Hopdinger - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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2.68/5 rDev -24.1%
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.
01-15-2012 19:31:46 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
12-05-2011 04:03:45 | More by augustgarage
3.13/5 rDev -11.3%
From 10/23/11 Tasting Notes
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
A) Amber with a little haze. Not much head, half finger. The head was gone pretty quickly, leaving a few little foamy islands floating about. Some patchy lacing.
S) Piney with some citrus zest, mainly grapefruit.
T) Mostly pine... I was looking to the malt for some better balance, but it didn't happen with this bottle. Quite a bit of citrus peel in the finish, and it definitely lingered.
M) Medium body and pretty well carbonated. Decent texture. The aftertaste was a drawback for me.
O) Had this in Door County two years ago, and I was pretty impressed. Not so much with this bottle. I'll probably give it another try sometime, but not for awhile.
11-02-2011 04:48:33 | More by RoamingGnome
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
3/5 rDev -15%
Split a few bottles with several friends, but I did get enough of a taste to draw my own conclusions. Came in expecting a clean, highly hoppy experience, didn't really get either of the above. Balanced drink, which is not bad, but to the point that the hops were not sufficient. Also came with an earthy, almost dirty feel to the beer, which didn't create much of a "party in my mouth" sensation.
Not horrible, but it was quickly discarded in search of more interesting beers. And it gets an F minus in truth in advertising - if the beer is not extreme, don't give it an extreme name.
10-17-2011 17:04:33 | More by lurpy1
3.98/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
10-04-2011 22:41:45 | More by richkrull
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
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
08-25-2011 02:31:09 | More by mynie
3.7/5 rDev +4.8%
It does indeed look quite a bit more amber in color than your typical Pale Ale. The two fingered white foamy head that sticks to the glass and leaves some interesting lacing makes up for the odd color, though. Looks very well carbonated and bubbly to a point just below soda-dom. Smells at first of medium strength pine resins, than a mix of florals and spice hops blend in. I'm missing out on citric hop elements, however. Tastes contains pine bittering (both resinous and dank), mild allspice, and some standard issue caramel malt, finishes quite herbal.
Pretty nice overall, but could use some amplification of citric hop elements and a bit more malt to round things out. The darker than typical color never really did deliver the prominent malt it hinted at.
08-21-2011 19:49:11 | More by WastingFreetime
3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
08-14-2011 17:36:33 | More by morimech
3.1/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
07-21-2011 00:09:13 | More by KarlHungus
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
4.45/5 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
3.78/5 rDev +7.1%
Served in a pint glass.
A- Light caramel/honey color. Some sediment floating in glass with a huge head of foam.
S- Smells of pine and almost a sweet grass.
T- Sweet caramel malt, maybe a touch of amber malts in there. I get some kind of sweet citrus fruit, with grass/pine bitterness coming out at the finish.
M- Light to medium bodied. Easy to drink without being to thin.
O- Not the best pale ale I have had, but would suffice on a hot day.
06-02-2011 01:11:58 | More by kawilliams81
4/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
05-18-2011 01:18:46 | More by daveytheformer
Hopdinger from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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