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Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale | Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine AleChristian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale
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Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine AleChristian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale

Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 05-05-2007

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The pour produced a beautiful dark amber body with a creamy, sticky head. Loads of caramel with a kind of earthiness greets the nose. Soft caramel with an almost peppermint-like character make up the bulk of the flavor components with a bit of spicy hop bitterness teasing the palate at the finish. Medium body, smooth and silky feel.

A very interesting, slightly different APA to me. Big malt quality with a unique, spicy undertone (something with the hops?). Hey, it's always nice to find something tasty, easily drinkable, and somewhat unique in flavor to tickle the ol' beer taste buds...

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

This locally-renowned ale pours a rich copper/amber color with a tightly-knit head of white bubbles. The head sticks around for a while and leaves admirable rings of lacing down the glass. Steady carbonation rises from the bottom. This is a very sturdy-looking beer.

Those expecting a Sierra Nevada-style APA may need to look elsewhere, however. The smell of this boasts many floral and herbal notes, as opposed to the usual citric smells associated with this style. There is some piney astringency hanging in the back, balanced by some firm malt foundation comprised of caramel and lightly toasted grains. Some herbal tea-like notes emerge in the nose as the beer warms. I would say that as far as hop PRESENCE goes, this matches the style, but it simply comes down to the fact that the hop PROFILE is different than what most would expect for an APA.

A steely, but not unpleasant, malty flavor hits the front of the tongue; I'm reminded of fresh-baked bread and toffee. All of the hop flavors mentioned above emerge mid-palate. Some fresh floral burst erupts, followed by a slight resinous and earthy bitterness, which lingers into the finish. The finish is a tad harsh and medicinal, but overall, this beer maintains a fair balance. Some of the signature American citrus notes of grapefruit do emerge on the finish as the beer warms.

This beer has a smooth body with little fizz from the carbonation. It has some lingering earthy bitterness on the finish with a crisp and refreshing finish.

While definitely off the beaten path for an American pale ale, I still think this is good; Moerlein tends to take more of the European route with many of the beers, so the flavor profile of this wasn't a total surprise. (Truth be told, I was expecting more of an English style pale ale anyway.) It's slightly miscategorized as an American pale ale in taste profile, but nonetheless, this is an enjoyable and sessionable beer.

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Appearance - Pours a bright amber/copper color with an inch thick, creamy white head. Dissipates quickly and leaves spotted lacing.

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Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

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A- Off red with a small bit of head
S- fruit, and spicy
T- Fruit and malt, BItter and sweetness.
M- Full body that has a spice feel that lingers on the tongue, but finishes smooth
O- A good brew. For a pale ale it has some interesting taste characters. It will sneak up on you.

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On-tap at Moerlein Lager House, Cincinnati, OH

A: The beer is hazy reddish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that left a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The nose has aromas of fruity yeast and earthy hops.
T: The taste is quite malty and has flavors of fruity yeast and earthy hops along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this is a very malt-forward pale ale, it is nicely balanced by the hops and quite flavorful for the style.

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Christian Moerlein Over-The-Rhine Ale from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 326 ratings
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