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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,768
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 91
Gots: 254 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: dwagner003 on 10-30-2013

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)
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Ratings: 1,768 | Reviews: 290 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of dougfur
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sendbeer
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dayvcrocket
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: crystal-clear, brassy-yellow liquid into which tiny specks of sediment suspend... white foam, messy, not a ton of stick

S: burlap hop sack, dried grapefruit rind, spicy herbs... underlying, slimy tropical fruit flesh... resiny hop bracts ride up atop a mist of subtly perfumy alcohol

T: vaguely white grape fruitiness below elegantly bitter orange pulp... toasted multi-grain cracker up front and in the finish, its grassy-earthy flavor complimented by the herbal and citrus peel hop notes... definitely kinda like real good weed in the aftertaste... overall, dry, with bright flavors and a pleasant sharpness that cuts through its smooth alcohol sweetness... becomes increasingly herbal as it goes, with its exotic floral flavors receding

M: slick and lightly foamy on the flow with a cotton-soft finish... it just vanishes, though not without a tiny flare of boozy warmth at the back of the throat... ultra clean and polished, with soft carbonation... couldn't do much to improve

O: once again, another one of Victory's strong IPAs shines... I've always loved the German approach to their construction... too bad I didn't buy another bottle - a lovely brew

Photo of busternuggz
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a narrow tulip. Best before date of 4-25-15.

Nice clear golden color with a 1/2" white fluffy head. Recedes to a thin layer but comes back nicely with a swirl. Leaves some spotty lacing.

Juuuuicy nose. Lots of mango, tangy pineapple, red grapefruit juice, pine, passion fruit. A little peppercorn. So good.

More juiciness on the taste. Mango & pineapple juice, grapefruit, spicy pine and peppercorn. Long finish with grapefruit zest, herbalness, and more peppercorn. Comes on juicy with a little fruity sweetness, ends dry. Not much alcohol presence. Fookin noice.

Medium bodied, lush and juicy. Lingers around in your mouth as it finishes then fades away nice and dry.

This is a damn delicious DIPA. Fruity, juicy, unique, balanced, and well crafted. Just when you think everyone has done everything that can be done with IPA in all its forms, this one comes around and impresses me. Beer of the year so far for 2015.

Photo of sd123
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of runner72
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BPMeyer27
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tillmac62
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BBD 5/24/15. Pours a clear light amber (golden). However, the bottom of the bottle pour produces a some flocculants. Normal head volume, lacing and slightly below normal retention. Nice nose of sweet blended tropical fruit over a light orange rind note. Light medium body with a good bit of oiliness to the texture. Well carbonated with a good effervescence in the middle and more in the finish. The outstanding flavor profile is intense (hop flavor forward), extremely well balanced and complex. It begins with an effervescent burst of blended hop flavor (tropicals such as mango, pineapple, but never really separates). This flows into a moderate bitterness in the middle that contains a slight pepper note. As the bitterness fades, a biscuit sweetness emerges with hints of orange. The finish is a slow fade into a lingering orange zest flavor bitterness and a slight nice alcohol warming at the back of the throat.

Photo of neurobot01
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This strikes me as a pretty unusual IIPA. Very light in color, and doesn't drink at all like its 9% abv. The flavor reminds me strongly of a white wine—and not in that NZ-hopped winey way.

Photo of doc17325
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crbooher
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sulldaddy
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A gift from my brother Curt. Thanks!
Im sampling in a snifter at cellar temperature.
The beer pours a clear golden hue, but does have some very fine suspended sediment. Bleached white creamy head of 1 cm foams up and fades rapidly to a sturdy edge layer and wispy minimal surface bubbles.
The aroma is heavy with hops as expected and I find some floral hops and a bit of grass and some juicy fruit notes. Complex and robust hop aroma here, that I enjoy. I do get a little bit of grainy malt buried behind the hop front notes.
First sip reveals an average body and very fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is briefly sweet grain but then rolls to floral and herbal hops. I also get a bit of tropical fruit, maybe pineapple. I do get just a little peppery booze at the swallow but no heat, which is surprising for a 9.0% brew. Could be sneaky dangerous to have more than a few.
Very easy to drink this tasty brew and glad to have had a chance to try it.

Photo of rebertx3
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fox227
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OrangeMen
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful smelling beer, nice bright tropical fruits, some slight grapefruit citrus as well. nice bitterness.

Taste is more pungnant bitterness, real intense, with some troical fruit notes washing over top.

Overall an awesome imperial ipa, extrememly enjoyable, intense, and flavorful

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JasonHaviland
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AGust82
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDietz
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dbrownnn1
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rkf1976
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutIrish
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of finner
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,768 ratings.