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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,325
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 66
Gots: 99 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Mullinger1980, Jan 09, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

Served in a tulip glass, a pristine, clear, golden-yellow color, with a small, retaining, white head, that dotted the glass with lacing; tiny Champagne-like bubbles perpetually popped from the bottom. Nice aroma, full of lemony hops and ripe tropical fruits. After the aroma, the taste was a bit of a let-down. Lemon pith, neutral alcohol, and a lasting graininess, ushering in a wave of bitterness that, though appropriate for the style, seemed to wash away much of the fruity/citrusy goodness that I was expecting from the nose. Slightly metallic in the aftertaste, but within tolerance. Medium body, decently drinkable. Solid overall, but probably not something I'd revisit too often.

Rifugium, Jan 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

dcraig13, Jan 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

BMart, Jan 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

thampel09, Jan 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

hogansct, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So glad I was able to get my hands on this...thanks to the great folks at J & H Beer for holding a 4-pack for me for almost a week!

Poured into a tulip; surprisingly light, straw-golden color with a moderate white head that fades after a bit into a sticky meniscus of tight foam. Leaves a uniform sheet of lacing as it's drunk.
Smell...oh sweet jesus. Incredibly sweet, juicy citrus and fruit...big mango, passionfruit, tangerine, with pineapple, melon, white grapes, berry, pine, candy sugar. It's not as dank as Heady but it's a massive fruit assault, although it wasn't a super-strong scent. Still awesome though.
Taste...not as raucous as the smell, but still great. Grapefruit, tangerine, mango, passionfruit, pine, bitterness, and a snap of sweetness at the end matching the bitter, dry finish. You'd never know it was 9%.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a 9% double IPA, but still sticky and slick.
Overall, I'd like to do a side-by-side with DirtWolf sometime, but seeing as I got probably the last 4-pack in the Twin Tiers area, I'll have to wait til next year. Comparing this to my DirtWolf review, they seem to have similar flavor profiles, although each is unique. Regardless, I'm just happy to have two stellar fruit-forward DIPAs that I don't have to drive to Vermont to get. Outstanding!

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jan 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Mcballz13, Jan 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

DanE, Jan 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Newbiebeer, Jan 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

scoot64, Jan 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Cynic-ale, Jan 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from 4-pack ($9.99) purchased at local Whole Foods. Freshness date on neck of bottle, May 26, 2014.

Clear, straw colored elixir poured into SA glass. Two finger white foam dissipates to thin ring. Heavy lacing coats the vessel.

All hops. Lemon, orange, pineapple plus rind, a bit of pine and earth.

Tart, bitter tropical fruits with a hint of alcohol. Some spice and pepper at the end.

Medium body, well carbonated, slick.

Enjoyable DIPA a bit more hop forward than Dirtwolf, but on par.

CaptCleveland, Jan 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ncstateplaya, Jan 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Lipsntoes, Jan 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jrand2621, Jan 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Bouder32, Jan 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Bigtimmy, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

FatBoyGotSwagger, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ububru, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ncelauro, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ryser2k, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ToddThompson, Jan 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

jmalex, Jan 06, 2014
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,325 ratings.