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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,017
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 100
Gots: 337 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 2,017 | Reviews: 344
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2.79/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma was quite off-putting for me. Dank & catty. But I know some hops smell this way (Simcoe?) Still, made it hard for me to enjoy completely. The color is somewhat light for an imperial, and the flavor is at least better than the aroma. I personally liked Victory's DirtWolf much better. Bought a 4 pack of this, will have to pawn it off to my buddies or just grin & bear it. Wouldn't care to get this again. It's just not what I like.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.99/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to say Victory has been on its game lately Dirtwolf and now Hop Ranch their Imperial IPA is right on target. Amazing aroma of tropical fruit, and citrus, taste is right on more tropical fruit, citrus, slight pine and a bit resiny. The sticky resiny flavor really comes through in the backbone with slight malt sweetness to round out this huge IPA extremely drinkable for such a big beer, absolutely delicious!

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4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a 2 finger white sudsy head with a yellow crystal clear body. Looks super clean and refreshing and leaves great lacing.

S - Hops are in your face and present. Prominent characters are sweet orange-lemon, dank, earthy, slight tropical and astringent, and skunky.

T - The taste follows the nose with a sharp hope bite right in the beginning, sweet dank, earthy, lemon, orange, astringent, bitterness and spice that seems to last. Alcohol not present for an imperial.

M - Beer is medium oily and slick. It goes down really easy. Drink last in the night because your palate gets scrubbed pretty good.

O - This beer drinks easy in comparison to other imperial IPA's. Has a nice danky hop profile to it with a orange citrus bite. A must try for any serious IPA lover, Cheers!

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip. No freshness info? Wtf?

Pours out a lot paler in color than most DIPAs. Light golden to straw yellow in color with quite a bit of chunky sediment, left most of the big chunks in the bottle. Big 2 fingers of thick soapy white head. Thick sticky lacing and some very good dense, rocky head retention.

A big lemony, juicy citrus hop aroma, very nice. Orange, tangerine, Somewhat tropical, kiwi comes to mind. Hints of mint and smarties/ sweet tart candy. Somewhat dank as well.

For me the flavor is not quite as complex as the aroma, still delicious. Big juicy tropical and citrus fruits, sweet, almost candied citrus, pungently earthy. No real taste of alcohol but it is a bit warming after the sip. The pilsner malt adds just the right amount of sticky sweetness to the beer.

Not overly bitter for a DIPA, but there is a lingering hoppy mouthfeel. Drinks way too easily considering the ABV.

Excellent IPA from victory. Very unique. I'm loving these recent IPAs they've been pumping out, hope to see more soon as there right up there with some of the best from the west coast. I'm having a hard time choosing a favorite between this and dirtwolf.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of MattyBones
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a 4-pack of this the other day at a fairly reasonable price and was very pleased with this one.

Appearance: Pours a nice golden color with a frothy head about 1 1/2 fingers thick into a tulip.

Smell: Grapefruit right off the nose, nice fruity, citrus smell

Taste: Grapefruit and tropical fruits with a nice steady bitterness that doesn't overpower. A very juicy tasting beer with almost no taste of the alcohol. Very refreshing and could be dangerous without the taste of alcohol to make you pace yourself.

Mouthfeel: Juicy, slick but doesn't smash your palate at all.

Overall: This is an excellent offering from Victory and to be quite honest I think this is far better than DirtWolf. It's cleaner tasting, has more of a bite to it with its hop profile and fruity, citrus flavors are a bit more pronounced. I will be a repeat customer of this for sure.

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,017 ratings.