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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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94
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1,314 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,314
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 57
Gots: 98 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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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Photo of jhartley
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

jhartley, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Bjorn2bWild
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Bjorn2bWild, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of irish01980
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

irish01980, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of GeoffreyM
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

GeoffreyM, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

outoffocus, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of rjp217
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

rjp217, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of PSU_Mike
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

PSU_Mike, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of tastybeer
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tastybeer, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Glennlawless
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Glennlawless, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of cosmicevan
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
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!!!

cosmicevan, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Zimm
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Zimm, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of BKBassist
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

BKBassist, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of En29356
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

En29356, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

NoLeafClover44, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Mullinger1980
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Mullinger1980, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Rifugium, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of dcraig13
2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

dcraig13, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

BMart, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of thampel09
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

thampel09, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of hogansct
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

hogansct, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So glad I was able to get my hands on this...thanks to the great folks at J & H Beer for holding a 4-pack for me for almost a week!

Poured into a tulip; surprisingly light, straw-golden color with a moderate white head that fades after a bit into a sticky meniscus of tight foam. Leaves a uniform sheet of lacing as it's drunk.
Smell...oh sweet jesus. Incredibly sweet, juicy citrus and fruit...big mango, passionfruit, tangerine, with pineapple, melon, white grapes, berry, pine, candy sugar. It's not as dank as Heady but it's a massive fruit assault, although it wasn't a super-strong scent. Still awesome though.
Taste...not as raucous as the smell, but still great. Grapefruit, tangerine, mango, passionfruit, pine, bitterness, and a snap of sweetness at the end matching the bitter, dry finish. You'd never know it was 9%.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a 9% double IPA, but still sticky and slick.
Overall, I'd like to do a side-by-side with DirtWolf sometime, but seeing as I got probably the last 4-pack in the Twin Tiers area, I'll have to wait til next year. Comparing this to my DirtWolf review, they seem to have similar flavor profiles, although each is unique. Regardless, I'm just happy to have two stellar fruit-forward DIPAs that I don't have to drive to Vermont to get. Outstanding!

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of Mcballz13
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Mcballz13, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of DanE
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

DanE, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of Newbiebeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Newbiebeer, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of scoot64
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

scoot64, Jan 07, 2014
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,314 ratings.