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Over Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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Over AleOver Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

380 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 16
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of IPx
3/5  rDev -21.3%

IPx, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of steveh
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.

steveh, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Etan
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.

Etan, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of AndreaAle
4/5  rDev +5%

AndreaAle, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of gford217
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.

gford217, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of quilty
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

quilty, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of gtermi
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown body with a thick white head that slowly fades.

S: There is a nice bit of malt on the nose and even a bit of chocolate. It is actually pretty light though.

T: A strong amount of sweet malt and even a nice bit of roasted flavors.

M: This is very smooth. It goes down with ease and has a nice creamy feeling.

O: This is a very good beer. It is easy to drink and very flavorful. Just a solid all around beer.

gtermi, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

bostonryan, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

xnicknj, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

zekeman17, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of danolson312
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

danolson312, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Clear (I think) deep amber mahogany color. Almost three fingers off beige frothy/foamy head. Retention is good and sparse lacing is left.

4.0 S: Surprisingly hoppy. It's not quite floral, not quite herbal, and also not quite earthy. The combination of "not quites" adds up to a good hoppiness. Lots of toasty maltiness with hints of chocolate and nuts. Lots of the Half Acre house character, which is hard to describe.

3.5 T: Not as hoppy as the nose suggested, but still a hoppier brown ale. I've finally decided that I'm calling the hopppiness earthy foremost and herbal second. Dry, dusty graininess. Lots of toastiness. A touch of chocolate and nuts. An abundance of the house character. Moderate bitterness that seems to come more from the malts than the hops.

2.5 M: I'm not a huge fan of the mouthfeel. Lighter medium body. Carbonation level is fine, but it feels somewhat dead. The strangest thing is how this is both creamy and not creamy at the same time and this I don't care for.

3.0 D: Tasty beer. I'm always happy to drink a new brown ale. This one seems to be a little rough around the edges though.

DavoleBomb, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

rfgetz, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of fishkab
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

fishkab, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of ILLEGALSMILEs
4/5  rDev +5%

ILLEGALSMILEs, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of robwestcott
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to lusciousjackson for this one !

poured cold from the can a deep dark burnt chocolate brown to a to a dogfish head shaped pint with a big, foamy, long lasting tan head with spotty lace after each sip.

aroma of grassy hops and brown sugars

interesting, sweet, graham crackers, light molasses.

medium bodied, big carbonation, sweet.

overall an interesting brown ale. nothing special, but very solid.

robwestcott, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Fallingonwater10
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Fallingonwater10, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Heatwave33
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz can to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Dark amber with a tan head.

Smell: Bread, earthy hops and caramel malts.

Taste: Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium low carbonation, smoth with a dry finish.

Overall: A decent brew just too bready for my taste. Maybe if it was less bready and more hoppy or citrus. Cheers.

Heatwave33, Feb 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

HumanParaquat, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

mdillon86, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

deapokid, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of brendaniel
3/5  rDev -21.3%

brendaniel, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

imperialking, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

jophish17, Jan 14, 2012
Over Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.