Hop-O-Matic | Ritual Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Ritual Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 04-08-2013

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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 13
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3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Beaver13
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of virinow
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ehammond1
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2013)

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.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - an IPA made with Citra hops. How edgy, or perhaps ritualistic, which I guess makes it ok.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and sort of bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent dissipating fog bank lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser biscuity caramel sweetness, estery pine needles, muddled domestic citrus rind, and further understated leafy, herbal, and gently perfumed floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and crackery caramel malt, additional grainy cereal notes, still well-blended citrus flesh, oily pine resin, and more edgy leafy, weedy, and lightly soused-up floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-pinging frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, with a bit of hoppy intransigence tripping clumsily through the tulip garden here. It finishes off-dry, the base malt keepin' 'er steady, while the hop kiddies flit about, just happy to be up past bedtime.

Overall, this is a nice and simple American IPA, good and hoppy, yet balanced and thus drinkable, especially given the north of 7 points of the ol' wowee sauce measure. Yup, this is gonna go down faster than that scoundrel Scaramucci!

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Schwegler
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of IKR
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber color with a fairly small white head that faded fairly quickly. Excellent clarity with some legs.

Smell: Pine trees,moderate citrus fruit aromas and a mild bready note.

Taste:The pine scent and citrus fruit aromas show up in the taste profile. There is a mild sweetness in the taste profile. The beer finishes on a bitter hop note.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium-bodied with a modest level of carbonation.

Overall: Nice looking beer with a good nose but the sweetness in the taste profile is odd for an IPA and make the taste profile a little less crisp than it could be.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of huthuty
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is dark orange, sticky head
The smell is endearing in its sheer denseness, smells of bread enemas and hops
Tastes like a double IPA with extra sweet bready malt. The hops are a bit fruity and refreshing. The alcohol is hidden well and hits hard.
Overall, a good strong beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Elicoleman
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of double2chin
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Booner818
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CEDAMA
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of czillmer
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kylemckinnis
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OCSA_1978
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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Hop-O-Matic from Ritual Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 111 ratings