Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company
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4.09/5 rDev -3.3%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a poco grande glass. Best by May 23, 2014.
This is the third bottle out of the 4 pack and I figured I would give it an official review.
The body is bright golden and slightly cloudy, definitely some floaties but a very small amount. Pillowy white head that lasted a while and left a fair amount of lacing in the glass.
The aroma on this has been different all 3 times:
First bottle: Cat piss, onions, stinky feet, citrus.
Second: Bright citrus, grapefruit, lemon zest.
Third: Grapefruit, lemon, onions.
None of these have been that off-putting except for maybe the first one, which still wasn't that bad. even as bad as those 3 descriptors sound.
The taste has been spot on terrific each time! Tons of citrus: grapefruit and lemon. A fair amount of hop earthiness in the middle and what seems to be a slight sweet onion on the end.
The mouthfeel is everything you want from a DIPA, full hop bitterness up front with a balanced malt sweetness on the end. No hint of the 9% abv at all, can be dangerous as this is very drinkable and delicious.
Victory just knocks it outta the park again with this one! If this is a small step towards where they are going in the future, let me buy my ticket now, because I am on board! First Dirt Wolf and now Hop Ranch, no doubt in my mind they are going to be killing it for years to come at this rate. If you can get your hands on this one, you buy it.
01-09-2014 23:41:19 | More by jhartley
4/5 rDev -5.4%
12oz bottle poured into my teku glass.
A - Golden yellow color with a frothy one finger head. Sticky lace stays on the side of the glass throughout consumption. Lots of bubbles that rise to the top. I've never seen such a light colored DIPA
S - Grain, earth, cheese, lemon, onion, dank, pine. Disappointed as I'm not getting nearly as much citrus as others. Odor is almost oft putting to me
T - Well, well, this is where it shines. Almost the opposite of the smell with tons of citrus, pineapple, orange and lemon ending in spice and pine. Very tasty!
M - Fruits, carbonation, bitter, spice and pepper. Still rolls off the tongue nicely with an immediate hop presence
O - A very clean, smooth drinking DIPA. Almost thin and sessionable as crazy as that sounds for a 9%er. Probably has to do with the huge tropical fruit forward profile. Aside from the negative smell, it's a well rounded, balanced DIPA.
01-09-2014 03:47:28 | More by rjp217
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
Served - Bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass
A - Super light for an IPA. It looks like a pilsner or adjunct. Shocked how light this is.
S - HUGE onion and garlic blast. Very dank smelling.
T - Very oniony and dank tasting. Basically NO malt. I can't say I've ever had any other beer quite like it.
M - A little carbonation tickles the tongue. Mildly dry finish with low bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Not offensively bitter though. It's nice.
O - Overall, I am pretty disappointed. I didn't get any fruity notes from the hops at all. There was very low malt and lower bitterness, both positives but I didn't particularly care for the hops used.
01-09-2014 03:38:26 | More by PSU_Mike
4.46/5 rDev +5.4%
Very lightly hazy gold colored beer and nice white half inch head. Lace is stringy and shifting. After the head fades there remains a broken, thin white layer over the beer and a ring around the edge. Aroma is very clean with an uplifting mix of tropical and citrus fruit. Sweet red grapefruit, candy lime, mango, passionfruit, a little bit of zesty spicy hop, a touch of pine, and a soft caramel-dough malt profile. Flavor is equally loaded with tropical fruity varieties and citrus with more pronounced pine, tea, and earthiness. Dry, powdery, acidic, mouthwatering bitterness throughout the finish. I wonder if there's honey in this... The alcohol or high ABV is completely hidden to me. This is a pretty excellent, friendly double IPA. Very amiable.
01-09-2014 03:29:09 | More by tastybeer
4.01/5 rDev -5.2%
Poured into a cold pint glass
Smell - Bursting with juicy pineapple and mango and tons of tropical fruit and sweet sweet malt. smells AWESOME. Lemon too. A little bit earth and spice too.
Appearance - Very nice one inch semi frothy head and a golden light orange, pretty much see through as well.
Taste & Mouthfeel - getting mild tropical fruits and some peppery spiciness. mild to low carbonation.
Overall - This is a very tropical, juicy, west coast style hop bomb of an ipa. Its a double ipa so I'm pretty sure this beer is around 9% but it is so smooth you would think your drinking a six percent ipa. I gave this beer a 4 (which is rare to even come above 3.75 for me I'm pretty harsh with ratings and reviews ) But the fact of how easy this drinks for a DIPA....I couldn't help but hit 4. So drinkable, juicy and unbelievable. This beer deserves every good rating it gets. Great job victory, holy SHIT.
01-09-2014 03:15:29 | More by Glennlawless
4.31/5 rDev +1.9%
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!!!
01-09-2014 03:07:54 | More by cosmicevan
4.19/5 rDev -0.9%
Poured into a tulip.
A - the first impression was that I got switched beers. This is one of the lightest color DIPAs I can recall. Light gold fading into an almost cider like clarity. Could easily be mistaken for a pilsner or Belgian blonde. Head is puffy and a nice finger and a half on initial pour.
S - Big bright lemon and some earthy grain. A hint of sour/tart.
T - Very much an extension of the nose, huge lemon with some sweet and tart mixing, not unpleasantly reminiscent of the first sucks on a lemonhead candy. There is an almost saison like farmhouse character on the finish.
M - Somewhat creamy for an IPA, but it works. Perfectly carbonated.
O - A very unique take on a big IPA. Instead of going for a big tropical hop explosion like so many DIPAs, or upping the malts and balancing things out like the East Coast is known for, Victory has created a bold yet delicate brew with elements of US, English and even Belgian beers. But despite it's complexity, it drinks super easy and would be welcome at a meal or hanging with friends. Probably an excellent companion to Dirtwolfas well, as each showcase American hops without sacrificing balance and drinkability, and bring a very different profile to the table.
01-09-2014 01:51:03 | More by BKBassist
4.66/5 rDev +10.2%
12 oz. bottle poured into DFH Signature glass. Enjoy by May 19, 2014 etched into the neck of the bottle.
A - Pours an unusually pale, bright golden. I probably wouldn't be able to pick this out of a lineup of pilseners. About a finger of snow white, soapy head shows good retention. Lacing clings to the glass.
S - The aroma immediately removes any appearance induced doubt that this is a big time IPA. HUGE bouquet of dank tropical fruits and tangy citrus. Fresh lemony hops and sweet nectar malts round out this amazing smelling brew.
T - Picks up where the nose left off. Juicy mango and tart grapefruit are prominent from the start. Sweet, sugary, malts take a backseat to the citrus hop assault. Crisp and clean finish. I am amazed at all the tropical fruit and citrus flavor packed into this brew.
M - Tingly carbonation. The finish is clean. Drinkability is exceptional. Dangerous.
O - Quite simply, this is among the best IPAs I have ever had. I am a sucker for big tropical and citrus hops and this has them in droves. You would be hard pressed to find a more drinkable 9% beer. If this were brewed year round, it would probably hold a monopoly on my fridge space.
01-09-2014 01:30:56 | More by NoLeafClover44
3.66/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
01-09-2014 00:08:37 | More by Rifugium
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
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