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 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 kzoobrew
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for the bottle.

Review input from notes, enjoyed 9/14/11

Semi-cloudy apricot colored body. Two finger egg shell colored head is set atop. Retention is decent, the head works its way back slowly leaving thick lacing blanketing the glass.

Pungent tropical fruit aroma pours from the glass followed by pine and resin just behind. There is a bit of a peach aroma coming through, I have come across this specific aroma before, very enjoyable. All hops in the nose, just a tremendous aroma.

The flavor continues the hop dominance. Heavy citrus and tropical fruit flavors are front and center. A strong resinous flavor is noted but does not have the dirty flavor that hops like summit can present. The fruit and the more abrasive resinous contrast each other very well. Subtle and clean pale malt flavor can be observed, but you need to work at it.

Medium bodied DIPA. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate. The finish remains on the dryer side, very pleasant.

Fantastic beer, hands down my favorite Daisy Cutter version. The galaxy hops are a thing of beauty. The huge flavor and aroma pair very well with the style. ABV is a bit lower for the style making it one of the more drinkable DIPAs.

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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 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 HosP
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the BA formerly known as Dunt for this. Very much enjoy all of Half Acre's brews. Even though this is a tad bit old, still excited for it.

A- Pours a dull, very hazy orange color. White head sits on top, clings to the edges with nice lacing on the glass.

S- Just what you would expect from this. Nice juicy hop aroma. Citrus, grapefruit fill the nose. Very nice aroma here.

T- Big burst of hop flavor right up front. Grapefruit, orange, citrus flavors throughout the drink. Hop bitterness starts out big and fades through the end. With this being not quite fresh, get more of the sweeter malts coming through in the middle and sticking around until the end. Still lots of good flavors.

M- Medium body, moderate carbonation. A little oily.

O- Very good beer. Love the hop flavors and bitterness, just what you'd expect from a DIPA. Even not fresh the hops held up well. Would love a fresh one, but enjoyed this beer a lot.

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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 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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Photo of Yagman3000
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip. Beer generously shared by fellow BA CosmicEvan.

Appears rather attractive in the glass. It has a rouge apricot egg yolk and it turns into a golden yellowing out on the top. There's practically no remaining head other than a rim of small foam.

I love the smell of this beer. It's a super skunk in a glass. I thought I might have seen a tail hanging off of this. The Galaxy Hops are surely a nice trip.

The taste of this beer is really nice. My only sadness is that it starts big and finishes quickly. The taste and its mouthfeel are really related.

As mentioned before, it's a bit too quick on the draw for me.

What looked beautiful at first and had a heavenly smell came to Earth a little too quickly. I really enjoyed this beer but wish we went on a few more dates.

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

reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper hazy orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: pungent citrus, sweet, orange, passion fruit, malts

taste: passion fruit, bitter orange peel, clean finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a decent brew. glad I got to try it and it's the first beer I've had with the Galaxy hops. Can't wait to try some others so I can compare.

The cpj

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Photo of KDawg
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap and it poured a nice light orange color with a good foamy head.

very aromatic and fresh aromas of hops, citrus', floral tones and some bits of orange peels

medium bodied with a lot of depth on the flavors and feel. This is a real quality double IPA

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to iadler and exitmusic00 for this bottle in the partner BIF!

A: Pours an extremely hazy orange/peach color with a small white head on top. Decent retention and thin lacing left behind.

S: Very fruity with orange, passion fruit, guava, and tangerine. Some faint pine mixed in, but not much malt. There is a bit of a sweetness though.

T: Similar to the aroma with lots of fruit up front. More orange and passion fruit, as well as a some peach and a lot of pith and rind.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks smooth with a slightly dry finish.

O: Pretty solid effort here. Would love to try more beers featuring Galaxy hops.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

A: Pours hazy muddled orange with about a finger of white head.

S: One of my favorite hops. Huge and pungent tropical fruits: Mango and tangerine mainly with a ton of pine. There's good depth of floral and slightly herbal hop notes as well. Not much in the way of malt, just a little sweetness.

T: Just as the nose would indicate, a pure galaxy hop bomb filled with tropical fruits and pungent pine/floral. Very light malt body with just a little sweetness. Fairly dry finish, alcohol is not noticeable.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, resinous yet still still goes down smooth with a crisp and easy finish.

O: Of course this reminded me a lot of HF Double Galaxy. While it wasn't quite that good, it's still one of my favorite hops and this DIPA certainly showcased it the right way.

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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 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 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 drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe, thanks! Poured from a festively decorated bottle into a snifter.

Beer is yellow, dark, hazy, soft white head small bubbles. Looks good.

Aroma is sweet, nice fruity hops that I will assume at this point are galaxy based on the name.

I wish I would have bothered to have the regular double daisy cutter ale before this one butt his is quite good, medium bodied, very fruity on the palate and nice hop bitterness at the finish that isn't too dry. I'd have it again, a fun little beer.

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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 Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is hazy and dark yellow hued, with a quarter inch of white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is the best aspect of this beer, with a heavy dose of Galaxy hops. The flavor offers some grapefruit and hops, with additional notes of alcohol and tropical fruit. The feel is relatively thick on the palate. A good brew, though the aroma led me to believe it would be better. Alcohol could be disguised better. A good DIPA.

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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 fear025
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to YeahNateNelson for this bottle (high five!)

Aroma:Strong malty aroma. The hops are also nicely pronounced with orange and apricot. The freshly cut grass flavor that Daisy Cutter has is there too, but more subdued.

Appearance:Hazy orange in color with nice white head.

Taste:Tons of hop bitterness right up front. After my tongue has a chance to get used to the hops, I can start to taste more complex fruity flavors like orange and apricot/peach. These fruity flavors fade somewhat in the aftertaste, with the hop bitterness lingering long.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, a fair amount of hop astringency.

Overall:This is a great citrusy beer tailor made for hop-heads. I really enjoyed it, as I like testing my limits for really hoppy beers.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I am eternally thanking nkersten for. Poured from glass into snifter.

A- About a 1 finger foamy head with lots of carbo bubbles rushing toward it. Retention is pretty nice and is just settling down leaving bubbles and islands alog with some light lacing. The body is very hazy with an amber/yellow body thats yellow toward the edges. This looks pretty good and already smells great.

S- Big sweet hops, like pineapple, grapefruit, and some other topical fruits. There is an underlining citrusy bitterness that makes it a nicer complex scent. smells great

T- Sweet tropical fruits much like the nose suggests upfront which is followed by a tidal wave of bitterness. Excellent combination and transition from sweet to bitter. Bitterness is prominent in the finish with a pineapple/grapefruit presence as well. A big piney bitterness lingers way after the sip is gone, good stuff.

M- Medium mouthfeel with smaller to medium amount of tiny carbonation bubbles. My mouth is left feeling wet and somewhat sticky like, I just bit into a piece of fruit.

O- This is something else. The Galaxy hop is some seriously dank stuff. Well rounded beer that will please any hop head. Well done on a fantastic DIPA and even better bottle art.

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Photo of readbaron
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

since BA decided to eat my first review, lets give this another try...

Pours a cloudy hazy orange with 1/12 fingers of white foam that lingers and laces the glass nicely.

A boquet of tropical fruit flavors, mango, pineapple, and passion fruit assault the nose, quickly followed by some balancing bready malts before again finishing with dank, fruity, bitter hops.

Taste follows the nose - a bowl of fruit laced with some bitter resinous hops. Decent malt backbone to hold up the rich, fruit flavors. Some earthyness mingled in as well. Super-fruity.

Creamy and well carbonated beer. Despite the sweet fruit, it's dry at times, and thick - nearly full bodied.

Overall - a tasty brew. Much better than the last batch.

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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 stakem
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dunt for the trade on this one. Poured from a bomber into a snifter. This brew appears a very clouded color of orange that almost looks like a type of orange custard. There is no denying the striking similarity between this and breakfast juice cocktail. A thin film of white head appears across the top that quickly dissolves to patches that sit in island-like formation across the top. A thick lacing effect is seen on the glass that leaves strings and patches of lace all about the glass.

The smell of this brew is like mango juice. Very fruited with a yeasty quality mixed with some grass and herbal component almost like mint. Slight touch of catty quality mixed with some stinky cheese, minor note of sulfur and more green yeasty quality.

The taste is hoppy and herbal like a bitter sort of mango juice. Some pine, cheesy quality and yeast that at times comes across almost musty. Later in the flavor comes more pine and almost a minty quality mixed with the green yeastiness. The aftertaste is long and drawn out with a flavor caught between mango, unidentifiable fruits, herbs, pine and a significant amount of grassy quality. Only after this brew comes up to temperature do you finally start to take note of the 8% abv that hints with a light spice and accented fruit character.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate to light level of carbonation. The 8% abv is integrated very well. There is seemingly no malt inclusion in this brew that I could pick up on which was peculiar. It was almost more of a deep rindy fruited base mixed with a ton of hops. Certainly an interesting experience that is worth having a try. The look and the taste screams young brew, I think there was a bit too much emphasis on the yeast flavoring in this brew but regardless it was a good time. Daisy cutter remains one of my favorite pale ales, this was a nice twist on that brand.

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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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Galactic Double Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Beer Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 638 ratings.
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