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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Daisy Cutter Pale AleDaisy Cutter Pale Ale

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749 Reviews

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Reviews: 749
Hads: 3,150
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 642
Gots: 484 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 03-20-2009

A west coast Pale Ale chock-full of dank, aromatic hops. This one's a screamer, hoard it.
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Reviews: 749 | Hads: 3,150
Photo of Nugganooch
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can purchased at Brothers Provisions in Rancho Bernardo, CA
Noted on 06/07/2015 with my FW Imperial Nonic glass

Stoked to find this longtime want finding its way into SoCal

A: The Daisy Cutter pours a dark caramel amber color with lots of haze blurring up the scene. Looks almost like the color of butterscotch candy. A massive dense khaki head swells up out of the glass for a few prolonged moments. Lots of intricate webbed pattern lacing gets left behind.

S: The nose is very piney with some herbal essence rubbed in. Has that light dank presence with some leafy grasses. Bready pale malt is affirmed here and comes across with some toasted cracker like qualities. A nice aroma but not the greatest I have come across by any means. More piney and dank rather than tropical or citrus.

T: Flavor follows suite with sticky evergreens, wild grasses, and mild dank herbs. Plenty of bready malt built into this one but not overly so in that it detracts from all the other flavors. Has a good snappy hop punch that delivers a little resin to the palate. Very well balanced with the alcohol well disguised which makes for a nice easy drinker. Good but not really great to me. Has no real citrus or orange elements which I think could have bolstered the overall experience. Tasty still with a crisp clean experience over all.

M: Lightly filling body on account of the bready malts. Nice smoothened texture still with a bit of constricting bitterness to help dry out the finish. Good initial linger effect. Fairly clean and crisp overall.

D: Nothing outstanding but a solid APA none the less. I could see this being a regular go to about 5-10 years back. Fairly average by today’s market. Not that it’s bad brew but somewhat of disappointment as expectations were not met for this one.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz caninto pint glass in November 2015. No date on the ccan.

Appearance: Amber with light head. Beer color is clear, and a little cloudy. Head is thick, and leaves a thick film on the glass.

Smell: Aroma dominated by hops, and citrus. There is some pine aroma as well, but it is dominated by the cirtrus.

Taste: The taste is also dominated by the bite from the hops. There is also citrus fruit flavors, but not much else. The aftertaste has with a bite from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium alcohol, which confirms the 5.2% on the bottle.

This is a smooth light-bodied APA. Good drinking, but similar to other APAs.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a soft hazy pale orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Stringy lacing sticks and then slides into the glass nicely.
The smell has some tropical fruits bursting into a beautiful bouquet of floral and piney hops. Malts show a super light presence.
The taste was mainly sweet through the tropical fruits with a nice bitter floral and pineyness hitting my taste buds. A light aftertaste of the floral and piney hops leads into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied with a really nice sessionable feel to it. Carbonation hits nice on my tongue. Bitterness feels appropriate as well.
Overall, really nice APA that I would have again, preferably this time of year most likely with pizza b/c I'm not going out on my back porch when its 10 degrees outside drinking this. Still, if I lived in the distro of this, I wouldn't mind slamming some of this on a warm Spring or Summer day.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stranded in Chicago so grabbed a four pack.

Looks good, I guess, but since I'm drinking it out of the can, it's hard to say. The nose is awesome. So fresh and hoppy with a clean blend of grapefruit, pine, some mild nectarine character, a little honey and doughy malt. Bitterness is mild and appropriate. The palate opens crisp, clean with plenty of fruity hops, a mild bitterness of grapefruit peel, pine, a blend of floral honey, tropical fruit- mango, a little papaya- this is excellent. Malt is minimal here, there's just a little dough but enough to round out the hops. Light in body, crisp but creamy in carbonation, and with a long, clean, fruity hop finish, this is excellent. Do glad I finally got to drink this. Crushable.

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Photo of Jmurphy919
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a treat to live less than 2 miles away from this great brewery. Very smooth finish with a small head. Doesn't have some of the overwhelming flavor that some pale ales have which I think is a good thing.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an awesome pale ale, perhaps the best I've ever had and that includes Psuedo Sue. Very crisp, piney citrus hop punch...but not so over the top that it deviates from the style like a lot of newer pales. Mouthfeel is great, drink ability is awesome. A great pale well worth its praise

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Photo of Chaz
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazey pale golden in color, topped with a creamy off-white head. Excellent head retention, excellent lacing.

Huge blast of hops, with equal parts pine, tropical fruit, and citrus note. Light, basic ale yeast note and sweeter malt notes.

Lightly-sweet and bitter on the first sip. Very very smooth on the mouthfeel right away, almost a nitro-push feel. Very good lingering hop bitterness (which I like) and with the hops expanding across all aspects of the palate from the initial olfactory impression. Much drier than I was expecting, and a bit lighter in the mouthfeel, too. But very, very drinkable.

Notes of mint on top of the citrus/fruit, and (lighter pine) from the hops. This one pretty much has all the bases covered. I hate to say that I'd prefer a bit more malt sweetness, but there it is! Still, there's plenty of sweetness as it is.

While the style is not generally in my wheelhouse (pale ale of any stripe is somewhere back in my order of preference between Pils being my favorite and seasonal, strong ales being about midway back), I drink enough pale ale to recognize the fact that this one is indeed very good for what it is. I can absolutely see why Daisy Cutter has garnered as much praise by both the younger and older folks alike. :D

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Photo of thebeers
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow gold with a large white head. Smells of cut grass and pine resin. The aroma carries over to the taste, with a little citrus, too. There's some slight malt presence and a fair amount of bitterness, but it still has a touch of that wateriness found in the middle of many "juicy" IPAs. It's less pronounced here, and it's with grass and pine flavors instead of tropical ones, but it is still there. The mouthfeel is pretty normal for the style. Overall, a solid APA, although I would have liked a bit more malt or hops in the middle of the palate.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really nice slightly bitter Pale Ale. Reminds me a bit of SNPA, but with a less piney flavor profile. Citrus seems to be a bit more prominent here instead of the pine. Would be very easy to buy a 6 pack of these for a Friday night.

Worth a revisit.

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Photo of Ri0
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured 16oz can into snifter. A nice golden apricot color with a 2.5 finger foamy white head. Awesome retention and lacing on the glass. Aromas of wet, resinous, dank hops and some sweet caramel malts. A good amount of citrus and pine kick it off, followed by some light grapefruit; layers of bready and caramel malts. A nice light, but sticky feel that drys as it goes down. Easy drinking and very flavorful APA for any day!

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was slightly let down by such a highly rated pale. The nose is quite nice, with aromatic citrus, almost lemon notes jumping out of the can. The taste does follow, but a bit subdued from what I was expecting. A nice little bit of hoppy citrus, a little bit of pine, with an easy finish. Nice smooth mouth feel, basically zero residual bitterness. A nice lawn mower beer, hoping that's the reference in the title.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orangey golden color. Smell is thin citrus maybe a hint of malt. Flavor is bitter citrus with a bit of resin and malt sweetness. Decent beer but a bit thin and over bitter.

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Photo of citizencane
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good. Maybe it's where they got the name, but the taste is flowery in a way. No alcohol feel and ridiculously smooth. In fact my only complaint is that it seems slightly watery. Delicious APA and will almost certainly be buying again.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on Tap at a golf club following an outing

pours honey golden in color with one finger head. decent retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass

nose is citrusy with cracker malt background.

tastes of slight citrusy and grassy hoppiness with honey and cracker sweetness in the malt. Excellent balance and favors the hop character a bit more so than the sweet malts which is just about spot on for how I'd like an APA.

Body is light to medium and medium carbonation. Finishes semi-dry and leaves a touch of lingering bitterness.

What an excellent APA. Ran across this by chance. It just about nails the style and the lower ABV and lighter body makes these go down way too easily. Maybe this tasted so good because all they had on the course was your typical macros, but I don't think so.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a bright golden yellow with a huge soapy white head. Excellent retention and excellent lacing. Smell is very dank and juicy. Tropical fruit most notably mango and grapefruit dominate with a hint of pine. Taste follows suit, but is much more subdued. Very disappointing bc the smell set the bar so high. Feel is light and crisp. Overall a good to great pale ale, but not the best.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - golden/honey color, lots of carbonation, slight haze
Smell - Citrus, tropical, dank, orange, slight floral
Taste - Follows the nose perfectly...Pine, grapefruit, citrus, pithy, dank.
Feel - Nice body, nicely carbonated, CRUSHABLE!

Overall - An outstanding pale ale. I wish it was more readily available because I would buy this all the time!

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. Pours a clear bright golden color with an inch of fluffy head. Some lacing. The aroma is grapefruit, citrus and floral hops. Hint of pine. The taste is grapefruit, tangerine and lemon. Hints of floral and piney hops. Good amount of bready malts at the end but with some nice bitterness. Floral finish. Light bodied. Very drinkable and works perfectly in a 16oz can. Overall, glad I got to finally try this and I hope to have it again.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first beer in the Windy City. On tap at Shamrock's.

Really nice orange color with a head that doesn't last but leaves nice lacing around the rim of the glass.

Smell is good but bit weak. Sweet malt and a touch of orange/grapefruit hops.

Taste is where this one shines. Great balance of slightly sweet malt and bright orange hops. Finishes with a lingering hop bite. In the same class as Zombie Dust.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Crisp and easy going down. I could pound this stuff all day.

Very impressed and lives up to the rating. So glad I got to try this and will be having many more this week. Highly recommended.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap this beer was a clear orange/amber color with a frothy white two finger head. Aroma and taste are fresh, floral, light citrus, and grassy hops with a nice toasted malt base. This beer is setting a new bar for APA! It is delicious and easy drinking!

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Photo of MatthewHopHead
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted a 16oz can which came to me as part of a package deal for TreeHouse Hustle.

Look - Classic IPA. Nice orange/amber glow, not completely opaque I could definitely see the light penetration through the glass. Poured a nice two finger head of tiny bubbles with persistent carbonation.

Smell - Dank and piny. Fruit , slightly peachy - not much citrus. Possibly sweet maltiness.

Taste - fruit and pine. Not a bad low ABV IPA.

Feel - Nicely carbonated. Had on a warm day and it was pretty refreshing. Lighter bodied.

Overall - A pretty good LABV IPA. Not tops in my books but something I would probably pick up if I ever saw this in my area.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the more fretting pale ales I have had, but I didn't walk away from this beer feeling anything special. I enjoyed it and could probably drink 5 or 6 on a hot day, but it isn;t something I would necessarily search out.

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4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a can from the brewery. Poured clear gold with a short white head. Stone fruit and citrus rind in the aroma. More peach comes out in the flavor, with tasty grapefruit. Great, richly flavored pale ale that starts juicy but finishes dry. Drinkable for the style, love it.

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Photo of Suds_With_Buds
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A solid Pale ale, light citrus flavors and smell with medium carb. I enjoy the beer, but drunk alongside several other IPA/APAs this just didn't hold up to most Pale Ales.

Very solid and drinkable.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received this beer in a trade recently. This is one of the best pale ales I've tried. Went to college in Chicago, and bought Daisy Cutter every time I could find it. Drinking now in the insanely hot/humid Atlanta, GA weather is a treat!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just an overall good beer. Very drinkable. A nice pure golden color, not the best aroma but a nice flavore profile. Very solid for a pale ale.

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Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
93 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.