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The Big O | O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ibashmuck on 05-11-2008

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34
Ratings:
108
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
28.99%
 
 
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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

O very pale golden color, bright and yellow, a bit of chill haze, and a thin head, very little lacing. There isn't really anything wrong, but certainy isn't impressive or better than average really. The smell is of powdery sweet malts, some lightly grassy, fruity, hops. There's a very crisp, dry, almost tart note, with just a little bit of crackery malts. The taste comes up with some moderate sweetness, some pilsener malt graininess, a little bready, moreso than I expected. The hops are light and crisp, a bit tart and fruity, not much grassiness, no resins. A little better than average, nothing off, which is a good thing, but this isn't a style that is easy to stay in and create something amazing. The mouthfeel is medium, a bit thin, but actuallt better fullness than I expected. The carbonation is pleasant, a nice tickle. This one is enjoyable, but not anymore than a normal blonde ale. I could say that in one night, I could drink this for an extencded period of time, maybe this has just a bit higher of an ABV than I expected from a blonde. But this certainly doesn't create enough interest to make me want to buy it again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Traffic light yellow with sparse carbonation. That didn't stop the creation of a several finger crown of bone white foam (after a vigorous pour). A little lace helps the cause. Yeah, this is pretty much what an American blonde should look like.

The nose is pleasant enough. It's bright and clean, with pale grains and a hint of freshly grated lemon zest. Other than being somewhat low on power and personality, this is decent smelling beer of a style that has to work hard to impress.

The Big O is a capable enough American blonde ale. Despite the ABV, it drinks like a light beer. It also easily qualifies as a lawnmower beer and a session beer. O'so wasn't kidding when they included the phrase 'a zippy light bodied beer' on the label. Well, except that part about being zippy.

There can't be anything darker than pale or pilsner malt in the house. Sweetness is lacking, bitterness isn't prominent either, and a bit of sourness keeps the taste score from the next highest number. The label also reads 'a lasting impression of sun dappled oranges'. Sorry, I'm not getting that at all. A minor blip of noble hoppiness doesn't do enough.

As previously noted, the mouthfeel is light. It might even qualify as watery on the finish, but that isn't necessarily a sin in a beer that was designed to be consumed during the hot weather months. If it wasn't designed for that purpose, at least that's the task for which it's best suited.

The Big O isn't as exciting (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) as its name would suggest. On the other hand, show me an American blonde ale that turns heads. Bottom line: not a bad effort... and not a particularly good one either.

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Photo of KI9A
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellow/orange, OK head, but really dies off quick. No lace.

S: malts, maybe an adjunct of corn (?), apples, citrus.

T: Surprised after not being really inmpressed with the lack of head retention, and adjunct nose. Some yeast, green apple, honey orange. Finishes with a slight bready sweetness.

M: Light, clean. Crisp.

D: I can drink this one after the other. Nothing heavy to get in the way of summertime refreshment. Not sure I would want this while in the mood for a more complex beer, but, hell, it's a TON better that BMC beers.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Riley's, bought 4 different o'so singles - guess i didnt realize the beer was not highly regarded

appearance: poured into a pint glass, hazy straw-orange body with a 1/3" foamy white cap and light retention...when examined a bit more closely you can see a very light clear body beneath the clouds

smell: toasted grain, wheat, lemony sweetness, doughy

taste: an ok blonde ale - artificially sweet (lemon/orange), minimal malt and no hops... a little grainy. not really worth consuming a 2nd time

mouthfeel: sweetened, medium-light

drinkability: ok

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly hazy honey amber w/a hint of orange-pink. Light tracing remains, and the head did not last long, but it is still hanging on. Small beads of carbonation rise and hug the edges of the glass.
S-Bitter almond, mango, peach, light sweet malt, orange, light coriander, nutmeg, light yeast. Honestly, the first smell didn't do much for me, but it was very different. Each subsequent aromatic sampling brought forth something new, and
T-Very fruity upfront with a residual and pleasant sweetness; midway the bitter almond emerges, and a light spiciness reveals itself just after. The finish is of light hops, dough, and a final light zing of citrus. Crisp and even.
M-Excellent mouthfeel and variability throughout the drinking experience. I feel all sorts of sensations and flavors that work very well, and that are unique. The bitter almond pleasantly coats the mouth beyond the finish, and marries well with the citrus. The fruit is potent, but the sweetness is well-restrained. This ale is well-balanced and even.
D-Very enjoyable. I will definitely buy again. Something like this is refreshing in summer as a session brew, and also exhibits autumnal traits like the spiciness and fruit that make it nice to drink this time of year.

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.6/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - Zero head. Not looking good so far. The body is a hazy orangish-yellow.

S - Sweet malt aroma with hints of mango.

T - Let me start out by stating it will be very difficult to get a real gauge of the taste here because this beer is completely flat. I will however do my best to distinguish that flavor ever though the texture is awful. It has a sweet malt flavor followed by a finish of hops.

M - Like I said, there is nothing here that helps this beer. It is flat and I'm not going to finish it.

~ I will get another and hope that it doesn't fail me again.

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Photo of Redrover
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a couple of these at the Hill Top in Stevens Point. This place deserves to be in Beerfly!!

Poured into a glass mug, the beer is a slightly hazy gold with a fairly dense white head.

The aroma is of malts, hay and apple with some slight citrus. Very fresh and inviting.

The taste is a refreshing mix of slightly sweet malts, a bit of fruit with a touch of citrus based backend bitterness. The apple notes become more prominent as you work through the beer.

The mouth is crisp with decent heft. Very easy drinking beer would be a killer crossover beer and I found it very easy to session.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewer's Description: refreshing light colored cloudy beer that showcases a brilliant malt presence touched off with a balanced subtle hop finish and a lasting impression of sun dappled oranges. Enjoy.

Presentation: Dark brown bottle with a label of big lake, probably one that begins in O.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, ultra pale yellow-gold with a white head that lasts as thick, bubbly lace with plenty of cling.

Aroma: Soapy. Coriander. Subtle small, ripe orange. Pale malt. No noticeable hops.

Taste: Orange candy as well as real orange. Lots of orange. really. Pale malts. Lemongrass. Pretty straight forward.

Mouthfell: Medium body. Candy like front is very well balanced by a slightly hopped, mildly bitter finish. Well carbonated. Leans toward sweet but not cloying.

Drinkability: Quite good. On a hot day, I could down this. It does a fair job of offering sweet and fruity flavors for the masses, without being cloying. Some interesting notes and a very nice, balanced flavor overall.

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Photo of ibashmuck
4.72/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack", off a recommendation from the store owner, who said it was O'so's answer to New Glarus' Spotted Cow. And it compares favorably, with three noticeable differences: smaller head, slightly more bitter, and slightly more carbonated. Not quite to Cow's level overall, but a very, very nice offering from the folks in tiny Plover, Wisconsin. Well done.

BTW-I am unsure as to the availability. I believe it to be year round.

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