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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 314
Hads: 2,101
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 111
Gots: 382 | 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: 2,101
Photo of Stevedore
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Best by 4/25/2015. Served in a snfiter 3/14/2015.

A- Dark hazy copper-brown body, two finger thick effervescent white head, fair amount of lacing, good retention. A bit too dark for what I expect from a DIPA.

S- Biscuits, honey, tapioca, mellow citrus, a bit of pine.

F- Sweet pale malt, tapioca, honey with a nice bit of citrus and grapefruit, a little bit of resinous pine. Not particularly complex, but it's quite good. Definitely on the sweeter side, though.

M- Medium bodied, perfect soft mouthfeel on the tongue that imparts a nice resinous bitterness on the backend. Very drinkable.

O- Solid DIPA, it certainly fits within the archetype of a good DIPA, but I would have liked a bit more hoppy goodness to balance out the overall sweetness here.

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Photo of papat444
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, enjoy by May 24, 2014.

The head on this ale is excellent, whipped stark white foam and very voluminous above a yellow gold body. Flavor is very creamy mixed with some bitter hop flavor and lush citrus fruit. Good but a bit tame for my tastes.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 4-pack of this today ($11.00 at The Beer Store in Nashua). Label notes it should be enjoyed by 21MAY15. Have had Ranch R and the original Ranch DIPA, so I can only assume this is the final result of the Ranch experiment.

Poured one into a Sammy pint glass. It was a slight bit cloudy, and a light golden-straw color. Carbo is plentiful and drives hard towards the surface. The head is a fine, thin layer of stark white foam. Most of it congregates at the rim, and some decent lace is left arrears. Aroma has a nice combo of pineapple and tangerine, which is quite enticing. I only wish it was more "in yo' face". Body was a solid medium, and there was not much prickle to detract from how it felt on the tongue.

Flavor has a bit of bready, crackery malt, though not much. There's some grapefruit and a little tangerine, though it leans more to the bitter side than the sweet. Bitterness is personified in the rindy, pithy aspect here, as any hint of sweetness now takes a back seat. It also has a touch of pear and green apple, imo. Solid, overall, but not their best. I just previously had a Baxter Bootleg DIPA, which I thought was better. I will have to try this next to a DirtWolf soon, too.... (Edit: 2hrs later... having a Hop Ranch side-by-side with a DirtWolf... the latter is a tiny bit sweeter and less bitter... I like the DW more right now, and I had rated it higher [4.26] earlier). Prosit!!

4/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of argock
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. Enjoy by May 24 2014 lasered on the bottleneck. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly hazy lemon yellow-gold with pretty impressive 1-finger ivory head with pretty good retention and scraps of lace all around the glass.

S: Serious lemon citrus and some catty, sweat sock, garlic aromas as well. A little bit of seaweedy character as well. Malt doesn't contribute much into the mix. There are no yeast esters and alcohol is not prominent at all.

T: The flavor is very interesting with a lot of lemon citrus mixed with a strawberry/blueberry and honeydew melon flavor which doesn't come through in the aroma. The malt backbone is all light malts but pretty substantial in girth, and provides mostly non-grainy malt backing. I would not say this is sweetness, but it does have a bit of candylike sweetness which limits drinkability somewhat. No yeast flavors would have a chance to come through with all of the hop character. Alcohol is very well-hidden.

M: A stellar mouthfeel with a light-medium body despite the ABV and a medium-dry finish with no twinge of astringency at all. Carbonation is light-medium. A dangerously exceptional mouthfeel. I wold love to try one of these or Dirtwolf next to Hopslam and see if there is a lot of difference. It seems DIPAs are getting drier and drier all the time -- this is an excellent example of enhancing drinkability by an intense focus on mouthfeel.

O: This DIPA is a very good beer, don't get me wrong, and I am sure it will have it's followers for its exotic hops varieties and exceptionally unique aromas and flavors. There is nothing remotely wrong with this beer aside from the slightly sweet flavor in the finish, which may be due to the berry-melon character of the hopping. I would still rather take an "old school" DIPA like Pliny, Lagunitas Sucks, or even Victory Dirtwolf any day.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
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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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pour is very light golden color...super light, with a nice 1 finger head. You can really smell the aromas of juicy fresh hop, but also a bit of cat piss maybe? I cant really put my finger on it, but, surprising based on the cat piss comment, its not bad.
Taste is phenomenal! Lots of peach and juicy fruit...a tad bit of grassiness. The other amazing quality about this beer is the mouthfeel. its so smooth and mild for such a high abv beer its like im drinking a light beer...like a 4% simple sour or something, not like a coors.
This really is a remarkable brew, if nothing more than the absolutely fantastic feel.

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Photo of wedge
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden yellow color with a slight haze covered by a small, tightly bubbled head that shrinks to large groups of soapy bubbles at the edges. Peppery, pungent hop aroma featuring pink grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine coated in an aromatic herbal marijuana-like dankness. The dank, resinous, sticky-icky-ness continues into the flavor before transitioning immediately to a more sweet, festive fruit profile. Citrus, mango, grape, melon, and pear all contribute a solid sweetness to counter the initial blast of peppery, herbal weed. Lingering oily, resinous, almost acidic notes left behind. Drinks maybe more like 8%, but you can tell you're drinking a serious beer, even if the alcohol never really shows itself. Medium-plus, creamy body with a fairly hefty bitterness. A big, pungently hoppy DIPA. Victory keeps on kicking ass.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hop Ranch pours a hazy golden color with a yellow-orange tone. A dense cap of bright white formed and held for minutes at two fingers’ height. It’s pretty lovely looking.

A bright citrusy fruit opening salvo with a hint of near-Belgian character from the yeast, or possibly just the way the hops smell. Lemons, papaya, pith, dry pale malt, powdery yeast, and kisses from mango and a faint pepperiness. Almost displays a farmhouse ale scent. Leafy hops shine with freshness and perkiness; detecting minimal bitterness, strangely enough. Smooth and inviting aroma, overall.

Spicy hops with a great combo of citrus and tropical fruits and minty herbs. The pepperiness is still noticeable, like dashes of white pepper and maybe coriander. Promotes more of a dankness, but it’s really showing more of a musty tropical fruit essence. Papaya and green mango and a hint of lime are all involved. I really wish I could get some more sturdiness to the malt, which is just mostly pale and out of the way. Hop forward, without all of the punchy bitterness, but it has some of that, too. Playing more with a gentle acidity than a bombast of hop crunch. It’s pretty astounding, and you can’t falter it for having its own unique character.

The mouthfeel is beyond sipping speed. Hop Ranch has a spicy bite to the finish, but it’s generally smooth and refreshing. Lots of good crispy carbonation keeps things light, and the body doesn’t have any unwanted viscosity. A very impressive ale to note its lack of alcohol heat. We know it’s 9%, only because that’s what the bottle tells us.

Hop Ranch is a great addition to the Victory lineup. I will be enjoying these, as long as they stay around. Cheers!

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Photo of Tucquan
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous pour with slight haze and bottle sediment at the bottom. Nice creamy off-white head. Nose gives me a delightful mix of fruity aromas, and I continually think of melons, melon rind, and perhaps some peach. Nice, full creamy body on the palate with light candied malt offset by big tropical hoppy flavors. Finish is long with a little boozy bite at the end.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: 4.0 - Very pale gold with a large initial head of airy foam
S: 4.0 - Large bouquet of grassy hops, nice and floral.
T: 4.0 - Initial bitterness is fairly high, but not overwhelming. Taste is a combination of citrusy, grassy hops and clean malt, with a little bit of yeasty fruitiness. Finish is dry-ish.
M: 4.25 - Very light bodied for the strength, easy drinking.
O: 4.0 - 9% alcohol? I wouldn't have known it if I didn't glance below. It takes skill to craft this drinkable a beer at that strength.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

It is pretty pale in color. It is not quite straw colored. It is hazy. My pour yielded about an inch of off-white head.

It has a pretty solid citrus aroma.

The taste is weak citrus. There is a little pine in the finish.

Moderate to thin mouthfeel

I was really hoping to like this. I guess I do like it, but not enough to seek it out. Victory just doesn't match my palate. I was off of Victory until I finally tried a Dirt Wolf. At least they have one beer that I like a lot.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An Imperial IPA that pours yellow like an adjunct lager? Seems a bit out of place but that weak fascade is redeemed by a fruitful, extravagant nose. Citrusy tangerines, nectarines, light grapefruit, apricots, honey, caramel maltiness, pithy rinds and pine needles are abundant.

The flavor is good but it's held back by a waxy texture and bitter feel. I get some nice fruit flavor like oranges, limes, perfumey hop cone, light herbal notes, lupilin, honey, very little malt, lemon and pine.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of arizcards
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack from TW Arrowhead the first of February for $8.99. Best by 4-25-15 -just in the nick of time.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that has some nice hang time.

Nose is pilsner malts and tropical fruits.

Taste is interesting, pilsner malts dominate the backbone. Hops are primarily mango and peach with a touch of grapefruit. Pils malt lends a bit of crispness.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly crisp for a 9% abv brew.

Overall a very enjoyable brew that I would have again!

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Photo of MDDMD
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of Beaver13
2.74/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The appearance was pretty light in my opinion being a golden yellow color. It took a while for the head to form and almost thought it would be a no show, but it did, late in the pour.
The head was bright white and with good retention it last a long while.

The aroma was very hoppy with citrus and tropical notes. I think I detect some pineapple. I smell some pine resin too. The malts smell nice as well.

It was tasty but not on par with the nose. Hop ranch is quite hoppy but more bitter then flavorful. The malts are pretty sweet countering the bitterness. But in general the taste was somewhat of a let down compared to the nose.

On the palate it was dry and bitter with an astringent texture with some subtle warming alcohol.
All in all it's good and solid but not Dirt wolf solid. Not at all.

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Photo of DIM
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty big IPA. Pours a dark gold, mostly clear color into a pint glass. Big white head with average retention. Aroma is very good with floral and citrus hops. Taste is the best aspect. Nice and bitter with a little bit of balancing malt. The hops are somewhat floral and also a big citrus component- nice and bitter with a bit of dry biscuity malt for balance. Mouthfeel is crisp and rich with little alcohol presence. A good DIPA. I would happily drink this one again.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at the Pizza Peel in Charlotte, NC.

This is a citrus bomb and then some. Pours a light orange, clear as a bell - looks like a lager almost. Minimal head and viscous lacing throughout. The nose and taste are fantastic, loads of citrus... each sip delivers something different. It's bright and shiny upfront and finishes with an oil slick of hops. This is a damn good double ipa that hopefully will be brewed again. Grab it if you get a chance, you'll be glad you did. Think I'll have another. Oh, almost forgot to mention, the 9% alcohol is very well masked. Be careful.

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Photo of CHickman
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost clear gold color with a little sediment floating around and bubbles racing up to a nice 1 finger off white foamy head that faded faster than I would have expected since the nose is so pungent, but it did leave impressive foamy rings as it went down.

Smells of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel and citrus hops to start, with a mix of gingerbread, light caramel, pepper, funky yeast, candied sugar, fruity candy and a buttered biscuit. Some pine cone whiffs and light spices trail the initial waves, and there seems to be some tea leaf, floral hops or weed like aroma that mixes with the fruity citrus sweetness and makes for a fine nose.

Tastes like fresh juicy citrus hops with strong grapefruit, lemon and tangerine, followed by piney hops, floral hops, other tropical fruit like pineapple and mango, graham cracker, light spices like pepper, tea leaf and cinnamon, honey or syrup sweetness and then light toasted grains. There is just enough balance from the malts to give these tasty hops something to rest on, but man these hops are tasty and hide the ABV perfectly.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, with a medium chewy body, average carbonation and a slightly bitter finish that is sweet like an orange juice with hints of pepper and graham cracker. There is some weight to the brew, but it works well for an DIPA.

Overall a very tasty beer and another winner from Victory. This is like a fresh hop harvest IPA released in the middle of winter, which is a real treat.

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