Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.31/5 rDev +1.9%
Received a bottle out of the kindness of BA SammyJaxxx. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with an engraved/stamped freshness date of April 2014. Poured into the special Speigelau IPA glass.
Appearance - Pours a hazy straw yellow that is reminiscent of the way morning sunlight shines through the faint particles of dust in the air. Bright golden yellow where the light refracts through the glass, and a more shadowy lemon rind color elsewhere in the body. Atop said body sits a healthy two-and-a-half finger head of frothy cream-colored bubbles. Mostly dense, smaller bubbles, with just a smattering of medium-sized bubbles from the pour. Retention is excellent, and as the head begins to receded, it leaves opaque sheets of lace on the side initially, which then fade away. Ample ringing around the glass as I drink it down.
Smell - I'm not one to ordinarily use the term "dank" when describing beer, but in this case, it's hard not to, because the impression fits so well. A blend of bright, acidic citrus notes of lemon and tangerine along with an herbal funkiness, like fresh basil and some pine. There is also a considerable tropical presence--maybe pineapple and some mango--but not nearly as tropical to my palate as the other new DIPA from Victory (DirtWolf) was. It's a really unique and captivating smell.
Taste - Not quite as unique as the aroma, but a wonderful blend of citrus and tropical notes. Pineapple, lemon zest dominate, but there is also the presence of the grain here, with some light toasted biscuit notes, which was not as obvious in the smell. I will say that this is an unbelievably drinkable 9% beer. I didn't get *any* booziness from the flavor, and the bitterness is so low that it's nonexistent. This is the type of big abv IPA that I might encourage an IPA newbie or IPA-averse person to try, because I think it would exceed their expectations for the style.
Mouthfeel - Light bodied and ample carbonation, with a clean, bright finish. As noted before, there is very little bitterness--but still manages a wonderfully dry finish. Perhaps just a touch of sweetness.
Overall, this is the best IPA-class (double or single) beer I've had from Victory, and I don't think it's really close. Amazing balance and uniqueness and certainly (imho) belongs in the top 250 over DirtWolf. Heck, it might be one of my favorite IPAs now. It's a shame it's not easier for me to get my hands on this one, because I have a feeling I'd be buying it with some frequency.
01-20-2014 14:44:35 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
4.89/5 rDev +15.6%
Phenomenal beer, an instant favorite. Gotta love the hints of citrus, so pleasing to the nostrils and palate. I bought 2 cases of this after trying it on tap at a local bar. Too bad it is seasonal, I want this year-round. I do happen to like it better than dirt wolf.
02-28-2014 03:19:28 | More by hogie7
3.85/5 rDev -9%
This is probably the most "refreshing" DIPA I've ever had. The alcohol is extremely & dangerously well hidden. Very citrusey with an almost european/heffeweizen taste & feel. Very good beer.
That said, I don't know that I'd buy again. When I want "refreshing" I'm not reaching for a 10% ABV. And when I want a 10% ABV I'm looking for a big hop smack & bitterness and a variety of smells & flavors because I'm only drinking one or two of them. This one doesn't have that flavor punch, at least in the way so many other big IPA's do.
Apparently the hops used are kinda different, and it's noticable, and while it was certainly well crafted, maybe those aren't for me.
03-10-2014 18:10:00 | More by mrz200
4.46/5 rDev +5.4%
12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.
Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a small layer. It is a pale yellow color with a little haziness and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: Tropical, floral, piney, resin, pungent, grassy, pilsner, and pale malts.
Taste: Wow!!! What a tasty brew. Everything I smelled came out on the palate. Nice mild bitterness and the alcohol is not even noticeable.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, tingly, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, and so tasty.
Overall: I have had this several times and I think it gets better. So delicious and tasty.
05-09-2014 03:32:49 | More by Flounder57
4.49/5 rDev +6.1%
Bottle best by 24 May 2014 at 42 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of citrus, closest to lemon
Head average (4.5 cm), white, creamy with rocks, very slowly diminishing fading to a to 1 -2 mm layer
Lacing poor: partial rings with small to medium bubbles, stalactites
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor begins with a light lemony taste, slowly fading through sweetness to a light astringency. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no malt. No aftertaste is noted.
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation lively.
This is the last bottle from the case I bought in Jan, 2014, and somehow I’ve neglected to review it. IMHO this is a much better beer than Dirtwolf, certainly having more flavor and a less noticeable hop profile. This could easily be a session beer.
05-28-2014 19:34:25 | More by Ozzylizard
4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
Pours into a standard pint a clear dull yellow with a tightly formed one finger white head,the pour was not real awe inspiring by any means.Tropical fruits in the nose along with a bit of sweet onion,very fresh and juicy smelling.Flavors of grapefruit and mango are just dripping,almost like drinking mixed fruit juice,in the finish I pick up some vidalia onion,not much of a malt presence but a decent amount of sugary sweetness.This is a big fruity,juicy hopped IPA here,way to easy to drink.
01-27-2014 22:57:31 | More by oberon
4.46/5 rDev +5.4%
12oz bottle poured to dogfish mini-pilsner glass. Appearance is golden with tones of yellow..smell is fruity, grapefruit, citrus, apricot..taste is smooth for suggested 9%abv. Starts sweet amd citrus, and finishes fruity, and smooth, "air-ee" light bodied creamy mouthfeel. Lemon rind and orange peel.,highlights the hop frehness and taste without being too bitter or cloying.. Lacing is foamy and sticky. Carbonation is medium, with a crisp dry feel on the finish..this is refreshing and admirable. Paired nice with kabobs-cucumber yogurt sauce, grilled meat chimmichurri, mexican corn with cotija, feta.
02-17-2014 08:15:32 | More by Beerswag
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
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