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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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1,438 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,438
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 80
Gots: 141 | FT: 6
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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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/18/14 notes. Had this on tap at The Jeffrey in NYC. $8 for a 14oz pour.

a - Pours a somewhat clear orange-amber color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, tropical fruits, fruity malts, grapefruit, bread, and grains. Nice nose, lots of citrus hops up front in the nose.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, citrus hops, lemon, grapefruit, bready malts, wheat, grains. Taste is good but much sweeter than the nose and less hoppy. Good taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light bitterness but not too much.

o - Overall a good DIPA for sure, but after hearing about it and seeing the review on BA I was a bit disappointed. Great smell and a very good beer, but I think Dirtwolf is much better and would stick with that next time.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and light to moderate pale golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy white head that reduces to a couple of small medium thick patches and a thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/mango and tropical/pineapple hops along with lighter aromas of pine and citrus/lemon hops. There is a light aroma of slightly sweet grainy malts and a touch of cat piss.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts with a touch of caramel. That is quickly overtaken by moderate to strong flavors of tropical/mango and tropical/pineapple hops along with a light flavor of citrus/lemon and pine hops. Hints of cat piss and a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively crisp.

O: Strangely for a beer that I describe as having a light cat piss smell and taste, this is actually a pretty enjoyable beer that really grows on you. Nice amounts of complexity and the alcohol is pretty well hidden considering the strength.

Photo of yourefragile
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Well look at you Victory. Picked up a four pack at Wegmans after just having had my first Dirt Wolf a few nights before. Enjoyed the Dirt Wolf, but it was probably a little over the hill age wise.

Pours a crisp, clear light golden color with a thick, creamy white head that settles to a thin film with clumpy streaks of lacing. Juicy, sweaty nose of pineapple, mango, and general tropical goodness with a light grassy earthiness. Very easy drinking with a light, crisp body that drinks like it's 7% and not the listed 9%. Flavor starts initially with an overload of tropical juice and fruit before transitioning to a piney and slightly grassy finish. No distinct malt presence anywhere in the body and not overly bitter in the finish. Drinks like a bright West Coast IPA or a lesser Double Sunshine. For what this is, (a hopefully) year round-ish "shelf" IPA that will see distro in multiple states, I can't think of anything better. Not in the class of the best VT or CA IPAs but damn good enough.

Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Slatetank for gifting me with a bottle of this not that long ago. 12oz poured into a tulip, the brew appears a light yellow color with 2 fingers of yellow stained head. Some frothy patchy lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is quite fruity with lemon zest, oranges and grapefruit. Some straw grain and hints of sulfur emerge when swirled. Overall though an enjoyable smelling brew.

The taste is like lemondrop candy upfront changing to grassy bitterness like pith, zest and rinds of orange/lemon/grapefruit. A little indication of that previously mentioned sulfur towards the finish.

This is a light to medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A nice, unique offering that is easy drinking. I would certainly have this one again. Thank you Matt for sharing.

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of corby112
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden yellow color with a one finger pillowy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.

Dank, floral aroma with earthy pine and fresh cut grass countered by tropical fruit sweetness and a pale malt backbone. There's a subtle onion/summit presence along with fresh buds, pine sap and spruce tip. The grassy character really stand out before being countered by hints of grapefruit, pineapple, and citrus rind as it warms. Decent pale malt presence that doesn't interfere with the juicy hop profile giving off notes of bread, biscuit, cracker and faint light fruit. The nose could have a bit more tropical/citrus fruit character in my opinion but otherwise this beer is uber fresh and smells pretty good at this point.

Medium body with a blast of dank, sticky hops providing the perfect amount of dry bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt backbone into a dry finish. The hop profile is very complex with resinous oils, earthy, grassy pine, tropical/citrus fruit sweetness and scallion/onion-y, summit-like flavors. Really well balanced with a stronger tropical/citrus fruit character than the nose hinted at and delicate pale malts countering the earthy bitterness. Hints of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and lemon peel followed by subtle biscuit and graham cracker flavor. The ABV is excellently masked with no heat to speak of. Dangerously drinkable which is surprising considering this beer's complexity. One of the better IPAs I've had in some time. This beer destroys DirtWolf in my opinion and is up there with some of the best batches of Stone Enjoy By. I haven't been a big fan of most of Victory's IPAs but I highly recommend seeking this beer out.

Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/24/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big mango, peach, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, white grape, floral, grass, light pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity of citrus/tropical hops and a light-moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of big mango, peach, pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, white grape, floral, grass, pine, light honey, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of mango, pineapple, peach, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, white grape, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops with light-moderate malt balance; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding DIPA. Great complexity of bright hop flavors with a light-moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of ejimhof
3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: very light golden color with long lasting head and lots of lacing.

Smell: hoppy and floral but not overwhelming.

Taste: can definitely taste the alcohol right from the start and a slight bitterness but again not overwheming.

Mouthfeel: slightly dry.

Overall: to me this seems like a Prima Pils with more hops and higher alcohol rather than a DIPA not a bad beer but not to style.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hop Ranch

LOOK: Poured into a 22 oz glass. The brew pours a lovely clear golden color with a white foamy head. Retention is decent and the brew looks appetizing.

AROMA: Incredibly dank aroma that mimics marijuanna. Some sweet malt and fresh peeled citrus are also in effect.

TASTE: Citrus peel, herb, green tea, and a medium bitterness initially greet the palate. The hops, besides being citrus rind influenced, also have earthy, almost wood like flavors. The malt is mild and does just enough to stand up to the hops. Medium bodied feel, smooth, and awesome.

OVERALL: A damn fine beer.

Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A fluffy large three to four finger head, bright and soapy white looking that sits on a nearly crystal clear dull brass yellow. There's a noticeable tinge of green to the body color as well, with some very fast rising carbonation in the middle.

Nose is very juicy, and a controlled aromatic hop sweetness. Large peach and orange juice like qualities and dime store penny candy. Interesting profile, similar almost to Tasmanian IPA from Schlafly it reminds me a bit.

Palate comes interestingly. Lots of sugar mild sensing sweetness and there's that ju jube like candy sweetness on first sip. Aftertaste and swallow bring a little bit of crispness and very light body wetness. Some bitterness of pine is a little noticeable on the finish, with the sweetness seemingly getting more aromatic than tasteful. There's a bit of baby like aspirin character to this also.

Overall though, fairly easy drinking and good price point, nice to have.

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of tdm168
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,438 ratings.