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The Big O - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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The Big OThe Big O

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ibashmuck on 05-11-2008)
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Reviews by Strix:
Photo of Strix


3.83/5  rDev +17.1%

Clear orange, decent head.

Not too much going on with the smell, slight citrus note as it warms.

Crisp grain, hint of lemon or orange, toasted bread or cracker. Sort of an Octoberfest hop note.

Very crisp, smooth mouthfeel.

I thought this was very tasty, and a nice light option.

11-08-2013 05:00:17 | More by Strix
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.83/5  rDev +17.1%

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
Photo of deebo


3.4/5  rDev +4%

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
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

09-29-2012 04:19:02 | More by NilocRellim
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

07-16-2014 19:58:49 | More by sourdog
Photo of rhoadsrage


3/5  rDev -8.3%

(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
Photo of dirtylou


3.5/5  rDev +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

drinkability: ok

03-05-2009 01:29:30 | More by dirtylou
Photo of larryarms847


3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

08-12-2013 02:41:24 | More by larryarms847
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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
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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

03-15-2013 18:59:38 | More by wmobley
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

06-04-2012 02:17:48 | More by Kunstman
Photo of emerge077


3.73/5  rDev +14.1%

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
Photo of BoitSansSoif


4.05/5  rDev +23.9%

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
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

03-03-2013 03:59:05 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

08-13-2013 21:11:57 | More by enelson
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

06-24-2012 23:29:51 | More by MyMindSpray
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

01-07-2013 21:42:02 | More by Kubrickx
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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

04-20-2013 02:29:44 | More by MidwestBA
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2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

04-26-2014 17:45:35 | More by Brettski3600
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

07-06-2012 17:18:24 | More by Ri0
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

01-20-2014 21:28:45 | More by ssimpson89
Photo of jwc215


3.26/5  rDev -0.3%

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
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

03-08-2012 02:18:52 | More by erod61
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3/5  rDev -8.3%

01-31-2013 17:39:41 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

08-06-2014 13:03:59 | More by atone315
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The Big O from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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