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Hopdinger - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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102 Reviews
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Reviews: 102
Hads: 288
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 23.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | 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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Reviews: 102 | Hads: 288
Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of birchholz
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into tulip pint. No date.

Appearance: Dark Amber in color, very clear with noticeable carbonation. Fluffy head that dissipates quickly, thin layer sticks around. Moderate lacing.

Aroma: Lots of hops upfront, mainly grapefruit, orange, melon, a hint of pine.

Taste: Hops predominate with the malitness playing cacth-up. Hop profile reminds me of a toned down version of Two Hearted. A little bit of earthiness/funk with a sour finish that isn't terribly appealing.

Mouthfeel: Nice and full, decent carbonation, little stickiness on the palate. A little watery overall, but not bad for an APA.

Overall: Not bad, wish I knew how fresh this one was. Not something I’d seek out, but wouldn’t pass up either.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 24 Oct 2010. Courtesy of R&S, thanks! Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Large tight creamy light beige head. Well carbonated. Coppery with a faint haze. Piney, resin and floral in aroma with quite a bit of orange zest too. Starts with a lot of sweet piney resin upfront. Juicy and fruity with lots of resin throughout. Becomes more orangey in the finish and aftertaste. Medium body, moderate ethanol.

Quite easy to drink, thirst quenching.

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Photo of cavedave
2.72/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very cloudy, dark amber, thin beige head, finally a whispy cap. Some spotty lace. Not the most beautiful pale for sure.

Not much of an aroma either. Some sour yeast, biscuity malt, hints of pine and herbal bitter.

Low/med. strength flavor. Starts with that sour yeast, not tart, definitely sour flavor, some caramel sweet joins, then some hops try to muscle in, but the limp pine and sallow citrus do little more than make me wish for a better beer. Finish gains a touch of bitter to end sour and unsatisfying.

Mouthfeel is too low carb., not clean flavors, not dry enough finish, doesn't clear out very well.

This beer is not a hopdinger, it is not a good pale ale, and is not recommended.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth pint glass. I think I got this bottle in late November, but no bottle date information to be found as to the age.

A: Clear orange amber color. Finger and half of fluffy white head. Sticks around a while and leaves some lacing trails.

S: Smells like a pale ale. Clean citrus hop aromas. Mild maltiness. I thought this was old, but still smells good actually.

T: Actually a really enjoyable little sip. I get a really clean and bright hop bite in the tip of the tongue. Malt balance is perfect in the mid mouth. And a crisp clean finish. This is still a tasty bottle. Low ABV easy drinking pale.

M: It's light but probably still fits in the medium bodied category.

O: It's a solid little B grade pale ale. I find it hard to go over that for a simple pale ale that doesn't wow me with hops etc.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.69/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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.

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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 lurpy1
3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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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 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 mynie
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.71/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
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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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 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 kawilliams81
3.75/5  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.

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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 adman08
2.71/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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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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Hopdinger from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
80 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.