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Over Ale - Half Acre Beer Company

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383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 17
Gots: 30 | 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 kbutler1
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Pours a reddish copper color with a 1 finger off white head. SLight roasted malt flavor. Very simple, straight forward, and clean flavor. Slighlty sweet up front with a nice balance of subtle hops. Slight caramel flavor. Medium mouthfeel. A pretty moderate ESB.

kbutler1, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a nice woody-brown with a decent little clingy tan cap.

S - It smells brown and roasty, and a little sweet. There is a nutty-earthy quality, and the hop is quite leafy.

T - Toasty malt is deftly balanced by some very fresh tasting earthy-leafy hops, resulting in a very refreshing nutty-earthy-pristine flavor. This is a very good brown ale. (Edit: Later I learned that this is an ESB.) The flavor is all that the nose promised, but apportioned differently, and with the addition of some buttery notes.

M - Nice, though it could be a bit more on the velvety side. Seems like it would be fantastic on-cask.

D - Very enjoyable, very very drinkable. This is perfect ballgame brew.

ktrillionaire, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Aguirre
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.

Aguirre, May 13, 2010
Photo of dnjmed
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a reddish brown color with a slightly offwhite head.

S-smells of toasted bread, nuts, and spice.

T-Taste follows the nose quite well. Caramel comes on more strongly in the taste. Don't be fooled, though the nutty caramelized bread is very well balanced with spicy hops.

M-smooth with some good amount of thickness. very pleasing.

D-delicious. moving on to a 2nd. very drinkable right now.

dnjmed, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
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.

GbVDave, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Bitterbill, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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.

jrallen34, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark mohagany color with nice foamy head and some decent stick to the sides of the glass.

S - Lot of carmel malts on this, quite dominating, with a hint of some sort of, might be mint, smell. A little bit of hops on the nose.

T - Reminds me more of a dunkle than an ale, good taste though. Nice bready carmel malts with a little nut to it. Touch of hops on the end helps with the balance.

M - Medium body, pretty good carbonation. Little sticky.

D - Pretty easy to drink and do a lot of, just a touch sweet to session most likely.

AgentZero, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of samie85
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed 2/19/10.

A-It pours a dark reddish brown with a tan head.

S-Toasty malt and a sweet nuttiness are most prevalent.

T-Follows the nose with a toasty, bready malt and a dry, nutty finish. I would guess that this was a nut brown ale if I didn't know better.

M-Pretty full mouthfeel with light carbonation.

D-Easy drinking, nice beer that I wouldn't mind having again. I'm guessing my previous review of this was possibly from an old bottle. I will try another bottle and edit my other review accordingly if need be.

samie85, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of jhoban19
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip and paired with a spicy lasagna.

A: deep reddish brown, thick and foamy off-white head. Head dissipates pretty quickly but a solid ring forms around the glass with near full surface coverage. Lacing is strong all the way around the glass.

S: sweet caramel notes at the outset with a bit of butterscotch. A bit of agitation reveals a strong toasted malt aroma and regenerates a good looking amount of foam. Minty hops are also lingering around in there.

T: Caramel / butterscotch is the dominant flavor, but the minty/spicy hop flavor is there to balance it out. As it warms the toasty malt flavors develop, but they pretty much sit in the background. Some lingering hop bitterness makes it way into the mix about ¾ through the glass.

M: light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Smooth and crisp with a long dry finish.

D: Over Ale is an easy drinkin' brew from an up-and-coming brewery, one that I like very much (and is also a block from my house). I'm truly enjoying this- very sessionable at 6%. This beer is also an excellent match for the spicy lasagna. The smooth, creamy mouthfeel is a nice extension of the creamy mozzarella, ricotta and goat cheese in the meal while the caramel and toasty flavors do a good job of balancing out the spice in the hot Italian sausage. The minty/spicy hops, although mild, also kick up the spice while the malt works to balance it out- it's a wonderful little tug-o-war going on.

jhoban19, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of dudemuskie
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack from their tasting room while a buddy was in town! Didnt get a chance to review it, but found a sleeper bottle in the back of my fridge, behind some leftover takeout! Score!

Appearance- Nice beige 2 finger head rises loosely from a brilliant, deep burnt orange brew with heavy brown highlights. Nice head retention with a touch of sticky suds clinging to the glass. Little bit of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma- Soft roasty, candied nuttiness, and biscuit notes make for a fairly rich malty aroma. Some herbal, slightly floral hops make their way into the nose. Looking forward to the first sip!

Flavor- Roasted malt, warm biscuit, and slightly nutty character kick off the opening flavor, followed by a moderate hop bitterness/flavor kick that balances the malt nicely. Ends with rich malt complexity and herbal hop bitterness melding together in a subtle lingering finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, nice rich malt complexity but very drinkable because of the well-balanced hop flavors and bitterness. Some residual sugars but fairly clean mouthfeel with a touch of astringency. Moderate CO2.

Overall- This is a tasty brew! A bit more than expected out of an ESB, but tasty nonetheless. A great beer for when you are feeling like you want a little more than your typical lawnmower beer can offer, but you dont want to be overwhelmed. This is a nice rich, complex, malty brew with an excellent complimentary hop balance. It offers a lot of complexity, but is ridiculously drinkable and makes one heck of a good session brew. One of my local favorites!

dudemuskie, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of OttoBomb
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in 16 oz. conical pint glass (January 23, 2010).

Eyes: Pours an interesting coppery-brown, with a thin layer of foam. This was served on tap at a bar in a pint glass, so any extra head was likely run off.

Nose: Toasty bread-grains, caramel malts, some dry fruits and pine hops.

Tongue: More hoppy on the tongue than the aroma would suggest, but very well balanced. Toasty, nutty malts, with the aforementioned fruits.

Mouth: Good carbonation, smooth on the palate.

Libation: More hoppy that most bitters, but not a huge enough punch to dominate the profile. A very good balanced beer overall, nice drinkability. It's lighter than a lot of other bitter also, but has more flavor than heavier brews.

I had this on tap and I'm looking forward to trying this again fresh from a bottle.

OttoBomb, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of ommegoose
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a light brown color with some clarity. Ruby color in the light. Kind of an uncommon color.

Very malty aroma with almost nothing in the way of hops present. Bready aroma with some sweetness. I wonder if age has muted the hops. I was expecting them to show more.

Primary flavor of maris otter and crystal malts (almost certainly among the six in this beer) with moderate bitterness in the back end. Kind of an interesting combination of styles, ranging from English brown ale, bitter, Scottish ale, and maybe even American brown ale. A little caramel sweetness, but that's overdone by musty and earthy notes in the back, and a pretty dry finish with lingering leafy hops. Some roasty flavors are working here too, with burnt brown sugar, coffee and chocolate. This is kind of a Surly Bender lite. Pretty complex.

Medium-full body. Low carbonation. Seems like a good candidate for cask conditioning.

This is a a beer I'll buy from time to time to support local beer. I wish HABC would bottle some other things instead of this, but it's a nice malty beer. I will continue to pick it up until they start putting a few other things out there.

ommegoose, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gonna try this on the phone:

A: cloudy brown with a half inch of sandy, whitish brown head

S: wonderful, buscuity caramel maltiness balanced out with a light citrusy hoppiness.

T/MF: much like the aroma but with the volume turned up. Caramel is accentuated with a smattering of hops tossed in. Feel is solid slightly chewey with a drying backend.

D: its no suprise why this sixer disappeared so quickly, a very tasty beer.

bluemoonswoon, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Haybeerman, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of trbergman
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.

trbergman, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of cilldalua
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Clark St Ale house in Chicago.

Poured with a full head that went flat quickly, a nice dark brown color promising warmth which I need right now. The smell was all biscuit for me and this came through in the taste too. The biscuit taste was balanced by some spice on the end that evened things out and made this a very drinkable beer on a cold day. The mouthfeel similar to a lot of English bitters left my mouth dry. So I drank more!

cilldalua, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

scruffwhor, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of katan
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a brown color, almost copper with amber highlights. Head formation is eggshell in color, well retained. A fair amount of carbonation is apparent. Some hazing, but you can still see through it. Does appear to be thicker than the average ESB.

S - Roasted malts, caramel and other sweet notes lead the way. Very un-ESB like. Could even catch some nutty and almost smoky notes in there.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness, very smooth, caramel. Mid-stream finds bitterness to come in and complement the sweetness. Finishes with the almost hop note you will see, a nice flourish of clean american hopping. Has a dry finish, clean tasting which almost feels like a lager.

M - Starts off smooth and clean, but finishes with a crisp bite to it. Some driven by carbonation, some by the edgy flavors in the aftertaste. Does leave behind a bit of a oily texture on the tongue.

D - Moderately drinkable - flavors are not overwhelming, no palette fatigue. ABV is not stated, unknown - hard to judge but a esb shouldn't knock my socks off. This one hasn't so far.

katan, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of nickynick
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half Acre Over Ale poured brown/red with nice lacing and good sized white head. Smell was super citrusy hops. Taste was of dark berries, hints of sweetness, good sweetness, hints of chocolate. Mouthfeel was ok. Drinkability was good. This was a good beer. Very interesting flavors, good hops, and nice sweetness. I enjoyed this beer a great deal, and will buy this beer again.

nickynick, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Florida9
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent brown with a slight orange tint. Minimal white head with little retention.

S: Fruity and malty with a slight twang and the ever so slight hint of smoke. Aroma is not very strong.

T: Malt. A quick, sharp shot of bitterness on the first sip, that quickly fades to a mellow maltiness on the tongue. Roasted malts. Dark whole wheat bread.

M: Medium weight. Higher carbonation livens up the mouth.

D: A solid ESB, but not a great one. A nice, fresh offering for the locals.

Florida9, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with a small creamy off white head.

Scent of brown sugar, bubble gum and sweet hops. A simple and great scent.

Taste of light brown sugar and sweet somewhat bitter hops. Reminds me of an ESB.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and fairly smooth, but a bit thin.

paco1029384756, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of Dibujob
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass, the beer is a lovely reddish-brown with a thick, creamy head. Great lacing.

Malts come to the front on the aroma, but hops definitely make themselves known.

Taste is bready, but very well balanced. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this beer considering the brewery is so young. Delicious!

I will definitely be buying more of this!

Dibujob, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of sgoodship
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure where this came from but my wife came home with it after shopping.

A: Dark copper color. Gave me a 3 finger fluffy, craggy head. Amazing lacing. Head retention was pretty good.

S: Nice strong musky, earthy hop bitterness and bready malt. Hint of diacetyl.

T: Bready malt. Some caramel coming through. Some nice hoppiness to balance. Has a nice hoppy finish with a dry aftertaste that makes you want to continue drinking. The finish also delivers a touch of diacetyl but not too much. It's pretty tasty and fairly well balanced.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Medium carbonation gives off very large bubbles that inhibit a bit of smoothness during the swallow.

D: It just didn't deliver like I think it could. The malt profile was a bit weak and at times it had a slight watery taste to it. The hop profile got the better of the malt. Generally though, a nice brew. I'd be happy to drink it again. You could definitely down a few of these. I'd like to try it on-tap.

sgoodship, May 31, 2009
Photo of KBomb
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Over Ale pours a deep red-brown, brilliantly clear, and generous lingering two fingers of head. This is a beautiful looking beer: color, head, and lacing is very admirable.

Nose is full of sweet brown sugar and a hint of floral and piney hops. Caramel malt dominates with just a pleasant contrast from hops.

Taste is rich with the caramel malt sweetness without being sugary. A note of fruit and citrus accents the sweetness, followed up with a quick bite of mildly bitter hops. Flavors are bold, but all very smooth and palatable.

Medium body, smooth flavor, and slightly crisp/dry mouthfeel begs for another. Over Ale is very drinkable.

I'm quite impressed with this beer. Its solid, well built, and damn tasty. Half Acre is a welcome addition to the Chicago beer scene and I plan on drinking plenty more of these! La Chaim!

KBomb, May 01, 2009
Over Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.