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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 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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3.6
hayduke (5677) - 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.

3.5
burg326 (5607) - Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2013
12 ounce bottle poured an amberish color with aromas of caramel, fresh hops, and some malt. Flavors follow suit, a hopper version of the amber they produce maybe? Solid beer, no real flaws, just bland.

3.5
nearbeer (5604) - 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.

3.6
Aurelius (5570) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2008
Candied PA aroma, prominent Cascades hops. Why in the hell they called this Over the Rhine, I have no clue - there’s nothing historical about this - it’s a thoroughly modern brew. Fair label, medium bronze-red. Briny and tasty, with toasted tones. Lightly tannic and tangy. Very drinkable. Body is a little on the heavy side. FInishes out salty.

3.8
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2007
This pours a bright copper body with a creamy eggshell head that does some intricate lacing. The aroma has caramel at its base and is covered with grapefruit, pine, and orange blossoms. The flavor begins with a even balance between malty sweetness and hop bitterness, but then takes a tip towards the latter, bringing it close to IPA country. It finishes on a sweet and bitter note, the hops flavors lasting longer. A dandy APA.

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3.8
markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Thanks to phaleslu for this beer. Pours brown-orange caramel with a tan head. Nose is caramel, biscuit, Fuggles hops, and a slight bitterness. Flavor is malt, sweetness, some caramel, earthy toffee, and sweetness. Bitterness, but balanced and lingering with sweetness and bitterness. Nice, sessionable, and pretty well-balanced.

3.6
chinchill (5315) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2013 12 oz bottle from a mix 12-pack. This is a fine and fine-looking beer. Deep reddish amber body iscovered by a durable and creamy tan head. Excellent lacing. The aroma and flavor are both less hop forward than the classification as an APA would lead you to expect. In this casee, I think it is due to the larger load of sweet and medium roast malts rather than a shortage of hops. In any case, the beer is sweet up front and only mildly bitter in the aftertaste, with at least as much roast and caramel malt flavor as there is hops (Cascade and Fruggle in this case). Nice mouthfeel, with creamy smoothness and soft carbonation that gives the impression of a full bodied beer.

3.3
DialSquare (5130) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2008
12oz bottle. pours dark amber-orange color with small white head that disappears quickly. smells of sugar and toasted malts. sweet caramel, pine and biscuity taste. finishes with light hop bitterness. medium to thick mouthfeel with just the right amount of slightly tingly carbonation.

3.2
travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2017
Bottle. The look is clear, beige colored head, pumpkin colored. The smell and taste is caramel, bready, malty, sweet, carrot cake, some bitter background notes. Cardboard.

3.5
ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Let me just say I’m not digging the name for this beer. OTR. Over-the-Rhine. Not being from Cincinnati, the reference is entirely lost on me, so I had little knowing of what kind of beer I even had beyond an ale with, per the tiny-font text I was struggling to read on the back label, Fuggles hops. O-kay! Appearance: Pours out a faintly hazy, dark amber body with a sudsy, white head. Smell: Pale malts with a distinct scent of toasted biscuits, meager hint of fruit, and an aroma of spicy, floral Noble hops. Taste: Pale malts with some toasty, biscuity qualities and a small touch of toffee sweetness. Faint fruit esters. Earthy, spicy, floral hop character with a medium-low amount of bitterness. As is often the case, it starts drying out on the back half for the finish, but there’s still some maltiness to be found. Then it’s gone - Over-the-Rhine and In-My-Stomach. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: A reasonably decent, quaffable ale, though, I will say it’s the best of the Moerlein’s lot that I’ve had thus far. I will also say that’s not saying much.


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