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Ranch S IPA - Victory Brewing Company

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Ranch S IPA
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BA SCORE
88
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 7.61%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

hozersr, Jul 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Shagator, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg, served chilled in a tulip.

The color is deeply hazed amber with thick off white cap with ultra fine bead and sticky lace clings. The smell has lots of fruity hop esters with tropical notes like pineapple and grapefruit odors that accent the tinge of candy from the malt with mild alcohol ester. The feel is great with very lush hop presence, bitter but more oily and juicy with medium carbonation and very dry finish without much in the way of alcohol apparent.

The taste is great, lots of Simcoe citrus rind and grapefruit without a bit of cattiness you may sometimes associate with the hop, It tastes better than it smells if you can believe it it just brings more of that dank, juicy and fruity tropical taste of ruby red grapefruit with light yeast influence and malt is pretty mild well covered by the lush hop which is fresh and tangy butt only slightly astringent with mild alcohol as it finishes with only a very small smidge of celery-like vegetal taste. Overall this is a please to drink and I wish the enjoyment didn't have to end -it is one of the most juicy tropical IPA's I have had lately which is saying a lot for a single hop IPA much better than others of its ilk.

Slatetank, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

petermethot, Sep 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

sleazo, Sep 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Holland, Sep 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

FlakyBiscuit, Aug 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

KVNBGRY, Aug 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

mpayne5, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

sdaly3, May 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Jason1337, Apr 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Jsher, Apr 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

jlginder, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -4.8%

Roberto11232, Feb 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

bishopdc0, Feb 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

aorloski, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

ububru, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

keanlacrosse, Nov 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

jscottku21, Oct 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

flyingmick, Oct 07, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +1.5%

smithj4, Aug 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

JZ77, Aug 08, 2012
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Ranch S IPA from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.