Galactic Double Daisy Cutter | Half Acre Beer Company

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BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by GbVDave on 08-19-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
754
Reviews:
158
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
8.41%
 
 
Wants:
327
Gots:
80
For Trade:
2
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1.5/5  rDev -65%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

Photo of oregone
2.74/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'll be the low reviewer with the huge deviation it seems:
A: Murky true-gold color with some bronze. Decent head from easy pour, not much retention or lacing. Opaque.
S: Good. Solid and rich tropical fruit, citrus and a touch of pine. Very pronounced and likeable. Best aspect of the brew.
T: Murky muddled caramel fruit and bitterig hops. I like a bitter IPA more than most, but the flavors just don't meld well. Astringent, and the good flavors (more of the fruit and pine) get lost in the mess. Worst part of the brew. Below average for sure, and then some.
M: Not bad. Hard to get past the persistently not good taste, but medium bodied, spot on for the style, and leaves a nice coating. Wishing for more carbonation to wash the taste away.
O: Not too happy. I could smell this and be ok, I could feel this and be ok, but I can not drink this and really 'like' it. It's alright at best, and I'm sure if I wasn't thinking about it I'd be happier. After having a can of Daisy Cutter, this is not doing that name justice at all. Just not good. Will not recommend nor seek out more.

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2.91/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Copper orange color, transparent, thin head
S- Honestly I get the dank smells, but this smelled strongly of onion and garlic
T- Very floral, piney, dank, subtle malt sweetness, garlicy/oniony in the background
M- Chewy, bubbly
O- I was very disappointed by this brew, I would much prefer regular Daisy Cutter to this beer. I might just not be a fan of galaxy hops, it doesn't really compare to citra hops for me.

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

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3.17/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.27/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.36/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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3.42/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.55/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

CAN: Colourful label art. 16 fl oz pull-tab format. Packaged on code on the bottom of the can is unreadable, but this just hit the NYC market so I haven't concerns about freshness. Label calls it a "Double Pale Ale." A 4 pack ran me $18 plus tax and deposit at a grocery store in Brooklyn.

Brewed with Galaxy hops. No ABV listed on the can.

Served cold into a nonic pint.

HEAD: White in colour, with a full frothy consistency and a soft overall appearance. Fluffy and inviting. Retention is excellent for what I presume is a high ABV; this lasts a good 8-10 minutes, leaving a nice coating of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clear copper of average vibrance. Obviously filtered; there's no visible yeast/lees within.

It's a nice looking (I)IPA, though the head is a fair bit better executed than the body. A more vibrant lively body would be a good start, but it's appealing as-is.

AROMA: Tropical fruit and bright floral hop aromatics. There's no perceptible hop bitterness; the pale malts seem to be doing a good job of keeping this balanced. Passionfruit, mango peel, papaya, some candied citrus peel...it's lovely, and very evocative.

Could be more pungent and could present more fresh, if we're nitpicking. But the hop aromatics are superb and galaxy seems to be showcased well judging by the aroma.

Aromatic intensity is average.

No off-notes, overt yeasty notes (aside from fruity esters), or overt booze is detectable. Suggests a pleasant approachable IPA with a nice hop profile, excellent balance, and high drinkability.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The soft, coating, medium-bodied mouthfeel props up the brew but doesn't get in the way, presenting bright hoppy flavours of passionfruit, mango peel, citrus, floral notes, and papaya along with some candied citrus peel flavours. Pale malts provide the simplistic backbone to this hop-emphatic ale, letting the hops do the talking and staying out of the limelight. Balanced as a result, though hop pungency is limited as is depth of flavour. It's not the most expressive IPA I've had of late, but it's well built, showcases galaxy well, and is a worthwhile change of pace from regular Double Daisy Cutter.

As it comes to temperature, I get some faint garlicky/oniony flavour in the third act, nodding towards a Simcoe-like hop flavour that works well with the slightly oily coating mouthfeel.

Smooth, wet, well-carbonated, refreshing. Average flavour duration. Below average flavour intensity.

With less limited depth and expressiveness, this could easily be world class fare.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy. Overall presence on the palate is good, and the coating aspect of the texture helps coax out the candied citrus peel flavour. I do think they could go softer still and even more light bodied, resulting in a more refreshing brew, but this is well-executed across the board.

OVERALL: More solid work from a great brewery, Galactic Double Daisy Cutter is a worthy addition to the Daisy Cutter series (if we can call it that). Hoppy yet drinkable, and a beer I'll enjoy finishing my 4-pack of. If not for its steep price, I'd revisit this regularly. I do think I prefer regular Double Daisy Cutter, but this succeeds at showcasing Galaxy hops and for those who count that hop as a favourite (I don't), this beer will be a real treat. Not world-class, but unquestionably good.

Low B (3.55) / GOOD

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05/15/17 2nd impressions from another can:

Its hop profile is a bit simplistic for the style, but it's an incredibly well-balanced beer and while it's not preferable to Double Daisy Cutter, there's plenty here for the discerning drinker to enjoy.

Low B / GOOD

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3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tony for sending me a bottle. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a dark, cloudy peach with a creamy white head of small bubbles. Average retention and light lacing. Smells like the HF Galaxy (my only other reference point for this hop), strong tropical notes with a light vegetable/floral finish. Flavor is muted orange and mango hops, well balanced sweetness and bitterness. Medium thick body, chewy and slightly boozy in the finish. Nice beer, even better I assume if you haven't had regular double daisy or hf galaxy.

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3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mulder1010
3.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a tulip. Shared with Mr Kennedy
Thanks to Readbaron and Dunt for the bottle

A-- Poured a dark, dirty hazy orange amber color. One finger off white dirty head. Faded down and stayed at just above film through drinking this. Great lacing as it left a lot of spotty lacing through drinking this.

S-- Thick and earthy. Lots of grapefruit, mango, passionfruit, and orange. Very earthy and thick smell. Really reminded me of what stone and wood Pacific Ale would be as a double pale ale. Just bigger.

T-- Started off slow and picked up with more air. Lots of pungent mango and tropical fruits. Very earthy, gritty taste, very herbal in a way.

M-- Thick and rich. Sticky and somewhat heavy. Very coating and with a heavy tropical finish.

O-- Good Double Pale Ale. Find it ironic to get a Galaxy hop beer from Chicago with Australian grown Galaxy Hops. Reminds me a lot of the Stone and Wood Pale Ale here but this is much bigger, grittier, and dirtier than what can be found here. Easy to drink and ABV is very well hidden. Well done DAPA.

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3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dirty dark yellow/orange with lots of sediment.

The smell is a bit musty and bready with a big blast of fresh citrus and tropical fruit notes.

The flavor is a bit maltier than I would have expected, a big blast of lightly sweet sourdough before the hop flavors start to take over with light tropical fruit flavors. Has a long lingering bitterness.
A bit of alcohol flavor is coming through as well.

The mouthfeel is thick and a bit syrupy with a lot of resin.

This beer starts out good, but gets a bit muddled in the middle, a little to much malt focus. Galaxy might be the best hop in the world right now, I wish they would have let it shine a bit more.

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3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucoli
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewerB
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dvelcich hooked me up with this gem in a recent trade. I'm a big fan of Half Acre beers and glad to be able to sample this one. Thanks again, Dan!

Pouring into the SF Beer Week 2011 tulip. This is a murky orange/yellow that formed a thin off-white foam that couldn't keep it together but is leaving some lacing behind.

Major league hops in the aroma with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and a light jab of hebal. Sweet candy corn is unexpected but intriguing.

Hops come through in the flavor too with a mix of spicy/herbal dankness with a modest lemon rind. Bitterness is moderate/moderate-high and lingers into a medium dry finish. Less hops than expected, based on aroma.

Medium-light in body with a moderate carbonation. Smooth and non-astringent bitterness.

Overall this IIPA offers up plenty of dank, herbal hops and is easy on the palette despite a robust 8% ABV. Would have liked more hops/bitterness but hard to pick out many faults.

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