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Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
400
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
9.66%
 
 
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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 400
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Can provided by bauermj. I love Half Acre's label art. I think they are bringing some of the coolest looking bottles and cans to the market right now.

A- This brown ale has wonderful color. Its a clear mahogany, very dark, toasted red. There is a super dense foam of a head with crazy lacing.

S- The aroma is very clean, which is a good thing. I like these smaller brown ales to be super clean. Light chocolate and floral hops. Some candied orange drifts faintly in the background. Toffee and caramel release with a touch of warmth.

T- Nice stuff, pretty clean with no off flavors. Everything seems to know its place. Toffee, milk chocolate and sweet and fruity ale yeast. Its all grounded by grassy and floral hops with a squeeze of lemon.

M- The carbonation is a bit too sharp but it washes everything away leaving a short, crisp finish.

D- Really good stuff. Easy as hell to drink.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of cilldalua
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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!

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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

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Photo of duffcalifornia
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours an opaque toffee color with absolutely no head whatsoever. Good looking, but points must be docked for this.

S: Hints of caramel, roasted malt, and dark fruits. Smells solid if not spectacularly inviting.

T: Initially tastes of dark fruit. Taste changes very little, if at all, as the beer warms. Like the smell, the taste is solid if nothing outstanding.

M: Medium mouthfeel and appropriately carbonated, which is odd given the lack of head. But this feels exactly like a brown ale should.

O: In case it wasn't obvious, I'm wholly uninspired by this beer. While it is by no means *bad* I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to anybody either. Definitely not the best Half Acre has to offer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to 2beerornot2beer for hooking it up!

a - cracked the can and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. poured a shiny smooth brown with a generous frothy head and pretty sticky lacing for a brown ale.

s - nicely sweetned molasses. brown sugar, all the usual suspects, but nicely sweetened and pretty balanced.

t - surprisingly bitter. the brown ale is in the background...I wish it wasn't this bitter and I could taste more of that great brown ale in the background. once I got over the initial bitterness a pretty decent brown ale was hiding.

m - lively carbonation, leaves a bit of a tingle. kind of watery.

o - at first, it seemed like I was in for a treat, but the bitterness, which isn't too in your face mind you, spoiled this one for me a bit. then I got over it and it was a decent brown ale. nothing crazy, but not bad.

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Photo of trbergman
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours medium brown with red peeking through held up to a light, a one finger cream head that dissipates, and only a hint of lace. On the nose there is a mix of caramel and roasted malts with a good dash of earthy hops. The piney hop presence is more like dead pine needles in the fall rather than resiny pine. In the mouth there is a good balance between the earthy hops, but perhaps the malts stick a bit too far forward and get a little too sticky to me. The body is medium, carbonation perfect for the style, and the finish is nicely medium length with the good balance lingering. Overall, this isn't my favorite brown ale, and certainly not my favorite from Half Acre, but if this is as bad as it gets for them then they've got a great brewery.

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Photo of tronester
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A clear reddish brown with a thin tan head. Smells of lightly toasted grain. Taste begins with a hint of tart fruit, then some dark bread, and finishing with a flowery bitter finish. Mouth feel is pretty good. Overall a solid brown ale. A nice balance between bitterness and sweetness.

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Photo of cmoody91
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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!

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Photo of Stonebreaker
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A rich amber with a thick resilient head, that stuck around and left it's lacing all over.

Smell: A little faint but pleasantly sweet and malty.

Taste and mouthfeel: It was recommended to me for it's excellent balance and did not disappoint. Sweet up front but just a bit dryer in the finish. ESB? Maybe, but not very bitter. Another decent from these guys, inoffensive but not spectacular.

Drinkability: A very sessionable brew but for the price there are plenty with stronger flavors.

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Photo of samie85
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: This beer pours a solid, dark amber color with a finger of off white head.

S: Starts off with a fairly strong nutty note. There's a bit of citrus peel and a mild grapefruit aroma that seems kind of strange, but it works. Plenty of toast, mild roast, and lots of bready malts.

T: A more mild flavor than I was expecting. There is a lot of bread some toast and plenty of floral and earthy hops. Just a hint of citrus to go with the mild nutty malt note and molasses. A light bitterness on the back end.

M: The body is medium with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Drinkable, but it didn't really blow me away. A decent beer.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, amber with 3 fingers creamy tan head.

S - Herbal and grainy, biscuit and bready malts, toffee and a light herbal hops.

T - Bready and biscuity, herbal tea likeness, grainy, nutty with a touch of fruity hops.

M - On the light side of medium, slightly creamy with a dry, grainy feel in the mouth.

D - A solid session beer on the maltier side of esb's.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/29/11 notes. Received in the Gang Bang BIF courtesy of the Chicago group; thanks guys! Poured into a SAVOR snifter.

a - Pours a dark reddish brown color with two inches of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of nuts, bready malts, toasted malts, caramel malts.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, nuts, bready malts, burtn caramel malts. A slight step down from the nose, due to a tiny bit of a burnt taste to it.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation evident. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good brown ale. Very easy to drink and some standard toasted malts and nuts. Would give it another shot.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Empty Bottle for the Growlers concert. Initial glass was served in a shaker pint, but subsequent pours were in plastic cups.

A - A finger of light tan foam settles to a thick cap, leaving huge swathes of glass-coating lace. Lightly hazed chocolate brown body.

S - Herbal hops, roasted malts, light chocolate, and a faint note of tobacco.

T - Toffee, chocolate, some roasted grains, dry-roasted nuts, a touch of bread and yeast, and a surprising medium bitterness in the finish.

M - Smooth and creamy, with medium carbonation tingle. Medium-light body, with a dry roasty finish and light residual stickiness.

D - This batch seems to be more true to the ESB roots of this beer, as I found it more bitter and dry than a typical American Brown Ale and without the occasionally cloying chocolate sweetness found in that style. Not as session-friendly as Half Acre's other year-round offerings, but a nice beer for those not really into hops (god forbid). I'd prefer Meat Wave, but this is still pretty solid.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can from Oak Tree, A nice brown, with a little touch of sour finish. Above average mouthfeel. Light brown colour, nicely hoppy.Malty aroma.very good drinkability although not a style I would keep a six pack in the fridge. Toasted malt, and caramel. A tad syrupy.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean amber-ish to brown color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet gingerbread like malt, some small hop presence in there too. In the taste, small orange citrus, mostly a lighter roast of grain and some gingerbread like malt. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry grapefruity citrus in the aftertaste. At first I was like eh, but it grew on me. Nice mellow hops, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewery-fresh 16 oz. can, digging the new design, water tower, zeppelin, and classic blackletter type.

Attractive reddish chestnut color, bright clarity, visible carbonation trails rise upward. Drippy lace decorates the lip of the glass. Retention is great, as I left and came back for awhile and the foam remained unbroken.

Earthy malt aroma, bready, fairly clean and straightforward.

Malt forward flavors, again earthy and bready with some apple from the yeast. Some light toast and bitter tobacco. Residual hop bitterness in the aftertaste, fairly light. Bready and crisp like autumn leaves. Easygoing carbonation that lends a bit of bite, a fine local session ale.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to azaaron for an awesome extra! 16oz can into a Stella Artois goblet.

Over Ale pours with a burnt auburn-burgundy appearance. A splotchy custard head builds to a sizable half inch in height before slowly settling to a thick cap and draping nice webs of lace along the glass. Light aroma of English toffee and brown malt. Leathery shoe polish yeast esters and a hint of grassy, floral hops.

Thin, yet flavorful pale brown malts glide across the top of the palate and add notes of sweetbread and caramel. A tinge of piny hops, English yeast, and light booze esters ride out into the finish. Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style with a crisp carbonation level and medium-light body. Drinks easily and doesn't dry out the tongue too much. Over Ale: a sessionable, drinkable brown ale in a can. No frills, no shenanigans, just tasty beer.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice ruddy russet red-brown brew with a thick beige cap. The head shows consistent staying power.

S - Tight hops, grassy "green notes" that I'm really digging, and a very solid caramel base to my nose.

T - Yeah, that hits the spot. Hoppy, but not agressive. This one is toasty and lightly caramelized.

M - Medium bodied and firm. This one is well built and solid, but no where near foamy or full.

D - This is a session brew of the first order.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown and pretty clear, fair head and lace.

Smell is fairly nutty with lots of caramel malts. Nice.

Taste is quite good, a good malt profile with some molasses and brown sugar, and a lightly hoppy finish.

Moderate carbonation, medium body, easy drinking.

Overall it's pretty good, not spectacular but easily drinkable.

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Over Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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