Half Acre, in my opinion, is the best brewery in Chicago and possibly the Midwest right now. Their year round lineup is incredible and their limited releases are equally as great. Double Daisy Cutter is the bigger version of their year round pale ale Daisy Cutter. Same basic malt bill but the hop additions are increased quite a bit. This beer drops only a few times a year and I look forward to it every time. Double Daisy Cutter comes in at 8% ABV.
Appearance: Hazy, golden copper with a 1 finger head. Frothy and nice sticky lacing down the glass. Always great artwork on these releases.
Nose: Dank resin, pine, some citrus, passionfruit, sweet candy notes and some pineapple. It is huge dank and citrusy with some juicy notes as well. It is like a beefy Zombie Dust.
Taste/Mouth: Tropical and citrus fruit notes, passionfruit, pineapple, grapefruit and orange. Nice dry bite of bitterness. It is really balanced nicely considering the huge amount of hop flavors. Good cereal and caramel malt notes as well. It is super balanced but full of such great hop flavors.
Price/Availability: $10 for a bomber at the brewery.
Overall: This is another bomb Double IPA from Half Acre. They continue to impress as Chicago’s best brewery in my opinion and this is a must have from them. There distribution foot print becomes bigger and bigger so it becomes easier to get, if you see it around definitely grab it.
Daisy Cutter on steroids, jam packed with juicy and dank galaxy hops this is what dreams are made of. Half Acre is all about making dreams come true and they have done just that with Galactic Double Daisy Cutter. This monster beer is released once a year and the hype is real. Galactic Double Daisy Cutter comes in at 8% ABV.
Appearance: Hazy deep golden orange color with a small 1 finger head and really great lacing down the glass. Also love the artwork this year!
Nose: So dank and “galactic”, the galaxy hops are on full display here. Passionfruit, grapefruit, tropical fruits and some great pine resin notes as well. So damn dank and juicy I can’t stress it enough, the nose makes your glands salivate begging you to take a sip.
Taste/Mouth: Follows the nose pretty closely with some awesome tropical fruit flavors, passionfruit, citrus fruits and big grapefruit notes. Like the nose the flavors are really juicy and really pronounced. Malt sweetness is faint but it’s there bringing some balance to this hop bomb. Good full mouthfeel and bite from the hop bitterness and carbonation.
Price/Availability: Rotating annual release and it’s $10 a bomber as most of Half Acre’s limited releases are.
Overall: Dank AF, juicy AF this beer is absolutely amazing. Find it when it is released and buy a few for sure, hell buy a case cause I bought 3 and I want more. Half Acre really kills it with their hoppy beers and especially the limited releases and yearly releases like this one. This is a world class beer that lives up to the hype.
Hi! Apologies for the ridiculous lack of posts. Been very busy with the move, searching for a new job and drinking lots of good beer! I have notes on around 12 beers that I need to turn into reviews ASAP! The first review I have for you is of Half Acre’s American Pale Ale, Daisy Cutter. Currently sitting at #31 on the top APA list on Beer Advocate this is certainly one of the Midwest’s, and Chicago in particular, most infamous American Pale Ales (Three Floyd’s obviously being the most). Nonetheless when I first visited Chicago a few years ago this was one of the first beers I sought out because I knew it would be readily available and I have been very much in love ever since. Daisy Cutter comes in at 5.2% ABV and 60 IBUs.
Appearance: Really hazy orange color with 1 finger head. Really great lacing on the glass. Love the haziness and color of this beer. Huge fan of the can art as well and the tall boy cans!
Nose: Huge citrus fruit aromas with some pine and floral hop notes as well. Orange is very prevalent on the nose matching the color of the beer and sticky resin smell as well. Massive nose for an APA and in a blind taste one could very well mistake the nose for that of an IPA.
Taste/Mouth: Citrus comes over just as big from the nose in the taste with grassy and cereal malt notes to balance out the huge hop presence. This beer is the perfect bitterness and it is super drinkable, one of the most sessionable APAs in my mind. Full mouthfeel and finishes slightly dry but still feels refreshing and nice. Same as nose, this could be perceived as an IPA pretty easily but the balance and lower ABV make it a perfect example of a new age APA.
Price/Availability: Great aavailabilityin Chicago, often grab a six pack at Marianos while grocery shopping. It is on draft at a great deal of bars and restaurants in Chicago. If its not on draft at a bar they will most likely have cans. $10 a 4 pack but well worth it for what your getting and usually around 5-6 on draft at bars.
Overall: One of the best APAs available in the US for sure. Obviously has tough competition here in the Midwest with Three Floyds being a short drive away. Nonetheless this is somewhere in my list of top APAs near the top. If you see it don’t hesitate, drink it. Drink a lot of it.