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Rusty Red - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 18.84%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 05-23-2008

28 IBU
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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by abents:
Photo of abents
2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours out redish brown with thin tan head thats gone pretty quickly. Smells like sweet caramel malt and a light fruitiness. Has a nice caramel malt start followed by a cherry? tang to it. Weird. This is weird. Really light bodied a tinge of carbonation. Kind of a sour off taste to it. I dunno. It's like drinking carmamel covered cherries. Leaves just an off bitter sour aftertaste that doesn't bode well for the beer. Wow, hard to drink this whole bottle. eesh.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewer's Description: A smooth malty Red Ale with hints of carmel and roast. Inspired by the beers of Vienna with a added twist of American style. "Rusty Red, this ones for you!"

Presentation: Dark brown 12 oz bottle with a black cap and a blood red label.

Appearance: Atractive orange amber with minimal carbonation but a healthy off white-khaki head that clings to the edge of the class for the entirety of the beer.

Aroma: Sweet caramel, roasted malt, toasted English muffin.

Taste: Caramel, toast, marzen-like nutty/fruity finish. Toffee.

Mouthfeel: A touch on the sweet side but not cloying at all. Slight carbonation bite at the end but otherwise pretty mellow. On the light side of medium bodied. Very light side palate bitterness in the finish.

Drinkability: Very good. I could session this.

Describing this as a cross between a Vienna Lager and an American Red is quite accurate.

Photo of blackearth
3.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a dark reddish brown which looks a bit like apple cider. Thin white head fades to nothing. Aroma of apple cider and toasted cereal. On the lighter end of medium bodied, this beer has flavors of roasted caramel with a sweet finish. No hop bitterness to speak of. Decent drinkability, but nothing too spectacular here.

Photo of cokes
1.29/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours to a smoky auburn with a close-cropped tan head of intermediate retention and lacing.
It noses of sour cherries, band aids, diacetyl, and iron-rich blood.
The wreckage presents similarly in the mouth. Toasty up front, for a second, then torn apart but a grape juice-like sourness. Cherry flavored cough syrup appears as it then turns thoroughly musty, with oodles of band aid and gauze off flavors. Buttery diacetyl creeps up late, with some of that stinging, bloody iron astringency. Decent name, though. It does sort of taste like rust.
Semi-congealed in body, with a periodic burst of bubbles, as the nastiness etches itself into the corners of the mouth.
This is drain bound, and it's been a looong time since that has happened.
I'd say it's just a bad bottle, but every O'so I've tried seems to contain an assortment of off flavors. This one, though, is ALL off flavors. I'm probably done with these guys until I hear about an upgrade in quality control. This is absolutely unacceptable, and simply one of the worst beers I have ever had.

Photo of dirtylou
3.06/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: poured into an imperial pint glass...rather dark amber body, creamy beige cap with pretty decent retention

smell: buttery biscuit, roasted grain, buttery malt

taste: more of the buttery biscuit traits sometimes seen in the style (diacetyl?), toasted grain, sweet malts, a sour touch. decent red, but not worth the purchase

mouthfeel: buttery/sour, medium-full body

drinkability: ok

Photo of mobius387
2.78/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured into a mug

appearance: pours a rusty amber color, smooth poor, no head formed at all

aroma: not much, maybe some hints of malts and a touch of cinnamon. it smells a little roasty but its not extremely pleasant, just average

palate: medium body, little carbonation, flavor sits on the tongue

taste: not a very good tasting beer. it has some roasty qualities to it, maybe hints of malt, but it tastes a bit stale.

overall: not very impressed with this beer, but its only my second brew by o'so. i had their night train which was very very good, so I know the brewery has potential to put out some good beers. they could let this one fade away and i doubt anyone would care that much, theres nothing to see here

Photo of morimech
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reddish amber with two fingers of dense head that had good retention. Moderate amount of lacing is left behind.

Malty aroma with a bread like quality. Also pick up some tart fruit.

Caramel malt makes up the majority of the flavor. A little bit of toasted bread as well. Some acidity and tartness.

Not that impressive of a body but is nicely carbonated.

This is the second amber/red ale in a week that was slightly sour. Is this a trend that brewers are purposely persuing? I do not think it really belongs in this style of beer.

Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single from Badger in Beloit. Bottom of the bottle says "8217 B-20501" and I wasn't sure if "8217" meant 217th day of '08 or not. The label is slightly different from the pic, there's no yellow box or fading into black at the bottom. My label has a white border & white text... the latest label i've seen is red with "O'So Brewing" repeated in the background, so this just might be an '08 bottle. Seems to have held up well...

Alright, on to the beer! It pours a nice reddsh copper color, with barely a finger of foam. I was a little worried when there wasn't much sound when the cap came off, but it was carbonated well enough. Only a few random specks of lace here and there.

Aroma was pleasant, soft and bready malts, somewhat nutty. Vienna, Munich, and Crystal were listed on the bottle. Flavor was similar, dominant nutty malts, with a light fruity astringency in the back though. Better as it warmed. Fairly smooth and easy to session.

Paired well with a morel & leek jack cheese, also from the Badger state...

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. No date or info. "Ale" on the label.

A - A tall but quiet pour released a three-finger, bone-colored head with great retention and thick root-beer float-like lacing all over the glass. The color is a lightly hazy dark, or "rusty" amber.

S - Toasty, bready malts come out right away on the nose. A bit of caramel sweetness too with a low dark fruit ester presence. The finish has a well-balanced, earthy hop scent.

T - Rusty Red is deeply rooted in toasted maltiness with a slight biscuity flavor with a teeny dab of butter. Despite being deeply rooted in maltiness, the finish is a dry, earthy hop flavor that's very well balanced.

M - Surprisingly soft on the palate with a good smooth and almost creamy feel. A little low on the carbonation at the finish but it goes down nicely.

D - One of the better reds I've had. It is very well balanced and the mouthfeel is also very good. A great beer I'd love to get a six-pack of and one I could have all night.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured a ruby-orange-amber w/1 finger off-white head that faded into a thin, spotty cap that lingered.
S-Apple, sour cherry, malt, light nuts (bitter almond and walnut), caramel.
T-Slightly sweet caramel malt w/apple, sour cherry, and a pleasant nuttiness. The finish is of slightly bitter pine resin. All in all, a nice marriage of flavors.
M-Lighter-bodied with restrained carbonation, but the flavors are well-balanced and harmonious.
D-Good...I'm not big on the sour cherry, but it's easy to drink, enjoyable, and definitely sessionable.

Photo of Slyjoker87
2.73/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A -Poured out as a dark red / orange color with a head that receded quickly. All that was left was a thin, spotty head.

S - Faint smell of apple with some nuttiness, but nothing spectacular or really anything that stands out.

T - The nuttiness is what stands out most when it first hits the tongue. There maybe a slight hint of fruit and some malt as well. It's flavor seems dull and mostly unpronounced.

M - Very light on the carbonation makes it easy to drink.

O - I think this is extremely drinkable, but doesn't deliver much in the way of flavors. It's flavors would be more enjoyable if they were not so subtle. You really have to look for them which is more work than it should be.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My fourth beer from O'so Brewing. Expectations are pretty good, since I remember liking O'so Dank Imperial Red quite a bit.

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

A - Pours a dark muddy brown-hued "rusty" red colored body. About a finger or so of fluffy khaki head that falls to a ring quickly. Lots of active carbonation is noticeable. Looks pretty good.

S - The smell is typical of the style - dry earthy red malts, twiggyness, faded herbal hop presence, some caramel / toffee, and some light cola.

T - Taste follows the nose - bready caramel malt, earthy red / amber malt, twiggy, herbal hoppiness, and some cola sort of flavors.

M - The feel is smooth, creamy, crisp, and drinkable. Very light bitterness on the palate. Very nice finish.

Overall, it is an about average red ale from O'so, but it definitely hits all the right marks. Worthy of a try that's for sure, but it probably isn't a beer I would seek out again often.

O'so Brewing Rusty Red ---3.5/5

Photo of dstc
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky brown with hints of orange. Light tan head falls to just about nothing. Thin clinging lace.

Has a mild malt nose with a touch of tanginess.

Malt in taste, a tad bit roasted but finishing a bit sour.

Thin to medium bodied in the mouth. Rather low carbonation.

Decent enough but the sourness was a bit off-putting.

Photo of gatornation
2.97/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz single bottle

A-pours a clear dark brown/cherry color with a nice fresh 1 finger head that stays for a while and settles in to a nice collar with good lacing

S- i get almost nothing but faint malts and bread..really almost no smell

T- was better then smell it is a roasted malt and bready caramel amber beer slight hop and slight citrus

M- well carbonated, crisp, clean, very smooth on the pallet somewhat creamy with the malts

D-it drinkable but not flavorful enough to enjoy it or recommend it..it just fell short on the nose and taste for me ..it need more hop and citrus to mix with the malts

Photo of jwc215
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours slightly hazed dark amber to reddish with an off-white head that settles to a lasting thin cover. Ample lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel with an unfortunate touch of sour apple.

The taste is malty caramel with apple juice and a vague bready touch. The sour apple throws off the flavor. Alcohol is noticeable in a somewhat distracting way, as it doesn't blend in so well. It has a sweet and sour finish.

It is too sour for the style and the alcohol level is slightly too noticeable for the general character. It does have a smooth malty backbone, but the two detractors, especially the sour apple take too much away from this brew.

Photo of atone315
4.13/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this beer on nitro (hence the higher marks) at Guu's, downtown Steven's Point. Would like to try it side by side with normal Rusty Red to compare.

Photo of JAinSingapore
2.17/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

NOT.A.FAN ...
I like some of OSO beers, but this misses the mark. It's too malty and really difficult to drink out of a bottle...if you have a 6 pack drink out of a glass for sure! not very tasty compared to FIXED GEAR. I like the color/smell, but the taste IS NOT FOR ME. Good luck on your next Red Adventure.

Photo of MrGraybeard
2.47/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a chilled bottle into a 14-ounce tumbler. Foam builds, then recedes to a weak rim around the glass. Very little lacing. Simple malty nose with a little nuttiness and butter.

Taste is nut and a little butter to go along with the grain. The buttery notes give the brew a slight richness that's pleasant. Hops finally show up at the finish.

Central Wisconsin has seen a lot of craft brewers pop up in recent years. This one has been uneven, veering from excellence to mediocrity. Unfortunately, Rusty Red leans toward the latter pole.

Photo of billyzoom666
3.76/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a brownish color that when held to light allows me to see my fingers through it. Really nice lacing, with a non existent head on a slow pour. Not much smell here, a little bit of earthy feel to it. Wow, yet another creamy beer from O'so, the feel of the beer that comes from this brewery is consistently great. Great sweet beer taste here. This is the kind of beer I'd like to have with a meal pairing. This is a great amber and you could drink a bunch of these. This won't win any awards, but it's a good fish fry friday beer and that goes a long way with me.

Photo of TwinButte
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't expecting much from this brew after reading the reviews but this is a pretty good offering.

Had a ton of head when poured into my tulip but left no lacing. Has a nutty carmel aroma that is pleasant. Tastes almost like a Belgian of some sort. Very little hop taste. Very creamy in my mouth, even better as it warmed up. Strongly recommend to let it warm up.

Very nice brew.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.92/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

But I don't necessarily want my red ale to be rusty... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear bronze-copper topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises lightly-toasted biscuit, light hazelnut, sweet flowers, and a vague berry-like aroma powerfully pervading the background. The taste brings in more of the same, though the toast is a bit darker (and lurking more prominently in the finish) and the berry character now resembles some funky, old cider,or maybe mild orange juice, acid and all. It's definitely off-putting. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, I think this had some promise, but the berry smell and apple/orange flavor just don't do the beer any justice.

Photo of robbyc1
4.04/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear amber red pour, with a fizzy off white head.

Caramel, malty, nice nose with round grassiness like a good Irish red. Not a sign of hops.

This is my style of red, soft, and flavorful, with a a good bready, grassy malt with a balanced finish. Very easy to drink, I'm thinking it's very sessionable, with abv below 5% for sure. Good food accompaniment. Very well done if you like this style. I can think of a few others I've had, Central Waters version comes to mind, but if you can find this worth laying down a 6er for the weekend.

Good heavyness, again round and full. Not overdone. Very drinkable, a session beer for sure, better than I would have expected from the look.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.56/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First off the bottle describes this beer as "a smooth malty red ale." So even though it is listed as a lager here I will be treating like an amber ale. It pours a dark amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of faint caramel malt. It is both very simple, and very boring. The taste is much of the same. It might be a little stronger, but it is still extremely lacking. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sugary texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a bad beer not because it tastes bad, but because it doesn't taste at all. I will not be drinking this again.

Photo of Strix
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rusty brown, decent head that leaves some lacing.

Malty and bready smell, slight hint of hop earthyness.

Bready, malty, earthy, and balanced. This is quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel creamy and full.

I was surprised this is rated so low, because I thought this beer was quite well done. Perhaps they were/are having bottling consistency issues early on? I see they have a new label, maybe they've got their act together. At any rate, I'll be back to this and looking to try whatever else O'so has got.

Photo of AwYeh
1.56/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip pint. Received in trade from arvjunk. Thanks Ankur!

A: Pours a very cloudy, woody light brown with a finger of offwhite head that dissipates quickly to form a spotting of head on the beer's surface. While a bit dark for the style, the term "rusty" does apply well here.

S: A mild caramel nutty smell, with a bit of tanginess. As it warms, a LOT of tanginess, and an over-boiled vegetable smell.

T: A thin flavor, an odd bitter without much sweet which quickly departs to leave almost no flavor in the middle, and a lingering vegetable, metallic, slightly tangy taste on the finish.

M: Light-medium body, light carbonation. Slightly syrupy finish.

D: Not really interested in having this one; it didn't offer much that I enjoyed, and the negatives really discourage me from picking up another one. Considering the low ABV and style... this shouldn't be hard to get down.

I almost considered not reviewing this because I suspected it was in the early stages of infection... but I see reviews pointing out the same unpleasant smells and tastes I'm noticing from 2008, 2009, and 2010. So, here we are.

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Rusty Red from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
76 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.