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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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1,312 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,312
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 57
Gots: 98 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Fully juicy in its citrus character with the pleasantly sharp, biting edges of tart fruit and bitterness, Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale traces its roots to Victory’s Ranch series, a unique and comprehensive study of hops in which Brewmasters experimented with different hop varieties to showcase a range of flavor profiles and celebrate the nuances and distinctions in the resulting series’ recipes.

Mosaic hops and Hop #483 (Azacca)

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 10-30-2013)
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We crack a pair, pouring into our oversized tasting snifters. It glows the color of pale goldenrod straw. A rough pour produces a two finger head of creamy, soapy foam of whipped egg white hues. This retains well, leaving precise ledges of lacing around the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be quite light. The nose gives mosaics to the maximum, with syrupy fruitiness and spice of hoppy freshness, along with a background of pale and clean wheaty base grain, soft bubblegum esters, freshly crushed white grape juice, lemon and grapefruit flesh, powdered sweet tarts candies, pineapple fruitiness, clay, mineral water, burnt leathers, and sticky sweet boozy fumes. With warmth comes a bit of a toast to the grain, vanilla wafers, and black pepper, along with deepened complexity of the hops to include more specific varietals of grapefruits, florals, blueberry, and mango fruitiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is great, with a dirty, organic, down-home authenticity that reminds us fondly of Hill Farmstead. As we sip, the taste begins with bright honey sweetness, chalky pales, lime and lemon rind citrics, intensely fruity and spicy hops, twiggy resins, passion fruit, Muscat grape, and mango fruitiness, clay, and sweet tangerine juiciness. The middle peaks with a flash of white sugar and peppermint bark sweetness before bubbling into the bitter half of the beer, with a sting of alcohol, bitter spicy and floral hoppiness, grassy graininess, sharp plastics, tart citric rind, lemon seed, black pepper, and lightly singed caramel. The end comes with herbal and spicy hoppiness, sweet notes of pear, peach, and nectarine fruitiness, green grass, dugout dustiness, bitter boozy fumes, earthy grit of mineral and stone, clean ale yeastiness, lemon juiciness, lactic sourness, and lingering notes of white sugar sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of lightly and massively grapefruity hops, dewy moss, gravel, chlorine chemical bite, sweet honey, dried pine bark, pale and pilsner graininess, envelope adhesives, coconut and corn husk dryness, lemon balm, and a curious depth of spicy rye graininess. The body is medium, with a soft thickness around the edges. Carbonation is lightly medium. Slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop are all decent, with the mouth left fully cooled, coated, and satiated. There is light astringent slickness across the hard palate, but no real dryness otherwise. The abv is appropriate and nicely warming, and drinkability is as a clean and light sipper.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is really a tossup between its aroma and its flavoring. The nose is fresh and full of that glorious mosaic fruitiness, but it mixes with this down-to-earth grit that makes it memorable. The sip, on the other hand, gives you this explosive yet tamable flavoring that again, showcases the uniqueness of the hops, but also shows how interesting you can make the base of the beer as well. Having tried both the R and the S tester batches of this beer over the past couple years it has been interesting watching and being present for this final product’s genesis. While they are each different recipes, they demonstrate the type of heartiness that can go into a DIPA without making it overly dark, overly caramel, or overly heavy. Although they went with the mosaic hop, something that might be a bit unconventional, they still execute a highly commercial beer with wide appeal. They also keep it juicy and tough enough for someone looking for something a bit more complex to dissect. This is a fantastic beer across all categories, except for maybe feel which is a bit ambiguous at times. Either way, this beer, especially since it is following Dirtwolf, is further evidence of the great things that Victory is doing with hops these day.

TheBrewo, Jan 25, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of hogie7
4.89/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

hogie7, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of mrz200
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

mrz200, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of Flounder57
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Flounder57, May 09, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Ozzylizard, May 28, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Jan 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

tectactoe, Feb 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Tiernan, Jan 10, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +8.1%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

woodchipper, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

sabitu, Feb 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

warnerry, Feb 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

DWolf, Feb 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

SunDevilBeer, Feb 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

TTripp725, Jan 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

bishopdc0, Jan 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

dbawdbawdbaw, Jan 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23%

77apm, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Fcip78, Feb 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

JakerLou, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Beerswag
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 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.

Beerswag, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

mctizzz, Jun 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

KolbMarley, Dec 29, 2013
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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,312 ratings.