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Over Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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86
very good

377 Ratings
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 16
Gots: 27 | 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:
Originally brewed as an ESB, but is now brewed as an American Brown Ale.

(Beer added by: beerfairy on 02-18-2009)
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Reviews by nsmartell:
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nsmartell

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5%

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the bottle to a standard pint glass. (From my notes on 05-26-10.)

Appearance: Pours ruby red/brown with a big dirty white head that does not last.

Smell: Bread, malts and pine hops.

Taste: Similar to the aroma with the piney hops, but caramel now comes through.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp with good carbonation on the tongue.

Drinkability: Good, would definitely recommend and drink again.

03-26-2011 12:07:00 | More by nsmartell
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weatherdog

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

01-17-2011 03:46:06 | More by weatherdog
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sgoodship

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

05-31-2009 03:12:14 | More by sgoodship
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-11-2013 18:07:41 | More by danthehopslamman
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csmartin6

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

01-16-2014 07:08:03 | More by csmartin6
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77apm

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-21-2014 05:35:01 | More by 77apm
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Mora2000

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

04-13-2011 02:24:31 | More by Mora2000
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Stonebreaker

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

01-09-2009 01:04:14 | More by Stonebreaker
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PretzelsNBeer

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-09-2014 19:41:48 | More by PretzelsNBeer
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Rosethoj

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

09-07-2013 22:13:12 | More by Rosethoj
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vfalstad

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-26-2012 17:40:41 | More by vfalstad
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hagbergl

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

02-07-2013 06:53:55 | More by hagbergl
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lnashsig

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

05-05-2012 01:35:54 | More by lnashsig
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duffcalifornia

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

08-13-2011 02:57:57 | More by duffcalifornia
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

11-14-2013 13:48:09 | More by mdaschaf
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

04-21-2013 14:11:29 | More by Sammy
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

04-28-2009 04:25:35 | More by pmcadamis
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-06-2013 01:43:16 | More by whatname
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danp14

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5%

07-18-2012 15:29:22 | More by danp14
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

10-07-2013 00:19:23 | More by tjsdomer2
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

02-24-2013 13:26:27 | More by NeroFiddled
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

07-28-2011 17:27:37 | More by GDBEERMAN
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

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!

12-10-2011 00:30:44 | More by WoodBrew
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cjgator3

Florida

4/5  rDev +5%

12-29-2013 03:57:38 | More by cjgator3
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fishkab

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

02-12-2012 14:41:44 | More by fishkab
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Over Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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