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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1903) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Bottle bonus thanks to phaleslu! Nice clear copper colored pour, average amount of carbonation and a nice hoppy and nutty nose. Flavor is slightly fruity to begin with, then pepper, hops, metallic toastiness and finished a little buttery. A nice solid pale ale, would love to try this on tap!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rustyham (1711) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2010
slightly sweet, robust roasty maltiness, but still light. A little weird at first, but once you get into it, you like it’s warming effect. Bottle at ABC liquors, Miami.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2009
A very nice hoppy flavor with balance. I couldn’t drink a ton of this, but it is like a tannic wine that benefits from a good piece of meat. Such a nice looking beer...a beautiful copper with the brooding look of a hefe. Nice head. This is a good one..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Definitely OTR Ale is a local gem for Cincinnati. OTR is the best of the Moerlein family. The hops provide a good finishing flavor. Basically, the beer attempts to replicate an “old” style of Cincinnati brewing by incorporating German malty flavors. Great beer at summer and fall festivals in Cincinnati. It seemed that for a while Warsteiner was trying to monopolize the festival beer carts, but now Moerlein has entered the competition and has done well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2009

Name: OTR Over the Rhine
Date: August 08, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Ticker
Appearance: hazy amber, wispy beige head, streaks of lace, drippy lace
Aroma: light sweet caramel malt aroma, abundant earthy and floral hops
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, lots of earthy hops, touch of citrus, plenty of balancing bitterness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2009
12oz bottle. Poured a medium and cloudy amber color wtih a smaller sized off white head. Aromaso floral hops, pine and some caramel. Tastes of the same floral hops, pine, caramel, and some citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Let me just say I’m not digging the name for this beer. OTR. Over-the-Rhine. Not being from Cincinnati, the reference is entirely lost on me, so I had little knowing of what kind of beer I even had beyond an ale with, per the tiny-font text I was struggling to read on the back label, Fuggles hops. O-kay! Appearance: Pours out a faintly hazy, dark amber body with a sudsy, white head. Smell: Pale malts with a distinct scent of toasted biscuits, meager hint of fruit, and an aroma of spicy, floral Noble hops. Taste: Pale malts with some toasty, biscuity qualities and a small touch of toffee sweetness. Faint fruit esters. Earthy, spicy, floral hop character with a medium-low amount of bitterness. As is often the case, it starts drying out on the back half for the finish, but there’s still some maltiness to be found. Then it’s gone - Over-the-Rhine and In-My-Stomach. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: A reasonably decent, quaffable ale, though, I will say it’s the best of the Moerlein’s lot that I’ve had thus far. I will also say that’s not saying much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onslow (1094) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Copper amber pour from a 12 oz bottle.Modest head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, butterscotch, aromatic and floral hops iwth a dash of pine needles. Sweet and malty at the start with a real wow factor hops finish. Great stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemattie (4032) - Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2009
12oz twist-off bottle. Pale orange color, light tan head. Aroma of earthy citrus. Cascade and Fuggles. Tastes of sweet malt, musty malts, honey bun (w/o icing). Bread. Hops. Really good. The session masters. Finishes with the slightest tobacco.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finhead (1111) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Deep copper color with off-white head. Has a malt and floral hops aroma. Flavor is a light watery malt with a long hoppy finish.

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