Galactic Double Daisy Cutter | Half Acre Beer Company

Galactic Double Daisy CutterGalactic Double Daisy Cutter
BA SCORE
4.33/5
761 Ratings
Galactic Double Daisy CutterGalactic Double Daisy Cutter
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
Ranking:
#494
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
761
pDev:
8.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
328
Gots:
83
Trade:
2
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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
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 GRG1313
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden pour on this one, The head was think and white. Leaves a good retention and lacing. The smell of the beer is hoppy, the taste has a good bitterness along with some tropical fruit notes in there too. The feel of the beer if nice and smooth. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.27/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -18%
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

***
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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Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting to a bomber after chasing down some on tap.

Murky opaque orange, fully saturated dark color, frothy white lace that sticks a little bit around the edges. Initial finger of foam fades into a broken skim with a clinging string of bubbles around the rim of the glass.

Super pungent tropical fruit and lush greenery. Pineapple, mango, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, mint, eucalyptus, and some base pale malt recognizable as Daisy Cutter. Quite pungent at first, and mellowing over time.

Smooth feel, fairly light and fruit forward for a DIPA. Complex residual hop flavors, super resiny with more tropical hints of pineapple and citrus. Some light sweetness at first, with a dry firm bitterness in the aftertaste. Tastes like a top notch west coast style DIPA to me... easy drinkability, lush and pungent hops, plenty of complexity. Builds on the light and drinkable base of Daisy Cutter, adding a burst of tropical hops, without succumbing to typical DIPA extremes.

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Photo of oline73
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a really cloudy amber color with an orange hue. There is a finger of fluffy white head that fades but leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Awesome. Juicy citrus hop hit the nose hard. Sweet pineapple and tangerine. A little malt in there as well.

Taste: Doesn't quite live up to the smell, but still very good. The hops are more herbal with some citrus in there as well. They just pound the tongue. No one will accuse Half Acre of false advertising. The finish is bitter too.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side, this one sticks to the tongue. The finish is quite slick.

Overall: I think I slightly prefer the regular Daisy Cutter, I'll have to look out for the regular version of this beer. The hops were quite goo, but the taste was a mild let down after the smell. Still very good and really glad to have tried this. Thanks to funkyaudio for this beer!

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a decent creamy fluffy 1/2 finger head, fades semi slowly, nice lacing, murky tangerine color.

Nose is whoa, tons of galaxy hops, citrus galore, dank resin, some tangerine, pith, passion fruit resin, little rind, hint of sweet malts, ripe bitter fruit.

Taste brings lots of tropical fruit juice, sweet candy malts mixed with it, fluffy malts, passion fruit, resin and dank hops, pith, grapefruit peel, tangerine juice, etc. Nice fluffy malt and hint sweetness balance with decent bitterness. Quite nice, finish is drier and sticky but sweet, hint of booze warmth, more chewy bitterness, more citrus fruit too, pretty tasty though.

Mouth is med bod, hint of booze, nice carb.

Overall good but mixed, started really nice but the more I had it it got a little more meh. Too bitter rindy and sweet, bit still quite nice.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
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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3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Big thanks go to goodstrongbeer for this in a recent surprise box of Half Acre bottles that he sent me. Thanks Jon! By the way, I love the label for this beer. One of best I’ve seen lately.

Pours a hazed lighter looking copper color, almost like a glass of grapefruit juice honestly, with 2 fingers of bright-white head. This maintains that rich look here, with a sudsy cascade of lace that sticks with a light spotty look. The aroma is just bursting with rich tropical fruit flavor. Pineapple, grapefruit, and mango stand out here, with pine, herbal hops, and some faded floral character filling out the edges of the nose. The malts prop themselves along the back, with a sweet graininess that hangs with the more sugary smelling aspects of those tropical fruit flavors.

The taste is bitter grapefruit and sharp resins, which zip across the tongue. This aggressiveness is softened by the light toasted grains of the malt and then the sweetness of those ripe tropical hops, which are just as robust on the palate here as they were in the nose and really make this, with juicy pineapple and sticky mango notes leading the charge. An herbal character emerges more as this warms and also helps smooth out that bite as well. There is still a little brightness left to this, popping the zestiness of that grapefruit the most. The finish is dry and piney, with a bitter feel that sticks to the tongue but fortunately not overly so. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little fuller feeling, and crisp on the tongue with much more of a creamy and slick texture on the edges. That really keeps this easy feeling with only some very light warmth from that 8% ABV being present. The alcohol is about perfect here, adding some fullness to the body but not interfering with the flavors in any way.

Even with a few months on this, this was still a pretty kick-ass version of the already awesome Double Daisy Cutter. Those Galaxy hops really get to shine here, as this was one of the most tropical smelling and tasting IPAs that I’ve had in a while and the super easy drinking body here just sealed the deal for me. I’d love to see this one come back as well; as I’m sure a fresh bottle of this would be a thing of beauty.

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4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 761 ratings
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