Hopdinger | O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

104 Reviews
no score
Send samples

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

Added by DaPeculierDane on 06-06-2008

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 301
Photo of KeefD
1.98/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark orange/amber color with a large white head and nice lacing. Aroma is diacetyl city. Nothing but butterscotch and popcorn in the nose. Yuck. Taste isn't much better. I'm really getting nothing that tastes like a pale ale. No bitterness, no citric hops, barely any malt. This is really a bad beer. Do they not taste this stuff before it goes out?

 357 characters

Photo of brewcrew76
2.09/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours hazy copper with 2 finger off white head and sticky lacing.

S - Faint aroma with piney and citrus hops, light malts and some type of off aroma I can't place (diacetyl?).

T - Diacetyl and metallic taste with some malts and hops in the background but hard to pick out after the diacetyl/metallic bomb.

M - I think the off flavors cause a bit of a tongue biting feel. Someone please give me a sponge to scrub this awful taste out of my mouth.

D - 0 for 2 on O'so beers. I really don't want to try the third one I have in the fridge. If only I could have my money back. Diacetyl hop burps are not so pleasant.

 619 characters

Photo of Bighuge
2.15/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Upon pouring, I get a half glass of amber colored beer and a half glass of thick, frothy white head. Seems a little charged up to me. Not a good sign. Sweet grainy smell with some baked bread and a little citrus. Not a good sign was right. This one is not on. Highly carbonated and not enjoyable at all. Flavor is bland and a little off. A little cardboard. Nothing "APA" like in it at all. I've had 3 O'sos so far. 2 very good. 1 very not good.

 445 characters

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.15/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had high hopes for this beer when it poured out of the bottle into the glass. It was gold-amber with a nearly brilliant body and great head formation with bubbles that seemed to swirl in the glass in the 2 inches below the head in a way that was reminiscent to me of beer from a beer engine. Sadly, that is where the good times ended. Aroma is pretty lackluster, with some maltiness and faint hop notes. Flavor is more malty than hoppy, but really dominated by diacetyl and a weird metallic taste.

I'd counsel you to avoid this one. Life is too short and alternatives too plentiful to drink APA/IPA/DIPAs that are at best mediocre.

 634 characters

Photo of kmeves
2.16/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Great Lakes Brew Fest. Pours a deep orange with a medium sized white head. Aroma is medium sweet, light citrus, biscuity and a very faint fruit. Butterscotch is also detected. Flavor is light butterscotch (diacetyl) which detracts from and overpowers the other flavors. Light to medium bodied, creamy thin texture. Finishes abrupt and bitter

 351 characters

Photo of alcstradamus
2.22/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A--Very dark, murky amber color with about a finger of head with good lacing

S--Wow this is very odd smelling. I'm having a tough time putting my finger on this, its like some sort of candy sweetness. Whatever it is, it is kind of offensive in a beer. I once tried a Bubbalicious gum that was filled with some strawberry liquid, and this kind of smells like that liquid. Unfortunately, the gum was gross.

T--For a beer called "hopdinger" you would really expect to taste some hops in it. Unfortunately this is almost 100% malty sweetness. Now, I'm not the type of person that says "its too sweet to drink." If it is tasty then it is tasty. But this is just empty, its like drinking a candy beer only the candy is generic and expired and watered down.

M--Medium bodied yet still feels very watery

D--I don't even want to finish this, really. It sort of tastes like something Anheuser Busch would put out under a new brand name to trying and convince people it is "premium"

 975 characters

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.

 154 characters

Photo of WJVII
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

 573 characters

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.

 664 characters

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.

 571 characters

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.

 694 characters

Photo of taylorhamrick
2.74/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not quite pale ale color, pours a nice deep amber, maybe a dark, dark orange, fairly clear, but a little bit of yeast falls in towards the end, making a nice cloud of haze that descends. The head is decent sized, probably 2+cm, but it sort of falls back, into a little pad, and leaves alright lacing. The smell is not as strong on hops as the name would suggest. It, at best, smells like tea, very leafy, kind of earthy and herbal, actually there's a faint hint of tartness, almost like cherries, maybe a tiny hint of vinegar in the nose. I'm not sure I hate it, but I certainly don't love it. The taste starts off lightly sweet and malty, with some crackery dryness. Then it sort of builds, with a combination of yeasty flavors, and then some earthy hops. It gets a taste thats very leafy, brings tea to mind again, maybe a bit of just straight leaves - the nearly flavorless kind. There's a hint of tart cherry. Not much in terms of citrus. Then the malt comes back again, with a kind of watery caramel finish. This one is a bit on the thin side of medium at its peak, but it finishes a bit thinner. The carbonation is lively, but doesn't provide much of a sting. The mouthfeel is pretty nice I'd say. This one actually is not quite as advertised, but I don't dislike it. The tartness is interesting, but I don't now if it was intended. I actually enjoyed it, probably would've enjoyed it a bit more blind. But I would not tell anyone that this was a good pale ale. I think the most enjoyable aspects of it were sort of accidental.

 1,533 characters

Photo of pweis909
2.84/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a pilsner glass, the beer is amber, with chillhaze. It has a strong head, initially, which recedes to a thin white foam the clings to the side of the glass.

Piney hops are the dominant component of the aroma and flavor profile. While it leans towards hop bitterness, it is not unbalanced as there is a slight sweetness that it plays against.

The beer is slightly dextrinous in the mouth.

This reminds me a bit of Bells Two Hearted, maybe not quite as agressive, but that is not too shabby.

UPDATE: 8/4/13
Maybe a little too much sweetness, and some diacetyl detected. Hop flavor leans a little towards dankness.

Update: 4/4/14
This beer now seems like a diacetyl bomb to me. The fact that I have five bottle in my fridge is a huge disappointment.

 774 characters

Photo of dirtylou
2.89/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz single, riley's

appearance: poured into a great dane pint...actually a great looking beer - dull amber body, 1/2" fluffy white cap that retains itself throughout....nice

smell: earthy, light herbal hop presence, grainy, wild mushroom...hmm

taste: not sure i really understand this one...its earthy and grainy, with a blast of tragic diacetyl...the hop presence is entirely unremarkable and this one leaves me without many positive words

mouthfeel: finishes a little dry, medium body

drinkability: meh

 510 characters

Photo of blackearth
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a clear, golden orange with a very thick, fluffy white head that falls to a cap that lasts to the end. Good lacing. Aroma is of floral hops and toasted malt. Medium bodied with just the right carbonation, this beer has piney hop flavor and some phenols from yeast and I can't taste any sweetness from the malt. Reminds me of homebrew. I'd try this again if I were visiting the brewery, but there are much better representations of the style out there. Speaking of which, this tastes more like an IPA than a Pale Ale.

 568 characters

Photo of ibashmuck
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

 418 characters

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.

 586 characters

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.

 564 characters

Photo of gatornation
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
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

 471 characters

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.

 838 characters

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.

 684 characters

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.

 453 characters

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Dark brown bottle with a black cap and cool green and black label featuring an almost eerie photo of hops.

Brewer's Description: This pale ale is generously hopped yet balanced through the use of Munich and Crystal malts. Hops added after fermentation give this American classic a pleasant aromatic bouquet. Enjoy.

Appearance: Clear, saffron tinged amber with a beige head that lasts as skim for the duration.

Aroma: Nice hoppy aroma with some pine but mostly light malts notes.

Taste: Malt focused with pronounced Munich. Very minimal hop flavor that leans toward light and citrus fruit. I really want some more hops in here, even for an APA.

Mouthfeel: A touch on the sweet side, particularly for the style. Not bitter enough. Otherwise light and refreshing.

Drinkability: Decent but just not quite hoppy enough to session.

 858 characters

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.

 731 characters

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


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?

 643 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Hopdinger from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
3.5 out of 5 based on 301 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.