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Otro Mundo Strong Red Ale - Otro Mundo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

52 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otro Mundo Brewing Company visit their website
Argentina

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-28-2008

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Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 38
Photo of DoubleJ
3.07/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From the land of tango, it's Otro Mundo Red Ale. I was very surprised to see this at Total Wine, and at a decent price ($5.49 for a 500 ml bottle). On to the beer:

Earth red in color with a semi-creamy head with passable retention and little lace that sticks around. There's a ton of butterscotch in the nose, it exlopes on you like dynamite. Gala apple and a small whiff of booze are among the subtle aromas to the dominant one.

Otro Mundo Red took a page out of the ESB style and multiplied that page tenfold. The ESB's calling card is often a mild diacetyl/butterscotch note, and what we have here is a VERY intense amount of butterscotch. There isn't much in complexity, only a little bit of light esters, otherwise this is a one trick pony. For the first half of the bottle, it worked just fine. But then the buttersctoch becomes nausiating. It's moderately carbonated with a medium and somewhat boozy body.

Too one dimensional for me, and even though I can appreaciate diacetyl, the intensity became overwhelming. It was a fun ride the first 8 ounces, but then I was ready to move on.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1.5" off-white head which disappeared pretty quickly. Looks like a clear glass of tea with just the faintest hint of red, so I'm not sure what makes this a red ale. Smell has malt and caramel. Taste is some of the same but milder and with a little sweetness. The mouthfeel is one of the finer attributes of this because it feels kind of like a lighter-weight tripel. Good beer just not a great beer. Still, it's fun to try something from Argentina.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Otro Mundo Red Ale
Coded: VEN.OCT.11 005:15:07
$5.99/16.9 oz @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Appearance: Clear deep-amber body beneath an inch thick head of creamy bone-white froth. The head retention is good and the lacing is average.

Smell: Quite fruity, but also grassy, mineral-like (crushed granite), and just slightly metallic. It reminds me a little bit of the yeastiness of Whitbread. Fairly complex yeastiness. Piquant, yet pleasant and welcoming.

Taste: The flavor softens the mineral/metallic character found in the nose with a soft layer of doughy malt that's braced by its own darkish-caramel edge. It even suggests burnt sugar. The grassy hops suggested by the nose are still present, but it's really the yeasty fruitiness that commandeers the ship with notes of pear, berries, sweet grape, and apple. Yes, this is a beer driven by the yeast!!! - an ingredient that's been overshadowed lately by brewers who focus more on heavily handed hopping and/or darker and richer, more complex malt bills. It finishes fairly lingering with residual notes of fruit and mineral in a wash of bitterness and grassy hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Fine-bubbled moderate carbonation.

Overall: Although beers like this used to be commonplace, they're now becoming fairly rare. Outside of Briton I'm not sure you'll find anything quite like this. And this is from Argentina? How weird? But OK, I love it!!! It's loaded with flavor and character, and despite the slightly elevated alcohol you could easily have more than one. Well worth seeking out!

Photo of jerryjeff
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma
Nice fruity phenolic character with some banana, possibly hints of toffee

Mouthfeel
Medium to low carbonation, right about where I like, a bit of body here and some residual bitterness and maybe a slight warming but abv is well hidden here to me

Appearance
Light red mahogany, can be easily seen through in an imerial pint glass. Poured to only slight head 1/4" or so and quickly dissipated.

Taste
Slight maltiness to start with some almost fruity like sweetness, but not much. Some bitterness on the finish on the sides of the mouth with a bit of warming.

Drinkability
Rather, even with 7.5% abv this seems to drink very easily.

Overall
I really like this even though I wasn't necessarily expecting to. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor making this a deceptive beer, I'll likely buy again if I'm where it's available.

I agree with CampusCrew below, I was expecting a bit higher review for this beer when I wrote it up before visiting the site.

Photo of Avagadro
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Unlike the name suggests, this brew pours a hazy brownish-red. Lacing is impressive, but head retention could really use some attention.

S: Caramel, honey, and cider are present in the bouquet.

T: Taste is assertive, with heavy emphasis on the malt; caramel, sweet malt, and a touch of cider compose the flavor. It is quite tasty overall, but a touch sweet.

M: Medium body, and good effervescence.

O: A solid brew overall, but it is bordering on cloying. Nonetheless, the caramel and honey are delicious, and the brew is definitely pleasant.

Photo of jsprain1
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a somewhat hazy slightly reddish orange. The one and a half finger head has just a touch of color to it. Retention is good. Little lacing.
S- Earthy, a bit caramelly, just a touch of fruityness.
T- Caramel, a faint roasted character to it. Not a bad flavor, but for an English Strong Ale, it's rather nondescript and just nothing above average.
M- Lighter than it should be for the style. Carbonation is lively and pretty spot on though.
D- Not a terrible beer, but there isn't anything particularly exciting about it, and it's just simply a slightly above average beer for me. Would drink again, but I wouldn't buy it again at its current price.

Photo of kjyost
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated BB Feb 2011. Christmas gift. Thanks love!

A: Pours an orange-red hue with a nice white head that descends to a small ring. Surprisingly, no lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt aromas with a light earthy hop aroma. Nice.

T: Nothing special here. Light sweet malt flavours with a cidery aftertaste.

M: Surprisingly thin beer that finishes dry.

D: Very drinkable for a such a large beer and the style. A surprise I would consider again.

Photo of Minkybut
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nasty cloudy color kinda rust colored. I guess you could say. The beer tasted more like like some kind of juice. It was very sweet also. I poured it down the drain after several hits. I will not buy again.

Photo of Tone
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy, dark maize color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of grain, cider-like aroma, slight metallic, hint of honey, and a hint of wheat. Barely fits the style of a English Strong Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of grain, cider-like flavor, hint of honey, and slight sweet malt. Overall, poor appearance, and lacking in aroma and body.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is rich, malty and yeasty with just a hint of caramel. It pours a clear dark coppery amber, almost mahogany, with a minimal head. Flavor is malty and fruity with caramel and spicy hints, and just a little honey-like sweetness. Texture is smooth and just a little tingly. OK, give the folks in Argentina a decent chance, and they will produce a truly great beer!

Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 16.9 oz bottle (which appears to have some floaties inside. yeast? I don't see anything on the label indicating bottle-conditioning) a hazy, apple juice colored copper with a 1 1/2 finger head that disappears almost instantly. Makes quite a lot of fizzing noise on the pour, but once it settles there are a quite a few bubbles rising in the glass. Aroma is a nice mix of malt, caramel, and apples. 1st sip is a dry apple cider-ish note followed by some apple and caramel sweetness in the middle and on the swallow...with maybe a touch of honey thrown in. Mouthfeel is light, but not watery, with a slight sparkle on the tongue from the carbonation. Drinkability is quite high...I could easily see myself going through these one after another on a football Sunday. The alcohol is so well hidden, it appears to be almost non-existent. Overall, this is a very nice brew! I've never seen or heard of this before, but i'll make sure to pick up more of this on future beer runs!

Photo of CampusCrew
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer in under rated. keep in mind that this is a craft beer from argentina. It's not overly hopped, it's a properly made english red ale.

appearance: pours amber orange verus red. nice head and rentention.

smell: nice caramel smell as expected. no hop detection.

taste: low bitterness, but a nice malty, and caramel dominate, subtle sweet, some apple flavor, nice and hefty beer.

mouthfeel: medium body

drinkability: well done craft beer from an area of the world that we dont see much. Good to see they are getting into the craft kick too. Nice beer and well crafted. Surprised thi sis only a B-, but it's not hoppy and only hoppy beers get rated good here.

Photo of emerge077
2.82/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This bottle has no freshness date, the label just says "Red Ale" and 7.5%. "CRAFT BREWED" in all caps.

Pours with a thin cap of tan foam that quickly fades to nothing, leaving it looking like a reddish tea or cider. Sort of a dull murky copper. Sweet caramel aroma, apple cider, musty at first, sort of resembles an English ale.

Overly sweet, buttery toffee, caramel, honey, cloying fruity apple juicebox. Fairly one dimensional as the carbonation just seems to ebb away, leaving it lifeless. This is pretty ho-hum, glad it was a freebie. Thanks Sebastian!

Photo of philosobeer
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll be honest, I bought this beer because it was a craft beer (I assume) from Argentina. I've heard they have a fantastic craft brew scene that all of us in the north continent never see. I'd like to see it actually in Argentina some day, but I sat down with some Jorge Luis Borges (I assume he would approve of the 'other worldly' name) and drank:

Appearance - Couldn't really get a head on the pour. It's an amber, hazy, and yes, slightly reddish beer.

Smell - The first thing I smell is malt sugar. Always smells a little candied, doesn't it? Grainy, a slight note of hops, I think herbal.

Taste - Sugars are the first thing I get. Funny thing about South American craft beers I've tasted (this and two others, though I have no idea what they were besides not this) is that they taste more english than US styled, except slightly more sweet. I imagine Martin Fierro and a band of outlaws ad get a very small hop taste just for the dryness to balance it out. Not bad, Argentina. Also there is a noticeable ester taste, especially in the finish; I get fruit like pear and apple.

Mouthfeel - A little thick and slick, nice tingling carbonation. The gravity feels a little high and viscous, but still ok.

Drinkability - Good for as high ABV as it is. Not much more I can say with the slightly slick characteristics I get.

Would I drink this again? Yeah, definitely. Would I buy it again? Not anytime soon at this price.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blazing bonfire orange with hints of maraschino cherry red that may be nothing more than an overactive imagination based on the name. A sponge-like orangish ecru crown persists nicely and lays down a bit of sea foam lace.

The nose bears no resemblance to a Strong Red Ale or an English strong ale. It's slightly caramel malty and has an earthy mustiness that should be... let's go with... interesting on the palate. I'm still somewhat curious about how this Argentinian brew will taste, but expectations just took a nose dive.

This Otro Mundo Brewing Company offering is okay, but that's as far as it goes. It tastes like a run-of-the-mill malty red with a slight boost in ABV. It doesn't taste old, but with no date on the label, how would one know?

Specific flavors include caramel-iced cookies, apples, a nonspecific ale yeast fruitiness and a splash of iced tea. No appreciate alcohol in the nose or on the palate is a minor positive, though 7.5% isn't that hard to bury. In the end, this is relatively lackluster beer that was not worth the purchase price (which is lost in the mists of time).

The body/mouthfeel isn't bad with respect to size and smoothness, but it could use more carbonation. Each mouthful just sort of lays there before slipping quietly away. Nope, no excitement here either.

Given the small number of reviews, it looks like Otro Mundo Strong Red Ale isn't available to most of you. Either that or you passed it by for more interesting looking ale. Either way, you aren't missing much.

Photo of kegger22
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Otro Mundo Strong Red Ale was an amber color with a one finger beige head that faded to a collar.

The thing that hit me right off the bat about the aroma was the sweet nectar-like floral scent. Just too darned sweet for me, like sniffing a bottle of cheap perfume.

The taste was also dominated by sweet, but not to it's complete detriment. In addition to the candy cane sugar, there was a buttery flavor and a nutty after taste. A hop presence was not detected.

Mundo Red had a mouth feel that was medium bodied and oily, with little carbonation.

Drinkability was good with no real turn-offs but the smell, and that was tolerable.

Not a bad beer. It stands up pretty well with the other English strong ales I've tried, but I probably won't be looking for it again.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

A "craft brewed" English Strong Ale from Argentina, good to see an adventuresome brewer. Beautiful tight, tiny-bubbled head that leaves a trail of rings on the glass. Mild hazing in the dusty copper color. The aroma is of green apple, husk dust and buttery toffee. Deep smoothness in a creamy medium to full body. There is some sweetness on the tongue to begin with, but the malt character more or less lands dry. Green apple, apple skin, touch of buttery diacetyl and a kiss of biscuity, husky malt flavor. Hops come in with a citric bitterness and finish with a woody herbal flavor. Quick fume of alcohol on the breath, clean esters for the most part. Dry in the end.

A decent brew, pretty drinkable for 7.5 percent ABV. It's balanced with lots of ale flavors to stumble upon.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.62/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dull golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, fruit, honey, some alcohol and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is sweet with flavors of caramel, honey and fruit followed by a mild hops presence. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a mild sting of alcohol and not much balance. The after taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, this beer seems like a maltier and stronger version of their Golden Ale and overall just isn't very good.

Photo of sophisticated
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this for 1.99 for a pint bottle. It seemed to be on clearance and I have never had a beer from Argentina, so why not.

I was overall very pleased. It poured a clear bright amber with 3 or so fingers of fluffy head and decent retention. It smelled and tasted malty, heavy on the maple/caramel, and light fruits (apples and pears). It was medium and slightly creamy feeling. Good drinkability with 7.5% ABV, but a little too sweet. Still I was pleasantly surprised by this decent beverage.

Photo of nick76
2.82/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is sweet like malt syrup and herbal hops. The appearance is amber gold with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma. Its like cereal with maple syrup on it. The palate is average for the style. This has to be one of those beers that could use some help because I get the feeling it has potential.

Photo of sliverX
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poored a cider like brown with a thick white head that dissipated to nothing in a few minutes
smells apple like with a mostly alcohol bite
tastes very sweet almost candy like, apple present along with some malts
slightly thin feeling in the mouth
With the sweetness and not heavy feeling after drinking, this beer goes down way to easily for being 7.5% abv

Photo of jdhilt
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a little lace. Clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is sweet malty with hints of molasses, unusual red. $4.45 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Theoretically a very cool beer: craft-brewed in Argentina in the style of an English red/strong ale, in a bottle/label that even looks English. But is it good?

Pour produces a very white head of modest size and a plethora of bubbles attempting to keep it alive. Color is more copper/pale-orange than red, though this is indeed their "red ale". Hmm.

Aroma is apple, Fruit Stripe gum, pear/peach, sweet candy-ish malt, with that musty biscuit/yeast thing that makes it smell very English indeed.

Flavor-wise this is again on the mark. Any half-experienced beerthusiast would recognize this as an English ale. It's very fruity, carrying a thick apple flavor as the main thread, while other fruits (especially cherry) and syrupy malts balance between sweetness and a more robust breadiness/graininess. The sweetness wins out but is never cloying.

Feels alternately thick and bubbly. With the sweet flavor and the zippy carbonation, it feels a little too much like a soda. I would almost believe it was made with high fructose corn syrup.

Despite minor criticisms, this is interesting, flavorful and refreshing. I wouldn't die if I never had it again, but I'm glad I took the chance.

Photo of jwc215
2.96/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back from his trip to South America.

Pours brownish orange with a thin white lasting head.

The smell is of caramel and rock candy. Some roasty notes. There is something mixed in the aroma that reminds me of cheap scotch.

The taste is of caramel and candy sweetness - grainy malt - a bit boozy. The image of cheap scotch continues. Buttery diacetyl is there, but mild enough. There is a vague sour fruitiness as it progresses. Sweet, caramelish finish.

The feel is thinnish with mild carbonation.

Imbalanced - too sweet for me.

Photo of oberon
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Something new I am pretty sure I had any Argentininan wares before last night,this big red al poured into a standard pint glass a lighter copper color more than red with a very thin wispy head.Light aromas a bit of toasty grain and caramel not much hop presence here just light malt aromas.A near watery mouthfeel kinda killed this beer not giving any chance of big malty flavors to come thru,mildy sweet with caramel notes as well as some firm toasty notes but its quite blazee.I tried it wont go back to it and likely wont try the gold.

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Otro Mundo Strong Red Ale from Otro Mundo Brewing Company
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