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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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94
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1,324 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,324
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 66
Gots: 98 | 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: 1,324 | Reviews: 210 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

sunofneurot, Jan 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

mquinn919, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of surfmanjim
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

surfmanjim, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of JohnParadee
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

JohnParadee, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Vrlowlife
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Vrlowlife, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Greywulfken, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of victory4me
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

victory4me, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Slatetank, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of JimsArcade
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Surprisingly pale... pilsner pale. The head is almost non-existent unless you do a hard pour, and even then it dissipates quickly leaving thin, sticky lace on the glass.

Smell: Mango and pineapple dominate the aroma. A little papaya, too?

Taste: Pineapple, papaya and mango are in abundance here. The malty sweetness works in perfect harmony with the hops.

Mouthfeel: How is this beer 9%? It's silky-smooth and so easy to drink. I'd guess 6%, tops, in a blind taste test. This could be deadly... in a good way.

Overall: I originally commented that DirtWolf was the best beer Victory created in years. It only took them two months to top it. I will enjoy my case immensely and will definitely buy it again next year.

JimsArcade, Dec 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

IPAchris, Dec 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

FleetwoodMatt, Dec 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

bcrossan, Dec 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

touchmeimsac, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

BARFLYB, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jak, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of hopflyer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by May 19, 2014.

Pours a very light gold with some fine sediment suspended. Generous 2 finger head, fluffy white.

Aroma is one of the strongest I've experienced in a beer. Wow! Really strong grapefruit and some lemon. Just about all floral and citrus hops. Not much of the piney variety.

Taste up front is all juicy citrus, lemon zest. Completely unbalanced citrus hop bomb out of the gates, and right up my alley. Halfway thru a little it of bitterness arrives in the aftertaste but this is still a one man band of citrus hoppiness. Towards the end some grassy, earthy appear subtley.

Very light and crisp. Not dry but definitely refreshing. How the hell is there 9% in something this light? Wish there was a little bit more carbonation, but it doesn't throw things off much anyway.

Really pleased with this beer I've been anticipating since Dirtwolf. Right on par with Dirtwolf in quality. Dirtwolf is a bit more balanced and definitely more piney hops while Hop Ranch is all citrus.

Revisit 1/7/14

Felt a need to re-review this one. About halfway thru my second case and none of the bottles stood up to the first one had. Could it have fallen off that quickly? Anyway, still a good brew but not blowing me away like the first one did.

hopflyer, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

wr3ck00n, Dec 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

ChipMurray, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

seanchai, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

KevinGordon, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

KolbMarley, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

cjohns73, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Neffbeer, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of bonkers
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Hazy gold with lots of floaters, sticky, plus sized head. Ton of tropics fruit on the nose. Taste mimics aroma, lots of pineapple, not overly bitter. Surprising drinkable, well carbonated, resinous mouthfeel. Loved it! Best dipa I have had in a while.

bonkers, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Well look at you Victory. Picked up a four pack at Wegmans after just having had my first Dirt Wolf a few nights before. Enjoyed the Dirt Wolf, but it was probably a little over the hill age wise.

Pours a crisp, clear light golden color with a thick, creamy white head that settles to a thin film with clumpy streaks of lacing. Juicy, sweaty nose of pineapple, mango, and general tropical goodness with a light grassy earthiness. Very easy drinking with a light, crisp body that drinks like it's 7% and not the listed 9%. Flavor starts initially with an overload of tropical juice and fruit before transitioning to a piney and slightly grassy finish. No distinct malt presence anywhere in the body and not overly bitter in the finish. Drinks like a bright West Coast IPA or a lesser Double Sunshine. For what this is, (a hopefully) year round-ish "shelf" IPA that will see distro in multiple states, I can't think of anything better. Not in the class of the best VT or CA IPAs but damn good enough.

yourefragile, Dec 28, 2013
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,324 ratings.