Hopdinger - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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277 Ratings
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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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:
Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 06-06-2008

49 IBU
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Ratings: 277 | Reviews: 103
Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

Appearance: Pours hazy, the amber liquid capped by an inch of foam; so-so retention and lacing

Smell: Apricot, pine, resins and grass

Taste: A touch of caramel lays the foundation and then the hops take over, bringing pine, lemon and grassy tones along with some apricot; the bitterness builds, after the swallow, though the malt returns in the finish to keep things in check

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad APA, but the hop profile tends toward bitterness without bringing enough of the citrus or pine to move it into a higher echelon

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice golden color with a very large white foamy head on top. The lacing is clumpy and sticks to the glass with every sip. The smell of this beer was very hoppy with some notes of earthy yeast in there that kind of reminded me of some Belgian ales. The taste of the beer was bitter, loaded with hops that go from citrusy pine to earthy dry. The finish still reminds me of some Belgian Pale Ale's I've had in the past. The mouthfeel of the beer has a lively carbonation to it and had a medium body as well. Overall I think this beer was good, I expected it to be an IIPA from the label it had but after tasting it I thought it was supposed to be a Belgian IPA and turned out that it's an APA on here. So it's a little scattered in my opinion. Not a bad brew though at all.

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple singles off the shelf at Three Cellars.
Label is different from the one pictured, it has a big yellow "O" and light green hop cones in the background.

Hazy orange pour, three fingers of white foam. A reddish tint with visible micro-sediment in the light. Slight lacing at the edges, where the liquid met the rim. The head dissipated to a broken skim, but rejuvenated itself with a swirl.

Aroma of dried apricot with a dominating malt presence.

Light hop citrus, not especially bitter, though the aftertaste has that earthy herbal hop smack. Pretty clean flavors, with a dominant malt presence. Light bodied, a little bit thin. A bigger sip gets more bitterness. Overall pretty drinkable, since I needed two to finish a review!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

I know a Spelunky jag normally means some sort of cheap, crappy beer, but this was in the fridge and I wasn't gonna argue. It pours a clear brass-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises general pine, mild grapefruit peel, and a distinct caramel backbone. The taste brings in more of the same, with a focus on the pine sap. Sadly, though, everything comes through muddled and bland, with little-to-no real hop presence beyond the vague sense of pine that pervades like the soreness of a stubbed toe. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, this is an okay IPA at best, but one that, to me, lacks any real character. It's kinda bland, very boring, and doesn't lend itself very well to repeat drinks.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wonder precisely how many more possible names there are that have the word "hop" in there anymore.

Pours a slightly fogged orange gold with a thin head. Nose is a quick hit of citrus hops that dies real quick (as in a matter of a half second.) Flavor is a biting pine and citrus hop thing. Slightly salty. More brightly citric than anything else though. Feel is a bit thicker and sticky on liquid. Carbonation is lower. Decent as an APA. Might be interesting on cask.

Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got one of these from Dave (d0b) - I'd never heard of it. Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.

A - Three fingers of pillowy off-white foam with solid retention and lots of patchy lacing. Transparent red-orange color with a slight haze and a few tiny bubbles rising to the top. Looks like an APA should!

S - Lots of grassy/earthy hoppiness, with a solid toffee and bready malt backdrop. I can tell this is definitely fresh - not all that different from the SNPA I had yesterday. Pretty solid stuff.

T - The beer is quite a bit more malt-forward than the smell - lots of nice toffee and bready notes, with only a tinge of floral hops. I think it needs a tiny bit more hoppiness to call itself an APA - this feels more English Pale.

M - There's a little bit more carbonation than I typically like - a little bit of burn on my hard palate. It's medium-bodied and otherwise pretty average.

D - I could definitely have a couple of these brews, but it's not hoppy enough to be a preferred session beer, especially for something called Hopdinger!

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

O'so Hopdinger, O'So Brewing Company, Plover, WI.
"Pungent. Hoppy. Crisp. Floral. Bitter. Piney. Resinous. Engaging."

Well, great, now I don't need to write anything, do I?

I will, anyway.

Murky, dank deep amber hue, considerable carbonation and head. Billowing and lacy. Gigantic. Impressive….whoa, if I don't watch out, they'll have me expressing myself in one word statements.

Aroma: Yup, bitter, floral, piney, resinous, citric, pungent, hoppy, ….let's not repeat ourselves. It hits the notes you want in a double IPA. A little hint of honey in there, too, unless I'm imagining it. And I'm not.

Taste: bitter and pungent, and all that all over again. Malt flavor keep up with the huge hops, and there's an astringency added in that I can't help feeling was unintended. Don't think I tasted this when I bought it back in November. Yeah, why did this sit in the fridge for 3 months? And is the brew older than that, actually? No bottled on date, no way to know.

This bottle is definitely funkier than when it was (I think) fresh. A little sour happening here. Lesson learned. Drink those hoppy beers up, don't sit on them, like the Pliny the Elder label implores us. We're not hens, and they're not eggs.
It does not mean, in any way shape or form, that a week or two or three will make them undrinkable, but …hey, maybe I'm wrong.

I do like this like this. It has a Belgian quality that I find utterly diggable. Not crisply clean like a HopSlam or any kind of palate buster like a Maharaja and nowhere as smooth as an Abrasive Ale. But, quite flavorful, and unique. Lively carbonation, non-stop hops. I do like it.

Photo of drabmuh
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Russian River wine glass. Beer is amber and hazy (served with sediment) with a one finger head of medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is piny and malty.

Beer is medium bodied with a strong malt backbone and some nice piny hops on the palate. Overall its a decent beer but I wanted more bitterness with such a strong malt bill and hop flavor. There is also an unfortunate aftertaste to the whole thing damaging the drinkability and mouthfeel.

Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep bronze with a lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is piney, slightly citric with a grainy background.

The taste leans hoppy, but balanced with firm grainy malt. Pine, floral notes, some citrus with a grainy/honey sweetness. It has a crisp, dry-ish finish.

It is easy to drink. Smooth. Hits medium-bodied.

A nice APA that lands on the hoppier side of the spectrum.

Photo of mothman
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into CCB snifter.

Pours a small layer of fizzy beige head. Color is a hazed dull bronze copper.

Aroma: Very sweet ripe fruit. Some floral hops. Mangoes, tangerines present. Not to bad.

Taste: More creamy and malty than the aroma would suggest. Lots of hop resin here. Some grapefruit and mango flavors here. Not as good as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Bitter with lots of hop resin going on. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a weedy, grassy aftertaste.

Overall, started out good and went downhill from there. Nothing I really want a lot of. However, it reminds me more of an ipa than an apa. Where are the pale malts?

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.01/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.69/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to Founder's tulip glass.

A - Deep amber colour with orange and yellow glow around the edges. One finger of cream coloured head formed with good retention.

S - Earthy and citrus notes with a big sweet malt backbone. There is a slightly off-putting aroma that won't go away (yeast?). The bitterness is apparent by not overly pungent.

T - Bitterness up front with floral and earthy notes coming to the forefront. The citrus notes that were evident in the nose are very subdued and almost unnoticeable. A slightly sweet caramel malt backbone provides some balance. The bitterness lingers in the finish.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

Photo of Bighuge
2.15/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Upon pouring, I get a half glass of amber colored beer and a half glass of thick, frothy white head. Seems a little charged up to me. Not a good sign. Sweet grainy smell with some baked bread and a little citrus. Not a good sign was right. This one is not on. Highly carbonated and not enjoyable at all. Flavor is bland and a little off. A little cardboard. Nothing "APA" like in it at all. I've had 3 O'sos so far. 2 very good. 1 very not good.

Photo of dirtylou
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
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

Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
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...

Photo of drpimento
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pleasant surprise. Poured with a small to medium sized light tan head that quickly subsided to a light cover and a bit of lace. Color is a very slightly hazy medium amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is malt, bread dough, and over ripe fruit. Flavor was just slightly out of balance blend of malt, pine resin, fruit, a bit of roast and carbonic acid. Body is ok but carbonation is aggresive. Finish is like flavor with the pine resin stretching out for a while.

Photo of mynie
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour, thick orange with a very pretty and retentive white head.

Smells a wee bit dull. Decent hop profile, green and piney, but not very aggressive or variegated.

Tastes a bit stronger than it smells. The hop profile starts things off, west coast all the way, and gets balanced out pretty nicely by sweet, lightly soapy malt.

Two words to describe this beer would be "thin" and "sweet." Those aren't bad things, and this ain't a bad beer, but it's just not what most of us look for in an APA.

Photo of woosterbill
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Bright, clear, deep orange-amber body with a steady stream of bubbles rising to the 2-finger head of extra-creamy tan foam. Strong retention and plenty of lace. Awesome.

S: Pleasant but subdued aroma of grapefruit hops and caramel malt. Good balance of malt and hops, but nowhere near as intense as the label suggested.

T: Follows the nose, but with a big, rather dull bitterness. A little watery and overly biter. A little disappointing.

M: Light-to-medium bodied with a moderate amount of very fine carbonation. Pretty nice.

D: No clue what the ABV on this is, but it's easy enough to drink.

Notes: I reviewed this without having checked it on BA, and assumed from the label's profuse descriptors of hoppiness that I was dealing with a full-on American IPA. The fact that it's listed here as an APA doesn't really change the fact that it was a rather boring beer, with a big dose of hops artlessly dumped into the boil. While far from horrible, my first O'so experience was less than memorable.

Cheers!

Photo of cokes
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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).

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy pale amber color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into almost no lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit and caramel. It is a very straight forward aroma with little depth. The taste is similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is an average pale ale. With so many great pale ales out there I can't see myself drinking this beer again.

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Hopdinger from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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