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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 Cincinnatis 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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Nice little amber/copper colored beer with a head that was a tad off-white. Yellow and burnt orange highlights around the bottom and sides. A few bubbles working toward the top. A touch cloudy. Head and retention and lacing were mostly average. Nice bit of fresh, floral hops in the nose. Grapefruit citrus is in the mix also. A touch of toasty bread finishes the aroma. Seems very well balanced and clean. As the brew warmed I started detecting hints of caramel malt. Decent hop bitterness is apparent from the beginning. As expected, a prominent grapefruit citrus flavor. Orange flavoring also works its ways through. A dry biscuit taste in there to boot. Medium, dry mouthfeel. Some alcohol bite on the palate and in the aftertaste. Hangs around in the throat for a good while. This was a nice little beer!!! I was pleasantly surprised. Wasnt sure what to expect, but I came out satisfied. To me this was closer to an IPA than a regular Pale Ale. It was enjoyable and worth a try. I would be happy to pick this up again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ContemplateBeer (2077) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 8, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2013 Re-rate from memory. Overall, looks like a solid APA- copper body, tan head. Aroma of spicy/floral hops with caramel/cereal malts. Flavor matches the nose, with an emphasis on the spicy hops. Palate was medium, creamy and very soft. Good for the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Slightly hazy amber body with almost no head. Complex, inviting aroma consisting of caramel and malty sweetness and grapefruit and pine hops. Smooth, medium palate, a touch oily. The flavor starts with sweet caramel and finishes with a slight sour/bitter bite. Sugared grapefruit. A very tasty and easy to drink beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Bottle pours a hazy dark amber, almost copper, body with a creamy beige head that lays down some patchy lace on the glass. Aroma is very malty, with waves of caramel and toffee. Ripe pears and grapefruit add fruity notes and there is a hint of pine. Taste has a dominant caramel sweetness but the Cascades hops contribute some grapefruit and pine while the Fuggles add an earthiness. Interesting hop bill, but this one is just a little overboard on the malt sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
monkeychugg55 (1075) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Pours a hazy dark orange brown with a small white head. The aroma is of caramel malt and citrusy hops. Flavor is sweet with floral hop bitterness and a hint of vanilla. Pretty tasty. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Decent and satisfying.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bmcginni (20) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2010
12 oz bottle. Not a bad beer, but zero to get excited about. A malty, bitter, low hopped pale. A craft drinkers "lite beer" if that.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2010
12oz bottle from somewhere in Cincy. Pours hazy copper with off-white head. Aromas of a shit load of sweet caramel malts with some hops and citrus mixed in. Flavors of candied sugar, caramel, mild hops, and a ton of sweet malt. Not what I really prefer in an APA but overall I would say it works some how. Couldnt drink it all night, but not a bad beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Very surprised by this. Had a good malt character, rather thick. The hops werent as noticeable as the roasted malt character. Medium finish. Also had some cola-like flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Pretty dark copper/ruby pour with a nice light beige head. Malty aroma, caramel with a hint of molasses and a little hop bite, certainly an unique aroma for an APA . The flavor doesnt quite match up with the aroma, the hops are a little less noticeable and the malts have a little wet cardboard aftertaste that detracts from the otherwise solid taste. Medium body, I think this beer was the first Moerlein that I had and it is a solid APA.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10961) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Brown pour. Maltbomb aroma. Light hops are hidden by caramel and fruity malts. Flavor is caramel, fruit, ALL malt all the time.


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