Red Mo Ale - Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Red Mo AleRed Mo Ale

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 0
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Otto's Pub and Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ChicoraBoy on 01-10-2003

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Ratings: 115 | Reviews: 37
Reviews by Stinkypuss:
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear light amber color with a chill haze. White head forms and leaves plenty of lace. The aroma is full of caramel malts and stewed, herbal hops with a small floral note. In the taste, a well balanced brew between caramel and toasty malt notes and a firm hoppy bitterness that is floral and piney, slightly earthy at that. Bread and biscuit notes from the malt with perhaps a faint toffee flavor. Bittersweet, pretty standard red ale but also quite clean. Medium bodied feel with a light sting of carbonation, which is ample. Overall, an approachable red ale that is a welcome addition to my fridge.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: light red in color, 1/3 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: light toasted malt, caramel, light wood

Taste: sweet caramel, light woody flavor. toasted malt

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweet start with a slightly bitter end

Overall: An above average nice and sweet beer. Nothing mind blowing, but very well executed. I would pick this up again.

Photo of dacrza1
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ANOTHER prize for my fantasy excellence courtesy of Ryan...22 oz. bottle... dark brown body with oddly carbonated head...head is white and thin and flattens quickly...hops flourish early, bright and sprucey...medium-to-full bodied and effervescent--strong around the tongue and vibrant, almost demanding...a crisp, malty presence--no frills, full-on balance of the bitter and the sweet...Otto's continues to deliver, after having my school twained by the Jolly Roger and my tongue singed by the Double D...a memorable and enjoyable way to welcome March--like the month, lion and lamb in one...rating would be higher if the opening and closing experiences matched

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Otto's- Red Mo Ale

On tap at Capone's- Norristown, PA

A- deep burgandy red with a thick foamy heavy lacing head.
S- Sweet candi sugar caramel malt.
T- Sweet cherry licorice/ cramel malt. Toasty grains slightly appear in the end.
M- Sweet malt up front and center with a creamy sweet dry finish.

Overall- Very tasty, light, & sessionable. My first from Otto's and quite good!

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bought at the brewpub. Pours a good creamy caramel coloured head on a beige body. Appropriate carbonation. C-type hop smell dominates, its Liberty and Northern. Easy drinking, its a good balance with a respectable hop presence and a bit of toasted malt.

Photo of tdm168
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - amber with a thin, off white head that has good retention

S - toasted malts, some faint caramel, fruity aroma

T - toasted malt, fruit, apple, caramel, mild bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth crisp

This is a nice though simple amber ale. The toasted malt seems to be the most dominant flavor with some esters added for good measure. The isn't much of a hop presence save for a slight, balanced, bitter finish. Overall, this is a nice, simple, refreshing amber ale that is easily sessionable.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub - Oct 2, 2007. Aroma is a piquant, rich sweet grain, light honey, browned toasted and almond liqueur. Gentle, nuanced and suave. Pours a deep mahogany amber, ruddied in florid delight. Rim of clay-colored head. Flavor is a rich, delicate malt, dappled with toothy grains, fresh bread, savory herbs and a full bouquet of ranging tree boughs. Hops seem to back up and look inwardly at this beer, great balance especially considering the really dry, beautifully attenuated finish with delectable freshness and tingling mineral qualities. Yeast settles into the beer and gives an undertone of elegance. All around nice. One of those expertly crafted recipes, brewed to perfection and exhibiting all its glory in a style that’s so unoriginal that good work really stands out.

Photo of tone77
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some caramel, a bit of an unusual, mustiness. Taste is hoppy, bitter, some grains, none of the caramel in the smell. Kind of mild, dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an ok beer, but nothing special.

Photo of akorsak
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint glass served from a firkin on Firkin Friday.

A: The ale has a dark amber brown color, touched by hints of red copper. The hand pump gave the ale a nice thick head that clung precariously to the glass as it was consumed.

S: The nose is full of caramel and bready biscuit notes. The firken has managed to strengthen and concentrate the malt profile while pulling a little more bitterness out of the hops.

T: The amber ale has taken on a new life here. The maltiness is significantly increased, tinged with what could almost be a ringwood flavor. The decreased carbonation cuts down on the clean mouthfeel but does allow the malts to sit longer on the palate. The hop bitterness has not disappeared but it does take a while to fully come through. By the third or so sip, the bitterness is evident beneath the malts.

M: The mouthfeel is relaxed with a strong focus on the malt side. The firkin has done wonders for the taste.

D: In my review of the bottle (see below), I noted that this would be good on cask. My prescience was correct, this is a great session ale that does much better when served alive.

Photo of malthead
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color and big head, but it dies kinda quickly. Clean smell, bready, maybe a little Saaz hops... Taste is slightly sweet, caramel, a little like apple juice, but with a dry finish. A hint of bitter lemon on the finish. Very drinkable - smooth mouthfeel, carbonation keeps it interesting.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 1-13-11
Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub.

A - Medium amber colour with one finger of white head.

S - Toffee, caramel. Slight bitterness.

T - Sweet with a slight hop bite. Caramel and toffee are the predominant flavours.

M - Light body. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a challenge lately to get through anything new, but I decided to let my family have a crack at a few things this weekend and pulled a sample off of each. Part of the " Random BBQ Event" at my in laws on 07/19/2009.
Appearance - Nice light brown, reddish tinted and quite nice looking. Small head of tan comes up quick but it never really did fade away. Quite nice I have to say with a good lacing profile.
Smell - Lots of malt here, but it was a bit light overall. Bready, caramel and a light herbal note came together well but I had to hunt for it. If it could have been a little bit stronger it would have been great.
Taste - Nice even flavor. Lots of caramel and bready malts up front that slowly fades and come up with a nice touch of light piney hops in the finish. Nothing really out of bounds here and the overall profile was pretty tight, it just did not blow me away.
Feel - Night medium body, great carbonation left it never flat and the overall coating of the tongue was very well placed.
Drinkability - Easily drinkable if not session able there was nothing holding me back from enjoying a few more glasses for sure.
Overall - Very solid, not the best but I have a hard time not saying it was good. I would give it another go round without much hesitation.

Photo of ChicoraBoy
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is fruity with a bit of apple and a bit of herbal essence (lavender?). Some maltiness. A caramel red-brown beer, clear - with off-white thick lacing foamy head. Medium carbonation with a medium watery body. Has a mild sweetness to start with a nice balance of bitterness. Fruity character with a mild nutty finish. Very tasty and clean. Overall has nice balance of hops/malts with clean crisp bitterness though could be a bit smoother.

Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Capones for buying me this pint...
Appears a red toned amber with a small, off white head that slowly fades out into a mild cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Lively CO2 rises to the top.
Smell is of caramel, marzapan, toffee, toasted nuts, and citrusy hops.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a nice blend of the sugary caramel, and citrusy notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a decent presence of CO2, and nice balance between sugar and bitterness.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A nice amber brown, clear in color with a half inch of opaque colored head. Lacing is excellent.

S - Not very hopped but works, mostly caramel, biscuit and toasted malts.

T - Actually quite nice the sweetness and level of hops match well leaving a caramel like taste on the palate then the biscuit malts kick in preventing it from being too sweet. Almond in the finish as well.

M - Light to medium easy drinking.

Overall a very tasty Red ale and gives me faith in this brewery to produce good beers. Good thing since I have a pale ale and a DIPA from them.

Photo of Phatz
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was actually surprisingly good. Very well done Otto's!

Appearance: Served an amber read color in a pint glass.

Smell: Hoppy amber caramel aroma, with hints of fruitiness and bitterness.

Taste: This beer was similar to how I remembered St. Rogue Red with sweet malts through the center, and crisp edges with a bitter hop kick.

Mouthfeel: The medium body it thin-ish but zippy enough to feel bigger than the body would suggest.

Drinkability: This is a very easy sessionable beer!

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of uno99
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with BB date.

Served at 55 Degrees into a Stella Artois glass.

A: Pours a deep blood red with brown accents. Transparent almost all the way through the glass. Crisp white head. average retention and a little lacing here and there.

S: Caramel up front. Roasty, barley accents.

T: Quite sweet. some fruity esters mid swallow and a nice biting hop finish. Lingering finish has some macro lager like qualities. Other than that very tasty and easy to drink.

M: thin to medium bodied, smooth carbonation. fairly dry.

Overall an exceedingly drinkable red ale, very enjoyable.

Photo of Voonder
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jac5084 for this one!
Pours deep copper red color with a small head. Smell - nice hops-malts compination with cops dominating. Caramel an nutty flavors are also there. Tatse - hoppy bitterness and malty sweetnes, great, hops are still in the top, but it's ballanced very well. Good carbonation, crispy, smooth, really good stuff. Drinkability - good.
Great beer overall, i would love too try it on-tap.

Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.

From the bottle: "On Draught[;]In Bottles".

Lots of carbonation in this one! I had barely begun any type of pour when foam filled my entire glass. I allowed it to settle a bit before pouring any more. This finally resulted in just over two fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep-copper (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was filled with grapefruit-like citrus hops and now my mouth was beginning to water. Mouthfeel was medium, but with a definite effervescence on the tongue. The taste was citrusy, but not overly so. I was not going to mistake this for an APA or an AIPA, but at the same time, it did not exhibit the cloying sweetness that used to be a trademark of the style. The bitterness was reserved to the point that it was pleasant and also allowed the caramel malt a chance to be discerned. Finish was semi-sweet, kind of malty, but in an unobtrusive way. I would not want a steady diet of this, but it was okay as a break in the AIPA onslaught.

Photo of mikeg67
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle. Pours amber with short lived white head and soda-like carbonation. Aroma is of noble hops, caramel malt and cherry. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is very balanced and similar to aroma. Finish is long and spicy. Tasty, nicely balanced red.

Photo of Morey
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An appetizing looking brew. Nice bubble-filled cream head that settles to a thin lace after a few minutes or so. Nice reddish-orange hue when held up to the light.

Nice balance of hops and malts in the aroma, as well as a light fruity smell.

Taste is unique. Carbonation is really sharp and bitey up front, but it fades quickly allowing the other hop and malty flavors to come forth.

Mouthfeel is a little over-carbonated. Perhaps a little too thin as well.

I'll easily finish this bomber (as far as drinkability goes), but I'll be ready to move on after that.

Morey's Bottom Line: A decent red ale. Nothing bad about it, but nothing excellent either. A little too thin and a bit over the top with the carbonation. I expected more after trying the Double D and Old Fuggit Barleywine.

Photo of nhindian
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Red Lobster Perfect Pint.

A - True to the style name, it pours a nice amber color. It looks especially nice in the Perfect Pint glass, as the thinner bottom makes it look more orange, while the thicker top brings out a deep red. It's pretty clear, and you can see noticeable streams of carbonation. A fluffy, 2-finger head sits on top and lasts for a while. Lacing consists of thick foam and covers about half the glass.

S - Smell is very malty, and has a real big caramel note to it. The back-end is pretty balanced, and throughout you get some nice fruit and breadiness to it as well. It's pretty basic, but inoffensive.

T - As in the nose, the beginning of the taste has a big bread note to it, and is somewhat dry. The caramel and toffee come across again as well in a big way. About midway through, I'm getting a real big fruit note that's exceptionally strong for the style, and is almost bordering on the way a dubbel would come across, even to the point of having some alcohol come through? It's pretty interesting but at the same time a little distracting. The hops do nicely to balance the flavor but they don't impose much.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. As the taste comes across, it is fairly dry and crisp, which I feel goes nicely with the flavors. Finish is moderate and has some residual fruit flavor to it.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. The flavors are pleasant and don't push the envelope much, but the big fruit influence adds a nice tweak to the style. With this beer, I have reviewed all of Otto's bottled offerings, and the one thing I can say about the brewery is that they brew solid, to-the-style beers. They aren't going to redefine genres, but they are good for providing tasty beers at an acceptable price point.

Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Reddish-brown with a medium tan head. Reduced to leave some lacing.

S-Sweet malt and caramel with a bit of breadiness.

T-Plenty of malt but not so much as to make this a malt bomb. The hop bite does come thru towards the end and is then washed away by a bit of sweetness. Not a beer up my alley but it certainly does not offend this hop head.

M-Medium-full body.Very smooth and luscious. A nice malty creaminess that is simply delightful.

D: This is a session beer for sure. For a malty beer I really like this. I NEVER order this on tap at the brewpub so to sit and enjoy this growler really brings this beer in to a new light for me.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid roasted and crystal malt scent along with a moderate hop nose. It's dry with just the right amount of caramel sweetness. The taste is good as well. It has a bitter hop bite up front that's followed with a roasted malt and caramelly finish. It's dry and quite complex. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's smooth and flavorful with lots of malt character.

Photo of cichief
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Otto's Pub and Brewery, State College, PA.

A- Pours a deep red amber color, appears a little thin though, with a thin off-white head.

S- Smells malty sweet, very little hops in the nose.

T- Rather sweet, a dryish finish, not as flavorful as I had hoped.

M- Thin to medium on the tongue, and very carbonated.

D- Not really my style, but a decent drink all the same.

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Red Mo Ale from Otto's Pub and Brewery
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