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

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Reviews: 345 | Ratings: 2,305
Photo of IronLover
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short, creamy, bright white foam with excellent retention. Medium fresh citrus lemon hop aroma with floral notes beneath. Medium light malt aroma. Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy feel and soft, medium carbonation. Pleasant warming sensation through the middle. Medium high citrus lemon and floral hop flavors up front followed by medium, light bready malt flavors. Medium hop bitterness near the end accompanied by a pleasant, boozy warmth. Finished semi-dryly with light, bitter lemony aftertaste. Bright, fresh hop aromas and flavors nicrly balanced with malt character. Warm ansd boozy without being hot and solvent. Bitterness is on the subdued side which plays nicely into the soft, creamy smooth feel.

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

Clear straw colored pour with a white one-finger head. Nice juicy citrus aroma. Taste follows the nose with a big but not overly bitter citrus flavor upfront. Can also taste some bright tropical fruit and a hint of grass. Light bodied and drinks very easy for such a high ABV. A little bit of alcohol punch comes through in the finish.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - Golden type color, clear in appearance
Smell - Dank, grapefruit, slightly herbaceous, some pine, some sweet malts
Taste - Oniony/chivey dankness, spicy/earthy notes, hints of citrus and grapefruit

Overall - Was pumped about this. Overrated in my opinion. Dirtwolf crushes this.

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

Poured from a growler into a tulip
A: Transparent light orange with a 1/2-finger head
S: Fresh hops, mostly citrus zest
T: Bitter, hoppy, a bit of wheat/caramel underneath but mostly bitter
M: Light-bodied, a bit thin just a strong bitterness
O: Tasty but the hop oils dominate without much else going on. Surprised this is 9% given the light structure

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Photo of Betty1968
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maybe it's my taste buds or maybe it's the batch, but this years version is drinking like an IPA/Saison mash-up. I suspect maybe their is something "off" with this first run as the beer does not have the same light straw color that I remember. Tastes good, just not the same as the first two years.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half finger of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is mango, pineapple and grapefruit.
The taste starts with a big pine bitter flavor, it mellows a little but takes the bitterness to the end.
The texture is thicker.
It has a great aroma and a good flavor.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, malts. Taste is tropical fruits, hoppy, malts are present, medium bitterness, alcohol well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a pretty good beer, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden, lots of sediment, small head but excellent frothy lace retention. Tropical fruit aroma, honey and floral esters. The fruity aroma is matched by the taste. Sweet but not cloying, balanced by a ton of hops that leave a dry and slightly bitter aftertaste. Amazing feel. For a high ABV it feels quite light and drinkable. I'm quite impressed and I will make sure to be on the lookout for six packs.

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

Poured into a pint glass, a white rim of bubbles surround the glass but no head, a very unfiltered, yellow body. Tons of sediment.
The aroma is full of tropical citrus. Not overpowering hop aroma, but well balanced.
The taste matches the aroma, nicely hopped beer.
Smooth drinking, pretty sessionable in taste, a good trait for its ABV.
Overall this is a delicious beer. Would get again.

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Photo of wcu80
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This year's is interesting. Pours very light, almost like a pilsner. Tastes fruity and delicious; just not quite like I remember it from last year. Still recommended.

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Photo of milwaukee512
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm disappointed; Victory's Hop Devil is a world-class IPA, so I had high hopes for this one. It looks like a pilsner, smells like a pilsner, and tastes like one. Seems very light in flavor and feel for an imperial IPA; hop bitterness is present but one-note and kind of in the background. Well-carbonated, easy to drink, but nothing special. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but there's 6 weeks until the "drink by" date and it poured like a fresh beer.

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Photo of arizcards
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack from TW Arrowhead the first of February for $8.99. Best by 4-25-15 -just in the nick of time.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that has some nice hang time.

Nose is pilsner malts and tropical fruits.

Taste is interesting, pilsner malts dominate the backbone. Hops are primarily mango and peach with a touch of grapefruit. Pils malt lends a bit of crispness.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly crisp for a 9% abv brew.

Overall a very enjoyable brew that I would have again!

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Photo of smcolw
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slight haze to the dirty gold color. Excellent blanketing lace from a modest bar poured head.

Raw grapefruit (the actual edible part, not the rind) nose. A bit of sugar.

Tastes like sweetened grapefruit. Not at all I was expecting. Starts with a neutral pale malt flavor. The swallow brings the aforementioned grapefruit, but the finish turns to bitter with a lingering bite. Full bodied with ample fine-bubbled carbonation. Interesting and complex.

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Photo of drpimento
4.79/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, what a beer! Appearance is a large, fluffy, foamy, off-white head that lasts a long time, lots of lace, and a clear light yellow color. Aromas are fresh hops, fresh baked bread, malt, a little fruit. Flavor's are similar to nose, perfect balance between bitter, sweet, and tang. Excellent body. Slight medicinal aftertaste from hop. Super easy drinking beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a BB May 2015 date stamp.

Slightly hazy golden-amber body with visible carbonation and topped by a durable and creamy white head. Outstanding lacing with a near full coat sticking to the glass.

Aroma: strong hops with hints of pineapple and citrus.

Flavor: Seemed a bit too hopped for me at first sip, like many DIPAs, but I quickly adjusted to what now seemed like a rather well balanced flavor with only moderate bitterness. Still, this will not appeal to people who are not fond of hops. Very good complexity with clear notes of tropical and citrus fruits, most notably the tropical fruits.

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Photo of IPAlmighty
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. I work at a beer store and bought a four pack. Finished it assuming that we'd be getting more, but no. It was sold out in a day. So piney and delicious, I'll never make that mistake again.

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Photo of Altrurian
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is ever so slightly cloudy, making one think of lemon juice. The head is relatively high and strikingly white. It recedes slowly, with minimal lacing, but the beer nonetheless appears viscous on the glass. There's an aroma full of the promise of grapefruit; so...here's hoping. But, alas, the expectation of a citrus bomb goes unrequited. What we have here is an anonymous, restrained bitterness. It has a certain piquancy, and it goes down well, but the aromatic volatility of essence of grapefruit rind that one sometimes longs for in a high-powered IPA is missing. The beer's texture is nonetheless satisfyingly rich. It's a good beer, but didn't meet my (perhaps eccentric) citric expectations.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/15/2015 at Battleship Brewhouse, in Fall River, MA served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a rather subdued hops presence comes in followed by a mild alcohol sting. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a while.

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Photo of Gryphon69
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Lighter in color with a nice head and lacing.

S- Nice easy citrus aromas

T- Grapefruit bomb with some late pine notes, really good.

M- light and crisp, not dry, really easy to drink.

O- Really good and crisp, really screams summertime to me - could get one in trouble for sure lol.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Best by 4/25/2015. Served in a snfiter 3/14/2015.

A- Dark hazy copper-brown body, two finger thick effervescent white head, fair amount of lacing, good retention. A bit too dark for what I expect from a DIPA.

S- Biscuits, honey, tapioca, mellow citrus, a bit of pine.

F- Sweet pale malt, tapioca, honey with a nice bit of citrus and grapefruit, a little bit of resinous pine. Not particularly complex, but it's quite good. Definitely on the sweeter side, though.

M- Medium bodied, perfect soft mouthfeel on the tongue that imparts a nice resinous bitterness on the backend. Very drinkable.

O- Solid DIPA, it certainly fits within the archetype of a good DIPA, but I would have liked a bit more hoppy goodness to balance out the overall sweetness here.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

It is pretty pale in color. It is not quite straw colored. It is hazy. My pour yielded about an inch of off-white head.

It has a pretty solid citrus aroma.

The taste is weak citrus. There is a little pine in the finish.

Moderate to thin mouthfeel

I was really hoping to like this. I guess I do like it, but not enough to seek it out. Victory just doesn't match my palate. I was off of Victory until I finally tried a Dirt Wolf. At least they have one beer that I like a lot.

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Photo of claminat420
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

enjoy by 24 may 2015 1312 P printed vertically by the bar code

A- on a hardy pour you'll see the transparent straw color with some sediment floating around. expected from just having pilsner malt and being hopped up. white frothy head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S- light aroma. boozy with citrus. tropical fruits noticeable.

T- alcohol is highly tasted. not to the point where it's completely dominating but blasting any taste from the malt that would be present. you get the tropical hops and the bitterness also. mostly pineapple, mango, and lemon

M- medium light bodied. really good carbonation.

DRINKABILITY (bring it back!) - i'm on beer number three right now and i'll easily kill the four pack.

Overall- first off this beer isn't shabby by any means but I think their dirtwolf chews it up and pisses all over it. I appreciate single malt ipa's a lot being a complete hop head. the light pilsner malt should showcase the hops but the bitterness and the alcohol just throws a shadow over the hoppy taste which is a bummer. if you're a brewer this beer is spot on from the description on ingredients from their website. I wish they threw more mosaic for flavor and aroma, not being a huge fan of the hipster (tropical) hops (pineapple, mango, lemon) and more from the classic( grapefruit and pine) this one isn't for me.

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Photo of delta490
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear gold with limited head but nice lacing. The aroma is also light but with nice tropical fruit notes. The taste is also light with the same characteristics as the aroma but not quite as robust. The body is also light in weight with just a hint of carbonation on the finish.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Clear golden with a big messy swath of a white head and lacing.
smell: Sharp grapefruit, citrus bite with a little pine.
taste: much like the nose though the citrus thing is up front with a little sweet while the finish is decidedly grapefruit, bitter, and dry.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured moderately cold into my fancy tulip glass of snobbery.

I'd call the color a straw gold. Some visible sediment and a cap of white froth.

Smells... green! Like plant matter of various types, from freshly cut grass to pine needle resin. A nice fruity aspect is there too. Lemon, lime, a bit of pineapple, and maybe even some pear and green apple! Those last two are fruit aromas I don't recall ever picking out of an IPA before this one... Fascinating.

A nice, nice explosion of fruitiness pops out on the palate right away, with citrus on steroids. And I just ride that juicy, delicious, tangy citrus for a good while into a seamless rise of piney astringency and citrus rind until it mellows out into a bittersweet finish of mellow honey and bread. WOWEE.

The feel is quite prickly and full. Just as lively as the flavor.

Some DIPAs blast bitterness upon beer-drinkers to the extent that bitterness becomes the very core of the flavor profile. While I adore such palate abusers, that is not this beer's approach, and it works wonders in its own way, heaping forth a menagerie of gymnosperm and angiosperm-derived brilliance.

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
93 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.