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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 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 cmartioli
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of alexipa
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a haze red/brown into an imperial pint glass with a huge, frothy head that very quickly dissipates into a thin film. Smells of predominantly lemon instantly hit me; upon closer inspection there's some biscuity malt character as well.

The bready malts are up front in the taste, along with flowery and lemon bitterness, a light british yeast flavor, with a crisp (almost coppery) finish. It's lightly carbonated and very smooth but quite thick.

If I were to sum this beer up, I would probably call it an imperial ESB. It's extremely well balanced and just overall very enjoyable, without being overly complex. (617 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A clear reddish brown with a thin tan head. Smells of lightly toasted grain. Taste begins with a hint of tart fruit, then some dark bread, and finishing with a flowery bitter finish. Mouth feel is pretty good. Overall a solid brown ale. A nice balance between bitterness and sweetness. (285 characters)

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (473 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour brown but on the lighter side with a 1 finger light tan head

Huge Carmel malt in the nose with a slight. creamy sweetness to it and a hint of nuttiness near the end. Slight spicy hops.

Sweetness is much more subtle in the taste. Nuttiness is more prevelent in the taste

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side for a brown but still has a nice body to it (356 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brown ale. Nice. This is definitely a style that could use more attention. It seems when most breweries do afford it some it's half-assed. Anyways.

Pours nice. Good nose. Nice flavor profile on this one. Consistent and thorough. I like it. Always refreshing to come across a brown ale that's done right. Suggested. (317 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hessian257 for this one!

A murky red/brown body produces a healthy tan head - good looking sticky lace.

Sort of a mellow caramel/toffee thing going on with marshmallow and creamed corn... a bit of toasted grain keeps the sweetness in check.

The hops seem to surface a little bit on the palate - citrus and pine fade into that semisweet malt profile. This beer definitely defies style boundaries but I'm not sure they accomplished what they were going for. It's like an ESB, a brown ale and an IPA had a wee little babe and named it Over Ale.

That said, I'll have no trouble finishing this one. It's good for what it is. (635 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (262 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.69/5  rDev +22.1%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance
Mahogany with 1 finger of tan head. Good retention and clarity. Moderate carbonation.

Nose
Nutty with notes of milk chocolate and hazelnut.

Taste
Right upfront there a good amount of hop bitterness with hints of pineapple and papaya. Nutty backbone with notes of milk chocolate and toffee. There's Pine in the finish along with some earthy char.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, crisp, clean, bitter and dry.

Overall
I didn't expect a hoppy Brown Ale, but that's what I got. The hop profile is similar to Daisy Cutter and Gossamer, but the hop/malt bill is more balanced and roasty. Nice! (640 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (1,145 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)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

When i seen my local craft beer store had these a picked a few up on the strenght of thier diasy cutter.

Appearance is a brownish ruby amber. A very tall and dense head sits on top the color of beige.
Aroma is slightly roasted with a good dose of malts. Some bready notes come through too.
Taste is very malt, sweet and sticky. Also there is a slight ashen taste at the very end with a semi bitter finish that lingers into the aftertaste.
A good well made easy drinking beer. (476 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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. (1,867 characters)

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

16 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours lightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, toast, brown sugar, nuttiness, light roast, brown bread, slight pine, and floral hops. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of chocolate, caramel, toast, nuttiness, brown sugar, brown bread, light roast, light pine, and earthy floral hops. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toast, light roast, brown bread, brown sugar, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance, robustness, and complexity; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice brown ale! Very nice balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,134 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Brown in the glass, clear ruby in the light, one finger head

S-Rather malty, caramel, coffee, some roasted notes. No spices though.

T-Starts with caramel and roasted malts, some coffee. Sweet, good balance and a tad bit og bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and smooth.

O-A solid Brown Ale, nothing out of the ordinary, just a good beer. (355 characters)

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

Served in a tulip.

A: Poured a brown/maroon color, quite cloudy, and with a 1.5 finger (maybe a bit more) head that stuck around for a while.

S: Lots of brown sugar and bitterness here, chased by a faint whiff of chestnuts.

T: Quite bitter, but that totally kicked the brown sugar's ass. I didn't get as much of the nuttiness here because sort of a bitter/bleached-out brown sugar duo took over the profile. The drinkability was off the charts.

M: Creamy enough, comfortable carbonation bill, and lots of lacing. Nothing to bitch about here.

O: I had no trouble crushing a couple of cans of this. Nice beer! (612 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 Reaper16
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap @ Pequod's Pizza, Chicago, IL, into a pint glass

Pours a murky brown color. What color would you want besides this? It is a Brown Ale after all. Nearly 1.25 fingers of buttermilk colored head leaves standard lacing.

The aroma speaks to balance. There's some milk chocolate, some vague spicing, some green hop notes, some breadcrusts.

I'm very impressed with Over Ale's flavor. It's an incredibly balanced Brown Ale. This tastes like a fresh keg because of the pretty potent hop bitterness. But that bitterness is tempered by the milk chocolate and cappuccino flavors. It finishes like darker bread.

Overall this is one of my favorite examples of a style that I'm not that fond of. This would be a wonderful match with much of American cuisine. (762 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown color with golden edges and a very strong single finger head that's off white and leaves very healthy lacing. The aroma is a solid caramel malt with a mellow grass hop. A bit of brown bread and molasses, not bad. The flavor presents a straight ahead charcoal brown bread with evergreen grass hop highlights. There's a subtle touch of milk chocolate and muted sour dough. This stuff is medium bodied but it's very effervescent with tiny bubble carbonation for a full, foamy feel that finishes just a tad dry. Very decent brown ale. (543 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 kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into nonic pint glass

A: chestnut brown color, reveals some amber color when held up to the light, head starts of light and tall, settles to just a covering film, off-white in color

S: Slight roasted malt aroma, the roast is fairly dark smelling, has a sweet quality as it warms, pretty clean mild aroma

T: First impression is of a hop forward brown ale that is backed by nice half flavor, roasted malt with a hint of chocolate, caramel quality gets more apparent as it warms, continues to get sweater, the hops and malt blend together fairly well for a balanced beer

M: Medium to medium-full body, works well with this beer, finishes just slightly dry which helps counter the slight sweetness of the beer

O: Overall a good beer, but nothing extraordinary. Many newer American Brown Ales are far to hop heavy. While there are good examples of hoppy brown ales out there, this one is more malt focused. Its strongest characteristic is the balance between malt and hops. (990 characters)

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