Hop-O-Matic - Ritual Brewing Co.
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3.79/5 rDev +3.6%
Thanks to metalcrush for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.
Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a honey flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid citrus aromas and flavors.
04-08-2013 04:35:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.55/5 rDev -3%
Color is the typical orange-tinted amber. Looks nice in the tall Maredsous chalice with a nice sticky head. Pleasingly sudsy in the mouth. Not as acidic as lots of other big hop brews, but it has a zing to it.
Warm and malty with a pineapple-orange flavor. Lots of bitter resiny taste after a few sips. This almost tastes like a DIPA with the big malt, but it clocks in at the usual ABV. If you like the maltier style of IPA, this is quite rich but still plenty bitter. Some of the grapefruit taste, but it's all moderated by the warm malt. The aftertaste is fragrant and bitter.
One of the better IPAs from the onslaught of hopped-up brews available from every place with a roof and a tap. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bine & Vine in San Diego.
08-15-2013 07:08:35 | More by mactrail
3.4/5 rDev -7.1%
Another IPA, another hop pun. This is Ritual's version of the style, which will be consumed from a glass via 22 ounce bottle. On to the beer:
I pour two-thirds of the bottle into my glass, and I already have some floating sediment in the beer's body. The color is orangish brown and is topped with a half-inch of decent head. But those dots of sediment pose an eyesore, which shouldn't be happening after two-thirds a pour of brewery fresh IPA. But it does smell pleasant initially. Zests of citrus, pineapple, kiss of alcohol, and a caramel base brings hope for good things to come. With a little time, I get a big dose of alcohol fumes coming through.
The beer does have a happy baselines of hoppiness. It also has some alcohol cutting through the beer, which is disappointing because the base tastes nice. Not very bitter, fresh tasting hops bring vibrant citrus and tropical fruit notes. The alcohol has a solvent character which disrupts some of the harmony. Decent malt base adding some sweetness. Despite the alcohol, the beer has a somewhat smooth texture and isn't very bitter on the palate.
Hop-O-Matic is acceptable and has potential to be better. Tighening the grip of the alcohol would be a great place to start, something I though I wouldn't type given how well I thought Hellion was.
11-23-2013 06:04:37 | More by DoubleJ
3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
On tap at Beachwood BBQ Seal Beach. Orange color, decent head, looks cool but then again almost all beer looks great to me. Aroma was more fruity than piney and not even quite a citrus fruit but that's ok. Flavor was again hoppy but a strange fruitiness that was not citrus as far as I could tell. I smashed this pretty quickly so it was a decent IPA but after having the Beachwood Hopular Mechanics this fell short and is really not what I am looking for when it comes to a West Coast IPA.
06-29-2013 14:47:16 | More by ArrogantB
3.55/5 rDev -3%
Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!
A much better than expected IPA. I'd heard early batches of this stuff weren't taken too favorably, so I wasn't exactly thrilled when my friend pulled this one out. That being said, it seems as if they've dialed things in quite a bit. This is a good IPA, though not anywhere in the upper echelon like some of SoCal's other more well known iterations. Good, tropical fruit aromas along with a balanced, moderately bitterly flavor. Decent hop character but not as pungent or expressive as in the aroma along with a little sweetness. I wouldn't seek it out, but it's tasty.
07-28-2013 16:53:40 | More by ehammond1
3.48/5 rDev -4.9%
22 oz bottle. Pours hazy copper gold with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass some.
The aroma is a bit subdued - sugary fruits and some piney hops.
The flavor is sweet sugary fruits with bready malts and some grassy, spicy hops that have decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, a bit overly sweet and sugary. It has decent bitterness, but not a lot of hop flavor.
07-10-2014 04:02:56 | More by Beaver13
4.18/5 rDev +14.2%
holy crap! there really IS a bunch of sediment in this.... suspended in solution. in the water business we call this turbidity and it'll give ya the sh*ts!! but i'm sure (?) this is an entirely different matter....
orange brown. soft pour, hardly any head. next one will be more vigorous. light lace on the sides, not very oily. not much resin or bitterness. smells and savors a bit sweet, with a bit of orange on top of some grapefruit rind. relatively well balanced and very easy to drink. the sediment is so heavy it makes the brew hazy and the size of the sediment is about the same of some nice carbonation. code on bottle says "23513". May 23rd, 2013? right next to it it says to "drink fresh". so give us a DATE, morons. geez.... and if it IS May 2013, then proper gratuities go out (AGAIN) to Bevmo for holding MORE outdated and over-extended beer.... know where you buy. and check the dates even still from the ones you trust. Bevmo in Huntington Beach is becoming a sore. the store is categorized by their own company as a B store, meaning they don't get CRAP. you have to travel to Irvine if you want the real selection and availability of what they receive. what's the point then? fold up shop and give the territory to TW. they earned it anyway.... rant over. maybe...
overall, decent. okay. nice color. slightly orange-ish head upon more vigorous pour. some good fruit.
01-25-2014 01:41:24 | More by pkalix
Hop-O-Matic from Ritual Brewing Co.
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