Brew Review: Half Acre Fully Saturated Double Daisy Cutter
With a score of 93 out of 100 on BeerAdvocate, this latest limited release from Half Acre is kind of a big deal right now which is awesome for you because we've got plenty of four-packs ready for you here at the King of Prussia Beer Outlet. Here's the breakdown:
What is this fancy beer?
Fully Saturated Double Daisy Cutter from Half Acre Beer Company is the imperial version of the brewery's cult favorite, double dry hopped and fermented with yeast. It's a fruit forward beer featuring notes of peach and strawberry, specifically, and according to the brewery, "it will circulate a current of peach, farm fresh strawberry electro flavors throughout your home." It's pretty straight forward, considering that last year's was described (by the brewery) as "resin, cotton candy rounds and Albanese Orange Bearsicles."
But what does it taste like?
Alas, here's where your two resident beer obsessives disagree.
"Every person I’ve recommended this beer to has texted me immediately after drinking it to let me know just how good it is. I am a big time Half Acre fanboy and I wear that proudly any time they put something out. Fully Saturated Double Daisy Cutter is a smooth and drinkable IPA that will have you looking for another one until you can’t get off the couch and decide that “bed” is actually the right choice. Boasting an 8% APV, this IPA will hit you a lot faster than its little brother. For me, Double Daisy Cutter is big and juicy with notes of pineapple, mango, and fresh strawberry. There is a pleasant resin to it to balance out the sweetness with a touch of something along the lines of Double Bubble bubble gum.
The mouthfeel on this beer is spot on: soft, pillowy, and creamy. By the time you get to the second half of the can you start to pick up on the little bit of the alcohol burn which helps remind you that this is a bit of an ABV heavy hitter. Sometimes this type of beer can get to be too much after you finish the first pint due to the sweetness, mouthfeel, and ABV. FSDDC doesn’t have that problem due to the resinous profile and malty backbone that round out the brew. Overall, FSDDC knocks it out of the park big time and is an absolute must buy any time I see it."—Des O'Neil
"This is a fine beer. It's well made and you can taste the fruit in it as promised—the notes of strawberry are strong here. There's a lot of fruit, both in the aroma and on the backend which is somewhat unexpected from a double IPA (they're known for their bitter, hop-forwardness) as is the sweetness—the sugary kind, separate from the fruit flavors—running throughout. I'd say it's closer to cotton candy, light, super sugary, and melts on the tongue. It's crisp, smooth and crushable, but with an 8% ABV, I would advise against crushing them.
I'd probably have a higher opinion of FSDDC if I hadn't just had a beer made with strawberry puree from the Philadelphia-based IPA alchemists over at Tired Hands. Now that beer tasted like strawberries, startlingly so and all up on your tastebuds so while Fully Saturated Double Daisy Cutter tastes great, it isn't pure magic. That said: FSDDC is a deliciously drinkable, fruit-forward IPA." —Amber Rambharose