Over Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

Over AleOver Ale
BA SCORE
69%
Liked This Beer
3.81 w/ 403 ratings
Over AleOver Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States
halfacrebeer.com

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
Ranking:
#13,753
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
403
Liked:
278
Avg:
3.81/5
pDev:
9.71%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
30
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 403 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of Tucquan
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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 wfcubsfan
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Fridge in Lancaster served chilled in a Nonic.

The color is bronze with good clarity and thick cream of khaki. The bead is average sized and lace sticks well. The smell is very toasty with some slight sweet odors and moderate yeast ester with a subtle hop tinge which I would describe as 'woody'. The feel is good with nice balance between malt and spice from the hops without an abundance of bitterness which is pleasnt with a somewhat dry and medium body as it finishes a slight alcohol texture seems to thin out the malt middle.

This is a very nice brown which has some interestig malt flavor which I would describe mainly as biscuit, however there is a subtle spice and pine ting from the hops which adds some depth. The yeast is mainly clean, but adds a little bit of dried fruit to the mix with nice sweetness from the malt keeping it focused. I found this to be a very good American brown ale, not the best of the style, but very solid and a great balance is achieved which makes for a drinkable somewhat stronger ale.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have begun blogging for FigLancaster.com and The CANQuest (TM) was recently mentioned in my blog. One place locally that I have begun really frequenting is Pour (on Prince) and when they came into possession of some midwestern beers, I asked if I might have one of these for inclusion. The answer was (obviously) "Yes", as long as I mentioned where I scored my CAN. CANsider it done!

From the CAN: "Quite possibly exactly what you think it is."

The Crack & Glug initially netted me better than two fingers' worth of thick, mocha-tan head with great retention. Color was a deep-copper/light-brown with NE-quality clarity. Nose marked it as most definitely being a Brown Ale. it had a very brown sugary malt sweetness to it. Mouthfeel was medium, but it was not as sweet in the mouth as the nose had suggested. Instead, it had a minty hops quality accompanying the chocolate and biscuit malt flavor, adding up to the liquid equivalent of a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie. Yum! Finish was very minty and not at all what I had thought that it would be. Also, great sticky lacing throughout.

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Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of cmoody91
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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 BeerOps
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of robboyd
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ccozzi
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of axeman9182
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can sent by kodymupa. It was allowed to warm a little before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Half Acre Over Ale pours a deep chestnut brown, with some orange highlights when held to light. Three fingers or so of cream colored foam rise up to top the beer. Head retention is fairly good, most of it fades away over five or so minutes, but the last bits of foam stick around for a long time. Lacing is left in a nice webbed pattern. The nose is solid, if unspectacular, lots of lightly toasted nuts and crisp biscuits. The flavor leads off with those same two malty notes. Next comes a lighty firm bit of bitterness (yup, definitely an American take on a Brown Ale), along with some earthy and light grapefruit hoppy notes. The slightly dry chocolate that comes in for the close is what takes this beer to the next level. The body is just a little light for the style, which in turn helps the carbonation come off as a little more active than it probably needs to. While it's not quite perfect, Half Acre Over Ale's still a pretty darn enjoyable American Brown Ale.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to my sister Laura for this one!

And, this is #BOTG 28!

Poured from can into my Brooklyn snifter. Pour resembles a darker brown version of dirty rainwater. Not a lot of head, not a great looking beer. Smell- nice. Sweet bisquit malt, some caramel and toffee. What you would expect for the style. Sweet tobacco. Taste- sweet malt, toffee, some mild hop bitterness, maple, tea leaves. Sweetness coats all flavors, really liking this one a lot. Better than I expected. Mouthfeel is nice, this is a really drinkable beer overall. I would have it again.

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Photo of vfalstad
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of StevieDavie
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of CPditka
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of antoines15
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of frank12
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of rinhaak
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of bill_rue
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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 IPx
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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.

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Over Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 69% out of 100 with 403 ratings
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