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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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1,427 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,427
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 78
Gots: 138 | FT: 6
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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Photo of jbwimer
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4-pack from Whole Foods. This is the last of it, so I thought I might as well review it. Here we go!

A- 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Slowly poured straight into the glass. Massive head of about 3-4 fingers is white as snow. Really good retention with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. This beer a vibrant, golden-straw color. Very transluscent. Reminds of a pilsner. Can't remember drinking an IPA with the same coloration.

S- Very unconventional for an IPA... There's a certain funk to it that I'm not accustomed to. Not unpleasant, just different. There are notes of tropical fruit. However, the aroma is very dry, though. Looks similar to a pilsner, but also smells somewhat like one, as well. Not sure I'm a huge fan. It isn't a bad aroma, by any means, just not what I'm looking for in an IPA.

T- Taste is about as good as the nose. Again, not what I'm used to in an IPA, and I can't decide if that's a good thing or not. Light tropical fruits, but also very dry. Malt is hardly noticeable with this beer. What's even more odd is that I'm not getting much hop-bitterness. There is some, but it's not too noticeable. This beer is very perplexing. What I do enjoy is how well the alcohol is hidden. I get none of it on the palette.

M- Love the mouthfeel. I know that for sure. This beer is very light, almost drinking like a session IPA. Very crisp and refreshing. If I tried this blind, I would have NEVER guessed it weighs in at 9%.

O- The jury is out on this one. I can't decide how I feel about it. I definitely can't say I don't like it. It is just very unlike the majority of IPAs I have had... And I've had a lot. I'm gonna have to buy another 4-pack so I can make a solid determination regarding this beer. It is enjoyable, but for an imperial IPA, I just don't get it... My head hurts now. Time for a nap.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of fmccormi
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a fat, stubby, stemmed tulip glass; freshness date of May 24, 2014 printed in greyish ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“Enjoy By: May 24 2014 12:27”), making this bottle something like two and a half weeks old. Holy crap.

Appearance (4.5): Pretty. Very light and pretty. Maybe a finger and a half of bone-white foam comes off of the pour, capping a pale (like straw-yellow) golden body that’s got a chill haze, but beyond that is almost clear. The head dies down slowly, leaving a rocky surface and tight lacing around the glass: one thick collar near the top, another, looser collar about an inch lower, and below that it’s scattered suds, occasional legs, and splotches.

Smell (4.25): Whoa, kind of a funky scent here. It’s like some mix of garlicky-dank weirdness (mild on the garlic, heavier on the weirdness) and vibrant citrus fruit that’s sunny and sweet more than blinding and bitter (light mango, a little passionfruit, some papaya, etc.).

Taste (4.5): Well, it’s definitely a hop story. Sweet and bitter citrus, with a mixture of lime pulp and a little underripe pineapple; something herbal and grassy, like fresh mint and green tea; and finally something weird and garlicky-dank, following the nose, but wrapping the garlic into the flavor in a way that is not at all offensive—it just kind of plays into the bitter finish. Not really off-putting at all. There’s some malt in here, too, but it’s subtle and laid-back, offering a lightly starchy, grainy, very pale character like fresh biscuits (not the sweet, buttery kind, but the very dry, floury kind). It’s a nice base that stays out of the way but still has substance. Miraculously, no booze to be found anywhere.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Like a lot of Victory beers, this has a great feel: the carbonation spreads out quietly, rises up to a prickle, and then foams out with a soft, velvety feel that goes all over. It finishes moderately dry, which is almost surprising considering the ABV and hoppiness of the beer—you might think it’d be drier, but this remains very accessible and palatable.

Overall (4.25): This is another really, really good DIPA from Victory. Hop Wallop (R.I.P.), Dirt Wolf, and now this all have something in common: each one is (was) a technically very well-crafted brew with excellent flavors, aroma, appearance, and feel, but all feel like they err on the side of caution (if you call scores above 4.0 erring in any way). They do everything very, very well, but nothing quite comes off as brilliant. That said, I can’t overstate the fact that Victory did everything—every single aspect of this beer—very, very well. And $10-11/sixer for a DIPA of this quality? Yes please.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice golden straw color, good white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Full of hops, pine and citrus

Taste: Pine and citrus hops up front, with nice hop bitterness bite, light caramel malt backbone

Mouthfeel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: An outstanding IPA, definitely something worth revisiting. Nice and fresh too.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Brad007
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.06/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a pale yellowish wheat gold. Head is bright-white and fluffy. Drops to a clingy web of a cap with sheets and sticky notches of lacing.

Smell: Juicy, fruity sweetness. More tropical than anything. Mango, pineapple, and some tangerine. Slightly herbal with a push of bitterness. Malts are pale, light, and vaguely sweet. Some toasted elements. Warming pushes some juicier orange. Nicely floral as well.

Taste: Sweeter than the nose. Big juicy fruitiness runs the gamut. Orange, tangerine, mango, pineapple, apple and pear. Some building earthy and herbal hop notes. Malts offer some hints at balance, but it's minimal. Lightly sweet, a touch bready. Pale malts. A bit mealy with something akin to Juicy Fruit on the finish. Some bready notes. A little rough around the edges. Fresh citrus.

Mouthfeel: Slick medium body. Slightly dry with a moderate carbonation.

Overall: Lukewarm Ranch

The hop profile feels a little muddled over a malt profile that doesn't really mesh. Feels a bit off overall.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,427 ratings.