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Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine AleChristian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale

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285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-05-2007

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Ratings: 285 | Reviews: 121
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3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours an amber-red with a touch of brown. Fine head on top, about one and a half fingers worth.

The aroma on this one is quite spicy...hints of cinnamon, black pepper, brown sugar, and cloves. Lots of malt are present in the nose, backed up by a faint hint of bitter hops.

The flavor of this beer seems to be a balance between a malty lager and a minimally hopped pale ale. Interesting. Brown sugar comes across the palate, as does caramel, cinnamon, cherries, black peppercorn, and some hope bite. There is a huge malt profile in this beer, as with many Moerlein beers. This tastes more on the side of a German-style lager with the hops amped up (but not too much) more than usual. Some fruited notes in there as well--plum, mild grapefruit, banana, and apple.

Overall, this is a decent beer. Drinkable, for sure. The carbonation is going strong, lending a nice flavor-enhancer across the tongue. This would be a great beer for a cool Fall night, or even one for the campfire in the early summer.

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4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a nice golden amber with a good head that leaves nice lacing behind

S : Piney hops with some hints of citrus

T : Has a good blend of hops and malt with a nice bitterness throughout. Some caramel at the end. The finish comes pretty sudden.

M : Light-bodied with good carbonation

D : Good session beer. Real easy to drink

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3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium reddish copper color, clear, with a moderate off-white head which retains well.

Aroma is slightly malty, with a mild citrus hop aroma.

Flavor has some mild toasted malt, with a mild citrus hop flavor. Hop bitterness is generally mild. Fairly dry finish.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Overall a fairly mild version of an APA. Balance is towards malt, as the hop bitterness seems a little too restrained for a pale. That said, if you judge it strictly as an APA it falls short. Other than that it is a very pleasant, enjoyable beer. Smooth, easy to drink. Certainly sessionable. Needs more hop presence to qualify as a decent APA, but might be a better fit in another category.

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3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 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 retention and lacing were mostly average.

Smell - 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.

Taste - Decent hop bitterness is apparent from the beginning. As expected, a prominent grapefruit citrus flavor. Orange flavoring also works its way through. A dry biscuit taste in there to boot.

Mouthfeel - Medium, dry mouthfeel. Some alcohol bite on the palate and in the aftertaste. Hangs around in the throat for a good while.

Drinkability - This was a nice little beer!!! I was pleasantly surprised. Wasn't sure what to expct, 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.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark amber, about a 15 SRM
S - the nose is sweet molasses and matches the taste
T - molasses and caramel malt - the first few sips had hints of green apple
M - medium body and crisp
D - at 6% ABV and medium body it's not quite a session beer. I stopped after one.

I'm glad I tried it but with the green apple taste I would not purchase it again. Perhaps my bottle came from a batch with some off flavors.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours dark amber, close to copper with a 1 finger off white head. A good amount of carbonation is present in this one. Good mix of malts and hops in the aroma. Hints of citrus are hiding, overall smell leans toward bready side. Right off the bat this tastes boozy. It's not at 6.0 ABV, but somehow it feels more. This is very different beer then most pale ales I've had. It's darker than most pale ales as well, Three Floyd's Alpha King shares the darkness. It's a lot heavier to drink than it should be, but this brew just has a special place in my heart.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a amber-browish color with some mild haziness. Active carbonation with fluffy, two finger head. Leaves some solid rings as head calms down.

Fruity nose from the hops with a final whiff of toasted malt.

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Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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