Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by Pahn:
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Beautiful hazy yellow orange, lots of lacing.
Smell: Ridiculously deep earthy pungent hops. Not necessarily the best balance of aromas, but sooo hoppy. Citrusy, very funky. I like it, though in a way it's showier than it is satisfying.
Taste: As impressively hoppy as the nose. Has the pineapple-plus-cheese flavor of Nelson Sauvin... is that from Mosaic or Azacca hops? I don't know. Whatever it's from, it's clear to me that Victory got *way* more out Mosaic than anyone else has from the Mosaic hopped beers I've had. Waves and waves of hop flavor, over the top. Citrusy, funky, even smoky and peppery... most of these flavors escape my flavor vocabulary, so all I can say is: very hoppy.
This is more like a hop showcase than a well-put-together beer (compare with Victory's recent Dirt Wolf, a masterfully put together beer). Who cares though, it's a tasty beer. Extra points for the hop seminar.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Wish it were dryer, to the point that I think it's beyond my own "MAKE IT DRYER!" hangup and a bit less attenuated than world class DIPAs. Moderate carbonation.
Overall: Good, even great beer, and a real treat for those who want to taste every possible hop flavor (so, true to its name and conceit). Not my favorite, but I'll enjoy the rest of this 4pack.
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2014 04:18:42 | More by Pahn
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3.85/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 18:10:00 | More by mrz200
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
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