Hello all, for today's review we are going to dip into a beer I got in a trade, Half Acre's Daisy Cutter Pale Ale. This is my first brew from Half Acre who is located in Chicago Illinois. This beer has begun to gain a cult following along with its sister variations of it as well. This is an American Pale Ale (APA) and comes in 16oz cans. A little into the friendly title "Daisy Cutter." This term is actually the nickname that was given to the BLU-82 bomb that was used in Vietnam to flatten forest's for helicopter landing zones. So does this indicate anything? So now lets get reviewing!
How it rates with others:
About the Beer
Style: American Pale Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 5.2%
Serving: 16oz Can
Availability: Year Round
Info from Half Acre's Website:
"A west coast Pale Ale chock-full of dank, aromatic hops. This one's a screamer, horde it."
This beer was poured into my DogFish Head Goblet. (On the boarder of what this glass really is)
Appearance:This beer poured a golden orange color the normal for an APA. From my pour the initial head was about a finger and a half and pure white which had good retention. There was a lot of very sticky lacing and the glass showed normal looking carbonation. This brew looked very delicious from start to end of pour.
Aroma: This was a very rewarding part of my tasting. Right away the nose picks up the sweet smells of grapefruit, peach and some slight orange peel. There was also a very strong and prominent floral hop smell filling my nose but still retains an APA smell. This was a funky smeller as it had many characteristics of an IPA and almost fools you into this. This was a very sweet fantastic smelling brew.
Taste: Whew! Boy did this have an amazing mouth feel. The taste follows the aroma quite nice. Throughout there was a great balance of hops with the malts. So that fantastic IPA hoppy smell I mentioned was actually just right and perfect for an APA as it didn't over power the beer and make it like an IPA and kept its pale ale setting. This brew packs a lot of flavor and the pallet and you can easily pick up the fresh peach, grapefruit, orange and some floral pine hops. The malt had a nice sweet bready backing to it as well which finished nicely.
Verdict: So after drinking this brew and analyzing it, it's name which as I mentioned was the nickname for a bomb gives you the impression this is going to be a hop bomb. Well the nose indicated this more than the taste. But! This definitely was a hoppier APA and closey resembles in my opinion Zombie Dust by Three Floyds. This is definitely a solid brew that I will be seeking out more of (Philadelphia now carries it!) So overall I give this particular brew easily a solid A.
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