Rusty Red - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 18.48%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.74/5  rDev -47.3%
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 emerge077
3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
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 TMoney2591
2.92/5  rDev -11.5%
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 RblWthACoz
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of jwc215
2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
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 Duff27
2.99/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
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 drpimento
2.1/5  rDev -36.4%
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 cokes
1.29/5  rDev -60.9%
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 TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy reddish amber color with off-white head. Caramel malts, bread, and biscuit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more malt, good red ale.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.56/5  rDev -22.4%
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 morimech
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
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 atone315
4.13/5  rDev +25.2%
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 mfnmbvp
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
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 gatornation
2.97/5  rDev -10%
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 WastingFreetime
3.84/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep garnet in color with a simple foam collar, no lacing. Nice creamy and smooth medium-bodied texture, perhaps just slightly undercarbonated for the thickness. Aroma contains a smoked peat presence on top of a nice blend of caramel and toffee maltiness, tastes of the same malty blend and a somewhat lighter smokey element than the nose hinted at. Also, the finish of the sip contains a certain dry nuttiness. I really like this one. Although, IMHO, it presents itself as more of a Scotch Ale at times than the Red Ale it claims to be.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
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 htomsirveaux
2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
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 cdkrenz
2.38/5  rDev -27.9%
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 Strix
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
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 brew3crew
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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...

Photo of dstc
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
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 kkleu357
2.23/5  rDev -32.4%
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 AwYeh
1.56/5  rDev -52.7%
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 104 ratings.