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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,769
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 91
Gots: 254 | FT: 7
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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DIM
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: Hazy, extremely pale straw color; pours with a big but short-lived fizzy head.

s: Juicy, pungent, and prickly pineapple and grape. Malty sugar cookie and short bread; hint of mineral.

t: Incredibly juicy tropical fruit plus grape with relatively low bitterness. Some sugary short bread, but this is probably the driest pale ale I've had.

m: Not as "big" as a typical DIPA, has a more effervescent saison feel.

o: Victory is killing it lately, another great one here.

Photo of zonker17
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of MacQ32
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of NJBeer265
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -29.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden body, bright but with chill haze. Topped by five fingers of level dense snow white foam. Drippy dense lace.

Bursting fresh juicy fruit in the nose. Tons of citrus.

A soft but solid malt foundation. Juicy fruit explodes all over the mouth. Bitterness tingles all over the tongue from the swallow through a seeming unending afterglow.

Mouthfeel is soft but prickly. No, I don't know how you do that.

Victory has been taken for granted for a long time. With this and DirtWolf they have recaptured the beer geek attention.

Photo of Beaver13
2.73/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is spicy floral oniony hops.

The flavor is a little sweet malt and a bunch of spicy floral oniony hops. The mouthfeel is medium to fill bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not my kind of hop profile.

Photo of Tucquan
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-02-13 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy straw with a 1.5 finger pillowy white head with very good lacing.

S - Dank leaning to cat pee, overly-ripe pineapple, very light touch of malt. Fragrant but definitely not the most appealing to me.

T - I like the flavor better than the smell. The pineapple flavor is fresh. I get a bit of umami flavor. Perhaps that's just me imagining a piece of ham with roasted pineapple on top; but that's what it reminds me of. There's an enjoyable oily hop bud flavor that must be the mosaic hops. Towards the end, a grassy taste becomes apparent. Don't notice the alcohol. Bitterness is in check and adds to the balance. Aftertaste is very nice with a dryish finish with some scrubbing citric tartness, a touch of pineapple sweetness and the right amount of moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation. Slick, oily, substantial.

O - A different smelling and tasting DIPA for sure. Well made for sure. Complex flavors for sure. My favorite cup of tea? No.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop Ranch pours a slightly azy honey yellow with a moderate sized creamy head on top. The foam slowly disappears coating the glass in a netted pattern of lace.

At first, the aroma is loaded with orange and lemon citrus hops. As the aroma dissipates a funky, fruity aroma takes hold. Notes of mango and peach blend nicely with some piney hops. It seems more earthy than the initial citrus blast.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is nicely balanced between citrus (orange, grapefruit) and pine hops, tropical fruit (mango, hint of pineapple) and sweet malt. There's some bread notes towards the end. Could be from the yeast. It finishes mildly bitter with lingering citrus and bread.

A very tasty, easy drinking beer. The aroma is a bit off but the flavor makes up for it.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,769 ratings.