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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,312
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 57
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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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
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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
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Shnanign, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

EnthusedAboutBeer, Dec 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

ShanePB, Dec 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

jjd315, Dec 28, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-tropical fruit, citrus, malt, pine, slight herbal

T-pineapple, grapefruit, orange, toasted malt, pine, floral, slight herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-very nice DIPA from Victory, great range of flavors, liked Dirt Wolf slightly more

MDDMD, Dec 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

ShemRahBoo, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

baybum, Dec 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

kmos27, Dec 27, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by May 24, 2013. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a bright light golden with a slight haze; huge fluffy eggshell white head that fades and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are very juicy. Tons of sticky grapefruit. Hints of lemon and lime as well. Fresh grass. Some onion and rubber. It's pretty dank. Very subtle malt notes which basically seem non-existent in the aromas and flavors. Tastes wonderful. The flavors truly match the nose. Tons of grapefruit. More lime zest and lemon peel. Malts definitely take a backseat. This is a very clean beer. It's bitter, but not extremely bitter. Semi-sweet. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It's full-bodied; creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's dangerously drinkable.

This is another great DIPA from Victory. It stands out compared to Victory's original take on hoppy beers. It's almost on the same level as DirtWolf, but it just comes down to preference. There's a west-coast vibe to this one. Well crafted and recommended.

BB1313, Dec 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

JeffTheJuice, Dec 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Casey3236, Dec 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Davelucas88, Dec 26, 2013
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,312 ratings.