Rusty Red - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 19.27%
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:
28 IBU

(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 05-23-2008)
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Photo of cokes
1.25/5  rDev -61.8%
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 AwYeh
1.55/5  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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.7/5  rDev -48%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Rusty Red is actually rusty orange, like most red ales. Steady streams of carbonation rush up to a soft, pillowy crown of beige colored foam that doesn't look sticky enough to leave much lace. Several small swirls of bubble bath-like suds are the extent of the glass coverage.

The beer does not smell very inviting. There's a bit of caramel malt, along with semi-sour fruit, cooked cabbage and metal. Those last two aren't prominent, but they don't need to be to nearly ruin things.

Rusty Red tastes and feels like bad home brew. Seriously, I would expect my first batch (if I ever decide to brew my own) to taste better than this. Although the rough outlines of a red ale are present, something went seriously awry when it came time to color in the rest of the picture.

Not enough malt. Too sour. No appreciable hop flavor. Thin, buzzy mouthfeel. That pretty much covers it. At least it doesn't taste like boiled cabbage and metal. What it does taste like is watery caramel, sour cherries and bitter lemons, with a pinch of crushed aspirin bitterness.

There isn't much to add to the mouthfeel description seen above. It's hard to believe the brewery released the beer in this state. Time to tighten up that quality control. If they meant for it to taste and feel this way (highly doubtful), then they deserve to fail as a brewery.

O'so Rusty Red is not oh so good, it's oh so bad. The only other beer that I've had from these guys, The Big O (an American blonde ale), was at least average in terms of flavor and drinkability. This one is much, much, much worse than that. On a positive note, it doesn't taste like rust.

Photo of mariposafan
2/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of drpimento
2.03/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Uh, not so great. Poured with a small to medium very light tan head and no lace. Color is a clear amber red. Aroma was a very mild malt with a bare hint of hop. Flavor is not so good- buttery malt that just totally dominates. Carbonation and body are ok. Finish is like flavor and had to eat some bread to get rid of t he taste.

Photo of JAinSingapore
2.08/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

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 kkleu357
2.24/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

From notes on 4/29/14

I don’t know why, I just really don’t like this beer. I've had it from a bottle, but this last Saturday my dad got a Nitro pour of it at the brewery. Wow, that made it much worse. The name seemed fitting as all I could taste was rust. He actually liked it. Me, I enjoy most everything from O’so, but this one beer.

Photo of cdkrenz
2.28/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks Krista.

A - Minimal pale tan head standing only at a quarter inch. It fades fast to reveal a heavy brown body minimal carbonation.

S - Chocolate covered cherries and strawberries but sublte with an accent of malt.

T - English hop flavor but not a smooth taste. It has a strange flavor that hits the back of my throat and almost makes me cringe a bit. Almost as if its gone bad.

M - Watery start with a slightly coarse finish.

~ I'm not a big fan here mainly because of the taste. While is is somewhat unique it is very difficult for me to finish.

Photo of CaptainIPA
2.3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap @ Comet Cafe.

Pours a rusty garnet color with a moderate head that results in some attractive lacing throughout the session.

Virtually undetectable nose: If anything, faint notes of caramel and roasted malt.

Um...taste? Well, I sincerely wish it had some. Besides a suggestion of roasted malt and very subtle hint of caramel, this ale has absolutely no character. If you were introduced to this beer at a party, you'd find an excuse to get out of the conversation and make a break for it. Truly uninspired stuff.

Drinkable? Sure, I suppose it's smooth and poundable, but there are too many rewarding American Ambers out there to fritter your time away with the likes of Rusty Red. Not recommended.

Photo of ibashmuck
2.35/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured zero head on a dark caramel body. Smelled strongly of wine, floral, and very sweet. Taste was along the same lines, with touches of caramel and coffee. The wine taste, kind of a rotting apple, really overpowered everything else, and although a fairly smooth beer to drink, it was too much like a wine for me.

Photo of MrGraybeard
2.48/5  rDev -24.2%
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 abents
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
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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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of KarlHungus
2.55/5  rDev -22%
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 Slyjoker87
2.7/5  rDev -17.4%
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 mobius387
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
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

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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of htomsirveaux
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle tried 28 Oct 2010. Courtesy of R&S, thanks! Served in the Lakefront shaker pint.

Medium sized light brown head. Lightly carbonated. Clear reddish brown in color. Aroma is reminiscent of brown sugar, lightly nutty, a touch sour. Starts nutty sour. Becomes a little earthy in the middle. Somewhat bitter aftertaste. Medium body, light alcohol.

A bit below average.

Photo of jwc215
2.76/5  rDev -15.6%
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 TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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Rusty Red from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
76 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.