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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,345
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 71
Gots: 103 | FT: 4
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:
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jampics2, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of WanderingFool
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

WanderingFool, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of philbe311
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been eager to try this one and thanks to a generous co-worker I have the opportunity... Didn't think finding this in Central PA would be such a challenge...

A - A very slight head, less than a finger's worth... It's bone white in color and slightly lopsided with a touch of lushness... The is color is a slightly pale yet vibrant golden apricot... There is an ever so subtle haziness... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation... A surpsing bit of sediment is suspended throughout... Some gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass...

S - An modest earthy hop presence permeates but doesn't dominate... It's slightly pungent and slightly floral... A bit of lemon zest... A bit dank and a bit musky... Pleasant and hop forward, but never over powering...

T - The hops take on a predominately citrus character on the palate... There is also a slightly earthy and spicy presence as well... There is a surprising bit of sweetness and malt base that adds nice dimension... The flavors compliment one another nicely... The start is slightly hoppy, then the malt backbone kicks in before the finishes turns the hops up another notch... Rather enjoyable...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Limited but brisk carbonation... A bit sticky... Fairly dense... A bit chewy... Even and consistent... Crisp... The hop resins are rather evident on the finish...

D - Not a hop bomb by any means and that is okay by me... Much more well balanced that I had expected... Quite refreshing and rather quaffable... Goes down easily sip after sip... Hides the 9% ABV exceedingly well... Well played by Victory...

philbe311, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of I_BYE_MI_BEER
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of mpayne5
4/5  rDev -5.2%

mpayne5, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Pours a light gold, moderately hazy, with a thin white head that fades fairly quickly and average visible carbonation.

S: Dank, resin, herbal, melon and spice hops with a bit of cracker malt underneath.

T: Follows the nose well - dank, orange citrus, melon and herbal hops with a fairly restrained level of bitterness. A touch of cracker malts, and moderate bitterness in the hang.

M: Medium body, good carbonation sensation, and moderate alcohol presence.

O: This was a fairly good beer, but it suffers some with me as the hop profile just isn't my favorite. I don't think it's nearly as good an offering from Victory as DirtWolf. Still, another solid brew from them.

macrosmatic, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Nichols33, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Oakenator
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Oakenator, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-tropical fruit, citrus, malt, pine, slight herbal

T-pineapple, grapefruit, orange, toasted malt, pine, floral, slight herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-very nice DIPA from Victory, great range of flavors, liked Dirt Wolf slightly more

MDDMD, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of jak
4/5  rDev -5.2%

jak, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

MattyG85, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Lukass, Jul 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ElGallo, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of AndrewMichael
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

AndrewMichael, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

paulish, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of JohnParadee
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a chilled pint glass. Nice thick white head which did not dissipate much at all. Good even lacing all the way. The nose was outstanding, with strong piney, lemon/pineapple/grapefruit scents and an obviously strong hop presence. On the palate, the taste was not quite as compelling as the nose, with an almost grassy dank on the tip, although the finish was very smooth and citrusy pleasant. Mouthfeel was average, nothing extraordinary. Overall, a very good example of the style. I like this much better than DirtWolf, even if it did not live up to all the hype and expectations I had based upon same. Will gladly hoard this while I can, but there are other IPAs and DIPAs I would reach for over this. Not a lot of them, but enough. In any event, another strong effort by Victory, which seems to be kickin' A these days. Kudos!

JohnParadee, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Kendo
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy yellow with a small whitish head. Nice lace.

S: Hops. Tropical fruits, grapefruity and perfumey.

T: Juicy hops over bread doughy malt. Hops bring to mind apricots, grapefruit, tropical fruit and lemons. Strong hop impression overall, but not mouth-bracingly bitter. Finishes with a nice balance of bready malt, grapefruit pith and lemony bitterness. Modest alcohol warmth noted on the palate but then felt in the belly.

M: Medium in heft. Carbonation is modest and soft. Drinks lighter than a beer of this strength should.

O: Really good stuff.

Kendo, Mar 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

PatGreer, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of justintcoons
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Golden straw with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity with low carbonation. You can see some light oils floating about.

Peach, dank, pineapple, lime and candy sugar.

Peach, pineapple and lime. Dank floral characteristics. Lighter notes of lemon and tangerine. Candy sugar backbone with touches of honey.

Medium-light bodied, smooth and juicy.

Huge hoppiness with a moderately low bitterness. Peach, tropical fruits and dank florals. Easily the best beer I've had from Victory.

justintcoons, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of gatornation
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a clear yellow color with white 2 finger head that settles slowly leaving behingd some lacing
S-tropical juicy fruit hops some malts
T- tropical sweet floral hops a touch of pine with sweet candy malts a touch of baked bread
M-sweet with just a kiss of pine bitterness ABV no where detected
O- this is the easiest drinking 2IPA ive ever had its sweet and tropical delicious

gatornation, Jan 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

WeisGuy, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Onenote81
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Onenote81, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of bostonryan
4/5  rDev -5.2%

bostonryan, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Resuin
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Resuin, Feb 19, 2014
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,345 ratings.