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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,013
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 99
Gots: 337 | 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: 2,013 | Reviews: 344
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by: 5/24/15.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight earth aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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  rDev -5.2%

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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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 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.

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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!

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  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.

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,013 ratings.