FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
alexsdad06 (9135) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Dogbrick (11607) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
xuhuckit19 (16) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
kyzr (1389) - Montana, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
shrubber85 (10760) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very fruity aroma - apricot and cherry malt aroma. Reddish orange color with small head. Apricot and orange malt flavor with light hops finish. Extremely fruity especially for the style - more like a cream ale than the typical APA.
Frank (4024) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2009 Kind of an interesting brew. It reminds me of Dead Guy as much an anything--not that it’s a dead ringer at all. Very attractive beer w/ head that almost looks like it came from one of those horrible nitro taps. The nose is sort of citrusy and fruity w/ some floral hop overtones. A little too far on the sweet, malty side for me but balanced reasonably well by smooth bitterness. If this were a little dryer, I could see it being a darn fine beer.
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.