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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,325
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 66
Gots: 99 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

MichPaul, Jan 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

PEIhop, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of cjgiant
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A tremendously drinkable beer at 9%. The citrus smell is amazing, and the beer is very smooth. The only thing it seems to be lacking for me is a transition to a more bitter, spicy, or dry end.

A: a little towards the yellow side at pale yellow, slightly hazy, but good head, retention, and lacing
S: this is the best part of the beer to me. Strong lemon-candy smell, with some orange and a little sour funk.
T/M: the opening taste is a much-muted version of the nose, maybe a little more orange-citrus than sour lemon. Also, the taste to me is somewhat reminiscent of a good lager - refreshing, although this taste is a little more coating. The middle taste does add some bitterness, lemon with a little bit of grass, but it melds into moreso than takes over the taste (I must admit, I am getting a mix here, sometimes I notice the bitterness more than others). Then the taste just sort of fades kinda quickly, leaving you wanting the next sip (kinda dangerous).

This is a smooth DIPA versus a palate wrecker, a very good beer, but I'm not sold on it fitting into what I enjoy most in the style.

cjgiant, Jan 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

JakerLou, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

PhatAtUT, Jan 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

bigfnjoe, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Segelstrom
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured into a frozen tumbler and achieved a purely white head of about 3/4" that was reasonably well maintained during the 5 minutes it took for me to finish this bad puppy. This beer looked more like your typical POS domestic lager because it was pure yellow but don't let that fool you its an all together different experience. It's all flavor.

s - hoppy from all directions. some citricy

t - excellent flaver for those of us who like hops. reminded me of Headhunter which is one of my all time favorites.

m - like a beer should feel

o - great beer, not sure if I like better then Dirt Wolf but will have to save that comparison for when I get my hand on their next batch.

Segelstrom, Jan 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

leftstagebrew, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Or80rowley
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After reading good reviews
, I had to try this

A. Very bright yellow, nice white fluffy two finger head, clear with a few floaties

S. Grapefruit, pineapple, tropical fruit, into a little grain funk

T. Citrus, mostly grapefruit, hop, well balanced

M. Smooth, refreshing, medium-light body, clean finish

O. Wonderful beer, well balanced, not over the top hop. Great on a hot day

Or80rowley, Jan 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

MattTastrophee, Jan 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

jsurfs82, Jan 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

cwelsh55, Jan 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

GR_Beer_Nut, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

BEERschlitz, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of bmwats
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into DH IPA glass.

A: Light golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Continually rising effervescence. Settles slowly. Thick lacing.

S: Italian bread, pine, citrus, and a little butterscotch.

T: Hops, yeast, tons of lemon citrus.

M: Crisp and syrupy thick. Heavy carbonation. Biting finish.

D: Sip due to character.

Atmosphere is really nice. Light hue, large foamy head, lots of effervescence, thick lacing. Nose is bready and piney, with plenty of citrus and bit of sweet buttery tone. Hops, yeast, and strong citrus notes. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Jan 17, 2014
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4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another new beer to show me how great Mosaic hops are. 4 pack purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Rochester, NY.

Pours a yellow-golden color. Clear, pretty fizzy. One inch head settles down quickly. Small dots of lacing form on the glass as I drink this down.

Strong grapefruit aromas, with some lemon and pineapple.

Tastes even better. The aforementioned fruits- grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon, plus hop oil, cattiness, and slight pine. Lightly bitter, could be a bit more.

Light body, very crisp, well carbonated. Pretty drinkable.

The first bottle I had of this I wasn't sure of. By the second, third, and fourth bottle, I was very sure. The cattiness and lemon is hard to appreciate at first, but the more you drink, the more the other flavors (grapefruit and pineapple) show their stuff. The beer is very dry, with almost no malt- therefore leaving it unbalanced. If you like hop juice style IPAs, this one's for you. For fans of more balanced IPAs with interesting malt bills, I wouldn't suggest it.I personally like both, so this works for me!

GreesyFizeek, Jan 17, 2014
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4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer smells and tastes amazing. Hops carried to my tongue by a nice malty backbone that, despite it's 9% tag isn't too sweet. Blown away by how good this beer is, like a citrus bomb Heady Topper.
A: Honestly, it's not a very pretty beer. But that doesn't matter.
S: This beer smells like I'm sticking my face in a pallet of hops.
T: Citrusy hop beautifulness with some nice bitterness in the finish.
O: Love this beer!

tvazteca, Jan 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

jpd026, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Hendry
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yellowish in color, lots of tiny bubbles, clear as a bell,one finger of soapy head,solid lacing.

Aroma is juicy,hop forward and enticing. Grapefruit,lemon zest and pine.

Taste is sharply acidic at first, a solid hit of lemony tartness before it mellows during the swallow. I feel this one in the chest slightly with this level of acidity, but it has nice flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is pretty brisk,bordering on aggressive. Decent lingering bitterness also.

The mosaic hops are a treat and this has a nice bite to it. Hop Ranch may be too acidic for some, but it is certainly worth checking out, this is a great IIPA and a sign of good things to come from Victory.

Hendry, Jan 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

northstar23, Jan 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

bmur112, Jan 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

bishopdc0, Jan 17, 2014
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4.82/5  rDev +14.2%

bubseymour, Jan 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

JamieDuncan, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of WanderingFool
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop Ranch pours a slightly azy honey yellow with a moderate sized creamy head on top. The foam slowly disappears coating the glass in a netted pattern of lace.

At first, the aroma is loaded with orange and lemon citrus hops. As the aroma dissipates a funky, fruity aroma takes hold. Notes of mango and peach blend nicely with some piney hops. It seems more earthy than the initial citrus blast.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between citrus (orange, grapefruit) and pine hops, tropical fruit (mango, hint of pineapple) and sweet malt. There's some bread notes towards the end. Could be from the yeast. It finishes mildly bitter with lingering citrus and bread.

A very tasty, easy drinking beer. The aroma is a bit off but the flavor makes up for it.

WanderingFool, Jan 17, 2014
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,325 ratings.