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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (4392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2012
12 oz. Clear copper with a lasting creamy quarter inch of foam. Nose is toffee, dark fruit and spicy banana. Taste is similar, but has a healthy dose of earthy citrus and woody hops to balance. Medium body is extremely smooth, smoothly carbonated, well balanced and surprisingly, seems to show some alcohol warmth. This one is really different from most APAs out there, almost seems like a ESB, and is by far the best beer I have sampled from this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemattie (4358) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4322) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maxwelldeux (4219) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2012
A clear amber color with little head, this one has relatively little smell. It’s got a decent hoppy taste to it and comes off very light with little aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (4124) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Draft. Pours a dark copper with a white head. Smells of berries and jolly ranchers. Tastes fruity and sweet. Is this right? I wonder if they got the wrong tap handle on this...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (4123) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 22, 2009
From a 12 oz bottle obtained in a trade with Erik of Indiana this poured a clear amber with a medium sized off-white head and decent lacing. The nose is caramel malts and floral hops. Smooth and clean mouthfeel. Flavor is heavy on the malts but the hops give a little bitterness and it there in the finish as well. Overall a quite easy drinking beer that makes want a second, always a good sign. Sadly I only just the one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (4070) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Bottle Pours out a nice amber topped with a sand head. Aroma of hops and a little grass. Tast crisp hops a nice malt on it aswell. A good pale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (4007) - - MAY 14, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2013 bottle. amber with a small white head. very balanced aroma with thickly layered malts and fresh hops. a medium bodied, moderate to highly carbonated palate. some dry astringency in the finish. very malty with bready sweet caramel notes with bittering hops and light lemony finish. almost a meal.

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