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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,418
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 77
Gots: 130 | FT: 6
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:
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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Photo of cambabeer
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear body with a white head and a little carbonation visible in the body. Pretty fast moving head but a lace that stuck on the glass stubbornly.

Herbal spicy resin hops in the aroma, a little kale, citrusy, and fruity like mangoes.
Taste not as bitter as I had expected. Very clean and refreshing malt and hop balance with a little citrus flavor and grassy herbal notes throughout.
Very crisp feel and very drinkable, alcohol content not that noticeable.
Would definitely get again, this was great.

Photo of MacQ32
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jakep2021
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of patpbr
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy yellow with a two finger head and moderate lacing.
S - Fresh hops, citrus and grapefruit.
T - Taste is in line with the nose, lots of tropical and some floral notes.
M - Medium body and a bit of a bitter finish.
O - Good DIPA certainly a worthy buy.

Photo of cjgiant
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A tremendously drinkable beer at 9%. The citrus smell is amazing, and the beer is very smooth. The only thing it seems to be lacking for me is a transition to a more bitter, spicy, or dry end.

A: a little towards the yellow side at pale yellow, slightly hazy, but good head, retention, and lacing
S: this is the best part of the beer to me. Strong lemon-candy smell, with some orange and a little sour funk.
T/M: the opening taste is a much-muted version of the nose, maybe a little more orange-citrus than sour lemon. Also, the taste to me is somewhat reminiscent of a good lager - refreshing, although this taste is a little more coating. The middle taste does add some bitterness, lemon with a little bit of grass, but it melds into moreso than takes over the taste (I must admit, I am getting a mix here, sometimes I notice the bitterness more than others). Then the taste just sort of fades kinda quickly, leaving you wanting the next sip (kinda dangerous).

This is a smooth DIPA versus a palate wrecker, a very good beer, but I'm not sold on it fitting into what I enjoy most in the style.

Photo of thecheapies
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hop Ranch pours a hazy golden color with a yellow-orange tone. A dense cap of bright white formed and held for minutes at two fingers’ height. It’s pretty lovely looking.

A bright citrusy fruit opening salvo with a hint of near-Belgian character from the yeast, or possibly just the way the hops smell. Lemons, papaya, pith, dry pale malt, powdery yeast, and kisses from mango and a faint pepperiness. Almost displays a farmhouse ale scent. Leafy hops shine with freshness and perkiness; detecting minimal bitterness, strangely enough. Smooth and inviting aroma, overall.

Spicy hops with a great combo of citrus and tropical fruits and minty herbs. The pepperiness is still noticeable, like dashes of white pepper and maybe coriander. Promotes more of a dankness, but it’s really showing more of a musty tropical fruit essence. Papaya and green mango and a hint of lime are all involved. I really wish I could get some more sturdiness to the malt, which is just mostly pale and out of the way. Hop forward, without all of the punchy bitterness, but it has some of that, too. Playing more with a gentle acidity than a bombast of hop crunch. It’s pretty astounding, and you can’t falter it for having its own unique character.

The mouthfeel is beyond sipping speed. Hop Ranch has a spicy bite to the finish, but it’s generally smooth and refreshing. Lots of good crispy carbonation keeps things light, and the body doesn’t have any unwanted viscosity. A very impressive ale to note its lack of alcohol heat. We know it’s 9%, only because that’s what the bottle tells us.

Hop Ranch is a great addition to the Victory lineup. I will be enjoying these, as long as they stay around. Cheers!

Photo of Brihon
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pahn
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My thanks to my good friend JohnParadee for this bottle.
Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a nice straw color with one finger of frothy white head with nice lacing.
Smells hoppy, floral, some citrus.
Taste is delicious! Lemon zest, hoppiness, mild malt backbone. Incredibly crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. A perfect beer for a warm summer day.
Overall, this is a flavorful and refreshing DIPA. Really liked it a lot.

Photo of Alextricity
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$2.79 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfeect Pint.

Appearance: Slightly hazy lemon sort of color with a good amount of carbonation in the glass. Pillowy three finger head that sticks around the whole time. Great start.

Smell: Bursting with hops, as I'd expect. A wallop of typical pine aromas, but also a lot of lemon as well as a tropical fruit juice sort of vibe. Smells very nice, but I like my IPAs to feature a bigger fruit sort of punch.

Taste/feel: Rolls across your tongue with a surprising amount of sweetness -- well, maybe it shouldn't be a surprise, considering this is an Imperial IPA. Really a pure sugar cane sort of sweetness with none of that sickly aftertaste you get in some cheaper brews. Beyond that sweetness is a super pleasant hop character that gives a lemon and pine sort of flavor. Thinking Lemon Pledge? Don't. This is just a very enjoyable brew. The finish is clean and juicy with a nice lingering sweetness. The bitterness in Hop Ranch is quite lower than I was anticipating, as it's quite sweet throughout. Aftertaste is almost entirely of sweet tasting hops with only a hint of caramel/bready sorts of malt. No trace of the alcohol.

This is a very tasty beer, but I actually find that it's too sweet. Not a syrupy sweet, since this beer's mouthfeel is about medium, but just a long string of sweetness without much bitterness, which comes as somewhat of a shock to me. Even the most righteous IIPAs have a nice amount of bitterness, but not this one. It's really just sweetness from start to finish. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Truth be told, I'm amazed they've pulled it off. It's a light colored beer with a huge amount of sweetness with a gigantic hop presence... impressive.

Hop Ranch could well be the go-to IIPA of choice for those who love hop flavor but don't like bitterness. To me, this beer's a touch too sweet. The flavor of this brew is so nice though, that I'd very gladly have it again. At the same time, I wouldn't quite call this a World Class sort of Imperial IPA.

Photo of philbe311
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been eager to try this one and thanks to a generous co-worker I have the opportunity... Didn't think finding this in Central PA would be such a challenge...

A - A very slight head, less than a finger's worth... It's bone white in color and slightly lopsided with a touch of lushness... The is color is a slightly pale yet vibrant golden apricot... There is an ever so subtle haziness... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation... A surpsing bit of sediment is suspended throughout... Some gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass...

S - An modest earthy hop presence permeates but doesn't dominate... It's slightly pungent and slightly floral... A bit of lemon zest... A bit dank and a bit musky... Pleasant and hop forward, but never over powering...

T - The hops take on a predominately citrus character on the palate... There is also a slightly earthy and spicy presence as well... There is a surprising bit of sweetness and malt base that adds nice dimension... The flavors compliment one another nicely... The start is slightly hoppy, then the malt backbone kicks in before the finishes turns the hops up another notch... Rather enjoyable...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Limited but brisk carbonation... A bit sticky... Fairly dense... A bit chewy... Even and consistent... Crisp... The hop resins are rather evident on the finish...

D - Not a hop bomb by any means and that is okay by me... Much more well balanced that I had expected... Quite refreshing and rather quaffable... Goes down easily sip after sip... Hides the 9% ABV exceedingly well... Well played by Victory...

Photo of booga73
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pale darker gold with heavy bubbles on the body creating a thick white head that rises to about a finger's length. Settles after a sip with no lacing.

Smell: Strong hops and pine scent, you would think you were inhaling a forest. Sounds harsh but in reality makes you want to crave the beer even more.

Taste: Nice complex sweet and bitter grapefruit. Smoother and definitely more citrus feeling than other IPAs and DIPAs with the right hit of hops, very delish.

Mouth: Smooth to the point that feels like toasted wheat bread at the end. Sticks very well

Overall: Very good beer but still not a replacement for one of it's predecessor's Hop Wallop which I greatly miss. Would I buy this again, yes...most definitely. Grab a glass and enjoy. Salud!

Photo of falloutsnow
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2014-05-4
Glass: Tulip

A very bright, smooth, sweet DIPA, at times of candy-like tropical fruitiness, with little trace of it's fairly serious ethanol content. Mosaic hops are showcased prominently, giving off their both "traditional" fruit (apple and grape, here) and tropical fruit (pineapple, guava, passion fruit) scents and flavors. This is a fairly bright, sweet, and fruity DIPA, the opposite of resiny, strong grapefruit and hop-armpit. Fairly easy to drink, though I don't know if the flavors appeal to me enough to purchase another set of these.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of slightly off-white bubbles that are small in size, yielding a fairly frothy appearance. Retention is a bit above average, the foam lasting 1.5 minutes in a gradual fade to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a few small, scattered islands of thin foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, with large and complex patterns clinging to all sides of the glass, modified with each sip eventually being disintegrated to a series of intricate dots along the walls of the glass. Body is a medium darkness golden yellow color, with light bringing out bright, rich golden yellow hues. Carbonation visible through hazy (20-30% opacity) body, medium in amount and activity.

Aroma can generally be described as brightly fruity and slightly "dank," with sweet and tropical reference points. More specifically, scents of: white grape and apple juice and pineapple, lesser honey, grapefruit, guava and passion fruit.

Flavor is very sweet with pale malt, white grape, pineapple, guava, and passion fruit-like sweetness, a bit of grapefruit, and moderate hop bitterness. Front of palate tastes strong, fruity sweetness, including guava and white grapes, light pineapple and grapefruit, and hints of watered-down apple juice and passion fruit. Mid-palate is of sweet pale malt with no grain or biscuit character, sweet white grapes, apple and pineapple juice, heavily sweetened grapefruit juice, watered-down guava and passion fruit, and moderate bitterness. Back of palate experiences moderate hop bitterness with continued sweetness from white grape juice, pineapple, and sweetened grapefruit. Aftertaste is of moderate hop bitterness; light grapefruit, pineapple, and white grape flavors mixed with mild ethanol.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a lighty foamy (2/5) and otherwise smooth (3/5) mouthfeel that works for the beer and is within style limits. Ethanol barely perceived on the palate, primarily as a light heat in the nostrils and faint burn on the palate and back of throat. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness remaining on the palate.

Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, consistently leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and the sides of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of mangoes are present in the nose along with hints of funk, lemons, pineapples and pine resin.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by stronger flavors of mango hops with supplemental notes of lemon and pineapple. A light amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seemed to initially have strange aromas and flavors compared to other IPAs—cat urine immediate came to mind—but the smell and taste seem to grow upon you and become interesting, especially as the beer warms up a bit. I think this might have had something to do with this beer having a completely different hop profile that I wasn't accustomed to. Overall, it is very drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is very well hidden from the taste.

Photo of NiceTaps
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle in a tall pint glass.

A- Pours a satin finish golden straw color; not hazy yet no brilliance either. The fluffy and soapy white head is a good 2f; lots of micro bubble carbonation, heavy lacing.

S- Lots of earthy goodness here: citrus, pine, fresh cut grass, mild onion, floral hops.

T- Juicy citrus, pine, earthy vegetables come through in onion and peppery spice, grass and grain , floral esters.

M- Velvety smooth with some bite. Good body and carbonation. Long finish of semi-sweet malt and hop tang. Balanced, not sugary, boozy, or heavy.

O- Not the everyday IIPA. It looks different (not 'amber'), smells different (not a hop bomb), and the 9.0 abv is drinkable w/o the booziness or sugary sweets.

Photo of jhartley
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a poco grande glass. Best by May 23, 2014.
This is the third bottle out of the 4 pack and I figured I would give it an official review.

The body is bright golden and slightly cloudy, definitely some floaties but a very small amount. Pillowy white head that lasted a while and left a fair amount of lacing in the glass.

The aroma on this has been different all 3 times:
First bottle: Cat piss, onions, stinky feet, citrus.
Second: Bright citrus, grapefruit, lemon zest.
Third: Grapefruit, lemon, onions.
None of these have been that off-putting except for maybe the first one, which still wasn't that bad. even as bad as those 3 descriptors sound.

The taste has been spot on terrific each time! Tons of citrus: grapefruit and lemon. A fair amount of hop earthiness in the middle and what seems to be a slight sweet onion on the end.
The mouthfeel is everything you want from a DIPA, full hop bitterness up front with a balanced malt sweetness on the end. No hint of the 9% abv at all, can be dangerous as this is very drinkable and delicious.

Victory just knocks it outta the park again with this one! If this is a small step towards where they are going in the future, let me buy my ticket now, because I am on board! First Dirt Wolf and now Hop Ranch, no doubt in my mind they are going to be killing it for years to come at this rate. If you can get your hands on this one, you buy it.

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
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 joeseppy
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale cloudy yellow pour with a nominal white wispy head that disappears to a scant.

Aroma really throwing me off here. A very spicy sharp tartness tickles the nose. Picking up on cider vinegar and extremely mild tropical fruit. If this were sold as a sour this would score higher for me.

Bitter hop leaf with mild pineapple and mango. A mild dankness with low key sweetness. Some wine quality resembling the buttery taste of a Chardonnay. I would also add that champagne comes to mind as well.

Crisp and clean. Bubbly like champagne. As this warms up it becomes creamier.

I learn, for me, this needs to come up in temperature to fully appreciate the complexity this quaff has to offer. Also noting that the higher abv is undetectable yet fully felt. One of the more stranger brews for me, pretty darn close to Le Terroir which also had the same intriguing power. Smells like a fine sour yet tastes in the form of sparkling wine with IPA features. This four pack will knock you on your ass. Would I buy more?-why yes I would! Definitely worth a go!

Photo of Treyliff
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- pours a very pale straw color with a small sudsy white head that retains long after the pour, lots of tiny sediment particles floating around

S- floral and grassy hops with a small kick of citrus, pretty clean malt bill with just a touch of bread and a hint of booze

T- flavor is dominated by floral hops up front, some grassy notes with a hint of citrus, clean malt adds just a bit of sweetness, while allowing the floral hop to showcase. Dry finish with more floral and minty hops

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy-yet-prickly mouthfeel leads to a dry and crisp finish with some booze at the end

O- a nice showcase of floral hops that's pretty drinkable for the ABV

Photo of DrRambis
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Apperannce - pale golden straw with a slight haze, white 1 finger head

Smell - berry, citus, restrained grass - nothing overwhelming

Taste - assertive bitterness, pine, light bread, with tart grapefruit and white grape juice flavors, herbal hoppiness

Mouthfeel - very thin (considering 9% abv and dipa style), slightly sticky and very astringent, very unique

Overall Impressions - strongly reccomend, very easy drinking while still assaulting the palate with hops, has nice fruity notes that complement the earthiness of the hops. Very clean taste. Much prefered over dirtwolf, which it will be invariably compared to.

Served from 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Enjoy by may 24 2014

Photo of craftaholic
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of argock
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. Enjoy by May 24 2014 lasered on the bottleneck. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly hazy lemon yellow-gold with pretty impressive 1-finger ivory head with pretty good retention and scraps of lace all around the glass.

S: Serious lemon citrus and some catty, sweat sock, garlic aromas as well. A little bit of seaweedy character as well. Malt doesn't contribute much into the mix. There are no yeast esters and alcohol is not prominent at all.

T: The flavor is very interesting with a lot of lemon citrus mixed with a strawberry/blueberry and honeydew melon flavor which doesn't come through in the aroma. The malt backbone is all light malts but pretty substantial in girth, and provides mostly non-grainy malt backing. I would not say this is sweetness, but it does have a bit of candylike sweetness which limits drinkability somewhat. No yeast flavors would have a chance to come through with all of the hop character. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

M: A stellar mouthfeel with a light-medium body despite the ABV and a medium-dry finish with no twinge of astringency at all. Carbonation is light-medium. A dangerously exceptional mouthfeel. I wold love to try one of these or Dirtwolf next to Hopslam and see if there is a lot of difference. It seems DIPAs are getting drier and drier all the time -- this is an excellent example of enhancing drinkability by an intense focus on mouthfeel.

O: This DIPA is a very good beer, don't get me wrong, and I am sure it will have it's followers for its exotic hops varieties and exceptionally unique aromas and flavors. There is nothing remotely wrong with this beer aside from the slightly sweet flavor in the finish, which may be due to the berry-melon character of the hopping. I would still rather take an "old school" DIPA like Pliny, Lagunitas Sucks, or even Victory Dirtwolf any day.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a sticky white head.

The aroma is lovely sweet fruity hops. Peach, mango, orange, pineapple, white grape.

Sharp grapefruit bitterness takes hold with some pale bready malt. Underlying soft tropical flavor.

Smooth carbonation and medium bodied.

Never looked to Victory for IPA's but between this and Dirtwolf I am.

Photo of bmwats
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into DH IPA glass.

A: Light golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Continually rising effervescence. Settles slowly. Thick lacing.

S: Italian bread, pine, citrus, and a little butterscotch.

T: Hops, yeast, tons of lemon citrus.

M: Crisp and syrupy thick. Heavy carbonation. Biting finish.

D: Sip due to character.

Atmosphere is really nice. Light hue, large foamy head, lots of effervescence, thick lacing. Nose is bready and piney, with plenty of citrus and bit of sweet buttery tone. Hops, yeast, and strong citrus notes. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,418 ratings.