Ranch R Double IPA - Victory Brewing Company
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Ratings: 169 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
07-26-2012 18:49:25 | More by sholland119
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
4.6/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
07-15-2012 04:33:05 | More by 57md
3.9/5 rDev -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.
07-15-2012 00:46:09 | More by argock
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
07-06-2012 00:45:44 | More by KMcG
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
A: Light golden and brilliantly clear. Thin white head with decent retention and low lacing.
S: Extremely aromatic citrus with a touch of catty pine. Fantastic!
T: Very well balanced. Not cloyingly sweet like many other Double IPAs. Lingering bitterness on the palate.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick mouthfeel with a dry finish.
O: Another victory for Victory. They almost never disappoint, but this a particularly fine offering.
07-04-2012 19:30:53 | More by MrBeerExpert
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
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!
07-03-2012 16:31:58 | More by OWSLEY069
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
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
06-13-2012 14:50:29 | More by williamjbauer
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
4.45/5 rDev +10.1%
I believe I'm reviewing the correct bier. The Victory bier menu simply said Ranch Double IPA, no mention of "Ranch R", "Ranch S" or "Ranch 369"... I had 2 pints of this, one each on 02JUN12 and 03JUN12. Menu noted it was brewed with Centennial, Citra, Cascade and Simcoe hops. (Edit: I guess this was back-named to "R" as the current, regular Ranch has an initial review of SEP12...).
My glass was filled with a clear, deep golden/orangey bier. Carbo was steady and plentiful, while the head was frothy and rocky, off-white, and left excellent lacing on the glass. Aroma was replete with citrus and more citrus! Rindy grapefruit and pineapple - superb! Mouthfeel was a firm medium, and this one was pretty smooth going down.
Malts? Really?? Flavor perhaps had a touch of sweetness in the guise of apricot and tangerine, but this was a hop show through and through! Rindy, pithy, resiny grapefruit was all over the palate. This one was solid x10, and highly drinkable! Prosit!!
4.45/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
06-07-2012 17:02:45 | More by Bierman9
Ranch R Double IPA from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.