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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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314 Reviews
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Reviews: 314
Hads: 2,107
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 25.54%
Wants: 114
Gots: 384 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 314 | Hads: 2,107
Photo of BB1313
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by May 24, 2013. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a bright light golden with a slight haze; huge fluffy eggshell white head that fades and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are very juicy. Tons of sticky grapefruit. Hints of lemon and lime as well. Fresh grass. Some onion and rubber. It's pretty dank. Very subtle malt notes which basically seem non-existent in the aromas and flavors. Tastes wonderful. The flavors truly match the nose. Tons of grapefruit. More lime zest and lemon peel. Malts definitely take a backseat. This is a very clean beer. It's bitter, but not extremely bitter. Semi-sweet. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It's full-bodied; creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's dangerously drinkable.

This is another great DIPA from Victory. It stands out compared to Victory's original take on hoppy beers. It's almost on the same level as DirtWolf, but it just comes down to preference. There's a west-coast vibe to this one. Well crafted and recommended.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received a bottle out of the kindness of BA SammyJaxxx. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with an engraved/stamped freshness date of April 2014. Poured into the special Speigelau IPA glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw yellow that is reminiscent of the way morning sunlight shines through the faint particles of dust in the air. Bright golden yellow where the light refracts through the glass, and a more shadowy lemon rind color elsewhere in the body. Atop said body sits a healthy two-and-a-half finger head of frothy cream-colored bubbles. Mostly dense, smaller bubbles, with just a smattering of medium-sized bubbles from the pour. Retention is excellent, and as the head begins to receded, it leaves opaque sheets of lace on the side initially, which then fade away. Ample ringing around the glass as I drink it down.

Smell - I'm not one to ordinarily use the term "dank" when describing beer, but in this case, it's hard not to, because the impression fits so well. A blend of bright, acidic citrus notes of lemon and tangerine along with an herbal funkiness, like fresh basil and some pine. There is also a considerable tropical presence--maybe pineapple and some mango--but not nearly as tropical to my palate as the other new DIPA from Victory (DirtWolf) was. It's a really unique and captivating smell.

Taste - Not quite as unique as the aroma, but a wonderful blend of citrus and tropical notes. Pineapple, lemon zest dominate, but there is also the presence of the grain here, with some light toasted biscuit notes, which was not as obvious in the smell. I will say that this is an unbelievably drinkable 9% beer. I didn't get *any* booziness from the flavor, and the bitterness is so low that it's nonexistent. This is the type of big abv IPA that I might encourage an IPA newbie or IPA-averse person to try, because I think it would exceed their expectations for the style.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and ample carbonation, with a clean, bright finish. As noted before, there is very little bitterness--but still manages a wonderfully dry finish. Perhaps just a touch of sweetness.

Overall, this is the best IPA-class (double or single) beer I've had from Victory, and I don't think it's really close. Amazing balance and uniqueness and certainly (imho) belongs in the top 250 over DirtWolf. Heck, it might be one of my favorite IPAs now. It's a shame it's not easier for me to get my hands on this one, because I have a feeling I'd be buying it with some frequency.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hop Ranch

LOOK: Poured into a 22 oz glass. The brew pours a lovely clear golden color with a white foamy head. Retention is decent and the brew looks appetizing.

AROMA: Incredibly dank aroma that mimics marijuanna. Some sweet malt and fresh peeled citrus are also in effect.

TASTE: Citrus peel, herb, green tea, and a medium bitterness initially greet the palate. The hops, besides being citrus rind influenced, also have earthy, almost wood like flavors. The malt is mild and does just enough to stand up to the hops. Medium bodied feel, smooth, and awesome.

OVERALL: A damn fine beer.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap

S: Lots of floral hop notes with some citrus and a hint of pine. Malts come through nicely, along with a hint of the alcohol

T: Follows the nose, with the citrus notes popping out a bit more. The hops are mostly floral with a good dose of grapefruit and orange. Malts balance very nicely, with a restrained sweetness holding back the bitterness well. Alcohol comes through lightly in the finish

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Dangerously easy to drink, especially with the lighter mouthfeel. Extremely well balanced and too easy to put down. Definitely another winner from Victory

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Photo of Bone53
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Mad Mex

Appearance: Golden color with little head; Both this and DirtWolf look subpar for a IIPA

Smell: Bright fruits, peppercorn, slight onion

Taste: Same as the nose except toned down a notch. Bright fruits with a peppercorn undertone. Its very tasty, but not in your face hoppy

Mouthfeel: Medium body ; A little light in feel but on the other hand the alcohol is masked pretty well . Carbonation is spot on

Overall: As with Dirtwolf, this is one hell of a IIPA. This one has more of a peppery/onion undertone. Has the perfect spice for winter without going overboard. However, like Dirtwolf, its a bit light in taste and aromas to be among my absolute favorites (Enjoy By, Head Hunter). Id rather have a DirtWolf any day of the week, but this is a good local seasonal and for under $40 a case, you cannot go wrong.

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer is incredibly light! Very light straw color, with a small but very white and fluffy head. It looks like an appetizing Pilsener! 4\5

aroma: honestly, this beer seems to let me down quite a bit with the aroma. Ohh, its still good, but it was not as in your face as dirtwolf was. It smells very sweet. Nectarine, peaches, and pineapple form the background for a very dank hoppy smell. I like it, but yea. It really needs to be stronger. 4\5

flavor: Man this beer shines with flavor. I really just jumped to this category when I poured myself a glass, and it was a good decision. Lots of fruity sweet hop flavors, mixed in with a nice dank hoppy finish. Lots of bitterness on this one, but more than enough sweetness to make it less noticeable. 4.5\5

feel: It has the feeling of nectarine juice. Carbonated nectarine juice...that is just a bit watered down. I like it. 4.25\5

overall: Surprise, surprise, this beer is not as good as dirtwolf...but its still a GREAT ipa, and its different enough from dirtwolf to merit it a try (or 4!). Its one that comes off more on the fruity and sweet side, and I appreciate that! Its fruit flavors are amazing, and its smell (tho subtle) adds a lot to each drink. A great buy (even if you already have dirtwolf), and a great new hoppy brew from victory. Lets hope that their next hoppy brew is just as good! 4.5\5

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Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright and hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A bright and juicy tropical hop forward aroma with hints of citrus fruit and pils malt. Upfront tropical juicy citrus hop presence with hints of orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and melon. Earthy and floral hop hints of grass and slight pine. Solid bready Pils malt backing with hints of biscuit, grains, straw, cracker, and yeast. Juicy but actually fairly balanced. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a crisp and juicy tropical hop driven taste with notes of citrus and earthy hops along with a Pils malt backing. Big taste of tropical and citrus hops upfront with notes of mango, orange peel, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, and melon. Floral and earthy hops with notes of grass and spicy pine. Solid Pils malt presence with notes of grains, straw, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A very solid juicy and nicely bitter taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and slightly spicy with a drying finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very solid take on an Imperial IPA. Big tropical fruit presence with a solid Pils Malt presence. Its almost like Prima Pils on Steroids.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pour is very light golden color...super light, with a nice 1 finger head. You can really smell the aromas of juicy fresh hop, but also a bit of cat piss maybe? I cant really put my finger on it, but, surprising based on the cat piss comment, its not bad.
Taste is phenomenal! Lots of peach and juicy fruit...a tad bit of grassiness. The other amazing quality about this beer is the mouthfeel. its so smooth and mild for such a high abv beer its like im drinking a light beer...like a 4% simple sour or something, not like a coors.
This really is a remarkable brew, if nothing more than the absolutely fantastic feel.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass, a white rim of bubbles surround the glass but no head, a very unfiltered, yellow body. Tons of sediment.
The aroma is full of tropical citrus. Not overpowering hop aroma, but well balanced.
The taste matches the aroma, nicely hopped beer.
Smooth drinking, pretty sessionable in taste, a good trait for its ABV.
Overall this is a delicious beer. Would get again.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang tulip.

Pours a clear, dark yellow color with two fingers of fluffy foam. Aroma is very floral, with hop aromas pleasantly strong. Moderate carbonation rushes up the center of the glass.

First sip is a wave of floral hop flavors. Finishes strongly bitter, but not harsh at all. Packed full of hoppy goodness, this beer really showcases the floral and grassy flavor, with just enough malt sweetness to balance but not contrast. Beautiful rings of lace coat the glass as the beer recedes.

This is an excellent IIPA. The alcohol is not evident at all, and this will tickle your hop fancy for sure. Would certainly buy again.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hop Ranch pours an opaque mellow yellow with a small foamy head leading to spotty lacing.

Juicy pineapple, some citrus, mint, grassy/herbal notes. Just a dank juicy nose.

Citrus, more herbal character, grapefruit peel, mild bitterness, tart dry finish. Almost like a pilsener on steroids. Lots of steroids.

Full bodied with medium carbonation. What I look for in a DIPA.

Another excellent Ode to the Hop by Victory. Although it seems a bit experimental (Mosaic and Azaaca?) this is definitely worth seeking.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip. No freshness info? Wtf?

Pours out a lot paler in color than most DIPAs. Light golden to straw yellow in color with quite a bit of chunky sediment, left most of the big chunks in the bottle. Big 2 fingers of thick soapy white head. Thick sticky lacing and some very good dense, rocky head retention.

A big lemony, juicy citrus hop aroma, very nice. Orange, tangerine, Somewhat tropical, kiwi comes to mind. Hints of mint and smarties/ sweet tart candy. Somewhat dank as well.

For me the flavor is not quite as complex as the aroma, still delicious. Big juicy tropical and citrus fruits, sweet, almost candied citrus, pungently earthy. No real taste of alcohol but it is a bit warming after the sip. The pilsner malt adds just the right amount of sticky sweetness to the beer.

Not overly bitter for a DIPA, but there is a lingering hoppy mouthfeel. Drinks way too easily considering the ABV.

Excellent IPA from victory. Very unique. I'm loving these recent IPAs they've been pumping out, hope to see more soon as there right up there with some of the best from the west coast. I'm having a hard time choosing a favorite between this and dirtwolf.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately aggressive hand. No identifiable date on the label. Every time I see Victory's "For Your Taste", I hear Dr. Jim Brule lisping it in my head. Sweet berry wine!

A: Slightly hazy, golden yellow body. 1/2 finger of white head with ok retention. Fades to thin film. Nice lacing.

S: Well, hello citrus-forward hops! Juicy tangerine, grapefruit, persimmon (!). White grape juice is very present. Slightly floral. A hint of grass, cracker.

T: Slight sweet pale malt character yields to a citrusy hop bitterness that is surprisingly restrained. A bit of pine, lemon zest, additional malty bread on the semi-dry finish. Little alcohol on the palate, but does warm an empty stomach.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. Good vehicle for the flavors.

O: Very smooth imperial with fantastic and somewhat unusual fruit notes. Conjures up some fond memories of my grandmother's homemade grape juice. Well balanced with a slight, but welcome, skew towards the hops. Highly drinkable.


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Photo of sulldaddy
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a vigorous and foamy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a lot of nice lacing while leaving a ring around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a clear pale gold color. The beer has a nice honey smell with strong floral hops as well as hints of pepper. Additionally, there are hints of light pine resin as well as slightly bready malt notes. The beer taste has a slight bready malt backbone but the main notes appear to be honey and grapefruit. In addition, there are slight floral tastes and notes of pine resin with pepper. The mouthfeel is pretty light for DIPA. The beer has a crisp feel with its light carbonation and smooth feel with a medium body. Overall, a fantastic DIPA and worth getting again.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a fat, stubby, stemmed tulip glass; freshness date of May 24, 2014 printed in greyish ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“Enjoy By: May 24 2014 12:27”), making this bottle something like two and a half weeks old. Holy crap.

Appearance (4.5): Pretty. Very light and pretty. Maybe a finger and a half of bone-white foam comes off of the pour, capping a pale (like straw-yellow) golden body that’s got a chill haze, but beyond that is almost clear. The head dies down slowly, leaving a rocky surface and tight lacing around the glass: one thick collar near the top, another, looser collar about an inch lower, and below that it’s scattered suds, occasional legs, and splotches.

Smell (4.25): Whoa, kind of a funky scent here. It’s like some mix of garlicky-dank weirdness (mild on the garlic, heavier on the weirdness) and vibrant citrus fruit that’s sunny and sweet more than blinding and bitter (light mango, a little passionfruit, some papaya, etc.).

Taste (4.5): Well, it’s definitely a hop story. Sweet and bitter citrus, with a mixture of lime pulp and a little underripe pineapple; something herbal and grassy, like fresh mint and green tea; and finally something weird and garlicky-dank, following the nose, but wrapping the garlic into the flavor in a way that is not at all offensive—it just kind of plays into the bitter finish. Not really off-putting at all. There’s some malt in here, too, but it’s subtle and laid-back, offering a lightly starchy, grainy, very pale character like fresh biscuits (not the sweet, buttery kind, but the very dry, floury kind). It’s a nice base that stays out of the way but still has substance. Miraculously, no booze to be found anywhere.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Like a lot of Victory beers, this has a great feel: the carbonation spreads out quietly, rises up to a prickle, and then foams out with a soft, velvety feel that goes all over. It finishes moderately dry, which is almost surprising considering the ABV and hoppiness of the beer—you might think it’d be drier, but this remains very accessible and palatable.

Overall (4.25): This is another really, really good DIPA from Victory. Hop Wallop (R.I.P.), Dirt Wolf, and now this all have something in common: each one is (was) a technically very well-crafted brew with excellent flavors, aroma, appearance, and feel, but all feel like they err on the side of caution (if you call scores above 4.0 erring in any way). They do everything very, very well, but nothing quite comes off as brilliant. That said, I can’t overstate the fact that Victory did everything—every single aspect of this beer—very, very well. And $10-11/sixer for a DIPA of this quality? Yes please.

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Photo of whiskey
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really light in color. Great aroma, light and drinkable for a DIPA. Does not taste like a 9% beer. Low bitterness, high on hop flavor. Lots of citrus and nothing like Dirtwolf in my opinion. Good stuff.

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Photo of bound4er
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Straw / faint yellow appearance with a fast breaking one finger head. There is some small pieces of junk in the bottom of my glass - I presume this is an unfiltered beer which is cool. Smells great - lots of juicy tropical fruits such as grapefruit, pineapple and orange. Taste is complex, dank and bright all at the same time with earthy pine, orange and grapefruit flavors. Lighter bodied with good carbonation. Overall this is a great beer that has a lively, fresh taste to it that keeps you coming back for more. Highly recommended.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Victory "Hop Ranch"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY: 25 APR 2015 0437P"
$3.65 @ The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, PA

Based on how fond I am of Victory's "Dirt Wolf" I thought I'd give their "Hop Ranch" a spin, particularly as it uses a hop I'm not familiar with - Azacca.

Azzaca is the Caribbean God of farming, so it's not surprising that there's a tropical fruit character in the aroma, namely mango and pineapple. There's also grapefruit, some tangerine, pine, a hint of lemon, and a bit of spiciness. It's interesting, and refreshing; and as a winter seasonal, it's a fairly welcome ray of sunshine beneath the cold grey sky here in Pennsylvania!

Given the quality of the hops I see why they went with a straightforward Pilsner malt as it allows the hops to come through clearly, and also allows for some of that refreshing character to be transferred into to the flavor. Unfortunately that's all you're getting, it's not a complicated or 'dense' beer, and I'm not sure that it needed to be an "Imperial" IPA. I think it would have worked just fine as a standard IPA, or even a pale ale. The gentlemen of Victory are shrewd marketers, however, and I'm sure they didn't want to drop another entry into those already over-stocked categories. On the up-side, the alcohol that comes along with the "Imperial" designation, clocking in at a whopping 9.0 % abv., is surprisingly well-cloaked. Not unlike the "Dirt Wolf" this is a beer that does not overwhelm you with bitterness, resins, and alcohol - instead it's very focused and balanced, leaving it remarkably drinkable, and at 9%, dangerous.

So how to rate this beer? It delivers everything that an "Imperial" IPA should, sans the bitter punch and late raspy/resinous finish, the alcohol slap, and the overall palate-wrecking voluminosity. There are no defects of any sort (although I would like to see just a little more bristle in the mouthfeel), and in fact it's a really well-rounded and highly polished beer. What's not to love? But on top of that it's also quite unique, and innovative. Clearly a winner, and one that really needs to be sampled, any fan of hoppy beers needs to check it out!

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Photo of gabedivision
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle to a tulip glass

A- pours a pale golden yellow. with a 1 finger head nice sticky lacing

S- garlic, onion up front. tangerine grapefruit, apricot, peaches and lemon. Pine notes, cut grass. earthy and hoppy

T- spicy citrus, slightly herbal. massive citrus notes, peaches, pineapple,apricots and grape fruit, just wildly fruity, tons of flavors throughout this thing. this is leaving a hop aftertaste on my tongue, fantastic clean and dry bittery finish on this one.

M- Medium bodied, a little thin for a 9% abv but no booze detected at all. nice carbonation helps with the fruitiness of the beer and finishes nice and dry

O- victory hits another homerun, this beer is delicious, clean, packed with pungent flavor. victory is doing some amazing things with hoppy beers lately i hope they keep it up

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: pale golden in color with a light haze. Bone white head. Creamy and lush with great retention. Ample stickage.

S: Pronounced tangerine, mango, and melon aromas. White grapefruit. Pineapple. Sweet, sticky bud. Dank and heady. Malt base is crackery with a light honeyed sweetness.

T: Biting oily and leafy bitterness. Very dank and heady with a sweet cannabis flavor. Tropical fruit flavors burst forth with a strange tangy character. Puckering lemon, white grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and passion fruit. Watermelon rind. Crackery malt base stays very quiet. Hint of alcohol. Clean. Tangy hop finish with a strong cannabis and gritty, leafy bitterness.

M: Medium-light body. Airy and pillowy with a dry sort of smoothness. Strong bite of carbonation lifts and lightens further. Hop astringency is strong and gripping on the tooth enamel.

O: I've had various incarnations of this beer as draught one-offs in the past, but I don't remember them being anything like this. Very potent and heady. Capable of scratching even the most nagging and stubborn hop itch. The most interesting thing about it is the odd tangy, almost tart edge that it has. It seems to be hop-derived, as far as I can tell. I've never tasted anything quite like it. These are some interesting hop strains.

With this and Dirt Wolf on the market, Victory's decision to retire Hop Wallop seems like a no-brainer. It just would not compete with two far superior (in my opinion) double IPAs cannibalizing sales. The brewing world really needs to give Victory it's due now. This is a brewery that has totally reinvented its approach to its IPAs after its existing IPA skus stopped being truly relevant in the market years ago. Hop Devil and Hop Wallop are fine beers, but they just don't get the beer geeks going like they used to. Now Victory has released two top-notch, hype-worthy double IPAs in the past few months. Hop Ranch and Dirt Wolf are on par with the best double IPAs in the country. In my opinion they can stack up with the likes of Pliny or Heady Topper. And the beauty of it is that they should have a much broader reach in the national market. Very impressive.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best by 5/24/14. Pours a light yellow, with a half inch of white head that leaves behind traces of lace. Smell is loads of of citrus, passion fruit, papaya, pineapple, pine tree, and grapefruit. Taste is very tropical, with a nice grapefruit finish that doesn't over do it. Body is thin for its abv, nice amount of life, a touch dry, and so drinkable it is scary. This is top notch from Victory.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another new beer to show me how great Mosaic hops are. 4 pack purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Rochester, NY.

Pours a yellow-golden color. Clear, pretty fizzy. One inch head settles down quickly. Small dots of lacing form on the glass as I drink this down.

Strong grapefruit aromas, with some lemon and pineapple.

Tastes even better. The aforementioned fruits- grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon, plus hop oil, cattiness, and slight pine. Lightly bitter, could be a bit more.

Light body, very crisp, well carbonated. Pretty drinkable.

The first bottle I had of this I wasn't sure of. By the second, third, and fourth bottle, I was very sure. The cattiness and lemon is hard to appreciate at first, but the more you drink, the more the other flavors (grapefruit and pineapple) show their stuff. The beer is very dry, with almost no malt- therefore leaving it unbalanced. If you like hop juice style IPAs, this one's for you. For fans of more balanced IPAs with interesting malt bills, I wouldn't suggest it.I personally like both, so this works for me!

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4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving- 12 oz.Bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A) Light/Medium Golden in color, extremely transparent. A vibrant, white, dense 1 1/2 inch head blankets the brew and hangs around for a little while. Thick lacing to begin with lessens as I sip away. Nice looking brew.

S) A whole lot of earthy, piney, bitterness plows through the nose, and is closely followed by a boat load of citrusy heaven. Lemon and Tangerine are very, very apparent. Picking up some slight doses of Kiwi as well? This is what I want to smell when I'm putting my face in a DIPA.

T) Bitterness not as apparent as the nose initially suggested to me but it is there and it's enjoyable. Citrusy, juicy, and very refreshing.. I'm not believing this is 9.0 ABV, as it is hidden extremely well! This could be oh so dangerous.

M) Medium bodied, and maybe even on the lighter side for a DIPA, with average carbonation. This, coupled with the well hidden ABV, makes for an incredibly easy drinking big brew. Finishes rather dry with lingering citrus notes that please the palate.

O) In 5 simple words... One hell of a brew!

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Photo of Greasy
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a straw yellow with a nice white head. Plenty of sediment floating about.

S: Plenty of citrus, danky almost oniony scent, but overall very nice.

T: Big orange/tangerine/tangelo flavor with fairly high bitterness. Yum.

M: Smooth. Nice carbonation. Zero alcohol presence.

O: it's been so long since ive had dirtwolf that it's hard to compare the two. I really enjoyed it. Now that I've said that, I can compare it to enjoy by which I have had recently. Good stuff.

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.