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Moerlein OTR

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.

On BeerAdvocate, it scores an overall grade of B+. On RateBeer, it scores 3.41 out of 5 and is in their 78th percentile.