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Rusty Red - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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BA SCORE
75
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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 19.38%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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 BuckeyeNation
1.7/5  rDev -47.7%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

TMoney2591, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
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...

emerge077, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of jwc215
2.76/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

jwc215, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Gonzoillini, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
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

dirtylou, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +24%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of Duff27
3/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Duff27, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +23.1%

enelson, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of drpimento
2.03/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

drpimento, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of cokes
1.25/5  rDev -61.5%
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.

cokes, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of whartontallboy
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

whartontallboy, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of KarlHungus
2.55/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

KarlHungus, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

morimech, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of hollywood_15063
3.25/5  rDev 0%

hollywood_15063, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of gatornation
3/5  rDev -7.7%
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

gatornation, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Zachtheporter
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Zachtheporter, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
3/5  rDev -7.7%

ummswimmin, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

thinwhiteduke, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of jschott75
3/5  rDev -7.7%

jschott75, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of Localdrinklax
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Localdrinklax, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Kunstman
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Kunstman, May 25, 2012
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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

mfnmbvp, Apr 17, 2014
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Rusty Red from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
75 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.