Ranch R Double IPA - Victory Brewing Company
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Ratings: 169 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
4.08/5 rDev +1%
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.
03-13-2012 03:33:55 | More by metter98
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
03-17-2012 21:31:10 | More by Knapp85
4.26/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
03-15-2013 17:09:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
02-20-2012 17:17:29 | More by Kegatron
3.2/5 rDev -20.8%
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.
03-03-2012 16:34:36 | More by Rifugium
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
10-06-2012 20:26:11 | More by smcolw
3.43/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
07-23-2012 02:37:31 | More by corby112
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
03-12-2012 16:48:33 | More by dbrauneis
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
07-02-2012 19:01:01 | More by Stinkypuss
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
03-10-2012 15:39:36 | More by John_M
4.18/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
02-10-2013 05:51:38 | More by mdaschaf
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
06-12-2012 01:19:12 | More by xnicknj
Ranch R Double IPA from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.