Hop-O-Matic | Ritual Brewing Co.

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3.71/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ritual Brewing Co.
California, United States
ritualbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 04-08-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,419
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
108
pDev:
11.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
11
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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 12
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 WDJersey
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of mudboneINla
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ambruns1979
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Furlinator
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rock & Brews, San Manuel on 01/19/17.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Santosizer
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is just a solid beer to me. Sometimes, you don't need to do a lot for a beer to be more than what it is, a beer. This is an American IPA, and I think it fits that classification perfectly. The name American for a beer to me means it's it's not overwhelmingly strong, but very firm; a good malt backbone, some breadiness, and some citrus piff in the nose and the backend, with a dry finish. One thing I appreciate about this beer is it borderlines DIPA abv while still keeping the integrity of the beer intact . There was no off flavors from the yeast and wasn't malt bomb boozy.

I am rating the way I am because it is missing that unique factor to separate them from less costly beers with the same taste profile. It's just a good beer. My recommendation is I hope they attempt a West Coast IPA at some point, something completely full of juice and dankness. Their guava variation fit my market desire perfectly. It's obvious they know what their doing at Ritual.

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Photo of IceAce
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 beachgrrl
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Richard927
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerOps
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a moderate haze and a lazy effervescence. Head is a thin layer of light tan foam. I like it.

Smell: dank and citrusy hop character atop a slightly yeasty malt base. Not too bad.

Taste: quite malty with a bit of an old-ale feel and a dank hop character. Bitterness is balanced for the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: good body with a good carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: not too bad. A pretty standard example of the style.

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Photo of Teen-o
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chief99
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Reema
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving type: on tap at the brewery

Pours a darker honey amber color. Smells of slight pine scents, citrus rind, and a pleasant baked bread smell. Taste reflects the smell with ample hops punch, followed by pine and resiny tastes, and with a slight alcohol twinge. Feel is slightly creamy, a little heavy, though still pleasant. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA with better taste than smell.

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Photo of sillyhed8
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of benzalman
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RobertConway
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Poupae
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Hop-O-Matic from Ritual Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 108 ratings