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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,490
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 79
Gots: 157 | FT: 6
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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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of pearljam118
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Casey3236
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So glad I was able to get my hands on this...thanks to the great folks at J & H Beer for holding a 4-pack for me for almost a week!

Poured into a tulip; surprisingly light, straw-golden color with a moderate white head that fades after a bit into a sticky meniscus of tight foam. Leaves a uniform sheet of lacing as it's drunk.
Smell...oh sweet jesus. Incredibly sweet, juicy citrus and fruit...big mango, passionfruit, tangerine, with pineapple, melon, white grapes, berry, pine, candy sugar. It's not as dank as Heady but it's a massive fruit assault, although it wasn't a super-strong scent. Still awesome though.
Taste...not as raucous as the smell, but still great. Grapefruit, tangerine, mango, passionfruit, pine, bitterness, and a snap of sweetness at the end matching the bitter, dry finish. You'd never know it was 9%.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a 9% double IPA, but still sticky and slick.
Overall, I'd like to do a side-by-side with DirtWolf sometime, but seeing as I got probably the last 4-pack in the Twin Tiers area, I'll have to wait til next year. Comparing this to my DirtWolf review, they seem to have similar flavor profiles, although each is unique. Regardless, I'm just happy to have two stellar fruit-forward DIPAs that I don't have to drive to Vermont to get. Outstanding!

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4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my new favorite glass, the Newburyport Brewing can-shaped glass.

Pours pale yellow, a little dirty with some floaties, just how I like my big IPAs. The color has a near-glow to it, very pretty.

Aroma is a mix of fruits, fresh and past-ripe, like a fruit stand. More melon than anything, but very pleasant.

Spectacular flavor with this one. This is the first bottled brew that I've had that captures some of Hill Farmstead's magical IPA combination of super pale brews that mix equal parts earthiness, grassiness, citrus, and bitterness. This really tastes like a HF collab. A wonderfully clean yet complex beer, which features biting orange and mango on a bed of grass and dandylion bitterness.

The mouthfeel is nice, yet a touch suprisingly sweet and sticky. Still nice.

Wow, blown away by this beer. I haven't partaken in Victory's beers enough lately, methinks. I'll dive on this beer whenever it's available.

Photo of surfmanjim
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an Odell tulip. Hazy yellow with some floaties and a small one finger (or less)head. Smell of massive citrus and topical fruits, with a hint of breadiness. The mouthfeel is medium; closer to an IPA, but the taste is just incredible, with tart lemon and grapefruit and tropical fruits up front, followed by a malty, bready backbone that is tempered by hop bitterness. It doesn't have the perfect balance of Dirtwolf, but the taste is just incredible.

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4.7/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Immortale25
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. The Enjoy By on the bottleneck is smeared but I can make out a 14 at the end.

A- Pours a dark golden color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a ripple pattern of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Oh baby. Nectar-like aroma bursting with tropical fruit notes of juicy fruit, papaya, guava, grapefruit and pineapple. Incredible.

T- Just as wonderful as the aroma with more tropical fruit and a solid bitterness. Not much malt but it's not like much is needed. 9% ABV?! You're shittin' me.

M- Tingly and bright with a perfectly restrained alcohol/hop bite. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- No joke, one of my new top 5 IPAs. This has the smoothness and flavor of some of the best single IPAs with the strength of a DIPA. I'm kicking myself for only getting a single of this. Forget DirtWolf, this is the one you need to get your hands on.

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4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured into DFH Signature glass. Enjoy by May 19, 2014 etched into the neck of the bottle.

A - Pours an unusually pale, bright golden. I probably wouldn't be able to pick this out of a lineup of pilseners. About a finger of snow white, soapy head shows good retention. Lacing clings to the glass.

S - The aroma immediately removes any appearance induced doubt that this is a big time IPA. HUGE bouquet of dank tropical fruits and tangy citrus. Fresh lemony hops and sweet nectar malts round out this amazing smelling brew.

T - Picks up where the nose left off. Juicy mango and tart grapefruit are prominent from the start. Sweet, sugary, malts take a backseat to the citrus hop assault. Crisp and clean finish. I am amazed at all the tropical fruit and citrus flavor packed into this brew.

M - Tingly carbonation. The finish is clean. Drinkability is exceptional. Dangerous.

O - Quite simply, this is among the best IPAs I have ever had. I am a sucker for big tropical and citrus hops and this has them in droves. You would be hard pressed to find a more drinkable 9% beer. If this were brewed year round, it would probably hold a monopoly on my fridge space.

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4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After reading good reviews
, I had to try this

A. Very bright yellow, nice white fluffy two finger head, clear with a few floaties

S. Grapefruit, pineapple, tropical fruit, into a little grain funk

T. Citrus, mostly grapefruit, hop, well balanced

M. Smooth, refreshing, medium-light body, clean finish

O. Wonderful beer, well balanced, not over the top hop. Great on a hot day

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4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like when DIPAs use Pilsner or any super light malt. Really makes the hops stand out and shine. Mosaic hops make this one juicy brew that is dangerously drinkable for 9%. And at 10 bucks a 4 pack? This is a no brainer.

Between this and dirtwolf, victory is slaying the hops right now.

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4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a whitish-gold color with a one-finger head into my glass. It puts the “pale” in IPA.

Floral, grassy with a touch of pine in the nose. You probably wouldn’t be able to tell that it’s a DIPA just by the aroma.

Again, very clean and full of floral notes and the right touch of pine. Could pass for a lawnmower beer if it wasn’t high in ABV. Makes me long for the spring.

Lingering floral and grassy notes. Good dose of bitterness at the back of the throat.

One of the cleanest DIPAs I’ve had in recently memory. It’s deceptive so remember to sip, not chug. I should have taken my own advice. Heh.

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4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of weiserr
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Victory Brewing in Downingtown, PA. The appearance is somewhat deceptive given its golden hue and champagne characteristic. Plenty of lace and solid retention. The smell is an amazing orchestra of tropical notes, pronounced mainly by lemon zest, banana chips, mango and orange rind. Hints of pineapple as it wanes. Yummy. The taste follows the nose, but is so deceptively smooth that the 9.0 abv is almost laughable. Side note: It has been bottled and, although I will never testify in person, I may have consumed 7 or 8 in one sitting while watching this year's NFL playoffs. Don't judge. This one goes down smooth with a bit of prickliness to remind you that it's hop-centric, but never overbearing to the point of outwearing its welcome; a sheer pleasure to drink. Like Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan on top of the Empire State Building, Victory Brewing Company is taking craft beer to new heights! I want this one on repeat.

God Bless America.

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4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Enjoy by May 24 2014
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a super bright, pale straw yellow with a touch of haze. Definitely the lightest colored double IPA I have ever seen. An inch-tall, tight, bubbly, bone white cap of foam topped the liquid. Streaks of drippy, sticky lacing coated the glass. Once settled, the thick, pockmarked lacing looked almost Brussels-like. Very impressive.

The nose was incredibly unique and dynamic. Super catty initially. Fruity and semi-sweet. Lemony and crisp. Some lime notes came through as well. This reminded me a bit of an alcoholic version of 7-Up. The hops also displayed some dank, weed-like qualities. Tropical fruits came out as the beer sat. Passionfruit and guava were most apparent. Overall, really interesting and quite different from any other hop-forward beer I have encountered.

Catty, lemony hops came through strong in the flavor profile as well. Crisp with sweet, candy coated orange and grapefruit notes. Lots of ripe, juicy, fruity notes as well. A generic tropical fruitiness was apparent. The finish was quite hoppy and contained hints of grapefruit peel. At 9% ABV, this beer hid its alcohol strength remarkably well.

While the beer was lighter bodied for the style, the mouthfeel was still solid. Silky smooth, frothy and supple on the palate. A finely beaded, zippy effervescence gave the liquid a pillowy softness.

Victory's DirtWolf double IPA was respectable, but this beer truly brakes new ground in the world of double IPAs. The combination of Mosaic and Azacca hops gave this beer a color, an aroma and a flavor profile that was like no other I have come across. Kudos to the folks at Victory for not merely resting on their laurels. I really look forward to their future experimental releases, as well as to the Azacca hop variety being utilized by Victory and other breweries as well.

Photo of SteveB24
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

appearance; straw, quite clear, lots of evident carbonation, pours a thick, creamy white head that retains very well.

smell; citrus, resin, hint of malt

tatse; lemon zest, grapefruit, slight hoppy bitterness, slight malty sweetness

mouthfeel; light/ medium body, crisp, slightly dry in the finish, medium carbonation.

overall; a very tasty, crisp, very drinkable IPA, would definitely buy again.

Photo of juicebox
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Colin32
4.6/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Dan269605
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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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.

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4.56/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.56/5  rDev +8.1%

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!

Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,490 ratings.