Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Review: Half Acre Daisy Cutter

Brewery:  Half Acre Beer Company
Locale:  North Center, Chicago, IL
Craft Circa:  2006
Style:  Pale Ale
ABV:  5.2%
Notables:  Chicago Reader “Best Local Brew” 2012

Label:  Wonderful name and label.  With a name like Daisy Cutter, you expect some twisted variation that will prove to be a stable and memorable beer.

Overall:   The beer smells a tad ragged, and the taste disappoints even more.  It’s rare I struggle to finish a brew, but for some reason, this one gives me a challenge.  I’ve had this beer a few times under different circumstances.  I’ve consumed this ale in a can, had it on tap, tried it with a fresh palate, as well as after multiple beers…  I just cannot find an instance that this beer is any good.  It’s a shame and there are a few close pals that will disagree with me, and order it voluntarily while out, but I do not wish this beer to reserve shelf space in my fridge.  The “No Vacancy” sign goes up. 

The big surprise is the fact that it’s advertised as “pale ale”.  Pale ales should no way be as bitter, sour, and rough as this one.  Any pale ale that would enter the party with this type of pins and needles pour should back it up with flavor, which this fails to do as well.  Help me out Chicago… I just don’t get it.  This beer was rated best local brew among a lot of great beers here in Chicago?  Is it this disturbing hipster trend of canning beer a la “PBR”?  It’s just not good, no matter the medium of delivery. 

Honestly craft lovers…. Help a reviewer out.

B&B is mystified by the recognition Daisy Cutter receives.  Help us understand, supply comments below.  As far as we are concerned this ale deserves a big ‘ol “Mr. Yuk” sticker on the label.

Acquisition:  4-pack canned ~ $9

Windfall:  Mr. Yuk is a graphic image created by the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh conceived to help children learn to avoid ingesting harmful liquids.  The concept was for parents, guardians, and caregivers to place these stickers on household items to warn children of its danger.  The original design of Mr. Yuk entailed skull and crossbones but it was soon realized that the design was not terribly helpful.  This due to the fact that there was too much of a resemblance to the local baseball team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and their Jolly Roger flag that was flown often to symbolize fan support.


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