dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2012
Pours amber to copper with white head and minimal lace. Nose is sour with slight biscuity malt. Medium on the tongue with prominent sour hoppy flavor slightly balanced with biscuity malt, metallic tang, and resinous hops. popephred (272) - 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. steelhead3686 (269) - 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. 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. It’s kinda hard for me to describe, it’s 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. 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.
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. 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. smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2009
A very nice hoppy flavor with balance. I couldn’t 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.. 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. Wasn’t 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. shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2008 I’ve been a Cincinnati area native all of my life, so when Christian Moerlien released their first tribute beer to one of the nation’s oldest authentic German brewing meccas, I must say I was pretty pumped. This is a very well-crafted beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. It has a nice foaming head that’s short lived, but leaves a small white ring atop a beautiful coppery mahogany body. The aroma is intensely aromatic, with loads of fresh hops, and a very sweet, almost mapley smell from the malt. This is followed by notes of raisins, dates, and dark brown sugar. The taste is where the hops start to shine: the cascade bringing the full-on fresh, piney citrus, and the fuggles bringing that mellow, subdued English bitterness. However, this beer is ridiculously well-balanced: nutty sweet, toasted malt, honey, ripe fruits, and spicy, burnt candied yams are all present. Rather than calling this a pale ale, I see it as more of a well hopped brown ale. Beautifully crafted, this was a lesson in balance I won’t soon forget.