On Saturday night in Chicago, I went to the Half Acre Craft Beer Week closing party, right in the brewery itself. What a blast! Gabriel and his cohorts really know how to throw a bash (thanks again!). There was a great turnout, tasty food and even tastier beer, everywhere I turned.
There were so many people yet, somehow, I never waited more than about 2 minutes to get more beer. That’s great planning, if you ask me. One of the Half Acre brews I got to try for the first time was Daisy Cutter, their American Pale Ale. I found a whole wall of it upstairs and just had to get a shot.
In all honesty, Daisy Cutter is one of the most unique APAs I’ve ever tasted and I cannot wait to pick some up around my hometown. It poured a golden orange with a pile of frothy head and offered great lacing, even on the sides of my plastic party cup.
Daisy Cutter’s aroma will probably stay with me for the rest of my life. Very hoppy in the nose; grassy and floral notes were the stars here, with hints of citrus hops, backed by a sweet pale malt. I really had never smelled a beer quite like this in my life. I could barely keep my nose out of the cup.
The flavor reflected Daisy Cutter’s aroma but was much more balanced than the incredibly hoppy nose. Grassy, citrusy hops mingled with that sweet, pale malt for a really enjoyable brew. With a medium body and carbonation, this 5.2% ABV American Pale Ale is perfect as a session beer and one I look forward to enjoying again.
At the end of the night, when most of the party-goers had cleared out, I got a shot of the canning station in the brewery. I love this behind-the-scenes stuff.
Cheers to Gabriel and the entire Half Acre team for a great party and even better beer. Can’t wait to visit again!
[techtags: HALF ACRE, DAISY CUTTER, AMERICAN CRAFT BEER WEEK, APA, AMERICAN PALE ALES, BEER REVIEWS]