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

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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 jwc215:
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

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
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deebo

Minnesota

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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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -8.3%

09-29-2012 04:19:02 | More by NilocRellim
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sourdog

California

3/5  rDev -8.3%

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

Illinois

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
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dirtylou

Washington

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
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larryarms847

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

08-12-2013 02:41:24 | More by larryarms847
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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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wmobley

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

03-15-2013 18:59:38 | More by wmobley
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -8.3%

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

Illinois

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
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BoitSansSoif

France

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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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

3/5  rDev -8.3%

03-03-2013 03:59:05 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +7%

08-13-2013 21:11:57 | More by enelson
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MyMindSpray


3.5/5  rDev +7%

06-24-2012 23:29:51 | More by MyMindSpray
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Kubrickx

Illinois

3/5  rDev -8.3%

01-07-2013 21:42:02 | More by Kubrickx
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MidwestBA

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

04-20-2013 02:29:44 | More by MidwestBA
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Brettski3600


2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

04-26-2014 17:45:35 | More by Brettski3600
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +7%

07-06-2012 17:18:24 | More by Ri0
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ssimpson89

Illinois

4/5  rDev +22.3%

01-20-2014 21:28:45 | More by ssimpson89
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erod61

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

03-08-2012 02:18:52 | More by erod61
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -8.3%

01-31-2013 17:39:41 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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atone315

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

08-06-2014 13:03:59 | More by atone315
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pweis909

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -7.3%

A=brilliantly clear with little head.

S=slightly soapy, faint caramel

T=Slightly sweet up front, dry finish, but, well, bland.

M=Feels about right, except carbonation is low. Could use a little more fizz.

Overall assessment - The lable says zippy, crisp, tangy, luminous, subtle, sunny, unique, jubilant. This is way overblown. A simple blond beer that should appeal to the masses is what this beer is. I appreciate the need for such a beer. I don't even dislike it. But I do feel like they should advertize it a bit more truthfully by mentionin a style that best fits the beer. BA says American blond, which seems about right,

06-25-2012 19:56:21 | More by pweis909
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The Big O from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
76 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.