Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company
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4.35/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately aggressive hand. No identifiable date on the label. Every time I see Victory's "For Your Taste", I hear Dr. Jim Brule lisping it in my head. Sweet berry wine!
A: Slightly hazy, golden yellow body. 1/2 finger of white head with ok retention. Fades to thin film. Nice lacing.
S: Well, hello citrus-forward hops! Juicy tangerine, grapefruit, persimmon (!). White grape juice is very present. Slightly floral. A hint of grass, cracker.
T: Slight sweet pale malt character yields to a citrusy hop bitterness that is surprisingly restrained. A bit of pine, lemon zest, additional malty bread on the semi-dry finish. Little alcohol on the palate, but does warm an empty stomach.
M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. Good vehicle for the flavors.
O: Very smooth imperial with fantastic and somewhat unusual fruit notes. Conjures up some fond memories of my grandmother's homemade grape juice. Well balanced with a slight, but welcome, skew towards the hops. Highly drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
01-04-2014 01:21:45 | More by fourstringer
4.49/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a golden amber color with a one finger of pure white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave tons of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is big and sweet with tons of fruits. The bulk of the fruit smell comes from tropical fruit aromas, consisting of a blend of pineapple, mango, tangerine, and papaya. Other fruit smells are there as well with a little bit of apple and apricot. Along with the fruity smells there also exist some nice hop aromas. The strongest of these smells is that of grapefruit, but other lighter aromas of pine and an herbal smell are there as well.
Taste – The taste begins with a bit of a grainy and bready taste mixed with tons of grapefruit hop right from the start. Along with these tastes are some sweeter flavor of orange and a bit of mango. The sweeter flavors as well as the bready flavor, lose strength as the taste advances toward the middle, all while the grapefruit hop gets even stronger and is joined by a hint of a grassy hop taste. While it fades temporarily, the fruit flavors come back to the tongue toward the end with lots of tangerine and tropical fruits of mango, papaya, and pineapple coming to the tongue. These flavors meld quite nicely with the grapefruit and bit of a grassy hop flavor to leave a smooth, fruity and hoppy flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are fantastic for really accentuating all the great fruity and hoppy flavors of the brew and help slow you down a bit in drinking it down too quickly, which is quite easy as even at 9% abv, almost no alcohol flavor is present. Overall the feel is great.
Overall – A very easy drinking and very fruity and flavorful IPA. After introducing their Dirtwolf (which is fantastic), Victory is really nailing the strong IPA’s and hit it again with Hop Ranch as it is truly an enjoyable brew to drink.
Serving type: on-tap
01-03-2014 23:10:11 | More by Darkmagus82
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,266 ratings.