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Over Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Over AleOver Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

375 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 16
Gots: 26 | 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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davidbowers13

Illinois

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-17-2011 13:23:32 | More by davidbowers13
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HarryStamperRoughNeck

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.2%

05-20-2013 20:07:11 | More by HarryStamperRoughNeck
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frankman71

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

11-26-2012 05:20:57 | More by frankman71
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

11-26-2011 20:21:01 | More by pirmannt1
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guityler83

Wisconsin

4.71/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Two fingers of mocha colored head when aggressively poured into a standard pint glass. Dark amber to brown color and clear when held up to the light.

S: Cocoa and milk chocolate aroma, but not overly sweet smelling. Noble hop spiciness hides in the background.

T: Piney, westcoasty bitterness that stays with you all the way to the end. Cocoa powder, dark chocolate, bread crust and burnt toast malt profile. complex and distinguishable.

M: Moderate carbonation. big body'd mouth-feel, with a slight mouth drying astringency

O: Brown Ales typically bore me, but Over Ale grabbed my taste buds and had me wanting more. Very sessionable and still complex.

Serving type: can

03-05-2013 01:38:39 | More by guityler83
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stangski83

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just purchased a half barrel from the brewery this fine evening for my kegarator. This stuff is dangerously drinkable - just finished my first pint and heading back for number 2 in quick order. Very solid brown ale in my opinion. The alcohol is not terribly noticeable and I'm suspecting that it will sneak up on me in quick order if i'm not careful. Although I intended to pick up a half barrel of daisy cutter, i don't regret this for a second. Very tasty and worth the drive from the south suburbs up to half acre for a fresh keg (dated 11/13/2010) of Over Ale. Just in time for Thanksgiving - and believe me when I say I'm thankful.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2010 04:25:26 | More by stangski83
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a reddish, medium brownish, ckear ambe with a nice two finger head to start. No bubbling though. The smell has slightly sweet caramel and bready toasted malts while the hops adda little orange spice to each sniff. The taste is equally balanced with great, touch of sweetness malts and full of bread and biscuits. Then the hops bitter and spice things up to even out the malts a little. Super session ale right here! A little grainy and bubbly on the palate. Just a nice English style ESB.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 01:00:27 | More by scruffwhor
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larryarms847

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-21-2014 22:39:55 | More by larryarms847
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Chrixsus

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

11-22-2013 01:17:17 | More by Chrixsus
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Fallingonwater10

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

02-04-2012 17:10:50 | More by Fallingonwater10
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ScrimshawFan

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

11-19-2011 03:36:39 | More by ScrimshawFan
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olafphysics

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

11-28-2013 02:21:36 | More by olafphysics
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ferrari29

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from can into a Pint shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a healthy clear dark amber colored body; full frothy espresso colored frothy head; one finger in size; moderate level of lacing formed on the sides of the glass; barely any visible carbonation in the glass

S - Traditional brown nut ale scents of roasted malt; semi-chocolate scents; hing of butter; initial scents are a bit chalky

T - Smooth nut-malt flavored ale; crisp and refreshing flavor; hint of roasted character; chocolate; touch of tea or light herbal flavors; hint of dark fruit-figs

M - Thin, but filling; great brown ale flavor; pleasant on the taste buds; all flavor characteristics are enjoyable and not overbearing; aftertaste of brown sugar

D - Probably the best brown ale beer I've ever had; compliments dark fruits; would go great with a meal, nice and light body but full of character

Serving type: can

09-25-2011 05:03:04 | More by ferrari29
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

09-28-2013 22:53:30 | More by MSandahl23
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stbo101

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

12-20-2011 02:05:23 | More by stbo101
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Jsimansk

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

07-20-2013 20:11:06 | More by Jsimansk
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cmartioli

Michigan

4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasting notes of caramel and slightly nuttiness. Good malt flavor.

Aroma: toasty and nutty, slightly sweet smell

Pours a light hazy brown color with a good head lasting a few minutes after pouring.

Medium body. Slight carbonation

serving type: 16 ounces can.

Serving type: can

04-23-2014 18:29:12 | More by cmartioli
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice woody-brown with a decent little clingy tan cap.

S - It smells brown and roasty, and a little sweet. There is a nutty-earthy quality, and the hop is quite leafy.

T - Toasty malt is deftly balanced by some very fresh tasting earthy-leafy hops, resulting in a very refreshing nutty-earthy-pristine flavor. This is a very good brown ale. (Edit: Later I learned that this is an ESB.) The flavor is all that the nose promised, but apportioned differently, and with the addition of some buttery notes.

M - Nice, though it could be a bit more on the velvety side. Seems like it would be fantastic on-cask.

D - Very enjoyable, very very drinkable. This is perfect ballgame brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2010 15:40:34 | More by ktrillionaire
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with a small creamy off white head.

Scent of brown sugar, bubble gum and sweet hops. A simple and great scent.

Taste of light brown sugar and sweet somewhat bitter hops. Reminds me of an ESB.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and fairly smooth, but a bit thin.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2009 15:59:53 | More by paco1029384756
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beerfairy

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, no ABV given on bottle or 6-Pack Carton. 6- Pack says an American Style Bitter but that is not a category on this site so I put it in the ESB section.

One thing I noticed is that when I opened the bottle, which had been in the fridge for 5 days, it came out overflowing the bottle. Not a lot, but enough to notice.

A: Nice copper color with a 1 inch thinck head. Very nice initial lacing on the glass but it doesn't last thourout the whole beer.

S: Malty, slight fruity smell. Hard to tell others, just getting over a cold so my nose isn't 100%.

T: Goes down easy, slight lingering bitterness at the end but not overpowering.

M: Coats the mouth well , slickness as it goes down and leaves that hint of bitterness.

This is definitely a drinkable beer as in by the case. Goes down easy, and real easy to pick up another one.

This is a fine brew by a new Chicago Brewery and I wish them much success.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 01:37:29 | More by beerfairy
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GoldenJet

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While I know it's blasphemous to say this, what with Surly being in my backyard and all, but fuck, sometimes I wish I lived in Chicago just so I cold drink Half-Acre beers ALL THE TIME.

Seriously, their beers never, ever, disappoint me - like this new canned offering of Over Ale. I mean really, how many people just craft good brown ales these days? This one is great - lots of bready notes, some toffee, and a ton of woody and 'nutty' flavors. I don't get the hop resins that some other people do, but I do get a great roasted maltiness throughout.

The best part though, is that I don't get that continuous bitterness that most Brown Ales seem to have, making this a dangerously sessionable beer.

And by dangerous, I mean I could drink pint after pint after pint.

Serving type: can

03-18-2011 22:04:36 | More by GoldenJet
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RyFikes

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-03-2013 13:09:17 | More by RyFikes
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

02-08-2013 23:37:13 | More by IdrinkGas
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cestlavie

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-25-2012 01:26:05 | More by cestlavie
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BColton1

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-06-2012 23:47:29 | More by BColton1
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Over Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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