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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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93
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314 Reviews
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Reviews: 314
Hads: 2,096
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 109
Gots: 381 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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: 314 | Hads: 2,096
Photo of bound4er
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straw / faint yellow appearance with a fast breaking one finger head. There is some small pieces of junk in the bottom of my glass - I presume this is an unfiltered beer which is cool. Smells great - lots of juicy tropical fruits such as grapefruit, pineapple and orange. Taste is complex, dank and bright all at the same time with earthy pine, orange and grapefruit flavors. Lighter bodied with good carbonation. Overall this is a great beer that has a lively, fresh taste to it that keeps you coming back for more. Highly recommended. (536 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Semi hazy light pale yellow body. Didn’t have much head. Wonderful pineapple floral aroma. Wow is this good. Lots of pineapple sweet taste. Excellent! (152 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 355 ml bottle (best by April 25, 2015) into a tulip.

A-The beer is lightly golden tinted orange and yellow. It is nearly clear with just a hint of haze. There are a few bubbles of carbonation to be seen. The head is about one finger of light tan foam with decent retention. Some nice, fine lacing on the glass.

S-The aroma is pleasantly tropical and juicy. I smell orange, orange zest, hints of lemon and mint, and a bit of white pepper. The hops are barely balanced by a sweet, honey, buttered toast malt base. Nice.

T-The taste is also tropical, but the beer is not a complete juice bomb. Sweet orange, orange zest, lemon, tropical fruit like mango, and a hint of pepper spice with moderate bitterness. Alcohol is well concealed but there is a little earthy medicinal flavor in there. The hops are balanced by malts that suggest honey and toast.

M-The feel is on the heavy side of average with a fine carbonation of average strength. Drinkable.

O-Wow, this beer really surprised me. I have not been a huge Victory fan, but this may change my mind. This beer manages to balance fruity, tropical hop notes with more earthy hop notes (without giving me the onion flavor that I have noticed in other Victory beers), all the while balancing the hops against the malt bill very nicely. One of the better IIPAs I have had in a while. I will be looking for more of this. (1,378 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured one finger of head. Dark straw color. Head dissipates quickly.
Aroma is huge citrus, a nice breadiness to it, an oily hop aroma, fresh cut grass, and grapefruit rind.
Taste is one of my new favorite IPA’s. The beer is immediately super crisp and light, however, then the flavor bomb hits you… I get a huge hit of beautiful citrus (lemons and grapefruit juice primarily). I get a mild hop bitterness followed by a hop oiliness. Super well-balanced. The beer isn’t overly bitter and fades as the sip ends. It doesn’t linger nor coat the palate. The nice carbonation makes this beer super refreshing and light on the palate rather than that obnoxious thickness. I get some peach as the beer warms near the end of the sip.
Overall, this is just a real nice beer. It isn’t overly thick or aggressive. Perfect balance of bitterness, citrus, malt, and carbonation. I would pair it with a shrimp ceviche with tropical fruits mixed in like mango and papaya. I really wouldn’t change much about this beer, but If I had to, I would say just a kiss more carbonation, but really it’s not even required. I give it a 97/100 (1,131 characters)

Photo of scream
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up last wknd for the first time and popped a bottle this evening. Pretty darn nice. I would definitely buy this one again. Exactly what I would look for in this style. (179 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful, champagne effervescent golden straw colour. Sweet florals with tropical fruits aromas and taste. Great light, carbonated mouth feel. Great effort from Victory!!! (172 characters)

Photo of zander4dawin
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I great offering from Victory. Light straw colored body with a sticky bouquet of floral and juicy tropical fruits, white grape, sweet tarts, glassy and citrus. This beer is all about the hops without tongue numbing bitterness. (228 characters)

Photo of MorganStout
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic DIPA! Thanks Victory Brewing

This one looked and tasted different from any DIPA that I have had. $9.99 per 4 pack...Great beer at a Great price! (155 characters)

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

Bottle from ABV.

A mildly hazy pale yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this looks great. The nose is dominated by a big spicy and fruity hop character, pungent and piney with melon, grapes, citrus, a touch of grass - pretty darn solid! The Mosaic hops have a beautiful bouquet, delicate and floral. Malt character is minimal.

The palate opens with a fruity and floral blend of jasmine, melon, grapes, citrus (navel oranges, some grapefruit), lemon verbena and a touch of lemon mint, Creamy on the palate with soft, supple carbonation, this beer is medium-light in carbonation. The mid-palate continues to focus on the fruity aspects, deemphasizing the bitterness. The finish is mildly oily, mildly resiny and mostly fruity with a moderate bitterness, bright and refreshing. A shade grassy towards the finish. Almost west coast like in execution, this is fantastic stuff. . (916 characters)

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy gold with a nice white head.

S: HOPS! Tangerine, lemon, fresh cut grass, citrusy floral aroma.

T: Big hop up front. Grapefruit, lemon, citrus flavors on the front end, followed by the astringent lemony, bitter yet slightly sweet finish. The finish is long and dry, so you want another drink as soon as you savor the first sip!

M: Silky smooth, with perfect carbonation. Like most top notch IPAs, the mouthfeel exhibits the hops and enhances everything.

O: This is a top notch IPA. Most east coast IPAs tend to be a bit too sweet/malty for my hophead tastes, but this one breaks through. Put Hop Ranch up there there with the best west coast IPA's, this one is a champ! (683 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a four pack, enjoy by May 24th 2015.

A - Pours a pale gold, with a one finger head that moves to thin creamy lace.

S - Grapefruit, hops, pine

T - Citrus, pine, bisucits/bread, some tang on the finish to go along with the bitterness. Also picking up notes of blueberry and some grass.

M - Crisp, clean, refreshing. Carbonation a touch above average.

O - Some interesting notes, great aroma, solid overall. (431 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Here’s another super-fresh, super-tasty IPA from Victory that isn’t getting noticed so well, yet is, in my opinion, a world-class IPA.

Appearance: Light, golden clean, with a thick head of fine white carbonation. Nice tree-line lace.

Aroma: Spectacular tangy citrus hops, with some tropical fruity notes even. Maybe a bit of dankness sets in as it warms, but this is quite a harbinger of great things.

Taste: Tropical hops explosion in a lush, drinkable, and well-balanced setting, especially for the ABV. Even the wife, upon tasting blindly, remarked at how light it seemed. Tastes as refreshing and light as a session IPA, but with a 9% ABV level, this one’s very deceptive and sneaky. Tangy, fruity, and absolutely delicious. Will buy again, yes. (758 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

such a delicious big boy ipa, packed with a mosaic fruitiness and a simcoe oily property, not sure if those are the varietals used or not, but this beer exhibits very similar properties to both. very blonde beer, honey colored and clear with a nice white head. the nose is just dripping with fruity oily hops, and the grain base interferes little, despite the abv. the flavor too is a hop explosion, as fresh and as vibrant as any i can recall. notes of grapefruit, tangerine, cut lawn, and even green grape are all there for me, and the finish still comes on nice and bitter. the malt base never makes much contribution, as the body is light, appreciably dry, and leaving only a slight hop stickiness there after the swallow. fresh is the word that keeps coming to mind for me on this one. the alcohol can be felt but not at all tasted. i love this, even more that dirtwolf i think, one of the best east coast india pale ales ive had in some time. (948 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: The head is a finger and a half thick and lasts for a good 30 seconds before it falls into a nice, cap. The cap tops off a murky, burnt orange beer beneath. Tiny bubbles rise from the sides of the glass while a few larger bubbles can be seen towards the middle through all the haziness.

SMELL: Wow, that is fresh! Orange, pine, mango and apricot dance around with a touch of grapefruit and grass. This smells amazing, just wish it had a little more intensity.

TASTE: There is tropical fruit everywhere on this and it’s really juicy. All the fruit from the smell is there, but the grapefruit seems to be more intense, and there’s a little lemon I didn’t get with my nose, providing a nice, bitter bite.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with a little stickiness and a very dull tickle. The balance is excellent with some sweeter, sticky, fruity notes to start followed by a drying bitterness.

OVERALL: I don’t know if this one is better than Dirt Wolf, but at the very least its close. I will reach for this again. (1,039 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange, with a nice fluffy off-white three finger head. Great retention and lacing. Smell is big citrus, with orange and grapefruit, along with some tropical mango and pineapple notes. Didn't get much malt in the smell or the taste. The taste was very grapefruity up front, with some orange and pineapple notes. The mouthfeel was kind of flat, seemed to be missing some body, with very light carbonation. This is once again a great beer from Victory, I'm glad we can find them here in Colorado. (514 characters)

Photo of ACarp
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

very fruity DIPA, restrained sweetness, mild tropical citrus and hints of apple and pear. supremely drinkable with the alcohol hidden. the delicate ying to dirtwolf's brazenly dank yang (185 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For the love of Pete... Loads of citrusy oranges and pineapple here with a hefty dose of booze... Drinks lighter than I was expecting... Cracker malts sure try to make a presence but they are overwhelmed by the sheer onslaught of hops... Not sure I could drink more than one at a time due to the bigness of it but this is super delicious... (344 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a tulip
Best before: 03 May 2015


A: Light pale straw yellow, crystal clear but with tons of speckled floaties, 1.5 fingers width of bright white head has good retention before dissipating down, and leaves a good amount of lacing. 4

S: Super dank, resinous, floral. Some pine and and subtle citrus. Finally an IPA that isn’t all citra hops and malt. Love it. 4.5

T: Piney, some sweetness, floral, bitter, citrus rind. The hop profile from the aroma didn’t translate as well to the taste as I had hoped, but still very tasty. 4.25

M/D: Medium body, carbonation appropriate, ABV noticeable but barely, drinkability is good but not great. 4

O: Very good DIPA here. Victory is a damn consistent brewery. Well done. 4.25 (751 characters)

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. ENJOY BY: 06 JUN 2015.

Look: Pours a clear pilsner golden with a decent white head. Lots of sediment = bottle conditioned?

Smell: Tropical fruits and sweet candy. Nice bready malts. Very nice!

Taste: Bready sweetness of pilsner malts. Light tropical fruit hop flavor from the Mosaic and Azacca hops.

Feel: Very full bodied. Can feel the sediment across my tongue.

Overall: Another outstanding pilsner malt-based, newer hop blend Double IPA. Right up there with Victory Dirtwolf and Lagunitas Sucks. Not quite at the same level of complexity as Stone Enjoy By. (629 characters)

Photo of CIBoy10
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - 12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a very hazy dark gold, nearly orange. 1 finger white frothy head, quickly dissipates to a solid lace.

Smell - Orange juice, grapefruit, slight grass, slight pine.

Taste - Probably one of the most orangey tasting IPA's I have had. I like that a lot. Well-balanced, hop flavor comes out more after letting it warm for about 30 minutes. This is where it hits its stride.

Feel - A lot of these DIPA's shock me by being so smooth. This is one of them. Drinks like a 5% beer. Very crisp and refreshing. The booze doesn't even come out after it warms a little. I can't say that for all DIPA's.

Overall - I was okay with this at first, but after it warmed up for about half an hour it really impressed me. Solid example of the style and very orange-centric. Probably the most orange juice tasting DIPA I have had. Thought that was unique and cool. (897 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
3.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very fresh bottle that just missed the mark entirely. Aroma was all over the place, none of it a good place though. Almost sour malt, the hop combo just not pleasant at all, partly for its weakness as much as its poor accord. Palate wasn't much better, some astringent hoppiness, extremely little actual hop flavor, overly full malt feel. Bad batch? Perhaps, as freshness wasn't an issue. Needless to say, highly doubt I'll revisit. (432 characters)

Photo of whiskey
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really light in color. Great aroma, light and drinkable for a DIPA. Does not taste like a 9% beer. Low bitterness, high on hop flavor. Lots of citrus and nothing like Dirtwolf in my opinion. Good stuff. (202 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous pour with slight haze and bottle sediment at the bottom. Nice creamy off-white head. Nose gives me a delightful mix of fruity aromas, and I continually think of melons, melon rind, and perhaps some peach. Nice, full creamy body on the palate with light candied malt offset by big tropical hoppy flavors. Finish is long with a little boozy bite at the end. (368 characters)

Photo of gcuneen
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I live 10 minutes from Victory and would get different variations of their ranch series on tap every now and then. I'm so glad they finally decided to bottle one of them. This is a great, big beer. (199 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Mad Mex

Appearance: Golden color with little head; Both this and DirtWolf look subpar for a IIPA

Smell: Bright fruits, peppercorn, slight onion

Taste: Same as the nose except toned down a notch. Bright fruits with a peppercorn undertone. Its very tasty, but not in your face hoppy

Mouthfeel: Medium body ; A little light in feel but on the other hand the alcohol is masked pretty well . Carbonation is spot on

Overall: As with Dirtwolf, this is one hell of a IIPA. This one has more of a peppery/onion undertone. Has the perfect spice for winter without going overboard. However, like Dirtwolf, its a bit light in taste and aromas to be among my absolute favorites (Enjoy By, Head Hunter). Id rather have a DirtWolf any day of the week, but this is a good local seasonal and for under $40 a case, you cannot go wrong. (831 characters)

Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.