Rusty Red | O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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Rusty RedRusty Red

Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
28 IBU

Added by DaPeculierDane on 05-23-2008

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Photo of kickapoodude
4.17/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is one of my favorites by O'so. The use of Carmel malts is very pronounced, so if you like that deep and semi sweet caramelly cherry taste, you will dig this beer. It tastes like no other red I have ever had, which illustrates the inventiveness of this brand new brewery.

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Photo of atone315
4.13/5  rDev +30.3%
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.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.04/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear amber red pour, with a fizzy off white head.

Caramel, malty, nice nose with round grassiness like a good Irish red. Not a sign of hops.

This is my style of red, soft, and flavorful, with a a good bready, grassy malt with a balanced finish. Very easy to drink, I'm thinking it's very sessionable, with abv below 5% for sure. Good food accompaniment. Very well done if you like this style. I can think of a few others I've had, Central Waters version comes to mind, but if you can find this worth laying down a 6er for the weekend.

Good heavyness, again round and full. Not overdone. Very drinkable, a session beer for sure, better than I would have expected from the look.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

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Photo of Strix
3.95/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.92/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured a ruby-orange-amber w/1 finger off-white head that faded into a thin, spotty cap that lingered.
S-Apple, sour cherry, malt, light nuts (bitter almond and walnut), caramel.
T-Slightly sweet caramel malt w/apple, sour cherry, and a pleasant nuttiness. The finish is of slightly bitter pine resin. All in all, a nice marriage of flavors.
M-Lighter-bodied with restrained carbonation, but the flavors are well-balanced and harmonious.
D-Good...I'm not big on the sour cherry, but it's easy to drink, enjoyable, and definitely sessionable.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.84/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.78/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of billyzoom666
3.76/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a brownish color that when held to light allows me to see my fingers through it. Really nice lacing, with a non existent head on a slow pour. Not much smell here, a little bit of earthy feel to it. Wow, yet another creamy beer from O'so, the feel of the beer that comes from this brewery is consistently great. Great sweet beer taste here. This is the kind of beer I'd like to have with a meal pairing. This is a great amber and you could drink a bunch of these. This won't win any awards, but it's a good fish fry friday beer and that goes a long way with me.

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Photo of Chipdugan
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed Sunday brunch at Blue's Egg in Milwaukee. Had this after the meal. Absolutely hit the spot after a burger: moderate malt, good bubbles, hints of brine, neutral overall, not a centerpiece, but a complement.

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Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev +17.4%
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...

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Photo of dstc
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.54/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange color with a thick, creamy looking, off-white head that stuck around for a while.

Smell: Sweet caramel, roasted malts and alcohol.

Taste: Caramel and malts. The warmer the beer got the more pronounced the caramel became and the less sweet it was. Very interesting flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. A little on the sweet side for how I like my reds, but would definitely drink again.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Photo of 312HopBomb
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Decent head falls quicly with no lacing. Clear reddish brown color.

Slight aroma of red malt.

Taste is a typical red of above average quality. Nice malty easy drinking brew.

Mouthfeel is slick with below average carbonation.

O'so is new to me but good to check out a new brewery.

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Photo of TwinButte
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't expecting much from this brew after reading the reviews but this is a pretty good offering.

Had a ton of head when poured into my tulip but left no lacing. Has a nutty carmel aroma that is pleasant. Tastes almost like a Belgian of some sort. Very little hop taste. Very creamy in my mouth, even better as it warmed up. Strongly recommend to let it warm up.

Very nice brew.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.33/5  rDev +5%
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...

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of boomer31
3.19/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A buddy bought this and brought it along to a wedding. Finishing off a six pack now.

A - Deep dark red with a white small foam head

S - Roasted malts and a touch of smoke maybe but not much. It almost smells like a scotch ale or wee heavy witht he hint of smoke.

T - Again some roasty malts, maybe some smoke. Tasts like almost like a scotch ale again.

M - Low carbonation and thick mouthfeel. Decent

D - Solid. It doesn't seem too high ABV so I could have a few.

Overall a surprisingly decent brew. Maybe a bit of smoke here which is nice. Not sure it tastes like a red ale but pretty solid.

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Photo of owenwood
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nuclear maltsplosion. A LOT of malt up front, but it goes away really fast on the palate. Pretty average beer, which is a surprise considering the quality of their other offerings.

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Photo of WJVII
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a nice light amber color with a 1/2 finger white head that left faint traces of lacing. The aroma is very faint. Some light malts, sweet caramel and a light nuttiness. The taste is mild with some of the nutty malt up front and a slight sour finish. The carbonation and mouthfeel is a little heavy and I like that. A decent brew to just sit back and have a few, but nothing special here.

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Photo of morimech
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.06/5  rDev -3.5%
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

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Photo of blackearth
3.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a dark reddish brown which looks a bit like apple cider. Thin white head fades to nothing. Aroma of apple cider and toasted cereal. On the lighter end of medium bodied, this beer has flavors of roasted caramel with a sweet finish. No hop bitterness to speak of. Decent drinkability, but nothing too spectacular here.

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