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Hop Ranch | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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)

Added by dwagner003 on 10-30-2013

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Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, maize color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and great lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, citrus hops, slight alcohol, herb (sage?), hop resin, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong floral hops, citrus hops, slight piney hops, hop resin, alcohol, sweet malt, and a hint of earthiness. Overall, good aroma, fresh body, strong body, and good blend.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.76/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 9% ABV behemoth from those glorious bastards Victory, you know those guys that brewed Doc’s most favourite Imperial India Pale Ale of all time DirtWolf?* Yeah - those f&#ken legends - I’ve got my hands on Hop Ranch, which will most likely be awesome so let’s dispense with all this waffle and dive in... NOW!

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazed, almost murky, pale Tangelo body with a head that consists of splotchy white lace bits floating on the surface - not surprising as most beers at this percentage present with little to no head. 7/10.

S: Bold floral/papaya/spicy hops hit the nose and proceed to pummel your senses with hoppy goodness - exactly what you want in a BIG ‘Merican IIPA. Hints of a light caramel malt base struggle to overcome these mighty hops but who bloody cares about the malt at this point. I am loving these f@%ken hops man! Hint of bubblegum sweetness comes in after a couple more whiffs - DAMN Victory, this is one intoxicating brew! 10/10.

T: Similar to DirtWolf in being a touch on the sweeter side with hop bitterness juuuust managing to help balance everything. Those flavours of bubblegum also come out more here. Overall flavours include: Floral/papaya/spicy/bubblegum hops, malt is undetectable with all these hops but you know it’s in there too. How about those hops though - not too bitter, full of flavour (multiple and well-defined) - this is everything you want in a BIG IIPA. In fact it makes me want to shout “BIGIIPA!” as embarrassingly as possible to the next person I cross paths with. 10/10.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a hop resin oiliness and light but dense carbonation - spot on body for this brew. 9/10.

D: Wow! Just: Wow. Victory once again stamp their IPA skills all over my tongue in the boldest way possible, but they also made this brew drinkable for 9% ABV (though I imagine palate fatigue would be a problem after 3 of these). Who cares though - I would rather have 3 of these for the night than 6 x 4.5% ABV [random brand] Pale Ales, so there’s a good comparison for you. 9/10.

Food match: A nice Cherrywood smoked pork shoulder with a side of salad, mmm.

*Granted I’ve only tried probably 1% of the awesome Imperial IPAs out there because of US brewers who refuse to distribute outside of their state dammit!

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Photo of Kinger22
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a golden color with a thin white head, which quickly disappears. The smell is subtle hints of various citrus fruits and some earthy undertones. The taste starts fruity and follows with delicious bitter hops. This is a top tier beer.

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Photo of drmeto
2.61/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

L:
-pours a clear golden with a small,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-hop particle floaties
S:
-lemon,orange,slight pineapple,bready,biscuity
-immensely subdued
T:
-Follows the nose plus honey,mango
-low to medium bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol somewhat noticeable
O:
I assume the Hops faded in this, but i drank it well within Victory's recommended BBD.
The one i drank was utterly disappointing.

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Photo of BWED
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler.

A- Golden blonde, great clarity. Thin white head with fantastic lacing.

S- Juicy, citrus, dank and pine.

T- Great balance. Tropical, citrus and pine. Malt backbone is a light toast.

M- Full body, a little syrupy. Bittersweet, slight lingering finish.

O- Really good. A little knock on that syrupy body, but great flavor and aroma.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear pale amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose, flavor is tart grapefruit balanced with caramel. Higher ABV is hidden. $3.49 for a 12oz bottle at Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of dfconnor
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Heavy on the bittering hops, but light on the aromatic hops. Pronounced malt foundation reminded me of an extra special ale. Great flavor and good balance. Slightly less carbonated than I expected, but this was not off putting. Overall, this is an outstanding beer.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow gold in color with a finger of white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is muted but I get some tropical fruits. Taste has more tropical fuits, I got mango and a touch of melon. There is also a bit of crackery pale malt and some slickness from the hops. Relatively balanced from a bitterness perspective. Decent mouthfeel, just more than medium in body with lots of slick hops. Overall a good beer but not particularly special.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- pale straw gold in color with minimal head and quite clear. minimal lacing as well.

S- earthy and mango like hops. i also gather another citrus...pineapple?

F- mango, pineapple and earthy tones. Very nice!

M- dry yet smooth and crisp. Not the same pattern in feel as a typical IPA. smoother.

O- good beer..i want more.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: pours light golden body with thick white head with excellent retention and lacing.
S: sweet, earthy dank hop notes with some citrus notes
T: earthy, slight citrus rind notes; some earthy notes
M: medium bided but crisp and refreshing
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combination; nice beer

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Photo of thebeers
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale straw with a finger of white head that leaves clumpy lacing. Smells of mango with pineapple behind. Taste follows the nose, with a peppery hop bite added in. Fairly creamy mouthfeel. Solid.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle with no visible date. Light gold carbonated but hardy beer, lots of citrus and something mangoish, nice hop bite with a dry clean finish. A little alcohol left over on the tongue. Great beer pretty much like any other really good beer of the style.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - 4 by default because I'm too lazy to pour this one
S - floral, earthy hops followed by bready/biscuity malt. Not the best iPa I've had from the east coast.
T - floral, earthy hops, some pine, some grapefruit. Backed by bready malt.
M - medium mouthfeel, mostly the earthiness and bitterness is making it heavier, alcohol covered, aftertaste is earthy bitterness
O - I've had this before, I don't know if I'm not getting it fresh enough but enjoy by 6/17/2016 shouldn't be fading already. This tastes more like a British IPA to me than an American IPA. I remember when that was pretty standard for East coast ipas but I like the new northeast super fruity hazy ipa style better.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Probably the best DIPA I've had yet. Can't really fairly comment on the look of the head, since I had this on tap and it was overpoured...beer almost up to the rim. The body is slightly darker than straw and transparent, certainly doesn't look very distinctive. Smell is earthy, floral, and with some faint citrus. Taste has more floral notes, grapefruit, orange, some breadiness, and cantaloupe. Not quite as fruit forward as the label says it will be, but I liked it for what it is. It's rich and full flavored. Feel is sticky and sweet initially with the hop bitterness coming in midway through, leaving a super dry finish. I didn't detect any alcohol at any point.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow, with a thin white head.

Smell: Sweeter notes like corn, mild pine notes.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of bitter hops/pine. With a sweeter finish.

Overall: This one was ok. Not my first choice.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by date of May 07, 2016

Appearance - Pours hazy and golden yellow in color with some sediment floating around the glass. The head is off-white and peaks at about a finger's width. Fair retention, then dissipates to reveal a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface. Thin, web-like lacing coats the glass in sections.

Smell - Bright, citrusy aroma with near equal floral character.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange, tangerine and a touch of grapefruit met by a strong floral presence. The malt is mostly hidden, lending a generic, white bread to the profile. The finish is mostly floral with a touch of astringency from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low to fair carbonation. Fairly smooth with a drying finish.

Overall - Decent, but too much floral character for my tastes, giving it a near soap or perfume-like tone. I'm glad to have tried it, but I don't think I'd give this one another go.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mason jar: color is straw, transparent, head is bright white, fine bubble size/texture, some lacing.

Smell is fresh, floral, and bitter - nothing to pin point or detract from the beer, i.e. solid.

Taste is similarly fresh, floral and bitter - different than the other most recent victory DIPA (dirtwolf) with a cleaner, simpler hop profile and just a touch less malt presence. Not bad just different.

Mouthfeel is very good for the strength and bitterness of the ale, nice carbonation level - nothing to detract.

Overall, a very very good beer - but maybe a bit neutral for the style - either way i would drink again.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from the COOP.. pours clear dark golden with a nice white head with good lacing... Weird fruitiness that has some yeasty notes that don't really jive with the hops.. Hard to explain.. Standard tangerine/orange zest with something that I normally associate with lemon essence coming from yeast... Also a herbal note that seems out of place... This one is very odd... Not bad, just odd.

3/3.5/3.25/3.5/3.25

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Enjoy By 21 May 2016 into pint glass. As I was pouring it, I thought "Holy crap - look how light this stuff is!" Pours a very clear, very pale straw color with a bone-white head. But the light color is misleading: this beer actually has some serious heft to it. The initial impression is lemon, citrus, and grapefruit, with a bready maltiness offsetting (but not completely) the initial hops surge. Fruits come to the forefront as the beer warms. Medium mouthfeel (a little thick for the style) and medium cabonation (about perfect, IMHO). Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Very drinkable, but won't knock Dirtwolf off its pedestal anytime soon.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color of the beer was golden, and the head formation was very foamy, and large. The aroma was a combination of citric (tangerine, mandarin orange) and tropical (pineapple, melon) fruits. The taste was a lot more citric, with a lemon flavor up front, followed closely by mandarin orange. The bitterness was low, and only showed up late in the finish. The aftertaste was long drawn out, and spicy. The beer felt quite boozy and warm. This was a little odd to me.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on January 29, 2015. Taste is juicy citrus, tart fruit and bitter hops. Feel is pleasantly sharp and bitter.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.27/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.25] Uber transparent apple juice colored beer. The beer has a 1 1/2 finger head. The head is made of all medium bubbles - which seems unique. The head settles down to just under a finger and then has some staying power. The bottle lists the ABV (9.0%) and there is a best by date (05/21/16 at 6:15pm - which seems really specific!)

S: [2.25] The smell is also unique. I have read "cat pee" as a descriptor and it never really made sense to me - until now. I'd also describe it as a "meat" scent. That might be the closeset thing I can think of here. Maybe additionally pineapple, mango, papaya.

T: [3.50] Doesn't follow the nose (which is good). I get white grapes, pineapple and orange rind.

M: [3.75] Nice heft on the tongue. No lingering bitter flavors. No excessive carbonation.

O: [3.50] The nose on this is WAY different than anything I have had. I can't describe it adequately. The beer itself looks, tastes and "feels" decent but the nose is really off-putting. This is a hard beer to rate. I wouldn't recommend it to a friend because of the nose elements.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a straw gold with a solid white head.

smell is strong but not fantastic aroma-wise. smells sweet (but sweet like belgian yeast not fruit).

taste is weird, a very heavy taste. not a fan of this. almost a hoppy saison or hoppy lager.

this is a pretty weird beer, i'll try more of the 4pack in the hopes that it's a bad bottle. off putting.

not bad, i'm drinking more of this a few days later. a very light doubleIPA, strange beer. taste is good but the feel and aroma is very different. i'm ok with being different but it's not a good different.

finishing up the last 3 of my 2 4packs: still an odd beer. it's not bad but it's not great. it's certainly grown on me. very light for a dIPA but the flavor is good.

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Photo of laketang
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bright straw, clear, no matter. good legs

sweet notes. floral (estery)

heavy and hoppy. clean. velvety bitterness. banana bread.

creamy medium feel, a tad pucker on sides

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Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 17 June 2016

Pours an effervescent straw color with 3+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Shhets of lacing with great head retention

S: Grapefruit peel, light lemon-grass scent

T: Pink grapefruit, lemons, light breadyness & flinty hop bitterness up front. Pretty juicy once warm, loads of grapefruit & a little pomelo & a whisper of pine. Finishes grapefruitty, juicy with just a little woody hop bitterness mixing in with some bready sweetness & golden delicious apple

MF: Light/medium bodied, deft touch on the carbonation ; great balance

Drinks really easy, a grapefruit assault, required just a little more depth of flavor to achieve perfection; damn close! I will buy this all the time if fresh!

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
93 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.