Red Mo Ale
Otto's Pub and Brewery

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #376
Ranked #36,116
3.68 | pDev: 11.96%
Otto's Pub and Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Red Mo AleRed Mo Ale
Notes: American red ale. Very malty and crisp. It has all the fun without the AMD (Acid Mine Drainage)! Brewed with Nugget hops for the bittering and late hopped with Liberty.
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 129
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Otto's Pub and Brewery "Red Mo"
22 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without freshness dating
$2.61 @ Pletcher's Beer Distributor, State College, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: American red ale. No alcohol content listed on the label, let's see what their website says... 5.0%. It's clear with a ruby and mahogany colored body beneath a finger-thick head of creamy khaki colored foam. The aroma is limited but reveals some lightly toasty and caramelish malt with a touch of yeasty fruitiness and some herbal and woody hops. The flavor follows and this is what Otto's does best: it's a simple basic ale that's nicely balanced, not overdone or underdone, and remarkably easy to drink. It's gently caramelish and toasty - they're really well infused - and just lightly fruity to the point that I can't really even make it out, I'd say apple and soft berry, and supported by a lightly spicy, herbal, and grassy hoppiness and firm bitterness. It's really well rounded and balanced, and at the same time I'm going to guess it's not really well rated because it's not bigger and brighter. But could it be bigger and brighter? Well yes, but that doesn't mean it's not good as it is. It's pretty much right on for an American Amber and this would be generally what I'd expect except that it's so nicely balanced and rounded and polished. Really nicely done. Semi-dry in the finish but not at all sweet or cloying. Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation that leaves it delicately bristling and then gently smooth across the palate.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is amber, head is big, at least 1.5 inch thick, light tan in color.

Smell is fruity, light toast, hints of caramel.

Taste is blend of fruity hops, fruity fermentation notes and lingering caramel.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, light bitterness, light sweetness.

Overall, a good amber ale, a little different in the flavor profile, but good fermentation leads to a dryer amber than many.

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Photo of hopflyer
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap

brownish red color, one finger head. Taste is somewhat "blank". Lacking much flavor but there is some sweetness and a little blend of bitterness. Somewhat watery and thin with average carb. easy to drink but very little in the flavor dept.

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Photo of ajm5108
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty run-of-the-mill amber lager - a little bit of toasted biscuit malt, amber malt, very little hop presence to add that little extra dimension....

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Wortman1998
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Westline Inn, Westline PA.

Nice middle of the road sessionable red.

Thin white head of foam settles on top from a well poured tap. Beer color is a nice light red in color, very clear.

Malty, sweetish and caramelly, but still a good crispness to it that makes it not overbearing. Enjoyable, as I said, as a session beer.

Mouthfeel, I guess, maybe a little thin, but not so much so to make it too"light".

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Wegman's, enjoyed chilled in a pub style glass.

The color is deep amber with moderate haze hinting that it is unfiltered with thin off white cap with fine bead some wavy lace sticks. The smell has a moderately high amount of malt in the aroma, but generally low in yeast or hop esters with slight toasted grain scent. The feel is decent with moderate carbonation and slight creamy texture resulty up front with more dry maltiness in the middle and light bready texture with mild bitterness in the finish.

The flavor is good with mild toasted grain and light yeast elements in the initial taste. The flavor has nutty malt elements with gentle fruitiness in the yeast flavor. There is a subtle hop taste but not enough to really garner a descriptor other than bitter toward the end. Overall this is a standard red in the American Amber realm, pretty drinkable but just about average in every way - nothing really sets it apart in my opinion.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at brew pub.

Appearance - Pours a light red color with a nice slighly off white head.

Smell - Sweet carmel and malts meet the nose. Rather sweet with a slight bit of roasted notes and hop at the end.

Taste - Not as sweet as I would have expected. Was meet with some carmel sweetness (just not as much as would be expected). mainly hit with some roasted and bready malt flavor with a slight amount of bitter hop at the end.

Mouthfeel - A decent body with a nice level of carbonation. Nice smooth easy drinking.

Overall - A slightly above average beer. In my opinion not the best of Otto's , but quite good none the less.

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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.

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Photo of Scourge07
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep Red with a brownish hue with about a finger of head.

S: Hoppy scent coupled with sweet roasted malts and a slight fruity quality

T: Very apparent, yet not overpowering hop flavor all the way through. It was sweeter than I expected. Also has a slight fruit flavor in the middle that resembles fruity pebbles. Very pleasant taste overall!

M: Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Slight dryness to it.

O: Overall, a very pleasant ale to drink. Quite sessionable as well. Otto's is actually right across town from where I live, and I finally got around to trying one of their ales. I'm looking forward to checking out the rest of their lineup.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of CoolJosh poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear copper with a medium-sized creamy beige head that recedes very slowly to a thin collar leaving some spotty lacing.

The aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, fruit and some toasted bread. The fruit comes in the form of red apples and there are some earthy hops that come though faintly in the nose.

The taste is more of the same - very well balanced with light, sweet caramel and toasted biscuity malts forming a backbone for some light fruity accents and a bit of earthy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is extremely creamy with plenty of carbonation and a semi-sweet finish that sticks on the tongue after each sip.

This is an excellent example of an amber and pretty much textbook for the style. That said, there's nothing especially interesting about this beer - it's just a really solid, drinkable amber.

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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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the ever-kind, excellent-guy beerisheaven for throwing this into a late fall trade. It has been taking up fridge space ever since. Time to free up that space.

Anyone else hate Earthlink? Just curious.

Anyways, the beer. It's red. Very frothy, came bubbling up out of the bottle after popping the top, I'm glad it was cold or I might have made a Mo Mess. Not much to the nose, a light malty odor with the requisite sweetness.

Taste is straight-up amber ale, with a healthy dose of malt. Easy enough on the tongue, easy down. Not much too it, but I'll happily keep drinking this one.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Otto's on 1/3/09.

A - Poured a clear medium amber body with ruby hues and thin off-white head that quickly receded into a patchy film and spotty lace.

S - Subtle nose with caramel malt and light tea-like hops. Not much going on with the aroma, even after it warmed up a bit.

T - This red ale displays a bit of leafy, earthy hops to add a dash of bitterness to an otherwise malt-forward offering with quite a lot of caramel and toffee flavor.

M - Medium body with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation resulting in a little bit of prickle on the tongue. Finishes with an inkling of bitterness on the palate.

D - This red ale is definitely on the malty end of the spectrum. While it goes down easy, I found it to be a bit plain and boring overall. This could benefit by a beefed up hop profile to counter all of the malt flavor.

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Photo of trbergman
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a ruby copper color with one finger of light tan head that falls to a thin lace.

S - Bready, toast, toffee, red delicious apple, earthy hop aroma.

T - Biscuity malt and fruit esters up front; earthy and spicy hop bitterness dominate the middle of the palate. The short-lived finish is sweet and malty. Sweetness is more fully expressed as the beer warms, although it's never cloying.

M - Soft and light-bodied.

D - Tasty and enjoyable, this beer really grew on me as I sipped. It's not a beer to hit you over the head, but a solid brew nevertheless.

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