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:
715
Reviews:
151
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
8.41%
 
 
Wants:
327
Gots:
79
For Trade:
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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boogerisu
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CayseyW
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
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

***
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 Biggtriksta
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with a thin layer of off-white, creamy head on top. The beer is semi-translucent and I don't see many bubbles streaming to the top of the glass. The nose is fresh floral and citrus hops with a bit of a piney/bready finish. Not much malt sweetness, but a very solid hop profile. Taste is very similar to the smell. Strong bready notes from the hops bring on a pizza crust flavor that follows with some resinous characteristics. The mouth is dry and dank and I get the slightest hint of alcohol at the back end. Overall, this beer is solid within its style. I wish the hop profile was a little bit stronger in the taste, like it is in the nose. I enjoy it on the whole.

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Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Tallboy into a becher with a golden-peach orange body and a massive creamy white cap. This head shoots up to several inches high with good retention. A large pillow remains atop the brew indefinitely and lacing is a few thick webs forming down the glass.

S- Tropical and stone fruit hop notes off the top in an aroma that is a bit mellow for the ABV and marketing bill. Peach, mango and tangerine followed by marginal dank, pine, floral and bubble gum hops. Mint comes out late and gives it that fresh green feel.

T- Takes some time to warm up to and really, really improves drastically after a few sips. Juicy peach, mango and bitter tangerine pithy flesh with mint, melon, grass, bubble gum and papaya. Fairly sweet with a sugary sweetness and thankfully no caramelization to jab at the hops. Crackers, yeast bread and a hint of pale fruits very much beyond the hops provide a touch of balance.

MF- Light to medium bodied with a moderately high level of carbonation. The texture is fluffy and frothy on the palate nowhere near watery. Ends with a sharp, sudden citrus and grassy bitterness.

Still not getting much from the aroma, even out of the can, but the flavor develops very nicely after a few sips and some warming with tropical, dank fruits and herbs growing on the palate with each sip. Has some sweetness but it compliments the juicy fruit hops.

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Photo of Jlabs
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta confess - I'm partial to that delicious Galaxy hop action, and if you are, too, this beer will knock your socks off. If you aren't, this beer will knock your socks off... Medium gold body, essentially clear with a tall ivory foam head that leaves lace drapes behind. Floral aromas of kiwi and pineapple, and bright citrus... Floral aromas of kiwi, pineapple, and bright citrus... Flavors follow suit, with something like melon, citrus, and fresh, wet grain, and a subdued funkiness of thick, dank pine... Medium-weight, smooth, tongue-coating bitterness, mild sweetness, and a clean finish... glad I've got a couple more in the fridge. Top-tier brew. 4/27/17 canning.

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Photo of Eric_T_07
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gawz
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chackman151
4.99/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Feldpausch
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nat1975
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewNoob1
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Campian
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ardeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akk14
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MarkJP6
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NappyB
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Galactic Double Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Beer Company
4.28 out of 5 based on 715 ratings.
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