RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   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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Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2008
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
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 (1591) - Montana, USA - JAN 4, 2008
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 (11508) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2007
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 (4220) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2007
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 (3710) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2007
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.

johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Poured amber with off white head. Aroma of sweet malt. Lots of sweet malt flavor. Couldn’t pull anything else out.

Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Caramelly malty raisiny nose. pour is copper with descent sized head. Flavor is also very caramally, quite chewy. The hops in it are perfect for this brew. Really solild brew.

xmarcnolanx (939) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Great caramel, citrus aroma. Taste is Slightly bock-like but with a twinge of hop bitterness. Finish is slightly thin. Not that complex, but decent.

drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2007
12oz bottle, thanks to xnoxhatex giving this to me. pours amber with beige head. nose has some sweet malt notes. flavor has mostly toasted malts with some caramel. where’s the hops? i guess fresher bottles are claiming some more hop notes but this seems like it was never that hoppy. kinda boring and too sweet. some big hop notes would do this beer wonders.

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