Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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Reviews by Groomsy:
3.55/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.
This locally-renowned ale pours a rich copper/amber color with a tightly-knit head of white bubbles. The head sticks around for a while and leaves admirable rings of lacing down the glass. Steady carbonation rises from the bottom. This is a very sturdy-looking beer.
Those expecting a Sierra Nevada-style APA may need to look elsewhere, however. The smell of this boasts many floral and herbal notes, as opposed to the usual citric smells associated with this style. There is some piney astringency hanging in the back, balanced by some firm malt foundation comprised of caramel and lightly toasted grains. Some herbal tea-like notes emerge in the nose as the beer warms. I would say that as far as hop PRESENCE goes, this matches the style, but it simply comes down to the fact that the hop PROFILE is different than what most would expect for an APA.
A steely, but not unpleasant, malty flavor hits the front of the tongue; I'm reminded of fresh-baked bread and toffee. All of the hop flavors mentioned above emerge mid-palate. Some fresh floral burst erupts, followed by a slight resinous and earthy bitterness, which lingers into the finish. The finish is a tad harsh and medicinal, but overall, this beer maintains a fair balance. Some of the signature American citrus notes of grapefruit do emerge on the finish as the beer warms.
This beer has a smooth body with little fizz from the carbonation. It has some lingering earthy bitterness on the finish with a crisp and refreshing finish.
While definitely off the beaten path for an American pale ale, I still think this is good; Moerlein tends to take more of the European route with many of the beers, so the flavor profile of this wasn't a total surprise. (Truth be told, I was expecting more of an English style pale ale anyway.) It's slightly miscategorized as an American pale ale in taste profile, but nonetheless, this is an enjoyable and sessionable beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2013 02:25:15 | More by Groomsy
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Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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