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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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335 Reviews
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Reviews: 335
Hads: 2,223
Avg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 115
Gots: 439 | FT: 2
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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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Photo of OrangeMen
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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Photo of champ103
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of ZagZagg
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of surfcaster
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of smcolw
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slight haze to the dirty gold color. Excellent blanketing lace from a modest bar poured head.

Raw grapefruit (the actual edible part, not the rind) nose. A bit of sugar.

Tastes like sweetened grapefruit. Not at all I was expecting. Starts with a neutral pale malt flavor. The swallow brings the aforementioned grapefruit, but the finish turns to bitter with a lingering bite. Full bodied with ample fine-bubbled carbonation. Interesting and complex.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly darker yellow with a nice thick off-white head. Nose is strong citrus. Almost seems like peach skin on there as well. Flavor is consistent with citrus, but it's not obnoxious or boisterous. There seems to be peach on the flavor as well with minimal hints. It's very well rounded and smooth. And I can say that about the beer as a whole. It's the defining quality really. Puts it up on the level of PtE and other refined double IPAs that aren't trying to obliterate your palate.

A stellar brew.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Mportnoy for this extra!

A- A somewhat hazy pale golden body. Light comes through slightly, but there is not much in the way of visibility. Foamy white head sits on top and dissipates slightly. Foamy lacing coats the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of tropical fruit aromas come through. Hints of mango, papaya, pineapple and grapefruit all come through. Really nice fruity hop aromas.

T- All of the tropical fruits come through in the flavor too. Lots of fruity flavors, hints of pine, lots of bitterness, very hoppy.

M- Crisp and clean, medium carbonation, very drinkable for a 9% beer. Very nice.

O- Between this and Dirtwolf, Victory is nailing IIPAs. Lots of great tropical fruit flavors from the hops.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear very light golden yellow with a white head on top. After a couple minutes the head is gone, leaving some considerable lacing on the glass. Just a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Upfront there is a dominating fruity hop aroma. Real nice citrus and grapefruit notes. A touch of breadiness and malt sweetness in there but its overwhelmed by hops. A bit of earthiness

T: Certainly has a different approach to the IPA style with the unique hop selections. The hops provide a blend of earthy and herbal tones with a touch of citrus and pine. Malts are subdued with just a bit of toastiness.

M: Light to medium body with a crisp and dry finish. Carbonation is moderate and it has a bit of the nectar like mouthfeel I enjoy in IPA's. Alcohol is very well hidden making this one dangerously drinkable.

Overall its a solid addition to the Victory line up at a good price point. Mosaic hops are one of my favorites and they shine in this beers aroma. A must try for any hophead.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by March 24, 2014 printed on the bottleneck. Yet another new beer to me from Victory Brewing Co. Expectations are pretty high based on the good hype surrounding this beer, and it's current good ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright, light, lemony-golden-yellow color with some tiny flecks of sediment in the glass. About a finger of soapy bubbly white head that falls down to some suds and a ring quickly. Some thin intermittent lacing on the glass. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is pretty good and unique. Grapefruit rind, orange, tangerine, lemon, tart green apple, some yeast must, cat piss acidity, subtle underlying graininess / huskiness, & some burnt flour / corn tortilla type aroma almost reminiscent of a Berliner Weissbier. Earthy / grassy / floral hops in the background. Dirty, earthy, herbal, and even slightly sour smelling - a mouthwatering aroma.

T - Delicious. Perfectly balanced floral / fruity hops and sweetened grainy / honeyed malt character. Juicy orange / grapefruit / lemon / pineapple / pine. Honey. Light huskiness. Some grainy pilsner malt on the finish.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, clean, and juicy. This thing goes down so damn easy for a 9.00% abv DIPA. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall, I'd say this one might be my favorite of all of the many offerings I've tried from Victory as of late. These guys have really been cranking out some good beers lately, and this one is clearly no exception. Dangerously drinkable at 9.00% abv. I'm sure many of us wouldn't mind seeing this one brewed again.

Victory Hop Ranch ---4/5.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

heard good things about this one and was excited to go and check it out, swung by my fav bottle shop earlier this evening and picked some up. enjoyed from a DFH ipa glass.

enjoy by May 24th, 2014 (or tonight...whichever comes first)

a - brew poured a soft transparent golden yellow with a generous few fingers of frothy white foamy head that hung out. the etching on the bottom of the glass really initiated some great lively carbonation bubbles...almost champagne like. lacing was the full head and chunky. really attractive brew.

s - big lemon leads in the nose. there is a sharpness almost tartness with some tropical fruit.

t - very VERY yum. big but smooth citric hop with a sharp lemon angle to it.

m - smooth. the sun always comes up much too soon.

o - yet another impressive offering in the IPA realm for victory. and dat pricepoint doe...pick it up, check it out...it will be your new fridge beer - and they date the bottles!!!

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Photo of IronLover
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short, creamy, bright white foam with excellent retention. Medium fresh citrus lemon hop aroma with floral notes beneath. Medium light malt aroma. Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy feel and soft, medium carbonation. Pleasant warming sensation through the middle. Medium high citrus lemon and floral hop flavors up front followed by medium, light bready malt flavors. Medium hop bitterness near the end accompanied by a pleasant, boozy warmth. Finished semi-dryly with light, bitter lemony aftertaste. Bright, fresh hop aromas and flavors nicrly balanced with malt character. Warm ansd boozy without being hot and solvent. Bitterness is on the subdued side which plays nicely into the soft, creamy smooth feel.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a wine glass.

Appeared a golden, slightly see through color with a two finger perfectly white head.

Smelled of grapefruit and pineapple with a slight piney scent.

Tasted much like the smell, definite fruity flavors including pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and lime. Nice bitter finish.

Crisp and refreshing. Nice carbonation.

Liked this one quite a bit but would take DirtWolf over it 7 days a week.

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Photo of BB1313
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +3.6%
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 +3.6%
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 +3.6%
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 +3.6%
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 +3.6%
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 +3.8%
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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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
93 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.