The "OTR" in Moerlein OTR stands for "Over-The-Rhine", which refers to the neighborhood where Christian Moerlein Brewing finds itself. In fact, OTR is an historic district in Cincinnati and there’s even an Over-The-Rhine Brewery District organization.
So the name is interesting and a bit charming, what about the beer? Moerlein characterizes it as "a unique presentation of an early settlers ale"; essentially it is an American Pale Ale, leaning towards a Red, with alcohol of 6%.
(Received as part of my Beer of the Month Club.)
Appearance: Deep copper-red and clear; thick taupe-y head with very fine bubbles.
Smell: Red ale kind of aroma; clean biscuit malt punctuated by roasty notes. Clean, slight spicy hops.
Taste: Tasty, roasty red ale without being astringently bitter. Very enjoyable, a toasty caramel component and spicy clean hops.
Mouthfeel: Very clean and medium-bodied; crisp with a pleasant bite and a slight bitter aftertaste.
Overall: Eminently drinkable.