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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,324
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 66
Gots: 98 | 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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Photo of Gatch
4.81/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Best by May 25 2014

A: Slightly hazy, golden-yellow with a huuuuge, frothy, soapy, pillowy, bright white head. Leaves behind some decent lacing and a bit of thin retention.

S: A unique hop profile. Extremely floral while also having massive citrus qualities. Sugary and sweet. Juicy. It's like I'm drinking it through my nose. Incredible.

T: Similar to the nose. This is the juiciest beer I've ever had the pleasure of consuming. Unbelievable. So freakin' delicious!

M: Way too easy to drink. Seriously. Beyond smooth, almost creamy, and perfect carbonation. Body is superb. Flavor is endless. This beer brings a smile to your face. And a decent buzz after one bottle.

O: I would drink a 4-pack of this every day if the circumstances allowed for that. Such a well-executed beer by Victory. With this and DirtWolf, they're back on my radar!

Gatch, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of davet100
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

davet100, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of TBarJr
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

TBarJr, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Flashy
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Vessel: Purchased at a 7-11 in a four pack- $10.99.
Initial impression: Pours clear like no double IPA I've ever seen- interesting. Looks like a lager or farmhouse ale. Smells earthy, not much hops up front. Again, smells like a Belgium something or other.
Taste: Hoppier than I expected, not much alcohol- but it's over 8%, a bit sweet.
Overall impression: If I was to be served a DIPA in Munchen, this would be it. Tastes like a sweet, salty pretzel which passes my great beer taste. Much better than Dirt Wolf. If you were to mix this and Limbo 50/50 you would have Heady Topper. Thank you Victory.

Flashy, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Kmlund, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of colwespitt
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

colwespitt, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of Bluescooter
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Bluescooter, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of dannyfayy
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

dannyfayy, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of hellhammermario
4/5  rDev -5.2%

hellhammermario, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of hopkrid
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

hopkrid, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of huysmans
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

huysmans, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of HoppyBastard1
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

HoppyBastard1, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

SammyJaxxxx, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: pale golden in color with a light haze. Bone white head. Creamy and lush with great retention. Ample stickage.

S: Pronounced tangerine, mango, and melon aromas. White grapefruit. Pineapple. Sweet, sticky bud. Dank and heady. Malt base is crackery with a light honeyed sweetness.

T: Biting oily and leafy bitterness. Very dank and heady with a sweet cannabis flavor. Tropical fruit flavors burst forth with a strange tangy character. Puckering lemon, white grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and passion fruit. Watermelon rind. Crackery malt base stays very quiet. Hint of alcohol. Clean. Tangy hop finish with a strong cannabis and gritty, leafy bitterness.

M: Medium-light body. Airy and pillowy with a dry sort of smoothness. Strong bite of carbonation lifts and lightens further. Hop astringency is strong and gripping on the tooth enamel.

O: I've had various incarnations of this beer as draught one-offs in the past, but I don't remember them being anything like this. Very potent and heady. Capable of scratching even the most nagging and stubborn hop itch. The most interesting thing about it is the odd tangy, almost tart edge that it has. It seems to be hop-derived, as far as I can tell. I've never tasted anything quite like it. These are some interesting hop strains.

With this and Dirt Wolf on the market, Victory's decision to retire Hop Wallop seems like a no-brainer. It just would not compete with two far superior (in my opinion) double IPAs cannibalizing sales. The brewing world really needs to give Victory it's due now. This is a brewery that has totally reinvented its approach to its IPAs after its existing IPA skus stopped being truly relevant in the market years ago. Hop Devil and Hop Wallop are fine beers, but they just don't get the beer geeks going like they used to. Now Victory has released two top-notch, hype-worthy double IPAs in the past few months. Hop Ranch and Dirt Wolf are on par with the best double IPAs in the country. In my opinion they can stack up with the likes of Pliny or Heady Topper. And the beauty of it is that they should have a much broader reach in the national market. Very impressive.

ryan1788a5, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of tuka
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

tuka, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of Omnium
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle > Alpine Spring bow-tie glass.
A - Clear light yellow straw in color with a nearly two finger foamy white head with some really thick lacing happening.
S - Aroma is quite unique, and maybe its the fact that I cannot discern the real profile here that's throwing me, sure you got some grapefruit, pine, a little papaya, its just really fresh smelling, even the malt is a light sweetness, regardless its a little light in aroma.
T - Excellent flavor, light juicy apple, melon, papaya, grapefruit, blood orange fruit flavors, then a really gradual pine and grassy tone comes through on a really neutral crackery kinda malt that has just a hint of sweetness.
M - There is no way you could ever think this thing would be 9% ABV, You could sit here and pound this beer one after another with ease, medium light feel with no burn, no extreme bitterness, just smooth and fresh crisp flavor.
O - Excellent Imperial IPA that proves more isnt always better, this is by far an extreme IPA, sure it has a high alcohol content, (THAT YOU CANNOT DETECT AT ALL!!!!) but its not overwhelming with bitterness or sweet boozey malt, it has a great flavor, good aroma, and goes down ohh so easy. Get yourself some.

Omnium, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of Pahn
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Beautiful hazy yellow orange, lots of lacing.

Smell: Ridiculously deep earthy pungent hops. Not necessarily the best balance of aromas, but sooo hoppy. Citrusy, very funky. I like it, though in a way it's showier than it is satisfying.

Taste: As impressively hoppy as the nose. Has the pineapple-plus-cheese flavor of Nelson Sauvin... is that from Mosaic or Azacca hops? I don't know. Whatever it's from, it's clear to me that Victory got *way* more out Mosaic than anyone else has from the Mosaic hopped beers I've had. Waves and waves of hop flavor, over the top. Citrusy, funky, even smoky and peppery... most of these flavors escape my flavor vocabulary, so all I can say is: very hoppy.

This is more like a hop showcase than a well-put-together beer (compare with Victory's recent Dirt Wolf, a masterfully put together beer). Who cares though, it's a tasty beer. Extra points for the hop seminar.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Wish it were dryer, to the point that I think it's beyond my own "MAKE IT DRYER!" hangup and a bit less attenuated than world class DIPAs. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Good, even great beer, and a real treat for those who want to taste every possible hop flavor (so, true to its name and conceit). Not my favorite, but I'll enjoy the rest of this 4pack.

Pahn, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

GennyCreamAle, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of ElGallo
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ElGallo, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of CloudStrife
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear very light golden yellow with a white head on top. After a couple minutes the head is gone, leaving some considerable lacing on the glass. Just a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Upfront there is a dominating fruity hop aroma. Real nice citrus and grapefruit notes. A touch of breadiness and malt sweetness in there but its overwhelmed by hops. A bit of earthiness

T: Certainly has a different approach to the IPA style with the unique hop selections. The hops provide a blend of earthy and herbal tones with a touch of citrus and pine. Malts are subdued with just a bit of toastiness.

M: Light to medium body with a crisp and dry finish. Carbonation is moderate and it has a bit of the nectar like mouthfeel I enjoy in IPA's. Alcohol is very well hidden making this one dangerously drinkable.

Overall its a solid addition to the Victory line up at a good price point. Mosaic hops are one of my favorites and they shine in this beers aroma. A must try for any hophead.

CloudStrife, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

BeerImmediately, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of scxcrunner
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

scxcrunner, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of mikeburd1128
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

mikeburd1128, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Living in PA I am not sure why I can't find this. No singles, four packs, or sadly cases. I ended up picking up a single from Vintage Estate for $2.79
A - Unlike Dirtwolf this one has no orange/brown hue. Straight up yellow with a hazy unfiltered look with little yeast particles. Head is pretty sweet a 1/2 inch that sticks around and makes for great lacing.
S - Not very bitter or strong smelling as Dirtwolf this one is more timid and sweet pineapple/mango hops in nature. No ethanol smell means at least its very balanced.
T - Fruity and somewhat spicy hops which tingle the tongue with touch of ethanol on the finish. It is very enjoyable and balanced with mango and citrus hops.
M - A pretty enjoyable beer drinks with a medium body despite the high octane ABV. Goes down smooth.

Overall even though the aroma could be a bit more pungent this is one great DIPA. Very balanced with sweeter, fruitier hop notes and a well hidden ABV. My only complaint is being a PA resident and not finding any of this or Dirt wolf. Shame.

DrDemento456, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of jucifer1818
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer is incredibly light! Very light straw color, with a small but very white and fluffy head. It looks like an appetizing Pilsener! 4\5

aroma: honestly, this beer seems to let me down quite a bit with the aroma. Ohh, its still good, but it was not as in your face as dirtwolf was. It smells very sweet. Nectarine, peaches, and pineapple form the background for a very dank hoppy smell. I like it, but yea. It really needs to be stronger. 4\5

flavor: Man this beer shines with flavor. I really just jumped to this category when I poured myself a glass, and it was a good decision. Lots of fruity sweet hop flavors, mixed in with a nice dank hoppy finish. Lots of bitterness on this one, but more than enough sweetness to make it less noticeable. 4.5\5

feel: It has the feeling of nectarine juice. Carbonated nectarine juice...that is just a bit watered down. I like it. 4.25\5

overall: Surprise, surprise, this beer is not as good as dirtwolf...but its still a GREAT ipa, and its different enough from dirtwolf to merit it a try (or 4!). Its one that comes off more on the fruity and sweet side, and I appreciate that! Its fruit flavors are amazing, and its smell (tho subtle) adds a lot to each drink. A great buy (even if you already have dirtwolf), and a great new hoppy brew from victory. Lets hope that their next hoppy brew is just as good! 4.5\5

jucifer1818, Jan 16, 2014
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,324 ratings.