Over Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Reviews: 138
Hads: 394
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 4.69%
Wants: 17
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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Half Acre Beer Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 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)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,055 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,087 characters)

Photo of cmoody91
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One poured into pint glass, one consumed from can next day. Bought straight from brewery storefront and consumed a couple days later,

A: Deep brown color, some light tan head, overall nothing standing out.

S: Hops straight off, loads of malt: nutty, bread, earthy, interesting and lovely

T: Malty: Tons of sweetness for the style, toffee, toasted bread, coffee. Finish is all hops, bitter, herbal and pleasing. totally drinkable as everything is in balance.

M: Average, medium with a stickiness lingering, somewhat high carbonation

O: Really nice everyday beer. Can get super fresh from brewery for $2 a can, convenient and nice. Perfect for every occasion, just enough hops to satisfy hop heads (as any Half Acre fan is!) and just enough balance to satisfy everyone else! (778 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can sent by kodymupa. It was allowed to warm a little before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Half Acre Over Ale pours a deep chestnut brown, with some orange highlights when held to light. Three fingers or so of cream colored foam rise up to top the beer. Head retention is fairly good, most of it fades away over five or so minutes, but the last bits of foam stick around for a long time. Lacing is left in a nice webbed pattern. The nose is solid, if unspectacular, lots of lightly toasted nuts and crisp biscuits. The flavor leads off with those same two malty notes. Next comes a lighty firm bit of bitterness (yup, definitely an American take on a Brown Ale), along with some earthy and light grapefruit hoppy notes. The slightly dry chocolate that comes in for the close is what takes this beer to the next level. The body is just a little light for the style, which in turn helps the carbonation come off as a little more active than it probably needs to. While it's not quite perfect, Half Acre Over Ale's still a pretty darn enjoyable American Brown Ale. (1,072 characters)

Photo of lnashsig
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to my sister Laura for this one!

And, this is #BOTG 28!

Poured from can into my Brooklyn snifter. Pour resembles a darker brown version of dirty rainwater. Not a lot of head, not a great looking beer. Smell- nice. Sweet bisquit malt, some caramel and toffee. What you would expect for the style. Sweet tobacco. Taste- sweet malt, toffee, some mild hop bitterness, maple, tea leaves. Sweetness coats all flavors, really liking this one a lot. Better than I expected. Mouthfeel is nice, this is a really drinkable beer overall. I would have it again. (564 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep mahogany color, poured with a nice off tan head
S: medium nose with good toasted malt, some underlying hops and spice undertones, definitely on the malt side
T: good deeper roasted malt up front with nice hop bitter finish
M: nice, well-balanced beer, easy drinking (273 characters)

Photo of steveh
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can states; "Quite Possibly Exactly What You Think It Is."

No, can't say I was expecting a Brown Ale, but I wanted to try another Half Acre because my portfolio is lacking.

A -- Clear, deep copper with a cragy, resilient, light tan to cream color head.

S -- Biscuity, toffeeish, roasted malts. Little hop aroma, if any, which is good to style. Earthiness from yeast and malts back.

T -- Earthy, toffee, biscuity -- even light milk chocolate flavors with dry bitterness from a good balance of hops and roasted malt. Mild citrus and spiciness in the finish and a good bitter aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is rather soft to dry with a light-medium body.

O -- A nice take on the style. Not overpowering in any of the usual suspects of character traits you expect in an American Brown, plus a good dose of that toffee character you usually only get in English beers. A nice drinker. (880 characters)

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

Poured from a pint can into a Libbey tall pilsner glass.

A: Pours a nice reddish brown, with a soft, spongy tan head. Good lacing.

S: Mildly sweet brown malts, big aroma of floral/grassy hops. Caramel, brown sugar.

T: Nice hopped up brown. Starts with some sweet maltiness - caramel, a little chocolate, whole bread - shot through with some grassy and mildly citrusy hops. Nice dose of bitterness underneath. Grain, some roastiness, and a bit of smoky tobacco comes out in the finish. Hop bitterness and a little sweetness from the malts lingers.

M: Medium-bodied, good carbonation.

O: A pretty good hopped up brown ale. Very smooth and drinkable. (652 characters)

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