Art Of Dankness | Ritual Brewing Co.

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Art Of DanknessArt Of Dankness

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Ritual Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Faction1913 on 04-25-2014

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5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This week’s Faction 1913 Beer Review

The Art Of Dankness: Imperial IPA from Ritual Brewing Company located in Redlands California.

Do you wanna piss off your racist grandpa even more than you already have? Give him a fucking drink of your Art of Dankness and see how his Milwaukee’s Best tongue reacts. Wanna piss him off even more? Pour it into a fucking tulip glass, stick your pinky out and tell him the aromatics coming off in the nose are sublime and make you think of a forest thicket after a light sprinkle of rain with a unicorn pissing in the meadow. He’ll think you’re a fucking commy pinko who should have been hit more as a child.

Well you know what? Fuck him! He can think you’re a commie pinko all he wants because unless you roll into the brewery with five soft pretzels and two Garbage burritos coating your weak ass stomach, two pints of this Zeus Damned experimental hop brewed Frankenstein Double Imperial IPA and you’re three sheets to the wind popping weed burps and stumbling through some poor bastard’s garden wondering why your friends all hate you and left you half way down your block.

American IPA’s are all the rage these days. A lot of west coast breweries hitched their wagon to this shit and decided their clientele weren’t fucked up enough so they decided to make that shit stronger and bitter enough to rip the enamel off your pussy ass teeth.

So here’s the nuts and bolts of the Art of Dankness. This beast has an IBU (International Bittering Units for you stupid ass jocks who played the ookie-cookie instead of studying for your Chem 101 test in college) rating of 105. Let’s put it this way, your lame ass tongue can only comprehend 90 IBU’s. 90!!! That means you have to be some kind of alien fucking robot to even have the ability to understand what kind of bitter this beer is. Secondly, this beer pops in with an ABV of 9.2%. To give a comparison your racist grandpa’s beer was probably a -2.3%. No wonder that fucker could have a case of that shit and still be able to cuss you out and alienate your, “colored,” friends.

The nose on this beer is FANTASTIC. When the tulip is full it gives off a hoppy fresh scent that IPA drinkers will nod and say, “Yep, that’s a fucking IPA.” However, drink this beast half way down and it smells like Billy’s (your loser friend who will never amount to anything) bong. The movers and makers at Ritual knew what they were doing when they called this beast in a bottle, “Art of Dankness.” What’s more is the cheeky bastards at Ritual released it on 4/19, a day before the Stoner’s thanksgiving. You tongue-in-cheek bastards.

The malt in this beer is well balanced. For you penultimate beer geeks who know their shit, I have no clue what malts they used in the beer. However, there is ZERO alcohol burn and the entire beer, aside from the rudeness of the bitter drinks as smooth as a pale. What I do know is that they used around four hops and the emphasis is definitely on the nose which is why they probably named it, “Art of Dankness.” One of the hops is an experimental hop that doesn’t even have a fucking name and only a handful of breweries in Southern California who slayed a minotaur and talked backwards for two hours straight got it rumors are that Stone is another brewery who got it. I had a quick chat with the brewer and as far as I can tell this hop was used primarily in the late addition (Hops used in late addition give the beer it’s signature smell rather than the bittering).

Synopsis: If you are a fan of west coast style IPA’s then dive in head first. If you hate IPA’s then stay the hell away from this.

Pairs well with: Farting on your friend’s pet, wearing sandals with pants, garden stumbling, disturbing the peace and being drunk in the afternoon..

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a deep Amber color with a creamy two-finger off-white head that retains long after the pour, eventually leaving some nice lacing behind

S- fruity up front with aromas of red berries, cantaloupe & a hint of citrus. Brady and sweet malt tends to take over the hop aroma

T- very sweet and malty up front with notes of fresh bread and sugar, u see lying fruity sweetness gives flavors of red berries and fresh grass, more sweet malt on the finish

M- viscous body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a creamy finish

O- this drinks more like a barley wine, it's too malt forward for a DIPA and didn't live up to the label on the bottle

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a 10 oz Ritual goblet. Beer was bottled less than 24 hours ago.

L: Pours a beautifully deep orange/copper with a very minimal off white head, that barely exists and recedes very quickly. I wish it ahd slightly more head, but otherwise very nice looking beer.

S: Wowzers. The experimental hops (just named Eureka hop) are all over this thing, its dank and sticky and smells of rainy grass or mulch with slight tones of citrus, earth finished with malt. Smells fantastic.

T: Just a great DIPA, initially you get the same taste as the aroma, all experimental hops and wet, danky earth. As it washes over your palate you get bitterness from the hops as well as a wonderful malt backbone that leaves your mouth watering for more. If you're not into aggressive beers, you will not like this (you should also go get some big boy pants and drink better beer). Damn this is what I look for in DIPA.

F: Sticky, resinous, leaves a coating on the sides of your mouth and tongue. The carbonation is minimal and it leaves you thinking it could use a touch more, but it makes this beer very drinkable. Not as great as the taste and aroma, but nothing to say negative about.

O: If you don't like this DIPA well than I have to seriously question the kind of beer drinker you are. This is a beer drinkers beer, something that pushes the envelope with new and aggressive hops and different flavor profiles. It's a different kind of DIPA, not just a hop bomb, not too malty. it straddles the line oh so well. As I said previously if you think this beer isn't good, you probably don't drink enough great beer, and you should expand your profile.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- 4oz. pour off tap at Back Bay Tavern (Newport Beach, CA) on 20-Jun-15

Tasted this against Stone's Enjoy By 7-4-15 and Noble's Wakatu Showers. This one was my least favorite due to the dominant malt presence, but overall a decent DIPA. The higher abv should be taken into consideration as well.

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4.44/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.59/5  rDev -8.2%

Bottle I brought to share at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a better hop presence in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: on tap at the brewery

Pours a hazy orange amber color. Smells of dank earth, heavy bread like malts, and wet grass. Taste reflects the smell though not as well. Initial hop bitterness leads into an almost barley wine like bread malt flavor (which isn't bad). Finishes slightly bitter that lingers for a while. Feel is medium fluffy thick, which isn't off putting but is slightly odd. Overall this is a good DIPA (barleywine) that smells better than it tastes.

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3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Art Of Dankness from Ritual Brewing Co.
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