Daisy Cutter
Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #81
Ranked #4,292
4.15 | pDev: 9.4%
Nov 19, 2023
Mar 20, 2009
Daisy Cutter Pale Ale is one of the first beers we brewed at our brewery on Lincoln Ave. It began as a special release bomber beer, but caught fire both in and outside the brewery.

At the time, 2009, there were some local pale ales that hit with natural power, but not many. Daisy Cutter’s lush and dank characteristics steadily carved out a place within the Chicago brewing landscape.

Today, Daisy Cutter is a call brand that we continue to keep raw and relevant.

Blended pine, citrus, papaya and mango. Dank. Apparent biscuit, lingering, obscenely dry.
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Reviewed by Tuck_leepulin from Texas

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
16oz can poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with faint haze

Smell: Faint hop aromas with biscuit malt notes

Taste: Follows the nose, with some pine and citrus notes

Mouthfeel: leads to a crisp-satisfying finish

Overall: A very pleasant Pale Ale that certainly sets itself apart and I will always seek it out in the future when I am in the Chicagoland area.
Nov 19, 2023
Rated: 4.24 by WanderingFool from Massachusetts

Oct 21, 2023
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16 oz can.
Appearance. Clear amber body with high clarity and a very good white head.

Moderate strength and bitterness for the style with high complexity. Hints of pine, herbs, grass, and fruits.
Sep 30, 2023
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Reviewed by PSanger from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
As mentioned all the time, this beer is super Dank for a pale ale. Really good thin mouth feel and an easy drink. Has all of the good characteristics of a pale ale and some great qualities of an ipa. Well worth searching for if not in the Midwest. Well done.
Aug 31, 2023
Rated: 4.09 by 2beerdogs from California

Aug 28, 2023
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Reviewed by jkrich from Florida

3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a freshness dated 16 oz. can: slightly hazy, deep golden-orange with a sustained, foamy white head.

The aroma is mainly tropical fruit and some faint pine.

The first sip, just after pouring into the glass, nearly took my head off because it was so bracingly bitter and seemed very thin-bodied. Please let this one warm in the glass for a few minutes before quaffing as it will calm the bitterness and give flavors of bittersweet tropical fruit and mango as well as hints of pine. This one drinks like an IPA to me. I prefer my pales ales less bracing with a well-rounded body. I'm still glad I tried it.
Aug 16, 2023
Rated: 3.83 by biteme398 from New York

Aug 15, 2023
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Can dated 7/6 (month-plus):
Pours a amber nearing copper with a near clear body and a bunch of head. Lacing is a bit clumpy, but pretty strong. Nose seems trying to throw a little citrus into a grassy bitterness along with some grain dry toast. Taste opens with a bit of a grain tea from lightly toasted malts. This doesn't last too long on a cold beer, but lingers longer on a warming beer. Grassy notes from the aroma grow out of this fairly steadily and into full strength at the finish. A copper note leaks in on a cold beer, but isn't really noticed at all at the preferred temp. The beer is pretty dry, which seems to accentuate the bitterness, which turns a bit dank at the end and in the finish. This offering from Half Acre has more of an old school IPA vibe to it than an actual IPA of theirs I recently tried.
Aug 13, 2023
Rated: 4.57 by MeIquiades from Illinois

Aug 08, 2023
Rated: 3.7 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania

Jul 21, 2023
Rated: 3.81 by sisterofba from Maryland

Jul 16, 2023
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from France

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pint can poured into a pint glass. Imagine that., Canned in Chicago, IL on 6/13/23. (That’s 25 days old. We don’t sometimes get Cigar City Jai Alai that fresh 130 miles from the tit.,.)
Aroma of unoffensive pine and citrus zest.
Taste bursts low and kinda dank. A wave of malt is in the mix. Nice balanced finish. Mmmm., really good dry finish.
Mouthfeel is narrow, center of the tongue. Medium carbonation suits it well.
Overall, a ‘little’ beer that delivers a satisfying six minutes worth of your time.
Jul 09, 2023
Rated: 3.13 by wac9 from Pennsylvania

Jul 05, 2023
Rated: 4.24 by Marvicsin from California

Jun 24, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by njbusa from New Jersey

Jun 01, 2023
Rated: 3.79 by peachy-tay from California

May 16, 2023
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Reviewed by dkoehler42 from New York

2.92/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
This was from a bar, so it may have been served too cold. It has a transparent amber color, with a mix of hop and malt aroma. However, I don't taste much. There's a bit of watered down sweetness, but that's about all she wrote. For such a highly rated beer, I'm disappointed.
May 13, 2023
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This is a review of a 16 oz can. From the bottom of the can: "030 123B 3145 14:51 N95"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a darker shade of amber. It has pretty good clarity with only a slight bit of haze. There is a medium-large sized head which appears mostly white with a touch of a tan hue to it. It has excellent head retention which is probably the greatest feature of the appearance. The head overall looks really good on this beer. There are a few splotches of lacing that form on the glass but not many and they are separated quite a bit.

Aroma: There is a light but present aroma of pine with a touch of caramel. A bit of an orange aroma comes through as well, which blends with the caramel scent. It smells nice.

Taste: Up front there is a candied orange peel flavor with a touch of caramel. The middle of the palate has a biscuit flavor mixed with notes of lemon and lime. It has a touch of alcohol flavor and a bit of grass near the back of the palate. Some pine, grass, and a light bit of alcohol in the aftertaste. There is also a nice lemon and lime flavor in the aftertaste but it comes in after the other flavors fade out a bit.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium perceived hop bitterness with a bit of a resinous texture to a body which feels medium-light at some points and medium at others. It is more textured and weighty than a standard Pale Ale. It also feels like the bitterness is stronger than average. It is still enjoyable to drink and it seems to fit this beer.

Overall: The can states that this is a "PALE ALE" and doesn't appear to list an ABV. It is a nice beer that seems to drink a bit more like an IPA than a Pale Ale. It will definitely deliver some nice flavors like the biscuit character, some pine, some orange, and other citruses like lemon and lime. It also is a bit grassy and comes through with alcohol character. If you are an IPA lover who is looking for something with similar characteristics in a Pale Ale then you will probably enjoy this.

If you enjoy a more tame and drinkable Pale Ale this might not be for you. I could drink it again but it wouldn't replace a standard Pale Ale if that was what I was looking for. This might be something I would buy if I wanted an IPA but wanted it to be lower ABV.
May 05, 2023
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Reviewed by AZgman from Arizona

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I guess I was expecting more. It is not my favorite pale ale. Poured from a 2 month old can into a Sam Smiths pint glass, it produced a good, but short lived head. There is something kind of funky about the finish, but the initial taste is pretty good.
Apr 13, 2023
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Reviewed by MaddDoGG5150 from California

3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: pours a pale golden color with a sticky off-white foam head.

Aroma: citrus, pine, and caramel malts.

Taste: follows the nose. Citrus peel, a little bit of pine and some caramel malts, well balanced. Some some moderate bitterness that lingers into the finish.

Overall: This is a pretty solid pale ale. It's simple The characteristics in both the aroma and taste are well balanced. This one kills it with the drinkability.
Apr 12, 2023
Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 4150 ratings