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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,037
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 98
Gots: 344 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 10-30-2013

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)
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Ratings: 2,037 | Reviews: 345
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

such a delicious big boy ipa, packed with a mosaic fruitiness and a simcoe oily property, not sure if those are the varietals used or not, but this beer exhibits very similar properties to both. very blonde beer, honey colored and clear with a nice white head. the nose is just dripping with fruity oily hops, and the grain base interferes little, despite the abv. the flavor too is a hop explosion, as fresh and as vibrant as any i can recall. notes of grapefruit, tangerine, cut lawn, and even green grape are all there for me, and the finish still comes on nice and bitter. the malt base never makes much contribution, as the body is light, appreciably dry, and leaving only a slight hop stickiness there after the swallow. fresh is the word that keeps coming to mind for me on this one. the alcohol can be felt but not at all tasted. i love this, even more that dirtwolf i think, one of the best east coast india pale ales ive had in some time.

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.

Photo of secondtooth
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Here’s another super-fresh, super-tasty IPA from Victory that isn’t getting noticed so well, yet is, in my opinion, a world-class IPA.

Appearance: Light, golden clean, with a thick head of fine white carbonation. Nice tree-line lace.

Aroma: Spectacular tangy citrus hops, with some tropical fruity notes even. Maybe a bit of dankness sets in as it warms, but this is quite a harbinger of great things.

Taste: Tropical hops explosion in a lush, drinkable, and well-balanced setting, especially for the ABV. Even the wife, upon tasting blindly, remarked at how light it seemed. Tastes as refreshing and light as a session IPA, but with a 9% ABV level, this one’s very deceptive and sneaky. Tangy, fruity, and absolutely delicious. Will buy again, yes.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Victory "Hop Ranch"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY: 25 APR 2015 0437P"
$3.65 @ The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, PA

Based on how fond I am of Victory's "Dirt Wolf" I thought I'd give their "Hop Ranch" a spin, particularly as it uses a hop I'm not familiar with - Azacca.

Azzaca is the Caribbean God of farming, so it's not surprising that there's a tropical fruit character in the aroma, namely mango and pineapple. There's also grapefruit, some tangerine, pine, a hint of lemon, and a bit of spiciness. It's interesting, and refreshing; and as a winter seasonal, it's a fairly welcome ray of sunshine beneath the cold grey sky here in Pennsylvania!

Given the quality of the hops I see why they went with a straightforward Pilsner malt as it allows the hops to come through clearly, and also allows for some of that refreshing character to be transferred into to the flavor. Unfortunately that's all you're getting, it's not a complicated or 'dense' beer, and I'm not sure that it needed to be an "Imperial" IPA. I think it would have worked just fine as a standard IPA, or even a pale ale. The gentlemen of Victory are shrewd marketers, however, and I'm sure they didn't want to drop another entry into those already over-stocked categories. On the up-side, the alcohol that comes along with the "Imperial" designation, clocking in at a whopping 9.0 % abv., is surprisingly well-cloaked. Not unlike the "Dirt Wolf" this is a beer that does not overwhelm you with bitterness, resins, and alcohol - instead it's very focused and balanced, leaving it remarkably drinkable, and at 9%, dangerous.

So how to rate this beer? It delivers everything that an "Imperial" IPA should, sans the bitter punch and late raspy/resinous finish, the alcohol slap, and the overall palate-wrecking voluminosity. There are no defects of any sort (although I would like to see just a little more bristle in the mouthfeel), and in fact it's a really well-rounded and highly polished beer. What's not to love? But on top of that it's also quite unique, and innovative. Clearly a winner, and one that really needs to be sampled, any fan of hoppy beers needs to check it out!

Photo of hogie7
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of Kuaff
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured moderately cold into my fancy tulip glass of snobbery.

I'd call the color a straw gold. Some visible sediment and a cap of white froth.

Smells... green! Like plant matter of various types, from freshly cut grass to pine needle resin. A nice fruity aspect is there too. Lemon, lime, a bit of pineapple, and maybe even some pear and green apple! Those last two are fruit aromas I don't recall ever picking out of an IPA before this one... Fascinating.

A nice, nice explosion of fruitiness pops out on the palate right away, with citrus on steroids. And I just ride that juicy, delicious, tangy citrus for a good while into a seamless rise of piney astringency and citrus rind until it mellows out into a bittersweet finish of mellow honey and bread. WOWEE.

The feel is quite prickly and full. Just as lively as the flavor.

Some DIPAs blast bitterness upon beer-drinkers to the extent that bitterness becomes the very core of the flavor profile. While I adore such palate abusers, that is not this beer's approach, and it works wonders in its own way, heaping forth a menagerie of gymnosperm and angiosperm-derived brilliance.

Photo of mrz200
3.84/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: The head is a finger and a half thick and lasts for a good 30 seconds before it falls into a nice, cap. The cap tops off a murky, burnt orange beer beneath. Tiny bubbles rise from the sides of the glass while a few larger bubbles can be seen towards the middle through all the haziness.

SMELL: Wow, that is fresh! Orange, pine, mango and apricot dance around with a touch of grapefruit and grass. This smells amazing, just wish it had a little more intensity.

TASTE: There is tropical fruit everywhere on this and it’s really juicy. All the fruit from the smell is there, but the grapefruit seems to be more intense, and there’s a little lemon I didn’t get with my nose, providing a nice, bitter bite.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with a little stickiness and a very dull tickle. The balance is excellent with some sweeter, sticky, fruity notes to start followed by a drying bitterness.

OVERALL: I don’t know if this one is better than Dirt Wolf, but at the very least its close. I will reach for this again.

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Enjoy by 25 Apr 2015

A: Mostly clear, a little cloudy. Some stuff floating around. See that a lot in Dirtwolf, so no surprises there. Doesn't phase me.

S: Not overpowering, but some really nice notes of pineapple and mango.

T: I love Dirtwolf and this one is similar, but slightly different hop and malt profiles. Tastes better than it smells. Very light pilsen malt backbone, a very hop forward beer.

M: 9%? how? Good carbonation, almost no heat from the alcohol. Outstanding.

O: Victory is killing it right now with IPAs. Wish this was year-round with Dirtwolf.

Photo of charliekeyheart
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

These guys are underrated. They continually impress with voluptuously hoppy offerings. Puts Stone to shame in my opinion.

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.

Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.74/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is spicy floral oniony hops.

The flavor is a little sweet malt and a bunch of spicy floral oniony hops. The mouthfeel is medium to fill bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not my kind of hop profile.

Photo of Beerswag
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of gcuneen
4.87/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I live 10 minutes from Victory and would get different variations of their ranch series on tap every now and then. I'm so glad they finally decided to bottle one of them. This is a great, big beer.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip. No freshness info? Wtf?

Pours out a lot paler in color than most DIPAs. Light golden to straw yellow in color with quite a bit of chunky sediment, left most of the big chunks in the bottle. Big 2 fingers of thick soapy white head. Thick sticky lacing and some very good dense, rocky head retention.

A big lemony, juicy citrus hop aroma, very nice. Orange, tangerine, Somewhat tropical, kiwi comes to mind. Hints of mint and smarties/ sweet tart candy. Somewhat dank as well.

For me the flavor is not quite as complex as the aroma, still delicious. Big juicy tropical and citrus fruits, sweet, almost candied citrus, pungently earthy. No real taste of alcohol but it is a bit warming after the sip. The pilsner malt adds just the right amount of sticky sweetness to the beer.

Not overly bitter for a DIPA, but there is a lingering hoppy mouthfeel. Drinks way too easily considering the ABV.

Excellent IPA from victory. Very unique. I'm loving these recent IPAs they've been pumping out, hope to see more soon as there right up there with some of the best from the west coast. I'm having a hard time choosing a favorite between this and dirtwolf.

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served - Bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass

A - Super light for an IPA. It looks like a pilsner or adjunct. Shocked how light this is.

S - HUGE onion and garlic blast. Very dank smelling.

T - Very oniony and dank tasting. Basically NO malt. I can't say I've ever had any other beer quite like it.

M - A little carbonation tickles the tongue. Mildly dry finish with low bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Not offensively bitter though. It's nice.

O - Overall, I am pretty disappointed. I didn't get any fruity notes from the hops at all. There was very low malt and lower bitterness, both positives but I didn't particularly care for the hops used.

Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright and hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A bright and juicy tropical hop forward aroma with hints of citrus fruit and pils malt. Upfront tropical juicy citrus hop presence with hints of orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and melon. Earthy and floral hop hints of grass and slight pine. Solid bready Pils malt backing with hints of biscuit, grains, straw, cracker, and yeast. Juicy but actually fairly balanced. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a crisp and juicy tropical hop driven taste with notes of citrus and earthy hops along with a Pils malt backing. Big taste of tropical and citrus hops upfront with notes of mango, orange peel, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, and melon. Floral and earthy hops with notes of grass and spicy pine. Solid Pils malt presence with notes of grains, straw, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A very solid juicy and nicely bitter taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and slightly spicy with a drying finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very solid take on an Imperial IPA. Big tropical fruit presence with a solid Pils Malt presence. Its almost like Prima Pils on Steroids.

Photo of Mantooth
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at the Pizza Peel in Charlotte, NC.

This is a citrus bomb and then some. Pours a light orange, clear as a bell - looks like a lager almost. Minimal head and viscous lacing throughout. The nose and taste are fantastic, loads of citrus... each sip delivers something different. It's bright and shiny upfront and finishes with an oil slick of hops. This is a damn good double ipa that hopefully will be brewed again. Grab it if you get a chance, you'll be glad you did. Think I'll have another. Oh, almost forgot to mention, the 9% alcohol is very well masked. Be careful.

Photo of GOBLIN
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Hop Ranch

Does Victory brew anything wrong . . . I think not !

Poured into tulip glass

A: Agree, light straw color with sediment in bottom of glass

S: Nice ! Strong floral hop presence with a touch of honey

T: Just fantastic as well. Dare I say similar to Hopslam ?

M: Smooth and creamy for an iipa

O: Fantastic beer ! Great job Victory ! I would really like a chance to do a blind taste test between this and Hopslam. Careful with this one people . . . Drinks like a 6% ipa rather than a 9% iipa.

Photo of Coagulater
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice. 9% well disguised with a perfect blend of citrus, hops and malt.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So glad I was able to get my hands on this...thanks to the great folks at J & H Beer for holding a 4-pack for me for almost a week!

Poured into a tulip; surprisingly light, straw-golden color with a moderate white head that fades after a bit into a sticky meniscus of tight foam. Leaves a uniform sheet of lacing as it's drunk.
Smell...oh sweet jesus. Incredibly sweet, juicy citrus and fruit...big mango, passionfruit, tangerine, with pineapple, melon, white grapes, berry, pine, candy sugar. It's not as dank as Heady but it's a massive fruit assault, although it wasn't a super-strong scent. Still awesome though.
Taste...not as raucous as the smell, but still great. Grapefruit, tangerine, mango, passionfruit, pine, bitterness, and a snap of sweetness at the end matching the bitter, dry finish. You'd never know it was 9%.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a 9% double IPA, but still sticky and slick.
Overall, I'd like to do a side-by-side with DirtWolf sometime, but seeing as I got probably the last 4-pack in the Twin Tiers area, I'll have to wait til next year. Comparing this to my DirtWolf review, they seem to have similar flavor profiles, although each is unique. Regardless, I'm just happy to have two stellar fruit-forward DIPAs that I don't have to drive to Vermont to get. Outstanding!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

I can't believe I never wrote a review on this one, I bought a case on last years release. Pours a bright slightly hazed with hop particles copper hue with a bright white head forming thick at least a full two fingers worth, left behind is scattered specks of lacing.

Aroma deep pineapple flesh, mango notes, dank bright citrus peel very much a different hop profile than the DirtWolf. A bit of booze and perceived sweetness from the malt base.

Flavor some sugar coated hops over ripened tropical fruit notes, papaya and mango for sure with an aggressive grapefruit pith bitterness mellow wave of alcohol doesn't overpower the palate in anyway.

Slick hop oils grace the palate, medium bodied bone dry finish a bit of juiciness right in the middle of the palate. Minimal alcohol on the finish even keeled mild carbonation levels medium bodied nothing more easy drinker for such a big beer.

Overall, impressed isn't the word, excellent DIPA from Victory by far their most masterfully brewed hoppy offering to date!

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a BB May 2015 date stamp.

Slightly hazy golden-amber body with visible carbonation and topped by a durable and creamy white head. Outstanding lacing with a near full coat sticking to the glass.

Aroma: strong hops with hints of pineapple and citrus.

Flavor: Seemed a bit too hopped for me at first sip, like many DIPAs, but I quickly adjusted to what now seemed like a rather well balanced flavor with only moderate bitterness. Still, this will not appeal to people who are not fond of hops. Very good complexity with clear notes of tropical and citrus fruits, most notably the tropical fruits.

Photo of timontheroad
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange, with a nice fluffy off-white three finger head. Great retention and lacing. Smell is big citrus, with orange and grapefruit, along with some tropical mango and pineapple notes. Didn't get much malt in the smell or the taste. The taste was very grapefruity up front, with some orange and pineapple notes. The mouthfeel was kind of flat, seemed to be missing some body, with very light carbonation. This is once again a great beer from Victory, I'm glad we can find them here in Colorado.

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,037 ratings.