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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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93
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314 Reviews
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Reviews: 314
Hads: 2,096
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 109
Gots: 380 | 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: 2,096
Photo of jucifer1818
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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 (1,373 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle in a tall pint glass.

A- Pours a satin finish golden straw color; not hazy yet no brilliance either. The fluffy and soapy white head is a good 2f; lots of micro bubble carbonation, heavy lacing.

S- Lots of earthy goodness here: citrus, pine, fresh cut grass, mild onion, floral hops.

T- Juicy citrus, pine, earthy vegetables come through in onion and peppery spice, grass and grain , floral esters.

M- Velvety smooth with some bite. Good body and carbonation. Long finish of semi-sweet malt and hop tang. Balanced, not sugary, boozy, or heavy.

O- Not the everyday IIPA. It looks different (not 'amber'), smells different (not a hop bomb), and the 9.0 abv is drinkable w/o the booziness or sugary sweets. (730 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

appearance; straw, quite clear, lots of evident carbonation, pours a thick, creamy white head that retains very well.

smell; citrus, resin, hint of malt

tatse; lemon zest, grapefruit, slight hoppy bitterness, slight malty sweetness

mouthfeel; light/ medium body, crisp, slightly dry in the finish, medium carbonation.

overall; a very tasty, crisp, very drinkable IPA, would definitely buy again. (399 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - clear golden straw color with white head

Smell - mango, grapefruit, onion

Taste - mango, grapefruit, onion

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, somewhat sticky, the onion flavor is a bit off putting

Overall - this was a but underwhelming, it was tough to enjoy given the onion flavor of this

Price point - $2.59/12 oz single (352 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
3.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very fresh bottle that just missed the mark entirely. Aroma was all over the place, none of it a good place though. Almost sour malt, the hop combo just not pleasant at all, partly for its weakness as much as its poor accord. Palate wasn't much better, some astringent hoppiness, extremely little actual hop flavor, overly full malt feel. Bad batch? Perhaps, as freshness wasn't an issue. Needless to say, highly doubt I'll revisit. (432 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: The head is a finger and a half thick and lasts for a good 30 seconds before it falls into a nice, cap. The cap tops off a murky, burnt orange beer beneath. Tiny bubbles rise from the sides of the glass while a few larger bubbles can be seen towards the middle through all the haziness.

SMELL: Wow, that is fresh! Orange, pine, mango and apricot dance around with a touch of grapefruit and grass. This smells amazing, just wish it had a little more intensity.

TASTE: There is tropical fruit everywhere on this and it’s really juicy. All the fruit from the smell is there, but the grapefruit seems to be more intense, and there’s a little lemon I didn’t get with my nose, providing a nice, bitter bite.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with a little stickiness and a very dull tickle. The balance is excellent with some sweeter, sticky, fruity notes to start followed by a drying bitterness.

OVERALL: I don’t know if this one is better than Dirt Wolf, but at the very least its close. I will reach for this again. (1,039 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BBD 5/24/15. Pours a clear light amber (golden). However, the bottom of the bottle pour produces a some flocculants. Normal head volume, lacing and slightly below normal retention. Nice nose of sweet blended tropical fruit over a light orange rind note. Light medium body with a good bit of oiliness to the texture. Well carbonated with a good effervescence in the middle and more in the finish. The outstanding flavor profile is intense (hop flavor forward), extremely well balanced and complex. It begins with an effervescent burst of blended hop flavor (tropicals such as mango, pineapple, but never really separates). This flows into a moderate bitterness in the middle that contains a slight pepper note. As the bitterness fades, a biscuit sweetness emerges with hints of orange. The finish is a slow fade into a lingering orange zest flavor bitterness and a slight nice alcohol warming at the back of the throat. (928 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear body with a white head and a little carbonation visible in the body. Pretty fast moving head but a lace that stuck on the glass stubbornly.

Herbal spicy resin hops in the aroma, a little kale, citrusy, and fruity like mangoes.
Taste not as bitter as I had expected. Very clean and refreshing malt and hop balance with a little citrus flavor and grassy herbal notes throughout.
Very crisp feel and very drinkable, alcohol content not that noticeable.
Would definitely get again, this was great. (507 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Hop Ranch" harkens back to the Victory "Ranch" Series that allowed brewers to experiment with a variety of hops; in the case of this beauty: Azaca, Germinate and Mosiac. Poured into a tulip glass by the steady hand of DC Tap House's finest server, this brew boasts a translucent copper body, with few carbonation bubbles. Ther is a substantial head of chunky froth that brings out a gummy lacing, which deteriorates as the langorous quaff is pursued. There is a pleasant nose of orange slices with subtle whiffs of bubblegum and butter; the palate is dusted with grapefruit and malty motes.

Thers is a chalky bite in the mouthfeel that proceeds to a dry finish with some citrus tanginess. Yet, there is a smoothness that belies the heavy alcohol structure.

Another winner from an American brewing icon. Great beer; thy name is Victory. (838 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
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 (1,436 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured int a snifter. Appears a hazy grapefruit orange with a fluffy white head. Nice lacing and the head reduces to a bubbly suds that rest in the epicenter of the glass.

S - Fresh hops, big citrus notes - grape fruit, orange peel, citrus rind.

T - Juicy citrus hop bomb - follows the nose with hop forward and citrus and grapefruit notes, slightly resinous and dank. Crisp and refreshing mouth feel.

O - Really an slam dunk must have DIPA - love the fresh hop forward and juicy hop bomb. (498 characters)

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served - Bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass

A - Super light for an IPA. It looks like a pilsner or adjunct. Shocked how light this is.

S - HUGE onion and garlic blast. Very dank smelling.

T - Very oniony and dank tasting. Basically NO malt. I can't say I've ever had any other beer quite like it.

M - A little carbonation tickles the tongue. Mildly dry finish with low bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Not offensively bitter though. It's nice.

O - Overall, I am pretty disappointed. I didn't get any fruity notes from the hops at all. There was very low malt and lower bitterness, both positives but I didn't particularly care for the hops used. (665 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy and quite pale, like a light straw color. Head retention is quite good, and there are sheets of lacing left once the head finally fades. Very aromatic, even more so than DirtWolf. Super-pungent grapefruit and resin plus quite a bit of tropical fruit character as well. Mango, tangerine, and pineapple notes at first, but unfortunately they fade after not too long.

Flavor is really bright and citrusy, quite grassy as well. Just the right amount of malt sweetness I'd expect in a DIPA, becoming drier on the finish. A hop onslaught dominates the flavor -- lots of bitter lemon zest. A touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is oily, slick, and smooth. This is just a big IPA, but malt and hops are kept in proper proportion (for and IPA) and the alcohol hardly intrudes, even at 9%.

As good as Victory's DirtWolf is, this is even a notch above that. Only two hops used: Mosaic and the relatively new Azacca. Destined to be one of the best widely-available DIPAs in the east US. (973 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yellowish in color, lots of tiny bubbles, clear as a bell,one finger of soapy head,solid lacing.

Aroma is juicy,hop forward and enticing. Grapefruit,lemon zest and pine.

Taste is sharply acidic at first, a solid hit of lemony tartness before it mellows during the swallow. I feel this one in the chest slightly with this level of acidity, but it has nice flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is pretty brisk,bordering on aggressive. Decent lingering bitterness also.

The mosaic hops are a treat and this has a nice bite to it. Hop Ranch may be too acidic for some, but it is certainly worth checking out, this is a great IIPA and a sign of good things to come from Victory. (681 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice golden straw color, good white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Full of hops, pine and citrus

Taste: Pine and citrus hops up front, with nice hop bitterness bite, light caramel malt backbone

Mouthfeel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: An outstanding IPA, definitely something worth revisiting. Nice and fresh too. (338 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: straw golden - the color of a typical tripel. Slightly hazy, 2 inch white head forms and attractive lacing is left.

S: loads of grapefruit on the nose.

T: grapefruit with definite pine undertones. Finishes off dry and fairly bitter. Abv hidden quite well this is a drinkable beer.

M: a medium bodied beer

O: this is a very good DIPA but definitely not on the elite level that I feel dirtwolf is on. Perhaps it's just my preference in taste in ipas. Anyways, definitely try it (482 characters)

Photo of TequilaTom
2.79/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma was quite off-putting for me. Dank & catty. But I know some hops smell this way (Simcoe?) Still, made it hard for me to enjoy completely. The color is somewhat light for an imperial, and the flavor is at least better than the aroma. I personally liked Victory's DirtWolf much better. Bought a 4 pack of this, will have to pawn it off to my buddies or just grin & bear it. Wouldn't care to get this again. It's just not what I like. (441 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a snifter-pours a bright sunshine yellow with a bright white head that dissipates quickly leaving only some slight lacing

S-It does not have a very strong nose-but consisted primarily of citrus notes. To me the nose was the weakest aspect of this beer.

T-It has a great balance between citrus and tropical hop flavors with citrus getting a slight edge. It is very flavorful and to me is reminiscent of Hop Slam and Stone Best Buy. It is very hoppy and has a much stronger hop presence than Sucks. It is very delicious and hoppy. You can't really notice the alcohol.

M-creamy and slightly syrupy

D-dangerously drinkable-I drank 2 and could have drank at least another but I split the four pack with my father-in-law

Overall, this beer exceeded my expectations and is honestly one to seek out (809 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle to a tulip glass

A- pours a pale golden yellow. with a 1 finger head nice sticky lacing

S- garlic, onion up front. tangerine grapefruit, apricot, peaches and lemon. Pine notes, cut grass. earthy and hoppy

T- spicy citrus, slightly herbal. massive citrus notes, peaches, pineapple,apricots and grape fruit, just wildly fruity, tons of flavors throughout this thing. this is leaving a hop aftertaste on my tongue, fantastic clean and dry bittery finish on this one.

M- Medium bodied, a little thin for a 9% abv but no booze detected at all. nice carbonation helps with the fruitiness of the beer and finishes nice and dry

O- victory hits another homerun, this beer is delicious, clean, packed with pungent flavor. victory is doing some amazing things with hoppy beers lately i hope they keep it up (824 characters)

Photo of wcu80
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This year's is interesting. Pours very light, almost like a pilsner. Tastes fruity and delicious; just not quite like I remember it from last year. Still recommended. (166 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden, lots of sediment, small head but excellent frothy lace retention. Tropical fruit aroma, honey and floral esters. The fruity aroma is matched by the taste. Sweet but not cloying, balanced by a ton of hops that leave a dry and slightly bitter aftertaste. Amazing feel. For a high ABV it feels quite light and drinkable. I'm quite impressed and I will make sure to be on the lookout for six packs. (416 characters)

Photo of twizzard
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light, pale orange. The aroma explodes out of the glass with orange, grapefruit, pine and yes, a little Chiba. Taste is citrusy with a slight pine finish coupled with subtle malt on the back of the palate. Creamy and full bodied, this brew glides over the tongue. I think I'll have another! Kudos to Victory, who's new brews continue to impress! (353 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into small hotel glass

A: superb clarity, looks a little darker than bud light in the glass very soft pour and very cold so no head.

S: smells very bready at first hint a light straw smell reminiscent of a pilsner

T: Very big hoppy presence a floral fruity hop but more floral and has a lot of a pilsner taste but super hoppy

M: very medium bodied for 9%

O: I remember this being more fruity and over the top hoppy now it tastes more bready and more like a pilsner. I think in a month of so this beer might actually be better than it is now. (567 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy yellow with a two finger head and moderate lacing.
S - Fresh hops, citrus and grapefruit.
T - Taste is in line with the nose, lots of tropical and some floral notes.
M - Medium body and a bit of a bitter finish.
O - Good DIPA certainly a worthy buy. (272 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had heard rave reviews of this beer for a while so when I had the opportunity to pick up a fresh 4 pack I figured I would give it a go.

Appearance: Fairly clear not a lot of head. Nothing really jumps out at you on this one. It looks a lot like an adjunct lager with a little bit of haziness.

Aroma: Some floral notes, nothing really stands out as being spectacular on this one. It has some tropical fruit notes in there but its really not that aromatic.

Taste: I detect floral hops, some tropical fruit notes, but the first thing that hit me is the buttery diacetyl notes. It does go away after drinking it for a few minutes but that initial pour was pretty buttery. It does finish clean and that gives it some points on the taste.

Overall: As much as people have talked this beer up to me over the last year, I was disappointed. Victory and I have a tempestuous relationship. Sometimes I love them and sometimes they just fall short. This one is on the fall short category. Personally I would rather have Dirt Wolf or Hop Devil. (1,039 characters)

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