Over Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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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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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 402
Photo of mtstatebeer
3/5  rDev -21.7%
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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Photo of sidetracked
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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 bashiba
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of stabzmcgee
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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 -6.5%
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 ferrari29
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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 +6.5%
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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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 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 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 musicforairports
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at some relatively lame restaurant on Navy Pier in Chicago, from notes.

Clear and light brown, with a small head and little lacing.

Aroma is dominated by nutty malt qualities.

Taste is smooth malts, light up front, but there's ample chocolate/coffee in the finish to make it a really tasty brown ale.

Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation.

This is a tasty and drinkable brown ale. It's deceivingly light at first, but quite flavorful in the end. I could drink a few of these.

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4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint can into Brewfest mug. Fresh can, but no freshness code.

A: The body pours a midnight amber color, with a touch of red around the edges. Carbonation levels are nice and low. The head is a off white, creamy texture, with frothy lacing.

S: Great balance of what seems to be German malts and a nice roasted character. Hops seem a bit in the distance. Subtle spice note as well.

T/M: The rich body, is still clean and very light on the palate. Very refreshing mouthfeel, with focused but neutral flavors. Malts give a good biscuit flavors and hops add a good spice and lingering taste.

O: Overall this is a really nice brown, good strong character, but still holding on to a light drinkablity.

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

A- Pours a clear dark brown liquid with a few streams of rising carbonation. The off-white head is thin but creamy with good retention.

S- Grass, caramel, nuts, and some fruit. Aromatic and kind of unique.

T- Sweet caramel, nuttiness, and some fruit. Somewhat complex but very enjoyable for the style.

M- A nice carbonated bite with some lasting bitterness and flavors.

O- A unique and tasty take on the style.

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Photo of
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Russet-brown with a slight head.

Smell - bread, malty cocoa, just a touch of herbal hops.

Taste - Echoes the aroma with more bread and cocoa and just enough bitterness to be refreshing. A little bit of minerality on the finish.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with a refreshing spike of carbonation.

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Photo of EORS
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown with some reddish undertones. Pours with a one-finger head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Roasty caramel malt and some faint resiny aroma from the hops.

Taste: Pleasant malt body with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation - smooth and light

Overall: Very nice bitter to sip with a meal, with just the right amount of hop character to balance out the malt bill.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear, dark amber color with a two-finger, khaki head of bubbly foam. The long lasting head receded to leave a little lace.

S - It smelled malty and grassy. Nice roasty aroma.

T - It tasted nutty with some strong caramel malt. It was grassy and piney with bittering hops.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A dry ale with a medium body.

O - This was quite good. The can provided little description of the ale within but it was a very tasty brown ale.

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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 goodbyeohio
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

can't recall having any other brown ales in the can (besides surly bender, which i don't like very much), so this one is setting a gold standard of sorts. very good depth of flavor while maintaining drinkability. roasty and nutty without being excessively dry or ashy. tight carbonation. if i lived in the greater chicago area, this would be a go-to fall beer for me. i wish it had a touch more body, but the drinkability would then suffer.

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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 nataku00
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a nonic glass. Beer pours a very dark brown, mostly clear so you can see through the murky darkness. Finger of off white frothy head on the pour dissipates to a skim of white on the surface and a collar of small bubbles along the edge. Lots of nice lacing on the edge of the glass that sticks around well.

Nose is pretty typical brown ale, light aroma of earthy hops, with biscuit and bread malts, a touch of roasted malt. There is an off metallic smell to it, feint, but it's there.

A bit of hop bitterness at the tip of the tongue, but then mostly biscuit and roasted malt. Metallic finish on the tongue, then a light malts stays on the tongue.

Light bodied and well carbonated. Fairly good session beer.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this over Memorial Day Weekend. Reviewed from notes. Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some light coming through at the edges. There are three fingers of off white head that fade quickly.

Smell: Roasty, nutty malt with a little sweetness.

Taste: Mildly roasty, nutty malt with a hint of caramel. The finish is a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation. The finish is dry.

Overall: A nice, easy drinking brown ale. Smooth and well balanced and I would be happy to have another.

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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 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 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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Over Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
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