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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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Bright copper color with a taller taupe head and nice lace. Heavy caramel aromas along with melon, sweet oranges, dare I saw circus peanuts, and lemon zest. Very full and distinctive aroma, just not sure if I like it that much yet. Quite full and smooth in feel. They have the looks and palate down for me, but I’m still working on the aroma and flavor. Just too sweet in the aroma for me to embrace. It amazes me that 75% of the reviews so far mention the Fuggles and Cascade hops. Yeah there are hops, but not the big grapefruit of Cascade or major Fuggle nuances. Oh well. Sweet lightly toasted malt, with an emphasis on sweet, lead the way. Somewhat spice hops, with a touch of cinnamon and orange zest that bites in the finish. Linger is somewhat drab with nondescript malt and a herbal hops residue. Interesting, but certainly no gem in my book.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4918) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark bronze color with a large orange-tan head. The aroma was sweet, fruity and spicy with a toasted caramel note. The flavor was bitter, fruity and dry with fruity hops, caramel and nut showing through. The finish was medium length with bitter fruity hops. Solid.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Bottle purchased at Kroger Polaris. Clear amber pour with a medium beige head. Malty nose with grassy hops and some pine. Malty flavor with toffee character before a grassy hop finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Thanks to phaleslu for this beer. Pours brown-orange caramel with a tan head. Nose is caramel, biscuit, Fuggles hops, and a slight bitterness. Flavor is malt, sweetness, some caramel, earthy toffee, and sweetness. Bitterness, but balanced and lingering with sweetness and bitterness. Nice, sessionable, and pretty well-balanced.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nuplastikk (4399) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2009
12oz bottle. Filtered orange-brown color. Malty beer factory aroma. Mellow, sweet malty taste. APA...err...maybe not. This is about as aggresively hopped as a light Lager. Not bad per se, just certainly not to style. Similar mouthfeel and body as other Moerleins. Syrupy malt overkill, pseudo-micro stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4375) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4221) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2008
The aroma is malt and hoppy just as advertised. There are caramel notes as well as citrus hops. The appearance is amber with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall it’s about average but there is nothing special about it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemattie (4187) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4178) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Candied PA aroma, prominent Cascades hops. Why in the hell they called this Over the Rhine, I have no clue - there’s nothing historical about this - it’s a thoroughly modern brew. Fair label, medium bronze-red. Briny and tasty, with toasted tones. Lightly tannic and tangy. Very drinkable. Body is a little on the heavy side. FInishes out salty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Bottle in the mystery swap from cewldre. Thanks! Pours a dark orange amber with a small ring of white lace that fades. Nose is very potent with simple sugar, caramel, some dark fruits, vanilla. Flavor starts very heavy on the malts, but finishes with a citrusy hop bitterness that I didnt pick too much up of in the nose. Pretty nice carbonation and moderate to thick mouthfeel (especially for the style) . Alcohol well hidden and quite drinkable. Better than expected.


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