Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company
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4.61/5 rDev +9%
Hazy and quite pale, like a light straw color. Head retention is quite good, and there are sheets of lacing left once the head finally fades. Very aromatic, even more so than DirtWolf. Super-pungent grapefruit and resin plus quite a bit of tropical fruit character as well. Mango, tangerine, and pineapple notes at first, but unfortunately they fade after not too long.
Flavor is really bright and citrusy, quite grassy as well. Just the right amount of malt sweetness I'd expect in a DIPA, becoming drier on the finish. A hop onslaught dominates the flavor -- lots of bitter lemon zest. A touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is oily, slick, and smooth. This is just a big IPA, but malt and hops are kept in proper proportion (for and IPA) and the alcohol hardly intrudes, even at 9%.
As good as Victory's DirtWolf is, this is even a notch above that. Only two hops used: Mosaic and the relatively new Azacca. Destined to be one of the best widely-available DIPAs in the east US.
01-15-2014 05:21:36 | More by gr0g
4.09/5 rDev -3.3%
A: The beer is relatively clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, consistently leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and the sides of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of mangoes are present in the nose along with hints of funk, lemons, pineapples and pine resin.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by stronger flavors of mango hops with supplemental notes of lemon and pineapple. A light amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seemed to initially have strange aromas and flavors compared to other IPAs—cat urine immediate came to mind—but the smell and taste seem to grow upon you and become interesting, especially as the beer warms up a bit. I think this might have had something to do with this beer having a completely different hop profile that I wasn't accustomed to. Overall, it is very drinkable considering its strength because the alcohol is very well hidden from the taste.
01-15-2014 03:47:34 | More by metter98
4.53/5 rDev +7.1%
A: Pours a translucent apricot orange colored body. Produces a big, fluffy, bright white, dense head. The lacing is nice, leaving almost a full, sticky, covering of the glass as it slowly slides away.
S: The smell is all juicy, exotic fruits and strong hops. Mango, Pineapple, Apricots, Oranges, Grapefruit. The smell is incredible.
T: Follows the nose. Loads of exotic fruits - mangos and papayas. Finishes with an orange-juice like sweetness, with just a small, quick, bittering bite at the finish. Not overly complex without seemingly even a hint of malt presence, but the hop dominance is awesome.
M: Medium-Full body. Prickly. Heavy carbonation. Crisp. Clean. Dangerously deceptive. The booze is incredibly hidden.
O: I had high expectations after trying dirt wolf, but I think this one is even better. This is a hop head's delight. Pretty much one dimensional with the hops stealing the show, but wow it's a great showing. Hopefully I can find more, because I'd love to house a case of this stuff.
01-15-2014 02:23:27 | More by Justin_Neff
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
A-Pours a hazy yellow with an oily consistency. White head is mild. It leaves dots and lacing speckles.
S-Very juicy in the nose. This hop combo just emirates ripe, tropical fruits. Peaches, pineapples and apricots with plentiful citrus. Pleasant base malt adds to the sweet, fruity hops. Also a pleasant dose of spicy hops.
T-Delectable and tropical like the nose. A blend of fruit juice hoppiness, my favorite. Bready and pale maltiness adds a fullness to the flavor. This is loaded with delicious hop derived flavors but it's not coercive; just intoxicatingly hoppy.
M-Resiny and full. Medium carbonation. Medium-high bitterness. Very drinkable. This 4 pack just flew by.
O/D-Right on par with DirtWolf. It's a coin toss as to which I like better. It's exactly my take on my favorite beer style. Exotic hop broth!
01-15-2014 00:06:53 | More by VelvetExtract
4.4/5 rDev +4%
Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best by 5/24/14. Pours a light yellow, with a half inch of white head that leaves behind traces of lace. Smell is loads of of citrus, passion fruit, papaya, pineapple, pine tree, and grapefruit. Taste is very tropical, with a nice grapefruit finish that doesn't over do it. Body is thin for its abv, nice amount of life, a touch dry, and so drinkable it is scary. This is top notch from Victory.
01-14-2014 21:53:26 | More by SawDog505
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,292 ratings.