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

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BA SCORE
77
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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of deebo
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

deebo, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of mattafett
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mattafett, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Ri0
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Ri0, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of slavall
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

slavall, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of pweis909
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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,

pweis909, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of MyMindSpray
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

MyMindSpray, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of EddieJoe
2.5/5  rDev -24%

EddieJoe, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of soccerfancooch
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

soccerfancooch, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Kunstman
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Kunstman, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

MarkyMOD, May 22, 2012
Photo of Localdrinklax
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Localdrinklax, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of adman08
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours cloudy pale gold with a moderate amount of fluffy white head.
S-Crisp sweet aroma with a slightly bready aroma. Slight citru aroma.
T-Balanced light flavors of hops and malt. Mostly sweet amlt flavor with a slight citrusy hop flavor.
M-Smooth, fairly sweet overall. Carbonation is a little low.
Overall, a very refreshing, lighter beer. Something really well suited for a warmer day. Nothing all too interesting but a slightly citrusy, very refreshing beer.

adman08, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Joeyuwp
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Joeyuwp, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of bootsdomino
1/5  rDev -69.6%

bootsdomino, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of erod61
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

erod61, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 26 Oct 2010. Courtesy of R&S, thank you! Served in the Lakefront shaker pint.

Smallish bubbly beige-orange head. Moderate carbonation. Cloudy orange yellow in color. Aroma is orangey, tart and buttery. Tastes of orange flower water, tangy, juicy. Not sweet orange, but orange essence (A says this). finish is lightly tart with with lingering fruit and yeast aftertaste. Medium to light body, mild ethanol.

Somewhat like overripe oranges.

htomsirveaux, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of rocklibster
4/5  rDev +21.6%

rocklibster, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Grebdioz, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was not expecting much from this blonde ale, but was pleasantly surprised. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, the ale revealed a golden straw color with a fair amount of head. A soft peppery and somewhat Earthy aroma tickled the nose, noting this to be beyoond the average blonde ale.

The initial taste was mildly hoppy which gave way to a soft peppery flavor in the aftertaste. A mild sourness was present in the aftertaste. It was a crisp flavor that leads one to believe a lot of thought went into making this brew special.

JohnnyHopps, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Clear, golden, little head.

S: Big citrus (orange, pummelo) and a small spiciness.

T: Smooth, rich. Crisp. Very well balanced citrus flavor without any unnecessary sweetness. Malt is wheaty, light, and grainy.

M: Slightly viscous with only a slight drying note. Medium carbonation. Very pleasant on the palate.

D: Sunny. Drinkable.

ForWhatAlesYou, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in spring 2011.

Pours a yellowish amber color with a decent amount of carbonation to it. Has scents of summer wheat and citrus fruits. Drinks rather lightly but with a decent amount of flavor to it. Wheat and orange hints are the most obvious. Definetly a good summer beer that has a better taste to it that the standard Miller or Budweiser choice. Not anything fancy but something new to try.

Lemke10, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of tavernjef
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light lemony yellow and quite clear with a small starchy white top of fizzy foam lasting short and leaving little lacing.

Aroma is of dry biscuityness and some slight candyish sweetness of malts. Semi corn-like with a grazing of apricot preserves.

Taste is firm but light and one dimensional of biscuity sweet malts with a slight candyness to some rock candy or bubblegum. The malt is nice and steardy with a clean smoothness. Just overall light and night all that complex. Seemingly more like a Helles lager?

Body is light yet firm of a good amount of malt sweetness and clean crisp smoothness. A bit lighter then medium if not more so as it does have some empty areas to it and no real finishing qualities.

A decent summer drinker here. A few would be quite easy to handle but its softer/lighter side may get a bit boring after awhile.

tavernjef, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

KTCamm, May 29, 2010
Photo of WJVII
2.13/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass this brew is very pale yellow colored with less than a 1/4 finger white head that was gone before I could put the bottle down. Very active carbonation visible. There wasn't much aroma to this. Some slight malt and a little orange. My first taste of this was horrible. I have really tried to get on the local bandwagon for O'so but it just isn't happening for me. They have a few brews that are exceptional, but most of their line-up is not even worth trying. The taste was flat and bland. No hops present, slight malt to this. Just a pale poor beer.

WJVII, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

O very pale golden color, bright and yellow, a bit of chill haze, and a thin head, very little lacing. There isn't really anything wrong, but certainy isn't impressive or better than average really. The smell is of powdery sweet malts, some lightly grassy, fruity, hops. There's a very crisp, dry, almost tart note, with just a little bit of crackery malts. The taste comes up with some moderate sweetness, some pilsener malt graininess, a little bready, moreso than I expected. The hops are light and crisp, a bit tart and fruity, not much grassiness, no resins. A little better than average, nothing off, which is a good thing, but this isn't a style that is easy to stay in and create something amazing. The mouthfeel is medium, a bit thin, but actuallt better fullness than I expected. The carbonation is pleasant, a nice tickle. This one is enjoyable, but not anymore than a normal blonde ale. I could say that in one night, I could drink this for an extencded period of time, maybe this has just a bit higher of an ABV than I expected from a blonde. But this certainly doesn't create enough interest to make me want to buy it again.

taylorhamrick, Aug 12, 2009
The Big O from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
77 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.