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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
popephred (268) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Pour produced a clear, amber body topped by a large off-white head. Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, as is the palate, though not overbearingly so. This ale is significantly malted to give this pale ale a good measure of sweetness, followed by the bitter aftertaste of the hops. I liked the approachability, good lacing, and balance of this pale ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Bottle: This one poured amber in color with a medium white head. Smell is a bit piney, with some caramel and even some vanilla notes in there. Its kinda hard for me to describe, its an interesting aroma. The taste is as hard to describe as the smell, but I do get even more of a caramel and pine feel. I also notice a soft earthiness to it and even some dark fruit. At first, this one battled with the palate over who will reign supreme, but the palate and the beer are now meshing and this is a nice enjoyable beer. The only thing in Over The Rhine that is this good is another brewery... Locals hopefully know the one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steelhead3686 (263) - Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Tasted this at the 2012 Brew Week in Athens, Ohio. Pours clear copper with a thick white head. Has a caramel and bread aroma. Medium sweetness with a hint of bitterness. Medium body with a nice creamy, frothy texture. Very interesting beer and very enjoyable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beer Guy99 (251) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Delicious pale ale reminiscent of a style of beer brewed in Cincinnati in an era of limited refrigeration and before the arrival of lager yeast. Presentation is outstanding with a beautiful brown / red color, a frothy tan head that lasts and lasts and leaves a fine lace pattern on the glass. Nice hops aroma is very inviting. Big malty flavor and body provide myriad of flavor notes. But the best part is a zesty hops flavor from healthy doses of Fuggles and Cascades. Overall, a well balanced and satisfying pale ale that loves to please.

3.7
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2007
A malty smoothness with nice hops character. Not quite as bitter as one might expect from a pale ale but has really nice medium-body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrohia (245) - Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Great American Ball Park. Great taste, great balance. Could drink a case. At a Reds game, rain delayed, it tasted like a home run. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   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 couldnt 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..

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2008
12oz bottle. Dark amber color with minimal head and lacing. Fantastic malt aroma and flavor with nice hints of caramel and toffee. A great beer thats named after a long-neglected, historic section of Cincinnati.

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.


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