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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Cincinnati-based Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. will introduce its latest brand extension - Moerlein Over-the-Rhine Ale - on April 25, 2007. Moerlein OTR Ale was initially going to be called Moerlein Pale Ale, but Hardman said he decided to name it OTR Ale instead, in part as a tribute to the many people who are working to revitalize the long-neglected community just north of Cincinnati’s central business district. The beer is of the type that early brewers in Over-the-Rhine would have made in the era before modern refrigeration, he said. The recipe includes plenty of hops, which acted as a preservative, and lots of malt to balance the bitterness of the hops.

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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5472) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 12 oz bottle. Deep dark copper pour, gentle off white soft head that sticks around. Sweet aroma with hints of toffee and pine. Flavor is very bold with some nuttiness, citrus, a hint of chocolate, some toffee and a back end of brown sugar. Mouthfeel is crisp and tangy. Rather impressed by this one and enjoyed very much.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyReynolds (879) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - AUG 12, 2008
12 Oz Bottle. Poured A reddish orange with small white head. Aroma was roasted malts, strong in hops, pine and brown sugar. Which, all come out in the flavor, but it seemed a little watered down. The finish was a little bitter. A great everyday beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (2619) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2008
12oz bottle. pours dark amber-orange color with small white head that disappears quickly. smells of sugar and toasted malts. sweet caramel, pine and biscuity taste. finishes with light hop bitterness. medium to thick mouthfeel with just the right amount of slightly tingly carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4121) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Candied PA aroma, prominent Cascades hops. Why in the hell they called this Over the Rhine, I have no clue - there’s nothing historical about this - it’s a thoroughly modern brew. Fair label, medium bronze-red. Briny and tasty, with toasted tones. Lightly tannic and tangy. Very drinkable. Body is a little on the heavy side. FInishes out salty.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2008 I’ve been a Cincinnati area native all of my life, so when Christian Moerlien released their first tribute beer to one of the nation’s oldest authentic German brewing meccas, I must say I was pretty pumped. This is a very well-crafted beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. It has a nice foaming head that’s short lived, but leaves a small white ring atop a beautiful coppery mahogany body. The aroma is intensely aromatic, with loads of fresh hops, and a very sweet, almost mapley smell from the malt. This is followed by notes of raisins, dates, and dark brown sugar. The taste is where the hops start to shine: the cascade bringing the full-on fresh, piney citrus, and the fuggles bringing that mellow, subdued English bitterness. However, this beer is ridiculously well-balanced: nutty sweet, toasted malt, honey, ripe fruits, and spicy, burnt candied yams are all present. Rather than calling this a pale ale, I see it as more of a well hopped brown ale. Beautifully crafted, this was a lesson in balance I won’t soon forget.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MaltOMeal (1091) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2008
120z bottle thanks to ___. pours a dark amber with a thin tan head. nose is of spices and bready malt with a hint of pine hops. Taste is of bready malt and doesn’t live up to the aroma. Mouthfeel was medium-to-thin and a bit metallic with slight bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Pours an amber brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma is very crisp and bitter hops with some slight malty notes. Flavor starts out sweet and sugary but quickly becomes pleasantly bitter. Hops notes linger in the aftertaste with a hint of alcohol. Medium-full body, fuller than most pale ales. Really tasty beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (2692) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Bottle Pours out a nice amber topped with a sand head. Aroma of hops and a little grass. Tast crisp hops a nice malt on it aswell. A good pale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Pours a dark golden amber in color with a nice inch of head forming on the pour. Really looks good in the glass. A little bit of grassy hops in the nose but mostly bready malts are present. Taste is very biscuity, bready malts. Crisp and tasty on the mouthfeel. This is a very good offering. I could drink quite a bit of this.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 29, 2008
12oz bottle, courtesy of ryan. Thanks! Pours a clear, medium golden-orange color; light-tan head with decent, mixed-bubbled lacing. Pleasant earthy hoppiness with a sweet candy sugar core; pleasant spicy nose. Medium mouthfeel: candy sugar, dried fruits, and some earthiness; not a very large hop presence, and a touch sweet and sticky. Medium finish: fruitiness, candy sugar, and sweet malts.


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