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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,951
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 100
Gots: 311 | 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:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 10-30-2013

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)
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4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Hop Ranch

Does Victory brew anything wrong . . . I think not !

Poured into tulip glass

A: Agree, light straw color with sediment in bottom of glass

S: Nice ! Strong floral hop presence with a touch of honey

T: Just fantastic as well. Dare I say similar to Hopslam ?

M: Smooth and creamy for an iipa

O: Fantastic beer ! Great job Victory ! I would really like a chance to do a blind taste test between this and Hopslam. Careful with this one people . . . Drinks like a 6% ipa rather than a 9% iipa.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours light straw color, perhaps the lightest IPA I've encountered. Nice white head and the beer is very clear but for a few round particles that look like dried yeast granuals. Looks appropriately carbonated.

S- Very different from any IPA I've had before. Some white vinegar, very light tropical fruit, white wine. Some bitter grape seed.

T- At first I really didn't like this beer, I waited until the 3rd bottle of the 4 pack to review it. There are still some aspects to this beer I don't like, I think the malt is too light for one. And I just don't think I'm digging these Azacca hops. Having said that there is a big grapefruit presence and some underlying tropical fruits that I wish were more prominent. Had a real sprucey pine aspect to it that I didn't care for.

M- The has a good medium-light mouthfeel and an appropriate amount of carbonation to it.
One thing I'll give it is that it is extremely drinkable as far as hiding the ABV is concerned.

O- Everyone seems to be in love with this beer but I'm really going back and forth on it. One thing I'll give it though is it hides it's ABV extremely well. Hoping to catch this on tap and see if I like it any better.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Too few hops in the house, so I've spent a couple weeks collecting IPA/IIPAs off local shelves. This is another of my victims. 12 oz. bottle headed south.

Pour is a hazed & confused light yellow with carbonation that's mildly evident on top & hidden in the yellow belly of the beer. Nose comes bearing serious tropical fruit, enough to believe this beer might have a pineapple in its Ancestry.com tree somewhere. Smells wet, too.

Hop Ranch is a location I'd like to winter in. The gorgeous tropical fruits in the nose translate word-for-smell into the taste, but they're immediately assaulted by a searing, wrist-twisting bitterness that scalds the top of my mouth. Yeeaah! After that barrage there are even more BBs in the gun: lovely citrus, orange, mild sweetness & a spicy kick at the end. Thick, chewy, oily, syrupy. I could drink a couple flagons of this.

Is there anything better than having a beer with no expectations & having it blow your tiny little brain to pieces with yummy? This beer kicks ass: you just don't find many IIIPAs with the combo of bitterness AND taste. What's so hard about that? One of the best new IIPAs I've had in a while. Excellent.

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4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2014-05-4
Glass: Tulip

A very bright, smooth, sweet DIPA, at times of candy-like tropical fruitiness, with little trace of it's fairly serious ethanol content. Mosaic hops are showcased prominently, giving off their both "traditional" fruit (apple and grape, here) and tropical fruit (pineapple, guava, passion fruit) scents and flavors. This is a fairly bright, sweet, and fruity DIPA, the opposite of resiny, strong grapefruit and hop-armpit. Fairly easy to drink, though I don't know if the flavors appeal to me enough to purchase another set of these.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of slightly off-white bubbles that are small in size, yielding a fairly frothy appearance. Retention is a bit above average, the foam lasting 1.5 minutes in a gradual fade to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a few small, scattered islands of thin foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, with large and complex patterns clinging to all sides of the glass, modified with each sip eventually being disintegrated to a series of intricate dots along the walls of the glass. Body is a medium darkness golden yellow color, with light bringing out bright, rich golden yellow hues. Carbonation visible through hazy (20-30% opacity) body, medium in amount and activity.

Aroma can generally be described as brightly fruity and slightly "dank," with sweet and tropical reference points. More specifically, scents of: white grape and apple juice and pineapple, lesser honey, grapefruit, guava and passion fruit.

Flavor is very sweet with pale malt, white grape, pineapple, guava, and passion fruit-like sweetness, a bit of grapefruit, and moderate hop bitterness. Front of palate tastes strong, fruity sweetness, including guava and white grapes, light pineapple and grapefruit, and hints of watered-down apple juice and passion fruit. Mid-palate is of sweet pale malt with no grain or biscuit character, sweet white grapes, apple and pineapple juice, heavily sweetened grapefruit juice, watered-down guava and passion fruit, and moderate bitterness. Back of palate experiences moderate hop bitterness with continued sweetness from white grape juice, pineapple, and sweetened grapefruit. Aftertaste is of moderate hop bitterness; light grapefruit, pineapple, and white grape flavors mixed with mild ethanol.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a lighty foamy (2/5) and otherwise smooth (3/5) mouthfeel that works for the beer and is within style limits. Ethanol barely perceived on the palate, primarily as a light heat in the nostrils and faint burn on the palate and back of throat. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness remaining on the palate.

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2.92/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a lot of foam. It is golden, much lighter than I would expect from an Imperial IPA.

It tastes like grapefruit juice. Straight grapefruit juice. I like grapefruit juice, but it's not what I want from an Imperial IPA. A weak showing from the usually stellar Victory Brewing Company. I will not be purchasing it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a vigorous and foamy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a lot of nice lacing while leaving a ring around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a clear pale gold color. The beer has a nice honey smell with strong floral hops as well as hints of pepper. Additionally, there are hints of light pine resin as well as slightly bready malt notes. The beer taste has a slight bready malt backbone but the main notes appear to be honey and grapefruit. In addition, there are slight floral tastes and notes of pine resin with pepper. The mouthfeel is pretty light for DIPA. The beer has a crisp feel with its light carbonation and smooth feel with a medium body. Overall, a fantastic DIPA and worth getting again.

Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,951 ratings.