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Over Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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138 Reviews
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Reviews: 138
Hads: 395
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 7.81%
Wants: 17
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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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Photo of grover37
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

4 pack picked up from the brewery for $8.99 poured into a mug.

Appearance (3): Clear, ruby brown with two fingers of light cream head. Foam reduces to a patchy layer. Minimal lacing.

Smell (2.5): Grains and light milk chocolate.

Taste (3.5): Milky and light chocolate without much else going on. Very mellow with a bit of sweetness in the middle and a lingering chocolate and maybe pine. The aftertaste is the best part of this beer which doesn't have much else to offer.

Mouthfeel (3): Light to medium bodied and medium carbonation. Creamy but light mouthfeel with a bit of slickness.

Overall (2.5): Not much to it, and pretty watery. Surprisingly 6% as it tastes moe like 4%. (687 characters)

Photo of mtstatebeer
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One pint can served in tumbler glass. Pours a clear ruby color with a small, fizzy, light-brown head, good lacing. Aroma is caramel, roasted and toasted malts, smoke, and a small amount of earthy hops. Flavor is caramel malts, wood, nutty, and grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium to light, dry, and just a touch of bitterness at the finish. Decent beer, nothing special but drinkable. (381 characters)

Photo of Bennettrox
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Much thanks to Hawks10 for the can!

A - Dark brown, ruby hues, and a half finger almost soda like head.

S - After an aggressive pour I'm really not getting much from this. Somewhat nutty and roasted malts, but really lacking in this department.

T - Much better than the nose. Almonds, a little chocolate, roasted malts, and a little grainy.

M - Very easy to drink, one of it's best qualities.

O - I really enjoy drinking this brown ale but in the flavor profile, specifically the nose, I'm not getting much. Enjoyed this one but not something I'd seek again. (564 characters)

Photo of Heatwave33
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of nataku00
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a nonic glass. Beer pours a very dark brown, mostly clear so you can see through the murky darkness. Finger of off white frothy head on the pour dissipates to a skim of white on the surface and a collar of small bubbles along the edge. Lots of nice lacing on the edge of the glass that sticks around well.

Nose is pretty typical brown ale, light aroma of earthy hops, with biscuit and bread malts, a touch of roasted malt. There is an off metallic smell to it, feint, but it's there.

A bit of hop bitterness at the tip of the tongue, but then mostly biscuit and roasted malt. Metallic finish on the tongue, then a light malts stays on the tongue.

Light bodied and well carbonated. Fairly good session beer. (728 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into a nonic.

a - pours chestnut in color, slightly hazy, with a thin cap of cream colored foam. head calms quickly to a thin film and leaves a few legs of lacing here and there.

s - carmel, cola, faint grass. pretty weak nose overall.

t - nutty with carmel notes and herbal/earthy hop character. has an herbal sort of bitterness that hangs on the tongue. finishes with a cola like effervescence.

m - fuller in body with adequate carbonation. medium co2 profile.

o - good beer, but nothing really stands out for me. would certainly buy it again if i came across it. (579 characters)

Photo of PPOmaha
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: medium sweet toffee malt aroma. Hint of spicy malt aroma not much. No DMS. Low diacetyl.

Appearance: mahogany with brown highlights. Thin soapy head that lingers.

Flavor: light caramel malt flavor. Hints of coffee and burnt malt. Finish is quite drying and bitter. No characterizable hop flavor just bitterness. No DMS, no diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: medium light body with medium low carbonation. Medium creaminess.

Overall: decent brown ale, nothing shines here though I wish there was more hop flavor and aroma. But even the malt flavor was a bit one note. (567 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a hard plastic cup.

Thanks to TheStretch for sharing his growler while brewing!

The last of the Three Growlers from our Half Acre tour trip. It pours a clear dark sunset amber topped by finger of thick creamy foam. The nose comprises pine, grapefruit, grass, and some light biscuit. The taste holds notes of green tea, melon, cucumber, grasses, and very light biscuit. The hoppier notes seem to strangely overpower the very meek malts for me. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a feel that migrates from fluid to dry. Overall, an okay brew, but a bit unbalanced and grassy for my tastes. (621 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: amber, copper body, 1 finger head, brilliant lacing

S: nut, hint of caramel, light grain

T: mild nut, sweet bread, grain front with bitter finish.

M: light/med body, prickly tongue, big carbonation body.

D: very mild, ordinary ESB, slightly disappointed since I was such
a big fan of Daisy Cutter Pale Ale. (316 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From 16oz can to pint glass on 3/24/11

Cheers to cadaugherty for this one. Thanks, Chad!

A: Signifigantly more red-umber then your straight, by-the-book brown. It's dark, though fairly brilliant. A good pour yields a 1.25 finger head, and better lacing then I was expecting.

S: Nutty with a pinch of malt. Closing my eyes, it smells like an autumn afternoon by the fire pit, with the guys tossing the football in the yard.

T: Nice mild malt that lays down for the walnut and almond extract essence from the late fore to mid. It's all wrapped up with a faint kiss of hops at the finish.

M: It feels like an oil spill in my mouth. It's extremely slick, and quite a bit lighter then I would like. Fairly dissapointing.

O: For a brown, I can genuinely say I liked this one. Did I love It? No, but I'd certainly drink it again if offered. Half Acre's Over Ale is a good, everyday "drinking" beer. It's not overly complex, it's simply a nice can of suds. (954 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, dark amber color with one finger of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. Medium lacing remains on the glass.

S: Toasty, biscuit-like grain is complemented by earthy and spicy hops. Clean, with a mild black pepper presence set against transient caramel, the smell also has one foot in charcoal.

T: Begins dry, with slightly scorched brown malt and sharp herbaceous hop aromatics that are remarkably pungent and slightly astringent. Acidity is moderate, perhaps a bit too pronounced for the style, with some dark citrus qualities in tow. The middle is more malt-focused, earthy and mild with caramel overtones. Sweetness also intensifies somewhat toward the finish, which harbors bracing herbaceous bitterness that is shocking to the palate.

M: Medium viscosity, balanced on the palate if leaning a little toward the astringent, with low carbonation.

D/O: This robust ale from the Half Acre stable bears little relation to their Daisy Cutter pale ale; relatively challenging on the palate, but only compared to that other beer's universal approachability. The smell resembles some other American brown ales, such as Sierra Nevada's Tumbler, but is more satisfying. It almost begs for other strong and savory flavors to complement, making it food-friendly but likely to induce some palate fatigue when taken by itself. (1,379 characters)

Photo of tikibeer
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany brown out of a 16oz can. Nice head that disappears quickly. Spotty lacing.

Aroma is a punch of nut and alcohol. The alcohol is strong on the nose and kind of burns your nose.

Taste is lots of strong nut and a hint of hops. Body is very light for a brown ale. Has a booziness to it that is warming.

Overall it is not a beer I would seek out again. (371 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Clear (I think) deep amber mahogany color. Almost three fingers off beige frothy/foamy head. Retention is good and sparse lacing is left.

4.0 S: Surprisingly hoppy. It's not quite floral, not quite herbal, and also not quite earthy. The combination of "not quites" adds up to a good hoppiness. Lots of toasty maltiness with hints of chocolate and nuts. Lots of the Half Acre house character, which is hard to describe.

3.5 T: Not as hoppy as the nose suggested, but still a hoppier brown ale. I've finally decided that I'm calling the hopppiness earthy foremost and herbal second. Dry, dusty graininess. Lots of toastiness. A touch of chocolate and nuts. An abundance of the house character. Moderate bitterness that seems to come more from the malts than the hops.

2.5 M: I'm not a huge fan of the mouthfeel. Lighter medium body. Carbonation level is fine, but it feels somewhat dead. The strangest thing is how this is both creamy and not creamy at the same time and this I don't care for.

3.0 D: Tasty beer. I'm always happy to drink a new brown ale. This one seems to be a little rough around the edges though. (1,149 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Pours a reddish copper color with a 1 finger off white head. SLight roasted malt flavor. Very simple, straight forward, and clean flavor. Slighlty sweet up front with a nice balance of subtle hops. Slight caramel flavor. Medium mouthfeel. A pretty moderate ESB. (268 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to lusciousjackson for this one !

poured cold from the can a deep dark burnt chocolate brown to a to a dogfish head shaped pint with a big, foamy, long lasting tan head with spotty lace after each sip.

aroma of grassy hops and brown sugars

interesting, sweet, graham crackers, light molasses.

medium bodied, big carbonation, sweet.

overall an interesting brown ale. nothing special, but very solid. (410 characters)

Photo of weatherdog
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (1,007 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a dark, almost burnt sienna brown color. Some tan froth and decent retention.

(S)- A nice mild nutty raisin combo. Subtle bits of caramel malt & grains.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A nice profile of subtle nutty raisin and baked bread- like yeast.

(M)- A nice combination level and balance. Smooth with a rustic feel to it overall.

(O)- Overall, a solid brown ale. Easy drinking with classic flavors that are melded together nicely. (478 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle bonused in a trade from d0b. Thanks man!<BR>
Pours a nice clear amber with medium lasting beige head. Smell is kind of fruity and malty with a nuttiness too. Mild, but nice. Taste is biscuity, dusty, and fruity, with a bit of nutty flavor as well. Balanced, and what I'd expect flavorwise in the style, and very drinkable. Medium bodied and good carbonation. I thought it was pretty nice and a very drinkable sessionable beer. (439 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of OttoBomb
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in 16 oz. conical pint glass (January 23, 2010).

Eyes: Pours an interesting coppery-brown, with a thin layer of foam. This was served on tap at a bar in a pint glass, so any extra head was likely run off.

Nose: Toasty bread-grains, caramel malts, some dry fruits and pine hops.

Tongue: More hoppy on the tongue than the aroma would suggest, but very well balanced. Toasty, nutty malts, with the aforementioned fruits.

Mouth: Good carbonation, smooth on the palate.

Libation: More hoppy that most bitters, but not a huge enough punch to dominate the profile. A very good balanced beer overall, nice drinkability. It's lighter than a lot of other bitter also, but has more flavor than heavier brews.

I had this on tap and I'm looking forward to trying this again fresh from a bottle. (795 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent brown with a slight orange tint. Minimal white head with little retention.

S: Fruity and malty with a slight twang and the ever so slight hint of smoke. Aroma is not very strong.

T: Malt. A quick, sharp shot of bitterness on the first sip, that quickly fades to a mellow maltiness on the tongue. Roasted malts. Dark whole wheat bread.

M: Medium weight. Higher carbonation livens up the mouth.

D: A solid ESB, but not a great one. A nice, fresh offering for the locals. (490 characters)

Photo of lstokes
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with red undertones and a nice tan head, the nose is characterized by earthy malts with a little bit of--tea? It's weak overall. The taste is malt heavy, a little bit of smoke, a little bit of nutty character, some lemon/citrus hops. It's actually a surprisingly complex taste but I'm not sure how well it all fits together. Mouthfeel slightly watery, and so overall it's a good beer, but not a great one. Would stick with the other Half Acre offerings. (473 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into a Duvel tulip. I got this in an anonymous in-person trade at the end of DLD, so thanks to that guy if he's reading this!

A: Pours a clear dark russet body under a solid finger of creamy tan foam. Good retention and lacing. Attractive Brown Ale.

S: Fairly sweet aroma of chocolate malt, dark fruits, nuttiness, and a hint of generically earthy hops. Solid, but unremarkable.

T: Follows the nose: malty, nutty, and fruity up front, with some coffee and hops providing bitterness on the tail end. Perhaps a bit skewed toward the sweet end of the spectrum, but still pretty tasty.

M: Soft medium body with moderate, fine, lively carbonation. Pleasant.

O: Not my favorite example of one of least favorite styles, but this is still a nice brew. I’d gladly drink it again.

Cheers! (795 characters)

Photo of katan
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a brown color, almost copper with amber highlights. Head formation is eggshell in color, well retained. A fair amount of carbonation is apparent. Some hazing, but you can still see through it. Does appear to be thicker than the average ESB.

S - Roasted malts, caramel and other sweet notes lead the way. Very un-ESB like. Could even catch some nutty and almost smoky notes in there.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness, very smooth, caramel. Mid-stream finds bitterness to come in and complement the sweetness. Finishes with the almost hop note you will see, a nice flourish of clean american hopping. Has a dry finish, clean tasting which almost feels like a lager.

M - Starts off smooth and clean, but finishes with a crisp bite to it. Some driven by carbonation, some by the edgy flavors in the aftertaste. Does leave behind a bit of a oily texture on the tongue.

D - Moderately drinkable - flavors are not overwhelming, no palette fatigue. ABV is not stated, unknown - hard to judge but a esb shouldn't knock my socks off. This one hasn't so far. (1,091 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured out as a clear brown color with a very fluffy looking tan head on top. The retention and lacing is decent. The smell of the beer is lightly toasted, sort of sweet and has some fresh grain aromas. The taste of the beer is similar to the nose. The sweetness fades into the toasted finish with a subtle bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and lighter bodied. Overall it's a pretty solid brew. (406 characters)

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Over Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.