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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

381 Ratings
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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 16
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of nataku00
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

nataku00, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of detrockcitey
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

detrockcitey, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of avschmitt
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

avschmitt, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of Buttermilk
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Buttermilk, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Zachtheporter
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Zachtheporter, May 07, 2014
Photo of DannyMac614
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

DannyMac614, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of rinhaak
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

rinhaak, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

yourefragile, May 03, 2014
Photo of robboyd
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

robboyd, May 26, 2012
Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

thinwhiteduke, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

t0rin0, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

KAF, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of savagepm
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

savagepm, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

TMoney2591, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of divineaudio
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

divineaudio, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of PPOmaha
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

PPOmaha, May 31, 2014
Photo of BeerLover99
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

BeerLover99, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Rhettroactive, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of tectactoe
3.4/5  rDev -11%

tectactoe, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.4/5  rDev -11%
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.

DavoleBomb, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of beagle75
3.4/5  rDev -11%
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.

beagle75, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of tikibeer
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

tikibeer, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

kbutler1, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

PretzelsNBeer, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

mdaschaf, Nov 14, 2013
Over Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.