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Ranch R Double IPA | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Kegatron on 02-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 174
Photo of Rifugium
3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.28/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of haazer
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
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.  

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.68/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a Shaker pint glass at Michael's Bistro (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Honey golden with 1/2-finger off-white foamy head with decent retention and some lace figures.

S: Major grapefruit attack with some pinesap and resiny hoppiness. The grapefruit character is like grapefruit peel or pith. The maltiness seems like straight pale malt.

T: The grapefruit barrage is unrelenting in this beer with heavy pithiness that borders on but doesn't quite cross into astringency. There is a good dose of pine and resin. I wish the malt component added a little more -- this is not a balanced DIPA. The malt component is straight pale with maybe a slight dash of Munich for a little nutty character, but if there was ever a beer that cried out for a little more Munich or some light crystal character, this is it. The pithy grapefruit gets to be a bit much towards the end.

M: Medium body with nice dry finish and even carbonation.

O: I liked this beer, but an entire pint is a tall order unless you really love grapefruit peel. I like DIPAs that are more balanced but still tend towards hoppy, and this falls way on the hoppy side. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking golden copper color. The head was white and kind of thin by the time it got to me. Some minor streaks of lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is nicely hopped with some refreshing citrus notes to it. The taste is kind of like a hoppy pilsner to me. It's kind of got an earthiness to it that is quickly overpowered by the bitter hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Overall it's a good DIPA.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev 0%
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.


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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Pizza Paradiso in Old Town.

Served in a snifter.

A: Poured out a fairly bright orange color, with ever the slightest bit of crimson also. The head was fairly marshmallowy.

S: Pow hops! However, this wasn't quite as saturated as many West Coasters out there. I also got a nice fruit undertow here as well.

T: Right away, I got Victory's signature yeasty taste profile along with a substantial fruit bill as well. Hell, I even burped fruit!

M: Did I mention that hops were in this? Lots of lacing for sure, bitter, but the yeast cut that down to size as well as the sweetness, which wasn't syrupy at all.

O: I usually don't turn to Victory whenever I want to get my hop on (I don't like Hop Wallop and Hop Devil is just ok in my opinion), but this one worked for me.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of KMcG
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Premier gourmet offering another draft only DIPA (after Brooklyn's blast) and I'm excited.

The beer pours a clear reddish-copper with tremendous carbonation and a foamy off-white head that laces. The nose is big on hops producing a distinct pineapple, mango, and a touch of citrus. The beer's sweetness reels in the hops and is complemented by a refreshing bite from the ethanol. The taste is just as hoppy with a big malty backbone. What's really outstanding is this beer's mouthfeel. It's rich and creamy sweetness plays off the intense, yet tropical, hops to make this dangerously drinkable. The beer's freshness undoubtably plays a role in this, but obviously the brewers knew they had a special beer with an integrity that would be compromised if bottled. For almost $9 a 32oz fill this beer doesn't disappoint. I prefer to consume this at home considering its staggering abv and obvious drinkability.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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!

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Photo of xnicknj
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at perch pub

Pours a clouded golden color with some straw yellow hues. One finger high white head bubbles up and leaves patchy lacing behind on the glass.

Intensely bitter nose with plenty of pungent hops. Citrus peel, grapefruit and a hint of pine. Thinner malt backbone with some caramel and faint bready notes. Spike of soft booze.

A boatload of bitter hops up front on the tongue with sticky pine resin. Orange and grapefruit slice through with decent juciness. Bready backbone with some caramel and sweetness. Finishes bitter, boozy and dry.

Medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. This is easily the best hoppy beer Victory has.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Ranch R Double IPA from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
88 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.