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Ranch S IPA - Victory Brewing Company

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Ranch S IPA
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88
very good

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 7.59%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mfunk9786 on 12-16-2011)
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Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a stemmed 10-oz. glass at Henlopen City Oyster House in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

A: Poured a clean, clear, copper amber color with a one-finger head of white foam which held nicely and left some good lacing on the glass.

S: Very herbal and citrusy, filled with aromatic hops. Possibly Amarillo or Centennial, but very lush and fruity.

T: Well-defined caramel malt flavor up front with a quick segue to herbal, bright and fruity hops. A floral, grassy flavor leads to a somewhat spicy and resinous hop finish that kicks with some boozy heat and bitterness.

M: Medium-full bodied DIPA with a good, clean, spicy feel and finish with some lingering booze and hop resin.

O: A clear attempt at Victory to get into the aromatic DIPA market. The smell on this thing was very fresh, citrusy, bitter and pleasant, but the brew itself was a treat to taste as well. The 9% ABV was masked pretty well and there was enough malty, sweet balance to keep it from wrecking my palate.

Gambrinus1184, Jul 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Shagator, Jan 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

bishopdc0, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Common Tale. This was simply listed as Victory Ranch, so I have no idea if it was the R or the S. However, since other people who had it at the same bar have reviewed it as the S, I am going with that.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is definitely that of a Double IPA. I get a lot of pine and resin notes, as well as a hint of biscuit malt. The flavor is more of the same. The dank pine and resin notes stand out initially, but the pineapple and grapefruit eventually comes through as well. There is a hint of biscuit and toffee but the bitterness is about medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 25, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Flowing a brilliant copper pale color with off white foaming head forming thick... in a pint glass what's going on here. Big hop aroma caramelized alcohol notes hints of grass/fruit/citrus notes. Flavor is big sugary with lightly toasted malts, it's actually quite nice...a real hoppy beer from Victory representing west coast hops and big malt flavor without canceling each other out. Moderate carbonation flowing thick sticky hop oils and malt sugars holding the body together, clearly evident fullness to the whole experience. Overall very tasty Victory hopped up experience.

WVbeergeek, May 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

schmitter, Sep 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

beerman999999, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of mfunk9786
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was surprised to see a new IPA on the draft board at Victory, had to take a growler home. Stated that it was 9% ABV - and they already had a tap handle designed for it, featuring one big hop colored in various shades of green.

Ranch S IPA (woof, what an awful name) pours a nicely filtered orange with one of those high ABV heads that struggles to hang on at the start, but retains some presence throughout the time it takes to drink a glass. Has a very Hop Devil-ish smell - spicy hops with a bit of orange peel. Taste is very bitter, but with the tropical fruit and grapefruit character of Victory's Hop Wallop replaced with more of an orange and faint mint hop profile. Definitely quite tasty, the east coast answer to the west coast IPA - enough of a malt backbone and a murkier hop profile to assert the mid-Atlantic winter into a well-filtered DIPA without veering into that whole heavy malt and tea-like old fashioned DIPA situation. Definitely worth checking out, but don't expect Pliny.

mfunk9786, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of ububru
4/5  rDev +1.3%

ububru, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that took a long time to fade away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of caramel malts and citrus and pine resin hops in the nose along with some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of caramel malt flavors along with notes of citrus and pine resin hops. A moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops in the finish make your mouth feel a little dry.
O: This is a big beer and definitely tastes like it. A little alcohol is noticeable but it doesn’t really detract from the taste. It’s definitely a beer that needs to be sipped.

metter98, Aug 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

JZ77, Aug 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Fallingonwater10, Dec 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

flyingmick, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark orange in color with a 2" head. Nice lace develops during the session.

Smell: floral hops, grapefruit, orange, and some caramel is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, grass, some biscuit, loads of grapefruit, and a hearty bitterness is wrapped in a soft alcohol tone.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp throughout with a long dry finish. Aftertaste last a while on the tongue.

Overall: this was a surprise seeing this on tap, and it did not disappoint. Great flavor and aroma, it really hits the spot.

Gavage, Jan 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

aorloski, Jan 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

DaveHack, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip, glowing a solid golden orange. It held a two finger head of cream colored bubbles, leaving spots of lacing as it fizzed away at a rather quick pace. There was a chill haze throughout, with active carbonation. No sediment was noted. The aroma gave bright and juicy hops of grapefruit, big earthiness, and a sweet leafiness reminiscent of marijuana. Pale malts balanced, along with light vanilla woodiness, sweet honeycomb, and fresh lemon juiciness. Our first impression was that the flavoring was very bold, with fresh earthiness and that sweet honey to mix on the back. As we sipped, sweet floral hops, herbal bitters, passion fruit, black pepper bite, basil, and pine cone started things off. The middle came to a peak with spicy lemon zest, bittered citric hops, and pale malts that only partially cut the bitterness of the hops. The finish came with more big herbal hop bitterness, with a more soapy hop to mix, sweet nectarine fruitiness, massive black pepper, and warming booze. The aftertaste breathed of bitter herbal hops, spicy alcohol, coiny coppers, green plant bitterness, and a massive herbal blast. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. There was nice slurp, froth, and glug, with pop and eventual pucker on the dregs of the sip. The mouth was coated with oily slickness that eventually dried with crispness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the hearty boldness and freshness of flavoring. When compared to the Ranch R, this beer has what that one was missing, especially in translating those rich aromatics into flavor. From the first whiff to the last drop of the sip, everything is extremely fresh, spicy, and earthy, as if it was drawn out of a well deep in the forest.

TheBrewo, Mar 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

FlakyBiscuit, Aug 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

iambobbyclark, Apr 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

beef13, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

notdriving, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of taez555
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Horseshoe Pub in Hudson MA.

Poured a clear orange body with a white head.

Nose is piney and hoppy, but not over the top.

Taste is medium bodied and actually pretty light on the tongue. Very clean tasting and doesn't even remotely hint at 9%abv. Piney and malty,but not over the top. Not warming at all until you get to the end of a few dozen sips. Bitterness is there, but very mellow.

What a deceiving beer. Something this big should knock you out, but it doesn't taste like its more than 5%. VERY dangerous beer.

taez555, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one initially last night on tap at Victory but am doing this revue from the growler I brought home.

A - Pours a nice copper color with moderate carbonation and a thick, half inch creamy head. Carbonation coming from the growler isn't as vibrant as it was on tap last night but that's O.K.

S - Aroma is citrus, spice, and floral notes mixed in with a light biscuity malt. There's also a very subtle earthiness to this beer as well which I didn't notice last night coming from the tap but more so today being poured from the growler.

T - Citrus hops come through in the form of oranges and some grapefruit, flowery, and spicy character; the malt stays subdued and let's the hops define this beer. This is a respectable alcohol level and there is some effervescence and warming on the way down.

M - Heavy medium to full body, somewhat thick for a big IPA (which I really like), slight prickles on the tongue with smooth carbonation.

O - Ranch S has the looks and color of Hop Devil with some bittering character of Hop Wallop while retaining it's own personality. It was a tough decision to make, "Do I go for the Hop Wallop or the Ranch S? Our waiter laughed and said, "That is the exact same question several people have been asking!". The verdict, this beer incorporates a few bits and pieces from other beers Victory currently offers, but in a unique way. Three of us at the table ordered a pint of the Ranch S and the reaction was unanimous...Victory needs to include this in the regular rotation as it is a very good D-IPA that strikes a nice blend of East and West Coast personality. Thumbs up on this one.

jzeilinger, Dec 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

lpotter, Jul 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

johnbifulco, Jun 02, 2012
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Ranch S IPA from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.