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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,781
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 91
Gots: 258 | 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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Photo of stonermouse
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my new favorite glass, the Newburyport Brewing can-shaped glass.

Pours pale yellow, a little dirty with some floaties, just how I like my big IPAs. The color has a near-glow to it, very pretty.

Aroma is a mix of fruits, fresh and past-ripe, like a fruit stand. More melon than anything, but very pleasant.

Spectacular flavor with this one. This is the first bottled brew that I've had that captures some of Hill Farmstead's magical IPA combination of super pale brews that mix equal parts earthiness, grassiness, citrus, and bitterness. This really tastes like a HF collab. A wonderfully clean yet complex beer, which features biting orange and mango on a bed of grass and dandylion bitterness.

The mouthfeel is nice, yet a touch suprisingly sweet and sticky. Still nice.

Wow, blown away by this beer. I haven't partaken in Victory's beers enough lately, methinks. I'll dive on this beer whenever it's available.

Photo of Beerlover
1.5/5  rDev -64.5%

Photo of Skillz
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured clear brassy hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured pine and grapefruit with a sweet pale malt.

The taste consisted if an upfront piney hop with a pale sweetness and faint ester.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty and very quaffable DIPA.

Photo of weiserr
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Victory Brewing in Downingtown, PA. The appearance is somewhat deceptive given its golden hue and champagne characteristic. Plenty of lace and solid retention. The smell is an amazing orchestra of tropical notes, pronounced mainly by lemon zest, banana chips, mango and orange rind. Hints of pineapple as it wanes. Yummy. The taste follows the nose, but is so deceptively smooth that the 9.0 abv is almost laughable. Side note: It has been bottled and, although I will never testify in person, I may have consumed 7 or 8 in one sitting while watching this year's NFL playoffs. Don't judge. This one goes down smooth with a bit of prickliness to remind you that it's hop-centric, but never overbearing to the point of outwearing its welcome; a sheer pleasure to drink. Like Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan on top of the Empire State Building, Victory Brewing Company is taking craft beer to new heights! I want this one on repeat.

God Bless America.

Photo of ZagZagg
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into Pint Glass

A: Warm golden hue, light amber with a one and a half to two finer head. Mild carbonation flutters up into the milky white head. Retention is fickle and initial lacing seems minimal. Fairly translucent with little viscous character, faint haziness – perhaps from a bit of sediment

S: White grape, bright summery fruits, highly floral, Nose is filled with a tart bitter sweetness that reminds me of Welch’s white grape juice. There is a certain relaxed spiciness that chases the hop presence and fades to a pungent yet enticing sourness

T: Wow, very floral, following the nose strongly. Reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay in its tart/sour initial blast of flavor. Never seems to get quite bitter, but does pack a garden style sweetness that has a pleasant earthiness. The fruity tart has to be tropical fruits with light but crisp citrus. No real boozy warmth, but teaming with esters that penetrate the back of the throat. I can smell this beer regardless if it’s in front of my face, in my mouth, or going down my throat.

M: Light to medium bodied with noticeable but tame carbonation. After taste lends toward the dry side. Leaves a lingering sugary sweetness imparted from the florals and the fruits.

O: Easy to drink and smells lovely. Quite the sipper, not something I’m drinking quickly – Seems great for apps at a cocktail/family party. Another delicious offering from Victory, although I want to take a spin to D-Town and sample some that’s freshly squeezed at the brewery. A go to brew for a quiet/low-key affair.

Photo of tarheels4life23
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of CheftoDeath
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Tee2Grn
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of StevenLaValley
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Rbodacious
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ejimhof
3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: very light golden color with long lasting head and lots of lacing.

Smell: hoppy and floral but not overwhelming.

Taste: can definitely taste the alcohol right from the start and a slight bitterness but again not overwheming.

Mouthfeel: slightly dry.

Overall: to me this seems like a Prima Pils with more hops and higher alcohol rather than a DIPA not a bad beer but not to style.

Photo of skubas86
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of gatornation
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a clear yellow color with white 2 finger head that settles slowly leaving behingd some lacing
S-tropical juicy fruit hops some malts
T- tropical sweet floral hops a touch of pine with sweet candy malts a touch of baked bread
M-sweet with just a kiss of pine bitterness ABV no where detected
O- this is the easiest drinking 2IPA ive ever had its sweet and tropical delicious

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JArmour15
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of prisdefer
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap

S: Lots of floral hop notes with some citrus and a hint of pine. Malts come through nicely, along with a hint of the alcohol

T: Follows the nose, with the citrus notes popping out a bit more. The hops are mostly floral with a good dose of grapefruit and orange. Malts balance very nicely, with a restrained sweetness holding back the bitterness well. Alcohol comes through lightly in the finish

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Dangerously easy to drink, especially with the lighter mouthfeel. Extremely well balanced and too easy to put down. Definitely another winner from Victory

Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a sticky white head.

The aroma is lovely sweet fruity hops. Peach, mango, orange, pineapple, white grape.

Sharp grapefruit bitterness takes hold with some pale bready malt. Underlying soft tropical flavor.

Smooth carbonation and medium bodied.

Never looked to Victory for IPA's but between this and Dirtwolf I am.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, think I paid $2.99. Color was yellow, clear, sticky lacing. Aroma was ammonia and cat pee, super hoppy bits of pine and earth, still not my favorite hop profile but not bad and certainly extra hoppy. Flavor was mostly hops, earthy, but if pine, lots of hops. This actually his the alcohol quite well for 9%.

Photo of Lionhawk
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of qchic
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,781 ratings.