Galactic Double Daisy Cutter | Half Acre Beer Company

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Galactic Double Daisy CutterGalactic Double 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:
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

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Photo of oregone
2.74/5  rDev -36.1%
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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Photo of Spaceflare
2.91/5  rDev -32.2%
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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Photo of yourefragile
3.61/5  rDev -15.9%
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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Photo of mulder1010
3.66/5  rDev -14.7%
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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Photo of bashiba
3.67/5  rDev -14.5%
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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Photo of BrewerB
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
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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Photo of ChrisPro
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle tasted on 8/20/11

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

S - Definitely got excited about the nose. Tons of tropical fruit, mango, peach and some lemony citrus. This was just in your face fantastic.

T - Sadly, the taste disappointed. There was a little sweetness to go with a really strange bready yeast flavor that just did not work. Quite astringent on the finish.

M - Good carbonation but my was this boozy. Some little fermentation issue with this I think, otherwise would've been an awesome beer. I struggled to put away a few oz. Quite thick as well.

O - Smell was incredible, and I love the hop, but this was just not a very drinkable brew. Nice experiment, but somehow the malt bill and alcohol taste just didn't work for me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean9689 and johnbjaeger for getting me out bottles of this. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a nice bright peach color with a small white head that lasted for a bit before falling into a thin cap with a bit of lacing. Nice tropical notes in the nose. Plenty of mango with a bit of orange in the background. Flavor is orange, pineapple, and mango hops with a bit of booze. Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Semi-bitter finish with some alcohol. Pretty good, but nowhere near HF Galaxy.

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Photo of beagle75
3.76/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Hopside Down pilsner glass.

A: Hazy, light orange-amber color with a fine peripheral ring of off-white bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass. Chunky sediment settles to the bottom of the glass within a few minutes of being poured.

S: Crisp, clean hops are very piney, almost to the exclusion of other typical hop qualities. Caramel is hinted at, but no alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with heavy pale malt presence aside grapefruit peel hop aromatics. Acidity is moderate and citric, dropping off into the slightly boozy middle. Aside from the alcohol presence, the middle is remarkably clean, absent of fruit qualities besides the lingering citric acidity. Bitterness surges during the finish while lingering malt leaves a biscuit quality.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly astringent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: An added dose of malt and alcohol is not enough to steal the spotlight from the Galaxy hops. That said, this beer begins to cultivate an argument suggesting the best use for Galaxy is in a beer where nothing can get in their way, such as The Bruery's Humulus Lager.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber to a snifter

Pours a bit cloudy of a gold with a finger of foam. Retention isn't too bad, lacing is good also. Low carbonation, not bad looking

Smell is pretty balanced between the malts and hops. Grapefruit and citrus with a sweet bready caramel malt.

Taste follows, citrus and grapefruit backed by a strong caramel malt

Feel is a medium body, alcohol is hidden pretty well

Overall disappointed, I think maybe this bottle is past it's prime?

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Photo of Sean9689
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Un-waxed 22oz bomber into my Surly nonic.

A - Pours a mirky hazy gold, sticky lacing, thin ring, filmy cap.

S - Big tropical fruits, hoppy bitterness, some floral notes, pine. The tropical fruits are up front and the biggest part of the nose...some hoppy pine in there as well. Slightly sweet piney finish.

T - Much the same. Sweet tropical fruit, hoppy bitterness, dank pine notes. A bit too sweet for me. Not sure if that's the malt or pine or what...but it's an overly sweet finish. Dare I say too tropical?

M - Medium, too much body, good carbonation, oily finish. Seems a bit to syrupy for me...

O - While it's a good beer, it's not great. HF Galaxy blows this one out of the water. I didn't really mind waiting in line for 30 minutes to get some bottles, but would be happier if it wasn't so sweet and thick.

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Photo of oN3xM
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice orange, golden body with 6 or 7 "strands" of bubbly carbonation rising to the top. Pours a nice head, but dissipates quite quickly and almost no retention. A finished glass leaves a nice, spotty lacing.

S - Sweet and earthy aromas. Lots of hops, and light hints of banana.

T - Huge amounts of bitter hops, but what else would you expect from a DIPA jammed packed with Galaxy hops? A nice caramelly body with a strangely roasty coffee finish.

M - Decent amount of carbonation. Moderate alcohol burn on the throat, also.

O - This is a really tasty DIPA. Daisy Cutter is a favorite go-to IPA, but this DIPA version gives it a lot more personality and flavor. Not sure if it's worth $10/bottle, but I'd recommend it to anyone who's an IPA fan. Cheers.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to bauermj.
22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with an almost apple cider like appearance. The head is thin and a light tan color and if fades quickly to one side.

S - Very strong pine, come citrus.

T - Pine, grass, tangerine.

D - Bitter Pine, lower carbonation, heavier body.

O - Holy Hoppy. A little thick and heavy, but a I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber into a Pipeworks snifter.

A: Pours a deep amber with a finger of foam with minimal retention, leaving behind heavy lace at the crown of the glass.

S: Orange zest, grapefruit rind, pineapple, and a sweat, bready maltiness.

T: Juicy clementine immediately, with other citrus flavors following in tow. That signature Half Acre bready malt flavor punches through right as the citrus notes fade, and a slight alcoholic taste makes itself known in the finish.

M: Crisp and dry with a medium body.

O: I much prefer this from a bottle than on tap, though, regardless, this is a very good beer, and probably my favorite DIPA coming out of Chicago. Leaps and bounds better than anything I've had from Pipeworks, Citra Ninja included.

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Photo of nerdboy19
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appear : Hazy orange, with white head. - 4/5
Aroma : Big tropical fruits and malty sweetness. Pineapples, mangos, caramel. - 7/10
Mouthfeel : Medium carbonation, medium body. - 4/5
Flavor : Little bit of warmth, very soft and pleasant bitterness, little bit of sweetness but finishes dry. - 8/10
Overall : It was very nice, sold beer. Liked the smooth taste. - 16/20

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Photo of blankenhoney
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber to teku

A: darker orange with some amber or ruby notes

S: wonderful mix of melon, bubblegum, tangerines, and pear; also a general aroma that's consistent with tropical fruit aromas

T: a big letdown after the fantastic nose: a light, juicy fruitiness (like fruit punch gatorade, but better) followed by classic daisy cutter flavors (malty and lightly hoppy)

M: wet and juicy, so pretty pleasant

O: a good beer that smells much better than it tastes. the nose is just fantastic

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Photo of sweemzander
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a taster. Thank you for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a rather cloudy and dense orange color. Some white froth.

(S)- Tons of citrus. Orange, lemon, and peach. Bits of pine and malt.

(T)- Very fruity in a tropical sense. Woody too and piney. Very minimal malt presence actually.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Huge full on hop fruit and wood, but smooth and restrained.

(D)- A rather nice DIPA. Must be unfiltered due to its cloudy appearance and big hop flavor; it does work well for it. Very surprised by how mellow the malt backbone is.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8th review on BA
Bomber into New Belgium snifter.

A: Smooth orange haze with single finger nail head on medium pour.

S: Floral, floral, floral. Very pungent and citrusy, almost pine with a hint of earthy overtones. Smells like nature...

T: Bitter up-front that yields immediately to well-balanced hop character mid- to back-end of the palate. Aftertaste is quite piney (almost a little too long), but not an over-bearing in-your-face.

M: Smooth and nice. Most enjoyable!

O: A very, very well put together and smooth, smooth beer. Balance between malt, hops, and earthy overtones is nice, although pine flavor is quite big. Excellent one-off brew from a delightful base-beer. Thoroughly enjoyable and I look forward to drinking many more HA brews in the future!

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Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very cloudy, murky yellow orange in color. Forms about a half inch of fluffy white head on an aggressive pour. Decent retention and some light lacing.

S: Citrus, primarily orange. Juicy. Floral sweetness.

T: Starts off with a malty sweetness then strong citrus flavors appear. Orange, grapefruit, some tropical fruit. Mild to moderate bitterness. Fusel spice hangs around annoyingly on the back end.

M: Full bodied. Lower carbonation. Chewy with a mild astringent finish.

O: It just seems as there is something off with this beer. For only 8% the alcohol is quite apparent and the flavor just seems flat. Overall, a good beer, but far from a great one.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brownish-orange with a light cream head that dissipates down to a thin film rather quickly.

Aroma is bitter citrus and tropical fruit mixed with grassy hops.

Taste upfront is bitter citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, and grassy hops. Bready malt middle. Bitter tropical fruit finish. Little grapefruit flavor. Lingering grapefruit bitterness. As it warms the tropical fruit overtakes the grapefruit and citrus. More malty as well.

Medium body with a slightly creamy, moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice high-hop bitterness with just enough malt backbone.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DrAwkward82 for sharing this one at drewone’s tasting.

Pours a murky honey yellow with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, herbal hops, and alcohol. Taste is pretty much the same with a medium bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice super hoppy presence. On a side note, I am really digging the artwork on the can too.

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Photo of tewaris
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy Dan poured into a New Belgium globe.

Pours a very milky mango color with barely any head. Reminded me immediately of Mango Mama. I can understand that it's heavily hopped and dry hopped and what not but looks pretty fuckin' far from an IPA!

Complex hop profile to say the least: initially it was mangoes but I can definitely smell the spice and slightly dank notes. Brief suggestion of malt melds really well with the fruit. Off to taste: thankfully bitter! Maybe I have an acute case of LTS or it's just the spicy food but I am having a hard time tasting bitterness in beers these days. Galactic has definitely broken that dry spell for me!!

Fruity, flavorful and bitter to the bone, this is a straight up DIPA. Some alcohol warmth along with the medium finish. The carbonation is medium and the texture oily, almost viscous. Aside from the looks, it's a good DIPA and a good beer, not to mention that it's thankfully on the lower side of ABV for DIPAs!

2, 4, 4, 4, 4.5

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Photo of AgentZero
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A very cloudy and opaque beer that almost looks like inconsistent juice. Orange-yellow in color with a small white head that faded to a partial cap and left very little stick on the sides.

S - Explosive tropical fruit right off the bat on the nose. It's a very sweet and full smelling fruitiness. There is a lot of wet grass/hay smell in here, with just a slight bit of hop bitterness on the end.

T - Once again, tons of tropical fruit, reminds me a little bit of juice. Some dank grass and a little bit of pine. The tropical fruit is sweet, maybe a little too much going on, but good. Would like something to break it up a little and add some complexity.

M - Meduim bodied, lots of juice like feel. Could use a little more carbonation, my only real complaint about this beer.

O - Good beer, great if you like tropical fruit flavors. Easy drinker, two of us drank the entire growler just fine.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddled orange. A bit of white head. Not that pretty. Smlls hoppy. Just like daisy cutter but stronger. Some garlic or onion something on the nose. Tastes hoppy and enjoyable but a bit unbalanced. Enjoyable but doesn't blow my mind. This beer is not as enjoyable as the regular daisy cutter

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into snifter glass. Pours a hazy orange color with a smaller white head. The aroma is all about the hops: resiny, tropical fruit, pineapple and mango with earthy notes sneaking through here and there. The flavor has more of the same; tropical fruits, grapefruit, resiny and mango create a strong lasting bitterness. Enough of a malt backbone to provide a good base. Decent lasting medium mouthfeel.

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