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Over Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

361 Ratings
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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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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-12-2012 02:33:43 | More by Vonerichs
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weatherdog

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-17-2011 03:46:06 | More by weatherdog
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: growler

10-17-2010 17:52:48 | More by TMoney2591
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Vdubb86

Illinois

4.15/5  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.

Serving type: growler

10-17-2010 04:43:18 | More by Vdubb86
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Aguirre

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-13-2010 20:54:16 | More by Aguirre
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GbVDave

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64oz growler into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a full three fingers of eggshell colored foam perched on top. Retention was very good and a gorgeous looking ring of lace was left around the top of the glass.

S: Bready and woody. Lots of toasted malt, some burnt caramel, and a touch of lemon.

T: See above. Loads of toasted bread crust and wood. Nutty toffee, caramel, and lemony hops.

M: Surprisingly bitter and dry. Dry, roasty malt leaves a woody astringency plastered all over the inside of my mouth.

D: Pretty damn enjoyable. Make sure to let this get around cellar temp before pouring. It really opens up when it warms.

Serving type: growler

03-21-2010 18:36:44 | More by GbVDave
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trbergman

Illinois

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

Poured from a growler into a shaker pint.

A - Hazy, translucent reddish-brown with one finger of light tan head that fades quickly and drops some nice lace.

S - Bready malt, toffee, nuts, a hint of coffee. Earthy, grassy, herbal hop aromas.

T - Tastes of toasted dark bread, toffee, caramel, and a hint of coffee. Somewhat leafy hop flavor and mild to moderate hop bitterness. Short, balanced finish.

M - Light-medium body. Carbonation maybe a bit much, but otherwise good.

D - Easy drinking, neither too complex nor too simple.

Serving type: growler

01-05-2010 21:42:09 | More by trbergman
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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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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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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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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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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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yamar68

Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: can

05-19-2013 22:51:54 | More by yamar68
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: can

04-21-2013 14:11:29 | More by Sammy
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guityler83

Wisconsin

4.71/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

Serving type: can

03-05-2013 01:38:39 | More by guityler83
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  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!

Serving type: can

02-27-2013 19:55:15 | More by justintcoons
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: can

02-24-2013 13:26:27 | More by NeroFiddled
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: can

02-19-2013 23:49:01 | More by Knapp85
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: can

02-09-2013 12:20:01 | More by micromaniac129
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hagbergl

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: can

02-07-2013 06:53:55 | More by hagbergl
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: can

02-06-2013 05:25:13 | More by superspak
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: can

01-11-2013 16:02:16 | More by rlee1390
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Serving type: can

12-27-2012 04:11:08 | More by Chaney
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divineaudio

Michigan

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.

Serving type: can

11-24-2012 18:45:04 | More by divineaudio
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Over Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.