Hop-O-Matic - Ritual Brewing Co.
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3.55/5 rDev -2.7%
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
3.55/5 rDev -2.7%
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
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
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
3.79/5 rDev +3.8%
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
Hop-O-Matic from Ritual Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.