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Over Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Over AleOver Ale

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138 Reviews
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Reviews: 138
Hads: 395
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 17
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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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Reviews: 138 | Hads: 395
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewery-fresh 16 oz. can, digging the new design, water tower, zeppelin, and classic blackletter type.

Attractive reddish chestnut color, bright clarity, visible carbonation trails rise upward. Drippy lace decorates the lip of the glass. Retention is great, as I left and came back for awhile and the foam remained unbroken.

Earthy malt aroma, bready, fairly clean and straightforward.

Malt forward flavors, again earthy and bready with some apple from the yeast. Some light toast and bitter tobacco. Residual hop bitterness in the aftertaste, fairly light. Bready and crisp like autumn leaves. Easygoing carbonation that lends a bit of bite, a fine local session ale.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear, dark amber color with a two-finger, khaki head of bubbly foam. The long lasting head receded to leave a little lace.

S - It smelled malty and grassy. Nice roasty aroma.

T - It tasted nutty with some strong caramel malt. It was grassy and piney with bittering hops.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A dry ale with a medium body.

O - This was quite good. The can provided little description of the ale within but it was a very tasty brown ale.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this over Memorial Day Weekend. Reviewed from notes. Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some light coming through at the edges. There are three fingers of off white head that fade quickly.

Smell: Roasty, nutty malt with a little sweetness.

Taste: Mildly roasty, nutty malt with a hint of caramel. The finish is a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: A nice, easy drinking brown ale. Smooth and well balanced and I would be happy to have another.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: This beer pours a solid, dark amber color with a finger of off white head.

S: Starts off with a fairly strong nutty note. There's a bit of citrus peel and a mild grapefruit aroma that seems kind of strange, but it works. Plenty of toast, mild roast, and lots of bready malts.

T: A more mild flavor than I was expecting. There is a lot of bread some toast and plenty of floral and earthy hops. Just a hint of citrus to go with the mild nutty malt note and molasses. A light bitterness on the back end.

M: The body is medium with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Drinkable, but it didn't really blow me away. A decent beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.81/5  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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/29/11 notes. Received in the Gang Bang BIF courtesy of the Chicago group; thanks guys! Poured into a SAVOR snifter.

a - Pours a dark reddish brown color with two inches of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of nuts, bready malts, toasted malts, caramel malts.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, nuts, bready malts, burtn caramel malts. A slight step down from the nose, due to a tiny bit of a burnt taste to it.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation evident. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good brown ale. Very easy to drink and some standard toasted malts and nuts. Would give it another shot.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 16 ounce can into a Half Acre shaker pint, because I can.

Beer is brown and clear with a thin tan head of small bubbles, moderate to low carbonation, some, minimal, lacing. low retention, looks good.

Aroma is mildly roasty, with hints of some malt sweetness, no hop aroma that I can detect, smells good.

Beer is medium to light in body, finishes like a really mild coffee, a very decent little ale here. Mildly sweet up front. Nice finish, not too dry, a well connected a decent little beer. Nothing too special but definitely solid.

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Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured a dark brown, almost approaching black color. It started with a foamy and sticky khaki colored head filling the top inch of the glass. After a minute or so it settled to a thin and spotty layer, but left some great lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows some sweeter, caramel and toffee notes to it, with just a hint of some darker, roasty, coffee like flavors. I get some very nice and bright hoppiness to it as well with some lemon and grapefruit citrus peeking through. Very nice hoppy, brown ale aroma.

The taste starts off with some of the sweeter, malty, caramel and toffee flavors. The hops show up pretty soon after with some citrusy, juicy flavors. In the finish I get some bitterness with the hops mixing with a slight roasty, coffee like flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very enjoyable brown ale, definitely hoppier then most, but it worked well for it. Very enjoyable and easy drinking beer, wit ha lot of flavor. Another very solid beer form Half Acre.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have begun blogging for FigLancaster.com and The CANQuest (TM) was recently mentioned in my blog. One place locally that I have begun really frequenting is Pour (on Prince) and when they came into possession of some midwestern beers, I asked if I might have one of these for inclusion. The answer was (obviously) "Yes", as long as I mentioned where I scored my CAN. CANsider it done!

From the CAN: "Quite possibly exactly what you think it is."

The Crack & Glug initially netted me better than two fingers' worth of thick, mocha-tan head with great retention. Color was a deep-copper/light-brown with NE-quality clarity. Nose marked it as most definitely being a Brown Ale. it had a very brown sugary malt sweetness to it. Mouthfeel was medium, but it was not as sweet in the mouth as the nose had suggested. Instead, it had a minty hops quality accompanying the chocolate and biscuit malt flavor, adding up to the liquid equivalent of a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie. Yum! Finish was very minty and not at all what I had thought that it would be. Also, great sticky lacing throughout.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pawola22 for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a brownish-red color with a large, shaving cream like off-white head.

The aroma is a mix of toffee and quite a bit of hops, mainly grassy and piney.

The flavor is more complex. I get a lot of toffee and caramel malt, as well as some dry cocoa powder and some piney hops. The beer has a low amount of bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium to high, prickly carbonation.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trying the Half Acre Over Ale tonight and it is tasty tasty!!!! The appearance is great a deep rich brownish clear amber with off white head that is lacing!!!! The smell includes molassis malts and hints of roast and perhaps noble hops. The taste is a slightly nutty and molassis sweetness which is very drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium to light in boday with good carbonation. Overall this is a good brown ale!

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.37/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of the great trader TATTORSO. Thanks Jeff!

Pours a clear and bubbly copper colour with a 2 finger head of foam and some good lacing.

It has a lightish smell of some bready malt, light fruit, and a nice light piney bitterness. None overshadow the others so I'd call it a well balanced nose. After a while though, the pine seems to build some momentum and *does* take over but in a good way.

The taste is lightly bready, lightly nutty, has some solid pine hop bitterness, and is just a solid tasting ESB all around and one of the better ones that I have tried.

It has a medium body with likewise carbonation and an overall smooth feel.
Oh and the foam retention and lacing turn out to be superb.

Drinkability? I could kick back 2 or 3 of these within a reasonable time and be a happy camper. I think this is an excellent example of the style and kudos go out to Half Acre Brewing and...Jeff!

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a reddish, medium brownish, ckear ambe with a nice two finger head to start. No bubbling though. The smell has slightly sweet caramel and bready toasted malts while the hops adda little orange spice to each sniff. The taste is equally balanced with great, touch of sweetness malts and full of bread and biscuits. Then the hops bitter and spice things up to even out the malts a little. Super session ale right here! A little grainy and bubbly on the palate. Just a nice English style ESB.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer a dark brown that has a very watery quality to it that makes it look lighter than it really is. The head is light tan, barely rises a quarter of a finger is gone right away leaving only a foam rim.

The aroma is pretty light giving off some tea, lots of malts caramel and nuts. At first it seems like a brown ale. At the end you get some bitterness.

Like the taste to me not much of an esb, its very nutty with almost no bitterness to it.

The feel is on the lighter side without out much feeling on the tongue.

Decent drinkability.

Overall, this is an above average brown ale, not sure how its an esb.

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