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Over Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Reviews: 138
Hads: 395
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 17
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of guityler83
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of stangski83
4.52/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.52/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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

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Photo of cmartioli
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of beerfairy
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of KBomb
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Over Ale pours a deep red-brown, brilliantly clear, and generous lingering two fingers of head. This is a beautiful looking beer: color, head, and lacing is very admirable.

Nose is full of sweet brown sugar and a hint of floral and piney hops. Caramel malt dominates with just a pleasant contrast from hops.

Taste is rich with the caramel malt sweetness without being sugary. A note of fruit and citrus accents the sweetness, followed up with a quick bite of mildly bitter hops. Flavors are bold, but all very smooth and palatable.

Medium body, smooth flavor, and slightly crisp/dry mouthfeel begs for another. Over Ale is very drinkable.

I'm quite impressed with this beer. Its solid, well built, and damn tasty. Half Acre is a welcome addition to the Chicago beer scene and I plan on drinking plenty more of these! La Chaim!

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Photo of GoldenJet
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of goodduckbeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly robust beer that is simple in taste--the varieties of barley overpower the hops flavor, which is nice, but makes me only want to drink one or two at a sitting. I didn't detect any fruitiness, and the smell was on par with the taste--the essence of simplicity unfettered by all the extra additions that abound in so many craft beers

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a can and poured into a Three Floyds Teku glass

A) Dark brown, leather color, some what clear, two finger head.

S) Nutty, malty, pine, a little resin not too much.

T) Malt, biscut, hoppy finish cascade perhaps. Nutty is the prime taste note.

M) Medium Carbonation, thick and crisp

O) A very good Nut Brown, very English can't wait to have with Fish and Chips.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can sent by kodymupa. It was allowed to warm a little before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Half Acre Over Ale pours a deep chestnut brown, with some orange highlights when held to light. Three fingers or so of cream colored foam rise up to top the beer. Head retention is fairly good, most of it fades away over five or so minutes, but the last bits of foam stick around for a long time. Lacing is left in a nice webbed pattern. The nose is solid, if unspectacular, lots of lightly toasted nuts and crisp biscuits. The flavor leads off with those same two malty notes. Next comes a lighty firm bit of bitterness (yup, definitely an American take on a Brown Ale), along with some earthy and light grapefruit hoppy notes. The slightly dry chocolate that comes in for the close is what takes this beer to the next level. The body is just a little light for the style, which in turn helps the carbonation come off as a little more active than it probably needs to. While it's not quite perfect, Half Acre Over Ale's still a pretty darn enjoyable American Brown Ale.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TheStretch for bring over this growler to our brew session.

I've had this before at the brewery and loved it so I figured now was a good time to review it. This pours a nice rosewood color with a good pillow head on the top that is well retained with beautiful lacing down the glass. The aroma is both of nice fresh hop and some caramel malts. There are some roasty and nutty smells in the background as well. The flavors are a nice balance of malts and hops. The hop flavors are akin to some nice orange zest. There are bitter flavors, but they are in the background of the nice roasted caramel and butterscotch flavors. This beer is very well carbonated and aside from bitter notes which are appropriate it was a very smooth beer. This was really easy to drink, it pairs well with most foods and is a definite recommendation from me.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of jhoban19
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of the great trader TATTORSO. Thanks Jeff!

Pours a clear and bubbly copper colour with a 2 finger head of foam and some good lacing.

It has a lightish smell of some bready malt, light fruit, and a nice light piney bitterness. None overshadow the others so I'd call it a well balanced nose. After a while though, the pine seems to build some momentum and *does* take over but in a good way.

The taste is lightly bready, lightly nutty, has some solid pine hop bitterness, and is just a solid tasting ESB all around and one of the better ones that I have tried.

It has a medium body with likewise carbonation and an overall smooth feel.
Oh and the foam retention and lacing turn out to be superb.

Drinkability? I could kick back 2 or 3 of these within a reasonable time and be a happy camper. I think this is an excellent example of the style and kudos go out to Half Acre Brewing and...Jeff!

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Jester King pint.

A- pours a brownish/amber with a 1 finger tan head. Thick wall lacing covers half the glass.

S- toasted malts, hazelnut, slight roast.

T- toasted malts and roast followed by some nuttiness.

M- medium body and carbonation.

O- good brown with nice flavors and aromas.

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Photo of dnjmed
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a reddish brown color with a slightly offwhite head.

S-smells of toasted bread, nuts, and spice.

T-Taste follows the nose quite well. Caramel comes on more strongly in the taste. Don't be fooled, though the nutty caramelized bread is very well balanced with spicy hops.

M-smooth with some good amount of thickness. very pleasing.

D-delicious. moving on to a 2nd. very drinkable right now.

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Photo of mynie
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown red, medium translucent, with a nice head.

Smells the way a brown ale should, west coast hops and nutty, bready malt. Very nicely balanced, and the hops are take center stage, just like I like them.

Tastes not quite as good as a smells. Starts with nutty bread dough, moves into sugared chestnuts blended with citrusy hops, and then it gets a tiny bit weird, with big nodes of boiled veggies like I'm drinking old school Rolling Rock. The veggies linger, surprisingly pleasantly, but they override most of the nice sweet barley that probably would do a better job of balancing out the beer.

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Photo of digitalczech
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Aguirre
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I pick up about a growler a week at Half Acre, and usually go for Daisy Cutter or something limited. However, I've been feeling some hop fatigue, so I decided to revisit Over Ale. The last time I tried it was on tap at a local bar and I remember being turned off by a strange, chemical flavor.

Poured from the growler into a pint.

A - A nice deep brown, with good clarity. Tan fluffy head.

S - Roasted malts, not much in the way of hops. You can tell this beer is FRESH!

T - Mmmmm, delicious. Not too heavy, not too light. I love the amount of flavor, it's not overpowering, but it stands up for itself. This reminds me of a Brown Ale much more than an ESB. There is a lingering hop bitterness, and the beer isn't too sweet.

M - Well carbed, but not overly so

D - Dangerously drinkable. I had three pints in just a couple of hours because I was enjoying this one so much.

All and all, a great beer, though maybe not an ESB. I can't vouch for bottles or old kegs, but fresh on tap at the brewery, this is a winner.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a nutty brown hue with three fingers of creamy/sudsy beige head. Head retention is good, lacing is - for a brown - phenomenal. Very photogenic.

Smell -- Nutty malt, toast, floral and grassy hops. There's nothing off in the aroma, just vacuous.

Taste -- Base maltiness conjures roasted nuts and golden toast with gentle fruity esters and a mild Scottish-esque caramelization. As brown ales go, this is definitely hop-forward with spring flowers, prairie grasses, grapefruit pith, and a knife tip of pine resin. Upon first blush, it's very reminiscent of Surly Bender, though over time the hops become less omnipresent and toasted malt nuttiness takes the helm.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Tows the line between creamy and harsh rather well.

Drinkability -- With Half Acre's third canning venture - but long-time growler staple - they once again show how a 16oz can should be purposed: a crisp, refreshing, and sessionable. The malting is very much in the vein of the traditional English Brown but with the hop character characterized by Daisy Cutter and Gossamer. I firmly believe this will soon become my go-to quencher for weekends on the town.

Suggestion: Be sure to buy two packs, as the first will disappear rather quickly.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to htomsirveaux for the can.

Appearance: Deep, rich brown with some nice dark red touches when held to light. Head is dirty white/tan and dissipates pretty quickly. Mild lacing. Clear and full, I like it.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, touches of cocoa. Caramel malts as well. Touch of citrus hops, but it's all about malts, and I'm happy with that. Some toasted malts and something sweeter than caramel. Toffee? Bready and biscuity in good measure.

Taste: Solid malts all around. Sweet is just the right measure. Pulls to roasted coffee and cocoa on the back of each sip. Big bready malts add a nice level of depth. Hops have a little more presence than they did on the nose. Nice touch of citrus to round out the back of the malts. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, full without being heavy, and nicely carbonated. It's a big malty mouthful. Drinks like a champ.

Overall: A damn fine take on the style. It's not quite Surly Bender, but it's got to be cheaper and that goes a long way. Super easy to drink and a nice can of deliciously crafted malts. Well-balanced and well worth seeking out.

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Over Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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