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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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, thereís 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 mťlange of hops that wonít go down without a fight. What can we say? Weíre proud of this one.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (699) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Fresh grassy, catty hop aroma from a clear orange/copper body with a foamy white head. The grassiness follows into the taste along with pronounced pine dryness and grapefruit juiciness. Lots of hop goodness here and while itís strong itís also well balanced. Good caramel malt flavor to balance the bitterness, but itís a little too sweet for my taste. There seems to be a bit of an alcohol bite, but it might be somewhat due to the spiciness of the hops. That bitterness lays down on the tongue and lasts but doesnít build to anything overwhelming. Finishes dry, spicy and sweet. Very good IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5539) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
badpuppy69 (217) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10934) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours golden amber with a slight beige head. Aroma suggests mosaic. Lots of mixed fruits. Melon? Citrus? Med body. Wow are there lots of odd fruits. Most melon I can recall. Citrus. Pineapple. Maybe guava. Iím sure there is more. Thereí also a nice roasty malt backing to support all this stuff. Very light hop burn. Finishes with lots of green melon. Amazing stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (908) - 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: Iím 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. Iím 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, itís like an average home brew. ADDENDUM 2: Iím on my fourth bottle (not the same night though) and it most closely approximates the tap version. There mustíve been more than one batch that went into this first round of bottling. This bottle is quite tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6055) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (1022) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - APR 25, 2014
Draft at Anthill. Pours a medium orange to golden with minimal head. Aroma is melon and mango forward. Taste is initially a sweet to then bitter character with the fruit coming in. More mango at the very end in the finish which I very much like. Slightly dank when it warms. Overall, Iíd order this one again.

3.7
   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)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
greenhorn1 (807) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 15, 2013
On draft. Good hop bite. aroma and flavor dominated by citrus. Goes down easy, very decent IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5625) - 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.


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