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Over Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

375 Ratings
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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 16
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: can

06-05-2012 05:47:35 | More by woodychandler
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Duff27

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

05-28-2012 05:02:20 | More by Duff27
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cmoody91

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

Serving type: can

05-28-2012 03:38:37 | More by cmoody91
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BeerOps

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-26-2012 22:56:37 | More by BeerOps
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robboyd

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

05-26-2012 19:29:52 | More by robboyd
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polishkaz

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-21-2012 00:34:31 | More by polishkaz
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ccozzi

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-15-2012 01:24:34 | More by ccozzi
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: can

05-10-2012 03:18:26 | More by axeman9182
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lnashsig

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: can

05-05-2012 01:35:54 | More by lnashsig
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vfalstad

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-26-2012 17:40:41 | More by vfalstad
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StevieDavie

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-23-2012 13:38:56 | More by StevieDavie
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CPditka

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-21-2012 19:02:46 | More by CPditka
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antoines15

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-19-2012 00:43:01 | More by antoines15
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frank12

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-15-2012 05:34:17 | More by frank12
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

04-14-2012 04:38:18 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-11-2012 05:38:31 | More by MrMcGibblets
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

04-04-2012 03:34:42 | More by rinhaak
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bill_rue


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-04-2012 02:42:56 | More by bill_rue
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CounterVulture

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

03-29-2012 17:40:27 | More by CounterVulture
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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

Serving type: can

03-29-2012 02:08:25 | More by wisrarebeer
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IPx

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%

03-26-2012 15:06:23 | More by IPx
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steveh

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: can

03-21-2012 21:25:04 | More by steveh
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: can

03-12-2012 03:39:15 | More by Etan
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AndreaAle

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

03-10-2012 06:14:01 | More by AndreaAle
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gford217

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can.

Pours dark chestnut brown ith a small beige head, not much lacing.

Aroma is sweet with caramel malts but also has a solid toasted nut character. Light citrus hops and multi-grain bread.

Taste is roasty up front, bread and caramel together. Not a lot of hops but maybe a bit of cocoa powder. Finish is dry and nutty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated, crisp and clean for a brown.

This is a well-crafted brown with nothing standing out but it's really drinkable.

Serving type: can

03-10-2012 03:28:09 | More by gford217
Over Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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