Hopdinger - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 283
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 23.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 06-06-2008

49 IBU
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Photo of matjack85
4.94/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked up this single 12oz brown bottle as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL, making them $1.67 each. No freshness date. Also of interest, the company website lists the abv at an even 6.0%, not the 5.5% listed here.

The beer poured a hazy honey gold color with 2-finger's worth of white head that lasts a few minutes and leaves some nice lacing.

Wonderful floral hop aroma with a touch of pine and citrus fruit underneath.

Wow, this is really good. Sweet malty backbone with a honey and almost buttery taste, balanced with mild piny and citrusy hops.

Smooth, creamy, medium bodied with higher than average carbonation, which keeps it nice and crisp.

Not a hop bomb, but a really tasty American Pale Ale. I loved it.

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Photo of mazingblue
4.6/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first Hopdinger and my first O'SO Brewing Co. product. I think the beer is fantastic and would consider it for permanent stock in my fridge. Here's why:

I poured this bad boy into a pilsner-type glass I got from Goos Island...It immediately felt like it owned the glass. The color is a beautiful amber and after pouring had about an 3/4-1" head. Perfect! Although My senses are still getting used to reviewing beers, it smelled like a Quetico Province morning. Pine with other outdoors like smells. The smell did not last through the whole beer and was rather bland after the head left. As for mouthfeel, I am not sure what that even means. It felt nice, cool, and refreshing. The "drinkability" is amazing. No complaints here. As for TASTE...This beer is excellent. I am very satisfied. I only wish I had bought a 6-pack instead of mixing 5 other beers with this one. Good Job O'SO. I will be looking for your name more often!

I have to add one thing. I looked up diacetyl since everyone else was using the word. When I took a sip and held the beverage in my mouth and slowly let it drain down my throat I did notice a bit of a buttery taste...Good reviews guys!

Also, I just noticed that my bottle is different than the picture above. Probably a new label.

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Photo of clintone
4.52/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Nice orangish APA color, good head that provides some really nice lacing.

S- Nice and hoppy, has an awesome floral/cirtus scent that really brings out the taste.

T- Quite good, perfectly bitter I thought. The after taste is very enjoyable.

M- Although the carbonation is a little light, I find this varies from case to case. I buy this beer very frequently, and since there isn't any bottling date information, it can be hard to tell how old it is, which has a fairly drastic effect on the carbonation.

D- One of my favorite new beers to drink. I can easily drink several in a row without getting sick of it. It isn't overpowering, but has an excellent amount flavor. If you can get it at a good liquor store or grocery store that only stocks fresh batches it is absolutely worth picking up.

If you aren't satisfied with it the first time and live in the southeast Wisconsin area, and thus can get it regularly, I would suggest giving it another try, as you may be surprised by the 2nd time.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.46/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold to amber with enough carbonation to create a two-finger head of off-white foam. Some lace is left behind with each sip. Awesome fresh cut pine aroma....like a fresh cut Christmas tree. Tastes insanely fresh and hoppy with lots of citrus and a touch of tropical fruit, maybe mango. Soft mouthfeel. A sweet, fruity, caramel maltiness supports a bitter finish. Quite drinkable. Would definitely get this again...especially if I knew it was fresh.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.31/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a very heady pouring beer, filling pretty much the whole glass with foam before starting to subside. It's a whitish-beige form with a pretty smooth top, mostly made of smaller bubbles. It's taking it's sweet time to collapse too. The beer is a little hazy, golden amber with lots of active carbonation. Subsequent pours really show off the great form of this head, I really don't like giving it only a 3.5, but I'm going to stick to that.

S: Very floral citrusy aroma too it, really nice. I suppose that's the benefit of having a big head, lots of aroma being given off. It smells like orange candy almost, or orange blossom water. Just a hint of sweetness. I really dig the smell of this beer. Not overpowering, just very much there.

T: Well, now that the head has subsided to a manageable two fingers, lets taste. Still citrus and floral, less sweet than the aroma. It's free of anything I would consider off or less than good, though the bittering hops come through pretty strong, perhaps sharper than I would like in an APA. As the tongue becomes more used to the bittering it subsides (at least in perception) and the beer becomes more amicable, and the malts, smooth and slightly pastry-like come out a little better.

M: Moves from sharp bitter (influenced by the taste) to smooth, with medium body and good to slightly below good carbonation levels.

D: Very drinkable, a good one to smell, and something I could (and have) had a few of in one night with no complaint.

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Photo of Mandark
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ample head builds up slowly and hangs on for a little while, nicely wrought. A lovely amber glow in the glass.
Smells of strong, bitter citrus with an unmistakable sweet beer hit in the end. Inviting.
Tastes like it smells, but better because of the fullness of the flavors and how well they all combine. The sweet reminds me of the trailing end of dark chocolate, and it sits there in the midst of the hop bitters, a calm center.
Not too thick, not too carbonated, easy goin' down. Others have called it flat, and while it's not overly carbonated "flat" is too derogatory.
Drinks easy, each sip looking forward to the next. I'll have another, please.

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Photo of billyzoom666
4.29/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, O'So might be the best Wisconsin brewery nobody has heard of. I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It pours with what almost looks like a thick consistency. There's no head and some lacing and there's a nice copper coloring with just a hint of gold. This smells great! There's a sweet caramel scent here that makes the mouth water. And the taste, the taste matches the smell. For a beer called Hopdinger, the hops feel really buried here. It was a surprise, but a surprise that works real well. Combine that nice sweet taste with a creamy mouthfeel and you have something that I could drink 12 of. I wonder what the ABV is on this. I have a feeling that this could be a beer that sneaks up on you. Can't wait to buy another one.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect.

Pours a mdium straw with a decent head and lacing.

Aroma is of diacetyl and malt with a sliht hop rider.

Flavor is tannic acis, weak malt and a slight hop bite. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is medium with a decent amount of carbonation.

Not bad,a good quencher. The only bad point is the diacetyl.

Re-visited 10/23/10

A much better beer than the first I had, which in retrospect had to have been old or mis-handled. This is a very solid Pale Ale with a delicious hop and citrus flavor.

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Photo of Brenden
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of ratatat
4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good everyday drinkable APA.

Far from a work of art in the glass, the aroma of hops and citrus are very pleasant and inviting. This beer is fairly bitter, but has a sweetness in the aftertaste which sticks around.

I have lately taken to drinking this beer regularly. It is easy to drink and sophisticated enough to not be boring.

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Photo of beagle75
4.11/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Copper color...a little clouded...small white head..

S-Fresh and hop forward...piney/floral hop aroma...it is nice...some light toffee like malt evident as well...I like the smell...smells very hoppy for an apa

T-Not quite as hop forward as the aroma suggests but that is not to say the hops are light as they still lead the way and shine brightly....a nice piney/floral hop flavor...malt still leans more toward a toffee note.

M-Dryish finish...medium to medium/light bodied..if anything a little thin but I have to keep reminding myself this is an APA, not an IPA as it is assertive enough with the hops to be the later....smooth texture..hops definitely bite a little on the finish..

D-A nice APA that gives you a nice dose of hops...

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Photo of jwinship83
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up in WI. drank from hop tulip glass. no freshness information on the label.

A- this one pours out a translucent golden orange colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind quality lacing.

S- sweet caramel malts are up first. after that comes an impressive amount of hops for such a style. lots of pine and grapefruit. a little bit of floral and earthy also.

T- the taste follows the nose closely. lots of sweet caramel malts and a healthy amount of hops to follow. pine and grapefruit are the most prevalent. theres also some earthy and floral notes.

M- light to medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D- i picked up this sixer on a whim as i was leaving the beer aisle. glad i did. one of the better APAs ive had in a while. an ideal beer for camping or longer sessions.

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Photo of jera1350
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour yields a two finger head of sandy colored foam that is creamy. The body is a golden orange color that is perfectly clear. Great head retention and a little lace.

Whoa, bright hop scent. Smells like a wet hop beer. Not sure if it is. Lots of fresh earthy and citrus hops. So fresh smelling, it's amazing.

Yum. Fresh oranges, apricots and peach. A good dose of citrus and grassy notes with a touch of earthiness as well. The malt adds some nice sweetness. Really fresh.

A little flat in the carbonation department. Medium bodied, but flat. The only downfall about this beer.

I would love to drink several of these, but I could probably only do a couple due to the carbonation issue. Still a really, really good beer. I will seek this one out again in hopes that the carbonation issue gets fixed. Has such a fresh hop taste that makes it so enjoyable.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Deep amber, slightly cloudy, small off white head.

S: Smells like fresh hops. Not like overwhelming hops, but very fresh hops. I could use this one as an air freshener. Piney and wonderful.

T: Immediately hoppy and bracing but not aggressive. Quickly gives way to a solid malt factor. The crispness holds the piney-ness well. Citrus, goodness.

M: High carbonation and drying to the point that it leaves a numbness.

D: Not crazy or "furious" so it is far more drinkable. The carbonation factor makes this ultimately a refreshing hop flavored soda like brew. Try one!

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Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. I noticed some sediment in the bottom of the bottle before opening, so I poured carefully to leave the sediment in the bottle, but hard enough to produce a nice pillowy white head atop a bright amber ale. I really wasn't expecting much from a brewery I'd never heard of, but the appearance and aroma sparked my interest. Sweet malt, citrus and floral hops filled my nose giving me a hint that this was a quality brew. Initial tastes were full in flavor with notes of pine and grapefruit with a solid bready malt backbone. Some herbal hops in the mix along with a nice bitter, slightly spicy or white pepper hop finish. Mouth-feel is medium bodied with nice hop resins coating the palate well. Overall impression is very good from me. Really enjoyed this ale - great representation of a bold American Pale Ale.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of daveytheformer
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Pours a copper color with fine quality and plenty of lace. The aroma is full of citrus and some sweet malts. The taste has grapefruit citrus, some papaya, pith and sweet herb. Sugary, toasted malts lay a fine background but the beer is mostly bitter. Medium bodied feel and well carbonated. Overall, consider this a solid pale ale/almost IPA option if you can find it. Damn tasty.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber color with white head. Light citrus and pine with a balance of bready malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes pretty balanced between the hops and malt.

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Photo of soze47
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes, consumed on late 12/10 or early 01/10.

Appearance: Browny orange, almost like the Browns helmets. White head dissipates fast.

Aroma: Tangy, piney hops leap out, as the malt plays second fiddle. Some notes of caramel.

Taste: More citrusy than the nose lets on. Hop forward and pleasantly bitter on the secondary taste. Malt tames and slightly sweetens on the linger. Nice, not too forward, yet very hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Rather light in the mouth, but heavy on the palette. The flavors builds and accumulates as you drink. It starts out feeling sessionable, but catches up to you.

Overall: Good beer here. I'd pick up a six of this for an evening with friends as it drinks heavier than its ABV would lend you to believe, but the flavor doesn't disappoint while not wrecking you either.

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Photo of richkrull
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of samie85
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly copper/amber color with very light tan, two finger head.

S-Smells of sweet orange, grapefruit, pineapple and some pine.

T-Orange and a little bitter grapefruit with some pine and caramel notes.

M-Pretty well carbonated that causes that prickly sensation. Medium bodied, although a little on the thin side, and smooth, with a light dryness.

D-This is a nice pale ale and one I can appreciate. Solid, easy drinking that would be in regular rotation in my fridge if it was available to me regularly.

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Photo of minnunderground
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- BAM copper in your face creamy tannish head
S-Citrus hops pine?
T-Good amount of malt...i like that...not as hoppy as I expected but I'm not complaining.

All and all pretty drinkable, but wasnt what I was expecting. But hey for a random grab off the shelf not too shabby

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Photo of KTCamm
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 2/6

Pours medium dark cloudy amber, with thick heavy white foam. Loads of lacing. Sharp pine nose with floral hints. Punchy carbonated peppery spicy malt. A little pop backed by a tasty malt. Good IPA for sure.

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