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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,266
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 54
Gots: 83 | 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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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-18-2014 21:49:32 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 03:47:34 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color capped by an impressive head that leaves multiple lace strands down the side of the glass

Smell: Tropical fruit forward with grapefruit underneath

Taste: The tropical fruits make a statement, at the outset, bringing pink grapefruit, papaya and mango flavors with just a hint of bready malt underneath; the bitterness builds, after the swallow and into the finish, with just a hint of residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: With Dirt Wolf and this beer, Victory has really lifted its IPA game

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 00:28:55 | More by brentk56
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

01-12-2014 14:30:59 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-18-2014 01:38:06 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

02-02-2014 04:15:44 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-18-2014 01:36:32 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-03-2014 17:45:37 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-24-2014 03:41:17 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 22:57:31 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-11-2014 00:16:18 | More by Knapp85
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

07-06-2014 18:04:19 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly darker yellow with a nice thick off-white head. Nose is strong citrus. Almost seems like peach skin on there as well. Flavor is consistent with citrus, but it's not obnoxious or boisterous. There seems to be peach on the flavor as well with minimal hints. It's very well rounded and smooth. And I can say that about the beer as a whole. It's the defining quality really. Puts it up on the level of PtE and other refined double IPAs that aren't trying to obliterate your palate.

A stellar brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 04:49:39 | More by RblWthACoz
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-13-2014 16:01:12 | More by drabmuh
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

03-11-2014 22:22:13 | More by Kegatron
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-12-2014 04:09:24 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a case at Oakhurst beverage, enjoyed a bottle or two in a teku chilled.

The color is deep golden with light haze with thick overflowing the glass white cream with pillow-like fluffy presence. The smell is great-lots of sweet tropical fruit with a mild citrus accent of subtle lemon and mango, perhaps a bit of orange and lime zest for good measure. The feel is great with a balance of bitterness, moderately high carbonation with mild sweetness and low alcohol influence for the style.

This tastes way better than average for the beer style since it just has so much hop flavor without a bunch of sweet malt to cover. The taste of hops is drenched in the beer with slight pepper and mild lime zest but mainly I get a more orange rind sweet and tangy taste which indicates some Mosaic however I have not heard of the other hop so I will just say sweetened grapefruit in its raw form with very low astringency or any acidic bite. I love how easy this is to enjoy until you consumed three and want to try to transcribe the review, haha. I do think this is a nice compliment to the Dirt Wolf that was just released as it is a stronger IPA, but seems a little less bitter to my tastebuds

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 03:58:57 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Still haven't actually reviewed hop devil for some reason, so feels weird doing this one, but I've had it plenty of times and this looks good. And a date, yay, enjoy by May 24, 2014.

Pours a pasty white fizzy almost creamy 1+ finger head that fades at a med pace, then slows to a crawl, bit of soapy lacing left behind, very hazy sediment straw yellow colored beer.

Nose brings big hops, mild citrus and floral hops, mild fruity note with hint of tropical like, very fresh with hint resin and spicy hop, mild bubblegum, with a bit of a sweet malty base and hint of booze tickle.

Taste is semi sweet, juicy malts with a mild booze warmth, and little blond malt character. Hops are pretty nice, a mild resin with nice tropical fruit again, little tangerine citrus, mango like with more orange zest and orange sherbert like sweet slightly creamy taste. The resin leads to a hint of passion fruit too, and little stone fruit. The hops turn very spicy and bitter, little pine, more resin, very bitter and spicy almost astringent as the finish dries a lot. The malts kept both the booze and hops in check, and once they dry on the finish the hops get rampant, booze is a little warmer but not a ton.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb, mild warming booze.

Overall not bad, nice balance of very tasty hops, nice malts, and hint of booze, until the finish just smacks your tongue with hops. Nice overall beer though too, tasty, drinkable, at least when it's very fresh. Not a huge fan of the appearance though.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 00:02:06 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

Served in a tulip glass, a pristine, clear, golden-yellow color, with a small, retaining, white head, that dotted the glass with lacing; tiny Champagne-like bubbles perpetually popped from the bottom. Nice aroma, full of lemony hops and ripe tropical fruits. After the aroma, the taste was a bit of a let-down. Lemon pith, neutral alcohol, and a lasting graininess, ushering in a wave of bitterness that, though appropriate for the style, seemed to wash away much of the fruity/citrusy goodness that I was expecting from the nose. Slightly metallic in the aftertaste, but within tolerance. Medium body, decently drinkable. Solid overall, but probably not something I'd revisit too often.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2014 00:08:37 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-31-2014 03:54:27 | More by SocalKicks
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oline73

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-23-2014 22:30:51 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/18/14 notes. Had this on tap at The Jeffrey in NYC. $8 for a 14oz pour.

a - Pours a somewhat clear orange-amber color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts, grapefruit, bread, and grains. Nice nose, lots of citrus hops up front in the nose.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, bready malts, wheat, grains. Taste is good but much sweeter than the nose and less hoppy. Good taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light bitterness but not too much.

o - Overall a good DIPA for sure, but after hearing about it and seeing the review on BA I was a bit disappointed. Great smell and a very good beer, but I think Dirtwolf is much better and would stick with that next time.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2014 14:42:32 | More by mdfb79
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-23-2014 21:55:22 | More by mendvicdog
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden yellow color with a one finger pillowy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.

Dank, floral aroma with earthy pine and fresh cut grass countered by tropical fruit sweetness and a pale malt backbone. There's a subtle onion/summit presence along with fresh buds, pine sap and spruce tip. The grassy character really stand out before being countered by hints of grapefruit, pineapple, and citrus rind as it warms. Decent pale malt presence that doesn't interfere with the juicy hop profile giving off notes of bread, biscuit, cracker and faint light fruit. The nose could have a bit more tropical/citrus fruit character in my opinion but otherwise this beer is uber fresh and smells pretty good at this point.

Medium body with a blast of dank, sticky hops providing the perfect amount of dry bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt backbone into a dry finish. The hop profile is very complex with resinous oils, earthy, grassy pine, tropical/citrus fruit sweetness and scallion/onion-y, summit-like flavors. Really well balanced with a stronger tropical/citrus fruit character than the nose hinted at and delicate pale malts countering the earthy bitterness. Hints of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and lemon peel followed by subtle biscuit and graham cracker flavor. The ABV is excellently masked with no heat to speak of. Dangerously drinkable which is surprising considering this beer's complexity. One of the better IPAs I've had in some time. This beer destroys DirtWolf in my opinion and is up there with some of the best batches of Stone Enjoy By. I haven't been a big fan of most of Victory's IPAs but I highly recommend seeking this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 03:57:41 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-15-2014 20:18:27 | More by imperialking
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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,266 ratings.