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Hopdinger - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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244 Ratings
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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
49 IBU

(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 06-06-2008)
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Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a few streams of bubbles ascend through the column.

S: Caramel is heavy, with resinous piney and tropical hops adding to the illusion of sticky sweetness. Aromatic malt makes this beer smell like a cake doughnut.

T: Begins dry, with balanced toasted malt and freshly piney and herbaceous mint hop aromatics. Acidity is mild and appropriate into the middle, where bready qualities become a bit more pronounced without upsetting the overall evenness of the profile. Earthy hop flavors accompany the moderately bitter finish.

M: Medium viscosity, sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Here is a beer that does not taste like it smells--while decadent for the style, the aromas suggest a beer that could get messy once tasted. Instead it boasts a well-executed profile of flavors that come across as being taut and in perfect balance. It shows plenty of late-addition hop qualities, but the overall bouquet could be improved with the involvement of some more interesting cultivars, such as the ever-popular Simcoe or Citra.

beagle75, Oct 28, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Dark brown bottle with a black cap and cool green and black label featuring an almost eerie photo of hops.

Brewer's Description: This pale ale is generously hopped yet balanced through the use of Munich and Crystal malts. Hops added after fermentation give this American classic a pleasant aromatic bouquet. Enjoy.

Appearance: Clear, saffron tinged amber with a beige head that lasts as skim for the duration.

Aroma: Nice hoppy aroma with some pine but mostly light malts notes.

Taste: Malt focused with pronounced Munich. Very minimal hop flavor that leans toward light and citrus fruit. I really want some more hops in here, even for an APA.

Mouthfeel: A touch on the sweet side, particularly for the style. Not bitter enough. Otherwise light and refreshing.

Drinkability: Decent but just not quite hoppy enough to session.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of blackearth
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a clear, golden orange with a very thick, fluffy white head that falls to a cap that lasts to the end. Good lacing. Aroma is of floral hops and toasted malt. Medium bodied with just the right carbonation, this beer has piney hop flavor and some phenols from yeast and I can't taste any sweetness from the malt. Reminds me of homebrew. I'd try this again if I were visiting the brewery, but there are much better representations of the style out there. Speaking of which, this tastes more like an IPA than a Pale Ale.

blackearth, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -15%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Soonami
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

O'so Hopdinger is a beer I've never heard of from the Midwest that I got in a Reddit trade. This is a very decent American Pale Ale, with good grapefruit aroma and flavor, springy spruce hops and a sweet camellia perfume. The beer is an invite orange amber with nice sticky white head and good malt flavor. The mouthfeel is softly crisp with no alcohol burn or harshness. I would have this again if it were available to me.

Soonami, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of daveytheformer
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into oversized wine glass.

Pours a deep cloudy amber with a nice off white head that fades to to a pleasant lacing.

Aroma is of floral hops, strong pine, and a mild malt backbone.

Taste is of floral, grassy, a little sweet malt, sticky hops, and mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated.

Overall is a good beer. I would buy again if I were in Wisconsin.

daveytheformer, May 18, 2011
Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -15%

sgttibbs, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a hazy deep orange body with a creamy beige head that pushes above the glass and leaves rings on the glass with each sip.
S- This beer has a soft aroma of green pine hops that grow a bit as it warms.
T- This beer has a full green hop flavor with a slight pine slight citrus character. There is a slight hop watery taste but it is still pleasant. There is a soft fresh pale malt underneath with some light spun sugar notes that grow as the beer warms. There is a nice balanced hop bitterness at the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat. D- The malt supports the hops and both are fresh and vibrant. The hops grow nicely as the beer warms but a faint tartness in the finish grows a bit to much.

rhoadsrage, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of richkrull
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy copper color with about an inch of beige head on it.

Smell has a light hop aroma but is pretty balanced overall.

Taste is a little more hoppy than the smell. Pretty good flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel is fairly light. Very easy to drink beer.

Overall pretty enjoyable beer. It grew on me more and more as I drank it. Nice and hoppy for a pale ale. I'd definitely drink this again.

richkrull, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of Brenden
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this little local extra in a trade go to BYOFB.

This beer's color is unpolished copper, thick and hazy orange with some brown in the depth. If it was in a plastic jug with no label, it could easily pass as apple cider. A big, frothy off-white head stands at nearly 3 fingers tall and slowly recedes, leaving a craggy cap that lets loose with some patchy lacing.
The hops bouquet in the aroma is delicious. Pine and floral hops abound but with quite a bit of sweetness balancing from toffee-like malts additions. it's certainly earthy as well with a touch of grassiness that doesn't impart so much of the herbal character it sometimes does.
A little bit of something delicious from the aroma is lost in the flavor, though it's certainly a good one. The malts that were so strong take a back seat, which is good but detracts from the delicate balance. Without the sweetness to it, a little bitter harshness is allowed to come through. Still, this is a good, well-brewed pale ale, and it's not as though the sweetness is lost altogether.
There's a crispness in the mouthfeel that carries through, and a nice smoothness fills out a medium body without being too filling. Carbonation is at a good level.
This is a great beer from a little brewery and one I'm glad I got to try.

Brenden, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of optimator705
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

optimator705, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of cokes
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dusty copper hued with a modest but super-sticky beige cap.
Doughy, lemon muffin nose with perks of lime and orange zests, toasted grains, and a big buttery dollop of diacetyl.
Doughball like maltiness upon it onset into the mouth. Fluffy dinner rolls, all slathered in butter...the diacetyl shows up here too, and in a pretty major way. Some caramel apples show up, covering a coarser graininess. Lemon oil bitterness concludes things with lingering notions of tobacco earthiness and black tea.
Medium bodied with a low but perky carbonation.
The label, with all it's gaudy claims of American hoppiness, is a lie...or there was a major screw up with the execution. But, somehow, the end result is a fairly solid ESB, and I've rated it along those lines, but it doesn't seem to be what they've aim for. At all.

I like it in a weird way, but the diacetyl levels need to be toned down a bit (or a lot).

cokes, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Burnt orange with flame highlights roils beneath a soft placid beige cap which recedes to a thin but lasting layer of foam. Delicate sandy lacing, no real legs. Good retention.

Surprisingly malty aroma with biscuity elements reminding me of an English Pale Ale or even a Bitter. Grassy hops with a touch of citrus emerge slowly. Faint oxidized papery smell as well.

The palate follows the nose (including the slight off notes, which mar the presentation of the more gentle hop flavors), leading into a crisp dry finish with a long grassy/weedy aftertaste.

Fairly light-bodied, but nearly creamy as well. Moderately carbonated with a zesty feel.

It seems like there is a decent beer lurking beneath the surface, but sloppy product handling leads to a mediocre brew.

augustgarage, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of pabney
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

pabney, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz single, riley's

appearance: poured into a great dane pint...actually a great looking beer - dull amber body, 1/2" fluffy white cap that retains itself throughout....nice

smell: earthy, light herbal hop presence, grainy, wild mushroom...hmm

taste: not sure i really understand this one...its earthy and grainy, with a blast of tragic diacetyl...the hop presence is entirely unremarkable and this one leaves me without many positive words

mouthfeel: finishes a little dry, medium body

drinkability: meh

dirtylou, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Hopdinger is ok...I was hoping for something similar to 2Bros Bitter End, but ended up a bit more bitter than BE. Thebeer poured a nice clear copper with finger thick head that is lacing nicely. The smell is floral and slightly bitter....tones of citrus and pine. The taste is essentially bitter from start to finish. There is a slight malty sweetness in the center. Not a lot of pine or citrus but definitely present. The mouthfeel is medium body with big carbonation. Overall it is ok.

WoodBrew, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Cooper
3/5  rDev -15%

Cooper, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of SeanaldDriver
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

SeanaldDriver, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of MPPHISH
3/5  rDev -15%

MPPHISH, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Rborre321
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Rborre321, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Vonerichs
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body is a translucent copper color with a light head and light lacing.

This has an interesting and unique smell. I pick up an artificial green apple scent that reminds me of a green apple Jolly Rancher. There are also your standard citrus hops and a light caramel backbone.

This is a nicely balanced pale ale. The taste of the hops are mostly of the citrus and tropical fruit variety, with a light bitter pine bite to it. The sweet caramel malts provide a strong balance.

Crisp and light mouthfeel. The finish is slightly bitter. It's a litttle too thin in my opinion.

This is an easy drinker. The body is relatively light and everything about it is crisp. It's not a pale ale that stands out among the best in the category, but it is certainly respectable beer.

Vonerichs, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of Giesch
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%

Giesch, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

zonker17, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of morimech
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark for a pale ale. Pours a hazy copper color with two fingers of head that had very good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

The dark color does not translate into the aroma or flavor. Hoppy aroma of pine and citrus. The hop aroma is pure and not competing with anything.

Plenty of hop flavor with moderate bitterness. Elements of citrus, especially of grapefruit. Again the malt does not make much of an effort in influencing the flavor. Just a hint of sweetness.

Nice body but the carbonation is a little prickly. This combined with the bitterness hurts the enjoyment of the beer.

I think this is a decent effort. A bit one dimensional with the lack of malt charactor especially considering the darker color.

morimech, Aug 14, 2011
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Hopdinger from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
80 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.