Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company
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4.31/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2014 14:44:35 | More by LambicPentameter
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