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Hop Ranch - Victory Brewing Company

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1,317 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,317
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 58
Gots: 98 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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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Ratings: 1,317 | Reviews: 210 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Zaphog, Jan 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

PEIhop, Jan 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

ShanePB, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

iL0VEbeer, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, golden-yellow coloring with a thin, foamy, low profile, bright white head and a ton of carbonation throughout the body. There's some sediment floating throughout, too. Aromas of dank and pungent hops, wet and heavy, with grassy notes, heavy cedar notes, moss, clove and pepper spicing, and a hint of rich apricot sweetness. Very unique nose for the style. Flavors are smooth and balanced forward, with a solid toffee and biscuit backbone supporting a mild bitterness in the background, a heavy dose of wood, moss, and pitch in the forefront, and highlights of citrus fruit and spices. Very heavy and very different. Wow. The body is smooth, and kept very light by the carbonation levels. The aftertaste is surprisingly light, with more of the tart citrus and fruity sweetness coming through, and only hints of grass and forest characteristics. The finish is smooth, light, and slightly crisp, with a hint of dryness across the palate. Heavy, but damn tasty. This is a good beer.

GarthDanielson, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

HuskyinPDX, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Brad007
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a whitish-gold color with a one-finger head into my glass. It puts the “pale” in IPA.

Floral, grassy with a touch of pine in the nose. You probably wouldn’t be able to tell that it’s a DIPA just by the aroma.

Again, very clean and full of floral notes and the right touch of pine. Could pass for a lawnmower beer if it wasn’t high in ABV. Makes me long for the spring.

Lingering floral and grassy notes. Good dose of bitterness at the back of the throat.

One of the cleanest DIPAs I’ve had in recently memory. It’s deceptive so remember to sip, not chug. I should have taken my own advice. Heh.

Brad007, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

tobelerone, Jan 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

TurdFurgison, Feb 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Rhettroactive, Jan 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

chippo33, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Cynic-ale, Jan 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

jrallen34, Jan 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

atrocity, Apr 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23%

KAF, Mar 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

vfgccp, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Living in PA I am not sure why I can't find this. No singles, four packs, or sadly cases. I ended up picking up a single from Vintage Estate for $2.79
A - Unlike Dirtwolf this one has no orange/brown hue. Straight up yellow with a hazy unfiltered look with little yeast particles. Head is pretty sweet a 1/2 inch that sticks around and makes for great lacing.
S - Not very bitter or strong smelling as Dirtwolf this one is more timid and sweet pineapple/mango hops in nature. No ethanol smell means at least its very balanced.
T - Fruity and somewhat spicy hops which tingle the tongue with touch of ethanol on the finish. It is very enjoyable and balanced with mango and citrus hops.
M - A pretty enjoyable beer drinks with a medium body despite the high octane ABV. Goes down smooth.

Overall even though the aroma could be a bit more pungent this is one great DIPA. Very balanced with sweeter, fruitier hop notes and a well hidden ABV. My only complaint is being a PA resident and not finding any of this or Dirt wolf. Shame.

DrDemento456, Jan 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

claspada, Jan 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Duff27, Feb 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Lare453, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of champ103
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at several places around Houston, and just recently got a growler from Premium Draught.

A: Pours a lightly hazed yellow/orange color. A well formed, tightly packed white head rises to two fingers. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: Lightly herbal, green tea like up front. Dank, but with a big juicy hop aroma that is great. Pineapple, mango, orange rind. Maybe a bit of sweetness in the middle, with a lingering but enjoyable bitterness.
T: Herbal and floral with a peppery spice up front. Then the juicy fruits take over, which is great. Pineapple is big along with orange rind. The hop flavor is certainly pungent. Though very flavorful. Just a hint of sweetness hides in the background. A huge hop bomb with a ton of flavor and character. Not just late addition bitterness.
M/D: A medium to full body. A great effervescent bite, that is dry for the most part. So crisp and clean. Really enjoyable to drink. This will be gone in no time.

Tons of hop flavor and character. Not just bitterness, which I don't enjoy. This is really well made and enjoyable. Outside of a small tasting, I have not had Dirtwolf but this is impressive enough. Which should be expected with Victory.

champ103, Apr 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Durge, May 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

cjgator3, Feb 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

KevinGordon, Dec 29, 2013
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,317 ratings.