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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 314
Hads: 2,102
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 111
Gots: 382 | 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: 2,102
Photo of delta490
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear gold with limited head but nice lacing. The aroma is also light but with nice tropical fruit notes. The taste is also light with the same characteristics as the aroma but not quite as robust. The body is also light in weight with just a hint of carbonation on the finish.

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Photo of Roguer
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours light, bright corn yellow and fairly hazy. Smooth pour nets a finger high head, stark white, tight bubbles with good retention and lacing.

Pale malt is balancing providing a bit of sweetness to a large hop profile that is way different than anything I've previously experience. Perfume strength and floral, the hops are tropical and "stinky" mangoes and passionfruit, nectarine, citrus and papaya compost, garlic and onion greens. Super pungent, the combined aroma of Lagunitas Sucks and Stone Enjoy By turned up to 11.

Tight pale malt lacks the balance needed to handle the hops, a slight bready edge but that's it for the malt. Grassy, herbaceous and once again wildly pungent hops, alot of the tropical notes in the nose are lost leaving some faint mango, citrus peel and onion/garlic. Medium bitterness that exudes the pungent onion juice in the finish. Crazy IPA.

Moderate body with active carbonation. Alcohol is well managed. Bitterness leaves a drying finish despite the bothersome aftertaste.

As different as IPA can be, I get to use the onion, garlic and perhaps even the cat pee/ ammonia descriptors for hops for the first time in my book. Aroma of this beer is intense and complex, overall a tropical/herbaceous beer that is well brewed but should also come with a disclaimer. My body was not ready.

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Photo of papat444
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, enjoy by May 24, 2014.

The head on this ale is excellent, whipped stark white foam and very voluminous above a yellow gold body. Flavor is very creamy mixed with some bitter hop flavor and lush citrus fruit. Good but a bit tame for my tastes.

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Photo of rjp217
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my teku glass.

A - Golden yellow color with a frothy one finger head. Sticky lace stays on the side of the glass throughout consumption. Lots of bubbles that rise to the top. I've never seen such a light colored DIPA

S - Grain, earth, cheese, lemon, onion, dank, pine. Disappointed as I'm not getting nearly as much citrus as others. Odor is almost oft putting to me

T - Well, well, this is where it shines. Almost the opposite of the smell with tons of citrus, pineapple, orange and lemon ending in spice and pine. Very tasty!

M - Fruits, carbonation, bitter, spice and pepper. Still rolls off the tongue nicely with an immediate hop presence

O - A very clean, smooth drinking DIPA. Almost thin and sessionable as crazy as that sounds for a 9%er. Probably has to do with the huge tropical fruit forward profile. Aside from the negative smell, it's a well rounded, balanced DIPA.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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!

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Photo of Clint_Yoho
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop Ranch

12 oz pour in a goblet at friscos

L: Light gold with about a finger of head solid lacing.

S: Grape fruit and citrus. Not much else and it fades.

T: Citrus at the front boozy alcohol at the end.

F: Good body. Not to heavy but not water.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A tremendously drinkable beer at 9%. The citrus smell is amazing, and the beer is very smooth. The only thing it seems to be lacking for me is a transition to a more bitter, spicy, or dry end.

A: a little towards the yellow side at pale yellow, slightly hazy, but good head, retention, and lacing
S: my original review had this as a high rating, re review dropped it a bit. Original: Strong lemon-candy smell, with some orange and a little sour funk.
Re-review: onion, lemon pith, still can see the lemon candy and funk (sour not so much)
T/M: the opening taste is a much-muted version of the nose, maybe a little more orange-citrus than sour lemon. Also, the taste to me is somewhat reminiscent of a good lager - refreshing, although this taste is a little more coating. The middle taste does add some bitterness, lemon with a little bit of grass, but it melds into moreso than takes over the taste (I must admit, I am getting a mix here, sometimes I notice the bitterness more than others). Then the taste just sort of fades kinda quickly, leaving you wanting the next sip (kinda dangerous).

This is a smooth DIPA versus a palate wrecker, a very good beer, but I'm not sold on it fitting into what I enjoy most in the style.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.98/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
3.98/5  rDev -5%
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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by: 5/24/15.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight earth aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of rdilauro
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, golden-yellow coloring with a thin, foamy, low profile, bright white head and a ton of carbonation throughout the body. There's some sediment floating throughout, too. Aromas of dank and pungent hops, wet and heavy, with grassy notes, heavy cedar notes, moss, clove and pepper spicing, and a hint of rich apricot sweetness. Very unique nose for the style. Flavors are smooth and balanced forward, with a solid toffee and biscuit backbone supporting a mild bitterness in the background, a heavy dose of wood, moss, and pitch in the forefront, and highlights of citrus fruit and spices. Very heavy and very different. Wow. The body is smooth, and kept very light by the carbonation levels. The aftertaste is surprisingly light, with more of the tart citrus and fruity sweetness coming through, and only hints of grass and forest characteristics. The finish is smooth, light, and slightly crisp, with a hint of dryness across the palate. Heavy, but damn tasty. This is a good beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange body with two finger head that dies quick and leaves lace patches. Classic citric, spicy hop aroma with hints of sweet malts. Smooth, light-bodied, citric hop taste profile with spicy finish and just enough sweetness to keep it balanced and prevent it from being overly dry/bitter.

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Photo of scotorum
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling date info visible that I could find.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Clear gold with a two inch tall white head which receded fairly quickly to thin surface foam and some patterned lacing. Eventually some floaties appear to cloud the gold a little, and finally collect in the bottom.

s; Fairly intense pine and citrus.

t; Velvety smoothness first slides over the tongue, then piney hops take hold and grip the tongue's sides. Aroma and taste become slightly vinegary as it warms. High ABV seems well concealed.

m; Moderate, heavier than it looks. Silky smooth. Considerable carbonation hangs on.

o: Except perhaps for the relatively hefty mouthfeel, this seems like best served in warm weather. Looks like a pilsener or light lager until you smell and taste it. Not catching as much of the citrus as others have noted, but I have another bottle to try soon.

UPDATE 1/20/14: Having that one now, in a Harpoon IPA glass, and immediately got some white grape juice flavor. Nice. Easy drinking and very smooth. Still getting a hint of vinegar but that is not uncommon for DIPAs in my experience. And still not exceptional enough to raise my ratings. But it is damn good, seems like I just opened the bottle and it's almost all gone already!

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 4-pack of this today ($11.00 at The Beer Store in Nashua). Label notes it should be enjoyed by 21MAY15. Have had Ranch R and the original Ranch DIPA, so I can only assume this is the final result of the Ranch experiment.

Poured one into a Sammy pint glass. It was a slight bit cloudy, and a light golden-straw color. Carbo is plentiful and drives hard towards the surface. The head is a fine, thin layer of stark white foam. Most of it congregates at the rim, and some decent lace is left arrears. Aroma has a nice combo of pineapple and tangerine, which is quite enticing. I only wish it was more "in yo' face". Body was a solid medium, and there was not much prickle to detract from how it felt on the tongue.

Flavor has a bit of bready, crackery malt, though not much. There's some grapefruit and a little tangerine, though it leans more to the bitter side than the sweet. Bitterness is personified in the rindy, pithy aspect here, as any hint of sweetness now takes a back seat. It also has a touch of pear and green apple, imo. Solid, overall, but not their best. I just previously had a Baxter Bootleg DIPA, which I thought was better. I will have to try this next to a DirtWolf soon, too.... (Edit: 2hrs later... having a Hop Ranch side-by-side with a DirtWolf... the latter is a tiny bit sweeter and less bitter... I like the DW more right now, and I had rated it higher [4.26] earlier). Prosit!!

4/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is golden with a huge, fluffy white head. The aroma offers dank hops, oranges and assorted citrus. Toast and biscuits with orange juice. Juicy and resinous with a bitter finish. Some pine notes and sourdough bread. Well balanced with a leaning toward hops. Tasty beer.

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Photo of DrRambis
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Apperannce - pale golden straw with a slight haze, white 1 finger head

Smell - berry, citus, restrained grass - nothing overwhelming

Taste - assertive bitterness, pine, light bread, with tart grapefruit and white grape juice flavors, herbal hoppiness

Mouthfeel - very thin (considering 9% abv and dipa style), slightly sticky and very astringent, very unique

Overall Impressions - strongly reccomend, very easy drinking while still assaulting the palate with hops, has nice fruity notes that complement the earthiness of the hops. Very clean taste. Much prefered over dirtwolf, which it will be invariably compared to.

Served from 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Enjoy by may 24 2014

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Photo of hail_seitan
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice big DIPA, nice aroma, good hoppy bitterness, not as citrusy as I usually prefer.
Body is a little thin and well carbed so it drinks easy. Alcohol well covered with good depth of flavor.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from 12oz into tulip. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a short white head. Haze clarifies pretty quickly as the beer comes to temp. Nose is very floral and tropical. Taste is mirror of nose, with a nice balance of bitter-to-malt for the IIPA style. There is a blast of booze in the finish, but not unwelcome. The combo of floral and tropical (some have noted citrus, I didn't get that in my taste) is very well blended and makes a great hop forward flavor combo. I prefer a touch more linger on the palate than this offered, but this is a solid offering.

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Photo of Nlawrence301
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not exactly what I was expecting after reading other reviews, and loving dirtwolf. It wasn't bad by any means, but far from outstanding. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus in this beer, but there was something strange I couldn't quite put my finger on. Almost reminded me of a fruity champagne or carbonated Chardonnay. I will say for 9% abv this beer was very light. Over all pretty good, easy to drink considering the abv. But far from great.

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Photo of Glennlawless
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a cold pint glass

Smell - Bursting with juicy pineapple and mango and tons of tropical fruit and sweet sweet malt. smells AWESOME. Lemon too. A little bit earth and spice too.

Appearance - Very nice one inch semi frothy head and a golden light orange, pretty much see through as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel - getting mild tropical fruits and some peppery spiciness. mild to low carbonation.

Overall - This is a very tropical, juicy, west coast style hop bomb of an ipa. Its a double ipa so I'm pretty sure this beer is around 9% but it is so smooth you would think your drinking a six percent ipa. I gave this beer a 4 (which is rare to even come above 3.75 for me I'm pretty harsh with ratings and reviews ) But the fact of how easy this drinks for a DIPA....I couldn't help but hit 4. So drinkable, juicy and unbelievable. This beer deserves every good rating it gets. Great job victory, holy SHIT.

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