Brew Review: Daisy Cutter Pale Ale

9 Sep

Brew: Daisy Cutter Pale Ale

Brewed by: Half Acre Beer Co. (Chicago, IL)

Style: Pale Ale (5.2% ABV)


The Daisy Cutter, I got a nice four pack from Jim, down there in the Chi, I didn’t really know what to expect from this beer. Jim usually gravitates towards the unique and interesting brews so a regular pale ale was a bit unexpected from him. However, knowing that he liked it and that he gave it to me knowing I might like it there had to be something different about it that separated it from the pack.

The cutter poured out a hazy golden yellow orange mix. It was definitely hazy which gave it sort of a hefe or Belgian look, not something you would expect out of an American Pale.

Right away on the first sniff, this beer stands out from other pale ales. There is a nice addition of hops to this brew that put it at an almost IPA level. However, the hops scents are not overpowering and blend nicely with the rest of the beer. The hops show up in aromas like pine, and spice and a little floral/fruit. This is definitely hoppier than a normal pale ale.

On tasting this there is a difference from the aroma, the malts show up first and are bold. There is some definite sweetness to the brew right off the bat. However, the bitterness of the hops do show up after the initial sweetness. It is nicely blended with the bitterness showing up a little more and creating a quasi IPA or a hoppy pale.

I would say that a fresh can of this is ideal. Since I had 4 I have been able to track the way it ages, though its only been about a month, and the fresh can had the best hop aromas and flavors and the beer looses some punch if you let it sit around. This beer is an all-around solid beer and the addition of more hops makes it a little unique in its Pale Ale category. However you need to have it fresh, I would love to see what this one tastes like on tap.


Final Grade: A-



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