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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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1,346 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,346
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 71
Gots: 103 | FT: 4
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:
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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Ratings: 1,346 | Reviews: 210 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

greyghost86, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

HawkIPA, Jan 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

xdtfx, Jan 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

hollywood_15063, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of scotorum
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling date info visible that I could find.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Clear gold with a two inch tall white head which receded fairly quickly to thin surface foam and some patterned lacing. Eventually some floaties appear to cloud the gold a little, and finally collect in the bottom.

s; Fairly intense pine and citrus.

t; Velvety smoothness first slides over the tongue, then piney hops take hold and grip the tongue's sides. Aroma and taste become slightly vinegary as it warms. High ABV seems well concealed.

m; Moderate, heavier than it looks. Silky smooth. Considerable carbonation hangs on.

o: Except perhaps for the relatively hefty mouthfeel, this seems like best served in warm weather. Looks like a pilsener or light lager until you smell and taste it. Not catching as much of the citrus as others have noted, but I have another bottle to try soon.

UPDATE 1/20/14: Having that one now, in a Harpoon IPA glass, and immediately got some white grape juice flavor. Nice. Easy drinking and very smooth. Still getting a hint of vinegar but that is not uncommon for DIPAs in my experience. And still not exceptional enough to raise my ratings. But it is damn good, seems like I just opened the bottle and it's almost all gone already!

scotorum, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Sampman, Jan 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

mecmd, Jan 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23%

jfcaa193, Jan 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Texasfan549, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Zaphog, Jan 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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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
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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
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,346 ratings.