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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,344
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 70
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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4.6/5  rDev +9%

Colin32, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of DrStiffington
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting for this one. Found it in Wegmans today. Weird that my local beer store didn't have it out. Anyway, I really wanted to see how this compares with Dirtwolf. I think I'd need to try them side by side to really compare, but unfortunately I finished my last four pack of Dirtwolf. Maybe I can find one this week.

Anyway, it pours very light yellow in color. Smells great. Citrusy and fruity in general. Bursting with the same when tasted. Others have said there's an earthy taste to. I'd have to agree. I've been a little negative after all the Dirtwolf hype, but I have to say that both of these are really tasty new DIPAs with comparatively low prices. Thank you, Victory!

DrStiffington, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold. Fluffy white head which quickly dissipated leaving sticky lace on my glass.

Smells of tropical fruits, melon, and tangerines. Hint of spiciness in the background.

Upfront flavors of citrus rinds such as grapefruit and lemon. Tropical fruits, pineapple, canned peaches, and an herbal spiciness. Pilsner malts provide a good balance. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with a slightly biting carbonation.

Overall a DIPA I hope to drink again. Definitely something of interest in a sea of similar representations of the style.

Ieatlambfries, Jan 26, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +8.1%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of ryang1428
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. Victory is really starting to make some good stuff. I like Dirt Wolf better, but this is a very good IPA.

Its light in color, compared to most IPAs, and tastes great for a 9% beer.

I have to stock up on this before its gone in Feb!

Highly Recommended, and I hope the bros get to review!

ryang1428, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of beerdedking
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A few thoughts on Hop Ranch. Pours lighter than expected, more the color of a Pale Ale or dare I say a Pilsner? Moderate lacing coats my Ithaca pint glass. Wafting from the bottle is a touch of fruit cocktail. Nice popping carbo delivers white grape/lemony zest hop flavors followed by a very faint pale malt, ending with a slight tart dryness. No lingering bitterness at all. Just slightly tart and dry which induces my next swig. Drinkability is off the charts. Previous to having this I knocked down a Rogue Yellow Snow IPA ironically being more the heavy sipper. Hop Ranch is light and thirst quenching for a DIPA. Very dangerous, I recommend especially if your a hop fan. So glad I don't have to search far from home for quality IPAs/DIPAs thanks Victory for Hop Ranch/Dirt Wolf and Troegs for IPA and Nugget Nectar...

beerdedking, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of ChrisKayler
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glassware: Wild Wolf Brewing Company .5 Liter Mug.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy gold. An average pour produced 1 finger of bright white head. Lacing abounds.

Smell: Smells sweetly of peaches, slight pineapple, green apple, overripe orange, and Guava! I can't remember distinctly smelling guava like this before in a beer. An alcohol scent is also present, which intermingles with the ever so slight piney backdrop. This smells truly incredible.

Taste: The slightest hint of bready malt gives way almost immediately to a rush of pineapple, guava and sour apple. Then the bitterness hits. Much more so that the smell would suggest. It works, though, and it works very well. After the bitterness sits on your tongue, it leaves you with only a sweet peach and pineapple afterthought.

Mouthfeel: This may be the best part of this beer. Hop Juice seems a more than suitable name. Easy as hell to drink, beautiful bubbly carbonation ticking the tip of your tongue, a tantalizing dry finish leaving you wanting more.

Overall: Yes! This beer is absolutely incredible. It has a very unique flavor profile. Not overly sweet like some other IPA's, not too bitter or piney, the alcohol is hidden well, and dat mouthfeel. Love it.

ChrisKayler, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Justin_Neff
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Justin_Neff, Jan 15, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: Many have used the term "fruit juicy" to describe the aroma and I'd be inclined to agree. But I also get a sparkling white grape juice aroma as well. Probably one of the most unique hop aromas I've ever experienced. The aromas are definitely in the "citrus spectrum" but unlike any other American hop I've experienced. Clean fermentation character. No esters or malt character. Can't get past the sparkling white grape juice aroma. Wonderful.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden pour with a low thin white head. Laces the snifter wonderfully. No effervescence noted.

Flavor: More sparkling white grape juice. Light lemon lime citrus character. No malt base that I can detect. Balance is bitter. Finish is bone dry.

Mouthfeel: Light, spritzy with high carbonation. No heat, astringency, or creaminess noted.

Overall impression: One of the most unique Double IPA's I've ever had. I loved it. Seems very dry and thin for a double IPA but the unique aroma and flavor are lovely. Glad to try it.

mattcrill, Jan 05, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - laces the glass nicely - hazy yellow orange - tight bubbles
S - hop smell is great, with squeezed grapefruit peal
T - has the thick hop flavor with bitter citrus that is complex and great
M - heavy mouthfeel that is so great in Imperial IPAs
O - I really like this one Victory is brewing up some great new beers

Brushkanna, Jan 01, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +7.1%

APH, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of justintcoons
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Golden straw with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity with low carbonation. You can see some light oils floating about.

Peach, dank, pineapple, lime and candy sugar.

Peach, pineapple and lime. Dank floral characteristics. Lighter notes of lemon and tangerine. Candy sugar backbone with touches of honey.

Medium-light bodied, smooth and juicy.

Huge hoppiness with a moderately low bitterness. Peach, tropical fruits and dank florals. Easily the best beer I've had from Victory.

justintcoons, Jan 02, 2014
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4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a snifter-pours a bright sunshine yellow with a bright white head that dissipates quickly leaving only some slight lacing

S-It does not have a very strong nose-but consisted primarily of citrus notes. To me the nose was the weakest aspect of this beer.

T-It has a great balance between citrus and tropical hop flavors with citrus getting a slight edge. It is very flavorful and to me is reminiscent of Hop Slam and Stone Best Buy. It is very hoppy and has a much stronger hop presence than Sucks. It is very delicious and hoppy. You can't really notice the alcohol.

M-creamy and slightly syrupy

D-dangerously drinkable-I drank 2 and could have drank at least another but I split the four pack with my father-in-law

Overall, this beer exceeded my expectations and is honestly one to seek out

thegodfather2701, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

TTripp725, Jan 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

megamass, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

KolbMarley, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

GreenMountainBoy, Feb 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Skye1024, Feb 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ImFlyerThanYou, Apr 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

whitehawk330, Feb 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

HeyYoMar, Jan 19, 2014
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,344 ratings.