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Hopdinger - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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222 Ratings
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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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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I2uss

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +13.3%

11-18-2011 18:17:17 | More by I2uss
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allouez86

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +13.3%

11-16-2011 20:58:27 | More by allouez86
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

11-15-2011 03:39:49 | More by bpfrush
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 04:48:33 | More by RoamingGnome
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beagle75

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 22:30:14 | More by beagle75
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lurpy1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 17:04:33 | More by lurpy1
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richkrull

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 22:41:45 | More by richkrull
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Brenden

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 04:00:36 | More by Brenden
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mynie

Indiana

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 02:31:09 | More by mynie
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 19:49:11 | More by WastingFreetime
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morimech

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 17:36:33 | More by morimech
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 00:09:13 | More by KarlHungus
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 15:35:15 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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marcobrau

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 23:07:06 | More by marcobrau
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 01:11:58 | More by kawilliams81
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daveytheformer

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 01:18:46 | More by daveytheformer
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adman08

Wisconsin

2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Amber color with moderate head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.
S-Very light aroma. Somewhat vegetable smelling.
T-Light, refreshing but not a good representation of a pale ale. A more vegetable flavored hop bitterness. Decent malt body.
M-Light, nicely carbonated. Slight hop biterness.
Overall, a decent beer. It's very difficult to rate an O'so beer since their whole niche is "freestyle" brewing so most of their beers don't really fit the style. It's not a great APA, it could use more malt flavor and body and some more citrus hop flavor but it's an ok beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 03:07:07 | More by adman08
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 22:33:54 | More by drpimento
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Hellabeerguzzler

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent amber with decent yellow off-white head - looks very appetizing. No bubbles in the glass but head removes any doubt of a lack of carbonation - very good actually.

I currently have a bit of sinusitus so I think my nose is off. In any case, I do smell hops, piney, some citrus. After a second opinion I understand that I am not alone. The beer does not have much nose.

The taste is a different ballgame. There is a generous amount of hops here - both citrus and pine come through and is a bit tart on the tongue. I enjoyed this thoroughly. I can only imagine how much better this would be with a fresh and recent tapped keg. Delish.

Mouthfeel is fairly chewy, body is good, carbonation is adequate. Leaves a nice tart aftertaste - like you get after a glass of lemonade.

Drinkability is good from what I can tell. I only had 12 fluid oz so it's hard to tell but I can see me enjoying thin all night long.

Got this in a trade but I really liked it - just a different brew from a different locality. Makes me realize and feel good that across the USA, people are loving and enjoying hoppy and flavorful bevs.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 01:49:16 | More by Hellabeerguzzler
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soze47

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 01:22:17 | More by soze47
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

hopdinger

a 3.5 clear light to med amber, mild lace is laid down

s 2.5-3 some pine, crackers. very faint nose. way too restrained, though what's there isn't bad.

t 3.5 m 3 orange zest and some pine, white pepper, needs some oomph. a candylike tangy bitterness plays around but fails to convince me this is a serious beer. finishes with a layered spritzy sensation reminiscent of soda pop. on the watery side. by the end of the glass it seems overwhelmingly watery.

d 3 there's some decent flavor hidden in this one, but it's too hard to detect. without a freshness date, it could be a newer bottle would be better, but whose fault is that?

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 03:26:24 | More by brewmudgeon
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours an orange-amber hue with nearly no head. Thin wisps reminiscent of a lace doily adorns the top of this beer where a head should be present. Disappointing.

Smell -- An abundance of resin, spent citrus rind, and a gentle caramel malt base. Not bad.

Taste -- Pine is in the forefront, sticky and bitter, with grapefruit pith and some floral notes. Malt base is dryer than the nose would suggest, though there is still a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel -- Medium body, medium carbonation. Pretty good.

Drinkability -- I came into this beer with low expectations, but it's pretty good. Very hoppy, another classic Midwest AIPA (Almost India Pale Ale). If this is how they do there APA, I'm inclined to hunt down their proper IPA and IIPA's.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 00:39:41 | More by yeahnatenelson
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.55/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 04:17:31 | More by drabmuh
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- orange/yellow hue with very little head, excellent lacing.

S- nice pine, earthy hops with hint of citrus in background

T- nice crisp earthy base with bitter finish.

M- decent carbonation, with med/light body.

D- Not bad, it was worth trying and supporting local breweries. Great APA to start a newbie into the world of hops actually IN beer.

SOLID; NOT MY FAV!

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 06:27:14 | More by BeerLover99
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arboristfish

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light copper color, with a white head. The smell reminds me of citrus hops and bubblegum. The taste is sweet which transitions to a citrus hop bitterness. Im not sure if its the aroma leading into the taste or if you can also taste bubblegum in the beer. The beer is medium light. Overall this is a drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2010 02:27:36 | More by arboristfish
Hopdinger from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
80 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.