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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,314
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 57
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 Roguer
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Extremely light brew in the pour, although it darkens slightly overall to a pale straw color in the glass. Strong snow-white head from a turbulent pour. Retention is remarkably strong. Nearly transparent. Lacing is thick and awesome.

Strong dank hop aroma with lemon and wheat notes. Slightly floral.

Aroma follows the nose, with the emphasis being on extremely green and dank hops. Pepper, sweet yeast, lemon citrus, and light wheat malts. Purely a hop forward beer.

Pretty light feel overall. Extremely thin for a DIPA, but very drinkable.

This has a very particular flavor, centered prominently on dank hops. It's quite tasty, although not my favorite hop profile, and a very well-made beer.

Roguer, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of PicoPapa
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Best By date of May 24 2014 on the neck. Pours a translucent light golden color with a 1/4 inch of head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is light citrus peel and pineapple. Some floral hops notes as well. The taste is more of that tropical fruit flavor. Pineapple, sweet orange and grapefruit, peach and some floral hops. More flowery towards the end. Fair amount of an alcohol presence, but drinks easily. Light mouthfeel that is somewhat dry. Overall, solid Imperial IPA. Not as good as Dirt Wolf but a welcome addition for sure.

PicoPapa, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a 2 finger white sudsy head with a yellow crystal clear body. Looks super clean and refreshing and leaves great lacing.

S - Hops are in your face and present. Prominent characters are sweet orange-lemon, dank, earthy, slight tropical and astringent, and skunky.

T - The taste follows the nose with a sharp hope bite right in the beginning, sweet dank, earthy, lemon, orange, astringent, bitterness and spice that seems to last. Alcohol not present for an imperial.

M - Beer is medium oily and slick. It goes down really easy. Drink last in the night because your palate gets scrubbed pretty good.

O - This beer drinks easy in comparison to other imperial IPA's. Has a nice danky hop profile to it with a orange citrus bite. A must try for any serious IPA lover, Cheers!

DrinkMoreBigBeers, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy blonde pale ale color. Big head that stuck to the glass.

S - Earthy grains, juicy tropical fruits, fruit custard.

T - Huge fruit burst, mango, pineapple, guava, pine sap, tangy citrus. Complex and succulent.

M - Light and refreshing feel but creamy and soft for a lighter beer. Cleansing.

O - Really tasty, one of my favorite double IPA's.

BeerForMuscle, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of SavvyStudent
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a light yellow comparable to a pils. strong lacing and visible sediments in unfiltered. 50% transparency.
s: a very strong tropical fruit on the nose. Pineapple, pepper greens, mango, and a little dank smell.
T: pineapple, orange, pepper, lime, coriander, musty and wheat profile. Some battering hops but not the pine/grass profile common.
M: medium-heavy with some lingering on the tongue similar to a lighter wheat with a unique crispness. Drinkable but a little heavy for my preference.
O: a unique and tropical DIPA that is worth a pack to try. Victory has added another quality IPA to their library

SavvyStudent, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of hail_seitan
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a brandy snifter

A - Pale pilsen color. A foamy white head that lingered on the sides of the glass even as the head subsided. Appearance more similar with IPLs than IPAs.

S - Unique is the best word. Earthy and herbal, with hints of onion, fresh flowers, and grass.

T - The overwhelming taste for me was pineapple. Some mandarin orange, as well. The onion and garlic flavors in this beer are the strongest of any ale I have ever tried. The malt character is pleasantly clean and sweet, with no roastiness at all. A bitter aftertaste lingers on the tongue.

M - Thick, bready, and viscous.

O - Definitely a one-of-a-kind brew. The beer has a lot going for it, some of which I liked, some of which I did not. The pineapple and onion are a bit too strong for my taste. However, it is refreshing to see a great brewery experiment with some left-of-center American hops. Certainly worth trying once.

hail_seitan, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of utopiajane
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours yellow and golden, like sunshine in a glass with some flecks of sediment to haze it a bit. Some of those flecks are pretty big and when they settle to the bottom of the glass they are white against that perfect yellow background. Head is fat white and creamy, falls just fine and leaves some nice splotchy lace to look at as you drink.

Nose is grapefruit, fresh orange lightly over top of that and a faint scent of tart apple that faded pretty fast. Earthy and a bit musky as it warms. Light sweet grain like an inviting canvas. Grass, dank and pungent bright herbal! There is a succulent pineapple like fruitiness that's tropical and will bring more tropical back notes as it warms. Somewhat dank.

Taste is tart and a bit coarse. There is strong fruitiness that's juicy and inviting but there is lots more herbal and grass. A strong hop spice and the grapefruit dominates this one with a nice tartness overall. Lemon zest makes an appearance to keep it light and bright. The malt is like flaked grain; lightly sweet and willing to take this beer where the hops want to go. Pungent! Dynamic. The mouthfeel is creamy and soft but it has ample carbonation and that together with the spicy hop character give it the appearance of coarseness. That feeling takes you to a moderate bitter and a little hop oil in the mouthfeel keeps it on the palate and in the aftertaste. Pine is very light in this and shows up as only very mild in the drink.

Darn good.

utopiajane, Jan 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

woodchipper, Jan 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Fcip78, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

mctizzz, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ccurrid, Apr 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

MVG666, Mar 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jminch, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of rdilauro
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Without a doubt, I gave this one a 4 across the board.
This was your typical lighter colored beer, with just a hint of an orange hue. That hoppy aroma, of grapefruit, citrus and more was present, but not as much as you get in some of your real hoppy beers.
The first taste was light and extremely refreshing. I can feel a nice balance of malt, not heavy and the hops. But the most interesting aspect of this beer was that it was so very drinkable and as I describe some beers as 'chuggable'
I was very surprised when I saw that this was a 9% abv. I could not detect any alcohol or boozy taste. Instead, crisp, clean , dry and waiting for the next one.

rdilauro, Jan 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

alamode, Jan 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ipc2000, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Kochiss, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

qcbrewer, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

BigJim5021, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Kegatron, Mar 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

beergorrilla, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

dbkdev, Jan 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

mikefuski17, Jan 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Bieniek30, Jan 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

heystevec, Feb 20, 2014
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,314 ratings.