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Over Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

Over AleOver Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

361 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%


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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tronester

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2013 17:23:41 | More by tronester
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2013 00:19:23 | More by tjsdomer2
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2012 20:28:12 | More by Reaper16
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-06-12 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge.

A - Fairly clear tea brown with a 1-finger white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

S - Toasted bread, nutty, caramel and some spice. Pleasant. Sweet smelling.

T - Much like the smell with biscuit, roasted grain, nuts, some spice with a pretty dry and responsibly-balanced bitter finish. The aftertaste is nice but doesn't stick around.

M - Thin body and light-medium carbonation give a lightly creamy feel.

O - Very enjoyable. A nice and somewhat-unique flavor that is nice when you want a lighter brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2012 22:42:10 | More by Tucquan
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Fridge in Lancaster served chilled in a Nonic.

The color is bronze with good clarity and thick cream of khaki. The bead is average sized and lace sticks well. The smell is very toasty with some slight sweet odors and moderate yeast ester with a subtle hop tinge which I would describe as 'woody'. The feel is good with nice balance between malt and spice from the hops without an abundance of bitterness which is pleasnt with a somewhat dry and medium body as it finishes a slight alcohol texture seems to thin out the malt middle.

This is a very nice brown which has some interestig malt flavor which I would describe mainly as biscuit, however there is a subtle spice and pine ting from the hops which adds some depth. The yeast is mainly clean, but adds a little bit of dried fruit to the mix with nice sweetness from the malt keeping it focused. I found this to be a very good American brown ale, not the best of the style, but very solid and a great balance is achieved which makes for a drinkable somewhat stronger ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2012 13:57:04 | More by Slatetank
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a hazed caramel nutty brown color with a froth of beige head. Coat of retained film with thick rings of lacing left behind on the glass.

Nutty in the nose with bread crust and some lighter earthy hop aroma. Caramel sweetness with chocolate is also apparent.

Nutty and malty up front followed by subtle leafy hops. The bitterness is light, overshadowed by chocolate and coffee hints. Nice backbone with bready tones and lighter caramel sweetness. Finishes a little hoppy and clean.

Medium body, well carbonated, a bit chewy and sticky on the tongue. Drinks nice - a well balanced brown ale with a pleasant, yet subtle hop flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 23:27:04 | More by xnicknj
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent but lightly clouded brown, decent cap of off-white froth, little retention. Scent leads with roasted nuts and rustic bread, moderate hope profile brings citrus, light sweetness. Taste brings components of scent together, the malt backbone is nutty and bready, could use a bit more heft. Juicy hops give the beer some edge. Medium bodied, moderately dry. Decent brown ale all around, good flavor but malt bill could have been upped slightly.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 14:05:29 | More by rfgetz
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives presenting a russet brown color capped by a couple of inches of foam that sheets the pint glass

Smell: Brown bread and nuts with a hint of caramel

Taste: Brown bread, up front, with a nutty middle and a finish that brings in some earthy hop elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: Very drinkable and a decent example of the style; not something I am likely to seek out again

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 03:35:10 | More by brentk56
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musicforairports

New York

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at some relatively lame restaurant on Navy Pier in Chicago, from notes.

Clear and light brown, with a small head and little lacing.

Aroma is dominated by nutty malt qualities.

Taste is smooth malts, light up front, but there's ample chocolate/coffee in the finish to make it a really tasty brown ale.

Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation.

This is a tasty and drinkable brown ale. It's deceivingly light at first, but quite flavorful in the end. I could drink a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 03:31:08 | More by musicforairports
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3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Russet-brown with a slight head.

Smell - bread, malty cocoa, just a touch of herbal hops.

Taste - Echoes the aroma with more bread and cocoa and just enough bitterness to be refreshing. A little bit of minerality on the finish.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with a refreshing spike of carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 16:34:15 | More by
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Empty Bottle for the Growlers concert. Initial glass was served in a shaker pint, but subsequent pours were in plastic cups.

A - A finger of light tan foam settles to a thick cap, leaving huge swathes of glass-coating lace. Lightly hazed chocolate brown body.

S - Herbal hops, roasted malts, light chocolate, and a faint note of tobacco.

T - Toffee, chocolate, some roasted grains, dry-roasted nuts, a touch of bread and yeast, and a surprising medium bitterness in the finish.

M - Smooth and creamy, with medium carbonation tingle. Medium-light body, with a dry roasty finish and light residual stickiness.

D - This batch seems to be more true to the ESB roots of this beer, as I found it more bitter and dry than a typical American Brown Ale and without the occasionally cloying chocolate sweetness found in that style. Not as session-friendly as Half Acre's other year-round offerings, but a nice beer for those not really into hops (god forbid). I'd prefer Meat Wave, but this is still pretty solid.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 15:49:22 | More by MasterSki
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rings

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Their flagship is their Over Ale, which is more or less a brown ale--they call it an American Bitter. It pours a deep amber or light brown in color, with a nice firm head. The beer is a little lighter in body than I expected, but is very clean, with a nice herbal head and spicy bittering finish. It's exceptionally balanced and surprisingly tasty, aside from my initial disappointment at the lack of mouthfeel.

I was actually pretty impressed and can definitely recommend another few rounds.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 20:40:48 | More by rings
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BeerLover99

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2011 20:53:50 | More by BeerLover99
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stangski83

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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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kbutler1

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2010 14:35:00 | More by kbutler1
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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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samie85

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed 2/19/10.

A-It pours a dark reddish brown with a tan head.

S-Toasty malt and a sweet nuttiness are most prevalent.

T-Follows the nose with a toasty, bready malt and a dry, nutty finish. I would guess that this was a nut brown ale if I didn't know better.

M-Pretty full mouthfeel with light carbonation.

D-Easy drinking, nice beer that I wouldn't mind having again. I'm guessing my previous review of this was possibly from an old bottle. I will try another bottle and edit my other review accordingly if need be.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2010 08:03:46 | More by samie85
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OttoBomb

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2010 21:53:37 | More by OttoBomb
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear shestnut color. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated to a skim around the edges. Laced in thin sticky rings

S: Roasted malts. Caramel and nuts.

T: Sweet roasted malts; caramel and lightly toasted nuts. Bittering hops follow closely. Finishes with sharp hop bitterness. Clean, dry finsh.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Very smooth in the front and middle. Finishes crisp and dry.

D: Very drinkable. Flavors are a bit muted, but I like the bitter finish.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2010 23:40:19 | More by Haybeerman
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cilldalua

New York

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Clark St Ale house in Chicago.

Poured with a full head that went flat quickly, a nice dark brown color promising warmth which I need right now. The smell was all biscuit for me and this came through in the taste too. The biscuit taste was balanced by some spice on the end that evened things out and made this a very drinkable beer on a cold day. The mouthfeel similar to a lot of English bitters left my mouth dry. So I drank more!

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2009 01:25:09 | More by cilldalua
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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. A very tasty 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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alexipa

Colorado

4.01/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: can

04-04-2014 01:01:48 | More by alexipa
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NewGlarusFan

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: can

10-23-2013 14:04:34 | More by NewGlarusFan
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +6%
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

Serving type: can

08-02-2013 04:07:50 | More by Fcolle2
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: can

06-27-2013 04:11:31 | More by RblWthACoz
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Over Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.