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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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1,266 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,266
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 55
Gots: 84 | 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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Ratings: 1,266 | Reviews: 210 | Display Reviews Only:
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Hulliday

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-01-2014 20:23:58 | More by Hulliday
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-01-2014 20:23:46 | More by IdrinkGas
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canawler

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.2%

01-01-2014 20:17:27 | More by canawler
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cp45

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-01-2014 19:56:03 | More by cp45
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Painmob

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-01-2014 18:01:23 | More by Painmob
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-01-2014 16:33:41 | More by zekeman17
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-01-2014 15:50:24 | More by ColForbinBC
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cw13

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-01-2014 14:22:01 | More by cw13
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fehrminator

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-01-2014 14:14:04 | More by fehrminator
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Houser

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-01-2014 06:08:46 | More by Houser
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walkinginplace

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-01-2014 05:09:35 | More by walkinginplace
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-01-2014 03:35:29 | More by meatyard
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. The Enjoy By on the bottleneck is smeared but I can make out a 14 at the end.

A- Pours a dark golden color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a ripple pattern of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Oh baby. Nectar-like aroma bursting with tropical fruit notes of juicy fruit, papaya, guava, grapefruit and pineapple. Incredible.

T- Just as wonderful as the aroma with more tropical fruit and a solid bitterness. Not much malt but it's not like much is needed. 9% ABV?! You're shittin' me.

M- Tingly and bright with a perfectly restrained alcohol/hop bite. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- No joke, one of my new top 5 IPAs. This has the smoothness and flavor of some of the best single IPAs with the strength of a DIPA. I'm kicking myself for only getting a single of this. Forget DirtWolf, this is the one you need to get your hands on.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 02:15:54 | More by Immortale25
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HopBrain

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-01-2014 02:05:44 | More by HopBrain
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pjkelley82

New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-01-2014 02:01:28 | More by pjkelley82
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-01-2014 01:34:21 | More by ChrisMon02
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang tulip.

Pours a clear, dark yellow color with two fingers of fluffy foam. Aroma is very floral, with hop aromas pleasantly strong. Moderate carbonation rushes up the center of the glass.

First sip is a wave of floral hop flavors. Finishes strongly bitter, but not harsh at all. Packed full of hoppy goodness, this beer really showcases the floral and grassy flavor, with just enough malt sweetness to balance but not contrast. Beautiful rings of lace coat the glass as the beer recedes.

This is an excellent IIPA. The alcohol is not evident at all, and this will tickle your hop fancy for sure. Would certainly buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 00:38:23 | More by FickleBeast
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sunofneurot

New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-01-2014 00:21:59 | More by sunofneurot
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mquinn919

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-31-2013 23:19:33 | More by mquinn919
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surfmanjim

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an Odell tulip. Hazy yellow with some floaties and a small one finger (or less)head. Smell of massive citrus and topical fruits, with a hint of breadiness. The mouthfeel is medium; closer to an IPA, but the taste is just incredible, with tart lemon and grapefruit and tropical fruits up front, followed by a malty, bready backbone that is tempered by hop bitterness. It doesn't have the perfect balance of Dirtwolf, but the taste is just incredible.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 23:08:56 | More by surfmanjim
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JohnParadee

Delaware

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a chilled pint glass. Nice thick white head which did not dissipate much at all. Good even lacing all the way. The nose was outstanding, with strong piney, lemon/pineapple/grapefruit scents and an obviously strong hop presence. On the palate, the taste was not quite as compelling as the nose, with an almost grassy dank on the tip, although the finish was very smooth and citrusy pleasant. Mouthfeel was average, nothing extraordinary. Overall, a very good example of the style. I like this much better than DirtWolf, even if it did not live up to all the hype and expectations I had based upon same. Will gladly hoard this while I can, but there are other IPAs and DIPAs I would reach for over this. Not a lot of them, but enough. In any event, another strong effort by Victory, which seems to be kickin' A these days. Kudos!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 22:49:58 | More by JohnParadee
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Vrlowlife

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

12-31-2013 21:07:36 | More by Vrlowlife
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Greywulfken

New York

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pale gold beer with a fine sediment haze; fat ivory cap a fe2w fingers high; modest lace left behind

S: bouquet of citrus fruit, berry, herbs, and pine; earthy grasses and malts

T: lotsa of citrusy hops, mild grapefruit and lemon; herbal and floral components as well; clean, crisp malt base completely complementary; some tart yeastiness, too

M: light and smooth, moderate carbonation

O: I was expecting something a little bit more here - I'd say I enjoyed DirtWolf more - this is lighter and brighter and more citric with less malt presence. A good beer, but I'm undercutting the average here. Take it for what you will. Maybe I just need a couple more to change my mind. For now, this is this.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 20:07:33 | More by Greywulfken
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victory4me

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

12-31-2013 05:32:21 | More by victory4me
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a case at Oakhurst beverage, enjoyed a bottle or two in a teku chilled.

The color is deep golden with light haze with thick overflowing the glass white cream with pillow-like fluffy presence. The smell is great-lots of sweet tropical fruit with a mild citrus accent of subtle lemon and mango, perhaps a bit of orange and lime zest for good measure. The feel is great with a balance of bitterness, moderately high carbonation with mild sweetness and low alcohol influence for the style.

This tastes way better than average for the beer style since it just has so much hop flavor without a bunch of sweet malt to cover. The taste of hops is drenched in the beer with slight pepper and mild lime zest but mainly I get a more orange rind sweet and tangy taste which indicates some Mosaic however I have not heard of the other hop so I will just say sweetened grapefruit in its raw form with very low astringency or any acidic bite. I love how easy this is to enjoy until you consumed three and want to try to transcribe the review, haha. I do think this is a nice compliment to the Dirt Wolf that was just released as it is a stronger IPA, but seems a little less bitter to my tastebuds

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 03:58:57 | More by Slatetank
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,266 ratings.