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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,271
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 55
Gots: 86 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Fully juicy in its citrus character with the pleasantly sharp, biting edges of tart fruit and bitterness, Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale traces its roots to Victory’s Ranch series, a unique and comprehensive study of hops in which Brewmasters experimented with different hop varieties to showcase a range of flavor profiles and celebrate the nuances and distinctions in the resulting series’ recipes.

Mosaic hops and Hop #483 (Azacca)

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 10-30-2013)
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baybum

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-27-2013 18:11:53 | More by baybum
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mostly clear straw color. The head is about a finger high, white in shade, and very creamy looking. Both the retention and the lacing left behind is pretty good. I'm a sucker for straw-colored IPAs, so this deserves bonus points.

S: Very, very fruity. Peaches, mangoes, grapefruit, hell, there might be something suggesting papaya. I'm also picking up blueberries. The malt backbone is imperceptible, and that's exactly how I like it. Having said that, the nose isn't all sunshine and rainbows - there's something ever-so-slightly off about it. I want to say it's a bit heavy in cat pee or ammonia, so I think I will. Having said that, it's a good nose, but man, it could have been a fuckin' fantastic one.

T: Its hop profile opens the beer up intensely, with notes of blueberry, grapefruit, melon, mango, and peaches. I might as well say this has no malt to it - really, it doesn't, this is purely a showcase for the hops. However, it finishes weirdly. Just like I said in the nose, there's something that doesn't fully gel with me and it's hard to place exactly what it is. The more I sip it, the more it hits me - it's oniony. I don't mind an oniony DIPA, honest to Jebus, but here it's a little too intense.

M: Super crisp, super light, super drinkable. This is its trump card - it almost goes down like a 4% blond ale, only it's 9%. The zesty carbonation helps it go down easily.

O: I like this beer a whole lot, just like DirtWolf. Also like DirtWolf, I don't quite love it. Onion, when it's in small doses, can be great (see: Lagunitas Sucks), this just brings it too strongly. On the plus side, I can't tell you how happy I am to see a DIPA on the market not weighed down with excess malt or excess booze.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 00:27:25 | More by ThisWangsChung
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markgugs

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-20-2014 17:28:58 | More by markgugs
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

06-13-2014 19:27:34 | More by doremite
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WeisGuy

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-11-2014 22:29:31 | More by WeisGuy
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-07-2014 20:53:26 | More by ncstateplaya
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mpayne5

Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.4%

02-05-2014 21:47:18 | More by mpayne5
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-11-2014 00:25:22 | More by ummswimmin
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.2%

12-26-2013 23:29:58 | More by JeffTheJuice
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-19-2014 16:33:47 | More by buzzy
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GABrew

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-27-2014 01:42:09 | More by GABrew
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Rollzroyce21

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

04-29-2014 02:39:28 | More by Rollzroyce21
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sneaks2210

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-14-2014 22:57:38 | More by sneaks2210
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-24-2014 02:07:10 | More by CaptDavyJones
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-20-2014 19:07:30 | More by jacewg
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dogfishandi

New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 23:27:57 | More by dogfishandi
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 18:50:06 | More by papat444
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

04-17-2014 01:17:01 | More by randylangford
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-06-2014 21:23:31 | More by MacQ32
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Spider889

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-27-2014 23:37:51 | More by Spider889
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

02-16-2014 00:14:07 | More by Rekrule
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-03-2014 21:22:49 | More by bacher468
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Hazy gold with lots of floaters, sticky, plus sized head. Ton of tropics fruit on the nose. Taste mimics aroma, lots of pineapple, not overly bitter. Surprising drinkable, well carbonated, resinous mouthfeel. Loved it! Best dipa I have had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 22:56:02 | More by bonkers
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-17-2014 15:56:06 | More by josephwa
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DRBiser

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-12-2014 10:33:52 | More by DRBiser
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,271 ratings.