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Ranch R Double IPA - Victory Brewing Company

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Ranch R Double IPA
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90
outstanding

174 Ratings
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90
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 02-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 174 | Reviews: 35
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Photo of williamjbauer
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Golden amber with 1 finger white head with good retention and good lacing

S - Grapefruit, apricot, a touch of pine, caramel malt.

T - Follows the nose, big hop presence with nice malt caramel note, just a bit too much alcohol present.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, chewy.

O - Good, but the hops or malt needs turned up in comparison to the etoh.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Brouwers. Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear orange, rather bright, with a small white head which is foamy. Nice head retention with pretty lacing down the sides.

S: Some citrus fruits upfront, lots of orange and orange peel. There is a bit of bready malt and a little sugary sweetness as well

T: Some bitterness right away with pine upfront which leads to some intense citrus fruit - mostly orange, but a bit of pineapple and grapefruit. Light caramel and grainy malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. ABV hidden very well.

O: One of the best I have had from Victory. A smooth DIPA.

Photo of KMcG
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this the week after Victory had visited Goodnight Irene's in NJ at Irene's.

A golden orange clear ale with a creamy head and fine lace.

The nose has clear peach aroma and traces of pear. A little hint of caramely melts in the background. 

This one is sticky and phenolic.  The peach is there in the front and the finish is a hoppy grapefruit rind.

It has a medium body with fine carbonation.

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA) on 2/19/12. Served in an imperial pint. This is a 9% DIPA with Centennial hops.

Pours a crystal clear copper, topped with a ½ finger of bright-white froth. This retains with some nice looking creamy edging, which throws up a sudsy cascade of sticky lacing. This just has a really rich look to it that is maintained throughout the duration of the glass. The aroma smells floral and piney, with some herbal and spicy leafy accents and an underlying presence of bitter grapefruit. Softer tropical fruit notes adhere to that herbal character and a grainy sweetness along the back, to give this a sticky feel that helps contrast the more aggressive aspects of the hops here in the nose. This has some nice fresh power to it.

The taste has a firm grapefruit bitterness that spreads pith, pine, and spice out across the palate. This is tempered somewhat by softer and sweeter notes of tropical fruit, caramel and bread character from the malt, and herbal textures that flow throughout the profile. The finish has some intensity to it though, with bitter pith and resins definitely having some strength. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a big mouth filling firm crispness to the carbonation which blows up a bit in the mouth. Some underlying slickness does help those big flavors move along and that 9% ABV is mostly well hid. It’s just that the alcohol adds a certain degree of fierceness to the hops that wears on the palate a bit.

I liked this. While it is aggressive with the hops, things do smooth out a bit as this warms and the overall fresh brightness of this helps carry it through to the end. The only thing that holds this back is the high alcohol presence, as maybe 20oz of this was a bit too much for one sitting. It’s definitely worth checking out though and I’m really intrigued as to where they might be going with this new Ranch DIPA series.

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear copper in color. It poured with a patch of bubbles on the surface in the center of the glass and a thin ring around the edge.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrus in the nose.
T: The taste is very citrusy with flavors of grapefruit and orange. The hops also contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with some hints of syrupiness.
O: The alcohol is very well masked from this beer, giving it good drinkability.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at Alewife, Baltimore. Pours a clear golden with thick head. Smells of citra like hops; grapefruit and sweet candy hops. Taste was mild all around and bitter to boot. Not very enjoyable, but easy to drink...basically just getting through it. The abv is well hidden, but so are the flavors...dissapointinng to say the least.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 2/22/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a nice blend of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of citrus and caramel. Then an earthy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very good 2IPA to drink for a long time.

Photo of Vince_Giorgio
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good recommendation by the Victory staff. The high alcohol content was very well hidden and overall the beer was superbly balanced. One of the top three beers I've ever had, but I am kind of new to beer. I do enjoy Victory's products very much, especially because of how eco-friendly their business is.

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear light golden yellow with a thin off-white head. The head reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is awesome - lots and lots of citrus hops with some very subtle hints of pepper. Probably the best smelling beer I have had in a while.

T: Real nice hop flavor with just a touch of pepper - lots of citrus hops and some lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: I have been getting more and more into DIPAs and this beer does not disappoint the budding hop head in me (pun intended). Definitely want to get this one again.

Photo of Rifugium
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on cask at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Looking this up, I'm surprised it's a IPA, much less a DIPA, but okay. Served up in a tulip glass, this beer was a cloudy copper color with a huge puff of foamy white head that retained well and left quite a bit of lacing. Aroma of lightly toasted grains, light floral/herbal hops. Biscuity grains in the taste, bready, notes of yeast, light herbal hops, lemon pith. Quite mild actually, and at 9%ABV, I gotta say, there was no alcohol detectable whatsoever. Medium body; made up in smoothness what it lacked in flavor. Pretty drinkable, but nothing amazing.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a small white head. In the aroma, a dry grapefruit citrus hop. In the taste, dry grapefruit like hops and a small sweetness in the end. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry, grapefruit hop in the aftertaste. Big grapefruit hops all day!

Photo of 57md
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a light copper with less than a finger of head. The head dissipates rather quickly, but manages to leave some lacing behind anyway. The nose is a total pine forest. This is a very hop forward offering without a doubt. Citrus notes are upfront as well along with a milder malty flavor. A fairly distinct hop bitterness on the finish.

This is a stellar effort from a great PA brewery that knows how to do hops right! I was bummed when I found out that this would not be available in bottles.

Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impressive bar pour head that is very slow to settle (lumpy).

Prickly pine aroma. Low malt smell, but still very inviting.

Starts off neutrally...not a strong malt but enough. The hop quickly takes over, providing a strong bitterness that I find one dimensional. Highly carbonated which quells any richness in the body. A potent beer that is way to easy to drink.

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised to find this on tap at Alewife last night.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is also attractive, as I pick up mandarin orange, considerable citrus, sandlewood and light pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this dry, fairly lean beer, and I really enjoyed the citrus/sandlewood flavor component. There is considerable bitterness in this beer as well, which really dries out the light mandarin orange sweetness in a big way. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and this flat out does not taste like a 9% abv. beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and is even a bit thin, but that's really OK in this nicely crafted, easy to enjoy DIPA.

A very interesting and enjoyable change from the standard hop wallop DIPA from these guys.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in generic tulip glass glowing a solid gold. It held a one and a half finger tall tan bubbly head. This showed outrageous retention, staying for the entire tasting. Lacing was splotchy, and no sediment or haze was noted. Carbonation appeared active. The nose was fresh with citrus and raw piney hops. Nice grain followed, with sweetness, pale malts, and a light toast. Fruit came next, with more independent citrus, with all the juiciness, wetness, sweetness, and inviting nature of real fruit. Our first impression was that the flavoring was underwhelming. As we sipped, creamy, wheaty malts hit first. These suppressed everything until the peak, where juicy grapefruit hops, bitter peppery booze, and fresh strawberry sweetness drown the malts out. The finish is with fusel ethanol, bittering hops, metallic pale malts, light yeast, and synthetic cherry sweetness. The aftertaste breathes more of the same, with lighter grain, and solid fruity hoppiness. The body was medium to full, and the carbonation was medium. Thick cream and froth left a nice coating with each sip, with an eventual rich dryness felt all around the mouth. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the fresh nose, and the insane retention of the head. The flavoring, however, was weak in comparison, especially after such a luscious nose. This beer was ultimately tasty for the style and great for the brewery, but we just wish the strength of the aroma carried better into the flavoring.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ranch R Double IPA
Victory Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 9.00 %

LOOK: Clear bright golden color. Soapy foam forms and leaves lace down the glass. Appears well carbonated and perfectly clear.

SMELL: Earthy and herbal aromas of hops, candi sugar, malt sweetness, biscuits, and bread. Inviting but definitely letting it be known that this beer will be very hoppy.

TASTE: Semi sweet pale malts and an aggressive amount of dirty, earthy hops. The hop flavor draws in resin, sticky herb, pine, grapefruit rind, dry wood, and herbal notes. Very, very bitter, with a sharp hop bite. Somewhat mild malt sweetness is overcome by strong hops. A bitter beer with a mean streak.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, semi dry finish. Big sticky hop flavors linger.

OVERALL: A very aggressive, bitter, astringent ipa. This particular hop variety used is a supreme bittering hop. Biting and earthy, this will quench only the true hop lover.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A golden brown color that is transparent, a nice one finger off white head at the top that does not leave to much lacing.

S: Lots of citrus and pine notes on this one and a slight hint of caramel and honey.

T: The taste is pleasant but not of the best IPA's I have had. Lots of citrus notes and grassy notes as well. A good balance of hops and malts.

M: Medium bodied and good amount of carbonation.

O: This is probably one of the best Victory brews that I have had, I believe that they have a big potential but they havent lived up to it yet.

Photo of haazer
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2nd beer at the Blue Dog Pliny event.

A- A nice amber/copper like appearance. Filtered brew with noticeable bubbles throughout. Thick white head of about two fingers, cakes the glass in lace.

S- Earthy hop profile, and a decent caramel malt background. A little bit of sweetness, and maybe some lemons. Hard to follow the nose of younger.

T- A balanced double IPA. Sweet hop flavors, lemon and grass, and a strong candy like malt. Lot of malt in here actually. Maybe it's me but Victory has easily the most distinguishable yeast profile of any brewery. It leaves it's stamp on this beer too.

M- Medium bodied brew with mid to high carbonation. Pretty smooth, no heat either from abv.

O- Probably not fair to review this after Younger but still a good beer in it's own right. If you're looking for a balanced DIPA this is for you.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is a dark orangish copper with a light tan head. Nose is rather grainy, light doughy malt and some faint tropical fruit hops. Taste is lightly grained with notes of biscuity malt. It's got a bit of sweet hops. Pineapple, grapefruit, some citrus. Rather smooth balance and very bitter dry finish. Well carbonated crisp and clean. Of course well attenuated and smooth.

Photo of jwhancher
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a growler filled of this about a month back when visiting my bro in Coatesville. Poured into a snifter for review.

A: Pours a golden copper with ample white head that clings to the glass. Pretty clear, but some sediment present in the glass likely from dry hopping or maybe yeast.

S: Strong pine hop presence with a good dose of American citrus hops. Reminds me of grapefruit, maybe a little orange, and some tangerine or something very similar. Hops definitely take the forefront, but I do get a small sweet malt presence - not much - but enough to slightly back up the malt.

T: A sweet taste that interweaves both caramel sweetness with hop nectar. Very nice if you're a hophead. Otherwise, maybe not so much. Tastes like a West Coast IPA should be, but I feel like the upfront hop character was held back at the last minute to let some sweet malt character shine through.

M: Feels medium to light but the sweetness makes this one feel a little more full in perception. Nice carbonation. The alcohol does not seem evident whatsoever. Nice even gravity to bitterness IMO.

O: I really like what Victory has tried here. It seems to me that they're trying to perfect a DIPA and sampled with this one. I really like it, although I think they may have restrained on the hops a touch to satisfy the East Coast crowd. Nonetheless, I would love to see this one make Victory's flagship or seasonal releases.

Photo of russwbeck
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear yellow pour with about a finger of fluffy white head. The lacing clings to the glass nicely, but the retention leaves something to be desired.

S: A bit bland, the aroma is sort of dank and musty. Perhaps a bit malty, not a lot of fruit. Just average.

T: The taste is more bitter, but not particularly better. Piney, with a musty hop profile. I don't really know what they were going for here, but I think they missed.

MF: It leaves a weird taste on the palate. Crisp finish, the beer just isn't all that drinkable.

O: Skip this if you see it. I live Victory beers, just not this one.

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Alewife Baltimore, 3/3/12.

A-Pours a clear golden honey with a thin foamy off white head and good lacing.

S-Citrusy with big amarillo hop notes and a good malty backbone.

T-Citrusy hops and caramel malt, a bit boozy.

M-Medium bodied, quite wamr.

O-A very solid DIPA, quite flavorful.

HV

Photo of Jmamay22
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out a rust colored orange with a thick rocky white head. Nice gobs of la e along the walls of the glass as it empties. Wonderful aroma of orange is at the forefront with a hint of pine and possibly caramel malt.

The taste is Equally hoppy, but not overly bitter except on the finish. No real hint of the high alcohol content. The citrus like hops dominate with a break bready malt appearance to give it some depth and helps create a medium bodied brew. Very enjoyable and dangerously drinkable. Lacks the depth and complexity of finer double IPAs, but I wouldn't mind having it again.

Photo of corby112
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden orange color with yellowish hues and a half finger white head that quickly settles into thin ring.  Spotty lacing.  

Sweet citrus hop aroma balanced by earthy grass notes, tropical fruit and pale malts.  Hints of orange peel, grapefruit and mango as well as some biscuit, graham cracker, grass and pine.

On the fuller end of medium-bodied with a decent balance of dry/bitter and sweet fruit notes.  Hints of earthy grass and pine provide a nice balance to the sweet fruit and booze.  Citrus/orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple and mango with earthy/soily pine, biscuit and graham cracker.  A bit hot/boozy in the finish.  ABV could be masked a bit better but it's still decently drinkable.  

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish dark gold with good head and lace that sticks around. Smell is mostly hops, citric and piney, with very little malt noticeable in the nose. This brew is similiar to the Liberty version, with the exception being that I find a sweeter hop presence as there's citric and grapefruit, and possibly there are some more caramel or other malt in the mix. This give s the beer a full body, like Liberty, but I find that the finish is more clean, despite a bit of stickiness, and the beer is a touch sweeter and more hop pronounced. Both are good brews but I enjoyed this one a little more and would consider this more of a "textbook DIPA".

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Ranch R Double IPA from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.