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Rusty Red - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

Rusty RedRusty Red

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 19.2%


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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cokes

Wisconsin

1.25/5  rDev -61.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 05:33:24 | More by cokes
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AwYeh

Ohio

1.55/5  rDev -52%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 07:28:06 | More by AwYeh
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

1.7/5  rDev -47.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 12:05:19 | More by BuckeyeNation
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.03/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:00:22 | More by drpimento
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

2.28/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 04:39:57 | More by cdkrenz
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

2.3/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 18:04:37 | More by CaptainIPA
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ibashmuck

Wisconsin

2.35/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 19:47:10 | More by ibashmuck
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MrGraybeard

Wisconsin

2.48/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 07:07:12 | More by MrGraybeard
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abents

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 03:23:53 | More by abents
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.55/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 23:14:43 | More by KarlHungus
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Slyjoker87

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 04:15:10 | More by Slyjoker87
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mobius387

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 03:49:12 | More by mobius387
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htomsirveaux

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 03:45:31 | More by htomsirveaux
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.76/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:15:55 | More by jwc215
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 18:57:36 | More by TMoney2591
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gatornation

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -7.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 22:00:41 | More by gatornation
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Duff27

Illinois

3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Near inch tall fizzy off white head on a murky reddish brown body. Cap and collar throughout, minimal lacing.

Smell isnt off-putting but not desireable to me. A little like copper pennies.

Caramel and toffee notes from the malt. Low hop presence. Would guess at lower that 6%abv

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

I think the 6%abv works against this beer. For the most part it's an easy drinker and most would treat it as such...the higher than perceived alcohol really limits its drinkability. Overall, an average somewhat flavorful beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 01:23:49 | More by Duff27
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blackearth

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 01:18:47 | More by blackearth
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dirtylou

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 00:14:09 | More by dirtylou
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morimech

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 21:48:19 | More by morimech
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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a nice light amber color with a 1/2 finger white head that left faint traces of lacing. The aroma is very faint. Some light malts, sweet caramel and a light nuttiness. The taste is mild with some of the nutty malt up front and a slight sour finish. The carbonation and mouthfeel is a little heavy and I like that. A decent brew to just sit back and have a few, but nothing special here.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 00:10:46 | More by WJVII
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boomer31

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A buddy bought this and brought it along to a wedding. Finishing off a six pack now.

A - Deep dark red with a white small foam head

S - Roasted malts and a touch of smoke maybe but not much. It almost smells like a scotch ale or wee heavy witht he hint of smoke.

T - Again some roasty malts, maybe some smoke. Tasts like almost like a scotch ale again.

M - Low carbonation and thick mouthfeel. Decent

D - Solid. It doesn't seem too high ABV so I could have a few.

Overall a surprisingly decent brew. Maybe a bit of smoke here which is nice. Not sure it tastes like a red ale but pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 22:56:14 | More by boomer31
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a foggy amber brown. No head. Nose is kind of fruit sweet and tangy. Little bit of a leafy edge on there too. Flavor is okay. Kind of dirty as opposed to it maybe being earthy. Tangy and sweet, but too tangy. Feel is thicker on liquid. Lower carbonation. This is okay at best I guess. Unbalanced though.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 01:46:46 | More by RblWthACoz
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brew3crew

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-transparent amber with white lacing that disapates quickly
S-somewhat of a cherry smell to it. Don't know that this is what they intended to do or not...
T-kind of like soaked cherry oak chips. Not bad but not what I think it was going for
M-medium bodied and a little sour
D-OK at best. Could do a little better...

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 00:29:20 | More by brew3crew
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TwinButte

South Dakota

3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 02:31:51 | More by TwinButte
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Rusty Red from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
75 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.