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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,346
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 71
Gots: 103 | FT: 4
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:
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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Ratings: 1,346 | Reviews: 210 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of sjones5045
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours golden yellow with nice head and retention. Instantly you get a wiff of fruit and hops. Apricots come to mind first with the smell. Although I'm not a big fan of Victory beers this one seems to have high potential.

The taste is great. A nice balance between sweeter fruit, citrus, and hops. It's a very smooth beer all the way through. It never strays to far in any direction with the hops. Possibly the only knock is that the citrus gets a bit overpowered by sweet fruit taste but that being very critical.

Overall, this beer is world class. Very impressed, and this is coming from a person that isn't a Victory fan. Maybe the best DIPA on the market.

sjones5045, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of 09robejo
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

09robejo, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of jaxon53
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jaxon53, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4/5  rDev -5.2%

JimmyFlatRock, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of twizzard
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light, pale orange. The aroma explodes out of the glass with orange, grapefruit, pine and yes, a little Chiba. Taste is citrusy with a slight pine finish coupled with subtle malt on the back of the palate. Creamy and full bodied, this brew glides over the tongue. I think I'll have another! Kudos to Victory, who's new brews continue to impress!

twizzard, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

TheFightfan1, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of DenverHopHead
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with an "enjoy by" date of May 24, 2014; into a pub glass.
Appearance - champagne from the color to the carbonation bubbles; foamy white head. This is unfiltered...I dig the sediment here! Lacing is fairly minimal.
Smell - very citrus-like hop forwardness in the nose; some grass present as well. Very sweet and inviting!
Taste - follows the nose, but with an odd, but pleasant malt back bone.
Feel - a fairly complex Imperial IPA with it's no doubt about it hop forward nature, but has balance from the malts coming through! Plus, this is incredibly easy drinking at 9%!
Overall - I prefer Dirt Wolf and even Hop Wallop to this, but I'll enjoy a few more of these!

DenverHopHead, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Rast
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Rast, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Gww1864
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Gww1864, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of jbaker67
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jbaker67, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of jnardone235
4/5  rDev -5.2%

jnardone235, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of meanmutt
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

meanmutt, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Satchboogie
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Satchboogie, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

RblWthACoz, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

alienlifeforcecube, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

belgbeerdrinker, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

trevorpost, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ILiveOffHops, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of dcs1548
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

dcs1548, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of beerdedking
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A few thoughts on Hop Ranch. Pours lighter than expected, more the color of a Pale Ale or dare I say a Pilsner? Moderate lacing coats my Ithaca pint glass. Wafting from the bottle is a touch of fruit cocktail. Nice popping carbo delivers white grape/lemony zest hop flavors followed by a very faint pale malt, ending with a slight tart dryness. No lingering bitterness at all. Just slightly tart and dry which induces my next swig. Drinkability is off the charts. Previous to having this I knocked down a Rogue Yellow Snow IPA ironically being more the heavy sipper. Hop Ranch is light and thirst quenching for a DIPA. Very dangerous, I recommend especially if your a hop fan. So glad I don't have to search far from home for quality IPAs/DIPAs thanks Victory for Hop Ranch/Dirt Wolf and Troegs for IPA and Nugget Nectar...

beerdedking, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Adkins1203
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Adkins1203, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of salthemonster
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

salthemonster, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

goldenM13, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

hoppymcgee, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Jan 11, 2014
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,346 ratings.