering tropical sweet citrus flavor that is just a touch tart and giving the bitterness of the beer an invigorating pop. Can't get enough grapefruit flavor on the palate here. The balance between the hop bitterness and the citrus sweetness is really nice, and it makes the beer incredibly drinkable and refreshing. Yum! 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Juicy mouthfeel. Bitter, sweet and just a touch tart. The mouthfeel is spot on for an (imperial) IPA of this type. 5/5

Overall: Half Acre makes a lot of really excellent hoppy beers that rival the likes of Alpine, Three Floyds, Hill Farmstead and Lawson's, but I am firmly convinced that either this or Shewolf (a Three Floyd's collaboration IPA) is Half Acre's best brew.

Recommendation: Seek this out if you can find it fresh. It is a world class imperial IPA. I think it is on par with the likes of Arctic Panzer Wolf and Ghandi Bot.

Pairings: Grilled chicken.

Cost: $18 for a four pack of cans.

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Photo of koutkid41
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper/orange color with nice fluffy white head that lingers for a bit. Slight haze.

S: Very fruity upfront with some pine. Candied tangerine, pineapple, mango, maybe a little bubblegum. Really nice aroma.

T: Again fruity upfront with some of that expected breadiness from Half Acre. Get notes of mango pineapple, and sweet tangerine. Slight alcoholic taste.

M: Crisp, dry, and not sweet. Just the way I like it. Medium body.

O: I love this beer, really like it more than the regular Double Daisy.

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Photo of Purp1eOne
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A -Pleasing amber with orange highlights, very appealing

S - Smell of apricots and citrus

T - All kinds citrusy/fruity apricots with a lot of hops

M - Slightly carbonated with good body

O - Galatica Double Daisy Cutter is worth the wait/effort. This beer is one of a kind and I am not a big pale ale guy. Very nice and I am just disappointed I only got two bombers.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge. golden, slightly brown. May be most powerfully aromatic beer I've had. Loads of tropical fruit -pineapple, orange, lemon. Similar taste with a bit of that Daisy Cutter grassiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is crazy - both sticky and tangy. Went to Half Acre on release day to get this. Saw the line and drove away. A week later I found it in my local bottle shop. It was still cool from being just off the truck. Now I almost wish I'd gotten in that line so I could have more.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to htomsirveaux for hooking me up with a bottle!

Appearance: Hazy deep gold pushing toward orange. The head is white, sticky, and chunky. The lacing is ridiculous, sticking to the glass with gusto. Hazy enough to appear opaque when cold. Warming brings a little more clarity, but there's still a ton of haze. It's on par for the style, bridging that gap between orange and gold.

Smell: Pine up front gives way to a ton of tropical aromas. Pineapple, mango, and fresh orange liven this thing up. Peaches too! A sweetness comes from the tropical aromas, but the pine helps tamp it down a little. If this is what a Galaxy hop smells like, I'm in love. Faint malts linger in the back, offering up a biscuity afterthought. Big and juicy hop nose has my mouth watering. Did I mention is has the aroma of fresh, sticky weed? Yeah, that's there too.

Taste: Almost tastes oaked. Earthy, woody notes linger behind the potent hop flavors. Pine hits the strongest, pushing back some of the more tropical flavors, but tons of pineapple and peach play on the aftertaste. Malts are almost non-existent, but help elevate the earthy flavor, providing a nice balance to the hops. The flavors take a few sips to find a harmony, and that's the only downside. Half the beer is gone before it really hits its stride. Dank and piney.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slightly creamy, and just full enough to assert its presence. Manages to avoid being over dry, despite what has to be a generous dry-hopping. Carbonation is solid and manages to lift the body a little.

Overall: A crazy first experience with Galaxy hops. Loads of tropical flavor and a deft hand with the hop profile make this one crazy good beer. I'm looking forward to trying future incarnations of Double Daisy Cutter.

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Photo of SeanBond
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've always been surprised that Half Acre doesn't have a year-round version of Double Daisy Cutter; their regular DC is a standard, but the double IPA version is much better, and lends itself really well to variants like this. The galaxy hops pair really well with the grassy and slightly bitter DDC, making for a refreshing and easy-drinking beer that is honestly tastier than I remembered (despite having given it a generic "4.75" when I had it a couple years back).

It's not quite top of the barrel (although partially since galaxy hops aren't my absolute favorite), but it's one of the better DIPAs out there, and has enough of DDC in it to give it a bit of distinction from your typical DIPA. Still could use a LITTLE bit of a tweak to make it really stand out, but as is, a top-notch effort from HA, and probably my 3rd favorite of their yearly releases (behind Beer Hates Astronauts and certain batches of Navaja).

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Photo of bertram
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to TravisMBinns for the trade at the Three Floyds XV party...poured from a 22oz bottle:

Really nice smell of hops and sweetness as I opened the bottle...I think this is going to be really good...

Pours a hazy amber with a good amount of head and great lacing.

The taste and mouthfeel does not disappoint - perfect level of carbonation and a really nice balance of hop bitterness and some sweetness going on here, with a nice dry finish.

Overall a great beer that I'm glad I was able to try!

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed glowing orange with not much fizz.

Aroma explodes with citrus and tropical fruit. Guava, lemon, grapefruit plus some pine sap.

Taste is laser focused on the hops. Intense pine resin and grapefruit,

Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation. Sticky and mouth coating flavor.

One of my favorite hop bombs now has competition from Half Acre's new Navaja...hahaha. Good for me!

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Photo of kevanb
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It pours a really hazy orange, amber color with a really nice white head that stands about 3 fingers high. The head has nice tight bubbles and has fantastic retention and leaves behind great striped lacing. The aroma is incredible, a wonderfully dank floral bouquet leaps out out of the glass, analogous to sticking one's face in a wild meadow, bright citrus notes come out with a big grapefruit presence as well. Nice resinous aromas of pine sap sneak out at the finish with just the faintest cereal grain, make no mistake this is one hop forward aroma, a great change of pace from both previous Daisy Cutter offerings. The flavors are just as fantastic, starts with a big burst of citrus, oranges and grapefruits, that is followed by a strong dank floral presence, almost like rosewater or hibiscus water, that is finished by an absurdly bitter rush of coniferous flavors. The flavor profile really highlights the galaxy hop, fruity and citrusy with a nice dank floral backing, easily the best use of the hop I've ever encountered. The body is spot on, big and full, juicy texture that has a perfectly dry bitter finish.

Verdict: Incredible DIPA from Half Acre and in my opinion, the best beer they make. I love Daisy Cutter but this takes it to a whole new level. I can't get over how hazy and dank this beer is without becoming overly vegetal. Please Half Acre, make this beer more often.

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Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a wonderful murky/hazy golden dandelion hue with a nice one finger creamy white head that left some nice side lacing.

S - As I pop the can huge aromas of Galaxy hops explode from the can. Super dank and inviting. Once poured into the glass the dankness really pops. This is full of hops and oils. Very nice.

T - Oh yah. Explosion of grapefruit meat and rind, tons of hoppy oils. To hell with balance, this is a glass of galaxy baby! Super bitter, there is a slight bready hint towards the end that mixes with citrus. Pine tries to come through but is squashed by that graperuit peel.

M - This is so bitter and hoppy that is actually nearly dries the mouth out, demanding one gets another sip! The carbonation is perfect for this, excellent, spot on. Super enjoyable.

O - Overall this was a delicious surprise to get in my box. I'd heard about this beer and glad I got it, and a fresh one too! This beer screams Galaxy hops and I love it.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, sunshine orange, with medium carbonation and overall a very pretty brew.

Smell is wonderful, definitely getting a cotton candy-esque sweetness that is countered with a tangy hop bitterness.

Taste doesn't quite meet my expectations, but that's alright still a tremendous brew. Tastes like freshly baked biscuits, slight citrus, I'm always intrigued by the galactic hop, very tasty but can't quite put my finger on the taste.

Mouthfeel is marvelous, a somewhat bizarre bitter after taste, but nothing I can't get over.

Overall very glad I picked up 3 of these when I had the chance as I haven't seen them anywhere since aside from tap.

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Photo of Tyler_m
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy aroma batman! This beer is bursting with galaxy! It pours a nice hazy golden color. I'm not sure if I'm smelling a beer or if I'm smelling a handful of galaxy hops. Overwhelmingly delicious citrus fruity smell and it tastes just like it smells. This is a hop bomb but it's not overly bitter and it's extremely well balanced. Great carbonation. I just tried daisy cutter for the first time, and after being underwhelmed by it I was expecting something similar with this. I got the exact opposite with GD daisy cutter, this beer is underrated if anything. Very well done and I will be seeking this out again for sure

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

high five to yeahnatenelson...enjoyed in my capt lawrence taster tulip.

a - poured super cloudy and murky with a frothy thin ipa'ish head that chilled out for a bit and left some sticky lacing.

s - OH BOY! galactic deliciousness!!! that smells AMAZING!!!! super upfront citric burst. little sweaty...nice sweetness. i could smell this beer all day.

t - sticky sweaty piny hops. leaning heavy on the bitter side, but by no means offensive. great imperial pale ale.

m - full bodied ipa that leaves a rich creamy bitterness.

o - overall - WOW! what a great brew. glad i got to try this. as a big fan of daisy cutter, this was a real wonderful treat. i continue to be impressed by half acre and wish i could more easily get these great brews.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle for $7 at the Local 44 bottle shop during Philly beer week. Poured into a snifter. Nice white 2-finger head with clear light copper color. Smells of piney & citrus hops. A bit resiney. Some melon, orange peel, maybe a little white wine qualities in the nose. Hop forward taste with ample bitterness and piney/citrus flavors. Reminds me of Union Jack. Feels light and extremely drinkable. An all around excellent beer. This brewery is quickly going on my breweries to keep an eye out for and one I will def drink from again.

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Photo of ChiPool
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up 4 packof tall boy cans from brewery yesterday; poured into tulip glass today.

First thing to note: you can smell this beer from the moment you pop the can. It is incredibly aromatic: all citric/weedy hops on the nose. It pours a light orange color, which is quite hazy & opaque. Carbonation seems moderate: not too fizzy, but it is present. Great retention& lacing. Down the hatch, this is delightful. Everything you like about Daisy Cutter, but more...without being obnoxious. Bursting with citrus hoppy flavor (mainly orangepeel to me), with a lingering but pleasant bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side: a touch syrupy, but not off putting by any means. The finish is dry.

Overall: fantastic variation of a flagship brew. Save more for me!

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Galactic Double Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Beer Company
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