Rusty Red | O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
28 IBU

Added by DaPeculierDane on 05-23-2008

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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of boomer31
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
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 CaptainIPA
2.31/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap @ Comet Cafe.

Pours a rusty garnet color with a moderate head that results in some attractive lacing throughout the session.

Virtually undetectable nose: If anything, faint notes of caramel and roasted malt.

Um...taste? Well, I sincerely wish it had some. Besides a suggestion of roasted malt and very subtle hint of caramel, this ale has absolutely no character. If you were introduced to this beer at a party, you'd find an excuse to get out of the conversation and make a break for it. Truly uninspired stuff.

Drinkable? Sure, I suppose it's smooth and poundable, but there are too many rewarding American Ambers out there to fritter your time away with the likes of Rusty Red. Not recommended.

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Photo of Strix
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
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 WJVII
3.15/5  rDev -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 billyzoom666
3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
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 dstc
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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 emerge077
3.72/5  rDev +11%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
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 robbyc1
4.04/5  rDev +20.6%
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 RblWthACoz
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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 BuckeyeNation
1.74/5  rDev -48.1%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.56/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of blackearth
3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Photo of cokes
1.29/5  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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
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 nsmartell
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
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 abents
2.53/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours out redish brown with thin tan head thats gone pretty quickly. Smells like sweet caramel malt and a light fruitiness. Has a nice caramel malt start followed by a cherry? tang to it. Weird. This is weird. Really light bodied a tinge of carbonation. Kind of a sour off taste to it. I dunno. It's like drinking carmamel covered cherries. Leaves just an off bitter sour aftertaste that doesn't bode well for the beer. Wow, hard to drink this whole bottle. eesh.

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.38/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks Krista.

A - Minimal pale tan head standing only at a quarter inch. It fades fast to reveal a heavy brown body minimal carbonation.

S - Chocolate covered cherries and strawberries but sublte with an accent of malt.

T - English hop flavor but not a smooth taste. It has a strange flavor that hits the back of my throat and almost makes me cringe a bit. Almost as if its gone bad.

M - Watery start with a slightly coarse finish.

~ I'm not a big fan here mainly because of the taste. While is is somewhat unique it is very difficult for me to finish.

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Photo of kickapoodude
4.17/5  rDev +24.5%
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 BoitSansSoif
3.92/5  rDev +17%
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 ibashmuck
2.38/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured zero head on a dark caramel body. Smelled strongly of wine, floral, and very sweet. Taste was along the same lines, with touches of caramel and coffee. The wine taste, kind of a rotting apple, really overpowered everything else, and although a fairly smooth beer to drink, it was too much like a wine for me.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
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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Rusty Red from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 122 ratings