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Moerlein Hell Town Rye-Ot Brown Ale

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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 54   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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A robust American Brown Ale clocking in at 5.8% ABV. This ale is brewed with 23% malted rye for a distinctively spicy finish and dry hopped with a blend of American and New Zealand hops. A complex blend of citrus, pepper, and chocolate that harkens back to the brawling and revelry that occurred in Cincinnati’s Northside neighborhood in the early 19th Century. Helltown can always use a little Rye-ot to spice things up.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
cheap (4380) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Mild malty aroma with a hint of ipa perfume. Nice and dark is the look. Yes, pretty complex, lots of malt with hints of choco and even a tad of pepper and medium bitter hops. After I saw it was a rye beer, I wasn’t expecting much but the rye in this is not overdone, easily accepted on this end. As session continues, it does get a little more bitter but I appreciate the fact it’s not getting in yer face. Finish does have some of that ipa effect happening in there.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8950) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Sample at The Ohio Taproom. Pours a dark brown color with some cola around the edges, and a medium light beige head that recedes steadily to an outer ring. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, chocolate and citrus. Light to medium body with flavors of toasted malt, chocolate and mild citrusy hops. The finish is roasty with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4407) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods. Cocoa powder and dark chocolate upfront. Decent hoppy profile. Thin body. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matthewjk (958) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Very nice in the aroma and appearance department. Interesting, but has too much going on with it--little busy. All in all, a fun brown ale analogue to try.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GnarlyGnome (699) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle: I love this beer...its nice and spicy rye plays perfectly into the fall weather. The aromas are nice and bready with a slight hop presence that brightens it up. Flavor is much like you would hope for after smelling it... Rye is upfront and not ashamed to be there...this is a great beer. Loved it!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (6149) - Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks good; a mostly transparent light cola brown with foamy light beige head. Smells solid; spicy and hoppy with notes of black pepper and dark chocolate. The rye really comes through too, but nicely so. Tastes like it smells with a nice rye tingle. A good rye beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (1339) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Draft sample at Listermann Oktoberfest pours opaque dark brown. Nose fairly strong hop nose. Taste sweet malt then resiny hop. Mid palate bitter some roast then nutty finish. Nice flavor progression.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (7775) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Taster on tap at Listermann’s Craft Oktoberfest 2013. Brown color. Good thin khaki head, good thick lace. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation. Dry finish. Medium-plus body. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, minimal sweet. Some good spicy rye notes, earthy, hop. Toasty malt. Great, spicy, toasty rye brown IPA. Both hops and malts are very enjoyable, here. Very impressive.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7103) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Draft pint at the Lager House. Pours a deep, cloudy brown with a small beige head that laces the glass. Aroma of toast, chocolate, rye, nuts, and leaves- nice and toasty and malty. Flavor of rye, toast, leafy and earthy hops, chocolate and dark chocolate, pine, and dry grains. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and an earthy mouthfeel that dries up at the finish. Some bitterness lingers. More complex and interesting than expected. Very good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Alright, I had this one poured for me at the new Cincinnati Moerlein Over-The-Rhine brewery opening last week - This is a fine, spicey rye beer, dark mahogany hued and a pleasant grainy kick.


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