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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   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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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 (1090) - 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 (1517) - 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 (2453) - 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 (3206) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 28, 2008
(12oz bottle, thanks ryan) Small beige head atop clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, flowery/perfume, orange/floral, some peach, light grapefruit/earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, orange/floral, caramel, earthy/grapefruit. Light-medium body, light stickiness, resin.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Courtesy of alexsdad06. Clear amber body with a small beige head. The nose is flowers, citrus, caramel and cotton candy. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with tangerine, grapefruit, tea, caramel and honey. Medium body is slightly thin with moderate carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tympanic (163) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2008
ruby, fruity, doin’ my duty. hoppy (sloppy) big red booty. tap, taste of cincinnati 2008.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2008
Quite a mix of hops and fruit are noticeable in the nose as I pour this beer. It starts out with a two-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer shows a brilliantly clear, plum-amber color as it sits in my 25cl tulip glass. Bright berry aromatics, a zesty bergamot aroma, some light herbal notes all over a backdrop of biscuit-like malt and lightly browned whole-grain crackers. This has an enjoyable nose, I like, and wasn’t expecting, the vibrant hop character.

Sweetish tasting and quite thick and chewy for a beer of this strength. There is a soft tartness to this beer, that lightly accents a lemon & orange zest flavor. Thick malt flavors of concentrated wort, and ample crystal malts make this a bit unbalanced. This is definitely quite a bit thicker than I like in a beer of this strength, though it is not nearly as sweet as a beer of this body might suggest. The hop character provides more of a pine-like flavor than the zesty fruit notes noticed in the aroma. The beer finishes with a herbal, slightly astringent hop bitterness that does a fair job of scrubbing away the over-bearing malt (though not quite completely).

The flavor is a complete surprise after the fresh, vibrant, hoppy nose. I wish the balance of up front hop and supporting malt had been carried through to the flavor. Instead the flavor is just way unbalanced with this way under-attenuated malt character.


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