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RATINGS: 148   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2007
12 oz bottle

As a fan of the band Over the Rhine I had to try this as soon as I discovered that it existed. I finally tracked it down at the Party Source across the river from Cincinnati. Once my last bottle is empty I may have to pick up some more (or have someone else pick it up when they visit from that area). The price is right for a well made beer ($7.99 a six pack).

Aroma / Apppearance - A one finger eggshell colored head decorated the glass for a while. Underneath was a reddish orange body. Toffee, caramel and gingerbread cookies make this the ideal winter alternative to an imperial stout. Woody hops play against citrus flavors to form an aggressive attention getter with sweet overtones.

Flavor / Palate - The fast fading flavor is hard to pick up at first but eventually settles into Hershey’s kisses, Cherry 7UP and malts. The hops are present without being overwhelming. The tart sprucy finish completes a satisfying transformation. This is a solid sessionable beer that would be great for watching during the football game or while out ice fishing. I can’t wait to pick up more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Poured amber with off white head. Aroma of sweet malt. Lots of sweet malt flavor. Couldn’t pull anything else out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Caramelly malty raisiny nose. pour is copper with descent sized head. Flavor is also very caramally, quite chewy. The hops in it are perfect for this brew. Really solild brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Great caramel, citrus aroma. Taste is Slightly bock-like but with a twinge of hop bitterness. Finish is slightly thin. Not that complex, but decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2007
12oz bottle, thanks to xnoxhatex giving this to me. pours amber with beige head. nose has some sweet malt notes. flavor has mostly toasted malts with some caramel. where’s the hops? i guess fresher bottles are claiming some more hop notes but this seems like it was never that hoppy. kinda boring and too sweet. some big hop notes would do this beer wonders.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Pours reddish amber with a fully receding light-tan head. Aroma of pine, citric, cascades. Taste is lightly resinous, pine, toffee, and grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly resinous with lively carbonation. This was a good beer, but is this really worth of the 90 percentile?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2007
A malty smoothness with nice hops character. Not quite as bitter as one might expect from a pale ale but has really nice medium-body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3226) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2007
12oz bottle-An amber body with a huge off white head and an aroma of hops and malt. Taste of malt follwed by hops then malt on the back end. Almost too malty for a Pale but not a bad tasting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (5943) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Bottle and served in standard pint glass: Clean amber hue with a fading frothy head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of caramel and toffee bready malts, noble aromatic hops, hint of pear and apple esters and a touch of butterscotch. The taste is a combination of twangy acidity, sweet malt, and mineral water. The mouth feel is lively and aggressive with a metallic finish. Overall it is quaffable but the diacetyl drops it a couple spots.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ProfessorEwan (5) - USA - SEP 3, 2007 does not count
H-O-P-S Simply a great beer. "quaffable" A rocky head dissolves quickly. Fruity aroma. Tasty.

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