Hopdinger - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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4.95/5 rDev +40.2%
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.
06-05-2013 10:11:10 | More by matjack85
4.65/5 rDev +31.7%
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.
02-11-2010 01:04:56 | More by mazingblue
4.53/5 rDev +28.3%
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.
10-29-2010 06:12:39 | More by clintone
4.45/5 rDev +26.1%
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.
06-16-2011 23:07:06 | More by marcobrau
4.33/5 rDev +22.7%
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.
08-29-2010 23:04:57 | More by Mandark
4.3/5 rDev +21.8%
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.
02-14-2010 00:45:55 | More by billyzoom666
4.28/5 rDev +21.2%
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.
07-08-2010 17:27:35 | More by mdwalsh
4.22/5 rDev +19.5%
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.
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.
11-08-2009 02:30:37 | More by wheatyweiss
4.15/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
10-28-2011 22:30:14 | More by beagle75
4.13/5 rDev +17%
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.
09-19-2011 04:00:36 | More by Brenden
4.13/5 rDev +17%
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.
10-16-2010 20:05:47 | More by ratatat
4.05/5 rDev +14.7%
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.
09-25-2010 23:03:12 | More by jwinship83
4.05/5 rDev +14.7%
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...
02-25-2010 06:21:53 | More by ZAP
4.03/5 rDev +14.2%
(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.
01-06-2010 22:33:46 | More by rhoadsrage
4.03/5 rDev +14.2%
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!
07-16-2011 15:35:15 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
4.03/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
01-31-2011 01:22:17 | More by soze47
Hopdinger from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
80 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.