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Over Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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86
very good

392 Ratings
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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 17
Gots: 30 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beerfairy on 02-18-2009

Originally brewed as an ESB, but is now brewed as an American Brown Ale.
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Ratings: 392 | Reviews: 138
Reviews by alexipa:
Photo of alexipa
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a haze red/brown into an imperial pint glass with a huge, frothy head that very quickly dissipates into a thin film. Smells of predominantly lemon instantly hit me; upon closer inspection there's some biscuity malt character as well.

The bready malts are up front in the taste, along with flowery and lemon bitterness, a light british yeast flavor, with a crisp (almost coppery) finish. It's lightly carbonated and very smooth but quite thick.

If I were to sum this beer up, I would probably call it an imperial ESB. It's extremely well balanced and just overall very enjoyable, without being overly complex.

More User Reviews:
Photo of weatherdog
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler given to me by Richard as payment for a football bet. Thanks! Poured into my Three Floyds tulip shaped pint glass

It pours crystal clear amber with a billowing bone colored head. The color looks almost exactly like cola. The head dies down to a nice even creamy layer and a medium amount of lacing clings to the glass.

The nose is pretty bland, a hint of malt sweetness with just a touch on pine hops. Not too much character, just toeing the line of average.

A firm bitterness is present in the taste with a medium to medium high pine hop flavor. Some bready sweet malt is also there. It's pretty balanced between maltiness and hoppiness with the nudge going on the bitterness side.

The mouthfeel is way to watery thin for my tastes. It would be a good staple beer that I would keep in stock if it just had a little more body and some more carbonation to keep it lively. It still is greatly drinkable though and even though and I had no problem killing a growler by myself over a few hours time.

Photo of sgoodship
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure where this came from but my wife came home with it after shopping.

A: Dark copper color. Gave me a 3 finger fluffy, craggy head. Amazing lacing. Head retention was pretty good.

S: Nice strong musky, earthy hop bitterness and bready malt. Hint of diacetyl.

T: Bready malt. Some caramel coming through. Some nice hoppiness to balance. Has a nice hoppy finish with a dry aftertaste that makes you want to continue drinking. The finish also delivers a touch of diacetyl but not too much. It's pretty tasty and fairly well balanced.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Medium carbonation gives off very large bubbles that inhibit a bit of smoothness during the swallow.

D: It just didn't deliver like I think it could. The malt profile was a bit weak and at times it had a slight watery taste to it. The hop profile got the better of the malt. Generally though, a nice brew. I'd be happy to drink it again. You could definitely down a few of these. I'd like to try it on-tap.

Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pawola22 for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a brownish-red color with a large, shaving cream like off-white head.

The aroma is a mix of toffee and quite a bit of hops, mainly grassy and piney.

The flavor is more complex. I get a lot of toffee and caramel malt, as well as some dry cocoa powder and some piney hops. The beer has a low amount of bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium to high, prickly carbonation.

Photo of Stonebreaker
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A rich amber with a thick resilient head, that stuck around and left it's lacing all over.

Smell: A little faint but pleasantly sweet and malty.

Taste and mouthfeel: It was recommended to me for it's excellent balance and did not disappoint. Sweet up front but just a bit dryer in the finish. ESB? Maybe, but not very bitter. Another decent from these guys, inoffensive but not spectacular.

Drinkability: A very sessionable brew but for the price there are plenty with stronger flavors.

Photo of hagbergl
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Another beer from Half Acre Beer Co. of Chicago, this time Over Ale, their brown ale. I picked up a four-pack of 16 oz. tallboys at Treasure Island grocery store in Hyde Park, Chicago. Served in my Firestone Walker tulip glass. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4/5): Over Ale is brown with ruby hued highlights and features a big bubbly, beige, off white two and a half finger head. Some sticky lacing clings to the glass. A ring of foam sticks around from start to finish. Good looking brown.

Smell (3.75/5): Malty, caramel, some light floral hops, woody, toasty, nutty, and mellow yet very aromatic. You can tell this is a brown ale from that mix of toasty, lightly hopped, and bran cereal aromas that spring from the glass. Complex, but not a beer that wows you with an incredible nose.

Taste (4/5): Over Ale delivers full flavored brown ale taste with a nice hop kick to it that comes on toward the back. It's malty though not very sweet. Dark grain, bran cereal, light caramel. The herbal/grassy hops come in and push back. Over Ale is quite balanced overall, though the hops are a little bit more prevalent than they would be in an English-style Brown (as one might expect).

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): Over Ale features a well-crafted dryness that comes on after the maltiness subsides. Very nicely done. The medium body and medium carbonation also compliment the style of the beer very well. Easy-drinking and little to no alcohol flavor coming through.

Overall (3.75/5): Over Ale is a quality, well-crafted American Brown Ale that features all sorts of good malty flavors, a nice kicked-up hop bite, and a dryness that I personally find very nice. Over Ale won't knock your socks off, but it's a nice departure from the IPAs and Pale Ales and Imperial Stouts. A good representation of the style and a good buy, just don't expect anything super adventurous.

Photo of lnashsig
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to my sister Laura for this one!

And, this is #BOTG 28!

Poured from can into my Brooklyn snifter. Pour resembles a darker brown version of dirty rainwater. Not a lot of head, not a great looking beer. Smell- nice. Sweet bisquit malt, some caramel and toffee. What you would expect for the style. Sweet tobacco. Taste- sweet malt, toffee, some mild hop bitterness, maple, tea leaves. Sweetness coats all flavors, really liking this one a lot. Better than I expected. Mouthfeel is nice, this is a really drinkable beer overall. I would have it again.

Photo of duffcalifornia
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours an opaque toffee color with absolutely no head whatsoever. Good looking, but points must be docked for this.

S: Hints of caramel, roasted malt, and dark fruits. Smells solid if not spectacularly inviting.

T: Initially tastes of dark fruit. Taste changes very little, if at all, as the beer warms. Like the smell, the taste is solid if nothing outstanding.

M: Medium mouthfeel and appropriately carbonated, which is odd given the lack of head. But this feels exactly like a brown ale should.

O: In case it wasn't obvious, I'm wholly uninspired by this beer. While it is by no means *bad* I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to anybody either. Definitely not the best Half Acre has to offer.

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can from Oak Tree, A nice brown, with a little touch of sour finish. Above average mouthfeel. Light brown colour, nicely hoppy.Malty aroma.very good drinkability although not a style I would keep a six pack in the fridge. Toasted malt, and caramel. A tad syrupy.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice ruddy russet red-brown brew with a thick beige cap. The head shows consistent staying power.

S - Tight hops, grassy "green notes" that I'm really digging, and a very solid caramel base to my nose.

T - Yeah, that hits the spot. Hoppy, but not agressive. This one is toasty and lightly caramelized.

M - Medium bodied and firm. This one is well built and solid, but no where near foamy or full.

D - This is a session brew of the first order.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark nutty brown with good lacing.

Smell: Excellent mixture of lemon and caramel. Almost like a lemon pie.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Coffee and pine; again, another excellent and unusual combination. Crisp feel, but a tad thin.

Overall: I really like what this beer has going for it in how unusual it is It's definitely an odd mixture of a pilsener and a piney stout in the form of a brown ale. My complaint would be that there is no one thing that really stands out.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Half Acre Over Ale
16 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating.

"Over Ale" pours a beautiful mahogany brown body beneath a creamy head of light tan. Unfortunately, the head drops rather quickly and little is left behind to leave any lacing. On the upside, glimmering crimson-orange and bright ruby red accents continue to sparkle.

Chocolate-like notes can be found in the nose with a background of light pine / wet underbrush. It's bright, fresh, and welcoming.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp with a median carbonation that softens to become smoother as it warms.

The flavor follows the aroma with a fuller hop component, and a reversal. What first appeared as chocolate backed by piney hops become pine and grassy hops backed by chocolate and dark caramel. There's a solid hop bitterness to it, but it steers clear of becoming raspy, and the hop and malt merge a bit more nicely in the dry finish than they do upfront.

Overall it's not bad, but neither is it great. Its aggressive hop component is not really backed up, leaving it slightly out of balance; but more importantly, it disappoints in that it lacks in complexity.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint can into Brewfest mug. Fresh can, but no freshness code.

A: The body pours a midnight amber color, with a touch of red around the edges. Carbonation levels are nice and low. The head is a off white, creamy texture, with frothy lacing.

S: Great balance of what seems to be German malts and a nice roasted character. Hops seem a bit in the distance. Subtle spice note as well.

T/M: The rich body, is still clean and very light on the palate. Very refreshing mouthfeel, with focused but neutral flavors. Malts give a good biscuit flavors and hops add a good spice and lingering taste.

O: Overall this is a really nice brown, good strong character, but still holding on to a light drinkablity.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trying the Half Acre Over Ale tonight and it is tasty tasty!!!! The appearance is great a deep rich brownish clear amber with off white head that is lacing!!!! The smell includes molassis malts and hints of roast and perhaps noble hops. The taste is a slightly nutty and molassis sweetness which is very drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium to light in boday with good carbonation. Overall this is a good brown ale!

Photo of Heatwave33
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Dark amber with a tan head.

Smell: Bread, earthy hops and caramel malts.

Taste: Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium low carbonation, smoth with a dry finish.

Overall: A decent brew just too bready for my taste. Maybe if it was less bready and more hoppy or citrus. Cheers.

Photo of bashiba
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear dark brown with ruby highlights, almost no head to speak of just a lightly bubbly ring.

The smell is light and malty with a bit of brown sugar and light earthy hops.

The flavor is surprisingly bitter with some nice earthy and herbal hop notes mixing in with some roasted barley flavors and some deep smoke in the finish. The sweetness comes through a bit more as it warms, but still leans towards the bitter end of the spectrum.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit oily.

I enjoyed this, I like the hoppier style of brown, and I especially liked its not just a brown ale hopped up with a bunch of west coast citrus hops, its hoppy but in a more nontraditional way.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown clear body with an impressive head.

Nutty scent with a touch of caramel. There's a slight earthy and grassy hop touch.

Taste is pretty standard for a brown. Nutty, biscuit, and faintly sweet malts. HA adds a touch of bitterness from the hops.

Medium to thin mouthfeel with good carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

It's a pretty standard brown ale and user friendly coming from Half Acre, but nothing spectacular.

Photo of EORS
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown with some reddish undertones. Pours with a one-finger head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Roasty caramel malt and some faint resiny aroma from the hops.

Taste: Pleasant malt body with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation - smooth and light

Overall: Very nice bitter to sip with a meal, with just the right amount of hop character to balance out the malt bill.

Photo of cilldalua
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Clark St Ale house in Chicago.

Poured with a full head that went flat quickly, a nice dark brown color promising warmth which I need right now. The smell was all biscuit for me and this came through in the taste too. The biscuit taste was balanced by some spice on the end that evened things out and made this a very drinkable beer on a cold day. The mouthfeel similar to a lot of English bitters left my mouth dry. So I drank more!

Photo of uberez8
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After having this, I am positive this has to be my all time favorite American brown ale. Poured a perfect woody brown color with a 3 finger head, though slightly worried about the amount of carbonation. That fear was put to rest quickly after tasting it, it was just so exquisitely balanced. Starts off sweet and nutty with just a bit of a hoppy finish but the sweetness carries over in a nice, subtle way. The carbonation also gives a nice mothfeel, keeps it smooth and creamy but not overly bubbly. I will be back quite a bit for these 4 packs from Half Acre.

I know this might be crazy to say, but I think I enjoy it even more than Daisy Cutter. DEAL WITH IT.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gonna try this on the phone:

A: cloudy brown with a half inch of sandy, whitish brown head

S: wonderful, buscuity caramel maltiness balanced out with a light citrusy hoppiness.

T/MF: much like the aroma but with the volume turned up. Caramel is accentuated with a smattering of hops tossed in. Feel is solid slightly chewey with a drying backend.

D: its no suprise why this sixer disappeared so quickly, a very tasty beer.

Photo of jhoban19
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip and paired with a spicy lasagna.

A: deep reddish brown, thick and foamy off-white head. Head dissipates pretty quickly but a solid ring forms around the glass with near full surface coverage. Lacing is strong all the way around the glass.

S: sweet caramel notes at the outset with a bit of butterscotch. A bit of agitation reveals a strong toasted malt aroma and regenerates a good looking amount of foam. Minty hops are also lingering around in there.

T: Caramel / butterscotch is the dominant flavor, but the minty/spicy hop flavor is there to balance it out. As it warms the toasty malt flavors develop, but they pretty much sit in the background. Some lingering hop bitterness makes it way into the mix about ¾ through the glass.

M: light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Smooth and crisp with a long dry finish.

D: Over Ale is an easy drinkin' brew from an up-and-coming brewery, one that I like very much (and is also a block from my house). I'm truly enjoying this- very sessionable at 6%. This beer is also an excellent match for the spicy lasagna. The smooth, creamy mouthfeel is a nice extension of the creamy mozzarella, ricotta and goat cheese in the meal while the caramel and toasty flavors do a good job of balancing out the spice in the hot Italian sausage. The minty/spicy hops, although mild, also kick up the spice while the malt works to balance it out- it's a wonderful little tug-o-war going on.

Photo of digitalczech
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big ESB fan. There are few far and between ESBs which I really like. This is one of them. The bitterness doesn't overpower allowing this beer to be enjoyed rather than just tasted.

A - nice amber color. Looks really nice

S - Biscuit?

T - Grassy with grapefruit.. But it was a nice balance.

M - Nice... lively. Not flat but not over carbonated.

D - Very drinkable. The second bottle was better as my tastebuds adjusted. But it was a nice drinkable beer. I would buy it again.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to my buddy Kevin (kzoobrew) for this great beer. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a light brown, amber color. Over a finger of off white head is achieved that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing.

Smell - Toasted malts, nuttiness, caramel, slight hops.

Taste - Similar to the nose. A nice bitterness up front followed my roasted malts, caramel, and malt. Floral and grassy notes as well, with a hint of lemon zest.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation, finishes a hint dry.

Overall - Pretty good, easy to drink. Half Acre continues to impress.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up in the 16oz cans a few days ago.

It poured deep brown with an off white foamy head.

S: It had a light malty aroma along with some hops.

T: This had a good balance of malt and hops. The malts are in the forefront. They have a fairly roasted flavor, but on the caramel side. The hops occupy the background giving this a slightly bitter taste and a low level of dryness.

M/F: a little too carbonated for my taste. At times I thought it distracted from the flavor. Sometimes it felt a little thin.

D: easy to drink.

Conclusion: It was good, nothing aggressive. For the most part it was a tad above average for a brown ale. This had a rounded flavor that was enjoyable.

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Over Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.