Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,478
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 78
Gots: 153 | FT: 6
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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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exploiting the hottest and newest hop varieties on the market with mosaic and azacca blends, no other style could have put them on better display than the imperial IPA.

Hop Ranch pours a mostly bright straw but with only a thin translucent film. With its wisping swath of foam coaxing the nose closer and closer, it does so with vibrant citrus, tropical and herbal blends. But with the light sweetness of caramel and honey seeping onto the tongue, a candied fruit flavor emerges.

With the hops and malt intertwined, the taste seems juicy, ripe and dripping with fructose flavors of mango, passionfruit, pineapple, pink grapefruit, lemon and gooseberry. As the malt sweetness bows out gracefully upon the middle palate, the hops intensify and develop the pungent character of chive, tomcat and cannabis just ahead of its finish.

Medium-bodied, but trending dry, bitter and with absolute cleansing properties. A touch of alcohol hides behind the hops and offer a mild acetone spice. Lingering with sassafras tea, sprucy hops and dried fruit peel, the beer begs for quicker drinks than a nine-percent beer should.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

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!

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

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.

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4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Rifugium
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,478 ratings.