Over Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

Over AleOver Ale
403 Ratings
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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Ratings: 403 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of WestSideAmish
4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +5%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of mynie
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives presenting a russet brown color capped by a couple of inches of foam that sheets the pint glass

Smell: Brown bread and nuts with a hint of caramel

Taste: Brown bread, up front, with a nutty middle and a finish that brings in some earthy hop elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: Very drinkable and a decent example of the style; not something I am likely to seek out again

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trying the Half Acre Over Ale tonight and it is tasty tasty!!!! The appearance is great a deep rich brownish clear amber with off white head that is lacing!!!! The smell includes molassis malts and hints of roast and perhaps noble hops. The taste is a slightly nutty and molassis sweetness which is very drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium to light in boday with good carbonation. Overall this is a good brown ale!

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Photo of ahq514
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from pint can into english pint glass.

Pours an amber color, not quite as brown as I expected. Very little head, appears to have moderate carbonation. Very light lacing.

A surprising amount of earthy hops in the aroma for a brown ale. I can see how this was originally brewed as an esb. There is also a generous dose of toasty caramel malt. Slightly roasted note as well.

Very nice hoppy brown with nicely integrated hop and malt flavors. Nice earthy and floral hops right up front with transitions nicely into the toasted and lightly roasted caramel malt. Has a little bit of smoke in there too. A little bit of a bitterness on the end from the hops. Not sure if I like that there, although it is growing on me.

Nice medium body and moderate carbonation. Extremely drinkable.

A nice hoppy brown ale. What I like about it is the hops don't dominate the malt, they add a nice bite to it. The only thing I would change is the lingering bitterness on the end, but I think I can deal with it. Overall, a nice drinkable beer that could be enjoyed on a warm summer day or cold winter night.

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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, dark amber color with one finger of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. Medium lacing remains on the glass.

S: Toasty, biscuit-like grain is complemented by earthy and spicy hops. Clean, with a mild black pepper presence set against transient caramel, the smell also has one foot in charcoal.

T: Begins dry, with slightly scorched brown malt and sharp herbaceous hop aromatics that are remarkably pungent and slightly astringent. Acidity is moderate, perhaps a bit too pronounced for the style, with some dark citrus qualities in tow. The middle is more malt-focused, earthy and mild with caramel overtones. Sweetness also intensifies somewhat toward the finish, which harbors bracing herbaceous bitterness that is shocking to the palate.

M: Medium viscosity, balanced on the palate if leaning a little toward the astringent, with low carbonation.

D/O: This robust ale from the Half Acre stable bears little relation to their Daisy Cutter pale ale; relatively challenging on the palate, but only compared to that other beer's universal approachability. The smell resembles some other American brown ales, such as Sierra Nevada's Tumbler, but is more satisfying. It almost begs for other strong and savory flavors to complement, making it food-friendly but likely to induce some palate fatigue when taken by itself.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of mtstatebeer
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One pint can served in tumbler glass. Pours a clear ruby color with a small, fizzy, light-brown head, good lacing. Aroma is caramel, roasted and toasted malts, smoke, and a small amount of earthy hops. Flavor is caramel malts, wood, nutty, and grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium to light, dry, and just a touch of bitterness at the finish. Decent beer, nothing special but drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of sidetracked
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany brown with a substantial light brown head. Head lingers nicely and creates a little lacing.

Not very aromatic. Some sweet caramel toasted malts and brown sugar.

Upfront flavor is sweet brown sugar with a little roasty, bready malts. Taste follows to the finish. Some caramel and brown sugar sweetness at the finish. Light floral hopiness.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Clean finish.

Easy to drink and enjoyable. Best when colder.


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Over Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 403 ratings
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