Invisible Force Over Ale | Half Acre Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Over Ale with Dark Matter Coffee added to the cask.

Previously known as Caffeinated Over Ale.

Added by GbVDave on 12-06-2011

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of nucmedmario
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of MasterSki
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand-pump at Fountainhead. Served in a pint glass.

A - Creamy persistent light tan foam that leaves behind plenty of splotchy lacework. Murky dark brown body, with some light orange-brown shades at the edges of the glass.

S - Massive espresso. There's a touch of milk chocolate and nutty malts in the periphery, but this is pretty much all coffee. Thankfully, the coffee is intensely enjoyable.

T - The flavor isn't as coffee dominant, although those flavors are still quite intense. More chocolate malt and fruity ale yeast flavors find their way into the mix before yielding to a palate-bruising espresso bitterness in the finish.

M - Creamy, medium body, but slightly gritty (from the coffee?). No alcohol presence, and a simultaneously sticky and smokey finish - the authentic diner experience.

D - Not an overly subtle beer, but a substantial improvement over regular Over Ale in my book. If they canned this version, I'd buy Over Ale over Daisy Cutter about 10-20% of the time (as opposed to the current rate of 0%). Reminiscent of Coffee Bender in some ways. It's good to see Half Acre doing some cask experiments like these, as the beer-reviewing community provides invaluable (and free) market research.

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4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask at Fountainhead 12/5/2011.

A: Served a deep mahogany with one finger of off white cream on top. Carbonation was suprisingly active for the cask pour.

S: Killer freshly roasted coffee bean aroma. The citrus-y hops of the base beer were pretty noticeable when first poured, but as it warmed, the prevailing aromas were coffee and a bit of dark chocolate.

T: See above. Tangy cherry and coffee gradually took on notes of chocolate, toffee, and caramel.

M: In my opinion, this was served way too cold. It took 'till the very last sips of the glass for the proper temp to be achieved. The cold added bite that took away a little bit from what I expected. This was no fault of the beer, though.

O: I like that they treated Over Ale to a bit of coffee. Not my first choice to do something like this to, but a solid and surprising effort that I'm glad to have been able to try.

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Invisible Force Over Ale from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 3 ratings