Dismiss Notice

Site Performance Updates: We're aware of the nightly site outage, and working on resolving the issue.

Follow our progress ...

Hop Ranch | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
93
outstanding
354 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER STATS
Reviews:
354
Ratings:
2,335
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
25.42%
 
 
Wants:
122
Gots:
510
For Trade:
2
Hop RanchHop Ranch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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)

Added by dwagner003 on 10-30-2013

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 354 | Ratings: 2,335
Photo of wedge
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden yellow color with a slight haze covered by a small, tightly bubbled head that shrinks to large groups of soapy bubbles at the edges. Peppery, pungent hop aroma featuring pink grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine coated in an aromatic herbal marijuana-like dankness. The dank, resinous, sticky-icky-ness continues into the flavor before transitioning immediately to a more sweet, festive fruit profile. Citrus, mango, grape, melon, and pear all contribute a solid sweetness to counter the initial blast of peppery, herbal weed. Lingering oily, resinous, almost acidic notes left behind. Drinks maybe more like 8%, but you can tell you're drinking a serious beer, even if the alcohol never really shows itself. Medium-plus, creamy body with a fairly hefty bitterness. A big, pungently hoppy DIPA. Victory keeps on kicking ass.

 838 characters

Photo of zac16125
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a tulip
Best before: 03 May 2015


A: Light pale straw yellow, crystal clear but with tons of speckled floaties, 1.5 fingers width of bright white head has good retention before dissipating down, and leaves a good amount of lacing. 4

S: Super dank, resinous, floral. Some pine and and subtle citrus. Finally an IPA that isn’t all citra hops and malt. Love it. 4.5

T: Piney, some sweetness, floral, bitter, citrus rind. The hop profile from the aroma didn’t translate as well to the taste as I had hoped, but still very tasty. 4.25

M/D: Medium body, carbonation appropriate, ABV noticeable but barely, drinkability is good but not great. 4

O: Very good DIPA here. Victory is a damn consistent brewery. Well done. 4.25

 751 characters

Photo of Jay_Ulreich
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 4 pack after hearing alot about this. I gotta say I am impressed.
A-Theres alot of yeast floating around in this one, nice. Pours a hazy pale pilsner color. At 9%, it sure doesnt look like it! Appears very thin, which is intriguing. Great lacing, thin head.
S- If I didnt know any better Id say I just bought a bottle of pure pineapple juice! Delightful! upon further inspection, I get hints of peach, or apricot... possibly mango or passion fruit. Wow, I just moved it up to 4.5 from 4.25, the aroma is just epic. Cant stop smelling it. I want to bathe in it.
T- Wow! theres alot going on here. The alcohol is non existent. I taste pineapple, peach, mango... I hear the Mosaic hop gives off a hint of blueberry, and yes, I do beleive its there. What a great name for a hop, it fits the description perfectly... so many wonderful fruity flavors going on. I am really glad I just ordered a pound of Mosaic to play around with in my next home brew! This beer is fucking delicious, I need a keg of it. We have a winner, Im gonna go see if I can get all they have left of it at the liquor store.
M- for 9% this is an easy drinker, I almost gave it a lower score, but the ABV makes me say it is outstanding, They used pilsner malt in it, so its supposed to be sorta thin, they nailed it on every aspect of this beer. Victory, my hats off to you.
Overall I am in love with this beer, its not youre everyday Imperial IPA. If youre looking for a sweet not too bitter tropical/stone fruit bomb, here it is!

 1,512 characters

Photo of JohnParadee
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a chilled pint glass. Nice thick white head which did not dissipate much at all. Good even lacing all the way. The nose was outstanding, with strong piney, lemon/pineapple/grapefruit scents and an obviously strong hop presence. On the palate, the taste was not quite as compelling as the nose, with an almost grassy dank on the tip, although the finish was very smooth and citrusy pleasant. Mouthfeel was average, nothing extraordinary. Overall, a very good example of the style. I like this much better than DirtWolf, even if it did not live up to all the hype and expectations I had based upon same. Will gladly hoard this while I can, but there are other IPAs and DIPAs I would reach for over this. Not a lot of them, but enough. In any event, another strong effort by Victory, which seems to be kickin' A these days. Kudos!

 851 characters

Photo of humuloner22
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had heard rave reviews of this beer for a while so when I had the opportunity to pick up a fresh 4 pack I figured I would give it a go.

Appearance: Fairly clear not a lot of head. Nothing really jumps out at you on this one. It looks a lot like an adjunct lager with a little bit of haziness.

Aroma: Some floral notes, nothing really stands out as being spectacular on this one. It has some tropical fruit notes in there but its really not that aromatic.

Taste: I detect floral hops, some tropical fruit notes, but the first thing that hit me is the buttery diacetyl notes. It does go away after drinking it for a few minutes but that initial pour was pretty buttery. It does finish clean and that gives it some points on the taste.

Overall: As much as people have talked this beer up to me over the last year, I was disappointed. Victory and I have a tempestuous relationship. Sometimes I love them and sometimes they just fall short. This one is on the fall short category. Personally I would rather have Dirt Wolf or Hop Devil.

 1,039 characters

Photo of sorryifyoudont
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer has a golden/yellow pour out of the bottle with strong hop and citrus smell. The taste mimics the awesome smell and the beer has decent lacing. The mouthfeel is smooth with small bite in the after taste. Overall I like this beer very much, I raise my pint to victory once again.

 288 characters

Photo of blackcompg
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a quick finger of off-white dense foam, body is a straight-up translucent gold, defined laced rings mark every sip.The lighter color may make this one appear "lighter", but I assure you the flavor is Not.

Smell - strong tropical notes especially pineapple, over-ripe citrus and bitter rinds, nice floral hop notes in the back.

Taste - Wow, this is really nice! Extremely balanced flavors of tropicals mentioned above, much more mango, kiwi and honeydew melon on the palate, semi-sweet red grapefruit piths, blood orange, and this quickly dries and bitters to fruit pith, candied rinds and dried fruit pits. There is some nice floral flavors riding along for the entire trip along the back. I also get a small hint of dried basil and pink peppercorn long into the finish. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel - Nice medium weight, perfect for a DIPA, the carb provides a perfectly smooth scrub with nice edges along the sides and back of the tongue. You're going to want to drink this a little quicker, as I keep wanting to experience these flavors over and over, alcohol perfectly hidden, no heat.

Overall - Really a delicious DIPA from Victory, and one that I wish I could come across more often. the finish may be a bit on the bitter and chalky side for some, like bitter pollen, but I like this finish, and I'll bet you will too.

 1,339 characters

Photo of koutkid41
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Hints of mango, pineapple, and malty sweetness.
T: Alot of pineapple, mango, and has some tart to it.
O: I really enjoy this beer, not a touch of alcohol on the tongue and enjoyed the sweetness of it but not overwhelming. Really wish this was a year-round offering.

 269 characters

Photo of lochef81
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This ale pours a hazy golden color with a very slight white head and decent spiderweb lacing. The nose is incredible. Fresh citrus, pine, peaches, even mangoes and papayas. All the awesome scents a fresh west coast Ipa should have. The taste is a little lighter than the aroma with all the flavors still present but slightly subdued. If Victory could of made the flavors shine in the mouth as much as they did on the nose, this cpuld be the best dipa I've ever had. None the less, it is a great beer and definitely worth trying; if not seeking out.

 548 characters

Photo of Gajo74
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden, lots of sediment, small head but excellent frothy lace retention. Tropical fruit aroma, honey and floral esters. The fruity aroma is matched by the taste. Sweet but not cloying, balanced by a ton of hops that leave a dry and slightly bitter aftertaste. Amazing feel. For a high ABV it feels quite light and drinkable. I'm quite impressed and I will make sure to be on the lookout for six packs.

 416 characters

Photo of denver10
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours yellow with an orange tint, bubbles rising, slight sediment, and an off white head. Aroma offers grapefruit, mango, lime, grass, and slight cracker. Flavor follows suit with a nice decent bitter finish. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, great stuff here. I actually might prefer this to Dirtwolf to be honest, quite the feat.

 336 characters

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with an "enjoy by" date of May 24, 2014; into a pub glass.
Appearance - champagne from the color to the carbonation bubbles; foamy white head. This is unfiltered...I dig the sediment here! Lacing is fairly minimal.
Smell - very citrus-like hop forwardness in the nose; some grass present as well. Very sweet and inviting!
Taste - follows the nose, but with an odd, but pleasant malt back bone.
Feel - a fairly complex Imperial IPA with it's no doubt about it hop forward nature, but has balance from the malts coming through! Plus, this is incredibly easy drinking at 9%!
Overall - I prefer Dirt Wolf and even Hop Wallop to this, but I'll enjoy a few more of these!

 687 characters

Photo of Tilly
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful, champagne effervescent golden straw colour. Sweet florals with tropical fruits aromas and taste. Great light, carbonated mouth feel. Great effort from Victory!!!

 172 characters

Photo of zimm421
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Appears a very cloudy, beautiful yellow color, with a nice, thick off-white head. The head has great staying power and wonderful lacing.

The nose is very strong, with great tropical fruits, citrus and fresh herbs. The malt if almost unnoticeable; very heavily weighted towards the hops. The taste follows along those same lines with great tropical fruits up front. The citrus hints come through in the middle, followed by a touch of sweetness in the middle, which is quickly hidden again by the citrus and very strong bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, almost bordering on light. This goes down very easily. The carbonation is very active, making the feel even better. Overall, this is a very good DIPA. The light feel makes this go down easily and the wonderful aromas and flavors are impressive.

 855 characters

Photo of champ103
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at several places around Houston, and just recently got a growler from Premium Draught.

A: Pours a lightly hazed yellow/orange color. A well formed, tightly packed white head rises to two fingers. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: Lightly herbal, green tea like up front. Dank, but with a big juicy hop aroma that is great. Pineapple, mango, orange rind. Maybe a bit of sweetness in the middle, with a lingering but enjoyable bitterness.
T: Herbal and floral with a peppery spice up front. Then the juicy fruits take over, which is great. Pineapple is big along with orange rind. The hop flavor is certainly pungent. Though very flavorful. Just a hint of sweetness hides in the background. A huge hop bomb with a ton of flavor and character. Not just late addition bitterness.
M/D: A medium to full body. A great effervescent bite, that is dry for the most part. So crisp and clean. Really enjoyable to drink. This will be gone in no time.

Tons of hop flavor and character. Not just bitterness, which I don't enjoy. This is really well made and enjoyable. Outside of a small tasting, I have not had Dirtwolf but this is impressive enough. Which should be expected with Victory.

 1,186 characters

Photo of BWED
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler.

A- Golden blonde, great clarity. Thin white head with fantastic lacing.

S- Juicy, citrus, dank and pine.

T- Great balance. Tropical, citrus and pine. Malt backbone is a light toast.

M- Full body, a little syrupy. Bittersweet, slight lingering finish.

O- Really good. A little knock on that syrupy body, but great flavor and aroma.

 375 characters

Photo of reebtaerG
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle dated into New Belguim globe

A-Pours a surprisingly pale, almost straw, gold with a three finger head that leaves some soapy, splotchy lace.

S-Nose brings a mango, pineapple, herbal aromas, spice, some peppery notes, grassiness, some lemony citrus, and lightly toasted malt.

T-Taste is bitter, grapefruit, mango, citrus, floral, and light herbs.

M-Medium to light bodied, oily, great carbonation, with a dry taste on the end.

O-Overall a great DIPA. Alcohol content not immediately evident. Very crisp and clean would pick up again.

 559 characters

Photo of timontheroad
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden orange, with a nice fluffy off-white three finger head. Great retention and lacing. Smell is big citrus, with orange and grapefruit, along with some tropical mango and pineapple notes. Didn't get much malt in the smell or the taste. The taste was very grapefruity up front, with some orange and pineapple notes. The mouthfeel was kind of flat, seemed to be missing some body, with very light carbonation. This is once again a great beer from Victory, I'm glad we can find them here in Colorado.

 514 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exploiting the hottest and newest hop varieties on the market with mosaic and azacca blends, no other style could have put them on better display than the imperial IPA.

Hop Ranch pours a mostly bright straw but with only a thin translucent film. With its wisping swath of foam coaxing the nose closer and closer, it does so with vibrant citrus, tropical and herbal blends. But with the light sweetness of caramel and honey seeping onto the tongue, a candied fruit flavor emerges.

With the hops and malt intertwined, the taste seems juicy, ripe and dripping with fructose flavors of mango, passionfruit, pineapple, pink grapefruit, lemon and gooseberry. As the malt sweetness bows out gracefully upon the middle palate, the hops intensify and develop the pungent character of chive, tomcat and cannabis just ahead of its finish.

Medium-bodied, but trending dry, bitter and with absolute cleansing properties. A touch of alcohol hides behind the hops and offer a mild acetone spice. Lingering with sassafras tea, sprucy hops and dried fruit peel, the beer begs for quicker drinks than a nine-percent beer should.

 1,113 characters

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/24/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big mango, peach, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, white grape, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity of citrus/tropical hops and a light-moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of big mango, peach, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, white grape, floral, grass, pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, pineapple, peach, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, white grape, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops with light-moderate malt balance; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding DIPA. Great complexity of bright hop flavors with a light-moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

 1,426 characters

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Enjoy by 25 Apr 2015

A: Mostly clear, a little cloudy. Some stuff floating around. See that a lot in Dirtwolf, so no surprises there. Doesn't phase me.

S: Not overpowering, but some really nice notes of pineapple and mango.

T: I love Dirtwolf and this one is similar, but slightly different hop and malt profiles. Tastes better than it smells. Very light pilsen malt backbone, a very hop forward beer.

M: 9%? how? Good carbonation, almost no heat from the alcohol. Outstanding.

O: Victory is killing it right now with IPAs. Wish this was year-round with Dirtwolf.

 593 characters

Photo of ZagZagg
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into Pint Glass

A: Warm golden hue, light amber with a one and a half to two finer head. Mild carbonation flutters up into the milky white head. Retention is fickle and initial lacing seems minimal. Fairly translucent with little viscous character, faint haziness – perhaps from a bit of sediment

S: White grape, bright summery fruits, highly floral, Nose is filled with a tart bitter sweetness that reminds me of Welch’s white grape juice. There is a certain relaxed spiciness that chases the hop presence and fades to a pungent yet enticing sourness

T: Wow, very floral, following the nose strongly. Reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay in its tart/sour initial blast of flavor. Never seems to get quite bitter, but does pack a garden style sweetness that has a pleasant earthiness. The fruity tart has to be tropical fruits with light but crisp citrus. No real boozy warmth, but teaming with esters that penetrate the back of the throat. I can smell this beer regardless if it’s in front of my face, in my mouth, or going down my throat.

M: Light to medium bodied with noticeable but tame carbonation. After taste lends toward the dry side. Leaves a lingering sugary sweetness imparted from the florals and the fruits.

O: Easy to drink and smells lovely. Quite the sipper, not something I’m drinking quickly – Seems great for apps at a cocktail/family party. Another delicious offering from Victory, although I want to take a spin to D-Town and sample some that’s freshly squeezed at the brewery. A go to brew for a quiet/low-key affair.

 1,583 characters

Photo of dfconnor
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Heavy on the bittering hops, but light on the aromatic hops. Pronounced malt foundation reminded me of an extra special ale. Great flavor and good balance. Slightly less carbonated than I expected, but this was not off putting. Overall, this is an outstanding beer.

 269 characters

Photo of surfcaster
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Freshly tapped keg at local restaurant in a 12oz pour.

A: Golden but light straw color. Out the keg there was no haze.

S: Fruity and hoppy but on the citrus/tropical fruit side

T: Not at all what I was expecting from a 9% DIPA. First there was a light citrus note that was super crisp on the tongue. As you get into it a little more, a sweet, almost a tiny but funky fruit note comes though but this beer remains true to its hop base. Light malts on the back end.

M: Light and refreshing--not in anyway the body of most DIPAs.

O: FANTASTIC. Never got Dirtwolf down here but this is the opposite of the big DIPAs like Hopslam/Myrcenary/Dreadnaught which are thicker and can be slightly on the boozy side (which I also love). This is just so clean bursting with a freshness. Highly recommended.

 797 characters

Photo of MNishCT77
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in NW D.C. in late 1/14, unknown bottling date but "Enjoy By May 24, 2014" stamped on the bottle, poured into my NEBCO Gandhi-Bot glass and drank while reviewing over an hour.

A - 3/3 - golden-yellow coloration, high clarity for style but some haze present, initial frothy white head that settles into a subtle glass lacing after several minutes; moderate alcohol legs; moderate carbonation that reagitates on the swirl

S: 9/12 - some really unique aromas - blueberry, strawberry, pineapple, melon, pepper and dandelions; some pilsner breadiness; just more muted that I'd like

T: 17/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's very little bitterness that is immediately replaced by fruit notes that closely follow the nose; there's a pils biscuity malt on the back of the tongue; finishes dry, which invites subsequent sips; little detectable alcohol

M: 5/5 - moderate body, mild hop oils coating the tongue, some alcohol fullness

O: 9/10 - with DirtWolf already in the can, Victory knocks another DIPA out of the park; the mixture of Mosaic and Azacca on top of a pils base creates a really unique flavor profile that would be excellent for a hop Summer day; additionally, this has to be among the most highly drinkable DIPAs on the planet - I feel like I could finish a 4 pack in only a few hours; highly recommended with a reasonable price tag for the quality

TOTAL - 43/50

 1,436 characters

Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
93 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.