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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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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11568) - 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 (3186) - 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 (168) - 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 (3810) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5562) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2008
12 oz. bottle and on draft. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized beige head. Lively carbonation. The aroma is caramel malts and a variety of fruits. The flavor is malty with some sweeter caramel and also roasted character showing up. The finish is more hoppy with some fruity and floral flavors coming through. Medium bodied and pleasant drinking. This was the first of Moerleins new offerings and remains solid today.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dogbrick (8239) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2008
Bottle from Party Source. The bottle had some weird crustys around the cap after I removed it so that is not a good sign. The beer pours a slightly luminous orange-amber color with absolutely no head or lacing. Also not a good sign. Light malt and pine in the nose. Medium-bodied and fruity with some toasted malt and piney hops flavor, however the flavors are buried by tartness. The finish is tart fruit with a touch of sweet malt. I have to conclude I got a bad bottle, but will need to try again to be sure.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xuhuckit19 (16) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2008
Afantastic american pale ale. Being in Cincinnati I know the history of OTR, and the hopiness is very reflective of the bitter attitude that is prevalent Over the Rhine

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Courtesy of Alexsdad06, thanks Brad! 12 oz bottle. Pours a amber color with a medium offwhite head. Nose is fruity, more vibrant red berries to be exact. Underlying layer citrus hops and some malts. Initial taste begins with a light to medium body that is softly carbonated. Grapefruit hops splash the palate gently but with enough flavor. Red berries come in on the mid palate as strawberry. Finishing with toasty malts and bitter hops. Decently well balanced. Palate duration is excellent. Good head retention and some splash lacing of the glass. A great american pale ale!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Dark aprioct color with decent light beige head and good lacing. I agree with last reviewer quite fruity and more of a cream than a true IPA...which is probably why I like it. I don’t see the ’plenty’ of hops but I notice the malt. well done.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Poured nice amber brown with decent head. Malty and some citrus on the nose. Taste is fruity, with just a touch of hops. Very nice mouthfeel, and clean finish. Thanks to shigadeyo for this bottle!


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