Friday, February 1, 2013

Half Acre Daisy Cutter - Gus #39

For Wednesday's review I'm reviewing a beer that Tom has previously done.  It will be interesting to compare and see how we received the beer.  I've seen his notes on it and I have now had the brew a couple times to develop my own.  This brew gets great reviews from all of the major sites and is a sought after one in trades.  I really wanted to try this along with a few other brews from the Chicago area.  I set up a trade with a guy I had previously traded with on BeerAdvocate.  I chilled them down and poured one as soon as I was able to.  Let's get into the review of Half Acre's Daisy Cutter American Pale Ale so you can see what I think about it.

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Information from the website:

About the BeerStyle: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.2%
IBUs: 60
Serving: 16oz Can 
Availability: Year Round  

"A west coast Pale Ale chock-full of dank, aromatic hops. This one's a screamer, horde it."  

I poured this brew into my Jester King glass.

Appearance:  The brew poured pristine clear.  Golden color with hints of orange and yellow on the edges of the glass.  Good amount of carbonation coming up the side of the glass.  Two fingers of white head.  Mixture of sizes of bubbles.  Really fluffy, almost soapy looking.  Solid lacing all the way around the glass.  No real signs of alcohol legs but it did have great head retention.  Really refreshing and tasty looking Pale Ale.

Did I mention really good lacing??

Aroma:  Huge aroma on here.  As soon as I popped the top I could smell big citrus notes, some resiny hop aromas resembling grape fruit and oranges.  Really sweet citrus aromas that were really pleasant.  The malts balanced the brew nicely.  Slight hints of caramel maybe a sweet candy aroma as well.  Like Tom said, there were also some floral notes in there.  Fresh flowers and maybe even a little hint of fresh green grass.  Just a really good smelling beer.

Taste:  As expected some of those same hop aromas carried over into the flavor.  I did get a little more sweetness in the flavor but nothing over malty or too sweet.  Some sweet tangerine and ripe peaches.  Little bit of a tropical fruit flavor.  Then the orange and lemon zest hit you mid palate with a mix of those caramel and candy sugar sweetness.  Slightly tart but just a hint of it.  The after taste was more of the lemon and citrus flavors.  Super refreshing and amazingly easy to drink.

Verdict:  I had a high expectation coming into this one.  Having had this and Zombie Dust in a very close time period had me amped up for some good hoppy brews.  This holds it's own as being just as good as Zombie Dust.  The fact that it's cheaper and easier to get makes it a little better in my book.  This one is an A.  Nothing bad about this brew to me.  I'd love to have this as a regular around here.  It reminded me a little of Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale with similar malt but different hop profiles.  I'd like to know what hops they use to brew Daisy Cutter.  I'll have to do some research to find that out.  Pairing this with a nice spring salad with some grilled shrimp would hit the spot.  This is also a great brew for being out on the water in the spring and summer.  Just enough hops to be great and refreshing.  

If you have had a chance to try this one, let us know what you think.  I'm a fan and will definitely seek it out again.  I finally finished the 4-pack I got not long ago.  I was saving the last ones for a while.  But if you can get this one fresh that is the way to drink it.  Until the next brew review, check us out on Facebook, comment, subscribe and follow us on here.  We'd love to get some feedback of how we are doing.  Thanks to all those who have been reading!