Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A- Hazy light yellow with a trace amount of sediment floating throughout. The head fades quickly and leaves little lacing.
S- Very pungent and grassy. Hints of fuit in the background.
T- Floral, citrus, blueberry, and fruity. It starts off sweet but the bitterness makes it finish dry. The hops are the show case of this beer, the malt base is borderline pilsner.
M- Medium to thick bodied with a moderate carbonation.
O- Very delicious, lives up to the hype. Its definitely new and deliciou.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2014 02:58:00 | More by y2jrock60
4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
Apperannce - pale golden straw with a slight haze, white 1 finger head
Smell - berry, citus, restrained grass - nothing overwhelming
Taste - assertive bitterness, pine, light bread, with tart grapefruit and white grape juice flavors, herbal hoppiness
Mouthfeel - very thin (considering 9% abv and dipa style), slightly sticky and very astringent, very unique
Overall Impressions - strongly reccomend, very easy drinking while still assaulting the palate with hops, has nice fruity notes that complement the earthiness of the hops. Very clean taste. Much prefered over dirtwolf, which it will be invariably compared to.
Served from 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Enjoy by may 24 2014
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2014 23:05:54 | More by DrRambis
3.88/5 rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Picked up a 4-pack from Whole Foods. This is the last of it, so I thought I might as well review it. Here we go!
A- 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Slowly poured straight into the glass. Massive head of about 3-4 fingers is white as snow. Really good retention with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. This beer a vibrant, golden-straw color. Very transluscent. Reminds of a pilsner. Can't remember drinking an IPA with the same coloration.
S- Very unconventional for an IPA... There's a certain funk to it that I'm not accustomed to. Not unpleasant, just different. There are notes of tropical fruit. However, the aroma is very dry, though. Looks similar to a pilsner, but also smells somewhat like one, as well. Not sure I'm a huge fan. It isn't a bad aroma, by any means, just not what I'm looking for in an IPA.
T- Taste is about as good as the nose. Again, not what I'm used to in an IPA, and I can't decide if that's a good thing or not. Light tropical fruits, but also very dry. Malt is hardly noticeable with this beer. What's even more odd is that I'm not getting much hop-bitterness. There is some, but it's not too noticeable. This beer is very perplexing. What I do enjoy is how well the alcohol is hidden. I get none of it on the palette.
M- Love the mouthfeel. I know that for sure. This beer is very light, almost drinking like a session IPA. Very crisp and refreshing. If I tried this blind, I would have NEVER guessed it weighs in at 9%.
O- The jury is out on this one. I can't decide how I feel about it. I definitely can't say I don't like it. It is just very unlike the majority of IPAs I have had... And I've had a lot. I'm gonna have to buy another 4-pack so I can make a solid determination regarding this beer. It is enjoyable, but for an imperial IPA, I just don't get it... My head hurts now. Time for a nap.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2014 18:09:37 | More by jbwimer
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a fat, stubby, stemmed tulip glass; freshness date of May 24, 2014 printed in greyish ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“Enjoy By: May 24 2014 12:27”), making this bottle something like two and a half weeks old. Holy crap.
Appearance (4.5): Pretty. Very light and pretty. Maybe a finger and a half of bone-white foam comes off of the pour, capping a pale (like straw-yellow) golden body that’s got a chill haze, but beyond that is almost clear. The head dies down slowly, leaving a rocky surface and tight lacing around the glass: one thick collar near the top, another, looser collar about an inch lower, and below that it’s scattered suds, occasional legs, and splotches.
Smell (4.25): Whoa, kind of a funky scent here. It’s like some mix of garlicky-dank weirdness (mild on the garlic, heavier on the weirdness) and vibrant citrus fruit that’s sunny and sweet more than blinding and bitter (light mango, a little passionfruit, some papaya, etc.).
Taste (4.5): Well, it’s definitely a hop story. Sweet and bitter citrus, with a mixture of lime pulp and a little underripe pineapple; something herbal and grassy, like fresh mint and green tea; and finally something weird and garlicky-dank, following the nose, but wrapping the garlic into the flavor in a way that is not at all offensive—it just kind of plays into the bitter finish. Not really off-putting at all. There’s some malt in here, too, but it’s subtle and laid-back, offering a lightly starchy, grainy, very pale character like fresh biscuits (not the sweet, buttery kind, but the very dry, floury kind). It’s a nice base that stays out of the way but still has substance. Miraculously, no booze to be found anywhere.
Mouthfeel (4.25): Like a lot of Victory beers, this has a great feel: the carbonation spreads out quietly, rises up to a prickle, and then foams out with a soft, velvety feel that goes all over. It finishes moderately dry, which is almost surprising considering the ABV and hoppiness of the beer—you might think it’d be drier, but this remains very accessible and palatable.
Overall (4.25): This is another really, really good DIPA from Victory. Hop Wallop (R.I.P.), Dirt Wolf, and now this all have something in common: each one is (was) a technically very well-crafted brew with excellent flavors, aroma, appearance, and feel, but all feel like they err on the side of caution (if you call scores above 4.0 erring in any way). They do everything very, very well, but nothing quite comes off as brilliant. That said, I can’t overstate the fact that Victory did everything—every single aspect of this beer—very, very well. And $10-11/sixer for a DIPA of this quality? Yes please.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2014 06:06:01 | More by fmccormi
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
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