Over Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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Over AleOver Ale

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed as an ESB, but is now brewed as an American Brown Ale.

Added by beerfairy on 02-18-2009

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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 402
Photo of OnThenIn
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A finger and a half of slightly tan head on top a super dark brown head.

S: the beer smells really sweet and nutty. Nice aroma.

T: really sweet nutty flavor with a bit of hop bitterness. The sweetness is through out the beer and even lingers on the tongue. Rather complex with a slight fruity flavor.

M: thin to medium body with perfect carbonation.

D: really solid and refreshing beer that I am truly enjoying.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour brown but on the lighter side with a 1 finger light tan head

Huge Carmel malt in the nose with a slight. creamy sweetness to it and a hint of nuttiness near the end. Slight spicy hops.

Sweetness is much more subtle in the taste. Nuttiness is more prevelent in the taste

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side for a brown but still has a nice body to it

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Photo of sgoodship
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of tapman
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Body pours a medium mahogany; red/brown; copper. Head is dense at 1.5 fingers, but quickly recedes to a decent lacing. Great color!

Nice caramel aroma mixed with a british hoppiness. Malts could even be called a butter toffee smell. Hops could be some kind of American hybrid. A bit of American Kent? Probably not, but I wouldn't be surprised at a british-american hop combination for this one.

The taste is hoppier than the smell. I know a bitter is supposed to be, well, bitter, but I could have stood for less bittering hops in this one. The Aroma hops are dead on, but I could have used more of a malt balance here. To be fair, though, this one gets a lot lot LOT better as it warms...malts really come out.

Mouthfeel is great. Smooth yet not thick, a fine session mouthfeel. I don't see how this could be improved for the style.

Very good. I like this one better than the Half Acre Lager, the flagship brew. This one on tap is hoppier than the bottle version to me, same as the lager. Go figure. I love hops, believe me, but both half acre brews, for my personal taste, could be, not less hoppy, but more malty for balance. Still good, though.

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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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4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint can into Brewfest mug. Fresh can, but no freshness code.

A: The body pours a midnight amber color, with a touch of red around the edges. Carbonation levels are nice and low. The head is a off white, creamy texture, with frothy lacing.

S: Great balance of what seems to be German malts and a nice roasted character. Hops seem a bit in the distance. Subtle spice note as well.

T/M: The rich body, is still clean and very light on the palate. Very refreshing mouthfeel, with focused but neutral flavors. Malts give a good biscuit flavors and hops add a good spice and lingering taste.

O: Overall this is a really nice brown, good strong character, but still holding on to a light drinkablity.

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

Received from fear025 in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks, Jay!

Poured into a MJ tasting glass. Pours a dark brown, with garnet highlights. Big rocky, light tan head that really stays up. Lots of lacing evident.

Aromas of caramel malt, light toast, some earthy, piny hops. Light citrus rinds.

Flavors of light roasty graininess. Good balancing bitterness, from both hops and roasted grains. Piny hops flavors, but low bitterness. Finish is medium, with roasted grains dominating.

Mouthfeel is medium/light, with a light coating of bitterness. Good carbonation level.

Overall a very good sessionable beer. Nothing aggressive.

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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 Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to GbDave for providing this beer in a recent trade.

Pours from the can with a thick/creamy light tan head that shows excellent retention. The beer is a very dark amber color that is clear when held to the light. No carbonation is visible. I am easily able to coax the head to rise well above the top of the glass. Nice looking beer.

Aroma is of dark toasted malt with a thick sense of caramel and a touch of cinnamon.

Chocolate a very brief moment of cinnamon.. Lots of light nutty notes mix with the roasted malt flavor. I like the finish which blends all of these elements nicely. Only after you swallow the beer do you get a nice bready flavor mixed with the nut tones.

Medium body with a little heft to the body. Very light carbonation and mostly very smooth.

A good representation of a fresh Brown Ale. Nicely done by Half Acre. Good beer from a very good brewer.

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Photo of musicforairports
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at some relatively lame restaurant on Navy Pier in Chicago, from notes.

Clear and light brown, with a small head and little lacing.

Aroma is dominated by nutty malt qualities.

Taste is smooth malts, light up front, but there's ample chocolate/coffee in the finish to make it a really tasty brown ale.

Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation.

This is a tasty and drinkable brown ale. It's deceivingly light at first, but quite flavorful in the end. I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of uberez8
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After having this, I am positive this has to be my all time favorite American brown ale. Poured a perfect woody brown color with a 3 finger head, though slightly worried about the amount of carbonation. That fear was put to rest quickly after tasting it, it was just so exquisitely balanced. Starts off sweet and nutty with just a bit of a hoppy finish but the sweetness carries over in a nice, subtle way. The carbonation also gives a nice mothfeel, keeps it smooth and creamy but not overly bubbly. I will be back quite a bit for these 4 packs from Half Acre.

I know this might be crazy to say, but I think I enjoy it even more than Daisy Cutter. DEAL WITH IT.

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Photo of EORS
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown with some reddish undertones. Pours with a one-finger head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Roasty caramel malt and some faint resiny aroma from the hops.

Taste: Pleasant malt body with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation - smooth and light

Overall: Very nice bitter to sip with a meal, with just the right amount of hop character to balance out the malt bill.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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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 Chaney
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of nsmartell
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the bottle to a standard pint glass. (From my notes on 05-26-10.)

Appearance: Pours ruby red/brown with a big dirty white head that does not last.

Smell: Bread, malts and pine hops.

Taste: Similar to the aroma with the piney hops, but caramel now comes through.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp with good carbonation on the tongue.

Drinkability: Good, would definitely recommend and drink again.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany brown with a decent tan head that doesn't hang around long.

Aroma is caramel malt and dried dark fruit.

Taste is malty and sweet. Roasted toffee, dark fruit and vague spices match well with a dry cedar like woody quality. Finishes with nutty, earthy hops a hint of apple shining through.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied.

Overall, a nice session ale. Plenty of complexity to keep things interesting. A winner.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark nutty brown with good lacing.

Smell: Excellent mixture of lemon and caramel. Almost like a lemon pie.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Coffee and pine; again, another excellent and unusual combination. Crisp feel, but a tad thin.

Overall: I really like what this beer has going for it in how unusual it is It's definitely an odd mixture of a pilsener and a piney stout in the form of a brown ale. My complaint would be that there is no one thing that really stands out.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

559th review on BA
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Thanks to cadaughtery for this one.

App- If you took a whipping tool to a frothy head it would be this one. A gigantic bottom up head with lots of legs and lace on it. A nice brown with some cream highlights.

Smell- Spritzy hops with some fresh roasty malts and fresher roasted nuts.

Taste- This is a very creamy brown ale with a decent amount of roast and malts as well. This brown ale was a welcome suprise as an extra.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a almost a high carbonation level.

Drink- This is a very tasty brown ale. I have only had Surly out of the can and this is right up there as well.

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Photo of alexipa
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a haze red/brown into an imperial pint glass with a huge, frothy head that very quickly dissipates into a thin film. Smells of predominantly lemon instantly hit me; upon closer inspection there's some biscuity malt character as well.

The bready malts are up front in the taste, along with flowery and lemon bitterness, a light british yeast flavor, with a crisp (almost coppery) finish. It's lightly carbonated and very smooth but quite thick.

If I were to sum this beer up, I would probably call it an imperial ESB. It's extremely well balanced and just overall very enjoyable, without being overly complex.

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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 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 nickynick
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of BasementBer
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark red to hazelnut color with little head retention and light on the carbonation.

S: Slight boozy smell but sweet and light hop notes.

T: A good bittering brown with that american touch. Roasted in the middle and a clean smooth finish.

M: Bittering on the tongue but not enough for the pockets, and the higher alcohol is detectable.

D: A good bitter brown, I like this.

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Over Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 402 ratings.
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