ElGaucho (2394) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2015 Tap at Grand Avenue Tavern, Wisconsin Rapids. Hoppy and sweet aroma. Smells nearly identical to Surly Furious. Creamy, off-white head with lace that coats the glass in sheets. Initial impression is that this is a furious clone. Subsequent sips it breaks down a bit. I’m pretty sure I have or have had a bottle of this at home which is why the name Hopdinger seemed so familiar. Not a bad brew. A little on the thin side. Could use another 15-20 IBU. It’s basically a take it or leave it brew. Better than I expected and drinkable but it’s a below average ipa.
Drake (13147) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle from Badger in Beloit. If Beloit, Wisconsin has a better beer store, I’d be surprised. Then again, Beloit College REJECTED me so I don’t exactly have an encyclopedic knowledge of the town. Pours a hazy amber color with a very large frothy offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Slightly green floral hop aroma with a bit of a chlorine note. The taste is candied citrus, chemical notes, faint malts. Tastes weird. Kinda like how I’d expect windshield cleaner to taste. The palate starts strong but instantaneously falls flat. This is just a weird beer.
ryanfolty (2456) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Date: September 6, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: Ridgeview Liquor, Green Bay, WI Appearance: Opaque hazy orangish brown, slight head and lacing. Aroma: Hoppy, pine and pineapple. Flavor: Consistent with aroma, thin bodied and a little watery. Other: Not a ton of taste here and I was expecting a bigger finish at the end but it just didn’t happen.
BVery (9931) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy light orange pour with a thin white head. Aroma of pineapple (thanks Landon - my 4-year-old aroma expert! Note that he is not an associate taster on my team!), pine, and hop. Medium palate. Taste is citrus hop - I like it. I think this is underrated.
StefanSD (2416) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle I picked up somewhere in Wisconsin. Pours a cloudy copper color with a small white head that soon fades to a film. The aroma is moderate in strength with pine, grapefruit and some sweet grains. The taste features sweetened cereal grains hopped up with Mt Hood & Cascade type hops and a bit of caramel. The palate is full with prickly carbonation. Finishes short with a trace of cooked vegetables. Overall: Not bad for an APA, but it ain’t no SNPA. Paired well with some aged Jarlsberg cheese.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
This beer is really pretty decent, but still nothing much to it. I like some more complexity.
bseribeer (128) - Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m surprised by the low scores. Hopdinger would be a staple in my fridge if it was locally distributed. Purchased at Woodman’s Market in Kenosha. Pours an amber, with good carbonation and an off white head. Aroma is grassy with citrus notes. Taste is earthy, bitter and even a bit buttery. Somewhat thin, crisp, with a dry finish. Solid Ale from Oso
portableparty (2303) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle to snifter. Pour is dark amber copper color with a very quick off white head that fades. Aroma is earthy malt grain metallic and nothing. Taste is caramel metallic malts with hints of subtle bitterness. Palate is thin watery with a dry finish. So so brew with minimal strong suits, but refreshing.
JK (5940) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not bad at all. Solid malt base with fresh bread, with aromatic and mildly bitter hops. Very drinkable, and a dry finish. Clear, brown beer.
Nuffield (4106) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Underrated by a bit. Not a stunning beer, but a decently balanced pale ale with a few off notes. Probably lighter hopping than many American beer geeks prefer. Bottle.