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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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314 Reviews
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Reviews: 314
Hads: 2,107
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 25.54%
Wants: 115
Gots: 384 | 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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Reviews: 314 | Hads: 2,107
Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured clear brassy hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured pine and grapefruit with a sweet pale malt.

The taste consisted if an upfront piney hop with a pale sweetness and faint ester.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty and very quaffable DIPA.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy blonde pale ale color. Big head that stuck to the glass.

S - Earthy grains, juicy tropical fruits, fruit custard.

T - Huge fruit burst, mango, pineapple, guava, pine sap, tangy citrus. Complex and succulent.

M - Light and refreshing feel but creamy and soft for a lighter beer. Cleansing.

O - Really tasty, one of my favorite double IPA's.

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Photo of corby112
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Tangerine orange, medium haze, with a good suspension of micro-effervesce moving about. Creamy, milky eggshell white head is lasting with a thick single band of lace around the glass. An ipa that still has the (p)ale in it i see, always a good thing to see.

S: Nose was sweet, wet and fresh with a burst of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and citrus. Soft flowery hop leaves with a hint of old country time lemonade. Good awareness level.

T: Flavor was dry citrus peel, flowery bitterness, some dry orange peel with a sweet squeeze of wet grapefruit. Dry grain base, almost a hint of pilsner like quality, straw, with a leave of dry lemon alcohol on the finish. Solid bitterness level, nice mixture of hop complexity.

M: Mouthful had a tight feel of carbonation, frothy textured with a light to medium body weight.

O: Overall solid level of bitterness, yet incredibly drinkable. Pale, dry, with a fresh wet touch on the nose, and at 9.0%abv it drinks more appropiately like a 7.0% at best. Great summer time quencer or a spring hopped beer worthy of multiples and case/keg purchase. Another great addition to thier hop series in conjunction with Dirt wolf which was my latest wow beer, at wow price. Keep'm coming victory.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, malts. Taste is tropical fruits, hoppy, malts are present, medium bitterness, alcohol well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a pretty good beer, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Brad007
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a whitish-gold color with a one-finger head into my glass. It puts the “pale” in IPA.

Floral, grassy with a touch of pine in the nose. You probably wouldn’t be able to tell that it’s a DIPA just by the aroma.

Again, very clean and full of floral notes and the right touch of pine. Could pass for a lawnmower beer if it wasn’t high in ABV. Makes me long for the spring.

Lingering floral and grassy notes. Good dose of bitterness at the back of the throat.

One of the cleanest DIPAs I’ve had in recently memory. It’s deceptive so remember to sip, not chug. I should have taken my own advice. Heh.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Living in PA I am not sure why I can't find this. No singles, four packs, or sadly cases. I ended up picking up a single from Vintage Estate for $2.79
A - Unlike Dirtwolf this one has no orange/brown hue. Straight up yellow with a hazy unfiltered look with little yeast particles. Head is pretty sweet a 1/2 inch that sticks around and makes for great lacing.
S - Not very bitter or strong smelling as Dirtwolf this one is more timid and sweet pineapple/mango hops in nature. No ethanol smell means at least its very balanced.
T - Fruity and somewhat spicy hops which tingle the tongue with touch of ethanol on the finish. It is very enjoyable and balanced with mango and citrus hops.
M - A pretty enjoyable beer drinks with a medium body despite the high octane ABV. Goes down smooth.

Overall even though the aroma could be a bit more pungent this is one great DIPA. Very balanced with sweeter, fruitier hop notes and a well hidden ABV. My only complaint is being a PA resident and not finding any of this or Dirt wolf. Shame.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange body with two finger head that dies quick and leaves lace patches. Classic citric, spicy hop aroma with hints of sweet malts. Smooth, light-bodied, citric hop taste profile with spicy finish and just enough sweetness to keep it balanced and prevent it from being overly dry/bitter.

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Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brilliant light golden color, with a lingering, frothy white head.

Aroma is resiny, floral, and tropical, with notes of honeysuckle and pineapple initially dominating. Hints of peach and grapefruit emerge. Smells a bit sweet.

Flavor reveals a honey sweetness, which becomes resiny and bitter at the finish. Notes of fruit cocktail, grapefruit and mango accompany pineapple and a resin dominance in a pretty complex hop character, throughout.

It's more bitter and biting at the finish than I'd prefer, but I love the accompanying sweetness and hop fruit character.

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a chilled pint glass. Nice thick white head which did not dissipate much at all. Good even lacing all the way. The nose was outstanding, with strong piney, lemon/pineapple/grapefruit scents and an obviously strong hop presence. On the palate, the taste was not quite as compelling as the nose, with an almost grassy dank on the tip, although the finish was very smooth and citrusy pleasant. Mouthfeel was average, nothing extraordinary. Overall, a very good example of the style. I like this much better than DirtWolf, even if it did not live up to all the hype and expectations I had based upon same. Will gladly hoard this while I can, but there are other IPAs and DIPAs I would reach for over this. Not a lot of them, but enough. In any event, another strong effort by Victory, which seems to be kickin' A these days. Kudos!

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Photo of jbaker67
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out an attractive golden color with a moderate white head. Aroma is of dank, sticky pine resin, lots of citrus zest, light malty bready notes, light malt, more bitter hop punch. Taste is complex, a nice punch of hops citrus zest, sticky, almost sappy pine, lots of resin, enamel ruining bitterness, and that is not a bad thing. Light lingering alcohol, some more citrus rind bitterness.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another new beer to show me how great Mosaic hops are. 4 pack purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Rochester, NY.

Pours a yellow-golden color. Clear, pretty fizzy. One inch head settles down quickly. Small dots of lacing form on the glass as I drink this down.

Strong grapefruit aromas, with some lemon and pineapple.

Tastes even better. The aforementioned fruits- grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon, plus hop oil, cattiness, and slight pine. Lightly bitter, could be a bit more.

Light body, very crisp, well carbonated. Pretty drinkable.

The first bottle I had of this I wasn't sure of. By the second, third, and fourth bottle, I was very sure. The cattiness and lemon is hard to appreciate at first, but the more you drink, the more the other flavors (grapefruit and pineapple) show their stuff. The beer is very dry, with almost no malt- therefore leaving it unbalanced. If you like hop juice style IPAs, this one's for you. For fans of more balanced IPAs with interesting malt bills, I wouldn't suggest it.I personally like both, so this works for me!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy yellow with an oily consistency. White head is mild. It leaves dots and lacing speckles.

S-Very juicy in the nose. This hop combo just emirates ripe, tropical fruits. Peaches, pineapples and apricots with plentiful citrus. Pleasant base malt adds to the sweet, fruity hops. Also a pleasant dose of spicy hops.

T-Delectable and tropical like the nose. A blend of fruit juice hoppiness, my favorite. Bready and pale maltiness adds a fullness to the flavor. This is loaded with delicious hop derived flavors but it's not coercive; just intoxicatingly hoppy.

M-Resiny and full. Medium carbonation. Medium-high bitterness. Very drinkable. This 4 pack just flew by.

O/D-Right on par with DirtWolf. It's a coin toss as to which I like better. It's exactly my take on my favorite beer style. Exotic hop broth!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from ABV.

A mildly hazy pale yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this looks great. The nose is dominated by a big spicy and fruity hop character, pungent and piney with melon, grapes, citrus, a touch of grass - pretty darn solid! The Mosaic hops have a beautiful bouquet, delicate and floral. Malt character is minimal.

The palate opens with a fruity and floral blend of jasmine, melon, grapes, citrus (navel oranges, some grapefruit), lemon verbena and a touch of lemon mint, Creamy on the palate with soft, supple carbonation, this beer is medium-light in carbonation. The mid-palate continues to focus on the fruity aspects, deemphasizing the bitterness. The finish is mildly oily, mildly resiny and mostly fruity with a moderate bitterness, bright and refreshing. A shade grassy towards the finish. Almost west coast like in execution, this is fantastic stuff. .

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Photo of Jwale73
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Enjoy by 24 May 2015 printed on the label. Pours a bright honey gold with a slight haze to the clarity and a loose, quarter inch bright white head. Nose is a bit subdued - citrus peel and some light earthy/herbal aromatics with a hint of tangerine towards the back. Taste consistent with nose. I'm really not all that blown away by the flavor profile - a bit on the simple side. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively carbonation just shy of prickly and a light acidity that stimulates the back of the tongue. Overall, decent but nothing to write home about. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden but I'm quite surprised by the high ratings.

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Photo of dar482
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a clear golden yellow color with a hint of orange.

A big tropical aroma of mango, pineapple, sweet orange peel, tangerine. A bit of alcohol in the back. A touch of light bready malt.

The flavor follows with that punch of tropical of peaches and mangoes in the front, then onto this light orange flavor. Almost like an “orange drink.” It then moves onto a bite of alcohol. A bit of warming. Not a very bitter beer, good amount of drying of citrus peel and pith. The pilsner malt gives this beer almost an IPL quality.

Medium to light on mouthfeel.

A very fruit forward DIPA that has an interesting malt bill giving it lager qualities.

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Photo of drpimento
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, what a beer! Appearance is a large, fluffy, foamy, off-white head that lasts a long time, lots of lace, and a clear light yellow color. Aromas are fresh hops, fresh baked bread, malt, a little fruit. Flavor's are similar to nose, perfect balance between bitter, sweet, and tang. Excellent body. Slight medicinal aftertaste from hop. Super easy drinking beer.

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Photo of champ103
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at several places around Houston, and just recently got a growler from Premium Draught.

A: Pours a lightly hazed yellow/orange color. A well formed, tightly packed white head rises to two fingers. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: Lightly herbal, green tea like up front. Dank, but with a big juicy hop aroma that is great. Pineapple, mango, orange rind. Maybe a bit of sweetness in the middle, with a lingering but enjoyable bitterness.
T: Herbal and floral with a peppery spice up front. Then the juicy fruits take over, which is great. Pineapple is big along with orange rind. The hop flavor is certainly pungent. Though very flavorful. Just a hint of sweetness hides in the background. A huge hop bomb with a ton of flavor and character. Not just late addition bitterness.
M/D: A medium to full body. A great effervescent bite, that is dry for the most part. So crisp and clean. Really enjoyable to drink. This will be gone in no time.

Tons of hop flavor and character. Not just bitterness, which I don't enjoy. This is really well made and enjoyable. Outside of a small tasting, I have not had Dirtwolf but this is impressive enough. Which should be expected with Victory.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. The Enjoy By on the bottleneck is smeared but I can make out a 14 at the end.

A- Pours a dark golden color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a ripple pattern of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Oh baby. Nectar-like aroma bursting with tropical fruit notes of juicy fruit, papaya, guava, grapefruit and pineapple. Incredible.

T- Just as wonderful as the aroma with more tropical fruit and a solid bitterness. Not much malt but it's not like much is needed. 9% ABV?! You're shittin' me.

M- Tingly and bright with a perfectly restrained alcohol/hop bite. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- No joke, one of my new top 5 IPAs. This has the smoothness and flavor of some of the best single IPAs with the strength of a DIPA. I'm kicking myself for only getting a single of this. Forget DirtWolf, this is the one you need to get your hands on.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a golden amber color with a one finger of pure white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave tons of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big and sweet with tons of fruits. The bulk of the fruit smell comes from tropical fruit aromas, consisting of a blend of pineapple, mango, tangerine, and papaya. Other fruit smells are there as well with a little bit of apple and apricot. Along with the fruity smells there also exist some nice hop aromas. The strongest of these smells is that of grapefruit, but other lighter aromas of pine and an herbal smell are there as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a bit of a grainy and bready taste mixed with tons of grapefruit hop right from the start. Along with these tastes are some sweeter flavor of orange and a bit of mango. The sweeter flavors as well as the bready flavor, lose strength as the taste advances toward the middle, all while the grapefruit hop gets even stronger and is joined by a hint of a grassy hop taste. While it fades temporarily, the fruit flavors come back to the tongue toward the end with lots of tangerine and tropical fruits of mango, papaya, and pineapple coming to the tongue. These flavors meld quite nicely with the grapefruit and bit of a grassy hop flavor to leave a smooth, fruity and hoppy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are fantastic for really accentuating all the great fruity and hoppy flavors of the brew and help slow you down a bit in drinking it down too quickly, which is quite easy as even at 9% abv, almost no alcohol flavor is present. Overall the feel is great.

Overall – A very easy drinking and very fruity and flavorful IPA. After introducing their Dirtwolf (which is fantastic), Victory is really nailing the strong IPA’s and hit it again with Hop Ranch as it is truly an enjoyable brew to drink.

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Photo of maximum12
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Too few hops in the house, so I've spent a couple weeks collecting IPA/IIPAs off local shelves. This is another of my victims. 12 oz. bottle headed south.

Pour is a hazed & confused light yellow with carbonation that's mildly evident on top & hidden in the yellow belly of the beer. Nose comes bearing serious tropical fruit, enough to believe this beer might have a pineapple in its Ancestry.com tree somewhere. Smells wet, too.

Hop Ranch is a location I'd like to winter in. The gorgeous tropical fruits in the nose translate word-for-smell into the taste, but they're immediately assaulted by a searing, wrist-twisting bitterness that scalds the top of my mouth. Yeeaah! After that barrage there are even more BBs in the gun: lovely citrus, orange, mild sweetness & a spicy kick at the end. Thick, chewy, oily, syrupy. I could drink a couple flagons of this.

Is there anything better than having a beer with no expectations & having it blow your tiny little brain to pieces with yummy? This beer kicks ass: you just don't find many IIIPAs with the combo of bitterness AND taste. What's so hard about that? One of the best new IIPAs I've had in a while. Excellent.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, think I paid $2.99. Color was yellow, clear, sticky lacing. Aroma was ammonia and cat pee, super hoppy bits of pine and earth, still not my favorite hop profile but not bad and certainly extra hoppy. Flavor was mostly hops, earthy, but if pine, lots of hops. This actually his the alcohol quite well for 9%.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

heard good things about this one and was excited to go and check it out, swung by my fav bottle shop earlier this evening and picked some up. enjoyed from a DFH ipa glass.

enjoy by May 24th, 2014 (or tonight...whichever comes first)

a - brew poured a soft transparent golden yellow with a generous few fingers of frothy white foamy head that hung out. the etching on the bottom of the glass really initiated some great lively carbonation bubbles...almost champagne like. lacing was the full head and chunky. really attractive brew.

s - big lemon leads in the nose. there is a sharpness almost tartness with some tropical fruit.

t - very VERY yum. big but smooth citric hop with a sharp lemon angle to it.

m - smooth. the sun always comes up much too soon.

o - yet another impressive offering in the IPA realm for victory. and dat pricepoint doe...pick it up, check it out...it will be your new fridge beer - and they date the bottles!!!

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Photo of Stevedore
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Best by 4/25/2015. Served in a snfiter 3/14/2015.

A- Dark hazy copper-brown body, two finger thick effervescent white head, fair amount of lacing, good retention. A bit too dark for what I expect from a DIPA.

S- Biscuits, honey, tapioca, mellow citrus, a bit of pine.

F- Sweet pale malt, tapioca, honey with a nice bit of citrus and grapefruit, a little bit of resinous pine. Not particularly complex, but it's quite good. Definitely on the sweeter side, though.

M- Medium bodied, perfect soft mouthfeel on the tongue that imparts a nice resinous bitterness on the backend. Very drinkable.

O- Solid DIPA, it certainly fits within the archetype of a good DIPA, but I would have liked a bit more hoppy goodness to balance out the overall sweetness here.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tipples. Can't see the date but I assume relatively fresh. Pours clear and golden with a giant fluffy white head. Sweet aroma of lemon peel, dankness, honey, pale malts, funky grass. This almost has a farmhouse/brett aroma but then the hops really take over. Flavor is sweet lemony hops with some light pine and lots of grassiness, very light sweetness from the malts in the background. Very smooth and low to medium bitter for the style. Medium mouthfeel, resinous, but surprisingly light for a double IPA! Hard to believe this is 9%. Could be dangerous. Very nice brew.

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.