hopscotch (8368) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Mostly clear, dark amber ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Nose of toasted caramel malt and earthy and citrusy hops. Sweet, malty, caramel and biscuit flavors up front; shadowed by moderate earthy, mineral hop bitterness. Medium-bodied with a chewy mouthfeel and intermediate carbonation. Bitter-sweet, caramel finish. Kudos to xnoxhatex for floating this bottle my way!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to cewldre: Pours a transparent bright amber copper with a thin wispy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of fresh earthy noble and citrusy American hops along with a touch of toasted malt. Starts with a nice mild caramel sweetness and earthy grapefruity bittering hop balance toward a crisp, clean bittersweet finish. Very drinkable and a good APA.
smartbrewing (11) - Amelia, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One word...malt malt malt...with good hops. I went to the first keg tapping at Findley Market and was immediately impressed even though the beer wasn’t served at the optimum temperature. Great caramel flavor intensifies at the end with a clean finish. I bought a couple six-packs and then went the 1/6 barrel route. I am now close to purchasing my thrid sixth barrel since my neighbors appear to like this beer as much as I do. By far, the best Christian Morlein beer to date.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Nice red amber with med beige head. Aroma is dough, some fruitiness, sweet malt. Banana, slight pine bitterness, big malt, with great balance some caramel and dark fruit as well. Med-full body with creaminess. A lot better then I was expecting, almost barleywine in consistency.
ghouseguy (20) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. First tried this brew at the first tapping event at Findlay Market in OTR. Now have it on draft at home. This beer is amber in color and pours with a nice head and good retention. Aroma is soft and gentle...which is very inviting. At first sip, the beer is quite impressive. Crisp, clean, and very enjoyable. Lots of malts, yet enough hops to balance well. Nice caramel tones in there as well. This beer finishes very clean and leaves no aftertaste. Much better at home then at debut tapping...I believe this is due to the temperature at which it was served. This beer tasts best to me at colder temperatures. Proud to say this one is from my home town.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: This one poured amber in color with a medium white head. Smell is a bit piney, with some caramel and even some vanilla notes in there. It’s kinda hard for me to describe, it’s an interesting aroma. The taste is as hard to describe as the smell, but I do get even more of a caramel and pine feel. I also notice a soft earthiness to it and even some dark fruit. At first, this one battled with the palate over who will reign supreme, but the palate and the beer are now meshing and this is a nice enjoyable beer. The only thing in Over The Rhine that is this good is another brewery... Locals hopefully know the one.
Lowe1983 (1304) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of plenty of pine hops with caramel, dark fruits, and sweet malts. Flavor starts off with decent malt tones that give way to a slight hop bitterness on the finish. Overall this is a pretty good beer but it really is too malty for a pale ale. After saying that this is still a decent, respectable brew that I will look forward to having again.
wxman (1275) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in Loveland, OH. Amber in color with a full off-white rocky head that stays. Pleasant hop flower and bread dough aroma. Taste is maple and caramel sweet malt with mild yet assertive dry hop character. Yummy! Moerlein products are good, but I would suggest this is their best offering.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is biscuity malts. Flavor is much the same with a slight hop profile but the malt is the main player here. A little to thick bodied for my "pale ale" taste. Its not to bad overall, but its definitely not for those hot summer days. Shigadeyo profiled it better than I could, but you get the idea.
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
5/07/2007: Moerlein O.T.R. (Over-the-Rhine) Ale pours a clear amber color with a lasting, foamy beige head that leaves thick lacing on the glass. There is a flurry of visible carbonation that is both lively and hypnotic to watch. Caramel and buttery malt are most noticeable in the aroma. This beer has a nice, malty backbone that is substantial, but not too heavy. There is a hint of something roasty hiding in there as well. The malt is balanced by a nice, soft, mild hoppy finish that is slightly floral. This beer has a medium body and is smooth and slightly creamy on the palate. O.T.R. is very good, but I’m not sure that I would consider it to be a Pale Ale as it is mostly malty with a minimal level of hops and bitterness (although I’m not really sure what style category it would fit into...). Other than that, not only is it exciting to finally get a new Christian Moerlein beer, but it might possibly the best Christian Moerlein beer to date!
12 oz bottle from Tmoney99. Thanks Tom!