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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,778
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 91
Gots: 257 | FT: 7
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy blonde pale ale color. Big head that stuck to the glass.

S - Earthy grains, juicy tropical fruits, fruit custard.

T - Huge fruit burst, mango, pineapple, guava, pine sap, tangy citrus. Complex and succulent.

M - Light and refreshing feel but creamy and soft for a lighter beer. Cleansing.

O - Really tasty, one of my favorite double IPA's.

Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Still haven't actually reviewed hop devil for some reason, so feels weird doing this one, but I've had it plenty of times and this looks good. And a date, yay, enjoy by May 24, 2014.

Pours a pasty white fizzy almost creamy 1+ finger head that fades at a med pace, then slows to a crawl, bit of soapy lacing left behind, very hazy sediment straw yellow colored beer.

Nose brings big hops, mild citrus and floral hops, mild fruity note with hint of tropical like, very fresh with hint resin and spicy hop, mild bubblegum, with a bit of a sweet malty base and hint of booze tickle.

Taste is semi sweet, juicy malts with a mild booze warmth, and little blond malt character. Hops are pretty nice, a mild resin with nice tropical fruit again, little tangerine citrus, mango like with more orange zest and orange sherbert like sweet slightly creamy taste. The resin leads to a hint of passion fruit too, and little stone fruit. The hops turn very spicy and bitter, little pine, more resin, very bitter and spicy almost astringent as the finish dries a lot. The malts kept both the booze and hops in check, and once they dry on the finish the hops get rampant, booze is a little warmer but not a ton.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb, mild warming booze.

Overall not bad, nice balance of very tasty hops, nice malts, and hint of booze, until the finish just smacks your tongue with hops. Nice overall beer though too, tasty, drinkable, at least when it's very fresh. Not a huge fan of the appearance though.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright and hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A bright and juicy tropical hop forward aroma with hints of citrus fruit and pils malt. Upfront tropical juicy citrus hop presence with hints of orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and melon. Earthy and floral hop hints of grass and slight pine. Solid bready Pils malt backing with hints of biscuit, grains, straw, cracker, and yeast. Juicy but actually fairly balanced. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a crisp and juicy tropical hop driven taste with notes of citrus and earthy hops along with a Pils malt backing. Big taste of tropical and citrus hops upfront with notes of mango, orange peel, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, and melon. Floral and earthy hops with notes of grass and spicy pine. Solid Pils malt presence with notes of grains, straw, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A very solid juicy and nicely bitter taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and slightly spicy with a drying finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very solid take on an Imperial IPA. Big tropical fruit presence with a solid Pils Malt presence. Its almost like Prima Pils on Steroids.

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4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding beer that eclipses Dirtwolf in terms of accessibility. Perhaps less bold in flavor than its imperial IPA counterpart, but Hop Ranch delicately balances notes of white citrus, grapefruit and grape and touts a very easy-drinking palate at 9%. The smell and taste almost reminds me of an imperial version of Schafly's excellent Tasmanian IPA. It has a similar slight sort of funk, but one that is wholly enjoyable and a wonderful contribution to the clean citrus prominence.

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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hop Ranch pours a hazy golden color with a yellow-orange tone. A dense cap of bright white formed and held for minutes at two fingers’ height. It’s pretty lovely looking.

A bright citrusy fruit opening salvo with a hint of near-Belgian character from the yeast, or possibly just the way the hops smell. Lemons, papaya, pith, dry pale malt, powdery yeast, and kisses from mango and a faint pepperiness. Almost displays a farmhouse ale scent. Leafy hops shine with freshness and perkiness; detecting minimal bitterness, strangely enough. Smooth and inviting aroma, overall.

Spicy hops with a great combo of citrus and tropical fruits and minty herbs. The pepperiness is still noticeable, like dashes of white pepper and maybe coriander. Promotes more of a dankness, but it’s really showing more of a musty tropical fruit essence. Papaya and green mango and a hint of lime are all involved. I really wish I could get some more sturdiness to the malt, which is just mostly pale and out of the way. Hop forward, without all of the punchy bitterness, but it has some of that, too. Playing more with a gentle acidity than a bombast of hop crunch. It’s pretty astounding, and you can’t falter it for having its own unique character.

The mouthfeel is beyond sipping speed. Hop Ranch has a spicy bite to the finish, but it’s generally smooth and refreshing. Lots of good crispy carbonation keeps things light, and the body doesn’t have any unwanted viscosity. A very impressive ale to note its lack of alcohol heat. We know it’s 9%, only because that’s what the bottle tells us.

Hop Ranch is a great addition to the Victory lineup. I will be enjoying these, as long as they stay around. Cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$2.79 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfeect Pint.

Appearance: Slightly hazy lemon sort of color with a good amount of carbonation in the glass. Pillowy three finger head that sticks around the whole time. Great start.

Smell: Bursting with hops, as I'd expect. A wallop of typical pine aromas, but also a lot of lemon as well as a tropical fruit juice sort of vibe. Smells very nice, but I like my IPAs to feature a bigger fruit sort of punch.

Taste/feel: Rolls across your tongue with a surprising amount of sweetness -- well, maybe it shouldn't be a surprise, considering this is an Imperial IPA. Really a pure sugar cane sort of sweetness with none of that sickly aftertaste you get in some cheaper brews. Beyond that sweetness is a super pleasant hop character that gives a lemon and pine sort of flavor. Thinking Lemon Pledge? Don't. This is just a very enjoyable brew. The finish is clean and juicy with a nice lingering sweetness. The bitterness in Hop Ranch is quite lower than I was anticipating, as it's quite sweet throughout. Aftertaste is almost entirely of sweet tasting hops with only a hint of caramel/bready sorts of malt. No trace of the alcohol.

This is a very tasty beer, but I actually find that it's too sweet. Not a syrupy sweet, since this beer's mouthfeel is about medium, but just a long string of sweetness without much bitterness, which comes as somewhat of a shock to me. Even the most righteous IIPAs have a nice amount of bitterness, but not this one. It's really just sweetness from start to finish. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Truth be told, I'm amazed they've pulled it off. It's a light colored beer with a huge amount of sweetness with a gigantic hop presence... impressive.

Hop Ranch could well be the go-to IIPA of choice for those who love hop flavor but don't like bitterness. To me, this beer's a touch too sweet. The flavor of this brew is so nice though, that I'd very gladly have it again. At the same time, I wouldn't quite call this a World Class sort of Imperial IPA.

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,778 ratings.