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Hop Ranch | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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)

Added by dwagner003 on 10-30-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
354
Ratings:
2,335
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
25.42%
 
 
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Photo of timmy2b
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint goblet

Pours a dirty yellow color, very transparent. Very small amount of white head, dissipated quickly.

Nice Citrus and Lemon scent.

Smooth with a lot of Citrus and Lemon. Very light, smooth and easy to drink. Lemon is just a little too much for the second bottle.

Leaves a light aftertaste of Lemon in the mouth, but is light and the alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall I like this a little bit more than I like Dirt Wolf.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is golden with a huge, fluffy white head. The aroma offers dank hops, oranges and assorted citrus. Toast and biscuits with orange juice. Juicy and resinous with a bitter finish. Some pine notes and sourdough bread. Well balanced with a leaning toward hops. Tasty beer.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle dated into New Belguim globe

A-Pours a surprisingly pale, almost straw, gold with a three finger head that leaves some soapy, splotchy lace.

S-Nose brings a mango, pineapple, herbal aromas, spice, some peppery notes, grassiness, some lemony citrus, and lightly toasted malt.

T-Taste is bitter, grapefruit, mango, citrus, floral, and light herbs.

M-Medium to light bodied, oily, great carbonation, with a dry taste on the end.

O-Overall a great DIPA. Alcohol content not immediately evident. Very crisp and clean would pick up again.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glassware: Wild Wolf Brewing Company .5 Liter Mug.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy gold. An average pour produced 1 finger of bright white head. Lacing abounds.

Smell: Smells sweetly of peaches, slight pineapple, green apple, overripe orange, and Guava! I can't remember distinctly smelling guava like this before in a beer. An alcohol scent is also present, which intermingles with the ever so slight piney backdrop. This smells truly incredible.

Taste: The slightest hint of bready malt gives way almost immediately to a rush of pineapple, guava and sour apple. Then the bitterness hits. Much more so that the smell would suggest. It works, though, and it works very well. After the bitterness sits on your tongue, it leaves you with only a sweet peach and pineapple afterthought.

Mouthfeel: This may be the best part of this beer. Hop Juice seems a more than suitable name. Easy as hell to drink, beautiful bubbly carbonation ticking the tip of your tongue, a tantalizing dry finish leaving you wanting more.

Overall: Yes! This beer is absolutely incredible. It has a very unique flavor profile. Not overly sweet like some other IPA's, not too bitter or piney, the alcohol is hidden well, and dat mouthfeel. Love it.

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Photo of berkshire413
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Honey and clean and clear. medium haze bursting with a yellow behind the haze. really a nice looking beer. solid lacing hung around for a while. 1/3 finger head upon pouring into a tulip. i drink all beer from a tulip and i dont know why....

S- Granny smith apples hard and fast at first gives way to a rubbery plastic toy and sweet sugars and honey. lots of florals throughout the nose slight alcohol at the end with a melted butter as well.

T- grapefruit and honeydew mellon at first they linger a bit and disapate throughout this long complex taste. the granny smith apples from the nose are there as well. taste moves to the back of your mouth with a slightly grainy yeast and a nice malt that transitions into a wonderfuly smooth bitter alcohol backed finale. * note i took multiple sips and had many different variations as to the order and magnitude of these notes. as DIPAS usualy tend to have very frantic and every changing sip to sip variations for me i kind of wittled this review down to something someone might be able to comprehend. hahah

M-smooth little creamy, perfect carbonation to go with the hop characters on this one. very drinkable very very enjoyable.

O- overall this beer is dynamic. its a great DIPA from Victory in a era where the more hops the better seems to be the culture. this one really sets a standard in my opinon as far as sublte complexities that run hand and hand with the strong hop Notes. its a incredible beer and the more beers i have been reviewing the lower my scores have been, only because i belive brewers are really upping the game and setting incredible standards, so the fact i gave this a 4.25 is relative to this beer being a gem.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear body with a white head and a little carbonation visible in the body. Pretty fast moving head but a lace that stuck on the glass stubbornly.

Herbal spicy resin hops in the aroma, a little kale, citrusy, and fruity like mangoes.
Taste not as bitter as I had expected. Very clean and refreshing malt and hop balance with a little citrus flavor and grassy herbal notes throughout.
Very crisp feel and very drinkable, alcohol content not that noticeable.
Would definitely get again, this was great.

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Photo of Nlawrence301
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not exactly what I was expecting after reading other reviews, and loving dirtwolf. It wasn't bad by any means, but far from outstanding. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus in this beer, but there was something strange I couldn't quite put my finger on. Almost reminded me of a fruity champagne or carbonated Chardonnay. I will say for 9% abv this beer was very light. Over all pretty good, easy to drink considering the abv. But far from great.

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Photo of TequilaTom
2.79/5  rDev -33.1%
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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Photo of Patches0Who
4.99/5  rDev +19.7%
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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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of dogfishandi
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of MattyBones
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
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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Photo of Mdog
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Yellow, lots of particles, huge head.

Smell: Strong grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Very dry start. Lots of grassy and grapefruit hop flavors with moderate bitterness. Some malt sweetness in the backbone.

Overall: Hop Ranch reminds me a lot of Hop Wallop. Nice mix of hoppy flavors-grass and citrus mix was my favorite thing about Wallop, so I'm glad it's still around with Hop Ranch. I prefer this one over DirtWolf.

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Photo of DIM
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: Hazy, extremely pale straw color; pours with a big but short-lived fizzy head.

s: Juicy, pungent, and prickly pineapple and grape. Malty sugar cookie and short bread; hint of mineral.

t: Incredibly juicy tropical fruit plus grape with relatively low bitterness. Some sugary short bread, but this is probably the driest pale ale I've had.

m: Not as "big" as a typical DIPA, has a more effervescent saison feel.

o: Victory is killing it lately, another great one here.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop Ranch features Azacca and Mosaic hops. This should be interesting, as I've always liked beers hopped with mosaic (like Great Lakes' Alchemy Hour, now Chillwave, IPA). Poured into my Beer Geek Nation snifter.

Appearance (3.75/5): Golden, bright and hazy lemon, a two finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. It's a decent looking beer, but not outstanding in terms of color or head.

Smell (4.5/5): wonderful, bursting with tropical fruit flavors of pineapple, peach, and guava. That’s right, guava. Also some oniony dankness that reminds me of Enjoy By IPA. Pine, orange. No alcohol whatsoever, as I’m getting used to in these great seasonal Double IPAs.

Taste (4.5/5): Big pop of astringent, citrusy (pink grapefruit and orange) bitterness that is followed by some tropical fruit (lots of peach and pineapple-like) sweetness. Sweet biscuity malt. Some nice earthy, grassy, and spicy hop notes in the finish, which is quite dry, but not to the point of being powdery (like Smuttynose Finest Kind). This is one exceptionally good tasting IPA.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Medium-light body, great medium carbonation make this big imperial IPA extremely easy to drink. The carbonation really helps the beer’s fruity hop flavors "pop" and emphasizes the grapefruit-like dryness of the finish.

Overall (4.5/5): Hop Ranch is an excellent Imperial/Double IPA, that has a lot of great characteristics–the nose is full of citrus and tropical fruit notes, the taste, full of orange, peach, and pineapple-like hop character, and the finish is pleasantly drying. There's a nice sweetness that balances out the initial astringence and makes it quite a pleasure to drink. I think it's a distinct beer, and have enjoyed it more than Victory's other, very successful big IPA, DirtWolf. Definitely a great beer that shows off the unique hop characteristics of Azacca and Mosaic.

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Photo of stakem
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Slatetank for gifting me with a bottle of this not that long ago. 12oz poured into a tulip, the brew appears a light yellow color with 2 fingers of yellow stained head. Some frothy patchy lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is quite fruity with lemon zest, oranges and grapefruit. Some straw grain and hints of sulfur emerge when swirled. Overall though an enjoyable smelling brew.

The taste is like lemondrop candy upfront changing to grassy bitterness like pith, zest and rinds of orange/lemon/grapefruit. A little indication of that previously mentioned sulfur towards the finish.

This is a light to medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A nice, unique offering that is easy drinking. I would certainly have this one again. Thank you Matt for sharing.

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Photo of fps_dean
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's a light golden color with a slight darker tint.

It smells prominently like floral, piney and citrusy hops, and tastes very much like it smells. There is a lot of hops in this one. I can taste some grapefruit and tangerine as well as pineapple and mango. Any malts in this one are hidden by all the hops as the overall taste is on the bitter side of balanced and hops.

Overall, this is a solid, very bold double IPA with a unique flavor profile and made specifically for hop lovers.

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Photo of themind
2.89/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Way overrated! this " Limited Brew " has a strange, weird taste that had me puzzled as to why it was even brewed. I tend to think the more a beer is limited....the more hype it generates. The beer poured a golden color with a decent head. The aroma was strange, I cant put my finger on it but it was weird. The taste was nothing that I expected, kind of a hoppy potpourri concoction that grandpa Munster created in the basement. I like Victory as a brewery as they produce some awesome beers but this Hindenburg of a beer just goes up in flames.

Bottom Line: What was that!!!!

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Photo of mxchap
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by date May 19th. Reviewed on January 30th

Appearance: Light golden in color with a slight haze. Thin head, but with a great deal of retention. Minimal lacing. [3.0/5.0]
Aroma: Pineapple and mango. Little bit of melon. Grapefruit. Almost no presence of malt. Slight cereal/pilsner malt. [4.0]
Flavor: Tropical and stone fruit. Little bit of pine and a great deal of grapefruit. The bitterness is strong up front but overall pretty mellow (less than DirtWolf). Very clean malt presence. Finishes with a little residual sweetness. [3.5/5.0]
Feel: Highly carbonated. The bitterness is not terribly high and it certainly doesn't linger. Somewhat dry, but has some sugar to help balance the high alcohol and hop content. Very drinkable. [4.5/5.0]
Overall: Another solid new DIPA from Victory. This one is a little simpler than DirtWolf (IMO), but it is highly enjoyable. Feel and the aroma are the highlights of this beer. [3.75/5.0]

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Photo of barebearbeer
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Foggy, lemon-ish, golden hue

S: Citrus (especially grapefruit), pungent hop and pine aromas play off one another nicely. Tropical fruit undertones, specifically mango, come through nicely.

T: I was surprised to find that the tropical fruit notes in the smell took more of a leading role in the taste profile. Pine and hop bitterness were also present and were accompanied by honeysuckle, orange, grapefruit, pineapple and even more mango.

M: Good amount of carbonation. Medium bodied.

O: Not my favorite from Victory but a very respectable offering. Can't wait to see what they come out with next.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy blonde pale ale color. Big head that stuck to the glass.

S - Earthy grains, juicy tropical fruits, fruit custard.

T - Huge fruit burst, mango, pineapple, guava, pine sap, tangy citrus. Complex and succulent.

M - Light and refreshing feel but creamy and soft for a lighter beer. Cleansing.

O - Really tasty, one of my favorite double IPA's.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Still haven't actually reviewed hop devil for some reason, so feels weird doing this one, but I've had it plenty of times and this looks good. And a date, yay, enjoy by May 24, 2014.

Pours a pasty white fizzy almost creamy 1+ finger head that fades at a med pace, then slows to a crawl, bit of soapy lacing left behind, very hazy sediment straw yellow colored beer.

Nose brings big hops, mild citrus and floral hops, mild fruity note with hint of tropical like, very fresh with hint resin and spicy hop, mild bubblegum, with a bit of a sweet malty base and hint of booze tickle.

Taste is semi sweet, juicy malts with a mild booze warmth, and little blond malt character. Hops are pretty nice, a mild resin with nice tropical fruit again, little tangerine citrus, mango like with more orange zest and orange sherbert like sweet slightly creamy taste. The resin leads to a hint of passion fruit too, and little stone fruit. The hops turn very spicy and bitter, little pine, more resin, very bitter and spicy almost astringent as the finish dries a lot. The malts kept both the booze and hops in check, and once they dry on the finish the hops get rampant, booze is a little warmer but not a ton.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb, mild warming booze.

Overall not bad, nice balance of very tasty hops, nice malts, and hint of booze, until the finish just smacks your tongue with hops. Nice overall beer though too, tasty, drinkable, at least when it's very fresh. Not a huge fan of the appearance though.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright and hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A bright and juicy tropical hop forward aroma with hints of citrus fruit and pils malt. Upfront tropical juicy citrus hop presence with hints of orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and melon. Earthy and floral hop hints of grass and slight pine. Solid bready Pils malt backing with hints of biscuit, grains, straw, cracker, and yeast. Juicy but actually fairly balanced. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a crisp and juicy tropical hop driven taste with notes of citrus and earthy hops along with a Pils malt backing. Big taste of tropical and citrus hops upfront with notes of mango, orange peel, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, and melon. Floral and earthy hops with notes of grass and spicy pine. Solid Pils malt presence with notes of grains, straw, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A very solid juicy and nicely bitter taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and slightly spicy with a drying finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very solid take on an Imperial IPA. Big tropical fruit presence with a solid Pils Malt presence. Its almost like Prima Pils on Steroids.

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Photo of Mineo
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding beer that eclipses Dirtwolf in terms of accessibility. Perhaps less bold in flavor than its imperial IPA counterpart, but Hop Ranch delicately balances notes of white citrus, grapefruit and grape and touts a very easy-drinking palate at 9%. The smell and taste almost reminds me of an imperial version of Schafly's excellent Tasmanian IPA. It has a similar slight sort of funk, but one that is wholly enjoyable and a wonderful contribution to the clean citrus prominence.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hop Ranch pours a hazy golden color with a yellow-orange tone. A dense cap of bright white formed and held for minutes at two fingers’ height. It’s pretty lovely looking.

A bright citrusy fruit opening salvo with a hint of near-Belgian character from the yeast, or possibly just the way the hops smell. Lemons, papaya, pith, dry pale malt, powdery yeast, and kisses from mango and a faint pepperiness. Almost displays a farmhouse ale scent. Leafy hops shine with freshness and perkiness; detecting minimal bitterness, strangely enough. Smooth and inviting aroma, overall.

Spicy hops with a great combo of citrus and tropical fruits and minty herbs. The pepperiness is still noticeable, like dashes of white pepper and maybe coriander. Promotes more of a dankness, but it’s really showing more of a musty tropical fruit essence. Papaya and green mango and a hint of lime are all involved. I really wish I could get some more sturdiness to the malt, which is just mostly pale and out of the way. Hop forward, without all of the punchy bitterness, but it has some of that, too. Playing more with a gentle acidity than a bombast of hop crunch. It’s pretty astounding, and you can’t falter it for having its own unique character.

The mouthfeel is beyond sipping speed. Hop Ranch has a spicy bite to the finish, but it’s generally smooth and refreshing. Lots of good crispy carbonation keeps things light, and the body doesn’t have any unwanted viscosity. A very impressive ale to note its lack of alcohol heat. We know it’s 9%, only because that’s what the bottle tells us.

Hop Ranch is a great addition to the Victory lineup. I will be enjoying these, as long as they stay around. Cheers!

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
93 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.