The Big O - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Florida9:
3.21/5 rDev -2.1%
A: Light yellow in color. Hazy, but not to the point where the beer is pastel. Forms a modest-sized creamy white head. Some light lacing.
S: Aroma is fruity. Apple and apple sauce. Light wheat notes with a little bit of yeasty spice.
T: Taste is a mix of apple and lemon. Slightly floral. Slightly sour. A bit of wheat. Finish is thin. Taste is more like a not-very-good Saison than a Blonde.
M: Light bodied. Moderate carbonation. Dry on the finish. Virtually non-existent bitterness.
O: I believe the main problem with this beer is that it doesn't know what it wants to be. Overall its not necessarily bad. It's certainly drinkable. However, it's not necessarily all that great either. Not much more than average I guess.
02-12-2014 23:16:32 | More by Florida9
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3.83/5 rDev +16.8%
Brewer's Description: refreshing light colored cloudy beer that showcases a brilliant malt presence touched off with a balanced subtle hop finish and a lasting impression of sun dappled oranges. Enjoy.
Presentation: Dark brown bottle with a label of big lake, probably one that begins in O.
Appearance: Slightly cloudy, ultra pale yellow-gold with a white head that lasts as thick, bubbly lace with plenty of cling.
Aroma: Soapy. Coriander. Subtle small, ripe orange. Pale malt. No noticeable hops.
Taste: Orange candy as well as real orange. Lots of orange. really. Pale malts. Lemongrass. Pretty straight forward.
Mouthfell: Medium body. Candy like front is very well balanced by a slightly hopped, mildly bitter finish. Well carbonated. Leans toward sweet but not cloying.
Drinkability: Quite good. On a hot day, I could down this. It does a fair job of offering sweet and fruity flavors for the masses, without being cloying. Some interesting notes and a very nice, balanced flavor overall.
05-24-2008 02:31:00 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.4/5 rDev +3.7%
A-golden yellow with a thin white head. Fairly cloudy
S-zesty grapefruit aroma is dominant light clean barley malt
T-very tart citric and lactic acids upfront with a clean malt yet fairly weak backbone that finishes sour
M-lots of carbonation zing. Light bodied
O-an unusual beer. A bit heavy on the sour. Refreshing on a hot day. Recommended for sour fans. Not for the typical blonde fan
08-04-2012 03:17:55 | More by deebo
3/5 rDev -8.5%
(Served in a bowtie glass)
A- This beer pours a clear dark orange body with a pale white head of bubbles that boils into a thin ring. There is a quick carbonation of bubbles pushing to the surface.
S- The clean aroma only has a slight tart note when it warms.
T- The gentle taste of dirt and pale malt lead to a faint corn hint with some green hop hues in the finish. There is a cream note in the finish and some sweet tart flavors come through as it opens but it is very clean in flavor.
M- The light mouthfeel has a soft fizz prick in the finish.
O- The crisp clean beer doesn’t have any off flavor and unfortunately has very little flavor at all. It went down fast but not enough character to reach for another.
06-18-2013 11:40:56 | More by rhoadsrage
3.5/5 rDev +6.7%
12oz single, Riley's, bought 4 different o'so singles - guess i didnt realize the beer was not highly regarded
appearance: poured into a pint glass, hazy straw-orange body with a 1/3" foamy white cap and light retention...when examined a bit more closely you can see a very light clear body beneath the clouds
smell: toasted grain, wheat, lemony sweetness, doughy
taste: an ok blonde ale - artificially sweet (lemon/orange), minimal malt and no hops... a little grainy. not really worth consuming a 2nd time
mouthfeel: sweetened, medium-light
03-05-2009 01:29:30 | More by dirtylou
2.75/5 rDev -16.2%
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours an orange tinged light gold color with quick foam that dissolves into nothing. No lacing.
Citrus smell with light malt. Mild spice.
Taste is a slightly sour orange rind. Finish is orange. Very prominent. Lightly carbonated.
Drinks easy, but a little heavy on the fruit.
05-28-2010 23:52:59 | More by KTCamm
3.73/5 rDev +13.7%
Bottle from Woodmans mix-a-six... "3226" inkjetted on the bottom. July 2013?
Murky orange pour, not much foam in the rinsed glass, soon the surface is still and glassy.
Smell is a little yeasty with a noticeable tang of wild yeast or bacteria, smells like Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca or a Berliner Weiss.
Taste is moderately tart, and it says "tangy" on the label so I'm guessing it's intentional. Lactic farmhouse funk, clean and dry finish, somewhat one dimensional. Light bodied and somewhat thirst quenching. Overall it's okay, almost seems like it was infected, but wasn't affected in a bad way. I've tried this before and don't remember it being this tart.
03-05-2014 23:48:33 | More by emerge077
4.05/5 rDev +23.5%
A-Pours a slightly hazy honey amber w/a hint of orange-pink. Light tracing remains, and the head did not last long, but it is still hanging on. Small beads of carbonation rise and hug the edges of the glass.
S-Bitter almond, mango, peach, light sweet malt, orange, light coriander, nutmeg, light yeast. Honestly, the first smell didn't do much for me, but it was very different. Each subsequent aromatic sampling brought forth something new, and
T-Very fruity upfront with a residual and pleasant sweetness; midway the bitter almond emerges, and a light spiciness reveals itself just after. The finish is of light hops, dough, and a final light zing of citrus. Crisp and even.
M-Excellent mouthfeel and variability throughout the drinking experience. I feel all sorts of sensations and flavors that work very well, and that are unique. The bitter almond pleasantly coats the mouth beyond the finish, and marries well with the citrus. The fruit is potent, but the sweetness is well-restrained. This ale is well-balanced and even.
D-Very enjoyable. I will definitely buy again. Something like this is refreshing in summer as a session brew, and also exhibits autumnal traits like the spiciness and fruit that make it nice to drink this time of year.
11-01-2008 01:01:58 | More by BoitSansSoif
3.26/5 rDev -0.6%
Pours clouded orange-ish amber with a thin white head that soon becomes a lasting ring, leaving some lacing.
The smell is floral, tangy/sour. Different. Pleasant enough.
The taste is more sour than tangy. There is some some sweet malt mixed in. Orange tang in the finish.
There is an initial fizz, which I suppose is the "zippy" part. Light-bodied. Pretty smooth. Odd aftertaste.
Well, it is a unique blonde ale. There is a component that reminds me of the powered orange Tang drink that I had as a child. The sour notes almost come across as an "infected" bottle, but not quite (thank goodness) and mild floral notes give it a dryness. Decent enough to drink the 6-pack, but I wouldn't run out for more. Sometimes "unique" is good, sometimes "unique" is just "different".
05-18-2014 16:26:10 | More by jwc215
The Big O from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
76 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.