Over Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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Over AleOver Ale
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3.81/5
Very Good
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:
#14,778
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
403
pDev:
9.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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17
Gots:
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Ratings: 403 |  Reviews: 139
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4/5  rDev +5%

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of ScrimshawFan
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of bashiba
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear dark brown with ruby highlights, almost no head to speak of just a lightly bubbly ring.

The smell is light and malty with a bit of brown sugar and light earthy hops.

The flavor is surprisingly bitter with some nice earthy and herbal hop notes mixing in with some roasted barley flavors and some deep smoke in the finish. The sweetness comes through a bit more as it warms, but still leans towards the bitter end of the spectrum.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit oily.

I enjoyed this, I like the hoppier style of brown, and I especially liked its not just a brown ale hopped up with a bunch of west coast citrus hops, its hoppy but in a more nontraditional way.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of stabzmcgee
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a translucent mahogany with a healthy head upon pour. Aroma is that of grassy floral hops with a caramel backing. Taste Is malty with notes of grassy hops. Mouthful is sweet with a medium resinous body, leaves an almost sticky mouthfeel. Overall a good canned beer, would be good in the heat. Thanks again gcurlow.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Cheers!

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Photo of ferrari29
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from can into a Pint shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a healthy clear dark amber colored body; full frothy espresso colored frothy head; one finger in size; moderate level of lacing formed on the sides of the glass; barely any visible carbonation in the glass

S - Traditional brown nut ale scents of roasted malt; semi-chocolate scents; hing of butter; initial scents are a bit chalky

T - Smooth nut-malt flavored ale; crisp and refreshing flavor; hint of roasted character; chocolate; touch of tea or light herbal flavors; hint of dark fruit-figs

M - Thin, but filling; great brown ale flavor; pleasant on the taste buds; all flavor characteristics are enjoyable and not overbearing; aftertaste of brown sugar

D - Probably the best brown ale beer I've ever had; compliments dark fruits; would go great with a meal, nice and light body but full of character

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to htomsirveaux for the can.

Appearance: Deep, rich brown with some nice dark red touches when held to light. Head is dirty white/tan and dissipates pretty quickly. Mild lacing. Clear and full, I like it.

Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, touches of cocoa. Caramel malts as well. Touch of citrus hops, but it's all about malts, and I'm happy with that. Some toasted malts and something sweeter than caramel. Toffee? Bready and biscuity in good measure.

Taste: Solid malts all around. Sweet is just the right measure. Pulls to roasted coffee and cocoa on the back of each sip. Big bready malts add a nice level of depth. Hops have a little more presence than they did on the nose. Nice touch of citrus to round out the back of the malts. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, full without being heavy, and nicely carbonated. It's a big malty mouthful. Drinks like a champ.

Overall: A damn fine take on the style. It's not quite Surly Bender, but it's got to be cheaper and that goes a long way. Super easy to drink and a nice can of deliciously crafted malts. Well-balanced and well worth seeking out.

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3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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 mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Over Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 403 ratings
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