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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Reviews: 335
Hads: 2,226
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 25.36%
Wants: 115
Gots: 441 | FT: 2
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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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Reviews: 335 | Hads: 2,226
Photo of barebearbeer
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
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 -5%
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%
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 +3.8%
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 +13.6%
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 -1%
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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Photo of SerialTicker
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$2.79 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfeect Pint.

Appearance: Slightly hazy lemon sort of color with a good amount of carbonation in the glass. Pillowy three finger head that sticks around the whole time. Great start.

Smell: Bursting with hops, as I'd expect. A wallop of typical pine aromas, but also a lot of lemon as well as a tropical fruit juice sort of vibe. Smells very nice, but I like my IPAs to feature a bigger fruit sort of punch.

Taste/feel: Rolls across your tongue with a surprising amount of sweetness -- well, maybe it shouldn't be a surprise, considering this is an Imperial IPA. Really a pure sugar cane sort of sweetness with none of that sickly aftertaste you get in some cheaper brews. Beyond that sweetness is a super pleasant hop character that gives a lemon and pine sort of flavor. Thinking Lemon Pledge? Don't. This is just a very enjoyable brew. The finish is clean and juicy with a nice lingering sweetness. The bitterness in Hop Ranch is quite lower than I was anticipating, as it's quite sweet throughout. Aftertaste is almost entirely of sweet tasting hops with only a hint of caramel/bready sorts of malt. No trace of the alcohol.

This is a very tasty beer, but I actually find that it's too sweet. Not a syrupy sweet, since this beer's mouthfeel is about medium, but just a long string of sweetness without much bitterness, which comes as somewhat of a shock to me. Even the most righteous IIPAs have a nice amount of bitterness, but not this one. It's really just sweetness from start to finish. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Truth be told, I'm amazed they've pulled it off. It's a light colored beer with a huge amount of sweetness with a gigantic hop presence... impressive.

Hop Ranch could well be the go-to IIPA of choice for those who love hop flavor but don't like bitterness. To me, this beer's a touch too sweet. The flavor of this brew is so nice though, that I'd very gladly have it again. At the same time, I wouldn't quite call this a World Class sort of Imperial IPA.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours yellow and golden, like sunshine in a glass with some flecks of sediment to haze it a bit. Some of those flecks are pretty big and when they settle to the bottom of the glass they are white against that perfect yellow background. Head is fat white and creamy, falls just fine and leaves some nice splotchy lace to look at as you drink.

Nose is grapefruit, fresh orange lightly over top of that and a faint scent of tart apple that faded pretty fast. Earthy and a bit musky as it warms. Light sweet grain like an inviting canvas. Grass, dank and pungent bright herbal! There is a succulent pineapple like fruitiness that's tropical and will bring more tropical back notes as it warms. Somewhat dank.

Taste is tart and a bit coarse. There is strong fruitiness that's juicy and inviting but there is lots more herbal and grass. A strong hop spice and the grapefruit dominates this one with a nice tartness overall. Lemon zest makes an appearance to keep it light and bright. The malt is like flaked grain; lightly sweet and willing to take this beer where the hops want to go. Pungent! Dynamic. The mouthfeel is creamy and soft but it has ample carbonation and that together with the spicy hop character give it the appearance of coarseness. That feeling takes you to a moderate bitter and a little hop oil in the mouthfeel keeps it on the palate and in the aftertaste. Pine is very light in this and shows up as only very mild in the drink.

Darn good.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Pours a light gold, moderately hazy, with a thin white head that fades fairly quickly and average visible carbonation.

S: Dank, resin, herbal, melon and spice hops with a bit of cracker malt underneath.

T: Follows the nose well - dank, orange citrus, melon and herbal hops with a fairly restrained level of bitterness. A touch of cracker malts, and moderate bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation, and moderate alcohol presence.

O: This was a fairly good beer, but it suffers some with me as the hop profile just isn't my favorite. I don't think it's nearly as good an offering from Victory as DirtWolf. Still, another solid brew from them.

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Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a standard pint a clear dull yellow with a tightly formed one finger white head,the pour was not real awe inspiring by any means.Tropical fruits in the nose along with a bit of sweet onion,very fresh and juicy smelling.Flavors of grapefruit and mango are just dripping,almost like drinking mixed fruit juice,in the finish I pick up some vidalia onion,not much of a malt presence but a decent amount of sugary sweetness.This is a big fruity,juicy hopped IPA here,way to easy to drink.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/24/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big mango, peach, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, white grape, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity of citrus/tropical hops and a light-moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of big mango, peach, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, white grape, floral, grass, pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, pineapple, peach, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, white grape, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops with light-moderate malt balance; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding DIPA. Great complexity of bright hop flavors with a light-moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of argock
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. Enjoy by May 24 2014 lasered on the bottleneck. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly hazy lemon yellow-gold with pretty impressive 1-finger ivory head with pretty good retention and scraps of lace all around the glass.

S: Serious lemon citrus and some catty, sweat sock, garlic aromas as well. A little bit of seaweedy character as well. Malt doesn't contribute much into the mix. There are no yeast esters and alcohol is not prominent at all.

T: The flavor is very interesting with a lot of lemon citrus mixed with a strawberry/blueberry and honeydew melon flavor which doesn't come through in the aroma. The malt backbone is all light malts but pretty substantial in girth, and provides mostly non-grainy malt backing. I would not say this is sweetness, but it does have a bit of candylike sweetness which limits drinkability somewhat. No yeast flavors would have a chance to come through with all of the hop character. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

M: A stellar mouthfeel with a light-medium body despite the ABV and a medium-dry finish with no twinge of astringency at all. Carbonation is light-medium. A dangerously exceptional mouthfeel. I wold love to try one of these or Dirtwolf next to Hopslam and see if there is a lot of difference. It seems DIPAs are getting drier and drier all the time -- this is an excellent example of enhancing drinkability by an intense focus on mouthfeel.

O: This DIPA is a very good beer, don't get me wrong, and I am sure it will have it's followers for its exotic hops varieties and exceptionally unique aromas and flavors. There is nothing remotely wrong with this beer aside from the slightly sweet flavor in the finish, which may be due to the berry-melon character of the hopping. I would still rather take an "old school" DIPA like Pliny, Lagunitas Sucks, or even Victory Dirtwolf any day.

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Photo of babaracas
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with big dense white head, settles slowly to a thin layer, rings of thick lace down the glass. Smell: muted lemon peel, grass, nectarine. Taste: pineapple, citrus, grass; backing is white grape and unripe pear. Tongue numbing but sticky sweet. Doesn't do it for me, but semi interesting. Oh, and seems Victory's still at it with their date codes. Call it "Hop Ranch" and date it 6 months out. The Anti-Enjoy By.

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Photo of MS22
3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall an OK offering from Victory.

Poured way lighter than I was expecting, golden in color. A huge surprise for a beer billed as a 9.0% DIPA.

Smell was solid, the best part by far. Grapefruit, mango, pine , light bready smell on the backbone.

Taste was straight pine. Nothing else. Just pine and a little resin with malt on the end. Very disappointing as I was really expecting this to blow me away based on the reviews I read.

I'm starting to think there are way too many inflated reviews to believe them any longer....

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Photo of TWStandley
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass.

Appeared a golden, slightly see through color with a two finger perfectly white head.

Smelled of grapefruit and pineapple with a slight piney scent.

Tasted much like the smell, definite fruity flavors including pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and lime. Nice bitter finish.

Crisp and refreshing. Nice carbonation.

Liked this one quite a bit but would take DirtWolf over it 7 days a week.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Mellow yellow/golden tan , lots of unfiltered floaters with 1 inch foamy head, good sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet, strong citric hops, grapefruit, orange, pineapple. Sugars, earthy, herbal notes.

Taste - Really pleasant sweet, citric hop kick mixed with some sugars and a little spice note. Plenty of orange, honey and pineapple along with some mango and lemon. Minor malt note comes in near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Citric fruits nails the tongue from first sip. Palate gets more hops, some sugars and malts. The aftertaste is crisp, dry, hop bitter and a little herbal sweet.

Overall - Excellent beer, easy to drink, nice hop profile that's not to sweet, not to bitter and not overly alcohol influenced. Really drinks light and smooth and has a unique flavor that just adds to the enjoyment of this beer. Really recommended beer for sure.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - clear golden straw color with white head

Smell - mango, grapefruit, onion

Taste - mango, grapefruit, onion

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, somewhat sticky, the onion flavor is a bit off putting

Overall - this was a but underwhelming, it was tough to enjoy given the onion flavor of this

Price point - $2.59/12 oz single

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold. Fluffy white head which quickly dissipated leaving sticky lace on my glass.

Smells of tropical fruits, melon, and tangerines. Hint of spiciness in the background.

Upfront flavors of citrus rinds such as grapefruit and lemon. Tropical fruits, pineapple, canned peaches, and an herbal spiciness. Pilsner malts provide a good balance. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with a slightly biting carbonation.

Overall a DIPA I hope to drink again. Definitely something of interest in a sea of similar representations of the style.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a straw yellow with a one-finger foamy white head. Nice amount of lacing.

S - Nice aromas of tropical fruit (mango and pineapple) and some piney earthiness.

T - Just like the smell with lots of tropical fruit. Good amount of sweetness with a nice hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel.

O - This is a very good DIPA. Very drinkable despite the 9% ABV.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by March 24, 2014 printed on the bottleneck. Yet another new beer to me from Victory Brewing Co. Expectations are pretty high based on the good hype surrounding this beer, and it's current good ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright, light, lemony-golden-yellow color with some tiny flecks of sediment in the glass. About a finger of soapy bubbly white head that falls down to some suds and a ring quickly. Some thin intermittent lacing on the glass. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is pretty good and unique. Grapefruit rind, orange, tangerine, lemon, tart green apple, some yeast must, cat piss acidity, subtle underlying graininess / huskiness, & some burnt flour / corn tortilla type aroma almost reminiscent of a Berliner Weissbier. Earthy / grassy / floral hops in the background. Dirty, earthy, herbal, and even slightly sour smelling - a mouthwatering aroma.

T - Delicious. Perfectly balanced floral / fruity hops and sweetened grainy / honeyed malt character. Juicy orange / grapefruit / lemon / pineapple / pine. Honey. Light huskiness. Some grainy pilsner malt on the finish.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, clean, and juicy. This thing goes down so damn easy for a 9.00% abv DIPA. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, I'd say this one might be my favorite of all of the many offerings I've tried from Victory as of late. These guys have really been cranking out some good beers lately, and this one is clearly no exception. Dangerously drinkable at 9.00% abv. I'm sure many of us wouldn't mind seeing this one brewed again.

Victory Hop Ranch ---4/5.

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Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright clear golden yellow color with bright white solid head. Lots of mango and Papaya on the nose, hints of Sauvignon blanc, grassy and citric.

Sweet fruitiness up front, sweet candied fruit. Malt adds a faintly syrupy body, finishes explodes with fruity hop flavor, amazing bright, medium bodied, absolutely no alcohol detection, bitterness is mild, just enough to balance the brew. Leaves the mouth watering. Didn't know it was possible to top dirt wolf but this beer is simply fantastic

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and light to moderate pale golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a couple of small medium thick patches and a thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/mango and tropical/pineapple hops along with lighter aromas of pine and citrus/lemon hops. There is a light aroma of slightly sweet grainy malts and a touch of cat piss.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts with a touch of caramel. That is quickly overtaken by moderate to strong flavors of tropical/mango and tropical/pineapple hops along with a light flavor of citrus/lemon and pine hops. Hints of cat piss and a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively crisp.

O: Strangely for a beer that I describe as having a light cat piss smell and taste, this is actually a pretty enjoyable beer that really grows on you. Nice amounts of complexity and the alcohol is pretty well hidden considering the strength.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We crack a pair, pouring into our oversized tasting snifters. It glows the color of pale goldenrod straw. A rough pour produces a two finger head of creamy, soapy foam of whipped egg white hues. This retains well, leaving precise ledges of lacing around the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be quite light. The nose gives mosaics to the maximum, with syrupy fruitiness and spice of hoppy freshness, along with a background of pale and clean wheaty base grain, soft bubblegum esters, freshly crushed white grape juice, lemon and grapefruit flesh, powdered sweet tarts candies, pineapple fruitiness, clay, mineral water, burnt leathers, and sticky sweet boozy fumes. With warmth comes a bit of a toast to the grain, vanilla wafers, and black pepper, along with deepened complexity of the hops to include more specific varietals of grapefruits, florals, blueberry, and mango fruitiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is great, with a dirty, organic, down-home authenticity that reminds us fondly of Hill Farmstead. As we sip, the taste begins with bright honey sweetness, chalky pales, lime and lemon rind citrics, intensely fruity and spicy hops, twiggy resins, passion fruit, Muscat grape, and mango fruitiness, clay, and sweet tangerine juiciness. The middle peaks with a flash of white sugar and peppermint bark sweetness before bubbling into the bitter half of the beer, with a sting of alcohol, bitter spicy and floral hoppiness, grassy graininess, sharp plastics, tart citric rind, lemon seed, black pepper, and lightly singed caramel. The end comes with herbal and spicy hoppiness, sweet notes of pear, peach, and nectarine fruitiness, green grass, dugout dustiness, bitter boozy fumes, earthy grit of mineral and stone, clean ale yeastiness, lemon juiciness, lactic sourness, and lingering notes of white sugar sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of lightly and massively grapefruity hops, dewy moss, gravel, chlorine chemical bite, sweet honey, dried pine bark, pale and pilsner graininess, envelope adhesives, coconut and corn husk dryness, lemon balm, and a curious depth of spicy rye graininess. The body is medium, with a soft thickness around the edges. Carbonation is lightly medium. Slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop are all decent, with the mouth left fully cooled, coated, and satiated. There is light astringent slickness across the hard palate, but no real dryness otherwise. The abv is appropriate and nicely warming, and drinkability is as a clean and light sipper.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is really a tossup between its aroma and its flavoring. The nose is fresh and full of that glorious mosaic fruitiness, but it mixes with this down-to-earth grit that makes it memorable. The sip, on the other hand, gives you this explosive yet tamable flavoring that again, showcases the uniqueness of the hops, but also shows how interesting you can make the base of the beer as well. Having tried both the R and the S tester batches of this beer over the past couple years it has been interesting watching and being present for this final product’s genesis. While they are each different recipes, they demonstrate the type of heartiness that can go into a DIPA without making it overly dark, overly caramel, or overly heavy. Although they went with the mosaic hop, something that might be a bit unconventional, they still execute a highly commercial beer with wide appeal. They also keep it juicy and tough enough for someone looking for something a bit more complex to dissect. This is a fantastic beer across all categories, except for maybe feel which is a bit ambiguous at times. Either way, this beer, especially since it is following Dirtwolf, is further evidence of the great things that Victory is doing with hops these day.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Mportnoy for this extra!

A- A somewhat hazy pale golden body. Light comes through slightly, but there is not much in the way of visibility. Foamy white head sits on top and dissipates slightly. Foamy lacing coats the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of tropical fruit aromas come through. Hints of mango, papaya, pineapple and grapefruit all come through. Really nice fruity hop aromas.

T- All of the tropical fruits come through in the flavor too. Lots of fruity flavors, hints of pine, lots of bitterness, very hoppy.

M- Crisp and clean, medium carbonation, very drinkable for a 9% beer. Very nice.

O- Between this and Dirtwolf, Victory is nailing IIPAs. Lots of great tropical fruit flavors from the hops.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tipples. Can't see the date but I assume relatively fresh. Pours clear and golden with a giant fluffy white head. Sweet aroma of lemon peel, dankness, honey, pale malts, funky grass. This almost has a farmhouse/brett aroma but then the hops really take over. Flavor is sweet lemony hops with some light pine and lots of grassiness, very light sweetness from the malts in the background. Very smooth and low to medium bitter for the style. Medium mouthfeel, resinous, but surprisingly light for a double IPA! Hard to believe this is 9%. Could be dangerous. Very nice brew.

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
93 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.