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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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2,014 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,014
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 100
Gots: 338 | 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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Ratings: 2,014 | Reviews: 344
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

I can't believe I never wrote a review on this one, I bought a case on last years release. Pours a bright slightly hazed with hop particles copper hue with a bright white head forming thick at least a full two fingers worth, left behind is scattered specks of lacing.

Aroma deep pineapple flesh, mango notes, dank bright citrus peel very much a different hop profile than the DirtWolf. A bit of booze and perceived sweetness from the malt base.

Flavor some sugar coated hops over ripened tropical fruit notes, papaya and mango for sure with an aggressive grapefruit pith bitterness mellow wave of alcohol doesn't overpower the palate in anyway.

Slick hop oils grace the palate, medium bodied bone dry finish a bit of juiciness right in the middle of the palate. Minimal alcohol on the finish even keeled mild carbonation levels medium bodied nothing more easy drinker for such a big beer.

Overall, impressed isn't the word, excellent DIPA from Victory by far their most masterfully brewed hoppy offering to date!

Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a case at Oakhurst beverage, enjoyed a bottle or two in a teku chilled.

The color is deep golden with light haze with thick overflowing the glass white cream with pillow-like fluffy presence. The smell is great-lots of sweet tropical fruit with a mild citrus accent of subtle lemon and mango, perhaps a bit of orange and lime zest for good measure. The feel is great with a balance of bitterness, moderately high carbonation with mild sweetness and low alcohol influence for the style.

This tastes way better than average for the beer style since it just has so much hop flavor without a bunch of sweet malt to cover. The taste of hops is drenched in the beer with slight pepper and mild lime zest but mainly I get a more orange rind sweet and tangy taste which indicates some Mosaic however I have not heard of the other hop so I will just say sweetened grapefruit in its raw form with very low astringency or any acidic bite. I love how easy this is to enjoy until you consumed three and want to try to transcribe the review, haha. I do think this is a nice compliment to the Dirt Wolf that was just released as it is a stronger IPA, but seems a little less bitter to my tastebuds

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

Served in a tulip glass, a pristine, clear, golden-yellow color, with a small, retaining, white head, that dotted the glass with lacing; tiny Champagne-like bubbles perpetually popped from the bottom. Nice aroma, full of lemony hops and ripe tropical fruits. After the aroma, the taste was a bit of a let-down. Lemon pith, neutral alcohol, and a lasting graininess, ushering in a wave of bitterness that, though appropriate for the style, seemed to wash away much of the fruity/citrusy goodness that I was expecting from the nose. Slightly metallic in the aftertaste, but within tolerance. Medium body, decently drinkable. Solid overall, but probably not something I'd revisit too often.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of mdfb79
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
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 DrBier
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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 nathanmiller
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
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 stakem
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
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 yourefragile
4.43/5  rDev +5%
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.

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3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a BB May 2015 date stamp.

Slightly hazy golden-amber body with visible carbonation and topped by a durable and creamy white head. Outstanding lacing with a near full coat sticking to the glass.

Aroma: strong hops with hints of pineapple and citrus.

Flavor: Seemed a bit too hopped for me at first sip, like many DIPAs, but I quickly adjusted to what now seemed like a rather well balanced flavor with only moderate bitterness. Still, this will not appeal to people who are not fond of hops. Very good complexity with clear notes of tropical and citrus fruits, most notably the tropical fruits.

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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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 corby112
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
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