Hopdinger | O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hopdinger is a Pale Ale that uses obnoxious breeds of the most pungent hops and has a strong, malty backbone that makes the beer dangerously drinkable.

ABV: 5.4%

IBU: 49

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Ratings: 316 |  Reviews: 107
Reviews by beagle75:
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4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of I2uss
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of robear
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of hailster
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of kalebharris
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of cdkrenz
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Spongy head, very light tan colored and starting out at about two inches but fading at a fair rate. It leaves a nice trace along the 2003 Lambeau Field , etched with a clear emblem, solid glass pint. It has a very sticky look which makes it all the more inviting. I really don't know if I've seen a pale ale look as sticky as this one.

S - Nice hop aroma but not as potent as it looks.

T - Not a complex brew but most pale ales aren't. This fits the bill of hop filled flavor but leaves me a bit unsatisfied. Don't misunderstand, it is nothing short of average.

M - Its nice and soft which may be a reason for the slight taste wanting. However, I think its nice to enjoy a hoppy brew with a nice flow down the trote.

~ This being a local brewery makes me excited. I myself am not in the brewing field but appreciate having some very high quality people around the area brewing some, in my opinion, excellent beer. I look forward to this brewery succeeding. As far as the overall drinkability of this beer. It is without a doubt, good beer.

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Photo of green_plastic
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Rborre321
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ibashmuck
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a medium foamy head on a cloudy amber body. Very strong smell of sweetness, citrus prominent. Same deal on the taste, citrus and/or fruitiness, with a pretty strong hop bitterness. Fairly fizzy, despite the head dissipating rather quick. Nothing too complex, but I'm not a huge fan of the style to begin with. There are better offerings out there.

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Photo of bpkrippner
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of morimech
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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 Eman17
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

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Photo of SeanaldDriver
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Atron67
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a beautiful amber color with a big fluffy white head on top that stuck around quite inpressively. clear body.

S- majporly a citrus aroma, definitely a little more complex then just that though, contains a bit of lemony and orangy character.

T- has a very delicious bitter start. munich malts are definetly the main malt flavor aspect) not a 'grapefruit' over powering pale ale, but it fits its profile. the malts stick around and give it a balanced and smoother finish than you would expect from the start (or from the scent) there seems to be a little bit of a off-flavor finish however that clashes a little. i've had it come from both under-pitching yeast and something akin to light struck in my homebrewing experience, however i'de bet its coming from under pitching however its relatively subtle and possibly not their fault.

M- medium body, and relatively light carbonation. lingering maltiness on the tongue with the bitterness.

D- a solid pale ale. still would consider it an odd name for such an 'english' style brew.

tasty and flavorful, and its always nice to try out a new brewery.

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Photo of kwhallick
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of gatornation
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the pour is typical of a good IPA its orange and fresh looking with a good head and lacing,,the smell to me is vinegar first then pine and citrus..WOW i dont know what to say i taste overwhelming vinegar in this one.. is this a flanders red?..again im not sure on this... yes i can drink it but it has a funky sour vinegar taste for an ipa..low scores are due to this for the style..you be the judge but this one is not for me when i want a hoppy pine/citrus malt/hop IPA

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Photo of ahuey333
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scootercrabb
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of David_w_arnold
2.69/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Ragingbull
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color and a little bit cloudy in appearance. Pretty substantial and foamy head that clings to the glass. Decent amount of prickle in the beer. Light fruit tones in the nose, perhaps a fruity candy type of quality. The attack is mildly sweet with perhaps hints of fruit, I wonder if it might be imparted to my tastebuds by the fragrances I experienced. After further investigation I discover that the fruit/floral sensations cling to the edges of the mouth and are indeed part of the flavor and/or mouthfeel. There is a subtle drying sensation in the mouth and perhaps just a little drop of butterscotch like flavor on the very tip of the tongue as the mouth dries and everything else clears away. Perhaps this is where I got the candy from.

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Photo of ShawnL
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WJVII
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a light wheat color, semi transparent, not too cloudy, with a decent white head. Limited lacing of the glass. Aroma is ok, but seems a bit on the light side. Some hops bouquet, but quite mild. I get light floral and a bit of cut grass smell. The taste is a little weak as well. More on the "wet" side with a mild hop taste, not that bitter. There isn't much of a malt taste here either. I am not sure I would want to sit and drink more than one or two of these in a single sitting. From a new brewery in town, this could use some work.

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Photo of Nurt20
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Hopdinger from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 316 ratings