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Over Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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Over AleOver Ale

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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

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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 400
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 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 Durge
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown color with golden edges and a very strong single finger head that's off white and leaves very healthy lacing. The aroma is a solid caramel malt with a mellow grass hop. A bit of brown bread and molasses, not bad. The flavor presents a straight ahead charcoal brown bread with evergreen grass hop highlights. There's a subtle touch of milk chocolate and muted sour dough. This stuff is medium bodied but it's very effervescent with tiny bubble carbonation for a full, foamy feel that finishes just a tad dry. Very decent brown ale.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Brown in the glass, clear ruby in the light, one finger head

S-Rather malty, caramel, coffee, some roasted notes. No spices though.

T-Starts with caramel and roasted malts, some coffee. Sweet, good balance and a tad bit og bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and smooth.

O-A solid Brown Ale, nothing out of the ordinary, just a good beer.

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Photo of mynie
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown red, medium translucent, with a nice head.

Smells the way a brown ale should, west coast hops and nutty, bready malt. Very nicely balanced, and the hops are take center stage, just like I like them.

Tastes not quite as good as a smells. Starts with nutty bread dough, moves into sugared chestnuts blended with citrusy hops, and then it gets a tiny bit weird, with big nodes of boiled veggies like I'm drinking old school Rolling Rock. The veggies linger, surprisingly pleasantly, but they override most of the nice sweet barley that probably would do a better job of balancing out the beer.

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Photo of gtermi
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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 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 AgentZero
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of gford217
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into a Duvel tulip. I got this in an anonymous in-person trade at the end of DLD, so thanks to that guy if he's reading this!

A: Pours a clear dark russet body under a solid finger of creamy tan foam. Good retention and lacing. Attractive Brown Ale.

S: Fairly sweet aroma of chocolate malt, dark fruits, nuttiness, and a hint of generically earthy hops. Solid, but unremarkable.

T: Follows the nose: malty, nutty, and fruity up front, with some coffee and hops providing bitterness on the tail end. Perhaps a bit skewed toward the sweet end of the spectrum, but still pretty tasty.

M: Soft medium body with moderate, fine, lively carbonation. Pleasant.

O: Not my favorite example of one of least favorite styles, but this is still a nice brew. I’d gladly drink it again.


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

559th review on BA
Can to Pint

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 alexgash
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. can.

Pours a dark amber-copper. Mostly clear. Two fingers of frothy, lacy, dirty beige head. Good lacing on the glass too. Nuts, toasted grains, caramel, toffee, some fruit, and vegetal hops on the nose. Nice.

Toasted malts and herbal hops up front. Sweetish caramel and toffee malts fill in. Herbal, slightly grassy hop bitterness along with some nuttiness. Some milk chocolate and earthy tobacco near the finish. Lingering sweet caramel malt and slightly roasty bitterness. Medium-bodied, with a slightly creamy feel. Pretty tasty!

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Photo of Tucquan
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-06-12 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge.

A - Fairly clear tea brown with a 1-finger white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

S - Toasted bread, nutty, caramel and some spice. Pleasant. Sweet smelling.

T - Much like the smell with biscuit, roasted grain, nuts, some spice with a pretty dry and responsibly-balanced bitter finish. The aftertaste is nice but doesn't stick around.

M - Thin body and light-medium carbonation give a lightly creamy feel.

O - Very enjoyable. A nice and somewhat-unique flavor that is nice when you want a lighter brown ale.

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Photo of Florida9
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a pilsner glass.

Mahogany with 1 finger of tan head. Good retention and clarity. Moderate carbonation.

Nutty with notes of milk chocolate and hazelnut.

Right upfront there a good amount of hop bitterness with hints of pineapple and papaya. Nutty backbone with notes of milk chocolate and toffee. There's Pine in the finish along with some earthy char.

Light-medium bodied, crisp, clean, bitter and dry.

I didn't expect a hoppy Brown Ale, but that's what I got. The hop profile is similar to Daisy Cutter and Gossamer, but the hop/malt bill is more balanced and roasty. Nice!

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Photo of homebrew311
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into pint glass.

A: pours a deep dark clear brown with a generous fluffy 2 finger white head. Great retention and a ton of lacing.

S: lots of caramel malts with some roast character in there. A big dash of earthy hops in the back with an almost tea like quality. Notes of brown bread in there as well.

T: The front is all caramel and malt followed by an assertive hop profile. The tea like character comes out at the end along with bready notes. The finish is long and leaves the tast of bread crust on the palate. Interesting interpretation of a brown.

MF: light body, medium to high carbonation

D: this is a well balanced brown ale with lots of character. This is yet another example of Half Acre putting their own spin on a classic style. Not mind blowing by any means, but certainly worth a try...or a session.

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Photo of Redrover
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into my SA perfect pint glass, the beer is a light, slightly chill hazed brown with a fluffy dark beige head.

The aroma is of toasted malts, some coco and brown bread.

The beer leads with some malt based sweetness, more brown bread a hint of plum and a slightly charcoal like finish. It is well integrated with no sharp edges.

The beer has mid-weight heft that seems to work well with the flavors. This is an easy drinking, tasty brown. Well done!

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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 micromaniac129
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

When i seen my local craft beer store had these a picked a few up on the strenght of thier diasy cutter.

Appearance is a brownish ruby amber. A very tall and dense head sits on top the color of beige.
Aroma is slightly roasted with a good dose of malts. Some bready notes come through too.
Taste is very malt, sweet and sticky. Also there is a slight ashen taste at the very end with a semi bitter finish that lingers into the aftertaste.
A good well made easy drinking beer.

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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 BeerLover99
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: amber, copper body, 1 finger head, brilliant lacing

S: nut, hint of caramel, light grain

T: mild nut, sweet bread, grain front with bitter finish.

M: light/med body, prickly tongue, big carbonation body.

D: very mild, ordinary ESB, slightly disappointed since I was such
a big fan of Daisy Cutter Pale 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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Over Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
86 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.
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