Otro Mundo Strong Red Ale | Otro Mundo Brewing Company

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Otro Mundo Strong Red AleOtro Mundo Strong Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Otro Mundo Brewing Company
Argentina
otromundo.com

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 01-28-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
55
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
14.2%
 
 
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of tommy93
5/5  rDev +44.9%

Photo of thespk2011
5/5  rDev +44.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +25.2%
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!

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Photo of jerryjeff
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of richvide0
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is the best beer that can be found on a store-shelf in Argentina. I can only find it at Gallega supermarkets and one restaurant in the pueblo I live in. Even though it may not be the greatest beer in the world, it feel like it to me after having to succumb to Quilmes and all the other crap beer they have here. It got so bad that Quilmes Bock was my go-to beer.

I had read about Otro-Mundo online but didn't see them anywhere. Then one glorious day I saw the strong red ale at the supermarket. Finally, a beer that reminded me of something I would buy at home (Boston).

As far as flavors go, I don't taste raisin, butterscotch, pear, crushed granite, or all the other crazy flavors I've read here . It has a bold flavor, it's kind of sweet, it has a nice coloring and a nice alcohol content. I like to feel the warmth. It's not very hoppy which I actually appreciate as I think I'm starting to distance myself from the mega-hop wagon. It's around $3 U.S/500 ml. bottle here so I always grab everything they have.

I like the serving size although for some reason the bottles aren't returnable here like Quilmes, Brahma and others (And that's a big thing here. If you don't bring a bottle back when buying another bottle cashiers look at you like you're crazy).

Thank you Otro Mundo!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

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Photo of kamilgracki
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lehueve
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jdhilt
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of sliverX
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
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

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Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here is a very European red ale. It's a very clear amber color, with an off-white head. The aroma is all malt...with a touch of yeast and alcohol. Slight toast, biscuit...very sweet...almost a honey-like scent. The taste is similar. Lots of malt, balance to the sweet side with serious malt flavor. Not really roasted, but rather toasted and bread-crust. Firm mouthfeel. Again, very European in it's feel.

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Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a dark caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, alcohol. Taste is malty, caramel, slightly sweet, a hint of alcohol, some molasses.. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, beautiful dark tangerine-peach with a 2 finger creamy white head. Visible carbonation was soft, almost non-apparent.

S: The nose was very perfumy, with a sweet fruitiness (melons) and caramel apples.

T: The flavor was sweet and very fruity (apples) with some fruitcake and honeydew flavors combining with a sweet caramel malt lacing coating the tongue. Sweet caramel malt, fresh fruit, and a dry lacing disguise the 7.5%abv.very nicely.

M: The mouthful was light and creamy, sliding off the tongue effortlessly on the swallow. Carbonation was very soft, almost non detect in the mouthful.

D: Really nice drink, very fruity with a rich caramel sweetness which may limit multiples but nice in moderation. A decent surprise from argentina.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of sophisticated
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A malty and slightly hoppy aroma. Nothing particularly special.

T: Tasted of malt, caramel, and light hops up front. Pretty watery in the finish. Not necessarily a bad flavor, but it's too frontloaded with all its ingredients.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a terrible beer, but certainly a forgettable one.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.52/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Expecting another pale lager, pleasantly surprised to find this interesting brew. Tangy, winelike flavor from a hazy copper-orange body. Light taste lingers on the palate. Malty brew is very satisfying...

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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