Monday, August 30th 2010
Daisy Cutter Pale Ale
(Half Acre Beer Company)
I finally manage to get my hands on some cans of Half Acre! So far they are just canning their Daisy Cutter Pale Ale and Gossamer Golden Ale but I've heard rumors of another canned offering this fall. We'll have to wait and see. For now I'll focus on the matter at hand. Daisy Cutter's reputation certainly precedes it so I am very much looking forward to this.
From the Half Acre site:
"A west coast Pale Ale chock-full of dank, aromatic hops. This one's a screamer, horde it."
Here we go...
Pour - soft, bright golden to peach in color with a big fluffy head. This almost jumps into the glass like a fish into a boat. Even before this hits the glass the aroma sets in...
Aroma - lots of fresh hop pungency escapes from the can almost immediately. I love that! Pineapple, mango, oranges are all very present and accounted for and so are those piney, greeny aromas that fresh hops provide the senses. This smells heavenly.
Taste - a nice citrusy bite on the tongue is a nice introduction to what Daisy Cutter has to offer once you get over the aroma and get it into your mouth. This is followed by a nice tanginess and a very well backed up malty presence, although the hops are going to stand out more than anything this APA. Very drinkable, light bodied and well worth the wait. This is definitely worthy of its reputation and certainly should be on any beer lovers "wants" list.
Overall - absolutely stunning. This is one of the best American Pale Ales that I've been lucky enough to sit down and enjoy. Hits all the right marks and at just over 5% I'd say it proves that flavor and hoppiness don't require a coma-inducing amount of alcohol. Cheers to that!
Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. This would be on the grocery list each week if I lived in Chicago.
Note - Half Acre has also brewed a "Double Daisy Cutter". Their website describes it thusly, "The Double Daisy Cutter is a monster version of the original Daisy Cutter Pale Ale. A heftier grain bill amps up the ABV and double dry-hop insures there's enough hops to recede your gums." Wow! They need to put that in a can!
Posted by Russ
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