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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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From the sharp aromatics of citrusy pine that permeates your nostrils to the hefty malt backbone, Hop-O-Matic will slice and dice its way through your palate! But wait, there’s more! This refreshing India Pale Ale highlights the avid appreciation we have of the finer, bold nuances of our little green friends by imparting a delightfully playful nose and even livelier mouthfeel.

A herbaceously spicy, pungent, and dank brew. This fragrant beer imparts an initial blast of bitterness that gives way to sweet, toasty malts and a zesty citrus profile, then takes it up ten notches with a complex mélange of hops that won’t go down without a fight. What can we say? We’re proud of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Tropical fruit and citrus on top of toasted malts and caramel sweetness in the nose. Great orange amber pour wonderful head and lace. Flavors of caramel and toast up front, pushing a little iced tea but not much. Citrus and tropical fruit. Bright hoppiness. Juicy with nice resinous chewiness in the finish. Smooth and well made. Could use a bit less caramel but still a very solid ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
badpuppy69 (182) - orange, California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a nice frothy head. Aroma is tropical citrucy hops. Taste follows the Aroma some good hop bitterness midway and a nice malt backbone. Medium easy drinking ipa. Very nice tropical citrucy ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5646) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Fruity hops, citrus, light malty sweetness, and lingering grassy bitterness. Good stuff; very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (7870) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Tap at Slater’s 50/50 Rancho. Tea orange pour with good lacing. Sticky all over with some fruit juiciness. Nose is maple and sugar. Taste is sweet orange candy and mild peel bitterness. Sweeter, sticky amber IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (721) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2013 Pours a murky orange golden with a one finger white head. Sliced grapefruit with sugar on the nose. Mouthfeel is greasy and smooth with a bit of carbonation scrub. White pepper, resin, grapefruit, and umami flavors. Flavors blend to create a gestalt of a gigantic brew. Irreverently bold, yet painfully balanced. This is genius. ADDENDUM: I’m having this beer for the first time out of the bottle. There is a distinct difference between the draught version. The bottle version is nearly devoid of the umami and resinous depth that distinguished the draught version from even great IPAs. The bottled version is a disappointment compared to the draught. I’m adjusting my original score of 4.5 overall to account for the fact that more people are likely to imbibe the bottled version. If I were to have rated the the bottles version on its own merit, it received a 3.0. Really, it’s like an average home brew. ADDENDUM 2: I’m on my fourth bottle (not the same night though) and it most closely approximates the tap version. There must’ve been more than one batch that went into this first round of bottling. This bottle is quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
On tap. Clear dark golden with a creamy off white head. Nice big grapefruit, citrus hops, caramel, and grassy aroma and taste. Well balanced. Good creamy and silky palate. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
greenhorn1 (781) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 15, 2013
On draft. Good hop bite. aroma and flavor dominated by citrus. Goes down easy, very decent IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Growler. Rating #3. Dark amber/gold pour with an off-white head. Pine and tropical fruit aroma. Moderate bitterness upfront that lingers for a little bit, more tropical notes and pretty drinkable. Nice stuff. (2734)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7787) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2013
Growler. Pours with a clear orange hued body with a small white head. Aromas are of pine, fresh baked bread, tangerine, tropical fruit, low yeast and slight tannic extracted grain astringency. Flavors are bready, nutty, toasted malt and some alcohol. Low bitterness, tropical fruit hop character, dry with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (9918) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Dark orange, almost amber, pour with a white head. Sweet nose of orange, bread, caramel, and peach. Some light pine, floral hops, and maybe grass. The flavor is a touch on the sweet side. Caramel, bread, and toasted malt. Sweet fruit notes such as peach and orange. Mild pine and floral hop flavors with a light bitterness.

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