Red Mo Ale | Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Red Mo AleRed Mo Ale

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Otto's Pub and Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ChicoraBoy on 01-10-2003

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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 40
Reviews by nhindian:
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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More User Reviews:
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 nstroup
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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 Putter
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of dacrza1
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ANOTHER prize for my fantasy excellence courtesy of Ryan...22 oz. bottle... dark brown body with oddly carbonated head...head is white and thin and flattens quickly...hops flourish early, bright and sprucey...medium-to-full bodied and effervescent--strong around the tongue and vibrant, almost demanding...a crisp, malty presence--no frills, full-on balance of the bitter and the sweet...Otto's continues to deliver, after having my school twained by the Jolly Roger and my tongue singed by the Double D...a memorable and enjoyable way to welcome March--like the month, lion and lamb in one...rating would be higher if the opening and closing experiences matched

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

Otto's- Red Mo Ale

On tap at Capone's- Norristown, PA

A- deep burgandy red with a thick foamy heavy lacing head.
S- Sweet candi sugar caramel malt.
T- Sweet cherry licorice/ cramel malt. Toasty grains slightly appear in the end.
M- Sweet malt up front and center with a creamy sweet dry finish.

Overall- Very tasty, light, & sessionable. My first from Otto's and quite good!

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bought at the brewpub. Pours a good creamy caramel coloured head on a beige body. Appropriate carbonation. C-type hop smell dominates, its Liberty and Northern. Easy drinking, its a good balance with a respectable hop presence and a bit of toasted malt.

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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 KMcG
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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 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 akorsak
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint glass served from a firkin on Firkin Friday.

A: The ale has a dark amber brown color, touched by hints of red copper. The hand pump gave the ale a nice thick head that clung precariously to the glass as it was consumed.

S: The nose is full of caramel and bready biscuit notes. The firken has managed to strengthen and concentrate the malt profile while pulling a little more bitterness out of the hops.

T: The amber ale has taken on a new life here. The maltiness is significantly increased, tinged with what could almost be a ringwood flavor. The decreased carbonation cuts down on the clean mouthfeel but does allow the malts to sit longer on the palate. The hop bitterness has not disappeared but it does take a while to fully come through. By the third or so sip, the bitterness is evident beneath the malts.

M: The mouthfeel is relaxed with a strong focus on the malt side. The firkin has done wonders for the taste.

D: In my review of the bottle (see below), I noted that this would be good on cask. My prescience was correct, this is a great session ale that does much better when served alive.

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Photo of malthead
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color and big head, but it dies kinda quickly. Clean smell, bready, maybe a little Saaz hops... Taste is slightly sweet, caramel, a little like apple juice, but with a dry finish. A hint of bitter lemon on the finish. Very drinkable - smooth mouthfeel, carbonation keeps it interesting.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of CAD22
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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 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 ryanmcd
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of rlee1390
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ChicoraBoy
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is fruity with a bit of apple and a bit of herbal essence (lavender?). Some maltiness. A caramel red-brown beer, clear - with off-white thick lacing foamy head. Medium carbonation with a medium watery body. Has a mild sweetness to start with a nice balance of bitterness. Fruity character with a mild nutty finish. Very tasty and clean. Overall has nice balance of hops/malts with clean crisp bitterness though could be a bit smoother.

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Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Capones for buying me this pint...
Appears a red toned amber with a small, off white head that slowly fades out into a mild cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Lively CO2 rises to the top.
Smell is of caramel, marzapan, toffee, toasted nuts, and citrusy hops.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a nice blend of the sugary caramel, and citrusy notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a decent presence of CO2, and nice balance between sugar and bitterness.

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Red Mo Ale from Otto's Pub and Brewery
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 127 ratings