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): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
49 IBU

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

definitely a better pale than its getting credit for being here. sure its a little maltier than many in the american style, but i think the grain flatters the piney hops in this one, which are dosed high on the edge of ipa really, and its quite well put together. great head, lasting and white on top of the clear but dark almost copper colored brew. piney hops, oils, fresh, hints of some yeast sediment, but i dont see it. the taste is like the aroma, the hops are more balanced here though. it seems a tad muted compared with the nose, which promised a big flavor jolt. i like the beer though, the malt sweetness is surpassed in the middle by the hops, and there is indeed a little yeast flavor as it winds down. hop burps for miles too. good carbonation and nice finish for how malty the middle is. i havent had a ton of beer from these guys, but i have liked very well the few i have had. this is definitely better than its scores here, but i dont think it holds up too well over time. maybe they have some older bottles out there, i dont know, but mine tasted good.

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

12oz bottle. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper body, one finger white head, good retention, some lacing. Smells of grain, a bit of a bready lagery taste, minerals, not a whole lot else. Fairly light on the hops of any kind. If not for the appearance, I'd wonder if I was drinking a mildly hoppy lager. Flavour is mildly bready, caramel, grains, a bit of pine, a fairly non-distinct, mildly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, just about the best part of the beer. Mild, somewhat bland bitterness, slight metallic bite on the end. Overall, this is a fairly average-to-below-average APA but I can see this having some appeal to people who like to drink AAL's.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

from a single into an imperial pint, pours a mildly hazy deep dark copper with a big khaki head and decent lacing. Nose lacks definition...a lot of graininess, with some vague pine and a hint of citrus on the edge. Taste starts out okay, some bready malty notes, some resin, some honey-sweetness even... but there is a kind of metallic and grainy and lemon-peel-dry(if that's possible) edge that comes on for the back half and then lingers; it is problematic, and it is difficult to get past. The mouthful is pretty good, well carbonated and a nice crispness, finishing dry.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber color with white head. Light citrus and pine with a balance of bready malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes pretty balanced between the hops and malt.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +8%

Appearance: Pours hazy, the amber liquid capped by an inch of foam; so-so retention and lacing

Smell: Apricot, pine, resins and grass

Taste: A touch of caramel lays the foundation and then the hops take over, bringing pine, lemon and grassy tones along with some apricot; the bitterness builds, after the swallow, though the malt returns in the finish to keep things in check

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad APA, but the hop profile tends toward bitterness without bringing enough of the citrus or pine to move it into a higher echelon

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Pours a copper color with fine quality and plenty of lace. The aroma is full of citrus and some sweet malts. The taste has grapefruit citrus, some papaya, pith and sweet herb. Sugary, toasted malts lay a fine background but the beer is mostly bitter. Medium bodied feel and well carbonated. Overall, consider this a solid pale ale/almost IPA option if you can find it. Damn tasty.

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Photo of kkleu357
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

From notes on 11/9/13

This is ok. Basic pale ale. Not much flavor besides the hops, which is only ok. O’so definitely has better, but this is still ok.

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Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep bronze with a lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is piney, slightly citric with a grainy background.

The taste leans hoppy, but balanced with firm grainy malt. Pine, floral notes, some citrus with a grainy/honey sweetness. It has a crisp, dry-ish finish.

It is easy to drink. Smooth. Hits medium-bodied.

A nice APA that lands on the hoppier side of the spectrum.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25


A golden honey color, off white/eggshell head. Moderate amounts of lacing slightly hazy


Light roasted malt, hops, pine, flowers, honey


Light and fruity, velvety mouthfeel, moderate hop presence, pine, decent malty presence,bitter finish


I’m very happy with this beer, it is one of the better IPAs in my opinion and fits what I like in an IPA perfectly. It has a sense of balance and harmony with all of the tasting notes that you rarely find in an IPA anymore. Perfect drinking man’s IPA for any occasion


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Photo of martyl1000
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

This is one strange brew. At first sip, it seems entirely pleasing: an engaging floral crispness, with a flash of simple syrup sweetness. But it instantly turns strange. The simple syrup sweetness morphs to a honey-like . . . . wait, I was gonna go through the changes in detail. But I now see the whole problem is a metallic tinny flavor dominates and changes all the pleasing flavors into something muddled and uncertain. It attenuates the complexity, flattens it, mashes it down.

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Photo of d5001986
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into 'The Lost Abbey' teku.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a finger of cream colored head.

S: Lemon, grapefruit, and slight pineapple.

T: Bitter, perfume like floral and pine up front, followed by grapefruit and very slight tropical fruit. Bitterness hangs for a while at the end.

M: Med-light body, moderate carbonation. Clean and refreshing, but also seems a bit watery. Bitterness just keeps it from going down smoothly.

O: Best just to avoid this one. Not very drinkable due to the unpleasant bitterness and perfume like qualities.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 2/6

Pours medium dark cloudy amber, with thick heavy white foam. Loads of lacing. Sharp pine nose with floral hints. Punchy carbonated peppery spicy malt. A little pop backed by a tasty malt. Good IPA for sure.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 7/26/12

111 12 Hopdinger printed on the bottle

A) Rustic orange color with faded gold highlights at the stem. One finger cap of foam dissipates to a bubble, soapy layer leaving some lace along the way.

S) Notes of sticky pine and zesty lemon comprise most of the aroma. Seems like it will be pretty dry. A spot of sweet cracker and biscuit dustings round out the aroma.

T) Hot dang, this is a bright and snappy hop profile ripe with lemon, pine and herbal hops. Modest bread notes quickly give way to a resin-laden, dry and prickly finish. Definitely hop-forward.

M) The feel is a nimble medium, made so by vigorous carbonation ripping across the whole of the palate. Very subtle granular undercurrent.

D) Hopdinger is a feisty creature. Well-constructed and easily drinkable. I'd reckon this is a treat on tap.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dense, resiny head that has good persistence and laces nicely. Nice, warm citrus/pine aroma with a slight sweetness behind it all. Amber-straw color. Starts with a bright grapefruit hoppiness, moves into a more floral character as the malt comes through. Peaks into a medium bitterness that is citrus rind. Finish is a nice mix of citrus and bitterness.

This is pretty good. A nice balance of hoppy and aromatic. Good malt presence, too. Quite a solid WI alternative to Hopalicious.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. I traded a friend two bottles of Hopothesis IPA for two bottles of this beer. My third beer from O'so Brewing Company. Expectations are in the high range since I've enjoyed the last beers I had from them.

Poured into The Godfather pint glass.

A - Pours about three fingers of foamy off-white head on top of a brassy orange colored body. Lots of fine sediment twirling around the glass.

S - Smell is kind of subdued: herbal grassy hop presence, peppery spice, lemongrass, rye, biscuit malts, touch of pine, and some cat piss acidity.

T - Taste exceeds the nose in terms of flavor if you ask me. A hint of peppery rye flavor, but not a lot. Lots of herbal / grassy hop presence, lemons, grapefruit, green apples, bready biscuit malts, and some tart, sugary tea leaf sweetness lingering on the finish.

M - Feel is of tart green apple skins, bready biscuit malts, and some dry hop resin. Crisp, ideal carbonation.

Overall, not the best I've had from O'so, but yet another highly drinkable, balanced, well-crafted beer. A nice take on the American pale ale, with a modest 6.00% abv, and I look forward to continue exploring their beers.

O'so Hopdinger ---3.5/5.

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Photo of matjack85
4.94/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked up this single 12oz brown bottle as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL, making them $1.67 each. No freshness date. Also of interest, the company website lists the abv at an even 6.0%, not the 5.5% listed here.

The beer poured a hazy honey gold color with 2-finger's worth of white head that lasts a few minutes and leaves some nice lacing.

Wonderful floral hop aroma with a touch of pine and citrus fruit underneath.

Wow, this is really good. Sweet malty backbone with a honey and almost buttery taste, balanced with mild piny and citrusy hops.

Smooth, creamy, medium bodied with higher than average carbonation, which keeps it nice and crisp.

Not a hop bomb, but a really tasty American Pale Ale. I loved it.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hopdinger pours a dark golden color, with a very small lacing head. There is a earthy and slightly hoppy aroma. The taste has a nice hop bite to it, lots of earthy like flavors, and a subtle roasted taste. Full flavors, nicely carbonated. Overall a nice solid APA, not has hoppy or floral, but does have a subtle roasted flavor that is a bit of a change up.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle.

Pours hazy gold with an inch-plus head of white. Retention is moderate with a partial skim coat and stringy lacing for the duration.

Aromatics have a mild amount of biscuity malt and pine bark. Bread crusts follow through.

Light to medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.

Toasted malt with balancing, piney hops and a light bitterness on the palate.

Finishes with some lingering toasted bread ends and stale pine bark.

Either this beer is quite faded or totally oversold by the label description.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Beautifully present head which peaked at about two fingers and retailed at about a half a finger. Golden slightly peach color to this brew. Very active carbonation throughout. Heavy lacing left on the glass with each drink.

Smell: Unexpected banana/yeast aroma on the front of this brew. A little bit of malt but that odd front aroma keeps coming back. The hops are felt in a crispy dry aroma.

Taste: Follows the aroma pretty closely. There are some unique flavors going on here for an APA. Yeast and some leafy greens on the front. Buttery taste rides from the body and sticks around on the palette after drinking. Different overall.

Mouthfeel: Bright and active. Active carbonation shows itself quite a bite.

Overall: Glad I gave some local Wisconsin products a shot. This one was okay, certainly a unique representation of the style.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Hopdinger is ok...I was hoping for something similar to 2Bros Bitter End, but ended up a bit more bitter than BE. Thebeer poured a nice clear copper with finger thick head that is lacing nicely. The smell is floral and slightly bitter....tones of citrus and pine. The taste is essentially bitter from start to finish. There is a slight malty sweetness in the center. Not a lot of pine or citrus but definitely present. The mouthfeel is medium body with big carbonation. Overall it is ok.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a nice clear orange color with about a finger of white head.

S- The floral smell of the hops is present but is not particularly aromatic.

T- Slightly bitter and hoppy but did not quite have the hop bite that I was hoping for. I had hoped a beer named "hopdinger" would be a little bit more complex and bitter.

M- Mouthfeel was medium-light for the style. Crisp with a medium-light carbonation.

O- I love IPAs and APAs but this beer did not quite deliver what I had hoped for. It was not bad and I would drink it again, but I will not seek it out.

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Photo of guityler83
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a tulip, I got 2 fingers of bright white foam with spoty lacing. Crystal clear light orange with copper around the edges.

S: not sure.. my nose is stuffed

T: Piney and bitter at first, toasty and bready backbone. I think the beer I have might be slightly older.. i get an oxidized charecteristic from the resiny hops.

M: High carbonation, almost like its was bottle conditioned, slightly dry, bitterness gives a lingering astringency.

O: Beer was ok, but I would like to taste a fresh example.. maybe I'll update this when i do.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

I know a Spelunky jag normally means some sort of cheap, crappy beer, but this was in the fridge and I wasn't gonna argue. It pours a clear brass-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises general pine, mild grapefruit peel, and a distinct caramel backbone. The taste brings in more of the same, with a focus on the pine sap. Sadly, though, everything comes through muddled and bland, with little-to-no real hop presence beyond the vague sense of pine that pervades like the soreness of a stubbed toe. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, this is an okay IPA at best, but one that, to me, lacks any real character. It's kinda bland, very boring, and doesn't lend itself very well to repeat drinks.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No dating that I can see, so I'm not sure how old this is.
Really nice and fresh hop aroma with fruitiness of both sweet light fruit and some citrus. Faint malt background.
Quite clear, darker amber with browns, reds and orange. Tannish head with good height and decent stamina.
Flavor not quite as bold and interesting as the aroma. Little heavier grain quality and not as much of the freshness and lightness of hops as in the aroma. Bittering is soft, but grows with warmth - not yet too much. There is a shot of sticky resinous - of which I am not a fan. However, a little positive pine works fine and that is in there too.
Carbonation on the higher end, but not to excess. Quite soft and moderate feel.
A little unrefined and not quite clean enough in the flavors. Love the aroma, it's top notch. But the flavors are more messy - they blend a little better as warms.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Surly pint glass. I picked this one up on my recent trip to the Motherland.

Pours a dark rusty amber with barely a sheet of lace on top. The nose is a little musty with notes of wood, green veggies, and malt. This fades out to a sweet syrup like aroma that is quite pleasant though. There's a good amount of bubbles bolstering this beer. Good creamy smooth finish, but a tad drying.

The hops in this beer aren't all that juicy and flavorful, though they do impart a good amount of bitterness. Biscuity malt with a lack of residual sweetness. This is a dry, bitter beer, that is decent, but not all that refreshing. I probably wouldn't reach for this one again, as there are scores of better options of this style out there.

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