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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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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving- 12 oz.Bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A) Light/Medium Golden in color, extremely transparent. A vibrant, white, dense 1 1/2 inch head blankets the brew and hangs around for a little while. Thick lacing to begin with lessens as I sip away. Nice looking brew.

S) A whole lot of earthy, piney, bitterness plows through the nose, and is closely followed by a boat load of citrusy heaven. Lemon and Tangerine are very, very apparent. Picking up some slight doses of Kiwi as well? This is what I want to smell when I'm putting my face in a DIPA.

T) Bitterness not as apparent as the nose initially suggested to me but it is there and it's enjoyable. Citrusy, juicy, and very refreshing.. I'm not believing this is 9.0 ABV, as it is hidden extremely well! This could be oh so dangerous.

M) Medium bodied, and maybe even on the lighter side for a DIPA, with average carbonation. This, coupled with the well hidden ABV, makes for an incredibly easy drinking big brew. Finishes rather dry with lingering citrus notes that please the palate.

O) In 5 simple words... One hell of a brew!

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Ranch uses my new favorite hop, Mosaic. Really looking forward to drinking this one.

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with just over a finger of head. The head settles to a thin cap with moderate amount of lacing left down the glass. Looks like a pilsner.

The hops really show themselves in the aroma. Citrus, tropical fruit, and plenty of dankness. Nothing from the malt which is not surprising.

The pilsner malt lays of base of dry, cracker type of flavor to let the hops really shine. Plenty bitter but the hop flavor payoff is worth it. A lot more dank then the aroma would lead me to believe. Enjoyable citrus and tropical fruit notes. No sign of alcohol and finishes dry.

Feels like a lighter beer and definitely not 9% ABV. Appropriate level of carbonation pairs nicely with the bitterness.

Hop Ranch delivers the Mosaic Hops just the way I wanted. Did not let me down at all.

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4.81/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into Maudite snifter.

A - lighter than expected for the style. Cloudy golden amber hue...would look more like a pilsner than a DIPA if it werent as cloudy and carried more carbonation. Fluffy white head with above average lacing. Nice oily residue slides down the side of the glass after each sip.

S - out of this world! Apricots and lemon citrus dominate. Piney notes to follow. It's been a while since I've come across a beer that has a nose as bright and unique as this one! Top shelf for sure...

T - high marks here as well. Crisp and refreshing. A highly unique blend of apricot, lemon zest, and grapefruit. Hops are blended with the other flavor profiles extremely well and do not overpower....my pet peave with alot of other DIPA's. At 9% ABV this beer is still highly sessionable IMO. I could EASILY drink this with my buddies around a card table...But probably not a good idea. 9% would sneak up on me and I'd probably lose the mortgage money!

M - slick and oily...perfect amount of carbonation. Coats the mouth well.

O - along with DFH 90 min, this Is right up there with my favorite DIPA's. I LOVE this beer. It has a unique flavor that enhances its drinkability unlike any other I've come across to date. Victory has a winner in this one...would love to find this on draft somewhere in the Baltimore area.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.81/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a golden sunrise color, fluffy white head and fine lace

Smell: Grapefruit juice, pineapple candy, sweet

Taste: More citrus with grapefruit, candied lemons, mango

Mouthfeel - Rich and satisfying but easily quaffed

One of the best Imperial IPAs I've had. I don't know if we can expect this to be part of Victory's regular lineup or just a seasonal offering. Either way, more IPAs should be designed this way. The punch-in-the-face impact of the fruit hop aroma, high ABV, and easy drinkablility makes this a great beer to look forward to after a long day.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured int a snifter. Appears a hazy grapefruit orange with a fluffy white head. Nice lacing and the head reduces to a bubbly suds that rest in the epicenter of the glass.

S - Fresh hops, big citrus notes - grape fruit, orange peel, citrus rind.

T - Juicy citrus hop bomb - follows the nose with hop forward and citrus and grapefruit notes, slightly resinous and dank. Crisp and refreshing mouth feel.

O - Really an slam dunk must have DIPA - love the fresh hop forward and juicy hop bomb.

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